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  • Start date: 2018-08-13, End date: 2018-08-17
    Week of Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2018

    High Tide Ventures Inc. is opening a cannabis dispensary in Lacombe this fall under its Canna Cabana brand, pending local government approval. The company has received approval from the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.
    Amazon is hiring more than 1,000 full-time employees for its fulfillment centre in Balzac, planned to open at the end of August. The company held a hiring event in Airdrie in partnership with Prospect's Rocky View and Wheatland Employment Services.
    Aurora Cannabis Inc. has reached an agreement with Edmonton-based Alcanna, a leading liquor retailer, to exclusively build and operate cannabis retail outlets under the Aurora brand when recreational cannabis becomes legal across Canada later this year
    Streetworks, a harm reduction association, is planning to add staff and increase capacity at safe-injection sites in Edmonton due to client demand for the services
    Disney is planning a movie shoot in Alberta, starting September 2018 and extending through to the end of winter. The exact filming locations have not been specified but are expected to be in mountain terrain near Calgary.
    Northern Express Bus Line has started a passenger bus service route between Grande Prairie and Edmonton, aiming to fill the void left by Greyhound's departure. The buses run once a day, five days a week.
    Natural Health Alliance Inc., a medical cannabis supplier, will start construction of its facility in Brooks this fall, with production scheduled to begin by March 2019. The company has also applied for licensing for a research and development component and an extraction facility to produce cannabis oils.
    The City of Red Deer has approved ten cannabis retail operations ahead of October 17th when recreational cannabis becomes legal across Canada. Four additional applications for retail stores are under review.
    Calgary Co-op is hiring managers to help run 12 new licensed cannabis sales shops around the city over the next year. Some existing co-op staff will also move into new roles.
    The Red Deer Hospice is expanding its facility to include more rooms and upgrades to common areas. The expansion will allow for 100 additional residents and their families to have access to palliative and end-of-life care each year.
    The City of Calgary is spending $1B over ten years to upgrade and expand the Bonnybrook wastewater treatment facility. Flood protection upgrades and doubling the capacity of the existing co-generation plant are among the major facets of the project.
    Turning Point Generation has received regulatory approval for a stored hydro project to be built near Hinton. Construction on the Canyon Creek Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Project is planned to start in spring 2019.
    Sundial Growers Inc. and the University of Calgary have signed a three year collaborative research agreement for clinical studies of cannabis for medicinal purposes. Part of the agreement is aimed at sponsoring trainees and faculty members.
    The Alexander First Nation is planning to build a cannabis production facility near Edmonton in partnership with RavenQuest Cannabis BioMed Inc. The facility is expected to create 45 to 50 jobs.
    The Lamont County Housing Foundation will permanently close its Andrew Senior Citizens Lodge at the end of the year. The eleven affected staff will be offered positions at other Lamont County Housing Foundation lodges nearby.
    420 Premium Market is hiring about 400 employees for its cannabis operations in Calgary. The company is looking for warehouse workers, along with managers and head-office staff as well.
    Gibson Energy is building two new 500,000 barrel tanks at its Hardisty Terminal as part of a $200-$250M capital program. The tanks are expected to be in service by the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-08-06, End date: 2018-08-10
    Week of Aug 06 - Aug 10, 2018

    Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. is spending an additional $170M this year to advance projects that will increase production at its Horizon oil sands mine in northern Alberta. Construction is expected between 2019 and 2020.
    The City of Edmonton has increased the budget for its new Kathleen Andrews Transit Garage by $10.3M to $210.7M. Construction, which is currently under way, is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
    The Government of Alberta has committed $15M over three years to help expand a not-for-profit recreation centre in Calgary. The work on the Vivo for Healthier Generations facility is expected to createup 320 new jobs during construction and 60 permanent positions once the facility is complete.
    Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. plans to drill seven additional light-oil wells in the second half of 2018 and scale back its heavy crude oil drilling. The move is partly in response to lower heavy oil prices.
    In partnership with Caterpillar and Finning, Imperial Oil will begin experimenting with as many as seven autonomous hauler trucks at its Kearl oil sands site by the end of the year. Canadian Natural Resources also plans to start testing the technology.
