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  • Start date: 2019-10-28, End date: 2019-11-01
    Week of Oct 28 - Nov 01, 2019

    Radient Technologies and The Edlong Corporation have formed a partnership to develop and market cannabidol (CBD) flavor systems and ingredients for global food and beverage, and pet food industries. Radient is headquartered in Edmonton with additional product development centers in Europe.
    Burman University and Alberta Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have reached a deal that will transfer ownership of Parkview Adventist Academy to the Alberta Conference. Burman will also provide land and an endowment that will facilitate the building of a new high school.
    auticon Canada, the first company in Canada to exclusively employ individuals on the autism spectrum as information technology analysts and experts is looking for staff. The company currently has openings for 14 employees in Calgary.
    The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is moving its supportive housing program to the former Econo Lodge Inn and Suites in Red Deer and increasing the tenant space by nine to 48. CMHA will lease the building and operate the program with staff on site 24/7.
    The Block on 4th, a mixed-use project of InDevelopments, is currently underway in Calgary. A Calgary manufacturer is building modular residential units that will be delivered and hoisted up at the rate of one floor per week.
    Costco's first-ever store on First Nation land is coming to the Tsuut'ina Nation near Calgary by the summer of 2020. The big-box retailer is the anchor tenant at the under construction development called Taza.
    The University of Calgary has permanently eliminated 25 support staff positions. The jobs were involved with centralized communications and hosting internal and external events.
    The City of Leduc has started construction on an $18M RCMP building expansion project. The work is expected to be complete in 2021.
    BHE Canada has filed an application with the Alberta Utilities Commission for the construction and connection to the grid of the proposed Rattlesnake Ridge Wind project. The $200M project will include 28 wind turbines on approximately 13,000 acres of land southwest of Medicine Hat.
    Persta Resources Inc. is on time and budget with construction of its $36M natural gas pipeline and associated gas-gathering infrastructure in the Voyager area. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2019.
    The City of Edmonton has ten downtown projects valued at about $7B currently in progress. The projects include mixed-use residential and office space towers, restaurants and retail developments.
    The Government of Alberta has cancelled the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) after the 2019 program is all paid out. The program gave a subsidy to municipalities, small businesses and not-for-profits to hire students over the summer.
    Hines Canada is committing another $20M in capital upgrade to convert First Tower in Calgary to Class A office space. Business amenities include an employee lounge with food services and a fitness and wellness facility.
    The Government of Alberta is tripling the amount of annual funding to CAREERS: The Next Generation to more than $6M a year by 2022-23, providing students with paid internships and skilled trades and technologies learning opportunities
    EDF, a France-based utility, expects to engage a general contractor in early 2020, and hold an open house for local contractors to learn about opportunities, specifications and supply needs for its planned wind farm near Irvine.
    Calgary-based TC Energy is planning a 20-km 20-inch natural gas pipeline through their Saddle Lake Lateral Loop Cold Lake Section project to double the area's natural gas capacity. TC is hoping to start construction in 2020 and have the line in service in 2021.
    The Natural Resources Conservation Board has approved the Town of Canmore's revised $48M Cougar Creek debris retention structure. Two other permits/approvals are needed for the project to move into the construction phase.
    Drone Delivery Canada Corp (DDC) is establishing the world's first airport drone delivery hub, at Edmonton International Airport using DDC's proprietary drone delivery platform. Drones will fly out of Edmonton and the Villeneuve airport.
    West Campus Development Trust has more than 7,000 housing units planned for University of Calgary lands over the next 10 to 12 years, along with office and retail space. Business are expected to starting occupying space during the summer of 2020.
    UL, a leading global safety science company, has opened a new hazardous locations customer service center and laboratory in Edmonton
    Choom completes acquisition of Clarity Cannabis locations in Alberta and is planning to open 12 additional cannabis retail locations throughout the province by January 2020, bringing the total number of open and operating stores to 22 locations.
    Huron Resources Corporation is partnering with Mountain View County to upgrade some rural roads west of Didsbury in advance of construction of the Lone Pine Creek petroleum battery facility
    The Alberta Energy Regulator is expecting the number of full-time equivalent employees to decline from 1,240 positions to 970 this year according to the recent Alberta provincial budget.
    Trans Mountain Corp. has hired 2,200 workers for the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project. Surveying and staking crews have been active in the field in the greater Edmonton area preparing the right-of-way for work in the area.
    Uber Technologies Inc. is launching its trucking app, Uber Freight, in Canada. The app, now available in English and French, allows shippers to connect with carriers seeking freight on cross-country journeys.
    WestJet is launching seasonal non-stop service from Calgary to Rome, Italy on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner program. WestJet is also increasing the frequency of its London, Paris and Dublin Dreamliner departures out of Calgary in 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-10-21, End date: 2019-10-25
    Week of Oct 21 - Oct 25, 2019

    Rangeland Midstream Canada has started construction of its 85 km Marten Hills Pipeline System near Slave Lake. The pipeline system is expected to come into service in the second quarter of 2020.
    Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis expects that the province could have 500 cannabis stores within two years, up from the current 306. Calgary currently has 66 stores, with another 154 locations in the works.
    Urban Green Co-Housing has started work on a 26 unit, family-friendly, multi-generational, net-zero, non-combustible housing project in Edmonton
    The Southern Alberta Energy from Waste Association (SAEWA) has shortlisted three potential sites across southern Alberta for an energy-from-waste facility. SAEWA has so far completed $1.5M in engineering work for the project.
    The Town of Blackfalds is committing $5M to buy a 10-acre industrial commercial property for a new combined Public Works and Parks and Recreation facility. Existing facilities at the site may be repurposed as a satellite fire hall in the future.
    The first two labour and delivery suites are currently under construction at the Stettler Hospital as part of the Phase 2 renovations. Phase 3, starting in 2020, will include emergency department upgrades, and kitchen and cafeteria enhancements.
    Calgary Economic Development (CED) is spending $4M on an ad campaign to attract tech workers to the city. CED estimates that there are 2,000 to 3,000 tech jobs open at any given time.
    The Government of Alberta is expanding the scope of practice of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in five key areas. More than 16,000 LPNs work in Alberta, the majority in Alberta Health Services.
    The recently revamped engineering design and drafting program at Lethbridge College has been added to the list of nationally accredited programs by Technology Accreditation Canada. Annual updates are required during the five-year accreditation period.
    The Canadian Mental Health Association's southern Alberta region is expanding its online and in-person support for mental health. Ranging from two to eight weeks long, courses will be offered at the association's downtown Lethbridge office.
    Construction has started on SIX08 Health's redevelopment of a vacant building in downtown Lethbridge. The $4.8M project is the first development to access the city's targeted municipal tax relief program.
    The City of Medicine Hat has awarded an interim contract to GFL Environmental to provide curbside recycling pickup until a longer-term deal can be finalized. The interim contract runs from November 18th until the end of January 2020.
    The unionized staff at Wood Buffalo Housing in Fort McMurray have accepted a mediated settlement, ending a five-month lockout. Twelve staff will still be laid off instead of the original 26 groundskeepers, housekeepers and maintenance workers.
    Acden, an Indigenous construction and energy corporation has formed a new partnership with safety providers, Bravo Target, to create Acden Bravo Target. Acden employs at least 2,000 people in more than 20 companies in the Wood Buffalo region.
    Microsoft for Startups Canada is providing up to $120,000 in Microsoft Azure program credits as well as technical support to members of Startup Edmonton. More than 65 companies will have access to Microsoft's expertise and resources.
    Construction is starting on Folkstone Manor, a 63-unit apartment building for independent seniors in Stony Plain. The Government of Alberta provided $6M toward the project while Meridian Housing Foundation contributed more than $7M.
    Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews is closing all five Edmonton locations by December 8th. Each location has about 75 employees, according to the company.
    Calgary-based Husky Energy has laid off an unspecified number of employees. This spring, Husky announced it was cutting average annual capital spending by 10 per cent to $3.15B under a new five-year plan.
    The Government of Alberta has ordered closure of the Alberta location of the Addiction Recovery Network, situated about 110 kilometres northwest of Calgary in Clearwater County. Alberta Health is investigating complaints about the facility.
    Cineplex, a leading entertainment and media company, is expanding its entertainment footprint in Edmonton. Cineplex is adding virtual-reality, motion-synchronized seats, theater special effects and other upgrades at five sites around the city.
  • Start date: 2019-10-14, End date: 2019-10-18
    Week of Oct 14 - Oct 18, 2019

    About 70 unionized workers and a dozen administrative staff are losing their jobs at the end of October at the Highvale Coal Mine west of Edmonton. Under a previous government the province committed to phasing out all coal-fired power generation by 2030.
    Riverwalk, an aging-in-place rental facility for seniors, is currently under construction in Calgary. The project, which is a joint venture between Campion Property Group and Verve Senior Living, is one of many in the works for S2 Architecture.
    The Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund has approved up to $300,000 over three years for Lighthouse Labs, a coding-education company that offers 12-week bootcamp courses in web development
    Construction of phase two of the $16.9M Bow River Seniors Lodge expansion in Canmore is expected to begin in the spring of 2020. The Government of Alberta previously committed $16M towards the project.
    Canadian Rockies Hemp is currently building out its hemp processing facility in Bruderheim. The company has 32 hemp growers contracted this year with plans for 200 growers next year and 20 labourers to help process the crop.
    Heartland Housing is in the design and planning phase for a new affordable housing development in Fort Saskatchewan. The proposed development is currently planned to be built out of 200 recycled shipping containers
    Old Navy is one of several retailers opening in the former Sears location in the recently renovated wing of the Medicine Hat Mall. The tenants will occupy in total about half of the old Sears space.
    Aura Power has received approval from the Alberta Utility Commission to build its 39-megawatt Empress Solar Park in northeast Cypress County. The 250-acre site will feature 147,000 solar panels and some storage capacity.
    EQUS is moving forward with a program to connect thousands of its rural members with Canada's first ultra-rural smart power grid. EQUS is paying $6M of the total $8.7M project cost, with the balance from Natural Resources Canada and Alberta Innovates.
    The Town of Slave Lake has awarded a contract valued at about $1.213M for water utility engineering and construction work. Construction is expected to start in spring 2020.
    Yellowhead County has approved $478,904 for a joint fire training facility that will be used by the county fire department and the Edson Volunteer Fire Department. The facility is expected to be completed in two phases, starting this year.
    Mayfield Toyota is building a new automotive dealership in the former Sears location at West Edmonton Mall. Construction is slated to begin in April 2020 and to last about a year.
    A new RCMP detachment for Parkland County has opened in Spruce Grove. The building brings together RCMP offices from the Spruce Grove and Stony Plain detachments. In total, about 160 people will work in the new facility.
    North West Redwater Partnership is in the midst of turnaround work at the Sturgeon Refinery north of Edmonton. The work includes several dozen local companies employing about 700 people.
    BHE Canada is starting construction in 2020 on the 117.6 MW Rattlesnake Ridge Wind project located southwest of Medicine Hat. The $200M project is expected to provide approximately 150 jobs at peak construction during the 18-month schedule.
    Sugarbud Craft Growers has entered into a reciprocal strategic supply and contract manufacturing agreement with Heritage Cannabis Holdings for an initial term of 24 months starting in May 2020
    Brookfield Residential has started work on its third and final condo building in the masterplanned community of Auburn Bay in Calgary. After 14 years of development the project is expected to wrap-up construction by mid-2021.
    The Calgary-based Vintage Group has decided to close its Water Tower Grill restaurant in Lethbridge. Some of the current 40 employees could relocate to one of the other 10 Vintage Group locations in Calgary.
    The City of Edmonton is financing $1M to support the restoration of two historic properties in the city. Work has been underway on the Brighton Block for several years now, but the Strathcona Hotel project was delayed by a structural fire in March 2019.
  • Start date: 2019-10-07, End date: 2019-10-11
    Week of Oct 07 - Oct 11, 2019

    FiberCore USA and Canadian Mat Systems are partnering to manufacture a new matting system in Canada for the global temporary foundation market. The matting system has applications in a wide range of industry sectors including oil, gas and pipelines.
    Capital Power and TransAlta have transferred 100% ownership and control of the Genesee Generating Unit and the Keephills 3 Generating Unit to the respective companies. The two units are the only supercritical coal facilities in Alberta.
    National Tire Recycling Group has entered into a three-year, multi-million dollar contract with Canadian Natural Resources Limited to process their giant truck mining tires. National plans to add a fourth shift to its operations near Ponoka and hire 10 to 12 new employees over the next 18 months. Those positions will include labourers, loaders and equipment operators.
    Cielo Waste Solutions has delayed a decision on building four renewable diesel refineries to the end of 2019. The company is currently hiring employees and adding equipment at its Aldersyde plant that will allow continuous operations.
    The Town of Cochrane is moving ahead to the detailed design and costing phase for what is currently known as the ¿Cochrane Innovation Centre and Transit Hub'. The project is expected to take 15 months to compete with occupancy slated for December 2020.
    Choom Cannabis has opened a retail store in downtown Drumheller, the first legal cannabis outlet for the community
    Savills, one of the largest real estate companies in the world, has opened an office in Calgary. The office will specialize in solving the needs of tenants in office, retail and industrial sectors throughout Western Canada.
    WestJet is building a new flagship lounge at the Calgary International Airport. The lounge, which will offer Canadian food and beverage options, is expected to open in late summer 2020.
    Husky Energy is selling its Prince George, B.C. refinery to Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure for $215M. The two Calgary-based companies say the refinery's employees will be retained after the deal closes.
    CEMATRIX Corporation, a Calgary-based manufacturer of advanced cellular concrete products, has secured $2.2M in new Canadian and U.S. infrastructure contracts. These new contracts increase this year's contracted sales to $33.0M.
    EarthRenew has entered into a power purchase agreement with BTF Blockchain, a cryptocurrency miner, for up to 3.0 MW of power at its Strathmore facility. EarthRenew is also starting the next phase of recommissioning its fertilizer facility.
    Lethbridge College has partnered with Ontario-based TEAM-1 Academy to provide safety training and equipment to the college's students and faculty over the next three years as part of the Wind Turbine Technician program
    Cavendish Farms has opened its $430M french fry potato processing plant in Lethbridge. The facility will create about 240 full-time positions.
    Optima Living has notified about 50 employees at the Century Park care home in Vegreville that their jobs are ending on October 31st. Optima is contracting B.C.-based Pro Vita Care Management for the services at the facility.
    Strategic Group is in the process of converting the former Centre West office building in downtown Edmonton into residential suites. Strategic is also constructing another six-storey building next-door for a total of 214 new residential units.
    The City of Edmonton is seeking another $4.6M to repair deficiencies at the $107.65M Edmonton Police Service's northwest campus. Repairs began in September and are expected to be completed by December.
    Campus Energy Partners has taken over former AltaGas pipelines and plants in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. The company also acquired commercial supply contracts as part of the $165M purchase.
    Starbucks is closing numerous underperforming locations in both Edmonton and Calgary. At the same time the company is opening new locations in both cities with a commitment to placing affected employees at other stores.
    The Government of Alberta has changed safety requirements for some newly licensed commercial drivers. The change applies to farm employees who drive transport trucks for agricultural purposes and new Class 2 drivers exclusively operating school buses.
    The City of Edmonton has approved a one-time spending increase of $12M for deconstruction of part of its composting facility. The work is expected to start this fall and continue through summer 2020.
    The Government of Alberta has introduced legislation to create the Indigenous Opportunities Corporation, a Crown corporation with up to $1B in loan guarantees, technical support and financial advice for natural resource project development
  • Start date: 2019-09-30, End date: 2019-10-04
    Week of Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2019

