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  • 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.
  • Start date: 2018-12-03, End date: 2018-12-07
    Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2018

    The Town of Cochrane has approved an on-demand transit service to Calgary that will debut in September 2019. Riders will use a mobile app, online service or phone system to request a bus pick up.
    Strathcona County has allocated $14M for restoration and remediation work at a Sherwood Park community complex. Numerous structures at the site were impacted by two explosions on November 6, 2018.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $15M to install more solar panels on schools. The Solar for Schools program will be available to public, Catholic, francophone and charter school authorities for schools that have not received previous solar grants.
    The Government of Alberta has created the independent Fair Practices Office which will provide a single point of access to help injured workers navigate the workers' compensation system
    The City of Red Deer has approved a $121M capital budget for 2019 that includes paving work, and water and wastewater infrastructure projects. The city also approved $2.6M to plan an expansion and enhancement of the G.H. Dawe Community Centre.
    Medicine Hat College and Bluenergy Solar Wind have started construction on a renewable energy microgrid that includes a planned solar-panel canopy and wind turbines. A solar thermal system for hot water heating is also in the works.
    Trican Well Service Ltd. has laid off 70 employees with another 70 expected to lose their jobs in response to anticipated lower oilfield activity over the all-important winter drilling season
    The City of St. Albert has approved $1.2M for a refrigerated outdoor ice surface and domed roof
    EPCOR's proposed E.L. Smith solar farm project in Edmonton has received $10.7M from Natural Resources Canada and $1.9M from Alberta Innovates to add a complete smart grid system to the solar array. The project is still subject to regulatory approvals.
    Inter Pipeline Ltd. is planning a $1.46B capital program for 2019. About $1.1B is for its Heartland Petrochemical Complex currently under construction near Edmonton. Other pipeline, storage and infrastructure work in Alberta will total about $340M.
    Whole Leaf ¿ believed to be the largest lettuce greenhouse operation in North America ¿ will double in size when Phase Two opens in March 2019. The Star Group will spend $30 million on Phase Two of the Whole Leaf greenhouses, bringing the total investment in the Coaldale located operation to $60 million.
    Aurora Cannabis Inc., based in Edmonton, currently has about 140 openings and is bringing 60 new employees on board each month, according to the company. Aurora is getting hundreds of applications for each posting.
    Crabtree and Evelyn Canada Inc., a beauty and home products retailer, is closing its stores and has filed for bankruptcy protection. The company employs 123 full- and part-time employees in Canada and operates 19 stores, including one store in Calgary.
    The Westlock Regional Water Services Commission has awarded a $7.362M contract for construction of the waterline north to TA Excavating out of Lethbridge. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of May 2019 with the line operational by September.
    Element GP Inc. has started construction of a cannabis production facility in Clearwater County that will employ about 200 people. Once production starts, Element will operate three, eight-hour shifts with 68 employees per shift.
    Jen-Col Construction has been awarded the contract to build St. Kateri Tekakwitha Academy, a new elementary school in Morinville for Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools. The school is scheduled to open in 2020.
    The Government of Canada is providing $1.5M to upgrade the airfield lighting system at the Fort Chipewyan airport. During the winter the airport is the only way in and out of the community.
    Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. is cutting about $1.0B from its 2019 capital program based on the current oil market conditions. The 2019 drilling program is targeting 97 net producer wells, a decrease of 419 wells from 2018 targeted levels.
  • Start date: 2018-11-26, End date: 2018-11-30
    Week of Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2018

    Alberta Health Services has purchased land in Edmonton for a new $36M pharmaceutical centre, part of a larger $66M project to centralize medication preparation for hospitals throughout the province. Construction in Edmonton is expected to start in 2021.
    The Alberta Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Commission has stopped approving new cannabis licences for retail stores due to a national supply shortage. There are over 700 applications from 430 applicants currently waiting in the queue for a store licence.
    G3 Canada Ltd. is planning to start construction of a grain handling facility in Stettler in the spring of 2019, with the opening scheduled for 2020. The site is roughly 80 hectares in size, large enough to fit in a 134 car loop track for loading and unloading.
    Alberta Health Services has started a $3.1M renovation project at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre emergency department. The work includes HVAC upgrades, new nursing stations and improved lighting among other infrastructure improvements.
    The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) is projecting that about 7,000 wells will be drilled in Western Canada in 2019, little changed from this year. The CAODC predicts the overall rig count to decrease by roughly 10% next year to 508.
    The Government of Alberta is increasing loan limits from $1M to $2M under the Feeder Association Loan Guarantee Program. The program supports favourable lending rates for producers to buy, feed and sell their livestock.
    Viterra is upgrading its grain terminal at Stettler in a bid to increase rail capacity, expand storage, and accelerate throughput. The Stettler facility is on Alberta Prairie Railway, a CP railroad partner.
    National Access Cannabis Corp. has opened eight new cannabis retail stores across the province under the NewLeaf Cannabis brand. NewLeaf now has 13-of-65 Alberta licensed stores, the most in the province for any retailer.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $200M over 20 years to launch a new program for community based renewable energy projects. One-quarter of the funding will be earmarked for communities affected by the phase-out of coal-fired electricity plants.
