Craft & Medical Grade Cannabis Production Facility Coming to Brooks

Natural Health Alliance Inc (NHA) is in the process of building and operating a craft and medical grade cannabis production and processing facility in the City of Brooks. Initial plans include a 34,000 square foot phase one facility that will be expanded over time, as well as state of the art extraction facilities. Initial capital expenditure is projected to be $6 million dollars.

According the Ken Falkner, NHA CEO and Co-Founder, Health Canada has changed the process of approvals on a number of occasions since they’ve started applying and the most recent change was this past June. NHA was asked to submit its “evidence package” to signify when the facility is complete and ready for inspection.

“This is a significant milestone and signals the start of the funding stage of the project,” says Faulkner. “As such, NHA is in talks with a number of source types to accomplish this to include strategic partners and key shareholders.”

As plans and designs have passed Health Canada scrutiny, NHA will start construction as soon as the necessary funding is secured.

The Brooks Region will see approximately 70 permanent jobs and NHA is committed to using local contractors during construction.

More information on NHA can be found by visiting

Adult Living Development

Saskatchewan-based company Span West is building the Brooks Region’s largest adult-living residential complex. The four-storey Meadow Brook Estates is being built in two phases and the first structure, with an anticipated construction cost of $4.3 million, is well under way.

Phase 1 offers 22 spacious, air conditioned suites with high-end finishing’s, nine-foot ceilings and a ground-level heated parkade. The one, two and three-bedroom suites offer a variety of layouts and every suite has a spacious balcony and storage unit (many come with two storage units). The corner units offer wrap-around balconies.

The complex is located on the eastern edge of Meadow Lake and offers views of the lake, the surrounding recreation trails, groves of trees and prairie grasslands. An on-site community garden will as be created for homeowners to enjoy.

Span West is hosting a Construction Open House on Saturday, June 16 from 12-3 p.m. for those interested in seeing the inner workings of the condo project. They expect to open Meadow Brook Estates in December 2019.

Land development is essential for the Region’s success as it generates more jobs, brings desired curb appeal, unites community members and maintains or increases home values. Whether residential or commercial, construction brings economic stability. Construction stimulates growth in retail, real estate, equipment, manufacturing, schools and tourism and has a trickle-down effect on other local industries.

Brooks Region Launches New Brand

BROOKS REGION (April 4, 2018) – A new brand for regional economic development, investment attraction and business retention was recently released. The Brooks Region brand launched at the Economic Developers of Alberta Conference where over 400 local, national and international experts in the field of economic development were in attendance.

The brand was developed to promote the diverse economic opportunities available across the Brooks Region. Formerly known as the Newell Regional Economic Development Initiative (NREDI), the Brooks Region extends across the County of Newell and includes the City of Brooks, Town of Bassano and the Villages of Duchess and Rosemary, as well as 10 smaller communities.

The Brooks Region offers many advantages for businesses, including attractive real estate costs, supportive and progressive municipal governments, convenient transportation networks, a lower cost of living, highly skilled and motivated local workers and an abundant access to water.

The new Brooks Region brand was created under the direction of a team with representation from across the County of Newell. The brand focuses on reinforcing values which are key to the Region.

Our Values Statement is:

The Brooks Region is founded on values guided by our history of blue-collar work and small-town life. We are industrious and independent, yet welcoming and helpful. We are resilient and dependable. We are true to our roots, and stewards of the gifts left to us by our predecessors.

“We are very excited to be launching this new brand,” says Brooks Region Economic Development Officer, Jessica Surgenor. “We’ve invested a substantial amount of time in developing this brand and our hope is that it will gain recognition with residents, businesses and investors.”

The Brooks Region’s economic development team will be continuing the launch through the creation of new social media accounts, paid advertising, speaking events and most importantly, a new website:

“We will also be hosting contests and interactive opportunities to encourage participation in the brand launch,” says Surgenor. “These approaches will include creative, fun and playful tactics that will emphasize the benefits of business and personal investment in the Brooks Region.”

For more information on the Brooks Region, please contact:

Jessica Surgenor
Brooks Region Economic Development Officer

The Brooks Region has Doctors

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Brooks Ranks in the Top 10 Best Places to Live

Click here to learn about Brooks ranking number 10 in the Top 10 Best Place To Live in Canada in 2017.

WestJet Magazine - Discover Dinosaur Park

Click here to learn more about Dinosaur Provincial Park located in the Brooks Region. Over 100,000 visitors come to the region to visit the park and the surrounding area.

Largest solar project in Western Canada built in Brooks Region

Click here to read: Alberta renewable revolution begins with launch of largest solar project in Western Canada.

Brooks to host 2019 Hockey Canada Championship

Click here to Read: Canada’s National Junior A Championship returns to Alberta for the seventh time.

Quality of Life Survey Results 2018

Click here for results from the Quality of Life Survey conducted in 2017. This report provides a blended objective and subjective analysis of the political/social/economic sectors with a more in-depth analysis of the social well-being for communities throughout the Region.