Job Market Trends and News


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  • Start date: 2019-08-05, End date: 2019-08-09
    Week of Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2019

    The Government of Saskatchewan recently launched the Oil and Gas Processing Investment incentive to help oil and gas companies increase value added processing as well as improve greenhouse gas emissions
    The Mosaic Company is indefinitely suspending operations at its Colonsay mine located southeast of Saskatoon, affecting approximately 350 employees. The length of the shutdown is unknown at this time.
    Empire Parkour, a new gym, will be opening in Saskatoon in fall 2019
    According to the Association of Regina Realtors, there were 314 home sales in Regina in July 2019, nearly 10% below 10-year average
    Pineapple Express Delivery, a same-day cannabis delivery service, is expanding its operations across Saskatchewan. The company currently operates in Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Warman and Martensville.
  • Start date: 2019-07-29, End date: 2019-08-02
    Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2019

    The Government of Canada is granting over $4.6M to support women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan as part of the first ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy
    The federal government is granting $975,000 to the Keewatin Community Development Association. The funding will be used to increase production from Northern Saskatchewan's non-timber forest sector, and will create 50 new jobs.
    The Government of Canada is providing over $21M towards 17 projects in Saskatchewan that promote innovation, skills development and growth. The funding is expected to create 770 new jobs and provide training opportunities for over 900 workers.
    The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has renewed Orano Canada Inc.'s Uranium Mine Licence. This decision will allow the company to decommission its Cluff Lake Project site located in northwestern Saskatchewan.
    The Government of Canada is providing $11.2M in funding to improve high-speed internet access in 21 rural communities across Saskatchewan
    The James Smith Cree Nation, AECOM and Tesla Energy signed a memorandum of understanding to build a hydro-electric power plant on James Smith Cree Nation territory, along the North Saskatchewan River
    Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital is adding 36 permanent acute care in-patient beds. The new beds will be staffed by 56 full-time nursing positions.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is spending more than $20M on bridge repairs across the province
    Three Safeway grocery stores in Saskatoon and one in Regina will close for renovations starting in March 2020. The stores are being converted into FreshCo locations and are expected to reopen in summer 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-07-22, End date: 2019-07-26
    Week of Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019

    Vendasta, a Saskatoon-based tech company, is receiving $40M from private investors. The company plans to hire 365 workers within the next three years.
    The Brick is planning to open a store in Meadow Lake. The new furniture store will create up to four new jobs and is expected to open by the beginning of September 2019.
    The Government of Canada has launched a new three-year pilot program to fill labour shortages within the agri-food sector
    The Government of Canada is granting $1.6M to five Indigenous groups in Saskatchewan through the Nation Rebuilding Program to support Indigenous governance
    SaskPower is spending nearly $10M to install 20,000 new smart meters for commercial and industrial customers
    Pile O¿ Bones Brewing Company is expanding and will relocate to Regina¿s Cathedral neighbourhood. The new location, which is expected to open in August, will be approximately five times bigger than their current location.
    Indian Head¿s Pine Lodge Treatment Centre is getting 10 new inpatient treatment beds, bringing the total number of beds to 33. The Government of Saskatchewan has granted $467,000 in funding for the beds.
    Genome Canada, a government funded agency, is providing over $24M in funding towards three agriculture research projects led by the University of Saskatchewan
  • Start date: 2019-07-08, End date: 2019-07-12
    Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2019

    According to Statistics Canada, employment in Saskatchewan was up 9,300 in June 2019 compared to the same month last year
    The S.W Sask Oldtimers' Museum in Maple Creek recently reopened its doors after renovations. The museum had been closed for almost eight years.
    The federal government is granting $150,000 to Flying Dust First Nation, which is located near North Battleford, for a research and restoration project in the Meadow Lake and Meadow River areas. Work is expected to begin in July 2019.
  • Start date: 2019-07-01, End date: 2019-07-05
    Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2019

    The Government of Canada and Onion Lake Cree Nation are providing $36.8M and $3.1M, respectively, to build a new high school. Construction of the new school will begin in July 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2021.
    The governments of Canada, Saskatchewan and Alberta, along with the City of Lloydminster, are granting approximately $81.5M to build a new wastewater treatment system in the city
    The federal government is providing nearly $1.3M in funding to help communities in Saskatchewan transition away from coal to cleaner energy alternatives. The funding is being provided through the Canada Coal Transition Initiative.
    Three new food-related businesses have recently opened on Saskatoon's Broadway Avenue with two more opening soon
    The North East SPCA shelter in Melfort will officially open its doors on September 27, 2019
  • Start date: 2019-06-24, End date: 2019-06-28
    Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2019

    The Government of Saskatchewan has released its spring tender schedule for 2019, which includes $50M in highway improvement and safety projects.
    Rio Tinto Exploration Canada will begin its $3M exploration program at the Janice Lake sedimentary copper project in July 2019. The initial phase of the program will consist of an airborne geophysical survey followed by drilling.
    The Saskatoon Public School board is reducing nearly 51 teaching and support positions in the 2019-2020 school year. However, some of the eliminated workers will be reassigned to other areas within the division because of higher enrollment levels.
    Ironwood Family Fitness is set to open on July 2, 2019, taking over the old YMCA space in Moose Jaw. Ironwood will continue to offer childcare service previously offered by the YMCA.
    Saskatoon's newest museum, the Nutrien Wonderhub children's museum, is set to open on June 28, 2019
    The Regina Catholic School Board is adding 17 full-time teachers for the 2019-2020 school year due to higher enrolment. The board is also eliminating some positions from the Speech and Language Department with affected staff being relocated.
    The Government of Canada is granting up to $1M to develop a new strategy to sustainably supply and manage water in the Prairie Provinces.
    The Watrous-Manitou Beach Heritage Centre is set to open on June 28, 2019
  • Start date: 2019-06-17, End date: 2019-06-21
    Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2019

    The Saskatchewan Highway Patrol service is opening a centralized defence tactic training facility in Regina by 2020
    A new Petro-Canada Station recently opened on Ochapowace First Nation, approximately four kilometres east of Regina
    Moose Jaw is one of 11 communities selected to be part of the Rural and Northern Immigration pilot project. The pilot will help communities dealing with labour shortages and an aging population by bringing newcomers to stay and work in the area.
    Front Page Beauty Limited closed its doors in Regina on June 14, 2019
    The Government of Saskatchewan recently launched the Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS) program. The new income support program will help residents overcome employment challenges and become more self-sufficient.
    A newly-renovated Red Apple Store opened its doors in Canora on June 1, 2019
  • Start date: 2019-06-10, End date: 2019-06-14
    Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2019

