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  • Week of Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2017

    The Government of Alberta is hiring two additional medical examiners. The province is increasing funding for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner by $1M per year, with about $0.8M allocated to the two new positions.
    With oil prices recovering, Precision Drilling anticipates spending $108M on capital projects in 2017, a decline of almost 47% from 2016. The company has 90 rigs drilling or moving in Canada.
    Roam Public Transit and Parks Canada are launching a two-year transit pilot project to ease traffic congestion in the Banff-Lake Louise area. The service is scheduled to run from May 19 to September 10.
    The Alberta Utilities Commission has approved the Fort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission Project. The $1.6B transmission line will run from just west of Edmonton to the Fort McMurray area and is expected to be operational in 2019.
    The Banff International Research Station will be receiving $12.8M in funding over the next five years from agencies in Canada, Mexico and the United States. The centre focuses on applied mathematics in the sciences.
    The Alberta Wheat Commission is moving to single wheat check-off system starting in August 2017, subject to government approval. Under the changes the commission will assume a greater role in funding new wheat variety development.
    The Municipal District of Bonnyville has awarded two road work contracts valued at approximately $8.47M for the 2017 season
    Harmony Beef is opening on February 27, 2017 near Balzac. The plant is expected to employ about 125 workers to process an estimated 800 head per day.
    Holden Crop Management is opening a local agricultural retail outlet in spring 2017, just east of the Village of Holden
    Drilling activity in Alberta, up 50% from a year ago according to industry sources, is concentrating on higher-valued natural gas, associated liquids and oil. Approximately 200 rigs are actively drilling.
    The City of Lethbridge plans to borrow $15.3M as part of a $41M expansion of the Sherring Business and Industrial Park. The money will be used for infastructure improvements and a new rail line.
    Lakeland College is launching an administrative professional certificate program in Lloydminster starting in fall 2017. The one -year long program includes a work practicum in a professional office.
    Red Deer Public Schools has issued a tender for the construction of West Park Middle School. Construction of Don Campbell Elementary and St. Joseph High School are in progress and are set to open in fall 2017.
    Daishowa-Merubini International Ltd, based in Peace River, has been approved for a $4.8M grant for a bioenergy electricity project. The funding is part of the $60M Alberta Bioenergy Producer Program.
    Big Lakes County has awarded a $4.3M construction contract for a new water reservoir and pumping station in Kinuso to Alberco Construction. The work is scheduled to be complete by October 5, 2017.
  • Week of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017

    Parrish and Heimbecker are buying crop input retail stores at four locations in Alberta from Crop Production Services, a division of Agrium. Staff at all the retail stores are being retained by the new owners.
    The Government of Alberta has committed an additional $5.2M to renovate Parkland Lodge, a seniors facility in Edson. The lodge renovation is expected to be complete by the fall of 2018.
    Alberta Health Services anticipates that the new High Prairie Health Complex will be operational for patients by the summer of 2017. The facility includes an increase of 37 continuing care beds.
    Tolko Industries plans to re-open its oriented strandboard plant in High Prairie that originally closed in 2008. Tolko has hired a mill manager and estimates that the operation will create 150 direct jobs and another 150 indirect or related jobs.
    Palliser Regional Schools is planning to spend approximately $2.2M on school infrastructure, maintenance and renewal in 2017
    The Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan, focused on physician recruitment, is expanding its role to other health professions including nurses and nurse practitioners. The independent non-governmental organization is funded by Alberta Health.
    IKEA Canada has purchased the Wintering Hills wind farm near Drumheller for approximately $120M. The site has the capacity to generate enough electricity for approximately 54 IKEA stores.
    HMV Canada is set to close all of its 102 stores in Canada over the next few months. The company was placed in receivership and most of its head office staff were laid off on January 28, 2017.
    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is eliminating 168 jobs to save $24.2M, due to slow oilsands growth and the impact of the 2016 wildfire. The cuts include 46 vacant positions.
    Tree Canada is spending $1M to restore forests that were destroyed during the 2016 wildfire in Fort McMurray. The work is expected to start in the spring of 2017 and continue into 2018.
    Producers of a Netflix movie are seeking First Nations actors and extras. Hold the Dark will be filming from February 27 to April 14, 2017, in and around Calgary.
    Arnold Churgin is closing its remaining shoe store in Calgary
    Transcend Coffee is closing its café in downtown Edmonton on February 26, 2017
    GrainsConnect Canada is planning to build a $30M grain terminal near Vegreville. The company expects the project to be complete in 2018 and estimates that 15 full-time jobs will be created.
    The Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association is shifting its focus to attracting agricultural, environmental, renewable energy and advanced manufacturing firms to its industrial park south of Edmonton
    The Government of Alberta has increased funding for Phase 3 of the Bonnylodge seniors facility from $10.4M to $13M. Construction is scheduled to start in June 2017 and be complete in 2019.
    The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is forecasting an increase in drilling in Alberta this year to 2,700 wells. Member companies of the association also reported new hiring and the recall of most staff to handle increased customer demand.
    Enform, a Calgary-based energy sector safety training organization, is reporting a 10% to 15% increase in students with an uptick in drilling activity
    Royal Dutch Shell is investing in its liquid-rich Fox Creek site in Alberta as part of a broader US$2-to-3B strategy targeting shale production. The company did not specify how much capital would be allocated toward the Fox Creek play.
    Delphi Energy Corp. is planning a $65M to $70M capital program for 2017 that includes the operation of a second drilling rig and the completion of 13 horizontal wells
    Indochino, a made-to-measure men's clothing company, is opening a store in Edmonton on March 30, 2017. Another location is set to open in Calgary's Chinook Centre on April 6, 2017.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $350,000 over two years for the Apex business incubator in Medicine Hat, the first to be approved under the Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator Program
    Keystone Excavating Ltd. Is closing permanently at the end of March 2017. The company has recently had fewer than 50 employees.
    The Town of Rocky Mountain House is seeking tenders for demolition of its water tower. The project is scheduled for early March 2017.
    Grande Cache Coal has advised the Town of Grande Cache that it is heading into receivership, with a plan to restructure operations and reopen the mine in July 2017
    Airdrie Economic Development is working with Calgary-based Local Intel to develop a microsite for small business and entrepreneurs to assist with market research. The site is currently in a testing mode with the developers seeking feedback from users.
    Chinook's Edge School Division has decided to close the Chinook Centre School in Innisfail on June 30, 2017. Students and staff will transfer to École John Wilson Elementary School in September 2017.
    The Department of National Defence is extending its contract with aviation company CAE for the continuation of the NATO Flying Training in Canada program by two years, to at least 2023. The training occurs in Cold lake and Moose Jaw, SK.
    The City of Red Deer is eliminating staff, reducing service levels and deleting some vacant positions. The staffing reduction is equivalent to 9.75 full time equivalents comprised of permanent, temporary and casual staff across the city.
  • Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017

    The Government of Canada is providing approximately $3.1M to 21 community projects in the greater Edmonton area, to help modernize local recreation facilities and improve social as well as cultural infrastructure and programs
    Altura Energy plans to drill 11 horizontal oil and natural gas wells in Alberta in 2017, supported by a capital budget of $17M
    A recent study conducted for the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, an insurance industry research group, estimates that the direct and indirect costs of the Fort McMurray wildfire in May 2016 could reach $8.9B
    Simons is opening its first Calgary location on March 16, 2017. The company expects to hire 150 to 200 full-time equivalent positions to staff the store.
    A new Dairy Queen restaurant has opened in Slave Lake. The owners have hired approximately 50 employees but anticipate more hiring for the busy spring and summer seasons.
    The City of St. Albert is expecting a surge in non-residential developments during the 2017-19 period. The first phase of the Erin Ridge Shopping Centre has recently confirmed 12 new tenants for the project.
    The Government of Canada is providing approximately $1.7M to 14 communities in northern and central Alberta as part of Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations. The funding is directed towards community, social and cultural infrastructure and programs.
    The Government of Canada is providing approximately $1.6M for infrastructure projects, recreation and programs in seven communities in south-central Alberta
    The Royal Bank of Canada is partnering with computer scientists at the University of Alberta to launch a research lab which will focus on artificial intelligence. The bank estimates that tens of millions of dollars will be invested in the project.
    Solium, a Calgary software development company, is planning to hire 60 to 85 new staff in the city to cope with expansion plans
    The Government of Canada is providing approximately $0.6M to nine community groups in Calgary as part of Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations
    Slave Lake, Fort Vermilion and Barrhead are set to receive approximately $1.0M from the Government of Canada for recreational and cultural projects
    Pengrowth Energy is planning to spend approximately $80M in 2017 at its Lindbergh thermal oil project, including drilling new wells, maintenance activities, a planned turnaround and engineering and design work for the second phase of the project
    The Government of Canada is providing approximately $4.8M for ten community projects in southern Alberta
    TEC Edmonton's downtown accelerator space has launched a new venture for entrepreneurs and rebranded the area as TEC Innovation District. Technology-based start-ups using the incubator service will be able to receive mentorship and coaching.
    Alberta's Industrial Heartland Association is forecasting a drop in activity as major construction projects near completion in 2017. However, Pembina Pipeline Corp. and Inter Pipeline have pending projects in the area worth about $7B combined.
    Field Upgrading Ltd. is planning to build a 2,500-barrel-per-day bitumen-cleaning demonstration facility in an industrial area northeast of Edmonton
    The Alberta Motor Transport Association is building a new training facility at the Edmonton International Airport starting in summer 2017. The association will offer complete commercial driving and safety training at the new facility.
    The Town of Hinton has over $15M in capital projects planned for 2017, including $4.5M for road repairs and improvements to storm drainage
    The Government of Alberta has created two protected areas in southwestern Alberta, the Castle Wildland Provincial Park and the Castle Provincial Park. The government anticipates that 44 jobs will be created in the process.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $4.8M to Red Deer College to build a new Alternative Energy Innovation Lab and for energy improvements on campus. The projects are expected to generate more than $7M of direct economic activity.
    The Animal House pet store in Okotoks is planning to permanently close, likely in February 2017, after selling all its current inventory
    The City of Calgary has approved a $45M subsidy program that will limit non-residential municipal tax increases to a maximum of five percent for one year. The city estimates that 6,000 non-residential properties will benefit from the program.
    The Government of Alberta has added $2.66M in funding for the new seniors lodge in Rimbey, bringing the total contribution to $15.96M. The facility is expected to open in September 2017.
  • Week of Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017

    The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller is receiving about $3.6M in cultural infrastructure funding from the Government of Canada, for a planned $9.3M expansion. The work is expected to be completed in 2019.
    Charm Diamond Centres has acquired Ben Moss Jewellers and will reopen multiple stores in five provinces, including Alberta. According to the company, more than 100 current Ben Moss employees will keep their jobs, and 75 positions will be added.
    Early child-care workers are in short supply in Fort McMurray according to a survey by the Wood Buffalo Social Recovery Task Force. Many workers that left during the fire in May 2016 and have not returned.
    The Irricana and Rural Municipal Library is hosting a four-week employment program from January 23 to February 15, 2017 in cooperation with Rocky View Employment Services
    The Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services are expanding services at the Sylvan Lake Community Health Centre. The centre will undergo renovations this spring, with the new facility opening in 2018.
    The Government of Alberta has released plans for a 100-bed continuing care facility in downtown Fort McMurray. The project is slated to go to tender in fall 2017.
    The Government of Canada is providing approximately $2.74M to upgrade 13 recreational and cultural facilities in Calgary
  • Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2017