    Alberta Health Services has started construction on a new youth detox facility in Red Deer. Programs will provide comprehensive assessment, detoxification, addictions counselling, health services, and 24-hour care and supervision for children and teens.
    The Town of Ponoka has signed a three-year waste and recycling contract starting on January 1, 2019 with CanPak Environmental Services Inc. The $1.109M contract includes an option for a two year extension.
    The Town of Banff is moving ahead with design plans and pricing for a bus storage garage and 380-stall intercept parking lot as part of its ROAM transit program. The cost of the project is estimated at $7M.
    Horizon North Logistics Inc. has secured a $26.2M contract for hospitality and janitorial services at an existing work camp near Fort McMurray. Horizon has also obtained a $10.6M extension for existing camp services it provides near Grande Prairie.
    The City of Medicine Hat is spending $122,000 to study labour needs and supply in the region. The goal is to identify how the local economy can fill up to 750 new positions by matching workers' skill levels to employer needs.
    Environmental 360 Solutions, Inc. is planning to expand its services following the purchase of Can Pak Environmental. The acquisition includes Can Pak's nearly 100 employees, 35 trucks and two recycling facilities that serve about 150,000 customers.
    The City of Medicine Hat has awarded contracts for $1M in service rig work to Ensign Energy Sevices and Spirit West Drilling. The city petroleum division is also continuing with its relatively small oil drilling program.
    Grande Prairie Regional College's National Bee Diagnostic Centre at Beaverlodge has been awarded $1.75M over five years from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. The funding will continue to support bee research and diagnostic services.
    The Government of Alberta has amended regulations to expand the acceptable range of duties for some registered nurses and nurse practitioners. Other amendments will increase professional standards for Alberta's 38,000 registered nurses and 550 nurse practitioners.
    The Town of Canmore is planning to start construction in 2019 on a $48M debris dam along Cougar Creek. The structure is intended to prevent major debris floods in the future.
    The University of Calgary has purchased the Shell Technology Centre Calgary located in University Research Park. The centre includes a wet lab, office space and other facilities used to enhance oilsands processing.
    The Government of Alberta is planning to start regulating residential drug and alcohol treatment facilities and mental health counsellors. The legislation would apply to about 5,000 counsellors and 60 public and private residential treatment facilities.
    The Government of Alberta through the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission is planning to buy two new unit trains that can transport an additional 120,000 barrels of oil a day, increasing the amount of oil being moved by rail in Canada by a third
  • Start date: 2018-11-19, End date: 2018-11-23
    Week of Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2018

    The Government of Canada is providing approximately $21M to 16 technology companies. The selected companies work in areas like clean technology, health and life sciences, digital technologies and value-added manufacturing.
    The Municipal District of Bighorn has approved a 2019 capital budget that will see $6.7M for various projects including a new $2M operations shop. An additional $3M will be evenly split for flood mitigation work to Jura Creek and Harvie Heights Creek.
    The Government of Canada is providing $2.5M to the University of Alberta to help establish an Artificial Intelligence-Supercomputing Hub for Academic and Industry Collaboration. The project is expected to assist 40 businesses and train 100 personnel.
    Axis Auto Finance Inc. has expanded operations into Western Canada by opening an office in Edmonton. Axis provides non-standard financing options for purchasers who do not qualify for traditional bank-type financing for used vehicles.
    Inner Spirit Holdings Ltd. has opened its first three recreational cannabis Spiritleaf franchise stores in Brooks, St. Albert and Lethbridge.The company has 23 additional Alberta store locations in various stages of the approval process.
    Obsidian Energy is planning to drill about 15 wells in 2019 as part of a $120M capital program that includes lease preparations, well completions and infrastructure projects
    The Government of Alberta is starting the redevelopment of CapitalCare Norwood, a seniors care facility in Edmonton, during the summer of 2019. The $364M project is expected to create 600 jobs and be complete in 2022.
    The National Football League has donated $12M to the University of Calgary to lead the SHRed Concussions study to monitor concussions in high schools in order to reducing the risk of sport-related concussions and their consequences in youth
    The Government of Alberta has selected Clark Builders to take over the new construction for the $763M Grande Prairie Regional Hospital project. Construction activity is expected to resume in January with 300 to 400 tradespeople on-site.
    The new $34M Alt Hotel has opened in the East Village area of Calgary with an initial 25 staff members which is expected to increase. A a 50- to 60-seat restaurant is planned to open next spring/summer in the hotel.
    The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) has opened a $34.9M Productivity and Innovation Centre in Edmonton. The centre supports research, product testing and business development as well as providing a venue for conferences and events.
    The Government of Alberta is transferring ownership of the University Research Park to the University of Calgary. The University estimates that about 6,300 jobs will be created in the research park and 12,000 new jobs for Calgary by 2038.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $235.9M for rapid transit bus lines in Calgary. The funding includes new infrastructure such as heated shelters, bus arrival time displays and larger platforms to support the new routes.
    The Government of Canada is providing its first investment of $257,664 through the Canada Coal Transition Initiative to support entrepreneurship and employment services in the Village of Forestburg and the Town of Castor
    The Government of Canada is providing $5.7M for storm water management infrastructure in the Town of Wainwright. A new lagoon will be built and drainage will be improved.
