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  • Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016

    • Gateway Casinos and Entertainment recently held a job fair to fill 200 positions at the Grand Villa Edmonton. The $32M casino is scheduled to open September 2016.
    • Public school districts in Fort McMurray are temporarily shuttering some schools for up to a year to clean up facilities after the fires. Students are also being shifted between schools starting in September.
    • Airdrie City council approved funding for an administrative position within the Family and Community Support Services grants program
    • Rocky View Schools approved a 2016-17 budget that will fund 45 new full-time equivalent teachers, 3 full-time administrative staff, and additional caretakers
    • The Fort McMurray International Airport resumed commercial flights on June 10, 2016. The airport did not sustain any physical damage but had to be cleaned, while the fire fighting garage and the nearby Chateau Nova Hotel were destroyed.
    • The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey says that only 11 percent of employers in the Edmonton region plan to hire new employees from July to September 2016. Three-quarters of employers anticipate maintaining current staffing levels.
    • Rocky View County approved a third enhanced RCMP position for the southeast portion of the county
    • The North West Redwater Partnership's Sturgeon Refinery near Redwater is hiring staff to prepare for operations. Approximately 3,000 workers in Edmonton-area fabrication shops are manufacturing the remaining modules for the project.
    • The Rimoka Housing Foundation officially broke ground for the new seniors lodge in Rimbey. The facility is expected to open in 2017.
    • The Banff Fire Department is hiring contractors for over 50 hectares of wildfire prevention work within the Banff townsite over the summer
    • LaFarge Canada is expecting 15 to 20 new jobs at its Exshaw cement plant when the current expansion is complete and cement production begins
    • The Northern Lights School Division approved a two percent increase for school bus contractors for the 2016-17 school year
    • Ronmor Developments opened Garrison Corner, a mixed-use site that will bring a range of new retail and professional offices to Calgary
    • Integra Air is delaying the start of its scheduled service into the Edson Airport because of a lack of demand
    • Cenovus Energy is spending $32M over the next 10 years to restore caribou habitat around its oil sands sites in north eastern Alberta
    • The Municipal District of Foothills and the Town of High River are partnering to develop a regional emergency services training centre
    • The West Yellowhead Pregnancy Care Centre in Hinton is converting to a satellite office effective June 15, 2016. The centre is downsizing due to a significant decrease in funding and client numbers.
    • The Southridge YMCA in Medicine Hat is moving ahead with a $1.2M expansion
    • The Swiss Pub Grill in Pincher Creek closed after 31 years of operation. A new Greek restaurant is expected to take over the site in the summer of 2016.
    • Ikea Canada is spending $15M to expand its Calgary store. The project is expected to create 135 full-time construction jobs over the next 18 months.
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $10M in capital investment for the Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator and Food Processing Development Centre in Leduc
    • The Government of Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Department added four new staff in Fort McMurray in response to the wildfires and associated cleanup efforts
  • Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016

    • The Edmonton Arena Corp is planning to demolish the former Greyhound bus depot in downtown Edmonton and build a podium and tower on the site. The podium is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2019, with a residential tower to follow.
    • The downtown office vacancy rate in Calgary is pushing towards 25 percent, according to recent report by Cresa Corporate Real Estate. It is the highest level since the 1980s.
    • A recent consultants' report prepared for Calgary Transit says that privately outsourcing daily cleaning, refuelling, janitorial, and outside maintenance work would save $5.8M. The report is up for debate with the city council.
    • Construction and clean-up companies are expected to hire hundreds of workers for the remediation work required in the Fort McMurray area following the recent fires. The municipality has yet to issue any building permits for reconstruction.
    • Tin Star, a British TV show, is looking for actors and extras for filming from mid-June to early December 2016 in both Calgary and High River
    • Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools is closing the Millet School and shifting students to Wetaskiwin Composite High School, starting in September 2017.
    • The trucking industry in Alberta is reporting a downturn in business due to continued oil low prices
    • Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar in Calgary is closing its doors on June 30, 2016
    • Construction has started on the $37M Malcolm Hotel and Conference Centre in Canmore. The facility is projected to open in December 2017.
    • Booster Juice in Whitecourt recently held an official grand opening along with its 14 staff members
    • County councillors have approved $500,000 for initial work on expanding and improving the Lac La Biche Airport. The total cost for all of the scheduled projects is expected to be over $3.0M.
    • The Government of Alberta's new Petrochemicals Diversification Program received 16 applications locally and from across the globe, representing more than $20B in potential new investment interest in Alberta's petrochemicals industry.
    • The City of Grande Prairie is proposing to spend $2.3M to renovate and remodel the old fire hall building, which currently houses four city departments
    • The Lloydminster & District Co-op opened a new fuel centre just west of Lloydminster
    • Renovations are underway to create 15 condominium units above the former Woolworth's store in Lethbridge and four commercial spaces at street level
    • Integra Air is starting regularly scheduled air service between Medicine Hat and Edmonton in September 2016
    • The City of Wetaskiwin awarded a contract for $3M to Carmacks Enterprises for streetscaping work
    • Construction of the new high school campus at Mamawi Atosketan Native School in Maskwacis has started
    • The Wildrose Public School Division anticipates fewer students, funding cuts, and potential layoffs for the coming school year due to the declining economy
  • Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016

    • Horse Racing Alberta received proposals from seven different organizations for a new top-tier horse racing track in the Edmonton area
    • The Beaverlodge Building Centre became a Home Hardware outlet following a change of ownership. Future plans call for extended opening hours and a greater variety of products and services.
    • Nose Creek Park in Airdrie is undergoing a $2.6M revitalization that is expected to be complete by November 2016
    • Canalta, a hospitality company based out of Drumheller, filed a development permit to build a Tim Hortons restaurant in Athabasca. The restaurant could open as early as November 2016.
    • The Banff Municipal Planning Commission approved the construction of a five-unit, three-storey apartment housing building
    • The Farm Restaurant in Calgary closed its doors, citing a lack of customers and the slumping economy
    • The City of Camrose approved a $1.6M solar panel installation on the roof of the Recreation Centre. The project is expected to be installed before the end of 2016.
    • Edmonton International Airport is losing some flights by United Airlines in July and gaining flights from Delta Air Lines in June
    • ATB Financial recently opened the ATB Entrepreneur Centres in Edmonton and Calgary to provide meeting rooms and financial experts for business owners
    • High school students displaced by the fires in Fort McMurray are looking for internships at businesses, a requirement for many to complete their journeyperson certification
    • The Half Hitch Brewing Company in Cochrane plans to start beer production by mid-June 2016, and intends to open a family restaurant in 2017
    • The rebuilding of infrastructure, homes, and commercial buildings in Fort McMurray is expected to create jobs and stimulate the local economy. The Conference Board of Canada estimates the rebuilding will add $1.3B to the Alberta economy in 2017.
    • The City of Lloydminster awarded a $2.96M street improvement contract for 2016 to ASL Paving. The work is expected to start in June and be completed by late September.
    • The Government of Alberta announced that of the 532 contracts signed by the Regional Emergency Operations Centre so far, about 80 per cent are with local employers from the Fort McMurray area
    • Suncor Energy resumed operations at its oil sands site near Fort McMurray. Approximately 4,000 employees have moved back to the company's camps surrounding Fort McMurray, and Suncor expects 3,500 more people to arrive shortly.
    • The Wood Buffalo Housing Corporation is hiring hundreds of workers to clean its housing units in Fort McMurray. The corporation provides housing to between 3,000 and 4,000 seniors, low and middle-income residents.
    • Star News Publishing is transferring the press work for 13 community newspapers from Saskatoon to Wainwright
    • The City of Cold Lake is planning to start work on the Energy Centre expansion by the winter of 2016-17, with a one year timeframe for completion. Major work on Highway 28 improvements will also take place this summer.
    • The County of Barrhead is adding three bylaw officers and two animal control officers in cooperation with Lac Ste. Anne County
    • Saks Fifth Avenue is opening a store in the Chinook Centre in Calgary in January 2018
    • The Grande Prairie SPCA shelter closed its doors on May 31, 2016 due to a funding shortfall. The closure affects 20 part-time staff.
    • Meggitt Target Systems, based in Medicine Hat, received a five-year National Individual Standing Offer from the Government of Canada for up to $35M
  • Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016

    • Step Energy Services is planning to close the offices of Sanjel Corp after buying the assets of the company. The new owners did not disclose any job numbers.
    • Winding Road Artisan Cheese has recently opened a cheese manufacturing facility near Smoky Lake
    • Employers from various hotels, restaurants and travel services in Canmore recently held a job fair for about 100 seasonal positions
    • The City of Cold Lake is debating the merits of an incentive package to attract more physicians to the area. City council is proposing a $50,000 interest-free loan to support the recruitment and retention of doctors.
    • Heritage Park, a tourist destination in Calgary has cancelled wage increases for its employees, left eight vacant positions unfilled and cut operating hours in response to the province's economic slowdown
    • Building Trades of Alberta estimates that 2,000 to 4,000 members were displaced due to the wildfires in Fort McMurray
    • The Government of Alberta is funding a $9.3M expansion of facilities and programs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2017 and be completed by the spring of 2019.
    • Cooper Roofing has been hired by Ponoka County for a $385,000 project to replace the roof of the Peter Lougheed Community Centre. The work is scheduled for completion by the end of summer 2016.
    • Firesmart has awarded $4.1M to 34 centres across Alberta for fire mitigation projects
    • Lac La Biche County has started work on a $2.5M project to replace sewage, water and storm pipes. The work is expected to be complete in October 2016.
    • Athabasca Oil has resumed operations at its Hangingstone oil sands project south of Fort McMurray, following a previous evacuation of the site due to wildfires
    • The Claresholm and District Chamber of Commerce is hiring a summer student to work as a Project Coordinator at the Visitor Information Centre
    • A three-member federal-provincial panel has been appointed to conduct an environmental review of Teck Resources' proposed Frontier oilsands mine in northern Alberta. The review will be completed by June 2017.
    • The Town of Vermilion has accepted a bid by Dundonald Homes to design and build the town's new Public Works building
    • The Sugarplum Tree Daycare is set to open on September 1, 2016 in Peace River. The facility plans to recruit staff and volunteers over the summer.
    • A Tim Hortons restaurant opened in Hanna on May 18, 2016
  • Week of May 16 - May 20, 2016

    • Hourly wages for new jobs in Calgary dropped below the national average to $18.65 at the end of 2015, according to a recent report from Statistics Canada
    • The City of Calgary is starting construction on a $9M upgrade to the walkway to Chinook Centre Mall. The city is also negotiating with the mall owners on a new cost-shared pedestrian bridge.
    • Saks Fifth Avenue is opening a Saks Off 5th retail outlet in Edmonton and in Calgary in the fall of 2016
    • Alberta Midland Railway expects to start construction in June 2016 of a $34M rail car storage facility near Lamont. The facility is expected to begin operating in June 2017.
    • The Lux Hotel at the University of Lethbridge is hiring 10 students over the summer. The facility provides both employment and business experience for students during the off-season.
    • The job vacancy rate in the Banff, Jasper, Rocky Mountain House economic region was 3.6 per cent, the highest in the country, at the end of 2015 according to recent data from Statistics Canada
    • Rogers Place is expecting to fill 500 positions by the time the new complex opens in downtown Edmonton in September 2016. Aramark is hiring another 900 people to serve food and beverages on-site.
    • Service providers for persons with disabilities in the Edmonton region are reporting that the slowing economy is reducing job opportunities for their clients. Employers are offering more short-term and casual positions.
    • Edmonton Transit has started work on a $3M expansion of the West Edmonton Mall transit centre. Construction is expected to last until early 2017. The Abbottsfield and Belvedere transit stations will also be upgraded this year.
    • Scotiabank is planning to close the Mayland Heights branch in Calgary in the fall of 2016. The location is being consolidated with another branch.
    • St. Albert Community Midwives is once again accepting new clients after receiving funding from Alberta Health Services. The operation had anticipated closing prior to the new funding agreement.
    • The Town of Whitecourt awarded a contract to Terry¿s Classic Construction, a local construction company, to design and build a public transit shop. Stantec Consulting Ltd. has also been hired to complete work for the Water System Upgrade project.
    • Lakeland Catholic School Division is officially opening a school in Lac La Biche in September 2016. The site is expected to attract up to 500 students.
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $117,000 to the Royal Canadian Legion in Athabasca for renovations
    • The Crossing Leisure Centre Complex in Lethbridge started work on Phase Two of the facility. The $109.6M second phase is scheduled for completion in 2019.
    • Integra Air is launching scheduled air service between Calgary and Edson starting June 6, 2016. The airline is developing travel packages that would include a weekend at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
    • Situation Brewing, a craft brewer, restaurant, and bar is opening on May 25, 2016 in Edmonton. The pub has about 30 full-time and part-time staff.
    • The Town of Olds has approved the Sidewalk Café and Sales bylaw that will allow restaurants to develop outdoor patios for patrons
    • The former Co-op building in downtown Strathmore is being redeveloped into a mall with plans for food vendors, professional offices, and retail space
    • Eastlink is spending $2M to upgrade the fibre optic network in Slave Lake
    • The Government of Alberta introduced legislation to review the salaries paid to executives of the province's agencies, boards, and commissions
  • Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016

    • Approximately 123,000 people have been evacuated from Fort McMurray and surrounding areas in response to wildfires and a state of emergency
    • Turning Point Generation is building a $200M hydro energy project near Hinton. Construction is expected to start in late 2017.
    • The Bow Valley Job Resource Centre is hosting two job fairs in Banff and Canmore in anticipation of strong demand from employers. The centre estimates that over 500 seasonal, year-round, and career positions are available.
    • Telus is investing $7M in the Town of Ponoka in 2016 to expand its fibre optic network and improve services
    • Canada Post has decided not to close the post office location in downtown St. Albert following consultations with user groups. The corporation had proposed closing the site in February 2016
    • The Wild Rose School Division decided to suspend teaching activities at the Nordegg Education Centre for the 2016-17 school year
    • Discover Real Estate, one of the largest real estate brokerages in Alberta, recently announced it is closing. The company has offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and Strathmore.
    • Wolf Creek Public Schools is facing a $2.6M deficit for the 2016-17 school year resulting in the loss of 41 positions across the district. Staff at the division office and education assistants are impacted.
    • The Sundre Hospital Futures Committee put forward a plan to save some long-term care beds at the Sundre Hospital. Alberta Health Services had planned to close all 15 beds but the new plan aims to retain some.
    • The Rimoka Housing Foundation is holding an official ground breaking ceremony for the new seniors lodge in Rimbey on June 6, 2016
    • Lakeland Co-op is building a new home improvement centre, gas bar, and convenience store in Bonnyville. The $12.5M developments are expected to employ 40 to 50 people upon completion.
    • Brenex Construction started work on the $13.5M Beaverhill Pioneer Lodge in Lamont. The facility is expected to be complete by August 2017.
    • The City of Cold Lake is receiving funding from Alberta Health Services for a full-time obstetrician and a part-time gynecologist physician
    • Rocky View County is handing out Community Funding Grants to not-for-profit organizations and also providing $649,172 for recreation programs
    • The City of Calgary approved licence applications for three ridesharing services which plan to launch in the summer of 2016. Drivers for these services are currently being recruited.
    • Drumheller Valley Secondary School and NorQuest College are partnering to offer a Health Care Aide Certificate program. Some of the coursework will be offered online through Campus Alberta.
    • Big Lakes County approved a $24.4M capital budget for 2016. Road construction consumes approximately $12.8M of the total, with the balance mostly for other infrastructure projects.
    • Peavy Mart is planning to open a retail store and adjacent greenhouse in High Prairie by the fall of 2016. The facility is expected to hire 12 employees.
    • The Scotiabank branches in the villages of Milo and Arrowwood are set to close in January 2017. The closures are expected to impact 10 employees and the bank is working to find alternate eployment within the company.
    • Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is offering the Summer Farm Employment Program to assist Alberta youth and provide wage support to farmers for the months of July and August. The application deadline is May 31, 2016.
    • The Fairview College Campus of Grande Prairie Regional College recently hosted 185 high school students for a trades and technology camp. The program introduces students to career experience in a range of trades.
    • A career fair hosted by Spirit Staffing and Consulting attracted hundreds of people in Edmonton for approximately 500 post-fire jobs in Fort McMurray
  • Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016

    • Shaw is cutting 200 positions as part of a senior management realignment, with most of the cuts in Calgary. Some layoffs are immediate and others are scheduled at the end of May 2016.
    • The Government of Alberta is spending $54M to build a new highway overpass in Grande Prairie. The government expects the project to be finished in two years.
    • Greyhound plans to open its new bus depot in Edmonton near the VIA Rail station on May 30, 2016
    • The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is forecasting that 1,891 oil and gas wells will be drilled in Alberta this year, down from 2,733 wells in the previous forecast issued in November 2015 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/psac-drilling-forecast-2016-revision-april-1.3557476
    • The County of Grande Prairie has passed a $120.8M budget for 2016, with infrastructure money for roads, bridges, and waterline improvements, among other projects
    • Calfrac Well Services transitioned the majority of its fracturing and coiled tubing field employees to a variable compensation model and temporarily altered work schedules in mid-April 2016
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $17M over two years to the University of Calgary for building redevelopment
    • The City of Edmonton is spending $402M on roads, bridges, intersections, and neighbourhood renewal projects during 2016
    • The Whitemud Equine Centre in Edmonton started construction on a new $6.5M arena replacement. The new facility is expected to open in June 2017.
    • Greyhound plans to run a shuttle bus service from downtown Edmonton to its relocated terminal because the location is not serviced by Edmonton Transit
    • Telus is investing $6M in fiber optic and wireless infrastructure in the Hinton area, and $3M in the Edson area in 2016
    • Alberta Health Services took over control of portions of the new $198.4M Edson Health Centre and expects to be operating the facility by the fall of 2016
    • The Alberta Cancer Research Biobank has laid off four staff in Edmonton and one person in Calgary due to a shortfall in funding
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $10M to the Calgary Zoo for expansion in anticipation of the arrival of giant pandas in 2018
    • The Government of Alberta is funding construction of a truck staging area north of Fort McMurray. Construction is expected to begin this summer and be complete for public and commercial use in 2017.
    • The Government of Alberta is restoring $16M in funding to NorQuest College in Edmonton. The money is part of a larger $61M project for building improvements.
    • "Alberta Transportation anticipates that five highway paving projects near Rocky Mountain House will start in the spring of 2016. Three of the projects are expected to be complete this year."
    • "The Government of Alberta is providing $6.6M for upgrades to the Brooks Health Centre. The work includes renovations of the long term hospital wing to consolidate health services that are now being offered outside the centre."
    • Alberta Advanced Education has officially approved the community mental health certificate program at Lakeland College. Students will receive credit for the online program starting July 1, 2016.
    • M.J. Veterinary Services has opened a clinic in Hardisty
    • Evraz North America has issued layoff notices to 49 employees in Calgary, effective May 15, 2016, but according to the company the notices are subject to be postponed or cancelled depending on market conditions
    • The City of Calgary has changed some land-use rules that will make it easier for breweries, distilleries, and wine makers to build throughout the city and enable to them to sell their products on-site
    • Telus is spending $10.5M in Lethbridge to improve wireless and high-speed Internet service
    • Strathcona County approved an application by Gibson Energy to build a new industrial development. The location is intended to be a multi-purpose industrial site offering multi-modal facilities for the oil and gas industry.
    • Weyerhaeuser recently announced a $2.2B deal with International Paper for its cellulose fibers mills, which includes the pulp mill in Grande Prairie. The company is retaining its sawmill in Grande Prairie along with the forest operations.
  • Week of Apr 25 - Apr 29, 2016

    • The City of Edmonton approved zoning changes that will allow construction of the Mezzo residential tower. The project is subject to obtaining a development permit from the city.
    • The Government of Alberta is investing more than $7B for road and bridge construction over a five-year period
    • The City of Lethbridge issued building permits for more than $14M worth of new home construction during the first quarter of 2016. Across all types of real estate, building permits are up approximately $20M compared to the same period in 2015.
    • State and Main, a bar and restaurant, has opened in Medicine Hat
    • The Banff Centre is planning a $14M renovation project on its Lloyd Hall residence building. The project is privately funded by The Banff Centre and construction is expected to begin this summer, with completion targeted for next spring.
    • The Government of Alberta has contingency plans to access air-tankers from other jurisdictions, or extend local contracts for fire fighting services beyond mid-August 2016, if warranted
    • Three new senior living facilities are scheduled for construction in Cochrane over the 2016-17 period. Alberta Health Services will be contracting for some of the supportive living units.
    • The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology launched a new centre in Edmonton for its heavy equipment technology program. The facility will provide more space and allow the program to expand student capacity up to 60 percent.
    • Cobra Corporate Management was awarded a $237,000 contract for the renovation of Grand Trunk High School in Evansburg. Work is expected to start as soon as the school year ends and be completed over the summer.
    • The Eckville Co-op is spending approximately $750,000 to upgrade its food store refrigeration equipment. Work is expected to be complete by August 31, 2016.
    • The Government of Alberta is investing $759.5M over the next five years to maintain and renew health-care facilities across the province
    • The Government of Alberta is providing a $2.6M increase for Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams, allowing the teams to maintain all their policing positions
    • Precision Drilling has reported a loss of $19.9M for the first quarter of 2016, and the cancellation of five contracts during the period
    • Total Image Natural Foods in Vermilion is closing on May 31, 2016. The owners have the store for sale.
    • Enform's Petroleum Labour Market Information division is forecasting a slow recovery for the oil and gas sector and the potential loss of 24,000 direct jobs across Canada in 2016
    • The Government of Canada has announced more than $1M for the Trade Winds to Success Program through the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton. The program offers pre-apprenticeship training to Indigenous students.
    • Pembina Pipeline Corp received approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator to construct two pipelines between Fox Creek and Namao, Alberta. The company anticipates the lines will be operational by mid-2017.
    • Westlock County is proceeding with a $1.9M upgrading or the Jarvie Water Plant. Construction is scheduled to start in June 2016, with the plant operational by April 2017.
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $18.5M for a new Kananaskis Emergency Services Centre. The facility will house the Kananaskis Improvement District's fire department and Alberta Health Services ambulance services.
    • Hi-Pro Feeds will close the Champion Feed mill in Barrhead on May 13, 2016. More than half of the mill's 36 employees have been offered positions at other company locations.
    • The Cold Lake Hospital and the Bonnyville Hospital will see renovations and upgrades in 2016 with funding from the Government of Alberta. A major emergency department development estimated at $3.1M is planned for the Bonnyville site.
    • Husky Energy announced the sale of 65 percent of its ownership interest in some assets in the Lloydminster area for $1.7B in cash
    • Canadian Tire has opened a freestanding Outdoor Store in Fort McMurray
    • FC Barcelona has officially opened an academy, FCBEscola Edmonton, in Spruce Grove. Local coaches have been hired by the academy to instruct the ways of FC Barcelona soccer.
    • The Municipal District of Smoky River No. 130 is set to begin construction in May 2016 of a new $2.7M regional fire hall in Falher. GVN Structures is planning to use local contractors and labour for some of the work.
    • The Town of Nanton has broken ground on an $11.8M water treatment plant. The project is expected to be complete in the spring of 2017.
    • The Banff Centre is immediately eliminating 33 positions, including managers and support staff, as part of a restructuring
  • Week of Apr 18 - Apr 22, 2016

    • The City of Medicine Hat issued 183 new business licences in the first quarter of 2016, more than double the number in recent years during the same period. The bulk of new home-based businesses are in construction and contracting.
    • Lawrence Meier Trucking Ltd, a Medicine Hat construction company, is reducing staff and selling off some equipment in its trucking, paving, and underground utility interests. The company did disclose any job numbers.
    • The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council has provided $1.65M over six years for the new Diamond Exploration Research and Training School at the University of Alberta in Edmonton
    • Bundok, a new restaurant in downtown Edmonton, is set to open by July 1, 2016
    • The Government of Alberta released Budget 2016 and the Alberta Jobs Plan, which intends to support job creation across the province
    • The University of Lethbridge is receiving $248M over four years from the Government of Alberta for capital projects. Construction of the university's new science-oriented facility will take four years and create hundreds of jobs for local trades and sub-contractors.
    • The Government of Alberta plans to spend almost $8.5B in 2016-17 to build and modernize key public infrastructure
    • Trevcon Enterprises has been awarded a $12.4M contract to build the Rosevear Road bridge in Yellowhead County. Construction is scheduled for completion in August 2018.
    • Rulam Contracting has been awarded a $2.5M contract for sewer and road work in the Hamlet of Evansburg. The work is expected to be finished by November 1, 2016.
    • The Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce cancelled its annual Spring Showcase & FEASTival this year due to a lack of exhibitors
    • The Government of Alberta announced an increase of $11M over three years for midwifery services across the province
    • The Government of Alberta announced the dissolution of both the Alberta Grains Council and the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency as part of a wider consolidation of 26 agencies
    • The Town of Bashaw has approved a capital budget of $3.9M for work on water and sewer lines, wastewater systems, and road paving
    • Some oilfield service companies are compensating their employees with variable rates of pay instead of fixed salaries in a bid to retain jobs during the current downturn
    • Construction started on the Terrace Ridge condominium project in Grande Cache. Shamrock Building Services will renovate all 117 units in the complex at cost of approximately $3.3M.
    • The Government of Alberta introduced the new Alberta Investor Tax Credit which is expected to create jobs in small and medium sized businesses in non-traditional sectors
    • The Government of Alberta cut $15M from its wildfire budget. The air tanker contracts have been reduced by $5.1M, and the base wildfire management budget by $9.6M.
    • The Government of Alberta is investing $400M over five years to consolidate health information platforms across the Edmonton health zone. Then, over the following 10 years, the plan is to extend the system across the province.
    • The Government of Alberta is committing $900M to affordable housing, and $365M to expand long-term care with 2,000 new beds for seniors throughout the province
    • Construction started April 11, 2016 on the helipad at the Didsbury Hospital. The project is expected to be completed by late 2016.
    • Sturgeon County has approved $335,000 in grants to a range of community groups for capital projects and programs
    • Lac La Biche County awarded a $13.8M paving contract to Martushev Logging
    • TappCar, an Edmonton-based ride sharing company, is set to launch in Calgary with plans to hire 200 drivers
    • Goodlife Fitness is opening three new locations in Edmonton in 2016
    • The Government of Alberta announced a $100M highway interchange construction project for Red Deer
    • The Town of Drumheller has awarded $775,000 to NCA Aquatics for renovations to the Aquaplex pool. The work is expected to be complete in 2016.
    • Strathmore Taxi has launched a new Senior's Shuttle service, a combination taxi and bus service that can accommodate wheelchairs and scooters
  • Week of Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2016

    • Designer Shoe Warehouse is opening a second location in Edmonton in the fall of 2016 as part of a wider expansion in Canada
    • West Fraser has opened a $30M facility at its pulp mill operation in Hinton to make a natural adhesive for plywood manufacturing. The new production will add about 12 jobs at the site.
    • The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is forecasting a $50B decline in capital spending by the end of 2016 in the oil and gas industry across Canada, compared to investments in 2014
    • Hertz Equipment Rentals, an industrial equipment rental firm, has closed its office in Medicine Hat
    • Calgary-based Chevron Canada laid off additional employees but did not disclose any details on job numbers or locations
    • The $200M redevelopment of the derelict Charles Camsell Hospital in Edmonton is scheduled to start in the summer of 2016. The project managers have plans for 594 units of housing on the site.
    • The McDonalds franchisee in St. Albert is hiring up to 15 new employees at each of the six restaurant locations incorporating new kiosks for custom orders
    • The City of Airdrie approved plans for a residential development by construction company Slokker-West Canada
    • The new owners of the Canmore Hotel have hired back 17 of the 18 previous staff who interviewed for positions. The former owner of the hotel had previously dismissed all the staff.
    • SilverBirch Hotels and Resorts started construction on a Residence Inn by Marriott hotel in Calgary. The complex also includes a residential tower with ground-floor retail space.
    • The Town of Penhold is receiving almost $100,000 over 2016-17 for youth and child programs from the Government of Alberta
    • Chinook's Edge School Division will permanently close the school in Benalto on June 30, 2016. The school employs two teachers.
    • Classic Furniture Gallery in Barrhead will close permanently after the current stock in the store is liquidated
    • Athabasca County council voted to push back the construction start date for a Wandering River truck stop and card lock by another four years. Suncor Energy and k.A.R. Holdings had planned to start construction in 2016, but requested an extension to 2020.
    • The Town of Innisfail has granted approval for two residential construction projects. An eight-unit condominium project and a 62-lot residential subdivision are in the works.
    • The Government of Alberta has introduced legislation to implement the Seniors' Home Adaptation and Repair program. The bill would allow qualifying senior homeowners to finance essential home repairs and adaptations.
    • Trican Well Service is cutting field staff salaries by 50 per cent during April and May and warned employees that their previously guaranteed paycheques will be replaced with variable pay starting in June
    • Calgary United Cabs is slashing its rates by 20 percent in an ongoing battle between taxi companies. Changes were recently made to the city's livery transport bylaw, which allowed cab operators to set their own fares.
    • Harmony Homes is building an 18-hole golf course, an arts and culture centre, and retail shops at its Springbank development near Cochrane
    • The City of St. Albert is seeing higher staff attrition rates for full-time positions, compared to 2014
    • Barclay Street Real Estate has recently reported that commercial vacancies in Calgary reached 19.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016. MEG Energy, Shell Canada, and Penn West Energy are offering space for sublease.
  • Week of Apr 04 - Apr 08, 2016

    • Halifax Transit launched a targeted recruitment drive in Edmonton in a bid to hire licensed truck and transport mechanics for the city's bus fleet
    • Fortis LGS and BCM Developments have started work on two mixed-use buildings on the Station Pointe lands in Edmonton. The project is expected to be complete in approximately 15 months.
    • The University of Alberta is receiving $2M for a five-year study to make hydraulic fracturing more environmentally friendly and cost efficient
    • Chandos Construction is working with Procura on extensive renovations to the Associated Engineering building in downtown Edmonton. The work on the renamed WSP Place is expected to be complete in December 2016.
    • Redcliff Stake and Lath, a Medicine Hat company that builds and sells survey stakes and wooden reels, was recently destroyed by a fire
    • Construction has started on the $40M Masterpiece Southland Meadows seniors residence in Medicine Hat. The project is expected to create about 250 jobs during the construction phase. According to the owners, 150 permanent jobs will be created when the facility will open in late fall 2017.
    • The Edmonton Institution for Women is implementing a training course in dog grooming. The first session is expected to be completed by March 2017. Graduates of the program would be certified by the Canadian Professional Pet Stylists.
    • The Municipal District of Bonnyville rezoned a piece of land that will allow the development of a country residential subdivision. The proposed development contains 28 residential lots spaced out behind six commercial lots.
    • The Government of Canada budgeted $65.9M for Jasper National Park to build a walking and biking trail, and $21.6M to pave highways through Wood Buffalo National Park
    • Titan Tire and the First Nation-owned company Acden are partnering in a tire recycling facility north of Fort McMurray. The facility currently has 15 employees, although the company says that number could expand to 40.
    • Cenovus Energy is cutting 250 positions in the company's Calgary and field office locations in response to continued low oil prices
    • The City of Edmonton started work on a $12.4M bridge rehabilitation project. The project is scheduled for completion by October 2016.
    • InVista Ware, a Calgary-based technology company, is planning to double the size of its workforce following new venture financing of almost $10M
    • The Town of Hinton is expecting to seek public tenders for a $5.24M performing arts center in June 2016. If the project proceeeds on schedule, the center is anticipated to open in September 2017.
    • Murphy Oil announced significant job cuts across its worldwide operations, including its office in Calgary. The company did not release detailed job numbers.
    • The Vulcan Municipal Library is expecting to start renovations to its facility in late spring 2016
    • Telus is investing $4.5B in telecommunications infrastructure in Alberta through to 2019. The company plans to spend $900M in 2016 to extend the fibre optic network.
    • Sanjel Corp., a Calgary-based oilfield services company, is selling off its North American assets and seeking creditor protection
    • The City of Calgary is spending $4.5M to revitalize two streets in the Kensington district. The work is expected to be complete by November, 2016
    • Pembina Hills Public Schools' trustees approved $1.442M from a reserve pool for training and program development
    • WestJet opened a new call centre in Moncton, New Brunswick with plans to eventually phase out their Calgary call centre through job attrition. All new call centre hires will occur in Moncton, according to the company.
    • The Northeast Capital Industrial Association expects that up to $600M will be spent by companies during the turnaround season, currently underway, for facilities in the Fort Saskatchewan area
    • High Seas Coffee has opened for business in Linden
    • The City of Calgary recently held the Youth Hiring Fair which attracted more than 80 employers and thousands of attendees
    • Solo Liquor is opening a retail store in Wetaskiwin Mall by the end of the summer 2016
    • Giant Tiger is opening a retail location as the anchor tenant in Wetaskiwin Mall
  • Week of Mar 28 - Apr 01, 2016

    • Stedmans, a clothing and home store in St. Paul, is selling off its inventory. The owner plans to close the business unless a buyer is found.
    • Alberta Health Services plans to transition 15 long term care beds out of the Sundre Hospital to a new facility, but affected employees have been assured jobs elsewhere in the system
    • Rock River Custom Processing's meat processing plant, located south of Didsbury, was destroyed by fire on March 15, 2016
    • Jobs R Us, an employment services company, has opened in Brooks
    • Cold Lake Ambulance Society has recently been accredited for Emergency Medical Services by Accreditation Canada
    • Eleanor and Laurent, a new café and bakery in Edmonton, is set to begin construction within the next few weeks
    • Financial difficulties have led Calgary-based Terra Energy Corp. to shut down production and lay off all non-executive employees. The firm's directors and officers have also resigned.
    • Span West Construction has broken ground on a condominium project in St. Paul. The development is expected to be complete in 2017.
    • The City of Edmonton is dealing with derelict commercial properties by demolishing or remediating the structures. The city is tendering the work to private contractors and charging the costs back to the property owners' tax bills.
    • Williams Energy Canada has announced the startup of a new plant north of Fort McMurray to produce natural gas liquids. The facility employs more than a dozen permanent staff.
    • Clearwater County is hiring a fifth County Peace Officer to fill a position that has been vacant since September 2015
    • Cosmic Pizza and Donair opened in Ponoka on March 17, 2016
    • Siksika Nation has started construction on an $11M business plaza. The project is scheduled to open on September 1, 2016.
    • The former Bargain Shop in Ponoka has reopened as a Red Apple Store
    • The Town of Claresholm is receiving $5.325M for stormwater management and flood mitigation projects from the Government of Alberta
    • Asti Trattoria Italiana recently opened in Fort McMurray. The new restaurant has retained all of the staff from a previous establishment at the same location.
    • Lethbridge College has teamed with AGCO Corporation and Hanlon Ag Centre to ensure their agriculture and heavy equipment apprenticeship students have access to up-to-date training and state-of-the-art equipment.
    • Capital Power Corp is terminating an agreement to purchase electricity from the Sundance C coal-fired power plant west of Edmonton
    • Mountain Equipment Co-op is opening a second location in Edmonton in the fall of 2016
    • St. Paul & District Co-op is spending $18M to modernize and renovate its three facilities in St. Paul and Elk Point
    • Horse Racing Alberta and the Government of Alberta have renewed a ten-year agreement to support the industry. According to the government, the agreement will directly support 1,600 jobs at the province's five racetracks.
    • The non-profit Children's Autism Services of Edmonton is planning to open a second campus for autistic children by the fall of 2016
    • The Government of Alberta has implemented a wage freeze for management and non-unionized employees at the province's agencies, boards and commissions, including Alberta Health Services
    • The Government of Alberta is funding 18 new addiction treatment spaces in Medicine Hat and 31 spaces in other communities
    • The Government of Alberta has approved the Career and Technology Foundations program for schools across the province. The program provides students with hands-on career training.
    • The Alberta government is investing $3.5M in local programs and services that support the safety and well-being of families
    • The Government of Alberta has launched an independent review of the province's Workers' Compensation Board. The three-member panel is expected to provide a progress update to government in fall 2016 and a final report in spring 2017.
    • Alberta Health Services plans to open 12 more supportive living spaces in Lethbridge in April 2016. Another 24 local spaces are being planned for 2017.
    • Millennium Stimulation Services has closed its shop in Dunmore and ceased major operations in the Medicine Hat area. Gas Drive, a compressor company, has also closed its local office but plans to maintain a core staff for customer service.
    • Stantec, an Edmonton-based engineering and consulting firm, is proposing a $793M US merger with MWH Global. The company intends to maintain head office operations in the city.
    • Maxim Power Corp has temporarily shut down its H.R. Milner coal-fired power plant in Grande Cache. The closure has put 37 people out of work ¿ about 75% of the power plant¿s workforce, according to the company.
  • Week of Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2016

    • Home Depot Canada is planning to hire 975 seasonal staff across Alberta for full-time and part-time positions
    • McDonald's Canada expects to hire ten to 15 extra staff at each of its 140 locations across the province to handle a new ordering and delivery system
    • The Calgary Police Service is hiring a yoga instructor to provide classes for sworn officers and civilian members
    • A recent Career and Employment Expo in Siksika attracted a near-record number of attendees and almost 50 vendors
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $20M to support the construction of the Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness and Sport in Red Deer. The project is expected to create approximately 2,000 jobs during construction.
    • Businesses in Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise are seeking employees for the upcoming summer tourist season. The Banff & Lake Louise Hospitality Association is projecting labour shortages again in the peak summer months.
    • Foster's Agri-World, an agricultural equipment dealer headquartered in Beaverlodge, is opening a satellite location in Fairview
    • The Resource Diversification Council of Alberta was recently formed to help attract refinery and petrochemical developments to the province
    • The Government of Alberta is amending legislation to ensure that Albertans have access to essential services in the event of a public sector strike. The proposed amendments are subject to approval by the legislature.
    • McBride Career Group recently held its semi-annual career fair in Strathmore
    • Cenovus is warning that further staff layoffs are expected during March 2016, but the company is not disclosing any detailed job numbers
    • Banff National Park is receiving $39.3M to improve campgrounds and rehabilitate wildlife underpasses
    • SNC-Lavalin is eliminating 600 jobs in Canada. The job losses are expected to impact several areas of operation, including Western Canada's oil and gas sector.
    • The YMCA Employment Centre in Medicine Hat is reporting increased demand for their services, particularly from older workers who were previously employed in the energy sector
    • Alberta Innovates has laid off two senior vice-presidents in advance of expected organizational consolidations
    • Geo-Jade Petroleum Corp. is proposing a $575M take-over of Bankers Petroleum. If the deal is approved, Bankers would maintain a corporate and technical headquarters in Calgary.
    • Canadian Natural Resources has applied for regulatory approval of 47 wells located northwest of Cold Lake
    • Sears Canada is selling its Calgary distribution centre as part of an $84M sale-leaseback agreement. Sears will continue to operate the facility and anticipates that there will be no impact on the site's workforce.
    • Enbridge is set to begin construction of its Norlite Pipeline Project this summer. The pipeline is scheduled to be in service during the second quarter of 2017.
    • Penn West Petroleum has negotiated the sale of $230M in assets, including properties in northern Alberta. The sale is expected to reduce the company's operating costs.
    • Kinjo Sushi & Grill is opening a fifth location in Calgary in 2017
    • The St. Albert Community Midwives clinic is closing in the fall of 2016 due to reduced provincial funding
  • Week of Mar 14 - Mar 18, 2016

    • Beaverlodge's Family and Community Support Services has hired a program assistant for the Beaverlodge Neighbourhood Resource Centre
    • The Calgary Police Service is closing two community police stations as of May 6, 2016 and redeploying 48 officers to other parts of the city
    • The fourth annual Opportunity Knocks Job and Career Fair was held in Lethbridge on March 9, 2016. The event, hosted by the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, attracted approximately 50 businesses and 1,000 job seekers.
    • Medicine Hat's Alberta Works Centre is reporting a 70% increase in the number of unemployed people seeking help, compared to 2015. More clients at the centre are also looking for income support.
    • The Government of Alberta is contributing $10M towards the construction of a $20M renewable diesel manufacturing facility by SBI BioEnergy. The project is expected to generate 35 jobs in the Edmonton region.
    • Child-care operators in Calgary are seeing reduced demand as parents pull their children from care centres in response to job losses. For example, Bow Valley Child Care Centre says about 30% of parents with children at its facility have been laid off recently.
    • Imperial Oil has filed an application with the Alberta Energy Regulator for a new $2B oil sands development near Cold Lake. Pending regulatory approval, the project could begin construction in 2019, with production beginning in 2022.
    • Lloydminster's Home Hardware Building Centre is expanding its retail sales area and adding an attached café and a renovated garden centre. Bexon Construction is expected to complete the work by the fall of 2016.
    • Williams, an energy infrastructure firm with some operations in Alberta, expects to reduce its North American workforce by approximately ten percent. A geographical breakdown of the cuts was not given, but the timeline is from late March to early April 2016.
    • Harvest Operations Corp. recently laid off 67 employees in Calgary and in the field. The company has also suspended operation of its BlackGold oil sands project in northern Alberta.
    • A new Tim Hortons in west Lethbridge is hiring at least 40 employees for an anticipated opening in the spring of 2016
    • TransAlta is decommissioning its Cowley Ridge wind facility near Pincher Creek after 23 years of operation. The work is will take place from April to June 2016, followed by site reclamation.
    • The Canada Foundation for Innovation is providing $2M in research funding for nine projects at the University of Alberta
    • The City of Edmonton has approved a new development for the stalled Glenora Skyline site, after the previous developer went bankrupt. The new project includes retail, restaurants, condos and office space.
    • Greyhound is relocating its downtown Edmonton bus station to a VIA Rail site. The company did not release a specific moving date, but their current lease expires in May 2016.
    • The Town of Bonnyville has granted an extension to a development permit for a proposed hotel and restaurant. The developer expects construction to begin by late 2016.
    • Northern Lights School Division plans to demolish the old elementary school in Cold Lake, following construction of a new school and remediation work to remove hazardous materials from the old structure
    • Red Deer's Gasoline Alley Career High School has officially opened
    • The City of Brooks will spend $985,000 on street improvements in 2016
    • The City of Airdrie is moving forward with a recycling program for multi-family residences
    • According to a recent report, Athabasca University is planning to move all its information technology operations to Edmonton. The decision could affect 59 positions in Athabasca.
    • McHardy Cabins and two other bed and breakfast homes and inns in Banff have cancelled their development permits and business licenses for 2016
    • Keyano College in Fort McMurray signed a collaborative agreement with Calgary's Mount Royal University, which will allow Keyano students to locally earn a Bachelor of Science degree
    • YMCA Wood Buffalo held a job fair in Fort McMurray on March 10, 2016. The organizers estimate that only five percent of the positions advertised at the event were outside the Wood Buffalo region.
    • Haro Development has scrapped its plans for a hotel in the Fort Station development in Fort Saskatchewan but expects to replace it with a $5M apartment building
    • The Jump Family Entertainment Centre and Cafe opened in Fort Saskatchewan on March 19, 2016
    • Red Deer Airport is undergoing a $9.5M runaway expansion. The work is expected to start on April 12 and be complete by September 2016.
    • Two research programs at the University of Lethbridge are receiving a combined $179,600 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation
    • The University of Calgary is receiving over $2M from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to support five research projects
    • Farm Credit Canada is adding $500M to its Young Farmer Loan program to help young farmers become established in the industry
    • Tim Hortons is opening a restaurant in Hanna during the summer of 2016
    • Trican Well Services has suspended its active well-servicing operations in Medicine Hat and issued layoff notices to 100 employees. The company is retaining a small staff and its facility in nearby Redcliff.
  • Week of Mar 07 - Mar 11, 2016

    • Ossa Terra Ltd has started $1.6M in utility work at Legacy regional park in Lethbridge. The city also plans to tender a contract for detailed landscaping in the park, with construction expected to finish in 2018.
    • The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has terminated the employment of four senior city managers in Fort McMurray
    • Canadian Natural Resources Ltd is committing $2B in capital funding for its 2016 expansion of the Horizon oil sands project near Fort McMurray
    • Repsol Oil & Gas is cutting up to 15% of its Calgary workforce in response to low energy prices. The company did not disclose any job numbers.
    • Baytex Energy is scaling back its heavy oil development program for 2016. The company is shelving plans to drill 12 wells near Peace River and 24 wells by Lloydminster.
    • Ironstone Resources is delaying the opening of a mine and production plant near Fairview until 2020 or 2021. The project is expected to create 700 to 1,000 full-time jobs.
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $0.3M to Search and Rescue Alberta to support recruitment and skill development of search and rescue volunteers
    • Peyto Exploration & Development has cut $100M from its 2016 capital budget, but the company still plans to drill up to 135 wells this year due to lower service costs
    • A recent job fair in Okotoks drew a record number of job seekers. Okotoks Economic Development also reports a rise in the number of residents who are starting home businesses or opening stores.
    • Black Diamond Group and Horizon North Logistics, two work camp operators, have both reduced their staff levels in response to lower occupancy levels
    • The Town of Edson has approved the tendering of its $12M waste water treatment plant upgrade project
    • Blue Spark Energy is adding ten employees by the end of 2016 to cope with an increase in international work
    • TappCar, an Edmonton-based vehicle-for-hire service, is set to launch in the city on March 14, 2016
    • The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is providing $2.6M for the expansion of the Doug Barnes Cabin recreational facility. Work is expected to start in April and be complete by December 2016.
    • Alberta green technology companies are receiving approximately $26M from Sustainable Development Technology Canada
    • TransCanada Corp. has decided to terminate its power purchase agreements for three coal-fired generating plants in Alberta. The decision affects the Sheerness power plant near Hanna and the Sundance A and B plants located west of Edmonton.
    • Victory Nickel, the parent company of Victory Silica in Seven Persons, has recently restructured a $5.2M debt repayment to 2018
    • The City of Airdrie is scaling back a proposed public transit expansion to Calgary due to reduced demand for the service
    • Northland Village Mall in Calgary is set for a major redevelopment that will include a Whole Foods grocery store and 65 units of residential housing
    • A recent economic impact study of the redevelopment of Northlands in Edmonton suggests that the province could see up to $1B of benefit in the next 20 years. Construction would create up to 4,000 temporary jobs, and another 750 permanent full-time positions would be created on completion.
    • Booster Juice opened in Whitecourt on March 4, 2016
    • Mountain View Power is opening a customer service office in Olds
    • Paterson Grain is building a new Inland Export Terminal near Bowden. The facility is expected to open in 2017.
    • Canyon Services Group has shifted compensation for 74% of its employees from salary to hourly or daily pay in an effort to reduce costs during slow work periods
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $650,000 to 50 municipalities and four First Nations to support firefighter training
    • Morinville Family Medical Clinic and Morinville Family Pharmacy are expected to open in the spring of 2016
    • Danier Leather is liquidating all of its inventory and closing its retail stores and outlets across Canada
    • Points West Living is moving ahead with construction of a supportive living facility in Lac La Biche following confirmation of $2M in funding from the Government of Alberta
    • Ensign Energy Services decommissioned 21 drilling rigs and two service rigs worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2015, leaving 83 rigs in Canada
    • The City of Lethbridge has approved the installation of underground utilities and the construction of roads and sports fields for the Waterbridge Middle School project
    • Civeo is reopening Athabasca Lodge north of Fort McMurray after securing contracts in the oil sands region totaling $41M
    • Construction of a $7M water and sanitary system extension in Fort McLeod is scheduled to start in April 2016
  • Week of Feb 29 - Mar 04, 2016

    • The University of Alberta is building a $2.3M ice-core storage and research facility in Edmonton. The work is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.
    • BioNeutra Global, an Edmonton-based junior biotechnology company, is hiring 25 to 30 employees for a new $7.9M production facility that is expected to open in August 2016
    • KKR & Co., a private-equity firm, is shifting key executives out of its Calgary office to California
    • Brentwood Development is proceeding with construction at the former Walmart site in Medicine Hat. Strachan Corner, a major retail development, is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.
    • The lobby, restaurant and lounge at the 4 Winds Hotel in High Level were destroyed by fire on February 27, 2016; however, the hotel proper was not damaged
    • BlackPearl Resources is shutting in some of its higher-cost heavy oil production and cutting capital expenditures in 2016 in response to continued low oil prices
    • Enerflex is cutting another 200 employees in the current quarter, bringing its total job losses to 1,100 for the fiscal year. The company has also stopped manufacturing at its Nisku facility.
    • Trican Well Service anticipates further job cuts in Canada as it restructures following the sale of its US hydraulic fracturing business. The company did not provide any details on future job numbers.
    • Sports Steps Academy, a daycare facility, is opening in Calgary at the end of May 2016
    • The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors forecasts a reduction of 60 to 70 drilling rigs by the end of 2016. The association estimates that every active drilling rig supports 135 direct and indirect jobs.
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $6.5M to the City of Medicine Hat for two flood barrier projects
    • Halliburton, a global oilfield services provider, has announced a reduction of approximately 5,000 positions. The company did not disclose a geographic breakdown of the cuts.
    • St. Michael's Health Centre in Lethbridge is adding 48 new supportive-living beds over the next year. Licensed practical nurses and health-care aides will staff the beds, providing 24-hour onsite professional and personal care support services. Registered nurses will provide oversight to the care team.
    • Construction of a seniors complex by Masterpiece Care Corporation in Medicine Hat is expected to create 250 jobs until the completion date scheduled for late fall of 2017. The facility is expected to have 150 permanent positions when fully staffed.
    • Aspen View Public Schools has posted a tender for its new $28M secondary school in Athabasca. The project is expected to be complete for 2018.
    • Lakeland Catholic School District has approved a new Forensic Sciences course that will offer training in crime scene investigation, fingerprinting techniques and DNA analysis
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $25M to five municipalities, including Calgary and one First Nation, for flood barrier projects and other water management infrastructure
    • Lac La Biche County has hired Alberta Counsel to lobby on behalf of the county on infrastructure and legislative issues
    • Portage College in Lac La Biche has laid off four senior managers in an effort to avoid a budget deficit. The layoffs are part of a $1.7M spending reduction.
    • Nexen has laid off 120 employees in Canada. The company did not provide a geographic breakdown of the cuts.
    • The Twin Pine Motor Inn in Fort McMurray is set to be demolished in mid-March 2016
    • The Government of Alberta is providing more than $17M for flood mitigation projects in seven municipalities in southern Alberta
    • The Rexall drugstore chain in Canada is being acquired by US-based McKesson Corp. in a $3B deal. The purchase is expected to be complete in the first half of 2016, subject to regulatory approval.
    • The Government of Alberta is providing over $2M for flood mitigation projects in the Town of Peace River and Westlock County
    • The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology recently held a career fair in Calgary to highlight job opportunities in a range of occupations
    • TappCar, an Edmonton-based ride-hailing service, has invited the Teamsters union to unionize its future drivers
    • The Government of Alberta is launching an inspection blitz of about 200 convenience stores and gas bars across the province to ensure employers are following workplace safety rules. The inspection campaign is expected to take about three months.
  • Week of Feb 22 - Feb 26, 2016

    • PetroLMI recently released a labour demand outlook report for the oil sands sector that forecasts a shift in work from growth and expansion, to maintaining operations
    • The West Block condominium project in Edmonton is scheduled for sales starting in June 2016, pending approval for rezoning by the city. Construction of the proposed urban plaza has been in limbo since 2014.
    • Finning International is cutting approximately 200 positions in Canada as part of a larger global reduction of 500 jobs
    • Nando's, an international restaurant chain, opened a location in Edmonton on February 26, 2016
    • TransAlta Corp has placed a hold on any future investment in Alberta pending a decision from the provincial government on the phase out of coal-fired power generation
    • Lethbridge's Galt Museum and Archives will be the new operator of Fort Whoop-Up, a National Historic Site in the city. The operating agreement is for five years.
    • Alberta Health Services is searching for a new Chief Executive Officer and hopes to fill the position by the summer of 2016
    • Alberta Midland Railway Terminal Ltd. is planning to build a $34M facility in Lamont County to store and service rail cars. Construction could begin in the spring of 2016 pending county approval and environmental assessments.
    • Chevron Canada is laying off more employees, but the company did not disclose the locations affected or any job numbers
    • Greys Recycling Industries filed for bankruptcy in Edmonton. The company was producing paper products from recycled material.
    • The Town of Hinton and the Hinton Structural and Wildland Fire Training Academy are joining forces to offer an 18-week fire training program starting May 30, 2016
    • The Evergreens Foundation is sending out tenders in May 2016 for a consultant to manage the Parkland Lodge construction project in Edson. Construction of the new facility is expected to be complete by the fall of 2018.
    • The Italian Bakery in Edmonton was destroyed by fire on February 20, 2016. The business employed approximately 20 people, and the owners plan to rebuild the bakery.
    • Origin and Cause, a forensic engineering and fire investigation firm, has opened a location in Edmonton. The company has recruited two experienced local forensic experts.
    • TappCar, a ride sharing startup company, is planning a future launch in Edmonton. The firm has not provided timelines yet, but positions itself as a hybrid between traditional taxi companies and ride-hailing services like Uber.
    • The Town of Crossfield is expecting to start construction on a $1M firehall expansion and renovation project in April 2016
    • SEKO Construction was awarded a contract for construction of the new $13.4M Cold Lake Lodge. The project is scheduled to start in March 2016 and be completed in 18 months.
    • The Lakeland Catholic School District is finding it more difficult to recruit teachers as larger school boards are offering more attractive incentives to potential candidates. The district says that Edmonton, Calgary and the UK are competing for new hires.
    • Red Deer County approved a permit for the construction of a $40M grain terminal at Niobe by GrainsConnect Canada Operations. The project is expected to provide employment for up to 50 construction workers for approximately six weeks.
    • The Town of Bon Accord is sending a $261,000 sewer line project out to tender
    • The Government of Alberta is creating new addiction treatment beds, expanding related initiatives and establishing an Addiction and Mental Health Implementation team
    • The Town of Crossfield will shelve bus service to Airdire after the trial project for the route ends on March 31, 2016
    • Vista Ridge all-seasons park in Fort McMurray is planning to start construction on a new 12-hole golf course. The course is expected to open in 2017.
    • A new daycare and preschool recently opened side by side in Fort Saskatchewan
    • Encana is cutting another 20 percent of its workforce. The company did not release details regarding job loss numbers or affected locations.
    • The City of Edmonton is set to begin construction on a funicular to the river valley starting March 7, 2016. The construction is part of a larger $72.9M project.
    • Andora Energy is suspending operations at its Sawn Lake demonstration project in the Peace River oil sands region and laying off 10 staff until oil prices recover
    • Liberty Security recently opened an office in Red Deer
    • Big Lakes County awarded a contract to Beairsto Associates Engineering for a new firehall in Joussard. Construction is scheduled to start in April 2016 with the opening planned for July.
  • Week of Feb 15 - Feb 19, 2016

    • Statoil ASA has cut 220 positions in the last two years from its Canadian workforce. Most of the cuts were at its regional headquarters in Calgary.
    • Sandwich & Sons is opening its second location in downtown Edmonton by the end of February 2016
    • Wood Buffalo's Regional Recreation Corporation is seeking lifeguards for the new pool in Fort Chipewyan. Twelve part-time and four full-time positions are available.
    • Precision Drilling has retired 79 older drilling rigs, and shifted its focus to more modern, automated drilling platforms. The company also reported a net loss in the last quarter of 2015.
    • Alberta Health Services plans to open a new $7.6M residential detoxification facility in Medicine Hat by April 2016
    • The Government of Alberta is examining alternative methods of compensation for physicians in the province. Alberta predominately uses a fee-for-service system in which doctors bill the government for performing particular medical procedures.
    • The ride-sharing service Uber plans to operate in every city in Alberta with a population over 50,000 by the end of 2016
    • TransCanada Corp reported a $2.5B net loss in the last quarter of 2015, which the company largely attributed to the stalled Keystone XL pipeline proposal
    • The Calgary Board of Education voted to close W.H. Cushing Workplace School in June 2016 because the building's owner is planning renovations. Enrolment at the school dropped in the last year from about 110 students to 60.
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $10.5M in grants to the non-profit sector to assist 294 community projects
    • SysGen Solutions Group has opened an office in Red Deer
    • Eagle Energy is reducing its 2016 capital budget in response to uncertainty and volatility in commodity prices. The Canadian portion of the budget has been reduced from US $0.9M to US $0.8M.
    • The Town of Stettler has approved a $3.6M capital budget for 2016. Infrastructure projects include various water main, heating and roofing replacements.
    • According to Airdrie Economic Development, 51 commercial/industrial businesses and 300 home-based businesses opened in the city in 2015. Combined, they created 399 new full and part-time jobs.
    • CF Industries Holdings, which operates a nitrogen plant in Medicine Hat, announced a long-term agreement to supply granular fertilizers to CHS Inc.
    • The Lakeland Lodge and Housing Foundation and Alberta Health Services are adding dementia care beds into phase three of the Bonny Lodge in Bonnyville. The project is contingent on final funding from the provincial government.
    • The Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre, based out of Cold Lake, is expanding with an outreach office in Bonnyville
    • Construction is expected to start this fall on the new $9.2M Our Lady of the Rockies Roman Catholic Church in Canmore
    • Keyano College in Fort McMurray is cutting between 18 and 24 positions, its third round of layoffs since June 2015. The cuts affect support roles, not direct teaching positions.
    • The Town of Innisfail is sending out tenders for the demolition of its sewage treatment plant facilities. The lands are being reclaimed following the town's full connection to the South Red Deer Regional Wastewater System.
    • JMAA Architecture received a contract to manage a $2.2M expansion and renovation of the Town of Innisfail's administrative building
    • The first phase of Northwest Redwater Partnership's Sturgeon Refinery is expected to be operational by late 2017. The project currently has 3,500 employees on-site, with its workforce anticipated to peak at 5,000 later in 2016.
    • Westlock County has approved a $9.3M capital budget for 2016 that includes an upgrade to the Jarvie Water Plant and a new firehall in Fawcett
    • The City of Lethbridge is hiring census takers for its 2016 municipal census, starting April 1, 2016
    • Noralta Lodge and the Fort McKay First Nation have joined forces to create a new accommodations service company that will officially launch in March 2016. The company will operate out of Noralta Lodge's Fort McMurray Village location.
    • The Town of Wetaskiwin has renewed an agreement with Select Engineering for engineering services on an as needed basis
    • Devon Energy, based in Oklahoma, is laying off 20% of its staff in the first quarter of 2016. The company has offices in Calgary and field operations in northern Alberta.
    • Alberta's wildfire season officially starts on March 1, 2016. Training begins in March for wildfire crew members and leaders at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry's training centre in Hinton.
    • Northlands is planning a $170M transformation of its site in Edmonton, including an $85M redevelopment of Rexall Place. Northlands currently has 1,700 employees or about 930 full-time equivalents, and an operating budget of $160M.
  • Week of Feb 08 - Feb 12, 2016

    • ATCO is providing residential electricity and natural gas to Albertans under the new banner of ATCOenergy
    • The Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate, a Ukrainian Roman Catholic Order, is selling St. Bernadette's Convent in Calgary. There is only one nun remaining at the educational facility.
    • The University of Alberta's student newspaper is dropping its print edition as of April 13, 2016. Two part-time editorial jobs for students are being eliminated, but The Gateway is adding a full-time business and marketing position.
    • Suncor Energy posted a $2B net loss for the final quarter of 2015 due to low crude oil prices
    • Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure recently acquired natural gas processing facilities in central Alberta from AltaGas for $30M plus common shares. The deal also includes gathering pipelines and other associated infrastructure.
    • Cedarglen Homes is closing the Harvest Hills Golf Course in Calgary. The company plans to build approximately 700 homes on the site, subject to rezoning approval.
    • Royal Dutch Shell expects to cut 10,000 direct staff and contractors from its global operations during the current fiscal year. The company did not specify locations for the cuts.
    • Calgary Economic Development is holding a series of workshops to help unemployed workers, starting in March 2016. Topics include financial management, mental health, and networking.
    • The City of Medicine Hat approved a $8.13M bid by Tritech to construct two new lift stations. The work is expected to start in April 2016.
    • Danier Leather has begun insolvency proceedings. The company hopes to find a buyer or complete the insolvency process by the end of March 2016.
    • Telus World of Science in Edmonton is planning a $40M renovation to create new exhibits and to update existing displays. The City of Edmonton has committed $12M to the project.
    • Calgary's Allied Shortridge Civil Enforcement saw its business double in the last year, including higher demand for bailiffs
    • The Government of Alberta is investing over $5M to support jobs and growth in the renewable energy sector
    • The Smitty's Restaurant at St. Albert Centre closed its doors on January 24, 2016. The restaurant chain is looking for a new location in the community.
    • Post-secondary institutions in Edmonton have experienced a surge in the number of applicants over the last year
    • Banff Lake Louise Tourism and its partners are winding down the Banff Heritage Tourism Corporation, effective February 28, 2016
    • MEG Energy cut its 2016 capital spending budget to $170M, down from the $328M announced in December 2015
    • The Town of High River expects the final phases of its downtown redevelopment project to be complete in 2016
    • The Sturgeon School Division is temporarily suspending plans for a new public junior high school in Morinville
    • The City of Calgary approved redevelopment of the Kensington Legion site. Construction is scheduled to start in the spring , with the new Legion opening by December 2016.
    • St. Marguerite Bourgeoys School in Innisfail has upgrades scheduled for its mechanical, electrical and ventilation systems. The work is expected to start in March 2016 and finish in the fall of 2017.
    • In 2015, the Town of Banff issued its highest number of development and building permits in five years. The increase is being partly attributed to rising tourist demand for accommodation and services.
    • Medicine Hat is expecting a $3.5M economic spinoff from the Alberta Winter Games 2016 being held in the city. Hotels, bed and breakfasts and restaurants are reporting increased demand.
    • The Sundre Seniors' Supportive Living Facility is planning to open its life lease and lodge units ahead of schedule, on June 1, 2016. On July 1, the facility's full-time care units will open with Alberta Health Services providing care.
    • Melcor Developments is planning a manufactured home park in the community of Oxford Landing. A bylaw amendment for the development passed a first reading by the Town of Penhold Council.
    • Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries has eliminated 35 positions from its payroll. Not all of the eliminated positions were currently filled, but they were all based out of the company's pulp mill site near Lac La Biche.
    • Olds College and AGM Wear have officially opened the Apparel Innovation Centre in Calgary
    • Weatherford International is laying off 6,000 staff in the first six months of 2016. The global energy services company is also closing nine manufacturing and service facilities, but no locations were specified.
    • Husky Energy announced additional layoffs on February 9, 2016. Cuts were made to staff across its operations due to low oil prices. The company did not confirm the number of layoffs or locations.
    • Christenson Communities is designing and building 50 supported living units and 17 retirement units in Whitecourt, thanks to funding from the provincial government. The facility will have 50 nurses and staff. Construction is expected to start in April 2016.
  • Week of Feb 01 - Feb 05, 2016