    According to the City of Calgary, there has been an increase in the number of home-based businesses seeking licenses over the past two years. In 2016, the city issued 7,376 new business licences - up from 7,081 in 2015.
    The Government of Alberta has introduced the Capital Investment Tax Credit and the Alberta Investor Tax Credit, two programs to connect businesses with investors. The credits are expected to support at least 9,000 jobs and add $1.2B to Alberta's GDP.
    MEG Energy Corp is spending $400M over the next two years to drill wells and boost production at its Christina Lake oil sands project. Total capital spending for 2017 will increase to $590M, up from about $125M in 2016.
    Oh My Garden, a garden accessory and home décor shop in Lacombe, is closing on January 31, 2017
    A new Tim Hortons restaurant is opening in Strathmore on January 30, 2017. The franchise has hired 40 employees and is still seeking some part-time employees.
    The Town of Blackfalds has approved $0.5M for the development of a bike skills park. The project completion is set for August 2017.
    Drilling and well service companies in Alberta are struggling to find qualified employees as business picks up. About 50% of Alberta's drilling rigs are either active right now, or being moved to a site, up from about 30% in 2016.
  • Week of Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017

    Canada Boy Vinyl, one of only two record pressing plants in the country, is planning to cease operations in Calgary in the near future
    Gold's Gym has closed two out of three locations in Edmonton. The West Edmonton Mall location will be filling the void left by Gold's with a new fitness centre called WEM Fit.
    The Canmore Hotel is closing for renovations to its main and upper floors on January 16, 2017. The 19 employees on the hotel's payroll will face a layoff according to the new hotel owner, but will be offered positions once the work is complete.
    Penn West Exploration has announced a capital spending budget of $180M for 2017, almost double its 2016 allocation. The company plans to drill 52 producing wells and 45 vertical injection wells.
    The County of Newell has decided to award a $1.67M contract to Scott Builders to construct a new equipment shed. The facility is designed to last up to 60 years and will house large county equipment.
    Cineplex is opening a new outlet in its food-and-entertainment chain at the West Edmonton Mall this summer. The Rec Room will have more than 100 amusement games and a restaurant.
    Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission has received $4.2M in GreenTRIP funding from the Government of Alberta, for bus service in the Banff-Lake Louise corridor. The service is expected to begin in 2018.
    ClearStream Energy Services Inc. has successfully renewed a five year maintenance contract with a major oil sands producer in the Fort McMurray region. The work is expected to generate approximately $390M in revenue over the term of the contract.
    Canadian Red Cross is starting the third phase of its small businesses support program in Fort McMurray. As of December 2016, a total of 2,422 applications were started for the municipal and Canadian Red Cross business aid programs.
    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo recovery task force is planning to hire a four-person construction management team during the spring construction boom. The management team is intended to be fully in place by early April.
    The City of Calgary estimates that more than 18,300 full-time positions were lost in the city in 2016. Employment income in the region declined for the first time in 15 years, by $810M.
    School boards in Fort McMurray are using administrators and speciality staff to teach classes due to a shortage of teachers. Compared to 2016, the number of available substitute teachers has fallen by about 40% in public schools.
    Alberta Labour is conducting a Coal Communities Survey to collect information about employees in the coal industry and the business impacts of phasing out emissions from coal. The survey will also examine residents living in communities linked to coal.
    Whole Foods Market has cancelled its plans to open a store each in Calgary and Edmonton. When announced in 2015, the company said each store would create an estimated 150 jobs.
    The Lac La Biche County fire department is seeking new recruits. The department has been holding open houses and running recruitment drives in five districts in the county to attract younger members.
    The County of Newell has awarded the 2017 contract for studies, project management, inspection and geotechnical testing of rural paved roads and bridge designs to Amec Foster Wheeler
    Cold Lake Brewing & Distilling, a craft distillery, recently opened its doors in Cold Lake
    Lethbridge College is opening a regional campus in Pincher Creek. The campus officially became part of the college community last year after it signed a collaborative agreement with the college and five community partners.
    The Alberta Utilities Commission has approved construction and operation of the the Vulcan Solar Hybrid Energy Centre near Carmangay. The project is still conditional on approval by Vulcan County's Municipal Planning Commission.
    The Wetaskiwin Diner held a grand opening on January 7, 2017
    The Calgary Airport Authority is now allowing ride-hailing services like Uber and TappCar to pick up travellers using their mobile phone apps. Previously only drivers with Associated Cabs could pick up fares at the terminal.
  • Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017

    According to United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Local 401, Buffalo Métis Catering recently laid-off 170 employees from Beaver River Lodge near Fort McMurray. The workers performed duties such as cleaning, cooking and laundry.
    Mount Royal University in Calgary is cutting open enrolment, non-credit language courses through the Continuing Education faculty as of January 1, 2017. The courses have seen a steady decline in students over the past 10 years.
    The University of Alberta is severing its ties with an educational program that caters to vulnerable indigenous teens. The Moving the Mountain initiative had been housed in the university's Faculty of Education on a trial basis for the past 15 months.
    The City of Calgary mayor and councillors are taking a 2.49% pay cut starting January 1, 2017 based on an automated salary adjustment system. A five-member citizen committee oversees the process.
    The Village of Alix has decided to permanently close Moonwalkers Play Center as of mid-December 2016. Moonwalkers employed eight people, three full time and five-part time, including students.
    Edmonton's Concordia University is planning to open a $6.5M Centre for Science, Research and Innovation by March 2018 and is also undertake other laboratory improvements. The federal government is contributing $6.72M towards the projects.
    Ice Castles has returned to Edmonton over the 2016-17 winter. Approximately 60 employees have been employed to build the castle and 40 have been hired to take tickets and provide security.
    The Government of Alberta intends to spend up to $1M on Fort McMurray's first-ever formal plumbing training apprenticeship program at Keyano College. The construction industry in the area needs plumbers to rebuild homes destroyed by the wildfire.
    The inventory of abandoned oil and gas wells in Alberta has doubled so far in 2016 to 1,400, according to the Orphan Well Association. The total excludes licences in bankruptcy proceedings or those still being processed by the energy regulator.
    The East Central Francophone Education Region is taking over all management and control of the French language daycare, Les Petits Oursons in St. Paul, effective January 5, 2017. The previous operator, ACFA, will shift back to francophone community development, and cultural programming.
    The Alberta Small Brewers Association estimates that 20 new brewpubs or breweries will open across the province in 2017. The number of craft breweries in Alberta has more than doubled in the past two years, expanding from 18 in 2014 to nearly 50 in 2016.
    The Canmore Brewing Company opened its doors during the first week of January 2017. The brewery shares its facility space with Raw Distillery, a separate brand, which produces vodka and gin and plans to start producing whiskey and rum this year.
    MacEwan University in Edmonton is expanding its psychiatric nursing program to an optional four-year degree program, and increasing the intake by 35 students, in anticipation of a strong future demand for graduates
    The Town of Slave Lake is starting $208,000 in renovations on a building for the new firehall on January 16, 2017. There will be work for local contractors in plumbing, wiring and similar projects, according to the fire chief.
  • Week of Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2016

    Calgary-based BluEarth Renewables is relocating to a larger office space in the city to accommodate its growth. The company has 45 staff in Calgary and operates 53 wind turbines, including sites near Wainwright and Provost.
    Hobo Brewing and Malt is moving from a farm site near Irricana to a facility in Beiseker. The company plans to hire 15 full-time staff and numerous part time employees.
    Portage College is suspending the power engineering program at its Cold Lake campus after the 2016-17 academic year. Cenovus Energy, which has sponsored the program since 2009, is withdrawing its funding.
    Krang Spirits, a craft distillery, recently opened its doors in Cochrane. The site offers tours and tastings, and the company is building a teaching room inside the distillery to explain the process.
    The City of Cold Lake has passed a 2017 budget of $41M, with most of the money scheduled for public works and infrastructure
    The Edmonton Opera is receiving $405,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to renovate its existing facility into a rehearsal hall and for other system improvements
    The Stoney Nation and the Banff and Lake Louise Hospitality Association have partnered to develop a long-term employment and economic strategy in which Stoney persons can secure work in the region's hospitality sector
    iSee Optical, a new optical business, has recently opened in Grande Prairie
    The Cloverdale Footbridge in Edmonton is being removed in preparation for construction of the new Tawatinâ Bridge and the associated Valley Line LRT
    Baytex Energy has approved a 2017 capital budget of $300M to $350M. The company plans on drilling 19 wells in the Peace River region and 52 wells in the Lloydminster area in the next year.
    The Royal Tyrrell Museum is set to begin work on a $9.3M expansion project in 2017. The project is expected to go to tender early in the year, with construction starting during summer 2017.
  • Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016

    The Government of Alberta is granting $18M in joint federal-provincial funding for repairs and renovations to affordable housing sites in Calgary. The money targets more than 120 buildings in the city.
    PetroLMI is forecasting 3,400 new oil sands related jobs by 2020, bringing the estimated total employment in the industry to 67,200 workers. PetroLMI suggests that actual employment growth will be fuelled by operations, driven largely by open-pit mining.
    The ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey forecasts a positive hiring environment for the first quarter of 2017 in the Red Deer area. About 22% of the surveyed employers plan to hire in the upcoming quarter.
    Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. plans to spend $1.79B on exploration and production projects in 2017, up $465M from 2016. The company expects to drill 563 wells in 2017, an increase of 193 wells compared to 2016 levels.
    Athabasca Oil Corp. is buying Norwegian Statoil ASA's northern Alberta oil sands operations for an estimated $832M. Approximately 220 staff are affected by the deal and many would move with the projects to Athabasca.
    The Government of Alberta is partnering with four educational institutions to bring temporary plumbing technical training to Fort McMurray's Keyano College. Semi-trailers that fold into a training area will be setup outside the college in spring 2017.
    Aeromexico will offer daily flights from Calgary to Mexico City starting on June 1, 2017. The new service is expected to create the equivalent of more than 300 jobs and will add almost $27.3M to Alberta's GDP.
    Lethbridge School District No. 51 held its first ever job fair on December 19, 2016. Open opportunities included positions for educational assistants, caretakers and teachers.
    The Stanley Milner Library in downtown Edmonton is closing for three years starting December 31, as it undergoes renovation worth $65M
    The Government of Alberta has committed an additional $45M for flood and drought protection projects throughout the province over the next four years, beginning in the 2017-18 budget year
    Strathcona Spirits and Hansen Distillery, two craft distilleries, recently started operations in Edmonton
  • Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016