    Hut 8 Mining is planning to spend $13M USD to add 12 BlockBoxes to their cryptocurrency mining facility in Drumheller. The boxes increase Hut 8's bitcoin mining capacity by 20 per cent at their facilities in Drumheller and Medicine Hat.
    Fire & Flower has hired 15 people for its new retail cannabis store in Hinton
    Rideau, Inc., a global leader in employee recognition solutions has opened a Western Distribution Center in Edmonton. The center will allow Rideau to increase warehouse efficiencies and create a faster regional fulfillment system.
    Total Energy Services is closing 5 out of 25 of its Rental and Transportation Services branches in western Canada. The company attributed the closures to weakness in drilling and completion activity combined with higher labour, fuel and utility costs.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $1.1B in two exisiting petrochemical diversification programs. Projects under the programs are expected to create 15,500 construction jobs, 1,000 operations jobs and attract $20.6B in private investment.
  • Start date: 2018-11-12, End date: 2018-11-16
    Week of Nov 12 - Nov 16, 2018

    Louisiana Purchase is opening a second restaurant location in Edmonton. The restaurant has a rooftop patio, a lounge section and a large dining room with over 300 seats.
    Sherritt International Corporation is designing a demonstration plant for a new bitumen upgrading technology. Final design will take place throughout 2019 and construction will begin in 2020-21. The demo plant will employ around 14 technologists.
    The City of Edmonton is rolling out 24-7 patrols by rotating private security guards at 25 transit centres and stations. Permanent security is part of a $20M transit safety plan approved by city council in October.
    Gear Energy has decided to reduce its 2018 capital expenditure of $50M by up to 14 percent and is shutting in wells in response to low oil prices. The company is also delaying operations at about five drilling locations until 2019.
    The Government of Canada is investing $2M in Quantiam Technologies Inc. The money will allow Quantiam to complete a technology prototype that will convert carbon dioxide and solar-power-derived hydrogen into methanol.
    ARC Resources is planning to spend $95M and drill 12 oil wells at its Ante Creek property in 2019. The company is also expanding a gas processing facility at the site. ARC plans to spend $31M and drill seven oil wells at its Pembina property in 2019.
    The Town of Innisfail has approved $660,000 to reline local sewer lines and manholes. Advanced Trenchless Inc. is expected to start the work in December with completion scheduled for June 2019.
    The Town of Edson has approved $339,500 for demolition of the Edson and District Recreation Complex. Visco Demolition Contractors estimates there will be 38 days of hazardous materials abatement, 17 days of demolition, and 5 days of site clean-up.
    The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) has received a $2M donation for The Randy O'Dell Centre for Electrical Trades. The centre will help students in apprenticeship occupations, such as electrician, and appliance service technician.
    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has approved $2M for Fort McMurray residents still struggling to rebuild and return home after the 2016 wildfire. The funds will help cover the costs of interim housing and special assessment fees for homeowners.
    The City of Edmonton is spending $11.7M for bus driver safety. Vapor Bus International will install driver safety shields on all city buses while Mississauga Bus Group of Companies will handle heating and air conditioning upgrades.
    Westview Co-op has issued eviction notices for March 2019 to the last three businesses remaining at Greentree Mall in Drumheller. All three have plans to continue business at new locations in town.
  • Start date: 2018-11-05, End date: 2018-11-09
    Week of Nov 05 - Nov 09, 2018

    Cold Shot, an Edmonton-based bus service, is expanding its routes following the recent exit of Greyhound. The company is adding 10 new buses to its current fleet of 18, and four new routes providing full passenger and freight service to northern Alberta.
    The University of Lethbridge was recently awarded $1.98M in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The funding supports a variety of research programs at the institution.
    The Chiniki Cultural Centre and Stones Restaurant on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation has closed for renovations and remodelling. In 2012, a fire caused $1.1M in damages to structures at the site.
    The Bearspaw-Kananaskis Travel Centre is expected to open by the end of November next to the Stoney Nakoda Casino and Resort. The $5M travel hub will create at least 35 new jobs and generate $65,000 per year in revenue for the Stoney Nakoda First Nation.
    Local philanthropists Dianne and Irving Kipnes have donated $10M to the University Hospital Foundation to advance research and patient care at the Northern Alberta Urology Centre in Edmonton
    BC-based Kannaba Agritech Corp. is planning a medical cannabis production facility in Trochu. The company expects that 50 local job positions will be created within the first year, which could move up to 750 jobs once the facility is fully functioning.
    Pembina Pipeline Corporation and Veresen Midstream are moving ahead with an expansion to the Hythe Gas Plant and associated pipeline infrastructure. The $380M project is expected to be complete by late 2020.
    National Access Cannabis Corp. has been granted licences for 10 retail cannabis stores in Alberta under the NewLeaf Cannabis brand. Four stores have already opened. The company is planning a total of 37 retail cannabis locations in the province.
    TransCanada Corp. is proceeding with a $1.5B expansion of its Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. System, pending regulatory approval. The plan includes approximately 197 kilometres of large diameter pipe, three compression units and meter stations.