    The Edmonton Catholic School Board is spending an extra $2.7M to finish building Divine Mercy Catholic Elementary School. Additional work is required due to unexpected loose soil on the site and plans by the district to double up on shifts.
    The Enoch Cree Nation has opened a new K-12 school in southeast Edmonton named Maskêkosak Kiskinomâtowikamik ¿ Cree for ¿people of Enoch's school¿. The $22.5M school was fully funded by the Government of Canada.
    Keyera Corp. closed its Nevis Gas Plant east of Red Deer on September 30th due to declining gas production in the area. Keyera is working to support the 25 impacted employees at the plant including possible relocation to other Keyera facilities.
    Poly Ag Recycling Ltd., a startup plastic grain bag recycling company, is hiring up to 10 people for its new facility in Bashaw. The company will be recycling plastic grain bags from Saskatchewan and Alberta when it begins operations in November.
    BOLT Transit is ceasing operations in Lacombe by the end of October 2020. Low ridership and a $200,000 annual subsidy from the City of Lacombe prompted council to withdraw from the intra-municipal transit service.
    Edmonton Public Schools and the Government of Alberta have started a $23.8M project to modernize the existing Highlands School in Edmonton and consolidate about 800 students from three separate buildings. The new school is expected to open by fall 2020.
    Hardisty and area residents have formed the Hardisty and District Development Group. The group comes together monthly, aiming to attract new residents, businesses, and more tourists to the region.
    The Cannabis & Hemp Innovation Centre (CHIC) has opened in Vegreville. CHIC is providing an on-site college campus for cannabis and hemp related programming and a business incubator and accelerator.
    Killam Campus of Caring has opened Phase One of the expansion of its long term care facility in Killam. The Government of Alberta and Covenant Health committed to construction of the facility in 2016.
    The Grande Prairie Catholic School District is opening a new bus maintenance facility at the Grande Prairie Airport. Fifteen staff members are set to move into the $2.9M facility by the end of the year.
    Lethbridge College has opened The Pivot, a dedicated innovation and applied research space for student entrepreneurs on campus. The space is intended to be collaborative and work outside of typical classroom norms to engage students and stakeholders.
    Lloydminster and District Co-op is building a new corner gas bar and convenience store in the north end of Lloydminster. The site is expected to have 15 employees when it opens next summer.
    Ellis-Don, the main contractor for the Canada Kuwait Petroleum Corporation's plastic manufacturing facility sited in Alberta's Industrial Heartland , is seeking local contractors for the project. Earthworks have started at the site and detailed engineering packages are in the bidding stage.
    The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) and Imperial Oil have announced a two-year agreement to collaborate on the development of Imperial's in-house machine learning capabilities. Amii will provide business guidance and scientific mentorship.
    Car2Go, a car sharing company, will cease operations in Calgary on October 31st, as part of a withdrawal from a number of North American cities
    The University of Lethbridge is receiving a $3M as the lead hub of BioNet Alberta, a group of institutions dedicated to genome sciences and bioinformatics research. The funding is supported by Genome Canada and Genome Alberta.
    The City of Lethbridge is wrapping up work on a $10M sewer system upgrade near the city's north end as winter approaches. Landscape restoration is slated to follow depending on the weather.
    Calgary-based cannabis grower Canalief is planning to break ground on a growing and production facility in Bassano, midway between Calgary and Medicine hat. Construction is expected to create up to 40 temporary jobs, while a full-time operational workforce is expected to number 25.
    The YW Hub, a $60M facility in Calgary, has opened to provide transitional housing for women fleeing difficult circumstances, homelessness and abuse. The facility offers counselling services, employment training, parenting supports and child care.
    Fashion retailer Forever 21 is closing all its 44 Canadian stores, including the four in Alberta, as it enters bankruptcy in the US. The stores will remain open during the liquidation process.
    ICE District Properties is opening two new restaurants in the ICE District in downtown Edmonton. Construction is expected to start in early 2020 on The Banquet and The CANADIAN ICEhouse.
    The Prairie Rose School Division has opened the Prairie Mennonite Alternative School in Medicine Hat. The school teaches the regular Alberta Education curriculum, with some adjustments to make it Mennonite-appropriate.
    The Town of Cochrane has approved an additional $0.9M for the construction of a new $4.7M RCMP detachment. The new building will house RCMP, town bylaw, victim services and Alberta Sheriff personnel.
    Journey Energy is planning to use $7.3M in new funding to drill four wells before year-end and for development activity in its core areas, which will be conducted between October 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020
    Mountain View County is contracting with Volker Stevin Highways Ltd. to construct a replacement bridge on the Bergen Road just west of Highway 766.The estimated cost of the bridge, which will be built in 2020, is $1.9M.
    Cascade Power is expecting regulatory approval for its $1.5B power plant near Edson by October or November this year. Cascade expects 700 workers during the construction period and 20 long-term skilled positions for operations upon completion.
    Calgary-based Perimeter Solar is moving ahead with construction of a $200M solar farm near Claresholm after TC Energy agreed to buy just over half of its electricity output. Commercial operations are expected to start by the end of September 2020.
    The City of Calgary has committed $22.5M for detailed design work for the Arts Commons expansion project. The $240M project was one of four major capital projects approved by the city in March.
    TransAlta Corporation and SemCAMS Midstream ULC have entered into agreements to develop, construct and operate a new cogeneration facility at the Kaybob South No. 3 sour gas processing plant. The capital cost of the project is estimated at $105M.
    Calgary-based Parex Resources and its chairman are donating $3.24M to the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary. The funding will support six Innovation Fellowships at the university and associated research programs.
  • Start date: 2019-09-23, End date: 2019-09-27
    Week of Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2019

    Finger Food Advanced Technology Group, a B.C.-based tech company, has been awarded up to $3.2M from the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund. Finger Food expects to create at least 200 jobs including software designers, developers and project managers to be located Alberta's largest city.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $10M for women in trades over the next four years through Women Building Futures (WBF). WBF partners with NAIT, NorQuest College and other post-secondaries to train women in the skilled trades.
    The Conference Board of Canada, in a recent report, estimates that the Lethbridge region will see job growth totalling 2,700 this year and next, with overall employment in the CMA reaching 66,300 by 2020. Job growth has been in construction, personal services, and information industries.
    Southland Surgical Centre has opened an out-of-hospital surgical suite in Medicine Hat. Surgeons can rent the facility that is fully equipped, complete with operating staff and others.
    The City of Medicine Hat is looking for a new curbside recycling pickup company after contract negotiations with the current service provider (E360) broke down. E360 will continue local pickups until late October, or early November.
    Freedom Cannabis, an Edmonton-area cannabis company, is partnering with NorQuest College to offer training in all aspects of cannabis production. Freedom hopes the program will help alleviate the shortage of skilled workers for the booming sector.
    Yellowhead County has set aside $450,000 for the construction of a new landfill cell at the Town of Edson Land fill site. The project is currently awaiting final approval from Alberta Environment with construction projected to start in 2020.
    Telus plans to invest $16B in Alberta over the next five years to connect homes, businesses and schools to its high-speed, fibre-optic cable network. The project is expected to create 5,000 jobs over that time period.
    Enel Green Power North America is currently expanding two existing wind farm facilities near Pincher Creek. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
    The Calgary Board of Education has approved a budget that includes about $2M in administrative cost savings and staffing reductions in several departments, from finance to human resources
    Averton Homes has started work on its Midtown development in St. Albert. The mixed-use project will see 800 residential units, seniors housing and commercial properties.
    The first homes are now under construction at the Blatchford site in downtown Edmonton on the former municipal airport lands. The project is expected to take 30 years to be fully developed into a community of 30,000 residents.
    Teamwork Training Ltd., the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation and the Government of Alberta are launching a new training program to help unemployed or under-employed people in Lethbridge qualify for work as supply chain logistics experts
    The City of Brooks is extending a local bus service to Medicine Hat that started in February using provincial grant money. The service is expected to continue until existing funds are exhausted.
    Keyano College in Fort McMurray is reinstating a diploma program for child-care workers. The program was cancelled in 2015 due to low enrolment. The region is suffering from a chronic shortage of qualified child-care workers.
    The City of Edmonton has approved two residential towers planned for the downtown area. Great Gulf, one of the developers, plans to start construction on 9955 Jasper near the Fairmont MacDonald hotel by the end of 2020.
    The Green Box, a retail cannabis store, has recently opened in Innisfail, while another supplier, Revive Cannabis is set to open on October 4th
    COLT (Cochrane On-demand Local Transit) is launching a transit service that will be free until the end of the year. The service will be limited to the Town of Cochrane this year, but may be extended to select Calgary destinations in the future.
    Olds College has launched the Werklund School of Agriculture Technology. The school will give students access to new agriculture technology programs, including the precision agriculture ¿ techgronomy diploma.
    EVRAZ North America is manufacturing most of the pipe for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project at its facilities in Camrose and Regina. Trans Mountain has received over 55 percent of the required pipe, which is stockpiled in Alberta and BC.
  • Start date: 2019-09-16, End date: 2019-09-20
    Week of Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2019

    The Government of Alberta is spending $100M to activate 4,000 drug treatment spaces to fight the lethal opioid crisis.Thousands of existing treatment spaces were left vacant due to a lack of funding.
    YSS Corp., a cannabis retailer, has opened both the YSS NW Landing store in Edmonton and the YSS Lloydminster store. Construction is nearing completion at the next two retail stores, Sweet Tree Okotoks and the Sweet Tree 17th Avenue in downtown Calgary.
    The Town of Banff is moving ahead with its plan to build an $8.5M price-restricted affordable housing development for home ownership on Banff Avenue. The town has allocated $180,000 for civil engineering pre-design and tender designs.
    Burman University in Lacombe has opened a Small Business Centre on campus to bring students, faculty and businesses together to support the local economy
    The Government of Alberta is providing an additional $1.5M for the expanded High School Apprenticeship Scholarship program. The program supports high school students pursuing a trades education.
    The Government of Alberta has approved the proposed MEG Energy Surmont oil sands project near Fort McMurray. The approval allows MEG to move forward with other regulatory requirements.
    The Shell Theatre in Fort Saskatchewan will be upgrading its audio equipment with a $132,604 grant from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
    The Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray is expecting to open the new Jeremy Snook Memorial Pallative Care Suites by July 2020. The project is expected to cost approximately $1.7M.
    The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre in Medicine Hat has received $586,000 in grants from the federal government. The funding will be used for infrastructure upgrades at the facility.
    The Government of Alberta is licensing 20 private driver examiners to reduce the current road-test backlog for new drivers. The government plans to move private and government testers to areas where they can best reduce delays.
    Polykar, a Quebec-based plastic bag manufacturer, is planning to build a facility just south of Edmonton starting next summer with completion scheduled for spring 2021. The company expects the plant to initially offer 40 permanent jobs.
    Jollibee, a Filipino fast food franchise, has opened its first Calgary store at the Pacific Place Mall
    Spiritleaf Banff, one of five town-approved cannabis retailers, plans to be up and running in Banff by October 1st. Other retailers, who are in the middle of renovations, are hoping to follow by the end of this year or the beginning of 2020.
    Delphi Energy has closed an $11.9M deal with Alliance Pipeline for infrastructure upgrades at the Bigstone Plant. Alliance also will repair and reactivate the Bigstone Lateral that connects the plant to Alliance's natural gas mainline near Fox Creek.
    Rocky Mountain GTL has selected Midwest Construction Group Inc. as the general contractor of the company's $15M Enhanced Gas-to-Liquids plant currently under construction near Carseland
    TransAlta is proceeding with a $2B clean energy plan that includes about $800M in renewable energy projects already under construction. The plan includes converting three of its existing coal-fired Alberta thermal units to gas in 2020 and 2021.
    Nutrien is currently installing a carbon capture system on Phase 1 of its Redwater fertilizer facility with capture planned on Phase 2 at the plant. The sytems will feed into Wolf Midstream's Alberta Carbon Trunk Line transporting CO2 to central Alberta for sequestration.
    Lighthouse Hospitality is about three months behind schedule in a project to convert the former Enbridge Tower in downtown Edmonton into a 300 room Hyatt branded hotel. The hotel is now expected to be open in the first quarter of 2021.
    Showpass, a Calgary-based software company, is adding 19 employees to its payroll by the end of September. The company is expecting to hire another 40 to 50 employees within the next eight months, 60 per cent of them software engineers.
    The City of Medicine Hat is permanently shuttering 2,000 of its active natural gas wells due to extremely low prices, resulting in layoffs for about 100 people over the next three years
    The City of Sherwood Park is planning to spend about $7M to refurbish the recreational facilites at Millenium Place. A total shutdown of the facility in order for for work to proceed is planned for August to October 2020.
    The Town of Strathmore has started construction on a new municipal building. Funding for the project is a combination of Municipal Sustainability Initiative funds and borrowing that was approved as part of the 2017 capital budget.
    The Government of Alberta is provding $3M for 30 new nurse practitioner positions. Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced training who are qualified in Alberta to perform some procedures, order medical tests and prescribe medication.
    E3 Metals Corp. and Livent Corp. have signed a US$5.5M agreement to advance the development of lithium extraction technology in Alberta and to also build and operate a custom pilot plant
  • Start date: 2019-09-09, End date: 2019-09-13
    Week of Sep 09 - Sep 13, 2019

    Inter Pipeline is investing $580,000 over three years to support Women Building Futures in providing pre-apprenticeship training to women in Alberta's Industrial Heartland
    Western Securities is planning to start work on the long-delayed Stadium Shopping Centre redevelopment in Calgary. The redevelopment plans include a hotel, medical centre, office and residential buildings, along with restaurants and retail shops.
    The Government of Alberta has awarded a $100M contract to widen the southwest portion of Anthony Henday Drive in Edmonton to Carmacks Enterprises. The work is expected to start this fall and be completed in 2022.
    Rogers Media has cut 11 employees in Calgary as it reorganizes the early morning Breakfast Television shows across Canada
    The Hardware Grill, an upscale restaurant in downtown Edmonton, has permanently closed after operating for the last 23 years
    Canada Goose has opened the doors to its second Alberta free-standing store, in West Edmonton Mall. Canada Goose plans to open stores in Banff and another in Toronto later this year.
    The Brick, a furniture and appliance chain, has opened its largest store in Edmonton in the former Sears location at West Edmonton Mall
    The University Hospital Foundation has donated $10M to the Mazankowski Heart Institute in Edmonton. The funding will support research and enhancing care for complex and chronic cardiac patients.
    Parkland Fuel, based in Calgary, is acquiring the assets of Tropic Oil headquartered in Miami, Florida. Parkland is absorbing the management team and all the employees of Tropic Oil.
    Edmonton-based Wavefront Technology Solutions has renewed an agreement with its partner in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to continue providing marketing and technical support for enhanced drilling operations. The agreement has a minimum value of $1.0M.
    Folium Biosciences is planning to temporarily begin operations at an existing facility in the Medicine Hat area while a larger permanent operation is being built. Folium is planning a $30M facility to process hemp oil.
    The Frog Lake First Nation has started work on a new high school in the community. Construction is expected to finish up in March 2021 with the first students in by Fall of that year.
    The Manpower Group expects that the hiring climate in Calgary will remain stagnant with most employers opting to refrain from hiring or firing staff for the rest of the year, according to a recent report
    Suncor Energy is spending $1.4B to replace its coke-fired boilers with two cogeneration units at its Oil Sands Base Plant in northern Alberta. The project is expected to be in-service in the second half of 2023.
    Athabasca Minerals Inc. has completed design work for a sand processing facility and is moving ahead with regulatory approvals for the site. Athabasca is also planning further drilling in Q4-2019 for its proposed Montney in-Basin Premium Sand Project.
    Inter Pipeline has added a night shift to its Heartland Petrochemical project. The site now has more than 1,200 people working 24 hours a day. Inter Pipeline is also actively recruiting for the 200 full-time positions it expects to fill on completion.
    The Sturgeon Refinery is planning a fall shutdown to complete routine maintenance, inspections and repairs on the units that have been functioning and producing diesel since 2017. The shut down will see about 700 local contractors on site at peak.
    Eguana Technologies is ramping up production at its Calgary facility in response to an additional $1.1M in new orders from long standing partner Hawaii Energy Connection. The new orders follow a record setting month of shipments to Hawaii for Eguana.
    The Government of Canada is providing $693,500 to the Hanna Learning Centre to establish services to help Hanna transition off the coal industry, once the Sheerness power plant closes
    The Town of Peace River is looking for someone else to run the Peace River Regional Airport. The town is looking for a minimum 20-year commitment for the airport operations.
  • Start date: 2019-09-02, End date: 2019-09-06
    Week of Sep 02 - Sep 06, 2019

    The Supreme Group of Companies is realigning its management team and reducing the workforce across all its locations. The company has two locations in the Edmonton area.
    Numerous solar farms are currently in the works across Alberta. According to a document published by Solas Energy Consulting, if the province hit 3,200 MW of solar power capacity by 2030 it would create more than 8,800 annual full-time equivalent jobs.
    Glacier Kootenay Craft Ltd, a micro cannabis producer in Claresholm, has received its development permit. At the end of phase two, the project may to need a total of 75 employees, including growers, trimmers, cleaners and security staff.
    TC Energy is ramping up construction of the West Path pipeline through Cochrane with completion of the line expected in 2020. The expansion is part of a $2B upgrade program for the NOVA Gas system.
    Ponoka County is providing about $1.5M to Rimbey's Missing Link Internet for two fibre optic cable projects. An additional $5.5M from the federal government and Missing Link will expand the project to several communities with completion expected in 2023.
    Tilray Inc. is buying marijuana retailer 420 Investments Ltd. of Calgary for $110M. Four20 owns and operates six outlets in Alberta and has secured 16 more locations in the province, including Canmore, Calgary and Edmonton.
    The Government of Canada is providing about $5.7M for 10 steel and aluminum companies in Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, and Nisku. The companies will create approximately 150 jobs.
    The Government of Canada is providing over $1.4M for festivals and arts organizations in Calgary and southern Alberta
    JustBioFiber Structural Solutions is planning to invest $37M to expand production at its Airdrie plant to 3.5M hempcrete bricks a year
    Facing a revenue shortfall due to more than $4.473M in tax arrears owed by two oil and gas companies, Woodlands County is halting all non-essential spending including a $100,000 paving project for the Blue Ridge highway, among other projects
    The Town of Cochrane is receiving provincial and federal funding totaling $7.1M for the 2019/2020 budget cycle. The money will be used for numerous infrastructure projects.
    Calgary Co-op has decided to end its grocery contract with Federated Co-operative (FCL), worth about $400M, or about 20 per cent of FLC's grocery segment revenue in 2018. FCL also owns warehouses in Calgary, where several hundred jobs could be affected.
    Grand Villa Casino in downtown Edmonton has laid off nearly 50 full-time employees. Another 50 to 60 part-time positions have also been eliminated. Gateway says that the cuts to staff and hours are meant to be temporary.
    Waiward Industrial, a supplier of steel for oilsands projects, is loaded with work thanks to Alberta's continued petrochemical sector development, particularly the construction of Inter Pipeline's $3.5B Heartland Petrochemical Complex
    Alberta Innovates is joining federal, provincial, municipal and industry partners in contributing to a unique $10.5M clean technology demonstration project to reclaim land at the Paintearth coal mine near Forestburg
    SugarBud Craft Growers is starting cannabis cultivation and expects to complete its initial two harvests in December. Sugarbud expects to spend $11.7M to complete Phase 1 of its production facility and start construction on Phase 2 in 2020.
    Equs, a rural electrification association, is receiving $2.7M in federal and provincial funding to upgrade the rural power grid in Cypress County and a local shop. Equs is also installing automated meters for its 12,000 rural customers across Alberta.
    The City of Cold Lake is seeking designs for a new detachment building for the Cold Lake RCMP. The new building is expected to cost about $12M and be complete in three years.
    Prospera Energy is making progress on well reactivations and workovers at a rate of 8-10 per month, with expectations that it will continue at this rate throughout the balance of 2019
    Crescent Point Energy is now targeting approximately 175 to 200 injection well conversions in 2019 compared to its original budget of approximately 145 conversions
    The Grande Prairie Public School District is in the process of picking a contractor by the end of September to build the Grande Prairie Composite High School replacement project. The school is expected to open for the 2022/2023 school year.
    Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd. is expecting to bring its Pipestone/Wembley well into production during the second half of September 2019. Advantage is also bringing four light oil wells at Progress into production by November 2019.
  • Start date: 2019-08-26, End date: 2019-08-30
    Week of Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2019