    TransCanada Corp. is moving forward with the $655M Saddle West Expansion Project in northwestern Alberta. The company expects to apply to the National Energy Board for approval in late 2017, with construction anticipated to begin in 2018.
    The Peace Wapiti School board has committed $680,000 to the Whispering Ridge School, to ensure that the kindergarten to Grade 8 school opens by fall 2017
    The University of Calgary and the University of Alberta, along with two other universities, are receiving $7.8M from Genome Canada as part of a collaborative research project to address pipeline corrosion
    Genome Canada is providing $11.5M for a University of Alberta-led project to detect and track Chronic Wasting Disease in deer, moose and elk populations
    Cenovus Energy is planning to increase its 2017 capital spending by 24%, compared to 2016, and will begin work on its Christina Lake oil sands expansion project starting in spring 2017
    According to the Conference Board of Canada, the operational phase of Sturgeon County's North West Redwater Partnership Project will create 6,658 jobs per year between 2017 and 2047
    The GoldMind Project, an event to help unemployed and underemployed professionals in getting back to work, was recently held in Calgary. Most of the laid-off oil and gas professionals who attended the session are looking for jobs in other fields.
    The City of Edmonton has budgeted $4.5M for completion of a major road twinning project, with construction scheduled to start in 2018
    Lightstream Resources, a Calgary-based oil and gas producer, is set to sell its assets following a court approval. The assets are focused on light oil production in Alberta, Saskatchewan and several US states.
    Tervita Corp, an environmental and oilfield services company, has been granted court approval for a financial restructuring plan. The private company, which employs about 1,500 people, will gain capital and reduce its debt load.
    Oil and gas producers paid $137 million during 2016 for right to drill oil and gas wells on land where Alberta owns the mineral rights. The sales results were at the lowest levels since 1977.
    Shell Canada is ramping up production at its Scotford Refinery following a construction project that installed equipment to process heavy crude
    The City of Grande Prairie has more than 65 construction projects scheduled for completion by the end of 2016, or in progress for completion in 2017. The city also has numerous new infrastructure projects scheduled for 2017.
    Canadian Natural Resources is selling its stake in the Cold Lake pipeline system to Inter Pipeline Ltd. for about $527.5M. The Cold Lake system serves a variety of large oilsands producers including Canadian Natural and Imperial Oil.
    The Fort McMurray Connect, a weekly print and online newspaper, is ceasing operations on December 22, 2016. The closure will affect three employees.
    Alberta Health Services (AHS) is establishing a satellite dialysis units in Hinton and Whitecourt to provide continuing renal dialysis. AHS will also partially open the six-station dialysis unit at the new Edson Healthcare Centre.
    Whitetail Mechanical Ltd, an automotive repair shop and retail centre, recently opened in Mundare
    Northwest Redwater Partnership estimates that over 250 contracts will be needed for start up and operations of Phase One of the project. Phases II and III of the project are shovel ready and will employ thousands of people when construction starts.
    Cavendish Farms will begin construction of a new $350M frozen potato processing plant in Lethbridge in spring 2017. The new facility will more than double the processing capacity at the Lethbridge facility.
    Husky Energy plans to increase oil production in 2017 and spend $2.6B to $2.7B on capital projects. The company has turnarounds scheduled for the Lloydminster asphalt refinery and the Lloydminster Upgrader in the second quarter of 2017.
    The Three Sisters Scottish Festival Society announced that the Canmore Highland Game is ending after 26 years. The annual event attracted over 5,000 attendees to the community over the September long weekend.
    Gear Energy is dedicating $33M of its operating budget to drilling 38 horizontal oil wells in 2017. An additional $9M will be spent on infrastructure projects.
    The City of St. Albert has awarded a $20M contract for Project 9, a sanitary sewer line, to Shanghai Construction Group (Canada) Corporation. Construction work is expected to begin in March 2017 and should be completed by October 2018.
    Canalta Hotels recently opened a new Hampton by Hilton hotel in Grande Prairie.
  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    Canmore Business and Tourism intends to reorganize as a destination marketing group focused on the hotel industry and resume activities in summer 2017. The organization announced in July 2016 that it would cease operations due to funding issues.
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are offering $16.7M in funding to ranches affected by bovine tuberculosis. The money is intended to help cover costs such as feeding and water infrastructure, animal feed and transportation.
    Aurora Cannabis recently began construction on its legal marijuana production facility in Leduc County. Construction of the project should be completed by October 2017, and is expected to produce more than 100,000 kg of marijuana per year.
    Hempco Food and Fibre is relocating its head office from Burnaby, BC to its new processing plant in Nisku by spring 2017. The move is expected to create six to 12 new jobs in the region.
    ProCura Real Estate is planning to revive development at its stalled Century Park site in Edmonton. The company is planning to start construction in 2017, with an estimated 10-year time span for completion.
    Precision Drilling Corp is planning to cut its capital spending from $213M in 2016, to $109M in 2017. The company has budgeted $105M for its contract drilling services business and $4M for its completion and production operations.
    Seven new firefighters graduated from Yellowhead County's Paid On-Call firefighting training program. The next recruitment and training campaign for the program is scheduled for late spring 2017.
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are providing more than $500M for 89 public transit projects across the province. The Green Line LRT expansion project in Calgary is slated to receive $258.9M for preparatory work.
    The Kainai Marketplace, a new $6.2M community-owned grocery store, opened on the Blood Reserve on December 2. The store employs 23 Blood Tribe members, and one non-member.
    The Government of Alberta has approved two petrochemical plants to receive royalty credits. The projects by Pembina Pipeline and Inter Pipeline in Sturgeon County, are expected to cost up to $6.05B in total, and will create 4,500 construction jobs.
    Taimi Premium Meat Company has opened a café in Caroline
    The University of Alberta has been awarded $11.9M by the federal government, for 13 Canada Research Chairs
    Canabo Medical Inc. is entering into a partnership with Peak Pulmonary Consulting to provide physicians and clinic space to assess up to 20,000 new patients under Canabo medical marijuana assessment
    Rosenau Transport recently opened a distribution centre and warehouse near the Edmonton International Airport. About six staff run the facility and additional temporary staff are hired during spring to handle seed and agricultural chemicals.
    The Government of Alberta has made changes to two primary Community Grant programs, which support facility enhancements and programs in the non-profit and volunteer sectors
    Newcart Contracting Ltd. recently opened an office in Lloydminster. The company expects to hire about 500 tradespeople for turnaround work at the Husky Upgrader in May and June 2017.
    The City of Red Deer has approved almost $1M in funding for homelessness programs in the region
    The City of Medicine Hat is closing the Medicine Hat Arena and the Heald Pool in spring 2017. The closures are part of a plan to cut $1M from the city budget.
    The $6M Studio 6 Bruderheim, a hotel built using shipping containers, has hired 15 local people for the front desk and housekeeping staff. The hotel expects to hire one more employee to operate the lounge.
    The City of St. Albert has approved funding for a new $17.8M branch library. Design work is expected to occur in 2017 with construction planned for 2018.
    Spartan Controls and Emerson Process Management have made a five-year funding commitment for oil sands research and development at the University of Alberta. The amount of the commitment was not released.
  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    TDRF Protection K9 Services opened in Lamont on November 18, 2016. The company offers security patrols and bylaw enforcement services.
    Axia has started construction on its fiber optic network expansion project in Pincher Creek. The company estimates that the project will be complete by spring 2017.
    Parkland County and Yellowhead County, west of Edmonton, have declared states of agricultural disaster. Wet conditions and snow have left many crops unharvested this year.
    The City of Edmonton has used contract crews from May to September 2016 to clean up 98 makeshift homeless camps in the river valley. The city is now piloting an ongoing winter homeless camp clean up with six full-time staff members.
    Axia has started installation of a fiber optic network in Fort McLeod that will bring high-speed Internet services to the community. The work is scheduled to be completed in approximately six months.
    The Town of Ponoka is eliminating two staff positions effective December 31, 2016 due to a budget deficit of almost $1M. The Community Peace Officer position is indefinitely suspended.
    Encana has added security staff as well as invested in security monitoring and camera systems over the past 18 months to deal with the surge in thefts at its oil and gas well sites. Prospector Energy Services has increased its security division by 25%.
    Airdrie City council has approved a $100,000 grant for the Airdrie and Area Health Benefits Co-operative. The co-op will provide healthcare services to seniors as well as primary and proactive healthcare and emergent/urgent care.
    Olymel L.P, a large pork company, has acquired southern Alberta hog producer Pinnacle Farms. The deal will result in Olymel L.P taking over all Pinnacle's assets, which include quarantine, sow, nursery and finishing barns.
    The City of Calgary has approved $15M in aid for struggling businesses affected by the economic downturn. City administration will look at options for how to spend the money and will report back to the council by January 2017.
    Mountain View County has passed a land-use bylaw that would allow for a major expansion of the Aurora Cannabis medical marijuana facility near Cremona, which can create more than 100 new jobs in the area
    The Government of Alberta is expanding the Cardiac Health Program in Didsbury to encompass patients with a range of chronic diseases. Four temporary beds at the hospital are closing, but according to Alberta Health there will be no job losses.
    Telus is building two new service towers to improve cellular telephone and Internet coverage in Athabasca County, at a cost of $1.1M each. Both towers are expected to be operational by August 2017.
    Sturgeon County council has voted to use external contractors for road reconstruction in a proposed ten-year plan, subject to available funding. Contracts are expected to be awarded in 2018, with construction starting in 2019.
    According to Statistics Canada, 42,000 workers in Fort McMurray lost 8.5M hours of work in May and June 2016 due to the wildfires in the area. An additional 870,000 hours of work was created fighting the fire.
    According to AltaCorp Capital Inc., oil and gas companies in Alberta have cut about 29% of their staff over the past two years. The remaining workers are still earning about $2,300 per week, up nearly 25% from five years ago.
    RCMP and municipal policing in Fort Saskatchewan will receive an additional $440,000 in 2017 to deal with an increase in caseloads. The increase in funding will allow the department to hire additional staff.
    The Municipal District of Taber has accepted a tender of $6.8M from Wallace Construction to build a new maintenance and operations building. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2017 and should be completed by summer 2018.
    The Government of Alberta is banning unsolicited door-to-door sales of energy products starting January 1, 2017. Consumers will still be able to invite salespeople to their homes.
    The City of St. Albert has earmarked $1.1M in its 2017 budget to make the Art Gallery of St. Albert barrier free, through the installation of a wheelchair ramp and elevators. The project is subject to final budget approval.
    Baytex Energy Corp has entered into an agreement to acquire heavy oil assets located in the Peace River area. The land includes oil sands leases currently producing mostly heavy oil and the potential for approximately 153 new drilling locations.
  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    New Leaf, a discount airline, is offering seasonal flights from both Edmonton and Calgary to Phoenix, Arizona. The scheduled service will run from January to April 30, 2017.
    The International Ski Federation has cancelled the men's Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup due to warm temperatures, the first time in almost three decades. The event has an annual budget of approximately $4M.
    Suncor Energy plans to reduce spending by $1B in 2017, compared to its 2016 capital budget. The money targeted for Alberta will primarily be for oil sands projects.
    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has decided to delay construction of the Northside Recreation Centre and twin arena. Approximately 14,000 residents have left the municipality since 2015.
    The Town of Banff is planning to spend nearly $1M to construct a full-size gymnasium at the Banff Elementary School. Construction of the project is scheduled to start in spring 2017 and should be completed in approximately one year.
    Health-care businesses that offer services covered by workplace insurance plans are suffering in Calgary. Dentists, massage therapists and optometrists have been reducing staff and getting by with lower profits during the current economic downturn.
    The Town of Wainwright has signed a three year contract with the Waste Management of Canada Corporation to provide waste collection services until December 31, 2019
    Redevelopment of Edmonton's Misericordia Hospital has been completed, after a major flood damaged parts of the hospital in 2013. The renovated hospital includes a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as well as an expanded mental health unit.
    The Canadian Association of Oil Well Drilling Contractors is forecasting a 31% increase in drilling activity in Canada next year, over 2016 levels. In addition, 551 direct and 3,255 indirect jobs will be created due to the increase in drilling activity.
    The City of Calgary is cutting services at three landfill sites and eliminating 29 jobs. These include 18 layoffs, transfer of some positions to other areas and the loss of three administrative staff.
    Shell Canada is opting out of the business of large oil sands expansion projects and concentrating on production from existing facilities. The company is concentrating its growth on shale deposits and new energy sources.
    Liquids in Motion, a company specializing in chemical transportation, has opened its doors in Millet
  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    A $107M flood-mitigation project in Edmonton is moving ahead following financial commitments from the Government of Canada, the Province of Alberta and the City of Edmonton. Construction of the project could start as early as fall 2017.
    Westcor Construction and the Calgary Construction Association are both pointing to a decline in construction work of approximately 30% compared to a year ago
    The three levels of government are providing $33M for flood-mitigation projects in Calgary. A new pump station, construction of a flood protection berm and upgrades to the groundwater and storm water infrastructure are planned for affected communities.
    Essential Energy Services, an oilfield services company, is having a tough time finding enough employees to take advantage of a recent increase in activity. Demand in Western Canada for its well completion and production services has been rising.
    The Edmonton Economic Development Corp. is receiving $3M in combined federal-provincial funding to attract foreign businesses to the region. The money will be used to develop market research and create digital and print materials.
    The Edson Health Centre officially opened on November 8, 2016. Approximately 18 new full-time healthcare jobs have been created due to the expanded service levels.
    The Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre in the Edmonton International Airport launched the $3.5M Airbus Helicopter Level 7 Flight Training Device. The high-tech helicopter simulator allows pilots to earn flying credits while using it.
    TMAC Restaurant Group has opened their third Browns Socialhouse in Calgary. The new location employs 40 to 45 servers and 20 kitchen staff.
    RioCan Real Estate and Boardwalk Real Estate are partnering to build a retail and rental residential tower in Calgary. Construction of the project is estimated to cost up to $70M and will begin as early as the third quarter of 2017.
    The Conference Board of Canada is estimating that $5.3B will be injected into Alberta, for recovery and reconstruction efforts resulting from the May 2016 wildfire in Fort McMurray. Most of the money is expected to be from insurance payouts.
    Martin Chrysler's new building in Brooks, which currently under construction, is scheduled to open in spring 2017. Most of the work on the project has been completed by local contractors. The dealership owners anticipate that the expansion will allow for an increase staffing levels.
    The Town of Bonnyville has approved a laser tag arena and party room. The owner hopes to have the facility up and running before Christmas.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $10M to non-profit organizations to establish 18 new Early Learning and Child Care Centres across the province. The program is expected to create 1,000 new child-care spaces and up to 230 new child-care jobs.
    The Government of Alberta has launched a $3.5M school nutrition pilot program in 14 school boards. Each of the publicly funded school boards will receive $250,000 in grant funding to assist with the pilot.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $35M to small towns and rural municipalities for maintenance work on bridges and resource roads
    The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees recently filed an application for a strike vote on behalf of the 120 workers at the Edith Cavell Care Centre in Lethbridge. The employees have been without a contract for nearly one year.
    Edmonton-based Stantec is adding to its drone fleet with plans to expand its engineering and inspection services. The company is planning to train 15 pilots to fly the drones.
    The Government of Canada has awarded nearly $3.2M to the Westlock Regional Water Services Commission for Phase 3 of the Fawcett Water Transmission Line project. Construction is scheduled to start in April 2017.
    Wheatland Regional Corporation has received approval for the $18.4M second phase of its regional water supply project. The money comes from the provincial Water For Life Program and the Government of Canada through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
    Several mid-sized oil and gas producers have increased their capital spending plans for 2017. Whitecap Resources Inc. plans to drill 187 oil wells and increase its capital spending to $300M, a 71% increase from its 2016 capital budget.
    FX has issued an open casting call for extras in the Calgary area as it prepares for Season 3 of Fargo. Shooting is expecting to start in January 2017 and will run until May.
  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    The Salvation Army recently opened a new employment centre in its Addictions and Residential Services building in downtown Edmonton. The centre will help people facing chronic unemployment to find work.
    The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association has signed a two-year extension with Northlands to keep the Canadian Finals Rodeo and FarmFair International in Edmonton until 2018. Northlands estimates that the two events bring a combined $50M in spending.
    The Siksika First Nation, near Calgary, has applied for a licence to produce medical marijuana. If the licence is approved, the community will partner with LDI Group to establish an $8.2-million production facility by 2018.
    The Central Alberta and Eckville Co-op are planning to form a partnership through amalgamation allowing members to use one Co-op number at 42 locations in 10 communities. The proposed name of the new entity will remain Central Alberta Co-op.
    The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology has started work on an off-campus training facility for apprenticeship programs in Calgary. Construction of the $5.35M facility is expected to create hundreds of jobs and is slated for completion by fall 2017.
    Horse Racing Alberta and Northlands have reached an agreement that will see horse racing continue at Northlands Park Racetrack in Edmonton through 2017 and into June 2018. A new racing facility is scheduled to open in the Edmonton area in July 2018.
    Construction of Paterson Grain's $40M Bowden terminal project has been pushed ahead to spring 2017. The company originally planned to start work on the project in fall 2016.
    According to Statistics Canada, Calgary's unemployment rate rose to 10.2% in October reaching its highest level since November 1993
    Legacy Gate, a $7M commercial development in Lethbridge, is scheduled to open in spring 2017. Businesses for the site, confirmed to date, include Tim Hortons, a Petro-Canada station, a 7-Eleven convenience store, and a Jetz car wash.
    Strathcona County is moving forward with plans for a new regional multi-purpose agricultural facility at a projected cost of $20M
    According to the City of Fort Saskatchewan, commercial development has been steady in the city this year but low oil and commodity prices are making it difficult to attract new businesses. The impact has been greatest for services supply companies.
    The Saipem Canada fabrication facility has reduced its staffing levels in Edmonton, from 400 in fall 2015 to approximately 50. The plant currently has no ongoing projects, but according to company officials, there are no plans to close the facility.
    A childcare centre at Portage College in Lac La Biche, operated by the Lac La Biche Childcare Association, is set to close on November 30, 2016. The association attributed the closure to the struggling economy and the rising cost of operations.
    Ruth's VLT, a miniature casino in Cold Lake, held its grand opening on November 3, 2016. The facility features VLTs, horsebetting and a bar and restaurant.
    Calgary-based Perpetual Energy ceased operations in Lamont County according to a recent notice in the local newspaper
    Construction of a new Ace Hardware and Building Supplies store in Tofield began on November 1, 2016
    Fort McMurray Today, the local newspaper that serves Fort McMurray, is reducing its publishing to twice a week and concentrating on posting stories to its website. Prior to the wildfire in May 2016, it published six times a week.
    The Government of Alberta has introduced the Investing in a Diversified Alberta Economy Act, which will establish two provincial tax credits for investors and businesses in eligible sectors
    Vulcan County has awarded a $215,650 contract to Southwest Design and Construction for construction of a new fire hall in Champion. The HVAC and electrical systems will be installed by other contractors, with Vulcan County overseeing the work.
    Wheatland County recently approved an application that would allow Metak Distributing Ltd. to build a munitions storage depot. The facility will provide munitions supplies to retail outlets and well as to the public and private sectors.
  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    The Edmonton Construction Association sees a slowing construction market over the next six months due to increased competition and continued weakness in the oil sector. Several large projects in Edmonton are nearing completion.
    Suncor Energy has reported a surge in oil sand output during the third quarter of 2016 following a return to normal operations after its Fort McMurray operations were temporarily shuttered
    Rocky Mountain Equipment is closing its Barrhead location on December 31. The company plans to transition its seven Barrhead employees to its Westlock location. No job losses are expected.
    According to Canadian Federation of Independent Business, small business confidence declined in Alberta in October. Alberta entrepreneurs had the lowest business confidence of any province in the country.
    The Hyatt Place Edmonton, a $55M hotel, recently opened in downtown Edmonton. The hotel will employ 68 staff.
    The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology recently opened its new Centre for Applied Technology in Edmonton. More than 5,000 students can train in the building daily, allowing for a 50% increase in enrolment in some programs.
    The Sears outlet store in Edmonton's Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre is closing on December 24. The store employs 56 staff.
    The YMCA of Northern Alberta is permanently closing its downtown Edmonton housing facility by October 31, 2017. The facility currently provides housing for 120 residents.