    A new RCMP detachment will be built in Jasper National Park in 2019, on vacant land on the edge of the townsite. The project includes two new duplexes to house staff. The new detachment will replace the current building which has barracks attached to it.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $1.04B for Edmonton's west Valley Line LRT expansion project. Construction of the $2.6B line, to be complete in 2027-28, is expected to support 20,000 jobs in Alberta and 5,300 in the rest of Canada.
    Construction has started on the new $24.5M Autumn Glen Lodge in Innisfail. The 90-unit seniors' independent living facility is expected to open in fall 2020.
    Lowe's Canada is closing one RONA retail store and one Reno-Depot renovation centre in Calgary, part of a Canada-wide closure of 31 locations. The company has committed to transferring eligible employees to other locations within its network when possible.
    Westleaf Cannabis Inc. is partnering with Delta9 Cannabis to build a cannabis extraction, testing, and research and development centre in Calgary. A second phase of the project will be dedicated to other cannabis products, pending legalisation.
    Chevron Canada plans to drill and complete about 250 wells in its East Kaybob development near Fox Creek. The company recently completed agreements with Pembina Pipeline for additional gas processing and liquids handling in the area.
    Rocky View Schools is planning to distribute $2.7M from the provincial Classroom Improvement Fund to individual schools throughout the district. The money is to be used specifically for hiring teachers and support staff.
    Construction is starting in 2019 on a $200M project to twin Highway 15 north of Edmonton and to build a new bridge over the North Saskatchewan River. Design work is also underway for a $90M upgrade to the Vinca Bridge, with construction slated for 2020.
    The North West Redwater Partnership is in the process of commissioning the two largest and most complex units at the Sturgeon Refinery near Redwater, which will enable the facility to shift from refining synthetic crude oil to refining bitumen
    Imperial Oil Ltd. is moving ahead with its $2.6B Aspen oilsands project north of Fort McMurray. The project is expected to create about 700 jobs during peak construction, and more than 200 jobs during operations starting in 2022.
  • Start date: 2018-10-29, End date: 2018-11-02
    Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2018

    iFLY, a U.S.-based company, is opening an indoor sky diving centre in Calgary in 2019. The vertical wind tunnel is one of several projects under construction by Scott Builders.
    The Town of Banff is accepting applications for retail cannabis stores starting November 1, 2018 following a bylaw approval by Parks Canada. The licence fee includes a base fee and a retail sector charge that's funnelled to Banff Lake Louise Tourism.
    Rider Express, a Regina-based bus company, is launching service from Calgary to Vancouver and Winnipeg as Greyhound exits Western Canada. Rider has hired some ex-Greyhound drivers and other bus operators with years of experience.
    Alberta Innovates is awarding $2M to several research projects that focus on turning bitumen into products other than gas, diesel and other fuels. The products are asphalt, vanadium batteries, plastics and carbon fibre.
    The City of Lacombe is moving ahead with the $1.82M Henner's Pond stormwater outlet project. The city is planning to start construction this winter and have the project finished by spring 2019, pending regulatory approvals.
    The Sylvan Lake Regional Wastewater Commission is moving into construction of stage three of the $41.2M Red Deer Transmission Project. The project, which includes a major pump station, is expected to be complete in spring 2019.
    The Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation has started work on a $1.2M emergency first stage shelter for women and children in crisis in St. Albert. Jessie's House is expected to take 12 months to build and 18 months to be fully operational.
    The new Crestview Lodge, a seniors independent living facility, has opened in Pincher Creek. The governments of Canada and Alberta provided a combined investment of $10.2M to the project, under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
    The City of Medicine Hat is planning to issue requests for proposals from private transit operators in November for a bus route to Lethbridge. The city rexpects that the regional service could be up and running in January 2019.
    Energy Efficiency Alberta has launched the new Methane Emissions Reduction Program that will help oil and gas facilities better manage methane emissions. The program provides an incentive of $250,000 per facility, per fiscal year.
    G3 Canada Limited is building a new 42,000 tonne primary elevator near Carmangay in southern Alberta. The facility is expected to be complete in 2020, when G3's new grain export terminal in Vancouver also becomes operational.
    Air Canada is building a new facility that will house its ground support equipment service and cargo teams at Edmonton International Airport. Air Canada has signed a 15-year lease for the multi-tenant facility, representing an investment of $19M.
    National Access Cannabis Corp. has been granted licenses for a total of five retail cannabis locations in Calgary and Lethbridge. The company has almost 200 staff ready for these stores and is ultimately planning 37 cannabis retail locations in Alberta.
    EMMAX and the City of Airdrie are adding 533 more solar panels to their rooftop solar project at Genesis place, increasing the project cost by $0.5M. The total lifetime energy savings for Airdrie over the 30-year panel lifespan is estimated to be $3.75M.
    VanHack Technologies, a Vancouver-based recruitment firm, recently held a hiring event in Calgary for more than 30 skilled and pre-screened software developers and engineers. Ten local technology companies registered to meet the job candidates.
    NorthWest Healthcare Properties has started construction on the Sturgeon Medical Centre in St. Albert. The three-storey building with an underground parkade is expected to open in 2020.