    Trans Mountain Corp. has issued notices to construction contractors as it plans to restart work on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Construction is planned for the right-of-way in Alberta between Edmonton and Edson and at its Edmonton Terminal.
    The County of Grande Prairie has approved a development permit with conditions for Veresen Midstream to expand its Hythe Brainard Gas Plant. The Alberta Energy Regulator has already approved the plant expansion. Veresen is waiting on approval for a related pipeline that is part of the $380M development. Both the expanded plant and pipeline are expected to be in-service late in 2020.
    4Seasons Transportation has been awarded a new contract with the Calgary Catholic School District to transport students with special needs. 4Seasons will increase its bus fleet and add 90 new drivers.
    The Central Alberta Business Centre has started operations in Stettler. The centre offers the first co-working space in Stettler, with office equipment and access to business support services.
    The Red Bison Brewery in Calgary has closed its operations and sold the facility to a kombucha brewing company, which also assumed the lease for the property
    The provincial and federal governments have provided a combined $3.5M towards the construction of a natural resources interpretive centre at Heritage Park in Calgary. The $10M centre is expected to open in mid-2021.
    Mastermind Toys has opened a toy store at Strachan Corner in Medicine Hat
    The Government of Alberta has notified municipalities across the province that $597M of the 2019 Municipal Sustainability Initiative funding would be forthcoming. The province is also paying out about $470M from the Federal Gas Tax Fund program.
    Construction has started on a $200M project to twin and upgrade Highway 15 near Edmonton and build a second bridge. The province is also moving ahead with nine other projects related to the existing Capital Plan.
    Olds Soft Gels is looking for more employees, from executives to production workers, as it plans to expand from its current workforce of 82 to more than 100 within the next two years
    Greengate Power Corporation has received approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission to build and operate its Travers Solar project in Vulcan County. Construction is scheduled to start in 2020, with full commercial operations targeted for 2021.
    Rocky View Schools is working on a new building to replace the current Westbrook School just north of Cochrane. The school is expected to be ready for students in fall 2020. The $7.2M cost of the project includes the demolition of the current school.
    The Government of Canada has committed $18.1M towards the $54M expansion of the Francis Winspear Centre in downtown Edmonton. The project is expected to be complete in 2022.
    The MD of Greenview and Terrapin Geothermics are starting work on northwestern Alberta's first commercial-scale Geothermal Facility Project south of Grande Prairie. Natural Resources Canada provided $25.4M for the project.
    The City of Medicine Hat is set to receive a one-time $3.5M top-up from the federal government. The city could use the funds for public transit facilities, waste and potable water facilities, disaster mitigation or sports and recreation facilities.
    40 Mile Rail, a shortline railroad in southeastern Alberta, is looking to expand west and improve a terminal yard with a $4.2M federal trade corridor grant. Construction could generate 95 jobs and boost prospects for business activity in the region.
    The Government of Canada has committed $4M in funding to support more than 50 arts and cultural organizations across the province
    Maxim Power Corp. has entered into an Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract for the completion of its 204 MW natural gas-fired power plant located near Grande Cache. The $143M project is expected to be complete in April 2020.
    The Government of Canada is providing about $1.48M to four organizations in Calgary to help veterans find housing and employment. The Mustard Seed plans to create a village of tiny homes with the money.
  • Start date: 2019-08-19, End date: 2019-08-23
    Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2019

    Heaven Hill Brands of Kentucky is purchasing Black Velvet Distilling Co., a Lethbridge distillery, and its product lines for $266M (US) from New York-based Constellation Brands.
    The Town of Beaverlodge expects to start construction on a $1M fire hall and training centre in the summer of 2020. The new facility will have more bay space for vehicles, a larger classroom for training and meetings and updated decontamination stations.
    The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Hotel in Edmonton is delaying a makeover of the Confederation Lounge to March 2020. The lounge renovation is part of a $22M project that will include upgrades to the guest rooms, meeting areas and the Harvest Room restaurant.
    The City of Lacombe has approved approximately $1.186M for a stormwater project including management, construction and post-construction engineering services and materials testing
    The Town of Stettler has awarded a lagoon desludging tender valued at $527,601 to Taber Solids Control and an associated engineering services contract to Tagish Engineering
    The RCMP is opening the satellite RCMP Morley Community Policing Office in Morley on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation. The office will give residents the opportunity to give statements and have access to victim services programs in their own community.
    The County of Grande Prairie is granting $330,000 to hire two new enhanced officers working out of the Beaverlodge RCMP detachment. The officers will work in rural areas patrolling, conducting traffic stops and speaking to homeowners.
    CP Rail is building two new staff houses at the far end of a proposed parking lot by the Banff Train Station. The new houses are on the CP Rail right-of-way.
    Rocky View County is tendering the Bragg Creek flood berm project in August, with a contractor starting preliminary work in September. The Government of Alberta provided $27M for the project while the federal government pitched in another $5.8M.
    Burnswest has started reclamation work on a former gravel pit in Cochrane that will form part of the 150-acre mixed commercial/ residential Greystone development. The reclamation work is expected to last until July 2020.
    Highline Mushrooms is building a new $20M mushroom farm in Crossfield. The operation is expected to create 120 jobs.
    The Government of Alberta is spending $5M to install high-tension cable barriers along major roads in and around Calgary. The barrier is designed to reduce the severity of collisions and enhance overall safety. 
    Deltastream Energy Corp. is expecting to spend at least $10M drilling wells in the Slave Lake area this year. The company expects to be operating in the area for at least the next 30-40 years.
    Natural Resources Canada is providing $2.1M to Linear Motion Technologies Canada to design and test a new valve system that could replace thousands of existing pneumatic valves used to control oil flow rate, pressure and temperature at oil and gas sites
    UNIQLO, a popular fashion retailer from Japan, is opening up a store in the West Edmonton Mall in late September
    According to job data, about 45 jobs per 1,000 people are directly involved in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector in the Bow Valley, significantly more than in the Calgary region where there are only 13 jobs per 1,000 people in the same sector
    Construction on infrastructure is currently underway at the Medicine Hat Regional Airport in preparation for future major development. The city has plans for airport-related commercial lots, hangars for larger airlines and a hotel.
    Capital Power has completed about half the foundations for its $325M, 56-turbine Whitla Wind Farm near Bow Island. The project is on schedule for completion by December.
    Altura Energy has cut $1.5M from its 2019 capital budget and now plans to drill three extended reach horizontal wells. Altura has also budgeted $0.8M in the second half of 2019 for infrastructure work at five wells.
    Pembina Pipeline Corp. has agreed to buy Kinder Morgan Inc.'s Canadian unit and the U.S. portion of the Cochin Pipeline system for about $4.35B. The deal includes terminal facilities in Edmonton and a rail-loading facility co-owned with Imperial Oil.
    Precision Drilling Corporation has cut its 2019 capital expenditure plan by $25M, down to $144M from $169M, following completion of a new overseas rig build project. Precision plans to spend $60M to $80M in 2020, primarily on maintenance capital.
    The new $2.3M six-bed Stollery neonatal intensive care unit is set to open this fall at Sturgeon Hospital in St. Albert. A further $2.5M is being fundraised by the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation for state of the art equipment for the unit.
    Hemisphere Energy Corporation plans to bring 11 recently drilled wells in the Atlee Buffalo area into production by the end of September
    Razor Energy is investing in end-of-life well and facility decommissioning in its Swan Hills and Kaybob operations. Razor has about 22 wells remaining in its Inactive Well Compliance program that need to be addressed before March 31, 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-08-12, End date: 2019-08-16
    Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2019

    Bonterra Energy Corp. estimates spending about $26M in capital during the balance of 2019 on drilling, well completions, tie-ins and related infrastructure work
    Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. plans to spend about $15M to $25M in its second half 2019 capital program. Bellatrix plans to focus activities on its Spirit River liquids rich natural gas play in Alberta.
    Delphi Energy Corp. is planning to spend about $6.5 to $8.0M in the remainder of its 2019 capital program. Drilling operations are not expected to start until later in the fourth quarter of the year.
    Pengrowth Energy Corp. is spending $34M at its Lindbergh thermal oil sands site for continued production, sustaining and maintenance activities. Pengrowth plans to drill three well pairs to utilize existing steam capacity at the site.
    Paramount Resources expects to spend about $195M in the balance of 2019, primarily on drilling and completion. Paramount is also permanently abandoning over 1,000 kms of pipelines and suspending all facilities in the Zama region at a cost of $13.4M.
    Pipestone Energy Corp. is spending $30M, partially funded by Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure, to build its East Battery in central Alberta. Construction is expected to start in mid-August and extend into 2020.
    Kelt Exploration is currently building a battery consisting of dehydration, separation, treating, storage and water injection facilities. The battery is expected to be commissioned in September.
    Renovation work at the Strathcona Centre in Medicine Hat is underway with completion expected in December. The cost of $1M has already been approved as part of the city's budget.
    The City of Calgary will see 665 new affordable housing units built following a $28.4M commitment from three levels of government. The city has a wait list of over 4,000 people needing affordable housing units.
    The Associate Medical Clinic in Morinville is closing its doors after serving the community for over 45 years. A partner clinic in St. Albert is expected to accommodate Morinville and area patients.
    Canadian Premium Sand (CPS) is moving its head office to Calgary from Toronto. CPS is seeking a full-time Chief Financial Officer to oversee accounting and financial controls and help transition from an exploration company to a production company.
    Inter Pipeline has planned turnaround activities at the Redwater Olefinic Fractionator near Edmonton and two offgas plants in northern Alberta in the third quarter of 2019
    The Canmore Hotel Hostel and the Canmore Downtown Hostel have opened their doors. The downtown location is open to longer term rentals given the lack of affordable housing in Canmore.
    Jollibee Food Corp., the Filipino fast-food chain, has opened in Edmonton. Jollibee opened its first Canadian restaurant in Winnipeg in 2016 with plans to open 100 stores in Canada within the next five years.
    Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation (API) is partnering with about 19 other companies, to help turn university research into pharmaceutical products. API expects to create up to 75 jobs in the next few years working with between 30 and 40 companies.
    The federal government is contributing $4.5M towards a solar project in Fort Chipewyan that is designed to be Canada's largest off-grid solar project. The Government of Alberta committed $3.3M to the project in February 2019.
    In January, a $20.5M contract was awarded to Scorpio Masonry of Edmonton for the repair and restoration of the sandstone cladding and windows of the Alberta Legislature building. The restoration is expected to be complete in three years.
    The University of Alberta is receiving more than $2.2M for 10 research infrastructure projects that will, among other things, ensure food safety, improve end-of-life care for patients, reclaim mining sites and reduce air pollution
    Alcanna Inc. is opening a cannabis retail location in Grande Prairie in August, adding to 15 to 20 additional cannabis locations ready to open in Alberta by the end of 2019. A new Wine and Beyond store is also opening in Red Deer by the end of 2019.
    Bridgeland Distillery has opened in Calgary. The distillery has a bar and tasting area, a tasting room with desk seating to take notes, a laboratory, aging room and manufacturing space with a copper pot still.
    Construction has started on the $15M Roozen Family Hospice Centre in Edmonton. The facility will feature 12 private palliative suites, family spaces, a courtyard and is scheduled to open at the end of 2020.
    The Chapters Strathcona branch in Edmonton will cease operations in January after deciding not to renew its lease. The new tenant, Winners, will be taking up the space in October next year.
    Properly, a Toronto-based real estate technology startup, is launching in Edmonton this fall. Properly expects to hire between five and 10 employees directly over the next year and a half.
    The Town of Banff is moving ahead with a plan to redesign Bear Street so that pedestrians, cars and cyclists become equal users of the commercial road. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2020.
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has launched the Youth Employment and Skills Program. The program will provide grant funding to organizations for the creation of agricultural internships that provide career-related work experiences to youth.
    The federal government is providing more than $1.9M to further agricultural technological advancement at Olds College. The funding will also support the hiring of agricultural and technical specialists to direct Smart Farm activities and use of data.
    Cequence Energy has about $10M left to spend in its 2019 capital program. Cequence plans to drill 2.0 Dunvegan horizontal oil wells in 2019 and bring them on to production in early 2020.
    Enerplus Corp. has narrowed its 2019 capital estimate to $610M to $630M with an emphasis on spending in the third quarter of the year. Most of the capital is directed towards its US operations with about $30M dedicated to its Canadian properties.
    TransGlobe Energy plans to start its 2019 Canadian drilling plan in the third quarter of 2019. The drilling program consists of three development wells drilled from existing pads, and one exploratory outpost well south of Harmattan.
    Surge Energy plans to drill about 24 wells in the second half of 2019. Surge also intends to spend about $6M in 2019 on a well abandonment and reclamation program with a target of 150 wells.
    Granite Oil Corp. is planning to spend about $2M in capital in the second half of 2019 at its operations in southern Alberta
    Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. expects to spend between $30M to $50M in the second half of 2019 to complete commissioning and routine construction site cleanup of its existing projects and on capital related to its new Pipestone projects
  • Start date: 2019-08-05, End date: 2019-08-09
    Week of Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2019

    Renewable U, an investors group planning to finance biodiesel refineries in Alberta, has added Lethbridge as a site. Cielo Waste Solutions, the operating company, is finalizing agreements to build five refineries across the province at a total value of $125M.
    Tru-co Modular, based in Bow Island, is manufacturing modular units for apartments and hotels. Tru-co is shipping fully furnished units for an affordable housing project in Los Angeles, a hotel in Reno, and an apartment building in Denver.
    The Government of Alberta has put a hold on applications for the Alberta investor tax credit. The plan offers a 30 per cent tax credit to private investors who put money into companies doing work in non-traditional sectors such as information technology.
    Ghostbusters 2020 is currently filming in Fort Macleod and Crossfield. The production brings 100 to 120 crew members to various locations while offering casting opportunities (as extras) and supporting local businesses.
    Plains Midstream Canada is doubling the amount of crude oil it can pipe from Sundre north to Edmonton while increasing by five times the amount heading from Sundre south to the border. Plains is upgrading existing pump stations on the Rangeland pipeline system.
    Pieridae Energy has purchased all of Shell's midstream and upstream assets in southern Alberta for $190M.The company will retain all site-based Shell employees and some Calgary-based Shell employees who predominantly support the Foothills assets.
    Buy-Low Foods, the parent company of AG Foods, is building a new 25,000-squarefoot grocery store in Didsbury to replace the existing store. The larger store is expected to hire 20 to 25 additional employees.
    Acreage Pharms Ltd., a cannabis producer in Edson, is anticipating that the east wing of its Phase III expansion will be brought into production later in the year. The company is waiting on a license amendment from Health Canada.
    CEMATRIX Corporation, a Calgary-based manufacturer of cellular concrete products, has secured $2.7M in new Canadian and U.S. infrastructure contracts. About $6.8M worth of existing contracts are scheduled to carry over into 2020.
    Eavor Technologies Inc. has started construction of its geothermal facility near Rocky Mountain House. The firm began drilling in August as the first step in the construction of the $10M facility.
    International Petroleum Corporation plans to drill 25 development oil wells in the Suffield area in 2019, including wells related to its Enhanced Oil Recovery project
    The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), in its 2019 Canadian Drilling Activity Forecast, has decreased its forecasted number of wells. PSAC projects 2,425 wells to be drilled in Alberta, down from 3,532 wells in the original Forecast
    TORC Oil & Gas Ltd. is planning to drill an additional 5 wells in Alberta in the remainder of 2019
    Tourmaline Oil Corp. anticipates fracking and bringing into production 30-40 wells between September and November, hoping to benefit from improved winter pricing
    During the second half of 2019, Athabasca Oil Corporation is planning to drill a four well pad in the Montenay, 13 Duvernay wells, and complete a steam debottleneck project and injection expansion at its Leismer thermal oil sands site
    Baytex Energy Corp. expects to drill approximately 40 heavy oil wells in the second half of 2019, up from just nine wells during the first half of the year
    Whitecap Resources Inc. plans to drill about 25 wells in Alberta in the second half of 2019, and start a gas flood enhanced oil recovery pilot project
    Pembina Pipeline Corporation expects to start construction of the Phase VII Peace Pipeline Expansion project in the fourth quarter of 2019. This project has a capital budget of $950 million and is anticipated to be in service in the first half of 2021
    Pembina Pipeline Corporation has awarded an early works construction contract for its $4.5B polypropylene joint-venture plant currently under way just north of Edmonton. Site clearing for the facility is complete.
    Mechanical construction is underway on Pembina Pipeline's $120M Natural Gas Liquids Extraction facility near Empress. The facility is expected to be operational in late 2020.
    Inter Pipeline Ltd. is building a $100M pipeline connection between its Bow River and Central Alberta pipeline systems. Construction will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2020.
    Alberta and Ontario's education ministers are cooperating on a project to help guide more students into trades and science and technology careers. BuildForce Canada predicts Alberta will see 40,800 tradespeople retire during the next decade.
    Petrus Resources is planning to spend $7M in capital, and drill and complete three light oil wells in the third quarter of 2019
    Journey Energy is reducing its 2019 capital program from $30M to $22-23M. Journey plans to drill, complete and tie-in three new wells weighted to the second half of 2019 and spend $3M on other facility improvements.
    InPlay Oil Corp. is planning to spend about $17M in the second half of 2019 to drill and complete 4 to 5 wells in Alberta
    NuVista Energy Ltd. is planning to spend about $114M in the balance of its 2019 capital program. NuVista plans to complete and tie-in several wells and start construction on its Pipestone North Compressor Station during the fourth quarter.
    Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) has approved 254 licensed cannabis stores in total in the province to date. AGCL has an additional 491 individual store applications in the approval process.
  • Start date: 2019-07-29, End date: 2019-08-02
    Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2019

    Economic Development Lethbridge has received a $1.68M federal grant aimed at removing barriers and providing mentorship to the next generation of women becoming professionals in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics
    The City of Medicine Hat has formally applied to double the size of the northwest power plant, according to the Alberta Utility Commission. The project is estimated to be worth $45M.
    PBS Systems is building a new office building in the Shepard Station commercial park that will be the consolidated headquarters for the company. Construction is currently underway with completion expected by December 2020.
    A new report from accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP estimates that investments in the Heartland region support 31,570 full-time equivalent jobs and produce $5.2B in gross domestic product and output nationally
    Elemental Energy Renewables Inc. has applied to construct the 26.5 Mw Brooks Solar II Power plant adjacent to the existing Brooks Solar project. Elemental's plan is to begin construction in the summer of 2020 and enter production by that winter.
    Shield Industries Ltd has opened a new manufacturing facility in Hythe. The location will be focused on oilfield equipment fabrication such as storage tanks, low pressure vessels, pressure piping and structural steel.
    Vermilion Energy Inc. is planning to drill 73 wells in Saskatchewan and six wells in Alberta during the second half of 2019. In addition, several plant turnarounds are scheduled for completion in Alberta during the third quarter of 2019.
    The JW Marriott Hotel and Residences in the Ice District in downtown Edmonton has officially opened
    Razor Energy is currently building a geothermal energy project in the Swan Hills area near Slave Lake. Razor has received $7M from the federal and provincial governments to fund the approximately $15 to $20M project.
    The City of Calgary has voted to ratify an agreement for a new $550M arena that will be home to the Calgary Flames for the next 35 years. The Flames and the city will each contribute $275M towards the cost, with construction scheduled to start in 2021.
  • Start date: 2019-07-22, End date: 2019-07-26
    Week of Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019