    According to the Association of Regina Realtors, Moose Jaw homes sales in May 2019 were down 11.9% compared to the same period last year
    Seeding is close to completion in Saskatchewan. Ninety-nine percent of the crop in the province has been planted ¿ six percentage points above the five-year average for this time of year.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting a total of $14M to 14 rural municipalities to improve roads, bridges and culverts. The funding is being provided through the Municipal Roads for the Economy Program.
    Minimum wage in Saskatchewan is set to increase from $11.06 to $11.32 per hour, effective October 1, 2019
    The Government of Saskatchewan announced that the Town of La Ronge will be home to one of the province's seven new Early Years Family Resource Centres set to open in fall 2019
    Humboldt's newest cannabis retailer, Tweed, opened June 7, 2019. The store currently employs six people and will soon be hiring five additional staff.
    A new ride-sharing service, RideX, is set to start in Saskatoon on June 28, 2019. RideX also has plans to launch in Regina in July.
    According to the Saskatoon Region Association of Realtors, home sales in Saskatoon were up 16% in May compared to a year earlier
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate was 5.2% in May 2019, down 1.5 percentage points from May 2018
  • Start date: 2019-06-03, End date: 2019-06-07
    Week of Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2019

    YMCA in Moose Jaw is closing its doors effective June 30, 2019, impacting 31 staff. Child care services at the location will continue to operate until July 2, which will then be taken over by the YMCA of Regina.
    The Government of Canada is granting about $4.4M to 32 researchers at the University of Regina through the Discovery Grants Program to support their science and engineering research projects
    Conexus Credit Union is closing nine branches across the province as of October 2, 2019 ¿ affecting 38 staff
    The federal government is increasing the loan limits for the Advance Payments Program to support agricultural producers. The limits are increasing from $400,000 to $1M and the interest-free portion for canola will advance from $100,000 to $500,000.
    Sasktel has expanded its interNET Extended 50 services to seven rural communities throughout the province. The new service is expected to boost Internet speed connections for local residents and businesses.
  • Start date: 2019-05-27, End date: 2019-05-31
    Week of May 27 - May 31, 2019

    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $11.6M over five years to Saskatoon's Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation. The new funding agreement replaces one that expired at the end of March 2019.
    The Government of Canada is granting $52.5M to build the Meadow Lake Tribal Council Bioenergy Centre. The new centre will replace the current beehive burner at the NorSask mill and is expected to create enough energy to power 5,000 homes.
    The provincial and federal governments are each contributing over $30.4M to upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure in Saskatoon, the RM of Snipe Lake, the RM of Newcombe, and the town of Eston
    The Government of Canada is granting $21.6M towards Saskatoon's Flood Control Strategy. The strategy involves building new storm water infrastructure in the city's older neighbourhoods.
    The City of Melfort is upgrading a water line and paving Saskatchewan Drive. The work will be done in stages at a cost of more than $3M.
    Twenty-seven communities across the province are receiving $498,732 through the Provincial Traffic Safety Fund grant to improve traffic safety
    SaskPower is spending $18.9M to upgrade infrastructure in Regina this year. Some of the work involves replacing overhead and underground cables, and installing expansion boxes for the power boxes attached to homes.
    The Mumford House, a woman's shelter in Saskatoon, recently closed its doors
    Saskatoon Station Place restaurant is closing in June 2019. Old Spaghetti Factory will be taking over the space.
  • Start date: 2019-05-20, End date: 2019-05-24
    Week of May 20 - May 24, 2019

    Uber, a ride hailing company, recently began operations in Regina
    According to the Regina and Region Home Builders' Association, there were 111 residential housing permits issued in Regina during the first quarter of 2019, down 67.4% compared to the same period a year ago
    Construction continues on the new Holiday Inn Express and Suites hotel in North Battleford. Approximately half of the construction workers employed on this project have been referrals from the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies Career Centre.
    Federated Co-op Limited's feed plant in Melfort is slated to close on August 18, 2019. Ten workers will be affected by the closure.
    Nutrien Ag Solutions retail site near Norquay is now open. The new facility employs six seasonal and six full-time staff.
    The Bender Bar and Grill held its grand opening in Goodsoil on May 19, 2019
    The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council is granting $10.6M to fund 59 research projects at the University of Saskatchewan. Topics being researched include cannabis, water quality, and swine flu.
    SaskTel is spending approximately $321M in 2019-2020 to improve and grow its programs and services. The funding is part of SaskTel's capital spending plan of $1.4B over the next five years.
  • Start date: 2019-05-13, End date: 2019-05-17
    Week of May 13 - May 17, 2019

    The Targeted Mineral Exploration Incentive program is creating mining opportunities in the Creighton area. The program provides up to a maximum of $750,000 per year, with successful applicants receiving up to $50,000.
    Lease of a public liquor store in Saskatoon's Lawson Heights Mall is set to expire on March 31, 2020. Sixteen employees are affected by the changes.
    Cowessess First Nation is constructing a new youth transition home. The building will be home to 10 females between the ages of 14 and 17 years.
    Twenty-three new fishery officers graduated at the RCMP depot in Regina. The next phase for the graduates is to complete 30 months of practical training in field offices across the country.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $700,000, through its Community Airport Partnership program, to improve infrastructure at nine community airports
    Construction on Weyburn's new $33.7M elementary school has started. The school is slated to open in fall 2021 and will include a child-care centre for 51 kids.
    The City of Regina is spending $29.5M to repair roads, $4.4M to upgrade bridges and $50M on sewer and water infrastructure projects this year
    Nutrien is laying off 80 employees at its Vanscoy mine near Saskatoon, effective in the third quarter of 2019. The layoffs are a result of the company's decision to lower mine capacity and shift production to lower cost mines.
    Discovery Co-op, a new grocery store and pharmacy in the Battleford, opened on May 16, 2019
    Green Earth Daycare opened in Regina on May 13, 2019. The new child-care centre, located at Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, has 60 new spaces.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $491,000 to the Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres to help people with disabilities find employment
    The Province, along with the University of Regina and Statistics Canada, is opening a Regina Research Data Centre. The centre will allow qualified researchers to access confidential data on issues such as population, household services, and health.
  • Start date: 2019-05-06, End date: 2019-05-10
    Week of May 06 - May 10, 2019

