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  • Week of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017

    The federal and provincial governments are providing combined funding of $3.5M, via the Growing Forward 2 agreement and Saskatchewan's Agriculture Development Fund, for 24 livestock and forage-related research projects
    Toronto-based Strathallen Capital Corp acquired Saskatoon's Market Mall in January. Strathallen Capital is planning to upgrade and expand the mall to attract new tenants.
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's latest assessment, the housing markets in Saskatoon and Regina show strong evidence of problematic conditions
    The Saskatoon Fire Department held a graduation ceremony for ten new recruits on February 2
    Saskatchewan Polytechnic hosted its annual job fair for students on February 2
    Saskatchewan-based Genesis Grain and Fertilizer is planning to build a new farmer-owned fertilizer supercentre in Belle Plaine. Construction of the $24M facility is slated to begin this spring and should be completed by the end of 2017.
    HMV Canada, which went into receivership on January 27, is closing all its stores across Canada in the coming months. The total number of employees impacted in Saskatchewan is unknown.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $137,000 to fund consultations with James Smith Cree Nation to determine whether Shore Gold Inc. can proceed with its proposed diamond mine near Prince Albert
    According to reports compiled following a tour of long-term care homes by Saskatchewan health region CEOs, recruitment and retention of health care professionals remains a challenge, especially in rural communities
    SaskPower is considering four potential sites near Regina for a new natural gas plant. According to the crown corporation, a new natural gas plant could be needed as early as 2022 due to rising demand.
    The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are each contributing over $4.2M for a new wastewater treatment facility in the Rural Municipality of Frenchman Butte
  • Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017

    Saskatoon-based Cameco Corp. is laying-off 120 employees at its Cigar Lake, McArthur River and Key Lake operations. The layoffs are a part of the company's plan to reduce costs and improve efficiency amid continued weak market conditions.
    According to Statistics Canada, the number of people collecting employment insurance benefits in Saskatchewan increased by 37.6% in November 2016 compared to the same month last year
    The City of Regina plans to invest $250,000 to refurbish four spray pads in 2017. The federal government will also provide a matching amount towards the project through its Canada 150 community infrastructure program.
    Encanto Potash Corp. has signed an agreement with an Indian firm to sell five million tonnes of potash per year, for the next 20 years. The company plans to build a $3B potash mine on Muskowekwan First Nation, but has not provided a construction timeline.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's manufacturing sales increased by 12.2% in November 2016 compared to the previous year - the highest percentage growth among provinces during this period
    Tamarind, a new Indian restaurant, opened its doors in northwest Regina in December 2016
    The provincial government has issued funding applications for two infrastructure projects under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and the Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component. The deadline to apply for these opportunities is February 1.
    According to Business Development Bank of Canada's latest projections, Saskatchewan-based businesses are expected to cut spending by $1B in 2017 to cope with the ongoing economic downturn
    The City of Moose Jaw recently agreed to sell 11 acres of land for a commercial development worth up to $30M, which will likely feature a new Canadian Tire store
    Fuddruckers, a US restaurant chain, is opening a new location in Regina on January 30. The restaurant will employ 83 workers for operations.
  • Week of Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017

    Over 400 small businesses participated in the Boost Your Business workshop with Facebook. The free, one-day event took place in Regina on January 16.
    SaskPower is closing its cash payment counters in Regina, Saskatoon, North Battleford and Yorkton, effective June 1
    Oil companies in Weyburn are struggling to recruit workers as activity in the industry gradually picks up again. Many workers in the area relocated or changed jobs when oil prices dropped two years ago.
  • Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2017

    Saskatchewan's Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Commission expects 6,500 apprentices to be trained in 2016-2017, a drop from 6,834 in the previous fiscal year. The decrease is attributed to falling demand for apprentices.
    The Government of Saskatchewan has asked school boards to cap employee compensation to help tackle the province's $1B deficit. Other cost-cutting measures being considered include wage freezes for unionized employees and managers.
    The Saskatchewan government is asking public sector employer groups across the province to consider options to reduce salary costs. The measures could affect over 64,000 public sector employees.
    Demolition of Regina Exhibition Stadium, the home of Agribition, started on January 17. The historic building is being torn down to make room for the new $37M International Trade Centre project, which will open in November 2017.
  • Week of Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017

    Production at Mosaic Co.'s Colonsay potash mine is expected to restart in mid-January. About 330 unionized miners, who were laid off last year, came back at work on December 5, 2016.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate declined from 6.8% in November to 6.5% in December 2016. This represents the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the country, below the national average of 6.9%.
    The provincial government has issued funding applications for two infrastructure projects under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, and the Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component. The deadline to apply for these opportunities is January 23.
    The Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services has been looking to fill 60 social worker jobs throughout the province since October 2016, including more than 30 positions in its northern region
    Encanto Potash Corp. is planning to build a $3B potash mine on Muskowekwan First Nation, a reserve 140 km northeast of Regina, pending necessary financing. The mine will take three years to build and could employ hundreds of workers.
    The federal government is granting $69M, out of a total of $328M earmarked for science funding, to three University of Saskatchewan research centres: the Canadian Light Source, the International Vaccine Centre and SuperDARN Canada
    Saskatchewan's Agriculture Development Fund received over $7M in grants from public and private organizations. This funding will be used to support 46 crop-related research projects.
    The Healing Hands workshop is set to reopen in Regina in summer 2017, after a fire destroyed the facility in June 2016. The workshop will provide a sheltered work-readiness program for young adults facing multiple employment barriers.
    Good Neighbour Services recently launched an employment skills program for Indigenous youth in Regina. Participants will have an opportunity to gain property maintenance work experience such as snow clearing and building fences.
  • Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017

    Mining company De Beers Canada has cancelled its diamond drilling exploration program in Saskatchewan's Athabasca region, returning full control of the project to CanAlaska Uranium Ltd.
    The Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan is deferring a six-week shutdown of its Lanigan mine until summer 2017. The temporary production halt would have affected about 25% of the mine's workforce.
    Comtrax Logistics Solutions met with potential investors in Estevan on December 12 to present its plans for a $75M commodity handling hub in southeast Saskatchewan
    Saskatchewan is poised to become a global supplier of helium as US government reserves of the commodity dwindle. In 2016 alone, the Government of Saskatchewan issued 59 helium leases, compared to none in the previous year.
    Sustaina-Pulp Canada plans to build a straw-to-pulp mill in Belle Plaine in 2017. The mill is expected to begin production by the end of 2018 and will process about 500,000 tonnes of straw a year.
    The Crazy Cactus bar reopened in downtown Saskatoon on December 31. The previous location, which was located in a residential neighbourhood, was closed in June 2016.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is planning to consolidate its 12 existing regional health authorities (RHAs) into a single Provincial Health Authority by fall 2017. Details about the number of jobs affected have not been provided.
  • Week of Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2016

    Regina City Council recently approved the rezoning of 1610 Angus St. for a new Souls Harbour Rescue Mission location. Construction of the $7M facility is expected to start in summer 2017.
    Construction of North Battleford's new Saskatchewan Hospital is 38% complete. The 188-bed hospital and mental health facility is expected to open in 2018.
  • Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016

    Construction is currently underway at the new $12M Leader Integrated Health Care Facility that is slated for completion in early 2018. The provincial government is granting $9.6M towards the 16-bed integrated facility.
    Construction of a 45-unit affordable housing project for individuals with complex needs is underway in Regina. The $6M project is funded by the federal, provincial and municipal governments, as well as by Halifax Holdings West Inc.
    The federal government is granting $4.4M to upgrade rinks, recreation centres and spray pads across the province as part of Canada's 150th birthday celebrations in 2017
  • Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016