    Northlands Park in Edmonton has closed its doors as the home of horse racing in the city after 118 years. Live horse racing is moving to the $65M Century Mile project near the airport with the first day of racing next year on April 28.
    Inner Spirit Holdings Ltd. has obtained final licenses to operate recreational cannabis dispensaries with three Spiritleaf franchise locations. The company is also planning a corporate Spiritleaf cannabis dispensary in Jasper.
    Air Canada has launched two new daily, seasonal flights from Edmonton to Las Vegas and from Calgary to Palm Springs. Both routes are scheduled to run to April 30, 2019.
    Red Arrow has launched daily round-trip bus service from downtown Edmonton to Grande Prairie. The Edmonton-based company will continue to offer service linking Lethbridge to Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton following the departure of Greyhound service.
    Landrex is building a multi-storey U-STORE-IT Canada storage and rental facility at Erin Ridge in St. Albert. The site is one of numerous commercial and residential developments underway across the city.
    Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. has received regulatory approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator to build and operate a 120 km natural gas pipeline. The line is expected to be in-service in Q3/Q4 of 2019.
    WestJet is planning to fly six times weekly between Calgary and Atlanta, Georgia starting on March 3, 2019, with the service moving to daily flights on April 7, 2019
    Aurora Cannabis is recruiting senior staff and some other positions for its $150M-plus cannabis operations in Medicine Hat. The company expects to hire electricians, irrigation workers, shift leaders, maintenance and administrative staff in early 2019.
    Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis has issued licenses for 44 retail cannabis stores across Alberta as of October 30, 2018. Calgary has 16 licensed outlets to date with hundreds more awaiting appeals.
    Landmark Cinemas is opening a new theatre at the Commons in Eagle Ridge in Fort McMurray. The cinemas have more than 900 powered luxury recliner seats across eight screens. Landmark's downtown theatre location in the city is currently for sale.
  • Start date: 2018-10-22, End date: 2018-10-26
    Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2018

    The Government of Canada is providing $1.9M to help reduce the risk of flooding along Exshaw Creek as part of a larger plan to address flooding across the province. Lafarge Canada has also committed $3.7M for the project in material and land.
    The Government of Alberta has launched the Community Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) tax credit program that will offer a 30 per cent tax credit to Albertans who invest in registered CEDCs. The program budget is $9M over three years.
    The new, expanded Bar-V-Nook Manor seniors facility has opened in Smoky Lake. The governments of Canada and Alberta provided a combined investment of $23M for the project.
    The City of Edmonton is spending $1.5M to build Keillor Point and improve safety around a popular lookout in the city. The work is expected to be complete in January 2019.
    The Government of Alberta is providing an additional $4.5M from the Victims of Crime Fund to expand and improve support programs for victims. The money will be used for police-based victim units and court and outreach services.
    The Government of Canada is allocating $10M for at least eight affordable housing initiatives across rural Alberta. The Alberta Rural Development Network's Sustainable Housing Initiative plans to create up to 467 rental units over the next two years.
    BioNeutra Global Corp., a North American supplier of high quality dietary-fiber and sweetener products, is opening a new factory in Edmonton in November. The company plans to produce about 5,000 tonnes annually at the facility.
    The liquefied natural gas export facility being developed in northern British Columbia could sustain 100,000 jobs in Alberta over a 20-year period, according to a recent report from Alberta's energy diversification advisory committee
    Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. has received approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator to construct and operate the Pipestone Montney sour deep-cut gas processing complex, near Grande Prairie
    Parks Canada is spending $30M for improvements to Whistlers Campground in Jasper National Park and associated infrastructure projects. The campground is expected to be closed until May 2020.
  • Start date: 2018-10-15, End date: 2018-10-19
    Week of Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2018

    The Government of Alberta recently pledged $700M towards a potential Calgary Winter Olympics. Calgary's organizing committee has estimated the total cost at $5.3B.
    The Government of Alberta is providing an additional $70M over five years towards the Legal Aid program. The funding will provide low-income Albertans with increased access to both Legal Aid staff and to private defence lawyers as well.
    Berlin-based Foodora has launched its app in Edmonton and Calgary, allowing customers to order convenience items from local 7-Eleven stores for delivery
    The Vegreville fibre processing plant has received an $800,000 investment from the Government of Alberta for new equipment that will improve the quality and efficiency of the hemp and flax fibres produced at the facility
    Calgary's Canada Olympic Park has been awarded $500,000 through the Community Facility Enhancement Program to upgrade snow-making equipment, undertake repairs to the day lodge and public spaces, and to develop outdoor activity spaces
    The Health Centre emergency room in Killam, 165 kms southeast of edmonton, temporarily closed recently, due to the departure of two of its four doctors. The Alberta Medical Association's locum program is providing coverage until other physicians can be recruited.
    Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis recently released the list of 17 stores that have so far been licensed to sell cannabis. The province anticipates that up to 250 retailers will be licensed over the coming year.