    The federal and provincial governments are providing $2.6M to build 12 new rental-housing units for seniors in La Ronge, as well as $1.8M in funding for two housing projects geared towards victims of domestic violence
    Saskatoon Transit is looking for a developer to build a mobile app through which transit users can create an account to purchase fares. The deadline to submit request for proposals is May 30, 2019.
    The Province and the Status of Women Office are providing $122,000 to support a pilot project at the Regina Police Service. The project aims to review sexual assault and abuse cases to ensure investigations are in-depth and properly classified.
    Wright's Greenhouse is now open in Melfort
    Seeding has started in Saskatchewan. Five percent of the crop has been planted thus far, which is in line with the five-year average for this time of the year.
    According to the Saskatoon Region Association of Realtors, the number of homes sold in Prince Albert increased from 42 units in April 2018 to 57 units in April 2019
    According to the Saskatoon Region Association of Realtors, home sales in North Battleford increased 17% in April 2019 compared to the same period last year
  • Start date: 2019-04-29, End date: 2019-05-03
    Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2019

    The federal and provincial governments are granting $25M to restore the eastern portion of Highway 55, running from Manitoba to Alberta, and through Prince Albert. Work on the project is expected to begin this year.
    The federal government is providing $1M over the next two years to the University of Regina. The funding will be used to improve accessibility of the university's Darke Hall building.
    SaskPower is currently accepting proposals for a 10-megawatt solar project. The successful proposal will be announced by early 2020, with work on the project expected to begin as soon as December 2021.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting more than $449.9M over the next 10 years to renew, repair and build affordable housing across Saskatchewan
    Two research centres at the University of Saskatchewan will receive an additional $13.4M in funding over the next two years from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The funding will help the centres hire staff and undertake maintenance and facility upgrades.
    Rio Tinto has expanded its work camp from 90 to 150 people at Fort à la Corne, east of Prince Albert. The company is gearing up for a large-scale trench cutting to determine the feasibility of their diamond-mining project.
    Sunnyside Dairy, located north of Saskatoon, is the first dairy farm in Saskatchewan to offer milk on tap. The farmyard market also sells beef products, vegetables, canning and honey.
    National Access Cannabis Corp. recently purchased a retail cannabis store from New Leaf Emporium Inc. in Moose Jaw. The company currently has 24 stores in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, with plans to have 40 by the end of 2019.
  • Start date: 2019-04-22, End date: 2019-04-26
    Week of Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2019

    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting more than $2M towards language and literacy programs for children aged six years and younger
    The Government of Saskatchewan, along with Natural Resources Canada and the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency, is granting a combined $1.3M in funding for three projects aimed to manage the impacts of climate change
    Saskatoon Co-op employees have accepted a collective agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers union, ending a five-month strike. Employees were back to work on April 21, 2019.
    The Government of Canada is granting $840,000 to the Saskatoon and Kelowna airports. The airports will collaborate to find ways to promote tourism in their cities and increase international flights.
    The Government of Canada is granting $40.2M towards wildfire mitigation projects in northern Saskatchewan. Initiatives include clearing and maintaining forested areas, and fuel mitigation projects to protect 85 communities from wildfire threats.
    The Government of Saskatchewan plans to replace the swimming pool at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park. Work on the estimated $2.5M project will begin this summer and is slated for completion by summer 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-04-15, End date: 2019-04-19
    Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2019

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic is laying off 19 employees at its campuses in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw. Seven of the layoffs are in academic positions, while 12 are in support positions.
    Six of Melfort's 13 physicians have given notice that they are leaving the community, while one of the communities four nurse practitioners is retiring. It is unknown when these vacancies will be filled.
    The A&W restaurant in Regina's east end is being rebuilt. The new building is expected to open in September 2019.
    The Government of Canada is granting $1.1M to OutSaskatoon. The group will offer counselling and other support programs to survivors of gender-based violence.
    Homemade Saskatchewan opened its doors in Regina's Northgate Mall on April 1, 2019. The new store showcases products from local artists.
  • Start date: 2019-04-08, End date: 2019-04-12
    Week of Apr 08 - Apr 12, 2019

    The number of people employed in Saskatchewan increased 3,900 month-over-month in March. Meanwhile, the province's unemployment rate dropped to 4.9% - the lowest level since August 2015.
    Nutrien Wonderhub, a new museum for children, will open in Saskatoon on June 28, 2019
    Miyosiwin Salon Spa in Regina reopened on April 4, 2019, a year after it was damaged in a fire
    The City of Prince Albert is spending $80,000 to upgrade lights at the Art Hauser Center during this off-season. A request for proposals for the project was posted on SaskTenders in late March.
    SaskTel recently launched a new cell tower in Lloydminster. The company has also upgraded an existing tower in the community to improve wireless LTE service.
    SaskTel has upgraded its high speed internet services in Lumsden and Melfort. Residents and businesses will now have download speeds of up to 50 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 10 Mbps.
  • Start date: 2019-04-01, End date: 2019-04-05
    Week of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2019

    Olive Garden is opening locations in Regina and Saskatoon, creating approximately 300 jobs. Construction is set to start soon in both cities; however, the official opening dates are unknown at this time.
    Christian Horizons opened a new group home in Regina on March 28, 2019. The organization currently operates 16 group homes across the province that provide supports for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $12M in funding for autism services and supports. The funding will also enable the Autism Resource Centres in Saskatoon and Regina to hire two mental health professionals.
    FHQ Developments and PQA Testing launched a new software testing company, PLATO Sask Testing, on April 2. The Indigenous-owned company will offer full-time employment to those who successfully complete PLATO'S training program.
    North East Outreach and Support Services will offer free walk-in counselling service in the Tisdale, Melfort, and Nipawin area starting May 1. The program is funded by Family Services Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Health Authority.
    Partners Family Services in Humboldt will offer free walk-in counselling services starting in mid-April 2019
    Conexus Credit Union's Cultivator, a program that offers mentorship, programming, and access to capital funding for tech companies, has helped 11 established companies and 10 new start-ups grow operations in Regina since its launch in fall 2018
  • Start date: 2019-03-25, End date: 2019-03-29
    Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2019

