Grande Prairie is now considered the fourth best community to start and grow a business in Canada. After spending two years in sixth place, the Swan City has moved up the rankings of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ annual report.
It went up nearly four points to 70.9, based on its entrepreneurial presence, perspective and policy. Grande Prairie is used to being at the top, as it held the first place spot from 2010 to 2012.
Communities are ranked on characteristics like business start-up rates, levels of optimism, and help from local governments. Topping the list this year is Calgary periphery, followed by B.C.’s Penticton and Kelowna.