BUSINESS LICENSE

TOWN OF OYEN BYLAW NO. 808-11, “THE BUSINESS LICENSE BY-LAW”

Effective 1 January, 2012, Every Person Carrying On Business within the corporate limits of the Town of Oyen is required to have a valid and subsisting Business License issued pursuant to the provisions of By-law 808-11 (copy attached as 808-11 Business License Bylaw.pdf) unless exempted by Federal or Provincial statutes or regulations. The fees for a 2012 Business Licenses is as follows:

TOWN OF OYEN  – “NEW BUSINESS” INFORMATION SHEET
Resident Business
  • $ 25.00
Non-Resident Business
  • $100.00
Peddler
  • full year $500.00
  • per month $250.00
  • per week $150.00
  • per day $100.00
Craft or Trade Show
  • per day $100.00
Home Occupation (other than catalogue sales)
  • $ 50.00
Home Occupation (catalogue sales) or Home Party Business
  • $ 10.00
Circus, Carnival, or Rodeo
  • per day $100.00
Seasonal Business
  • $ 10.00
Business License Transfer Fee
  • $ 10.00

The Business License Application Form is available at the Town Office and is attached as: business_license_application.pdf

For additional information, please contact the Town Office at (403) 664-3511

By mail to:

Town of Oyen
PO Box 360
Oyen, AB T0J 2J0

By fax to:

403-664-3712

By email to:

cao@townofoyen.com

PERMITS

Development Permits

When planning any changes or additions to your property, it is necessary to check with the Town Office to obtain a development permit. Whether it is something as simple as a fence or deck, or as extensive as an addition or new building, all development requires a permit as set out in the Land Use Bylaw Development Permits can be obtained by contacting the Town of Oyen. The cost of a Development Permit is $20.00.

Building Permits

Building Permits are supplied through Palliser Regional Municipal Services and are calculated at a rate of $7.00 per $1,000.00 of construction costs (labor and materials included). Application forms are available at the Town of Oyen office.

Plumbing, Gas and Electrical permits are also supplied through Palliser Regional Municipal Services. Application forms are available at the Town of Oyen office.


Building Permit Values

 2011 2010  2009  2008  2007 2006
Residential  176,500 609,800 2,268,950 835,000  370,000 224,000
Commericial 535,000 590,000  102,000 24,000 670,000 143,000
Industrial 5,000,000 105,000 100,000
Institutional 2,149,000  1,008,163  , 10,859,000 2,620,000

Total Value

5,711,500 3,453,800  3,479,613 859,000 11,899,000 2,987,000
Total Housing Starts 2 3  13  4  3  1

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

2017 CHAMBER EXECUTIVE:

oyen-c-of-cPresident – Kari Kuzmiski (403) 664-1001
Vice-President – Diana Walker (403) 664-3622
Secretary/Treasurer – Lucille Hertz (403) 664-2431

 

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Month of June – Meals on Wheels

Chamber of Commerce $1,000.00 Bursary – Please contact Kari Kuzmiski or Lucille Hertz for more information (contact info above).

Community Bulletin Boards, sponsored by the Chamber and constructed by South Central High School Metal Shop are available for use, please feel free to advertise on them.  They are currently located in front of the Town Office and along 5th Avenue, North of the Fire Hall.

A CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP provides you and your employees with an excellent Insurance/Health Plan and affordable rates for Visa and MasterCard machines used in your business.

You and your membership enhance the Chamber organization – an organization that is “YOUR COMMUNITY CONNECTION”.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

To learn more about economic develop in Oyen visit Palliser Economic Partnership and SAMDA Economic Partnership Ltd. websites.

Or click on the logo below:

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

10259727_714354515319644_7036698021691504553_nThe Town of Oyen and area is serviced by Meridian Community Futures Corporation, an agency whose mandate is to: “Provide the Services you need to launch, purchase or expand your business!”

Check out their website at: www.meridiancfdc.ca

As well we have an Economic Development officer in Town who may be able to assist you in making this opportunity happen for you!

Christie Dick (403)664-3618

MAJOR EMPLOYERS

The Finding Work Series is a collection of employer, occupational and community profiles to connect job-seekers with jobs in Southeast Alberta. To view other profiles in Southeast Alberta please visit: www.findingwork.ca.

See Oyen’s Community Profile HERE.