    Westleaf Inc. plans to open two new cannabis retail stores in Saskatoon by April 20, 2019
    Atlantis Coffee will close its doors in Regina on March 30, 2019. Brewed Awakening has taken over the space and will open their seventh coffee house on April 5, 2019.
    The Government of Saskatchewan earmarked $23M for the Saskatoon Children's Hospital in its 2019-20 budget to hire more doctors, nurses and other staff. The hospital is set to open in fall 2019.
    The Government of Saskatchewan announced $1.8M for addictions treatment programs in its 2019-20 budget. The funding will be used to create Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinics in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.
    The Government of Saskatchewan has increased school operating funding by $26.2M to $1.9B for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Furthermore, $95.6M will be spent on school infrastructure, $72.6M on child care and $11.2 on public libraries.
    The provincial government is providing an additional $30M in funding for mental health and addictions services. The funding will be used to add new beds, hire more healthcare staff and improve existing services.
    The Sarcan Depot in Shaunavon is moving to a bigger location. The new spot offers three times the space and is more accessible for customers.
    The provincial and federal governments are each providing around $27M in funding towards eight water and wastewater projects across the province
  • Start date: 2019-03-18, End date: 2019-03-22
    Week of Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2019

    The provincial Ministry of Environment is discontinuing walk-in services at 19 field offices, with most offices ceasing service on May 19, 2019. Sixteen part-time staff and three full-time staff are affected by the changes.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting more than $2M to expand its Early Learning Intensive Support pilot program to five new communities
    Construction is currently underway on Grain Millers' oat facility near Yorkton. Once complete, the plant will nearly double the company's production capacity, resulting in the need for approximately 30 more staff.
    Sleep Country is opening a store in Prince Albert in the second week of April. The new store will employ up to five employees.
    Saskatchewan's mandatory training for Class 1 commercial licences began March 15, 2019. Under the program, new truck drivers will require at least 121.5 hours of training, pass tests, and be monitored for one year.
    Rel8 began operations in Saskatoon on March 15, 2019, making it the second ridesharing company to operate in the city
    Canadian National Railway is spending more than $245M to upgrade railway infrastructure throughout the province
  • Start date: 2019-03-11, End date: 2019-03-15
    Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2019

    SaskTel is on track to install small cell site towers in 50 communities across the province by the end of March 2019. In addition, the company plans to install another 41 cell sites by the end of March 2020.
    The Government of Canada is granting $500M over six years to Saskatchewan for jobs and skills training in the province through the Workforce Development Agreement (WDA) and the Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA)
    The federal and provincial governments are granting a combined $81.7M to upgrade sections of Saskatchewan highways
    The Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford recently opened its doors. The 284-bed facility is currently recruiting more psychiatrists prior to adding more patients.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is creating more licensed daycare spaces through the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning Child Care Agreement. The 130 new spots are being added in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon, Humboldt and Delisle.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $1.5M to create Early Years Family Resource Centres in seven communities. The centres are set to open in the fall of 2019 and will help families raise young children by providing resources and support.
    The Government of Canada is granting $8M to upgrade Meadow Lake's water and wastewater management systems through its Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund
    Sycamore Energy Inc. is planning to make Moose Jaw its Saskatchewan headquarters. The renewable energy firm plans to employ up to 24 people over the next two years.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $5M to the Saskatchewan Conservation and Development Association to help producers with agricultural water management
  • Start date: 2019-03-04, End date: 2019-03-08
    Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2019

    The Government of Saskatchewan is planning to acquire the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation building in Regina. The building will be used for storing provincial archives and will offer extended reference and outreach services.
    The number of people working at Cameco Corporation has decreased significantly since the 2011 Fukushima meltdown. Since 2011, the company has laid-off 810 worker at its mines, as well as 219 employees at its head office in Saskatoon.
    Miyosiwin Salon Spa will reopen its doors on March 12 after being shuttered due to fire damages eleven month ago
    The Province launched its Mental Health Capacity Building pilot project to promote and improve mental health in children. School divisions have received funding to hire a school co-ordinator and wellness promoter to facilitate the program.
    Westleaf Cannabis Inc. is building a new cultivation facility on Thunderchild First Nation. The company plans to hire more than 150 employees once construction is completed.
    The Government of Canada is granting $40M to EVRAZ North America Inc. through its Strategic Innovation Fund. The funding is part of a $112.6M project to help the company upgrade its facilities in Regina and Red Deer, Alberta.
  • Start date: 2019-02-25, End date: 2019-03-01
    Week of Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2019

    Regina-based Pro Metal Industries has been awarded a $1M contract to manufacture light armored vehicle parts for General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. The contract could create 25 to 30 jobs for the Indigenous-owned manufacturing company.
    All 37 Home Outfitter stores are closing across Canada. There is only one store in Saskatchewan and the number of employees affected are unknown at this time.
    Wholesale trade in Saskatchewan increased 16.3% in December 2018 compared to the same period in 2017
    Talking Dog Studios is closing their media production facility and virtual reality arcade in Regina
    Regina City Council recently passed a bylaw to allow ridesharing. The new by-law permits companies like Uber to apply to operate in Regina. Uber is currently operating in Saskatoon and is looking to expand to Regina and other cities in Saskatchewan.
  • Start date: 2019-02-18, End date: 2019-02-22
    Week of Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2019

    The Saskatchewan Research Council is receiving $300,000 in funding from the Petroleum Technology Research Centre to research new and improved methods to access oil in west-central Saskatchewan
    The Government of Canada is spending over $12M to fix the runway and lighting system at Fond-du-Lac Airport
    The Lac La Ronge Indian Band, along with the federal and provincial governments, are jointly granting $16.1M to build the Lac La Ronge Wellness, Healing and Recovery Centre
    Payless Shoes is closing all of their stores across the U.S. and Canada. Eight stores in Saskatchewan will be affected.
  • Start date: 2019-02-11, End date: 2019-02-15
    Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2019