    West Fraser has decided to end the production of certain specialty wood products at its Edson facility. The facility makes items like components for pallets and dunnage wood for cargo handling. The transition is expected over several months and will affect about 30 employees who will be transferred and/or offered other vacant positions within the company.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $1.5M towards new and refurbished exhibits at Calgary's Heritage Park. The project will create 20 new construction jobs and add 16 permanent and seasonal positions upon completion, expected in late 2020.
    Rolling Leafs and Alcanna Cannabis Stores, two retail cannabis operations proposed in Whitecourt, have received approval for development permits. Alcanna plans to have 20 staff members with a maximum of eight staff members working at once.
    The National Energy Board has approved Nova Gas Transmission Ltd.¿s request to construct and operate the Northwest Mainline Loop. The project in northwestern Alberta includes 23 kilometres of new pipeline to transport natural gas.
    Northern Lakes College is demolishing its old campus in High Prairie to make room for a modern new campus on the site. The college has relocated to a temporary site for the next three years during construction.
    Enhance Energy Inc. and Wolf Carbon Solutions Inc. have signed an agreement for the construction and operation of the 240 kilometre Alberta Carbon Trunk Line
  • Start date: 2018-07-30, End date: 2018-08-03
    Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2018

    The Government of Alberta is launching two new public transportation pilot projects that will serve communities in central and southern Alberta. The $1.4M program provides funding to municipalities to run the shuttle services.
    The Medicine Hat Regional Hospital has opened a new wing that provides 40 new outpatient treatment spaces, a renal program and expansions to the day surgery and neonatal intensive care areas
    A new craft brewery, 948 Brewing, has opened in Airdrie. The company is working towards opening a storefront in the city.
    Edmonton International Airport is testing an autonomous ATV for security perimeter patrols. The airport authority expects that an expanded fleet of vehicles would create new maintenance and installation jobs.
    Chandos Construction has started work on the Killam Long Term Care expansion project in Killam, 70 kms southeast of Camrose. The work, which includes new construction and renovation of the existing long term care area, is expected to be complete in 20 months.
    Construction has started on the new Trans Mountain Acheson Stockpile Site, about 30 km southwest of Edmonton, in cooperation with the Enoch Cree Nation. The stockpile yard is expected to bring $6M and 30 jobs to Enoch.
    The Government of Alberta will be providing $3.5M to ITU World Triathlon Series Edmonton to support hosting the 2020 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final. The five-day event is expected to generate about $44.5M in economic activity for the region.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $566,000 to the Calgary Counselling Centre to expand mental health services in the city and surrounding areas. The centre plans to hire eight more social workers.
    MaKami College is opening a private massage therapy college in the former Sears location at Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre in Edmonton. The college is also expanding into new programs at the site, including a culinary aide program.
    Renovation work has started on the main entrance to the Didsbury Hospital. The work on the lobby is expected to completed in fall 2018.
    Lighthouse Hospitality Inc. has started work to transform the former Enbridge Tower building in downtown Edmonton into a 300 room hotel. The project is expected to cost $65M to $75M and be complete in about 18 months.
    The City of Calgary has decided to allow 14 new suburban communities to be built in the coming years. The new communities could add more than 18,000 single-family homes and more than 9,000 units such as condos and townhomes.
    The Heartland Housing Foundation has started construction of a new $32M Clover Bar Seniors home in Sherwood Park. At 144 rooms, the new facility will have double the capacity of the old lodge.
    The Government of Alberta has added four provincial court judges, 55 court clerks and 13 bail clerks in a bid to alleviate provincial court backlogs. Hiring for Crown prosecutors in the rural areas has been a challenge, with only 4 of 10 vacancies filled.
    Emcon Services Inc. expects to hire 10 to 12 mechanics and mechanical apprentices and between 60 and 80 new winter equipment operators in Alberta following Emcon's purchase of highway maintenance contracts in the province
  • Start date: 2018-07-23, End date: 2018-07-27
    Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2018

    The Province of Alberta has outlined plans for a new $65M emergency department at Edmonton's Misericordia Community Hospital. Site preparation and demolition work will begin this year, with the four year construction phase commencing spring 2019.
    The Alberta government has launched the $70M Emissions Reduction Alberta Biotechnology, Electricity and Sustainable Transportation Challenge. The program will fund clean-technology projects to spur innovation and reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
    The Veterans Food Bank in Calgary will cease operations on January 31, 2019. The Royal Canadian Legion, which supported the food bank through its Poppy Fund, said the decision was due to funding and staffing issues, and a decision to take a new approach.
