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Olds Institute

The Olds Institute for Community & Regional Development is a volunteer organization focused on economic development, building community capacity and maintaining the best quality of life ...

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Discover Olds

Olds is one of the most innovative and progressive communities in Canada. This means Olds is business friendly and people oriented. Discover why Olds is the place for you.

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The committee structure of the Olds Institute offers citizens the opportunity to participate in initiatives that truly makes a difference to our community’s social and economic wellbeing...

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Join Us

People make the real difference in our community. Giving of their time and talents as volunteers and leaders. The Olds Institute is interested in having you join us

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Business Attraction, Retention & Expansion (BARE)

The Business Attraction Retention and Expansion committee stewards programs that help local business expand and grow as well as attract new business to the community and region.

Uptowne Olds

Uptowne Olds is a member driven committee of the Olds Institute focused primarily on maintaining the economic health of the downtown core (Uptowne) through participation in the Alberta Main Street Program. Uptowne promotes economic development through sound stewardship of the culture, heritage and historic fabric found in our community.

Fair Trade

Olds became the first officially-designated Fair Trade Town in the province of Alberta in November 2009. The Fair Trade Committee supports Fair Trade in Olds as part of an international system of doing business based on the principles of dialogue, transparency, and respect.


The Technology Committee Stewards the development of Canada’s first and only 100% community owned fibre optic broadband network. Members of the Technology committee have worked tirelessly to create O-NET and continue to offer support to it’s corporate board.

Mountain View Power

Mountain View Power is a local energy retailing business owned by the Olds Institute for Community & Regional Development (OICRD) that provides electricity to homes and businesses. All profits from electricity sales help support and grow our community in a vibrant and sustainable manner.

Connected Community

The Olds Connected Community Committee is committed to the creation of a connected community where citizens are intelligent consumers of technology and have established a culture of use. The committee is focused on encouraging technology use to improve the quality of life of all our citizens.

Marketing & Communications

The marketing and communications committee shares the Olds Story with our community and the world. They facilitate communications with our volunteers and stakeholders internally and promote the Olds Institute and community externally.

Sustainable Olds Committee (SOC)

The Sustainable Olds Committee fulfills an advisory function within the community. They facilitate citizen engagement and act as the conduit to the OI board and Town Council communicating the wishes of the community.

Community Lifestyles

Olds is a community of citizens who value a high quality of life. The Community Lifestyle Committee provides input and stewardship of social and cultural programs that result in positive lifestyle outcomes for our community.

Olds Physician Retention & Attraction

In cooperation with Alberta Health Services and the Olds physicians, the Olds Physician Attraction & Retention Committee works to attract and retain physicians and medical professionals and their families for the purpose of providing ongoing medical services to all members of the community and surrounding region.

Opportunity Olds Committee

Linking local capital to local projects, this committee facilitates investment through the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association process.




(OLDS, Alberta – December 20, 2019) When Olds Institute formed the Fair Trade Olds committee, it likely didn’t imagine the visibility it would have gained for the community a decade later. “We’ve had a presence on the national sta…

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What is Community Economic Development (CED)? April 1, 2019

Olds Institute is a Community Economic Development organization connecting people with purpose, creating a healthy, inspired, entrepreneurial community. A local CED organization can help individuals and organizations in a region to work together toward common goals. This can happen when co…

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Every community has them - business owners, residents, elected officials - friends who like to get together over a cup of coffee and talk about the things they'd like to do if they only had the time. "If we just had this," or "If we only did that," or "If we could get," ... and so it goes.

The beauty is that instead of wondering "what if", one day a group of community leaders said "Let's do it!". And the Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development began.

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Get to Know Our Community

The Town of Olds, population 9,184 is a town of opportunity with a lifestyle to match. Centrally located along the busy QEII corridor, Olds is a major service centre and regional market for over 40,000 people in Mountain View County. The proximity to Red Deer and Calgary contribute to our continued growth and economic stability.

The quality lifestyle in Olds reflects the values and interests of our residents, which translates into a strong sense of community pride. Olds has safe and friendly neighbourhoods, beautiful parks, a fabulous path and trail system, and all the amenities associated with a big city.

The mission of the Olds Regional Exhibition is to promote the awareness and understanding of agriculture’s vital role in the community, respectful of a rich heritage with a progressive focus on innovation for the future. The Olds Regional Exhibition hosts over 717 days of activity each year.

The organization draws large numbers of people and events to the community and plays a very supportive role to both agriculture and youth development.

Olds College has been a leader in practical hands on learning for over a hundred years. Building on our strengths in agricultural we have broadened our offerings and developed expertise in focused areas.

Our emphasis on innovative learning and applied research has resulted in graduates who are in demand and have the tools they need to succeed. Students benefit from the college’s entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to excellence in education.

The vision of the Olds and District Chamber of Commerce is to see our vibrant community continue to grow and prosper. As the voice for business, the Chamber represents an active membership of community minded entrepreneurs focused on trade, skills development and networking.

The Chamber recognizes that a strong and diverse economy is critical to the health of the community and strives to create the best environment for doing business.

Nestled against the picturesque foothills of the Canadian Rockies, Mountain View County is a mix of magnificent vistas, and some of the finest agricultural land in all of Canada.

In Mountain View County, we strive to maintain our rural lifestyle and heritage, while finding innovative ways to build sustainable communities for the future.

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools is a publicly funded school Division with an elected Board of Trustees and governed by the Alberta Education Act. Our schools welcome children of all faiths who desire a Catholic education. We currently serve over 8,800 students in 19 schools including an online school and an outreach school.

We also serve approximately 600 students in a home education program. Our schools are located in Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Rocky Mountain House, Innisfail and Olds. Two new schools are scheduled to open in September 2017: a Pre-K to Grade 9 school in Blackfalds and St. Joseph High School in the North-East quadrant of Red Deer. Our staff community is made up of approximately 450 teachers and 470 support staff including administration, transportation and maintenance. The Division operates a yearly budget of approximately $73 million.

Chinook’s Edge School Division is a community of people committed to students each and every day. Chinook’s Edge provides public schooling for a broad area in Central Alberta, stretching from Carstairs in the south to Red Deer in the north. Our Delburne and Elnora schools are located on our eastern boundaries, and Sylvan Lake, Sundre and Cremona are on the western boundary of our division. We are the largest rural school division in the province, with 41 schools and approximately 11,000 students. We have over 600 teachers, 200 substitute teachers and 650 support staff.

From the early learning opportunities we provide for our youngest students to our efforts to increase high school completion rates, students in Chinook’s Edge have every advantage. We believe the journey of lifelong learning begins young, and we help students embrace learning early for benefits that last a lifetime.

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