    Dandy's Artisan Ice Cream, Regina's newest ice cream shop, is now open
    Regina-based 20 Ten City Eatery is currently closed due to a water main break. It is unknown at this time when the restaurant will reopen.
    Sobeys new liquor store in Humbolt is now open
    Saskatoon's Skyxe International Airport will be undergoing upgrades at an estimated cost of $18M. Upgrades include expanding the check-in area and installing new technology, allowing passengers to print their own baggage tags.
    According to Statistics Canada, employment in Saskatchewan fell by 2,800 in January 2019 compared to the previous month
    The Government of Canada is providing $1.3M in funding for the City of Regina to expand its landfill-gas-collection system. The city will drill 30 new wells at the landfill; thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30%.
  • Start date: 2019-02-04, End date: 2019-02-08
    Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2019

    Saskatoon's Saboroso Brazilian Steakhouse will be closed for at least three months while remediation is completed after a nearby water main break caused damage to the restaurant. More than 40 people are laid off as a result of the closure.
    St. Paul's Hospital Foundation has launched a campaign hoping to raise $20M to build a new hospice centre in Saskatoon. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2019 and the facility should be completed by 2020.
    Innovation Saskatchewan is granting $800,000 to the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation in Saskatoon. The funding will be used to create specialized labs to study new drug treatments using medical isotopes.
    The provincial government is granting $4.2M to launch Community Recovery Teams in Saskatoon and seven other communities across Saskatchewan. The teams will help individuals with mental health issues to be successful in the community and at home.
    The Government of Canada is providing $250,000 in funding to Economic Development Regina to help create new business opportunities in the agriculture and agri-food industry
    Uber began operations in Saskatoon on February 5, 2019. The ride-sharing company is the first to operate in the province.
  • Start date: 2019-01-28, End date: 2019-02-01
    Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2019

    Saskatoon's Centre Mall plans to spend $43M to renovate the mall's interior and exterior. The upgrades are set to be completed in 2020.
    Prince Albert's second cannabis store, Canaba, opened its doors on January 18, 2019
    North West College in the Battlefords will offer a Psychiatric Nursing program starting in the fall of 2019. The two-and-a-half-year diploma program is accredited by Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
    Innovation Saskatchewan is accepting applications for the Made in Saskatchewan Technology Program. Selected companies will have an opportunity to work with ministries, agencies and Crown corporations to improve public service delivery in government.
    Saskatchewan's eighth wind facility, Gaia Power's Western Lily, opened near Grenfell. The 20-megawatt facility is the fourth largest of its kind, and will have the potential to power about 8,000 homes annually.
    Prince Albert-based Tru-North RV, Auto and Marine has acquired Manitoba-based Alumarine Boats. Tru-North plans to relocate the acquired company to Prince Albert and will be expanding the business further.
    Prince Albert City Council has approved the city's first cannabis production plant, Nuvomedic Cannabis Consulting Ltd. The plant is expected to be operational by 2021, and will employ between 50 and 60 people.
  • Start date: 2019-01-21, End date: 2019-01-25
    Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2019

    The provincial and federal governments are granting $12M for 44 crop-related research projects through Saskatchewan's Agriculture Development Fund and the Strategic Research Initiative
    The provincial and federal governments are granting $5.5M for 34 livestock and forage-related research projects through Saskatchewan's Agriculture Development Fund and the Strategic Field Program
    Nicky's Café in Emerald Park is hoping to hire individuals recovering from addiction issues. The restaurant has already hired two cooks who have overcome substance use problems.
    Canora-based Majc (Magic) Rides Transportation opened on December 31, 2018. The company provides transportation services from Canora to locations such as Saskatoon and Regina.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's manufacturing sales were up 3.3% in November 2018 compared to the previous month. Meanwhile, wholesale trade sales were up 4.5% during the same period.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $3M to Methy Construction and Maintenance to build 12 new staff housing units in La Loche. The new housing will available to health and educational professionals residing in the community.
  • Start date: 2019-01-14, End date: 2019-01-18
    Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2019

    The Government of Canada is providing $25.6M to DEEP Earth Energy Production Corporation to build a five-megawatt geothermal power plant in Estevan. The project is expected to create 100 jobs during construction.
    The Government of Canada is granting more than $2.3M over four years to the Saskatchewan Health Authority to help fight the opioid crisis
    Saskatchewan's value-added food processing industry generated about $4.6B in revenues in 2017. The Government of Saskatchewan has set a goal of $6B in revenues by 2025.
    A new hockey arena opened in the town of Perdue on January 12, 2019. The town's previous rink had burned down over three years ago.
    The Government of Saskatchewan has reached a deal with the federal government to shut down most of its coal-fired power plants by 2030. The agreement allows Boundary Dam 4 to remain open until the end of 2021 and Boundary Dam 5 to the end of 2024.
    The Government of Canada is awarding $292,050 in total to six organizations conducting Indigenous research
    Saskatoon-based Zyus has acquired an ethanol extraction plant at the Innovation Place, which it will upgrade to extract cannabinoids from marijuana. The company currently employs 43 workers and plans to double its workforce by 2020.
    The Saskatchewan Highway Patrol hired six new officers who will join detachments in Regina, Lloydminster and Prince Albert
  • Start date: 2019-01-07, End date: 2019-01-11
    Week of Jan 07 - Jan 11, 2019

    The Last Chance Bar & Grill opened in Gull Lake on December 6, 2018, employing six part-time staff. The town had been without a bar since October 2016.
    Luxembourg-based Tenaris, a global manufacturer and supplier of steel pipes, has established a pipe yard west of Bienfait. The new location employs 17 workers.
    Husky Energy's Dee Valley thermal bitumen project is expected to produce oil in the fourth quarter of 2019. In addition, the company has sanctioned a new thermal project at Spruce Lake East, which is slated for completion by the end of 2021.
    JNE Welding Limited Partnership plans to hire 20 new employees in the coming months as conditions in the potash industry improve
    According to Statistics Canada, the number of people employed in Saskatchewan increased 10,800 in December compared to a year ago. In addition, the provincial unemployment rate dropped from 6.5% in December 2017 to 5.6% this month.
    The provincial, federal and municipal governments are granting more than $5.1M to the town of Preeceville to upgrade its wastewater treatment facility
  • Start date: 2018-12-31, End date: 2019-01-04
    Week of Dec 31 - Jan 04, 2018