    The Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council Education Authority has signed a 10-year education agreement that will boost federal funding for six First Nations schools in northern Alberta. The funding is expected to improve recruitment and retention of teachers.
    The Government of Canada is investing $8.3M to support six projects within the Canadian beef industry. The money will support international market development, animal welfare enhancement in the feedlot sector and research.
    The Town of Banff is moving ahead with an $8.5M price-restricted, entry level home ownership development before an $18.8M affordable rental project. Both projects are expected to help alleviate the regional housing shortage.
    The Government of Canada is providing $44M, split evenly between Calgary and Edmonton, to reduce their carbon footprints. The funding will focus initially on energy retrofits in the commercial and residential sector, and local use of renewable energy.
    The City of Calgary is replacing the Jaipur pedestrian bridge and making improvements to a smaller nearby pedestrian bridge starting in August 2020. The budget for both projects is $9.6M.
    The City of Red Deer is hiring three new RCMP officers. The 2019 budget funding of $0.73M supports the three police officers and two new municipal support workers.
    The Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation has started of construction of a new junior-senior high school in the community. The school is expected to open for students in September 2021.
    Plantlife Cannabis, an independent cannabis retailer, is opening five new store locations in Alberta by the end of July
    Parkland Fuel Corp. is consolidating its head office operations to downtown Calgary. About 100 jobs will be relocated from the company's offices in Red Deer. Parkland expects the new office will support 430 permanent full-time staff.
    Work has started on a new development and rest stop known as Junction 42 in Red Deer County. The project, which includes restaurants, a gas station and an electric vehicle service station, is expected to be complete by mid-November 2019.
    The City of Calgary is cutting 115 positions across 48 different service lines due a $60M budget shortfall. The cuts affect public transit service, staffing at firehalls and other services.
    The Government of Canada is investing $13M in Canada's grain sector. The investment will fund industry-led projects through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership AgriMarketing Program, to help industry diversify exports to international markets.
    Eleven University of Lethbridge researchers have been awarded more than $1.8M in Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grants
    A midwifery practice will be available at the Northern Lights Regional Health Care Centre in Fort McMurray by the end of November. Training for midwives to serve the Wood Buffalo region is expected to start in September.
  • Start date: 2019-07-15, End date: 2019-07-19
    Week of Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2019

    H-Mart, and Asian supermarket specializing in Korean products, has opened at the South Park Shopping Centre in Edmonton. It is the first of its kind and of this scale in the city.
    Marshall's, Sunterra Market, and Shoppers drugmart will be coming to Red Deer's Bower Place Mall in October 2019, September 2019, and Early 2020 respectively. Marshall's is already accepting applications.
    Construction has begun on phase one of a new residential district in the east of downtown Edmonton. Two buildings, with a combined 250 units are set to be finished by summer 2021. The remaining phases may add another 500 residential or commercial units.
    Developers Anthem United and Qualico Communities will pay for the $11M cost of construction on a sanitary trunk which will end up servicing up to 40,000 residents. The developers are set to build 1,305 and 2,081 homes respectively in the coming years.
    West Fraser Timer has temporarily suspended production and at its Slave Lake veneer mill. Wildfires, causing low supply, and stumpage fees are cited as leading reasons as to the shutdown.
    FOUR20 Premium Market is set to become the next cannabis store in Canmore. No official date for the store is known but it is expected to be open by the end of the month.
    Cielo, a waste management and solutions company, has officially opened its Alderside refinery where they convert garbage into diesel. The company has plans to open further refineries in Grande Prairie, Calgary, Medicine Hat, and Brooks.
    A special committee aimed at attracting and retaining health professionals in the town of Rimbey has states that they are in need of more nurses, both registered and practical.
    The land for a cannabis production facility in St. Paul has been rezoned. This is the first step necessary before construction, and then eventually production can start. The facility will be smaller than most at a modest 5,500 square feet and will require three full time employees.
    The town of St. Paul has signed another 3-month contract with RF Protection & K9 Services, a local security company. The rate paid will be $30/hr and the purpose of this hiring is to attempt to reduce crime within the town limits.
    All three of Westlock's cannabis stores, which have been sitting vacant, have received their licenses from Alberta Liquor Gaming and Cannabis and will start selling within a week. Each store plans to hire about 2 full time and 3 part time staff.
    Associate Medical Clinic in Mornville will be closing its doors on September 30th. Difficulties in recruiting medical doctor services to the community has been cited as the main reason for slosure. The company also runs a clinic in nearby St. Albert which will remain open.
    Wood Buffalo Housing (WBH) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have still not reached an agreement to end a labour lockout which started two months ago. The latest proposal from WBH involves keeping 22 of the original 28 positions.
    The town of Coaldale will borrow $3.1M to build an industrial ring road. The project will involve converting the existing gravel road into an asphalt one.
    An old Spitz plant near Medicine Hat has been bought by an Ontario-based mustard company. Employees will be hired locally and a local growers group will be established to supply seed to the plant. The facility will be operational in September 2019.
    Residential developer New Rock has purchased the Medicine Hat Arena and will pay $3M to tear it down. They will build multi-storey residentioal buildings on the river front property in place of the arena.
    The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Peace River will close permanently on July 26th. The organization says that the operation was not financially sustainable over the last few years. The church and food bank will remain open.
    $150,000 in funds from a fine paid by the city of Edmonton, after using an inappropriate herbicide, will go towards funding 3 environmental research projects. A large portion of these funds will be for hiring research assistants.
    Ten St. Albert businesses have joined the pledge to maintain a $15 minimum wage for their youth workers. This adds to the total of 260 businesses in 285 locations across Alberta which have signed the pledge to pay $15/hr to their youth employees.
  • Start date: 2019-07-08, End date: 2019-07-12
    Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2019

    A permanent fix to the George C. King pedestrian bridge will be coming in August, after a crack was discovered and temporarily repaired in September. The entire costs of the project are expected to be $500,000.
    Construction has begun on the Muttart Urban District in Edmonton. The project will add 720 residential units to the area once completed by fall 2020.
    Sleep Country Canada has opened a new store in Leduc. This marks the company's 272nd location across the country.
    The federal government provided $1.4M to Vivo towards a four-year initiative aimed at making Alberta families healthier. Teams of trained staff will be hired to create and promote environments which encourage families to be more physically active.
    The City of Grande Prairie announced a second supportive housing facility and backup shelter, as a plan to tackle homelessness. While no locations have been picked yet, completion is slated for 2020.
    The Court of Queen's Bench in Edmonton has approved a $17.7M loan in order to rebuild the Hillview Condominium Complex which was destroyed in the 2016 wildfires. The project is expected to be completed by March 2020.
    Apollo Machine and Welding Ltd received $450,000 in federal Regional Economic Growth through Innovation funding to revamp their 3D laser printing operations
    Edmonton based Mental Health Foundation has been gifted $5M over two years to support youth hubs. The hubs will provide primary care, counselling, and other services for at risk youth.
    Calgary based ice cream shop Made by Marcus has expanded to Edmonton with a new shop on Whyte Avenue
    Medicine Hat's City Council approved a new 40 lot development in the city's southwest. Construction is set to begin in the near future.
    Two new cannabis stores, Fire and Flower Cannabis and Nirvana, have opened in Lethbridge, increasing the total number of stores in the city to nine. Lethbridge remains as the only community in southwest Alberta with authorized cannabis retailers.
    Keyano College in Fort McMurray is reviving its Early Learning Child Care diploma after the program was cancelled in 2015. Persistent high demand for qualified child care workers was cited as a main driver for bringing the program back.
    Canmore's subdivision authority approved the development of ten residential lots, which will include town homes, duplexes, and affordable housing units
    Tolko Industries and Pinnacle Renewable Energy are partnering on a $53M wood pellet plant in High Level. The plant will employ roughly 25 full time workers once completed.
  • Start date: 2019-07-01, End date: 2019-07-05
    Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2019

    Plantlife, Fort McMurray's first retail cannabis store, opened on June 27 after receiving one of five new licenses from Alberta Liquor Gaming and Cannabis.
    Bird Canada will launch its e-scooter rentals in Calgary and Edmonton in July. The company will be hiring staff to track and return wayward scooters.
    Trans Mountain Corporation pipeline has begun its initial hiring of up to 1200 people, which may grow to 6000 workers during peak construction. The project is seeking to hire as many Indigenous workers as possible.
    The Drayton Valley Boys and Girls Club, a primary provider of after school care for 44 families, has announced its closure. The club pointed to the town's lagging economy as one reason for the club's inability to retain qualified employees.
    Calgary based Botaneco receives funding of $8M over two years to expand their research capacity for their oilseed processing business. This funding comes as part of Protein Industries Canada's $153M push towards investing in plant based protein.
    The Canterbury Foundation, an Edmonton seniors' housing centre, is expanding its facilities with a five story addition encompassing 50 larger suites and 16 new hospice beds. The project is expected to cost $31.5M.
    Ontario based Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality Group will open four new restaurants and bars in Edmonton's Ice District in August.
    The Celtic Know Pub in St. Albert closed at the end of June. The venue's new owners plan on opening a new restaurant in August and will try to retain as many of the pub's 30 full and part time workers as possible.
    Pieridae Energy Ltd will purchase all of Shell Canada's Foothills area midstream and upstream production and assets in a deal worth $190M. The company indicated that it will be retaining all existing Shell employees.
    Star Building Materials has tripled the size of its Calgary operation with the addition of a 24,000 sq. ft. warehouse, distribution yard and saw shop on its new 12-acre property. The company plans to hire additional staff as the business expands into new areas.
    Falcon Equipment will open a new branch in Leduc in August. A team of mechanics will be hired to provide sales, service, rentals and parts support at the branch.
    Razor Energy Corp received $5M from NRCan's Clean Growth Program and $2M from Alberta Innovates to fund a geothermal electric power project.
    The Governments of Canada, Alberta and Saskatchewan, along with the City of Lloydminster are jointly providing more than $81.4M towards a new mechanical wastewater treatment facility in the city.
    Dunvegan Gardens is shutting down all of its operations in Wood Buffalo after failing to receive council approval on its proposed expansion plans.
    Four Alberta organizations in the Parkland, Leduc and Hanna regions will share $3.22 million to transition workers and communities away from coal-fired power generation.
    Three University of Lethbridge professors received a combined $2.4M in grants to carry out research in the fields of Biology, Aquatic Environments, Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour.
    The Edmonton Digital Arts College closed its doors after failing to find a private buyer. Those affected include 56 students, six teachers, four teaching assistants and three administration staff.
  • Start date: 2019-06-24, End date: 2019-06-28
    Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2019

    Construction of the new Roxy Theatre in Edmonton began on June 24th. The project is expected to be finished in late 2020, and altogether have a total cost of $21.5M.
    Calgary-based Botaneco is seeking a piece of the $40M made available for projects related to the plant protein market. This is the first wave of investment through the federal government's $153 Innovation Supercluster Initiative launched last November.
    The Government of Alberta has created a "Skilled Trades Caucus" to combat youth unemployment and the expected 3000 skilled workers retiring annually. The strategy focuses on non-university post-secondary education, including $1M in trades scholarships.
    Cove Properties and WestCreek Developments have partnered to open a sales centre for their new 142-unit condominium project in Calgary. No date for construction has been given.
    Edmonton city council has moved forward with a proposed ban on shisha consumption in public buildings by 2021. There are 44 shisha lounges which would be affected by the ruling.
    A pedestrian bridge with access to West Edmonton Mall will be rebuilt after it was demolished last June. It will be financed through a cost sharing agreement between the mall and the City of Edmonton. No construction timeline has been set.
    Edmonton Digital Arts College, a private institution, has suspended classes amidst financial troubles. Fifty students along with the faculty and staff would be among those affected if no private buyer is found.
    Athabasca Minerals Inc has signed a 10-year agreement with Montana First Nation (MFN) to process and sell sand and gravel materials from MFN's Colchester property near Ponoka. The company is committed to providing meaningful employment to members of MFN.
    YSS Corp has received a cannabis retail license from the Alberta Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis Commission, which will allow them to open their 4th Alberta, and 3rd Calgary location of their retail cannabis store "Sweet Tree."
    The Government of Alberta has introduced legislation to identify regulatory or professional bodies that slow down the accreditation decisions of foreign-trained workers. This is aimed at speeding up the recognition process of foreign credentials.
    Fillmore Construction has been awarded the contract for construction of Radient Technologies cannabis and hemp manufacturing facilities. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.
    Tru-Co Modular, a construction company in Bow Island, has secured an order for 16 two bedroom "sea-can" units to be sent to California
    Medicine Hat College has approved a $58M 2019 budget, with $973,000 to be used to hire new faculty and administrative staff for in demand programs
    The Government of Alberta has cancelled a $595M superlab project in Edmonton that was started under the previous government. About $23M has been spent on the project to date.
    Desjardins Group, a Quebec-based credit union, is buying a 40.5% stake in the Cypress Wind Project in southern Alberta. This will be the majority stake in the 48 turbine, $300M plus project, expected to be operational in 2021.
    Rocky View County is moving ahead with a flood mitigation project along the Elbow River, with construction slated to start in September. The county received $32.8M in funding from the provincial and federal governments towards the project in 2017.
    Teck Coal Ltd has announced that it will conclude operations at its Cardinal River Mine site near Hinton. The closure is expected to happen in the second half of 2020. The mine currently has about 400 employees.
    Amazon expects to initially hire 600 employees for its fulfillment centre which is currently under construction just south of Edmonton. The centre is expected to open in spring 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-06-17, End date: 2019-06-21
    Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2019

    The Town of Viking has sold a parcel of land to a developer planning a manufacturing facility for hemp products. Ultimate Hemp World Inc. plans to start producing hemp oil and hemp hearts, with a hemp paper plant to follow on an industrial site.
    Sheepdog Brewing, a craft brewer, has opened in Canmore, joining three other breweries and two distilleries in town. The location is split into two tasting rooms and an outdoor patio.
    Fort Worth-based Ulterra Drilling Technologies, one of the world's fastest growing suppliers of PDC drill bits for the oil and gas industry, has expanded their manufacturing facility in Leduc
    The Minhas Micro Brewery in Calgary has hired 34 workers as it expands into wine and spirits. The new employees will staff the distilling and wine-making part of the business with further hiring anticipated as the company expands its operations.
    Canada House Wellness Group is opening its first location within a third-party medical clinic in Sherwood Park, under the Canada House Clinic (CHC) brand. CHC clinics work directly with primary care teams to provide cannabinoid therapy services.
    ATTAbotics is building a new world headquarters and manufacturing plant in Calgary to accommodate new staff. The company has plans to double its employee numbers very quickly, from the current 205.
    Lethbridge College is set to receive almost $1.15M in federal research funding grants to support its Sustainable Food Production and Applied Research Programs
    Access 24/7, a mental health clinic based out of the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, has opened with $5.225M in combined funding. The clinic provides in-person assessment, crisis outreach and around the clock stabilization for patients every day.
    Spanish energy giant Repsol is cutting 30 per cent of its Canadian staff, laying off employees from its Calgary office as well as field locations in Chauvin and Edson. Affected employees are in the exploration, production and corporate units.
    The University of Alberta has received $4.4M from the Public Health Agency of Canada to fund a new Housing for Health project. The university has partnered with Christenson Group and others on two new housing developments in Whitecourt and Edmonton.
    Clearwater County has awarded a $1.1M road construction project to Howitt Construction Ltd. Additional road work valued at $355,000 will be completed using day labour contractors and county staff.
    The Government of Canada has once again approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The project is still subject to 156 existing conditions. The Federal cabinet also added eight new additional accommodation measures.
  • Start date: 2019-06-10, End date: 2019-06-14
    Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2019

    The Government of Alberta has introduced regulations to merge the College of Alberta Professional Foresters and the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists into one new organization, the Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals
    Clark Builders has numerous construction projects in progress in Calgary, including the 240-unit Cambridge Manor seniors facility for the Brenda Strafford Foundation
    Tervita Corp. is planning to build a new water disposal network in the Alberta Montney region. The disposal infrastructure is expected to be constructed through 2019 and to be commissioned in early 2020.
    Aquatera Utilities is replacing water meters for 1,500 customers this summer in Grande Prairie and surrounding communities. Neptune Technology Group has been contracted to replace 1,300 meters, while Aquatera will replace the remaining 200 itself.
    Two new cannabis retailers, Giving and Receiving Ltd. and NewLeaf Cannabis, are set to open in Medicine Hat. The NewLeaf location will be the 15th in the province for the chain.
    The City of Medicine Hat is demolishing Heald Pool. The 60-year-old outdoor pool was closed before the summer of the 2017 as part of a budget-cut program.
    Nexen, a Canadian unit of Chinese state-owned oil giant China National Offshore Oil Corporation Ltd., has laid off 100 employees from its Calgary offices
    The Stony Plain and Spruce Grove RCMP detachments are merging into the new Parkland RCMP detachment. The detachment will move into a new $27M building that is currently under construction.
    Camola Foods has opened the province's first cricket farm in Wildwood, 115 km west of Edmonton. Camola expects to be producing cricket powder by the end of June.
    CEMATRIX Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of cellular concrete products, has secured $1.5M in new Canadian and U.S. infrastructure contracts. These new contracts increase this year's contracted sales to $19.4M.
    Community Futures Yellowhead East is working with eleven regional communities to build a stronger, more diversified economy. McSweeney & Associates, an economic development consulting firm, is also working with business participants on the project.
    The City of Lethbridge has handed out about $484,000 in funding for various projects through the Community Capital Project Grant (CCPG) fund. The money supports new construction and renovation projects.
    The City of Medicine Hat is using a $35M profit this year from its electric generation to cover the capital costs for two new projects. Power demand from Aurora Cannabis and Hut8 Mining are driving profits at the city-owned power generating facility.
    Canadian Rockies Hemp Corporation has started construction on its Bruderheim hemp facility. The plant is expected to open in October with ten technicians. The company expects staffing levels to increase from 30 to 50 employees in 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-06-03, End date: 2019-06-07
    Week of Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2019