    Calgary's Commongood Linens offers employment opportunities to those experiencing obstacles to finding work through conventional means. The company's hiring policies do not require a mailing address, bank account or phone access.
    The Capilano Group of Companies has launched a daily shuttle service between Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Lodge. The shuttle is scheduled to run until September 8, 2018.
    Harvest Medicine, a medical cannabis clinic, has opened in St. Albert. Physicians are available at the site for patient consultations.
    Spanwest Building Corporation has started work on a four-storey condominium building, Chinook Estates in Olds. Development of the site is expected to cost $32M over five years.
    The Town of Olds and local developers are working on providing affordable housing for the expected influx of 1,000 to 1,500 marijuana production plant workers over the next few years. Two companies are proposing new apartment buildings.
    Aspen View Public Schools has signed a three-year contract with Fort McMurray-based Sparksman Transportation Ltd. covering 31 school bus routes in the town and surrounding area
    Starting late July, Alberta Film Projects and the Syfy channel are filming a new Netflix zombie series, Black Summer, in Irricana, Calgary and Beiseker
    Cornerstone Co-op is opening a Pharmacy & Home Health Centre later this fall in Vermilion. The Co-op plans to work with local contractors and trades people during the construction phase. The health centre is expected to have up to six additional employees.
    The City of Lloydminster has awarded a $442,427.40 contract to EPCOR Technologies Inc. for a traffic signal project. The work is expected to be completed by the end of October this year.
  • Start date: 2018-07-16, End date: 2018-07-20
    Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2018

    Steele's Transportation Group, a Calgary-based transport and package delivery firm, may expand their services following Greyhound Canada's decision to discontinue operations in Western Canada
    Northlands and Horse Racing Alberta will continue to host races at the Northlands track after its license was extended until March 31, 2019. The extension was prompted by construction delays at the intended replacement site, the Century Mile Racetrack and Casino.
    The Triple S Ranch, an organic fruit and vegetable farm in Winfield, aims to employ a workforce comprised entirely of adults on the autism spectrum
    In August, the Millarville Racing and Agricultural Society will begin building a $1.4M multipurpose arena to replace a previous facility that suffered extensive damage when its roof collapsed
    Three new vegan restaurants will be opening in Edmonton later this summer. The Green Moustache, Copper Branch and Kanu will offer plant-based and organic food options.
    The Government of Alberta anticipates awarding a construction contract for the new $125M Provincial Operations Centre in Edmonton's Research Park later this year. A tentative opening date for the centre is in 2021.
    Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program, the Governments of Canada and Alberta are investing $90M into projects to help Alberta companies expand their export capacity and to increase consumer awareness of the agricultural sector
    The Government of Alberta is providing $575,000 in funding under the Inclusive Post-Secondary Education program to support students with developmental disabilities attending the University of Lethbridge and Portage College
    Zenstar Developments is the general contractor overseeing the $22M project to upgrade a number of intersections along a 32 km route of Highway 44 followed by the overlaying of a new pavement. The project is on schedule to be completed this fall.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $2.6M over four years in grants to six communities to establish regional emergency response teams. The funds will be used to establish centralized command centres and conduct long-term planning and training.
    The Bear's Paw Bakery is one of many small businesses hampered by Jasper's housing shortage. While larger businesses tend to have living quarters for workers, smaller operators are struggling to hire and retain sufficient staff in the absence of affordable housing.
    Concept Electric Ltd., a Calgary-based electrical installations and services business, recently advised its employees that it was closing. Up to 500 employees in Alberta and Saskatchewan are affected.
  • Start date: 2018-07-09, End date: 2018-07-13
    Week of Jul 09 - Jul 13, 2018

    Work on the final 9 km leg of the Calgary Ring Road will begin next year, generating up to 2,600 construction jobs. When completed, the ring road will provide over 100 kms of free-flowing travel around the city.
    The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC) has chosen 13 companies, including two with Alberta ties, as providers of legal cannabis in the province. The AGLC will contract with additional Alberta-based producers as they become licensed.
