High Level is a large service center in the northern half of the Peace Region, with an immediate trading area population estimated at over 18,000 people, in a vast area that encompasses 50,000 square kilometers. The town has also emerged as a dominant retail and professional service center for northwestern Alberta. Approximately 220 trade establishments provide a large array of goods and services. Agriculture, Forestry, Oil & Gas and Tourism are the main contributing economic sectors that not only has contributed to the economy of High Level, but to the other communities in the region as well. Natural resources in the area include sand/gravel, oil and natural gas. Agricultural products include wheat, barley, rye, tame hay, oats, flax, canola, beef cattle, hogs, poultry, sheep, and lamb. Major industry in the area includes the oil and gas fields in Rainbow Lake and Zama. Among the major existing businesses is Tolko Industries Ltd., High Level Lumber Division, Alberta's largest sawmill with an annual production of one million board feet of lumber per year. Footner Forest Products Ltd., is building a $150-million oriented strandboard plant south of High Level, that will create 425 full-time jobs. Other major business sectors include government, finance, building contractors, insurance, real estate, retail, tourism, mechanics, and legal services.