    The Governments of Canada and Alberta are jointly investing $30M towards three projects to mitigate and protect against the impacts of major flooding in the counties of Red Deer, Cardston and Exshaw
    A partnership of the Governments of Canada and Alberta, the City of Edmonton and the Fort Edmonton Foundation is funding a $163.8M expansion project that will add new spaces and attractions at the Fort Edmonton Park living history museum
    The University of Alberta has been awarded $39M through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Grants program to support fundamental research at the institution
    The Alberta Government is providing $11.2M over two years to municipalities to offset the costs of enforcement and implementation arising from the legalization of cannabis. The grants will come through the Municipal Cannabis Transition Program.
    Gibson Energy is expanding its storage space at Hardisty, Alberta. The firm is adding one million barrels of capacity, underpinned by a long-term agreement with an unidentified oil sands customer.
    Construction has started on the $22M Charis Village Seniors Housing project near Lacombe. The first independent living phase will consist of 10 duplexes and 46 multi-dwelling units. Assisted-living, long-term care and palliative care units will follow.
  • Start date: 2018-10-08, End date: 2018-10-12
    Week of Oct 08 - Oct 12, 2018

    Banff ski resorts and the Fairmont Banff Springs recently hosted a job fair to attract at least 200 employees to local opportunities. Employers are hoping that a minumum wage increase to $15/hr will help alleviate the chronic shortage of workers.
    Calgary Economic Development has identified three core industries in Calgary ¿ energy, agribusiness and transportation-logistics. Financial services, health and life sciences, creative industries and tourism are being targeted for future growth.
    Blackline Safety, a specialized technology firm, is hiring additional staff to service new contracts for its 24/7 global safety monitoring services. The firm is also moving to a larger space in Calgary to better accommodate its current 120 employees and expand its research and manufacturing capabilities.
    The Battle River Economic Opportunities Committee been awarded $1.75M through the Alberta Government's Coal Communities Transition Fund. The money supports transition efforts within regional communities.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $12M to support a new neurosciences intensive care unit at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. The future expansion will increase capacity, from 11, to 24 beds in single-patient rooms.
    The City of Calgary is awarding $1.5M through the $100M Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund to tech firm MobSquad. The company currently employs 14 people and expects that to ramp up to a team of 150 full-time engineers within 18-24 months.
    Avillia Developments in partnership with Carrington Land Ltd. are building more than 500 homes at Woodbend, a residential development in Leduc. Retail development on the periphery, to include a grocer, banks, and a restaurant is anticipated in 2019.
    Precision Drilling Ltd. is planning to acquire Trinidad Drilling in a $1.03B deal, pending shareholder approval. If the merger is approved, Precision plans to immediately sell 50 drilling rigs in Canada from both fleets.
    Construction has started on the Crowsnest Pass Seniors Lodge that will provide 61 supportive living units and 24 units for designated supportive living. The governments of Canada and Alberta provided a combined investment of approximately $17.1M.
    Nauticol Energy Ltd. is planning to build a $2B methanol manufacturing facility in Grande Praire. The company has applied for royalty credits under the Alberta government petrochemicals diversification program.
    The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation is building an $80M multi-use parkade for Calgary's East Village. Work is expected to start in 2019.
    WestJet is launching three new direct flights to Europe out of Calgary International Airport using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The new routes will support an estimated 650 full-time jobs and $100M in economic output, according to WestJet.
    SugarBud Craft Growers Corp. is planning to initially hire about 20 people for a $16M cannabis production facility in Stavely. The long-term plan in Stavely is to construct a cannabis extraction and testing facility as well in the future.
    The Whitefish Lake First Nation and Seko Construction have started work on a new $2.3M community hall at Atikameg, north of High Prairie. The hall is expected to be complete in the spring of 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-10-01, End date: 2018-10-05
    Week of Oct 01 - Oct 05, 2018

    The Canmore Hotel has reopened following renovations that added a craft beer company, a new restaurant, and an 80-bed hostel on the second floor. The owners also have town approval for a recreational cannabis dispensary in the building.
    An ATCO - Samsung consortium is planning a solar farm north of Three Hills with operations starting in early 2020, following a nine-month construction phase. The Kneehill 2 solar generation facility is slated for up to 100,000 panels.
    The City of Lacombe has awarded a $125,000 contract to DB Bobcat Services Ltd. for the Lacombe Regional Airport North Taxiway Extension. The city also awarded a runway lighting contract to Signal Electric Ltd. for a hardwired LED light system.
    Enhance Energy and Wolf Carbon Solutions have finalized their partnership for construction and operation of the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line. Construction is expected to start within 60 days, with first transportation and storage of CO2 in 2019.
    The Westlock Regional Water Services Commission is moving forward with construction of a waterline to regional hamlets following a $2.4M commitment from the Province of Alberta. Previous tenders for the project had exceeded $9.1M.
    Acceleware Ltd. is planning to spend up to $20M for a commercial-scale pilot of new technology at Prosper Petroleum Ltd.'s Rigel property in northeast Alberta. Accelware anticipates the completion of drilling during the first six months of 2019.
    Cenovus Energy has signed three-year deals with major rail companies to move 100,000 barrels per day of heavy crude oil by rail to the US Gulf Coast. The oil will move through the Bruderheim Cenovus terminal and through USD Partners terminal in Hardisty.
    Mount Royal University in Calgary has opened a business incubator site. The university received $1.0M in total from Trico Homes and the Trico Charitable Foundation, to create the space, and $0.5M from the federal government.
