Doing Business


For many years, Wainwright has experienced a steady growth pattern indicative of a well-balanced and stable economy. Wainwright is a major service centre for the agriculture and oil and gas industries and is home to CFB/ASU Wainwright.

Population Growth

We keep on growing!

Town of Wainwright Population Growth

Year 1981 1986 1991 1996 2001 2006 2011 2013 2016
Population 4266 4665 4732 5079 5117 5426 5925 6289 6270

Census Information

The last federal census was conducted in 2016. The results can be found here

Wainwright Garrison Information (located in the M.D. of Wainwright)

One of the busiest Army bases in Canada, at any given time there are more than 1000 regular military, reserve and civilian workers at Wainwright Garrison (main gate located adjacent to Wainwright's western boundary). There were 679 regular military, 42 reserve Class A, B, and C forces, and 282 civilian workers at CFB/ASU Wainwright at the end of March 2015. The Base population may expand by up to 4000 extra soldiers at least twice per year to support special training initiatives. Current functions of CFB/ASU Wainwright are to provide support to military individual and collective training, maintenance of the Range and Training Centre and Support to unit.  Operational and Support Units include: 742 Communications Squadron DET Wainwright, Canadian Manoevre Training Centre, 12 Canadian Forces Health Services Centre, 1 Dental Unit DET Wainwright, Area Support Unit Wainwright and 1 Wing DET CMTC.

Wainwright Garrison Population Information

Population Impact (Regular Force members and dependents) Local Spending Impact Estimated Local Spending Impacts (Direct & Indirect) Estimated Direct Employment Estimated Indirect & Induced Employment
1,744 $54,569,000 $68,407,000 1,007 186

Wainwright Garrison Economic Impact Supporting Document