    Roots closed its doors in Regina's Cornwall Centre at the end of December 2018. In addition, the Gap will also close its location in the mall at the end of January.
    Souls Harbour Rescue Mission's Hope Centre opened in Regina on December 18, 2018, replacing the old one. The new centre adds 17 more affordable housing suites and includes a second subsidized daycare.
    A new Discovery Co-op food store and pharmacy are under construction in Battleford. The new store is set to open in late April 2019.
    The federal, provincial and municipal governments are jointly providing $28.8M in funding to replace the Winnipeg Street overpass in Regina
    Tweed, Regina's third cannabis retail store, opened on December 21, 2018
    Prairie Cannabis, Prince Albert's first cannabis retail store, opened December 19, 2018
    Hometown Co-op gas bar recently closed in Wolseley due to rising costs and aging infrastructure
    St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan hired six physicians in 2018 and is looking to hire more this year
    The Elizabeth, a 40-unit senior care home, recently opened in Humboldt
    The provincial government is providing $3.3M to clean up the abandoned Assiniboia Rubber Recycling tire pile. A request for proposals was issued by the Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan in early 2018.
  • Start date: 2018-12-24, End date: 2018-12-28
    Week of Dec 24 - Dec 28, 2018

    The City of Regina is planning to install lights on a section of the Ring Road. The city will look for a contractor in the near future and hopes to have the lights up before summer 2019.
    The Government of Canada is granting $2.2M to the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation. The funding will help develop an Innovation Wing at the University of Saskatchewan and will result in the creation of 50 new positions in Saskatoon.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is aiming to create nearly 150 additional child care spaces in Prince Albert, Regina, and Swift Current. The new spaces will be funded through the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.
    The Gold Horse Casino is set to open in Lloydminster on December 21, 2018. The casino will employ over 140 workers and will be run in partnership with the Border Tribal Council.
    Gardiner Dam Terminal (GDT) shareholders have approved the sale of GDT to Regina-based Viterra for an estimated $30M
  • Start date: 2018-12-17, End date: 2018-12-21
    Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2018

    The Regina Boxing Club will permanently close its doors on December 16, 2018 due to financial reasons
    The City of Regina spent over $35M on road and transportation infrastructure improvements in 2018
    A new Giant Tiger store is under construction and is set to open in downtown North Battleford in summer 2019
    Prince Albert's Lake Country Co-op opened a new liquor store on December 14, employing around 50 workers
    On December 17, the City of Saskatoon approved bylaws that allow ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate in the city. Representatives of Uber and Lyft could not say when their companies would have cars on the road.
  • Start date: 2018-12-10, End date: 2018-12-14
    Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2018

    According to the Saskatchewan Construction Association, there are currently 14,000 fewer individuals working in Saskatchewan's construction industry compared to 2015
    The Government of Saskatchewan launched the Waterflood Development Program on December 5. The new program is aimed at encouraging oil producers to build new or convert existing wells into waterflood injection wells.
    Saskatchewan's ridesharing rules came into effect on December 14; however, municipalities are required to pass local bylaws before ridesharing companies can begin operations
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate decreased 0.7 percentage points to 5.5% in November 2018. There were 15,100 more people employed in the province compared to the same time last year.
    A new Police and Crisis Team (PACT) has been launched in Yorkton. PACT responds to people experiencing mental health crises and connects individuals with appropriate services and supports.
  • Start date: 2018-12-03, End date: 2018-12-07
    Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2018

    The Pot Shack, Saskatoon's first and only licensed cannabis retailer, opened on November 27, 2018
    Renovations to Plus Industries' day program building in Melfort are now complete. The Government of Saskatchewan granted $338,000 towards upgrades for the building.
    The Government of Canada, through the Western Innovation Initiative, is awarding over $3.3M to Vendasta Technologies Inc. The funding will help Vendasta export its product to international markets and will allow the company to add 30 new positions.
    Regina's second legal cannabis retailer, Wiid, opened on November 29, 2018
    5Buds Cannabis, a legal cannabis retailer, opened in Warman on November 30, 2018
    The Government of Saskatchewan is implementing mandatory training for truck drivers starting March 15, 2019. Drivers will require 121.5 hours of training in order to be eligible to test for their Class 1 license.
  • Start date: 2018-11-26, End date: 2018-11-30
    Week of Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2018

    Regina's only legal cannabis store, The Cannabis Co. YQR, closed due to lack of product. The store originally opened on November 10, 2018.
    Prince Albert-based transportation company, KCTI Travels, started a Saskatoon to Edmonton route on November 19, 2018. The new route fills a void left behind by Greyhound.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is making amendments to the provincial Employment Act, which will extend maternity and adoption leave and create a new critically-ill adult leave
    Deep Earth Energy Production Corp. is building a geothermal power plant near Estevan. The plant is the first of its kind in Canada and could be generating electricity within the next three years.
    The federal, provincial and municipal governments are granting $11.2M each toward the Regina Railyard Renewal Project, which will see a 17.5 acre rail yard turned into a new neighbourhood. The project is expected to begin in 2020.
    The Safety Association of Saskatchewan Manufacturers will be the first licensed distributor in Canada for a new software called AlertMeter. Employees will take the test prior to their shift to help detect impairment and workplace fatigue.
    The City of Saskatoon has approved a budget increase of more than $4M for the Saskatoon Police Services, which will allow 10 new positions to be created
    The Government of Saskatchewan is adopting Ontario's Wide-Base Single Tires Program. The change will allow trucking companies to carry larger loads, reduce gas consumption by around 10%, and help improve internal trade.
    Saskatchewan's retail sales were up 1.7% in September 2018 compared to the previous month. This represents the highest percentage increase among provinces and was much higher than the national average of 0.2%.
  • Start date: 2018-11-19, End date: 2018-11-23
    Week of Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2018