    • Hainan Airlines, a privately-owned Chinese carrier, is starting a non-stop route between Calgary and Beijing at the end of June 2016
    • The Edmonton Police Service is planning to hire 160 new officers in 2016, and is seeking recruits from a range of backgrounds. The organization has held job fairs in the Maritimes and recruited officers from as far away as Britain and Ireland.
    • The City of Edmonton voted to legalize the ride-hailing company Uber, becoming the first Canadian municipality to do so. Uber will become legal in March 2016 if the company's drivers secure legal commercial insurance.
    • Lynx Net, a Camrose-based telecommunications company, was recently purchased by EastLink. The sale was primarily due to the high financial costs required for technological improvements.
    • Athabasca Oil and Murphy Oil recently signed an agreement to develop their holdings in the Kaybob area of Alberta. The joint venture is expected to cost approximately $1B over the next five years.
    • The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta recently won an appeal related to professional qualifications. The ruling supported required confirmatory exams for a foreign-trained engineer.
    • The Business Development Bank of Canada is projecting that smaller businesses in Alberta will invest approximately $11B in 2016, a decrease of 27% from 2015. Low energy prices and a lack of confidence in the economy were cited as factors.
    • Penn West Petroleum announced that its 2016 capital budget is $50M, down approximately 90% from 2015 spending. The company also plans to shut in some uneconomic production to reduce daily oil output.
    • The Aviary, an all-ages café and arts space in Edmonton, is set to open on May 1, 2016. The venue's building is currently undergoing $30,000 in renovations.
    • Checker Yellow Cabs is reporting a downturn in demand for taxis in Calgary, amid declining energy prices. Taxi trips decreased by ten percent in 2015, compared to the previous year.
    • Enbridge made a $538M deal to purchase two of Murphy Oil's gas plants and related assets in northeastern BC
    • The City of Red Deer is moving ahead with developments in the north part of the city, on land annexed from the county in 2009. A mixture of residential, commercial and light industrial developments are planned, with the first phase expected to start in 2017.
    • The Town of Ponoka voted to separate from a regional fire service with Ponoka County, resulting in two separate fire departments. The town intends to retain control of the fire hall, and will likely increase taxes to offset the revenue losses.
    • The Northern Alberta Business Incubator based in St. Albert is experiencing a surge in client numbers with the downturn in oil prices. The organization is seeking additional office space and more consultants to handle the demand.
    • The Outdoor Store is expected to open in late spring 2016 in Fort McMurray's Clearwater Mall. The retailer will offer an assortment of camping, fishing, hunting and marine products.
    • Banff, Canmore and Jasper are hoping to join together for an economic impact study to define the role these tourist communities have on Alberta's economy. The municipalities are seeking a consulting firm to undertake the study.
    • The Government of Alberta announced a $500M program to provide royalty credits for new petrochemical plants in the province. The program is intended to attract investment for petrochemical manufacturing and support job creation.
    • Methanex is delaying plans to increase the size of its plant in Medicine Hat, due to low oil and gas prices. A proposal was made public in 2013 for a $1B project to double the size of its current production facility.
    • The Government of Alberta completed a review of its royalty system for the energy sector. Rates for oil sands production will not change, while a new framework for conventional oil and gas drilling will be developed for 2017.
    • The Town of Westlock approved $307,000 over five years for its beautification program. The initiative includes installing new benches, garbage cans, flower poles, planters, signage and decorative banners.
    • Alberta Health Services is planning a six-station dialysis unit inside the hospital in Lac La Biche. Renovations to the space include installing water lines and specialized electrical equipment to support dialysis equipment.
    • The Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement's daycare services are reopening on a six month trial basis. The daycare has been in a deficit funding situation since 2012 and was recently closed temporarily.
    • Construction began on a $1M lab for the hairstyling program at Portage College in Lac La Biche. The project is scheduled for completion in April 2016, with the first intake of students slated for August.
    • The filming of the first season for the Syfy series Wynonna Earp wrapped up in Didsbury at the end of January 2016. The production employed approximately 20 actors and extras, as well as 90 to 100 crew members per day.
    • A new Ramada hotel in Grassland is halfway through construction and expected to open on July 15, 2016. The hotel plans to hire approximately 20 employees.
    • The TenX Nightclub in Calgary has closed
    • Sears Canada is shutting down its retail outlet in Barrhead at the end of February 2016. The Sears catalogue ordering service will remain operational inside Barb's Sewing and Fabrics shop.
    • USD Group recently withdrew its application to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency for new rail tracks and loading buildings at its oil handling facility in Hardisty
    • The City of Medicine Hat will spend $11.6M to rebuild the Veiner Centre, a seniors centre damaged by floods in 2013. An insurance payout of $1.46M will go towards the budget for the centre.
    • Lowe's, a US-based home improvement chain, made a deal to purchase Rona for $3.2B. Lowe's committed to retaining the vast majority of current Rona employees, along with key executives. The sale still requires regulatory approval.
    • Laricina Energy, a private Calgary oil sands developer, recently emerged from creditor protection. The company plans to establish a new board of directors and proceed with very limited operations.
    • Tourmaline Oil, an intermediate crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company, is reducing its 2016 capital budget from $1.1B to $925M
    • The Government of Alberta announced an expanded cabinet and the creation of its Climate Change Office. The office will coordinate implementation of Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan, which was unveiled in November 2015.
    • Imperial Oil filed a proposal with the provincial government to build a diluent recovery unit at its Edmonton rail yard facility. The company is also proceeding with front-end engineering and design work at Aspen, a Cold Lake-area bitumen project.
  • Week of Jan 25 - Jan 29, 2016

    • Oilers Entertainment Group hired two assistant general managers to oversee facility operations and live entertainment for Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton
    • Ivanhoé Cambridge is joining forces with Simon to build a shopping outlet centre at the Edmonton International Airport. The site is expected to have approximately 100 stores and open in the fall of 2017.
    • Calgary-based Paramount Resources reduced employee salaries for 2016 and eliminated most of its corporate consultant positions. The company also cut labour and travel costs for its field operations.
    • Canadian Pacific Railway plans to cut 1,000 positions this year, as it adjusts to lower shipment volumes. The company said most of the cuts to unionized and management positions will result from attrition and start by the middle of 2016.
    • Kasian Architecture plans to add staff to its Calgary office, primarily due to demand for services on projects outside of the region. Out of its 60 Calgary employees, a third are working on two large facilities in Saskatchewan, while 12 staff are working on a project in Qatar.
    • Lethbridge-based API Labs garnered support from the Government of Alberta and the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce for a thebaine poppy processing facility. If approved, the project will produce morphine, codeine and other high-demand medications, and create at least 300 jobs.
    • The first phase of Elim Village, an $11M non-profit retirement facility, opened in Lethbridge. The 42-unit residence offers all-inclusive rents with three cooked meals and an on-site activity coordinator.
    • In spite of the recent closures or downsizing of 15 businesses in Medicine Hat, local realtors are reporting strong demand for light industrial rentals. According to industry sources, landlords have cut their prices and small businesses are still seeking manufacturing space.
    • MRC Global, a supplier to the oil and gas industry, is closing its office in Medicine Hat after 18 years of operation
    • PepsiCo Foods Canada is closing its Spitz seed distribution warehouse in Medicine Hat on February 19, affecting six employees. The company plans to move distribution to its Bow Island facility.
    • The City of Medicine Hat plans to expand the terminal ramp at its regional airport this year, at a cost of $786,000. The main runaway is also scheduled for repaving, but the $7.5M project is contingent on receipt of an aviation infrastructure grant from the federal government.
    • WestJet announced that it is reducing direct service between Calgary and Brandon, effective February 15, 2016. The airline attributes the change to the downturn in the economy.
    • The Government of Alberta providing an additional $5M to help small and medium-sized technology companies grow, as part of a greater effort to diversify the provincial economy
    • Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield service provider, is cutting another 10,000 jobs in response to reduced customer demand. The company did not disclose a geographic breakdown of the layoffs.
    • Pengrowth Energy, an intermediate oil producer based in Calgary, announced a cessation of drilling for the 2016 fiscal year. Instead, the company's budget is aimed primarily at safety, asset integrity and maintaining existing operations.
    • An expansion is underway to High River Hospital's cancer clinic. The $1.6M project is expected to be complete by November.
    • London Drugs and Mark's Work Warehouse are set to occupy some of the space vacated by the former Target store in the St. Albert Centre mall. Other new tenants are expected by the end of 2016.
    • The Town of Carstairs cut their portion of funding for the Rocky View Regional Handibus Service, citing a lack of ridership
    • The Brick, an Edmonton-based furniture and appliance retailer, is closing its call centres in Edmonton and Kirkland, Quebec. The Edmonton call centre has approximately nine employees. The company plans to move most workers to other positions, but some staffing reductions are expected.
    • Saucier + Perrotte, a Montreal architectural firm, is in line to design the $180M Lewis Farms Recreation Centre in Edmonton. As part of the proposed contract, the company is partnering with local business, Architecture Tkalcic Bengert.
    • Big Rig Craft Distillery, a micro-distillery in Nisku, started producing and distributing vodka to local liquor stores
    • Walmart Canada opened four new super centre locations in Alberta. The stores in Brooks, Drayton Valley, Edson and Stettler each added approximately 20 new staff.
    • The City of Brooks awarded contracts for janitorial and cleaning services for the Lakeside Leisure Centre and other public facilities. A new contract with Jag Cleaning runs for three years.
    • A new adventure company opened in the Fort McMurray-area. Adventure Borealis offers traditional indigenous activities such as snowshoeing, ice fishing, trapping and arts and crafts.
    • Rogers Media is cutting 200 production jobs across its TV, radio and digital properties. No details were provided on the affected locations.
    • WestJet reduced its service between Calgary and Edmonton, while also dropping flights to other destinations in Western Canada. The changes are a result of lower customer demand and the airline is shifting some of its resources to Eastern Canada.
    • Great Prairie Energy Services, a Calgary-based oilfield services company, was placed in receivership. The company had operations at six locations in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
    • Northern Lakes College is closing its branch in Barrhead in June 2016, after 12 years of operation. The local campus was originally opened to deliver a two-year practical nursing program.
    • Trican Well Service, a Calgary-based oilfield services company, completed the sale of its US well-pumping business for $285M. The Keane Group will acquire the majority of Trican's US assets, including equipment and key employees.
    • The Pomeroy Inn Suites officially opened in Vermilion
    • The Siksika First Nation is holding a Career and Employment Expo at the Community Centre Building on March 10, 2016. The event is also being hosted to create business partnerships between the Nation, Strathmore and surrounding communities.
    • Ag Spectra Whole Earth Science and Technology is planning a greenhouse operation in Magrath. The Starfield Centre would use geothermal technologies for locally grown produce. The first greenhouse is expected to create the equivalent of 60 full-time jobs.
  • Week of Jan 18 - Jan 22, 2016

    • The Government of Alberta announced a salary wage freeze for public-sector managers and other non-union employees for two years. The move affects approximately 7,000 provincial employees and is expected to save the government $28.5M annually.
    • ICE District Properties Joint Venture announced that the new hotel adjacent to Rogers Place will be upgraded to the luxury JW Marriott brand, the third such hotel in Canada. The building is expected to open in 2018.
    • Brewsters Brewing, a regional craft beer brewer with brewpub restaurants in Alberta, recently started marketing its beers in bottles at retail liquor outlets. Recent changes to liquor regulations in Alberta have allowed the company to sell bottled product.
    • The Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association estimates that 7,000 to 8,000 jobs have been lost in the Nisku area, just south of Edmonton, in the last 18 months. The layoffs have had a ripple effect in other areas of the local economy.
    • BuildForce Canada, an Ottawa-based industry group, is estimating that energy companies will require approximately 10,000 workers for maintenance work at oilsands operations in the spring of 2016. Industry groups are projecting that even with low crude oil prices, capital expenditures on existing oilsands operations and maintenance are expected to increase.
    • The alternative energy technology program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology is reporting that student numbers have almost triple since the first class in 2011. Most of the students are tradespersons returning for further education.
    • Coulee Brew Company recently opened a $10M brewery complete with a pub, a family restaurant and meeting rooms, in Lethbridge. The company is adding a canning line and plans to produce a line of soda pop. The company has future plans for a micro-distillery to produce rye whiskey and vodka.
    • The City of Lethbridge has awarded a contract for the restoration of the historic Galt Museum to Cobra Corporate Management. The work is expected to cost almost $0.9M and will take one year to complete.
    • Nitro Construction Ltd. of Lethbridge has been awarded a contract worth approximately $731,000 to build an eight-change-room heated facility at the North Lethbridge Sports Park. The revised structure will meet the requirements of provincial and national tournament standards.
    • Suncor Energy and Canadian Oil Sands have come to terms on a deal worth approximately $6.6B. The agreement is primarily an exchange of shares between the companies, but includes $2.4B in debt that Suncor will assume.
    • Williams Energy Canada has plans for a $2.5B petrochemical facility near Edmonton, pending the results of the Government of Alberta royalty review panel. The facility would directly create 80 full-time jobs, with another 1,500 construction positions at its peak. Methanex Corp is also proposing a US $1.3B methanol plant at its Medicine Hat facility.
    • BuildForce Canada is forecasting that Alberta could lose 31,000 construction jobs by 2019 in a recent report. In the oilsands sector alone, construction jobs are forecast to decline by 28 percent from the peak in 2014.
    • Loblaws, a national grocery store chain, is opening a City Market branded store in Calgary. The store plans to open on January 29, 2016 and will employ just over 200 people according to the owner.
    • Remedy Café, a local coffee chain, is opening its fifth restaurant in Edmonton in March 2016
    • DBS Environmental, a Lethbridge-based company, has taken over operation of all the waste transfer sites in Lethbridge County. The company is also helping Lethbridge Regional Waste Management administer the recycling trailers.
    • A group of entrepreneurs in Medicine Hat has formed The Compass, a new co-working space to bring businesses and entrepreneurs together in one location. VA Angels, one of the largest angel investment companies in Canada, also has office space in The Compass to provide funding for start-up companies.
    • Our House Child Care Centre, a local child care facility, has recently opened in Morinville. The facility offers a weekly music program and outdoor play space.
    • WestJet is suspending its service from Fort McMurray to Kelowna effective February 15, 2016 due to reduced passenger demand. Service between Fort McMurray and Red Deer has already been cancelled, along with a daily flight to Denver.
    • The Westlock Volunteer Fire Department is actively recruiting new members to boost their firefighting services. Although the firefighters work on a volunteer basis, they get an honorarium to complete the training and for each emergency call performed.
    • The Prairie North Health Centre, a regional health facility, recently opened in Lloydminster. The centre is home to seven physicians, a primary health care registered nurse case manager, and other allied health professionals.
    • According to the Fort McMurray Real Estate Board, sales of single-family detached homes in 2015 were down roughly 41 per cent compared to 2014, with lower selling prices. The vacancy rate for rental accommodation has risen to 30 percent.
    • Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is recruiting for up to 200 jobs at a new site in downtown Edmonton. The company also has plans for 250 new positions at the Starlight Casino at West Edmonton Mall by the fall of 2016.
    • Bad Axe Throwing, a recreational axe throwing facility which has five outlets in Ontario, opened its first location outside that province in Edmonton. Bad Axe targets the organized functions market such as corporate team-building events, bachelor or bachelorette parties and birthday celebrations.
    • Windsor Pizza, a pizza outlet offering Windsor style pizza, has recently opened in Calgary
    • The City of Cold Lake has contracted with Global Traffic Group to provide photo enhanced traffic enforcement until October 31, 2018. Photo radar will be set up to include speed, red light, stop sign, cross walk safety and distracted driver safety.
    • Rocky View Schools is planning for a new elementary school in the Hillcrest neighbourhood in Airdrie, pending final approval from the Government of Alberta. The facility could be open for the 2019 school year.
    • Pizza Delight, a franchise pizza restaurant in Fort Saskatchewan, closed on January 14, 2016. The franchise owner plans to open her own restaurant at the same site, Ollie's Pizza Pantry, and retain all of the 20 full-time and part-time staff.
    • The City of Fort Saskatchewan is expanding its business development program grants. Businesses are allowed to receive one grant once every three years.
    • Postmedia Network Canada Corp., has cut 90 positions across Canada, including 35 in Edmonton and 30 jobs in Calgary. The company is consolidating operations, and eliminating some editors and writers.
    • Earth's General Store, an Edmonton organic and natural foods retailer, launched a small downtown delivery service taking organic produce, snacks, coffee and tea to local businesses, via cargo bicycle
    • JobJar, a new service that matches contractors with customers, has launched in Calgary. The online database connects homeowners with handy people who are looking for work.
    • Connacher Oil and Gas is cutting production at its Great Divide oilsands operation by 70 to 80 percent from 2015 levels. The company also accelerated planned maintenance at the operation near Fort McMurray.
    • Husky Energy recently announced a cut of $800M from its 2016 capital spending plan in response to low oil prices. The company is deferring select drilling in Western Canada, with approximately 50 percent in the Alberta gas plays.
  • Week of Jan 11 - Jan 15, 2016

    • Embassy Bosa applied to the City of Calgary to build two residential towers and five commercial buildings as the first phase of the Currie Barracks development. Construction is expected to start in 2017, with the overall project taking more than 15 years.
    • Hotels in Alberta are struggling to fill rooms left vacant by the decline in industrial crews and business travellers affected by the sagging energy sector. The Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association reported that as of October 2015, year-to-date revenue was down 13%.
    • Texas-based USD Group plans to double the capacity of its Hardisty rail terminal and add fluid products to the facility. The company will be able to load four 120-railcar units per day, should the expansion proceed.
    • Small business owners across Alberta are concerned about commitments by the Government of Alberta to continue with minimum wage increases. Some restaurant owners are considering reducing staff hours.
    • The Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine is opening a privately run fertility clinic in Edmonton in the spring. Currently, the city's lone fertility clinic is run by Alberta Health Services at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.
    • Brookfield Residential is building a new phase in the Cochrane community of Fireside. The company has 87 lots for development and has already built two showhomes.
    • Century Gardens, a downtown Calgary park, is set to undergo $12.86M in renovations and upgrades. The city is hoping to put the project out to tender by the second quarter of 2016, with construction starting by the end of the year.
    • The foreign exchange rate of the Canadian dollar is providing an attractive incentive for film and television production companies, according to Calgary Economic Development. Also helping is the Calgary Film Centre, which is home to two sound stages.
    • The Inglewood community in Calgary is voicing opposition to plans by Domino's Pizza to open a franchise. Calgary has no bylaws restricting the number of franchise stores that can open in a neighbourhood. However, city council will review the issue.
    • The Bank of Canada released its quarterly business outlook survey, which found that Canadian businesses plan on doing less hiring and investment in the coming year than at any other time since the last recession.
    • Residents in Lac St. Anne County are voicing their opposition to a proposed $11M administrative building for approximately 50 county employees. Local taxpayers have presented a petition to the Government of Alberta to stop the project.
    • Call the Kettle Black, an Edmonton kitchen supply retailer, is closing at the end of January, after 20 years in business. The owners attributed the closure to a slumping economy, changing retail industry, and local construction delays.
    • Seven Generations Energy Ltd., a Calgary-based energy company, has announced it is postponing $200M in planned capital investment in 2016 because of poor prospects. The situation is compounded by the company holding debt valued in US dollars.
    • The City of Airdrie has assumed management of the community halls at the Airdrie Town & Country Centre. The city did not find any qualified applicants to take over the facility from the Airdrie Columbus Society, which had managed the hall since 1997.
    • Brewster Travel Canada has acquired Maligne Tours Ltd., a company offering interpretive boat cruises of Maligne Lake. Brewster stated that there will be no staff changes as a result of the purchase.
    • Pyrogy Park in the Village of Glendon will see construction of a new $95,000 playground in the spring of 2016. The Municipal District of Binnyville is also contributing $100,000 towards landscape improvements in the park.
    • The Plamondon Co-op currently has a new building under construction that is scheduled to open on April 1. The expanded facility will offer new services including a deli and full bakery and meat departments.
    • Lac La Biche County wants to connect local contractors with work opportunities that the municipality offers. County officials are planning a workshop for interested companies, to help them better understand its requirements and bidding process.
    • The County of Grande Prairie is searching for residents to fill the role of fire guardian in divisions throughout the region. Fire guardians are responsible for issuing fire permits during the fire season
    • Northlands Forest Products finalized a deal worth $30.7M to purchase the Millar Western sawmill in Boyle and associated timber quotas. The sale included harvestable land located between Boyle and Fort Mc-Murray.
    • Alberta Health Services signed an agreement with Associated Ambulance to provide non-ambulance transport service in the Central Zone. The contract is expected to help free up ambulances to respond to emergencies in the region.
    • Dawson Wallace Construction was awarded a $91.5M contract for construction of an Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission warehouse in St. Albert. The new warehouse is expected to bring more than 400 jobs to St. Albert.
    • The Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre opened a Maternity Home in Red Deer for expecting mothers and those with newborns. A three-story building is planned for the second phase of the project, which could begin in late 2017.
    • WestJet and Aeromexico, Mexico's global airline, signed an agreement allowing both firms to sell tickets for travel on each other's networks, including non-code-sharing flights
    • The City of Edmonton approved plans for a 388-seat downtown bar despite concerns by some residents that it will saturate the neighbourhood with drinking spots. Hudsons, a local brewpub chain, plans to open the facility on the ground floor of a condominium tower.
    • Planet Organic, an organic food retailer, expanded into a larger location in downtown Edmonton. The new store includes a deli, as well as a coffee and juice bar.
    • Precision Drilling expects that its drilling operations will be reduced by around 50% in 2016
    • Corus Entertainment is buying Calgary-based Shaw Media from Shaw Communications in a $2.65B deal. Shaw Media includes the Global Television network and 19 specialty channels.
    • The Government of Alberta confirmed its commitment of $2.8M for improvements at the Strathmore Health Centre. Expanding the facility's emergency room is a priority for Alberta Health Services. The project is in the planning stages, with construction expected to start in 2016-17.
  • Week of Jan 04 - Jan 08, 2016

    • The Government of Alberta is proposing a one percent wage increase for each year of a three-year contract for support staff at Alberta Health Services. The employees represent a range of occupations from cleaners to information technology specialists.
    • The Alberta government reported that it has been advised of more layoffs in the oil and gas sector in early 2016
    • Parks Canada and Banff National Park released 12 housing lots in the Town of Banff to the Banff Housing Corporation. The land is expected to be used for affordable multi-unit rental housing, pending approval from Banff's municipal council.
    • Dawson Wallace Construction has been awarded a $20M contract by the Lethbridge Public School Board for construction of a new middle school. The project is scheduled to start in the spring of 2016 with the opening planned for the 2018-19 school year.
    • Hire10, a job fair recently held in Calgary, is expected to generate 600 new positions from the 15 employers signed on to the event. Healthcare, tech, finance, and telecommunications companies, as well as a few local businesses were represented.
    • The City of Camrose approved a 2016 capital budget of $9.8M that includes funding for roads, street lights, storm sewers, and waste management
    • Alberta Health Services is converting the former SportChek location in Medicine Hat into a medical laboratory collections site. When the renovations are complete in March 2017, the new facility will include space for reception, sample collection, and lab processing.
    • Calfrac Well Services, a Calgary-based provider of pressure pumping services used in hydraulic fracturing, has recently issued stock to raise $27.5M. The funds are to be used to help the firm cope with low oil prices.
    • The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is projecting that the oil and gas sector saw 100,000 job losses by the end of 2015, including 40,000 direct jobs
    • WestJet Encore pilots have signed a five-year contract with the Calgary-based airline, which runs to the end of 2020. The 275 pilots are represented by the WestJet Pilots Association.
    • A three-year, $42M modernization was recently started at Medicine Hat High School. Part of the school will be adapted for students in the fall of 2017, allowing construction to be completed on the remaining sections.
    • Operation Ag Careers, a pilot program developed by the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers, will launch in 2016. The program aims to connect military veterans to jobs in the agricultural sector.
    • The City of Cold Lake has decided not to fund RCMP requests fora dedicated traffic officer or additional clerk, given the state of the local economy. The city council plans to review the decision again part way through 2016.
    • The Theoretically Brewing Company opened for business in Lethbridge. The storefront-brewery is offering sales both on-site and at several liquor stores in the city.
    • Companies in Calgary that repossess merchandise and oversee evictions on foreclosed properties are reporting a surge in business. Consolidated Recovery Group has hired more staff to handle the increased business.
    • The Alberta Trappers Association is holding their 43rd annual Rendezvous in Pincher Creek over the Canada Day weekend in 2016. The group is expecting approximately 1,500 attendees for each day of the event.
    • The Town of Banff has approved Phase One of the Banff Elementary School Modernization Project, which includes the construction of 13 classrooms. The work is expected to start in April 2016 and be complete by September 1, 2017.
    • Business owners in Bonnyville are reporting lower sales over the holiday season due to layoffs in the energy sector, fewer transient workers, and a milder winter with little snow.
    • Park Distillery, a craft distillery that opened in Banff in June 2015, is planning expansions into the Calgary and Edmonton markets. The firm has hired a representative to promote their products to small boutique liquor stores.
    • The Town of Grande Cache is feeling the pinch of layoffs in the oil and gas industry, as well as the recent loss of 250 mine jobs at Grande Cache Coal. Retailers in the town of 4,300 are also reporting lower sales.
    • Shoreline Energy Corp, a Calgary-based oil and gas producer, filed for bankruptcy on December 23, 2015. It was formerly under creditor protection.
    • A new yoga studio is planning to launch in Olds early in 2016, following an amendment passed by the town council. Yoga classes are currently offered outside the town proper.
    • Moving companies in Calgary are reporting a surge in business from people leaving the city and homeowners downsizing to smaller properties due to the economy. The companies are seeing moves within Canada and internationally.
    • The Bashaw Seed Cleaning Cooperative Association is moving ahead with construction of a new $6M facility in Bashaw in early 2016
    • The Banff & Lake Louise Hospitality Association is asking the Government of Alberta to place a moratorium on further minimum wage increases pending a review of impacts to the economy. The government is proposing an increase to $15 per hour by 2018.
    • NorQuest College is planning to move into the Clean Energy Technology Centre in Drayton Valley in May 2016. Construction delays prevented an earlier planned opening of the facility by January 2016.
    • A mild winter, lots of snow, and the low value of the Canadian dollar are attracting skiers and snowboarders to the slopes at resorts across Alberta. The Canadian ski chain Resorts of the Canadian Rockies is reporting a 200% increase in bookings from US residents.
    • The City of Medicine Hat is seeking proposals by January 21 for the development of a city-owned lot that has been vacant for more than 36 years. The city set design specifications for a $30M to $40M complex on the site.
    • A fire on December 24 has destroyed a hotel under construction in Fort McMurray. Calgary-based MasterBUILT Hotels plans to rebuild the project.
    • The City of Lethbridge is seeking a new operator for Fort Whoop-Up after the Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Society decided not to submit a proposal to manage the facility. The group had operated the site for over 40 years.
    • The Town of Coaldale now has policing services provided by the RCMP, after an 11 year agreement with the Lethbridge Regional Police Service ended on December 31. Construction of a new regional detachment building is expected to start this year and be complete by 2018.
    • The County of St. Paul is moving ahead with infrastructure projects in a 2016 capital budget of approximately $15.93M. A major water supply line, a sewage lagoon, and a wastewater transfer station account for the bulk of the spending.
    • Spolumbo's Fine Foods & Deli, a Calgary food establishment, has reached an agreement with the US-based HMS Group to operate a Spolumbo's franchise at the Calgary International Airport. The restaurant joins a list of 50 additional shops and food outlets slated to open in late 2016 at the new International Terminal.
    • Aspen View Public Schools has released the conceptual design for a new high school in Athabasca. The school district is planning to send out tender requests shortly.
    • The Medicine Hat office of the Canadian Cancer Society closed over the holiday season, according to a spokesperson at the Calgary office. Details regarding the decision and future representation in the community are not yet available.
    • The City of Edmonton is advertising for a new city manager after city council decided to terminate the employment of the previous manager in September 2015. The city is hoping to fill the position by the spring of 2016.
    • The Donkin Coking Coal Project recently held a job fair in Grande Cache for a mine in Cape Breton. The company is hoping to recruit recently laid-off miners for work starting in the spring of 2016.
    • Inuit Edmontonmiut, an organization to support Inuit in Edmonton, has recently formed to offer Inuit-specific services in the city. Edmonton has one of the largest per capita urban Inuit populations in southern Canada.
  • Week of Dec 14 - Dec 18, 2015

    • Husky Energy announced that it is speeding up the sale of some production assets in Western Canada and is considering partial sale of some midstream assets in the Lloydminster area in response to low oil prices
    • Accor, a French hospitality conglomerate, is purchasing the assets of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. The chain owns the Fairmont Hotels in Canada, including the iconic Banff Springs hotel.
    • Cenovus Energy, a Calgary-based oil company, is expecting a 2016 capital budget approximately 19 percent lower than 2015 due to continuing low oil prices. The company expects to spend up to $875M for expansion at two oil sands projects in Alberta.
    • The Petroleum Labour Market Information Division of Enform released information from a recent survey of 36 oil and gas companies. Approximately 50 percent of the respondents expect further cuts and/or layoffs in 2016 if oil prices remain low.
    • Baytex Energy announced a 2016 spending plan that concentrates on its operations in Texas, rather than Alberta and Saskatchewan. The company did provide a provision for heavy oil drilling in Canada in the second half of 2016 if prices improve.
    • Energy companies in Calgary are reporting using a variety of techniques including reduced work weeks, salary freezes and cutbacks, and unpaid sabbaticals in order to avoid staff layoffs
    • The Taber Police Commission is dealing with a budget cut to the Taber Police Services following a decision by the Town of Taber. The slated budget for 2016 will cover wage and benefit increases for officers but includes a deficit in operational funding.
    • The Government of Alberta recently announced $4.8M for construction projects along South Railway Street in Medicine Hat. The funding is part of an $8.3M project that the city has planned for the 2015-16 budget year.
    • Pangman Development Corp plans to build 800 residential units in four towers in downtown Edmonton. The developers plan to make a final decision on the project in 2016, with construction slated to start later in the year.
    • Encana, an oil and gas producer, has cut its 2016 capital expenditure by $600M US from the 2015 level. The company is planning to reduce corporate costs by 10 percent compared to 2015 and to cut drilling and completion costs by 10 to 15 per cent.
    • The Shamrock Hotel in Calgary closed its doors on December 12, 2015. The hotel sits on the route of the future southeast leg of the Green Line LRT.
    • Colliers International, a commercial real estate company, has found a near-record number of proposed and active retail construction projects in Calgary in its fall market report. Alberta has the highest per capita retail sales in Canada.
    • The Elephant & Castle pub and restaurant in Old Strathcona is closing on December 21, 2015. The Franworks Group of Companies, which owns the bar, has committed to finding alternate employment within the company for any affected employees.
    • The Government of Alberta announced $21.4M through the Green Transit Incentives Program to four municipalities in the Capital Region. Part of the money will be used to build transit infrastructure.
    • The City and County of Grande Prairie are receiving $4.4M from the Government of Alberta for renewal and expansion of public transit fleets, and new public transit infrastructure
    • Northlands Forest Products is negotiating to purchase the Millar Western Forest Products lumber mill in Boyle. According to the current owners, the sale would include the mill's timber quotas and the rights to harvest within certain areas.
    • Royal LePage Foothills, a Calgary real estate brokerage, ceased operations and closed six offices in the city. Royal LePage brokerages are independently-owned franchises, operating under license from Royal LePage Canada.
    • The Medicine Tree Manor, a vacant seniors housing complex under construction, was destroyed by fire on December 15, 2015. Many High River seniors, displaced after the 2013 floods, were waiting to move into the new building.
    • The City of Edmonton recently approved a zoning change for the Edmonton Shooting Centre, a first-of-its-kind shooting range in Canada. The facility, which plans to open in March 2016, is hoping to attract military and law-enforcement training programs.
    • Trinidad Drilling has cut its capital spending budget for 2016 to $30M, an 84 percent reduction from the 2015 level, in response to low energy prices. The company is continuing to look for cost reductions at its operations and corporate offices.
    • The City of Calgary decided to move $30M in budget savings into an economic resiliency fund for the city. A proposal is before council to allocate up to $14.4M of the money for affordable housing initiatives.
    • The Cumulative Environmental Management Association, a Fort McMurray-based environmental group, is planning to shutdown in March 2016 due to a lack of funds. Previously, almost all of the associations $5M annual budget was provided by oil companies.
    • HMSHost has partnered with Boston Pizza International Inc. to open a new pizza location at Edmonton International Airport on December 15, 2015. This is the first Boston Pizza restaurant in an airport.
    • The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors increased its forecast of job losses in the drilling industry from 25,000 to 30,000 for 2015, partly in response to an extended winter shutdown of rigs. Winter is traditionally the busiest drilling period in Canada.
    • The Government of Alberta announced $0.8M for fifteen communities under the FireSmart program. The money will be used for tree removal, wildfire planning, education, community engagement, training and bylaw review.
    • The Pincher Creek Foundation is moving ahead with the construction of the $9.8M Crestview Lodge, a seniors facility in Pincher Creek. The site is expected to open in the spring of 2018.
    • Northern Lakes College in Slave lake is partnering with Advanced Technology Applications Infrastructure Management to offer a water and wastewater treatment training program. The program, to run online, will be offered starting in September 2016.
  • Week of Dec 07 - Dec 11, 2015

    • Imperial Oil is planning a diluent recovery unit for its Strathcona refinery site in Edmonton. The company estimates that construction could start in 2018, and the project would generate approximately 600 construction jobs and 25 operating positions.
    • Victory Nickel has secured refinancing that should allow it to continue some operations at its frac sand manufacturing facility in Seven Persons, despite the current slowdown in the energy sector.
    • McDonald's Canada is proposing to build a 24-hour restaurant at Lakeview Plaza in Calgary. Some local residents are opposed to the development due to traffic concerns.
    • BluEarth Renewables and SunEdison are developing a solar project near Burdett and Yellow Lakes that is expected to provide enough power for 6,500 average Alberta homes. Approval for the project is expected by mid-2016, with construction taking eight months.
    • The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is reporting that Edmonton-area employers expect significantly more cutbacks than hiring in the first quarter of 2016. However, two-third of employers expect to maintain their current staffing levels.
    • The Town of Canmore has voted to work with the Bow Valley Regional Transit Service to bring public bus service to the area starting in 2016.
    • The Municipal District of Bonnyville passed a budget for 2016 with $40.9M allocated to road maintenance and construction. A new $2.8M public safety office is also planned for the Public Works site outside of Bonnyville.
    • Lafarge North America is upgrading its Exshaw plant to increase cement production, which will create 15 to 20 new jobs at the site. The company estimates that the economic impact of the upgraded facility will be $800M per year in Alberta.
    • The recently released Manpower Employment Outlook Survey says that Calgary job seekers can expect a limited hiring climate during the first quarter of 2016. However, 82% of employers surveyed plan to maintain their current staffing levels.
    • The Hinton Employment and Learning Program has expanded its services. The organization's General Education Diploma program, which was previously free for the unemployed, will now be free for everyone.
    • NorQuest College will close its Stony Plain campus next summer, due to declining enrolment. The college is transitioning to online courses and partnering with local school boards to offer some programs.
    • The Northern Lights School Division received $0.4M from the Merit Contractors Association for a trades program at Cold Lake Middle School. The organization is spending $1.2M during the school year to fund seven trades programs throughout Alberta.
    • The ConocoPhillips office in Viking closed on December 3, with the elimination of 13 positions from an original staff of 29. Pine Cliff Energy, the new owner of the facility, has offered employment to 16 of the former ConocoPhillips employees.
    • Mr. Mikes Steakhouse Casual, a franchised restaurant chain, has opened in Peace River. The owner stated that the 240-seat restaurant is always hiring.
    • The proposed Corners tower development in downtown Edmonton is on hold after the developer failed to meet conditions for an October deadline. The site was planned for a residential high-rise tower.
    • The University of Alberta secured a $16M contract with the Government of Mexico to redevelop its oil and gas industry. The university will assist with technical improvements, as well as training and education.
  • Week of Nov 30 - Dec 04, 2015

    • The City of Edmonton announced that TransEd Partners has been chosen to design, build, operate, maintain and finance stage one of the Valley Line LRT.
    • The Government of Alberta announced an additional $1M for refugee resettlement. The funds follow on a previous commitment of $250,000.
    • The ATCO Group announced on November 25, 2015 that it has cut jobs across Alberta but did not disclose the number of layoffs. Subsidiary operations in the Northwest Territories and Yukon were not impacted by the cuts.
    • The City of Calgary plans to increase its capital spending plan by $47M in 2016. The City estimates that the new money will create up to 400 jobs.
    • The Government of Alberta announced that it is raising the minimum income level to qualify for legal aid and increasing the hourly rate paid to lawyers. The changes take effect in December 2015.
    • Spyglass Resources, a Calgary oil and gas producer, was recently placed in receivership, followed by the resignation of the corporation's directors.
    • The Coal Association of Canada says Alberta's plan to phase out coal-fired power plants by 2030 will throw people out of work. The association estimates that about 3,000 miners work in the coal industry in the province.
    • Recent declines in Fort McMurray's real estate market have prompted some agents to leave the community, according to a local broker. Housing prices have decreased 20 percent from October 2014, while sales are off by 41 percent.
    • Joss Wind Power is proposing a wind farm just east of Jenner, composed of up to 80 turbines. The company plans to file its initial applications with the Alberta Utilities Commission in the first quarter of 2016.
    • The City of Edmonton has denied a request from the Art Gallery of Alberta for emergency funding over three years. The gallery is considering reducing programming and operating hours in response.
    • Edmonton Economic Development voluntarily asked city council to cut their base operating grant during recent budget deliberations. The corporation shifted from a five-percent increase to a two-percent cut by shelving some projects. The cuts are not expected to result in any layoffs.
    • Staffing agencies in Calgary are reporting an unprecedented spike in energy industry professionals showing up at their doors as a consequence of low oil prices. More people with backgrounds in engineering, geology and accounting are looking for work.
    • The Town of Banff has decided to double the frequency of the Roam Regional Route in response to ridership demands. The change to the regional route is still subject to approval by the Town of Canmore.
    • The Town of Cochrane approved $933,000 for 11.32 new full-time equivalent positions in 2016. The council voted to forego the hiring of two firefighters in favour of one additional bylaw officer.
    • The Lakeland Catholic School District is implementing a cosmetology program starting February 1, 2016 for Notre Dame High School in Cold Lake. The program will eventually run through a new state-of-the-art room designed to meet the needs of the program.
    • The City of Cold Lake is extending the Cold Lake Transit system to provide return service to the nearby Kinosoo Ski Resort. The service will operate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    • Alberta Health Services announced that it has delayed the construction of the helipad on the roof of the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray. The helipad is now expected to be completed in 2017.
    • The Government of Alberta and the Foothills School Division held a groundbreaking ceremony for the joint Community Resource Centre in High River. The facility is expected to open in January 2017.
    • Hays Canada is reporting that 35 per cent of oil and gas companies surveyed expect a deterioration of their business, that could lead to further staff cuts in 2016. The outlook survey polled more than 3,300 employers and employees across Canada.
    • The City of St. Albert is moving forward with a new library branch for the community. The city council voted to allocate $17.1M over three years to the project, with planning starting in 2016.
    • The Cheesiry, a Kitscoty-based company that produces sheep milk cheeses, is closing up shop and ceasing production by July or August 2016, according to the owner
  • Week of Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2015

    • Enmax, a utility company owned by the City of Calgary, is laying off three percent of its management and professional staff, while front-line customer service and field staff are not affected. The company did not disclose any job numbers.
    • TransCanada Corp. began a new round of layoffs in November 2015, but did not disclose the number of cuts to employees and contractors. The company is making structural changes that are expected to be complete by the end of the month.
    • The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors is forecasting continued weakness in the drilling sector for 2016. The association is projecting a 58 percent decrease in well numbers across Western Canada, compared to 2014.
    • The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its campus in Spruce Grove. The new site will be used for the crane and hoisting operator program, starting in September 2016.
    • Infinity Energy, a clean energy producer, is planning a $1.9B biodiesel refinery at a site in the Bruderheim and Lamont County area. The project is expected to generate 600 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs on completion.
    • Sport Chek, a national sporting goods retailer, plans to open a flagship store in Calgary within two years.
    • Lethbridge Family Services is expanding its offices and consolidating some services to a central delivery portal. The association provides home services, immigrant assistance, counselling and education programs, and support for people with developmental disabilities.
    • Industry Pub, a new neighbourhood pub and restaurant, has recently opened in Medicine Hat. The business emphasizes sourcing local ingredients for its restaurant and bar menus.
    • Millar Western Forest Products is closing its lumber mill in Boyle by the end of February 2016. The company expects to lay off 91 employees.
    • The National Energy Board has directed Nova Gas Transmission, a subsidiary of TransCanada, to immediately stop drilling under the Athabasca River north of Fort McMurray. The order is in response to a chemical spill and riverbank erosion.
    • The Government of Alberta has decided to move the long-term care facility in Fort McMurray to the Willow Square site near the city's downtown.
    • New businesses are set to open in the first phase of the Junction Sixteen 41 development in Vermilion. A hotel and additional businesses are planned for completion by the spring of 2016.
    • The Europa Boulevard section of West Edmonton Mall is set to be redeveloped into a luxury wing, with new high-end retail shops. Construction is scheduled to start in 2017, with store openings planned for January 2018.
    • The Chinook Regional Foundation for Career Transitions in Lethbridge has been awarded a $170,000 grant over two years for a program that helps students transition from high school to post-secondary education. The regional program is expected to help approximately 200 students.
    • The City of Medicine Hat has awarded a three-year contract worth $1M to the Alberta Pound and Rescue Centre for animal pound services. The not-for-profit society will have local employees, including a full-time pound manager, veterinarian tech and kennel staff.
    • Victory Silica, a frac sand manufacuring facility in Seven Persons, has cut its staff to a skeleton crew and deferred management salaries in response to declining sales. The company recently reported that sales fell 90 percent in the third quarter of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014.
    • Stringam Denecky LLP, a Medicine Hat law firm, is merging with SGB LLP effective January 1, 2016 to form Stringam LLP with 37 lawyers in six offices. SGB LLP is a full service law firm that has served the Grande Prairie region since 2001.
    • The City of Airdrie has scaled back its request for new RCMP officers from eight to six for the 2016 budget year, due to financial constraints. Employment of six new officers is projected to cost $1.3M.
    • The City of Airdrie has decided to move forward with mandatory curb side recycling for multi-family households. The program will be completely run by private businesses.
    • The Bonnyville Covenant Health Centre has successfully recruited four new physicians for the Bonnyville area. Two more physicians are scheduled to arrive as full-time staff members by February 2016.
    • Phantoms Music, a music store in Cochrane offering instruments and lessons, is closing at the end of November 2015. The store has three piano teachers and two guitar teachers on staff, who plan to continue offering private lessons.
    • A Tim Hortons outlet is scheduled to open at the 4 Wing Canex Mall in Cold Lake on December 16, 2016. The self-serve kiosk will be located inside the Canex retail shop and will offer beverages and baked goods.
    • The Town of Hanna is raising concerns over plans by the Government of Alberta to hasten the closure of the nearby coal mine and coal-fired power plant. The local coal mine employs 60 to 80 people and the coal-fired power station employs another 110.
    • The Victorian Order of Nurses, which provides a range of health and home care services is closing down in six provinces, including Alberta. A total of 352 employees are affected by the restructuring, including a 23 per cent reduction at its head office.
  • Week of Nov 16 - Nov 20, 2015

    • Enbridge, a Calgary-based pipeline company, has cut approximately 500 employees and another 100 vacant positions in Canada and the US. The company stated that about half of the eliminated positions are in Alberta, including some in Calgary.
    • Suncor Energy is amending its hiring policy for workers at the Fort Hills mine site to include local Fort McMurray applicants. The company had previously concentrated its recruitment efforts on Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Kelowna.
    • Four restaurants and retail stores at the Stadium Shopping Centre in Calgary were destroyed by fire on November 12, 2015. Western Securities, the owner of the shopping centre, plans to redevelop the mall.
    • Police forces in Alberta are investigating fraudulent job offers posted online. The job scam and fake company are asking potential employees to forward money with the promise of hiring for a position.
    • The University of Alberta is planning a new $40M student residence for its Edmonton campus. The project, which is expected to be complete by 2018, is contingent on borrowing approval for the funds from the Government of Alberta.
    • The Coal Association of Canada has expressed concerns about job losses with the announcement of an accelerated phase-out of coal-fired plants by the Government of Alberta. Coal is currently used to generate over half of the electricity in Alberta.
    • The Government of Alberta has recently announced almost $2.9M for remediation and restoration work in watersheds across Alberta. The projects are part of the three-year, $21M Watershed Resilency and Restoration Program.
    • Teck Resources, a Vancouver-based mining company, is cutting 1,000 positions across its global offices, but a geographic breakdown of the cuts was not provided. The company is the largest producer of steel-making coal in North America.
    • The City of Edmonton has started clearing away houses and businesses in preparation for construction of the $1.8B Valley Line LRT. The project is expected to be complete and running by 2020.
    • Rocky View Schools has approved $1.3M for technology upgrades across the district over a three year period. The projects include updates to school networks for faster internet access, staff email systems, security, and a website upgrade.
    • TransCanada recently announced a $570M expansion of its Nova Gas Transmission system by 2018, to accommodate new gas supply contracts. Subject to regulatory approvals, construction is expected to start in 2017.
    • The Business Development Bank of Canada, a federal crown corporation, has announced $500M in available financing for small and medium-sized businesses impacted by the decline in oil prices.
    • The Maskwa House of Learning, a new $30M centre for aboriginal students is set to go up at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The university currently has Canada's only faculty of native studies.
    • Businesses in the town of Banff and surrounding areas are having a hard time attracting and retaining employees due to a lack of affordable housing in the region. The town now has 894 licensed businesses, an increase of 30.5 percent from 2010.
    • Finning, a heavy equipment dealer, is closing its Medicine Hat location at the end of November 2015, as part of a previously announced wider reduction. Two repair technicians and a sales person will remain active in the area serving contracts for Caterpillar machinery.
    • Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education plans to spend a little more than $1.1M on infrastructure and maintenance projects throughout the division this year. The projects range from flooring and roofing replacement to making the schools more accessible for people with disabilities.
    • Yellowhead County has received only one tender for a three-year waste collection service in the hamlets of Wildwood and Evansburg, raising concerns with the local council. The current contract expires on December 31, 2015.
    • Air Canada has reached a 10-year deal with the union representing its flight attendants after the membership accepted the agreement. The deal covers some 6,500 flight attendants at Air Canada, and 700 at its low-cost carrier, Air Canada Rouge.
    • The Government of Alberta has introduced Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act. If approved, it would ensure that agricultural workers in Alberta have protection under occupational safety and workers` compensation rules.
    • Oxford Property Group, the manager of Edmonton City Centre Mall, is spending $41.3M to redevelop the downtown retail complex. A new food court is scheduled to open in November 2016, while the rest of the project is expected to be complete by November 2017.
  • Week of Nov 09 - Nov 13, 2015

    • Athabasca Oil Corp. recently cut its capital spending plans for the second time in 2015. The company also cut approximately 50 employees from its field and office operations.
    • PrairieSky Royalty Ltd., the oil and gas royalty business spun out of Encana, is to spend $1.8B for the royalty assets of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. The assets sold consist of approximately 5.4M acres of royalty lands throughout Western Canada.
    • The Fantasyland Hotel at West Edmonton Mall will be rolling out robots in early 2016 to provide room service and assist guests with other needs.
    • Indigo Kids and American Girl have recently opened boutique locations in both Edmonton and Calgary. The company has plans for at least one more location in Calgary, although no timeline was provided.
    • The Evolve Learning for Life Daycare Centre in Chestermere closed its doors on November 5, 2015.
    • The Town of Hardisty, the proposed northern terminus of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, is reassessing its direction following the veto of the US portion of the project. The town had planned for a new hotel, residential subdivision and industrial park.
    • The Government of Alberta announced $100M for road and bridge construction in smaller municipalities over the 2017-19 period. The funding reverses a cut by the previous provincial government.
    • Cofely Fabricom Canada received over 2,000 applications for 100 positions at its module assembly facility in Fort Saskatchewan. The company is hiring ironworkers, pipefitters and welders.
    • USD Terminals Canada is proposing to double the capacity at its rail terminal near Hardisty. The expansion would handle a variety of products beyond light crude oil, such as propane, butane, and heavy crude oil.
    • The $32.6M Vascular Centre for Excellence at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary is set to open for patients in November 2015. The first phase consists of two operating suites, an inpatient unit and a special care unit .
    • The Better Business Bureau of Northern and Central Alberta is reporting a rise in jobs scams as unemployment in the province increases. Service Alberta advises anyone with concerns to call their Consumer Contact Centre.
    • Calgary City Council voted to restrict the density of payday loan operators to prevent clustering in poorer areas of the city. The new regulations require a separation of at least 400m between operations.
    • The Town of Bonnyville is moving forward with plans for a new town hall after approving $490,000 for design and engineering work. The $8.9M project is still subject to a final decision by town council.
    • The Duchess Bake Shop, a bakery and retail shop in Edmonton, is expanding to a second location in the city with the opening planned for March 2016. The new site will feature a restaurant, an expanded retail shop and a teaching kitchen.
    • The vacancy rate for office space in Calgary has reached a five-year high of 14 percent in the third quarter of 2015, largely due to cutbacks from energy companies. In addition, five new office towers are scheduled for completion within three years.
    • Parallel Energy Trust, a Calgary-based oil and gas company, has filed for creditor protection in Canada and the US. The Canadian head office, with six employees, is expected to close, and the firm's US assets are to be sold.
    • A proposed bus service to the Town of Nanton is part of the Calgary Regional Partnership's On-It program starting in the fall of 2016. Town participation in the two-year pilot project is subject to council approval.
    • Calgary-based Seven Generations Energy Ltd. expects to employ six or seven drilling rigs in 2016, down from the average of ten rigs in 2015. The decrease is attributed to increased drilling efficiencies.
    • Birchwood Properties recently broken ground on Ezra, a two tower condminium development in Calgary. The first units in the complex are expected to be complete by the spring of 2017.
    • Encana Corp. reported a $1.2B US net loss in the third quarter of 2015, mainly due to a write down of oil and gas assets. The company is concentrating its Canadian efforts in the Duvernay and Montney formations.
    • Finning International, the world's largest Caterpillar heavy equipment dealer, has announced the closure of 11 locations and the elimination of 440 jobs in Western Canada. The cutbacks are part of a wider global reduction.
    • Encana Corp. has decided to defer the start of its next gas plant in the Duvernay formation, pending action from the Government of Alberta. The provincial government is currently reviewing how much producers pay in resource royalties.
  • Week of Nov 02 - Nov 06, 2015

    • The mountain parks of Banff, Jasper and Waterton in Alberta have all reported a surge in visitors this summer, resulting in a record tourism year. Travel Alberta attributed the increase to the low value of the Canadian dollar.
    • Husky Energy revealed that it has cut 1,400 positions so far in 2015, comprised of 280 full-time employees and 1,120 contractors. The company suggested that further job cuts may be required, along with the disposition of some assets.
    • Williams, an Oklahoma-based supplier and operator of pipelines, has announced the next phase in the development and financing of a propane facility near Edmonton. The planned startup of the $900M facility is for the end of 2019.
    • The Government of Alberta announced funding for 25 new supportive living projects for seniors across the province. Funding will cover up to half of the capital costs for long-term care and dementia care spaces.
    • The City of Lethbridge ratified an agreement that provides a 9.5 percent wage increase for 156 city transit workers over a four year period.
    • Air Canada has announced that it will no longer fly between Edmonton and London, England starting in 2016 due to economic conditions. WestJet is planning to offer flights to London's Gatwick Airport beginning in May 2016.
    • Imperial Oil recently reported that it has managed to reduce costs by $1.1B so far in 2015, without resorting to any staff layoffs. The company stated that it has approximately 5,500 employees.
    • The Alberta Supports employment centre in downtown Edmonton is reporting an increase in traffic as more clients are seeking work or interested in career changes. The centre offers career advice and re-training ideas, in addition to help with resumes.
    • The City of Airdrie and Airdrie Housing are building a new facility in the city that will provide 15 units of affordable housing, retail space and office space for the Community Links program. The project is estimated at $10.9M.
    • The Town of Canmore and the Canmore Nordic Centre are gearing up for back-to-back World Cup events in February and March 2016. The Town is planning a winter carnival during the 6 weeks between the biathlon world cup and the cross-country world cup.
    • The Government of Alberta announced the Job Creation Incentive Program to support employers in job creation over two years. The program will encourage hiring by providing up to $5,000 to employers for each new position created.
    • The Government of Alberta announced approximately $30M in multi-year funding for flood infrastructure in High River. An additional $2M for flood modeling will support a working group to assess impacts of the planned flood defences.
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $50M to Alberta-based entrepreneurs through the Alberta Enterprise Corp. The money is split equally over two years ending in 2016-17.
    • Sil Industrial Materials, an Edmonton-based company, is planning a frac sand transloading facility in Yellowhead County. The project, which could see up to 60 trucks per day, is subject to a land rezoning decision.
    • The Government of Alberta has reinstated the Summer Temporary Employment Program with $10M in yearly funding starting in 2016-17. The program will subsidize wages paid by employers for students over the May to August period.
    • Vallen Medicine Hat, the local branch of safety supply company Vallen, closed on October 16, 2015. The area is now serviced by the Lethbridge branch.
    • The City of Mediicne Hat has approved a $140,000 loan for upgrades and repairs to the Medicine Hat Curling Club building. The Government of Alberta also provided a $100,000 grant in January 2015 which was contingent on additional local funding.
    • Grande Cache Coal announced that it is closing the underground mine in Grande Cache. The company issued layoff notices to 220 employees, effective December 24, 2015.
    • American Airlines is cancelling its direct flight service between Edmonton and Dallas, Texas in early February 2016. The airline attributed the cancellation to the declining value of the Canadian dollar.
    • Alpine resort operators in Alberta are expected to open for winter skiing shortly as a result of recent heavy snowfalls. Mount Norquay and Lake Louise are the first scheduled to open by mid-November.
    • Pioneer Lodge, a seniors facility in Lloydminster, is moving forward with expansion, following a $4.4M grant from the Government of Alberta. The facility plans to hire licensed practical nurses and health care aides to provide 24 hour coverage.
    • Lakeland College, in Vermilion, and Grande Prairie Regional College have recently signed an agreement to cooperate on emergency services training. Lakeland's Emergency Training Centre currently prepares firefighters and other emergency personnel.
    • The Petroleum Services Association of Canada expects continued weakness in the oil and gas sector in 2016, according to a recent report. The report says low commodity prices, oversupply and low cash flows are impacting the industry.
    • The new hospital in Grande Prairie, currently under construction, is $89M over budget, and two years behind schedule according to recent estimates from the Government of Alberta. The hospital has been scaled back and has a projected opening in 2019.
    • The Parkview Clinic, a new medical clinic in Olds, is expected to be open for business in January 2016. The clinic is planned for six physicians and an eyecare business.
    • Nutraponics recently opened its commercial vertical aquaponics farming technology centre in Ardrossan. The company, which merges fish farming with hydroponics, is opening a second location in November 2016.
    • The West Sturgeon Agricultural Society has received a $400,000 grant from Sturgeon County for a new community hall currently under construction in Calahoo. The $1.8M project is expected to be complete in the spring of 2016.
    • The Tin Cup Restaurant, part of the St. Paul golf course, recently closed due to financial difficulties. The local Smitty's Family Restaurant has offered employment to some of the affected staff.
    • The Town of Taber has ratified a new three-year collective agreement with its unionized employees. The agreement provides a five percent wage increase over the 2015-17 period.
    • The Town of Taber has ratified a new three-year collective agreement with its unionized employees. The agreement provides a five percent wage increase over the 2015-17 period.
    • The Town of Westlock has approved a $5M project to upgrade infrastructure and utilities. The road and sidewalk component of the project is fully funded through government grants, but an additional $2.1M is required for the utility work.
    • Gateway Casinos & Entertainment is investing $45M to tranform the Palace Casino at West Edmonton Mall into Starlight Casino Edmonton. The project is expected to add up to 300 new jobs.
    • Telus Corp has announced plans to reduce its workforce by 1,500 positions. The company did not disclose details but stated that many of the cuts involve voluntary departures and early retirements.
    • Ice Castles, a US company specializing in the construction of large ice castles, is training and hiring employees for a one-acre ice structure in Edmonton. The work is expected to be complete by the end of December 2015.
  • Week of Oct 26 - Oct 30, 2015

    • Weatherford International, an oil and gas services company which has its Canadian Headquarter in Calgary, will lay off 3000 employees by the end of 2015. A geographic breakdown of the job cuts has not been provided.
    • According to the Conference Board of Canada, home prices in Calgary are expected to decline in the short-term. MLS sales in Calgary went down by 36.3 percent in September 2015, compared to the previous year.
    • Scotiabank is eliminating just under 400 jobs in Calgary as part of a wider reduction and relocation of employees across Canada. Processing centres in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Halifax, and Ottawa will all be moving to Toronto.
    • Nestlé Purina PetCare Canada is shutting down manufacturing operations at its plant in Innisfail in January 2016, resulting in the loss of 44 jobs. The company is retaining 23 employees at the site, to be used as a distribution centre.
    • The Government of Alberta has committed almost $450M to protect Calgary and the surrounding communities along the Elbow River from a 2013-level flood event. The funding will be for dam construction and other local projects.
    • Emirates Airlines is recruiting pilots and flight attendants in Calgary in anticipation of direct flights to Dubai. The airline is planning on increased flight capacity from the United Arab Emirates to Canada.
    • The City of Lethbridge is seeking proposals for the operation of Fort Whoop-Up, a national historic site in Lethbridge. The Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Society, which has managed the site since 1973, has a contract that expires on December 31, 2015.
    • The City of Medicine Hat has awarded a $1.09M contract to Tiger Energy for downhole abandonment services on 400 wells. The work is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.
    • Enerplus Corp has announced a layoff of 10 percent of its Canadian staff due to continued low oil prices. Most of the approximately 70 affected employees are at the company's head office in Calgary.
    • The Northern Lights School Division Trades Exposure Training Program has completed drilling of a well in Bonnyville in cooperation with local industry and governments. Students are expected to be working at the site as early as February 1, 2016.
    • CGA Imaging has recently opened a $5M clinic in Cold Lake to offer regional screening mammography services. The clinic also features a bone densitometer and ultrasound screening services.
    • The Northern Institute of Massage Therapy is planning to open a college in Cold Lake in early 2016. The college plans to begin as a training school and expand to include a massage clinic where people can book appointments for massage therapy.
    • Shop Easy Foods, a grocery store in Cold Lake North, closed on October 29, 2015. The closure is part of a nationwide decision by Loblaw Companies Limited to shutter unprofitable stores.
    • The City of Fort Saskatchewan is experiencing a surge in retail development with business permits increased by 22 percent to date in 2015. The area is also in competition with Sherwood Park and Edmonton in attracting specialty shops.
    • The Driftpile First Nation held its first-ever Career and Trade Show on October 13 and 14, 2015. The community has another career fair scheduled in November for people who operate work camps, hospitality businesses and colleges.
    • A Tim Hortons restaurant is scheduled to open in Black Diamond in September 2016. The restaurant is expected to create employment opportunities for local youth in the town.
    • The Government of Alberta has released Budget 2015 which provides $34B over five years for infrastructure spending. The budget includes a provision for approximately 380 new teachers and 150 support staff in the education system.
    • Royal Dutch Shell has announced cancellation of its Carmon Creek oil sands project near Peace River. The decision is attributed in part by the company to depressed world oil prices.
    • Carl's Jr., a US-based fast food chain, is opening its first restaurant in Calgary in November 2015. The restaurant is currently recruiting employees for the site.
    • Devon Energy recently completed staff reductions that amount to 15 percent of its Canadian workforce. The reduction of 200 employees included operations in Calgary and northern Alberta.
    • Cenovus recently announced that it has doubled the number of layoffs from a July 2015 forecast employee reduction. The company expects to cut 700 positions for the second half of 2015.
    • The Government of Alberta is moving ahead with an $830M Calgary Cancer Centre. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2017 with the opening planned for 2024.
    • MEG Energy Corp recently reported that it has cut its contractor and staff numbers by 30 percent from the 2014 level. The company did not disclose the actual layoff numbers.
  • Week of Oct 19 - Oct 23, 2015

    • Calgary and Edmonton are the top two entrepreneurial communities in Canada, according to CFIB's annual assessment. The Albertan cities received top scores due to high levels of business ownership, high optimism, and good local policy.
    • Construction of Shell Canada's $1.35B carbon-capture project in Fort Saskatchewan is complete, and the project will soon be launched. The project will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 35 percent, or 1M tonnes per year.
    • Single-family housing starts declined in the Calgary and Edmonton regions in the month of September, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. The decline was the result of employment growth and more inventory on the resale market.
    • More office space is expected to open up in Calgary's downtown, according to Newmark Knight Frank Devencore. The overall vacancy rate rose to 12.8 percent in the 3rd Quarter of 2015, compared to 11.4 percent at the end of the 2nd quarter.
    • Made Foods is set to open four new locations in Calgary by the end of November 2015. The company offers ready-to-eat meals with locally sourced ingredients and plans to open 10 additional stores across Canada.
    • Junior oil and gas companies in Calgary are trying to cut costs due to tough market conditions. The companies will cut drilling and administrative costs as well as selling assets to counter the low commodity prices and high debt levels.
    • Alberta's wholesale sector experienced the biggest annual decline among provinces, according to Statistics Canada. In September, sales reached $6.6B, down 7.7 percent compared to the same month last year.
    • According to the Global Auto Report by Scotiabank, auto sales in Alberta are expected to decline from 269,000 in 2014 to 250,000 in 2015. Despite the drop in sales, the province will remain above the long-term averages.
    • Manufacturing sales in Alberta declined for the 10th consecutive month in August, according to Statistics Canada. The 14 percent decline from August 2014 stems from lower sales of machinery, fabricated metal products, and petroleum and coal products.
    • TransCanada Corp., a Calgary-based energy infrastructure company, will eliminate 30 director positions as a part of its 20 percent cut to senior leaders announced in September. The layoffs are expected to come into effect in November 2015.
    • Alberta Health Services extended its contract with Dynalife by one year. The contract, which is worth more than $130M per year, provides lab services for the Edmonton region.
    • Brookfield Residential is taking over ALBI Homes, a leading home builder in Calgary, for an undisclosed amount. The takeover will not have any effect on the staff.
    • Uber, a service in which freelance drivers receive fares in exchange for rides, started operating in Calgary on October 15. By the launch date, approximately 500 freelance drivers had signed up with the company to provide services.
    • Calgary-based Nureva is planning to expand its business thanks to the oil and gas price downturn. The hightech solutions company has been able hire employees with the right skill sets as a result of the layoffs and will hire up to 30 employees within a year.
    • A new gallery dedicated to modern and contemporary art will open up in Calgary's Centennial Planetarium by fall 2016. The art gallery will be developed in various stages, and a fundraiser will be held for it at the planetarium on November 7, 2015.
    • Residential housing sales in Fort McMurray fell 39.8 percent in September compared to the time last year, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association. The average sale price also declined, while the rental vacancy rate rose in the city.
    • The Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., based in Calgary, announced a new labour agreement on October 20. The agreement plans on cutting $400M in capital expenditures that will make the railway more efficient.
    • Construction of the St. Gregory the Great Catholic School started in Blackfalds. The $16M school will have capacity for 600 kindergarten to grade 9 students and will open its doors in September 2017.
    • According to a new report by Peters Co., the current Canadian drilling slump could be the longest since 1950s. The report forecasts that operator spending in the Canadian oil patch will fall by 39 percent in 2015 and 14 percent in 2016.
    • The number of people on Employment Insurance in Calgary rose for the 12th consecutive month in August, according to Statistics Canada. On a year-to-year basis, there were 7800, or 82.5 percent, more people claiming benefits in the region.
    • Alberta's retail sales declined by 2.9 percent in the month of August compared to August 2014, according to Statistics Canada. On a national level, retail sales were up by 2.8 percent over the same period.
  • Week of Oct 12 - Oct 16, 2015