    Ski resorts and retail winter sports stores are reporting brisk business in season passes, accommodations and sales of ski gear in anticipation of an early season opening.
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has locked down 30 ranches in southeast Alberta following the detection of bovine tuberculosis. The move effectively prevents the ranches from marketing their calves.
    According to a recent report by EDC Associates Ltd. of Calgary, phasing out coal-fired electricity in Alberta could cost up to $8B by 2030
    Pizza Hut has reopened in Brooks as a take-out and delivery format restaurant. A previous Pizza Hut location closed in 2011.
    Edmonton City Centre Mall recently opened its new food court, under the first phase of the $41.3M renovation. More food outlets will open in phase two, which is expected to be completed in about eight months.
    Vancouver-based Leading Brands Inc. is selling its Edmonton bottling plant, with the deal scheduled for completion on February 1, 2017. The move was planned to coincide with the expiration of a co-pack agreement to produce drinks under contract.
    Husky Energy has started pre-front end engineering design work for a potential 30,000 barrels per day expansion of its asphalt refinery capacity in Lloydminster
    The Motel 6 in Bruderheim will be hiring approximately 15 employees from the local area. The new $6M modular hotel was built from steel shipping containers.
    The Government of Alberta has consolidated four previous corporations and eliminated nine executive positions to create the new Alberta Innovates Corporation. The province also launched a subsidiary corporation, InnoTech Alberta Inc., on November 1.
    Natural Resources Canada approved the expansion of TransCanada's Nova Gas Transmission gathering system in northern Alberta, with attached conditions. The $1.3B project is expected to create 3,000 jobs during construction and will be completed in 2018.
    Cut and Run, Edmonton's first mobile barbershop, recently opened its doors in the city
    The Government of Alberta is providing $242M towards the renovation of Yellowhead Highway within the City of Edmonton. The provincial contribution will start in 2023.
    Iron and Earth, a group led by oil sands workers, is seeking government help with retraining for the renewable energy sector, expanded apprenticeships and an increase in renewable energy manufacturing
    Vermilion Jewellers opened its doors in Vermilion's Lakeland Mall on October 27, 2016
  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. is eliminating about 370 positions in Canada and 160 positions in the United States. The company did not disclose a detailed geographic breakdown of the layoffs.
    Precision Drilling Corp. recently rehired 1,000 people across its North America operations. According to the company, the majority of these oilfield workers had previously been employed by Precision.
    The Government of Alberta is adding 10 new judicial positions to the provincial court system. The province is also committing an additional $9.4M to Legal Aid Alberta.
    The Government of Alberta recently launched the Apprentice Training Award, which provides $1,000 to eligible apprentices. The province will provide a total of $1.5M for the 2016-17 academic year.
    The Government of Alberta estimates that about 2,700 students participated in the Summer Temporary Employment Program at more than 1,200 organizations this year. The program provides a $7-per-hour wage subsidy to employers who hire summer students.
    Safeway is closing the doors at a northeast Calgary location on December 10, 2016. About 112 employees will be affected by the closure.
    The City of Edmonton opened a new $12.4M fire hall in west Edmonton. Another station is scheduled to open in the northeast end in early 2017.
    The Government of Alberta recently launched the Bridge-to-Teacher Certification funding program. The program prepares industry professionals to teach in high-demand career and technology programs.
    Edson Healthcare Centre opened its doors on November 1, 2016. The $198.4M facility will offer a variety of health services, including a 24-bed acute care wing, 76 continuing care beds as well as kidney dialysis treatment.
    Capital Region Housing Corp plans to spend $137M in combined federal and provincial government funding on the construction and maintenance of affordable housing projects in Edmonton over a two-year period
    The Canadian Red Cross and the Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo have launched the second phase of a financial assistance program for small businesses affected by the wildfires in May 2016. Businesses can apply for the program until December 16.
    The Government of Alberta launched a $10M energy-efficiency program for the agriculture sector to help reduce emissions
    The Town of Banff renewed its agreement with Banff Lake Louise Tourism to provide destination marketing services to the town. The agreement is worth more than $34M over the next six years.
    Big Hill Pool in Cochrane is looking for applicants for its lifeguard boot camps. The facility expects to triple the number of full- and part-time staff by the time its new facility opens in June 2017.
    Peavy Mart held a grand opening for its new store in High Prairie on October 21, 2016
    The City of Edmonton approved a proposed 16-storey seniors complex in the city. The development is contingent on demolition of the Patricia Motel, which currently occupies the site, within two years.
    The Government of Alberta has granted a five-year forest management area extension to Tolko Industries under several conditions. The agreement could lead to the re-opening of the High Prairie OSB mill.
    The Municipal District of Willow Creek has approved development of a five-plex housing unit on the Ewelme Hutterite Colony near Fort MacLeod
    The Town of Fairview has approved plans for construction of a crematorium by Chapel of Memories
    The Government of Alberta is providing $60M in funding, over 18 months, to support bioenergy producers in the province as they transition from the expired Bioenergy Producers Credit Program to a new program
  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    The federal government is granting $35M towards the construction of a productivity and innovation building at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. The building is expected to open by June 2018.
    The Government of Canada is providing $20M for facility upgrades and to improve energy efficiency at Calgary's Southern Alberta Institute of Technology campus. The funding is expected to create more than 270 jobs over the course of construction.
    The Government of Alberta is seeking bids for the construction of Calgary's new cancer centre. The province plans to select the successful bidder by mid-2017, with construction beginning later next year.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $5M to Calgary's Wing Kei Greenview nursing home to expand its facility. Construction of the project is set to start in November 2016 and the facility is expected to open in 2018.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $164,519 in grant funding to ASSIST Community Services Centre in Edmonton. The funds will support child abuse prevention programs.
    The Government of Alberta estimates that infrastructure investments through its Capital Plan 2016 will create an additional 8,000 jobs this year
    The University of Alberta recently launched the CISC Centre for Steel Structures Education and Research in Edmonton. Companies working in the field as well as an industry group granted $500,000 towards the creation of the centre.
    The Government of Canada is providing $20.5M in total to Canmore, Bragg Creek and Raymond to help with flood mitigation projects
    Medicine Hat School District No. 76 is planning to add more modular classrooms to several schools by September 2017 to cope with increased student enrolment, pending approval from the Government of Alberta
    The Siksika Employment and Career Fair was held on October 19, 2016. Approximately 30 vendors attended the event.
    Brewster Travel Canada officially opened the $26M renovated Banff Gondola upper terminal. The facility features a movie theatre and two restaurants.
    The Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal recently opened its doors at the Calgary International Airport
    The Town of Innisfail awarded a renovation and expansion contract for the town hall to Phoenix Construction. The $2.4M project is expected to be completed by December 2017.
    Construction has started on a project to add two new ice surfaces to the Pason Centennial Arena in Okotoks. The work is scheduled for completion by January 2018.
    Alldritt Land Corporation revealed its plans to construct the Quarters Hotel and Residences, an 80-storey tower, in downtown Edmonton. The developers hope to get the city council's approval for rezoning by fall 2017.
    Medicine Hat College held its annual Career Expo on October 19, with over 40 exhibitors providing information on available careers and career pathways
    The Canadian Western Bank recently hired six new staff in Lloydminster
    Elk Island Public Schools recently broke ground on its new $13.7M Ardrossan Elementary School
    ATB Financial recently opened an agency in Arrowwood. In addition, an ATB agency is scheduled to open in Milo on December 5, 2016.
    The Government of Alberta is extending the post-secondary tuition freeze through the 2017-18 academic year. The government estimates that 250,000 full- and part-time students and apprentices will save about $16M a year due to the freeze.
  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    The Government of Alberta is providing $2.5M to First Nations and Metis communities to undertake renewable energy projects and energy efficiency audits in their communities
    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has removed restrictions on rebuilding in Fort McMurray's Waterways neighbourhood. More than half of the properties destroyed during the May fires were located in a flood hazard zone.
    Enrollment in Edmonton's public and catholic schools reached new highs, based on the official count of students on September 30, 2016. The student numbers exceeded projections in both school divisions.
    The Calgary Airport Authority will be opening its new International Terminal on October 31, 2016. About 2,000 jobs will be created as a result of the new terminal.
    Soleterra d'Italia is planning to build a meat processing plant near Acme. Pending development approvals, construction of the plant is expected to being in fall 2016 and the facility should be operational by summer 2017.
    Edson Town Council approved borrowing approximately $10.3M to help fund a $17.6M waste water treatment plant upgrade
    Aquatera, a Grande Prairie-based utility provider, expanded its water and wastewater services to the Town of Manning and the Village of Rycroft
    Ice Castles LLC will construct a winter wonderland in Edmonton's Hawrelak Park, in partnership with the City of Edmonton and the Silver Skate Festival
    Westlock's Fire Department is actively recruiting at least 10 new members. Structured recruitment is planned until the end of November 2016, with training anticipated to start in January 2017.
    The Alberta Heartland Primary Care Network officially opened its Redwater clinic on October 3, 2016
    The Home Hardware store held its grand opening in Hardisty on October 1, 2016
    Swan Evergreen Village by Origin, an assisted living complex, recently opened in Calgary
    Marshalls, an off-brand retail chain, is opening a new store in Edmonton on October 20, 2016
    Alberta Health Services and the Newell Foundation are partnering to build 34 long-term care and dementia spaces as well as 40 lodge spaces for seniors in Bassano
    The Government of Alberta is seeking solar farm proposals to supply green power to government infrastructure
    The Town of Westlock is spending approximately $204,000 to repair infrastructure damaged by summer flooding. The town also received 77 applications from residents who experienced property damage from floods.
    Medicine Hat School District No. 76 held a sod turning ceremony for Dr. Ken Sauer School on October 7, 2016. The new school is scheduled to open in September 2017.
    Addiction Canada Inc., a chain of private addiction treatment centres in Ontario and Alberta, is ceasing operations and closing its facilities
    No. 99 Gretzky's Wine & Whisky opened its doors at the Edmonton International Airport
    SemCAMS reached an agreement with NuVista Energy to build a new sour gas processing plant near Grande Prairie, at an estimated cost of up to $350M. Construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2017 and will be completed by 2019.
    Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen will be opening two new restaurants in Edmonton and Calgary. The company plans to expand its presence further and will open additional franchises in Edmonton and Calgary by the end of 2017.
    Giant Tiger opened at the Wetaskiwin Mall on October 8, 2016
    Calgary Board of Education is grappling with 2,162 new students and a shortage of classroom space due to construction delays. Seven new schools which were scheduled to open in September 2016 have been pushed back by three months to a full year.
  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton found a drop in registrations for welding and rig technician courses compared to previous years, and a broader decline in trade apprentices
    Ceapro Inc, an Edmonton biotechnology company, is creating 30 new positions as part of a new, expanded facility. The Government of Alberta provided $2.4M to Ceapro since 2011.
    The Government of Alberta opened the $24M Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health Centre in Edmonton. The facility offers help for children with mental health issues or addictions.
    Alberta Health Services filled 10 open physician positions in the Medicine Hat area for 2016/17. The region also requires eight rural medicine doctors.
    LSM Lee's Sheet Metal in Grande Prairie added plumbing and prime mechanical contracting to its services for residential, commercial and industrial customers
    Memphis Blues Barbecue House is opening on October 14, 2016 in Grande Prairie
    The 20th annual Alberta Employment and Career Fair is expected to have attracted over 10,000 people to the two-day event in Edmonton. The fair had almost 1,000 jobs up for grabs from 60 exhibitors according to the organizers.
    The Government of Alberta is allocating over $7.6B towards capital projects in the current budget year. The capital plan is expected to create 8,000 jobs in 2016, 12,000 in 2017, and 10,000 in 2018.
    Tourism facilities in the Mountain Parks are expecting to hire about 300 seasonal employees for the upcoming ski season according to the Job Resource Centre in Banff
    The Government of Alberta is returning $60M to Primary Care Networks around the province from accumulated surpluses. The 42 facilities employ 3,800 physicians and the full-time-equivalent of 1,000 other providers.
    Habitat for Humanity and the Carter Work Project are building 76 new affordable homes in Fort Saskatchewan and Edmonton. The Government of Alberta is providing $4.1M for the $26M project.
    Alberta Health Services, Hythe and District Pioneer Homes, Connecting Care, and the Village of Hythe have broken ground on Pioneer Place, an $11.4M seniors facility in Hythe. The project is slated for completion in October 2017.
    Sporting Life, a retail sporting goods store opened in Calgary. The store has 135 employees.
    Portage College recently opened a new hair salon to the public at the Lac La Biche Campus. The move allows students in the Hairstyling Program to work with real clients.
    The Municipal District of Bonnyville awarded a $1.6M contract for gravel to JMB Crushing for the winter haul
  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    Western Feedlots Ltd. will be closing its doors in early 2017. Majority of the company's 85 employees will be laid off and the company has established teams to assist them with the transition.
    WestJet Airlines signed a code-share agreement with China-based Hainan Airlines, allowing the company to offer flights to and from Calgary to a number of numerous Canadian destinations
    Century Casinos is building a $50M horse racing facility, Century Mile, in Leduc County. Construction is slated to start in spring 2017, with racing scheduled in fall 2018.
    Lethbridge College experienced a 15% spike in new student enrolment this year. The college attributes part of the increase to mature learners who are looking for a career change.
    Folding Mountain Brewery will be opening a brew pub at the Jasper East Gates campground in summer 2017
    The Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce and some local employers are reporting a shortage of applicants for service worker positions
    The planned closure of Teck's Coal Mountain operations in BC by the end of 2017 will likely impact about 94 employees in Alberta
    White Swan Environmental is planning an expansion of its oil sands waste facility near Atmore, pending approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator. The work is expected to start in late September and should be complete in November 2016.
    Goodlife Fitness will be opening new clubs across the country, including Alberta. Each new location will hire 30 to 50 employees, depending on the size of the location.
    Over the past year, the Alberta Investment Management Corporation has invested approximately $98.4M in TransAlta Renewables, Calfrac Well Services and Pine Cliff Energy to support initiatives in renewable energy and natural gas sectors
    About 60 unionized employees at Cold Lake's Points West Living facility have voted to strike following a breakdown in negotiations
    Three capital projects in the Fort McMurray are either delayed or on hold partly due to the wildfires in May 2016. The Conklin Multiplex project, originally slated for completion in fall 2018, is one of the projects being pushed back.
    Pembina Pipeline started commissioning of its second fractionation and storage facility in Sturgeon County on September 14. Approximately 15 full-time positions have been created at the new facility.
    Pembina Pipeline Corporation started construction on a new office building in Grande Prairie. The new building is expected to be completed by fall 2017.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting $3M, over two years, to Calgary Economic Development's headquarters' attraction strategy. The program aims to attract business head offices to the city.
    Building Trades of Alberta signed a three-year deal that will lower pay for some workers at oilsands, energy, petrochemical and other industrial plants, in an effort to keep them on the job. The agreement will start on January 1, 2017.
    Roam Transit launched a regional bus service in Canmore that is expected to be operational in November 2016
    The Municipal District of Willow Creek approved a development permit for a medical marijuana facility in Claresholm. The $15M facility is scheduled to have a greenhouse, offices and processing areas.
    Alberta Health Services is considering increased staffing levels due to high demand of patients seeking medical aid in dying
  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    Edmonton Catholic School board is planning to hire about 75 staff, including nearly 60 teachers, to accommodate growth in student numbers this year
    Alberta Utilities Commission is considering construction applications for two large solar energy projects. According to Alberta Electric System Operator, a total of 21 solar projects have been registered for access as of September 1, 2016.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $3.6M for mental health support programs in colleges and universities across the province. The funds will be used in hiring health practitioners, such as counsellors and community outreach social workers.
    Alberta Transportation signed an agreement with Mountain View Partners to design, build, partially finance and operate the Southwest Calgary Ring Road project. The project will cost $1.42B and will be paid over 35 years.
    Cineplex Entertainment recently opened Canada¿s first food-and-entertainment centre, the Rec Room, in Edmonton
    The Government of Alberta recently approved three oil sands projects that represent about $4B of potential investments
    Bow Valley College is planning to expand to a larger venue in Strathmore and will offer more courses as well as programs
    Businesses in Fort McMurray are struggling to rebuild after the wildfire destruction in May 2016, with some owners abandoning their businesses because of costs and lack of customers
    The Government of Alberta is transferring the paramedic profession from the Health Disciplines Act to the Health Professions Act. This will allow paramedics to work directly with nurse practitioners.
    The craft brewery business is booming in Alberta due to two provincial legislation changes. The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission currently has eight craft brewery licences pending in the province.
    A recent job fair for seasonal employees at a Kal-Tire location in Edmonton attracted more than 300 applicants for 100 positions
    According to Statistics Canada, Alberta homeowners spent $1.56B on renovation in the second quarter of 2016, compared to $1.53B spent in the first quarter of this year
    Work has started on the $80M QEII/Gaetz Avenue interchange improvement project in Red Deer. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2018.
    According to a Tourism Economic Impact Study, tourists spent nearly $1M per day in Canmore in 2015, with more than 50% of the spending on food and accommodation. Employment impacts of visitor spending equalled 4,022 jobs in Canmore.
    A new seniors housing project, This is Home, is being constructed in Canmore. The 63-unit project is slated to open in 2017.
    The Government of Alberta selected Century Casinos Europe GmbH, an international gaming company, to own, build and operate a new horse racing facility in the Edmonton market area
    The Town of Fairview adopted a new Medical Recruitment Incentive Policy that will provide recruitment and retention incentives for family physicians, dentists, veterinarians and nurse practitioners
    A new Tim Hortons restaurant will be opening its doors in Barrhead
    Pomeroy Inn and Suites officially opened in Vermilion on September 14, 2016
    Westlock County awarded a $513,300 construction contract to E&D Kuzyk Konstruction Ltd. to build a new fire hall in Fawcett. The project is slated for completion in September 2017.
    United Construction is set to start work on the new K-12 Ashmont School. The school is scheduled to open in September 2018.
    The City of Edmonton approved a zoning change that would allow construction of the $63M Artist Quarters in downtown Edmonton
    The Government of Alberta is launching the Self-Employment Training Program for entrepreneurs. Approximately $1.9M will be allocated to the program for 2016-17 in partnership with the federal government.
    Grande Prairie Regional College and Ironstone Resources are partnering on skills development, trades and apprenticeship training and research. Ironstone plans to build a mine and a steel mill in the region, which will generate about 1,000 jobs.
    Edmonton Public Schools plans to increase the number of pre-kindergarten programs for children with cognitive challenges from 19 school sites to 33 over the next three years
    WestJet reached a multi-year deal with Suncor Energy to fly employees and contractors to and from its oilsands operations in Northern Alberta beginning in early November 2016
    Big Lakes County approved the construction of a $1.2M waterline to Triangle Hall from Riverbend, south of High Prairie
  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors lowered its drilling forecast for the fourth quarter of 2016 and expects 3,562 wells to be drilled across Canada - 25% lower than the original forecast
    The Government of Alberta is providing municipalities and organizations $30M over two years for economic development projects, through the Community and Regional Economic Support program
    Edmonton Public Schools reached an agreement with almost 800 school caretakers. Under the three-year deal with the union, members will see wage increases and a lump sum payout retroactive to September 2014.
    The Grand Villa Casino officially opened its doors in downtown Edmonton on September 7. The facility has hired all the staff that wanted to relocate from the old casino and created 200 new full-time jobs.
    Covenant Health and the Government of Alberta are funding a $13M redevelopment of the Killam Health Centre. Construction of the project is expected to begin in fall 2016.
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are providing $82.8M to the University of Alberta for facility and infrastructure improvements
    Aspen View Public School Division is planning a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Edwin Parr Composite High School in Athabasca on September 29, 2016
    Construction of the Norlite pipeline is expected to employ 600 people near the village of Boyle until the end of November 2016. The project began about two years ago and has provided a significant boost to local businesses.
    ConocoPhillips Canada is laying off up to 300 employees in Calgary, as part of a global staff cut of 1,000 employees
    Dream Development is building 150 houses over the next two years in Vista Crossing, a new neighbourhood in Crossfield. The first phase of development is slated to include 1,000 homes.
    NBC Universal Cable Entertainment is looking for extras in the Calgary region for the filming of Alberta-shot TV show, Damnation, during October 2016