    SNC-Lavalin is cutting 24 jobs in Saskatoon and another 381 positions across Canada. Weakness in the mining industry and the company's ongoing efforts to raise profit margins have been cited as the reasons behind the cuts.
    The University of Saskatchewan recently received a private donation of $4M to help build two NBA-sized basketball practice courts in the proposed $41M-Merlis Belsher Place
    Saskatoon Transit workers recently voted in favour of a collective bargaining agreement, ending a four-year labour dispute between the city and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 615
    The federal and provincial governments are contributing $1.9M each towards the construction of a new wastewater lagoon in Langham. The remaining funds for the $6M project will be provided by the town.
    According to the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council, Prairie grain growers will soon face a shortage of on-farm workers. In Saskatchewan, the labour shortage in grain and oilseed production is projected to expand to 4,600 people by 2025.
    Wascana Centre Authority has permitted Conexus Credit Union to begin the design phase of its proposed head office building in Wascana Park. The 80,000sq.-ft. building will be located next to the University of Regina's College Avenue campus.
    Husky Energy plans to spend $1B on three new steam-assisted heavy oil extraction plants in Saskatchewan over the next few years. The plants are expected to be operational by 2020 and will employ 30 workers each.
    Work to upgrade Humboldt's water distribution plant is approximately 75% complete and is expected to conclude in May 2017
  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    Saskatoon's apartment rental vacancy rate rose to 10.3% in October - the highest rate among any major Canadian city. In areas linked to the oil and gas industry, like Estevan and Lloydminster, the apartment vacancy rate is about 25%.
    A new Landmark Cinemas Canada movie theatre is being built as part of the Aurora development, currently under construction in Regina's east end. The theatre is set to open its doors in spring 2018.
    According to Statistics Canada, there were 2,400 more individuals working in Saskatchewan in November compared to the previous month. Saskatchewan's unemployment rate stood at 6.8% in November, on par with the national average.
    Construction is underway on the Eastgate Alliance Centre, a new one-stop medical clinic in east Regina, which will offer general and specialized medical services. The facility is expected to open in October 2017.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's construction industry employed 7,200 fewer workers in November compared to the same month last year - a decrease of 14.3%
    US-based Quantum Energy Inc. recently announced plans to build a major oil refinery near Stoughton, located in southeast Saskatchewan. No timeline was given for the construction of the 40,000 barrel-per-day project.
    Comtrax Logistics Solutions may construct a 60,000-tonne commodity handling hub in southeast Saskatchewan, depending on interest and support from local producers
    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is cutting positions at its seven regional offices, including Saskatchewan, and is centralizing some client services at its National Capital Region headquarters
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has placed more than 40 Alberta and Saskatchewan cattle herds under quarantine due to a bovine tuberculosis outbreak. The federal government has earmarked $16.7M in financial assistance for the affected farmers.
  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    According to the provincial Ministry of Agriculture, unseasonably warm weather in recent weeks has allowed farmers to harvest 95% of their crops. Yields are above the five-year average, but the quality is down in most crop categories.
    Sobey's will open a new liquor store in Moose Jaw within the next 18 months. The standalone location will be one of several new private liquor stores opening throughout the province.
    The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities and Southeast College are partnering to offer management-level training courses to rural municipality administrators starting in January 2017
    The Saskatoon StarPhoenix is cutting nine newsroom positions through voluntary buyouts. Postmedia, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix's parent company, recently announced plans to cut staffing costs across Canada by 20%.
    Many tech start-ups in Saskatoon are facing a shortage of experienced software developers. According to University of Saskatchewan's computer science department, nearly all graduates from the program receive employment offers in their area of interest.
    Gradworks Intern Development Program, a provincial government internship initiative, has been cut in an effort to reduce costs. While current interns will be allowed to finish their placements, no new applications will be accepted.
    Saskatchewan's Ministry of Education is implementing cost-cutting measures that will result in $8.7M in savings. Staff positions will not be affected by the reduction in spending.
    According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, small business optimism in Saskatchewan reached 51.3 in November, down more than three points from the previous month. Sixteen percent of business owners surveyed are planning layoffs.
    Saskatoon-based Cameco Corp. is planning to temporarily halt operations for six weeks at its McArthur River mine in northern Saskatchewan, starting in July 2017. Non-essential personnel will be required to take vacation time during the shutdown.
  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    Canadian Protein Innovation is planning to build a new $75M agriculture facility in Moose Jaw, pending approval by the city council. Construction of the facility could start as early as spring 2017.
    A new Magic Lantern movie theatre is set to open in Saskatoon's Brighton Marketplace retail centre in fall 2017
    The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $330,000 for three targeted police officer positions in Moose Jaw. The funding is part of a $14.2M initiative to support law enforcement and priority activities across the province.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $770,000 for seven RCMP positions in North Battleford. The contribution stems from a $14.2M fund to support law enforcement and priority activities across the province.
    The Government of Saskatchewan rescinded a $3M grant to SkipTheDishes, a Manitoba-based online food delivery business, citing the company's failure to meet contractual obligations
    Spartan Energy Corp. of Calgary is acquiring $700M worth of assets from ARC Resources Ltd., which is based in southeast Saskatchewan. The deal is set to be concluded on December 8, pending regulatory approval.
    The Regina Leader-Post is cutting eight newsroom positions through voluntary buyouts. Postmedia, the Leader-Post's parent company, recently announced plans to reduce staffing costs across Canada by 20%.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $27M for a 10-km road-twinning project near Estevan. Construction of the project is currently underway and paving is set to be completed in 2017.
    Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. is laying off 140 employees from its Cory mine, near Saskatoon, as it reduces its production levels amid weak potash market conditions
    The Government of Saskatchewan is implementing spending cuts and a public sector hiring freeze following the release of its mid-year budget on November 22. The provincial budget deficit has climbed to $1B, from its initial projection of $434M in June.
  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters is closing its Regina location on December 31. The number of employees affected by the closure is unknown.
    The value of building permits issued in Regina surged to $63.2M in October, up 67% from the same month in 2015. Permits issued during the first 10 months of 2016 were worth $534.1M, compared to $595.4M for the same period in 2015.
    Record high temperatures across parts of Saskatchewan in early November renewed hope for some farmers, allowing them to combine crops that were not harvested in October due to wet conditions
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Saskatoon's new housing starts totalled 142 in October 2016, down slightly from 146 starts during the same month last year
    SaskPower is building a new station and high voltage transmission line, worth $20M, in the Weyburn area. In addition, the company plans to invest $3M in system maintenance work in the region.
    SaskTel is planning to close its inbound call centre in Moose Jaw. Affected employees will be offered other positions within the company, mostly in Regina.
    The Mosaic Company's Colonsay potash mine is set to reopen on December 5. About 330 unionized miners were laid-off in July due to challenging market conditions.
    Costco Wholesale held a grand opening for its second location in Saskatoon's Rosewood area on November 10
    Amec Foster Wheeler PLC, a global engineering and project management company, cut 57 jobs in Saskatoon in November due to challenging economic conditions caused by low commodity prices
    The Prairie Sky Co-operative Association and the Milestone Co-operative Association announced they will merge as of January 29, 2017. No layoffs are planned as a result of the amalgamation.
  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    Sunwing will offer a new flight service from Regina to the Dominican Republic from December 13, 2016 until March 28, 2017
    According to the federal Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcies in Saskatchewan were up 40% in August 2016 compared to the same month last year - the highest percentage increase among provinces
    According to the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), oil and gas drilling activity is expected to improve slightly in 2017 compared to 2016 levels. PSAC anticipates that 1,940 wells will be drilled in Saskatchewan next year.
    Warm temperatures in early November allowed Saskatchewan farmers to harvest remaining crops. The construction industry also benefited from milder weather conditions, allowing some crew to continue repair and construction work.
    Construction of the new Integrated Health Care Facility in Leader is slated to begin in December. The provincial government is providing $9.6M towards the $12M project.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $9.4M for 81 targeted police officer positions in Regina and Saskatoon through its $14.2M Municipal Police Grants program
    Shareholders of Agrium Inc. and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan approved the merger of the two companies on November 3. The merger deal is expected to be finalized in mid-2017.
    According to Statistics Canada, employment in Saskatchewan was down 10,800 in October 2016 compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, the provincial unemployment rate climbed to 6.9% last month.
    Agrocorp Processing is planning to relocate its Canadian headquarters from Vancouver to Moose Jaw in early 2017. The move will result in the creation of 20 new jobs over the next three years.
    About 500 students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Moose Jaw campus met with over two dozen prospective employers during the school's 4th annual technology career fair on November 2
  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's Consumer Price Index rose 1.1% in September compared to the same month last year. Meanwhile, provincial retail sales reached $1.64B in August - up 0.3% compared to August 2015.
    WestJet launched nonstop flights from Regina to Orlando, Florida, on October 26. The weekly service will be offered every Thursday until the end of April 2017.
    The Estevan Farmers' Market reported a slight drop in sales in 2016, due to the state of the local economy. However, vendors expect a good turnout for the Christmas market, which will run until December 17 inside the Estevan Shoppers Mall.
    Farm Credit Canada plans on offering solutions, such as deferral of principle payments and loan payment schedule amendments, on a case-by-case basis to support Saskatchewan farmers facing financial hardship due to wet conditions this growing season
    The Regina District Industry Education Council held a career event in Belle Plaine to promote heavy construction careers to young women in Grades 10 to 12 on October 28
    The Mâmawêyatitân Centre, which is currently under construction in North Central Regina, received $100,000 from the Mosaic Company to build a green space for cultural teachings and storytelling
    BC-based restaurant chain Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria will open three new locations in Saskatchewan in the coming year, including two in Regina and one in Lloydminster
    Canadian Western Agribition, the biggest agricultural and livestock show in Canada, will be held in Regina from November 21 to 26
    According to Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union, 14 deputy sheriff positions were recently cut in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, North Battleford and Weyburn
  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    Saskatoon-based Gensource Potash Corporation has launched a feasibility study for a proposed mine near Craik. The results of the study are expected in early 2017.
    Demolition work is underway at the University of Regina's College Avenue Campus. The $60M project includes renovating parts of the facility and the construction of a new office block for Conexus Credit Union.
    The value of building permits issued in North Battleford reached $2.13M in September, up from $1.11M during the same month in 2015
    The value of building permits issued in Regina reached $39M in September, down from $72.5M during the same month in 2015. Moreover, permits issued in the first three quarters of 2016 were worth $470.9M, down 16% from the same period in 2015.
    Military contractor CAE and Peacock Collegiate in Moose Jaw renewed their education agreement on October 21. The partnership allows high school students to acquire hands-on experience in aviation maintenance.
    The Twin City Medical Walk-In Clinic in North Battleford recently added two family physicians to its medical staff. As a result, the clinic is expanding walk-in services to include Sundays beginning November 6.
    Members of the Pasqua First Nation have begun construction of the new Pasqua Youth Recreation and Cultural Centre. The $750,000 multi-purpose facility is being funded by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
    Unreal City, a comic book and collectable store in Saskatoon, is closing at the end of November. The number of employees affected by the closure is unknown.
    According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Regina and Saskatoon housing markets show moderate evidence of being overvalued
  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    Holiday Inn and the University of Saskatchewan broke ground on a new 220-room, nine-story hotel on October 14. The hotel is slated to open in April 2018.
    The University of Saskatchewan is planning to build a new $41M ice hockey rink on campus, thanks to a $12M private donation. Construction and opening date of the 1,830-seat arena has not yet been set.
    The City of Regina approved plans to develop Aurora, a commercial retail site, on October 17. The project will be developed by Harvard Developments and Forster Projects.
    Regina-based Sherwood Co-op is building a new location in the south end of the city, with completion slated for summer 2017. The new project will include a gas bar, a convenience store and a car wash.
    Saskatoon Co-op is expanding its operations, thanks to its increasing annual revenues over the past decade. The company is currently rebuilding one of its two Home Centres, which should open in June 2017.
    Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Canada Ltd. shut down its manufacturing division in Saskatoon on October 15, resulting in about 150 layoffs. The power division, which employs 40 workers, will continue operating in the city.
    The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association rescinded its agreement with Tourism Saskatoon to hold the rodeo finals in Saskatoon's SaskTel Centre. Instead, the finals will be hosted by Edmonton's Northlands.
  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic has launched the Women in Trades and Technology program, an eight-day workshop providing an overview of careers in welding, automotive servicing, carpentry, electrical, machining and plumbing
    Cameco Corp. laid off an undisclosed number of workers from its corporate headquarters in Saskatoon on October 4. This follows the loss of nearly 600 jobs last April when the company closed its Rabbit Lake uranium mine.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate rose from 6.3% in August to 6.8% in September. On a year-over-year basis, there were 6,500 fewer people working in the province this month compared to September 2015.
    Many Saskatchewan and Alberta farmers have had to put harvesting on hold due to recent rain and snow. Farmers are now expecting lower crop quality and profits due to these adverse weather conditions.
    Construction of the Moose Jaw Civic Centre Plaza is nearing completion. Stores such as Starbucks and The Canadian Brewhouse are slated to open in the plaza next month.
    The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority removed some barriers for craft beer manufacturers in September. The changes allow local craft brewers to bottle and deliver their products directly to SLGA or private liquor stores across the province.
    The historic Clarendon Hotel in Gull Lake was completely destroyed by fire on October 9. The number of employees impacted by the fire is unknown.
  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    Viterra is starting construction of a new grain terminal in Wadena this fall. The facility should be operational in two years.
    Regina Pro Plumbers, a new firm offering commercial and residential plumbing services, recently opened its doors in Regina
    SynergyAG, a new chain of crop input and seed retail stores, is set to launch several locations across the province. The first store is expected to open this fall in Lewvan.
    Twenty workers at the adult mental health unit at Regina General Hospital are receiving layoff notices. The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region made the decision following an audit of the unit's staffing needs.
    The All Nations Jobs Expo took place in Regina on September 28. Hosted by the Regina Chamber of Commerce, the job fair featured 51 employment booths and was expected to attract between 1,000 and 2,000 people.
    Mosaic Potash is transferring 10 customer service positions from its Regina head office to the company's Florida location, effective June 2017. The company is working with employees impacted by the change to help them find other employment.