    • ATCO Ltd. was awarded a $470M contract by B.C. Hydro to build and operate worker lodgings at a hydroelectric project in northeastern B.C. The agreement will create approximately 260 jobs in Calgary during the manufacturing process.
    • Northlands parking laid-off approximately 30 parking cashiers in Edmonton on October 8, 2015. The lay-offs come after more than $1M in parking fees went missing last year.
    • According to ATB Financial, Alberta's labour market is rebalancing itself, resulting in wage decreases and layoffs. Over the past 10 years, the wage difference between employees in Alberta and other provinces has risen up to 19 percent.
    • Housing starts in Edmonton and Calgary declined in the month of September, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Authority. The negative trends are the result of a soft economy and weak job market and are expected to continue in the next year.
    • Alberta's unemployment rate rose by 0.5 percent in September as more people entered the work-force, according to Statistics Canada. The province saw an increase in the number of part-time positions while the number of full-time jobs declined.
    • Calgary-based chemical manufacturing companies, Superior Plus Corp. and Canexus Corp. agreed on a merger on October 6, 2015. The merger is expected to result in synergies of $35M per year, which will likely include job cuts.
    • Investment in Calgary and Edmonton's commercial real-estate is declining, according to Collier International. The main culprit behind the weakening office market is reduced spending by oil producers and other companies affected by falling crude oil prices.
    • A new Cabela's store opened its doors in Calgary's Deerfoot City on October 15, 2015. The company started operations in 2007 and has 8 other stores in Canada, most of which are in Western provinces.
    • The office vacancy rate in Calgary is expected to rise due to oil-patch layoffs and new office currently under construction, according to Cushman and Wakefield. As a result, the commercial real-estate market will face declining rental rates in next 2 quarters.
    • McDonald's Canada is modernizing its services and will introduce self-order kiosks. Restaurants in Edmonton will be the first to experience the upgrade, which is expected to create 150 new jobs in the city by 2017.
    • New home prices in Calgary saw a monthly decline this September, according to Statistics Canada. It was the first time since 2012 that the New Housing Price Index for the region fell (0.2 percent) compared to the previous month.
    • Alberta's GDP is expected to contract by 1.4 percent in 2015 mainly due to the drop in oil prices since July 2014, according TD Economics. The largest declines in output are expected to be in the construction and real-estate sectors.
    • The Alberta Pipe Trades College opened the doors of its new training facility in Edmonton. The facility aims to increase the supply of skilled trade workers in the province, which will support the construction sector.
    • According to Statistics Canada, Calgary's building permit values declined by 23.6 percent in August compared to the previous month. Permit values across the province declined by 16.3 percent during the same period.
    • Husky Energy plans on increasing production at its Lloydminster heavy oil thermal plant by the end of 2016. This strategy is a way to stay profitable during the current low oil price environment.
    • A new continuing care centre opened its doors in Lloydminster on October 8. The new centre will replace Dr. Cooke Extended Care Centre and will add 5 additional beds to the community.
    • Evergreen Parent Link Centre opened its doors in Innisfail on October 13, 2015. The centre hired 2 coordinators and 1 assistant, who will run free child development programs in 53 provincial locations that reach more than 186 communities.
    • The first phase of development has started at the University of Calgary's university district. The mixed-use community will be completed in 15 to 20 years and will include 8.7M buildable-sq.-ft., including nine blocks of retail and 16 hectares of open space.
    • North West Upgrading Inc. is building a new oil refinery in Sturgeon County. The $8.5B refinery is projected to produce 80,000 barrels a day and is on schedule to open in fall 2017.
    • Increasing demand for midwives has prompted the Government of Alberta to increase funding for the profession. The provincial government will provide an additional $1.8M to help alleviate the waiting list that has grown steadily in recent years.
    • Canadian energy companies are cutting down on employee perks in order to boost up savings, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Perks being cut include professional development benefits, travel budgets, and other incentives.
    • A shortage of teachers is becoming more acute as student enrolment increases in Edmonton's Catholic schools. The school board plans on recruiting 200 teachers and is looking outside of Alberta due to the lack of teachers available in the province.
    • The Lux Lounge opened its doors in Red Deer's downtown on October 6. The lounge will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays and will support local music and art.
    • The number of small businesses in Alberta is rising and business owners appear to be optimistic, according to ATB Financial Business Beat Survey. In September 2015, 375,700 people, or 16 percent of the province's total population, was self-employed.
    • Aveda Transportation and Energy Services has laid off 51 employees from its Calgary and Houston offices. Moreover, the company has closed its Texas branch and merged two of its Oklahoma branches to reduce overtime and cut wages.
    • Primco Dene has partnered up with a number of heavy equipment companies to enter the heavy haul crane industry. The partnership aims to increase job opportunities for Aboriginal youth in the Cold Lake area.
    • The City of Red Deer will provide $6M over the next 3 years to fund the expansion of Red Deer's airport. The expansion is expected to stimulate economic growth and increase employment opportunities in the city.
    • MLS Sales declined in the Calgary region, according to a report on resale housing market by the Canadian Real Estate Association. In September, sales fell 34.2 per cent in the city compared to the same time last year, while national sales were up by 0.7 percent over the same period.
  • Week of Oct 05 - Oct 09, 2015

    • A new air cargo service has begun between Edmonton, Dallas, and Shanghai. Air China Cargo will land in Edmonton six times a week, with three flights heading to Dallas and three to Shanghai.
    • Scott Builders recently broke ground on a new $2.1M agricultural lands and parks services shop between Olds and Didsbury. The 7,000-sq.-ft. building will be used to house and service equipment for the agricultural service board and parks department.
    • Colliers International recently released a report predicting that commercial real estate investments will continue to slow in both Calgary and Edmonton. Last year saw $693M in commercial real estate sales, where this year has seen only $186M so far.
    • Baba Jenny's Ukrainian Foods open a second production facility in Mannville this November. The company will hire additional staff for the production facility, however there will be no retail store at the new location.
    • Suncor Energy made a bid to acquire Canadian Oil Sands. The company is vulnerable to a takeover, with its second quarter operating expenses running higher than current oil prices. The offer will be open until December 4.
    • The Criminal Defence Lawyers' Association recently announced that it will no longer provide free legal assistance to Rowbotham applicants. The Rowbotham application provided free representation to people denied legal aid coverage.
    • The Government of Alberta received layoff notices affecting 14,472 workers in Alberta so far in 2015. In 2014, the province was notified of 7,508 layoffs. Approximately 75% of the layoffs are related to the downturn in the energy sector.
    • A number of Edmonton new school and modernization projects are facing delays. About 20% of projects will see delays of a month or more, while 70% will be a year or more behind schedule. The delays are expected to affect staff hiring and enrolment.
    • The town of Black Diamond hired a new economic development and events manager. The new development manager is responsible for promoting community events and improving economic development and tourism in the town.
    • Anthem Properties recently announced that it is moving forward with development of the Waterfront condo project in Calgary. The next stage, which includes six buildings totalling 361 units is expected to create 250 construction jobs.
  • Week of Sep 28 - Oct 02, 2015

    • Cenovus Energy plans to cut 540 jobs over the next several weeks including some positions that were slated to be vacated in 2016. The company stated that some of these job reductions were announced in July 2015.
    • Air China Cargo recently started flying into the Edmonton International Airport, stating it views the new route as a hub for its North American distribution. The airline has plans for further expansion to the Asia-Pacific region with stops in Dallas-Fort Worth and Shanghai.
    • The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is moving ahead with plans for a $580M downtown sports and entertainment centre in Fort McMurray. Construction is slated to begin in late spring 2016 with completion anticipated by July 2018, pending approval from the municipal council.
    • Businesses in the Town of Crossfield, just north of Calgary, are noticing the downturn due to the low price of oil and resulting energy company layoffs. Demon Oilfield Services, a local company, has trimmed its staff level by 40 percent.
    • The City of Calgary recently opened the YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre, a facility that offers students a behind-the-scenes look at police work. Most of the funding came from a $500M Calgary Police Foundation donation.
    • The new $9M Taber Health Centre opened on September 28, following two years of renovations to the former long-term care wing at the hospital. The facility consolidates a number of local health care services.
    • Love That Look, a fashion and accessory retail store in Medicine Hat, is closing shop after being in operation for 18 months. The store owner attributes the closing in part to layoffs in the local energy sector.
    • Trican Well Service recently reached agreements that will help the company survive the continued low oil prices. The company expects operating income in Canada for the last quarter of 2015 to be higher than the first quarter of the year.
    • AutoCanada, an Edmonton-based dealership network, has purchased a Chrysler dealership in Spruce Grove. AutoCanada is the country's largest publicly traded auto dealership network, operating in eight provinces with over 3,500 employees.
    • Vicwest Inc. is opening a manufacturing facility in Edmonton in the first quarter of 2016. The company produces steel roofing, cladding, and decking for the residential, commercial, and agricultural markets.
    • Pengrowth Energy and Baytex Energy have recently cut a combined 112 positions, mostly from their respective Calgary head offices. Baytex Energy also confirmed that it had reduced field staff to about 250 employees in Canada earlier in 2015.
    • Cineplex Entertainment is building a dining and entertainment complex at Destination: Deerfoot City in Calgary. Construction on The Rec Room is expected to start in the spring of 2016 with the opening planned for December 2016.
    • The City of Calgary is spending $25M to build a berm around the Calgary Zoo and a new pumping system to protect the site from future flooding. Construction is starting in December 2015 with completion projected for June 2017.
    • The Aurora Nightclub in Banff, which closed at the end of August 2015, is being converted into a bowling alley, retro arcade, beer hall, and restaurant. The facility is expected to open in the spring of 2016.
    • The Town of Cochrane started a pilot program that will allow food trucks to operate and will issue permits to mobile food vendors until December 2016. This will allow food trucks to operate in Cochrane day-to-day as well as at special events.
    • The City of Red Deer will receive $2.5M from the Government of Alberta under GreenTRIP funding to build compressed natural gas infrastructure. In total, the city and the County of Red Deer are slated to receive $9.5M under the program.
    • The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is hiring five development compliance officers to handle a backlog of cases. The hiring is to address the problem of a blistering work pace caused by the development boom in Fort McMurray between 2009 and 2014.
    • Construction work resumed on the Timberlea sewer upgrade project in Fort McMurray after a stop work order was lifted. The municipality is now supplying temporary water service to all affected homes.
    • The Cumulative Environmental Management Association, a multi-stakeholder group involved with environmental monitoring in the Alberta oil sands, voted to continue operating in spite of uncertainty surrounding funding beyond 2015
    • The Canadian Institute for Health Information recently reported that the number of doctors working in Alberta increased by 20 percent from 2009 to 2014. Part of the increase may be due to higher payment rates for physicians.
    • The Father Leduc School, scheduled to open in Leduc in September 2016, has been delayed with no timeline for a revised opening
    • TransAlta is cutting 239 positions, mostly from their head office in Calgary. The move is expected to save the company $25M.
    • The Calgary Regional Partnership will run a public transit system through five local communities, including Okotoks, starting in September 2016. The transit system is a two-year pilot project.
    • The Government of Alberta decided to move ahead with the $23M rebuild of the Kananaskis Golf Course, which was damaged by floods in June 2013. The original contract was signed by the previous provincial government.
    • The Government of Alberta has increased the minimum wage in the province starting October 1, 2015 for a range of job categories. The general minimum wage will increase from $10.20 to $11.20 per hour.
    • The Town of Peace River is setting up a public transit system in 2016 through funding from the Government of Alberta. The grant will contribute two thirds of the cost that includes two buses, fare boxes, transit stop signs, benches, and bus shelters.
    • The City of Red Deer approved changes to the snow and ice removal program for the upcoming winter season. The changes increase the frequency of plowing, add new routes, and increase the levels of snow removal.
    • The City of St. Albert recently approved plans for the Anthony Henday Business Park. GWL Realty Advisors will build a mix of light-industrial warehouse and retail space in the park.
    • The Town of Sundre decided to contract the services of Can Pak Environmental Inc, a waste management company, to handle the residential curbside pickup of waste and compost. The contract runs from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2018.
    • The Valley Pet Hospital, a veterinary clinic operating in Medicine Hat since 1973, has permanently closed its doors. All of the medical files have been transferred to Crossroads Animal Clinic.
    • Alberta Health Services and Covenant Care are funding 10 new hospice beds at Foyer Lacombe in St. Albert. The site will also see the addition of 12 long-term care spaces.
    • Montana's Cookhouse is opening in Brooks, with an official confirmation from the company after 18 months of speculation. Although a timeframe was not provided, the restaurant is recruiting a General Manager.
    • Mountain View County approved the construction of a $1.8M office building at the Alta Gas Harmatton Gas Plant, west of Didsbury
    • Construction started on a new school in Bashaw with completion projected for August 2016. Demolition of the old school will follow, and landscaping and parking lot construction on the site are expected to be complete by May 2017.
  • Week of Sep 21 - Sep 25, 2015

    • The Government of Alberta is funding four projects that provide employment assistance for disabled persons. The government is also creating 20 paid internships for people with disabilities.
    • Hungerford Properties secured a third anchor tenant for its Icon Business Park in Calgary. ABB, a global company in the utilities, oil and gas and mining sectors is consolidating three city locations into the new site.
    • Rita's Italian Ice, a US-based frozen food company, is planning 80 locations in Canada over the next five years with a base and manufacturing facility in Calgary
    • The City of Medicine Hat selected three different contractors to complete road and sewer projects that were left in limbo when the previous contractor was terminated. Portions of the $5.8M in work will be completed before freeze-up, with any remainder scheduled for 2016.
    • The City of Airdrie approved a six-month trial bus service to run to the Town of Crossfield starting October 5, 2015. Crossfield will be funding the service due to the demand from area residents.
    • Suncor Energy recently increased its ownership stake in the Fort Hills oil sand project near Fort McMurray with a $310M purchase from Total E&P Canada. Suncor stated that this initiative will lower its price-per-barrel costs for the project.
    • Stone Creek Properties, a Bow Valley developer, is planning a gondola and resort at the base of Mount Lady MacDonald in Canmore. Plans for the area include a five-star resort with 800-900 rooms, retail space, a spa, and recreation activities.
    • The Government of Alberta is providing an additional $10M for Family and Community Support Services programs bringing the total money to $86M. The funds are spread across 319 municipalities and Métis settlements.
    • The Government of Alberta selected three groups to bid on the southwest section of Calgary's ring road under a private-public partnership model. The groups are consortia composed of financing, construction, design, and maintenance companies.
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $10M to prevent family and sexual violence and child-abuse. Calgary Communities Against Sexual Violence, which will receive some of the funding, extends its operations into surrounding towns and communities.
    • Smitty's Restaurant in Centre Village Mall in Lethbridge is closing after 44 years of operation to make way for a new Save-on-Foods grocery store. Approximately 20 employees will be affected by the closure.
    • The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is ramping up its plans for winter snow removal in response to resident demands for increased service levels. Contracts are also being prepared for towing services in conjunction with the plowing.
    • Ladacor Ltd, a Calgary-based construction company, is building a 60-room Motel 6 in Bruderheim composed of used shipping containers. The motel will have three meeting rooms, a breakfast room, a hospitality lounge, and a fitness centre.
    • Fort Station, a retail and commercial development in Fort Saskatchewan by Haro Developments, has attracted a $12.5M hotel to the site, although the name of the hotel was not released. It is expected to open in December 2016.
    • The Government of Alberta launched a tourism entrepreneurship program that offers regional tourism workshops focusing on business practices, available resources, and opportunities for entrepreneurs in Alberta's tourism industry
    • The City of Grande Prairie has plans to fund a Crown Prosecutor position to cope with increased workloads and the increasing complexity of cases. The city will also add 12 RCMP positions over the 2015-2018 budget term.
    • All three school districts in the Grande Prairie region have construction projects underway with openings expected in 2016 and 2017. Old schools in the towns of Beaverlodge and Sexsmith are scheduled for demolition when the new facilities open.
    • The Town of Mayerthorpe is receiving up to $1,799,027 from the Government of Alberta for upgraded drinking water and water/wastewater treatment systems
    • Foothills School Division has decided to build two 900-student high schools rather than one school as originally planned. The school at Aldersyde is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017, while construction on the other school is projected for 2017.
    • The Gasoline Alley Career High School is moving to a new permanent home in Red Deer with a planned opening on February 1, 2016. The facility will host 200 students, with two full-time teachers and one staff for administrative support.
    • Strathcona County has increased the budget for snow and ice removal during the upcoming winter season in response to residents' complaints. The county is increasing the frequency and duration of snow and ice removal by specifically trained staff.
    • The Government of Alberta is funding the construction of 17 drinking water and water/wastewater treatment systems across the province. More than $24M is being provided under Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership and Water for Life grants.
    • Melcor Developments is moving forward with a new manufactured home park in Penhold. The project is expected to start in the spring of 2016 and add 140 residences to the town.
    • The Alberta Food Service Labour Connections project was extended for another year with funding from the Government of Alberta and Restaurants Canada. The pilot project works to find employment for under-represented groups in the labour market.
    • Elk Island Public Schools expanded the size of the new elementary school in Ardrossan, based largely on an expected influx of students. The town and surrounding county area are scheduled for several large residential developments.
    • The Government of Alberta confirmed funding of $7.9M for 42 new affordable housing spaces in the city of St. Albert. The money will be used to build Phase 2 of North Ridge Place, adjacent to an existing seniors facility.
    • Wexford Developments announced plans for a mixed commercial and residential building in Edmonton. The proposed lot has been vacant for the past 16 years after being contaminated by gas station.
    • The Town of Vermilion extended the development permit for Canalta Hotels to build a new hotel. Canalta plans to start construction by June 30, 2016 and complete the project in approximately 24 months.
    • Ward Brothers Construction announced a $200,000 donation to the new trades facility project currently underway at Lethbridge College. The donation will fund two additional classrooms in the facility, expected to open in 2017.
    • The Aspen Primary Care Network is establishing a new health home site in Westlock. The facility will offer services from family physicians and a variety of specialists under one roof.
    • The Government of Alberta announced $15M in new funding for women's shelters. The money will support 84 new outreach support workers and 40 child and youth counsellors to work in shelters and communities across the province.
    • Local businesses in Medicine Hat are offering shuttle transportation services to the newly opened Canalta Centre in the city, due to a lack of parking. The centre has seating for 6,500 people, but only 1,300 sanctioned general parking spots within a five-minute walk.
    • Edo Japan, a Calgary-based restaurant chain, is planning significant expansion following financing and capital investments in the company by Yellow Point Equity Partners. The company plans to expand by another 50 stores across the West over the next five to seven years.
    • McDonald's Canada sought out more than 175 new employees for its Calgary locations on the fifth West Hiring Day on September 24, 2015. Positions were available for crew and manager positions.
    • Kids and Company, a daycare provider, is opening a centre in Okotoks by mid-October 2015. Although the centre will have 136 childcare spaces open to the public, parents employed by partner companies are guaranteed a placement.
    • The Cooking Lake Airport has been granted permission for direct international flights from the US. Private and corporate aircraft can now fly into the community, just east of Edmonton, without stopping at a larger centre to clear customs.
    • TransCanada Corp. has warned its staff of upcoming layoffs in response to the continued low price of oil. According to statements from the company, senior leadership positions will be reduced by approximately 20 percent. The organizational changes are expected to be complete by the end of November 2015.
  • Week of Sep 14 - Sep 18, 2015

    • PHX Energy Services, a Calgary-based drilling company is laying off more than 500 employees due to low oil prices. Most of the affected employees live in Alberta.
    • Pomeroy Lodging purchased the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis with plans to invest $26M in renovations and upgrades. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017.
    • The official groundbreaking was recently held for the $30M Crossings development in west Lethbridge. The retail phase of the development is set to open in the summer of 2016, while a mixed-use phase will include medical and dental offices, financial institutions, veterinarians, and hair and nail salons.
    • Many businesses in Banff and Canmore are reducing their hours and implementing partial closures due to a shortage of staff. The shortages are partially attributed to the seasonal workforce and the high rental costs in the communities.
    • Edmonton International Airport started work on a $15M road construction project that aims to improve access to the airport, the business park in Nisku and a new Outlet Mall under construction. The project is expected to be complete in 2016.
    • WestJet announced new non-stop flights from Calgary and Edmonton to London, England starting in May 2016. Other Canadian cities were also included in the new service plans.
    • Canadian Rockies Public Schools expects to start construction in December 2015 for phase one of the new $8.4M Banff Elementary School. Construction is expected to be complete in 2017, while the second phase of the project is awaiting funding approval.
    • Kiewit Construction Canada, a global contractor, is building a $4M laydown yard and administrative site in Westlock. The company plans to relocate 18 employees from its current west Edmonton site.
    • The Municipal District of Bonnyville is constructing a new $2.8M public safety building in Bonnyville following a contract award to United Construction. The building will house 11 safety officers and two secretaries.
    • Alberta Health Services has invested $1.1M in upgrades to the Cold Lake Health Centre to improve services. The new building control upgrades are expected to save the centre close to $100,000 a year on energy costs.
    • Canadian Natural Resources Ltd is cutting the pay of salaried employees by up to 10 percent across the company in an effort to avoid layoffs and remain profitable. The company stated that higher salaried employees could be subjected to steeper pay cuts.
    • The 2015 municipal census for the City of Fort Saskatchewan found that only two percent of the respondents reported being unemployed. Most of the employees reported working in the city, Edmonton, Devon and Sherwood Park.
    • The Town of Sexsmith and the County of Grande Prairie have renewed a five-year fire services agreement that will see the county manage the town's fire operations. The county will provide administrative services and assist with training.
    • Stantec, an Edmonton-based engineering firm, has expanded the plans for its Stantec Tower in downtown Edmonton. The $500M tower will now be 66 storeys, the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto.
    • The Government of Alberta committed $1.8M for up to 400 more midwife-supported births during the fiscal year. There are currently 94 midwives practicing in the province, an increase of 163 per cent in the past five years.
    • Harley-Davidson Motorcycles launched motorcycle rider training schools in Lloydminster and Calgary as the first two centres in Canada. The course in Lloydminster runs through a partnership with Edge Harley Davidson and Lakeland College.
    • The Hampton Inn by Hilton in Sherwood Park held a grand opening ceremony on September 10, 2015. Three additional hotels are planned for the city, with one under construction and two awaiting approval.
    • Parkland County voted to financially support the formation of the proposed Edmonton Metropolitan Region Economic Development Framework for three years. The goal of the framework is to market the capital region to the world.
    • Victims Services is seeking funding from the Town of Stony Plain to help with their 2015 budget. The money will go towards administration costs, recruitment campaigns, as well as resource materials for victims and training for staff.
    • The Government of Alberta provided $100,000 to Alberta-based migrant and refugee settlement agencies across the province to assist with the Syrian refugee crisis. The government also committed up to $150,000 to the Canadian Red Cross.
    • Sundre Playschool closed its doors due to a funding shortfall, increasing rental costs and declining enrolment. However other private playschool options are still available in the town.
    • The Vermilion Outreach School opened in a new facility in Vermilion and expects to attract 40 students by the end of September 2015. The school employs two full-time teachers and three part-time staff, and offers an alternative education program.
    • Wetaskiwin Family Medical Practice opened a new walk-in clinic in Wetaskiwin. The new clinic with eight physicians is open to the public and offers expanded hours of service.
    • The Alberta Energy Regulator approved the reopening of ten more production pipelines by Nexen Energy at the Long Lake oil sands site near Fort McMurray. The 10 pipelines transport miscellaneous gases, including steam, oil emulsion and natural gas.
  • Week of Sep 07 - Sep 11, 2015

    • Brewster Travel Canada started work on a $26M redevelopment of the upper terminal building of the Banff Gondola. Limited facilities in the terminal are expected re-open May 1, 2016 with project completion anticipated for August 1, 2016.
    • The Government of Alberta announced $187M in GreenTRIP funding for Calgary, Airdrie, Banff and Canmore. The funding covers new transit facilties and LRT system upgrades.
    • The City of Medicine Hat terminated its relationship with ICCU Construction over delays in projects currently in progress. The city is seeking a new contractor to complete the work, including a major downtown renovation.
    • Park Place Meadow Ridge Seniors Village in Medicine Hat is in the final phases of interior construction, with landscaping and perimeter fencing to follow. The site will provide 80 long-term care beds and 44 assisted living suites.
    • The latest Manpower Employment Outlook survey for the Alberta region has found that only 15 percent of employers plan to hire for the fourth quarter of 2015. Additionally 71 percent of the employers expect to maintain staffing levels, while 11 percent anticipate cutbacks.
    • Nexen Energy has been granted permission from the Alberta Energy Regulator to restart 40 pipelines at its Long Lake facility near Fort McMurray. The company has 55 other pipelines in the area that remain under suspension pending a safety review.
    • Rocky View Schools is working on three new schools scheduled to open in 2016 to handle a rapidly growing student population in Airdrie, Cochrane and Chestermere. The district also plans to open two new schools in 2017.
    • Western Pride Auction in Bonnyville has stopped regular livestock sales, partly due to a decline in cattle numbers and changes in the industry. The company also cited a shortage of staff and Internet bidding as factors affecting the business.
    • The City of Cold Lake started operation of its public transit service with six drivers hired through a third-party contract. The city also voted to spend $400,000 to build a transit shelter in front of the Tri City Mall.
    • Camrose County approved the provision of Peace Officer services for the Town of Bashaw and the Village of Bawlf. The service is scheduled to run until December 2015, and possibly into 2016 pending further budget approval.
    • Cenovus Energy finalized the purchase of a $75M rail terminal that expands the markets for bitumen from the Cold Lake region. The site near Bruderheim also includes undeveloped land that the company is eyeing for expansions to the terminal.
    • The Cold Lake Rural Alberta Business Centre opened a new office in Cold Lake on September 1, 2016. The facility rents business incubator space and provides free advice and service to start-ups and home-based businesses.
    • The City of Cold Lake added two road improvement projects and $700,000 to the 2015 Service Road Program. The new work is expected to start in 2015 and be complete by 2016.
    • The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo voted to not impose a hiring freeze, which was recently proposed in response to the current economic conditions in the region. The freeze would have affected most vacant full-time permanent positions.
    • Shop Easy Foods in Claresholm will close at the end of October 2015, following a decision by the parent Loblaw Companies Limited. The Supervalu store in Blairmore is also scheduled to close by July 2016, although an exact date was not provided.
    • The Alberta Treasury Branch opened a retail banking location in the Town of Penhold. It is the first bank in the town in 50 years.
    • Axia FibreNet started construction on a next generation fibre optic network in Nobleford. The company plans to start with residential and business connections in the community in the fall of 2015, and then expand across rural Alberta.
    • The City of Lloydminster approved a major commercial development that will see eight free standing commercial, retail and restaurant buildings. The first phase of seven buildings is scheduled to open in 2016.
    • Youth Empowerment and Support Services, an Edmonton organization that supports homeless youth, has cut staff and reduced services in response to funding shortfalls. The organization receives two-thirds of its funding from grants and donations which vary on a yearly basis.
    • Baytex Energy is planning to maintain its 80 employees and contractors in the Peace River region for the present time in spite of lower oil prices. The company has not made any staff reductions in the area.
  • Week of Aug 31 - Sep 04, 2015

    • The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says that 35,000 oilpatch jobs in Alberta have been cut this year, 25,000 from the oil services sector and 10,000 from exploration and production. The association expects further spending cuts in 2016.
    • The City of Airdrie is tendering a $10M roadway construction project that includes a bridge over local railway tracks. A proposed highway overpass tie-in is contingent on funding from the Government of Alberta.
    • The Town of Athabasca is planning to hire a new Community Peace Officer and is proposing to share costs with local businesses on a voluntary basis. In the absence of business support the town is considering a partnership with Thorhild County.
    • Penn West Petroleum Ltd. is cutting its workforce by 400 full-time employees and contractors, with most of the layoffs coming from its headquarters in Calgary. Most of the job cuts are immediate, with the remainder by the end of 2015 according to the company.
    • ConocoPhillips Canada is cutting its workforce by 400 employees and 100 contractors. Most of the layoffs will be at the Calgary office by mid-October 2015 according to statements from the company.
    • Bench Creek Brewing, a new craft brewery in Yellowhead County near Edson, is finalizing completion of its brewhouse and set to start production soon
    • Grande Pairie Regional College is making renovations to the Fairview campus with funding from the Government of Alberta, and upgrading the boiler room for power engineering students to use towards certification
    • Nexen Energy is shutting down its Long Lake oil sands facility near Fort McMurrray after the Alberta Energy Regulator ordered the company to halt the operations of 95 pipelines. The company did not disclose the potential impacts on staff at the site.
    • Keyano College in Fort McMurray is putting a hold on its campus redevelopment plans in response to economic conditions in the region. The project was estimated at $200M when last updated in 2014.
    • ReRuns, a new second-hand store, has recently opened in downtown Grande Prairie. The store provides employment for individuals with developmental disabilities, mental health issues and addictions.
    • Sky Nails is scheduled to open soon in the South 40 Shopping Centre in Grande Prairie, according to the plaza owner
    • The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Grande Prairie is 90 percent complete and opened to the public on September 3, 2015. A grand opening celebration is planned for September 26, 2015.
    • Valley Video, a video and DVD rental store in Hinton, closed on September 4, 2015. The store employed the owner and three staff members.
    • Tervita Corp., an environmental and oil field services company, has cut its corporate staff numbers by 15 percent, according to a statement from the company. It did not disclose the layoff numbers or locations.
    • The City of Calgary is starting construction on a new $71.7M interchange on the Trans-Canada Highway. The project is expected to be complete in late 2016.
    • Thermal Systems KWC, a Calgary-based building envelope subcontractor, is adding 50 office staff and 150 tradespersons to its payroll through recent acquisitions. The company is also seeking 30 more tradepersons to handle its expanding roofing and cladding business.
    • The Town of Olds has approved a $14M expansion of the Pason Centennial Arena. Design proposals are slated for review in the fall of 2015, with project completion expected in 2017.
    • Two new schools are planned for annexation to the existing multiplex facility in the Town of Grimshaw. The schools will have shared use of the facilities and are expected to be complete in December 2016.
    • The Government of Alberta has announced $30M in GreenTRIP funding to support expansion of the public transit system in the Capital Region. The money also supports the development of regional smart fare technology.
  • Week of Aug 24 - Aug 28, 2015

    • The City of Medicine Hat is proposing private operation of public facilities as a model for future developments in the city. The new Canalta Centre, built along the same model, will have 20 full-time staff, and 125 event and game night employees of SMG-Canada.
    • Baytex Energy has decided to reduce its spending on exploration and development and cut the well drilling program in the Peace River and Lloydminster areas due to continuing low oil prices
    • The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has recently reported a strong demand for its trades programs, in spite of the downturn in the energy sector. The institution offers instruction in 35 different trades and supports 15,000 apprentices.
    • The Town of Banff and Banff National Park are reporting a surge in tourism in 2015, with a 20% increase in US visitors from 2014. Banff Lake Louise Tourism attributes the increase in part due the value of the Canadian dollar.
    • West Elm, an American home décor chain store, has recently opened in Calgary. The location also offers products made by Calgary artists and artisans as part of West Elm's LOCAL program.
    • Laura's Shoppe Inc, a national clothing retailer is closing 20 stores across the country by September 13, 2015; exact locations were not specified. The company also operates under Laura Petites and Laura Plus brands, and the Melanie Lyne banner.
    • Medicine Hat College has experienced a four percent increase in applications for the upcoming school year. The college is also expecting an increase in applicant numbers for the pre-employment programs, as they are now eligible for access to Alberta Student Loans.
    • The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association has established its first air quality monitoring station near Conklin. The organization has plans to open a second community station in Conklin sometime in October 2015.
    • Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum near Grande Prairie has become the first museum in Canada to offer helicopter tours over the world's densest horned dinosaur bone bed. The flights started August 5, 2015 and are offered during the summer months.
    • The City of Grande Prairie has approved the first two phases of a four-part downtown infrastructure revitalization plan. The construction is estimated at $10M with a starting date in 2016.
    • The Rocky View Regional Handibus Association has seen a 20% increase in trip numbers in the last year, but only an eight percent increase in revenue. The charity provides a basic shared-ride transit service in the region.
    • A proposed $50M liquefied natural gas plant in Sturgeon County is being opposed by local residents near Villeneuve. Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Inc says that the facility is subject to approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator.
    • The Government of Alberta declared an agricultural disaster for the entire province on August 21, 2015 due to ongoing drought conditions and summer hail storms. The Agricultural Financial Services Corporation expects to pay out $700M to $900M in claims.
    • Recent advertisements for a half-day actors workshop at the University of Calgary on September 19, 2015 with a prominent Los Angeles director has been exposed as a scam. ACTRA, the actors union, noted an increase in scams targeting aspiring actors.
    • Construction has started on a $37M modernization of Medicine Hat High School. The second part of the project is slated to be tendered shortly, but the completion date has been postponed from April 30, 2017 to September, 2017.
    • The City of Cold Lake has officially launched its new transit service on August 26, 2015. The city is running two bus routes, initially as a free service pending a review in the fall budget.
    • The Bees Knees, a new children's graphic tee clothing shop is launching in Cold Lake on August 30, 2015. The owners design their merchandise in house and print everything in Bonnyville.
    • Harvesting canola and barley crops in the Peace River region is expected to begin by the start of September, about on par with previous years according to local agricultural representatives
    • The Hinton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a job fair at the Hinton Centre on September 9, 2015. Nine of the 15 tables at the job fair have already been filled by employers seeking to hire.
    • Canadian Tire will open its first urban store in Calgary as part of a new development in the Mount Royal area. The development will also feature the first Urban Fare supermarket in the city and a 34-storey residential condo tower with more than 200 upscale residences. Both stores are expected to open in 2017.
    • Lakeland College officially opened its new Energy Centre at the Lloydminster campus on August 26, 2015. The college is the only institution in Western Canada with an integrated power plant featuring a once-through steam generator for heavy oil training.
    • BioNeutra Global has recently acquired a manufacturing facility in Edmonton to produce specialized food ingredients. The building will also house the corporate head office and expand the research and development capabilities of the company.
    • The Mountain View Regional Waste Management Commission has decided to close the Olds Transfer Station on October 1, 2015 for financial reasons. The closure will affect four full-time staff and one part-time employee.
    • Bohemia, an 84-person bar in downtown Edmonton is up for sale and scheduled for closure if no buyer is found before September 20, 2015. Four other small venues in the city have already closed in 2015.
    • Charity Developments is planning to start construction in the fall of 2015 on a Hampton Inn by Hilton in St. Paul. The hotel is scheduled to open in late 2016.
    • The Nilsson Bros. Vermilion Livestock Exchange has been sold to North Central Livestock Exchange as of September 1, 2015. According to the new owners, all of the employees will transfer over to the new company.
    • The Government of Alberta has established a Disputes Inquiry Board to deal with negotiations between teachers, represented by UFCW Local 401, and administration at Calgary Quest Children's Society. The parties have 60 days to reach a settlement.
    • Sun Life Financial is emptying its Lethbridge building and the 200 employees will instead be tele-working from home. The changes are expected to be complete by March or April of 2016. The company has not disclosed plans for the future of the Sun Life owned building.
    • Three schools in Edmonton slated to open in September 2016 have had their completion dates pushed back to September 2017 because of construction delays. Methane gas has been discovered at two of the sites, and the third has been subject to design and permit delays.
    • Koa Hot Yoga, a yoga studio in Fort Saskatchewan, officially opened for business on August 17, 2015 at the Fort Station development
    • Amron Construction has been awarded a $6.05M contract to build a new school in Schuler for the Prairie Rose School Division. The contract includes costing out for hazardous materials abatement and the demolition of the existing building.
  • Week of Aug 17 - Aug 21, 2015

    • Eau Claire Distillery, a craft distillery in Turner Valley, is expanding production to include a single malt whiskey. The company is planning to have the first whiskey for sale in three years, but could hold back some product for up to 15 years.
    • The Government of Alberta has issued a directive to Alberta Health Services to halt further privatization of medical laboratory services in the province. The previous government had requested solicitations for increased private laboratory services.
    • Winston Collective, a firm that works with high-end retailers to expand operations in Canada and the US, is reporting an increased interest in the Calgary and Edmonton luxury retail markets. The West Edmonton Mall, Calgary's The CORE downtown shopping area and Chinook Centre are among the top 10 retail locations in Canada.
    • The Town of Devon is counting on $11M in funding from the Province of Alberta to move forward with construction of a new waste-water treatment plant. The project is expected to start in November 2015 and be complete by 2018.
    • Yellowhead County has received funding from Alberta Health Services and several partners to initiate an elder abuse prevention program. A coordinator has been hired for the one- year project.
    • Advantage Tae Kwon Do School, a martial arts studio in Innisfail, is closing at the end of August 2015 after almost 25 years in business. The facility also served students from Olds and Penhold.
    • The former site of the Norwood Foundry in Edmonton is set to become the home for a medical clinic, an animal hospital and a pharmacy. The development will also have ground floor retail space and 15 condominium units.
    • InstaMek, an Edmonton-based mobile automotive mechanic service, has recently expanded to Red Deer, Fort McMurray and Calgary. The service uses a website to match customers with certified mechanics.
    • HomeSense, an international home furnishings chain, has opened a store in Lloydminster
    • A new Thai food restaurant is slated to open in the former Willowbrook Café in the Uptowne district of Olds, with the opening planned for September 2015
    • Strathcona County is hiring operational staff for the Emerald Hills Sports Pavilion as the site construction is scheduled for completion by the end of August 2015. The county also has other construction and renovation projects in progress.
    • The City of Spruce Grove has approved plans for the fourth and final phase of the Tri Leisure Village development. Construction is scheduled for completion by early 2017.
    • The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, a polytechnic institute based in Edmonton, is planning to establish a satellite site in Spruce Grove. A facility scheduled to open in 2016 would include simulation equipment for crane and hoisting education.
    • The Town of Stettler has reported a 117% increase in building permit values in the first half of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014. The increase was largely attributed to industrial building permit sales.
    • The group that owns the Calgary Flames hockey team and the Calgary Stampeders football team have announced plans for a $900M sporting complex that would house both teams. The facility would be built on the western edge of Calgary's downtown.
    • London Drugs, a Save-on-Foods grocery store and other new retail outlets are expected to open in the fall of 2016 at Centre Village Mall in Lethbridge. The site is slated for $26M in upgrades, and new construction for a stand-alone Dollar Tree store.
    • Red Crow Community College plans to move its classes to the old Saipoyi School in Standoff following a recent fire that destroyed the college building on the Blood Reserve. The college employs 50 staff and has nearly 300 students.
    • K-Rite Construction has started work on a new and improved heliport adjacent to the Rocky Mountain House Health Centre. The new pad will enable additional, larger emergency helicopters to land at the site.
    • Cocco Pazzo, an Italian restaurant in Lethbridge, closed without notice on August 17, 2015. An unknown number of employees were left without jobs.
    • The Alberta Energy Regulator has suspended 73 temporary licenses to withdraw water from the Athabasca and Peace rivers due to low water flows. The action could impact energy companies operating in the North Athabasca river basin.
    • Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH has announced the opening of a store at CrossIron Mills near Calgary in September of 2016
  • Week of Aug 10 - Aug 14, 2015

    • The Agriculture Financial Services Corporation has estimated that claim payouts for multi-peril crop insurance due to the drought will amount from $700M to $900M in Alberta in 2015. Tax deferrals are also available to agricultural producers.
    • The North Saskatchewan River will require dredging as part of the Walterdale Bridge construction in Edmonton. Crews are scheduled to start work on the dredging in mid-August 2015.
    • Pengrowth Energy has recently announced a 15 percent cut to its 2015 full-year capital spending plans due to continuing low oil prices. The company also noted a seven-per-cent reduction in head office full-time staff over the past eight months, but did not disclose employee numbers.
    • The City of Medicine Hat has approved construction of a $66M second power plant to supply current and future electrical needs for the city. The project is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2017.
    • Burnco Rock Products, a construction supply company, has locked out employees at five production plants in the greater Calgary area. The measure might affect dozens of major construction sites in the region.
    • The Town of Athabasca has approved a development permit for a Canalta Hotel and a John Deere dealership as part of the Landing Park site. The hotel construction is slated to start in the fall of 2015 with an opening planned for September 2016.
    • Half Hitch Brewery in Cochrane has postponed their opening to November or December 2015, from the original August 2015 timeframe due to equipment financing issues. A planned attached restaurant is on hold until the brewery is up and running.
    • Herbal Magic, a weight loss chain, has placed all of its 41 centres in western Canada in control of a secured lender that was not identified. All of its locations in Central and Eastern Canada were closed and placed into bankruptcy.
    • Alberta Health Services has put the construction of a helipad at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray on hold, pending a review of alternative design options. The pad is part of a $5.5M investment into emergency medical services.
    • Pason Systems Inc., an international provider of data equipment for drilling rigs, has announced a cut of 20 percent of its staff and contractors. The Calgary-based company did not provide details of the geographic breakdown of the layoffs. At the end of 2014, there were approximately 353 employees in Canada.
    • McCoy Global Inc., an Edmonton-based company that supplies products and services to the international drilling industry, reported a significant decline in revenue and gross profit in the second quarter of 2015. The results were attributed to the continued decline in North American well drilling and completions.
    • Champion Petfoods is nearing completion of its $5.9M BAFRINO Research and Innovation Centre in Morinville. The facility will bring together 10 staff with specialties in food science, food safety, innovation, and technology.
    • The Town of Peace River and Northern Sunrise County donated $250,000 to the Peace River Childcare Association. The funds will go towards the new $2M Sugar Plum Tree Daycare. The previous facility was destroyed by fire in 2014.
    • Cape Construction has recently released details for a mixed-use development called Bellevue Village, in St. Albert. The site is slated for apartment buildings, a lifestyle mall, restaurants, grocery store and a hotel.
    • Alberta Transportation started construction at the end of July 2015 to reinforce the banks of the Red Deer River, near Sundre, as part of a flood mitigation program. The project is expected to be complete in the fall of 2015.
    • A Holiday Inn Express hotel is in the works for Wainwright. Construction is slated for the fall of 2015 or spring of 2016.
    • Alberta Health Services stated in a recent update that renovations are ongoing at the The Slave Lake Health Care Center and the Family Care Clinic in Slave Lake. Work on the 22 clinic rooms at the Family Care centre are complete.
    • ACMF Ultrasound, an ultrasound clinic, has recently opened in Slave Lake. The current capacity is 15-20 patients per day, but the operators have plans for expansion.
    • USD Terminals Canada II ULC has announced plans to expand an oil railcar loading facility near Rosyth. Construction is projected to start in October 2015 and be complete within one year.
    • The City of Edmonton has started construction on the Blatchford development, at the site of the former municipal airport. The development plan calls for community gardens and energy-efficient green buildings.
    • Bri-Chem, an international supplier of drilling fluids, has announced that they have trimmed their staff level from 123 at the end of 2014, to 86 employees as of June 30, 2015. The company also reported lower revenues due to reduced oil field activity.
    • Brock White Canada, a major supplier of construction materials in western Canada, has been announced as the first tenant in the Henday Industrial Park in Edmonton. The new facility will have a warehouse and office space for the company's 47 employees.
  • Week of Aug 03 - Aug 07, 2015

    • Hillberg & Berk, a luxury jewelry store based in Regina, has recently opened a store at the West Edmonton Mall
    • The City of Airdrie will receive $8.9M from the Government of Alberta for municipal infrastructure projects. Part of the money is intended for a new, $18.1M library, but additional funding is required for the project.
    • Rocky Mountain Soap Company, based in Canmore, is moving into a larger manufacturing and office facility to cope with increasing demand for its products. The company plans to add 7 more retail locations and triple its web-based sales by 2018.
    • The Edson Airport was recently selected to receive new regulations from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. The new designation will allow for increased airport security and the opportunity for connecting flights.
    • Yellowhead County has awarded a $1.6M contract to Nu Edge Construction to upgrade the Wildwood wastewater facility. The project is slated for completion by the end of 2015.
    • Cenovus announced plans for additional staff reductions at its field operations in 2016 but did not disclosed any specific locations or projects in the company's recent 2015 quarterly update.
    • Nova Chemicals has terminated an engineering and construction contract with KBR Inc., following a review of work at the site. The decision is expected to impact 150 people working at the Joffre site.
    • The Town of Innisfail has approved rezoning of a parcel of land that will allow commercial development on the west side of the community. A gas station and convenience store are proposed for the site.
    • The City of Lacombe recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Lacombe Police Service building. The $8.39M project is expected to be completed by October 2016.
    • Ensign Energy Services, a Calgary-based drilling company, recently reported a $1M loss for the second quarter of 2015. However, according to the company it is not expecting any more dramatic internal job cuts following an ongoing reduction of 300 office support positions, which started in February 2015.
    • A grand opening is planned for the new headquarters of the Lakeshore Regional Police Service in Driftpile on September 10, 2015. The $5.4M facility will house police officers and clerical support staff.
    • The Town of Taber has awarded a $3M contract to Ground Tech Enterprises for initial work on the Eureka Industrial Park. The work is expected to be completed by the end of 2015 or early 2016.
    • Lamont County and Wetaskiwin County have recently declared a state of agricultural emergency due to ongoing drought conditions in the province. The declaration is the first step in accessing government assistance programs.
    • The Hamlet of Fort Chipewyan plans to send staff to Fort McMurray for lifeguard and pool attendant training prior to the opening of the new indoor aquatic centre. The facility also plans to hire cleaners, maintenance and front desk staff.
  • Week of Jul 27 - Jul 31, 2015

    • Cargill has recently opened a state-of-the-art canola processing facility in Camrose, with the creation of 60 new permanent positions. Construction of the facility created approximately 1M hours of employment.
    • The Community Kitchen Program of Calgary has laid off four of its nineteen staff members and closed one of its programs. The community kitchen runs nine programs to address hunger in the city.
    • Encana Corp. recently announced that it has trimmed 200 employees from its workforce over the last month in response to continued low oil prices. The company did not disclose a geographic breakdown of the cuts.
    • The Government of Alberta has committed $876.9M for local infrastructure projects for the 2015-16 budget year. Funding allocations to the municipalities are eligible for a variety of construction projects.
    • The City of Calgary is set to receive almost $273M from the Government of Alberta through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative. The funding is slated for rapid transit and road interchange construction.
    • The Government of Canada has announced $1.53B in funding towards the construction of Calgary's planned Green Line public transit project. Construction is to start in 2017 with completion slated for 2024. The overall project is expected to cost $4.5B.
    • Precision Drilling, one of Canada's largest oil and gas drilling companies, has announced that it is increasing capital spending by $40M in 2015. Part of the increase will be used to build a new high-powered drilling rig that will be deployed in north-western Alberta, bringing the total number of new rigs the company will build this year to 19.
    • Lowe's Canada is building two new stores in Calgary as part of a nationwide expansion of 14 additional locations, some of them in former Target stores
    • Lethbridge County, the Town of Coaldale, and the St. Mary's Reservoir Irrigation District have jointly approved Phase 1 of the Malloy Drainage Basin Project to alleviate flooding in the Coaldale area. The bulk of the funding for the $3.86M construction project was provided by the Government of Alberta.
    • WestJet has announced a new non-stop service between Edmonton and Nanaimo, BC, starting December 15, 2015. The airline also announced it is expanding its service frequency to some other western Canadian destinations.
    • The City of Calgary has passed the first reading for a rezoning application that would allow a mixed-use project just east of Canada Olympic Park. Trinity Hills, the developer, plans to start construction on the 100-hectare site in the spring of 2016.
    • The Sylvan Learning Centre in Airdrie is planning to reopen, under new management, by the end of August 2015. The centre closed suddenly on July 10, 2015 leaving staff without a paycheque.
    • The Athabasca Regional Fire Department will be installing a new fire training centre in September 2015. The Live Fire Simulator Training Facility will also be accessible to firefighters in Lac La Biche, Thorhild, Westlock, and Lesser Slave Lake.
    • In spite of delays due to wildfires in Alberta, MEG Energy is on track to reach record oil production volumes after the company made adjustments to its business in the first half of 2015
    • The Town of Bonnyville is expecting to see a Boston Pizza, a McDonalds, a 7-11 convenience store and a gas bar as the first tenants of the Eastgate development, currently under construction. Hotels and apartment buildings are also in progress.
    • Parkland Fertilizers, a regional crop inputs retailer, is building a new facility southeast of Wetaskiwin
    • The BrightPath Early Learning Centre in Cochrane is scheduled to open in September 2015 to provide 124 child care spaces. The facility is offering part-time, full-time and after-school care programs.
    • The Leduc/Nisku Economic Development Association estimates that 5,000 jobs have been lost in the area since January 2015. The association estimates that the losses amount to one-third of the local workforce.
    • Devon Canada is closing its administration centre in Lloydminster and combining the operations with the Bonnyville office. Devon stated that the Lloydminster office employs approximately 65 people, but it did not disclose any potential layoffs.
    • The Kerry Wood Nature Centre in Red Deer is scheduled for interior and exterior upgrades with $190,000 in combined funding. The Government of Canada contributed $50,000 to the project, with the balance from Kiwanis Club and the Twilight Homes Foundation.
    • The Town of Elk Point and County of St. Paul have decided to amalgamate their Family and Community Support Services departments in an effort to offer more services. The merged entity will also benefit financially with increased funding.
    • Alberta Health Services is opening 12 new beds in a range of units at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital to cope with the number of seniors in acute care beds. The facility is proposing to use casual staff to support the additional beds.
    • Crossings, a retail and residential development in Lethbridge, has identified the first tenants at the site. Rexall Drugs, Tim Hortons, Original Joe's and a No-Frills supermarket are planned for the summer of 2016.
    • Royal Dutch Shell is cutting 6,500 jobs and slashing $7B in capital investment over the next two years. The company, which operates in more than 70 countries, did not disclose a geographic breakdown of the cuts.
    • Suncor Energy, a Calgary-based oil sands producer, has cut its 2015 capital spending plan by a further $400M in a recent announcement. The company cut $1B from its capital plan in January 2015.
    • Cenovus Energy, based in Calgary, has recently announced plans to cut 300 to 400 jobs in the second half of 2015. The cuts are in response to continued low oil prices.
    • The Tsuu T'ina First Nation, near Calgary, has started construction on the first phase of a $48M sportsplex and community hall. The All Chiefs Sportsplex and Jim Starlight Community Hall will include additional amenities in future phases.
  • Week of Jul 20 - Jul 24, 2015

    • Construction has started on the $10M modernization of Notre Dame High School in Bonnyville, with the first phase planned for completion by September 2015. Further work is scheduled following the 2015-16 school year.
    • The federal government is providing $117M in funding for infrastructure projects within Banff National Park. Work includes road paving, slope stabilization and improvements to wildlife exclusion fencing.
    • Air China Cargo, China's flag air cargo carrier, recently announced that Edmonton will be the airline's first scheduled freighter destination in Canada. The Shanghai-Edmonton-Dallas route is scheduled to operate six times per week.
    • Construction is underway on a new fire hall and ambulance station in Cold Lake. The project is scheduled for completion by late May 2016.
    • WestJet Airlines Ltd recently announced new non-stop flights from Calgary to Florida, Mexico and Costa Rica, as well as 85 more flights on its current network. Flights to these new destinations will begin later on in 2015.
    • Fort McMurray Airport Authority plans to replace its unionized security staff with a private company. The last day for its 46 unionized workers will be September 4, 2015, when the airport switches to TAWS Security.
    • The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has approved $10M in support for the $40M expansion of the theatre at Keyano College in Fort McMurray. Construction is scheduled to start in 2016.
    • Strathcona County recently approved a diluent removal facility for Alberta's Industrial Heartland just west of Bruderheim. MEG Energy, the facility operator, does not currently have a timeline for construction.
    • The new High Prairie Health Complex, currently under construction in High River, is on schedule for completion by the end of 2016, but the cost has increased by approximately $69M. The old hospital is slated for demolition by July 2017.
    • The Town of Innisfail has approved a gated development with three high-end duplexes following a land rezoning. The developer plans to subdivide the parcel and start construction prior to the winter of 2015.
    • MMT Properties Ltd. is developing a $13.2M lakefront community in the Municipal District of Bonnyville called British Properties
    • Four counties in Alberta have declared agricultural disasters as of July 21, 2015 due to ongoing drought conditions. Crop yield is predicted to be lower than average as a result of dry weather.
    • Strathcona County has approved funding of $320,000 per year, for three years starting in 2015, to improve internet access for rural residents. Construction of new telecommunications towers is slated for the end of 2015, with a major launch in 2016.
    • The City of Edmonton issued construction permits worth almost $2.4B in the first half of 2015, nearly a record according to the city. The dollar value represents a 14% increase from the same period in 2014.
    • Loblaw Companies Ltd. is closing 52 unprofitable stores across Canada over the next 12 months. The company did not disclose locations, but stated that all of its brands are being considered for closure, including Provigo and Extra Foods.
  • Week of Jul 13 - Jul 17, 2015

    • Alberta's Orphan Well Association reports a 329% increase in the number of abandoned oil and gas wells due to the energy downturn. As of July 2015, the association is responsible for 704 wells, up from 164 at the same time last year.
    • Forest fires continue to burn large areas of Alberta. As of July 14, Alberta has 92 active wildfires, 12 of which are listed as out of control. Year-to-date, the province has recorded 1,409 wildfires burning 482,355 hectares.
    • Extreme drought and a grasshopper infestation are devastating crops in Parkland County, west of Edmonton. Parkland County council has declared a state of agricultural disaster and is seeking federal and provincial support for local farmers.
    • The Calgary Chamber of Commerce and the Calgary Emergency Management Agency have launched a new program to help businesses in times of emergency
    • The City of Wetaskiwin recently presented its Economic Development Action Plan 2015 ¿ 2018. The plan has a focus on retail development, and identifies 55 new retail projects by 2017.
    • Royal Dutch Shell recently reported that it is unlikely to restart its suspended oilsands projects until oil prices return to $80 per barrel
    • According to recent figures by Statistics Canada, Calgary's unemployment rate of 5.9% is at its highest level since September 2011
    • Sylvan Learning recently closed two tutoring centres in Calgary and Airdrie. The closure affects approximately 20 staff.
  • Week of Jul 06 - Jul 10, 2015

    • As of July 9, Alberta has 95 active wildfires, 30 of which are listed as out of control. Since April 1, the province has recorded 1,308 wildfires burning 460,937 hectares.
    • The Greek debt crisis has caused a further reduction in oil prices, putting additional pressure on Alberta's beleaguered oil industry. On July 6, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude fell 7.7% to $52.53US a barrel, the largest percentage loss since February 2015 and the lowest settlement price since April 13, 2015.
    • Todd Hirsch, chief economist at ATB Financial says Alberta is facing more energy sector layoffs and unemployment could rise above 6% this summer. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers predicts capital investment in oil and natural gas will be $45 billion in 2015, a 40% decline over 2014.
    • Cabela's, a US outdoor adventure-themed retailer, will be hiring 200 people for its new Calgary store set to open in the fall of 2015
    • Effective July 1, 2015, the Chartered Professional Accountants Act unites and regulates Alberta General Accountants (CGA), Certified Management Accountants (CMA), and Chartered Accountants (CA). Alberta has 11,842 CAs, 8,509 CMAs and 6,634 CGAs.
    • Calgary will soon have the necessary structures in place to attract movie and television productions. The $22.8M Calgary Film Centre, featuring 50,000-square-foot sound stages, will be operational by the first quarter of 2016.
    • The price of 100 pounds of Alberta beef at slaughter increased by an unprecedented 36% to $192.80 year-over-year in May 2015, and continues to rise due to persistent drought conditions in cattle country
    • Edmonton-based SBI BioEnergy is building a$10M refinery that converts fat and grease into renewable diesel and jet fuel. Once operational in 2016, the company plans to hire 25 people.
  • Week of Jun 29 - Jul 03, 2015

    • Alberta's hourly minimum wage will rise by $1.00 to $11.20 on October 1, 2015. The government's goal is to create a $15.00 minimum wage rate by 2018.
    • Chevron Canada has recently advised that it is restructuring its operations but did not disclose any possible job reductions. The Canadian business unit oversees projects including a liquefied natural gas export terminal, oil and gas fields, offshore drilling and oilsands.
    • The Consulting Engineers of Alberta estimates 1,000 (or roughly one in ten) engineering jobs have been lost due to the energy downturn
    • Sobeys, a food retailer, announced 1,300 jobs will be eliminated Canada-wide in 2016. This includes closing a Calgary food distribution centre employing 200 workers and replacing it with an automated operation centre in Rocky View, Alberta.
    • Tax preparation software developer Intuit Canada has laid off 60 employees, mainly in Edmonton. The company says the cuts are due to structural changes in the company. Approximately 120 employees remain in the company's Edmonton office.
    • The Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education has approved a 2015-2016 budget that decreases 0.9 full-time equivalent teaching positions, and 0.5 full-time equivalent support staff. Learning services have increased by two full-time equivalent staff.
    • Members of the Medicine Hat Co-op, and South Country Co-op have voted to joined forces and incorporate a new business on December 1, 2015. No job losses are expected. The head office of the merged cooperatives will remain in Medicine Hat.
    • As part of a new climate change plan to reduce emissions, Alberta plans to increase the carbon levy from the current $15 to $20 per tonne in 2016 and $30 in 2017
    • The Government of Alberta has enlisted the former Governor of the Bank of Canada, David Dodge, to guide the development of a plan for Alberta's growing infrastructure needs
    • The Conference Board of Canada predicts Red Deer's economy will contract 1.2% in 2015, while Medicine Hat and Lethbridge will experience GDP growth of 0.4% and 1.1%, respectively. The board's Mid Sized Cities Outlook 2015 was released June 30, 2015.
  • Week of Jun 22 - Jun 26, 2015

    • The Government of Alberta has introduced Bill 3, the Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, which restores funding to health-care and human services, and freezes post-secondary tuition. The previous government had proposed cuts to funding in these areas.
    • A recent report from Statistics Canada has found that Alberta is continuing to attract people from other provinces, in spite of slumping oil prices. Alberta had the strongest population growth rate of all the provinces.
    • The oil sands industry in Alberta is projected to have strong growth, but at a reduced rate according to a new report from RBC Dominion Securities. Production from the oil sands and capital investments are expected to occur at a slower rate than previously forecast in 2014.
    • Retail trade in Alberta declined 2.5% in the first three months of 2015 over 2014, according to a recently released report from Colliers International. Alberta led the country in retail growth in 2014, with sales rising 7.7% to $78.7B.
    • TELUS is investing $1B in Edmonton to connect more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses directly to the company's fibre optic network over the next six years. TELUS also announced a $120,000 investment in the Edmonton Public Library system.
    • Wood Mackenzie is predicting that $100B is at risk for Canadian oil producers in the absence of significant pipeline construction by 2030. Transportation bottlenecks and increased production are expected to push more oil to the railways.
    • Simons, a major Canadian fashion retailer, is planning a $200M expansion, including new stores in Calgary and Edmonton by 2017. The family-owned company currently operates nine stores, all in Quebec, except for one at West Edmonton Mall, which opened in 2012.
    • The City of Airdrie is seeking a new tenant for the Airdrie Town and Country Centre after the current lessee decided against further renewal. The city is open to both non- and for-profit organizations as tenants.
    • A program called BaseToBusiness was launched by the Government of Alberta tasked with encouraging employers to tap into the skillsets of veterans who are transitioning from the Canadian Armed Forces
    • The Town of Crossfield has approved rezoning for a parcel of land that will allow Dream Developments to build housing for 2,900 residents. The first phase of Vista Crossing, planned for early 2016, will include about 140 homes.
    • Deerland Equipment is planning for September 2015 to finish the first stage of the Landing Park Development in Athabasca. The area, zoned for highway commercial development, is expecting to attract restaurants and retail businesses.
    • The Alberta Chambers of Commerce has recently released a report suggesting that a proposed increase in the Alberta minimum wage would result in fewer jobs and cuts to workers' benefits. The results come from over 1,500 responses to a business survey.
    • The Banff Lake Louise Hotel Motel Association is concerned about proposed increases to the Alberta minimum wage. The association is also asking that the current liquor-server wage differential be retained.
    • TransCanada Corp. has laid off 185 people, mostly stationed in Calgary, from its major projects department in a bid to cut costs and improve efficiency. Approximately 100 full-time employees and 85 contractors, were affected.
    • The City of Edmonton has approved construction of a funicular, pedestrian bridge and outdoor elevator in the river valley. Construction on the $24M project could begin in the summer of 2015, pending financing agreements.
    • Edmonton Public Schools has approved a budget of approximately $1.1B for the 2015-2016 school year. The budget includes funding for 67 additional full-time teaching jobs and 51 extra full-time support staff positions, such as educational assistants and library technicians.
    • Dynastream Innovations, a Cochrane high tech company, has been rebranded under Garmin Ltd. The Cochrane office, which is set to expand, has been an important design and engineering centre for Garmin internationally.
    • The new Cold Lake Elementary School is slightly behind schedule in construction, but plans are in place to open by September 1, 2016
    • Encana Corp., a Calgary-based energy company, is warning of further job cuts in the wake of low oil prices and structural reorganization. The company currently has 3,500 employees and contractors.
    • The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority is testing new technology at the Edmonton International Airport to streamline passenger flow and security screening. Four new gates have been installed that automate several functions previously handled by staff, including scanning boarding passes and assigning passengers to lanes.
    • The River Cree Resort and Casino, on the Enoch Cree Nation, is breaking ground on its new entertainment venue with construction scheduled to start July 7, 2015. The facility will have a capacity for 2,600 patrons.
    • The City of Lethbridge has ratified a new collective agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents 672 city employees. The four-year agreement provides for guaranteed wage increases and a lump sum payment.
    • The City of Lethbridge is dispersing more than $432,000 from the Community Capital Project Grant to thirteen local not-for-profit groups. The funds will support facility upgrades and expansion.
    • Bos Scapes Inc. has been awarded a $3.67M contract to develop and landscape sports fields at two school sites and the Keystone Park Fitness Loop in Lethbridge
    • The University of Lethbridge has been awarded a record $3.9M in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The funding supports research programs, faculty and students.
    • Lemon Tree Pole Fitness, a pole fitness studio, has recently opened in Grande Prairie
    • The new Canadian Tire store in High River, currently under construction, is on target to open in late October 2015. The store hosted a hiring fair on June 24, 2015.
    • Lakeland College, in Vermilion, has signed an agreement to establish a special purpose fund of $130,000 for awards for Métis students. Bursaries and awards will be distributed each year worth between $2,500 and $3,500 to students of Métis heritage.
    • The Lloydminster RCMP is seeking support from the City of Lloydminster for four additional members for the detachment. The employees would be plain-clothes officers, who would aid in investigative duties as needed
    • Mountain Top Foods has started construction on a new food processing plant in Nanton. Equipment in the facility will allow the company to work double shifts and increase production.
    • Edmonton Economic Development Corp. has launched the Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Edmonton. The pilot project, with some funding from the National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program, is primarily aimed at businesses with annual revenues of more than $1M.
    • The Town of Okotoks has received a development permit application to build a Save On Foods location, but no information was provided on a construction timeline
    • TransCanada Corp. has plans to build a rail terminal on a property recently acquired in the Industrial Heartland Area in Strathcona County. In addition, the company currently has three projects worth $1B approved for the county.
    • The Pawn Shop, a music venue in Edmonton ceased operations on June 27, 2015. The owners cited increased rent and a downturn in the local economy as reasons for the closure.
    • The University of Alberta has received $5.4M in funding from the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Li Ka Shing Institute of Applied Virology, to research cancer therapies. The five-year project anticipates beginning human trials in 2020.
    • Ducks Unlimited, an international conservation group, is hiring staff for a recently opened office in Strathmore
    • Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Inc. has plans to build a $50M liquefied natural gas plant just south of the Hamlet of Villeneuve in Sturgeon County
  • Week of Jun 15 - Jun 19, 2015