LOTS AVAILABLE

DEMOGRAPHICS

2015 Official Population 1006

AGE MALE FEMALE
0-4 28 25
5-11 54 38
12-17 48 43
18-24 55 37
25-34 120 94
35-44 88 83
45-54 71 63
55-64 49 56
65+ 76 162
TOTAL 589 601

Town of OyenPopulation history

1960 – 793 1976 – 991 1992 – 1041 2008 – 1105
1961 – 809 1977 – 989 1993 – 1049 2009 – 1190
1962 – 795 1978 – 1008 1994 – 1070 2010 – 1190
1963 – 786 1979 – 1008 1995 – 1106
1964 – 823 1980 – 1011 1996 – 1074
1965 – 819 1981 – 1018 1997 – 1064
1966 – 860 1982 – 1002 1998 – 1061
1967 – 907 1983 – 1021 1999 – 1075
1968 – 923 1984 – 1008 2000 – 1078
1969 – 976 1985 – 1007 2001 – 1074
1970 -978 1986 – 1015 2002 – 1082
1971 – 954 1987 – 1005 2003 – 1103
1972 – 943 1988 – 1010 2004 – 1099
1973 – 924 1989 – 1035 2005 – 1101
1974 – 947 1990 – 1020 2006 – 1099
1975 – 1003 1991 – 1032 2007 – 1099

Incomes

Family Income (Number of Families) 1996 2001 2006
Total number of families 260 220 245
Median family income $49,678 $50,810 $58,166
Source: Statistics Canada 1996, 2001 & 2006 Census

ECONOMIC BASE

Agriculture

In Oyen, agriculture is big business. The farms and equipment seem as big as the wide-open spaces.

Special Areas #3, the municipal designation for the rural lands surrounding Oyen is home to about 650 farm families. With an average farm size of over 2650 acres and a total farm area of 1.8 million acres, it’s easy to grasp the meaning of  “big”.

Dry-land farming techniques that maximize moisture retention and minimize wind erosion have transformed the Oyen area into a productive region for field crops including wheat, oats, barley, rye, flax, canola and field peas.

Nutritious prairie grasses that once fed vast herds of buffalo now provide nourishment to large herds of beef cattle. Range improvement programs and development of new grasses has significantly improved forage yields and helped to increase cattle numbers.

These kinds of initiatives are of prime importance to CARA, (Chinook Applied Research Association). Cooperating local farmers test new tillage seeding and crop varieties. A highlight is the annual field day at which farmers can see the results of this ‘practical’ research.

Intensive livestock husbandry such as large-scale modern hog operations also contributes to the agricultural diversity.

Supplying farmers the products and services required by the agricultural community is the lifeblood of many Oyen businesses. A special social and business relationship has developed between rural and urban residents. The people of Oyen know the importances of agriculture-they are dedicated to meeting the needs of the farmers.

Oil and Gas

In 1924 the Fuego Oil Co. started drilling the first oil well in the Oyen area. On September 20, 1929, Fuego Oil Well No. 1 blew in. Attempts were made to produce the well but it was abandoned in 1933. The reason given, “Hole too small for satisfactory production of heavy crude.”

In the early 50’s Alberta Gas Trunk Line began to build a natural gas pipeline gathering system. The East Lateral passed within 2 miles of Oyen. This was the start of the natural gas industry that today employs many people and is an important part of the local economy.

Tourism

The Town of Oyen and surrounding communities have been working hard to promote the hidden prairie treasures within our region.  Oyen is a member of Alberta’s Special Area, the Canadian Badlands, and the Trail of the Buffalo. Oyen is a great place to visit and use as a base camp for exploring our region. We have an excellent camp ground facility, bed & breakfast, or motels that will be happy to accommodate you. After a day of exploring, you can relax with a round of golf, or cool off in the new Aquatic centre complete with water slide. Whether it’s exploring, shopping, dining, or recreation, Oyen is happy to show you the true meaning of Western Hospitality.

When planning your visit, you have many options:

  • check out the VISITORS section of the Town of Oyen website for local events happening in and around Oyen,
  • be sure to check out the www.travelspecialareas.com website to plan some day trips and enjoy the beauty, the tranquility, the wildlife and the hidden prairie treasures that make our region so unique.
  • or, if you’re driving through, stop at the Provincial Visitor Information Center (VIC) on the corners of Highways 9 and 41 located 3 kilometers north of Oyen. The trained staff there would be more than happy to help you plan your trip to discover some of our hidden prairie treasures.
  • and for the really adventuresome, there is also Geocaching. For more information go to www.samdaonline.ca

TRANSPORTATION

Air Service:

Oyen Municipal Airport (elevation 2498 ft.) has a 3000 ft. (914 meter) runway that is paved and lighted with a rotating beacon. The nearest passenger and air freight facilities are at Medicine Hat Municipal Airport, 187 km south of Oyen.

Rail Service:

Oyen is served by a Canadian National Railway secondary main line. Spur trackage is available.

Highways:

Connecting highways are Highway 9, Highway 41 and Secondary Road 895.

Trucking Firms:

Hi-Way #9 Express Ltd.

Bus Services:

The Town has a Handi-Bus for the handicapped and seniors, operated by a volunteer organization.

Couriers and Taxis:

DHL, Purolator, Hi-Way 9 Express Ltd., UPS, Loomis, Canpar and Canada Post.