    Enbridge Inc. is selling its Southeast Saskatchewan pipeline system to Tundra Energy Marketing Limited for $1.1B. All Enbridge employees currently working on the Southeast Saskatchewan System will transfer over to Tundra.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is discontinuing funding to NORTEP and NORPAC, two post-secondary programs for northern students, in July 2017. The decision, which was made to minimize duplication, will result in administrative changes.
  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    AREVA Resources Canada is providing $500,000 to build a family room in the maternal care centre at the Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan. The hospital is scheduled to open in Saskatoon in 2019.
    Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority presented its new casino plans to Lloydminster residents on September 21. The project is expected to create 140 jobs in the city.
    Cathedral Social Hall opened in Regina on July 6. The new beer pub features creations by Saskatchewan craft brewers, as well as food and live music.
    The City of Regina is building two new playgrounds in the north and south ends of the city. Construction is expected to be completed by early October.
    Winnipeg-based Richardson International Ltd. is constructing crop input centres in Elrose, Wakaw and Pasqua. Construction of the facilities will begin this fall and should be complete by the end of 2017.
    The Canadian National Institute for the Blind recently submitted a proposal to upgrade and expand its current facility in Regina to help make it more accessible
    The City of Regina recently approved plans to accommodate population growth in the southeast portion of the city. The proposed 690-hectare neighbourhoods could be home to nearly 17,500 people over the next 20 years.
    The minimum wage in Saskatchewan is set to increase from $10.50 to $10.72 per hour on October 1. The increase will impact about 23,000 workers across the province, 56% of whom are under the age of 25.
    Two new doctors are joining the Preeceville Health Care Centre in October. As a result, the Sunrise Health Region may reopen its emergency room services that were suspended in June due to a doctor shortage.
  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    Demolition work recently started on the former Sears Warehouse in Regina. Vancouver-based Hungerford Properties is redeveloping part of the property into a larger warehouse space.
    Mosaic Co. is providing $1M to the Social Impact Bond program ¿ a provincial government initiative that aims to improve graduation rates of children from economically disadvantaged homes
    The federal and provincial governments, along with the City of Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Housing Coalition, marked the opening of Camponi Transitional Housing II, a 20-unit housing complex for at-risk individuals
    The federal and provincial government signed a new bilateral agreement on September 16. The agreement will provide over $236.6M for infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan.
    According to Royal Bank of Canada, Saskatchewan¿s economy will contract by 0.9% in 2016, before returning to positive growth in 2017
    Saskatoon Health Region laid-off about 70 union and non-union employees on September 15 in an effort to balance a budget deficit of $35.7M
    According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, home prices in Regina increased by 3.7% in August on a year-over-year basis. In contrast, prices in Saskatoon declined by 0.9% during the same period.
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, new housing starts in Regina surged by 74% in August on a year-over-year basis
    The federal, provincial and municipal governments are providing $59M for water and sewer infrastructure projects in Regina and Saskatoon
    Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region is laying off nearly 20 workers, eliminating casual work for part-timers, and cutting positions through attrition to help balance its books
    Discount travel company, NewLeaf, is temporarily suspending flights in and out of Regina and Saskatoon in November while it evaluates consumer demand. The company may resume service to and from these cities in mid-December.
  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    Saskatoon Health Region is planning to lay-off staff due to a budget deficit of up to $30M. Details on the timing and number of layoffs are not currently available.
    The City of Regina is expanding its laneway and garden suite housing project. The project aims to increase population density and reduce environmental impacts by building mini-houses on existing properties.
    The value of building permits issued in Regina totalled $39.3M in August, down from $42.8M in August 2015
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan had 4,500 fewer jobs in August compared to the same month last year
    Manitou Beach is receiving $3.9M from the provincial government to raise berms to hold back rising water that threatens local homes and businesses
    According to Statistics Canada, the price of new homes in Saskatoon dropped by 3.2% in July on a year-over-year basis
    Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan and Calgary-based Agrium Inc. recently agreed to merge, which would create an agricultural giant worth $36B. The new firm, with over 20,000 staff worldwide, would be headquartered in Saskatoon.
    The Saskatchewan government is eliminating regulatory barriers for cottage wineries and micro distilleries. Craft producers will now benefit from increased production thresholds and a graduated markup structure.
    The Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship Program has granted 100 high-school graduates scholarships worth $1,000. The program is managed by the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission and is partly funded by the provincial government.
  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    The provincial government is providing $3M towards a grade raise construction project of Highway 3, west of Shellbrook. Construction of the project began in August and should be completed by summer 2017.
    Conexus Credit Union will be leasing Wascana Centre land from the University of Regina to construct its new headquarters. In return, the credit union plans to donate over $8M toward the university¿s College Avenue campus renewal project.
    Saskatoon-based Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan and Calgary-based Agrium Inc. are currently in preliminary discussions for a possible merger of equals, which could produce a fertilizer giant worth more than $30B
    The federal government is funding a $37M research project at the University of Saskatchewan, to study ways of maximizing crop yields by using drone and robotic technology
    Sobeys Inc. recently opened a new IGA store in Emerald Park
    Ikea Canada is opening a new collection point in Saskatoon, where shoppers will be able to ship and collect their online purchases
    Giant Tiger, a discount store chain, plans to open a new location in Weyburn by the end of January 2017
    The federal government is granting $77M to the University of Saskatchewan to study water issues across Canada
    The federal government is providing $35.3M to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada¿s research and development centre in Swift Current. The funds will be used in renovations, as well as to build new laboratories.
    Ranch Ehrlo Society is expanding its family treatment program due to increasing demand. The society plans to relocate to a new building that will make room for additional staff and allow for more group space.
    Souls Harbour Rescue Mission is planning to build a new low-income housing facility in Regina. Construction on the $7M project will begin next summer and is slated for completion in July 2018.
    According to the Association of Regina Realtors, a record number of homes were sold in Regina in August
  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    The federal government is providing $33.1M to the University of Saskatchewan for infrastructure improvements around campus. The majority of funding will be used to build the Collaborative Science Research Building.
    McDonald's Canada Inc. is adding over 350 jobs at 24 locations across Saskatchewan. Each location will invest up to $250,000 to hire about 15 servers and greeters.
    The number of employment insurance recipients in Saskatchewan reached 16,200 in June 2016, up 19% compared to the same period last year
    Saskatoon Public Schools plans to hire up to four new French immersion teachers for the 2016-2017 school year due to an increase in student enrolment
    Saskatoon City Council recently approved a new condominium project at Market Mall. Construction of the 400-unit complex is set to begin in spring 2017, and should be completed by late 2019.
    The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is supporting Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority's proposal to construct a new casino in Lloydminster. The project is expected to create approximately 500 new jobs in the city.
    According to the latest provincial crop report, Saskatchewan farmers are expecting yields above the 10-year average for all crops
    The University of Regina is offering the Prince's Operation Entrepreneur program, a weeklong boot camp, for military veterans. Established in 2012, the program teaches ex-soldiers how to start their own business.
  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    The Government of Saskatchewan is holding discussions with grain producers, as well as shippers, to ensure safe and efficient transportation of this year's expected bumper crop
    Saskatchewan's public offering of petroleum and natural gas rights for the month of August generated $10M for the province. This represents the largest sale for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, with total year-to-date revenues now standing at $17M.
    According to the Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, a global oversupply of potash is pushing prices downward. As a result, revenues for mining firms and the provincial government dropped sharply in the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
    Saskatoberfest will take place in Regina's Hotel Saskatchewan on September 10, 2016. The event will serve as a fundraiser for Street Culture Project and will feature traditional fare, as well as live entertainment.
    The condominium market has surged both in Saskatoon (+40%) and Regina (+35%) in recent years. However, due to higher inventories of unsold units on the market, condo starts are expected to decline in 2016 and 2017.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing a combined $1.4M towards the construction of a new 14-unit affordable housing complex in La Loche. Construction work is expected to be complete by fall 2017.
    Manufacturing sales in Saskatchewan rose by 4.3% in June 2016 compared to the previous month. On an annual basis, manufacturing sales were up 2.9% - second highest among provinces in terms of percentage growth.
    Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority issued layoff notices to 170 employees in July, as it moves forward with plans to privatize 40 government-owned liquor stores. However, it could be months before the layoffs are implemented.
    Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority recently launched SOAR, a new program aimed at helping Aboriginal entrepreneurs grow their businesses
  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    A portion of Saskatoon's Holiday Park golf course will close on August 15 to undergo redevelopment. A modified course will remain open for the rest of the golfing season.
    Evraz North America laid off 125 workers at its Regina pipe division on August 3
    According to Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, there were 187 housing starts in Saskatoon in July 2016. Single-detached homes accounted for the majority of all new construction.
    The provincial government has granted Yancoal conditional environmental approval for its proposed potash mine near Southey. Pending other conditions, construction could begin in early 2017.
    Two Twenty, a co-working space, opened in Saskatoon on August 9. Nearly 150 self-employed professionals use the facility's resources and workplace environment.
    According to TransUnion Canada, Saskatchewan has the second-highest debt load in the country with an average of $24,036. The province's 90-plus day delinquency rate rose 11.6% from the second quarter of 2015.
    A new family-friendly restaurant, Skye Cafe and Bistro, opened in Regina's Saskatchewan Science Centre on August 12
    The Saskatoon Exhibition drew over 210,000 visitors in 2016. The event, which took place from August 9 to 15, featured rides and live music.
    According to Statistics Canada, the number of unfilled or vacant jobs in Saskatchewan declined by 35% in the first quarter of 2016. This drop represents the second-largest year-over-year decrease among provinces.
  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    According to the Association of Regina Realtors, year-over-year home sales in Regina were down by 15% in July, while the total number of listings declined by 13% over the same period
    According to the Saskatoon Region Association of Realtors, Saskatoon¿s year-over-year home sales declined by 16% in July. Meanwhile, house prices remained relatively stable in the city, down 1% during the same period.
    The 2016 Innovative Learning Institute for Circumpolar Health conference was held in Saskatoon from August 2 to August 12. The event attracted nursing personnel from around the world and focused on healthcare issues concerning northern communities.
    CUPE Local 7, a union that represents 200 municipal employees, broke off bargaining talks with the City of Regina at the end of July. Workers have been without a collective agreement since December 31, 2015.
    According to Statistics Canada, employment in Saskatchewan was up 800 in July 2016 compared to the same month last year. The province has the third lowest unemployment rate in Canada at 6.3%.
    The Regina Folk Festival took place in Regina from August 5 to 7. The event, which is now in its 47th year, attracts up to 30,000 people.
    The Big Idea Camp took place in Regina from August 2 through August 5. The event featured educational sessions with business experts to help teens develop entrepreneurial skills.
    The 2016 Queen City Exhibition took place in Regina from August 2 to 6. Despite a slight drop in attendance from 2015, the event attracted over 200,000 carnival-goers.
  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    The Government of Saskatchewan issued request for proposals for private liquor stores in 20 communities across the province. The deadline to apply for these opportunities is September 7.
    The provincial government began upgrading several roads leading to lakes across Saskatchewan, thanks to the province¿s Highways and Infrastructure budget of over $1.15B
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation¿s latest market assessment report, Regina and Saskatoon housing markets show strong evidence of problematic conditions, due to overvaluation and overbuilding
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan¿s average weekly earnings were $976 in May 2016, down 1% (-$10) from April. In addition, year-over-year average earnings also declined by 0.2%.
    The federal and provincial governments are each providing up to $4,530,000 for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure at Whitecap Dakota First Nation. The project is expected to create more than 300 new jobs in the region.
    Delta Air Lines stopped offering daily flights from Regina to Minneapolis on August 1, 2016
    On August 2, the provincial government issued the final round of request for proposals for private liquor stores in 20 communities across Saskatchewan. The deadline to apply for these opportunities is September 13.
    Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co. has been selected to design and build two overpasses in Martensville and Warman. The $60.6M project is expected to be completed by fall 2019.
  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    The federal and provincial governments, along with the Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Corporation (MJNP), are funding a new 12-unit affordable housing project in Moose Jaw
    The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region posted a $15.2M deficit in 2015-2016 due to increasing demographics. The health region expects to balance the books in 2016-2017 through funding increases and cost-saving measures like reducing overtime expenses.
    Starting in fall 2017, the Canadian Finals Rodeo will take place in Saskatoon instead of Edmonton. The change of location is a result of contract expiration been the rodeo association and Edmonton Northlands.
    YWCA's Power of Being a Girl summer camp is offering girls across Canada a chance to acquire computer programming skills. The program is taught by the Ladies Learning Code, an organization dedicated to empower women and youth.
    Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems announced plans to close the manufacturing side of its Saskatoon plant by October 15. The closure will affect 150 employees.
    According to Saskatchewan Agriculture, severe weather conditions are adversely affecting lentils and peas crops in some parts of the province
    According to Statistics Canada, the number of people receiving employment benefits in Saskatchewan declined by 1% in May 2016 compared to the previous month. In contrast, year-over-year beneficiaries were up 21.6%.
    Saskatoon Transit announced plans to purchase 15 low-floor buses and five Access Transit buses at a cost of over $8M. The city council approved the funding application through the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
    WestJet will offer weekly direct flights from Regina to Orlando, Florida, starting October 27
    Construction of Regina's new Pacer Park began on July 19. The baseball park, which was forced to move due to the Regina bypass project, is being relocated at an estimated cost of $10M.
    Evraz North America is laying off 125 employees from its Regina operations. The job cuts are a result of pipeline approval delays and the impact of "unfairly traded imports".
    Federated Co-operatives Limited announced plans to build two fertilizer terminals in Hanley, Saskatchewan, and Brandon, Manitoba. The two terminals, worth $75M, are expected to be in service by 2017.
    BC-based Save-On-Foods announced plans to open three new grocery stores in Saskatoon over the next 18 months
    The Saskatoon Health Region announced plans to cut $34M in costs to balance its 2016-2017 budget. Measures will include laying off some support employees and implementing a temporary hiring freeze.
  • Week of Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2016