    The Government of Canada is granting $153M to Prairie-based Protein Industries Canada Supercluster, under the Innovation Superclusters Initiative. The supercluster is anticipated to create more than 4,500 jobs over 10 years.
    Saskatoon is upgrading its transit shelters, bus stops, sidewalks and other related infrastructure. The total cost for improvements is over $10.6M, of which $5.3M is being awarded through the federal government's Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
    One month after the legalization of cannabis, only 10 of the 51 retail locations in Saskatchewan have received their provincial permits to sell cannabis, of which only seven are open. Regina has just one retail store open while Saskatoon has none.
    The Ministry of Corrections and Policing is providing $4.9M in funding to the Regina Police Service for 2018-19. Saskatchewan Government Insurance also provided $900,000 as part of the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan initiative.
    The Ministry of Corrections and Policing is providing $4.9M in funding to the Saskatoon Police Service for 2018-19. Saskatchewan Government Insurance also provided $900,000 as part of the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan initiative.
    The Elizabeth Retirement Community, a new retirement home, opened in Humboldt. More than $1M was provided by the federal and provincial governments towards the project, while Humboldt contributed $50,000 and reduced municipal taxes for five years.
    There were 61 of 119 drilling rigs working in Saskatchewan on November 13, which was the highest percentage in Western Canada
    The Government of Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan are granting $100,000 annually for five years to Canadian Western Agribition to support its work with international buyers and developing markets
    Mountain Equipment Co-op is opening a store in Saskatoon's Midtown Plaza. Construction of the store is expected to start in fall 2019, with the store set to open in spring 2020.
  • Start date: 2018-11-12, End date: 2018-11-16
    Week of Nov 12 - Nov 16, 2018

    The United Food and Commercial Workers union, representing about 400 Moose Jaw Co-op workers, reached an agreement with the Co-op. Workers were back on the job on November 8 after being on a strike for over 30 days.
    Saskatoon-based Nutrien Ltd. is permanently closing its potash mine in New Brunswick to focus on expansion in Saskatchewan
    Two Chinese companies are setting up operations in Saskatchewan. Ming Hai is currently constructing a flax processing plant in Dundurn, while FlaxMega is building a flax processing facility at Delisle.
    The Government of Canada is granting over $5M, in addition to the $7.4M already provided by the Province, to improve access to addictions treatment. The money will be used in initiatives such as recruitment and training of more health-care professionals
    The Government of Saskatchewan has launched a $100,000 Legion and ANAVETS Support Program. The program will support veterans across the province and will be implemented as a part of the 2019-20 budget.
    Cannabis Co., Regina's first legal cannabis dispensary, opened its doors on November 10, 2018
    Bourgault Industries has issued layoff notices to seven percent of its workforce in St. Brieux. The layoffs will take effect in approximately eight weeks.
  • Start date: 2018-11-05, End date: 2018-11-09
    Week of Nov 05 - Nov 09, 2018

    A new women's shelter is under construction in Black Lake. The shelter is expected to be operational by June 2019 and the Athabasca Health Authority plans to employ locals to work in the facility.
    La Loche's recreational cannabis store is expected to open its doors in spring 2019. The store is anticipated to create 8 to 12 jobs.
    Costco opened a new store in Regina's east end on November 2, 2018 and closed down its old store. Staff from the old store have transferred to the new location, plus almost 100 new full- and part-time employees have been hired.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percentage points to 6.2% in October 2018. There were 2,500 new positions added during the month of which 1,600 were full-time.
    Approximately 900 Saskatoon Co-op employees went on a strike on November 1, 2018
    The James Smith Cree Nation is planning to open a private MRI and CT facility in Saskatoon. The clinic is expected to open in spring 2019 and could employ 12 people.
    Rotating strikes by Canada Post workers affected Regina on November 1 and 2, 2018
    Vermillion Energy is planning to drill 143 light oil wells in Saskatchewan in 2019
  • Start date: 2018-10-29, End date: 2018-11-02
    Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2018

    Regina-based Rider Express began offering two bus routes between Vancouver and Calgary and one route between Calgary and Winnipeg on October 29, 2018. Meanwhile, Greyhound ended its services across Western Canada effective October 31, 2018.
    The provincial Ministry of Environment has granted environmental approval to the Star-Orion South Diamond Mine Project. The proposed mine, which is expected to employ 700 people, is located east of Prince Albert in the Fort à la Corne Forest.
    The Gardens Community Health Centre recently opened in Regina. The centre was granted $4.3M in the 2018-19 provincial budget and will receive $3M in support annually beginning in 2019-20.
    The Government of Canada is granting $4.75M to upgrade and modernize the province's electrical grid. The project will help SaskPower reach its 2030 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40%.
    KCTI Travels, a Prince Albert-based transportation company, plans to add a route from Saskatoon to Edmonton beginning November 1, 2018
    The Government of Canada is granting $1.5M to four Indigenous projects throughout Saskatchewan that aim to promote tourism, training and business development
    E. Bourassa & Sons held a grand opening for its new store in Carlyle on October 18, 2018. The store, which represents the companies fifth New Holland dealership in Southern Saskatchewan, has 13 full-time employees.
    Rotating 24-hour strikes by Canada Post workers affected Saskatoon, Weyburn and Moose Jaw on October 30, 2018
  • Start date: 2018-10-22, End date: 2018-10-26
    Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2018

    Curativa Cannabis sold its cannabis retail permit to Edmonton-based Fire and Flower Inc. on October 18, 2018. Fire and Flower Inc. now owns two of the province's 51 retail cannabis permits.
    The City of North Battleford issued 107 permits valued over $23M between January and September 2018, compared to 93 permits worth just under $17M during the same period last year
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $820,000 to upgrade a section of Highway 5 near Canora
    Potentia Renewable has received approval to develop the Golden South Wind Energy Facility near Assiniboia. The facility will have 60 wind turbines with the ability to generate electricity for 90,000 homes, and will be operational in three years.
    The Star, a restaurant in Maple Creek, is closing its doors. The restaurant building has been sold to a BC business owner planning to open a cannabis dispensary.
    The value of new homes constructed in Melfort has dropped to its lowest level in ten years. The 2018 year-to-date value of new units is $3.4M, nearly half of the value of new units built during the same period last year ($7.2M).
    Princess Auto recently opened its doors in Prince Albert. The store employs 38 full-time and part-time workers.
    Comfort Inn and Suites hotel held its grand opening in North Battleford on October 18, 2018 ¿ the first hotel to be built in the city since 2006. In addition, a new Holiday Inn hotel is currently under construction in the city.
    A Giant Tiger outlet is currently under construction in North Battleford and is due to open on May 18, 2019
    The federal government is granting $2B to improve Saskatchewan's water infrastructure. The funding will be used in advance flood proofing, drought proofing, and water-based economic development.
  • Start date: 2018-10-15, End date: 2018-10-19
    Week of Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2018