    Big Marble Farms is building new greenhouse space to expand current crop acreage and add new varieties of tomatoes. An expected 35 new jobs would bring the total workforce to about 225 at the growing and packaging facility southwest of Medicine Hat.
    Masterpiece Southland Meadows is adding the Butterfly Household Model of Care for its residents with dementia. The dementia wing, which is part of a large seniors' residence, is undergoing renovations to achieve this Model of Care.
    Big Rock Brewery is laying off staff in addition to other cost-cutting measures. The company operates three breweries in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.
    Viad Corp. plans to acquire a 60 percent equity stake in Mountain Park Lodges' group of seven hotels and an undeveloped land parcel in Jasper National Park for $99M, subject to Parks Canada approval
    San Francisco-based TaskRabbit has opened in Edmonton. TaskRabbit provides a digital link between workers and customers, and collects fees from customers, who pay a surcharge of roughly 27 per cent on top of the worker's wage.
    Wood Buffalo Brewing Co. in Fort McMurray has closed after a slump in the economy drove business down by more than 50 per cent. The brewery is owned by Bearhill Brewing Co., which has other breweries around the province.
    New retail cannabis shops are set to open in Jasper, Fort McMurray and Lac La Biche after Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) lifted its moratorium on new retail locations. AGLC announced it would issue five retail licences each week.
    Entuitive, a Calgary-based consulting engineering firm, is currently hiring engineers and technicians as it expands its operating footprint. Entuitive has other offices in Vancouver, Edmonton, New York City and London and Edinburgh in the U.K.
    A specialized emergency care space for children is expected to open this summer at the South Health Campus in Calgary.The $3.9M project is fully funded by an anonymous donor to Calgary Health Trust through the Calgary Foundation.
    YSS Corp. has accelerated its 2019 capital plans and will proceed with construction on five additional retail cannabis locations in Calgary, Edmonton and Grand Prairie. YSS operates one store in Red Deer and has seven retail locations awaiting licensing.
    Anthem United is launching four new residential communities in the Calgary area this year. Anthem is developing about 325 hectares into residential lots that will provide housing for over 18,000 people.
    Boart Longyear, a global drilling services and drilling equipment company for the mining industry, is moving its operations to Saskatoon from Calgary. Five employees are losing their jobs with the rest staying on as they are mostly field salespeople.
    Alberta Health Services is spending almost $1M to renovate Lethbridge's historic downtown Union Train Station. The work includes upgrades to the roof, siding, outdoor lighting and windows.
    Pembina Pipeline Corporation plans to build a new office and regional warehouse in Whitecourt. Pembina currently operates 1,500 kms of pipelines, six pump stations, and two truck terminals in the area, along with expanded gas processing operations.
    Atlas Growers and Biotechnologies is teaming up with Harvard Medical School to supply cannabis products as part of a $4M collaborative project for chronic pain and neurological conditions research
    The Calgary Board of Education is seeking companies to perform testing for radon gas in 26 schools. Most of the schools have opened within the last three years.
  • Start date: 2019-05-27, End date: 2019-05-31
    Week of May 27 - May 31, 2019

    The Calgary Municipal Land Corp. is planning a $60M overhaul of the Stampede CTrain station in Calgary. The work is expected to start in 2020 and be complete by summer 2023.
    Hostelling International Canada is expecting to open Jasper's new hostel on June 1, 2019. When it opens, the hostel will house 19 staff on-site. There will be 25 employees at the hostel during the peak season.
    Stettler County has issued a stop work order on the Paradise Shores RV park over health and safety concerns. The builder, Heavy North Construction, based out of Edmonton, filed for bankruptcy protection in April, listing $16M in debts.
    Quebec-based Groupe Nordik is planning to build a $50M nordic spa in Parkland County, west of Edmonton, with construction scheduled to begin in 2021. The project is expected to create more than 450 jobs ¿ some during construction and others when the business is in operation.
    The City of Calgary is seeking a company to repair the Jack Setters Arena roof which requires structural repairs and the replacement of truss members and metal panels. The arena was closed last December over public safety concerns.
    The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation has chosen three firms to jointly plan and design the $500M BMO Centre expansion. The convention centre will have double the current space when the project is complete in 2024.
    Local firm, Spider Electric, has won a $1.78M contract from the City of Medicine Hat to provide electrical upgrades to the city's wastewater treatment plant. Saskatoon-based Hamm Construction was awarded a $6.5M contract for sewer and water pipe construction.
    Inter Pipeline Ltd., Shell, and Keyera Energy Ltd. are partnering for a joint industrial rail initiative application to the federal government under the National Trade Corridor Fund. The proposed project is expected to be in service in 2021.
    Construction has started on the new $25M Shaganappi Pump Station in Calgary. The station is expected to open in May 2021.
    The Government of Canada has committed $6M for construction of the Ben Calf Robe-St. Clare Catholic School in Edmonton. The new $26M building was initially slated to be complete by September 2020, but that timeline is now in question.
    The Bearspaw band of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation has opened the $5.5M Bearspaw Kananaskis Travel centre west of Calgary along the Trans-Canada Highway. The travel centre employs members of all three Stoney Nakoda bands, with 90 per cent of all staff being Stoney Nakoda First Nation members.
    Sturgeon County Economic Development is hosting a 2019 Supply Chain Forum for local businesses to learn more about the procurement processes used by such major firms as Inter Pipeline, Pembina Pipeline, and the Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation.
    The Government of Alberta has introduced a labour bill to change overtime pay and reduce youth minimum wage. Beginning June 26, the minimum wage for students will be $13 an hour.
    DynaLIFE Medical Labs has opened new lab space in downtown Edmonton for cancer screening test development. DynaLIFE is working with Metabolomic Technologies Inc. a private company connected to on-going research at the University of Alberta.
    The City of Lethbridge is taking over control of the local airport from Lethbridge County as of July 1, 2019. The city is spending $343,000 in extra costs to integrate former Lethbridge County staff into Lethbridge's civil service.
    The City of Lethbridge is spending $1.35M to demolish the old YMCA building. The city-owned land is slated for a green sapce and parking area.
    AltaGas is building a new distribution pipeline southwest of Medicine Hat to keep its rural natural gas customers supplied once other lines are decommissioned later this year. Construction could begin in September on a 13-km line, pending regulatory approval.
    Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) has signed a deal to buy the Canadian operations of Devon Energy Corp. for $3.8B. CNRL is expected to retain about 735 new employees from Devon, including both field and head office personnel.
  • Start date: 2019-05-20, End date: 2019-05-24
    Week of May 20 - May 24, 2019

    Calgary-based ATCO has been awarded a $70M contract for workforce housing and camp support services for ECC Constructors LLC's 1,500-person Tuscan Ridge Lodge near Chico, California. The area was devastated by the ¿Camp Fire¿ wildfire in November 2018.
    Last Spike Brewery in Calgary is expanding to supply a growing customer base in Western Canada and internationally. Last Spike is a dedicated contract brewery that produces beers for a number of local craft brewers who find they need more capacity.
    The Town of Stettler has awarded numerous major infrastructure contracts under its 2019 Capital Budget. The work involves paving, roofing, sewer and water lines and engineering services.
    The City of Medicine Hat has decided to shut down a $12M solar thermal power plant that opened in 2014. The city intends to maintain the facility and keep up recertifications in the event that it is brought back into operation.
    The Mountain View County municipal planning commission has approved a development permit for a new lodge with a wastewater treatment plant setback at Camp Evergreen south of Sundre. The $4.7M project will see the construction of a two-storey bulding.
    Prairie Rose School Division and Super T Aviation are offering a three-year flight academy program to Grade 10 students at Eagle Butte High School in Dunmore. Students will be able to achieve a private pilot's licence by the end of the three-years.
    An Alberta court has ordered that about $13M from $30M in court-held government funds be paid to subcontractors that performed work on the stalled Grande Prairie hospital project. Payments are due to nearly 90 individuals and companies.
    Research conducted for Calgary Economic Development estimates that companies in Alberta will spend $18.4B by 2022 on digital transformation across all industrial sectors. The energy sector will account for about 25 per cent of all spending on digitization.
    The Alberta Utilities Commission has approved an application for Suncor's Forty Mile Granlea Wind Project near Bow Island. The project is part of a larger plan by Suncor Energy to erect 115 wind turbines in the area.
    Charis Village has started construction on the $22M Chinook Villa seniors housing project in Lacombe. The first phase of the project is expected to be complete in 2020.
    The Provost Seed Cleaning Plant recently began an expansion to their facility with upgrades worth just under $2M. The work is expected to be complete by the end of August,
    The Calgary Board of Education is using $2.5M from its capital reserve to finish provincially-funded work. The work includes upgrades to lighting, HVAC improvements and landscaping at several schools.
    Big Lakes County is spending just over $24M in its 2019 capital budget. New work at the airport and completing the Joussard water treatment plant and reservoir are the major projects.
  • Start date: 2019-05-13, End date: 2019-05-17
    Week of May 13 - May 17, 2019

    CN Rail has shipped the first train of thermal coal from Coalspur's Vista Mine in Hinton to Ridley Terminals in BC. CN is also delivering the first unit train of propane from Alberta for export via the new AltaGas Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal.
    Hut 8 Mining, a cryptocurrency miner, has confirmed that layoffs took place at the company's Alberta facilities in January and April 2019. The company has operations in Medicine Hat and Drumheller.
    Wood Buffalo Housing, a unionized non-profit housing group in Fort McMurray, intends to lay off 25 workers and outsource the jobs to a third-party. The housing group has struggled to adapt to a slumping energy sector and is looking at a deficit of $1.5M this year.
    The Town of Camore is introducing a land-use bylaw requiring new businesses to provide employee housing. The Canmore Hotel and Lodging Association is working with town officials to address the long-standing issue of affordable employee housing.
    The craft brewing industry in Alberta is set for further expansion, especially in rural areas. As of this week, there are 115 licensed breweries, both large and small, in Alberta, with another 13 pending.
    The Job Resource Centre in Banff reports that labour shortages in the Bow Valley are not as dire as in past years. Staff suggest the improvement may be due to Alberta's higher minimum wage, now $15 per hour.
    International Petroleum Corp. (IPC) increased its capital budget this year by $22M with some of the funds directed towards its oil recovery drilling program at CFB Suffield. IPC is also drilling five wells this year at its Black Pearl heavy oil site.
    Olds College received a $200,000 donation from Farm Credit Canada to establish an AgExpert Data Lab inside the Smart Ag Innovation Centre at the school. The donation will also help fund the Olds College Smart Farm.
    NPower Canada, a non-profit that offers free tech training for unemployed young people, is opening a location in Calgary. NPower is providing 15 weeks of skills training, industry certification and job placement.
    Calgary-based Wild Rose Brewery has approved its sale to Sleeman Breweries, a subsidiary of the Japanese multinational Sapporo Breweries. Wild Rose currently has more than 80 employees and has seen double-digit growth annually for the past seven years.
    Maxim Power Corp. has raised the cost of its Milner 2 natural-gas fired power generation project to $138M due to design modifications and contractual agreements. Construction has started on the foundation for the plant.
    Parks Canada has contracted with Graham Construction to build a $17.3M visitor centre in Waterton Lakes National Park. Scheduled to open in 2021, the centre replaces the one destroyed by the Kenow wildfire in September 2017.
    Lethbridge College is launching its architectural animation technology diploma program. Graduates are expected to find work assisting architects and clients with building code-compliant spaces for residential, hospitality, institutional or retail uses.
    The City of Medicine Hat has awarded almost $2M in coil-tubing projects to two companies. Wahl Construction was also awarded a $1.6M contract for renovations at the Kinplex recreation centre.
    Black Gold Fishing Services, a downhole fishing and rental tool company based out of Cold Lake, has opened a service centre in Grande Prairie to support its operations in the Fox Creek and Whitecourt areas
    Hotel Equities, an international hotel owner, operator and developer, has opened its first Canadian office ¿ in Edmonton. The firm has 23 properties in Canada, representing 20 percent of its worldwide holdings.
    Production at Tornado Global Hydrovacs's Stettler facility is shifting towards the North America market. Last year, the facility was used to design and produce equipment for China's rental and demonstration fleet.
    Keyera Corp. and SemCAMS Midstream ULC are building a $1.3B natural gas liquids and condensate pipeline system that will connect producing areas to Keyera's processing operations in Fort Saskatchewan. The system is expected to be operational in 2022.
    TransAlta plans to build a $175M wind farm in Fort Macleod with 43 turbines and enough capacity to power 88,000 homes. The Windrise project is expected to create 300 jobs during construction.
  • Start date: 2019-05-06, End date: 2019-05-10
    Week of May 06 - May 10, 2019

    The Government of Canada is providing $6.7M to support Eavor Technologies Inc. for the next generation of geothermal engineering. The project is a collaborative effort with Precision Drilling, Shell New Energies and other partners near Rocky Mountain House.
    Waterford Farms has opened a 9,000-square-foot facility located in Wheatland County, just east of Strathmore. It's the first large-scale commercial shrimp-growing operation in Alberta.
    Trident Exploration Corp., a junior oil and gas company, has ceased operations and will turn over care of its 4,700 wells to the Alberta Energy Regulator. Trident also terminated 33 employees and 61 contractors.
    The Government of Canada is providing nearly $52M over the next five years through the newly launched Reaching Home Homelessness Strategy to help alleviate chronic homelessness in Edmonton
    Sundial Growers, a cannabis producer in Olds, expects to ramp-up to 900 employees by the end of 2019. The hirings are also generating indirect economic activity in the town in food services, accommodation and other service maintenance industries.
    Plains Midstream Canada is constructing a new 50,000 barrel per day crude oil terminal in Mitsue near Slave Lake on its Rainbow Pipeline system. The terminal is supported by long-term commitments from area producers.
    The Calgary Stampede is expecting to hire about 3,500 people for seasonal work this year in a job fair on June 2nd. Positions range from ushers to bartenders. This year's Stampede runs July 5 to 14.
    Banff and Canmore, which are in the midst of seasonal job fairs, have more than 400 tourism and hospitality jobs open this year
    The City of Fort Saskatchewan recently approved $400,000 for design and demolition to a building which will be home to the Fort Gymnastics Club. The total cost of the project is $2.16M.
    The City of Medicine Hat is starting $1M in major renovations at Strathcona Centre this summer. The work will include a new roof, new siding, replacing HVAC equipment, fire alarm components and a new barrier-free entrance.
    Blackline Safety and Novatel are two local Calgary high-tech companies that are looking to expand but are struggling to find the skilled workers they need. Novatel currently employs more than 400 people at its new headquarters near the Calgary airport.
    Housing reconstruction efforts in Fort McMurray following the May 2016 wildfire have been hampered by lawsuits and substandard work. The most recent municipal data from April 19 shows just under 37 per cent of the units have been rebuilt.
    MEG Energy cut an unspecified number of staff in February 2019 to align with lower levels of capital spending and to optimize efficiency
    Rimrock Feeders is planning to open a new 35,000-head capacity livestock operation in Foothills County by September. The operation is expected to have 40 employees.
  • Start date: 2019-04-29, End date: 2019-05-03
    Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2019

    Precision Drilling has decided to not register 75 of its Canadian service rigs with industry associations because they are unlikely to be deployed this year. Precision expects continued weakness in the Canadian oilfield service market.
    Regina-based Rider Express is planning to add an Edmonton-Calgary bus service later this spring. Last year, Greyhound Canada shutdown virtually all its services in the west.
    Canada House Wellness Group, a fully integrated medical cannabis company, has signed a lease agreement for a licensed cannabis dispensary to be located adjacent to the company's existing medical cannabis outlet in Edmonton. Canada House has received a building permit from the City of Edmonton to begin construction.
    Calgary-based Black Diamond Group Ltd. has been awarded a $20M Workforce Accommodation Contract to help rebuild Paradise, the northern California community that was almost entirely destroyed by wildfire in November 2018
    Civeo Corporation, a major supplier of modular housing, has reported softening demand for its core Canadian oil sands lodges related to extended holiday downtime and the continued impact of the Government of Alberta's oil production curtailments
    Filipino fast-food giant, Jollibee, is set to open its first Edmonton location in the fourth quarter of 2019. Jollibee already has four locations in Canada ¿ two each in Toronto and Winnipeg.
    The City of Calgary is starting a new major project reserve, transferring $300M from it 's exisiting rainy day fund to do so. Funding from the new reserve will go towards the expansion of the BMO Centre, a new arena, the first phase of Arts Commons, and a multi-sport field house
    Atlantis Research Laboratories' Avro Division in Medicine Hat will be testing unmanned aerial vehicles flying at supersonic speeds over CFB Suffield this summer. Two staff have been hired with more to follow under a five-year aerospace development program.
    The Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission is expanding service to Lake Louise with new Roam Transit summer route options
    Rangeland Midstream Canada is planning to design, construct and operate the Marten Hills Pipeline System near Slave Lake. The system will extend approximately 85 kilometres and consist of crude oil and condensate pipelines and related facilities.
    Aggregates Marketing, a subsidiary of Athabasca Minerals, has secured a $1.5M order to supply aggregates for a major industrial operator located in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
    Wolf Midstream is planning the commissioning and start-up of the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) in late 2019 and early 2020. The 240 km line, which is now mostly complete, will be the largest capacity carbon dioxide pipeline in the world.
    Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation (CKPC) is currently selecting engineerinng, procurement and construction firms for its propane to polypropylene facility south of Redwater. Construction is expected to begin in September and be completed in 2023.
    The Government of Canada has committed $49M to Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation (CKPC), a joint venture between Pembina Pipeline Corporation and Kuwait's Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. to construct its $4.5B polypropylene complex
    Northern Lakes College is starting construction of its $21M campus in High Prairie. The campus will consolidate services presently located downtown, and at the Tolko OSB plant west of High Prairie.
    Imperial Oil and Suncor Energy are among the large oil sands producers with major maintenance activities scheduled this spring. The work is expected to create employment opportunities and reduce crude production for several months.
    Imperial Oil has received regulatory approval from Alberta Occupational Health and Safety for its autonomous haul truck program at the Kearl Oil Sands mine north of Fort McMurray. The approval grants Imperial the ability to automate its entire fleet.
    AltaLink has started upgrading an electrical substation near Provost as part of a $41M project that includes the construction of 32 km of new transmission lines and other related infrastructure work. The project's in-service date is set for May 1, 2020.
    Imperial Oil is decreasing its planned spending on the Aspen oil sands project this year from $800M to $250M. The company approved the project in November 2018 but subsequently announced a delay due to the impacts of Alberta's crude oil curtailment.
  • Start date: 2019-04-22, End date: 2019-04-26
    Week of Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2019

