The Regional Economic Development for Northwest Alberta (REDI) formed in 2002 to promote and enhance economic growth amongst its member communities and to promote the region as a whole. REDI is geographically located in the far northwest portion of Alberta and is located within Mackenzie County and the Metis settlement of Paddle Prairie.

The region is home to a number of progressive, and established resource industries such as agriculture, forestry, and oil and gas. This vibrancy has enabled sustained economic diversification. Husky Energy, Apache Canada, Agricore, and Tolko Industries have all made major investments in the REDI region.

Like the northern lights that dance overhead, the REDI region is vibrant and alive. The region is filled with unique commercial, residential, and industrial investment opportunities. This, together with a high regard for family and lifestyle, make the region an amazing place to work and live.

REDI Community Profiles

Located on the Mackenzie Highway, approximately 800 km from Edmonton and 724 km south of Yellowknife, High Level is a transportation and service centre for a large trading area of more than 28,000 people.

Located about 85 km north of High Level on the Mackenzie Highway and 63 km down a secondary road, Zama is right in the middle of the largest known oil and gas fields in Alberta.

Folks in Rainbow Lake are proud of their community, and for good reason. Home to about 1,200 residents, Rainbow Lake is located on Hwy. 58 about an hour and a half west of High Level.

A post office was established in 1945 and since then the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement has grown to include about 1,000 people. Today, it offers a wide range of services for its residents, including a health centre and, of course, the local post office.

The Dene Tha’ community of Meander River is located about 75 km north of High Level on the Mackenzie Highway. A school, band office, store and Catholic church provide services for the 350 residents, many of whom commute to High Level for work.

Little Red River Cree is comprised of three communities: Fox Lake (where the majority of the population resides, but has no year round road access), John D’or Prairie (the administrative centre), and Garden River in Wood Buffalo National Park.

Take Highway 35 to the intersection of Highway 697; the La Crete Ferry turnoff. Follow it until you reach the mighty Peace River and an experience few land-locked Albertans would want to miss.

One of Alberta’s oldest communities, Fort Vermilion boasts a cultural mix and a diversity of language, religion and ethnic backgrounds: Beaver, Dene, and two Cree First Nations account for almost one-third of our population.