I see little the municipality can offer in the way of incentives to businesses apart from low or no property taxes. The large retail operations we already have are struggling to keep even semi competent individuals on staff. With all the oil operations around us they usually only get to pick from people who can't pass the mandatory drug tests. Secondly, unless they own the property the greedy landlords (who are usually in Edmonton or Calgary) squeeze many of the business out of existence.
How about this for an idea for the municipality. They already have Wood Buffalo Housing established so expand their mandate to also cover small business retail space? Develop some form of rental structure based on the business income much like they do with the housing they operate. This way we will have local businesses run by local people with the revenue remaining in town instead of shipping it off to Edmonton.
As for the Costco junkies, until we have a much larger "official" population you will can still get a fix at http://www.costco.ca/
. If the municipality was a little more aggressive at going after illegal renal units they may get a much more realistic population number. An online census isn't going to work because these people are most likely not claiming the rent as income to avoid income taxes and not declaring the renal unit with the municipality to avoid complying with building code and property taxes. Check out this little gem listed as a nine bedroom income property. http://propertyguys.com/property/index/id/65067
Go through the photos and play count the building code violations.