    MacEwan University and the University of Alberta have partnered to open the first clinical-education facility in the province. The MacEwan University Health Centre in Edmonton will have mental health consultation rooms and 21 exam rooms.
    The Government of Alberta has committed $1.25M to make the Post-Production, Visual Effects and Digital Animation grant permanent. The money will help companies in the cultural sector retain professionals in the province by offsetting labour costs.
    Lethbridge's Exhibition Park and the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East are providing a $10,000 scholarship award program for a top agricultural student. Officals are planning to seek additional funding partners in order to increase the scholarship's value.
    Osum Oil Sands Corp. is planning a Phase 2D expansion at its Orion Thermal Project, located in the Cold Lake oil sands region. Osum also has obtained regulatory approval for its Taiga Project, a greenfield development located near Orion.
    Tidewater Midstream & Infrastructure and TransAlta have increased the budget for a natural gas pipeline to feed the Sundance and Keephills power stations. The original budgeted $150M has been bumped up to meet higher than expected demand through the pipeline.
    The Flying J truckstop in Medicine Hat opened on September 22nd. The company plans to hire 45 employees for the facility which includes a restaurant.
    Cascade Power is planning to build a $1.5B natural gas-fired electrical power plant southwest of Edson. The company expects to employ 700 people in the construction stage starting in late 2019, and generate 20 full-time jobs upon completion in 2022.
    The Government of Alberta is committing more than $230,000 for services to adults with developmental disabilities. The government is also increasing the deductible allowance for employment and training supports for severely handicapped clients.
    The Government of Alberta's Disaster Recovery Program and the Municipal Wildfire Assistance Program are providing over $39M to 33 communities across the province. The funding helps affected individuals and businesses reover and rebuild from natural disasters.
    The Government of Alberta is seeking proposals for large-scale solar energy providers to meet 55 percent of the government's green power needs over the next 20 years. The government anticipates having the solar project contracts in place before spring 2019.
    The Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation intends to construct and operate a new rail yard outside Fort Saskatchewan in support of the $4B propane-to-polypropylene facility being built nearby. The yard will accommodate storage of up to two weeks of production, with 20 to 30 rail cars expected to be loaded per day.
    Elections Alberta is receiving an extra $8.8M ahead of next year's provincial election, with most of the money going to 7,000 door-to-door enumerators. The mandatory enumeration underway resulted from legislative changes by the provincial government.
    Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. has opened a $92M wood pellet plant near Entwistle. The plant currently has 40 full-time employees, up to 35 contractors and is estimated to contribute $20M to the local economy.
    The Government of Alberta is taking over driver licence road testing for all licence classes effective March 1, 2019. The Province will hire 161 examiners, up from the current 153 private employees operating in Alberta.
  • Start date: 2018-09-24, End date: 2018-09-28
    Week of Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2018

    The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission has opened a $142M liquor distribution centre in St. Albert. The facility will begin distribution of wine, beer and other alcohol early in 2019.
    Cineplex Cinemas is partnering with CJ 4DPLEX, a world-leading 4D cinema company, to develop a 4D auditorium at Cineplex's Chinook location in Calgary. The theatre will have seats that roll, sway, shake and heave in time with the on-screen action.
    The Rimoka Housing Foundation has opened Valley View Manor, an 80-bed seniors housing facilty in Rimbey. The governments of Canada and Alberta provided a combined investment of $16M for the redevelopment project.
    TransCanada is working on ground preparations on compressor sites along the Canadian section of the Keystone XL pipeline. The company is also inspecting stockpiled pipe. Almost half of the 530-km Canadian leg is located in Alberta.
    Medicine Hat College has announced a new dual credit welding program that allows high school students to get a head start on post-secondary education. Students will spend two full days each week at the college in an apprenticeship program.
    RSM Canada, part of a global network of audit, tax and consulting firms has opened new offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer with the acquisition of Collins Barrow
    The Town of Banff is increasing wages in seven of 19 job grades for its employees. A recent review found that wages for town employees lag behind other comparable municipalities.
    Tourism Canmore Kananaskis, a partnership of 15 local hotels, is planning to relaunch a destination marketing organization following community consultations. A previous tourism marketing group for the region disbanded in 2016.
    The Creative Destruction Lab-Rockies (CDL), part of the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business, is doubling the number of seed-stage startup businesses it accepts from 25 to 50. The new spaces will be focusing specifically on the energy sector.
    The Starlight Casino in West Edmonton Mall has reopened following a $57M renovation that added new features. Gateway Casinos & Entertainment added an extra 300 staff to accommodate the extra amenities, an increase to 500 employees from 200.
    The Government of Alberta has issued 24 tuition vouchers to Alberta coal mine and power plant workers who are facing layoffs and want to retrain as a result of the government's push to phase out coal-fired emissions by 2030. The province estimates 2,000 workers are affected.
    Genesis Place, a multi-purpose recreational facility in Airdrie, is set to have the largest solar-panelled rooftop in the country. The City of Airdrie will purchase the system at a cost of about $2.06M from ENMAX on a deferred payment plan.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $1.4M over three years, to eliminate the current wait list for mental health and addiction services at the Calgary Urban Project Society. The funding also increases services in counselling.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $5.2M to enhance recreational facilities in the the Lower Kananaskis River-Barrier Lake area. Parking areas will be expanded and additional camping sites are planned.