    • Trinidad Drilling and CanElson Drilling, two large oilfield services companies, are merging operations in a $506M deal. The combined entity will have 163 land drilling rigs in its North American and international operations.
    • Operations have resumed at both of the Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Cenovus Energy Inc. oil sands projects that were threatened by wildfires after two weeks offline. Both companies are assessing the costs associated with the shutdown in production.
    • The Industrial Heartland Association is seeking provincial government support for a $1.6B plastics manufacturing facility in the region. The association stated that such projects typically create 1,500 construction jobs, and 150 full-time positions.
    • The Capital Region Board, encompassing the greater Edmonton area, has approved the formation of a new regional economic development agency. Under an initial funding proposal, Edmonton would pay 60 per cent of the $600,000 cost for the first year.
    • The City of Medicine Hat has released the May 2015 building permit numbers for the city. Multi-unit residential permit values are down 50 percent from a year ago. Commercial construction permit value is also down from 2014, mostly because of two large projects started in 2014 worth a combined $58M.
    • Medicine Hat School District No. 76 is seeking 41 teachers to fill positions for the upcoming school year. The openings are a result of retirements and maternity leaves. The Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education has recently hired 12 teachers and is seeking two more for September 2015.
    • Big Eagle Hydro-Vac, a regional oilfield services company, and its related companies have been placed in receivership at the request of creditors. The company operates a fleet of 400 trucks, nitrogen service vehicles, tank haulers and other pieces of specialized equipment.
    • The Palliser Regional School Board has achieved a balanced budget for the 2015-16 school year through a combination of staff reductions and hours of work. The district is cutting certified staff by 15 full-time equivalent positions, and support staff will see an eight percent reduction in hours. The cuts were largely achieved by attrition.
    • Athabasca University, with a main campus in Athabasca, is experiencing sustainability issues resulting in part from reduced Alberta student enrolment. The university has been increasingly dependent over the last 20 years on out-of-province students signing up for its online programs. There are approximately 400 full-time university staff members that live in the Athabasca area.
    • The Vegreville Observer, a weekly newspaper serving the Vegreville area has ceased operations after 109 years. According to the newspaper owner, the publication had not been profitable for several years.
    • The Airdrie Urgent Care Centre, in Airdrie, is adding five new beds at a cost of approximately $400,000. Construction to convert the existing office space is slated to begin in the summer of 2015, with the bed space open in the first quarter of 2016.
    • The Pembina Hills Regional Division No. 7, is hiring a Communications Director for a term of one-year in order to build communications capacity amongst staff
    • Restaurants Canada is recommending that the Government of Alberta consider the economy, and phase-in any planned increases to the minimum wage. The association stated that it has over 4,000 members in Alberta representing more than 150,000 employees.
    • Recent reports on the state of commercial real estate in downtown Calgary suggest that the market is feeling the effects of company downsizing due to depressed oil prices. Real Net Canada and Cushman & Wakefield reported lower real estate transactions and increased vacancy rates, compared to 2014.
    • Elite Fitness, a downtown gym in Banff, closed its doors on June 2, 2015 following two and a half years of operation. Rising rent and low membership renewals resulted in financial troubles for the business.
    • The Varscona Theatre in Edmonton is being demolished to make way for a new $7.5M state-of-the-art theatre scheduled to open in the spring of 2016. Four walls and an associated tower from the original building are being retained.
    • Lethbridge College is offering a new Plumbing Apprenticeship program within its School of Construction Trades. Registration is now open for the first intake of students planned for January 2016.
    • The Agriculture Business Risk Management program at Lethbridge College is set to receive $215,570 from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency. The program curriculum is being designed by industry for those working and studying in the livestock, grain and oilseed industry who would benefit from increased skills and knowledge in the area of business risk management.
    • Steelhead Structures have broken ground on construction for Park Place, a 24-unit storage/studio facility in Canmore. Completion of the project is scheduled for early December 2015.
    • Gap Inc., an apparel retailer, has announced the closure of 175 Gap specialty retail stores in North America over the next several years, without detailing any Canadian locations. Gap has about 90 stores in Canada.
    • Peace River Cabins and Outdoors, an outdoor tourism and canoe/kayak tour company has opened in Peace River. It offers guest cabins, guided river and photography trips.
    • ConocoPhillips has temporarily shut down its Surmont Phase 2 oilsands project near Fort McMurray following an acid leak. Approximately 1,200 workers remain on-site, pending the cleanup and restart of operations.
    • Irving Shipbuilding, a New Brunswick company involved with ship building for the Government of Canada, is holding a job fair in Fort McMurray on July 8, 2015. The company is hoping to attract fully certified pipefitters, welders, iron workers and marine fabricators to fill more than 200 jobs in the fall.
    • An energy company has ceased its hydraulic fracturing operations in the Fox Creek area, in accordance with regulations put in place by the Alberta Energy Regulator, after seismic activity was recently detected. The company has ceased operations until further notice from the regulator.
    • The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors has revised its 2015 drilling forecast due to weakness in the energy sector. A sharp drop in the number of overall operating days means an estimated reduction of 25,110 total jobs in 2015.
    • Fort McMurray International Airport is looking at ways to cut costs in the wake of continued declines in passenger numbers. Low oil prices have reduced the number of workers flying in and out of the region.
    • Two Sergeants Brewing Inc., a new craft brewery in Fort Saskatchewan has started a crowd funding campaign to help with construction costs for their brew pub at Fort Station. The pub will feature live music and on-site brewing.
    • The Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce reached a record 400 members on June 1, 2015. The Chamber represents a broad spectrum of businesses from various sectors with the majority of small businesses who employ 15 people or less.
    • Grande Bingo Society in Grande Prairie is building a new $50,000 bingo hall at the Army Navy Air Force Veterans building. The new facility will include an office area, storage and a concession stand.
    • The Loon River First Nation has announced a new truck stop/gas bar/Tim Hortons complex at the south end of Red Earth Creek near High Prairie; construction started on June 19, 2015.
    • The City of Calgary has approved a density swap between residential developments that allow for a residential rental building in the East Village. Transferring density allows the developer to build 64 additional units in the rental tower.
    • The Government of Alberta has agreed to honour a commitment from the previous administration to jointly fund a new seniors facility in Innisfail. Construction of the $17.6M facility is expected to start in the spring of 2016 and be completed in 2018.
    • The Town of Innisfail has approved the Bella Vista residential development on the west side of the community, with construction starting in 2016. Creation Communities has 659 residential units planned over a 10 year build out.
    • The Drowning Ford Grazing Association has donated $1M to the Prairie Rose School Division for the new school in Schuler. Construction is expected to start in August 2015 and be finished a year later.
    • Leduc County has decided to fund a one-year transportation project designed to help rural seniors gain access to the City of Leduc. Rural seniors travel to the city for medical and dental services and shopping.
    • The Town of Nanton has voted to increase the pay rates for volunteer firefighters to reach parity with firefighters in the Municipal District of Willow Creek. The latter council increased its pay rates on May 20, 2015.
    • Imperial Oil has started production at the $9B Kearl oil sands expansion project north of Fort McMurray. Kearl is a partnership between Imperial Oil and its U.S. parent, ExxonMobil Corp.
    • Mary's Amazing Housekeeping Service, a residential and commercial cleaning business in Peace River, is expanding and seeking new employees
    • The Maple Tree Bakery, the only gluten-free bakery and café in Red Deer, is opening soon for business pending receipt of a development permit for building renovations
    • MEG Energy Corp. is moving forward with plans for a diluent removal facility near Bruderheim, following conditional approval from Strathcona County. The facility will strip out diluent from a pipeline mixture and recycle it back to a production plant.
    • Northern Lakes College has closed its campuses in LaCrete and High Prairie due to budgetary constraints. Approximately 24 to 30 staff were also laid off, some at the Slave Lake campus. The college has also created 18 positions to service new programs.
    • Statoil ASA, Norway's state-controlled oil producer, will cut as many as 2,000 more jobs by the end of next year as it reacts to lower crude prices by slashing costs. The company did not provide a geographic breakdown of the cuts.
    • The Bonnyville and District Chamber of Commerce is conducting a local survey of businesses in cooperation with the Alberta Chamber of Commerce to gauge the local impact of a proposed minimum wage increase over the next three years.
    • The Alberta Aerospace Training Centre, now in operation at Edmonton International Airport, is positioning the city as a leading aerospace training hub. The training centre will expand in July 2016 when Canadian Helicopters will install a helicopter simulator.
    • A planned $900M expansion of the Banff Centre, an arts and creativity incubator, which included a new downtown venue and expansion of the current campus, has been put on hold indefinitely. The facility is modifying the plans to focus on improvements to its existing assets.
    • The City of Calgary is seeking guidance on the regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries and related businesses in anticipation of growth in the sector. The city will consider whether there should be limits on the numbers of such businesses.
  • Week of Jun 08 - Jun 12, 2015

    • Callidus Developments is planning a complex with three high-rises on the former Healy Ford site in downtown Edmonton. The towers will have an estimated 1,300 residential units as well as retail and commercial space.
    • Cadillac Fairview, a major real estate company, has finalized an agreement with Target to buy back the leases at Chinook Centre and Market Mall in Calgary. The landlord did not specify any redevelopment plans for the stores.
    • In a recent survey, commercial and industrial businesses in Airdrie have identified challenges facing the sector, such as employee access to affordable housing and the availability of skilled labour
    • The City of Airdrie has approved a land use change that will allow Mattamy Homes to build a variety of housing in the South Windsong area
    • GableCraft Homes, a real estate developer, has announced plans for a two-tower, 367-unit condominium project just outside of Calgary's downtown core. The company plans to start selling the units in early 2016.
    • The Global Energy Career Expo, part of the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary, has capped the 2015 attendance at 1,900, down from the 5,200 participants in 2014. Twenty actively recruiting companies were exhibiting, while in 2014, 84 companies were represented.
    • Rocky View County has approved a $206,200 grant for specialized transportation with the Rockyview Handibus Society and other service providers. The money is intended to subsidize transportation costs for medical or therapeutic appointments.
    • Edmonton Public Library has opened a new $21.3M branch in Mill Woods. The branch features a community program room, several study rooms, more than 45 public computer stations, an enhanced children's area and a seniors and multicultural centre.
    • Oilsands production at Canadian Natural Resources sites near Fort McMurray is expected to resume as the threat of wildfires in the region has declined. Wildfires on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range remain out of control but a limited number of employees have access to the oil sands sites. Cenovus and MEG Energy, are also ramping up production after employees returned to work following evacuations.
    • The City of Edmonton is spending $12.3M to replace the aging escalators in the Shaw Conference Centre. Lorac Construction, the contractor, expects the work to be complete by the end of 2016.
    • The Government of Alberta has announced $2M in new funding to increase the energy efficiency in municipal buildings. The money will come from the carbon levies paid by Alberta's greenhouse gas emitters.
    • Blacks Photography is closing all of its 59 stores in Canada on August 8, 2015, affecting approximately 485 employees. Telus, the parent company, may offer positions to some of the employees.
    • Suncor Energy is planning a fleet of automated trucks to replace human operated trucks at its oil sands operations in Alberta. The company has signed an agreement with Komatsu Ltd., a Japanese manufacturer that provides autonomous-ready vehicles.
    • A report prepared for Wood Buffalo Housing and Development has concluded that Fort McMurray cannot support an Aging in Place facility proposed for Willow Square. Seniors' health care needs would be met by the Parsons Creek long-term care centre by 2024.
    • The Peace Wapiti School Division is undertaking several construction projects over the summer of 2015 in both the City of Grande Prairie and the County of Grande Prairie. While new facilities are constructed, some students will be taught in portable classrooms.
    • Construction on the second phase of the downtown infrastructure replacement program in High River is set to begin in mid-June 2015. The project involves both underground work and streetscape redevelopment.
    • Teck Coal has released details of the planned summer 2015 shutdown at its Cardinal River operations near Hinton. The mine will be closed from July 6 to 13, and August 7 to 18, affecting approximately 335 employees.
    • The staff of the Town of Innisfail Family and Community Support Services have recently resigned over organizational changes implemented by senior management. The department is responsible for a wide array of preventive social programs in the community.
    • The Black Gold Regional Schools Division recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new West Haven Public School in Leduc. The school is slated to open in September of 2016 with a student capacity of 500.
    • Monsignor McCoy High School in Medicine Hat has started a $9.2M modernization program that includes an expanded gymnasium and upgrades to the heating and ventilation systems. A separate $0.5M fundraising project is slated for a chapel space, fitness area, and drama space.
    • Lloydminster Continuing Care, a seniors care facility in Lloydminster, is nearing completion and is expected to open during the summer of 2015. The facility will provide intensive care services to residents of the city.
    • A Bit Extreme, a recreation and fitness centre in Lloydminster, is set to open by mid-July 2015. The owners are planning to expand the facility to include a go-kart track in the spring of 2016.
    • Kids & Company, a corporate-sponsored child care centre, will open in the fall of 2016 in the new Edmonton Tower, located downtown. Kids & Company will offer office tenants and condo owners priority access to the child care centre.
    • The University of Calgary has recently opened the Ron and Irene Ward Centre for Healthy Brain Aging Research, a $6M centre dedicated to the prevention and treatment of dementia-related illnesses
    • McDonald's Canada is opening a restaurant in the Town of Coaldale by mid-September 2015. The location is expected to employ approximately 55 people.
    • Alberta Health Services has opened a new $6.7M Emergency Medical Services station in Stony Plain. The building, which can hold up to 10 ambulances, has equipment and personnel to service Parkland County and the surrounding area.
    • The Northern Alberta Business Incubator, a St. Albert-based business incubator, is branching out to offer business space in Edmonton. Through a partnering agreement with TRTech, co-working areas and open office spaces are available for rent.
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is promoting the province as an area of stability in the oil and gas sector, and is looking to attract oil and gas business from Alberta
    • The Vulcan and District Chamber of Commerce has plans to oppose a proposal by the Government of Alberta to increase the minimum wage in the province to $15 per hour by 2018
    • The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for Edmonton shows 21 per cent of employers plan to hire for the third quarter of 2015, while 13 per cent anticipate cutbacks. Another 66 per cent expect to maintain their current staffing levels from July to September.
    • The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for Calgary has found that 13 per cent of employers plan to hire for the third quarter of 2015 but 11 per cent anticipate cutbacks. Another 74 per cent plan to maintain their current staffing levels and two per cent are not sure of their hiring intentions.
    • The Government of Canada is partnering with YourLink and MCSnet to enhance rural internet services in the Westlock-St. Paul area. The project will provide high speed Internet access to 610 residences.
    • Thorhild County has rezoned a parcel of land that will allow for the development of a 270 person workforce housing facility. The project is estimated at $6.3M and is expected to employ 20 to 30 people on completion.
    • Mount Royal University in Calgary has graduated the first students from its midwifery program, but some students are leaving Alberta because of a shortage of jobs. The province has capped funding for midwives.
    • The Government of Alberta has made a commitment to increase home care funding by $30M in 2015, and by $60M in each of the subsequent four years. Currently, Alberta provides home care services to nearly 115,000 clients.
    • The Town of Coaldale is starting construction in 2016 on a new regional policing facility to house an RCMP detachment. The building is expected to have 50 RCMP members stationed by 2018.
  • Week of Jun 01 - Jun 05, 2015

    • The Government of Alberta has committed $103M in funding for education across the province, reversing planned cuts by the previous government. The money includes enrolment growth funding for the 2015-16 school year to cover 12,000 new students.
    • The Government of Alberta has decided to reverse a decision by the previous government to close the Young Offenders Centre in Calgary and transfer the services to Edmonton. Staff were slated to be laid off with the impending closure.
    • Synodon Inc., an Edmonton-based company specializing in remote sensing, has announced changes in executive compensation in an effort to improve cash flow. Two senior staff members have agreed to partial share compensation in lieu of cash.
    • Restaurants in Calgary are experiencing a reduction in business of up to 30 percent according to the Calgary Downtown Association. The decline is partially attributed to spending restraint at large oil and gas companies in the downtown core.
    • Nomadic Pictures, a Calgary-based film production company, has resorted to importing staff from Vancouver, Toronto and Los Angeles to film the AMC series Hell on Wheels and Fargo due to a shortage of local talent. The relative cost advantage to production in Alberta has increased the demand for skilled labour in the industry.
    • Teck Resources Ltd., a Vancouver-based mining company, is temporarily shutting down its Cardinal River Mine, near Hinton, for three weeks. The company is idling six coal mines across Western Canada due to weak market conditions.
    • The Government of Canada has announced $1.2M to support Prairie organic grain growers. The funds will support marketing efforts at the international level and improvements in organic quality standards.
    • The Government of Canada is providing $1.5M to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton to establish a centre dedicated to the commercialization of micro- and nano-coated products
    • Creditors of Southern Pacific Resource Corp., a Calgary-based oil sands developer, have filed to place the company into receivership. Two weeks ago, the company decided to shut down its STP-McKay thermal oil sands project near Fort McMurray.
    • The Village of Boyle is expecting to start construction on a new municipal building in June 2015. At the same time, the Greater North Foundation is working on a new seniors facility, Wildrose Villa, in the community.
    • "The Piikani Nation has started construction on a multi-purpose recreation centre in Brocket. Once complete, the facility will include an ice rink, dressing rooms, a concession, community meeting space and offices. "
    • The Cassils Community Hall building committee has broken ground for the new hall in the Hamlet of Cassils. Construction is expected to be complete in six months.
    • Sobeys, a large Canadian grocery chain, is purchasing the $50M Target Canada distribution centre in Rocky View County, near Balzac. The facility will be used for dry groceries primarily and will be operational by mid-2017. The company did not disclose a projected staff complement, but an estimated 500 employees worked at the former Target warehouse.
    • A recent study from the Canada West Foundation reports that 40 percent of employees lack skills in math, reading and writing. Many workers are held back by their lack of things like basic computer skills, numeracy, and language skills.
    • Canadian Tire has recently opened its largest store in Canada in south Edmonton. The store is equipped with the latest in digital technology and has an adjacent warehouse that is used to fill e-commerce orders.
    • The Northern Lights School Division has unveiled a service rig, donated by Ensign Energy Services, to be used in the trades exposure program. The rig will be available for use by students across Alberta at the Cold Lake centre.
    • The Cold Lake Lodge, a seniors facility in Cold Lake, is undergoing renovations that will see one wing of the building demolished and the addition of 13 larger suites. Construction is slated for the fall of 2015, with completion in 18 months.
    • The Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission has extended the liquor hours for bars, restaurants and lounges during the annual Calgary Stampede, which runs July 3 to 12, 2015. Alcohol service can start at 8:00 a.m., and 7:00 a.m. on parade day.
    • The Government of Canada has recently created two Foreign Trade Zone Points, Port Alberta, which serves the Edmonton region, and the Calgary Region Inland Port. The sites will provide national and international companies with faster access to markets.
    • The City of Medicine Hat is planning to seek a private operator to handle its animal pound services after December 31, 2015. The city is severing its long-standing relationship with the Medicine Hat SPCA.
    • A new Dairy Queen restaurant opened in Drumheller on May 26, 2015
    • Yellowhead County has awarded construction projects in four hamlets, worth just over $1.9M, to E Construction
    • Keyano College, in Fort McMurray, has announced that 18 faculty and staff will be laid off, and 12 academic programs will be cut. The Heavy Equipment Technician Diploma and the Mechanical Construction Trades Preparation program are also being suspended.
    • Fort Macleod is now offering free child care for parents with children aged 5 to 12 years when school is not in session due to staff professional development days. The day camp is offered at the Anglican parish Hall, during regular school hours.
    • Ledcor Construction has been awarded a $41.7M contract for the construction of the Parsons Creek continuing care facility in Fort McMurray. Construction of the 100-bed facility is expected to begin in the summer of 2015.
    • Grande Prairie Regional College has announced that it has eliminated 33 positions and cut programs as part of its 2015-16 budget. The cuts include the Transitional Vocational Program at the Fairview campus and the Pre-employment Millwright program.
    • Alberta-based companies that traditionally service the oil sector are finding new opportunities in hydro-electric and liquified natural gas projects in British Columbia. The work is helping Alberta drillers, such as Western Energy Services Corp., and frackers, including Calfrac Well Services Ltd., partially offset a slowdown across the region after oil prices collapsed by half in 2014.
    • Wild Rose Brewery, a Calgary beer maker, has installed a canning line and will be marketing four of their brands in cans. The new packaging is in response to customer demands for canned product. The brewery expects to produce 1.5M cans a year.
    • Border Bowl, the only bowling alley in Lloydminster, permanently closed its doors on May 28, 2015. The closure has left local bowlers, coaches, and youth bowling leagues in limbo.
    • The Alberta Motor Transport Association, which represents the provincial trucking industry, has unveiled two high-tech driving simulators for use by students, entry-level drivers or professional truckers upgrading their skills. One unit is based in Edmonton and the other is a mobile unit.
    • Construction started May 27, 2015 on a $17M operations centre for the Town of Okotoks. The three new buildings will house a range of town services, with a planned opening in spring 2016.
    • Strathcona County has approved $19M for the construction of an undergound parkade at Centre in the Park. The project is slated to begin sometime over the summer of 2015 and be complete in 24 to 36 months.
    • RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, a major Canadian commercial property owner, recently announced that Lowe`s Canada will be taking over two former Target locations in Calgary. Four other former Target locations in the city remain in limbo.
    • Ivanhoe Energy, a Vancouver-based company with plans for a $1.37B thermal oil sands project, has declared bankruptcy. The company suspended work on the Tamarack project in northern Alberta in 2014.
    • The newly elected NDP government in Alberta is delaying the $10M investment it had planned to make to bring back the Summer Temporary Employment Program, a student jobs program. The program was cancelled by a previous government in 2013.
    • The Town of Sylvan Lake has introduced a new tourism-based website, visitsylvanlake.ca. A 2014 study of regional tourism found that visitors contributed $75M to the local economy.
    • The Aspen Crossing Railway, a local tourist attraction, started operating in May 2015, following six years of work on the project. Vulcan Tourism, the regional tourism association, expects the railway to attract tourists to the area.
    • The Kicking Horse Industrial Park, a joint development between three municipalities, is moving ahead in the County of Wetaskiwin. The development is starting with a gas station or cardlock facility.
    • Woodlands County has awarded a road construction project worth $318,206 to Paveit Construction for work in the Goose Lake area
    • YEG Aerocentre has opened a second private hangar and terminal, Shell AeroCentre 2 at Edmonton International Airport. The $19M project includes hangar space, VIP and passenger lounges, offfices, and shop space.
    • Care staff at the Legacy Lodge, a seniors facility in Lethbridge, have won a 2.5 percent wage increase as part of a new labour agreement with the employer. Licensed practical nurses, health care assistants, housekeepers, cooks, maintenance and office staff are covered under the one year agreement.
  • Week of May 25 - May 29, 2015

    • The Town of St. Paul has passed a 2015 budget that includes approximately $1.1M in renovations to the Wellness Centre. An additional $400,000 will be used for infrastructure improvements in the town.
    • Pembina Pipeline Corp. plans to spend $180M to provide terminalling services for the North West Redwater Partnership refinery. Pembina also announced a $55M pipeline, the Karr Lateral, to connect to the Montney play in Alberta.
    • Cenovus Energy and Canadian Natural Resources Limited have evacuated their facilities within the Cold Lake Air Weapons range, due to an out-of-control forest fire in the area. Most of the 1,800 employees at the Cenovus facility have been evacuated.
    • Canmore Associated Taxi Brokers is seeking a limit on the number of taxi brokers operating in Canmore to improve services and safety for passengers. The Town of Canmore currently has minimal regulations for the taxi industry through bylaw legislation.
    • The Town of Cochrane is planning major road work on five thoroughfares during July and August 2015. The work includes surface improvements, asphalt overlays and concrete repairs.
    • The Medicine Hat News is cutting four employees in a reorganization that will shift some of its advertising work overseas starting on August 1, 2015. The paper has reduced its staff by 60 employees in the last decade in an effort to remain competitive.
    • The Government of Canada is providing $270,277 to employers throughout the Yellowhead region to hire young Canadians for the summer. The funds are made available through Canada Summer Jobs.
    • The Edmonton Police Service is seeking 185 new recruits to replace retiring police officers in 2016. The service is dealing with a lack of applicants and is stepping up its efforts to attract candidates.
    • Granify, an Edmonton-based e-commerce conversion platform, has secured a $7M investment from a global venture fund. The new money will expedite development of the company's products and allow it to attract new customers.
    • The Town of Didsbury is moving ahead with a $4M project to build a new firehall. Provincial Steel Buildings, an Airdrie-based firm, is expected to start construction shortly with completion by the first quarter of 2016.
    • Trican Well Service is not anticipating any further layoffs in its Canadian workforce following significant reductions in February and March 2015. Trican expects to maintain current staff levels for the remainder of 2015 and into 2016.
    • MEG Energy has evacuated all non-essential staff and contractors from their Christina Lake site east of Conklin, due to forest fires burning in the area. The Statoil facility west of Conklin is also on stand-by for evacuation.
    • The Coca-Cola Centre, an ice arena in Grande Prairie, is scheduled for $270,000 in renovations from May 16 until June 26, 2015
    • The Town of Okotoks is starting to build a new baseball diamond and the town's first permanent outdoor rink during the summer of 2015, scheduled to be completed in 2016. The $1.2M project includes some associated road work and park amenities.
    • The Regional Waste Management Commission of Mountain View, located north of Calgary, plans to dissolve its collection fleet by January 2016, possibly impacting eight employees. The commission is outsourcing collection for residential and commercial waste, and bin hauling services.
    • Mountain View County, situated north of Calgary, is moving forward on a plan to construct a $2.1M agricultural services shop. The new shop would replace the existing shop in Didsbury, which was built in the 1950s.
    • Go Auto's Ford, Chrysler, and RV and Marine stores in Peace River have all expanded and moved into new facilities recently. All three locations have also hired additional staff for the service and parts departments.
    • OT Sports, a sporting store in Peace River, has recently tripled in size and moved into a new location, with three full-time employees and seven part-time staff
    • Hungerford Properties is planning to start construction in 2015 on a commercial project in Sherwood Park, outside of Edmonton. Paragon Business Park is slated to have an office and warehouse building in the first phase of the project scheduled for completion in 2016.
    • Strathcona County is in the midst of approximately $18M in construction and infrastructure projects funded for the 2015 summer season
    • The Municipal District of Lesser Slave River No. 124 has awarded a $1.6M contract to Martushev Logging for road reconstruction of Poplar Lane
    • Construction is scheduled to start in the summer of 2015 on a $4.5M affordable housing development in Calgary. The Calgary Homeless Foundation is leading the project named Aurora on the Park.
    • The City of Calgary plans to start construction in 2016 on a $19M bridge to replace the historic Inglewood Bridge. The old bridge, built in 1908, will be demolished following completion of the new span.
    • Gilead Sciences, a biotechnology company specializing in pharmaceuticals, is investing $100M to expand its Edmonton campus. The site currently has approximately 300 staff, which is expected to increase to 470 employees by the time the expansion is complete in 2017.
    • The Motel 6 in Medicine Hat is undergoing renovations and will be rebranded as Home Inn Express, effective June 1, 2015. The renovations include a redesigned lobby with technology upgrades and a games room.
    • Canada Summer Jobs is providing $368,397 in funding to support 98 young Canadians in summer jobs in the Medicine Hat Region. The funding is spread among sixty-eight organizations.
    • The Wainwright Fire Rescue department is looking for volunteer firefighters to add to its crew members. The service is seeking firefighters to replace departing members to bolster its on-call roster.
    • To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the federal government has announced $150M funding through the community infrastructure program, which $46.2M will be available for towns and cities of the four western provinces.
  • Week of May 18 - May 22, 2015

    • Southern Pacific Resource Corp., a Calgary-based energy company, recently announced that it will suspend operations at the STP-McKay oil sands facility by the end of July 2015. The company stated that the shutdown would be for up to three years while it seeks funding. A company executive stated that most of the 45 employees would likely be laid off.
    • CP Rail is planning to train all employees who are physically able to become a qualified conductor and engineer in the event of a strike by unionized employees. CP and the employee union are currently in arbitration.
    • Alberta Green Biotech has plans to produce up to $2M worth of medical marijuana at an indoor warehouse facility in Edmonton. The company plans to spend approximately $6M on construction once the development permit is approved.
    • The Calgary Stampede held a job fair on May 14, 2015 with plans to hire for 450 vacant positions at the event. Many employees were hired on the spot, with salaries varying by the position.
    • The Government of Canada is providing $319,219 from Canada Summer Jobs to support the creation of summer positions for students throughout the Peace region
    • The 2015 Peace Region Petroleum Show, the third largest in North America, wrapped up in Grande Prairie on May 14, 2015. The two-day event attracted an estimated 10,000 visitors and exhibitors.
    • The Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta is closing its offices in Edmonton and Calgary following defeat in the recent provincial election. One employee is being retained, but 10 full-time employees and four contract staff were laid off.
    • MacEwan University is cutting 41 positions and raising tuition fees in an effort to balance its budget. According to the University, 34 of the 41 positions eliminated were vacant.
    • The Italian Centre Shop, an Edmonton-based specialty food retailer, is opening a retail location in Calgary in July 2015. The company has further expansion plans for Red Deer, Grande Prairie and possibly another Calgary location.
    • Tourism Calgary has reported that 2014 was a record year for tourism in the city, with over 8M visitors who spent $1.7B, an increase of 6.3% from 2013. An estimated 68,305 jobs were supported by the city's tourism industry last year.
    • Addiction Canada has recently opened a drug rehabilitation and addiction treatment facility at the abandoned hospital building in Glendon. The centre has hired staff consisting of several counselors, doctors, administrators and security guards.
    • The Bonnyville Covenant Health Centre has created a new hospitalist program for the 13 physicians that serve the facility. The doctors now rotate on a weekly 24-hour call basis, in cooperation with nurses, pharmacists and therapists.
    • A recent report from the Petroleum Labour Market Information Division of Enform is estimating that employment in the oil and gas sectors will decline by up to 185,000 jobs in 2015. Two-thirds of the losses are projected to be in Alberta.
    • The City of Fort Saskatchewan has approved the construction of 13 duplexes in the South Meadows neighbourhood. The builder, Southfort Development Corp., reported that multi-family units are in demand across the region.
    • The City of Grande Prairie is seeking recruits for full-time firefighter positions in anticipation of openings in September, due to retirements and promotions
    • The Hamlets of DeBolt and Grovedale each received $7M from the Municipal District of Greenview for the construction of new fire halls. The buildings are expected to be in service by the end of 2015 or January 2016.
    • Construction has started on the second phase of a major four-lane road connecting Nisku with the City of Edmonton. The $15.1M portion of the Nisku Spine Road will alleviate traffic concerns related to development within the Nisku Industrial Park.
    • Showtime Entertainment Group is planning a $45M venue for live music, comedy, trade shows and sporting events in Edmonton. The facility, with a capacity of 4,100 patrons, is scheduled for opening by early 2017.
  • Week of May 11 - May 15, 2015

    • Rogers Media has cut 110 positions from its conventional television operations across Canada. Shows in Edmonton are affected, as are operations in Calgary.
    • Trinidad Drilling, an international drilling services company based in Alberta, recently reported a 53% decline in first-quarter 2015 earnings compared to the same period in 2014. The company anticipates a continued slowdown through 2015.
    • Lowe's Canada is picking up 13 former Target store leases across Canada, including two locations in Calgary. The company stated that approximately 2,000 jobs in total would be created through the acquisition.
    • Brewster Travel Canada is introducing a new sightseeing bus tour between Edmonton and Jasper starting May 31, 2015. The service is aimed mainly at European and U.S. visitors, but could also appeal to locals who don't want to drive.
    • Telus is hiring staff and committing $11M for infrastructure and service improvements in Lloydminster. The projects will update the wireless network to 4G LTE and increase Internet speeds.
    • The Town of High Prairie has awarded two contracts for road construction and waterline upgrades with a total value of approximately $1.8M. Timelines for the projects were not provided.
    • Trican Well Service cut 2,000 employees from its North American operations in the first quarter of 2015, due to depressed oil prices. The company is also in negotiations to sell some of its international operations in a move to reduce costs.
    • The Town of Ponoka and Ponoka County are set to negotiate a new fire services agreement following plans to terminate the current contract which has existed since 1979. The actions follow concerns from senior fire department officials with the town.
    • The Town of Rimbey has transferred administrative duties for its fire department to Ponoka County. The county will take on ownership and administration but the firefighter duties remain unchanged.
    • Total Energy has reported a 70% reduction in drilling activity for the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. The company also reported significant reductions in other divisions, due to declining crude oil prices.
    • The City of Spruce Grove is working towards a bylaw amendment that would allow food trucks to operate within five districts of the city. A recent municipal survey of residents and businesses found majority support for food trucks.
    • RBC Dominion Securities has announced that it will be a major tenant of Edmonton Tower in the downtown Arena district. The building is scheduled to open in 2016, with RBC occupying space by 2018.
    • Athabasca Minerals has announced its intention to purchase a private rail transloading facility near Obed. The company plans to use the site for aggregate processing and loading, as well as for the storage and distribution of fracturing sand.
    • Lantic Inc., a sugar beet processor in Taber, has announced a four-year agreement with the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers Association. The new agreement provides stability for the plant, its employees and the local community.
  • Week of May 04 - May 08, 2015

    • The Aecon Group has been awarded a $109M contract for additional work on the North West Redwater Partnership refinery in Sturgeon County. The work is expected to start in the second quarter of 2015, with completion by the third quarter of 2016.
    • The Petroleum Services Association of Canada has cut its drilling forecast for 2015 by almost 50%. Alberta is projected to have 2,976 wells drilled.
    • WorleyParsons, an international oil services company with a presence in Alberta, is cutting 2,000 positions worldwide and reducing work due to falling commodity prices. The company expects significant cutbacks in its North American operations.
    • Ensign Energy Services, a Calgary-based drilling company, has recently reported reduced earnings for the first quarter of 2015 and a 42% decline in working days compared to the same period in 2014
    • AECOM, a global multi-sector construction company, is closing the Flint-URS location in Redcliff effective July 10, 2015 due to a slowdown in local oil field construction. The company estimated that 30 employees will be affected by the closure.
    • The Town of Fairview has approved a $2M capital budget for 2015 that will fund local construction and infrastructure improvement projects
    • Construction has started on the $50M Markaz Ul-Islam centre in Fort McMurray. The project includes a mosque, Islamic school, daycare, recreation centre and a multipurpose hall.
    • The City of Fort Saskatchewan has approved $800,000 in funding for upgrades to the heating and cooling systems at the Dow Centennial Centre. The work is scheduled for completion during the summer of 2015.
    • Kitchen by Harvest to Home, a new restaurant and bistro in Lloydminster, opened on May 6, 2015. The 35-seat venue plans to offer an upscale dining experience using locally sourced foods.
    • Baytex Energy has announced that it is decommissioning its Gemini thermal oil sands pilot project near Cold Lake and will delay any decisions on further development in the region pending a recovery in oil prices
    • The Town of Beaverlodge has sold the Beaverlodge Airport to the North Peace Bracket Racing Association with the condition that it be kept as an airport/aerodrome for the next 10 years
    • Savanna Energy Services has reported a decline in revenue due to low oil prices. The company is retiring or disposing of assets to reduce the capital, repairs, maintenance and people required to manage equipment with little marketability.
    • Alberta Health Services has recently awarded Emergency Medical Services in the St. Paul area to Prairie EMS, a regional supplier of ambulance and paramedic services. Current St. Paul ambulance employees are meeting with Prairie EMS to discuss staffing.
    • Alberta Health Services has announced that construction has started on a heliport at the Grande Cache Community Health Complex. The project is expected to be complete by the fall of 2015.
    • First Presbyterian Church in downtown Edmonton has started a five-year restoration project following designation as a historic structure
    • Access Calgary Handibus drivers and support staff recently voted to join Calgary Transit. The handibus service was taken over by Calgary Transit in 2014, but the fate of existing staff was uncertain until the recent vote.
  • Week of Apr 27 - May 01, 2015

    • Mullen Group, based in Okotoks, has cut approximately 1,000 positions in the first quarter of 2015 due to low oil prices. The job losses were made through a combination of layoffs and attrition.
    • Weatherford International, a global oil field services company, has announced plans to further cut its workforce by 18% in 2015. The company plans to shut down and consolidate 60 operating facilities in North America by the end of this year.
    • Baker Hughes, an international oil field services company, has announced an additional 3,500 job cuts during the first quarter of 2015. The company expects a further decline in drilling rig counts during the second quarter of 2015.
    • Precision Drilling recently announced a reduction in staff and the number of operating facilities in North America. The company has reduced field staff by 2,500 positions and cut 14% of salaried employees.
    • Edmonton-based Braden-Burrey Expediting has opened a new air and multimodal cargo facility near the Edmonton International Airport. The company handles freight for 10 airlines in the city, as well as logistics and supply-chain functions.
    • Gibson Energy is building new tanks for its crude oil storage capacity at Hardisty to support the growth plans of Suncor Energy. Over 50% of the new capacity is backed by a long-term agreement with Teck Resources.
    • The City of Calgary saved $6.3M by not filling 231 vacant positions during the first quarter of 2015. Many of the positions have since been filled in order to satisfy service delivery.
    • Telus is investing $212M in Calgary during 2015 to improve its wireless services and expand its fiber optic network. The company is also continuing construction of the Telus Sky tower in the downtown core and developing Telus Health programs.
    • Macdonald Development Corporation has announced that it has taken over the MonTerra development on Cochrane Lake after the original owners declared bankruptcy
    • The Chvrch of John, a new 200-patron restaurant and art bar, is scheduled to open in downtown Edmonton by September 2015. The Artery, another venue that recently closed, will be relocating pending approval from the city.
    • Providence Christian school in Monarch has broken ground on a $1.3M expansion that will add a gymnasium, eight classrooms, a kitchen and offices. Construction is scheduled for completion by the spring of 2016.
    • The historic Buena Vista apartment block in Edmonton is scheduled for demolition following approval from city council for rezoning. Edgar Development Corp. is planning a 240-unit rental apartment on the site.
    • The Grande Spirit Foundation has received $19.6M from the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada for a 150-unit seniors facility in the Hamlet of Clairmont. Occupancy is planned for December of 2016.
    • The Town of High River is proceeding with the demolition of flooded homes and the decommissioning of the Wallaceville neighbourhood
    • Essentra PLC, a U.K.-based global supplier of specialty packaging products for the oil and gas industry and other sectors, has opened a new distribution centre in Leduc. The facility serves two Essentra business lines involved with drilling and manufacturing.
    • Portage College held a Career Expo aimed at high school students at its Lac La Biche Campus on April 21, 2015. The event showcased career opportunities available in northern Alberta.
    • The City of Leduc is starting its annual census on April 28, 2015. The city is offering an online option for the census, but enumerators will also be working to visit households from May 25 to June 30, 2015.
    • A recent joint report from BuildForce Canada and the Canadian Home Builders Association is projecting a strong demand for residential construction workers from 2015 to 2024
    • McDonald's Restaurants has installed self-serve touchscreen kiosks in one of their locations in Lloydminster as part of a pilot project evaluating the new technology. The franchise is currently one of three restaurants taking part in the program.
    • Three Future Shop stores in the Edmonton region have reopened under the Best Buy banner, following a Canada-wide shutdown in March 2015. The new stores have retained some local staff, but also hired new employees.
    • Auctioneer Ritchie Bros. recently held Canada's largest ever heavy equipment auction in Nisku. The auction attracted over 11,000 bidders from 50 countries.
    • The Wainwright Regional Waste to Energy Authority suspended operations at its incinerator in Wainwright on April 22, 2015, after failing emissions tests. The facility burns 98% of Alberta's biomedical waste.
  • Week of Apr 20 - Apr 24, 2015

    • The Agriculture Financial Services Corp., an Alberta Crown corporation that provides insurance to farmers and rural businesses, is closing nine offices across the province to reduce costs. Additionally, the Airdrie and Calgary offices are being consolidated into one branch in Balzac.
    • Camex Equipment Sales and Rentals in Nisku are building a new sales and service centre, despite recent staff reductions and a slowdown in the energy sector. The company expects new business opportunities to arise from reduced capital expenditures by the energy sector.
    • Genesis Place Recreation Centre in Airdrie is slated for approximately $2M in renovations from August to October, 2015. The work involves re-surfacing and new tiles, necessitating a total closure of the indoor pool.
    • In an effort to ease summertime traffic congestion, the Town of Banff is increasing the frequency of public bus service to Sulphur Mountain. The project is slated to run from late June to early September 2015.
    • The Municipal District of Bonnyville has passed a $110M budget for 2015, with 44% of the funds dedicated to road construction and maintenance. Fire hall upgrades and construction of a new public safety building are also planned.
    • The Government of Alberta has committed $43M for improvements to a section of Highway 28 beginning in the summer of 2015 and ending in 2016
    • Beginning on May 9th 2015, Red Arrow Motorcoach is expanding its e-bus service to include Edmonton International Airport. The service will run four trips daily, seven days a week.
    • The University of Calgary has announced a freeze on all executive salaries due to funding cutbacks. The university is also dipping into its reserves to balance its budget.
    • Krawford Construction is scheduled to start work on a $9.38M renovation project at St. John Paul II Catholic Schools in Stony Plain. The expansion, consisting of new classrooms and a gym, is expected to be complete by the fall of 2015.
    • The Town of Bonnyville has awarded a $5.7M contract for road construction to NuEdge Contracting. The project has an estimated three-month duration for completion.
    • Portage College has announced that it is withdrawing from its campus in Bonnyville, effective September 30, 2015. The institution scaled back its courses in 2013 and has since only offered a few welding and engineering classes in the town.
    • SMG Canada, a leader in venue management, is currently recruiting for the Medicine Hat Event Centre, scheduled to open in August 2015. The company is hiring casual employees for building operations, food and beverage, as well as guest services.
    • The City of Grande Prairie is exploring alternatives for the Leisure Centre renovation project after a $4M budget shortfall was identified. The project was scheduled for completion by 2017.
    • Absolute Completion Technologies, a Calgary-based manufacturer, has recently launched an automated robotics and production cell at its Edmonton facility. Robots complete the work of five employees and reduce manufacturing times by up to 50%.
    • BluEarth Renewables is planning to start construction in May 2015 on its $80M Bull Creek Wind Project near Provost. A scaled down version of the original project was recently approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission.
    • The Town of Banff is clamping down on illegal vacation property rentals and encouraging owners to consider longer- term rentals for full-time employees instead. There is a zero-vacancy rate for residents and seasonal workers in Banff.
  • Week of Apr 13 - Apr 17, 2015

    • The Fort McMurray Airport Authority issued layoff notices to 24 unionized cleaning staff on April 9, 2015 as part of its plan to privatize custodial work. The new contractor, Bill's Cleaners, will begin cleaning the airport on June 1, 2015.
    • Gateway Casinos & Entertainment recently announced a $32M casino in the Edmonton Arena District. The project is expected to create 450 person-years of construction employment and 200 new permanent jobs upon completion in the summer of 2016.
    • The City of Medicine Hat has recently approved contracts for six companies worth up to $1.5M each, for a total of $9M in spending on pipeline and facility work during 2015
    • The Municipal District of Bighorn has received $2M in the first round of flood mitigation funds from the Government of Alberta for 2015-2016. The district has made a total request for $23.7M.
    • Points West Living is expecting to hire 100 employees for a $40M seniors housing facility in Cochrane. Construction is planned to start in the fall of 2015, with occupancy by mid-2017.
    • The Marina View Hotel in the downtown area of Cold Lake is slated for demolition, with the land viewed by the city as a potential development site
    • The Government of Alberta has announced financial support for 21 projects in 16 municipalities for long-term flood protection and drought mitigation
    • The Clean Energy Technology Centre in Drayton Valley has received a $350,000 grant from the Government of Alberta. The money will be used as operational funds to support program development and staffing when the centre opens in the fall of 2015.
    • The Peace River Bible Institute in Sexsmith is building a new $4M gymnasium and community fitness centre. Construction is expected to be complete by the summer or fall of 2016.
    • The Town of High Prairie is holding the inaugural High Prairie Traditional Powwow on May 23, 2015. The event is expected to draw up to 1,000 participants and provide a venue for local artisans.
    • Three schools in the Town of High River have had funding approved by the Government of Alberta for flood protection and prevention. The repairs are expected to start in the summer of 2015, with total costs estimated at $3.5M.
    • The Government of Alberta is hiring one less air tanker group from Conair, an aerial water-bomber company, for firefighting services in 2015
    • The Town of Edson is offering local training for the Standard for Professional Firefighter Qualifications to its volunteer firefighting members. Previously, the training was held as a full-time program in Vermilion.
    • Victory Nickel has temporarily suspended frac sand production at its plant in Seven Persons due to poor market conditions. The company stated that they have laid off all but a core of the plant operations staff.
    • The City of Edmonton has approved funding of $6.4M to hire 40 new police officers that will be dedicated to the downtown core. City council also approved funding for nine officers to patrol the transit system.
    • Kinder Morgan has announced a new $400M hydrocarbon storage terminal for Strathcona County. The project is expected to generate 70 to 100 construction jobs from 2015 to 2019 and up to 20 full-time operational staff on completion.
  • Week of Apr 06 - Apr 10, 2015

    • The oil and gas downturn is forcing some Alberta technology businesses to diversify. For example, Calgary-based Nagus, which supplies sophisticated batteries used in oil drilling, is seeking alternative markets for its technology.
    • Recent large group layoffs in Alberta are mostly linked to the struggling oil patch. Of the 8,170 layoffs reported in the first quarter of 2015, 64% were in the energy sector and the remainder were mainly in retail services.
    • Alberta's youth unemployment rate has reached its highest level in five years and university students are expected to have difficulty finding summer jobs this year
    • ConocoPhillips will slow expansion of its Surmont thermal oil sands project, located south of Fort McMurray, but will maintain spending about $1.3B US each year in Canada over the next three years
  • Week of Mar 30 - Apr 03, 2015

    • The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation has released redevelopment plans to convert the historic St. Louis Hotel in Calgary into a mixed-use commercial development
    • Future Shop has closed 10 locations in Alberta and will be converting the remaining seven locations to Best Buy stores, as part of a Canada-wide consolidation
    • The Government of Alberta has announced $3.4B for new health facilities in Edmonton and northern Alberta in a five-year capital plan under Budget 2015. There are also provisions for maintenance and renewal of existing facilities.
    • Oilfield services forecasters are predicting that the spring 2015 slump in drilling activity in Alberta could extend into fall or longer. Recent rig counts in Western Canada are down 22% from 2014, according to the Canadian Association of Oil Well Drilling Contractors.
    • The Government of Alberta has announced funding for 34 continuing care spaces in a new seniors facility to be built in Bassano
    • Comark Inc., the owners of the Bootlegger, Cleo and Ricki's clothing shop chains, is planning to close stores after it was granted creditor protection on March 26, 2015. The company announced the closing of approximately 50 of its 341 stores over the next few weeks.
  • Week of Mar 23 - Mar 27, 2015

    • Human resources companies in Calgary are reporting an increase in business dealings with the recent layoffs from the energy sector
    • The City of Calgary is conducting an annual census from April 1 to 24, 2015. While respondents have the option to complete the census on-line, the city has also hired door-to-door census takers.
    • Enerplus, a Calgary-based oil and gas producer, has introduced OURtime, a flexible work program that has no formal maximum vacation time for its 700 employees. The multi-faceted human resources program intends to help employees with their work-life balance.
    • The Government of Canada is providing $230,300 to Grande Prairie Regional College for upgrades to its power engineering lab housed at the Fairview Campus. The enhancements to the steam lab capacity will allow more students to become certified.
    • Trican Well Service is laying off employees at its Redcliff facility. The company did not disclose the number of layoffs, but stated that a substantial number of its 180 employees will be affected.
    • Essential Energy Services is cutting 10 to 15% of its workforce in Medicine Hat/Redcliff, Brooks, Red Deer, Nisku and Grande Prairie. The number of employees at each location varies between 50 and 150.
    • Homeward Trust has opened a new supportive-housing complex in Edmonton for people with severe mental illnesses. The facility, with capacity for 21 tenants, provides support staff on duty 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
    • Shoppers Drug Mart is opening a new location on Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton at the former Standard Life Centre. The store is expected to open in November 2015.
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $15M for 12 flood mitigation projects to conservation groups and municipalities under the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program
    • The Government of Alberta is providing funding to improve access to high-speed internet for residents of Lacombe County and the Montana First Nation
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $500,000 to improve access to high-speed Internet in Saddle Hills County. The funding will be used to build four new towers and associated infrastructure.
    • The Town of Barrhead is hoping to begin construction on the new aquatic centre in May 2015. Advertisements for a project manager position are expected to be launched during April 2015.
    • Neerlandia Co-op held an official opening for its new building on March 13, 2015, in Neerlandia. The old Co-op Home and Farm Centre was destroyed by fire in June 2013.
    • The China National Offshore Oil Corporation recently announced that it is closing Nexen Energy's Calgary-based oil trading operation, resulting in the loss of 100 jobs
    • Canadian Rockies Public Schools is planning to start construction in the fall of 2015 on the $8.4M first phase of the Banff Elementary School modernization
    • The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are jointly funding a $7.8M affordable housing complex in Raymond. The funding will support 40 units in a new 53-unit lodge for low-income seniors.
    • The Government of Alberta has announced $7.9M to add 42 units to the North Ridge Lodge in St. Albert. Three other senior's facilities in St. Albert are receiving almost $1.4M for fire safety and sprinkler upgrades.
    • The Government of Alberta has announced $12.2M for a new 65-unit seniors lodge in Red Deer. The region is also receiving funding for 180 new long-term care beds and fire safety upgrades at two lodges.
    • The University of Lethbridge is introducing new combined degrees, the Bachelor of Fine Arts (New Media) and Bachelor of Education, to provide teachers with new skill sets
    • Medalta, a ceramic artist studio facility and factory in Medicine Hat, is assuming control of Plainsman Clays effective May 1, 2015. Plainsman provides clay and pottery supplies across Western Canada and owns retail outlets in Edmonton and BC.
    • The Target location in Medicine Hat closed its doors on March 22, 2015. The store had 142 employees at its peak after opening in July of 2013.
    • The City of Medicine Hat begins its 2015 Census on April 15, 2015. The city is offering an online option, while door-to-door enumerators will start on May 18, 2015.
    • The Town of Drayton Valley is proposing a cost-sharing agreement with Brazeau County for policing, the Early Childhood Development Centre and a new bus hub. The $500,000 bus hub would serve over 1,300 students in the Wildrose School Division.
    • Millennium Stimulation Services, a Calgary-based fracturing company, recently held information sessions in Grande Prairie which focused on its long-term goal of a liquefied natural gas plant for the region
    • The Government of Alberta is introducing mandatory watercraft inspections stations at commercial vehicle inspection stations and points-of-entry. Specialized canine inspection teams will be deployed to combat invasive aquatic species.
    • Career centres at post-secondary institutions in Calgary are reporting similar job posting numbers as in 2014, but with the slump in energy prices, the employer profiles have changed to other sectors
    • The Town of Innisfail has awarded a contract of almost $500,000 to Apollo Landscaping of Red Deer for landscape work around the Napolean Meadows subdivision
    • Bilton Welding and Manufacturing is making plans to ship two 190-ft. pressure vessels to the Rimbey Gas Plant in June 2015. The vessels require up to 20 employees during construction and specialized equipment for loading and transportation.
    • The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are jointly funding a $17.6M affordable housing complex for seniors in Innisfail. The facility will consist of a 60-unit lodge and a minimum of 30 units of self-contained apartments.
    • The City of Lloydminster has awarded contracts to Double D Bobcat Services and Contracting Ltd, as well as Pioneer Landscaping, to recycle concrete and woodchips, respectively
    • Boutique La Vie en Rose plans to expand Bikini Village stores across Western Canada with up to 75 new locations by the end of 2016, pending approval of the purchase of the insolvent swimwear retailer
    • Service Alberta has issued a public warning to job seekers after fraudulent websites have appeared that offer non-existent jobs in Alberta's oil patch
    • The Glen Allen Recreation Complex in Strathcona County is set to begin $14M in renovations in April 2015. The modernization project aims to convert the facility to year-round use.
    • Ardrossan Family Centre, an out-of-school care service in Ardrossan, is closing on June 30, 2015. The care service is seeking a new space for operations due to demolition at its current location.
    • The City of St. Albert has approved a mobile food vendor pilot project that will allow food trucks on public land within the city during the summer. Previously, food trucks have been restricted to private land.
    • The Government of Alberta has announced plans to reduce services at the Calgary Young Offender Centre and close the Calgary Maintenance Enforcement Program. The move could affect 51 employees, according to the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees.
    • The Edmonton Buddhist Research Institute has received funding for 106 supportive living spaces from the Government of Alberta. The funding provides for immediate construction of the new facility in Edmonton.
    • CBC/Radio-Canada will cut 37 positions in Alberta as part of a national reduction of 240 jobs across all areas of operation. According to the company, while some affected employees may be reassigned to other positions, there will be job losses.
  • Week of Mar 16 - Mar 20, 2015

    • Helen Ziegler and Associates, a healthcare recruitment specialist, is targeting Alberta nurses for employment opportunities in Saudi Arabia
    • The City of Wetaskiwin is actively recruiting up to 16 additional volunteer and paid-on-call firefighters. The city provides pay for firefighting practices and fire responses services.
    • Brookfield Residential, a property development company, is planning a townhouse complex and a condominium tower that will accommodate 2,100 residents in the Stadium LRT area of Edmonton
    • The Bow Valley Job Resource Centre has found that employers face many of the same challenges as reported in 2005. Seasonal staffing shortages, employee retention, a shortage of affordable housing and a high cost of living are the main concerns.
    • The Bow Valley Job Resource Centre is reporting a steady demand for employees in the Banff and Canmore areas. Food and beverage workers, as well as trades and labourer positions, are in demand.
    • The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is seeking a by-law amendment from the Town of Banff that would allow mobile food trucks to operate on the hotel property. Food trucks are currently banned in Banff with the exception of special events.
    • A recent report on the construction industry in Alberta, part of BuildForce Canada's 2015-2024 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecast, shows that declining oil prices are slowing investment in new capital projects
    • Iron Horse Energy Services, based in Dunmore, has reduced its workforce by 15%. The layoffs were attributed to a shortage of work due to declining oil prices.
    • Sanjel Corporation, a global energy services provider, has announced suspension of its Medicine Hat operations effective March 31, 2015. The closure could affect up to 150 employees, but the company stated that several employees have been offered other positions within the organization.
    • The Government of Alberta is funding a 200-bed seniors facility for Medicine Hat with a $6M grant. Masterpiece Retirement Residence is expected to start construction in the fall of 2015, with an opening planned for the fall of 2016.
    • The Government of Alberta is investing $21.4M for seniors housing in Calgary. The Gilchrist Phase 2 lodge will supply 114 barrier-free units for low and moderate-income seniors who are functionally independent.
    • Alberta Health Services will be adding six new emergency medical technicians in Medicine Hat effective April 1, 2015, to deal with increased ambulance call volumes in the region. Additional changes will boost the number of local EMS personnel to 36.
    • The Unicorn Pub in downtown Calgary has reduced employee hours due to lower customer demand, partially attributed to the slumping price of oil and job losses in the city core
    • The Town of Drayton Valley and other local municipalities are joining forces to create a Regional Tourism Authority with a proposed $350,000 budget. The plan is to have the project up and running by September 2015.
    • The City of Edmonton is estimating that completion of the $32M Groat Road Bridge Construction Project could be delayed for up to a year following a recent structural failure
    • Edmonton Tourism has estimated that the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships, recently held in Edmonton, generated between $6M and $10M in economic spin-offs for local hotels, restaurants and shopping
    • The Government of Alberta will be hiring 70 firefighters for the Edson Wildfire Management Area by May 1, 2015, based at two camps in the region. The 14 fire towers in the area will be staffed and operational in April and May.
    • Nexen Energy has announced the layoff of 340 employees in North America, with the majority at its Calgary office
    • ConocoPhillips is cutting seven percent of its staff in Canada, about 200 jobs, which will impact both Calgary employees and field staff
    • Talisman Energy has announced a cut of 10 to 15% of its workforce at the Calgary head office, amounting to 150 to 200 employees
    • The Best Western Plus Sawridge Suites, a new hotel and restaurant, is slated to open in Fort McMurray by May 2015
    • The Government of Alberta has re-issued a tender call for the 100-bed Parsons Creek seniors continuing care facility in Fort McMurray. Previous bids for the project submitted in August 2014 were over budget.
    • The Century Downs Racetrack and Casino development at Balzac, a $24-million joint venture project between Colorado-based Century Casinos and the United Horsemen of Alberta, is scheduled to open to the public for live horse racing by April 25, 2015
    • The Hinton Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Hinton are partnering with Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour to assist newcomers with job searches and resume skills through a new initiative, Hinton Works
    • The Town of Innisfail has started construction on a new $500,000 waste transfer site. The project is expected to be complete by the end of September 2015.
    • Twenty-five auxiliary nursing care employees at the Raymond Health Centre have joined the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, following a worksite vote on March 13, 2015. The location was the last auxiliary nursing care site in Alberta that did not have union representation.
    • Spice Hut, a restaurant franchise specializing in Indian cuisine, has opened in downtown Lloydminster. The kitchen space that serves the restaurant also serves food to the bar at the Good Knight Inn.
    • The Government of Alberta is partnering with Bow Valley College in Calgary and NorQuest College in Edmonton to host the Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centre program. They will deliver training and job coaching focusing on construction trades.
    • The Blood First Nation recently announced the construction of the $5.7M Kainai Food Market, a grocery store in Stand Off. The supermarket is scheduled to open in November 2016 and employ at least 12 band members.
    • Sanjel Corporation, a global energy services provider, has announced the closure of its Brooks operations effective March 31, 2015. The company did not disclose the number of affected employees.
    • Pacer Promec Energy Corporation, a Calgary-based general contractor specializing in heavy industrial projects, has entered receivership as of March 10, 2015. The number of affected employees is unknown at this time.
    • The Region VI Métis Nation of Alberta and NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services Ltd. have signed an agreement that will include training and employment opportunities for local Métis
    • Telus is spending $9.2M to connect 90% of the homes and businesses in the Taber area to fiber optic networks during 2015
    • The Woodlands Whitecourt Airport has announced direct, scheduled flights between Whitecourt and Calgary International Airport. The air carrier and route schedules have not been announced.
    • First Air, an Ottawa-based airline, is adding three more weekly flights between Edmonton and Yellowknife starting June 1, 2015. The expansion brings the total to nine flights per week between the two cities.
    • Alberta Health Services has announced that, effective July 1, 2015, it plans to establish 8 to 10 operational health districts around the province to improve rural service delivery. Each district will have a leadership team and an advisory committee.
    • The Alberta Wheat Commission and funding partners are spending $2.2M over four years for research and development projects targeting winter wheat production in southern Alberta
  • Week of Mar 09 - Mar 13, 2015

    • The World Heavy Oil Congress is slated to run in Edmonton from March 24 to 26, 2015. The meeting is expected to draw 1,000 delegates from over 20 countries, with representation from 60 different companies.
    • The Government of Alberta has announced funding for 311 new restorative beds to help seniors recover after a hospital stay, 186 in Calgary and 125 in Edmonton. The province is also committing $50M towards emergency room renovations at five hospitals.
    • The Victory Silica Plant near Medicine Hat has fallen behind on production in 2014, partly due to staff turnover, but anticipates reaching its targets by the end of 2015. The company expects that demand for fracking sand will rebound.
    • The Government of Canada has recently announced $45.7M for improvements to 4 Wing Cold Lake. The money will be used to construct a new military health service centre, modernize base housing and repair the airfield.
    • Millar Western Forest Products, a lumber company with several manufacturing plants in Alberta, is reporting a surge in job seekers and industry growth due to new markets and a recovering US economy
    • Enbridge has announced changes to the Athabasca Twin Project and the Wood Buffalo Extension Project pipelines that will reduce capital costs. The company expects to spend $5.6B by 2017 to connect 11 oil sands projects to hubs.
    • The Government of Alberta has announced an additional $400M in infrastructure funding for municipalities, raising the 2014 Municipal Sustainability Initiative to $1.6B
    • Alberta Health Services is laying off 23 nurses at the Peter Lougheed Centre, a hospital in Calgary. The health authority is converting 26 surgical beds to 32 sub-acute spaces on March 16, 2015.
    • Designer Shoe Warehouse, a U.S. discount retailer, is opening its first Edmonton location at West Edmonton Mall on April 10, 2015. Two additional locations will open in Calgary during the spring of 2015.
    • Escents, a Vancouver-based aromatherapy retailer, has opened its first Alberta store in Edmonton. Two locations in Calgary are expected to open on May 1st, and July 1st, 2015.
    • The Gateway Association, a non-profit organization that supports people with disabilities in Edmonton, has released the We Belong smartphone software on iTunes and Google Play. The app points users to nearby employers that hire people with disabilities.
    • The City of Airdrie will be spending an additional $2.3M over budget to build a full-size fire hall. The building will be shared with Alberta Health Services for an ambulance station.
    • The Town of Redcliff will have a family doctor in the community effective April 1, 2015, after several years without a physician. Employees have been hired for the medical office and renovations to the facility are nearing completion. The town physician recruitment and retention committee is seeking additional doctors for the community.
    • The Montana First Nation and Landmark Industrial Services have joined forces to open a metal fabrication shop and training facility at Maskwacis, with assistance from the Government of Alberta
    • The Canmore Community Housing Corporation is moving forward with the $3.2M construction of 16 affordable housing units in Three Sisters. The building is slated for occupancy by the spring of 2016.
    • The Northern Lights School Division is establishing Alberta's first service rig training centre for high school students with a $1.5M contribution from the Government of Canada. Ensign Energy Services has donated a rig to the centre.
    • Total E&P Canada has decided to halt amendments requested for the development of the Joslyn oil sands site near Fort McMurray due to energy market conditions. The company was unable to say if the action would affect any Calgary-based employees.
    • The Bouchier Group, a construction and maintenance company based in Fort McKay, laid off nine employees from the head office, as well as some seasonal workers, earlier than usual in response to reduced work in the energy sector
    • Alberta¿s Industrial Heartland is seeking up to 5,000 workers for projects in the energy, transportation and industrial construction sectors. An industrial job fair was held on March 10, 2015 in Fort Saskatchewan to showcase career opportunities.
    • Manpower Inc. is projecting a weak employment outlook for the mining sector, which includes some oil sands firms, in Western Canada for the second quarter of 2015
    • The Red Bull Crashed Ice Downhill World Championship 2015 is in Edmonton March 12 to 14, 2015. Construction of the race track required 12,000 hours of work. The event requires a television production crew of 60, and 50 other employees for production.
    • The City of Calgary has 700 vacant positions which are under review as the administration seeks cost-saving measures. Some positions have been vacant for six months or more.
    • Alberta Health Services is closing a mental health program at Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary. Three employees will be laid off, but they will be offered other positions according to Alberta Health Services.
    • The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Grande Prairie is scheduled for opening in September 2015. Displays for the museum, which has a yearly $1.5M operating budget, are currently in the production phase.
    • Lamborghini Calgary is moving from a temporary downtown location to a new site on May 1, 2015 at the Meadows Mile project. The dealership will be the first in Canada to offer the Koenigsegg Regera, a $2M sports car.
    • A new 7-Eleven convenience store opened in downtown High River on March 7, 2015
    • Husky Energy released approximately 1,000 tradespeople with Saipem Canada from the Husky Sunrise Energy oil sands project near Fort McMurray on March 11, 2015. Husky stated that construction at the site is complete.
  • Week of Mar 02 - Mar 06, 2015

    • Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health are reducing the rate of pay for hospitalists, which are doctors who specialize in the care of patients in hospitals, in Edmonton, due to a projected budget deficit
    • Vermilion Energy is cutting its capital budget, reducing drilling in Canada, implementing a hiring freeze and wage rollbacks due to low energy prices. The company has avoided any price-related layoffs in Canada to date.
    • The Airdrie Urgent Care Centre and the Highland Primary Care Network are working together with the community in Airdrie to expand medical services and upgrade care facilities
    • The City of Airdrie is conducting an online Business Satisfaction Survey, which will gauge expansion plans and hiring intentions of the business community, with the services of Bannister Research and Consulting. The survey closes March 20, 2015.
    • The City of Camrose has accepted a $7.1M tender from BFI Canada for residential solid waste collection from 2015 to 2022. The city will continue with manual waste removal in 2015, but shift to an automated collection system by 2016.
    • The Town of High River is expecting to request tenders for the $6.5M Phase 2 redevelopment of the downtown core by the end of March 2015. The construction is planned to be completed by late September 2015.
    • Lowe's, a U.S. home improvement company, expects to hire up to 140 year-round positions and another 40 to 50 seasonal jobs for its new store in Lethbridge, which opens in spring 2015
    • The Government of Alberta is gearing up for the 2015 wildfire season with plans to hire 500 firefighters for work during the peak season. There are also contingency plans to quickly hire an additional 1,500 firefighters as needed.
    • The Government of Alberta has announced funding for 48 additional continuing care spaces and sprinkler and fire system upgrades at the Good Samaritan Mountain View Centre, a seniors facility, in Hinton
    • The Town of Morinville has been granted $8.9M from the Government of Alberta in 2015 for construction of a multi-use recreation centre
    • Northern Lakes College in Peace River recently opened the Shell Canada Power Engineering and Technology Centre. The facility will provide the necessary steam time for over 80 power engineering students per year.
    • Integra Air will be offering commercial scheduled flights between Bonnyville and Calgary starting April 1, 2015. The company plans to fly eight different aircraft with varying passenger capacities into the Bonnyville Airport.
    • The 15th annual Lakeland Regional Job Fair is set to take place on March 18, 2015 at the Bonnyville Centennial Centre. The event has the capacity to host 60 employer booths, attracting employers from the Cold Lake and Bonnyville areas.
    • A new Fas Gas Plus station and a renovated Crestomere Store are scheduled to open by May 16, 2015, just north of Red Deer
    • Miclex Construction will rebuild the outdoor Henderson Pool in Lethbridge following a decision from the City of Lethbridge to fund the $10.25M project. Construction is scheduled to start in the spring of 2015, with completion by May 2016.
    • Savanna Energy Services has announced the cancellation of four advanced drilling rig builds, resulting in a reduction in 2015 capital spending and an impact on 2016 spending intentions. The company is also consolidating some field offices.
    • CanElson Drilling has recently announced a 70% cut in capital spending for 2015, and a 20% reduction in executive compensation due to reduced drilling activity. The company is anticipating low drilling activity until late in 2015.
    • Pembina Pipeline Corp. has two pipeline projects planned for the Grande Prairie area in 2015, both subject to final regulatory approval. The company estimates that the two projects will require between 150 and 300 workers.
    • Alberta Innovates, a research and development organization in Edmonton, laid off 28 staff members on March 3, 2015 due to declining work in the oil and gas sectors. The positions impacted include applied research staff and administrative employees.
  • Week of Feb 23 - Feb 27, 2015

    • Imperial Oil has announced a new research facility in southeast Calgary adjacent to the company's headquarters. The site is scheduled to be operational by 2017.
    • Park & Jet Airport Parking, an independent parking operator serving Calgary airport travellers, is expanding and moving to property controlled by Calgary International Airport
    • The Burger¿s Priest, a Toronto-based hamburger restaurant chain, is opening its first location outside Ontario, in Edmonton by March 2015
    • Fast Forward Weekly, a Calgary newspaper, is ceasing publication of its print edition effective March 5, 2015, but the fate of the associated website is uncertain. The publication has eight full-time staff members.
    • Aurora Cannabis has been granted Alberta's first medical marijuana license by Health Canada. The facility near Cremona is expected to hire 100 staff and produce its first crop by the summer of 2015.
    • The Banff Centre Radio is ceasing operations on February 28, 2015 after releasing the licenses for its two radio stations. Four employees will lose their positions as the station transitions to podcasts aimed at the tourist sector.
    • Fuji Starlight Express is going to build a 63-room hotel on the site of the current Homestead Inn in Banff, following recent approval of the plans from the town administration
    • The Bonnyville Regional Health Centre is expecting four new physicians by the summer of 2015, bringing the total recruitment to six physicians since 2014
    • Shell Canada has recently withdrawn its regulatory application for the Pierre River Mine, north of Fort McMurray. The company stated that any employment impacts would be limited and it is now focusing on its existing oil sands projects.
    • Larcina Energy has suspended operations and started shut-in activities at its Germain Commercial Demonstration Project near Wabasca. The company has also suspended work at its Saleski Phase 1 project.
    • The Government of Canada, through the National Trails Coalition, is providing $211,000 towards rebuilding of the Beaver River Trestle Bridge near Cold Lake. The structure was badly damaged by fire in 2012.
    • The Town of Redcliff has approved pay increases for its fire department to achieve compensation parity with similar communities. The town currently has 21 firefighters.
    • Encana Corp., a Calgary-based oil and gas company, is cutting $700M from its 2015 capital budget due to a global decline in crude oil prices
    • Calfrac Well Services, an oilfield services and hydraulic fracturing company, is cutting its budgets and salaries in response to lower crude oil prices. The company expects lower activity levels in both its natural gas and oil markets in 2015.
    • The Wainwright Credit Union and the Wetaskiwin Credit Union have merged to create the new Encompass Credit Union. All of the current staff in Wainwright and Wetaskiwin will remain as part of the new credit union.
    • Coalspur Mines, the developer of the Vista coal project near Hinton, has agreed to be purchased by an affiliate of Cline Group, a major US-based coal producer. The deal, subject to shareholder approval, is expected to close by May 2015.
  • Week of Feb 16 - Feb 20, 2015

    • The Government of Canada has announced $4.9M in funding for a field research station in conjunction with the University of Calgary to promote Carbon Capture and Storage technologies
    • Precision Drilling has stopped work at 50 well sites because of lower energy prices and the company subsequently has less work for rig crews
    • The Calgary Board of Education has announced that construction contracts have been awarded for five new schools across the city. The schools are projected to open in September 2016, pending any funding changes from the Government of Alberta.
    • WestJet Encore has announced the start of daily, non-stop service to Kamloops, BC, effective February 15, 2015
    • Princess Auto, an equipment and tool retailer, opened a store in Medicine Hat on February 17, 2015
    • Castle Mountain Resort, a ski hill near Pincher Creek, has closed early for the season due to a lack of snow, a problem that has affected the mountain in previous years
    • Trinidad Drilling has announced staff reductions of 20%, pay reductions and the suspension of some rig upgrades. The company expects the cuts to affect staff in Calgary and Nisku.
    • The Town of Banff has budgeted $4.9M for the design, construction and operation of a self-storage facility, with the net revenue from the facility going to the town for other municipal projects
    • The Government of Canada is providing $255,000 for the construction and rehabilitation of recreational trails across the Eastern Slopes area
    • Fort Mall, scheduled to open May 1, 2015 in Fort Saskatchewan, is nearing completion following an additional $2M injection to the renovation budget. A residential condominium building and a seniors residence are being added to the development.
    • Bluebird Contracting Services has started demolition of the flood affected properties in the Town of High River. Further demolition is planned for the summer of 2015, depending on building assessments.
    • The Bank of Montreal branch in High River opened at its permanent location in February 2015, after the floods in 2013 forced the office to relocate to a temporary trailer
    • Alberta Education has announced four new public schools and two new Catholic schools in Edmonton, to be built as full-sized, rather than starter schools. The schools are expected to be open in September 2016.
    • The Black Dirt Company has received approval from Parkland County to develop a clay pit north of Stony Plain. The company plans to mine the site in 10-acre parcels over a seven-year lifespan.
  • Week of Feb 09 - Feb 13, 2015

    • Alberta Health Services has announced a hiring freeze and other cost-cutting measures, including a salary freeze for management, due to a funding shortfall. The hiring freeze was implemented in 2014, but just recently announced publicly.
    • Suncor Energy, Canada's largest oil and gas company, has recently reported that its fourth-quarter earnings declined by 81% from last year, due to lower world oil prices
    • Newalta Corp. is laying off 180 employees to reduce costs and improve profit margins. The layoffs follow a recently imposed hiring freeze and the suspension of salary increases.
    • Alberta Health Services, currently in contract negotiations with the Alberta Association of Midwives, does not anticipate any funding increases for midwives across the province
    • The Counseil scolaire du Nord-Ouest is currently accepting bids for the construction of a new high school wing at École Nouvelle Frontière in Grande Prairie. The project is slated to begin in April 2015 and open to students by January 2016.
    • GP3D 3-D Marking Solutions, a company offering 3-D visualization and modelling services, recently opened in Grande Prairie. The company has expansion plans for Edmonton and Victoria, BC.
    • Humpty's Restaurants are opening their second Grande Prairie location by July 2015. Additionally, Press'd ¿ The Sandwich Company is opening a restaurant by early May 2015.
    • Recent data from Statistics Canada indicates that Alberta generated 14,000 jobs in January 2015, with the fastest growth rate among the provinces over the last 12 months
    • BluPlanet Recycling, a recycling service company in Calgary, is planning to expand to Cochrane, serving multi-family and commercial customers
    • Shaw Communications is closing its customer service centres in Edmonton in June 2015 and its Calgary centre in January 2016. The closures involve 1,600 employees who are expecting to be offered positions at other centres.
    • The Student Transportation Association of Alberta has recently released a study on school bus driver shortages, which exist in 41 of the 57 school districts that responded to a survey. The districts reported difficulties recruiting qualified drivers for the part-time work.
    • Endress+Hauser Canada, which specializes in services for industrial process engineering, is building a $10M Regional Customer Support Centre in Edmonton. The centre will have approximately 50 employees upon completion in the fall of 2015.
    • FoodChek Systems, a Calgary-based biotech company, has partnered with DuPont to develop a rapid assay system for food pathogens that reduces labour costs for diagnostic procedures
    • TELUS is spending $7.5M to bring fiber optic connections to 3,600 residences and businesses in Drumheller. The project will involve up to 70 workers from TELUS and partners, with an expansion of the local office on completion.
    • Classic Casting recently held a casting call in Fort Macleod for the mini-series Fargo, which will be filmed in the area, as well as in Calgary, until May 5, 2015
    • The Town of Hinton has cut four administrative positions as part of an organizational review of town services and delivery models
    • Canada Jetlines, a discount air carrier, recently released a route map which includes plans for an Edmonton to Fort McMurray service. The company plans to start with two aircraft in the summer of 2015.
    • Air Canada has announced that it is cutting the frequency of flights between Edmonton and London, England, starting in May 2015, because of weakness in advance bookings
    • Weatherford International, a global energy services company, is cutting 8,000 employees, mostly in the Western Hemisphere. The company did not provide a detailed geographic breakdown of the layoffs.
    • Hopewell Developments is building a liquor store at the Northpointe Crossing Shopping Plaza in Medicine Hat, with the opening planned for late April 2015
    • Alberta Health Services is hiring nursing staff, health care attendants and other health professionals for the 22 new beds at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital despite the current hiring freeze
    • The Government of Alberta, Government of Canada and industry partners have announced $1M for Women Building Futures, an Edmonton charity that trains women to work in the trades
    • Halliburton, an energy services company, has announced a reduction of 6,400 employees across the organization, about 6.5 to 8 percent of its global workforce. The company did not provide a geographic breakdown of the layoffs.
    • The City of Calgary is facing $20M in lost revenue as a result of the current economic downtown in Alberta, with city hall staff and councillors considering a salary cut
    • Burnco Rock Products has been granted a development permit for a gravel pit in Parkland County that has an estimated lifespan of 25 years
    • Whole Foods Market, a natural and organic grocer, is opening a store in Edmonton in the fall of 2016 and in Calgary by the summer of 2017. Each store is expected to generate 150 jobs.
    • Cenovus Energy has announced a staff reduction of approximately 15%, comprised largely of contract workers. The company is also freezing salaries for 2015.
  • Week of Feb 08 - Feb 12, 2015

    • Keyera is investing $600M over the next five years at its energy complex in Strathcona County. The company is also investing $500M in other joint infrastructure projects in the region.
  • Week of Feb 02 - Feb 06, 2015

    • Marriott International, a large hotel and vacation resort company, has signed an agreement to acquire the Delta Hotels and Resorts brand across Canada. Delta currently has 38 hotels in over 30 Canadian cities.
    • Ensign Energy Services has announced a reduction in its 2015 capital spending and a cut in executive compensation due to low oil and natural gas commodity prices. The company is also deferring the construction of eight advanced drilling rigs.
    • Mercer LLC, a human resources consultancy, has recently reported that 16% of 154 oil and gas companies surveyed may reduce staffing as a consequence of lower energy prices. The survey included 97 companies based in Canada.
    • Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, a build-your-own pizza chain, is expanding into Canada with a minimum of 60 franchise units. The company is targeting Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto for the first restaurants.
    • Connacher Oil and Gas, a thermal oil sands producer, is suspending work on two projects south of Fort McMurray following recent efforts to restructure its finances
    • Rocky View County council has rejected development of the proposed $70M Rockyview Motorsport Park, a raceway and driver training facility supported by the Calgary Police Service
    • The City of Airdrie is expecting eight new RCMP officers by April 2015, comprised of one supervisor and seven constables
    • Rocky View Schools has received $5.34M this year for infrastructure and maintenance projects at 27 different schools across the district
    • ConocoPhillips is proceeding with development of the Surmont 2 oil sands project north of Fort McMurray, despite a recently announced $2B budget cut. The company currently has approximately 2,400 employees and contractors in Canada.
    • The Town of Morinville is planning to start construction on a new Community Cultural Centre later in 2015, following a recent decision on the site selection. The site is large enough to also accommodate several schools and adjacent commercial development.
    • Tru-Co Structures, in Bow Island, has laid off 60 employees due to declining oil prices. Tru-Co manufactures skid shacks for oil and gas sites. The company is diversifying its product lines and hoping to hire back many of the affected employees.
  • Week of Jan 26 - Jan 30, 2015

    • The Government of Canada has made a $2.98M investment towards the establishment of the Metabolomics Technology Demonstration Centre at the University of Alberta
    • Simons, a leading Canadian fashion retailer, is opening a second store in Edmonton as the anchor tenant at Londonderry Mall. Construction is to begin immediately, with the store opening in 2017.
    • Cineplex Entertainment has announced a premium movie theatre complex for the downtown arena district in Edmonton. The theatre is scheduled to open in 2018.
    • Cineplex Entertainment is opening the Rec Room, a venue for live entertainment along with a bar and restaurant, in late 2015 at South Edmonton Common. Cineplex expects the complex to lead to further expansion at the site.
    • The Canadian Association of Oil well Drilling Contractors is forecasting a 41% decline in active drilling rigs in 2015 compared to 2014 and the loss of 3,400 direct jobs and 19,500 indirect jobs as a result of lower oil prices
    • Tim Hortons restaurants in Calgary have announced that they are offering employment opportunities to former Target Canada employees who are affected by the recent closures
    • The National Music Centre in Calgary has received a $2M donation that will be used to restore the lobby of the King Eddy Hotel
    • Walmart Canada is opening new supercentres on January 29, 2015 in Calgary and Edmonton, as part of a national expansion
    • Pengrowth Energy has announced a reduction of $200M from its 2015 capital plan, which represents a 74% decline from 2014 spending, as well as a deferral of expansion at its oil sands project near Bonnyville
    • Alberta's Industrial Heartland Association is projecting that value-added energy manufacturing companies in the region are positioned to weather the decline in energy prices with current projects underway. Petrochemical plants involved in manufacturing are expected to pay less for natural gas feedstocks, with increased emphasis on natural gas and natural gas liquids.
    • The Grande Prairie Friendship Centre has been awarded $100,000 from the Government of Canada to help First Nations people in Grande Prairie access employment opportunities
    • The Milk River Health Clinic is expecting two new physicians to be practicing in the community by the fall of 2015, following clinical assessments by Alberta Health Services. The Town of Milk River requires at least one more physician.
    • The Calgary Board of Education is deliberating on the future of the Juno Beach Academy of Canadian Studies, an alternative program school, because of low student enrolment
    • The Government of Alberta is allocating an additional 15 temporary caseworkers to process the remaining flood claims under the 2013 Disaster Recovery Program. The program will also provide $20M in immediate funding to assist with home repairs.
    • Portage College recently announced construction of a permanent campus in Boyle, including the Pipeline Training Centre, as well as an expansion of the course offerings at the facility
    • Southern Pacific Resource Corp., a junior oil sands and heavy oil company, has been granted creditor protection until at least February 20, 2015, in order to restructure in response to lower oil prices
    • The Town of Cold Lake is expecting Winners, a fashion retailer, to open in February 2015, as well as other retail outlets and a restaurant
    • The Town of Didsbury and Mountain View County are spending $4M to build a new fire hall, with construction scheduled to start in the spring of 2015
    • Cenovus Energy is reducing its 2015 capital budget by $700M from the previous estimate and expects to redeploy and reduce its workforce. The company has not disclosed the number of affected employees.
    • The Petroleum Services Association of Canada has revised its 2015 drilling forecast downwards to 7,650 wells across Canada, with 4,187 wells projected in Alberta
    • Freshii, a franchise fresh food restaurant, has opened in downtown Fort McMurray. Another franchise location is scheduled to open shortly in Red Deer.
    • Coalspur Mines is making changes to its Vista coal project near Hinton and delaying work required for regulatory approval
    • Whitecap Resources, an oil and natural gas liquids producer, has lowered its 2015 capital budget for a second time, but the company stated that it does not plan on reducing staff numbers
  • Week of Jan 19 - Jan 23, 2015

    • Sony Canada has announced that it is closing all 15 official retail locations in Canada. The company has three retail locations in Alberta.
    • ATCO Energy Solutions and Petrogas Energy are expanding their salt cavern hydrocarbon storage project near Fort Saskatchewan in response to customer demand. Commercial operation of the first two caverns is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016.
    • Sears Canada is offering job opportunities for displaced Target employees at both the retail and head-office level. Sears is holding special events and career fairs for the former Target employees.
    • WestJet is expanding its service to offer non-stop flights to Terrace and Yellowknife starting in May 2015 and to Houston, Texas in September 2015
    • The Town of Athabasca has extended the development permit for the River View Station Project, allowing construction to restart after the previous permit expired at the end of 2014
    • Businesses in the Fort McMurray region are starting to experience slowdowns as oil prices decline, but are predicting that the full effects are still forthcoming
    • CanElson Drilling has reduced its capital spending program for 2015, delayed the completion of several drillings rigs currently under construction across Alberta and expects a reduction in drilling activity from the current 36 active rigs
    • Java Jamboree, a coffee shop in Cochrane, is closing in March 2015 after 13 years of operation
    • Imperial Oil has started production at its Nabiye oil sands project near Cold Lake. The company does not anticipate a significant effect of the current oil price decline on operations on the site.
    • Cidex Developments has announced a 21-storey residential rental high-rise for the East Village project in Calgary, as part of the larger $2.4B plan for the area
    • The Family Day Home Agency in Drayton Valley is seeking providers for daycare services within the town and in the broader Brazeau County area
    • NuVista Energy has recently announced an $80M reduction in capital spending in 2015 in response to declining oil prices, with a re-evaluation following second quarter results
    • Baker Hughes, an international oilfield services provider, has announced a layoff of 7,000 employees, mostly in the first quarter of 2015. The company did not provide a geographic breakdown of the job cuts.
    • Canadian Pacific is planning to dispose of the South Edmonton Yard lands and develop the property in conjunction with Dream Van Horne Properties, a Toronto-based real estate developer. The location has the potential for high density residential, retail and an office park.
    • The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is projecting a $23B reduction in capital spending by oil companies in Western Canada in 2015 and a 30% decline in drilling to 7,350 wells
    • The Canadian Tire in Grande Prairie will be moving to a new, larger location with more staff and expanded services by the fall of 2016
    • The Town of Canmore has approved the construction of a $37M dry dam in Cougar Creek in Canmore, but construction on the project is contingent on final funding from the Government of Alberta
    • The Lac La Biche region is continuing to attract job seekers in the energy industry, in spite of declining oil prices, according to the local Alberta Works office. The centre recently held a job fair for camp workers in Wandering River.
    • Edmonton International Airport has announced a retail outlet mall with Ivanhoe Cambridge and a distribution hub and warehouse with Rosenau Transport. The combined investment of $225M is expected to create 1,000 jobs.
  • Week of Jan 12 - Jan 16, 2015

    • PCL Builders, a large construction company, has signed a new collective agreement with 450 unionized employees in Alberta that increases wages and improves benefits. The two-year contract is effective from January 1, 2015.
    • Homewood Health, a private health organization specializing in mental health and addiction services, has opened a new outpatient clinic in Calgary. The facility has a team of counsellors that focus on return to work and life programs.
    • Surge Energy has announced a six-month capital spending plan for the first half of 2015, due to uncertainty regarding world oil markets. The company plans to spend $22M and drill 3.8 net wells.
    • Shell Canada is cutting up to 300 salaried employees at the Albian Sands oil sands operations near Fort McMurray. According to the company, the exact number of layoffs has not been determined.
    • Canadian Natural Resources has announced a $2.4B reduction in its 2015 capital spending plan due to low oil prices. The company stated that it is deferring spending for the Kirby oil sands project near Fort McMurray and reducing drilling operations.
    • The City of Medicine Hat has approved a 2015 to 2016 capital budget of $80M that concentrates on new road construction, and road and intersection improvements
    • The City of Calgary is expecting to balance operating and capital budgets by leaving vacant staff positions unfilled and utilizing contractors. A hiring freeze is not currently being considered.
    • Athabasca University is accepting applications between February 1 and March 15, 2015 for a new hockey executive MBA program. The three-year program is scheduled to start classes on May 1, 2015.
    • On January 12, 2015, the Town of Canmore started construction on a $2.5M arts centre called ArtsPlace. A program manager has been hired for the facility and instructors are being sourced for fall 2015 course offerings.
    • The Town of Canmore has extended their contract with Canmore Business and Tourism to provide economic development services for an additional four months, pending a new long-term contract between the parties
    • Target Canada is closing all of its stores in Canada, including 15 in Alberta. The closure affects 17,600 employees Canada-wide, including 2,000 employees in Alberta.
    • Townhall Public House, a new restaurant, is scheduled to open in late summer 2015 in Cochrane. A dentist office, hair salon, and day care centre are also opening in the same development.
    • Red Arrow Motorcoach has expanded its Cold Lake Connector service to Edmonton and Edmonton International Airport to five days a week due to increased passenger demand
    • The Northern Lights School Division is expecting construction to begin April 6, 2015 on the Cold Lake Elementary School Project, with completion scheduled for September 2016
    • The Municipalities of Didsbury, Carstairs and Cremona are joining forces to recruit information technology professionals and attract service providers to the area
    • Fedora Pharmaceuticals, an Edmonton-based biotechnology company, has recently signed a licensing and development agreement with two large international pharmaceutical companies that could generate up to $750M in payments
    • Suncor Energy has announced a $1B decrease in capital spending for 2015, and layoffs for 1,000 contract workers and employees due to declining oil prices. Reductions will be felt in Calgary and Fort McMurray.
    • ATB Financial is planning to open a banking location in Penhold by the spring of 2015, joining a hairdresser, pizza restaurant and liquor store scheduled for the same strip mall location
    • The Town of Nanton has attracted two new physicians to the Nanton Community Health Centre without the use of a financial incentive program
    • The Town of Peace River has signed an agreement with the Lac Cardinal Regional Economic Development Board to share an Economic Development Officer position for the region
    • Mexx Canada, a Montreal-based fashion retailer, is closing its 95 stores in Canada by the end of February 2015. The company has 1,700 retail employees, and 85 other positions that will cease by the end of March 2015.
  • Week of Jan 05 - Jan 09, 2015

    • Grande Cache Coal is laying off 174 employees effective February 3, 2015 due to market conditions and the low price of metallurgical coal
    • JAB Recruitment, a company specializing in human resources for the energy sector, is reporting layoffs and a slowdown in hiring from large oil companies
    • The WestJet Pilots' Association recently signed a four-year contract with WestJet that improves the pay and scheduling for the pilots. The contract runs to April 30, 2019.
    • Bellatrix Exploration recently reduced its 2015 capital budget by $100M, with plans for reduced drilling activity and a deferral of the Phase 2 construction of the Alder Flats gas plant
    • Businesses in the Cold Lake area are reporting effects from the decline in oil prices, with some hotels indicating that room bookings have decreased as projects are delayed or deferred
    • Cenovus Energy has announced that it is reducing its 2015 capital budget by 15% and suspending all new hiring due to declining oil prices
    • Preliminary results of a retail analysis in the City of Fort Saskatchewan point to new retail opportunities in the city as well as oversupply in some sectors
    • The City of Fort Saskatchewan has approved increased funding for its public transit pilot project that will run to December 2015. The additional funding will increase the frequency of bus runs and improve connections to Edmonton.
    • The High Prairie Medical Clinic and its two physicians are seeking new office and clinical space due to restrictions imposed by the Government of Alberta on the operation of private clinics within public health facilities
    • The High Prairie Health and Wellness Clinic recently opened in High Prairie, with three new physicians on staff. The facility anticipates hiring three more physicians as well as associated medical and professional staff.
    • Alberta Powerline Limited Partnership has been awarded a $1.43B contract to design, construct and operate the Fort McMurray West Transmission Project for a period of 35 years. The transmission line is expected to be in service by 2019.
    • The City of Calgary will begin the second phase of street light replacement to LED fixtures in January 2015. The conversions are expected to be complete by 2018.
    • The County of St. Paul has decided to divest its interests in the delivery of local ambulance services effective March 15, 2015
    • Westlock County has approved $4.7M for capital projects in 2015, with the majority of the money for road maintenance and improvements, as well as local infrastructure projects
    • Two businesses in Wetaskiwin, Mega Pawn and the Wild West Gallery were recently destroyed by fire, with the damage estimated at $1M
    • Wahl Construction has recently been awarded a $7.1M contract to build a residential detoxification treatment centre in Medicine Hat. The project will use mostly local sub-contractors and is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.
    • Civeo Corporation, a major supplier of workplace accommodations, has recently announced a reduction in spending in 2015 and a 30% reduction in its Canadian workforce in response to lower oil prices
    • The Town of Banff has recently approved 2015 budgets that will see the construction of a $9.3M apartment complex, the hiring of four employees and improvements for part-time staff
    • Enerplus Corporation has announced reduced spending in 2015, but plans to drill 23 wells and complete 28 wells in Brooks during the year
    • Construction is currently underway on a new grocery store near downtown Edmonton, with the developer planning a residential tower with 207 rental apartments above the grocery. The development is set to open in late 2015.
    • The City of Calgary is planning to spend $3.5M to improve a pedestrian underpass in the downtown core. Construction is expected to be complete in the summer of 2015.
    • The County of Grande Prairie is distributing approximately $2.1M in capital grants in 2015 for construction, renovation and upgrading projects
    • The City of St. Albert is expecting a range of commercial, residential and industrial developments to begin construction in 2015, pending permit approvals
    • ATCO Pipelines is planning to start construction on a southwest Edmonton natural gas pipeline during the summer of 2015, with additional work slated for 2017 and 2018. The company also has plans for seven projects in the Calgary area by 2018.
  • Week of Dec 15 - Dec 19, 2014

    • The City of Edmonton has approved hiring for 35 full-time positions for the Edmonton Police Service during the 2015 budget year
    • The Alberta Forest Products Association says that the forest industry is expanding production and in a hiring mode, with numerous jobs available. The industry is prepared to absorb some former oil employees if there is a slowdown in the energy sector.
    • Talisman Energy, based in Calgary, recently agreed to a $15B takeover by Repsol, a Spanish energy company. The combined entity is expected to have about 27,000 employees in more than 50 countries.
    • The Aspen View School Board has approved a new $33.85M secondary school in Athabasca, following an agreement with Alberta Education. The school district can now move forward with tenders for a construction management contract.
    • Cenovus Energy has implemented a hiring freeze for 2015 in response to lower oil prices, with a strategy to reallocate staff resources as required to meet growth projections and contractual obligations
    • The Town of Bonnyville is dedicating $17.8M to capital spending in the 2015 budget, including $10.8M for paving projects and funding for the infrastructure replacement program
    • Earl's Kitchen and Bar is scheduled to re-open in Grande Prairie in early 2015, after delays postponed the date from October 2014. The restaurant was closed for repairs after a fire in December 2013.
    • The Municipal District of Greenview has finalized the budget for 2015, with approvals for $12.8M in road maintenance and construction, $6.8M for two water treatment plants and $12.7M for two fire hall replacements
    • The City of Cold Lake has passed a $22M capital budget for 2015. Among the projects included in the budget are $14M for facility and infrastructure improvements and $5M in roadway construction.
    • Husky Energy and BP have started production at their Sunrise oil sands project north of Fort McMurray. The project is expected to be developed in three phases over an estimated lifespan of 50 years.
    • The former Government of Alberta Provincial Building in High River is slated for complete demolition by February 15, 2015. A new $20M replacement facility is projected for completion by mid-2016.
    • The City of Leduc has passed a budget for 2015 that includes money for two new RCMP members, a youth outreach worker and $14.7M for major roadway projects
    • Canadian National Railway is hiring approximately 20 to 30 conductors for the Jasper area in 2015 and at least 500 new conductors in Western Canada
    • Irwin's Safety & Industrial Labour Services, a safety services company, has opened for business in Peace River after acquiring one of its competitors, Audits & Safety Services. The former Audits & Safety Services staff will transition over to the new company.
  • Week of Dec 08 - Dec 12, 2014

    • Capital Power recently announced that construction will start in mid-2015 on the Genesee 4 and 5 electrical generating stations just west of Edmonton. The plants are expected to be operational in 2018.
    • The City of Edmonton plans to start construction in 2015 on a $196M transit garage that will provide space for 700 drivers. The city has also budgeted $5.1M for staff amenities including space for a daycare and food services. Construction of the project is expected to last for up to three years.
    • Trinidad Drilling has recently completed construction in Nisku on a $40M self-propelled land drilling rig. The fully-automated rig is operated from a central console and only requires a small crew of seven or eight employees.
    • Precision Drilling in Alberta is reducing its 2014 spending plan, slashing its 2015 capital spending by 44 percent, and delaying any new rig construction in response to slumping world commodity prices
    • Alberta's Ensign Energy Services is pausing construction on 17 new drilling rigs planned for 2015, in response to uncertain market conditions for its services
    • EOG Resources has announced the sale of most of its Canadian oil- and gas-producing assets, while retaining only some land and an office in Alberta. EOG did not disclose any job loss numbers or timelines.
    • The City of Edmonton has recently approved $1.6M to operate late night bus service on five city routes starting in September 2015
    • The City of Airdrie is adding eight RCMP members to its police service as of April 1, 2015, following approval from city council
    • Tavern 1903, a restaurant which opened in downtown Edmonton in 2013, is closing its doors over a tenancy dispute. The owners did not release any information on the affected staff but are attempting to find them other restaurant employment.
    • Northern Lakes College has partnered with Aspen View Schools and the Athabasca Hospital to offer a Health Care Aide Dual Credit Program that will give high school students experience and education in the field
    • Slave Lake Slave Labour has recently started business in the Slave Lake area to assist students between the ages of 15 and 26 find local labour jobs that are flexible
    • Tenants are expected to open for business in the Sterling Centre in Grande Prairie in February 2015 as construction on the site is almost complete. The complex has a mix of retail, office and clinical space.
    • Ainsworth Lumber and Norbor are planning to merge and create a new company focused on the production of oriented strand board. According to the companies there are no immediate impacts on the Grande Prairie mill site.
    • The Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation has recently acquired a majority interest in Backwoods Energy Services, based in Whitecourt. Backwoods provides oil and gas construction services with additional offices in Calgary and Smithers, BC.
    • The City of Edmonton has approved a $61.5M project to redevelop the Stanley A. Milner Library in downtown Edmonton, with $10M of the cost coming from fundraising. The proposed timeline calls for construction to start in 2016 and be completed by the winter of 2018.
    • Cape Construction is planning a hotel, a lifestyle mall, a grocery store and apartment spaces for 600 residents at Bellevue Village in St. Albert. The company does not currently have construction timelines.
  • Week of Dec 01 - Dec 05, 2014

    • The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton has launched a $100M fundraising campaign for the Centre for Applied Technologies, student bursaries, equipment and applied research
    • Lowe's Canada is opening a new $24M store in Lethbridge in the spring of 2015. The company expects to hire 120 to 140 employees, with an additional 40 to 50 seasonal jobs at the site.
    • Lethbridge School Division No. 51 has been able to hire 12.5 full-time equivalent teachers and 18 full-time equivalent support staff due to funding increases as a result of higher student enrolment. The district has also received an increase of $1.75M in maintenance and renewal funding from the Government of Alberta.
    • The Edmonton Police Service is actively recruiting from Edmonton's African communities in an attempt to increase diversity among its members
    • The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has allocated $3M towards the demolition of the seven Penhorwood condominium complex buildings in Fort McMurray. The vacant buildings are scheduled for demolition by February 2015.
    • Calgary HandiBus is ceasing operations in 2015 due to increasing costs and the emergence of cheaper forms of service in the city. HandiBus currently provides transportation for approximately 17,000 people with disabilities in Calgary.
    • Penny Lane Entertainment Group, based out of Calgary, introduced a no-limit vacation policy for its staff effective November 25, 2014. The policy was introduced as an incentive to attract and retain younger staff.
    • The second payment for 2014 from the Gas Tax Fund will provide $7.9M for infrastructure projects in the Peace River area
    • Di-Corp is set to begin distributing frac sand in March 2015 from a new terminal, currently under construction, near Rocky Mountain House
    • The Town of Canmore has reached a contract agreement with its local fire and rescue personnel that provides a retroactive wage increase for three years, back to 2011
    • The Government of Canada is providing $600,000 over four years to Avalanche Canada for youth-focussed avalanche safety training and the development of tools to minimize backcountry travel risk
    • The Newell Regional Tourism Association has recently released the Tourism Industry Study, which identifies gaps in tourist services and business opportunities within the County of Newell
    • Parkland Seniors Lodge in Edson is expanding from 40 rooms to 102 rooms by adding a third storey, increasing the space allocation and improving the accessibility within the building. Construction is expected to start in February or March 2015.
    • The Wood Buffalo Brewing Company in Fort McMuuray and a sister company, Last Best Brewing and Distilling in Calgary, are expanding in the craft distilling market. A pub is planned for the Calgary market in the spring of 2015.
    • Elk Island Catholic Schools is planning to build a new school near the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan. The school district is expecting to start construction in November 2015.
    • The City of Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department is seeking increased funding for firefighter hours in response to service demands. The department, composed of 51 part-time firefighters, has experienced a 22% yearly increase in call volumes.
    • The Canadian Home Builders' Association's Grande Prairie branch is expecting a strong winter construction season and continuing demand for new housing into 2015
    • The fate of Alberta Downs, a harness-racing facility in Lacombe, is in limbo after Horse Racing Alberta denied any racing dates to the track for 2015
    • The Lloydminster and District Co-op has opened the Marketplace, a retail grocery store, as part of its new complex in Lloydminster. The company has plans for another gas bar, cardlock and bulk petroleum site on the west side of the city.
    • The Livingstone Range School Division plans to spend just over $2M on school infrastructure maintenance and renewal over the 2014-2015 school year. The money is spread across a range of communities and schools throughout the district.
    • The Telus World of Science is planning to spend $40M on a major expansion to the facility, with a recent $12M commitment from the City of Edmonton
    • The City of Edmonton has approved $3.75M for the expansion of the Winspear Centre, to include a performance theatre with a childcare centre and other cultural space
    • The Peace River & District Chamber of Commerce has urged the Town of Peace River to hire an Economic Development Officer in a recent presentation to council. The town is also considering a shared position with other regional economic partners.
    • The City of St. Albert has exhausted its snow clearing budget after a recent heavy snowfall. The city has hired 21 contractors, with an additional 12 contractors planned for residential road work.
    • The employees of Wood Art Industries, a family business with six employees in Wetaskiwin, face an uncertain future after fire destroyed the facility on November 26, 2014
    • Athabasca Oil Corporation has recently announced that they are reducing their 2015 capital budget to $208M, a 70% decrease from their 2014 budget, in response to lower oil prices
    • Loblaw Companies Ltd. is opening a Loblaws City Market in the Edmonton Brewery District, but the company did not disclose further details. The new outlet is an urban-format store concept with organic produce aimed at food enthusiasts.
  • Week of Nov 24 - Nov 28, 2014

    • Western Securities is planning to start redevelopment of the Stadium Shopping Centre in Calgary by early 2016, with completion in 2021. The site is slated for a hotel, retail space and up to 350 residential units.
    • The Government of Alberta has recently announced $160M in new funding for upgrades to seniors lodges in rural areas across the province
    • Fort McKay Logistics has recently opened a warehouse and office facility in Edmonton, primarily to service oil sands companies. The trucking and delivery company, fully owned by the Fort McKay First Nation, has 40 employees in the city with plans for further expansion.
    • The Government of Alberta has completed a deal to purchase the Willow Square lands in Fort McMurray from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The land transfer will allow the construction of affordable and seniors housing on the site.
    • The City of Airdrie will be providing $762,548 under the Family and Community Support Services to six agencies for program funding in 2015
    • The City of Airdrie is expecting to receive $2.69M from the Gas Tax Fund this year, with the monies earmarked for a range of infrastructure projects
    • WestJet Airlines has failed to reach a settlement with its 2,600 flight attendants after a tentative deal was recently rejected following a membership vote. The airline plans further meetings with the flight attendants for dispute resolution.
    • The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors is forecasting a 10% decline in drilling activity in 2015. The association is predicting a reduction in both the number of drilled wells and in operating days.
    • The Mullen Group, based out of Okotoks, is expecting to close a deal in early 2015 that will see it acquire the assets of Gardewine Group. The acquisition will add 1,500 employees and 140 owner-operators.
    • Embassy BOSA is starting construction in February 2015 on a $120M tower as part of the redevelopment of Mount Royal Village in Calgary. The project includes 233 residences, a grocery store, retail and office spaces.
    • Reitmans, a national women's clothing retailer, is closing 31 of its Smart Set stores across the country and converting another 76 stores to the Reitmans brand
    • The Town of Banff is planning to hire an economic prosperity coordinator in January 2015, to implement a retail strategy for the community. The position will also collaborate with the tourism sector to generate economic data for the town.
    • The $5.1M Eastgate development in Bonnyville, currently under construction, is scheduled for a new hotel, apartment complex, commercial and retail spaces. The project is expected to be completed by 2016 or 2017.
    • Rocky View Schools recently held sod-turning ceremonies for three new schools in the area, all scheduled to open in 2016. Two of the schools are in Airdrie and one is in Cochrane.
    • The University of Alberta, along with government and industry partners, has established a $15M laboratory to discover new techniques for hydrocarbon recovery. The facility will employ technicians, graduate students and research associates.
    • La Maison Simons, a retail fashion store, is scheduled to open at the CORE Shopping Centre in Calgary in March 2017
    • Northwestern Air Lease is providing direct flights between Grande Prairie and Red Deer starting December 1, 2014. The airline is initially offering four flights a week between the two cities and also exploring additional destinations.
    • The Town of Blackfalds has increased its snow removal budget to $100,000 for the 2014-2015 winter season. The majority of the cost is for contracted services for graders and snow hauling.
    • Tilted Kilt, a restaurant and pub franchise, is looking for another 40 employees for a new location in Lloydminster, with the opening planned for December 1, 2014
    • Pioneer Lodge, a seniors care facility in Lloydminster, is scheduled for a 40-bed extension with a step-up in the level of care necessitating additional personal care aides and minimal nursing oversight
    • The Strathcona Community Hospital has been increasing services and adding staff since its opening on May 21, 2014. A dermatology clinic is scheduled to open in the near future, while clinic hours are being expanded for some services due to high patient demand.
    • Telus is planning to upgrade its service levels throughout Strathcona County and improve wireless coverage by adding antenna sites in the rural areas
    • The Town of Sundre is expecting to start a $1.5M multi-phase road construction project in 2015
  • Week of Nov 17 - Nov 21, 2014

    • Callidus Developments is planning to start construction on two residential towers near MacEwan University in downtown Edmonton, beginning in the summer of 2015. The $400M project will create 1,300 rental and condominium units and is expected to be complete in five to seven years.
    • Cenovus Energy recently received approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator and the Province of Alberta for its Telephone Lake thermal oilsands project near Fort McMurray. The company expects to decide on the development timeline by December 2015.
    • Corkscrew Media is starting filming in mid-December on 12 episodes of Ice Road Racers in the Fort McMurray area. There is currently an open casting call for participant drivers.
    • The Village of Boyle is reissuing a tender call for their new Municipal Centre as a construction management service contract, due to legal issues, after previously accepting a winning bid. The timeline for completion remains at December 2015.
    • The Town of Canmore is spending just over $473,000 from its capital budget to upgrade its emergency communications systems, following a review of the 2013 flood response
    • The Best Western Plus in Chestermere, currently under construction, is expecting to hire 20 staff by completion in early 2016
    • The Rocky View Regional Handibus Society, which provides transportation services for disabled residents and seniors, is expecting a $25,000 funding shortfall in 2014. The future of the service is uncertain as it searches for additional financing.
    • The Town of Cochrane has 18 capital projects scheduled in its 2015 budget at an estimated cost of $228M. Federal Gas Tax Funds of just over $2M will be used for development of the aquatic and curling centre.
    • Kinosoo Ridge, a ski resort and new tube park near Cold Lake, is planning to open on December 6, 2014. The company is currently recruiting for a range of seasonal positions.
    • The MaternityCare Consumers of Alberta Network recently released a report highlighting the province-wide shortage of all types of maternity care providers. There is a particular need for midwives and family doctors practicing maternity care.
    • The Municipal District of Smoky River and the Town of McLennan are facing the loss of dental services as funding for a University of Alberta outreach clinic is slated to end in July 2015. The region has only one dentist for a population of 4,500.
    • Cofely Fabricom is opening a storage tank and module fabrication plant in Fort Saskatchewan in February 2015. The first phase of the project is expected to create 250 jobs, including tradespersons, project managers and administrative positions.
    • Bear Safety and More will be providing mandatory wildlife safety training for all Suncor employees and contractors working in the oilsands or visiting the region, by March 31, 2015, following a review of the current training programs
    • Champion Petfoods recently announced plans for a $5.9M Research and Innovation Centre adjacent to their main production facility in Morinville. The centre, which will develop new dog and cat foods, is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015.
    • Calian Technologies has recently opened an occupational health clinic in Fort McKay that will provide employee physicals, medical surveillance and work injury medical care
    • The Fraser Institute has published a 10-year study that found Alberta was a destination of choice for career-age young adults in Canada seeking employment
  • Week of Nov 10 - Nov 14, 2014

    • RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust and Tanger Outlets have cancelled their deal for a large shopping complex at Calaway Park near Calgary, but Calaway has plans to proceed with a smaller outlet mall at the site
    • Anthem Properties Group is moving ahead with the development of 302 condominium units in the next phase of the Waterford project in Calgary, with completion expected in 2018
    • BlackPearl Resources is expanding its Mooney enhanced oil recovery project in north central Alberta in 2015 to take advantage of lower royalty rates implemented by the Government of Alberta
    • The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is undergoing $16M in renovations that will upgrade all of its rooms, restaurants and lounges by the summer of 2016
    • The City of Calgary is spending $75M over five years for 18 projects that will build new parks and improve existing ones under the Enmax Legacy Parks program
    • The Province of Alberta has renewed a Gas Tax Fund Agreement with the Government of Canada that will provide an estimated $2.27B for public infrastructure projects over the next 10 years
    • In a recently updated report, the Canadian Energy Research Institute is forecasting that Alberta's oilsands projects will employ 256,000 people in direct, indirect and induced jobs by 2024, up from 146,000 in 2014
    • The Cold Lake Radiology Clinic is currently under construction and on schedule to open by April 2015 in Cold Lake
    • The Tax Advisory Committee of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is looking for new members as local taxi drivers consider strike action for December 9, 2014, due to changes in the vehicle-for-hire bylaw
    • The former RCMP building in Fort Saskatchewan will be renovated by the summer or fall of 2015 and become the new home for the Families First Society following a $170,000 contribution from the city
    • The Town of Penhold is implementing a new fee structure for construction activities effective January 1, 2015, including development permits, building permits and inspection fees
    • The Town of Innisfail has finalized the location for a new $492,000 waste transfer station, slated for inclusion in the 2015 capital budget
    • The value of building permits in the Town of Penhold have increased by over $14M thus far into 2014, compared to the same period in 2013, with additional construction on the horizon
    • The City of Lethbridge recently approved $11.5M in borrowing for roadway upgrades, waterworks and sanitary sewer projects
    • Vermilion County has voted against a bylaw change that would have allowed the joint development of a work lodge by Canada North and Onion Lake Energy, based on the results of an online poll
    • The Medicine Hat Police Service is accepting applications for cadets to begin training in May of 2015, with accreditation through Lethbridge Community College
    • The owners of Sundre River Resort are starting construction on the first phase of development of a recreational site, west of the Town of Sundre, that will feature 71 serviced lots and amenities, with completion scheduled over the next five years
    • The City of Calgary has developed a new snow and ice management plan that utilizes on-demand contractors for both snow removal and the installation of snow fences
    • Construction could begin in the spring of 2015 on a second underground parking garage at Centre in the Park in Strathcona County, pending the results of a $200,000 engineering study
  • Week of Nov 03 - Nov 07, 2014

    • The Government of Alberta has committed an additional $5.5M to Legal Aid Alberta to provide services for low-income residents
    • The Calgary Regional Partnership is launching a pilot transit project by the spring of 2016 that will see buses link surrounding communities to the Calgary LRT system
    • Home Depot Canada has started construction on its first Rapid Deployment Centre in Western Canada, alongside their Stocking Distribution Centre, which is currently under construction. The two facilities are expected to create 350 jobs.
    • The Cubs and Kittens Educational Centre, a local daycare provider in Airdrie, closed its doors on October 31, 2014, due to a shortage of children using the service
    • The City of Airdrie will be providing transportation to Calgary through Airdrie Transit for specialist medical appointments on an as-needed basis starting in January 2015
    • The Airdrie Business Resource Partnership is accepting applications for a second session of their SMARTstart program, which matches entrepreneurs with business mentors, scheduled to start in February 2015
    • KLM, a Dutch airline, is expanding its flight service between Calgary and Amsterdam and also adding a new service between Edmonton and Amsterdam
    • The Chiniki First Nation has announced plans for the $6M Chiniki Travel Centre, which will include a restaurant, grocery store and gas bar, providing employment for up to 30 band members
    • The City of Calgary has approved a seven-level condominium building, with retail outlets on the street floor, in the Inglewood neighbourhood
    • TransCanada is planning a $2.7B expansion of its Nova Gas Transmission system over the 2016 to 2017 period, as a result of new natural gas transmission contracts
    • Lafarge Western Canada has ceased construction activities at its Exshaw plant pending a health and safety review of materials at the site
    • Construction of the Bow Rivers Seniors Lodge in Canmore has been split into two phases, with the second phase now providing a higher level of care that is not currently available in the area
    • The Town of Banff is taking over any future housing developments from the Banff Housing Corporation, a not-for-profit developer, as well as government relations and long-term housing planning
    • Red Arrow Motorcoach is starting a regional coach service from Cold Lake to Edmonton and Fort McMurray, starting on November 13, 2014, with plans for further expansion depending on demand for the service
    • A $5M donation has been made to the University of Calgary to establish the Anderson-Chisholm Chair in Animal Care and Welfare and to promote research and innovation in Alberta's cattle industry
    • The Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute will be creating the Orwenko Centre, a research centre dedicated to the study of neurodevelopmental disorders, following a $10M donation
    • Haro Developments is planning to increase the size of a condominium project in Fort Saskatchewan after the City Council approved two additional floors for the building
    • The Peace Wapiti School Division in Grande Prairie is turning to job search websites and school newsletters in an attempt to find bus drivers
    • The County of Grande Prairie, the Government of Alberta and the Horse Lake First Nation are partnering to offer firefighting safety and fire suppression training to emergency personnel
    • The Town of Penhold has granted conditional approval to a plan by Laebon Homes for the 47-house Palisades subdivision
    • The Nanton Health Clinic is expecting two new physicians, one in December 2014 and another in January 2015, to replace two doctors who left earlier in 2014
    • Mastermind Toys has recently opened new stores in Calgary and Sherwood Park, with two additional locations planned for Edmonton, in the first half of 2015
    • The Town of Bowden has shelved their plans for a new community hall after the estimated construction cost of $3.2M was deemed excessive for the tax base
  • Week of Oct 27 - Oct 31, 2014

    • Transcontinental, a printing and publishing company, is closing its Edmonton printing plant at the end of December 2014, resulting in layoffs for 40 employees
    • The Edmonton Police Commission is seeking 400 new positions for the Edmonton Police Service over the 2015 to 2019 period, based primarily on projected population growth and increased calls for service
    • WestJet has launched a daily non-stop service between Calgary and Penticton, B.C., effective October 26, 2014
    • The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has found that Airdrie, Cochrane and the surrounding counties hold the number two spot for business development in Canada
    • The Town of Banff has decided to take over operation and maintenance of its wastewater treatment plant, rather than contract out the service work
    • WestJet has reached a tentative five-year agreement with WestJet's Flight Attendant Association Board, following six months of negotiations
    • Brewster Travel Canada is planning to start a major redevelopment of the upper terminal of the Banff sightseeing gondola in the fall of 2015, after the project recently passed an environmental review
    • The Town of Canmore is favouring the construction of a $40M debris retention dam along Cougar Creek after the cost of buying out homes in the flood affected areas was deemed excessive
    • MedSpa at Lifepath has opened an expanded clinic in Chestermere with new services including naturopathy, acupuncture and laser treatments
    • The Bearspaw and Chiniki First Nations are jointly spending $1.3M to form the Stoney Nakoda Telecom, which will bring high-speed Internet and Internet phone to the reserve and provide jobs for five band members
    • Plans for a $36M palliative care centre in Didsbury have stalled after negotiations for the site of the proposed facility were terminated
    • The Rosebud Health Foundation is planning to start construction in the spring of 2015 on a new helipad for the Didsbury Hospital
    • The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is planning to start construction in 2015 on the $25M multiplex facility in Conklin
    • Treaty Six Aboriginal Skills, Employment and Training Strategy agreement holders and partners held a job fair organized by First Nations for First Nations in Edmonton on October 28 and 29, 2014
    • Ferus Natural Gas Fuels has opened the first merchant liquefied natural gas production facility in Canada, at Elmworth
    • Enmax is outsourcing jobs related to its billing and customer-care operations to a company in India, affecting 38 positions in Calgary. According to Enmax, most of the affected employees will be redeployed to different positions.
    • Grande Prairie Regional College and three local school districts have signed an agreement to create the Dual Credit Program that will allow high school students to earn dual credits for college courses starting in January 2015
    • The City of Calgary is releasing 126 new taxicab plates via auction to cope with the busy Christmas season, as the first part of a larger prior approval of 383 plates
    • The Government of Alberta has released the Rural Economic Development Action Plan as a blueprint to bolster rural economic growth, with a $7M commitment to the Agriculture Opportunities Fund as a first step
    • The Lakeshore Regional Police will have a new station in 2015 when construction is completed on the facility at the Driftpile First Nation near Slave Lake
    • Beans, a local coffee bar, has opened a second location in Wetaskiwin
    • The Government of Alberta is committing $70M to upgrade the sprinklers and fire safety systems in older seniors care facilities
    • Child Find Alberta is permanently closing its offices on October 31, 2014, citing a lack of need for the services
    • The City of Calgary is proposing a series of unmanned, smaller quick-drop bottle depots as an alternative to the larger, controversial, full-size recycling centres
  • Week of Oct 20 - Oct 24, 2014

    • The Government of Canada is investing $1M in a research and development project by InLine Dewatering in Edmonton, aimed at reducing water and energy use in bitumen extraction
    • C-FER Technologies has opened a $14M research and testing facility in Edmonton designed to service pipeline companies and other energy-sector clients
    • Sonic Healthcare, an Australian company, has been selected by Alberta Health Services to provide laboratory services in Edmonton. The initial contract is for $3B over 15 years, with a renewal option.
    • Enviroclean Drycleaners, an alternative to traditional dry-cleaning methods, opened on October 14, 2014 in Fort McMurray
    • The City of Airdrie is seeking another 24 RCMP members for its detachment over the 2015-2017 period at a cost of $6M in additional wages
    • The Town of Canmore and the Government of Alberta have agreed to a land swap that will allow expansion of the Bow River Senior's Lodge in Canmore
    • Canmore Business & Tourism is expecting over 600 delegates for Canada's West Marketplace, an annual showcase of tourism products, set for November 17 to 21, 2014 in Canmore
    • The Cochrane CookHouse, a local food initiative and business incubator, is closing permanently on October 30, 2014
    • Cochrane Economic Development is making efforts to attract new businesses for a knowledge-based local economy, but on a regional level, labour shortages are a major concern for the group
    • A recent report from CIBC World Markets has identified Alberta as the most favourable place in Canada for a small business to succeed, as it has the strongest projected growth, good demographics and an expanding labour force
    • Gilead Sciences, a California-based biotech company, is spending $50M to add a second laboratory at its Edmonton facility and hiring 80 new full-time staff
    • Telus is rolling out a range of fiber optic services in Drayton Valley by January 2015, for both residential and business customers
    • The University of Calgary has secured $20M in funding for a research program aimed at the use of nanotechnology and materials science in oil sands development
    • Aquaterra is moving up the date for a proposed $12M lift station to handle wastewater treatment for the Hamlet of Clairmont due to increased demands for the system, with construction possibly starting in early 2015
    • Construction on The XII, a luxury condominium project in Calgary's Mission neighbourhood, is expected begin in the spring of 2015, with occupancy slated for the beginning of 2017
    • Brookfield Residential is expecting to start construction on the next phase of their Seton project, a retail shopping format with up to 20 stores, in May 2015, with completion in 2017
    • The Government of Alberta is committing $180M to build 1,500 continuing care living spaces in both urban and rural sites across the province
    • The Shoppers Drug Mart in Innisfail is closing, but will reopen under the I.D.A. banner, with most of the former employees being retained by the new owners
    • Tricon Developments is moving forward with the development of nine eight-plex condominium units in Blackfalds following a decision by the Town Council
    • The Chinook's Edge School Division, based out of Innisfail, is seeking alternate school bus drivers to supplement their regular drivers for vacations and sick days
    • The Town of Olds has passed a land use bylaw that will allow expansion of the commercial core of the Uptown area
    • Boutique Jacob, a women's wear retailer, is abandoning its restructuring efforts and closing all of its 92 stores in Canada
    • Associated Medical Centre closed the walk-in clinic at St. Therese Hospital in St. Paul on October 14, 2014 due to a split in the physician group
    • James Marshall Trucking has been awarded a $4.1M contract to supply gravel for the County of Stettler over the 2015 to 2019 period
    • The Government of Alberta has recently launched their Small Business Strategy to support entrepreneurs and provide easier access to business advice and government information
    • Mountain View Seniors' Housing has started construction on the $26.6M housing facility in Sundre, with completion scheduled for July 2016
    • The Wainwright Job and Career Fair is being held on November 27, 2014 in an effort to help local businesses deal with the current labour shortages in the area
  • Week of Oct 13 - Oct 17, 2014

    • TransCanada Corporation is expecting to begin construction on the $3B Grand Rapids Pipeline Project between the Ft. McMurray area and the Edmonton Industrial Heartland terminals in the fall of 2014
    • Golden Buffalo Development is planning to start construction in the spring of 2015 on a hotel and office complex in downtown Fort McMurray
    • The City of Airdrie has rezoned a parcel of land that will allow the development of 120 single-family lots in the South Windsong neighbourhood
    • Rocky View Schools is requesting $25M in capital from the Government of Alberta to increase classroom capacity throughout the district, in an effort to deal with overcrowding in schools
    • Sofas Beds and GE Appliances and Malories Cakes and Catering, two retail stores in Camrose, were significantly damaged by fire on October 11, 2014
    • The Bow Valley Regional Transit Commission is currently conducting a feasibility study for a regional transit service for the Town of Canmore, with implementation likely starting in 2016
    • Bow Valley High School and Rocky View Schools have partnered with Kingsmith Homes through the Building Futures program to offer students practical trades experience in home construction
    • Total E&P Canada has filed an application with the Alberta Energy Regulator to expand the $11B Joslyn oil sands project near Fort MacKay by 60%. The project was previously put on hold in May 2014.
    • The City of Grande Prairie has approved a commercial development called Trader Ridge, which includes proposals for a car dealership, grocery store and small shops
    • SemCAMS has announced plans to build a sour gas compressor station on the Northwest Wapiti Pipeline, southwest of Grande Prairie
    • Alberta Health Services is opening 464 continuing care spaces throughout the province to ease the pressure on hospital bed demand
    • Associated Cab Innisfail has hired four drivers for the new taxi service in Innisfail following the new Taxi Bylaw
    • Edmonton Catholic Schools will be spending $3.6M to provide childcare at four Edmonton schools, starting in 2016
    • The City of Lacombe has released the results of a retail customer survey conducted during the summer of 2014. The survey provides information on Lacombe's retail trade area and customer demographics.
    • The Alberta Wheat Commission is searching for a director and three regional representatives from the County of Vermilion and the surrounding area
    • In a recent report, BMO Economics found that the Alberta economy leads the country, primarily due to the energy sector, a surging population and a strong labour market
    • The City of Calgary has started construction on the $191M Rocky Ridge Recreation Centre, with opening planned for 2017
    • Strathcona County has started construction on the $29M Emerald Hills Aquatic Centre, with completion planned for the fall of 2016
  • Week of Oct 06 - Oct 10, 2014

    • The Government of Alberta has awarded a $71M contract to Carmacks Enterprise to complete the twinning of Highway 63 by 2016
    • The Government of Alberta is spending $5.5M to build a helipad on top of the main tower of the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray, with construction slated for 2015
    • MacEwan University in Edmonton has announced that it will offer full-credit for college courses, easing the transition for students who want to transfer into a university degree program
    • Cushman & Wakefield recently reported increased demand for leased industrial space in Calgary, with levels approaching the boom year of 2006
    • Triple Five Group, owners of West Edmonton Mall, are planning a major expansion to the facility that will add new retail space and additional parking stalls and will connect to the proposed light rail transit line
    • The Government of Alberta has cancelled all commercial fishing activities in the province due to declining stocks and an increased demand on the resource from numerous sectors
    • Chevron Canada has announced the sale of 30% of its interest in the Duvernay Shale formation, located northwest of Edmonton, to Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration for $1.5 billion US
    • Quebecor has agreed to sell all of its 175 English-language newspapers, including the Edmonton Sun and the Calgary Sun, to Postmedia. The deal also includes the transfer of some real estate assets in Alberta.
    • The Edmonton Arena District Joint Venture is building a new Delta hotel in the downtown core, with 362 rooms and 200 luxury condos; scheduled for completion by early 2018
    • Burrow, an Edmonton-based coffee shop, has opened underground in the pedway at the Central Light Rail Transit Station. Unused commercial bays remain available throughout the transit system for similar future developments.
    • The Data Group is spending $3M in refurbishments and moving 200 employees to consolidate its three Calgary offices into one central location at Icon Business Park
    • Alberta Health Services plans to close the Medicine Hat Diagnostic Laboratory in March 2017, with the transitioning of services to the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital in October 2016. The closure and move could affect up to 70 employees.
    • Groupe Germain Hospitalité is building a $34M ALT Hotel in the East Village area of Calgary, with the opening planned for 2017
    • Dow Canada has given $1.05M to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton to support campus expansion and the power engineering technology program
    • Hillwood Investment Properties, a Dallas-based company, is partnering with Calgary-based Highfield Investment Group to build a distribution facility in the High Plains Industrial Park near Balzac
    • Arcan Resources has started its winter drilling program, with plans to complete nine wells by spring break-up in 2015
    • The Government of Alberta has announced $43.2M for 55 new schools and 22 school modernizations as the final phase of a 10-year education capital renewal plan
    • The City of Edmonton has announced that the opening of the Metro LRT line will be delayed until at least February 2015, due to technical issues with signals. The line was originally scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014.
    • The Town of Canmore is proposing a $40M high debris flood-retention structure for the Cougar Creek area following the destructive floods of 2013
    • The Merit Medical Clinic and the Cold Lake Health Care Centre have recently hired a new physician, but the area still requires additional doctors
    • The Fort McMurray International Airport has opened its North Terminal to workforce charter flights and cargo traffic following renovations to the facility and the addition of streamlined security
    • The RCMP in Red Deer are actively recruiting for auxiliary constables to work with regular members and assist with community events
    • The City of St. Albert is moving ahead with plans for a high technology neighbourhood that will incorporate cutting-edge data technology in a mix of residential, commercial and industrial buildings
    • The Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch, a treatment centre for abused children and their families, has opened in Strathcona County
    • Pembina Pipeline is spending $350M to build the first phase of the Canadian Diluent Hub, a condensate and diluent terminal near Fort Saskatchewan
  • Week of Sep 29 - Oct 03, 2014