    The Government of Alberta is providing $10.56M to AgeCare SkyPointe in Calgary to triple the number of long-term care and dementia beds in the facility
    Front Range Resources is planning two horizontal wells in the Montney region, pending a successful share offering
    Lethbridge College received $200,000 from Deltec Power to help create the Deltec Power Electrical Lab, a state-of-the-art classroom. The facility is slated to open in August 2017.
    Contempora Construction has been awarded a $4.8M contract to build a new municipal works office building in Medicine Hat
    The Government of Alberta is providing $750,000 to support the Back to Business Resource Centre and business recovery expos in Fort McMurray
    The Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre opened its doors in Sundre on September 12
    The City of Medicine Hat has voted to borrow up to $10.2M for reconstruction and expansion of the Veiner Centre. Completion is scheduled for 2018.
    The construction contract of Cold Lake's Energy Centre Phase 3 expansion has been awarded to Bird Construction. Work on the $20M project is expected to start in fall 2016 and should be complete by spring 2018.
    The Canadian Red Cross along with the provincial and federal governments is granting $3M to support research into the health effects of wildfires
    The William J. Cadzow Hospital in Lac La Biche has had an opening for an ultrasound technologist for more than two years. Qualified technologists are in high demand across North America, according to Alberta Health Services.
    École Notre-Dame des Monts in Canmore is adding eight new classrooms to the school as part of a $3M expansion. The work is expected to be complete by May 2017.
    The Cold Lake Regional Utility Services Commission will be receiving over $32.4M from the federal and provincial governments for a regional waterline to Bonnyville and Cold Lake First Nations
    The Evergreens Foundation will be releasing construction tenders for Edson's $26M Parkland Senior Citizens Lodge construction-renovation project in early 2017
    Horse Lake First Nation is starting construction on a $10M water treatment plant near Hythe. The project is expected to be complete in 18 months.
    The Town of Fox Creek is hosting its annual Business Showcase and Career Fair on October 5, 2016
    The Edmonton Police Service is actively recruiting for 140 new officers in 2016 and another 80 in 2017. The service is also looking to hire existing law enforcement officers through its Experienced Officer Program, which starts in August 2017.
    Chevron Canada recently opened a new office in Whitecourt. The company is relocating 12 full-time staff from other locations.
    Porthos Pet Supplies opened a new location in Vulcan on August 25, 2016
    The Government of Alberta passed a regulation to raise the minimum wage to $12.20 per hour in October 2016. Eventually, the minimum wage will be increased to $15 per hour in October 2018.
    The Calgary Regional Partnership's two-year On-It regional transit pilot is scheduled to start on October 11, 2016. The pilot project is expected to cost $1M over the two years.
    The Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services are expanding the operating hours of the Airdrie Urgent Care centre to a 24-7 schedule. The extended hours will begin in early 2017.
  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    The first phase of the modernization of Glenmary School in Peace River has started. The four-phase, $7.5M project is expected to be completed in August 2017.
    Red Deer Native Friendship Society is planning to complete the Asooahum Crossing cultural housing development by January 2017
    West Fraser Timber Company and Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement have signed an agreement to provide education, training and skills development to Metis. The program intends to help Metis achieve full-time employment in the forest products industry.
    The federal and provincial governments recently launched a bilateral program that will provide over $1.08B for infrastructure projects under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are providing $85M to support transit improvement projects in Calgary
    The Government of Alberta is modernizing and building 82 schools across the province due to an increase in enrollment numbers. The project is expected to be completed by mid-2017.
    The Government of Canada is providing $143.9M towards 46 Edmonton transit projects. With matching funds from the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta, the projects will see total funding of $287.8M.
    According to a report by Public Interest Alberta, almost one in five Alberta workers earns $15 per hour or less. The report is based on data for the year ending June 30, 2016.
    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has lifted development permit conditions for the Abasand and Beacon Hill neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray, allowing homeowners to rebuild houses that were destroyed by the wildfire in May
    The Town of Wainwright has started work on a $15M storm water management project. Construction of the project is expected to take between two and three years.
    A regional clean water line project from Foremost to Manyberries received $3.1M in combined government funding, which covers 90 percent of the estimated cost
    The Town of Taber received more than $3M in combined government funding, to upgrade the town's industrial wastewater lagoon
    A recent wage survey by Public Interest Alberta found that Medicine Hat has the highest percentage of low wage earners in Alberta. About 12% of the local workforce earns less than $12.20 per hour.
    East Peace Gas Co-op is hiring more staff for their new building in Fahler, which is scheduled for completion in December 2016
    Approximately 60 temporary staff will be out of work when their contracts with the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre in Fort McMurray expire at the end of 2016. The facility is closing on December 17, 2016.
    Gibson Energy is doubling its crude oil storage capacity with new tanks at its Edmonton Terminal, in response to customer demand. The new tanks are expected to be in-service by the second quarter of 2018.
    The Government of Canada is providing $75M to the University of Alberta's Future Energy Systems Research Institute in Edmonton
    The Government of Canada is providing $75M to the University of Calgary for research into reducing the carbon footprint of unconventional oil and gas operations
    Peace River Daycare Center opened its doors on September 7, 2016
    Big Lakes County awarded a $5.774M contract to Martushev Logging Ltd. for upgrades to the House Mountain Road. The project is expected to be completed by August 31, 2017.
    Recovery Acres Society opened a new facility - the Co-occurring Addiction Recovery Essentials for Women - in Calgary. The centre aims to help women suffering from addiction and mental health issues.
  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    Rocky View County's development appeal board has approved a new Carl's Jr. drive-thru location in Bragg Creek, following an initial rejection of proposal by the municipality
    The Calgary Flying Club is training its first class of aviation students from China after it signed a five-year deal with the Government of China to train additional commercial pilots
    The Government of Alberta is investing $6.3M to develop additional long-term care spaces at Villa Marguerite in Edmonton. The facility will be owned by Park Place Seniors Living, while Chandos Construction has been awarded the construction contract.
    The United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a requirement that as of September 1, all professional carriers crossing the US border must have a Medical Examination for Motor Vehicle Operators on file
    Boston-based Drizly, a smartphone app for liquor delivery service, is launching operations in Calgary
    Alberta Health Services plans to extend its agreement with DynaLIFE to provide laboratory services in Edmonton and northern Alberta until March 2022
    Stollery Children's Hospital's redeveloped surgical unit opened its doors in Edmonton on August 26. The $36M project will reduce patient waiting times, shave costs and provide better patient experience.
    Due to office vacancy rates of over 20% and an oversupply of commercial real estate in Calgary, real-estate developers have slowed down or suspended work on some construction projects
    School bus transportation companies in Calgary are experiencing a surge in the number of applicants for driver positions compared to previous years
    Edmonton's Catholic and Public Schools are rushing to repair approximately $1.4M in flood damage at numerous schools before the start of this school year
    Bashaw Valley Lodge, a seniors facility, is set to open in Bashaw
    The City of Grande Prairie currently has over 30 infrastructure construction projects underway, with some being completed by the end of 2016 while work on others will resume in spring 2017
    South Country Co-op is expanding its business and plans to spend $13M in 2016 on building projects. The company has recently hired seven new senior managers at its head office, while its total workforce has grown from about 600 to more than 700 workers.
    The Town of St. Paul has received $475,000 to conduct a feasibility study for a regional waste-to-energy recycling project that would encompass Bonnyville and Cold lake. The study is slated for completion in April 2017.
  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    Calgary International Airport and its partners are hiring hundreds of workers for the new $1.6B international terminal, scheduled to open on October 31
    Richardson International is spending $120M to modernize its Lethbridge canola processing plant. The project, expected to be completed in fall 2017, will have no net impact on the 160 jobs at the plant.
    The Government of Alberta is expecting an increase drilling activity for the remainder of 2016 following the early adoption of its Modernized Royalty Framework for oil and gas wells
    Calgary's Bowley Lock Company is planning to expand production and hire employees to assemble as well as ship its locks
    The Calgary Board of Education will be opening eight new schools this fall. In addition, 10 new schools will be opening their doors in January 2017.
    The City of Calgary is starting construction on a $13M pedestrian bridge to Chinook Centre mall in September 2016. The city is partnering with the mall owner¿ Cadillac Fairview¿ on the project, which is expected to open in November 2017.
    Mind over Metal, a free summer welding program for junior high students in the Calgary Catholic School District, was recently held in the city
    The University of Alberta Students' Union plans to spend $11M to renovate the Myer Horowitz Theatre on the main campus
    The Government of Alberta plans to reduce some of the medical fees for radiologists and ophthalmologists starting fall 2016, as it attempts to reform the physician compensation system
    Edmonton's Rogers Place recently hired nearly 200 part-time workers for its operations
    Dover Construction in Fort McMurray is recruiting carpenters, electricians and roofers for the rebuilding effort following the wildfires in May 2016. Businesses in the area expect a mini-building boom in residential construction.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $1M to farm families to improve water management, environmental sustainability and agricultural production through the Growing Forward 2 program
    Food trucks in Calgary are reporting a decline in business of about 20% to 30% this summer due to bad weather, increased competition and empty downtown offices
    Mark's opened a new location in the St. Albert Centre
    Construction of a new $11.5M Hampton Inn by Hilton hotel has started in St. Paul
    The Government of Alberta is spending $2.8M at the St. Therese St. Paul Healthcare Centre to replace the roof and skylight. Upgrades are expected to be complete by end of 2016.
    GrainsConnect Canada has placed a hold on its planned $30M to $40M high-throughput grain terminal in Niobe. Meanwhile, Paterson Grain is pushing ahead with a similar facility in Bowden.
    The City of Calagry is spending $400,000 on a pedestrian crossing near the Peace Bridge. The project is expected to be complete in fall 2016.
    A recent report from the Canadian Institute of Health Information found that Alberta physicians were the best paid in Canada in the 2014-15 fiscal year
    According to Statistics Canada, year-over-year investment in Alberta's housing construction dropped by 30% in June 2016
    Aurora Cannabis is planning to build a massive greenhouse complex in Alberta to produce medical marijuana. Production at the facility is scheduled to start in summer 2018.
    The City of Lethbridge has approved two major West Lethbridge road projects, worth a combined $21.3M. Construction of the project is anticipated to start in spring 2017.
    Calgary's Saddledome recently held its annual job fair to fill approximately 300 permanent part-time positions at the facility
    Prairie Brewing Company, a craft brewery in Drumheller, recently started production following approval from the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    Red Tree Catering in Calgary closed its doors due to a shortage of business. The closure affects 12 full-time staff and 85 casual employees.
    NorQuest College in Edmonton and Bow Valley College in Calgary are offering certification and training programs in construction through the Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centre
    Parks Canada awarded a $1.1M design contract for the visitor information centre in Waterton Lakes National Park to Ferrari Westwood Babits Architects in Lethbridge
    The City of Camrose publicly released the results of its first online census conducted in April and May of 2016. Detailed information about the local labour market, demographics, and employment sectors is presented in the census.
    Job vacancies in Alberta have declined 48 per cent from the first quarter of 2015 to the same period in 2016, according to a recent release from Statistics Canada
    Riley & McCormick, a western-wear retailer in downtown Calgary, is closing on August 30, 2016
    Educational institutions in Alberta are reporting a strong demand for courses and certifications in alternative energy such as solar-power
    The Grande Yellowhead Public School Division awarded a $12M design-bid-build contract to United Construction Company for a replacement school in Edson. Completion is scheduled for the fall of 2017.
    The Government of Alberta released plans for a $14M seniors lodge in Coleman. The project is expected to be complete by December 2017.
    Norstrom Rack is opening a retail store in Edmonton in the fall of 2018
    The Town of Spirit River broke ground on the Central Peace Health Complex, a new $5.27M hospital scheduled to open in 2017
    The Town of Stettler awarded a $822,569 contract for sewage lagoon remediation to NuEdge Construction
    Auctions of provincially owned oil and gas drilling rights have sunk to near historic lows in Alberta, with just over $75M invested so far in 2016
    The Government of Alberta is providing $239M over the next five years for improvements at provincial parks
    The Municipal District of Bighorn awarded a $428,893 contract to Devcon for flood-debris mitigation on Jura Creek. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of November 2016.
    Hotels in Banff are bringing in housekeeping staff from Calgary in a new pilot program aimed at relieving labour shortages on weekends. The staff will work from Friday morning to Sunday evening.
    The new owners of the Innisfail Hotel are investing $500,000 to renovate rooms and bring back the hotel diner, which has been closed for over 25 years
    Construction has started on the Hamlets of Red Deer, a $25M supportive living facility in Red Deer. The facility is expected to open in the fall of 2017.
    The Government of Alberta completed primary construction work on the new $375.5M Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. The interior work, construction of exhibits, and the relocation of collections will follow with completion scheduled in 2017.
    Careers is launching the $1M Rebuilding Fort McMurray Creating Youth Futures campaign on August 31, 2016 to raise awareness on career options for youth
    Elk Island Public Schools is spending $2M on renovations to its Fort Saskatchewan schools in preparation for the September 2016 openings
    The Wellspring Family Resource and Crisis Centre in Whitecourt is opening a new thrift store, Twice as Nice
    Alberta Treasury Branch plans to set up a permanent agency in both Milo and Arrowwood, following the recent decision of Scotiabank to pull their branches out of the two villages in January 2017
  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    The Government of Alberta is contributing $30.3M to the Canadian Red Cross Relief Campaign for residents of Fort McMurray
    Gateway Casinos and Entertainment¿s Grand Villa Edmonton, a $32M casino, will be opening in downtown Edmonton on September 7
    Construction of the Stantec Tower in downtown Edmonton has started. The office portion of the building is scheduled for completion in 2018, while the residential section of the project will open its doors in fall 2019.
    According to a recent survey by Morneau Shepell, employers in Alberta are expecting salaries to increase by an average of 1.4% in 2017. At the national level, salaries are projected to rise by 2.1%.
    Two new breweries are planning to open their doors in Alberta: Six Corners Brew Works is planning a craft brewery in Okotoks, while Brauerei Fahr will be opening a new location in Turner Valley by 2017
    Cochrane-based Half Hitch Brewing is adding a canning line to its operations and planning to open a full restaurant as well as tap room by 2017
    The Town of Wainwright is seeking local contractors for work on the Storm Water Management Project. Banner Engineering is managing the three-year $15M project.
    Midland Foods and Farm Supplies officially opened in Andrew on August 4, 2016
    Brooks Asphalt has been awarded a $3.5M project to build a boat launch and shorewater protection at Kinbrook Island Provincial Park. Construction of the project is expected to start in September 2016.
    The Town of Bonneville has awarded a construction contract to GenMec ACL, to build a new $6.9M town hall. The project is expected to be complete in 14 months, pending financing approval from the town.
    The Government of Alberta is launching the Alberta Export Expansion Package in fall 2016, to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) entering new international markets. The program will grant SMEs up to $9M in funding over three years.
    The Government of Alberta is providing a $265,000 grant to the Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance to support watershed projects in the Peace River basin
    Japan Canada Oil Sands Ltd. plans to keep its Hangingstone oil sands project, near Fort McMurray, closed until oil prices rise above US$50 per barrel. The site was evacuated in May 2016 due to wildfires.
    Brewster Travel Canada is opening a new restaurant, the Northern Lights Café, in Banff on August 20
    The City of Cold Lake has started construction to expand facilities and services at Kinosoo Beach
    Osum Oil Sands is installing new equipment this fall at its Orion oil sands project near Cold Lake, in advance of the planned Phase 2 expansion. Installation work is expected to begin in August and should be complete by December 2016.
    Knelsen Sand and Gravel has been awarded a $4.6M roadwork contract to pave about seven kilometers of road leading to Horse Lake First Nation near Hythe. The project is expected to be complete by mid-October 2016.
    The Government of Alberta is providing up to $20,000 in financial assistance to small businesses affected by wildfires in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, starting in September 2016
    The Canadian Cancer Society is closing its regional office in Lethbridge on September 30, 2016
    Cathedral Energy Services Ltd, a Calgary-based drilling company, will be spending up to US$3.4M to settle lawsuits related to overtime pay disputes with employees
    Christenson Developments is planning to start construction of its Whitecourt Retirement Village, a seniors¿ residence, in late fall of 2016. The building will be open for occupancy in 2018.
  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    The Government of Alberta is granting $87.5M to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, as an initial advance under the Disaster Recovery Program. The funding will assist with uninsurable costs related to the wildfire destruction in spring.
    The provincial government is launching the Alberta Small Brewers Development Program on August 5. Through the program, small brewers will receive grants to expand their businesses and create job.
    Shoppers Drug Mart is opening a new location in the CrossIron Mills mall near Calgary. The mall is currently being redeveloped and expanded, with completion slated for spring 2017.
    Express Pizza Plus opened a new location in Vermilion on July 21, 2016
    Construction of Bibles for Missions¿ new Thrift Store has started in Okotoks. The project is expected to be complete by January 2017.
    Heritage Property Corporation is halting its Canmore Hotel expansion plans, scheduled to start in fall 2016. Instead, the company has decided to offer the hotel for sale.
    Seasons Retirement Communities has purchased two retirement facilities in Olds and is offering upgraded training programs for staff
    Two new stores, Main Street Hardware and Pet Valu, are planning to open their doors in Ponoka by late summer or early fall 2016
    The Regional Municiplaity of Wood Buffalo has recently decided to defer completion of the Multiplex facility in Conklin. Groundbreaking for the $50M project took place in October 2014.
    A new Nordstrom Rack outlet store will be opening in Calgary's Deerfoot Meadows Shopping Centre in spring 2018
    The Petroleum Services Association of Canada has downgraded Alberta's drilling forecast for 2016. The group estimates that 1,900 wells will be drilled this year, down from an earlier forecast of 2,700.
    The City of Cold Lake has approved Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre¿s expansion plans. Construction of the new outreach building is scheduled to begin shortly, pending receipt of the building permit.
    Costco Canada is opening its fourth warehouse location in Calgary on August 12, 2016. The store is expected to employ about 300 workers.
    Saks Off 5th is opening outlet stores in both Edmonton and Calgary on September 1, 2016
    The Government of Canada recently delivered the first of two 2016-17 federal Gas Tax Fund installments, worth $109M, to support local infrastructure projects in Alberta. In total, the province will receive over $219M this year through the fund.
    Big Lakes County is moving forward with improvements to the High Prairie Airport, including the runaway, lighting and a new access road
    The Alberta Severe Weather Management Society is reporting a busy cloud seeding season for its pilots combating hail. Each year, the insurance industry invests about $6M in the hail suppression project.
  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    ConocoPhillips Canada is laying off up to 300 employees, mainly from its Calgary head office, in September 2016
    Wynonna Earp, a Calgary-based supernatural western series, has been renewed for a second season. Production is scheduled to start in late fall 2016, with a spring 2017 debut on the Syfy network in the US.
    United Communities is moving forward with commercial and school developments in Okotoks, following approval from the town council. Construction could start by late 2016 or early 2017.
    Calgary Police Service is hiring 50 new police officers, due to an increase in crime and 911 calls. The additional positions will cost the city about $7.5M per year.
    AltaGas, a Calgary-based natural gas and power supplier, has reduced its workforce by approximately 70 employees
    The County of Stettler has approved funding for the construction of a new public works facility
    Canmore Business and Tourism, a regional destination marketing organization, recently ceased operations and eliminated all staff positions due to funding issues
    The Government of Alberta is investing $18.5M on flood and drought protection projects over three years, through the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program
    Westlock County is seeking proposals to design and build a new hall for the Fawcett Fire Department
    The Government of Alberta is providing more than $25M over the next five years for campground and park improvements in the Kananaskis-Calgary region
    The Cochrane Alliance Church has started a $4.23M expansion and renovation project, with completion slated in summer 2017
    The Town of Hinton has received a $1M grant from the federal government towards the construction of the Performing Arts Venue. Construction of the $5.4M facility is scheduled for completion by fall 2017.
    The Government of Alberta is granting $12.7M to 61 bio-industrial projects that use agricultural and forestry byproducts or other forms of biomass in manufacturing
    The Government of Alberta is allocating approximately $26M for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding in 2016-17, an increase of $6M from the previous year
    The Tsuu T'ina First Nation, west of Calgary, has broken ground on a new police station. The facility will also accommodate other support services for the community.
  • Week of Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2016