    Clearview Public Schools will use its 2018-2019 Classroom Improvement Fund of $362,000 to hire additional educational assistants and literacy consultants, and to provide targeted professional learning opportunities
    According to the Realtors Association of Edmonton, home selling prices in the region are trending downwards compared to one year ago. Single family home prices were down 2.4% while condominiums prices dropped 8.6% from June 2017.
    YWCA Calgary has received more than $15.2M from the federal, provincial and municipal governments for the construction of a new facility. The YWCA provides a range of social services and specialized assistance to women in need and their families.
    Filistix, a food vendor specializing in Filipino cuisine, has had its contract to provide food services on the campus of the University of Alberta terminated by Aramark. The future of the ten impacted staff is uncertain at this time.
    The Governments of Canada and Alberta are jointly granting $77.7M towards Phase 2 of the $145M Airport Trail expansion project. Construction, which will support about 1,500 person-years of employment, is expected to begin in 2018 and be complete by spring 2022.
    Royal Development Corporation will begin construction on its 320,000 square-foot Savanna Bazaar in northeast Calgary this summer. The site will feature 500 independently owned stores and food stalls, and is scheduled to open in summer 2019.
    Syncrude Canada is ramping up production of upgraded bitumen at its oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray this summer. A power outage in June caused a shut down but the company anticipates returning to full production by September.
    Parkbus, in partnership with Parks Canada, TD Bank and MEC, is offering a shuttle service between downtown Edmonton and Elk Island National Park. The free service runs from July 28th until September 15th.
    Cineplex Cinema Seton and VIP recently opened in Calgary with 1,900 seats, eleven auditoriums, a VIP lounge and four VIP auditoriums. The facility offers additional enhanced entertainment options such as UltraAVX and reclining D-BOX motion seats.
    Effective the end of October 2018, Greyhound Canada will discontinue all of its passenger bus and freight services in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and all but one route in British Columbia. About 400 jobs will be lost across western Canada. Of those, Edmonton has 75 affected positions.
    Regency Developments has received approval for its Holyrood Gardens housing redevelopment project in Edmonton. The 1,200-unit development includes one 25-storey high-rise tower and seven other buildings ranging between four and twelve storeys.
    K-Rite Construction of Edmonton has won the $2.9M contract to renovate the Whitecourt courthouse. Construction to bring the facility up to current Provincial Court standards is expected to be completed by early 2019.
    The town of Olds is proceeding with $2.4M worth of roadwork projects that include paving, engineering, geotechnical, and construction work. Most of the work should be completed by October, the rest in 2019.
    The Government of Canada is investing $2.2M into two research projects lead by Clearstone Engineering Ltd and Patro Research Ltd that examine ways to detect and reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector
    The Government of Alberta recently announced the recipients of the third intake of its Capital Investment Tax Credit. The program will support more than 1,350 jobs as 21 businesses use the program to build or upgrade facilities.
  • Start date: 2018-07-02, End date: 2018-07-06
    Week of Jul 02 - Jul 06, 2018

    The Government of Canada is investing $27.5M over five years to support conservation efforts in Wood Buffalo National Park and to ensure its status as a world heritage site
    The Government of Alberta is investing $1.4M over two years towards four rural transportation pilot programs. The programs will expand public transportation options into areas where there are no existing providers.
    A Calgary city committee has granted (zoning) approval for the development of eight new communities on the outskirts of the city
    Air Canada will discontinue its thrice daily flights between Calgary and Red Deer on November 1st
    The Government of Alberta has launched the $120M Indigenous Housing Capital Program which will fund the construction of affordable housing designed and owned by Indigenous governments and organizations
    The Government of Alberta is providing $4.3M towards improving services and supports for Indigenous children and families, focused on the areas of mental health and addiction, services for the disabled, and for post-secondary opportunities
    Mikey's Juke Joint, a local live music venue, recently announced that it was closing its doors, citing ¿many reasons¿ for its closure
    According to a study by the University of Calgary, two-thirds of Albertans with developmental disabilities are unemployed. Based on 2012 data, the study found that low public awareness of disability issues, and entrenched workplace cultures are major barriers to the employment of persons with disabilities.
    The Horizon Housing Society was awarded a $13.6M loan under the Rental Construction Financing program to build 161 new affordable rental apartment units in southwest Calgary
    Prospect Human Services recently opened in Strathmore. The not-for-profit organization provides career and employment services to both job seekers and employers.