    • Statoil ASA, a Norwegian oil and gas company, has delayed the development of the Corner oil sands project near Fort McMurray for at least three years, resulting in the loss of up to 70 jobs
    • ATCO Energy Solutions and Petrogas Energy are developing four salt caverns for hydrocarbon storage near Fort Saskatchewan. The existing Petrogas hydrocarbon truck and rail terminal is expanding to accommodate the new storage initiative.
    • Canexus Corporation has started shipping crude oil after completing work on its expanded oil-by-rail terminal near Bruderheim, with plans to increase to 14-unit trains per week
    • XS Cargo Company, a deep-discount retail chain, is closing all of its 50 stores in Canada and distribution centers in Edmonton and Mississauga. The company had 650 employees, including 195 full-time positions, at the end of July 2014.
    • Spring Creek Developments is starting construction on Creekstone Mountain Lodge, a $39M condominium project in Canmore, with occupancy slated for the summer of 2016
    • Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2015 on 230-units in the old Charles Camsell Hospital building in Edmonton, following remediation work to remove asbestos from the structure
    • The City of Medicine Hat has awarded a $3.7M contract to MJB Enterprises for the first phase of the Harlow area flood protection work
    • The Government of Alberta is proceeding with flood mitigation projects in Calgary and High River and hiring additional staff to deal with appeals to the Disaster Recovery Program
    • Riverdale Resources has plans for a coal mine in the Crowsnest Pass area, with an estimated workforce of 1,000 employees during construction and 200 jobs during the mine lifespan of 28 years
    • The Town of Banff has approved a new Town Hall emergency generator project and associated infrastructure improvements, with $778,000 in funding from the Government of Alberta
    • Oil sands developments by numerous companies and related service industries are expected to drive employee and population growth in the Cold Lake and Bonnyville areas over the long-term
    • The Newell Regional Economic Development Initiative is considering the development of a barrier free transportation corridor to facilitate the movement of restricted high and wide loads from local manufacturers
    • Kids and Company, a child care centre, is scheduled to open in Cochrane on November 1, 2014
    • The Town of Chestermere has voted to become a city effective January 1, 2015, which will enable the hiring of dedicated city staff and expansion of the local authority
    • The Government of Alberta has established a wildfire base in Lodgepole to assist Drayton Valley and Brazeau County Fire Services. The facility will also function as a helicopter fuel depot in the off season.
    • Yellowhead County and Brazeau County have partnered to award a $575,000 contract to Advantage Tower for two towers that will provide broadband, mobility and public safety communications to rural areas
    • EPCOR Water Services and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies are partnering to build a facility to recover nutrients from wastewater and produce an eco-friendly slow release fertilizer
    • The Lloydminster Catholic School Division has found an increasing demand for speech language pathologists since 2011
    • The Municipal District of Pincher Creek has signed a contract with Tough Country Communications for $266,000 to construct four towers that will comprise a wireless broadband network
    • The City of Red Deer has approved a residential development by Melcor for 896 dwelling units and a small commercial area
    • Strathcona County has approved rezoning of a parcel of land that will see an auto-body repair and paint shop under development by the Trans America Group
    • The Hog's Head Brewing Company in St. Albert has added a restaurant, the Hog's Head Tap Room, to their headquarters operations
    • Axia NetMedia Corporation is expecting to complete construction on a fibre optic internet network in Vulcan, available to both residential and business customers, by early 2015
    • Up Energy Development Group, a Chinese coal producer, has signed a deal to purchase the assets and debt of Grande Cache Coal. The new owners do not expect any immediate impact on the 400 employees in Grande Cache, or the 20 employees at the Calgary head office.
    • The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and NorQuest College have announced the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute, a hands-on training centre for the hospitality industry
    • Edgar Development Corporation has broken ground on The Hendrix, a $68M townhouse and apartment complex in Edmonton
  • Week of Sep 22 - Sep 26, 2014

    • Cenovus Energy has started production at a recently completed section of the Foster Creek oil sands site. The construction of two additional phases expected to increase production in 2015 and 2016.
    • Nordstrom, a leading specialty fashion retailer, has opened its first international store with 531 new employees in the Chinook Centre in Calgary
    • The Government of Alberta has reversed a previous decision to close Michener Centre, a care home for developmentally disabled individuals in Red Deer
    • The City of Brooks has committed $18.5M to the renovation of the Lakeside Leisure Centre and demolition of the attached Centennial Arena, with the work expected to be completed by 2016
    • RioCan Investment Trust and Embassy BOSA are building a $300M residential and commercial development in the East Village area of Calgary, with completion expected in 2018
    • The Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel will undergo renovations starting in October 2014 to all areas of the facility, adding an upscale lounge and creating more meeting space, with completion set for spring 2015
    • The Government of Alberta and the Calgary Board of Education are partnering to build four new starter schools in Calgary
    • The City of Calgary is issuing 383 new taxi plates, with 126 to be distributed by December 2014 and the remainder in 2015
    • The City of Edmonton has approved a proposed six-storey, mixed-use development for the Old Strathcona neighbourhood
    • Quantumplace Developments is building Phase 3 of Ravenrock, a mixed recreational and residential development in Canmore, with occupancy expected by mid-2015
    • Isabella Homes is building a 300-bed palliative care facility in Didsbury, bringing an estimated 300 jobs to the community
    • Edson Forest Products is seeking new tradespersons in the near future as they grapple with their aging workforce
    • The City of Fort Saskatchewan is contributing $1.16M towards the $3.5M park-and-ride transit hub at the Dow Centennial Centre. Construction is planned to begin in the spring and be completed by August 2015.
    • Victory Church on the Rock has closed the Cradles to Crayons Daycare in Grande Prairie, affecting nine staff members who received notices on September 18, 2014
    • Spencer Ogden, a global energy recruitment specialist, will be hiring 22 employees for its new Canadian headquarters in Calgary
    • The City of Lacombe is seeking up to 12 paid on-call applicants for the volunteer Fire Department as part of a fall recruitment drive
    • The Arres Group is starting construction on a 235-unit residential housing development in Bentley in October 2014
    • Baker Hughes Canada has created 60 jobs with the opening of a facility in Lloydminster to house their upstream chemical business
    • Blackgold Broadcasting will be hiring a full news staff, securing studio space and installing infrastructure to support an FM broadcast station in Stony Plain
    • The Town of Stettler is hosting the first Canadian Badlands Pheasant Festival from October 15 to 19, 2014. The Stettler Regional Board of Trade and Community Development expects the event to draw up to 800 visitors.
  • Week of Sep 15 - Sep 19, 2014

    • Hotel construction in downtown Edmonton is ramping up with a Hyatt Place hotel scheduled for completion in September 2015, and another unnamed hotel planned by the Katz Group and WAM Developments adjacent to the Rogers Place arena
    • The Regional Recreation Corporation held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the Northside Recreation Centre in Fort McMurray
    • The North West Redwater Partnership is providing a bus service to the construction site of the Sturgeon refinery, located northeast of Edmonton, for its 800 employees. The company expects an additional 5,000 workers during peak construction next year.
    • Phil Mickelson Design has partnered with the Windmill Golf Group to design and build the Mickelson National Golf Club of Canada in the community of Harmony, on the outskirts of Calgary
    • The Town of Banff has approved an application by Caribou Properties to build a 38-unit staff accommodation complex in apartment-style buildings
    • Peters' Drive-In, an established Calgary fast food restaurant, will be hiring up to 70 employees for a second location in Red Deer, expected to open in the summer of 2015
    • The Government of Alberta is selling its fleet of four aircrafts and turning to commercial airlines and charter services to fill the void. The government will be providing assistance to the 27 employees affected by the sale.
    • Five organizations in the Cochrane area received over $200,000 for projects under the Community Initiatives Program and the Community Facility Enhancement Program, which invest provincial lottery revenues
    • International House of Pancakes, the breakfast restaurant chain, is expanding with two more restaurants in Edmonton and two more in Calgary, while also adding locations in Red Deer and Medicine Hat
    • The Alberta Energy Regulator has given approval to Canadian Natural Resources Limited to resume work at its Primrose East oil sands project northwest of Cold Lake
    • McBride Career Group is hosting a job fair in High Level on September 25, 2014
    • The Watermark at Bearspaw, a high-end property development just outside Calgary, is launching the third and fourth phases of its project in response to market demand
    • Stretch Construction is building the Best Western Plus Lacombe Inn & Suites, an $8.5M hotel and banquet facility in Lacombe
    • The City of Leduc has approved a $4.5M development of the North Telford Recreational Lands, with work scheduled to begin in late 2014
    • The University of Lethbridge has announced that PCL Construction Management of Calgary will lead the construction of a new science and academic building on campus
    • Nalco Champion, a chemical and service supplier to the oil and gas sector, has hired 35 employees for a new warehouse, storage and laboratory facility in Lloydminster
    • Residents of Okotoks are organizing monthly Cash Mobs beginning September 18, 2014 to show support for local businesses
    • The Rimoka Housing Foundation is building a $15.5M affordable seniors complex in Rimbey, with construction slated to begin in the spring of 2015
    • Expedition Rentals, a commercial all-terrain vehicle rental business, has purchased its own property and expanded to a new site in Sherwood Park to meet the growing demand from oilfield companies
    • Southland Transportation, a Calgary school bus provider, is seeking 35 to 50 more drivers
    • Deep Well Oil and Gas has started production of heavy oil from the Sawn Lake project in the Peace River oil sands region
    • 20 VIC Management is starting a $130M renovation of Londonderry Mall in Edmonton that will bring new retailers and dining options to the site. The project is expected to be complete in 2017.
    • Approximately 80 nursing staff at the Bethany Care Society seniors home in Sylvan Lake have joined the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees following a vote on September 8, 2014
    • The Town of Sylvan Lake has approved the development of a six-bay commercial strip mall by Polar Creek Industries
    • Alberta Health Services has announced that a new helipad will be built at the Westlock Health Centre to accommodate the new helicopters in use by the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society
    • The Career and Education Expo 2014, aimed at both high school students and the general public, will showcase approximately 50 employers in Whitecourt on September 29, 2014
  • Week of Sep 08 - Sep 12, 2014

    • Shepherd's Care Foundation has issued layoff notices to 157 staff across five Edmonton area long-term care homes, effective October 2, 2014. The work is being contracted out to a third-party service provider.
    • Site Selection magazine recently named Alberta's Industrial Heartland, near Edmonton, as one of the top ten economic development groups and one of the world's best locations for oil and gas, petrochemical and chemical investment
    • The Calgary Public Library has released designs for the new $245M library in East Village, slated for completion by 2018
    • The Holt Renfrew store in downtown Calgary is hiring 50 new employees as it expands its store to include a fully-licenced restaurant and more retail space
    • Southland Transportation is grappling with a shortage of bus drivers in Medicine Hat to satisfy the current demands with the start of the school year
    • The City of Red Deer is expecting to host over 25,000 visitors in February 2019 as the recent successful bidder for the Canada Winter Games
    • The Canada 55+ Games, recently held in Strathcona County, attracted participants from around the country and contributed an estimated $5M to the local economy
    • Goodwill Industries of Alberta is opening a new centre in Sherwood Park that will feature a thrift store, a drive-through for donation drop-off and a career development centre for persons with disabilities
    • The Crossings, a large development in West Lethbridge, has partnered with three builders to construct 900 homes in the subdivision by 2028
    • Devon Energy has filed an application with the Alberta Energy Regulator to develop the Walleye oil sand project near Cold Lake, starting in 2015
    • Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools is starting construction in 2015 on a new school for the Royal Oaks neighbourhood in Grande Prairie
    • The City of Airdrie has approved the closure of the Main Street fire hall by October 2015 and the construction of a new fire hall in the northeast section of the city, expected to be operational in 2018
    • West Campus Development Trust is anticipating that construction could start during the summer of 2015 on West Campus, a mixed residential and commercial development in Calgary, with a 15 to 20-year completion time frame
    • Birchwood Properties is starting work on a 38-unit rental apartment complex in Banff, which will help alleviate the lack of affordable rental housing in the area
    • Brazeau County has released the 2014 Business Visitation Report detailing industry specific labour demands, labour supply access and skills alignment in the region
    • The Edson and District Recycling Centre is expanding to encompass toxic waste disposal and to hire dedicated staff to deal with the material
    • Canexus Corporation plans to renew construction on a Cold Lake Pipeline system following a favourable court decision in a dispute with MEG Energy
    • The Melting Pot Restaurants, a U.S.-based restaurant chain with a single Canadian site in Edmonton, is targeting Calgary and Banff for future Alberta expansion
    • Metro Kia, in Medicine Hat, will be renamed Southland Kia, with expanded inventory and increased staff following a recent change in dealer ownership
    • The City of Fort Saskatchewan, through the Economic Development team, is inviting residents to participate in a retail analysis that will identify retail gaps in the city
    • High River is anticipating future big-box developments to complement the new Canadian Tire store, a new multi-family residential complex and a planned shopping centre
    • The Nordic Ski Centre in Hinton is undergoing $160,000 in upgrades in preparation for the North American Biathlon Championships, scheduled to be held at the facility during March 2015
    • The Town of Okotoks is anticipating increased tourism as well as business and convention meetings, with the opening of the Best Western Plus hotel
    • The Town of Peace River has approved a subdivision plan that will permit the construction of four eight-unit condominium buildings
    • The Wildrose Medical Centre in Olds has two new family physicians starting their practices in November 2014, with assistance from the Olds Physician Attraction and Retention Committee
    • XYC Design + Development is planning to begin construction in 2016 on a village-style retail and office development in the East Village neighbourhood in Calgary
  • Week of Sep 01 - Sep 05, 2014

    • The Government of Alberta raised the minimum wage on September 1, 2014 to $10.20 per hour for the general wage and to $9.20 per hour for the liquor server wage
    • The Government of Alberta and the Government of Nova Scotia have signed an agreement that provides parity for apprentices in both provinces, while enhancing labour mobility
    • Nova Hotels recently purchased the Edmonton Ramada Hotel and Convention Centre, with future plans to revitalize the facility
    • The University of Lethbridge is at capacity in enrolment for the 2014-2015 academic year in the nursing and education programs, with a record number of applicants for graduate studies
    • The recent ITU World Triathlon in Edmonton is estimated to have attracted over 10,000 visitors while injecting more than $20M into the local economy
    • Lethbridge Transit is changing bus routes and adding new routes to improve connections and the frequency of bus service in the city
    • A recent study has concluded that almost 30% of employees in Lethbridge earn less than $15 per hour, the second highest percentage of low-wage workers among seven municipalities in Alberta
    • Developers in Calgary are proposing six new supermarkets in the downtown core, in response to an anticipated population increase
    • The Government of Alberta has announced over $800,000 in funding to preserve heritage properties that were affected by floods in June 2013
    • Rockyview Motorsports Park has entered into an agreement with Olds College to establish an applied research facility, as well as restoring and expanding wetlands on the proposed motorsports site in Rocky View County
    • The recent minimum wage increase across Alberta is expected to have little impact in the Bow Valley, as an estimated 80% of all jobs pay at least $12 per hour in the area
    • The Town of Bonnyville, in collaboration with the Municipal District of Bonnyville and the Bonnyville Health Centre, has agreed to contribute funds to assist with physician recruitment and office start-up costs
    • Staples Canada is hiring approximately 20 staff for a new location in Cochrane, which is expected to open by September 25, 2014
    • The Town of Drayton Valley has contracted with Independent Traffic Services to provide automated traffic enforcement, initially focusing on speed enforcement
    • Williams Energy Canada is building a propane dehydrogenation plant in Strathcona County, with the construction phase expected to generate 1,000 jobs between 2015 and 2018. The facility will have approximately 100 full-time employees once operational.
    • The Sawmill Prime Rib and Steakhouse is opening in Grande Prairie on September 9, 2014
    • Laebon Homes, a major Central Alberta developer, is planning to begin construction in 2015 on a 500-home subdivision in Innisfail
    • Leduc Transit is expanding service between Leduc and Edmonton, extending the service to additional areas of Nisku while also adding three intra-municipal routes, including service to Edmonton International Airport
    • Grace United Church in Lloydminster is undergoing $4M in renovations, as well as the demolition of the old church, with completion expected by the end of 2015
  • Week of Aug 25 - Aug 29, 2014

    • WildCraft Brewery is set to open a craft brewery and an attached restaurant in Lethbridge by the spring of 2015
    • The International House of Pancakes is opening a new restaurant in Medicine Hat Mall in 2015 and hiring up to 100 full-time employees for the location
    • Sears Canada is opening a new fulfillment centre in Calgary, creating approximately 200 new jobs
    • The Grande Prairie Canadian Home Builders Association is experiencing a lag in new home completions due to ongoing labour shortages in the local construction industry
    • The City of Edmonton has approved the $200M development of two condominium towers, named The Yorkton, in the Chinatown district east of downtown
    • Alberta Infrastructure has awarded a demolition contract for the site of the new Medicine Hat Detoxification Centre to Clearview Grinding
    • WAM Development Group and the Katz Group recently announced development of a 62-storey building for the Edmonton Arena District, which will include the new home for Stantec and 320 residential units
    • Valard Group is anticipating expansion in northern Canada with their recent purchase of Westcan Tel, a Grande Prairie utility contractor
    • A temporary work camp is being established in the Town of High Prairie to accommodate up to 200 employees who are working on construction of the new hospital
    • The Town of Hinton has approved a 2% wage increase for salaried town employees in order to remain competitive with other regional municipalities and local industry
    • The Hinton Handibus Service is expanding to a year-round schedule, adding another bus and increasing operation to 35 hours per week
    • SunGold Specialty Meats, a lamb processing company based in Innisfail, anticipates hiring a number of new employees after installing a $3M facility upgrade
    • The City of Lacombe, the Town of Blackfalds and the City of Red Deer are launching the BOLT Regional Transit System, which will provide public transportation between the three communities
    • Express Employment Professionals, in a recently released survey, reported that five of the top ten job markets in Canada are located in Alberta communities
  • Week of Aug 18 - Aug 22, 2014

    • The City of Airdrie has seen a population increase to almost 55,000 residents in the latest census, which has helped with attracting an increasing number of bigger businesses to the region
    • The Town of Bonnyville estimates that its "shadow population", which consists of local employees who reside in Bonnyville but declare a permanent address outside of the town, is hovering around 10% growth since 2013
    • The Town of High River and the Government of Alberta have developed a long-term flood recovery plan for the area, with funding in place until September 2018
    • Rental availability has increased in the Didsbury area as homeowners are choosing to rent their properties while they wait for house prices to recover from recent slumps in the market
    • Marshalls, a U.S. retailer which sells discounted fashions, has hired up to 60 part-time and full-time employees for the recently opened Calgary store
    • The County of Grande Prairie has added a seasonal employee to perform hazard assessments as part of the Wild Fire mitigation plan for the county
    • A retail development in the west part of Grande Prairie is anticipating the arrival of Old Navy, Urban Barn, Gap and other outlets by the fall of 2014
    • FMC Technologies and Earl's Kitchen and Bar are holding job fairs in Grande Prairie during early September 2014
    • The Sprung business park, a temporary facility designed to house flood affected businesses from the Town of High River, closed on August 19, 2014. Some of the former tenants are relocating and others are temporarily ceasing operations.
    • The Village of Dewberry is building a new community hall in the fall of 2014, with assistance from the Government of Alberta, through the Community Facility Enhancement Program
    • Mountain View County council has approved a financing bylaw that will fund the construction phase of the Sundre seniors' lodge project
    • Telus is planning to connect 90% of the homes and businesses to fiber-optic cable in the Town of Peace River, with completion expected before the winter of 2015
    • Calgary home builders are expecting that 2014 will be the busiest construction year since the boom in 2006, even though there is a shortage of framing carpenters in the region
    • The Town of Whitecourt is launching a public transit system on September 2, 2014 as a one-year pilot project
  • Week of Aug 11 - Aug 15, 2014

    • Lethbridge City Council has approved an additional $55M to add a field house and fitness centre to the new leisure centre complex currently under construction
    • Keyano College in Fort McMurray has launched a program in non-destructive testing, in partnership with the Acuren Group. Program graduates will be eligible for employment with Acuren as testing technicians.
    • The Government of Alberta is soliciting bids from developers for the Parsons Creek Continuing Care Facility project in Fort McMurray
    • The Mikisew Cree First Nation and construction firm, Heavy North, have formed a limited partnership called Mikisew North, to pursue opportunities in the oil sands construction sector
    • Cold Lake Lodge has received a combined $6.8M from the provincial and federal governements for renovations to 58 existing units and for the addition of 18 new units. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2015.
    • AltaLink is upgrading the transmission line and building a new Johnson substation northwest of Didsbury, following recent approvals from the Alberta Utilities Commission
    • A near zero rental vacancy rate in Canmore is resulting in staff shortages and service reductions at some area restaurants
    • The Village of Rockyford is spending $480,000 to upgrade and repair the infrastructure and electrical systems at its water treatment plant
    • Autobody repair shops and home repair businesses in the Airdrie area are experiencing a spike in demand following widespread hail storms in early August that caused an estimated $25M in property damage
    • Ivanhoé Cambridge is spending over $60M to relocate and expand the food court at CrossIron Mills, located north of Calgary. Construction activity, which will result in additional retail space at the mall, is expected to start in January 2015.
    • The Alberta Utilities Commission has approved the construction of two natural gas-fired electrical generating plants for the Genesee site located southwest of Stony Plain
  • Week of Aug 04 - Aug 08, 2014

    • Tiddlee Winx 'n' Stuff toy shop in Whitecourt closed its doors on July 25, 2014, after 10 years in business
    • A Sobeys store in downtown Edmonton closed its doors on July 31, 2014
    • Calgary has seen an 18% increase in luxury home sales since last year. So far this year, 542 homes over $1M have sold in the city, compared to 727 for all of 2013.
    • Rancher's Beef, a beef plant near Balzac which was shut down in 2007, has been purchased and will reopen under the name Harmony Beef. Harmony will be investing nearly $20M in retrofits to the plant and expects to be soliciting contracts by Sept 1.
    • Yogurty is expanding into western Canada by purchasing six restaurants from Twisted Yogurt in the Edmonton Area. The company has also opened new locations in Calgary and Grande Prairie.
    • Hilton has opened its first Home2 Suites in Canada, at the former Mayfield Inn site in Edmonton. The 127-suite hotel is aimed at guests who are planning extended stays.
    • Burrow, a coffee shop and eatery, will be opening underground in Edmonton's Central LRT station on September 15, 2014. The shop is only 250 sq.-ft., but hopes to take advantage of the 17,000 people that pass by every day.
  • Week of Jul 28 - Aug 01, 2014

    • The Federal Government is providing funding of $241M for a new transit garage and a new fleet of natural gas buses in Calgary
  • Week of Jul 21 - Jul 25, 2014

    • Delta Hotels and Resorts have announced a new 318-room hotel at the Calgary International Airport. The four-star hotel will include 17,000 sq.-ft. of meeting space and 6,000 sq.-ft. of ballroom space.
    • The Province of Alberta is forecasting that only 311,000 out of 407,000 new jobs will be filled over the next ten years
    • Canmore has seen an increase in single-family home sales in the second quarter of 2014. The increase of 7.5% indicates renewed confidence in the Alberta real estate market, as a number of buyers are purchasing second homes.
    • Sunshine Oil sands Ltd has sold $20M of its non-core oil sands assets. The company has struggled to reach the proceeds needed to finish building its $500M West Ells thermal oil sands project.
    • Jasper House, a 36-storey condominium, will begin pre-sales this fall. Construction on the 240-unit luxury tower will start in late 2015.
    • Stantec, an engineering firm, has announced that it will be consolidating its staff from five buildings across downtown Edmonton. The company will move its staff into a new building near the new downtown arena.
    • Sylvan Lake is launching a $40M residential development on its northeastern bank. The first phase includes 16 villa sites and nine estate homes.
  • Week of Jul 14 - Jul 18, 2014

    • The Regional Recreation Corporation has received municipal approval for the Northside Recreation Centre at Abrams Land in Fort McMurray, with completion anticipated by the fall of 2018
    • Rupertsland Institute Métis Training to Employment and Alberta Human Services are partnering to offer the Trades Work Program for Métis adults, through Grande Prairie Regional College
    • The Potato Growers of Alberta have partnered with three local potato processors, providing $1M over five years to fund research in potato science at the University of Lethbridge
    • Legal Aid Alberta is closing six offices around Alberta, cutting 35 jobs and consolidating 16 positions to a centralized phone service in Edmonton
    • Hokanson Capital is spending $8M to renovate the former ATB Financial building in downtown Edmonton and re-branding the structure as 9Triple8 Jasper
    • The Airdrie Koininia Christian School in Airdrie has recently secured the funding required to complete construction of the building, but a timeline for opening is not available
    • The City of Edmonton has added $16M to the road construction budget for 2014, to be spent on 51 different projects
    • Alberta Infrastructure is moving forward with an 18-bed Residential Detox Centre in Medicine Hat. The $7.1M facility is scheduled to open by the end of 2015.
    • The Town of Canmore shall issue short-term business licenses for non-resident businesses such as construction companies and other contractors. Previously, businesses were required to purchase a yearly license for $600.
    • The Government of Alberta, through the Building Alberta Plan, is providing $21M for irrigation infrastructure projects as part of a cost-sharing program with 13 irrigation districts
    • The City of Cold Lake has approved a $5.5M development planned for Kinosoo Beach, with the work anticipated to start in the fall of 2014
    • Anytime Fitness, a 24-hour fitness franchise, is opening in Drayton Valley later in 2014
    • Brazeau County is hiring nine full-time staff in planning and development, community services and corporate services, in order to meet the level of service required by residents and council
    • The City of Fort Saskatchewan is planning to hire additional police officers, administrators, and a community peace officer in its Protective Service Department in order to keep up with population growth
    • PK Developments has received approval from the City of Fort Saskatchewan for construction of 240 apartments, spread across five separate buildings
    • Shell Canada and the Town of Peace River are jointly funding infrastructure improvements at the Peace River Airport, including terminal and parking upgrades
    • The City of St. Albert has approved a request under the Municipal Policing Agreement for five additional officers for the local detachment
    • The City of Calgary is spending $17M to replace an existing storm-water trunk line in a new location, with a mandatory completion date in 2016
    • A shortage of affordable rental housing in Canmore is leading to staff shortages and reduced business hours
    • Cathay Pacific has announced that it will start twice weekly air freight service between Calgary and Hong Kong by the fall of 2014
  • Week of Jul 07 - Jul 11, 2014

    • The Government of Canada is providing $3.8M to support the establishment of the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence in Calgary. The facility is intended to support the Canadian beef and veal industry through training and product innovation.
    • The Taber Juice and Dry Grocery Plant, located in Taber, is scheduled to close permanently on August 29, 2014, resulting in the loss of 38 full-time positions
    • The Grande Prairie Livestock Market in Grande Prairie has closed, forcing area livestock producers to seek new marketing methods for their cattle
    • The Calgary Board of Education will spend $16.5M to restore the Elbow Park School, which was damaged in the 2013 floods, reversing an earlier decision to demolish the school and build a replacement
    • The Government of Canada is providing more than $31M to the Calgary Homeless Foundation over five-years to support projects that prevent and reduce homelessness
    • The Town of Coaldale is moving to switch police services from the Lethbridge Regional Police Service to a contract with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, following approval from the Government of Alberta
    • Brazeau County has awarded a $3M contract to BTO Contracting for road grading during 2014
    • Lethbridge City Council has approved $1.48M for the next phase of construction on the Lethbridge Regional Police Services Headquarters renovations
    • A $6.8M contract to upgrade and widen 43rd Street North in Lethbridge was recently awarded to deGraaf Excavating
    • The City of Grande Prairie has approved a $9.5M renovation project to re-open the Leisure Centre
    • Buffalo Trail Public Schools Regional Division No. 28 is expecting to start construction in the spring of 2015 on a $10.8M school in Paradise Valley
    • XR Resources is moving into a vacant industrial facility north of High River, the former home of Western Biodiesel. The company plans to produce sulphur-free diesel fuel and additives from natural gas feedstocks.
    • Chinook`s Edge School Division No. 73 is partnering with Red Deer College and three local businesses to provide high school students with work experience that will also earn them college credits
    • Olds College and Shunda Construction held an official ground-breaking on July 3, 2014 for the $30M Centennial Village Student Residence, which is expected to open in September 2015
    • A recent report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information found that Alberta gained 2,697 nurses between 2009 and 2013, but acquiring full-time employment in the field can take up to five years
    • The Town of Ponoka is experiencing an increase in both commercial and residential development permit applications, both in numbers and dollar value
    • The Bentley Hutterite Colony suffered a $5M loss after fire destroyed a large hog barn and killed an estimated 4,200 animals on July 7, 2014
    • Canada Post is planning to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery for more than 8,500 addresses in Strathcona County starting in 2015 as part of a national reduction in mail service
    • Living Waters Catholic Schools, the Town of Whitecourt, Woodlands County and NorQuest College are partnering to build and operate a community Learning Campus in Whitecourt. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2014.
  • Week of Jun 30 - Jul 04, 2014

    • Sobeys has announced that it is closing some underperforming Safeway, IGA and Sobeys locations around Alberta, while at the same time retaining some existing stores and also opening new ones
    • The Canadian Association of Oil-well Drilling Contractors is forecasting an increase in well numbers and drilling days for the remainder of 2014, based primarily on strong gas prices
    • A co-branded Fat Burger and Buffalo's Express restaurant has recently opened in Fort McMurray, creating management, server and cook positions
    • The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has approved rezoning for a parcel of land that will allow construction of the Parsons Creek seniors facility
    • Source Energy Services has opened a fracturing sand terminal in Wembley, making it the largest facility of its kind in Canada
    • The southwest region of Airdrie is expecting a range of retail stores and restaurants to open shortly, with a Michaels outlet planning a mid-August 2014 launch
    • Banff Town Council has approved a $881,000 grant to Banff Elementary School that will fund the construction of additional space for child and youth programs
    • The Town of Banff has hired Vinci Park, a parking management company, to implement a user-pay parking pilot program and enforce existing parking regulations
    • Sunset Ridge Pharmacy will be holding a grand opening in Cochrane from July 2 to 12, 2014
    • Pembina Pipeline has opened their first fully owned and operated full-service station near Cynthia, which will also offer oil filtering services to other energy companies
    • The Golden Hills School Division No. 75 has started construction on the East Wheatland School, a stand-alone consolidated school that is expected to open in the fall of 2016
    • Yellowhead County has awarded a $2.1M contract to Thierman Construction for the construction of the Tipple Park Museum and Amenities Building in Evansburg
    • The Hinton Training Centre is seeking $75M from the Government of Alberta to upgrade and expand the facility and to add 20 part-time and 10 full-time positions over 10 years
    • The Town of Hinton has awarded a $3.8M contract to Westpro Infrastructure to replace the Hardisty Lift Station and upgrade related sewage infrastructure
    • The City of Edmonton is moving forward with a plan to develop 1,115 housing units, a new shopping centre and $11.6M worth of road work near the Stadium LRT Station
    • The City of Leduc, Leduc County and the Edmonton International Airport are joining forces to develop an aerotropolis that will feature hotels, restaurants, conference centres, and manufacturing and distribution firms
  • Week of Jun 23 - Jun 27, 2014

    • Suncor is partnering with five other energy companies to build and operate a $165M water research centre north of Fort McMurray
    • Aecon Group has been awarded a mining contract, estimated at $123M, for site development at the Fort Hills oil sands project north of Fort McMurray
    • Calgary United Cab, a new taxi service launched in Calgary, is structured as a co-operative with profit sharing for the 70 drivers involved with the company
    • The Government of Canada is providing $1.1M to the University of Alberta for a new microscope to be used in the production of semi-conductors for computers and industrial applications
    • The University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College have jointly received a $5M private donation to establish the Cor Van Raay Southern Alberta Agribusiness Program
    • Construction has started on a skateboard park, the first phase of an adventure park, in the hamlet of Clairmont
    • Strathcona County is planning to expand its services to seniors through the Older Adults Program
    • Strathcona County has developed an online child care bank that will provide parents with information and a list of child care providers
    • The Trans America Group is planning two mixed office and commercial buildings in Sherwood Park, with completion scheduled for 2016
    • Parkland County is recruiting for the new fire station in Acheson. The county anticipates a transfer of up to 15 employees from the Parkland Village station to the new site in Acheson.
    • The Knowledge Tree Early Learning and Child Care Centre in Valleyview has recently opened, creating four full-time positions and three part-time positions
    • The Town of Whitecourt has awarded a contract to First Canada to operate a public transit system in the community, with the service expected to launch in September 2014
    • The Town of Whitecourt is losing two RCMP members after a policing agreement with the Eagle River Casino was suspended
    • KCWest Management and Avion Development have received approval from the Town of Whitecourt for the construction of 126 apartments and 19 fourplexes
    • Airdrie Transit is expanding its weekend service to include connections to the McKnight-Westwinds LRT station in Calgary, starting July 5, 2014
    • The Edmonton Economic Development Authority has signed an agreement with Gascana AB Energy and Gascana-Sino Industrial Park Administrative Committee to develop a 405-hectare industrial park in Sturgeon County
    • TransCanada Pipeline is planning to begin construction in the fall of 2014 on the $3B Grand Rapids Project, a pipeline and storage tank system that will service the West Athabasca oil sands region
    • The Town of Morinville has approved the rezoning of land that will permit the construction of 92 housing units
    • The City of Red Deer has signed a five-year contract with Alberta Health Services that will retain ambulance dispatch in the city, delaying a previous move by the Government of Alberta to centralize dispatch services
    • The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology is adding nearly 1,200 student spaces in the fall of 2014, through a grant from the Government of Alberta
  • Week of Jun 16 - Jun 20, 2014

    • Sears Canada has signed an agreement with the Concord Pacific Group of Companies to develop property at the North Hill Shopping Centre in Calgary
    • AutoCanada is purchasing six automotive dealerships from the Hyatt Automotive Group in Calgary
    • The City of Lethbridge has awarded a $2.1M contract to McNally Construction to help develop the Lethbridge Transit Site
    • Calgary International Airport will open a new $600M runway on June 28, 2014, easing congestion at the airport and opening opportunities for new flights
    • Hog's Head Brewing Company, in St. Albert, is planning to open a brew-pub adjacent to their current location during the summer of 2014
    • Fort Edmonton Park is planning a $150M expansion which will include new attractions, a larger hotel and upgraded infrastructure on the site
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $100M to the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine for brain and mental health studies
    • The City of Camrose has authorized $960,000 in new spending to cover cost overruns needed to complete construction of the Camrose Performing Arts Centre
    • Rocky View Schools is planning to add 96 new staff members for the 2014-2015 school year, in response to an anticipated enrolment increase of 1,006 students
    • Boyle Street Community Services is partnering with PCL Construction to help their clients with training and employment at construction sites around Edmonton
    • Statistics Canada recently reported that in March 2014, Alberta had the highest job vacancy rate in Canada
    • The Government of Canada is providing over $2M to the City of Red Deer to implement the Housing First program, an initiative to help end homelessness
    • Osum Oil Sands is planning to purchase the Orion Oil Sands Project, in the Cold Lake region, from Shell Canada for $325M, with completion of the deal anticipated by July 31, 2014
    • Centerdrive, a Grande Prairie-based design agency, has created an online job board for job seekers and employers in the local area
    • The Government of Alberta is delaying the construction of 19 new schools, due to escalating costs under the proposed public-private partnership agreements
    • Manufacturers in Nisku are anticipating a surge in business related to the Northern Gateway Pipeline project
    • Wexford Development is proposing a six-storey building containing retail stores, restaurants, office and residential space, in the Old Strathcona area of Edmonton
  • Week of Jun 09 - Jun 13, 2014

    • The City of St. Albert is seeking vendors to operate food and beverage services at some of the city owned parks and recreation facilities
    • The Government of Alberta has budgeted $30M for the expansion of existing courthouses, and to start construction of new courthouses, in an effort to relieve congestion in the judicial system
    • Dawson Wallace Construction is set to begin the first phase of a $5.4M construction project on the Lethbridge Police Station
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $325M through the Alberta Community Resilience Program for projects that protect municipal infrastructure from flooding and drought
    • Manpower Alberta is forecasting a strong hiring climate between July and September of 2014, based on employer responses from a recently released report
    • The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is forecasting that the shipment of oil by rail from Western Canada will more than triple in volume between 2014 and 2016
    • Communities Development Society is planning a $20M seniors community called Hunt Coulee Village, to be developed on the outskirts of Calgary
    • Edmonton Public Schools is planning to add 339 full-time staff, including 119 teachers, in a tentative $1B budget for the 2014-2015 school year
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $4M annually to add more staff and improve services at sexual assault centres around the province
    • Harry Rosen, the luxury menswear retailer, is planning to build a new flagship store in Edmonton in response to strong sales
    • The Federal Government has awarded $2.8M to the Petroleum Human Resources Council to further develop its labour market information through the Careers in Oil + Gas website over the next three years
    • The Cold Lake Chamber of Commerce expects that the increase in the provincial minimum wage will have little impact on the local labour market, as even the lowest paid employees in the service industry earn well above the minimum
    • Earls Restaurant in Grande Prairie is planning to start hiring at the end of July 2014, with the renovated facility opening in September 2014
    • AIC Construction is starting work on July 2, 2014 on the third and final phase of the Downtown Revitalization Project in Innisfail
  • Week of Jun 02 - Jun 06, 2014

    • Total E&P Canada is delaying the Joslyn oil sands project near Fort McMurray indefinitely, resulting in the loss of 150 jobs
    • Lockheed Martin and the Government of Alberta have signed an agreement to help companies and post-secondary institutions develop and commercialize innovations
    • A recent report from Mercer LLC, a human resources consultancy, is forecasting an employee shortage in the Canadian energy sector in both skilled labour and management
    • Nordstrom is hiring 400 employees for the Chinook Centre store in Calgary, which is scheduled to open on September 19, 2014
    • The Government of Alberta has opened a new Edmonton Alberta Supports Centre. Four additional centres are planned to open in Edmonton in 2015.
    • Coalspur Mines is delaying the construction of the Vista coal project in Hinton due to weak coal prices
    • Blackline GPS is increasing its office, manufacturing and warehouse space in Calgary for a planned expansion into the European market
    • TELUS is spending $800,000 in 2014 to improve wireless service in the Barrhead area
    • Diaper Roo, a cloth diaper and cleaning service, has opened for business in Grande Prairie
    • The Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 4 has approved a $55.7M budget for the 2014-2015 school year, and the hiring of 15.26 full-time equivalent teachers
    • Maritime Bus Alberta has launched a dedicated luxury transportation service between Edmonton and Fort McMurray
    • Enerkem and the City of Edmonton have opened the world's first commercial advanced bio refinery to exclusively use municipal solid waste to produce biofuels and chemicals
  • Week of May 26 - May 30, 2014

    • The Government of Alberta has announced the Employment First Innovation Fund and the Employment First Internship Program to help create employment opportunities for Albertans with disabilities
    • The Derrick Golf and Winter Club, in Edmonton, is investing $12M to design and construct a new golf course, upgrade indoor recreation facilities, and expand the food and beverage services
    • Calgary Scientific Inc. has won a major contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for its ResolutionMD viewer, an application that allows doctors to use smartphones or tablets to diagnose medical images
    • The Government of Canada is providing $318,400 through the Canada Summer Jobs Fund to hire summer students in the Peace River riding of Alberta
    • Alberta Health Services is planning to hire up to 2,000 employees for the new hospital in Grande Prairie, by the proposed opening date in 2017, while the current Queen Elizabeth II hospital will revert to an urgent care facility
    • The Government of Canada, through the Building Canada Fund, is providing the final $150M required for the construction of the $1.8B Valley LRT Line in Edmonton. Construction is expected to start in 2016 with train service operational in late 2020.
    • Airdrie Housing Ltd. is set to construct a new building in Airdrie that will provide commercial and office space, and up to 21 residential mixed income suites
    • AltaGas Ltd. is providing a $500,000 interest-free loan to the Indian Business Corp. of Calgary to assist Aboriginal business ventures
    • A joint report by the Government of Alberta and a group of industry councils, titled Oilsands Construction and Operations Workforce Projections to 2023, is forecasting the creation of 98,000 jobs in the oil sands sector over the next decade
    • Airdrie City Council has rezoned land that will allow development of a retail shopping centre in Cooper's Crossing, providing services for an estimated 10,000 residents
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $400,000 to Indspire, as part of a campaign to raise $20M for bursaries and scholarships for post-secondary Aboriginal students across Canada
    • The Town of Canmore is spending $700,000 to transform the pool at the Canmore Recreation Centre into a gymnastics space and walking track
    • After three years of public consultation, Barrhead County has granted approval for a $12M sand and gravel pit to Stoney Valley Contracting. The operation is projected to have a 30-year lifespan.
    • Rocky View County has approved the final three phases of the Cottage Club Ghost Lake development project, a gated community west of Cochrane, allowing for the construction of up to 220 new summer homes
    • The Wesley Nation Elder's Lodge in Morley has received $25,000 from the New Horizons for Seniors Program for flood damage repairs
    • Hungerford Properties is spending over $3M to modernize the Ledgeview Business Centre in downtown Edmonton over the next 18 months
    • First Calgary Financial and the Chinook Credit Union are merging their operations to form a new regionally-focused credit union. The two credit unions currently have approximately 700 employees combined.
    • Sun Taxi and McMurray Airport Limo will be providing service to the new Fort McMurray International Airport, set to open on June 9, 2014
    • Father Patrick Mercredi High School, in Fort McMurray, has opened the Merc Café as a venue for students in the Vocational Education Program to gain workplace experience and develop skills prior to graduation
    • The Grande Prairie Catholic School Board of Trustees has reached a three-year contract agreement with support staff in the district starting on September 1, 2014, subject to final ratification
    • The High Prairie and District Sports Complex Society is anticipating a late August 2014 opening for the new $400,000 skateboard park in town
    • The Town of High Prairie recently recruited a new physician, bringing the local total to six doctors, but physician shortage remains an ongoing issue for the community
    • Summit Sport Physiotherapy, with four physiotherapists and a massage therapist on staff, is scheduled to move into new facilities at the Cargill Field House, in High River, by September 2014
    • Narrow Road Home, a supportive living home for women, is under development in High River with a possible summer 2014 opening, pending approval from town council
    • Teck Resources Ltd. has laid off 72 employees from its Cardinal River Mines operation, south of Hinton, due to declining world prices for steel-making coal. The layoff is part of a larger company-wide workforce reduction.
    • The Town of Hinton has decided to expand its Handibus service, which provides transportation for seniors and persons with special needs, starting in September 2014
    • The City of Lacombe is finalizing plans for a Best Western Hotel on the Michener Park commercial site, with construction anticipated to start in the latter part of 2014
    • The Government of Alberta is raising the general minimum wage to $10.20 per hour, and the liquor server minimum wage to $9.20 per hour, effective September 1, 2014. The increase affects approximately 1.5% of employees in the province.
    • In order to accommodate the increase in residential and commercial construction, the City of Edmonton is spending $46M to build a new storm sewer line in the downtown core in 2015
    • Spectrum Body and Paint Ltd., an auto body repair and painting shop in Medicine Hat, opened for business on May 20, 2014
  • Week of May 19 - May 23, 2014

    • Platinum Investments Ltd. has opened the Renaissance Airport Edmonton Hotel, a 213-room upscale hotel attached to the terminal at Edmonton International Airport
    • A recent report from the Conference Board of Canada found that expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline could create 15,000 person-years of employment in Alberta during the construction phase, but only 40 full-time positions in Alberta once construction is complete
    • Telus is investing $12M in Lethbridge in 2014 to expand the coverage of its wireless services and connect more homes and businesses to high-speed Internet
    • The Rimoka Housing Foundation and the Bethany Group are planning on $13M in funding from government sources to construct and operate a seniors lodge for residents of Rimbey and Ponoka
    • The recently opened Airport Trail tunnel to Calgary International Airport is spurring hundreds of millions of dollars in residential, retail, office and industrial developments on adjacent lands
    • Phoenix Heli-Flight, a Fort McMurray-based medical air evacuation service, is ceasing its overnight medevac services for the region because of a lack of funding
    • The Municipal District of Greenview and the Town of Valleyview have agreed on a funding plan for a $31M Valleyview Multiplex; consisting of an indoor aquatic centre and a field house
    • The Grande Prairie Public School Board has approved a $3M increase in spending for the 2014-15 school year, with 16 new teachers to be hired, more French programming, and an increase in music instruction
    • A new Value Village Thrift Store and a Fatburger Restaurant are opening in St. Albert in August 2014
    • GoodLife Fitness has opened a 24-hour fitness facility in St. Albert, along with on-site child care services as part of add-ons to the membership
    • The City of St. Albert has signed a five-year contract with Global Traffic Group Ltd. to provide photo traffic enforcement in the city, with flexibility in the contract to add more cameras and new technologies
    • Construction is slated to begin in June 2014 on the Empress Hills Aquatic Centre, adding to a range of recreation projects currently underway in Strathcona County
    • The Edmonton Catholic School Board has voted to close three schools due to the high cost of repairs to the buildings
    • NorQuest College has started construction on the $190M Centre for Learning in downtown Edmonton, scheduled to open for classes in the fall of 2017
    • The Global Petroleum Show 2014, taking place in Calgary from June 10 to 12, is expecting to draw record crowds this year and generate at least $9.0B in business transactions
    • NuVista Energy Ltd. is building a new compressor station, expanding its pipeline capacity and drilling more wells after signing a 10-year agreement to process raw gas
    • SemCam is planning to upgrade the sulphur recovery unit and add truck and rail loading facilities to its K3 gas processing plant near Fox Creek, after signing a long-term agreement with NuVista Energy
    • Midwives are in short supply throughout Alberta, leading to long wait lists for patients and a shortage of instructors for the Bachelor of Midwifery Program at Mount Royal University in Calgary
    • The City of Airdrie is expecting contractors to start work shortly on several major road projects in the area, following weather-related delays
    • The Town of Crossfield is searching for funds to continue handibus service to the community through the Rocky View Regional Handibus Society, after the Government of Alberta changed its funding model
    • AMEC Environment & Infrastructure has been awarded a contract by the Town of Edson to design the Edson West End Sanitary Sewer Trunk Main
    • Yellowhead County will be spending $200,000 to replace the Evansburg sewer lagoon discharge line, using day-labour for the work rather than a tender system due to a shortage of contractors
    • Construction of the Vista Coal Project, originally slated to begin in June 2014, is being delayed by the developer, Coalspur, due to recent decreases in global coal prices
    • Bluearth Renewables Inc. has been granted a four-year delay for its Hand Hills wind power project near Drumheller as it waits for power purchase agreements and completion of transmission lines that would connect to the provincial electrical grid
    • The Government of Alberta is spending $11M to improve the road surface along a stretch of Highway 2, near Nampa, with construction expected to be complete by October 2014
    • Papa Murphy's Pizza Canada Inc. has opened a new location in Lethbridge
    • The Sugar Plum Day Care in Peace River was destroyed by fire on May 17, 2014, creating an uncertain employment future for the staff, who have already been off work for a month as repairs were being made to the building
  • Week of May 12 - May 16, 2014

    • The CSA Group is expanding its hazardous locations testing lab in Edmonton and opening a new windows and door testing facility in the city by September 2014
    • The Government of Alberta is providing over $17M to replace the 60-year old mental health facility in Edmonton which is operated by Child, Adolescent and Family Services
    • 1st Choice Savings and Credit Union is opening a new branch in Westgate Centre in Lethbridge during the summer of 2014
    • The City of Medicine Hat is spending $9M to upgrade the Maple Avenue Bridge this summer and extend the life of the structure for 50 years
    • The Government of Alberta is increasing the value of the Residential Access Modification Program grant from $5,000 to $7,500 and offering multiple grants for home improvements that increase accessibility for disabled persons
    • Marshalls will be hiring up to 60 full-time and part-time employees for its first store in Calgary, which opens in the fall of 2014
    • Qualico is building the Allendale Professional Centre, a mixed professional and retail development in Edmonton, with completion scheduled by June 2015
    • Pembina Pipeline Corp. is spending $460M to build a third gas fractionator at its Redwater facility and an associated pipeline to service the new infrastructure
    • Chestermere Boulevard is scheduled for a major redevelopment following a change in ownership of the roadway from the Province of Alberta to the Town of Chestermere
    • Family and Community Support Services and the United Way Partnership have allocated $127,000 in grant money to 12 organizations for program development in the Cochrane area
    • Tri City Mall in Cold Lake is experiencing a revival with a series of new tenants but retailers in the city are having difficulties finding employees
    • Wicked Water Sports Rentals, opening on June 7, 2014 at Kinosoo Beach in the Town of Cold Lake, is offering waterjet pack and boat rentals as a franchise under the Alberta Flyboard Association
    • The Lakeland Catholic School District has purchased a residential building to provide housing for their staff members in Cold Lake and Bonnyville, with occupancy expected by September 2014
    • The Government of Alberta has numerous paving and road improvement projects planned for the Drumheller area in 2014, while the Town of Drumheller is currently in the pre-tender stage for similar projects
    • The Town of Edson has passed a capital budget of almost $22M for a range of infrastructure projects during the 2014 fiscal year, with funding from the Government of Alberta and Yellowhead County
    • WestJet recently added flights from Fort McMurray to Kelowna and Vancouver and plans to launch service to Las Vegas beginning on June 24, 2014
    • Prospective students for the Crane and Hoist Operator Apprenticeship Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton are camping out in the hallways of the institution in an effort to capture one of the 180 coveted spots
    • ATCO Power is starting a new division that will sell electricity directly to commercial and industrial customers, such as hospitals and shopping malls, in Alberta
    • The Government of Alberta is spending $4.5M to upgrade the Red Willow Bridge on Highway 722, south of Beaverlodge. The project is expected to be complete by October 2014.
    • A recent report has found that the Fort McMurray Airport Authority generated $412M in economic activity for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and 1,700 direct and indirect jobs between 2011 and 2013
    • The Government of Canada is providing $434,000 for a range of arts and infrastructure projects in Fort McMurray and the Peace region
    • After 72 years in business, Tot-em Transportation in Medicine Hat will be closing its doors after losing a second busing contract for the local Catholic School Division. The company has approximately 76 employees, but the winning bidder, Southland Transportation, is welcoming applications from former Tot-em employees.
    • The HealthWORX Medical Clinic in Medicine Hat has hired two new family physicians, who should start seeing patients in early July 2014
    • Solutions Clinical Pharmacy opened in Medicine Hat on May 15, 2014, providing prescription services, counselling and immunizations
    • Five Grande Prairie high school students will be completing their Class 4 Power Engineering certificate as part of their curriculum, with internships through Weyerhauser and Pembina Pipelines Corp., under a unique program aimed at increasing the supply of power engineers
    • Alberta Education is seeking teachers willing to mark Grade 12 diploma exams, following a recent cut in remuneration for the work
    • The Government of Alberta is authorizing an increase in the accommodation fees that seniors pay for long-term care and supportive living, effective July 1, 2014
    • Telus is investing $185M in Calgary and the surrounding regions in 2014 to upgrade and expand its wireless service and continue construction on Telus Sky, a technologically advanced residential and commercial centre downtown
    • A new Sears depot opened at Marigold Enterprises in High Prairie on May 9, 2014
    • Custom Bulk Services is planning to expand its sand and fertilizer off-loading facilities in Penhold to alleviate rail car shortages in the area
  • Week of May 05 - May 09, 2014

    • SNC-Lavalin is selling AltaLink, which owns more than one-half of Alberta's electrical transmission grid, to Berkshire Hathaway Energy for $3.2B
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $40M for improvements to the Bassano Dam, after the structure almost failed during the 2013 floods
    • GoldenKey Oil Inc. has withdrawn its plans to drill for oil on lands within Lethbridge city limits, following opposition from the community
    • ProCura, a Calgary-based development company, is planning to demolish the Paramount Theatre on Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton, to make way for a residential tower on the site
    • The Edmonton Police Service will be using the financial proceeds of crime in the city to help the homeless population, and fund the salaries of four city police officers
    • Tot-em Transportation, in Medicine Hat, is laying off 40 employees after Medicine Hat School District No. 76 awarded its busing contract to Southland Transportation
    • A tight rental housing market in Edmonton is spurring the development of Mayfair Village North, a residential apartment building in the downtown core, with construction expected to start by the end of June 2014
    • The courthouse in Turner Valley is reopening, following a 20-year closure, in an attempt to relieve the backlog of cases in the nearby town of Okotoks
    • The TD Bank Group is providing $400,000 to support the transition of First Nations Métis and Inuit students at the University of Lethbridge to post-secondary education
    • The Government of Alberta is spending $14M for road rehabilitation work on Highway 63. The project is expected to be completed by the end of July 2014.
    • Jacob Inc., a Montréal-based women's clothing retailer, is closing all of its 92 stores in Canada. Jacob has four locations in Calgary and three in Edmonton.
    • WAM Development Group, Walton Group and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, are partnering to construct the Henday Industrial Park in northwest Edmonton
    • United Airlines is cancelling its Fort McMurray to Denver direct flight, as of June 1, 2014, less than a year after the service began
    • Fusion Cup, a specialty coffee and sandwich shop, is scheduled to open in Grande Prairie by early June 2014
    • The City of Grande Prairie has plans to upgrade and renovate the former Young Offender's Centre in the city, after the building was purchased from the Government of Alberta
    • The Grande Yellowhead Public School Division has approved $300,000 as its share of a $900,000 running track in the Town of Edson
    • The Government of Alberta is improving its fire-fighting capabilities through $6.5M in improvements to the Edson Tanker Base
  • Week of Apr 28 - May 02, 2014

    • The Government of Alberta is committing $19B to key infrastructure projects around the province over the next three years as part of the Building Alberta Plan
    • Lethbridge College recently broke ground on the Trades and Technology Renewal and Innovation Project in Lethbridge
    • The University of Lethbridge has passed a $163M operating budget that will allow the institution to lift a hiring freeze, and fill some vacant academic positions
    • The Municipal District of Willow Creek is proposing to close the volunteer fire department in the Hamlet of Moon River Estates, east of Lethbridge, over funding and liability concerns
    • Petcetera, a pet food and supply retailer, is closing its stores in Edmonton and Calgary
    • The Calgary Homeless Foundation is starting construction on the first of eight buildings as part of a $37M program to provide supportive and affordable housing for the homeless
    • CFB Suffield will host 5,000 British Army troops during 2014, resulting in approximately $40M in local economic benefit
    • Melcor Developments is moving forward with the 2,000 residential unit Jensen Lakes development in St. Albert
    • The Government of Alberta and the Foothills Foundation are partnering to fund the $9.9M reconstruction of Medicine Tree Manor, a High River seniors lodge which was damaged in the June 2013 floods
    • In response to customer demand, Precision Drilling Corp. is increasing its capital spending by $200M in 2014 to build new drilling rigs
    • Ritchie Bros. auctioneers set a new company record by selling $143M worth of trucks and heavy equipment over a three day sale in Edmonton
    • The Government of Alberta is shifting its focus to domestic pipelines and upgrading facilities in light of recent announcements regarding the Keystone XL pipeline construction
    • Tool Shed Brewing is moving into their own brewery in Calgary, after the Government of Alberta relaxed the regulations around the craft beer industry in 2013
    • Trochu Motors, a farm equipment dealership, recently opened a new operation in Trochu
    • The Government of Alberta has reached a tentative three-year collective bargaining settlement with the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $203M in Budget 2014, through Innovation and Advanced Education, to attract and support researchers, businesses and entrepreneurs
    • The Government of Alberta is increasing the scope of practice of optometrists certified by the Alberta College of Optometrists, authorizing four new services
    • The Old Strathcona Foundation has joined the Alberta Main Street Program, providing access to funding for restoration and conservation work in the Edmonton neighbourhood
    • Numerous major road construction projects are now underway in Calgary and, weather permitting, scheduled to wrap up in the fall of 2014
    • Canadian North is building a pilot training facility, equipped with a Boeing 737 flight simulator, at the Edmonton International Airport
    • The Government of Alberta has announced funding of $600M for flood mitigation work in the Calgary region over the next three years
    • The Vulcan Community Health Centre and the Vulcan Medical Clinic have been successful in recruiting a full-time physician, the only one in the town
    • Telus is bringing fiber optic cable service to 90% of Wainwright homes over the next several months
    • The Manluk Centre, a regional aquatic and fitness facility in Wetaskiwin, is nearing completion and scheduled to open by the end of June 2014
    • The City of Airdrie has decided to stop its ACCESS to Calgary program, which provided transportation to medical and skills-development services in Calgary, because of high costs and low ridership
    • Suncor Energy is donating $2.5M to the Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute, a joint effort of the Banff Centre and the University of Alberta, to develop new programs
  • Week of Apr 21 - Apr 25, 2014

    • The Government of Alberta has approved two projects that will allow the revitalization in downtown Edmonton to proceed
    • The Tail Creek Mud and Music Festival, a new outdoor music festival, is set to run near Alix from June 27 to 28, 2014
    • Medicine Hat Mall has signed a new agreement with the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede that will see increased promotional events and contributions to the $1M in planned mall renovations
    • Sturgeon RV Ltd., a recreational vehicle repair and maintenance shop, has opened for business in St. Albert
    • WestJet Encore will begin offering daily service from Edmonton to Kamloops, B.C. beginning February 15, 2015, after recently suspending its Kamloops to Vancouver flight
    • The Whitecourt Seniors Circle board has received $125,000 from the Community Facility Enhancement Grant, which falls under the Alberta Lottery Fund. The money will be used for facility renovations, scheduled to be complete by September 2014.
    • The City of Calgary is facing a $3.2B infrastructure funding shortfall over the next decade as it struggles with needed repairs amid a significant projected increase in population
    • Global TV is cutting 11 positions in Lethbridge by the end of May 2014, but offering the affected employees the opportunity to compete for four newly revamped positions at the station
    • The City of Medicine Hat has approved the hiring of four permanent, full-time occupational safety officials, with one of the positions being a supervisor
    • The City of Fort McMurray is debating the proposed demolition of all expropriated commercial and residential downtown buildings in the city by June 15, 2014
    • The National Bee Diagnostic Centre in Beaverlodge, part of the Centre of Research and Innovation of the Grande Prairie Regional College, has been awarded $150,000 for research into honeybee infections
    • Telus plans to start work in late April 2014 to connect most homes and businesses in Edson to their fiber optic network, and complete the process by November 2014
    • The City of Airdrie is spending $52,000 on its 2014 Annual Census, offering enumerators to collect the information but encouraging residents to use the online service
    • Enbridge is planning to start construction on its Edmonton to Hardisty, Alberta oil pipeline by the third quarter of 2014, after it was granted approval from the Government of Canada
    • The Town of Barrhead is moving forward with decommissioning and demolishing the old Kinsmen Aquatic Centre, pending a consultant and engineering report on the costs
    • A recent report has found that the Town of Bonnyville has a zero vacancy rate for rental accommodations, largely as a result of the rapid increase in population over the past year
    • The Cypress County Recreation Board is distributing just over $252,000 to a range of groups for seasonal hiring and program development across the county
    • The City of Edmonton has announced 125 city traffic projects for the summer of 2014 at an estimated cost of $404M
    • The Town of Redcliff has received more than $800,000 from the Government of Alberta for repair work related to the 2013 flood damages
    • Cypress County has voted to borrow $12M over 15 years to complete the funding requirements for the Dunmore-Irvine-Walsh Regional Water Line project
    • The Cochrane and District Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Cochrane Trade Show on May 3 and 4, 2014. The event is expected to draw 2,800 participants.
    • Rocky View County and the RVC Fire Fighters Association Local 4794 with the International Association of Fire Fighters have signed a collective agreement that will see the reinstatement of eight full-time firefighters
    • Portage College, in St. Paul, has received $1.5M from the Government of Alberta to complete construction of the Food Sciences Centre, slated to be open for classes in the fall of 2014
    • Construction on the North Saskatchewan River Bridge, near Drayton Valley, is expected to resume in May 2014 and be completed by the end of the summer, following several weather related set-backs in 2013
    • The City of Fort Saskatchewan is launching a public transit pilot project, scheduled to run until December 2015, that will tie the service into the Edmonton Transit System
    • Prairie Hearing Centre, a new clinic dedicated to ear health has opened in Grande Prairie. The centre provides full diagnostic hearing tests, along with hearing aid sales and service.
    • The owner of the Wild Rose Manor in Penhold, which was destroyed by fire on April 10, 2014, plans to rebuild on the site, pending an insurance settlement for the estimated $3M damage
    • The Town of Innisfail and the Innisfail & District Chamber of Commerce have reached an agreement to hire a summer student, and keep the local tourist information centre open from May 15 through to the September long weekend
    • The Town of Innisfail has awarded a $408,000 paving project to Border Paving Ltd., rounding out its construction expenditures for 2014
    • The City of Lacombe is developing strategies to attract builders to the area, as there is a chronic shortage of housing in the region, particularly low-income housing and multi-family residences, with a vacancy rate below one percent
    • The Wolf Creek Public School Board has voted to permanently close Satinwood School, near Clive, at the end of June 2014, due to declining enrollment
    • The City of Leduc is on track to have a record-setting level of residential housing construction in 2014, with most of the building permits for multi-family units
    • The City of Leduc is breaking ground for a new $7.7M fire hall on May 12, 2014. The hall is expected to be operational by the fall of 2015.
    • The Municipal District of Foothills is proposing a land-use bylaw change that will see the development of medical marijuana production facilities restricted to industrial areas
    • The Town of Black Diamond has hired a consultant to determine the demand for a family style hotel in the area, as an incentive to possible hotel developers
    • The Municipal District of Foothills is planning to begin repair work in Hogg Park, which was damaged in the 2013 floods, although the shortage of available contractors may limit the scope of the work in 2014
    • O-NET, the Internet Service Provider for Olds Fibre Ltd., is working to overcome service delays caused by a shortage of skilled labour, weather, and a lack of equipment
    • The Peace River and District Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its bi-annual job fair on May 1, 2014 in Peace River
    • The Lac Cardinal Regional Economic Development Board is partnering with the local school districts to develop an entrepreneurial mentorship program for high school students in the Peace River area
    • The Palliser Economic Partnership, the Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta, and the Village of Foremost have received grants from the Government of Canada to help attract job-creating investments to the region
  • Week of Apr 14 - Apr 18, 2014

    • Construction has started on the $9.6M first-phase of Elim Village in Lethbridge, a seniors housing project slated to open in the spring of 2015
    • The Blood, Piikani and Siksika First Nations are joining forces to create the Blackfoot Confederacy Education Authority, which is intended to enhance Aboriginal education opportunities, by September 2015
    • The Town of Penhold is grappling with a water shortage and firefighting costs after battling an apartment complex fire that resulted in $1M in structural damage
    • The City of Lethbridge is spending $19.5M in 2014 on arterial upgrades in the northwest part of the city, as the summer construction season ramps up
    • Medicine Hat College is moving the rig technician apprenticeship program to its Brooks, Alberta campus starting in 2015, following an agreement to vacate the current program site in Medicine Hat
    • Weatherford Wireline has closed its Medicine Hat operations effective April 7, 2014, impacting approximately 30 employees
    • Millennium Stimulation Services, a hydraulic fracturing company in Dunmore, is hiring at least 30 additional employees
    • CBC is cutting five jobs in Calgary and three jobs in Edmonton as part of a nationwide reduction of services
    • Construction on the $1.3M upgrade to the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital visitor parking area has started, and is expected to be complete in August 2014
    • The Government of Alberta is spending $423M on twinning 240 km of Highway 63 during 2014. The construction project is expected to employ about 650 workers during the summer.
    • The City of Grande Prairie is partnering with the Grande Prairie Public School District to build a new central school office as part of a larger downtown development
    • The Community Knowledge Campus in Grande Prairie is in line for a $17M sports field complex, to be built in stages, ending in 2020
    • The Hamlet of Grovedale will have a new arena in place by October 2015, with funding from the Municipal District of Greenview and support from the community
    • Feast & Lounge, a restaurant and pub, is opening in downtown St. Albert in May 2014
    • The Northern Alberta Business Incubator in the Campbell Business Park is offering a new home for Kabul Tailors after the business was displaced by the Grandin Mall redevelopment in St. Albert
    • Shaw Communications is cutting 140 positions in Calgary as part of a larger nationwide layoff of 400, as it restructures, with plans to also hire more than 100 people and invest in new business areas
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $5M to develop residential treatment beds for youth in Edmonton and Calgary as part of a $48M mental health strategy
    • The $130M Strathcona Community Hospital in Sherwood park is scheduled to open on May 21, 2014, offering 24-hour emergency care, with a gradual phase in of additional services
    • The City of Lethbridge is expecting an influx of spectators and participants in February 2015 after being awarded the Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games
    • The City of Lethbridge has awarded a $688,000 contract to AECOM Canada Ltd. of Calgary for structural design work related to bridge and pedestrian projects over the next several years
    • The City of Airdrie is starting work on over $20M worth of capital projects over the next few months, with most of the work related to roadways
    • Calgary City Council has approved a bylaw amendment that will allow the development of commercial marijuana growing operations in industrial areas of the city
    • Baker Hughes has closed its cement and pumping operations in Medicine Hat effective April 11, 2014, affecting an estimated 200 employees
    • Cypress County has approved a $36,000 grant to the Irvine and District Agricultural Society for foundation repairs to their building
    • The Canmore Community Housing Corporation is planning to start construction in the fall of 2014 on a housing development, with up to 48 units, for low income adults and single parent families
    • The Town of Claresholm and the Municipal District of Willow Creek have been awarded the 2015 Southern Alberta Summer Games, running from July 8 to 11, 2015
    • Calvin Christian School, outside Coalhurst, hosted their second student career fair on April 10, 2014, with over 30 employers and career booths
    • A renovated and expanded Stettler Recreation Centre opened on April 5, 2014, offering improved accessibility for seniors, and housing a larger library within the complex
    • The Enoch Cree Nation has closed the Indian Lakes Golf Course and Enoch Pow Wow, near Edmonton, over safety concerns, resulting in the loss of 50 jobs
    • Associated Ambulances is starting construction in May 2014 on a new facility in Drayton Valley, to house their four ambulances and provide living quarters for on duty staff
    • The Alberta Works office in Drayton Valley has increased in size and added additional staff to offer employment services, after the local service provider ceased operations at the end of March 2014
    • The Drayton Valley Community Foundation has appointed a full-time Executive Director as of April 14, 2014, replacing volunteers and part-time employees who previously filled the role
    • Secure Energy Services is planning to construct a processing, recovery and disposal facility, for non-hazardous oilfield waste materials, near the Hamlet of Obed
    • The City of Fort Saskatchewan has granted approval for the last section of the Southfort Ridge residential housing development, allowing development on the 24 lots to proceed
    • The City of Grande Prairie and the County of County Prairie are partnering with AECOM in Edmonton to conduct detailed aerial-imaging of urban and rural areas
    • Foothills SNAPS, a support organization for people with special needs, has opened a new division to help people facing barriers find employment
    • The City of Edmonton will be spending an extra $27M on road repairs in 2014-2015 as a result of a reallocation of tax money
    • The Chief Administrative Officer position in Lac La Biche County is now vacant following the resignation of the interim employee in the job, and there is currently no one backfilling the opening
    • The City of Medicine Hat is planning to hire four new occupational safety officers, including a director to oversee the six existing safety advisors
    • The Town of Bowden has reversed a previous decision to cease operations at the Bowden Heritage Rest Area in 2014, after Alberta Transportation stepped in with a funding commitment for the site
    • The Town of Olds is recruiting for a Level 1 Community Peace Officer, a position that has been vacant for the past five years
    • The Peace River Seniors Apartment Association and the Peace River Royal Canadian Legion have received funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program for facility upgrades and building repairs
  • Week of Apr 07 - Apr 11, 2014