    Calgary's population reached 1,235,171 in April 2016, a 0.3% increase compared to the same period last year. The number of births compensated for the number of people leaving the city for economic reasons.
    A report by Moneris Solutions Corp. shows that Alberta's year-over-year consumer spending declined by 2.9% in the second quarter of 2016. At the national level, consumer spending was up by 5.53% over the same period.
    The recent increase in oil and gas prices, which was caused by work stoppages in the wake of the Fort McMurray wildfires, is expected to boost earnings in the energy sector
    The Government of Alberta announced increased inspections on residential construction worksites across the province. The safety inspections will take place throughout the summer, until the end of September.
    According to a recent TD Bank report, Alberta's economic downturn will have a deeper impact than the 2009 recession. The province's GDP is expected to contract by 3% in 2016.
  • Week of Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2016

    The Fort McMurray wildfires will cost insurance companies $3.58B. The fires destroyed 1,800 homes and 600 condos, apartments and duplex units around Fort McMurray, and caused major oil sands companies to shut down production for more than two weeks.
    Health Canada is granting $17.3M to upgrade health facilities in Alberta's Indigenous communities. Three communities will be the main recipients of the funds, including: Enoch Cree Nation, Saddle Lake Cree Nation and Little Red River Cree Nation.
    The provincial government is granting $33.5M towards the expansion of Ford Edmonton Park. The development is expected to create approximately 455 full-time jobs during the construction phase and 57 permanent park-related positions following completion.
    Honomobo, a container-housing developer, is constructing an 18-unit apartment in Edmonton's Boyle Street neighbourhood
    De Beers Canada moved its Operational Support Centre from Toronto to Calgary. Approximately 70 employees will work out of the new centre, including some employees who transferred from Toronto, as well as dozens of local hires.
    Construction of a new $200M shopping centre, New Horizon Mall, recently started near Balzac. The new mall will house more than 500 businesses, and is slated for completion in late 2017.
    The provincial government is investing $1.2B to renovate and expand affordable and seniors' housing over the next five years. As a result, Bonnyville's Bonnylodge will add 46 new units to its facility, while the Cold Lake Lodge will be replaced entirely.
    The Calgary Stampede started on July 8. Approximately 3,200 people have been hired for the 10-day event.
  • Week of Jul 04 - Jul 08, 2016