    The Municipal District of Bonnyville is funding additional support staff positions at the Cold Lake and Bonnyville RCMP detachments to handle administrative matters while freeing up uniformed officers to handle police issues
    The Municipal District of Bonnyville has approved $2.5M towards the construction of new fire halls for the Fort Kent and Ardmore volunteer fire departments
    Thorhild County has allocated $971,000 towards repairing or replacing fourteen county bridges, some of which are currently closed due to damage caused by spring flooding
    Royal Canadian Cannabis, a medical marijuana company, will be the first tenant in the town of Barrhead's Kiel Industrial Park. The town is expecting the company to provide both employment opportunities and economic benefits to the county.
    Unified MMA, a mixed martial arts company, announced that it was moving its business from Edmonton to the River Cree Resort and Casino in Enoch due to the city's moratorium on combative sports. The company's events employ between 100 to 200 people.
    Kinder Morgan announced that work on a 290 km Albertan section of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will begin in August
    According to a report from PetroLMI, Canada's evolving energy industry will need more data management and analytics specialists, software engineers, and instrumentation technologists. Field workers will need both mechanical and digital skills.
  • Start date: 2018-06-25, End date: 2018-06-29
    Week of Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2018

    Nexen Energy is proceeding with a $400M expansion of its Long Lake project. The addition of new well pads and pipelines to the existing facility will enable it to increase daily oil production by 26,000 barrels.
    Alberta Health Services has announced that the Lacombe hospital will undergo a $3.1-million facelift starting this fall. Renovations include a new waiting room, co-location of triage and admitting areas, and barrier-free public washrooms.
    Liquor Depot recently opened for business in Medicine Hat's Strachan Corner. The new complex includes a supermarket and other retail stores.
    Pembina Pipelines has received approval to construct a new rail terminal at its forthcoming $120M propane extraction facility near Empress
    Construction work on the $63M Wye Road redesign project in Sherwood Park is underway. Work scheduled for 2018 includes road widening, intersection improvement, removal of an abandoned pipeline, and landscaping.
    The Charlton Hotel is being built in St. Albert. The 141 suite, seven story hotel will include a convention room, pool and restaurant and is scheduled to be completed in 2019.
    The Stoney Health Centre in Morley will double in size when construction begins later this summer. The expansion will permit it to amalgamate all of its services into one location.
    Syncrude Canada has temporarily shut down production of upgraded bitumen at its oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray due to a power outage. Production could remain offline through July.
    PostMedia will stop producing the Camrose Canadian and the Strathmore Standard by the end of August, as part of efforts to cut the company's salary costs by 10% this fiscal year
    The Governments of Alberta and Canada have increased their funding of programs that enable Indigenous communities and organizations to invest in local renewable projects, energy efficient audits and job training for the low-carbon economy
    ATCO Group recently issued an undisclosed number of layoff notices to employees at ATCO Power and ATCO Electric. The company cited unmaterialized growth opportunities as the cause of the layoffs.
    According to a study by ATB Financial, the number of temporary foreign workers in Alberta dropped from 110,000 in 2014 to 76,000 in 2017. The number of applications for the Temporary Foreign Worker program also declined during this period.
    Five of the 10 economic regions in Canada with the highest average full-time hourly wage were in Alberta last year, according to Statistics Canada. Alberta also had the highest proportion of 25 ¿ 39 years olds working full time.
    Road construction has begun on Calgary's Bow Trail. The $20M project, which will add lanes in both directions and new pedestrian pathways, is expected to be completed next summer.
    The Government of Canada is investing an additional $500M towards job training in Alberta, for a total of $1.7B over six years. The programs funded will provide skills, apprenticeship and self-employment training along with academic upgrading
    The Christensen Group of Companies is building a 14-storey seniors high-rise in Edmonton as part of a two tower $60M project. The Village at Westmount will have 105 units and other assisted living spaces, and is scheduled to open in spring 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-06-18, End date: 2018-06-22
    Week of Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2018

    The Calgary Airport Authority is starting a four-year revamp of the domestic terminal that includes a centralized security-screening facility and new food and beverage outlets
    The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company in Canmore has opened a restaurant and bar called Tank 310 at its main brewery location
    Basecamp Resorts has hired 35 full-time staff for its expanded portfolio of hotels, lodges and motels in the Bow Valley. In addition, a $45M renovation to the Mount Royal Hotel is nearly complete, with an opening projected for July 1st.