    The Mosaic Company issued temporary lay-off notices to about 330 workers at its Colonsay potash mine on July 13. The company has suspended production from the mine for the remainder of 2016 due to low demand and market prices.
    The Government of Saskatchewan announced plans to seal coat highways this construction season. Seal coating will be applied to nearly 800 km across the province, at a cost of $25M.
    SaskPower plans on building and operating a new natural gas-fired power station in Swift Current. The 350 megawatt facility is slated for completion in October 2019.
    S&P Global Ratings downgraded Saskatchewan's credit rating from AAA to AA+. The decrease in rating has been attributed to low natural resource prices.
    About 200 people from Red Earth Cree Nation were evacuated on July 15 due to rising water levels along the Carrot River
    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced that three more corporate partners are contributing funding for the new $278M Mosaic stadium. In total, seven companies are providing financial support for the project.
    According to the Canadian Business Magazine, Saskatoon is the third best place in Canada to do business. The improved rankings are a result of the commodities price slump, which has resulted in lower operating costs in the city.
    The City of Saskatoon approved the construction of a $2.8M retaining wall along Saskatchewan Crescent East. Construction on the 44-metre wooden wall is expected to start in August.
  • Week of Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2016

    Home sales in Regina were up 2% in June, compared to the past year. Year to date, 1,787 homes have been sold in the city, a five percent increase from 2015, which is attributed to low interest rates and a relatively affordable market.
    Building permit values reached $117.3M in June¿ up more than fourfold from June 2015. The year-to-date building values total rose to $301.4M, an increase of 2.5% compared to the first half of 2015.
    The government of Saskatchewan issued five requests for proposals for private liquor stores: two in Regina and three in Saskatoon. Three more requests for proposals will be issued over the summer.
    The federal and provincial governments signed an agreement to increase funding for affordable and low-income housing in Saskatchewan. The joint investment of almost $74.1M will support various initiatives over the next two years.
    The provincial government is investing over $40M to replace or repair 36 bridges in the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The province has invested $6.3B in transportation infrastructure since 2008.
    Construction of a new $1.9M housing complex has recently been completed in Prince Albert. The new 21-unit complex has been built to help attract and retain medical students and doctors.
    The government of Saskatchewan launched a modernized Corporate Registry, a new online system to make it easier for businesses and non-profit corporations to search, register and operate in in the province
    SaskWind recently proposed a $90M community-owned wind and solar project in the Swift Current area. Once approved by the community, the project will need to obtain a supply agreement with SaskPower.
    The communities of Arborfield and Carrot River declared states of emergency on July 11, due to flash floods. Residents of Arborfield were evacuated.
    Estevan declared a state of emergency on July 11 after receiving 130 mm of rain
    Lloydminster, Humbold and Yorkton reported flash floods on July 11. Significant flooding has affected residents and businesses in the cities.
  • Week of Jul 04 - Jul 08, 2016

    The Moose Jaw Times-Herald ended its Monday print version to reduce costs. No job cuts are expected as a result of this decision.
    The Greater Saskatoon Catholic School board plans to reduce spending over the next academic year. With a provincial budget of $3.5M, instead of the required $6.5M, the school board is considering cost-saving measures.
    A recent report by Farm Credit Canada points to renewed optimism in agriculture. The demand for new farm equipment is expected to increase gradually over the next two years.
    The minimum wage in Saskatchewan is set to increase to $10.72 per hour on October 1
    Light oil reserves in Saskatchewan are attracting investor interest. Husky Energy recently opened a new thermal plant near Lloydminster, while Raging River Exploration plans on investing $175M in the province this year.
    According to Canadian Federation of Independent Business, small business optimism in Saskatchewan improved in June. Fourteen per cent of business owners plan to hire full-time staff over the next quarter, while 10 per cent plan to reduce staff.
    The City of Regina finalized a new contract with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 588. Over 200 transit workers in the city will benefit from a 2% wage increase starting this year, up until 2018.
    Gaslight Tattoo, a tattoo parlour in downtown Regina, was destroyed in a fire. The number of affected employees is unknown.
    Frontier College launched a literacy camp program for Indigenous youth across Canada. The summer program is expected to reach 7,000 Indigenous children this year.
  • Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016