    Alberta's minimum wage will rise to $12.20 per hour, effective October 1. In addition, the lower minimum wage rate of $10.70 per hour for Alberta's liquor servers has also been abolished by the provincial government.
    Moose Hotel & Suites held its grand opening in Banff on July 15, 2016
    Delia General Store, the village's only store, recently closed its doors
    Construction of Peace River's Peace Regional Recreation Centre is slated to begin in spring 2017. The multiplex is expected to open in late 2018, and will include a field house, hockey rink and running track.
    Ten new craft breweries opened their doors in Alberta during the first five months of 2016. The province has seen a boom in breweries over the past four year, bringing the total number up to 31.
    Wild Rapids Waterslide Park, located in Sylvan Lake, is closing at the end of summer 2016. The closure will affect approximately 85 seasonal workers at the park.
  • Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016

    The Government of Alberta is investing $14M in an affordable housing project in Edmonton. Construction is expected to be complete by the fall of 2017.
    Aeroterm started work on a $10M distribution warehouse at the Edmonton International Airport. Companies that will be tenants in the facility are expected to create at least 100 new jobs.
    Loblaws City Market recently opened in Edmonton. The store will have about 206 employees. A Shoppers Drug Mart also opened in the same retail complex.
    The University of Calgary's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine launched the Calgary Chair in Equine Sports Medicine which focuses on the health and performance of competition horses
    The Women and Children's Health Research Institute at the University of Alberta received a $54.5M donation to support researchers
    Medicine Hat School District No. 76 is adding ten full-time certified teaching staff for the 2016-17 year. The number of educational assistants will be reduced by eight full-time positions.
    Construction started on the $200M New Horizon Mall near Balzac. The project is expecting to attract more than 500 new businesses and open by late 2017.
    The University of Calgary is receiving $14.7M from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The funds will support the work of 118 researchers.
    NewLeaf Travel, a Winnipeg-based discount travel company, is launching flights out of Edmonton starting July 25, 2016
    A new Joey restaurant is opening in downtown Edmonton in September 2016. The restaurant expects to hire 180 employees.
    The Town of Okotoks approved a $15M expansion of the ice surface at Pason Centennial Arena. The new facility is expected to open January 1, 2018.
    Sunshine Village in Banff National Park plans to open its gondola this summer following several years of closure. White Mountain Adventures will handle tickets for the lift.
    Sturgeon County approved a $1.9M tender from Maple Reinders for construction of the Rivers Gate Lift Station
    The Government of Alberta announced funding for the expansion of family services in Bonnyville
    The Government of Alberta is investing $1.6M for upgrades to the wastewater treatment facility in Canmore
    The Government of Alberta is providing $3.7M to the Town of Bassano for upgrades to its wastewater treatment facility
    The Government of Alberta is providing $243,750 to support upgrades to the wastewater treatment pump station in the Village of Vilna
    The Government of Alberta is providing $596,315 to the County of Forty Mile to support design work for the water supply line to the hamlets of Etzikom and Manyberries
    The Government of Alberta is providing $448,832 to the Municipal District of Pincher Creek for detailed design work to expand the local water supply
    The Government of Alberta is providing $958,171 to the Town of Milk River for the development of a treated waterline from the town to the Village of Coutts and upgrades to the water-treatment plant
    The Government of Alberta is providing $683,027 to the Village of Hay Lakes for upgrades to its wastewater treatment facility
    The Government of Alberta is providing $506,402 to the Mountain View Regional Water Services Commission to upgrade the local water treatment facility
    The Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge completed a $135M project that adds a new five-storey wing to the hospital and expansion of the emergency department
    The Government of Alberta is providing approximately $11.3M to the Town of Devon for a staged replacement of its wastewater treatment facility
    The Government of Alberta is providing $786,000 to the Town of Rimbey to support the drilling of two new water wells and improvements to the wastewater treatment lagoon
    The Government of Alberta is providing $6M to the Village of Consort to upgrade their wastewater treatment facility
    The Government of Alberta is providing $1.9M to the County of Vermilion River to start detailed design work for the development of a regional waterline from Lloydminster to Kitscoty
    The Government of Alberta is providing $85,070 to the Town of Vermilion to replace its sanitary trunk sewer main
    The Government of Alberta is providing approximately $3.8M to the County of Thorhild to complete upgrades to the local wastewater treatment system
    The Government of Alberta is providing $200,000 for the Henry Kroeger Regional Water Services Commission to upgrade the water treatment facility in Hanna
    The University of Lethbridge was awarded $2.2M by the Natural Resources and Engineering Research Council of Canada to support research projects
    The Town of Taber is receiving approximately $560,000 from the Government of Alberta for upgrades to waste treatment and drinking water plants
    The City of Edmonton approved plans by Regency Developments for the Emerald Tower, a $50M residential condominium building with retail on the ground floor
    Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools is reducing teaching staff by 11 full-time equivalent teaching positions in 2016-17 in an effort to eliminate a $1M budget deficit
    Axia is expanding its fibre optic network to Pincher Creek
    Construction on the $16.1M Peace Regional Recreation Centre is expected to start in the spring of 2017, with an opening planned for late 2018
  • Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016