    The University of Alberta will receive $18.3M in funding over the next five years through the national Networks of Centres of Excellence program for the Canadian Mountain Network. The network will be a collaborative research program looking at the effects of climate change on Canada's mountainous landmass.
    MTE Logistix is building a 500,000-square-foot warehouse in northwest Edmonton. The facility is part of a regional industrial real estate boom. As of March 2019, there was 2.7M square feet of industrial-zoned space under construction in the Edmonton area.
    Gibson Energy has selected Hardisty for its $20M control room and operations centre while Sedgewick will have space for backup operations. The decision to stay and expand has secured 30 existing jobs and simultaneously created 40 or more positions.
    Olds College is introducing a precision-agricultural techgronomy diploma and a post-diploma certificate in agricultural technology integration. Registration for the new programs opens October 1 this year, with classes starting in the fall of 2020.
    The City of Calgary is seeking shepherds and animals for weed and grass control that require provincially mandated management. City officials are looking for herds of between 100 and 300 sheep or goats to tend to several sites over the next three years.
    The City of Medicine Hat has selected five pre-qualified companies for the city gas division's $2.35M 2019 well-reclamation program throughout the region and southwest Saskatchewan
    Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis is issuing 26 more retail cannabis licences in the province. The easing of a moratorium on the permits will bring the total number of shops in the province able to sell cannabis to 101.
    NCS Multistage Holdings, a provider of highly engineered products and support services for oil and natural gas well completions, has opened their new technology center in Calgary
    The City of Lethbridge plans to build 100 new affordable homes per year for the next five years. Lethbridge has a higher, per-capita population of seniors and a higher percentage of persons living with disabilities than most places in Alberta.
    The Town of Innisfail has approved a a $1.25M bid from Carbon Earthworks Ltd. for the reconstruction of underground infrastructure and surface improvements to a major roadway. Construction is expected to start in early July and be completed by late summer.
    McNally Construction has started work on a major utility upgrade serving the Sherring business and industrial park in Lethbridge.The project is budgeted at $10M to $11M and is expected to be complete by the end of August.
    MasTec Canada is planning to hire 40 to 60 people for construction work at theTurner Valley compressor station. The project is expected to be complete by March 2020.
    HomeSpace, a charitable real estate developer, is building a 74-unit affordable rental complex in downtown Calgary. The federal government committed $9.77M to the project.
  • Start date: 2019-04-15, End date: 2019-04-19
    Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2019

    Freedom Cannabis Inc. is opening a cannabis production facility in the Acheson Industrial area near Edmonton. Freedom plans to hire more than 100 people in the next year to join their current workforce of 20 employees.
    G3 Canada Ltd. is building new high-efficiency grain elevators near Irricana and in Stettler County near Erskine. Construction is expected to start this summer, pending regulatory approvals, and be complete in 2020.
    NuVista Energy is planning to drill multiple sour gas wells east of Beaverlodge on 20 surface locations. The wells will tie into Veresen Midstream's proposed 65 km pipeline and the gas will be transported to the Hythe Brainard Gas Plant in the Demmitt area for final processing.
    ASHCOR, a division of ATCO, is building a new processing facility at the Paintearth Mine site that will produce 20 tonnes of fly ash in the fourth quarter of 2019, with hopes to meet a goal of 100,000 tonnes in the first full year of operations. ASHCOR expects 20 to 30 mine and processing jobs will be needed as a result, although some positions will replace existing jobs.
    Aurora Cannabis is expanding its Aurora Sun cannabis production facility in Medicine Hat by one-third. Aurora expects the facility to employ 450 workers on completion with a possible increase to 600 employees longer term.
    Cardinal Energy Ltd. has added $5M to its 2019 capital budget for drilling and power generation initiatives in response to improved commodity pricing and the security of its oil hedging position
    Prairie Horizon Fresh Market, a farmers market, is the second anchor tenant for New Horizon Mall just north of Calgary. It will employ around 150 people.
    Calgary-based FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. has received a new US$1.8M purchase order for aircraft satellite communications equipment and associated licenses. The complete purchase order is scheduled to be shipped this calendar year.
    EarthRenew Inc. plans to restart electricty generation at its Strathmore facility in late April. Phase 2 of the restart, which will produce pelleted organic fertilizers made from cattle manure waste, is targeted for the second half of 2019.
    The City of Cold Lake is spending $1.2M to pave more taxiways at the Cold Lake Regional Airport this summer. The project will also open up 10 new lots that will be available for lease, creating more space and attraction for avionic industries.
    The City of Calgary has found that prime-aged workers, 25 to 54, made up 61 percent of the unemployed population in the Calgary Economic Region in March 2019. That number is up from about 50 percent in March 2018.
    Edmonton City Council has approved an application for the redevelopment of the Bonnie Doon mall over 20 to 30 years into a high-density residential and commercial development. Morguard Corp. expects to start construction in the spring of 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-04-08, End date: 2019-04-12
    Week of Apr 08 - Apr 12, 2019

    G3 Canada Limited will be building a new high-efficiency grain elevator site in Erskine that will employ 12 to 14 people on completion. Construction is expected to start this summer and be complete in 2020.
    PetroLMI, an industry-backed non-profit specializing in oil and gas job trends, is forecasting that direct employment in Canada's oil and gas sector will fall by more than 12,000 jobs this year. The losses are due to factors including low commodity prices, a decline in capital spending and uncertain market access.
    Lethbridge College is launching a two-year diploma in Architectural Animation Technology and a one-year certificate in Virtual and Augmented Reality this fall. The virtual reality industry over the next three years is forecast to grow over 400 per cent.
    Southland Transportation is starting scheduled bus service between Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. Southland will run two return trips between the cities on weekdays, stopping for passengers at towns and villages in between.
    C&B Alberta Solar Development ULC is planning to hire more than 200 workers this summer as it starts construction on a 90,000 panel solar farm near Suffield
    Gibson Energy has struck a deal that will see Trimac Transportation pay about $70M for its trucking assets and $30M for property in Edmonton. Trimac will take on Gibson's commercial trucking contracts, equipment, and 160 employees.
    North American Construction Group has entered into a new five-year contract with an unnamed major oilsands customer and the Mikisew Cree First Nation through a joint venture partnership. The value of the contracted work is estimated at $400M out to 2023.
    SemCAMS Midstream ULC is expecting to complete construction of its Smoke Lake gas plant near Fox Creek by November 1st. The company will be looking to fill approximately 10 new positions for plant operators at the site.
    TransCanada expects to start pipeline/compressor station construction on its West Path Delivery Project in the summer.The expansion is part of a $2B upgrade program for TransCanada's NOVA Gas system.
    Mountain View Seniors' Housing, which operates seniors' facilities, is planning to terminate the Alberta Health Services contracts for all its sites in 12 months' time. The contracts are currently for health-care delivery at Didsbury, Olds and Sundre.
  • Start date: 2019-04-01, End date: 2019-04-05
    Week of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2019

    Four builders will begin construction later this spring on 43 townhomes in the Blatchford development on the former Edmonton City Centre Airport land
    BASF Corporation is relocating its Canadian Agricultural Solutions headquarters to Calgary, effective October 1. The Calgary office will focus on BASF's integrated seed and crop protection business and employ up to 90 individuals.
    The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories and the University Hospital Foundation are jointly providing a one-time $1M grant to the University of Alberta to fund research into Alzheimer's disease
    The Canadian Women's Hockey League, including its Alberta based team, the Calgary Inferno is ceasing operations as of May 1
    The Century Mile Racetrack and Casino, located near the Edmonton International Airport in Leduc, opened on April 1. The facility includes a race track, gambling areas and restaurants. Thoroughbred, Standardbred and quarter-horse racing is scheduled to start on April 28.
    Edmonton City Council approved Beljan Development's rezoning application that will allow the company to build a four-storey, 49 unit apartment building in the Inglewood neighbourhood
    Black Press Media announced it had stopped publication of the Red Deer Express and would close the Red Deer Advocate's printing and mailroom on July 1. The closings impact 33 employees.
    The Government of Canada allocated $65M to STARS Air Ambulance to add five new emergency medical helicopters to its fleet
    The Calgary Economic Development and the Information and Communications Technology Council launched an online tool that will connect oil and gas professionals and other job seekers with careers in the technology industry
  • Start date: 2019-03-25, End date: 2019-03-29
    Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2019

    The Best Shop, a major Chinese retailer, has signed on as the anchor tenant for the New Horizon Mall near Calgary. Negotiations are nearing completion for an unnamed second anchor store which is in food merchandising.
    Ardene has opened a megastore format at Parkland Mall in Red Deer. The store replaces a former Sport Chek location.
    The Francis Winspear Centre for Music in Edmonton is expecting to break ground on its $54M expansion project this summer. Winspear is also working with Enmax and the city to build a $19M energy plant, bringing the total cost of the project to $73M.
    Three short-line railways in Alberta are expecting a surge in business due to new freight contracts for Forty Mile Rail, a logistics yard in Oyen and a propane hauling contract for the Great Sandhills line to service Pembina Pipelines' extraction plant
    The Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN) , an oil and gas-focused group, has been awarded $100M from the Government of Canada, over four years, to develop and commercialize clean technologies
    Brookfield Renewable Partners and its institutional partners have signed a $750M deal to invest in TransAlta Corp.'s hydro business. TransAlta plans to use $350M of the investment to speed the company¿s coal-to-gas transition strategy.
    ICE District Properties Joint Venture has signed an agreement for a Loblaws CityMarket store as the anchor tenant in its downtown Edmonton property. The store is slated to open in fall 2020.
    University of Lethbridge researchers are receiving more than $600,000 in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for a range of projects
    Canadian Tire has opened a new, larger store in Grande Prairie that adds over 100 employees for a total of 245 staff. Canadian Tire plans to keep its old location as a warehouse for at least a year.
    The Canadian Barista and Coffee Academy (CBCA), the first coffee school in Canada devoted to coffee business education and hands-on barista training, is opening a new campus in Calgary. The first courses in Calgary will be held May 17 through May 20.
    Medicine Hat College is offering an aviation program starting in the 2019-2020 school year. The program, which is a partnership with Super T Aviation Academy, will allow students to get an Aviation Management Certificate.
    Radient Technologies, a cannabis and hemp ingredient extraction company, is planning to build another larger plant in Edmonton and add up to 100 new employees by next year
  • Start date: 2019-03-18, End date: 2019-03-22
    Week of Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2019

    The Government of Canada has committed $22M to help protect the Drumheller valley from future flooding. A $28M contribution from the province and money from the Town of Drumheller brings the total project value to about $55M.
    The Government of Canada is providing $168.5M for the proposed Springbank dam project near Calgary as part of flood mitigation efforts. A federal environmental assessment of the project and consultations with Indigenous communities are in progress.
    The Government of Canada has committed $13.7M over ten years to protect the Bow Valley from flood damage. The funding is to be split between the Town of Canmore and the M.D. of Bighorn.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $2.1M to connect the Dene Tha' First Nation in Bushe River to the Town of High Level water treatment plant. Construction will begin once the design is completed. The project is expected to be complete by 2020.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $7M to help build a 120-bed homeless shelter in Red Deer. The 24-7 shelter is also supported in Red Deer by $5.2M in other ongoing provincial funding for emergency shelters.
    The Government of Alberta is planning to spend $478M to upgrade Deerfoot Trail in Calgary. The project is expected to create 2,330 jobs.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $9M to municipalities to cut energy costs and emissions by upgrading their recreation facilities with energy-efficient technology. The Recreation Energy Conservation Program provides up to $750,000 per municipality.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $28M to replace Alberta's oldest seniors lodge. A new 100-unit complex will replace Piper Creek Lodge in Red Deer.
    The Government of Alberta will build a new bridge on Highway 3 over the Oldman River in Lethbridge. The project will support 308 direct and 221 indirect jobs.
    The Government of Alberta is working on ten projects now underway that will deliver clean drinking water to the boundaries of 14 First Nations across the province. The program provides about $100M over six years out to 2023.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $6M towards a $14M affordable housing project in Stony Plain. The project includes units to meet the needs of adults aged 55 or over with low income and some commercial space for lease.
    Save-On-Foods and Bed Bath & Beyond are hiring in anticipation of store openings as the anchor tenants at Strachan Corner in Medicine Hat. Brentwood Developments expects that stores in the remainder of the site will open by the fall.
    EQUS, a rural electrical provider and the largest member-owned utility in Canada, is building its first corporate headquarters in Innisfail. Construction is set to begin in May with an expected completion date of March 2020.
    Imperial Oil is slowing down development of its $2.6B Aspen oil sands project in northern Alberta due to market uncertainty. The project is expected to employ 700 people during construction and create more than 200 permanent jobs.
    Maxim Power Corp. is proceeding to develop the first stage of a modern natural gas-fired facility at its HR Milner site near Grande Cache. Maxim estimates that the $87M facility will start commercial operations in late 2019.
    Two turnarounds are scheduled for 2019 at the Shell Scotford site near Edmonton, one this spring for 30 days and another in the fall for its chemical complex and the refinery. About 1,000 trades people will be involved in the fall process.
    The Gift Lake Metis Settlement is receiving a $3.8M grant from the Government of Alberta to improve energy efficiency in its homes and public buildings. The funding creates about 25 new jobs, including four possible trainees.
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada have signed a 10-year, $678M agreement to protect, renew and expand social and community housing, and support Alberta's priorities related to housing repair, construction and affordability
    InPlay Oil Corp. is planning to spend $36M and drill nine wells in Alberta in 2019
    Pipestone Energy Corp. plans to spend $145M to $165M on its 2019 capital program. Pipestone recently finished drilling its fourth and final well for Q1, expects to drill 9 additional wells in H2 2019 and complete 7 wells in total this year.
  • Start date: 2019-03-11, End date: 2019-03-15
    Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2019

    Cisco Canada is investing $15M to expand its Western Canada operations. The funding will include the addition of new senior artificial intelligence jobs to support the company's operations.
    Red Arrow is adding another daily departure as it expands bus service between Grande Prairie and Edmonton. Route stops include Valleyview, Fox Creek, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and Spruce Grove.
    The Government of Canada is contributing $40M to Evraz's three-year, $112M investment in its Regina and Red Deer facilities. The investment in Evraz will help create 35 jobs, all of them in Red Deer according to the company.
    The Government of Alberta has committed $15M towards two Calgary flood mitigation projects.The projects are in the preliminary design phase. Construction is expected to begin as early as next year.
    Athabasca Minerals Inc. has been awarded a 15-year contract by the Government of Alberta to construct, operate and manage the Coffey Lake Public Pit north of Fort McMurray. The operation will supply aggregate for the region.
    The Government of Alberta is funding three new rest stops on major Alberta highways. Construction is expected to cost about $20M and support 89 jobs.
    The Government of Canada has committed $49M to support Inter Pipeline's $3.5B Heartland Petrochemical Complex, currently under construction near Fort Saskatchewan
    The Government of Alberta is investing in 33 new transit projects. The $215M will be awarded to the Calgary Metropolitan Region ( $101.8M), the Edmonton Metropolitan Region ($95.4M) and other communities around the province ($17.8M).
    The Government of Alberta is offering up to $70M in future royalty credits to Inter Pipeline for a proposed $600M petrochemical upgrading facility. The project is expected to support 50 permanent jobs and 600 skilled trade construction jobs.
    The Government of Canada has committed $1.075B for Edmonton LRT projects. The federal money is in addition to about $1.17B previously committed to the projects by the Alberta government. Construction could begin as early as 2020.
    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is receiving $6.6M from the province for flood protection. The funding is part of a $43.2M province-wide program supporting 15 flood mitigation projects in 14 communities.
    The Government of Alberta has approved up to $24M for 52 supportive living and 40 new and renovated lodge spaces in Spirit River
    The Government of Canada is providing $5.8M to the City of Calgary for a landfill gas collection project. The city's Waste and Recycling Services department will expand and install landfill gas collection wells at the East Calgary Landfill.
    The Government of Alberta has committed $10M in funding towards a new $26M 100-unit Covenant Health supportive living facility for seniors in west Lethbridge. Construction is expected to start this year for an anticipated 2022 grand opening.
    Calgary-based Rodeo Cutting and Coring is demolishing the former RONA store in Medicine Hat on behalf of the landlord, Primaris Canada. Primaris is also in the process of redeveloping the former Sears store at the Medicine Hat Mall.
    The City of Medicine Hat has awarded a $1.94M contract to BYZ Enterprises to build a new cell to extend the city landfill life. The budget estimate for the complete project is $2.5M.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $2M towards a $6M project for artificial turf and other upgrades at Genesis Centre in Calgary. The project is scheduled for completion in 2020.
    The Government of Canada is providing $53.7M for flood mitigation efforts in Edmonton. The funding includes the construction of 13 dry ponds across the city to reduce stormwater overflows.
    Cenovus Energy Inc. received regulatory approval in January to drill new wells in the Marten Hills region near Slave Lake. Cenovus has drilled five appraisal wells in the area so far and is considering a small summer drilling program for the region.
    Total Energy Services has leased a new fabrication facility in Calgary that increases its Canadian fabrication capacity by approximately 30%. Total expects to ramp up fabrication over the next several quarters in response to continued strong demand.
    The Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) is recruiting for officers. Successful applicants will be sworn in as police cadets and commence 20 weeks of police recruit training at the MHPS starting on Jan. 6, 2020 and ending May 20, 2020.
    The Government of Canada has committed $166.6M towards the BMO Centre expansion project in Calgary, matching contributions from the city and province. The project is expected to create 1,800 construction jobs, and 500 full-time positions on completion.
    Emissions Reduction Alberta is supporting 16 clean technology projects through its $100M sustainability challenge. The Government of Albeta is also providing an additional $5M to support its $10M Methane Emissions Reduction initiative.
  • Start date: 2019-03-04, End date: 2019-03-08
    Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2019