    Lowe's Canada recently opened a new store in Regina at the Northgate Mall. About 140 employees work at the new location, including full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees.
    Several communities in northern Saskatchewan renewed their partnership with Cameco Corp. and Areva Resources Canada Inc. The development agreement supports the continuation of uranium mining operations in the area.
    Bayer CropScience Inc. recently opened a $24M wheat-breeding facility near Pike Lake. The hybrid spring wheat varieties under development are expected to increase income for Saskatchewan crop farmers.
    Richardson International, a handler of Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds, announced the creation of a $15M research facility near Regina. The farm and training centre's first crop was planted this spring.
    The government of Saskatchewan is investing almost $1M to improve water and wastewater systems in three provincial parks. Work on the projects is expected to be completed by the summer of 2017.
    Work began on June 25 to replace the northbound overpass on Regina's Ring Road. Construction is expected to take four months.
    The Saskatchewan Roughriders reported a $4.3M deficit in 2015, compared to a $2.2M profit the previous year. While gate receipts increased in 2015, reaching $15.7M, merchandise sales decreased by $2.2M from 2014.
    Discount travel company NewLeaf will offer flights from Regina and Saskatoon starting in July. The company will fly from 12 Canadian cities.
    Canadian Pacific Railway laid off 500 track maintenance workers across Canada on June 30. No details were provided regarding the number of employees affected in Saskatchewan.
    Two physicians will join the Sunrise Health Region in Preeceville in October. It is unknown whether emergency room services will be restored as a result of the new arrivals.
    Saskatchewan bars and clubs will phase in a mandatory server training program over the next three years. The training will help staff identify intoxicated patrons and understand legal responsibilities.
    Regina's city council decided to issue 2016 seasonal taxi licences by a lottery system. The motion was welcomed by taxi drivers, who will no longer have to obtain a permit through a broker at an additional cost.
    Standard and Poor's (S&P) Financial Services downgraded Saskatchewan's credit rating from AAA to AA+. While the drop reflects the impact of persistently low resource prices, the province continues to have the second highest rating in the country.
  • Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016

    The Farm Progress Show took place in Regina last week. The event included an educational program for middle school students to give them an opportunity to explore different careers in agriculture.
    The population of Saskatchewan increased by over 16,000 people between April 2015 and April 2016, according to Statistics Canada. This marks the tenth consecutive year of growth for the province.
    Seventy-four classroom employees from the Prairie Spirit School Division received layoff notices. The job cuts are attributed to an estimated $3M budget shortfall.
    The Regina Open Door Society received $1.1M in funding from the Saskatchewan government. The funds will serve to hire staff and to support a work readiness program for newcomers.
    A new 12-unit affordable rental housing project for seniors will be built in Pinehouse Lake. The federal and provincial governments are contributing $1.5M and $648,000 will be funded by the Northern Village of Pinehouse Lake and Pinehouse Business North.
    Work will soon begin to upgrade parts of Highways 322 and 220, near the Last Mountain House Provincial Historic Park. The resurfacing work will be completed over the next two construction seasons.
    The Bazaart Craft Show and sale took place in Regina on June 18. Now in its 43rd year, the annual show attracts talented artists and artisans from all over Saskatchewan.
    Champagne Bridal, a Saskatoon bridal shop, closed indefinitely on June 17
    K+S's Legacy project near Bethune is set to begin production in 2016. The $4.1-billion solution potash mine expects to reach its two million tonnes capacity per year by late 2017.
    The hair salon at the Pasqua Hospital will close at the end of July. The Pasqua Hospital Auxiliary, which operated Hair Care for 28 years, made the decision due to the declining number of clients.
  • Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016

    Conexus Credit Union announced plans to move 200 employees into the University of Regina¿s College Avenue Campus. Conexus will contribute $8.25M to help renovate the century-old building.
    The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority brought in over $86M in profits in 2015, up 2.6% compared to the previous year. This marks the fifth consecutive year that SIGA recorded profits over $80M.
    The government of Saskatchewan's public offerings of petroleum and natural gas rights raised $3.9M in revenue on June 9. To date in 2016, the province's land sales total over $12M.
    The government of Saskatchewan is increasing the number of weeks of compassionate care leave benefits from eight to a maximum of 28 weeks. The amendment was made to match changes to Employment Insurance.
    The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) will receive $967,000 from the provincial government to support its construction career program. Over 600 First Nations and Métis people will be able to participate in this program.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 per cent in May, from 6.3 per cent in April. The rate is up over the year, from 5.3 per cent in May 2015.
    The federal government announced the creation of nearly 1,900 summer jobs for students in Saskatchewan. The provincial government will also hire almost 1,000 students this summer.
    The government of Saskatchewan is investing almost $700,000 to improve community airports throughout the province. The funds will serve to upgrade existing infrastructures.
    The federal and provincial governments are each contributing $6.8M toward the construction of a new $20.8M water treatment facility in Nipawin
    Penn West, a Calgary-based company, sold $1B of oil-producing assets in Saskatchewan last week. Renewed investor confidence is spurring cautious optimism in the energy sector.
  • Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016

    Seeding of 2016's crops are almost complete and well ahead of the five-year average of 77% for this time of the year. Crops that have emerged are in good to excellent condition.
    Saskatoon Co-op is building a new home centre in Saskatoon's east end, scheduled to open in June 2017. Construction is also underway at a new co-op locations in Martensville and Colonsay.
    Prince Albert Parkland Health Region's 2015-2016 fiscal year ended with a deficit over $1.4M.
    The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission approved a production increase at Areva's McLean Lake Mill. The increase will mean Cameco can meet its 2016 production target from the Cigar Lake mine.
    Laundromat, a store offering free washing services and a diaper bank for low income families, recently opened its doors in Regina
    The Government of Saskatchewan is closing the Buffalo Narrows Community Correctional Centre. The closure will affect 15 employees.
    Viterra Inc. held a grand opening for its new grain elevator in Kindersley on June 7
    Federal, provincial, and municipal governments are providing $30.1M to build a new transit maintenance facility in Regina
    The expansion of PotashCorp's Rocanville mine is almost complete. The $3B project began in 2008, will allow the company to double its production capacity. At its peak, the site employed up to 1,800 contractors.
    Dakota Dunes Golf Links clubhouse opened its doors in Whitecap on June 2. A new business park and hotel are also being developed in the area, which is expected to create 140 new jobs.
    According to the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, Saskatchewan's year-over-year insolvency rate rose by 22% in March. At the national level, insolvency rates increased by 2% during the same period.
    Calgary-based Raging River Exploration will invest $175M on oil exploration in Saskatchewan this year, with plans to get 220 new wells online.
    A survey by Praxis Consulting shows Regina's business leaders believe the city's economy is on an upward trend and overall economic conditions will start improving within the next 12 months
    According to Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, housing starts in Saskatoon declined to 126 units in May, compared to 253 units during the same time last year
    According to Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Saskatchewan's job vacancy rate is among the lowest in Canada. Vacancy rates fell from 2.2% in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 2% in first quarter of 2016.
  • Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016

    Saskatchewan had the highest percentage of dual-income households (74.1%) in Canada in 2015, according to Statistics Canada. The national average during this period was 69%.
    Plains Midstream Canada terminal has ceased operations at their Kerrobert terminal, laying off 30 employees in the process. The $140M terminal opened in 2015.
    The federal, provincial, and municipal governments are partnering to build a new $45.1M interchange at Boychuk Drive and Highway 16 in Saskatoon
    Construction of Saskatoon's new $6M fire station is expected to begin in spring 2017
    Whisky and Pearls, a new salon, recently opened its doors in Moose Jaw
    Tradebank, a new business that allows companies to barter services without using cash, opened in Moose Jaw on May 26
    University of Saskatchewan is offering a new mining engineering program. The program will allow students seeking bachelor of engineering degrees the opportunity to take specialized classes related to mining.
    The federal government is spending $100M to help alleviate unemployment in Indigenous communities across Canada. Funds will be used in literacy, general education, and skills development programs across the country.
    Wilson's Greenhouse and Garden Centre is expanding its operations in Saskatoon. Work on a new 120,000sq.ft. building worth $10M is scheduled to begin in August, with an opening date expected for early 2017.
    Construction of Saskatoon's Brighton community is underway. The development will contain 6,400 homes and offer commercial and retail spaces. Retail tenants will include Save-On Foods, the Keg Steakhouse, and Motion Fitness.
    The Souls Harbour Rescue Mission is planning to build a new four-storey facility in Regina. The facility is expected to cost between $6M and $7M, and could open in July 2018.
    Foxvalley Family Housing Partnership is building a $3.8M, eco-friendly, 14-unit building in Regina to provide affordable housing and counselling services for low-income families
    Transcontinental Inc. shuttered operations at its printing plant in Saskatoon, impacting 30 employees. The company also sold 13 local Saskatchewan papers to Star News Publishing Inc.
    A survey held by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce shows that only 57% of businesses plan on hiring summer students this year, compared to 60% in 2015
    According to Canadian Federation of Independent Business, optimism among Saskatchewan small businesses increased modestly in May. Of the businesses surveyed, 18% plan on hiring over the next quarter, while 13% expect to cut staff.
    Average weekly earnings in Saskatchewan declined by $10.30 in March compared to the previous month, according to Statistics Canada. In contrast, other western Canadian provinces experienced an increase during the same period.
    Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, HealthLine, and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency recently launched the Breast Cancer Lymphedema Pilot Program to increase awareness about the disease
    The federal government has renewed and increased funding for members of the Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership. The funding will allow members to expand centralized intake and case management, and to hire additional staff.
    Consumer confidence in the Saskatchewan-Manitoba region declined in May, according to Conference Board of Canada. Nationally, the consumer confidence index improved during the same period.
    Prince Albert's Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Board is cutting back work hours for about 340 support staff in the division
  • Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016