    Londonderry Mall in Edmonton is opening a new food court as the start of a $130M redevelopment project. The work is expected to be complete by the fall of 2017.
    Ikea Canada is spending $13.5M to expand its Edmonton store. The project is expected to create 135 jobs and be complete by the end of 2017.
    Edmonton Public Schools has started work on the $25M Ivor Dent School. The school is expected to open in 2017.
    The official opening of the new $198.4M Edson Hospital, originally scheduled for spring 2016, is delayed until September 2016. Areas of increased staffing for the site include continuing care, emergency, and support services.
    The Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta are providing a combined $420M for relief efforts in the Fort McMurray area following the recent wildfires
    Viking Air is expecting to add 40 jobs in Calgary and Victoria following the purchase of the manufacturing rights for Bombardier's water bombers. Viking also purchased and upgraded a facility near the Calgary airport to house the new operations.
    Fort Air Partnership opened a new continuous air monitoring station in Gibbons
    The City of Calgary hired Baaah'd Plant Management and Reclamation as part of a pilot project to manage invasive plant species
    Big Lakes County awarded a contract for $478,000 to Glen Armstrong Construction to extend a water and sewer line at Joussard
    Retail vacancy rates in downtown Calgary are rising following the layoffs in the city core. Restaurants are also struggling, according to Barclays Street Real Estate.
    Construction started on Grande Avenue Village, an assisted living facility for seniors in Cochrane. The project is expected to be complete in 2017.
    The City of Lethbridge opened the new South Recycling Station. The site is the final step in centralizing all recycling stations within the city.
    The first medical cannabis clinic in Medicine Hat is scheduled to open on July 4, 2016. Medical cannabis will not be dispensed at the clinic but patients will access the product from other medical cannabis suppliers.
    Primus Green Energy plans to develop a methanol plant in northwestern Alberta. Production of methanol from the plant is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018 for regional distribution.
    The Municipal District of Smoky River No. 130 approved a $783,700 tender for rock crushing by R. Bee Crushing of Gibbons
    Edmonton Public Schools is opening nine new schools in September 2017
    At a recent forum hosted by the trade group Restaurants Canada, participants had concerns over plans by the Government of Alberta to increase the minimum hourly wage to $15 by 2018
  • 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
    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

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