    • The Western Canadian demand for condensate, used to dilute bitumen, is expected to more than double by 2020, stimulating pipeline and processing facility expansion in Alberta
    • The Government of Canada is investing $1.6M to support the establishment of the Animal Nutrition and Ingredient Development Program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton
    • Medicine Hat School District No. 76 is seeking a private operator to run its Herald School Daycare Program, the fourth and final school-based program to be privatized
    • Alberta Transportation is completing $2.1M worth of work on a flood damaged bridge and associated approaches near the Siksika Nation, east of Calgary, by the end of June 2014
    • Old School Holdings, an oilfield and pipeline manufacturing facility, will be hiring up to 12 welders in the near future, pending a zoning approval for the business from Mountain View County
    • Pengrowth Energy Corp. is planning to build a 6.4 km pipeline south of Olds, with construction scheduled to start in the summer of 2014
    • The Carstairs and District Historical Society is planning renovations to the Roulston Museum and construction of a new wing to house additional exhibits, a visitors centre and a gift shop
    • The East Hills Walmart Supercentre near Chestermere has officially opened, along with a Tim Hortons franchise inside the store
    • The Town of Cochrane has given approval to move forward on the final design and tendering for the $45M addition of an aquatic centre and curling rink for the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre
    • The Government of Alberta is investing in the Backcountry Trail Flood Rehabilitation Program to repair areas damaged in the June 2013 floods in the Crowsnest Pass, including salaries, signage, and bridge building
    • Imperial Oil's Leduc #1 has hired an educational coordinator to interact with visiting students, and supervise the laboratory experiments
    • The Bethany Care Society has opened Bethany Didsbury, a care facility offering space for 100 seniors in long-term care, and 25 beds for dementia patients
    • The historic Buck Lake Hotel, operating as the Lakeshore Inn, was recently destroyed by fire, eliminating a source for local accommodations
    • The Town of Drayton Valley and Brazeau County are partnering to develop the Community Investment Plan which brings five separate infrastructure projects together in a bid to attract investors
    • Chevron and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology are training 44 African students in Calgary for work in the oil and gas industry. The students are slated to return to Angola to work in the offshore energy sector upon completion of the course.
    • Funding from the Government of Alberta will create 184 new spaces at the University of Lethbridge over the next four years, including a new program in Aboriginal Health
    • The Medicine Hat Women's Shelter will be hiring additional workers and providing six new emergency beds at the Phoenix Safe House
    • Weyerhauser in Grande Prairie is shifting their shutdown and maintenance program from a 12-month to an 18-month cycle, in an effort to reduce costs. The shutdown, which employs up to a thousand workers, will run from September 18 to October 2, 2014.
    • Strathcona County has approved the Aspen Trails subdivision, which is scheduled for more than 1,400 dwelling units over the next three years
    • Daisy Dollhouse is opening on May 17, 2014 at the Westlock Capri Centre Mall, after vacating their existing location at the soon to be redeveloped Grandin Mall in St. Albert
    • The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in Calgary, and the Zebra Child Protection Centre in Edmonton, are each receiving one full-time RCMP member as part of the province-wide increase in policing
    • The City of Edmonton is hiring enumerators for the 2014 Census, and offering residents the option of completing the census online
    • The Edmonton Construction Association warns of a possible worker shortage due to a rise in construction and development in the Greater Edmonton region in 2014
    • A new high school in northeast Calgary, scheduled to open in 2016, is being built without a gymnasium or library, but instead is sharing the facilities of the adjacent Genesis Centre as a cost-saving measure
    • The City of Calgary hosted the annual Youth Hiring Fair for young people on April 8, 2014, with over 5,000 jobs on offer from over 90 employers
    • Calgary-based Newalta Corp. is studying options to improve the profitability of its Industrial Division, including a possible sale or spin-off of the division, which has 900 employees in 35 locations across Canada
    • Calgary is experiencing a surge in housing starts, particularly for apartment buildings, driven by a high demand for housing as a result of strong migration into Alberta, low multi-family inventories and low vacancy rates
    • The Southern Alberta Eye Centre in Calgary has become the first ophthalmic facility in Canada offering training and supervision on the use of femtosecond lasers in cataract removal
    • Cineplex Cinemas Manning Town Centre opened in Edmonton on April 11, 2014, offering 10 separate auditoriums in a cutting-edge movie complex
    • Employees of Copper Sky Lodge, a Supportive Living Level 4 residence in Spruce Grove, have joined the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees. The facility only recently became fully-staffed but has an ongoing need for casual employees.
    • Mountain View Seniors Housing is proceeding with the construction of an $8M seniors facility in Sundre, with opening expected in 2016
    • Sylvan Lake has been awarded Kraft Hockeyville 2014 from the National Hockey League, along with $100,000 for repairs to the community arena roof, following its collapse in January 2014
    • Construction will start this spring on a water park in Taber, after Town Council agreed to assume responsibility for ownership and operation of the splash park
    • The Municipal District of Taber, the Town of Taber, and Community Futures Chinook, are proposing to jointly fund a full-time Economic Development Officer position for the region
    • The law firm of Knaut Johnson Francoeur LLP is opening a law office in Viking on April 16, 2014
    • The East Central Emergency 911 Call Answer Society will be using a $250,000 grant from the Government of Alberta to upgrade its technology and hire a contractor to oversee the improvements to its dispatch services
    • The Town of Westlock is hoping that the pending completion of two residential developments will ease the local housing shortage during 2014
    • The Calgary Fire Department has reduced the number of new hires in 2014, and is suspending the winter operation of its dive team because of funding cutbacks
    • Enterprise Saint John, a New Brunswick-based organization, has spearheaded a labour trade mission to Edmonton and Calgary promoting New Brunswick professionals and businesses
    • UFA Co-operative Ltd. is opening a new farm and ranch supply store in Airdrie in 2015, along with a bulk fuel cardlock. The current, smaller UFA store in Airdrie has 20 employees and will remain in operation until the new site opens.
    • Airdrie City Council has approved the development of 142 residential units in two buildings at Kingsview Market in the southeast part of the city
    • The City of Medicine Hat has revealed plans for a $30M mixed commercial and residential development consisting of two towers in the downtown core
    • The Kainai Corrections Society, in Standoff, is closing its minimum-security facility because of a lack of funding. Probation, court worker, crime prevention services and an elders program will continue, but 12 employees lost their jobs.
    • Evergreen Transloading and Superior Silica Sands LLC have opened a Mega Centre sand transloading facility in Sexsmith. The site initially will have two silos and capacity for 45-railcars, with four additional silos by June 2014.
    • AltaGas will be replacing gas mains and service in downtown Athabasca beginning in May 2014, with a project duration of approximately six months
    • The Aspen View Public School Division has agreed to funding for a playground at the Landing Trail Intermediate School in Athabasca, with construction anticipated during the summer of 2014
    • After 25 years in business, Sparetime Bowling in Bonnyville will close its doors on April 19, 2014. The owners are retiring and had attempted to sell the business, which is being converted to office space.
    • Lululemon, the yoga-themed clothing retailer, is opening a temporary location at Peter Pond Mall in Fort McMurray, before the end of April 2014
    • The County of Grande Prairie has approved a series of tenders for road repairs and improvements, and bridge repairs in the county in 2014
    • West Edmonton Mall has announced five new tenants that will be opening retail outlets in 2014, continuing the strong market activity in Edmonton
    • Saint-Thomas Health Centre, in Edmonton, is attempting to deal with some of its financial difficulties by reducing staff levels and contracting with a third-party service provider
    • Hays Oil & Gas reported that Canadian energy employee salaries increased almost 6% in 2013, to an average of US $130,000 per year
    • The Canada Land Company, which is in charge of developing the Currie Barracks, a former military base in Calgary, has redesigned the project and increased the planned density by 4,000 residents
    • Pembina Pipeline Corporation is constructing a $35M office and warehouse complex in Sherwood Park, to consolidate all of its regional operations, with opening planned for 2015
  • Week of Mar 31 - Apr 04, 2014

    • The Town of Grande Cache is cutting back on services at its airport over the next two years, with a complete closure of the facility by 2016 due to financial reasons
    • The Village of Duchess is planning to have a new recreation centre in place by the fall of 2014, after a fire destroyed the previous structure in November 2012
    • Grey Eagle Casino, near Calgary has unveiled a new 2,300-seat concert music venue, the Grey Eagle Event Centre
    • A large retail development, with at least two big box stores, is in the works for an area adjacent to the TaigaNova Industrial Business Park in Fort McMurray
    • The Town of Beaverlodge is seeking contractors for construction of a new regional health facility in the community
    • The City of St. Albert and Lakeland College, in Vermilion, are partnering to bring the 12-week long National Fire Protection Association 1001 Firefighter program to the city starting on June 16, 2014
    • Amacon has outlined its plans for the redevelopment of the Grandin Mall in St. Albert, including three high-rise condominium towers with a total of 1200 units, retail space, and underground parking
    • A recent study on the demand for accommodation in St. Albert has found that the city requires at least one additional 100-room hotel to attract and retain business
    • Alberta Health Services is adding 40 beds for residential seniors care in Medicine Hat
    • Wetzel's Pretzels, a California-based soft pretzel vendor, opened its first franchise in Western Canada at West Edmonton Mall on March 28, 2014
    • Calgary City Council's decision to limit tax increases in 2014 will result in a $9M reduction in municipal spending, impacting the planned Calgary Transit service expansion and other city programs
    • The City of Lethbridge has decided to cease providing curbside tree chipping services, in effect since 1995, and instead direct the material to recycling centres
    • Lethbridge City Council is moving ahead with the development of a $55M leisure pool centre and is seeking a general contractor to manage the project
    • Rocky View Schools will be spending $1.7M to purchase and relocate modular classrooms to several schools in Airdrie in an effort to cope with overcrowding
    • Airdrie City Council has rejected the development of a proposed RV storage facility near the Highland Park Industrial Park because of zoning issues
    • The Village of Boyle will be spending over $240,000 from the Federal Gas Tax Fund for the installation of new water and gas meters
    • The residents of Barrhead County have voted to support a $15M leisure pool centre development, following the recent sudden closure of the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    • Leduc County fire services staff are recruiting firefighters in an effort to resurrect the Thorsby Fire Department, amidst a reorganization of management of the service
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $115M over three years to address wildfire issues in the province, including training and longer-term employment for firefighters
    • The HealthWORX Medical Clinic in Medicine Hat is expanding to provide space for two new physicians, an on-site pharmacy and the Lung Wellness Centre
    • The Industrial Heartland of Alberta, outside of Edmonton, is experiencing a surge in workers and economic activity as plants and facilities temporarily shut down for annual maintenance and repairs
  • Week of Mar 24 - Mar 28, 2014

    • The Town of Vauxhall has terminated the employment of the Chief Administrative Officer and is currently searching for a replacement. The town council made a decision to take the town in a different direction, necessitating replacement of the employee.
    • The Government of Alberta is set to purchase the Willow Square land in Fort McMurray from the federal government, clearing a long standing hurdle over the development of a seniors facility on the site
    • Renovations at the Earls restaurant in Grande Prairie have been stalled as the owner awaits an insurance settlement from a previous fire at the site
    • Browns Social House, a pub and casual dining restaurant, is expected to open in Grande Prairie at the end of April 2014
    • The Government of Alberta is implementing the TRAVIS MJ system, an online, one stop shop that allows truckers to purchase multiple permits at once
    • The Government of Alberta has increased the compensation rate for first responders who are called to medical co-response incidents from $400 to $600 per hour
    • Airdrie residents have concerns about fire protection with the proposed closure of the downtown fire hall
    • The Town of Stettler and the County of Stettler are meeting with Internet Service Providers to discuss solutions to the limited bandwidth in the area, which is affecting business users
    • Lonestar Lumber, an Edmonton pallet manufacturer, suffered $3M in damage due to a fire on March 22, 2014. The bulk of the inventory was saved but the main building on the site was destroyed.
    • GenY Inc. is a new, Edmonton-based consulting service, that aims to bridge the gap between businesses and Generation Y employees and candidates
    • A report from TD Securities is forecasting increased drilling in 2014 and 2015, as rising natural gas prices stimulate spending in the energy sector
    • The fate of the Fort McMurray-based Wood Buffalo Environmental Association, established in 1997 to monitor air quality in the oil sands region, is in limbo as it deals with a $3.4M funding shortfall
    • Peters & Co., a Calgary investment bank, is forecasting that capital spending in the Alberta oil sands will rise to $32B in 2014, and decline to $29B in 2015
    • Approximately eight of the 119 former employees, all in management positions, of Devon Energy Corp. in Grande Prairie will lose their jobs on April 1, 2014, when Canadian Natural Resources Ltd assumes control of Devon's assets. The fields and operations staff will keep their job.
    • Demand for commercial office space in Calgary has increased in the first four months of 2014 from 2013 levels, reflecting increased confidence and activity in the energy sector
    • The Town of Hinton is seeking another paid firefighter in a compliance position, in order to comply with Occupational Health and Safety requirements. The town council voted to continue funding for the position, which was created in 2013.
    • Twin Butte Energy, a Calgary-based heavy oil producer, plans to increase the proportion of horizontal wells drilled in 2014, to 80% of its drilling program, up from 42% in 2013
    • The Town of Sylvan Lake is holding public meetings around a $5M borrowing proposal towards construction of a new $6.27M fire hall, and the possible purchase of an aerial fire truck
    • Moments Coffee and Tea House has opened in Three Hills. The shop includes an entertainment stage, which will be featured as a venue for local artists.
    • The Buffalo Trails Public School District is poised to make a decision on the fate of Clandonald School following financial difficulties and declines in enrolment over the last several years
    • Environmental Sentry Services Inc., a company specializing in oil spill mitigation and contaminant removal, is expanding to a new manufacturing shop in Irma
    • A Burger King restaurant and a 24-hour Petro Canada service station are opening in Viking in the fall of 2014
    • Snappy Cleaners Coin Laundromat is open for business in Wetaskiwin, offering self-serve and drop-off services for commercial and residential customers
    • The Town of Whitecourt is expecting to become a major hub for exploration and development of the energy sector in the Duvernay Shale Basin over the next decade
    • The Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta recently signed an agreement in principle on the Canada Jobs Grant program that will provide training and skills development
    • Precision Drilling is spending $634M in capital for 2014, including the construction of new drilling rigs for domestic and international use, and upgrades to existing rigs
    • Portage College is partnering with industry and Campus Alberta to identify workforce training needs as it develops Canada's first pipeline training centre
    • The Fort McMurray Airport will feature 15 new retail and food outlets when the new terminal opens on June 9, 2014. A four-star hotel is also scheduled to open at the airport in 2016.
    • Torode Realty Advisors, a Calgary property developer, is upgrading and renovating the Professional Building in St. Albert
    • HIV Community Link Bow Valley is closing the office in Banff because of funding cuts, and redirecting their resources towards other communities in southern Alberta
    • Air Canada Rouge is expanding its service out of the Calgary airport and offering new flights to US destinations
    • Ensign Energy Services is building 12 new advanced technology drilling rigs in 2014, and upgrading existing rigs as it places more emphasis on customer demand for deeper, more complex wells
    • The Rocky View Regional Handibus Service is attempting to deal with increased ridership and longer trips, as the number of registered users has more than doubled since 2010, primarily for medical appointments in Calgary
    • Two nurse practitioners have been added to the Primary Care Network office in Cold Lake. Additionally, a satellite office is opening April 14, 2014, at 4 Wing Cold Lake, to treat military families and the community at large.
    • The City of Cold Lake is re-examining the local demand for public transit as the population demographics and city development have changed since the service last operated in 2005
    • The Counties of Flagstaff, Beaver and Paintearth are combining their resources to hold the first Tri-County Job Fair on May 24, 2014 in Killam
    • Construction is expected to start as soon as the ground thaws this spring on a 50-seat restaurant and hotel development in Coleman
    • The Employee Attraction and Retention Network, a coalition of business and educational groups, will be holding the 2014 Interactive Career and Education Expo in Drayton Valley on April 10, 2014
    • The Pembina Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee are struggling to attract and retain physicians in Drayton Valley, but the newly announced Primary Care Network for the region could be a useful retention-tool
    • The Drumheller Aquaplex should have a new waterslide in place by September 2014, after Town Council approved $500,000 in capital spending for the project
    • The City of Fort Saskatchewan and the Fort Saskatchewan Kinette Club are moving forward with construction of a public outdoor gym, after the city agreed to support the project with capital, and ongoing maintenance of the structure
    • The Sawmill Prime Rib and Steakhouse restaurant, in Grande Prairie, has delayed the proposed spring opening date because of construction delays imposed by the City of Grande Prairie. A new opening is planned for September 2014.
    • The Town of Hinton has approved a new residential development with a mix of single and multiple-family homes, but reduced the number of housing units from 91 to 69
    • Saputo, the Montreal-based cheese maker, is closing two plants in Alberta; one at Glenwood and the other at Wetaskiwin. Saputo is the largest single employer in Glenwood, with approximately 25 employees.
    • The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has increased the 2014 budget by $8.9M as project costs escalate, and has also scrapped some capital projects that were previously approved in January 2014
  • Week of Mar 17 - Mar 21, 2014

    • Lambourne Environmental, based in Red Deer, has been awarded a $2.36M contract to dispose of bio-solids from the City of Lethbridge's sewage treatment plant
    • Cove Properties plans to immediately begin rebuilding a four-storey 79-unit condominium development in southwest Edmonton that was destroyed by fire on March 15, 2014
    • Brewsters Brewery is expanding its Calgary production facility, and plans to sell beer into the retail market following recent changes approved by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
    • Target Logistics, a Texas-based supplier of workforce housing, is planning to invest up to $20M towards doubling the size of a recently acquired 278-bed camp near Fort McMurray
    • The Park Place Shopping Centre, in Lethbridge, will see a new combined Dairy Queen and Orange Julius restaurant opening in April, and a Pandora store is expected in the fall of 2014
    • The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce and Career Transitions are holding the second annual Opportunity Knocks career fair on April 8, 2014
    • Construction delays at the the Airdrie Koinonia Christian School are impacting contractors in Airdrie and Calgary. Numerous sub-contractors are awaiting payments after the project was stalled over funding issues.
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $1.1B in flood relief and mitigation spending for operational expense and capital projects, from 2014-2017 as part of the Building Alberta Plan
    • Clark Builders has started construction on the Park Place Meadow Ridge Seniors Village, in Medicine Hat, after numerous delays postponed development of the $18.5M facility
    • Ivanhoe Energy is suspending work on its $1.37B Tamarack oil sands project north of Fort McMurray, pending a decision from the Alberta Energy Regulator on its review of shallow thermal developments
    • A new thrift store, the ROC Charity Shop, has opened in Chestermere, to help local low income families and raise funds to assist youth in the community
    • Harmony Developments is starting work on their $6B residential and commercial project near Springbank. The project is expected to generate over 25,000 temporary construction jobs and over 7,600 permanent jobs on completion
    • Employers in Cold Lake are seeking candidates for available positions as the booming oil and gas industry in the region attracts many workers away from other jobs
    • The Cold Lake Radiology Clinic is expecting to start construction on its $2.5M facility in April 2014. The clinic is expected to open at the end of the summer with at least eight staff members.
    • The Town of Drayton Valley has approved two separate developments for a total of 57 residential lots. Meraw Estates Development is planning for a variety of single-family and multi-family residences.
    • Under The Budget 2014, the Government of Alberta is providing $735M, from 2014 to 2017, for rural highway construction and road and bridge rehabilitation
    • The Calgary Board of Education has approved a three-year $815M capital spending plan that includes 23 new schools and 24 modernization projects
    • The Government of Alberta is investing $5.1B in municipal infrastructure over the next three years under the Building Alberta Plan
    • Bellerose Composite High School, in St. Albert, is running a Business Venture program that teaches students the basics of operating a restaurant and provides training for future employment and further education
    • Yellowhead County is moving ahead with the first phase of a project to improve the rural communication network in the region. Four new communication towers are to be built in the east of the county to transmit data to underserved regions.
    • The Grande Yellowhead Public School Division has an ongoing need for regular and spare school bus drivers throughout the region due to increasing demands for services
    • CHS, a U.S. based farmer-owned cooperative, has agreed to purchase Agrium assets in Medicine Hat, Vauxhall, and Bow Island, as part of a larger Canadian acquisition
    • Events Wood Buffalo, a local organization that coordinated music, arts, and entertainment events for Fort McMurray, is ceasing operations because of financial difficulties
    • The Town of Fox Creek is now recruiting full-time and seasonal staff for its parks and recreation programs
    • The City of Grande Prairie has cancelled its 2014 Municipal Census because it was not able to attract a qualified company to complete the project before the deadline. A biannual census is now proposed, starting in 2015.
    • Smithiron Earthworks will begin clearing trees in March 2014 from the site of the 12-acre Napoleon Meadows subdivision in Innisfail
    • Leduc County has taken control of the Thorsby Fire District, including the Village of Thorsby, following the resignation of all members of the Thorsby Fire Department three weeks ago
    • Servus Credit Union has donated $250,000 to Lakeland College, in Vermilion, to improve the seating for the college gymnasium
    • The Town of Nanton is seeking a new chief administrative officer following the early release of the current employee, whose contract would have expired in 2016
    • The Town of Okotoks has received $12M from the Government of Alberta through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative for construction of a new town operations centre, with construction starting in 2014
    • Mountain View County is providing $60,000 to the recently expanded and updated National Meat Training Centre at Olds College
    • Strathcona County Transit is opening the new Bethel Transit Station in 2014, expanding services and routes, and piloting the use of new technologies such as smart cards
    • Parkland County has redistricted a parcel of land that will permit development of the Poplar Springs RV Park, a four-season bareland condominium resort
    • Tervita, an oilfield services company, is eliminating 40 head office jobs in Calgary as part of a wider North American layoff
    • RBC Economics is forecasting that the Province of Alberta will lead the country in economic growth in 2014, with strong performance across a wide range of sectors
  • Week of Mar 10 - Mar 14, 2014

    • The Government of Alberta is providing $600M to the City of Edmonton towards the construction of the Valley Line LRT Project. Construction is expected to start in 2016, with the LRT operational by December 2020.
    • The Government of Alberta, in their Budget 2014, are providing over $500M in new money for seniors affordable and supportive living spaces across the province, and other continuing care projects
    • The Government of Alberta is increasing the number of Family Care Clinics and Primary Care Networks across the province under the Budget 2014 Plan. Details on the new clinic locations are slated for release at the end of March 2014.
    • The Government of Alberta has set aside funds in Budget 2014 to hire 40 new RCMP members in the province
    • Peterbilt is opening a new dealership in Medicine Hat in April 2014 and is hiring journeymen, apprentices, heavy duty technicians and parts persons
    • The Government of Alberta has committed a total of $691M for the twinning of Highway 63 between Fort McMurray and Grassland, with $423M dedicated to construction in the 2014 fiscal year
    • Shell Canada and the City of Fort Saskatchewan are partnering to provide $400,000 for improvements to recreational facilities in the area
    • Fort Saskatchewan is holding its first ever HomeBase Spring Show and Sale, a trade show geared specifically towards smaller, home-based businesses
    • NorQuest College is introducing Stan in a Van, a mobile simulation unit that will give remote nursing students hands on experience using high tech mannequins that simulate patient responses and behaviour
    • Yellowhead County has awarded numerous road construction and gravel supply contracts for the 2014 summer season
    • The Alberta Energy Regulator has granted conditional approval to the Coalspur Vista Mine Project, near Hinton, allowing the company to proceed with mine construction within a five-year timespan
    • The Strathcona Community Hospital in Sherwood Park is slated to open in April 2014, providing emergency and X-ray services, with a later phase-in of additional ambulatory services and mental health clinics
    • The Blindman Handi-Van Society in Rimbey is losing drivers to retirement and is running out of volunteers. Rimbey Town Council has conditionally granted funds to hire a full-time driver pending a match in funding from Ponoka County.
    • Total Energy is forecasting increases in both its contract drilling division, Chinook Drilling, and its natural gas compression business, Bidell Gas Compression, following relocation to a new fabricating facility
    • Rockyview Motorsports Corporation is expecting to receive approval from Rocky View County for its $70M track and training facility east of Airdrie. The facility is expected to provide 100 full-time jobs when operational in 2015.
    • ATCO has ratified a new two-year agreement with the 200 members of the ATCO Pipelines Natural Gas Employees Association, giving wage increases of 3.5% in 2014 and 2015
    • The Doctor Recruitment Committee, County of Grande Prairie, is developing a website that it hopes will assist in attracting physicians to the region
    • The Zone Sports Grill, and Lions Den Pub in Grande Prairie, are being combined and renovated into the Den Pub and Carvery, a restaurant that is expected to be completed in April 2014
    • MacEwan University will be receiving $30M from the Government of Alberta for a new $153M Centre for Arts and Culture at its downtown Edmonton campus. The building is expected to open for classes in the fall of 2017.
    • Moneysense magazine has selected the City of St. Albert as the number one location in Canada as a place to live based on employment, housing prices, crime, weather, and household income
    • The Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission is building a new distribution centre in the City of St. Albert in 2014. The facility is expected to bring 400 jobs to the city.
    • Lamb Development Corp. is investing $225M in two condominium towers in downtown Edmonton. Elsewhere in downtown, an unnamed developer has plans for three high-rise residential developments with a total of 330 units.
    • A new study from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business found that Alberta and Saskatchewan are tied for the highest rate of private sector job vacancies in the country
    • The City of Lethbridge and surrounding communities have declared a state of emergency and issued boil water orders as a result of heavy runoff conditions. Numerous businesses and services, including the hospital, are impacted.
  • Week of Mar 03 - Mar 07, 2014

    • New Western Athabasca Inn, in Athabasca, is hiring for a range of full-time permanent positions, including housekeeping, cooks, servers and front-end staff
    • Loblaw Companies Ltd. is opening a new No Frills location in Chestermere by the end of 2014. The development permit also allows for a liquor store and gas bar at the same site.
    • The Town of Coaldale is searching for a new Chief Administrative Officer and has hired Transitional Solutions, based out of Leduc, to help with candidate selection
    • La-Z-Boy is opening its largest North American store, at CrossIron Common near Balzac, in May 2014. A new Leon's Furniture warehouse and Shell gas station with a restaurant are also starting construction at the same location.
    • The City of Calgary is upgrading two downtown pedestrian underpasses at a cost of $8.5M, with completion slated for 2015
    • The prolonged cold weather in Calgary has spurred the demand for plumbers and furnace repair services with a significant increase in call numbers
    • The County of Leduc is holding a Job Fair on March 24, 2014 for a wide range of occupations with jobs available from local employers
    • Keyano College, in Fort McMurray, has opened their new Power Process Engineering Lab. The new facility is expected to triple the number of skilled graduates from the college.
    • A recent study has found that Grande Prairie Regional College, in Grande Prairie, makes a significant contribution to the local and regional economy, injecting about $46M in wages during the 2011-12 school year
    • The Government of Alberta is seeking board members for the Family and Community Engagement Councils in both the Grande Prairie and Peace River regions
    • Trucking companies throughout Alberta are suffering from a chronic shortage of qualified drivers, safety personnel, and operations managers, which, in some cases, is affecting their ability to fulfill contracts
    • The low unemployment rate in Hinton and general shortage of potential employees is resulting in numerous unfilled job openings throughout the region
    • The Town of Hinton has passed a $22M budget for expenditure on a range of capital projects in 2014
    • A recent study has selected Alberta as the best region in Canada for the mining industry to invest and conduct business
    • The Government of Alberta has committed to Canada's first and only dedicated pipeline training facility, and expansion of the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund to extend financial support for apprentices
    • Enbridge Inc. and Enbridge Energy Partners LP have received shipper support for a $7B replacement of their L3 pipeline between Edmonton and Superior, Wisconsin. The project is expected to be complete in the second half of 2017.
    • CIBC has contributed $75,000 to NorQuest College, in Edmonton, to establish a scholarship program for Business Administration students
    • Hon Towers is proceeding with the 44-storey second tower of the Guardian housing development in Calgary, with possession of the units slated for the fall of 2016
    • The northwest Calgary community of Bowness will have its sewage system upgraded in two phases, with the first to be completed in 2016 and the second beginning by 2024
    • The Town of Banff will begin a $6.63M reconstruction of Cave Avenue in 2014, following a recent funding approval by the town council
    • The City of Calgary is replacing three pedestrian bridges that were destroyed in the floods of 2013. The new bridges are expected to be open by the end of December 2014.
    • Savanna Energy Services and other energy sector companies are warning prospective employees about employment scams targeting people seeking work in the oil and gas industries
    • Three softball diamonds, and a water reclamation and heat recovery system, are being added to the construction of Shell Place in Fort McMurray
    • Exhibitors at the second annual Agricultural Job Fair in Lethbridge are having a difficult time finding and retaining production workers and skilled tradespersons. With spring approaching, there is a strong demand for workers from cattle operations, feedlots and dairy farms.
    • Melody's House Calls, a franchised business offering home care, household management assistance and nursing care, has recently opened in Grande Prairie. The business employs registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and registered health care aides.
    • The City of Grande Prairie has launched a new online recruitment process that will assist human resources staff to better match candidates with job openings and allow job seekers to upload their resumes
    • Grande Prairie Regional College and the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre have signed agreements that offer increased supports for Aboriginal students in college centres in Fairview, Hinton, Jasper, Grande Cache and Edson
  • Week of Feb 24 - Feb 28, 2014

    • The Camrose Police Service is seeking new recruits and accepting applications until May 20, 2014
    • Two new Tim Hortons locations are opening near Chestermere; one a stand-alone site in Applewood, and the other inside the Walmart East Hills when the retail store opens on March 28, 2014
    • The City of Lethbridge has approved a new pool basin and change rooms for the Henderson Lake Outdoor Swimming Pool. Construction is scheduled to start in August 2014 and be complete in 2015.
    • BONE Structure, a steel building manufacturer, is adding three manufacturing plants in Alberta to its Canadian base over the next year
    • The Stony Plain Outdoor Swimming Pool and the Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area have received funding for improvements from the Government of Canada
    • United Airlines is cutting 61 jobs in Calgary as part of a nationwide reduction in their workforce
    • The Town of Slave Lake is facing a shortage of physicians with only four doctors remaining in the community following recent departures
    • Classic Construction is planning to begin construction in May 2014 on a skywalk connecting Chinook Village and Norwood Grande in Medicine Hat
    • The County of Grande Prairie is seeking paid-on-call firefighters to serve at the Teepee Creek Fire Station
    • The Municipal District of Willow Creek has rezoned a parcel of land northwest of Nanton, allowing for the development of a proposed gravel pit operation
    • The Government of Alberta has announced a new Emergency Medical Services facility for the Town of Peace River, as part of the initiative to consolidate ambulance dispatch services in the province
    • Brion Energy Corporation and the Fort McKay First Nation have signed an agreement to proceed with development of the Dover Commercial Project, a thermal oil sands site northwest of Fort McMurray
    • BuildForce Canada is projecting that Alberta will lead the construction sector in Canada between 2014 and 2023, with the oil sands and residential construction sectors driving job growth
    • A new day-procedures unit at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge has doubled the available operating space, increased the number of recovery beds and created a separate registration area
    • Hermanos Holdings is constructing a $2.5M building in the Campbell Business Park in St. Albert. The building is expected to be complete in July 2014, but no tenants have been announced.
    • Western Camp Services Ltd. and Métis Local 1990, based out of Grande Prairie, have signed an agreement that will generate revenue sharing and jobs for the local Métis community
    • The Government of Alberta is funding a $1.7M Primary Care Network for the Town of Drayton Valley. The facility is planning to open on April 1, 2014, after the new staff have been hired and the site location has been finalized.
    • Construction has stalled on the new $10.5M Koinonia Christian School in Airdrie. The Board of Directors for the new school are hoping that the financial problems can be resolved and that students will be in the school starting in September 2014.
    • The Oil Sands Express, a dedicated motor-coach route between Edmonton and Fort McMurray, is planning to begin operations as soon as May 1, 2014, pending financing arrangements
    • Alberta Health Services has received funding for a helipad upgrade at the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital. Construction is expected to go to tender in the fall of 2014 and be complete by the next spring.
    • The Kinship Park in Coaldale is slated for improvements and additions as a result of fundraising efforts by the local Kinsmen's Club
    • The Town of Cochrane and Rocky View County have renewed their fire-services agreement that provides emergency fire response to areas of the county by Cochrane Fire Services
    • Rebuilding of the dyke in the Benchlands area northwest of Cochrane, which was damaged in the 2013 floods, is expected to begin shortly
    • IKEA, the Swedish furniture maker, is set to purchase the Alberta Wind Energy Corp. facility near Pincher Creek, when it comes online in August 2014
    • The Municipal District of Smoky River is expected to start work on the $1.8M South Interceptor Peavine Creek Ditch Project south of Falher on July 3, 2014, with completion three months later
    • The Gateway Association and Planet Organic in Edmonton participated in a cash mob event, designed as a way for customers to support businesses that hire individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities
    • Inter Pipeline Ltd. is supporting the development of a community bus program for the Town of Bruderheim and donating to the Bruderheim Seniors Club for upgrades to the town's seniors centre
    • Sport-Chek is hiring 15 full and part-time staff at the new location in Medicine Hat, opening by April 2014. GoodLife Fitness Club will also open a co-ed fitness facility at the same site soon.
    • Athabasca Minerals Inc. has moved one step closer to approval for development of their Firebag Project, following a decision from the Government of Alberta. The site would provide high quality silica sand for use in hydraulic fracturing of wells.
    • Wild Rose Brewery has opened their new production facilities in Calgary, with future plans to relocate their Taproom to the site, and add a special events banquet room to the building
  • Week of Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2014

    • The Kinsmen Aquatic Centre in Barrhead was closed permanently on February 17, 2014, resulting in layoffs for two full-time employees and sixteen part-time or casual staff at the facility
    • The Overwaitea Food Group and Federated Co-operatives Ltd. are purchasing numerous Safeway, Sobeys and IGA stores in communities across Alberta. Employees will retain their positions and transfer along with the store ownership.
    • Cabela's Canada is hiring approximately 150 new employees for its second store location in Edmonton, expected to open in the spring of 2014. Full-time, part-time and seasonal positions are available.
    • Grande Prairie Regional College, in Grande Prairie, has recently been granted approval for a new two-year diploma program in Aboriginal Administration. Four new courses have been developed specifically for the program.
    • NaturEner has amended its Wild Rose 1 wind energy project south of Walsh, reducing the number of towers but installing more powerful turbines. The company anticipates awarding a contract by February 28, 2014 with construction starting in late 2014.
    • The City of Fort Saskatchewan has rezoned a parcel of land to allow for the construction of 170 homes in the South Pointe neighbourhood
    • GWL Realty is planning to start construction in 2014 on a mixed-use industrial and commercial development, tentatively named Henday Common, in southwest St. Albert
    • Trinidad Drilling will be building six new drilling rigs in 2014, with some of the work at its Nisku facility south of Edmonton. The company also plans to upgrade 30 rigs as part of its $315M capital program for 2014.
    • Canadian Natural Resources Limited is spending $3.125B to acquire Devon Canada's Canadian conventional assets, all located in Western Canada. The estimated 900 employees of Devon Canada will transfer to Canadian Natural Resources.
    • Recovery work from the June 2013 floods in Morley is providing employment opportunities for members of the Stoney First Nation
    • The Northern Lights School Division is seeking qualified school bus drivers throughout the region, as shortages have required managers to take on some driving responsibilities
    • Realtors in Edson and Whitecourt are seeing a strong demand for housing, from both individual buyers and companies seeking housing for employees and contractors
    • Alberta Heat and Power LLC has filed an application with the Alberta Utilities Commission to construct a natural-gas fired electrical generating plant at the JBS Food Canada facility at Brooks, pending public input and review of the application
    • The Bow River Lodge, in Canmore, is upgrading its fire protection system immediately, ahead of a major $8M expansion and modernization planned to start in the summer of 2014
    • The Anzac Recreation Centre, a new multi-purpose centre in Anzac, is set to open to the public on March 1, 2014
    • Woodlands County has a substantial amount of bursaries and apprentice scholarships now available to eligible students. Applications are made through the County office.
    • Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary has opened a new $10.9M neo-natal intensive care unit with 14 beds
    • A $5.5M construction project to build two bridges on Highway 63 at Wandering River is expected to begin on March 3, 2014 and tentatively be complete by August 2014
    • Parkland County will be hiring 3.16 full-time equivalents in 2014 as part of their road maintenance program
    • The City of Spruce Grove is experiencing a surge in both residential and commercial construction, with the WestWind Centre Development expecting to see tenants in place by 2015
    • The Town of Bonneyville has voted to back stop the construction of a spray park at Little Leap Park, in the event of a funding shortfall. Construction is scheduled to start in early April 2014.
  • Week of Feb 10 - Feb 14, 2014

    • A recent economic report on the impact of the oil sands sector forecasts that production from the resource will double by 2025 and generate over 753,000 new direct and indirect jobs
    • The Government of Alberta is allowing licensed pharmacists to broaden the range of services that they are able to offer to the public under a new four-year agreement
    • Construction is set to begin in March 2014 on the $480M Rogers Place arena complex in downtown Edmonton, following an agreement between the city and the developer
    • The Government of Alberta has announced that a new Catholic elementary school will be built in Lethbridge, but no timeline was released for the construction
    • Athabasca Minerals Inc. has signed a joint venture agreement with the Wood Buffalo Métis Corporation that will create jobs for Métis members in a range of occupations, from labourer to management positions
    • The Katz Group will be building a new tower for City of Edmonton employees as part of their $500M downtown development, which also includes a hotel, residential construction and a large underground parkade
    • The City of Edmonton is seeing a surge in building permits, and the Edmonton Construction Association is gearing up for business growth and increased hiring of skilled labour
    • Calgary Transit needs to hire 220 regular bus drivers and community shuttle bus operators to provide the new transit services approved by the City of Calgary in 2013
    • The development group in charge of the Bow project in downtown Calgary are delaying construction of the second tower on the site, and opting for a public plaza instead
    • Recent labour force data indicates that Alberta has added almost 70,000 new jobs since January 2013, representing nearly fifty percent of the yearly job creation across Canada
    • Ledcor is beginning construction on the new $340M Royal Alberta Museum in downtown Edmonton, with completion scheduled for 2016
    • Bear Hill Brewing is opening a craft distillery to complement its brewpub in Fort McMurray, and in September 2014 the company is opening Last Best Brewing and Distilling in Calgary
    • The City of Airdrie has voted to proceed with construction of the new Williamstown Fire Hall
    • The Bank of Montreal has opened a new $1M full service branch in Kingsview Market, the second branch for the City of Airdrie
    • The Government of Alberta is building three new schools in Edmonton and also expanding a high school to alleviate overcrowding
    • The Government of Alberta is investing in the education sector in Calgary with recent announcements for 10 new school projects, the modernization of one school, and the transformation of buildings at Stampede Park into the Calgary Arts Academy
    • Safeway Canada has hired 66 employees for its new location at the Lloydminster Mall, in Lloydminster
    • The Paul First Nation and Focus Equities are joining together to build and operate a $1B natural gas-fired power plant, called the Great Spirit Power Project, located east of Edmonton
    • The Town of Blackfalds is hiring staff for the new Abbey Centre recreation facility in preparation for the March 7, 2014 opening
    • Canadian University College, based in Lacombe, will be offering a nursing program to its students after an agreement was signed with Red Deer College
    • The City of Edmonton has approved $500,000 for improvements to Commonwealth Stadium in preparation for upcoming world soccer matches in 2014-15
    • Releaf Inc. will be hiring up to 20 staff for a new medical marijuana greenhouse and processing facility in Mountain View County
    • The Province of Alberta is set to receive $1.03B in new health care spending in 2014-15 under the Canada Health Transfer program
  • Week of Feb 03 - Feb 07, 2014

    • The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton has received $646,830 from the Government of Canada for new prototyping equipment that will benefit manufacturing businesses
    • Based on a strong start to the season, The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is forecasting an increase in drilling activity in central Alberta for 2014
    • ATCO Pipelines is spending $700M to replace the urban pipeline networks in Edmonton and Calgary, with work starting in the fall or winter of 2014
    • The Province of Alberta is providing $5M to improve mental health services for vulnerable children, including the hiring of additional nurses, therapists and psychiatrists
    • The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has reached an agreement with the Province of Alberta to exchange land and improve road infrastructure in the region
    • A wide range of new retail stores, expected to open in the fall of 2014, have been announced for The Shops at Boudreau in St. Albert
    • Calgary Economic Development is developing a $22.8M film studio and permanent sound stage in the Calgary area
    • Walmart Canada is building a second distribution centre near Balzac as part of a $500M national expansion plan
    • The University of Lethbridge has launched the Canadian Centre for Research in Advanced Fluorine Technologies as a research hub for scientists, students and industry
    • Inter Pipeline will be spending $1.3B in 2014 across Alberta on expansion of its oil pipeline system and natural gas extraction facilities
  • Week of Jan 27 - Jan 31, 2014

    • The Government of Alberta is modernizing and renovating 40 schools around the province in 2014 under the Building Alberta plan, with recent projects underway in the south and central regions
    • Porocel of Canada Ltd. has hired ninety percent of the former employees of Criterion Catalysts & Technologies Canada Inc. when it recently acquired the Medicine Hat company
    • Golden Buffalo Development Inc. is planning a 37-storey office tower, and an attached hotel and commercial space in downtown Fort McMurray
    • The Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society is on schedule to begin construction of an emergency shelter in 2014, with two additional projects proposed for completion by the end of 2015
    • Woodlands County has awarded a $1.4M contract to Weaver Welding Ltd. for construction of the Old Ferry Loop and airport waterline extensions
    • Sobey's Canada is looking for a new temporary home for the Whitecourt IGA following the roof collapse and resulting store closure in early January 2014
    • The Cumulative Environment Management Association will continue to function in the Fort McMurray area for at least another year following an industry funding commitment of approximately $5M
    • The Liquidation World store in Wetaskiwin is closing down, affecting 20 to 30 employees, as the parent company, Big Lots, withdraws from the Canadian marketplace
  • Week of Jan 20 - Jan 24, 2014

    • The Government of Alberta is modernizing nine schools in Edmonton and Calgary, with funding provided under the Building Alberta Plan
    • The Ryley Hotel, in the Village of Ryley, was destroyed by fire on January 19, 2014, impacting the town and the five people that lived and worked at the hotel
    • TransCanada Corp. has sold Cancarb Limited and its waste heat recovery power plant, both located in Medicine Hat, to Tokai Carbon Corp. Ltd.
    • The Government of Alberta, through the Community Initiatives Program, is providing $230,000 for a variety of projects in the Hinton and Jasper regions
    • The Alberta Electric System Operator has announced five companies that will bid to construct, finance, own and operate Alberta's transmission infrastructure from Wabamun to Fort McMurray
    • The Taber Shooting Foundation is constructing a new shooting range in the Municipal District of Taber, with completion scheduled for the end of May 2014
    • As part of a major expansion, WestJet is offering new Encore flights to Fort McMurray, and increased service frequency to both Calgary and Edmonton
    • Keyano College in Fort McMurray and Acuren are partnering to offer a new program in non-destructive testing and inspection of pipelines
    • The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has passed a $933M capital and operating budget for 2014, incorporating a wide range of infrastructure projects
    • Canfor Corp. is spending $15M to modernize its Grande Prairie sawmill operations
    • CAREERexpo 2014, a student focussed career event, will be running in Fort Murray, Grande Prairie and Red Deer in the spring of 2014
    • Athabasca County will be spending $35M in its 2014 budget, which includes major road projects and a new fire hall for Baptiste Lake
    • King's University College in Edmonton is using $8.5M in donations to expand its existing Bachelor of Commerce program into a Christian school of business, starting on July 1, 2014
    • Hungerford Properties is developing the ICON Business Park in southeast Calgary to service air, truck and rail transport
    • The Cam Clark Auto Group is building a new Ford dealership in Olds, with the opening planned for the spring of 2015
  • Week of Jan 13 - Jan 17, 2014

    • The Municipal District of Bighorn is beginning mitigation work on several creeks related to the June 2013 floods
    • The Town of Hinton requires more on-call firefighters and is asking local businesses to consider new employees with firefighter training
    • The Government of Alberta, in its Occupational Demand and Supply Outlook to 2023, projects that there will be a shortage of 96,000 workers in the province
    • The Concorde Group is seeking over 200 staff for three new restaurants, Double Zero, National, and Goro and Gun, in Calgary
    • The Boston Pizza in Lethbridge, which was destroyed by fire in 2013, is now hiring staff as it is set to re-open the week of February 10, 2014
    • The Melrose Café & Bar in Calgary has permanently closed with some employees transferring to a sister operation, Cowboys Casino
    • Postmedia Network Canada Corporation is closing its classified advertising call centre in Calgary, resulting in a layoff for most of the 48 employees
    • Methanex has provided $50,000 to Medicine Hat College for power engineering scholarships and to enhance the welding, steam fitter and pipe fitter program
    • The City of Edmonton is undergoing a surge in new apartment construction with 46 developments currently in progress
    • Sears Canada is eliminating jobs at its warehouse in Calgary as part of a Canada-wide layoff
    • FedEx Express Canada is expanding its Calgary warehouse operations as part of a response to service demands in Western Canada
  • Week of Jan 06 - Jan 10, 2014

    • Keyera Corporation is spending $220M to expand its natural gas liquids fractionation and storage facility in Fort Saskatchewan, with completion scheduled for early 2016
    • The Maskwacis Youth Initiative is receiving $2.9M from the Government of Canada to assist Aboriginal youth and young adults in community involvement, job skills and counselling programs
    • Telus is investing $400,000 in road building, and installing two new generators to improve telephone service in the Fort Chipewyan area
    • The Calgary Hotel Association is projecting that Calgary will continue to see new hotel construction, and a 20% increase in hotel rooms by 2016
    • The Leduc Regional Chamber of Commerce is planning an upcoming job fair in conjunction with the Government of Alberta to address local labour shortages
    • Leduc County will be spending $7.7M for road construction, and $2.9M for a new water line in Nisku, as part of its 2014 capital budget
    • Economic Development Lethbridge foresees a large increase in public sector, technology, and science jobs with the construction of new centres at Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge
    • The Government of Alberta is investing $3.25M in four new Parent Link Centres and two satellite offices across the province to deliver parenting programs and provide home visitations
    • The Calgary Board of Education has voted to tear down Elbow Park School, which was damaged in the June 2013 floods, and construct a new school in the same location
    • Mammoet Canada is set to begin hauling numerous large modules to the North West Upgrader site near Redwater, as construction on the project ramps up
    • The Town of Bon Accord is planning to construct a multi-use facility composed of a dark-sky observatory, library, and business incubator, surrounded by a business park
  • Week of Dec 30 - Jan 03, 2013

    • Construction is expected to start in the summer of 2014 on a $17M project along 67th Avenue in Red Deer, with completion in 2015. The road will be straightened and upgraded to four lanes, with a new roundabout at the eastern terminus.
    • Strathcona County is planning for major developments in the energy sector in 2014, as many projects begin construction
    • A fire at the Earl's Restaurant in downtown Grande Prairie has affected the employment of up to 35 employees at the site. The restaurant is scheduled for renovations; however, the re-opening date is uncertain.
    • LaunchPad Trampoline Park, an indoor trampoline and fitness facility, has opened its first location in south Edmonton. The owners plan to add additional facilities in northwest Edmonton and Calgary.
    • The Town of Hardisty is seeing a surge in development permits, including the pending construction of a new hotel and four new duplexes to serve the burgeoning oil and gas sector in the region. The town is currently sold out of residential and commercial land.
  • Week of Dec 23 - Dec 27, 2013

    • Kinder Morgan Energy Partners and Imperial Oil are spending $270M on a rail terminal in Strathcona County adjacent to the Imperial Oil refinery. The terminal, expected to be operational in December 2014, will be connected by pipeline to Kinder Morgan's Edmonton tank farm.
    • WestJet has announced expansion of its Encore regional service to Central and Eastern Canada as well as air service to Europe beginning in 2014. WestJet has hired 200 employees since June 2013 for their Encore service and expects additional hiring as a result of expanded routes in Canada and Europe.
    • Prairie Rose Lodge in Milk River has received $4.7M in funding from the provincial and federal governments to build 18 new seniors suites and renovate 16 existing units
    • On April 2, 2014 American Airlines will begin twice daily non-stop service between Edmonton International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
    • The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers has opened its own $20M training centre in Edmonton. The Rigging, Fitting and Mechanical Training Facility offers WorkSmart pre-apprentice, pre-employment programs running monthly classes for 12 students.
    • The Alberta Health Services has recruited two new physicians, one family physician and one psychiatrist, to service the Grande Prairie Region. According to the Alberta Health Services, this region has a shortage of family physicians.
    • As part of the Building Alberta Plan, the Government of Alberta is building a new elementary school in Airdrie that is expected to open in 2016
    • Construction will start on a Hilton Hotel and two new condominium projects in 2014 as part of the $3B East Village Development project in Calgary. Additional commercial, office, and civic buildings are slated for completion by 2025-27.
  • Week of Dec 16 - Dec 20, 2013

    • Crew Energy Inc. has announced that it plans to drill 42 wells across Alberta in 2014
    • The Town of Chestermere is set to approve a 970-ha. residential and business development known as Waterbridge. The site is expected to attract 46,000 new residents, with construction anticipated to start in 2015.
    • St. Michael's Health Centre in Lethbridge has begun a staggered opening of 48 renovated supportive living rooms for dementia patients. The beds, operated by Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health, are staffed by licensed practical nurses and health care aides.
    • Enbridge Inc. is planning to construct an unspecified number of hydroelectric projects throughout Alberta. The run-of-the-river power projects form part of the company's green energy plans.
    • Construction on the Park Place Seniors Living facility in Medicine Hat has been delayed as a result of zoning issues, but the contractor is expecting to start before the end of 2013
    • The Lo-Se-Ca Foundation, based in St. Albert, has created a company called Four Seasons Yard Care to provide employment for people with disabilities. The business currently provides snow clearing services, but is planning to expand to yard work and lawn mowing in other seasons.
    • The Province of Alberta has announced six new schools for the province, expected to be completed in 2017. Edmonton, Calgary, Grande Prairie and Grimshaw will each have one new school, while two schools will be built in Ft. McMurray.
    • Pembina Pipelines Inc. is spending $2B to expand its pipeline network and increase capacity to petrochemical markets in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan. The company expects the bulk of construction to occur in 2015-16.
    • The City of Medicine Hat will be hosting the Alberta Winter Games in February 2016. The event is expected to attract 2,800 athletes and bring over $3M in economic spinoffs.
    • The Source is opening in Northlands Co-op Mall in Medicine Hat before December 25, 2013. The new store will be the second location for the Source in Winnipeg, and will be larger than the first one.
    • The 640 Professional Building in Medicine Hat is adding an extra floor, new boardrooms and 27 new office spaces. The owner is offering a variety of leasing options for the new offices, as well as temporary and virtual offices.
    • Imperial Oil Ltd. has applied to construct the $7B Aspen oil sands project northeast of Ft. McMurray. The project is to be built in three phases starting in 2017, pending regulatory approval.
    • Wild Rose Brewery has started production at its new $5M production facility in southeast Calgary. The company is expanding its product line at the new brewery and moving into new markets.
    • OSKA, a high-end Germany-based fashion retailer has opened its first concept store in Canada. The flagship store was situated in the Bankers Hall in downtown Calgary because of the surrounding corporate concentration.
  • Week of Dec 09 - Dec 13, 2013

    • Alberta Health Services is soliciting bids from private companies for a new $3B laboratory to handle all medical testing for the Edmonton region. The new laboratory is expected to be up and running in 2017.
    • Construction on the Century Downs Racetrack and Casino complex in Balzac is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014. The $24M project will have a horse racing track and associated entertainment centre, with a hotel planned for the future.
    • Shell Canada has received approval for its Jackpine oil sands mine expansion project near Fort McMurray. The planned expansion is expected to boost bitumen output at the mine by 50%, bringing total output up to 300,000 bbl. per day.
    • Capital Power Corp. and Enmax Corp. are partnering to construct a two-unit gas-fired power plant west of Edmonton. The Genesee 4 and 5 facility is expected to be completed by 2020 to meet a growing electricity demand, and to replace recently decommissioned coal-fired plants.
    • The metropolitan Edmonton region has created 1 in every 10 new jobs in Canada over the last year. The increases have mostly been in full-time employment, with an associated increase in incomes.
    • Construction is expected to begin in January 2014 on the second phase of the Mayfair Village apartment complex in downtown Edmonton. ProCura, the project developer, has increased the number of units in the second tower from 198 to 237.
    • The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission has eliminated the existing minimum production capacity requirements for liquor producers in the province. The move is expected to ease the capital requirements for small-brewers and distillers to start a business.
    • The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation is spending $29.5M on four new energy efficiency projects around the province. The Alberta Carbon Fund is contributing $9.6M towards the projects, which target commercial and near-commercial energy-efficient technologies.
    • Alberta Health Services and Alberta Infrastructure are planning changes to the Taber Health Centre and the Raymond Health Centre in the spring of 2014. Both projects will involve upgrades and renovations to the existing Health Centres, consolidating health services from numerous offices in each community.
    • The Province of Alberta is investing $256M in two post-secondary institutions in Lethbridge. The University of Lethbridge will receive $200M towards the construction of a new science building, a new power plant and renovations to University Hall. Lethbridge College will receive almost $56M for its planned trades and technology building.
    • Central Social Hall, a premium pub and food establishment, is currently under construction in St. Albert, with opening planned for the spring of 2014
    • Brazeau County has approved an interim budget of almost $21M for capital projects in 2014. The projects include road work, new construction, and equipment servicing.
    • Parkland County will be spending $35M on capital projects in 2014. The county has 30 different projects planned; however, approximately $20M will be spent on roads.
    • Champion Drilling, the drilling operations division of Ensign Energy Services, has moved from Brooks to Nisku. Several employees relocated in the move but 14 positions in Brooks were eliminated.
    • Moduline Industries has laid off 20 employees, effective December 18, 2013 due to reduced home sales. The layoffs follow a reduction of 70 employees in October 2013.
    • Tennis Canada is planning a new eight-court indoor tennis facility at Acadia Athletic Park in southeast Calgary. Six existing outdoor tennis courts would also be refurbished as part of the $5M development.
    • Swan Hills Synfuels is proposing a $700M facility to convert natural gas to gasoline at a site just south of Edson. The project is expected to create between and 500 and 750 jobs and become operational in 2017-18.
  • Week of Dec 02 - Dec 06, 2013

    • The Kainai Adolescent Treatment Centre on the Blood Reserve, just outside of Cardston, was destroyed by fire on November 28, 2013. Fifteen full-time employees are now out of work, and seven adolescents dealing with addictions were forced to flee the premises.
    • The University of Alberta has opened the Arctic Resources Geochemistry Laboratory with $10M in funding from the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program. The minerals and diamond research centre will assist companies and scientists with exploration and deposit identification.
    • Nordstrom Inc. is hiring for 30 management positions and 360 sales and support roles at the Chinook Centre store in Calgary. The managers will run through a Seattle-based training program in the spring, in preparation for the store opening on September 19, 2014.
    • Work on the second floor of the $621M Grande Prairie Regional Regional Hospital is expected to start in December 2013, with completion scheduled for 2017. Alberta Health Services is responsible for staffing the new facility, which will offer a cancer centre, 200 inpatient care rooms, nine surgical suites, and a range of specialized services.
    • Parkland County and the Town of Stony Plain are partnering to construct a joint ambulance facility in Stony Plain. The new facility will be leased to Alberta Health Services for a 20-year period, which will allow the partners to recoup the construction costs.
    • Ivanhoe Cambridge and Edmonton International Airport (EIA) are partnering to develop a retail outlet mall, to be called the Outlet Collection at EIA. The airport intends to lease out the land for the 85-store mall, scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, with the revenue going towards improving air service for the Edmonton region.
    • Forge Hydrocarbons is installing a bio-refining plant in cooperation with the City of Edmonton. The facility, to be operational within a few months, will turn liquid waste into chemical solvents or fuels.
    • The Government of Alberta is providing $170M to NorQuest College in Edmonton for the construction of a new building, and renovation of existing spaces. Construction of the new building, which will accommodate up to 2,500 students, is expected to begin in 2014.
    • Rogers Communications, Rexall Sports Corporation and the Edmonton Oilers have signed a 13-year agreement for sponsorship of the new stadium, Rogers Place, in downtown Edmonton. The stadium, planned to open for the 2016-17 hockey season, is deemed to be one of most technologically enabled stadiums in North America following the investment by Rogers in wireless and digital services.
    • Enerkem Inc. has begun testing and ramping-up production at its full-scale municipal waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility in Edmonton. When fully operational, the plant will help the City of Edmonton divert over 90% of the residential waste stream from landfill operations.
    • Calgary Transit is planning to spend $760M between 2015 and 2024 on construction for a rapid-transit bus route in the city. The system is designed to create a downtown-bound bus expressway, which would decrease the commute time by almost 50 percent.
    • A new retail market analysis by the City of St. Albert has found a shortage of clothing stores, furniture stores and car dealerships in the area. The city, which was found to have the second highest household income, per capita, in the province, also identified a strong local demand for more big-box stores.
    • Shell Canada has recently opened a local office in the Town of Peace River. The office will allow the company to better service the local contracting community following the approval of its Carmon Creek oil sands project.
    • The new Canadian Tire store in Edson is under construction and scheduled to open in late May 2014. The company is currently hiring for a range of occupations from department managers to automotive installers and service technicians.
    • The City of Leduc is spending $5.2M to purchase, maintain and house its own fleet of public transit buses. The city is building a bus garage, bus shelters and four new park-and-ride facilities. Previously, transit services were provided under contract by the Edmonton Transit Service.
    • The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project is expected to create 336 local jobs and inject $11M to the Hinton economy during the 2016-17 construction period. The company is currently soliciting applications from general contractors for the project.
  • Week of Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2013

    • Cities Gastro Pubs in Red Deer and Sylvan Lake have recently closed their doors. No information is available on how many staff were affected by the closures.
    • The proposed Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline is expected to create up to 900 jobs for the Edson region. If the pipeline is approved by the National Energy Board, construction is expected to occur between 2016 and 2018.
    • Remington Development Corporation is building a 32-unit condominium complex, called the Gates, as part of the Quarry Park project in Calgary. Remington is also planning a 200-room business hotel, and a 300-space child-care facility for the site.
    • Suncor Energy Inc. has announced that it plans on $4.45B in capital spending on oil sands projects in 2014
    • The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is seeking a buyer and developer for 21 ha of residential land in Anzac. Most of the land is intended for single-family residential lots, but approximately 2.4 ha is for multi-residential buildings.
    • The Grande Prairie Primary Care Network is opening two new patient care centres in 2014. The after-hours clinic will open January 2nd, while the chronic pain management clinic will open in late spring.
    • ENN Canada Corporation is building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) mobile gas station in Grande Prairie. Construction of the station is set to begin in mid-2014, with operations beginning by the end of the year.
    • The Government of Alberta and the Tsuu T'ina Nation have signed a Transportation and Utility Corridor Agreement that allows for a land transfer in exchange for funds. The land transfer will permit construction of the southwest leg of the Calgary Ring Road.
    • Enform, the safety association for Canada's upstream oil and gas industry, is spending $3.7M to add new courses and expand its training program at the Nisku Centre
    • Viterra is investing over $34M in two grain handling facilities in Alberta. Construction of a new high throughput grain terminal near Grimshaw will begin this fall and storage capacity to the terminal in Grassy Lake will more than double by 2014.
    • Sears Canada plans to layoff 20 employees in southern Alberta as part of a national downsizing. A Sears parts distribution centre in Calgary will lose 18 employees as part of the program.
  • Week of Nov 18 - Nov 22, 2013

    • IKEA Canada is partnering with Mainstream Renewable Power to purchase, operate and expand a 20-turbine wind farm near Pincher Creek
    • The Canadian Association of Drilling Contractors projects a decrease of well drills next year. However, the association projects that the number of rig operating days will increase in 2014, due to the increasing complexity and time to complete each well.
    • The City of Lethbridge has renewed a three-year snow clearing contract with a local company, All Seasons Excavating Co. Ltd.
    • MCL Waste Systems is planning a $22M waste processing and recycling facility for Drayton Valley. The project, which has already received $10M from the Alberta carbon tax fund, plans to produce a pelleted end product that can be used for energy production.
    • The Government of Canada has announced the second installment of the Gas Tax Fund allocation to Alberta. The total annual commitment of nearly $200M supports infrastructure projects throughout the province.
    • Saipem Canada has opened Alberta's first indoor module construction and assembly facility in Edmonton. The new plant, which will be in full production by early spring 2014, will be hiring hundreds of tradespersons to meet the production target of more than 25 modules per month.
    • Suncor Energy Inc. and Strathcona County are partnering to build a new water main for Suncor's refinery in Sherwood Park. The $5M line will provide the refinery with an emergency back-up water source.
    • The Government of Alberta has opened the new $42M Central Alberta Cancer Centre in Red Deer. The new facility, adjoined to the Red Deer Regional Hospital, offers increased clinical space, additional treatment rooms and outpatient counselling services.
    • Rogers Communications Inc. is opening a new data centre in Calgary in January 2014, and expanding it's Edmonton facility. The centres provide specialized data services for the business-to-business market, where Rogers sees a significant growth opportunity in Western Canada.
  • Week of Nov 11 - Nov 15, 2013