    Preeceville and District Health Centre's emergency room services are temporarily being suspended starting June 1, due to a lack of staff
    Restoration work on University of Regina's Drake Hall has started. The $3M project is being funded through the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project fundraising campaign and is expected to be completed in the next six months.
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, housing starts in Regina are expected to reach between 1,180 and 1,470 units in 2016, down from 1,597 in 2015. New builds are expected to rebound slightly in 2017.
    Farmers in Saskatchewan have seeded more than half of this year's crop, according to the latest provincial crop report. Seeding is well ahead of the five-year average of 28% for this time of the year.
    De Beers Canada Inc. has signed a $20.4M agreement with CanAlaska to explore diamonds in Northwestern Athabasca basin. The agreement will allow De Beers to explore up to 43,000 acres of land over the next few years.
    The North East Outreach and Support Services' women's shelter is opening its doors in Melfort in June
    SaskTel workers ratified a new three-year contract on May 19. The new deal includes a 4.5% wage hike and raises pension plan contributions to 7.45% of wages. The telecommunications crown corporation employs about 4,000 people.
    According to a new report by TransUnion, Saskatchewan had the highest loan delinquency rate in Canada (3.04%) in the first quarter of 2016
    Christian Counselling Services plans on expanding its services in Saskatoon and is looking to hire a new registered psychologist, social worker, or marriage and family therapist
    Delta Airlines is terminating direct flights from Regina to Minneapolis starting August 1, 2016, due to lower passenger demand and softening airline revenues
    Construction of Prince Albert's Diefenbaker Bridge began in early May, and is slated for completion by September 2016
    SaskTel is expanding its LTE services to seven rural Saskatchewan resort communities due to increasing demand for bandwidth
    Southeast College is partnering with the municipal government to construct Bourquin Road in northeast Estevan. The partnership will allow college students to gain work experience.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's month-over-month retail sales declined by 0.9% in March. At the national level, sales were down by 1.0% during the same period.
    The City of Swift Current expects to see an increase in commercial and industrial development in 2016, as over 70 new business permits have been issued so far this year.
    Veteran Affairs Canada is planning to reopen nine offices across the country, including its Saskatoon office
    The federal government's 150 Community Infrastructure Program is accepting applications for its second intake in Saskatchewan. The program supports renovation, expansion and improvement of existing community infrastructure.
    Cargill Canada plans to demolish its Raymore grain elevator. The terminal, which used to collect oilseeds, ceased operating in December 2015.
    Ben Moss, a Winnipeg-based jewellery store, is liquidating 11 locations across Canada including a store in Prince Albert's Gateway Mall. The company has not provided details about the number of employees affected.
    The Government of Canada has granted $110,000 to the Fédération des Francophones de Saskatoon, to renovate its Rendez-Vous Francophone space located in Saskatoon. The space houses several organizations that deliver community services.
    Millennium Stimulation Services recently ceased operations. The company began operations in 2012, and operated in southeastern Saskatchewan, Manitoba and southeastern Alberta.
    Can-Do Delivery Services Ltd. is closing its doors in Saskatoon due to increasing competition in the courier industry and weak economic conditions. The company started operations in 2005, and at its peak, employed about 45 people.
    Cheshire Homes has opened a new group home for adults with physical disabilities in Regina
    According to the MS Society of Canada, Saskatchewan does not have a neurologist who specializes in treating Multiple Sclerosis, despite its high prevalence in the province. Approximately 3,500 to 3,700 Saskatchewan residents are affected by the disease.
  • Week of May 18 - May 22, 2016

    Steam operations are underway at Husky Energy's second thermal project, Vawn, located near Lloydminster. The project is expected to enter production in the third quarter of this year.
    A new shopping centre is being planned for Regina's west end, as a part of Westerra neighbourhood development
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's economy shrank by 1.4% in 2015 as low oil prices took a toll on the province's construction output. At the national level, real gross domestic product rose by 0.9% last year.
    The federal government is granting $121,025 to the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority. Funds will be used to hire in-market consultants to organize trade missions and to attract foreign investors and businesses.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan will see the largest decline in capital spending (about -18%) among provinces this year. This expected decline is mainly being attributed to a slowdown in the province's oil patch.
    Wakamow Place, a long-term mental-illness housing centre, is being expanded in Moose Jaw. Construction on the project is slated to begin this summer, with a completion date set for fall 2017.
    According to Statistics Canada, new motor vehicle sales in Saskatchewan were down 6.2% in March compared to March 2015. Average sales prices also dropped (-6.8%) during this period.
    Packers Plus, a Calgary-based oil and gas service company, recently closed its doors in Estevan. The company had expanded its Estevan operations in 2010, and at that time, had 42 employees working at the location.
    Regina's Sears Outlet store will cease operations in April 2017. The closure will impact 98 employees.
    Regina's Pasqua Hospital has implemented a new pilot project to help improve safety, reduce hospital stays, and shorten emergency room wait times
    A new $700,000 skateboard park was inaugurated in Warman on May 14, 2016
    According to Avison Young, Regina's industrial real estate market has plateaued due to soft economic conditions in the province. This is evident from rising vacancy rates, slower leasing activity, and a surplus of industrial land outside of city limits.
    A 5-month long strike at the Regina's Best Western Seven Oaks motel ended on May 14, 2016
    According to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly crop report, farmers in the province have already seeded 35% of this year's crop. Seeding is well ahead of the five-year average of 10%.
    Regina Work Preparation Centre is offering a seven-week Youth Employment Readiness Program to help young workers find work. The program is funded by Service Canada's Skills Link Program.
    Construction of the new Nipawin medical clinic began on May 9 and is expected to be completed by February 2017. Dunmac General Contractors Ltd. of Saskatoon was awarded the project tender.
    7Shifts Inc., a restaurant technology company, is expanding its operations and plans to hire between 10 and 15 new employees in Saskatoon
    According to the Canadian Trucking Alliance, the industry will experience a labour shortage that could reach 48,000 drivers by 2024. The expected shortage will occur as drivers retire from the profession, while fewer young people are anticipated to join the industry.
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's market outlook, housing starts in Saskatchewan are expected to stabilize and slowly begin to increase over the next two years
  • Week of May 16 - May 20, 2016

    iQmetrix, a Vancouver-based software development company, opened a new office in Regina on May 11, 2016. The new office will employ about 150 staff.
    Saskatoon Community Foundation is granting more than $300,000 to 35 community organizations in the city. Grants will be used to support a number of community issues including education, newcomers, people with disabilities, and poverty.
  • Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016

    Despite declining workplace injury rates in Saskatchewan, workplace fatality rates are staying flat, according to Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board. During the last year, there were 32 workplace-related fatalities in the province.
    Saskatoon Public School Division is adding a Montessori option to the City Park School starting this fall. The school division is partnering with private school, Maria Montessori, to offer these preschool classes.
    Phoenix Residential Society plans on running a Housing First pilot project in Regina. The project is being funded by the Homelessness Partnership Strategy and aims to reduce homelessness in the city.
    Aeropostale is closing all of its stores in Canada, including the location at Saskatoon's Midtown Plaza. The company has not provided details about the number of jobs affected.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's year-over-year average weekly earnings remained flat in February. Average weekly earnings in the province were $993 in February, higher than the national average of $954.
    Regina's municipal government is spending $86M on road and drainage construction projects in the city this year
    Choose Life, a new healing centre, plans on opening its doors in Estevan in fall 2016. The centre is currently hiring contact staff and kitchen workers for its operations.
    Saskatchewan's unemployment rate reached 6.3% in April, the highest it has been since April 1999
    Ink House and Supplement King, two small businesses, recently opened their doors in Saskatoon
    According to Colliers International, Regina's industrial real estate market is feeling the impact of the economic slowdown. Demand for leasing and construction activity is declining in the city, while vacancy rates are rising.
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, residential construction activity is slowing down in Saskatoon. In April, year-to-date housing starts totalled 604, down 13% from the same period in 2015.
    According to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, about 44% of people living on reserve in Saskatchewan receive income assistance, which is significantly higher than the provincial average of about two percent
    According to the latest provincial crop report, approximately 15% of this year's crops have been seeded in Saskatchewan. The warm and dry weather is helping farmers plant early this year.
    Regina's year-over-year housing starts were down 25% in April, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Single-detached starts declined by 24%, while multiple-unit starts dropped by 26% over the same period.
    Sherwood Co-op is building a new facility in Regina, which includes a gas station, car wash, and convenience store. The $14.7M project is expected to be completed by 2017.
    Export Development Canada expects Saskatchewan's export situation to improve by 2017. Weak economic conditions will cause overall exports to shrink by three percent this year before rising 8 percent in 2017 as the economy recovers.
    Work is set to begin on Calico Gymnastics' new building in Humboldt. Construction is being funded by Conexus Credit Union and Discovery Group of Companies.
    Revera Inc. is building a 216-suite retirement community in Regina. Approximately 300 positions will be created during the construction phase of the project, while another 150 jobs will be created once the community opens in 2018.
    Regina Open Door Society has been granted $40,000 by the Co-operators. Funds will be used to develop employability workshops that prepare clients for transition into the workforce.
    Construction of a new C-Store is slated to begin in Canora in July. The store will employ around a dozen full and part-time staff once it opens.
  • Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016

    Petal Pushers Greenhouse opened its doors in Whitewood on April 29
    Saskatoon Region Economic Development Authority has downgraded its rating of Saskatoon¿s economy for 2016, but still expects the city to post economic growth of between 1.5 and two percent over the year
    Evraz is laying off 130 employees from its operations in Regina. These most recent layoffs are in addition to 70 notices that were given earlier this year.
    The provincial Ministry of Health is reviewing its physician recruitment practices for Saskatchewan. The review will assess the effectiveness of certain programs used to hire and retain physicians in the province.
    Cameco is launching a review of its corporate headquarter staffing levels in Saskatoon. The assessment comes after the mining firm laid off 500 employees from its Rabbit mine in April.
    According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Saskatchewan¿s small business optimism improved slightly in April. Despite higher optimism, only 19 percent of businesses plan on hiring workers, while 17 percent are looking to cut jobs.
    SaskTel and Unifor have reached a tentative three-year contract agreement. The current collective agreement ended on March 12, 2016.
    Pelican Narrows' main grocery store burned down on April 29. The grocery store was one of the largest in the area, also serving the village of Sandy Bay.
    Valley View Centre has laid off 36 nursing, dietary, housekeeping, and scheduling staff in Moose Jaw. The facility is slated for closure in 2018.
    The All Nations Healing Hospital is expanding its operations by adding a new dialysis unit in Fort Qu¿Appelle. The $1.7M facility will be built next to the hospital and is expected to open this fall.
    The provincial government has granted $10M to the Saskatoon Health Region to help ease ongoing financial pressures
    A new mental health facility is being constructed in North Battleford and is slated to be completed by 2018. The 284-bed facility will replace the Saskatchewan Hospital.
    According to the Association of Regina Realtors, home sales in the Regina area were at a 10 year low in April. Average sale prices were also down by 6 percent on a year-over-year basis.
    Saskatchewan¿s year-over-year consumer bankruptcy rates climbed to 24.4 percent in February, according to the federal Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy. This represents the second largest increase in bankruptcies among all provinces.
    According to Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation, Regina¿s housing market is showing signs of overbuilding and overvaluation. Housing starts were down by 8 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year.
    Petroleum Services Association of Canada has significantly reduced its projected well drilling numbers in Saskatchewan for 2016. PSAC now anticipates 940 wells to be drilled in the province this year, down from a projected 1,789 wells in its November 2015 forecast.
    D&M Auto Service opened its doors in Melfort on April 30
  • Week of Apr 25 - Apr 29, 2016