    According to a Statistics Canada report, the value of building permits in Saskatchewan fell 32.9% in August 2018 compared to the same period last year
    The federal and provincial governments are providing nearly $2.39M in funding to create 30 affordable housing units in five Saskatchewan communities
    The Government of Canada is granting $4M to the University of Regina for discovery science research. The funding is part of the more than $558M being granted to researchers and students at institutions across Canada.
    Viterra Inc. has opened a new high-throughput grain elevator at Wadena, located 200 km east of Saskatoon
    The provincial government is accepting applications for the Targeted Mineral Exploration Incentive program. The program encourages exploration for base metals, precious metals, and diamonds by offering a rebate of 25% of eligible direct drilling costs.
    The Kerrobert Light Pipeline System, a new oil feeder pipeline project, began commercial operations on October 1, 2018 in the Kindersley-Kerrobert region
    According to the provincial government, Saskatchewan has Canada's second highest rate of small businesses, which employed 31.2% of the province's workforce in 2017
  • Start date: 2018-10-08, End date: 2018-10-12
    Week of Oct 08 - Oct 12, 2018

    The Government of Canada is granting more than $896M to Saskatchewan over the next decade for infrastructure projects. The funding will be used for public transit, green infrastructure, recreational, cultural, and community infrastructure projects.
    The Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan are spending an estimated $100M to upgrade Highway 6 and 36 between Regina and Estevan
    The fourth public offering of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights generated $2.1M in revenue for Saskatchewan. The next public offering will be held on December 4, 2018.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate decreased 0.3 percentage points to 6.4% in September 2018
    The TD Canada Trust Bank closed its doors in Preeceville on September 28, 2018
    The federal and provincial governments are spending more than $20M to upgrade electrical systems at the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant. In addition, the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Corporation is providing approximately $12.1M toward the project.
    Real Canadian Liquor Store, located inside the local Real Canadian Superstore, recently opened in Yorkton. Three more liquor stores are anticipated to open in Regina, Moose Jaw and Saskatoon; however no opening dates have been established yet.
    The University of Saskatchewan's Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence officially opened on Tuesday in Clavet. The $38M centre is meant to find new technologies for producers in Saskatchewan and elsewhere.
  • Start date: 2018-10-01, End date: 2018-10-05
    Week of Oct 01 - Oct 05, 2018

    The Multiworks Vocational Training Corporation's day program facility recently opened in Meadow Lake. The facility will allow eight to 10 individuals with intellectual disabilities to receive full-time and part-time employment.
    Construction of a new K-12 school in Rosthern started on September 27, 2018. The $25M school, scheduled to open in fall 2020, will have space for around 450 students and will house a 30-space child care facility.
    According to Statistics Canada, the number of women-owned and jointly-owned businesses increased in Saskatchewan between 2005 and 2013
    Saskatchewan's minimum wage increased to $11.06 an hour on October 1, 2018
    A new water treatment plant in Melville is under construction. The project is estimated to cost $37M and is targeted for completion by late 2019.
    The Government of Saskatchewan recently launched the Saskatchewan Technology Startup Incentive, a new pilot tax incentive program for technology start-up businesses or investors. Applications to the program can be submitted starting October 1, 2018.
    At least 13 of Saskatchewan's 51 future cannabis stores won't be ready to open on October 17, 2018 when cannabis becomes legal
  • Start date: 2018-09-24, End date: 2018-09-28
    Week of Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2018

    SaskPower is spending $5.5M this year to replace underground cables in Regina and Saskatoon
    The Government of Saskatchewan is relaxing liquor regulation starting October 8, 2018. The Real Canadian Liquor Store will soon open locations in Moose Jaw, Yorkton, Regina and Saskatoon.
    According to the Association of Regina Realtors, home sales in Regina and the surrounding area were at the lowest level in August since 2008
    SaskEnergy is selling its gas processing plants in Kisbey and Coleville to Alberta-based Steel Reef Infrastructure for $31.3M. The sale is expected to be finalized on October 1, 2018.
    A new 16,000 sq. ft. co-working space opened in Regina. Co-working spaces give entrepreneurs and businesses the opportunity to connect with resources that can help build their business.
    Wendel Clark's Bar & Grill plans to open its doors in Saskatoon in late 2018 or early 2019
    The Government of Saskatchewan has approved the Blue Hill Wind Energy Project which will be located south of Herbert. The new project is expected to generate enough energy to power over 70,000 homes, with construction anticipated to begin in 2019.
    SaskPower is spending $30M to rebuild a transmission line from Prince Albert to Beatty. The line could be in service by the spring of 2020.
    The provincial government is granting $600,000 to Sanctum 1.5, a 10-unit supportive housing facility in Saskatoon. The facility will provide social supports and addiction services to improve health outcomes for women living with HIV and their children.
    SaskTel is improving its 4G LTE cellular services in seven rural communities by March 31, 2019
    A Sobeys Liquor store and a PetValu store plan to open their doors in Humboldt by December 2018
  • Start date: 2018-09-17, End date: 2018-09-21
    Week of Sep 17 - Sep 21, 2018

    The Visitor Information Centre in Estevan will now remain open year-round rather than only in the summer months
    The Government of Saskatchewan is planning to upgrade the highway between Moose Jaw and Buffalo Pound Provincial Park in 2019
    The Government of Canada is granting $400,000 to the NorSask sawmill in Meadow Lake. Funded through the Indigenous Forestry Initiative, the investment will sustain 400 jobs and support enhancements to safety, capacity and production efficiencies.
    Construction of the Dakota Dunes hotel project in Whitecap has begun. The $38M Indigenous-themed hotel and conference centre is expected to create approximately 230 construction jobs, and 150 jobs once operational in 2020.
    The Saskatchewan Health Authority has laid-off 33 permanent staff with the closure of its Grenfell Pioneer Home, following years of infrastructure issues. An additional 30 temporary positions were affected by the closure.
    A full-service dental practice is expected to open in Kamsack's Assiniboine Valley Medical Clinic by November 1, 2018. There will be one full-time dentist on staff, as well as three other dentists, and an office manager.
    Tremcar West will be adding approximately 15 new jobs over the next year and a half. The Weyburn-based company is the third-largest propane tank manufacturer in North America.

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