    • A new residential subdivision with 350-housing units is planned for the Town of Peace River
    • The Province of Alberta is moving ahead with funding for the 100-bed Parsons Creek long-term care centre in Fort McMurray
    • The City of Edmonton is planning $168M in infrastructure improvements starting in 2015 to alleviate flooding in parts of the city
    • The Government of Alberta will spend more than $80M to repair or replace houses damaged by flooding on the Siksika Nation
    • The Government of Alberta has announced over $37M in new funding, under the Flood Recovery Erosion Control program, for bank stabilization of rivers and creeks, and other mitigation work
    • The Canadian Welding Bureau has started construction on a training, certification and testing facility in Nisku
    • RioCan/Tanger Outlets at Calway Park, a new outlet mall, will be built near the City of Calgary. The project is slated for 80 stores and will provide approximately 1,000 jobs on completion.
    • The Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education has over $800,000 worth of infrastructure and maintenance projects for the 2013-14 school year
    • The Government of Alberta is moving ahead with the Medicine Hat Detoxification and Residential Treatment Centre. Construction is expected to start in July 2014, with the building opening in late 2015.
  • Week of Nov 04 - Nov 08, 2013

    • Nordstrom is planning to open a store in Calgary's Chinook Centre on September 19, 2014. The company will begin hiring up to 400 employees in January 2014.
    • Sears Canada is opening a distribution warehouse in Calgary in late spring 2014. The facility is expected to employ over 100 workers.
    • Suncor Energy Inc. is proceeding with the development of the $13.5B Fort Hills oil sand project north of Fort McMurray. The mine is expected to be producing oil by late 2017.
    • Brookfield Office properties has broken ground on the 56-storey Brookfield Place Calgary east tower. Construction is slated for completion in late 2017.
    • BCM Developments has announced plans for the Edmontonian, a 71-storey office, condominium and hotel high-rise in downtown Edmonton. The building, designed to be the tallest in Western Canada, will be situated near the downtown arena project.
    • Royal Dutch Shell is proceeding with its Carmon Creek oil sand development. The project is expected to produce oil for more than 35 years, and employ at least 1,000 local contractors and trades-workers during the peak of construction.
    • Enbridge Inc. has announced that it is building two new pipelines to service the Alberta oil sands industry. Norlite Pipeline will supply diluent in the Athabasca oil sands region and the Wood Buffalo Extension pipeline will transport crude oil.
    • Mount Royal University, located in Calgary, has received $85.6M from the Province of Alberta towards construction of the Riddell Library and Learning Centre. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2014, with the library opening in early 2017.
    • The Holiday Inn in Canmore is expanding to add 99 more rooms, an indoor pool, and additional meetings rooms
    • Cypress County is spending approximately $11M to construct regional water lines to the towns of Irvine and Walsh
  • Week of Oct 28 - Nov 01, 2013

    • Save-On-Foods has opened a store in Calgary, with two more planned to open by the end of 2013. A fourth location is planned for the city in 2014.
    • Air Products Canada Ltd. is building and operating a world-scale hydrogen plant adjacent to Shell Canada's Scotford facility near Edmonton. The plant should be operating by the second half of 2015.
    • The University of Alberta is facing a $56M funding shortfall for 2014-2015 L¿Université d¿Alberta fait face à un déficit de financement de 56 M$ pour 2014-2015
    • Newmark Knight Frank Devencore, a major commercial real-estate brokerage, has recently opened an office in Edmonton
    • Construction has started on the City Centre McMurray waterfront project in Fort McMurray
    • The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association is forecasting annual sales growth of 5.9% for the Alberta restaurant industry in 2014
    • Le Comté de Grande Prairie a donné un contrat à WestCan Tel Ltd. pour installer les services d'eau municipaux dans certaines communautés de l¿est de la ville de Grande Prairie
    • The largest Costco warehouse store in Western Canada recently opened in St. Albert
    • Botanica Developments is building two condominium projects with a total of 290-units in St. Alberta. Construction is expected to start in February 2014 and last for 20 months.
    • Stewart Weir, a Sherwood Park-based engineering and surveying company, was recently purchased by Opus International Consultants for $50M
  • Week of Oct 21 - Oct 25, 2013

    • Save-On-Foods recently opened a store in Calgary and plans to open two more by the end of 2013. A fourth location is planned for the city in 2014.
    • Air Products Canada Ltd. is building a hydrogen plant adjacent to Shell Canada's Scotford facility near Edmonton. The plant should be operating by the second half of 2015.
    • Phase two of the Tri-Leisure Village Development was recently approved by the City of Spruce Grove. The project, composed of several restaurants, retail shops and personal services businesses, is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014.
  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2013

    • Cactus Club has opened a new restaurant in downtown Edmonton
  • Week of Oct 14 - Oct 18, 2013

    • The Torgan Group has announced the development of the New Horizon Mall, which will be located in Calgary. The project, with more than 500 retail stores, services and restaurants is slated for completion in late 2016.
    • Construction has started on Jubilee Plaza, an outdoor urban space in downtown Fort McMurray
    • Pembina Pipeline Corp. has started a $415M expansion at its Redwater facility. The project, part of $1B in natural gas liquids infrastructure expansion, is expected to be operating in late 2015.
    • Grande Prairie Regional College is facing a shortage of instructors for its trade programs as course enrolments have increased by 20%
    • The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation has awarded $46M to eight renewable energy projects across Alberta
    • Harmony Beef is resurrecting the mothballed Ranchers Beef slaughterhouse east of Balzac. The plant will initially employ up to 150 people when it opens on June 1, 2014.
    • Cobs Bread is planning expansion throughout Alberta, with up to eight additional locations in Calgary and Edmonton by the end of 2014
    • SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts are developing the Residence Inn by Marriott and the SilverBirch Conference Centre in Calgary. The hotel is expected to open in 2016 and have more than 100 employees.
    • Cargill estimates that construction of the canola crushing plant in Camrose will provide up to $30M worth of work for local contractors. The City approved a series of upgrades required for the plant, which is expected to be operating around 2014-2015.
  • Week of Oct 07 - Oct 11, 2013

    • Tiffany & Co. are opening a store in West Edmonton Mall on October 11, 2013
    • HMV has opened a store in Fort McMurray
    • Atco Power has announced that they are moving forward with the Heartland Generating Station in Strathcona County. The project is expected to generate 40 jobs during construction and 35 full-time operator positions once it is completed in 2017.
    • Northcott Global Solutions, which specializes in international emergency response, is opening an office in Calgary to serve North and South America. The company has a policy of providing employment for former military personnel.
    • The Bow River seniors complex in Canmore has received $8.5M for renovations and expansion of the facility. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2014.
    • The Government of Alberta has approved $6.2M for flood mitigation work in Canmore
    • Advanced Orthomolecular Research has reached an agreement to purchase the former Banner Pharmacaps facility in Olds. The new owner is expecting to retain most of the 105 employees of Patheon Inc.
    • The Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary is undergoing a major expansion with $158M in grants. The expanded capacity for students is aimed at relieving some of the current shortage of engineers in the province.
  • Week of Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2013

    • The Government of Alberta is investing $2M in synthetic biology research at the University of Lethbridge
    • The Calgary Police Service has opened a new Forensic Firearms and Toolmark Laboratory
    • Ward Bros. Construction Ltd. has been awarded a $32.5 contract for the Crossings Ice Complex in Lethbridge. Construction is slated to begin in the fall of 2013 and be complete by the end of 2015.
    • Rogers Communications Inc. is investing over $700M in Alberta during the next four years. The company is expanding its network across the province and opening numerous retail locations and customer service centers.
    • Edmonton International Airport has entered into a 60-year agreement with Panattoni Development to construct and operate warehouse and storage facilities on airport lands. Construction has started on a freight-forwarding building.
  • Week of Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2013

    • EllisDon is managing construction of the Archie Simpson Arena Aquatic Expansion in Fort Chipewyan. The project is slated for completion in 2015.
    • Edmonton City Council has approved the closure of the City Centre Airport on November 30, 2013. The City of Edmonton plans to turn the site into Blatchford, an integrated, multi-use community for 30,000 residents.
    • North West Upgrading Inc. has broken ground on it's $5.7B refinery in Sturgeon County. The project is expected to employ 3,000 people at the peak of construction and be completed by late 2016.
    • The Mikisew Cree Nation has started construction of the $8.6M Elder Care Centre in Fort Chipewyan. The facility will be the first long-term care facility in the region and is scheduled to open in early spring 2014.
    • The Hudson's Bay store in downtown Calgary is adding a new food and lounge concept, and large scale event space
    • Construction is now underway for the $74M Medicine Hat Event Centre. The facility is scheduled to open in September 2015.
    • Construction on the $41M Crossings Ice Complex in Lethbridge will start in October 2013
    • The XL Foods plant in Brooks, which employs about 2,200 people, has been temporarily shut down due to potentially tainted meat
  • Week of Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2013

    • The Town of Valleyview and the Municipal District of Greenview are supporting the $42M development of the South Valley Business Centre. The 10-year development plan includes housing, commercial space, hotels, and a new assisted-living facility.
    • The Boston Pizza in Lethbridge that was destroyed by fire on March 20th is currently being rebuilt at a cost of $3M. The restaurant is hiring staff and has a projected opening date of February 1, 2014.
    • Yellowhead County has awarded two road construction projects to Ledcor Alberta Ltd. The work is scheduled to be completed by August 15, 2014.
    • Cenovus Energy has announced that it will give hiring preference to armed forces veterans
    • Airdrie City Council has approved plans for 1,100 residential housing units to be constructed by Mattamy Homes
    • PKN Orlen S.A., the largest Polish petrochemical company, is acquiring Calgary-based TriOil Resources Ltd.
    • Construction of a new joint school facility in Jasper is now underway after receiving final approval from Parks Canada. The project is scheduled for completion in June 2014.
  • Week of Sep 09 - Sep 13, 2013

    • Tollestrup Construction (2005) Inc. has been awarded a $13M contract by the City of Lethbridge for arterial corridor upgrades
    • Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) is purchasing the Ainsworth Lumber Company and associated mills in High Prairie and Grande Prairie. LP anticipates expansion of the existing mills, which may lead to an undisclosed amount of new jobs.
    • BioComposites Group is opening a fiber mat manufacturing plant in Drayton Valley in October 2013. The company plans to hire up to 40 employees to staff the plant on a 24-hour basis.
    • PostMedia is selling its Calgary Herald building and outsourcing printing by November 2013. The company estimates that 62 employees in Calgary will lose their job.
    • The Municipal District of Bonnyville has awarded a 10-year gravel supply contract to JMB Crushing Systems ULC
    • Sasol Ltd. has purchased land near Fort Saskatchewan for a proposed $8B natural gas-to-liquids plant. Sasol estimates that the project will create 5,000 construction jobs and 900 permanent positions upon completion.
    • The Blackspring Ridge Wind Power Project is holding a job fair on September 23, 2013 at the Coast Lethbridge Hotel
    • Direct Energy has laid off 19 staff from its energy trading operations in Calgary
  • Week of Sep 02 - Sep 06, 2013

    • The 2013 Alberta Employment and Career Fair is being held from October 4-5 at the Edmonton Expo Centre
    • Construction of a new $5.5M strip mall in Penhold has been announced, with a completion date of early next year
    • Alberta Human Services is sponsoring the Oil and Gas Employment Fair in Sherwood Park on October 28, 2013. Pre-employment preparatory sessions are also being offered from October 22-24 to assist candidates with their resumes.
    • Trinidad Drilling Ltd. has formed an international joint venture with Halliburton. Trinidad plans to rebuild some existing drilling rigs and construct new rigs to supply the joint venture company.
  • Week of Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2013

    • Alberta Human Services and Safeway are holding a hiring fair at the Alberta Works Centre in Brooks on September 12, 2013
    • The Fort McKay First Nation has formed a new partnership with Savanna Energy Services to provide equipment and personnel for oil sands projects
    • Microsoft is opening a store in West Edmonton Mall on October 26, 2013
    • New drilling in the Duvernay shale is expected to generate $1B in equipment sales
    • Construction has started on the new $12M RCMP building in Fort Saskatchewan, and completion is expected at the end of 2014
    • New developments are planned in Hinton to ease the local housing shortage. The 91 living units will be built on an 8.37-acre area.
  • Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2013

    • The University of Alberta will be cutting 20 arts programs that have had fewer than 10 students enrolled as majors since 2005
  • Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2013

    • Nordstrom Dental is opening a new practice in Rimbey in early 2014. The clinic will have four full-time employees on opening, with the potential for an additional six employees.
    • SportCheck and Atmosphere stores are scheduled to open in the former Canadian Tire location in Medicine Hat. Construction is currently in progress but the owners have not announced a timeline for opening of the stores.
    • Medicine Hat College, in Medicine Hat, is opening up it's power engineering labs on weekends for a 13-week certification course. The weekend opening is hoping to alleviate the current shortage of available lab time for students who have completed the theory portion of their certification.
    • Woody's Bar-B-Q is hiring for a new location in Medicine Hat. Front-end staff, back-end staff and assistant manager are needed.
    • GWL Realty Advisors is planning a second office tower at First Canadian Centre in downtown Calgary. The company plans to start construction by the end of 2013, with completion slated for 2017.
    • Cora's is opening in Grande Prairie on September 9, 2013. The restaurant construction is almost complete and the franchisee is currently hiring for all positions.
    • Alberta Transportation has issued a tender for construction on the Parsons Creek Interchange in Wood Buffalo. Slated for completion in 2016, it will provide critical infrastructure for a stalled residential development in the area.
    • Rocky View County has approved the Phase Three expansion of the High Plains Industrial Park in east Balzac. The area will be developed in stages over the next 15 to 20 years.
    • Hungerford Properties has purchased the vacant Haworth facility in southeast Calgary. The developer plans to refurbish the complex to serve office and warehouse tenants.
    • AlbertWorks is sponsoring a career and job fair in Red Deer on September 4, 2013
  • Week of Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2013

    • The Alberta Energy Regulator has given approval for Brion Energy Corp. to begin construction on the Dover oil sands project near Fort McKay
    • Gibson Energy has announced a new major oil terminal at Hardisty for loading unit trains. Gibson has scheduled the terminal to be operational by March 2014.
    • The Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta is holding a one-day Economic Outlook Summit in Medicine Hat on October 30, 2013
    • Residential and industrial expansion are increasing in Hinton in 2013
    • Portage College is seeing an unprecedented demand for its Fourth Class Power Engineering Program in Cold Lake
    • The University of Alberta is offering voluntary buyout packages to its faculty members in an attempt to deal with a budget deficit
    • Keyera Corp. and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P. are spending $98M to construct the Alberta Crude Terminal in Edmonton. The joint-venture rail terminal is expected to be operational in the first half of 2014.
  • Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2013

    • Enbridge has announced a $1.3B pipeline project, and the construction of six new storage tanks at its Strathcona County Terminal
    • The Egg Processing Innovations Co-operative plant in Lethbridge is planning to hire 11 new employees as production expands
    • Grande Prairie Regional College is offering free courses on long-haul truck driving for unemployed or underemployed residents to help them qualify for a career in forestry
    • Manulife Real Estate has announced a new 27-storey office tower for downtown Calgary. Brion Energy will be the main tenant when the building opens in March 2017.
    • The Medicine Hat Regional Airport may be losing six Air Canada Jazz employees following a labour arbitrator ruling. The ticket agents could lose their jobs to outside contractors, pending a decision by Air Canada.
    • Alberta Transportation is planning a new bridge for the Town of Peace River
  • Week of Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2013

    • Statoil Canada Ltd. is partnering with Gibson Energy to build new crude oil storage tanks, multiple pipeline access, and a rail car loading facility in Edmonton. The new facility is expected to be operational in the beginning of 2015.
    • Edson Reflections is administering the Employment and Readiness Program, which matches mentally and physically handicapped clients with employers
    • Teamworks Career Centre, in Lethbridge, is offering a 12-week program starting in September to assist job seekers in construction, the trades, production and manufacturing
    • Methanex is considering a $1B expansion to its Medicine Hat facility. The proposed expansion could create 50 full-time permanent jobs and over 1,000 temporary construction jobs over a two-year period.
    • A recently released report from the University of Alberta forecasts a labour shortage throughout the province over the next four years. The greatest risk for labour shortages is in the retail, hotel, food services, and health care industries.
    • Brookfield Office Properties will be starting construction on Brookfield Place Calgary in September 2103. The project will create 1,300 construction jobs until completion in 2017.
  • Week of Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2013

    • The University of Alberta hospital in Edmonton is laying off 72 nurses and health-care aides
    • Construction started on the first phase of a new Canadian Tire store in Edson
    • Sun Media Corp. will lay off 360 employees in Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa after a decision to discontinue some of its newspaper publications
    • Pengrowth Energy Corp. received approval to start construction at its Lindbergh thermal oil sands development near Bonnyville
    • Larcina Energy Ltd. received approval for their Saleski oil sands project southwest of Ft. McMurray. Drilling for the project is scheduled to start in late 2013 or 2014, with production starting in 2015.
  • Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2013

    • Edmonton-based Marv Holland Apparel fell abruptly into receivership, putting 80 employees out of a work
    • The Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary has hired 13 new faculty staff
    • A High River construction company is seeking 200 workers to help restore the town after the recent catastrophic flood
    • Two YMCA sports facilities in Calgary were closed due to extensive flood damage, resulting in 12 layoffs
    • The $520M Saleski oilsands project in northeast Alberta has been approved
  • Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2013

    • Alberta continues to have the highest average weekly earnings among all provinces
    • Eight seniors' care facilities operated by Extendicare, across Alberta, could walk off the job this month
    • The Community Learning Campus expansion project in the Town of Olds will begin later this summer
    • The new South Health Campus hospital in Calgary is currently recruiting staff to fill over 125 positions
    • The Calgary Zoo laid off 287 workers as a result of flood damage
    • Calgary's Saddledome roof renovation project will create approximately 20 local jobs
    • TELUS is planning to build a $400M mixed-use tower in Calgary. The development, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017, will generate about 250 local jobs.
  • Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2013

    • Two new restaurants are opening in June 2013 in Hinton. Additionally, a Mr. Mikes SteakhouseCasual is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.
    • The University of Alberta, in Edmonton, has received a $25M funding commitment over a 10-year period from the Heart and Stroke Foundation
    • Construction is planned to start in January 2014 on a new 290-unit condominium development in St. Albert
    • Central City Asphalt Ltd. has been awarded a $1.7M contract for paving projects in Red Deer County in 2013
    • Gibson Energy is hiring up to eight employees for a new rail loading site in Rimbey. The company is proceeding with construction and expects the site to be operational by August 1, 2013.
    • The City of Spruce Grove is moving forward with the construction of the $10M Sports and Recreation facility
    • Construction has started on a Tim Horton's restaurant in Sundre, construction is expected to take about three months
  • Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2013

    • TJX Canada is hiring 40 store associates for two new Marshalls locations in Edmonton
    • Alberta Health Services has reversed a decision to cancel the home-care contracts with three Edmonton supportive living cooperatives
    • Edmonton Public Schools will be eliminating 339 full-time jobs this fall following approval of the 2013-14 budget. The reductions will be comprised of 157 non-teaching positions and 182 teaching positions.
    • Penny Lane Entertainment Group plans to hire more than 750 new employees for Cowboys Dance Hall at the 10 day Calgary Stampede which kicks off on July 5, 2013
    • Medicine Hat City Council has approved the design for the $61M Event Centre in the Box Springs Industrial Park. The city is planning to break ground on the project in September once contracts with PCL Construction have been finalized.
    • Construction has started on a new $26M sustainable water treatment facility in Brazeau County. The facility, which will serve residents of the Town of Drayton Valley and surrounding subdivisions, is expected to be operational in 2015.
    • Mr. Mikes SteakhouseCasual is hiring up to 80 employees for a new location in Camrose, with a planned opening in 2014
    • Edmonton City Council has approved the expropriation of the City Centre Airport land in downtown Edmonton. Construction is expected to start in 2014 to transform the site into a residential and commercial hub.
    • The liquids rich Duvernay shale play is expected to attract $1B in capital spending, 500-600 new wells per year, and an annual demand of over 60 drilling rigs
    • Loblaws is test marketing a new discount, small store format in Calgary
  • Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2013

    • Nova Chemicals Corporation and Ledcor are starting construction on a $1B polyethylene plant expansion at Joffre. Nova expects the expansion to create 600 new jobs when the facility is complete in 2014.
    • Alberta's largest Lego store opened on June 7, 2013 at Southgate Mall in Edmonton
    • The last stores in Edmonton's Capilano Mall have closed their doors in preparation for a major re-design of the site. SmartCentres is spending $11M to renovate the mall, with completion slated for the spring of 2014.
    • The Communications, Energy and Paper-worker's Union has ratified an agreement that will see the wages of Suncor's oilsands employees increase by 10.5% over three years
    • Housing starts in Alberta reached a 5 year high in May 2013
    • Around 25 home-care employees at Abby Road Housing Co-operative Ltd., in Edmonton, were laid-off on June 3, 2013. Alberta Health Services cancelled the service contract with the co-operative and awarded a new contract to Revera Incorporated.
    • Weyerhaeuser is spending $23M to increase capacity and boost efficiency at its lumber mill in Drayton Valley
    • Lethbridge City Council has approved a 4 year, $455M capital spending plan for projects to 2017
    • Keyano College, in Fort McMurray, plans to open its $22M Oilsands Power and Process Engineering Lab in January 2014
    • Shell Canada has received approval from the Energy Resources Conservation Board for its proposed Cameron Creek oilsands project, located 40 km north of Peace River
  • Week of Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2013

    • The Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada, in a new report, estimates that the oilsands sector will require up to 22,000 new employees by 2022
    • The Government of Alberta is investing $68M to develop 920 new supportive living spaces in various communities across the province
    • MasTec Inc., from Florida, has acquired Big Country Energy Services Inc., headquartered in Calgary, and its affiliated operating companies. MasTec plans to expand its operations to take advantage of increased energy infrastructure work in North America.
    • The Government of Alberta is investing $50M in 2013 to support the development of 24 Family Care Clinics in communities across the province
    • Construction is underway for the new secondary school in Bawlf; it is expected to open in 2014.
    • Pederson Transport has ceased operations in Claresholm, resulting in job loss for approximately 12 employees. Tranforce Inc., the parent company, has closed the local office and terminal, and relocated the operations to Calgary.
    • Go Auto has purchased three new dealerships in Red Deer. The company is also adding a used vehicle reconditioning centre in Red Deer, and plans to hire up to 50 new employees over the next year.
    • The Waterford of Summerlea, in Edmonton, is eliminating the jobs for 21 licensed practical nurses and health care aides following the expiration of contracts with Alberta Health Services
    • Penn West Petroleum Ltd. has announced that it will be laying off approximately 210 employees over the next several weeks as it re-organizes its operations
  • Week of May 27 - May 31, 2013

    • TELUS is investing $700M in new infrastructure and facilities across Alberta in 2013
    • The Calgary Gas & Oil Expo 2013 is expected to draw over 20,000 energy professionals and 600 exhibitors to the city. The show runs from June 11 to June 13 at Stampede Park.
    • Construction is underway on the $23M Bethel Transit Terminal in Strathcona County. The new terminal, the largest in Alberta, is scheduled to open in December 2013.
    • Norquest College is cutting 50 staff and decreasing enrolment across its campuses in Edmonton, Westlock, Whitecourt and Drayton Valley. The layoffs comprise approximately 30 non-academic staff and 20 teaching positions.
    • Mount Royal University, located in Calgary, is suspending eight academic programs and eliminating 63 full-time jobs due to funding shortfalls. Of the job cuts, 29 were vacant positions.
    • Heartland Ford in Fort Saskatchewan has broken ground on a new, expanded dealership scheduled to open in early 2014. The company expects to double its staff numbers, employing up to 100, at the new location.
    • Shell Canada has received approval from the Energy Resources Conservation Board to construct two pipelines and a gas well battery in the Beaver Mines area
  • Week of May 20 - May 24, 2013

    • Biorefinex Canada Ltd. plans to begin construction of a $32M bio refinery in Lacombe by the fall of 2013. The plant is expected to be operational in 2014 and employ up to 30 full-time staff.
    • Greys Paper Recycling Industries has opened a $20M recycling facility at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre and is planning to hire an additional 45 employees by mid-June 2014
    • The Best Western Plus Mountainview Inn & Suites in Sundre opened on May 1, 2013. Staff are currently being hired for the 80-room hotel.
    • Points West Living is opening a 104-unit seniors facility in Stettler in July 2013. Points West is currently recruiting 100 employees for the facility.
    • Representatives from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo were on a recruiting drive in Toronto and Halifax in an attempt to fill 100 positions
    • The new Fort McMurray Airport, scheduled to open in June 2014, will feature 18 food and beverage operators, including a Boston Pizza and Earls Restaurant
    • ArborCare Tree Services, of Calgary, has been awarded a $1.2M contract for tree trimming by the City of Lethbridge
    • Pteragen Canada Inc. has received regulatory approval for a $200M wind farm near Seven Persons
    • Parks Canada is spending $1M to upgrade bridges in Jasper National Park
  • Week of May 13 - May 17, 2013

    • Palliative home care nurses in Calgary facing layoffs
    • Red Deer College has reduced its staff by 32 full-time equivalent positions due to a funding shortfall
    • Dawson Wallace Construction Ltd. will be managing the $26M addition to the Lethbridge Police station. Construction is slated to begin in 2013 and be complete by 2015.
    • The Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education is cutting 10 teaching positions in 2013-14 due to budget constraints and declining student enrolment
    • Birchcliff Energy Ltd. is increasing it's exploration and development budget for northwestern Alberta to $247M in response to higher natural gas prices
    • Air Products is planning to build a new hydrogen manufacturing facility in Strathcona County
  • Week of May 06 - May 10, 2013

    • TransCanada Corporation is spending $900M to build a new pipeline from Edmonton to Hardisty
    • Costco Wholesale Canada is building a new store in St. Albert. The store is the first part of a large regional commercial development for the area
    • The Derrick Golf and Winter Club in Edmonton is spending $12M to develop its golf course and club facilities
    • Lethbridge College reveals plan to cut programs and staff due to lack of provincial funding
    • Target has opened 10 new stores across Alberta
    • The Alberta government plans to invest $11M over three years to expand dual-credit program for high school students
    • The Alberta Health Services' northern Alberta 911 call centre will be relocating to a new facility by 2014
    • Gibson Energy will be adding 500,000 barrels of crude oil storage to it's Hardisty tank farm by mid-2014
  • Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2013

    • The Government of Alberta is investing $503M over three years for the construction of 22 new and replacement schools in high growth communities throughout the province. The first new schools are expected to be opened in 2016.
    • Craton Construction Inc. and Dezota Construction Inc. are hiring for the Blackspring Ridge Wind Power Project in southern Alberta
    • Capital Power has selected Genesee as the site for a natural gas powered electricity generating plant. Construction is planned to start in 2015.
    • The Calgary Zoo will be spending $162M over the next 20 years on upgrades and new facilities
    • The Canadian Pheasant Company, in Brooks, is cutting hatchery production for 2013 and laying off approximately 12 employees. The facility will permanently close when all of its inventory is sold.
    • Denny's will be hiring up to 40 employees by the end of June 2013 for its new restaurant in Brooks
    • Kal-Tire is moving its planned $25M tire plant from Regina to the Edmonton area
    • Construction has started on Shell Place in Fort McMurray
    • Chestermere Remedy's RX pharmacy has opened in West Creek Plaza
    • Doodie Dudes opens for business in High River
    • The University of Calgary and the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health have received $1.6M in funding to establish a new research laboratory
    • Brooks Asphalt and Concrete has been awarded a $2M contract for paving and construction by the Town of Stettler
    • Richardson Bros. Ltd., of Olds, has been awarded a $4.6M contract for road work in Mountain View County
    • Daycare in Peace River is short on spaces and employees
    • The City of Grande Prairie is spending $700,000 to upgrade the Muskoseepi Park Pavilion
    • Alberta Transportation is spending $8.8M for highway upgrades between Lethbridge and Coaldale over the summer
  • Week of Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2013

    • Coalspur is expected to begin construction on the Vista coal mine near Hinton within a few months. The mine is expected to be operational by 2015.
    • Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites are spending $25M to build two new hotels in Red Deer. Construction is expected to begin this summer and finish by 2014.
    • The Town Of Canmore is seeking lifeguards for the newly opened Elevation Place
    • The Medicine River Wildlife Centre is starting construction on a new education centre and wildlife hospital; it is expected to be completed by 2014.
    • BBC Contractors won the bid to construct the $1.6M Carseland Lagoon earthworks and piping modifications
    • The Calgary Catholic Immigration Society's oil and gas training programs have launched a fast-track power engineering training program
    • Construction will begin shortly on the new $3.7M gym for Hugh Sutherland School in Carstairs
    • The Town of Cochrane will begin construction on the $1.4M first phase of Riverfront Park by fall of 2013
    • Grande Prairie Regional College will host a career expo on April 30
    • New Horizon Co-operative will be opening two new gas stations this year
    • Grande Prairie Regional College recently laid off 27 employees
    • Edmonton-based steel fabricator, Waiward Steel, recently laid of approximately 50 workers
    • Imperial Oil Ltd.'s Kearl oil-sands mine, located north of Fort McMurray, will begin production shortly
  • Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2013

    • The Government of Alberta is providing $31M for upgrades to seniors accommodations across the province during 2013
    • Lakeland College is cutting programs and services at the Vermilion and Lloydminster campuses for the 2013-2014 school year. It is estimated that 43 permanent jobs will be eliminated.
    • STEPS Bridgeland, a new inner city condo development in Calgary, will begin construction in the fall of 2013
    • Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt opened at Park Place Mall in Lethbridge on April 13, 2013
    • The Town of Banff is spending $960,000 to upgrade its water system
    • A new 107-unit seniors care facility is under construction in Olds and scheduled to open by spring of 2014
    • The Ponoka Agricultural Event Centre Society has received $50,000 in funding to developing the Calnash Ag Event Centre
    • Infrastructure contracts have been awarded to Al-Terra Engineering and Border Paving for work in the Town of Sylvan Lake
    • Mount Royal University in Calgary will layoff 7 employees due to funding cuts in 2013
    • The Alberta Health Services closure of the long-term facility at Strathmore Hospital will affect 19 employees
    • CN Rail opens the $200M Calgary Logistics Park
    • South Rock Ltd. is to begin construction of the Dunmore Road overpass in Medicine Hat on April 29, 2013
    • Red Deer College is planning to reduced programs and staff as a result of a budget deficit for the upcoming school year
    • Ground breaking for the new Quad Ball Diamond Facility in Brooks occurred on April 15, 2013
    • The Town of Innisfail will begin Phase 2 of its downtown revitalization project on May 6, 2013
    • Brookfield Residential is launching an inner city housing development in Calgary. The project is expected to be completed in early 2014.
    • The Municipal District of Willow Creek has received funding for construction of a wireless internet tower
    • Two more warehouses will be completed in the Stoney Industrial Centre in northeast Calgary within the next few months
    • Portage College in Lac La Biche will lay off 15 people. The school will also close its campus in Vegreville and halve the size of the Bonnyville campus.
    • Alberta Oil Sands is hoping to expand production at its Algar Lake facility
    • Staff in some NAIT programs are being asked to consider leaving the institution through voluntary redundancy; approximately 36 vacant positions will not be filled
    • McDonalds held its third annual National Hiring Day on Thursday. The company is seeking 300¿400 employees in Edmonton and the surrounding area.
  • Week of Apr 08 - Apr 12, 2013

    • EDF EN Canada will begin construction on a $600M wind farm in southern Alberta. The projected is expected to be complete by mid-2014 and will create 250 construction jobs.
    • Siemens AG is moving its Canadian headquarters from Oakville, Ontario to Calgary
    • New Walmart warehouse coming to Balzac
    • McDonald's Restaurants hiring more than 700 new employees in Alberta
    • Value Village is expecting to employ 60 people when its new store opens in Calgary on April 11, 2013
    • Residential development with 700 units proceeding in Sylvan Lake
    • Samson Cree Nation pilot program for entrepreneurs started March 4, 2013
    • Grande Prairie Regional College planning to spend $1.7M to expand its Hinton campus
    • Coalspur Mines to build railway extension east of Hinton for the Vista Coal Project
    • Best Canadian Motor Inns building 49-room hotel in Blairmore
    • Hope College to launch in Drumheller in fall 2013
    • The Whitesand Hutterian Brethren are constructing farm dwellings east of Stettler
    • Tollestrup Construction (2005) Ltd. has been awarded a $1.3M contract for road construction and underground utilities in Lethbridge
    • Employee turnover is a key challenge for business in Banff and Canmore
    • Platinum Communications Corp. is expanding wireless infrastructure in southern Alberta
    • Construction begins on new Rotary Youth Centre in Camrose with completion planned by July 1, 2013
    • Slumland Theatre, a downtown music venue for teens in Red Deer, is closing at the end June 2013
    • Bow Valley College is offering new health care programs at its High River campus starting in May 2013
    • New video and game rental store, Level Up, opens in Edson
    • Auto racing planned for the Fort Macleod Aerodrome from April to October 2013
    • The Tri-County Job and Career Fair will be held in Killam on May 7, 2013
    • University of Alberta worried that they may be forced to close Faculty of Arts due to budget cuts
    • Wood Buffalo municipal council approves expropriation of seven downtown properties to make room for sports and entertainment complex
    • Study from the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada expects to see almost 32,000 job vacancies over the next 10 years in the oilsands
  • Week of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2013

    • Eaglesham school, located 128-km northeast of Grande Prairie, is at risk of losing its senior high grades due to decreasing enrolment
    • 29-storey hotel and office tower proposed at Edmonton¿s historic Kelly Ramsey Block
    • Construction work on highway 43, between Edmonton and Grande Prairie, to resume in a few weeks
    • Strike notice served at west Edmonton seniors facility, where employees work without a collective agreement since December 2011
    • Suncor cancels their $11.6B project at oil-sands mine near Fort McMurray
    • Java Jive, a coffee roaster and retailer in Edmonton, is closing at the end of April
    • The Government of Canada, through the Skills Link program, is providing over $556,000 to the Medicine Hat YMCA to help youth overcome barriers to employment
    • Taber and Vauxhall airports receive funding for upgrades from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund
    • Oxford Properties Group is building a new 25-storey office tower in downtown Calgary
    • Medicine Hat in line for a new $7.1M residential detox facility by 2014
    • Alvin Reinhard Fritz Architect Inc. has been awarded a $1.7M contract for the City of Lethbridge police station expansion
    • Apex Power and Automation Ltd. has been awarded a $1.4M contract for electrical upgrades at the Lethbridge Exhibition
    • Amron Construction of Redcliff will be building a new $2.2M fuel depot for the City of Lethbridge
    • The City of Lethbridge, Telus, and Shaw are spending $7.4M to replace underground power lines in the city
    • McNally Construction Ltd. is supplying $2.1M worth of asphalt to the City of Lethbridge in 2013
    • Cannery Row Bingo in Red Deer will close on June 30, 2013
    • Construction will begin by April 30 on a new Tim Horton's restaurant in Didsbury
    • Construction project will expand Fred Wills Memorial Hall in Cochrane. The $380,000 project will begin this spring.
  • Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2013

    • More than fifty employees are out of work after fire destroys a Boston Pizza restaurant in Lethbridge
    • Good Samaritan Society has laid off some staff and reduced the working hours of others at their long-term care centres around the province
    • Bethany Care Centres cut 4 full-time staff in Red Deer and 2.5 in Sylvan Lake. The cuts will affect mainly health-care aides and licensed practical nurses.
    • Forecast says that more than 250,000 construction labourers are needed in Canada between now and 2021
    • Athabasca University has laid off 44 employees, citing a budget shortfall as the reason. Half the cuts affect positions in Athabasca, and the other half are in Edmonton. Facility, academic, management and support positions are affected.
    • The Banff Centre will receive funding over the next two years to support artists
    • Two new work camps proposed for Bonnyville oilfield employees. Proposal would see one camp opened by May 2013.
    • Construction of new seniors complex in Canmore to begin in April 2013
    • Construction of a 38-unit apartment complex in downtown Banff scheduled to begin in June 2013
    • Starbucks opens in Chestermere
    • Construction begins on new francophone school in Cochrane
    • West-Can Seal Coating Inc. to begin work in July on sewer lines in Didsbury
    • Perpetual Energy is building a pipeline and gas facilities in the West Edson area
    • A new retailer, Crazi Quilters Lair, has opened in Medicine Hat
    • The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund is providing $250,000 towards renovations at the Fort Saskatchewan Sportsplex
    • Famoso Neoplolitan Pizza is opening on April 17, 2013 in Grande Prairie
    • New field house in Blackfalds to be completed by spring 2014
  • Week of Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2013

    • Halliburton is closing its Medicine Hat facility on April 16, 2013. The 200 employees at the site are being offered severance packages or transfers to Halliburton¿s Regina location.
    • Grosvenor and Cressey Development Group are planning to build 24-storey and 18-storey condominium towers in downtown Calgary. Construction is slated to begin later in 2013 or early 2014.
    • Richardson Oilseed Ltd. plans to increase processing capacity at its Lethbridge plant by the end of 2015
    • Lethbridge College is closing Fort Macleod and Pincher Creek campuses
    • McNally Contractors Ltd. has won a $1.76M contract for curbs and sidewalks in Lethbridge
    • Nova Chemicals Corp. will be spending approximately $1B on the Joffre plant expansion in Red Deer, construction is expected to begin next year
    • Carstar Collision and Glass has opened a new franchise location in Medicine Hat
    • Federal Government announces over $49,000 to support infrastructure improvements to three community facilities in the Grande Prairie Economic Region
    • The City of Edmonton is hosting a social media job fair on March 28
    • Imperial Oil¿s Kearl oilsands project, located 70km north of Fort McMurray, is days away from producing its first oil; other planning activities are also under way for the expansion phase.
    • Field Upgrading, a Calgary-based company that is developing a new bitumen and heavy oil upgrading technology called Molten Sodium Upgrading, has received $500,000 in research support from Alberta Innovates
  • Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2013

    • The Alberta government plans to close the Michener Centre in Red Deer by spring of 2014
    • Valard Construction is starting construction this spring on the $1.6B Eastern Alberta Transmission Line. Atco Electric estimates that 1,000 workers will be required for the two year project.
    • Tiffany & Co is opening a retail location in the West Edmonton Mall in the fall of 2013
    • The Buck Lake Stampede Society in The County of Wetaskiwin has received funding to replace the bleachers and fencing on the Buck Lake Stampede Grounds
    • Freson Bros. Fresh Market opened a new flagship store on March 1, 2013 in Stony Plain
    • Catholic Charities is closing its clothes bank store in Lethbridge on March 31, 2013. The closure will result in job loss for 15 employees.
    • Newalta Corp. has signed a contract with Shell Canada to process tailings from the Jackpine Mine near Fort McMurray. Construction will occur over the next 6 months, with operations scheduled to start in October 2013. The site will employ 20 operators.
    • The Collicutt Centre in Red Deer has received money from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund for indoor turf replacement
    • Patheon Inc. is closing its Banner Pharmacaps facility in Olds by October 31, 2013. More than 100 employees will lose their jobs when the closure is complete, but company officials anticipate that the layoffs may begin on March 16, 2013.
    • The City of Calgary has received support from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund for renovations to the Bob Bahan Aquatic and Fitness Centre
    • Lauren Concise is expanding a gas plant and compressor station for Seven Generations Energy Ltd. The station, which is located southeast of Grande Prairie, should be completed by the end of May 2013.
    • The E.I.D. Historical Park in Scandia has received funding to support renovations to the park's CPR master building
    • Expansion moves forward at New Sarepta Agriplex in Leduc County
    • Funding in place for a 3-year period to build a new hospital in High Prairie
    • Completion of the High River fieldhouse is scheduled for fall 2013
    • Construction to start in May 2013 on new mall in Penhold
    • Lakeland College in Lloydminster has received funding to purchase specialized equipment used for training students for careers in the heavy oil industry
    • Town of Wainwright awards construction tenders for 2013
  • Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2013

    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer & District has received funding from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund for improvements to Camp Alexo
    • Best Western is breaking ground on a new 82 room hotel in Okotoks on March 20, 2013
    • Home Depot is planning to hire 1,067 new employees in Alberta for its annual peak season
    • Calgary city council has approved zoning to allow Brookfield Office Properties to construct two new downtown office towers
    • The Municipal District of Pincher Creek is spending $ 4.5M for a new adminstrative building. The building is projected to open in October 2013.
    • The Town of Vulcan has received money from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund for the installation of a new ice plant to serve the Vulcan Curling Club and Arena
    • The Village of Lomond has received support from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund for refurbishment of its water treatment facility
    • Spruce Grove city council has approved a development permit for a new 130-room hotel
    • Forty-one health care workers in Edmonton have been given layoff notices as the province begins shutting down a 30-bed transitional unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital
  • Week of Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2013

    • A new assisted living facitity, Royal Oak Village, has opened in Lacombe
    • Talisman Energy has reduced its Calgary workforce by 90 employees
    • Masterfeeds LP will permanently close its feed mill in Didsbury on February 28, 2013
    • Home Depot Canada is currently hiring 6,700 sales associates, cashiers, design professionals, department supervisors and night operators, nationally. Nearly half of the new job opportunities will be in Western Canada.
  • Week of Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2013

    • Marriot is slated to begin construction of a new hotel in Red Deer this month. The $12.8M building is projected to have a total of 90 suites. Once construction is completed in early 2014, the hotel will employ 20 to 30 people.
    • Community Employment Services will close their office in Medicine Hat on February 28, 2013. The closure will affect 9 employees.
    • Being Human Services has hired three full-time staff and will be working with independent contractors to deliver a transition to employment program in Medicine Hat.
    • Alberta Sugar Beet Growers and S2GBiochem plan to build a sugar beet processing plant in southern Alberta within 12 months. The company estimates the plant will have approximately 60 employees when fully operational in 2014.
  • Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2013

    • Archer Daniels Midland will be closing its flour mill in Medicine Hat at the end of May 2013. The closure will result in job losses for 40 employees.
  • Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2013

    • The DeVry Institute of Technology will be closing its Calgary location at the end of June 2013. The closure will affect 20 administrative staff and 14 faculty.
    • Loblaws Company Ltd. is planning to open a discount supermarket, No Frills, in Lethbridge
  • Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2013

    • Canalta Real Estate is constructing a Boston Pizza restaurant and two hotels in Medicine Hat in 2013
    • Health care workers at Symphony Senior Living's Aspen Ridge facility went on strike January 22nd, as contract negotiations broke down. Roughly 130 licensed practical nurses, health care aides and other specialized staff are currently off the job.
  • Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2013

    • Methanex is investing $30M to increase methanol production at its Medicine Hat facility. The company has hired 30 permanent employees due to the expansion and has approximately 50 independent contractors on site for the construction phase, scheduled to be complete by September 2013.
    • The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund has supported the Lions Aquatic Centre Rehabilitation project in Picture Butte
    • The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund has supported upgrades to the Huntington Hills Community Centre in north central Calgary
  • Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2013

    • Victory Silica Ltd. has purchased a processing plant in Seven Persons to supply fracturing sand to the drilling industry in Medicine Hat. The company will be hiring 32 operators and bulk loaders, foremen and quality control staff by April 1.
    • The Town of Raymond has received funding from the Government of Canada for improvements to the ice arena under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund
    • The Ranchlands Educational Enrichment Society has received a grant from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund to install new recreational equipment at the St. Rita School Playground in Calgary
    • Keyano College will host its annual career fair on February 8 and 9, featuring 70 exhibitors; up from 50 in 2012. According to the sign-up survey, 45 of the employers are hiring tradespersons, 31 for office support, and 29 are looking for drivers and labourers.
  • Week of Jan 07 - Jan 11, 2013

    • BFI Canada opened a new recycling centre in Rocky View County near Calgary on December 13. The company has hired three adminstrative staff and approximately 15 operators.
    • Egg Processing Innovations Cooperative is opening an egg cracking plant in Lethbridge on February 1 to process surplus eggs. The company anticipates hiring 10 line operators and material handlers by the time the plant opens.
  • Week of Dec 31 - Jan 04, 2012

    • Resuming on January 18, 2013
  • Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2012

    • Japan Canada Oil Sands will begin construction of its $1.4 billion Hangingstone thermal oilsands project near Fort McMurray in January
    • The Government of Canada has provided funding for improvements to the Madden Community Centre, curling rink, and campground under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund
    • The Empress and District Historical Society has received funding for renovations to the historic Empress Canadian Pacific Railway Train Station from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund
    • SMART Technologies is laying off approximately 25% of the workforce at its Calgary office beginning December 11th
    • A new Walmart Supercentre opened in Abbottfield Mall in Edmonton on December 7, creating 100 retail jobs
  • Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2012

    • The United Horsemen of Alberta is partnering with Century Casinos to build a new $13M racetrack and entertainment complex near Balzac
    • The Bearberry Wapitana Society has received funding from the Government of Canada to assist with upgrades to the Bearberry Community Hall and the Heritage & Arts Centre
  • Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2012

    • Eleven Point Logistics is hiring up to 500 staff for a large distribution centre near Balzac. The warehouse operation will service all Target Canada stores west of Ontario.
    • De Dutch Pancake House opened its only Alberta restaurant in downtown Edmonton on November 6th. The new restaurant has created 18 part-time positions for cooks and service staff.
  • Week of Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2012

    • Sherritt International is laying off 42 miners at the Obed Mountain coal mine near Hinton
    • Enbridge is planning a $1.8B crude oil pipeline from Edmonton to Hardisty
    • The Government of Canada is providing funding to the Nampa and District Agricultural Society for improvements to the Nampa complex
    • Top rated restaurant to close in Edmonton
    • Pancake house opens in Edmonton
  • Week of Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2012

    • Construction begins on new Cactus Club restaurant in Edmonton
    • The City of Lethbridge has awarded an $11M contract to deGraaf Excavating Ltd. for the completion of the northern extension to Scenic Drive. The contractor plans to hire additional construction and paving staff for the project in the spring of 2013.
    • The Taber & District Community Adult Learning Association is receiving over $137,000 from the Skills Link program to help youth overcome barriers to employment
    • Grande Prairie jewelry store Warrington's to close after 33 years in business
    • Wainwright area high school students offered Health Care Aide program
    • Capital Packers in Edmonton has licence suspended over health concerns
  • Week of Nov 12 - Nov 16, 2012

    • Improvements will be made to the West Hillhurst Community Recreation Centre in Calgary with a grant from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund
    • The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund is assisting with heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades to the Tilley Community Hall
    • The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund is assisting with upgrades to the Red Deer Public Library
    • Renovations to the Walsh Community Hall will create local employment through funding from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund
    • The Village of Foremost is making improvements to its recreational facilities and library through a grant from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund
    • The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund has provided support for the rehabilitation of the Little White School in St. Albert
    • A $5.7B oilsands upgrader in the Edmonton area has received approval. The project is expected to create thousands of jobs for the area.
  • Week of Nov 05 - Nov 09, 2012

    • TransAlta is laying off 165 employees over the next six months as it reorganizes its talent content. The majority of the layoffs will occur in Calgary.
    • Edleun Group Inc. has opened its second child care centre in Calgary. The newly developed centre will provide 247 licensed day care spaces.
  • Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2012

    • EPCOR will be hiring four operators for the upgraded $59M Evan-Thomas Water and Wastewater treatment facility in Kananaskis County when construction is complete in 2014
    • TransCanada Corporation and Phoenix Energy Holdings Limited have partnered to build a $3B oilsands pipeline.The 500 kilometre system is expected to be operating by early 2017, subject to regulatory approvals.
    • The Fort McMurray Airport Annual Report highlights the airport expansion project's contribution to local economic activity. Over 1600 jobs are attributed to its property tenants and the construction contractors.
  • Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2012

    • The Bethay Care Society will be hiring 50 staff for a new supported living facility in Didsbury, scheduled to open in 2014.
  • Week of Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2012

    • Kelsey's restaurant closed its Red Deer location on September 28, laying off approximately 25 staff
    • Keyera Corp is beginning a $210M upgrade to its Rimbey gas plant. The project is sheduled to be complete by mid-2014, and it is expected that, including fabrication and assembly, up to 250 workers will be required during peak construction.
    • The Government of Canada is providing funding to The Prospect Human Services Society for job coaching and support services to help 60 individuals with disabilities find meaningful employment in Calgary
    • The Bank of Montreal has opened a new branch on the west side of Lethbridge, for which it has hired 12 employees. The new location will serve the growing population of the city's west region, which has increased by over two percent since 2011.
    • A new boutique selling high-end chocolates has opened in Sherwood Park. The new store is an expansion of a home-based business that is aiming for further growth by 2017.
  • Week of Oct 08 - Oct 12, 2012

    • Greenwoods Bookshoppe has shut its doors after more than 30 years in business
    • Government of Canada invests to help youth in Brooks, Alberta, get jobs
    • The Calgary Airport Authority is seeking retail tenants for its new terminal, which is to open by the fall of 2015
    • Inter Pipeline Fund plans to construct a new pipeline near Fort Saskatchewan starting in the fall of 2013. The project is expected to create 300 construction jobs.
  • Week of Oct 01 - Oct 05, 2012

    • Work on a 110-unit addition to Venu Urban Residences is slated to begin this spring in southeast Red Deer. The developer estimates that construction of the high-end building will cost approximately $28M and create 245 local trades¿ jobs over the year-and-a-half construction period. This expansion will complete the three-phase project, which began in 2006.
    • Cargill has announced that it will be building a second canola crushing and processing plant near Camrose beginning next spring, with construction expected to employ 200 to 250 people. Once operational in the fall of 2014, the plant will employ 50 to 60 staff, which will include process operators, steam engineers and millwrights.
    • Imperial Oil to relocate its Calgary offices to an office complex in southeast Calgary in order to make space for the company's growing workforce
    • Marriott International expects that construction of its $125M Renaissance ClubSport in downtown Calgary will begin in 2013 and be complete by December 2015. The hotel will employ 70 workers on a full-time basis. Marriott¿s ownership group, New Urban, is also building the $35M Fairfield Inn & Suites, which is expected to create around 40 positions when it opens in the fall of 2013.
    • Greengate Power is building the Blackridge I Wind Project north of Lethbridge. The construction will create 200 jobs and, on completion, there will be 20 new employees on site.
    • Williams Companies announced plans to construct a new natural gas processing plant at an oilsands upgrader near Fort McMurray. The $500 to $600 million project includes the construction of a pipeline to the company¿s Redwater facility.
    • Inter Pipeline Fund has awarded a $100M contract to a joint venture for the construction of facilities at multiple sites related to the Cold Lake and Polaris pipelines
    • Belgravia Books to close its door in Edmonton
  • Week of Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2012

    • New school proposed in Beaverlodge
    • Calgary casino and hotel expansion to create 70-100 full-time jobs
    • Renovations to the Mayfield Inn and Suites in Edmonton will cause layoffs
    • Olds College has created Western Canada's first post-secondary Brewmaster Program. The two-year degree will accept a maximum of 24 students per year and will begin instruction in September of 2013.
  • Week of Sep 17 - Sep 21, 2012

    • Oilsands project near Cold Lake receives regulatory approval to proceed
    • National Bee Diagnostic Centre opens in Beaverlodge
    • The Pembina Lodge set to open new affordable living units in Westlock
    • Royal Dutch Shell is moving forward with Quest, the first oilsands carbon capture and storage project located northeast of Edmonton
    • South African-based diesel producer, Sasol, proposes to build an $8 billion plant near Fort Saskatchewan that would produce diesel fuel from natural gas
    • Costco Wholesale is currently recruiting for a variety of skilled positions for its fifth location in Edmonton. The company is looking to fill 150 to 170 positions.
    • Gibson Energy is proceeding with the construction of two 400,000 barrel oil storage tanks at its Hardisty Terminal, 200 kilometres southeast of Edmonton
    • Alberco Construction Ltd. is completing bridge repairs over the Battle River, south of Ponoka
    • Cineplex Odeon is planning to build a new 11-screen theatre in southeast Calgary
    • Nordstrom plans to open its first Canadian location in Calgary, in the fall of 2014
  • Week of Sep 10 - Sep 14, 2012

    • Support workers at Edmonton Catholic Schools begin strike action
    • New schools in Calgary create about 100 jobs for teachers and administrative-support staff
    • Rural recruitment program leads to physician hiring in the Beaverlodge-Hythe area
    • New coal mine project will create about 221 jobs in Hinton
    • Rental accommodations hard to find in Peace River
    • Transition program for boomers in Lacombe district receives funding
    • Airport Tunnel for Calgary has created 175 jobs
    • Phase one of the $1.3-billion South Health Campus opens in Calgary
    • Two downtown Edmonton nightclubs closed unexpectedly resulting in the loss of 80 jobs
    • A $3-million annual funding increase expands home care services in the Medicine Hat region
  • Week of Sep 03 - Sep 07, 2012

    • Highway upgrades near Wood-Buffalo have started
    • Fort McMurray Mall expansion is attracting new tenants
    • New natural gas-fired electricity plant is being built in Whitecourt
    • Construction has started on a new $42M bioenergy facility for Millar Western's Whitecourt mill
    • Lowe's has officially opened its second store in Edmonton
    • The Edmonton Journal expects to attract 9,000 job-seekers for its Employment Supershow on September 6. The event will focus on opportunities in the trades, healthcare, and services sectors. More than 100 employers will be onsite, providing employment information and conducting interviews.
    • New hotel being built in Red Deer
    • New discount retailer in Red Deer to open in Bower Plaza
    • Everything For A Dollar will close one of its four Calgary locations
    • SAIT Trades and Technology Complex opens in Calgary
    • Construction underway on $25M bridge in Calgary
    • Police training centre In Fort McLeod has been cancelled
  • Week of Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2012

    • Fort McMurray will host an apprenticeship conference October 15-17, 2012
    • Brewpub opening in mid-November in Fort McMurray
    • Concordia High School has closed in Edmonton
    • Edmonton-based Swedish Jewellers will be closing
    • Construction has started on the new College Park School in Lloydminster
    • Proposed $1.5 billion coal mine in Hinton could create more than 500 jobs
    • Calgary Economic Development will be heading to Ireland and Scotland to look for potential workers
    • Calgary-based Triple Flip has opened a new store in the Market Mall
    • The new Trades and Technology Complex in Calgary has opened its doors to students
    • Magrath-based company Surex Direct has launched its new online insurance service
    • Richardson Oilseed has completed the expansion of their processing and food manufacturing plant in Lethbridge
  • Week of Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2012

    • New nursing pilot project aims to attract more registered nurses to remote northern towns in Alberta
    • The University of Alberta¿s French-language campus is cutting twelve staff in Edmonton
    • A new Tim Hortons is opening in Blackfalds, creating about 35 jobs
    • Construction has started on the Bud Miller All Seasons Park redevelopment project in Lloydminster
    • New location for Drumheller Town Hall to undergo renovations in the fall
    • Wind turbines are popping up around Halkirk
    • Construction has started on new Heritage Heights arena in Foothills
    • City council is ready to accept proposals for two new recreation centres in Calgary
    • Layoffs at Glenbow Museum in Calgary
  • Week of Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2012

    • New splash park under construction in Grande Prairie
    • The Edmonton Journal's printing plant to close
    • Edmonton-based Upside Software sold to SciQuest Inc. but will stay in city
  • Week of Aug 06 - Aug 10, 2012

    • Provincial government invests $10M for dinosaur museum in Grande Prairie
    • Fort McMurray airport under construction for expansion project
    • Agricultural research centre opens east of Edmonton
    • TransAlta power plant west of Edmonton will undergo repairs
    • Youth population grows in Penhold
    • Calgary-based KT Construction Services goes into receivership
    • City of Calgary increases accessible cab licenses
    • New grocery store opens in High River
  • Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2012

    • Highway construction projects underway in the Peace River area
    • Grande Prairie will get a new regional hospital
    • Taiga oilsands project gains support
    • Blackfalds local building centre shutting down
    • Contract agreements reached for Hardisty Care Centre employees in Edmonton
    • Calgary Herald cuts staff
    • New grocery store opens in High River
  • Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2012

    • American staffing company has set up an office in Calgary to deal with potential labour shortage
    • Sears will close its store in the Deerfoot Mall in Calgary by October 31
    • Surge in commercial developments in Edmonton
    • Construction has started on new town hall in Sylvan Lake
    • Alberta Health Services announces new residency program aimed at attracting and retaining family physicians
    • Alberta's Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp. (CCEMC) invests $46M in six greenhouse gas reduction projects
  • Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2012

    • Nightlife complex in Fort McMurray is closing
    • School in Fort McMurray promotes careers in engineering though Discover Engineering Camp
    • More help called to fight wildfires in Northwestern Alberta
    • Construction will begin on major condo development in downtown Edmonton in September
    • Workers back to work after steel plant lockout ends in Camrose
    • New seniors care centre opens in Grande Prairie
    • Construction of Calgary's Airport Trail tunnel is halfway finished
    • Drone aircraft facility planned near Foremost
    • Care facility in Carmangay closes
  • Week of Jul 09 - Jul 13, 2012

    • Black Diamond Group Ltd. signs long-term deal to house oilsands workers in northern Alberta
    • Penn West held an open house to discuss future plans for the Peace River area
    • Edmonton Economic Development Corp. has launched a campaign to recruit skilled workers from the United States in anticipation of a labour shortage
    • Province intervenes in labour dispute at seniors' centre in Edmonton
    • "New infrastructure projects announced for CFB Suffield
    • New wind farms - a possibility for the Drumheller region
    • New seniors complex in Calgary top open in the fall
    • New public safety and law enforcement training centre to be built in Fort Macleod
  • Week of Jul 02 - Jul 06, 2012

    • Canadian meat industry wins key trade decision
    • Proposed $12M gravel project in Barrhead County could create employment
    • New mobile consulting centre is aimed at helping entrepreneurs in northeastern Alberta
    • Canadian Helicopters will be relocating to the Edmonton International Airport in September
    • Construction begins on a new hotel in Edmonton
    • Specialty beer establishments for Calgary
  • Week of Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2012

    • Insight Medical Imaging opening a new facility in Fort McMurray
    • Construction of a new condo building in Edmonton will begin in September
    • Late-night establishments benefit Edmonton's economy
    • Provincial government is developing a natural gas strategy
    • University of Calgary is expanding their family medicine residency program
    • Charles Clark Medical Centre has officially opened in High River
  • Week of Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2012

    • Alberta increases support for apprentices through scholarships
    • New rabbit meat processor in Valleyview
    • School budget creates 116 jobs in Edmonton
    • Lacombe to undertake water main and road repair
    • Calgary-based Quintaro Graphic Reproduction & Commercial Art plans for international growth
    • New retail centre for Calgary
  • Week of Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2012

    • Construction of the Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society has begun
    • Sports complex in Grande Prairie is hiring
    • Blackfalds-based company has been awarded a construction contract at Cenovus Energy Inc.¿s Nisku module yard
    • J. Crew is expanding into Edmonton
    • Construction continuing on the $109M first phase of an eastside ring road project in Red Deer
    • Employers hiring at Calgary's Global Petroleum Show
    • Totem Building Supplies in Medicine Hat will be re-branded as Rona
  • Week of Jun 04 - Jun 08, 2012

    • Trimac Transportation receives contract to transport limestone aggregate for Hammerstone Corp. in Fort McMurray
    • Care workers set up picket lines at the Revera Riverbend Retirement Residence in southwest Edmonton
    • Labour settlement at Evraz manufacturing plant in Camrose
    • New Community Arts Centre to be built in Lethbridge
    • Summer hiring for the Calgary Stampede begins
    • Regulatory approval granted for Narrows Lake oilsands project
  • Week of May 28 - Jun 01, 2012

    • More land released for residential development in Fort McMurray
    • Major highway project awarded for Edmonton ring road
    • Co-op Wines & Spirits is coming to Edmonton
  • Week of May 21 - May 25, 2012

    • Peace River hiring new teachers
    • Strike action at Edmonton's Hardisty Care Centre
    • $215 million in infrastructure projects in Edmonton
    • Calgary public school staff vote for strike action
    • Bowness Park in Calgary to get a $10.5M redevelopment
    • Evraz to double capacity of threading line north of Red Deer
  • Week of May 14 - May 18, 2012

    • Calgary-based Southern Pacific Resource Corp. announced an expansion of its McKay Thermal Project in the oilsands
    • Municipal water pipeline to be constructed between the town of Stony Plain and the village of Wabamun
    • Lockout at Evraz pipe manufacturing plant in Camrose
    • ATCO Gas begins construction of new Okotoks service centre
    • Shell Canada to shutter one of the two processing plants that make up its Caroline Gas Complex northwest of Sundre
    • New management programs at the University of Lethbridge
  • Week of May 07 - May 11, 2012

    • Burger Heaven in Grande Prairie moves to new location, plans to double its staff
    • College staff reductions at Keyano College
    • Inter Pipeline Fund (IPF) announces plans for two major pipeline expansions in Cold Lake region
    • New medical centre in St. Albert
    • Associated Ambulance expands services in seven more communities
    • New business degree program at Red Deer College
    • New hotel planned for Calgary
    • Police recruits begin training in Lethbridge
  • Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2012

    • Layoffs at Grande Prairie College
    • Green rig to be used in Fort McMurray oilsands
    • New retailer in Edmonton is hiring
    • Daycare opening in Mundare
    • Student expo in Red Deer promotes trades
    • Arena expansion in Red Deer underway
    • Job prospects in Calgary for university students
    • Labour agreement reached at Edith Cavell Care Centre in Lethbridge
  • Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2012

    • Peace River School District votes to close Whitelaw Academy
    • PCL expands its industrial headquarters in Nisku
    • Unisource Worldwide announces the opening of a new facility in Edmonton
    • Conference tackles oil and gas skills shortage in Alberta
    • Rogers store in Red Deer transitioning away from video store business
    • Summer hiring fair in Calgary
    • Sugar beet farmers in Southern Alberta reach deal with Lantic Inc.
  • Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2012

    • Cuts to aircraft maintenance jobs in Edmonton
    • Multiple stores closing in Stettler
    • Water treatment plant being built in Barrhead
    • Red Deer¿s housing market reports gains
    • New health centre under construction in Red Deer
    • Construction starts on new luxury hotel in Calgary
    • Public school board in Calgary looking to recruit Spanish teachers
    • Agriculture Canada branch office in Medicine Hat will close
  • Week of Mar 26 - Mar 30, 2012

    • Energy companies with presences in Fort McMurray merge together
    • New pipe facility north of Sherwood Park
    • Unique home manufacturing plant opens in Edmonton
    • Theatre company in Red Deer to close
    • New training programs offered at Lakeland College for Aboriginal students
    • Calgary's place on Global Financial Centre Index highlights growing sector strength
    • Funding for supportive living units in Medicine Hat
  • Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2012

    • Doctor shortage in Peace River
    • Construction of new high schools in Grande Prairie and Lac La Biche to start in September
    • Keyayno College in Fort McMurray will offer new trade program
    • Casino in Fort McMurray proposes expansion
    • New hospital opens in Fort Saskatchewan
    • New Edmonton Filmed Entertainment Fund hopes to improve Edmonton's economic prosperity
    • Rocky View County lays off seven firefighters
    • Calgary-based FGL Sports lays off 13 employees
    • Pilot training facility in Red Deer receives contract
    • Royal Bank of Canada opens branch in Red Deer
    • Construction contracts available for new police college in Fort Macleod

Economic/Environmental Scan

A report that provides an overview of major socio-economic trends that can have an impact on the local and provincial economy and labour market.

Sectoral Profiles

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Occupational Outlook

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Update of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011

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