    Hostelling International Canada and Horizon North Modular Solutions have started construction of a 157-bed hostel in Jasper. The site will include two buildings dedicated to staff accommodation and one maintenance building.
    NorQuest College in Edmonton has partnered with ATB Financial to open an on-campus branch. It will be fully operated by the college, and all of its profits will be kept by the college to fund scholarships, academic programming and student supports.
    The Calgary Police Service has started construction on the new $25M Spyhill Services Centre, which will replace the arrest processing unit downtown. The facility is expected to be fully operational in January 2020.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $20M to provide 70 supportive housing units for people aged 55 and older who have trouble finding housing and 50 apartments for seniors with low income in Calgary. The total budget for the project is $35M.
    The Canada Transportation Security Agency has hired several new staff members in Medicine Hat to handle new WestJet Link flights to Calgary
    South Country Coop has started construction on a new gas bar, car wash and liquor store complex in Medicine Hat. Contempora Construction expects that the project will be complete in fall 2018.
    Freson Bros. has opened a Fresh Market grocery store in Fort Saskatchewan. The store will employ 165 workers, with 75 per cent of positions being full-time.
    The City of Fort Saskatchewan has approved the redevelopment of a vacant site into an assisted living facility and mixed market residential development. The Heartland Housing Foundation is planning a four-storey building that will house 83 apartments.
    Keystone Labs expects to double its staff in Edmonton to about 15 employees by the end of 2018. Evio Inc., a US cannabis testing company, purchased 50 percent of Keystone in May 2018.
    The University of Calgary has received a $20M donation for expansion of the Haskayne School of Business. The $90M building is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2022 and be ready for students in the fall of that year.
    Avi Urban has started construction on Winston at Walde, a residential enclave in southeast Calgary. The project will include 40 apartment-style condos and 150 two-storey townhomes spread across across 23 buildings.
    Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc., Canada's leading mattress retailer, has opened a new store in Spruce Grove
    WestJet has launched daily flight service between Calgary and Lethbridge. The company is also starting its WestJet Link service next week from Calgary to Medicine Hat, Lloydminster, Cranbrook and Prince George.
    The Fort McMurray Airport Authority has laid off seven maintenance workers, partly due to a decline in passenger numbers and lower airport revenues
    Choom, a fully-integrated cannabis company, has secured the rights to an additional 7 retail cannabis locations in Alberta. Choom has 25 leases in highly strategic and secure locations in Alberta with 24 applications submitted.
    Construction has started on a Primary Care Centre at the Peace River Community Health Centre. The project is a regional partnership between Northern Sunrise County; the Town of Peace River; the Municipal District of Peace #135; the County of Northern Lights and Obsidian Energy. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.
    Flair Airlines is moving its headquarters to Edmonton from Kelowna by the end of 2018. The relocation will bring about 75 jobs from Kelowna, with more than 300 jobs planned in the next few years.
    The County of Newell has awarded two paving contracts to Aecon Transportation West for $11.678M. Work is expected to begin in late July and be completed by late November.
    The Whitecourt Fire Department and several other stakeholders are combining resources to offer a new firefighter training program to high school students this summer
    Big Lakes County is receiving up to $720,695 from the Government of Alberta for airport runaway upgrades at the High Prairie Airport
    The Calgary Board of Education will open Joane Cardinal-Schubert High School this fall. Numerous city high school modernizations that include renovations and upgrades are also slated for completion by the fall.
    WestJet has launched it's ultra low-cost carrier Swoop. The company has struck a deal with the Air Line Pilots Association that allows WestJet pilots to fly for Swoop at Swoop rates and conditions.
  • Start date: 2018-06-11, End date: 2018-06-15
    Week of Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2018

    Calgary Economic Development has unveiled an updated economic strategy for the city that focuses on tourism, financial services, life sciences, and creative industries (film and TV, digital media, and design)
    The City of Calgary is starting work on 29 major infrastructure projects and more than 40 paving projects. The $441M in spending is expected to support 3,500 construction jobs this year.