    Prairie South School Division is laying off 29 school assistants from seven elementary schools in Moose Jaw
    According to Statistics Canada, the number of people claiming Employment Insurance benefits in Saskatchewan increased by 39 percent in February, compared to the previous year. Saskatoon saw the biggest increase in claims amongst Western Canadian cities.
    Cameco Corp., a Saskatoon-based uranium mining company, is halting production at its Rabbit Lake Mine near Wollaston Lake. The suspension will result in up to 500 employees being laid off.
    Development of a proposed four-storey mixed residential-commercial building in Regina's Cathedral neighbourhood has been postponed due to parking concerns
    Regina Airport Authority is planning a possible terminal expansion, as it expects airport passenger numbers to rise. The airport had 1.25M passengers in 2015, and the authority expects those numbers to increase to 1.28M in this year.
    Farm Credit Canada granted $100,000 to 14 charitable and non-profit organizations operating in Regina. Funding for each organization ranged from $1,500 to $15,000 based on the group's specific needs.
    Viterra Inc. recently reached a tentative collective agreement with the Grain and General Services Union, which represents more than 500 of the company's unionized employees. The previous agreement expired on October 31, 2015.
    According to PetroLMI, Saskatchewan could lose 2,095 oil and gas sector jobs in 2016 due to weak economic conditions
    The Government of Saskatchewan has given conditional approval to build a new casino in Lloydminster. The project is expected to create more than 300 jobs in the city.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $3M to SkipTheDishes to subsidize the expansion of its corporate office in Saskatoon. The food delivery company plans on hiring 300 employees in the city over the next three years.
    Cypress Regional Health Authority is recruiting staff for its new 225-bed long-term care facility, The Meadows, in Swift Current. A total of 110 employees will be hired for the facility, of which about 70 have already been recruited.
    Saskatchewan Polytechnic laid off 16 employees from its four campuses, in Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, and Regina. Of these positions, 15 were academic and one administrative.
    A new 14-bed integrated transitional care facility opened its doors in Saskatoon's Evergreen neighbourhood. The care facility is operated by We Care Home and Health Services.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's month-over month retail sales declined by 0.4% in February. At the national level, there was an increase of 0.4% during the same period.
    SkipTheDishes is launching a breakfast delivery system pilot program in Regina and Saskatoon. Other cities being tested include Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Calgary.
    Construction of the 21-unit Prairie Spruce Commons co-housing project is slated to begin in Regina by June 2016
    According to the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, just 37 of the 671 oil rigs in Canada are currently operational. Of these active rigs, 27 are in Alberta, while eight are in British Columbia, and two are in Saskatchewan.
    The 18th Annual Skills Canada Competition and Try-a-Trade Expo was hosted by Skills Canada Saskatchewan in Regina. The competition provides a forum for trade and technology students to compete and showcase their skills.
    The federal government is investing $165M in the Youth Employment Strategy program across Canada. The funding is expected to create thousands of employment opportunities for young workers.
    Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region is looking to recruit four radiologists in the city
    According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, there are indications that Saskatoon's housing market is going through a period of overvaluation and overbuilding. Year-over-year housing starts have declined by 35% in the city.
    The University of Saskatchewan is launching a new Doctor of Pharmacy program, which will replace the current Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree. The program was created to address the changing roles pharmacists play in the province.
    According to Colliers International, industrial real estate vacancy rates are rising in Saskatoon, while rental rates are declining. Colliers says that the commodities price downturn is playing a role in increasing vacancy rates.
  • Week of Apr 18 - Apr 22, 2016

    Futurpreneur Canada helps young business owners establish small businesses across Saskatchewan. The non-profit agency provides financing, mentorship, and support tools to entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 to 39.
    Creative Saskatchewan, a provincial government agency that supports the arts community, has eased its grant eligibility regulations. The changes will allow additional arts groups to apply for government support.
    The University of Saskatchewan is looking to strengthen its ties with local businesses by seeking out opportunities for its co-op programs and internships. The university also plans to ensure graduating students have employable skillsets.
    uBreakiFix, a small electronic repair shop offering same-day service, is expanding its business and plans on opening stores across Western Canada over the next three years. One location is expected to open in Saskatoon.
    Full Line AG, a full service AGCO dealership, opened its newest facility in Swift Current on April 5
    Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have approved the hairless variety of canary seed for human consumption. The approval is expected to boost canary seed sales for farmers in Saskatchewan.
    Loraas Disposal donated $100,000 towards the expansion of Saskatoon's Children's Discovery Museum. Expansion of the museum is set to begin in mid-2017, with an expected reopening date slated for mid-2018.
    Saskatchewan's petroleum and natural gas land rights sale generated $3.1M in April, down 42% from the previous year. Estevan area had the most bids at $2.64M, followed by the Kindersely and Lloydminster regions.
    A new Designer Shoe Warehouse store opened its doors in Regina's Grasslands Shopping Centre on April 14
    Workers in trades are struggling to find work in Saskatchewan due to weak economic conditions. Construction activity has slowed down in the province and local businesses are feeling the effects of the oil price plunge and a weak housing market.
    The oil price downturn is affecting the incomes of farmers and ranchers in Saskatchewan, as fewer oil and gas producers lease land for operations. The number of non-payment complaints to the provincial government has also risen.
    A new 4,200 sq. ft. ice hockey training facility is being built by the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox. The facility is scheduled for completion by this fall.
    Estevan's Fire and Rescue Service is looking to hire 4 to 6 new firefighters in this year's spring recruitment intake
    A new restaurant, the Karma-Conscious Café and Eatery, has opened in Saskatoon
    University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have signed a new student transfer agreement for their business programs. The partnership aims to improve student experience and provide additional opportunities for those in the program.
    According to SaskCentral, business for credit unions in Saskatchewan prospered in 2015, in spite of weak economic conditions. Assets belonging to provincial credit unions grew 5.8% in the last year, while loans increased by 5.5%.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's year-over-year new motor vehicle sales declined by 0.7% in February. At the national level, sales increased by 8.1% during the same period.
    The Flower Mill and Home Décor Store recently opened its doors in Kamsack
    A new supermarket, Cindy's Independent Grocer, held its grand opening in Melfort on April 15
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's year-over-year manufacturing sales declined by 5.4% in February. Falling oil prices, as well as slow machinery and fabricated metal sales, have been cited as the main reasons for the decline.
    Sixteen concrete grain elevators are expected to be built in Saskatchewan and Alberta over the next few years, as companies such as G3 Canada, Paterson Global Foods, and GrainsConnect Canada expand their grain handling networks
    Construction of a new 25,500 sq. ft. Borderland Co-op Home Centre is slated to begin this year in Moosomin
    The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Commission expects to see a decline in the number of apprentices working or being trained in the province, citing weak economic conditions as the cause
    Norwegian and Canadian universities, including the University of Saskatchewan, have launched a new program aimed at developing space mission technology. The program is being funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
    Affinity Credit Union closed 12 branches in rural Saskatchewan in 2015. The union's membership grew by 1,000 members between 2014 and 2015 in spite of the branch closures.
    Paper Excellence Canada plans to reopen Prince Albert's pulp and paper mill by 2020 and expects to hire between 180 and 250 employees once operations restart. The mill shuttered operations ten years ago, resulting in 700 employees being laid off.
  • Week of Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2016

    Saskatchewan's year-over-year unemployment rate increased by 1.7 percentage points in March 2016 to reach 6.2%
    According to Royal LePage, Saskatoon's condominium market is in a state of oversupply, with inventory levels rising and average condo prices declining. The rental market has also been affected by an abundance of condos in the city.
    University of Saskatchewan launched a new Aboriginal Career Start program, in partnership with three other educational institutions in Saskatchewan. The program aims to train students in areas such as administration, finance, and human resources.
    Kit and Ace, a high-end clothing store, closed its doors in Saskatoon on April 16
    According to Baker Hughes Rig Count, operating rigs in Western Canada declined by 60% between February and March 2016. The oil price plunge has negatively impacted the Estevan and Weyburn regions in particular.
    Prince Albert Parkland Health Region has increased its budget deficit forecast for the 2015-16 fiscal year to $2M. Overtime and overcapacity costs are the two main reasons for the increasing deficit.
    Renegade Plumbing and Heating, a new small business, recently opened its doors in Canora
    A new catering and delivery restaurant, Bannock Express, recently opened its doors in Saskatoon
    EGADZ, a non-profit community services organization, has launched the Action to Employment program in Saskatoon. The program intends to assist youth and young mothers in gaining social and leadership skills.
    According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, capital spending in Canada's oil and natural gas sector is expected to drop to $31B in 2016 (down 62% from 2014) and the number of wells drilled in Western Canada is also expected to decline to 3,500 (down 66.4% from 2014 levels).
    Forty laid-off PotashCorp employees from New Brunswick have been hired in Saskatchewan's potash mines. PotashCorp is relocating 30 workers to the province, while K+S Potash has hired 10 workers for its Legacy site.
    Canada Post and Dowie's Quick Print recently ended operations in downtown Yorkton
    South Plains Co-op's Oxbow store is hiring workers for its grocery, convenience store and gas bar operations
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Regina's year-over-year housing starts declined by 33% in March 2016. The largest decline was seen in multiple housing, while single-family starts increased during this period.
    Low commodity prices and the ongoing economic slowdown is putting pressure on Saskatoon home builders, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. In March, on a year-to-date basis, housing starts in Saskatoon were down 37%.
    Saskatchewan's average farmland prices went up by 9.4% in 2015, as low interest rates and high crop income stimulated demand. At the national level, prices were up by 10.1% with the highest price increase in Manitoba.
    Cameco and Areva Resources Canada are collaborating to set up Six Rivers legacy fund for northern Saskatchewan. The fund has a base investment of $200,000 and will be used for education, health, and sport and recreation investments for youth.
    Saskatchewan Abilities Council and the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council are launching a new pilot project that will help people with disabilities find jobs in agriculture
    Swift Current City Council awarded a $4.2M construction contract to Graham Construction and Engineering LP to restore the 2nd Avenue East overpass. The project is being funded by federal, provincial, and municipal governments.
    DG's Semi and Auto Centre officially opened its doors in Melfort on April 7
    Breathe Cycle Studio and Wellive Pharmacy Services recently opened their doors in Saskatoon
    Staff members at Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina have given their union a strike mandate. Gallery employees have been without a collective agreement since March 31, 2015.
    Ford Canada officially opened a new dealership location in Moose Jaw on April 12
    Whitecap Resources Inc. is boosting its planned capital spending to $148M in 2016. The company plans to drill an additional 47 wells in second half of 2016, primarily in Saskatchewan's Viking oil zone.
  • Week of Apr 04 - Apr 08, 2016