    Sundial Growers Inc. has received a $247,500 grant from the Mitacs Accelerate Program to genetically map over 100 cannabis cultivars. Sundial is matching the funding to support the research program at the University of Lethbridge.
    Inner Spirit Holdings Ltd., a specialty retailer and franchisor establishing recreational cannabis dispensaries under the Spiritleaf brand, has started construction of its wholly-owned Spiritleaf stores in Calgary and Edmonton
    The Foremost Unmanned Air Sytems Range in southern Alberta is receiving about $590,000 from government and private sources to upgrade its safety systems. The project will assist 12 companies and help commercialize unmanned aerial vehicle technologies.
    Pembina Pipeline Corporation is building new pipeline and terminalling infrastructure in the Wapiti region near Grande Prairie. The pipeline is expected to be in-service in the second half of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals.
    Northern Lakes College has broken ground on its new $21.6M campus in High Prairie. The project is expected to create about 300 construction jobs and generate nearly $47 million for the local economy.
    Peraton Canada Corp. has opened a $2.5M expansion to its Calgary fighter jet repair facility. The expansion adds an engineering lab to the facility.
  • Start date: 2018-09-17, End date: 2018-09-21
    Week of Sep 17 - Sep 21, 2018

    Tenaris, a supplier of tubular products and services for the energy industry, has opened a $26.3M service centre near Wembley. The centre, which expects to have 40 local employees this winter, includes a commercial office and pipe inspection facility.
    Epcor and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies have launched an $18M mineral recovery facility at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre. The wastewater treatment technology converts phosphorus and other nutrients into fertilizer.
    SinoCan Global is proposing to develop and operate an $8.5B to $10B bitumen upgrading and petrochemical refining facility near Edmonton. Stantec Consulting Services is handling the regulatory review and permitting processes for the project.
    The University of Alberta is adding 25 student spaces to the computer science post-degree program in Edmonton. Funding for the new student spaces is part of a wider Alberta Government program to invest in high labour-demand post-secondary programs.
    The City of Edmonton is planning a $200M bridge as part of its Metro Line LRT extension north project. The city is hoping to begin the procurement process on phase one of the LRT project in early 2019.
    The Town of Wainwright has issued a development permit for a new $9.2M Holiday Inn Express hotel at the 14/41 Common. The project is expected to break ground this winter.
    Wainwright Autobody Ltd. and the Seniors Concierge Service have both recently opened for business in Wainwright. The REACH (Rural Enterprise Assistance and Coaching Hostel) Program provided training, mentorship and coaching to both entrepreneurs involved in the startups.
    Capital Power has started site preparations for the $325M Whitla Wind Farm south of Bow Island. The project is expected to have as many as 200 workers on site next spring.
    Compugen, an information technology solutions provider based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, has opened a new, larger office in Calgary.The site has open-pod seating for up to 50 people, collaborative spaces and six meeting rooms, a help desk and call centre.
    The Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76 has opened the $15.8M Whispering Ridge Community School in Grande Prairie. The kindergarten to grade 8 school has a capacity of 650 students.
    Lethbridge College has launched the Agriculture Entrepreneur in Residence, or AgENT, an extracurricular program open to all college students. AgENT includes workshops and a speaker series throughout the school year to support the development of agri-business leaders.
    Economic Development Lethbridge is launching a 13-week bootcamp for local entrepreneurs. Participants will learn from industry experts and leave the program with actionable business plans.
    The Netflix production Lost in Space is filming its second season in a canyon near Drumheller. A casting call was recently held for extras to be used in the shooting.
    Edmonton City Council has approved a 23-storey residential tower under development by Westrich Pacific Corporation. Westrich has a sales centre ready to open in October, with the goal of starting to build in 2019.
    Mountain View County has approved a development permit for a proposed hops processing plant near Dogpound. The operation may run 24 hours a day during harvest.
    Bethany Care Society and Alberta Health have opened the $67M Bethany Riverview dementia care centre in Calgary. Of the 210 new beds in the facility, 120 will be dedicated to complex dementia care.
    Pulse Oil Corp. is drilling its first horizontal well at its Queenstown property in southern Alberta later this year. Pulse is also awaiting regulatory approval to reactivate oil wells at its Bigoray property near Cynthia, Alberta.
    The Kainai First Nation is building 25 modular homes in a warehouse in Standoff, Alberta. The $6.5M project, which is providing full-time employment for 45 First Nation members, is being funded by CMHC, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and Blood Tribe Housing.
    Improbable, a London based video game company, is opening an office in Edmonton. The Government of Alberta passed legislation that includes an interactive digital media tax credit that gives companies a refundable tax credit for salaries and wages.
    AMI Silica has received approval of its Development Permit for industrial sand processing, storage and distribution facilities in Mayerthorpe. Construction is expected to start in 2019 after securing financing and placing orders for equipment.
    The City of Edmonton is spending $6.3M to build a new steam train barn for Fort Edmonton Park. Funding includes the cost of demolishing the previous barn.

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