    Federated Co-op is building a $42M fertilizer mixing facility in Grassy Lake to service the Highway 3 and Alberta marketplaces. Construction will begin this spring on the rail-serviced location that could be in full operation in the summer of 2020.
    Drilling activity during the second half of February in Alberta is down by about 40 percent over comparable levels in recent years. Winter is traditionally the peak drilling season in Canada.
    The Government of Alberta is planning to again ease its mandatory oil production cuts by 25,000 barrels per day starrting in April. The government attributed the move to reduced oil storage levels in the province.
    Gibson Energy Inc. is building 500,000 barrels of new tank storage at its Hardisty Terminal under a long-term agreement with an unnamed customer. Gibson expects to initiate several additional projects over the course of 2019.
    The Government of Alberta is providing more than $4.8M in additional provincial funding under the Disaster Recovery Program for damage incurred during the 2018 spring floods after six communities appealed their previously denied applications
    Parkland Fuel Corporation is closing its Red Deer office. More than 80 percent of the 120 full-time staff at the office have been given offers to relocate to its Calgary headquarters. The remaining positions will be phased out by summer's end.
    Construction is set to begin this summer on two of four major redevelopments proposed by Calgary Co-op, part of a 10-year, $2.5B capital investment campaign. The projects encompass retail, industrial and residential developments.
    The City of Calgary has decided to restore its summer student hiring program, which was cut to zero in 2018 amidst budget cuts. The city spent $2M on the program in 2016 and $1.3M in 2017.
    The Government of Alberta is investing almost $87M in new water system improvements to provide the City of Red Deer and five central Alberta communities with clean, safe water
    The Westlock Regional Water Service Commission's Phase 3 project that will service Westlock County's northern hamlets is slated to start construction this spring. T.A. Excavating Ltd. is expected to complete the project by September 1st.
    The Government of Alberta has awarded contracts for two of the final three pieces of the Calgary ring road. The two projects total about $552M and are expected to support about 2,700 jobs out to completion in the fall of 2022.
    Delphi Energy is planning on completing four wells in West Bigstone in the first half of 2019. Facility upgrades and pipeline construction to route the well production to Delphi's facility in East Bigstone is expected to be completed in late March.
    Altura Energy is planning to spend $15M in its initial capital budget for 2019 with most of the funds directed towards the second half of the year. Altura plans to drill four wells near Leduc and start work on a well stimulation pilot program.
    Crew Energy plans on drilling three multi-lateral horizontal wells in its heavy oil area near Lloydminster in 2019 if market prices support the project
    Tanager Energy is planning to drill and complete its first appraisal well in the Joffre area in Alberta in 2019
    Baytex Energy is planning to spend about $81M in Q1/2019 on its Viking light oil assets. The company has plans for the full year to drill approximately 245 wells in the Viking formation.
    Pengrowth Energy intends to partner with Ironclad Energy Partners LLC to build a cogeneration facility and increase production at its Lindbergh SAGD oil sands facility in two phases by the end of 2023
    Kelt Exploration expects to drill and complete seven horizontal wells at its Wembley/Pipestone locations during the first half of 2019
    NuVista Energy has started drilling their first wells at the Pipestone South location, and have started construction of the Pipestone South compressor station. The compressor facility is expected to be in operation in the fourth quarter of 2019.
    RealPart Canada is planning to build a solar farm near Indus, just southeast of Calgary, subject to developmental approval. The project would create about 200 full-time construction jobs and 20 to 30 permanent jobs once the site is fully operational.
  • Start date: 2019-02-25, End date: 2019-03-01
    Week of Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2019

    The Indigenously-owned Steel River Group Inc. has been named prime contractor for a 65-km section of Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure's 120 km Pioneer Natural Gas Pipeline Project. The project is expected to employ up to 300 people at its peak.
    Solar Krafte Utilities Inc. is building two utility-scale solar farms in southern Alberta near Vauxhall. Commissioning is planned for Q4 of this year.
    Hudson's Bay Co. is closing all its 37 Home Outfitters stores in Canada by the end of 2019. The company currently has six locations in Alberta.
    The Government of Alberta has awarded seven new highway maintenance contracts for seven year periods. The work includes snowplowing, salting and sanding for snow and ice control, pothole patching and other maintenance related activities.
    KGL Constructors is looking for hundreds of workers ¿ including skilled tradespeople, truck drivers, engineers and administrative workers for the Calgary southwest ring road project. The $4.5B project is expected to be complete in fall 2021.
    The Government of Alberta and the City of St. Albert are each providing $27.1M for expanding Ray Gibbon Drive. Design work is slated to begin in 2019, with construction anticipated to begin in 2020. The project will support 152 direct jobs.
    Construction has started on the $12.2M St. Kateri Tekakwitha Academy in Morinville. The elementary school is expected to open in September 2020.
    Amron Construction has been awarded a $0.71M contract by the City of Medicine Hat to renovate part of the transit maintenance garage. The total cost of the project at completion is estimated at $0.98M.
    The City of Edmonton has approved $30.5M for consultants and a review team to help select the winning bid to build the Valley Line West LRT from downtown to Lewis Farms. The total cost of this segment of the line is estimated at $2.7B.
    Encana has reduced staff numbers in its Calgary, Denver and Houston offices following the US$5.5B acquistion of Houston-based Newfield Exploration. No details were released on staff numbers.
    Keyera Corp. plans to invest growth capital of between $800M and $900M in 2019, to advance its capital projects at the Simonette, Wapiti and Pipestone gas plants, and the Wildhorse Terminal
    MANTL Canada Inc., a manufacturer and service provider of pump systems, is purchasing all the assets of Rapid Rod Service Ltd., a privately held oilfield service company. MANTL plans to retain all Rapid Rod staff of approximately 40 employees.
    Husky Energy is planning a four-week partial turnaround at its Sunrise oil sands project near Fort McMurray and a three-week turnaround at its Rainbow Lake processing facility, both in the second quarter of 2019
    Prairie Provident Resources Inc. is planning a 2019 capital budget of $18.9M. About $12.3M million will be directed to drill three horizontal wells, complete two additional wells and advance its current waterflood projects.
    Journey Energy Inc. has reduced its forecasted 2019 capital program from $40M to $30M, and delayed the start of the program to June 2019 in anticipation of improved market conditions
    Alberta Transportation and Rocky View County are jointly funding a highway intersection construction project south of Airdrie. Work is expected to start in early 2020, with a budget of $3M to $4M and and take between four to six months to complete.
  • Start date: 2019-02-18, End date: 2019-02-22
    Week of Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2019

    The Government of Alberta has committed $100M to a five-year plan to entice high-tech companies specializing in artificial intelligence (AI) to invest in Alberta. The funding is expected to attract more than 100 companies and create thousands of jobs.
    Fractal Systems has been awarded $12.5M to implement its proprietary bitumen technology at a major pipeline hub in Alberta. Fractal's Enhanced JetShear technology improves bitumen quality and lowers the viscocity of the product, which eases shipping.
    Birchcliff Energy Ltd. is planning capital spending of $204M in 2019. Birchcliff intends to drill 17 wells and bring another 26 wells into production. About 40 percent of the capital will be spent in Alberta.
    The Calgary Board of Education is building three new $15M elementary schools along the city's edges and upgrading a high school closer to the city core for $12M. Construction of the new schools, which begins February 2019, is slated to wrap up in time for the beginning of the school year in fall 2020.
    Bonavista Energy is planning to spend $130M to $170M in its 2019 capital program. About three quarters of the money is set for the West Central Alberta area with the remainder being allocated to the Deep Basin core area.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $12M in the Aurora Project at the TELUS World of Science in Edmonton to provide new exhibition spaces and new programs. Construction will create nearly 350 jobs and more than 50 new jobs are expected on completion.
    Aurora Cannabis is building an expansion, Aurora Polaris, in Leduc to house research facilities and a shipping division for its Alberta-based cannabis production. The logistics system and warehouse are located at the Edmonton International Airport.
    The Government of Alberta has awarded a 20-year contract to supply government properties with solar power from three new facilities. The solar facilities will be built near Hays, Tilley and Jenner, creating approximately 270 jobs during construction.
    Payless ShoeSource Canada is filing for creditor protection in Canada and closing all of its stores by the end of May 2019. Payless employs about 2,400 workers across 248 stores in Canada, with 38 stores located in Alberta.
    Husky Energy has shut-in hundreds of wells and reduced production in order to comply with curtailment orders from the Government of Alberta. The decision will have an impact on several third-party service providers and contractors in local areas.
    The Government of Alberta has signed a $3.7B deal with CP Railway Ltd. and CN Railway Co. to lease 4,400 rail cars over three years. The Government's plan includes buying crude from provincial producers and then shipping the oil to various markets.
    The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton has seen a significant reduction in apprenticeship seats offered for trades this year. However, with an aging workforce, demand for trades workers is projected to increase.
    WestJet expects that its new international Boeing 787 Dreamliner service will bring 650 jobs and $100M in economic activity to its Calgary hub. WestJet plans to have ten 787s in operation by 2021.
    Nauticol Energy is planning a $2B methanol plant near Grande Prairie supported by up to $80M in future royalty credits from the Government of Alberta. Approximately 200 local permanent jobs and 1,000 construction jobs will be created.
  • Start date: 2019-02-11, End date: 2019-02-15
    Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2019

    The Government of Alberta is providing $70M from the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan to leverage more than $200M in private investment. The monies will go towards 11 projects worth a combined value of $276M.
    The Government of Alberta is funding a new obstetrics program at the High Prairie Health Complex and investing $5.2M in a permanent dialysis clinic. The clinic will provide dialysis services to as many as 12 patients weekly, when complete in 2020.
    The Tsuut'ina Nation is starting construction on a new $18M state-of-the-art high school for up to 300 students set to open in the fall. Programming will include all Alberta Education core courses, while also focusing on Aboriginal learning and local history.
    The University of Calgary is receiving $8.5M from the City of Calgary's Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund. The funds are expected to help create an estimated 3,100 jobs in the life sciences sector, once spread among 20 to 40 companies.
    Edmonton's Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is set to double in size as it expands its main campus onto adjacent Blatchford land. NAIT plans to consolidate several satellite campuses onto the site and also build three or four student residence towers.
    Being Human Services, an employment services agency, expects that the Medicine Hat area will add 1,000 full-time positions by early 2020. As an example worker shortage, the agency points to Borea Construction, which is seeking 250 to 300 workers for the $325M Whitla Wind Farm, south of Bow Island.
    Three Nations Energy LP (3NE), a company formed by First Nations and Métis in Fort Chipewyan, is planning a $7.8M solar farm. The project is receiving $3.3M in carbon tax money from the province. ATCO is installing 1,500 solar panels this winter.
    Peters' Drive-In, a Calgary-based restaurant chain, is opening in Edmonton in fall 2019 or early 2020. The franchise owners expect to hire at least 70 employees for the location.
    New World Interactive (NWI), a US-based video game developer, is opening a Calgary office on May 15, 2019. The company expects to take on 12 to 15 people as a start, with plans to ultimately quadruple that figure.
    TransCanada Corporation is moving ahead with an $85M expansion of its NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. system that will connect natural gas supplying areas to a proposed new petrochemical facility near Grande Prairie
    The Government of Alberta is investing $200M for the new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre in Edmonton. The Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation is committing $26M. The project is expected to create between 200 and 250 construction jobs.
    The Municipal District of Bighorn is ready to tender a project for permanent flood mitigation for Exshaw Creek. The $10.6M project that has been in the works since the 2013 flood, is slated for a 2020 completion date.
    Obsidian Energy is deferring $20M to $45M in capital to the second half of 2019 but maintaining its total yearly budget at $120M. Obsidian plans to drill five wells in the first half of 2019 and defer four other wells to the second half of the year.
    Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd. is planning to spend about $65M through the first quarter of 2019, as part of yearly total projected at $185M to $215M. Advantage has another $100M in capital projects which could be deferred from 2019 depending on market conditions.
    International Petroleum Corporation (IPC) will continue work on its gas and oil drilling program in the Suffield block north of Medicine Hat this year. IPC also has work planned for its Onion Lake Thermal facilities and associated wells.
    Pine Cliff Energy Ltd. is spending $10M in its 2019 capital budget, including about $3.6M to drill five wells. About $3.9M will be spent on facilities and major maintenance and $2.5M is allocated to abandonments and reclamation.
    The Government of Canada is committing $12M for 12 Canada Research Chair positions in Allberta, with five of the positions at the University of Calgary
    ATCO Electric has applied to the Alberta Utilities Commission to convert two of the existing generating units at the Sheerness Power plant near Hanna from coal to gas-fired generation. It is estimated that at least 100 jobs will be lost.
  • Start date: 2019-02-04, End date: 2019-02-08
    Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2019

    Hemp oil producer Folium Biosciences is planning to build an extraction and processing facility in Medicine Hat this year, bringing with it 250 full-time jobs, according to the Colorado-based company
    Prairie Hills Fruits Ltd. is planning to build a berry processing and storage facility in Lethbridge County which will support growers in the region and create local jobs. Construction is scheduled to start this spring pending a final development permit.
    Lethbridge Police Service is bringing on 23 new officers as the largest class in recent history starts a 22-week classroom and scenario-based training program
    The Province of Alberta has eased its mandatory oil production limits by 75,000 barrels per day, in response to new oil storage data, to allow production in February and March to reach 3.63M barrels per day
    The Government of Alberta has officially signed the contract to fund the first 20-kilometre segment of the $4.65B Green Line LRT in Calgary. Actual construction of the Green Line could begin as early as 2020.
    BuildForce Canada is estimating a shortage of approximately 21,100 workers by the end of 2028 in Alberta's construction and maintenance industry. The future construction market is expected to emphasize industrial and institutional building construction.
    Alberta-based Southland Transportation is introducing bus service along Highway 3 between Lethbridge and Medicine Hat with a $350,000 subsidy from the Government of Alberta. The service is expected to begin by late February or early March.
    Pembina Pipeline Corporation is moving ahead with a $500M expansion of its Peace Pipeline system for product delivery into the Edmonton area. Pembina plans to bring the line into service in stages starting in 2020 through the first half of 2022.
    Pembina Pipeline Corporation and Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. are moving ahead with their joint-venture $4.5B plastic pellet manufacturing facility. The project is expected to create 3,000 construction jobs and over 200 full-time jobs.
    Imperial Oil is cutting its crude-by-rail shipments from 168,000 barrels per day in December 2018 to near zero this month and effectively idling its rail terminal near Edmonton
    Carter Cadillac in Calgary has opened the first Cadillac-exclusive stand-alone dealership in North America. The dealership is creating up to 30 new full-time positions in the Calgary market, with expected growth of up to 40 positions by the end of 2019.
    Edmonton takes the top spot on a national index as the best place in Canada for young people to work according to Youthful Cities, a social enterprise group. The index ranks 21 cities on the health of the job market for people aged 15 to 29.
    Pembina Pipeline Corp. is planning to build a $120M propane stripping plant and adjacent rail loading facility near Empress, in northern Cypress County. Pembina plans to complete the work by the end of 2020.
    Arkansas-based Murphy Oil is reducing spending by $20M in Canada this year to $280M. The majority of the investment will be in the Kaybob Duvernay, where Murphy is allocating $200M in its operated joint venture with Athabasca Oil Corporation.
    Hemisphere Energy Corporation has plans to drill up to 16 wells in southeastern Alberta in Q3 2019 if heavy oil market conditions continue to stabilize near current levels
  • Start date: 2019-01-28, End date: 2019-02-01
    Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2019

    WorleyParsonsCord was awarded the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction contract for Encana's new Pipestone Processing Facility. The facility is scheduled to come online in 2021.
    Suncor Energy is expected to soon start construction of a natural gas-fired cogeneration plant at its base mine. The project is expected to cost $1.0B to $1.5B, with production to begin in 2022.
    Trinity Place Foundation of Alberta is building a $35M seniors housing facility in Calgary, due in part to a $20M investment from the Alberta government. The facility will include an independent living wing, supportive-care living units, and a medical clinic.
    The Bearspaw-Kananaskis Travel Centre now open for business. The travel centre, which features a Tim Hortons and and an ESSO Station is expected to be open 24/7 and create at least 35 new jobs.
    Inter Pipeline is planning to build an 82-kilometre pipeline between Throne and an existing pipeline west of Halkirk later this year. Construction will involve directional drilling of four road crossings in the County of Paintearth No. 18.
    The Government of Canada will provide $15.3M to help C&B Solar construct a $49M solar farm near CFB Suffield. Construction is expected to start this spring, and create up to 250 jobs.
    Enerplus Corporation is planning to spend 7.5% of its 2019 capital budget across its Canadian operations, including the approximately four new wells, along with maintenance and optimization of its facilities
    Calgary-based Black Diamond Group Limited, a modular space and accomodations provider, is soon start work on a $42.5M camp contract during the construction of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project. The company also has a separate 304-bed rental contract in Kitimat.
    The Government of Alberta announced construction of a new highway interchange near the Edmonton International Airport. Detailed design work is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
    The Government of Alberta intends to reconstruct Highway 628 near Edmonton. Construction is expected to start in 2021, take four to six years to complete and support more than 350 direct and indirect jobs.
    The Government of Canada is providing $20.9M to help rebuild infrastructure in Waterton Lakes National Park that was damaged or destroyed by the 2017 Kenow wildfire
    The Petroleum Services Association of Canada revised their forecast on the number of wells to be drilled across Alberta in 2019, from 3,532 to 2,948
    ENMAX Corporation, a City of Calgary-owned utility, laid off 43 employees including electricians, inspectors and power line technicians. Last month, an additional 37 employees accepted voluntary buyout packages.
  • Start date: 2019-01-21, End date: 2019-01-25
    Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2019