    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's year-over-year average weekly earnings increased in January by 0.5% to reach $988. At the national level, average weekly earnings rose by 0.4% during the same period.
    A new 100-room Comfort Inn and Suites hotel development in North Battleford has been approved by the city council
    Dakota Dunes Golf Links officially opened its doors on March 30 on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation. The new $3M clubhouse includes an expanded pro golf shop, a restaurant, office space, and a conference room.
    A five-bed dementia assessment unit is slated to open in Regina's Wascana Rehabilitation Centre on April 11, 2016. The $2.8M project was funded by the Government of Saskatchewan.
    Saskatoon is ranked as the second most competitive city for business in Western Canada and the Midwestern United States by KPMG. An increase in labour availability has been cited as a reason for the city's competitive position.
    The opening of Moose Jaw's Save-on Foods store has been pushed to 2017, instead of fall 2016. The grocery store is expected to create 100 jobs in the city.
    Two rubber tire recycling buildings in Saskatoon's Shercom Industries complex burned down on April 5. Approximately 80 people are employed at the three-building facility.
    A survey conducted by the City of Moose Jaw found that the number of provincial government jobs in the city was essentially unchanged from 1991 to 2015. The city is expected to lose 300 government jobs due to the upcoming closure of Valley View Centre.
    Two small businesses, Metal Designz and Blondo's on Broadway, recently closed their doors in Saskatoon due to Broadway Avenue's rising rental costs
    Ceres Global Ag announced that their Northgate terminal will be fully commissioned by April 30. The terminal will provide transloading, handling and storage capabilities for fertilizer, agricultural, oil and gas products.
    According to the Saskatchewan Association of Human Resource Professionals, 14% of Saskatchewan employers expect a net decrease in employment between January and June 2016, while the remainder expect to stay the same size.
    McDonald's Canada is hosting its national hiring day on April 6, 2016. The restaurant chain intends to hire 7,000 workers across Canada, with 175 potential positions in Saskatchewan.
    According to the Association of Regina Realtors, home sales in Regina area were up 14% year-over year in March. The average sales price for houses also rose by two percent during the same period.
    The number of building permits in Saskatoon declined by 13.4% in 2015, while permit values rose by 16.2% to $1.02B. The city is expected to see similar trends in 2016, with the exception of large institutional projects like the Children's Hospital.
    According to Regina City Council, the city's building permit values totalled $42.5M in March, declining from $74.3M in March 2015. Non-residential construction saw the largest decline (-66%), while residential permits were up (+38%).
    Get Air trampoline park opened in Regina's northeast end on April 1, 2016
    According to Saskatoon City Council's planning, development, and community services committee, 1,243 new businesses opened in the city in 2015. Most new licenses were issued for wholesale and retail businesses.
    Precision Ag has opened its newest fertilizer plant near Carlyle. The plant is expected to reduce operational times and improve efficiencies.
    Martensville is facing a shortage of doctors, with only one physician practicing in the community of 10,000 people. The provincial Rural Physician Incentive Programs excludes the community due to its size.
    Save-on-Foods is planning on opening six stores in Regina by 2020. The grocery chain also has plans to open stores in other Saskatchewan cities in 2017.
    The University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon City Council are looking at the possibility of constructing a new rink in the city. The proposed rink will seat between 2,000 and 4,000 people and could be completed by September 2017.
  • Week of Mar 28 - Apr 01, 2016

    Prairie Spirit School Division, which serves communities surrounding Saskatoon, is projecting a $3M deficit for the 2016-17 school year. Due to the shortfall, 60 education assistants and 14 teachers are being laid off.
    Ability in Me, an organization offering specialized therapy and language programs for children with Down syndrome, is expanding its operations in Saskatoon and has opened a new facility
    Students from several rural schools in Saskatchewan participated in the E-Journalism Project at the National Congress on Rural Education on March 20, 2016. The program gave students and staff an opportunity to build journalism and technology skills.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's new housing construction declined by 30% in January on a year-over-year basis. At the national level, new housing construction increased by four percent over the same period.
    Northern Lights Adaptations officially opened its doors in Melfort on March 21, 2016. The new store caters to accessibility needs.
    Affinity Credit Union and Melfort and Unit Comprehensive Collegiate hosted a career fair on March 17. Approximately 400 students and representatives from various sectors attended the event.
    A new Save-On-Foods store opened its doors on Albert Street in Regina on April 1, 2016
    Prince Albert is launching its Business Retention and Expansion Project in collaboration with Saskatchewan Economic Development Association. The project aims to attract more businesses to the city and assist local firms to grow.
    Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools is launching kindergarten classes in the Martensville and Warman communities starting in the fall of 2017
    A new Goodlife Fitness location will be opening up in Regina's Golden Mile Shopping Centre this spring
    Saskatoon-based International Road Dynamics Inc. has been awarded a $2.6M contract by the State of Idaho to supply, install and maintain a weigh station system on Interstate 15 at the Inkom Port of Entry
    Prince Albert Parkland Health Region held its Wellness and Career Expo during March 2016. The event provided high school students with information about career opportunities in the health care sector.
    Saskatoon's rental market for apartments is shifting due to rising vacancy rates and flat rental prices, according to Colliers International. Some owners in the city are renovating and re-investing in aging properties to help attract tenants.
    Victory Majors Development Corporation expects to double the amount of office space it will build at its Parcel Y River Landing project in Saskatoon. The development is slated to begin in summer 2016.
    According to Statistics Canada, the number of people receiving regular employment insurance benefits in Saskatchewan during January 2016 rose 40.9% year-over-year. Regina saw a 36% rise in recipients, while Saskatoon's total increased by 56%.
    University of Saskatchewan and Enactus partnered up to hold an entrepreneurship workshop in North Battleford. The workshop was geared towards Indigenous students and aimed to spur interest in entrepreneurial opportunities.
    Canadian Blood Services is increasing its operating hours, number of appointments and available beds in Regina, starting April 5, 2016
    Saskatoon's SaskTel Centre is considering whether or not a new facility should be built as part of the city's growth plan. The proposal for a new building will be presented to city council in April 2016.
    Southern Plains Co-op is opening a new grocery store in Oxbow in June 2016
    Construction of the Kelvington Integrated Healthcare Facility is on target to be completed by April 2016, with the centre slated to open on June 1, 2016. The project is funded by the province, Kelsey Trail Health Region and community donors.
    Ideas Inc., a Saskatoon-based company, has launched a program for Indigenous entrepreneurs. The Empower program aims to mentor and assist entrepreneurs in establishing their businesses.
  • Week of Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2016

    Rocky Mountain Equipment is opening an expanded dealership in Yorkton
    According to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, there is only one geriatrician working in the province. The need for specialists is expected to grow as the number of residents with dementia is forecast to rise from the current 19,000 to 28,000 by 2038.
    Canadian Light Source and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations are launching a new science education program that provides mentorship and research opportunities for schools on reserves
    Pangman School, located south of Regina, may close due to low enrollment numbers
    Northwest Territories Power Corporation is in discussions with SaskPower to expand the Taltson Hydro System to Uranium City. The transmission project is estimated to cost up to $1B and would provide Saskatchewan with up to 200MW of power.
    Elections Saskatchewan is hiring workers for the provincial election being held on April 4, 2016. Recruitment has been challenging in rural communities in the north and northeast.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's year-over-year manufacturing sales declined from $1.27B to $1.21B in January 2016. Machinery sales saw the largest decrease, while chemical products sales rose during this period.
    According to BioTalent Canada, women working in bio-technology face career barriers such as wage disparities. Female employment in the field has declined by 11.5% since 2008, despite higher post-secondary graduation rates.
    The agriculture sector is facing labour shortages and high job vacancy rates, according to the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council. The national labour shortfall was estimated at 59,200 in 2014, and is projected to rise to 114,000 by 2025.
    According to Sask Trends Monitor, provincial construction employment is declining due to a weak residential housing market and fewer commercial projects
    A new Domino's Pizza franchise opened its doors in Swift Current on March 19, 2016. The store has hired 20 workers.
    Saskatchewan Polytechnic recently held a Women in Trades and Technology workshop in Prince Albert. The institution plans to hold sessions once every month to increase the number of women working in these fields.
    CHEP community gardens plans on opening five new sites in Saskatoon this summer due to rising demand for locally sourced food
    Despite challenging economic conditions, Prince Albert Co-op's total sales rose moderately in 2015, hitting a record $235M. The regional co-op's staffing numbers also increased by 23%.

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