Agriculture is the mainstay of the local economy - diversification is prevalent, with numerous mixed farming enterprises including grain, peas, hogs, beef, dairy, poultry, elk, sheep, goats, ostrich, rhea, purebred cattle, purebred hogs, alpaca and seed growers. Diversification has expanded to ventures in market gardens, greenhouse vegetables, field vegetables, rhubarb, spice growing, garden nurseries and tree nurseries.
Other economic bases include lumber, oil and gas, manufacturing and retail trades.
With our thriving local environment and the overall health of the provincial economy, Barrhead is one of the best places in the world to locate your commercial, industrial or transportation business. Situated at the intersection of two primary highways and three secondary highways and on the shortest route to the Peace Country, Barrhead’s regional market is estimated at over 20,000 people.
In addition to 500 local businesses, we are host to the County of Barrhead No. 11, Provincial Government offices, the Pembina Hills Public Schools, and Alberta’s On-Line School, the Alberta Distance Learning Centre. Other large employers are Aspen Regional Health Services, Blue Heron Support Services and W.R. Keir Care Centre, a modern extended care facility.