    Medicine Hat College has introduced a new business internship program to help students gain work experience. Under the program, employers must guarantee employment of 30¿35 hours per week for 12¿16 weeks between the months of May and August.
    Peyto Exploration & Development Corp. reduced its preliminary 2019 capital budget to $150M to $200M mostly in response to continuing low energy prices. Peyto has plans to drill about 50 wells in Alberta this year.
    The former Enbridge Tower in downtown Edmonton is re-emerging as a Hyatt branded hotel. The Hyatt will run two separate hotel branches under its brand: a continental short-term stay through Hyatt Place and long-term stays through Hyatt House.
    Wapahki Energy Ltd. is partnering with CN Rail to build a $50M facility to transform oil sands bitumen into solid ¿pucks¿. Both will each invest $16.7M into the facility, and are currently looking for a third partner.
    As of March 1st, the Calgary Airport Authority will replace city firefighters with private crews under a new contract arrangement with Canadian Airport Fire Services. A total of 30 city firefighters will be assigned to other stations around Calgary.
    Calgary-based Eguana Technologies is partnering with Class A Energy Solutions to deliver Eguana's residential energy storage systems across Australia
    Jupiter Resources Ltd. approved upto $210M towards its 2019 capital program. New capital investment will be focused on its liquids-rich natural gas properties in Alberta.
    The Government of Alberta announced improvements for a new railway overpass and twinning highway 60 near Edmonton. Design work and relocation of utilities are to begin later this year.
    Canadian Rockies Hemp is planning to start construction this spring on a decortication facility and a hemp extraction facility in Bruderheim. Initial plans are for 15 employees, with an expanded facility and another 35 jobs, slated for 2020.
    The City of Medicine Hat saw building permit values increase by $28M in 2018 from 2017, in part due to construction of the $130M Aurora Cannabis facility. Work also continued on two southside hotels and a recently completed $12M apartment block.
    Sunset Solar, Ltd. is awaiting a final decision from the Alberta Utility Commission for a proposed 600-acre solar array near Grassy Lake. The company expects to employ 190 workers during the 18-month construction period, slated to start this spring.
    Best Buy, the electronics retailer, has permanently closed its doors in St. Albert due to a lease dispute with the property landlord. About 46 employees at the location have been given the option to retain their positions at other Best Buy stores.
    The National Energy Board has approved TransCanada's request to begin work on the North Spread of its Keystone XL Project . The approval covers winter 2019 clearing of trees and shrubs along the pipeline route's north section, starting at Hardisty.
    MEG Energy Corp. is expecting to spend $200M in its 2019 capital budget with an additional $75M in discretionary capital subject to market conditions. MEG plans to invest $40M towards growth projects this year, including $20M to completion of its Phase 2B Brownfield Expansion.
    Razor Energy Corp. is planning to spend $13.5M in its 2019 capital budget, including $4.6M towards well reactivation and optimization, and $5.2M to develop a blending facility in Kaybob and a condensate stabilization facility in Swan Hills
    Civeo Corporation has secured a hospitality services contract to operate a 1,540-room facility for an oil sands operator over the initial term of five years
    The Government of Alberta is providing a provisional $440M loan guarantee to Value Creation Inc. for a $2B partial-upgrading facility. The project is expected to create more than 2,000 construction jobs and another 200 full-time positions on completion.
    Gymboree, a US-based children's clothing retailer, is filing for bankruptcy protection and closing its 49 Canadian stores
  • Start date: 2019-01-14, End date: 2019-01-18
    Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2019

    Calgary-based NovAtel has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to design, produce and deliver 40 next-generation Ground Uplink Station signal generators to support the FAA's safety of life WAAS navigation service
    Winners is hiring for a new store in Parkland Mall in Red Deer. The store is set to open on March 26th, operating in about 40 percent of the space occupied by the former Safeway store. Parkland Mall has signed a long term lease with Winners.
    Pursuit, an adventure travel operator, is set to open a totally revamped Glacier Park Lodge in Jasper National Park next summer. The 32-guest room retreat is located on the Icefield's Parkway at the toe of the Athabasca Glacier that forms part of the Columbia Icefield.
    Seven Generations Energy Ltd. is planning a $1.25B capital budget for 2019, about $500M lower than the budget it announced for 2018. The budget includes $1.1B for gathering infrastructure and pipelines and $125M for drilling and other well work.
    U.S. private equity giant KKR & Co. Inc. and Tulsa-based SemGroup Corp. have created a $1.15B Calgary-based company focused on natural gas processing assets in Alberta. The partnership is also spending $600M to buy assets from Meritage Midstream ULC.
    Bonterra Energy Corp. is planning to concentrate its 2019 work in central Alberta as part of a $55M to $77M capital budget. The company plans to direct the money to new wells, facilities and pipelines and non-operated drilling and completion activities.
    Surge Energy Inc. is planning to spend $135M in its 2019 capital budget. Surge expects to spend $100M on drilling and well completions and $25M on facilities, equipment and pipelines.
    The University of Lethbridge is launching two programs for health-care professionals in Calgary. Starting in September, the university's satellite campus will offer a graduate certificate or a master's degree in health services management.
    The City of Cold Lake has started construction on over $19M in upgrades to its water treatment plant. The work includes new raw water pumps with a pump room, a chlorine cylinder storage room expansion and electrical upgrades.
    The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute and the University of Alberta are hosting the 11th annual Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning Summer School, July 24 - August 2, 2019 in Edmonton. The event attracts researchers and the AI industry.
    Crescent Point Energy Corp. is reducing its capital expenditure in 2019 in its East Duvernay properties in Alberta based on current oil prices. The company may revisit the spending allocation in the area if oil prices improve through the year.
    Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. is planning to spend $40M to $ 50M in its 2019 capital program. Most of the money will be spent in drilling, well completion and production activities on its central Alberta properties.
    Alberta Health Services and United Nurses of Alberta have settled a grievance over nursing shortages at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre emergency department (ER). The settlement includes the designation of 11.7 full-time-equivalent Registered Nurse relief positions for use exclusively in the ER.
    Tourmaline Oil Corp. has cut its 2019 capital program by $75M to $1.225B from previous estimates. Tourmaline expects to have approximately 125 new wells available to be brought on production between January 15 and June 30, 2019.
    Gear Energy Ltd. is planning to spend about 6 percent of its $10M 2019 capital budget on expansion of well improvement activities in central Alberta, continuing on from its 2018 program
    Tamarack Valley Energy Ltd. is planning on a 2019 capital budget of $170M to $180M. Tamarack anticipates drilling 125 wells, including 110 Viking light oil wells near Redwater and Veteran.
    The Theatre Network Society is set to start construction this spring on the $11.5M rebuild of the Roxy Theatre in Edmonton after Heritage Canada announced $2.5M for the project. The original theatre was destroyed by fire in January 2015.
  • Start date: 2019-01-07, End date: 2019-01-11
    Week of Jan 07 - Jan 11, 2019

    Eagle Energy Inc. is implementing a selective well shut-in program at its Dixonville field oil operations north of Peace River in response to low oil prices
    WestJet is launching international scheduled service this spring between Calgary and London-Gatwick, Paris and Dublin that will support 650 full-time jobs and $100M in total economic output, according to the airline.
    Red Deer College is introducing the health care aide certificate program starting April 8. The health care aide certificate is a flexible program in which students do much of their course work as it fits into their daily schedule.
    Total Safety, a global safety services company, is planning to expand its services in the Grande Prairie area following the acquisition of local company Vantage Safety Services
    HALO, a dedicated medivac helicopter for southern Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan, has received a one-time Alberta government grant of $1M to help meet its operating budget. HALO's annual budget recently increased from $0.85M to $2.6M.
    Petrus Resources Ltd. is planning to spend $8M to $10M in its first quarter 2019 capital budget. Most of the money will be spent on condensate well development near Rocky Mountain House including plans to drill five new wells.
    Yangarra Resources Ltd. is planning to spend $100M in its initial capital budget for 2019. Yangarra is planning to drill 24 wells this year near Rocky Mountain House.
    The Calgary Police Service is planning to have 24 new officers by the fall of 2019. The service is currently understaffed by around 100 officers, but its plans are to start hiring between four and six classes of 24 for the next four years.
    The City of Lethbridge anticipates that 2019 will be a busy year for local building trades with ongoing construction projects. Major industrial projects pushed the 2018 construction total to a record $443M, up from $313.8M in 2017.
  • Start date: 2018-12-31, End date: 2019-01-04
    Week of Dec 31 - Jan 04, 2018

    The Government of Alberta has granted a 20-year extension to Calgary's east downtown community revitalization levy to fund infrastructure upgrades. The investment in the BMO Convention Centre will create an estimated 2,250 jobs and contribute $223M annually to the economy.
    Clearwater County has passed a $42.4M capital budget for 2019. Construction projects include the $3.8M Condor Public Services Building, gravel road work of $5.0M and $3.9M in bridge repairs.
    The Town of Vermilion has awarded a contract for a new $19M wastewater treatment plant to Sure-form Contracting Ltd. The Alberta government is contributing $3.4M, and the federal government is supplying $8M.
    The Town of Canmore has approved a $17.5M capital budget for 2019 that includes $7.7M in utility projects and $9.8M in other infrastructure work
    Husky Energy is planning a 2019 capital program of $3.4B, about $300M less than its previous forecasts. The spending is being cut in areas where it has the most capital flexibility, including heavy oil and Western Canada resource plays.
    The Natural Gas Innovation Fund is launching a $3M call for project proposals to help develop clean technology using Canadian natural gas. The program will make up to $1M available per project in the upstream sector.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $50M to help trade-exposed industries reduce costs and increase competitiveness. The program is targeting efficiency at pulp and paper, chemical, fertilizer, minerals and metals facilities.
    Canadian National Railway Co. is planning to build a pilot plant worth up to $50M next year to create pucks, called CanaPux, made of oilsands bitumen to transport by rail and ships. Future plans are for a commercial-sized plant to produce the pucks.
    Shell Canada is limiting costs on producing natural gas due to low prices and over the next two years no new wells will be drilled. As a result, production will drop by about 15 per cent because of natural declines.
    Western Canada's drilling rigs decreased by 61 rigs, or 47% to a total of 70 according to Baker Hughes for the week of December 28th. Oil drilling went from 58 to 15; natural gas rigs decreased from 73 to 55. Alberta rig counts went down 47 to 57.
    The Municipal District of Willow Creek has approved construction of the Claresholm Solar Project. The project will involve 250 to 300 people working for 18 months in the project's construction phase. The solar panels are expected to have a 30 to 35 year lifecycle and generate enough electricity to power 33,000 typical Alberta homes.
    The Edmonton Police Service is hiring 25 new officers to cover an expanded service area south of the city limits following the land annexation from Leduc County. Some of the new hires will go to the traffic division and some will go to the tactical unit.
  • Start date: 2018-12-24, End date: 2018-12-28
    Week of Dec 24 - Dec 28, 2018

    The new Wild Rose Assisted Living and Wild Rose Villa designated supportive living facility for seniors has opened in Boyle. The governments of Alberta and Canada provided a combined investment of about $13.1M.
    Gear Energy Ltd. is starting field activities in early 2019 to resume production from the majority of its heavy and light oil wells that were temporarily shut-in during December 2018, in response to low oil prices
    Suncor Energy Ltd. is planning to spend between $4.9B and $5.6B in its 2019 capital program. Some of the capital is directed towards enhancing Suncor's midstream logistics infrastructure.
    The federal government is providing $8.7M through the National Disaster Mitigation Program for 18 projects. They include new or replacement flood mapping for Drumheller, Medicine Hat, Siksika Nation, Red Deer, and part of the North Saskatchewan River.
    The Government of Alberta has announced five successful projects in the latest phase of the Renewable Electricity Program. In total, the new developments will create about 1,000 jobs and generate enough power for nearly 300,000 homes.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $130M to $165M for two highway projects in the Grande Prairie area. Construction on both highway projects is expected to support 700 jobs regionally.
    Amazon Canada is planning to open a one-million-square-foot warehouse in the Nisku Business Park, just south of Edmonton. The project will employ about 700 construction workers. The warehouse is expected to provide 600 new jobs when it opens in 2020.
    Cancarb is spending $40M over the next 18 months to add another production unit and expand the warehousing system at its Medicine Hat production facility. The company expects to hire nine new full-time employees once all work is complete in summer 2020.
    Whitecap Resources Inc. is planning to drill 46 wells in Alberta in 2019 as part of an approximate $194M capital program in the province. Whitecap also plans to spend about $80M on enhanced oil recovery projects.
    Greengate Power Corporation is expecting to move forward with construction of its Stirling Wind Project southeast of Lethbridge. Greengate recently signed an 20-year agreement with the Alberta Electric System Operator for guaranteed wind power pricing.
    The Government of Canada is providing more than $1.6B in assistance, most of it as commercial loans, to help energy companies. About $1.0B is earmarked for oil and gas exporters who want to invest in new technologies and diversify their markets.
  • Start date: 2018-12-17, End date: 2018-12-21
    Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2018

    ATTABotics Inc. plans to use a $4.5M from the $100M Opoortunity Calgary Investment Fund to hire 150 more employees and build a new production facility at the YYC Global Logistics Park at Calgary International Airport
    Athabasca Oil Corp. is cutting 25 per cent of head office staff in Calgary immediately, about 30 positions, and company executives will take a 10 per cent salary cut next year. Athabasca has a preliminary 2019 capital plan totalling $95M to $110M.
    Elevate Aviation is opening a learning centre at Edmonton Internation Airport that will include a program focused on drawing young women into the aviation industry. The program will help girls and women ages 15 to 24 find opportunities in the industry.
    Work has on started on the $24.2M new Autumn Glen Lodge in Ininsfail. The project will support 66 construction jobs and is expected to be complete in spring 2020.
    The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) has started construction on an $80M multi-use parkade in the East Village, scheduled to open in 2020. The design of the parkade allows it to be re-purposed in future years.
    G3 Canada Limited is building a new primary elevator just west of Morinville. Construction is slated to begin soon, subject to receiving regulatory approval, and is expected to be complete in 2020.
    Horizon North Logistics Inc. is planning to spend about $25M on expansion of its off-site manufacturing division as part of a $50M 2019 capital plan. Another $25M is allocated to the development of its Crossroads Lodge open camp located in Kitimat.
    H-Mart, a supermarket specializing in Korean food, is opening in Edmonton early in 2019. H-Mart has stores across the United States as well as in Toronto and the Vancouver area.
    Sundial Growers Inc. is planning to start shipping Alberta grown cannabis after receiving a standard processing and sales license for medical purpose for its Rocky View facility. Sundial continues to complete construction at its main facility in Olds.
    Painted Pony Energy Ltd. plans to spend between $95M and $110M of development capital in 2019. The company intends to focus on operational efficiencies in its production of natural gas and natural gas liquids.
    Obsidian Energy Ltd. is planning to complete four wells in January 2019. Fracture completions and well stimulations are expected to be ongoing in 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-12-10, End date: 2018-12-14
    Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2018

    The Edmonton Police Service plans to hire 101 new employees over the next four years as part of a $412M budget approved by Edmonton City Council. The force spends about 80 per cent of its money on labour costs.
    ATCO and Samsung C&T are planning to start construction on their joint Solar Generation Facility near Drumheller in spring 2019. The development of the project is expected to take approximately six to nine months to complete.
    Building Industry and Land Development Alberta Association (BILD Alberta) says that the economic downturn and government policies are hurting the province's home building industry. BILD cites layoffs in the industry and a backlog of more than 5,000 completed but unsold new homes in Alberta.
    The Town of Hanna estimates that the area will see $20M in direct and indirect impacts from the closure of a coal mine and coal-fired generating plant under the Alberta Government's Climate Leadership Plan
    Cineplex is opening a standalone VIP Cinema in northwest Calgary in 2021. The site will have five theatres with recliner chairs and food and beverage service, as well as a licensed lounge.
    Fort Saskatchewan has seen about $13M in new retail construction in 2018 with many of the buildings set for occupancy by a variety of restaurants, services and stores. The city has also issued nine development permits for retail cannabis outlets.
    The Tsuut'ina First Nation near Calgary is in the process of obtaining a license from the federal government to produce cannabis. Constant Creation, the first Tsuut'ina-based business to sell THC and CBD oils on the First Nation, opened recently.
    Western Energy Services Corp., an oilfield services company, expects to spend maintenance capital of $13M in 2019, which includes $10M in the contract drilling segment and $3M in the production services segment
    The Blood Tribe is getting a new safe withdrawal management site that will provide substance-use treatment and 24-hour clinical care for people in the community. The Government of Alberta is providing $2.2M over two years for the new program.
    The Government of Alberta is adding $29M to the budget for emergency medical services. Staffing additions include 58 first responders and 16 liaison officers for hospitals in Edmonton and Calgary, as well as 30 first responders in smaller centres across the province.
    The Government of Alberta is updating employment rules for youth aged 12 and under. The new standards only apply to formal employer-employee relationships and do not apply to volunteer activities or casual work such as babysitting, lawn-mowing or snow-shovelling.
    Pembina Pipeline Corp. is planning to spend $900M on pipelines next year, about 53 percent of its $1.6B capital budget. The company has allocated $425M for facilities infrastructure and $110M for its proposed propane-to-plastics facility near Edmonton.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $11M for a new permanent supportive housing complex for recovering addicts in Lethbridge. Also, the government is investing $1.6M to create up to 30 new detox spaces in the city.
    Finding and training more staff will become a challenge if crude-by-rail demands increase even further according to the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, the union that represents railway workers at both CN and CP
    Cenovus Energy Inc. plans to complete construction of the Christina Lake oil sands phase G expansion in 2019 as part of a $1.2B to $1.4B capital program. Cenovus also intends to spend $50M to $75M on drilling and completion in the Deep Basin in 2019.
    Some Alberta cannabis retailers are limiting store hours due to an ongoing shortage of product, while others have withdrawn applications for stores. As of December 3rd, there are still 710 retail cannabis licences pending in Alberta.
    TORC Oil & Gas Ltd. is planning to drill nine wells in the Cardium formation in west-central Alberta in 2019 s part of a $180M capital program
    Athabasca Oil Corp. is cutting 25 per cent of head office staff in Calgary - about 30 positions - while company executives will take a 10 per cent salary cut next year. Athabasca has a preliminary capital plan of between $95M and $110M for 2019, much lower than the $190M for 2018.

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