    The Town of Canmore has decided to restrict the hours of operation of retail cannabis stores to a 10 p.m. closing. Provincial regulations would allow cannabis stores to be open until 2 a.m., the same as liquor outlets.
    Business is booming for Calgary's NOV Completion and Production Solutions, as the oil rig maintenance firm has more than doubled its head-count from a low of 100 employees in 2016. About 70 percent of recent employees are rehires.
    The Government of Alberta is hiring more seasonal staff in the Bow Valley-Ghost Reservoir area to help deal with wildlife enforcement and respond to human¿wildlife conflicts
    Boyle Street Ventures has launched a new website called Hire Good, to expand their outreach to clients who lack the basic skills to hold down a job. Customers looking for entry level workers are matched with program clients, each of whom is supported by a designated mentor.
    The Hyatt Place Calgary Airport hotel is scheduled to open later this year. Hyatt is planning to double its Canadian brand presence by 2020.
    The Government of Alberta is providing a $4.9M grant to Athabasca University to help the institution upgrade its information technology infrastructure. Funding will also be used for online course development and delivery.
    Furniture Clinic in Lloydminster is permanently closing after 45 years in business. The owners had been trying to sell the store for the last two years.
    The Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta are jointly investing $6.8M in the Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit in Edmonton. The project involves creating a hub of office, training and event spaces for non-profits.
    The Government of Alberta is providing a $1.25M grant to Children's Autism Services of Edmonton to support their purchase of a facility in south Edmonton. An additional 45 professional and support staff will be hired to work at the new location.
    The Government of Alberta has passed the Growth and Diversification Act, a five-year, $50M investment that will add 3,000 new spaces for technology programs at Alberta's colleges and universities
    The City of Airdrie has approved a 10-year Economic Development Strategy, in an initiative to attract businesses and investment to the city. The strategy flags the lack of high-speed internet access as a significant business problem in Airdrie.
    Invest Medicine Hat estimates that the Aurora Cannabis facility will add 450 employees and $18M in wages annually once in operation. Facility construction will require 330 workers, generating an estimated $30.7M in wages.
    Sturgeon Public School Division started construction of the $19M Four Winds Public School in Morinville on June 12th. The school is expected to open in December 2019.
    Career Fair Canada is holding career fair expos in Calgary on June 26th and in Edmonton on August 21st
    Alberta Health Services has released plans for the $364M redevelopment of CapitalCare Norwood, a continuing care complex in Edmonton. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2019 and be complete by 2023.
    Aquatera is replacing about 1,750 water meters this summer for customers in and around Grande Prairie. The work is being done through contractor Neptune Technology Group.
    Alberta Parks is spending $2.5M to expand the boat launch and improve other infrastructure at the Ghost Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area
    The Government of Alberta is providing $2M in community supports to help with short-term flood prevention and mitigation. The City of Calgary is receiving $1M while the balance will go to 12 other communities.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $2B to three industrial diversification programs. The programs will use financial incentives such as royalty credits, grants, and loan guarantees in a bid to leverage $10B in private investment, along with 8,000 construction jobs.
    The Government of Alberta is opening new opioid dependency treatment clinics in Fort McMurray, High Prairie and Bonnyville. The three clinics will operate with an annual budget of $1M.
    Sundial Growers in Olds has started hiring employees from a pool of over 300 applicants established at a job fair held in May. The company plans to respond to all applicants by the end of June.
    Modus Structures, based in Crossfield, has delivered its first modular grow rooms to Sundial Growers in Olds. About 30 employees, 20 from Modus and 10 from Sundial, are involved in installing the units.
    The Government of Alberta is committing $100M towards an expansion of the southwest leg of Anthony Henday Drive in Edmonton. Design work is expected to be complete this year, with construction starting in 2019.
    Mountain View County has approved the construction of a $3.7M gas station and retail store complex by Westview Co-operative Association in the Netook Crossing business park east of Olds. The site will have about 15 employees once operational.
    Canadian UAVs, a Calgary-based unmanned airline company, has garnered Transport Canada approval to inspect remote oil and gas assets 'beyond line of sight' for environmental integrity, in collaboration with Canada's largest oil and gas companies
    Jollibee Food Corporation, a Filipino fast-food chain, is planning to open restaurants in Calgary and Edmonton, as part of a wider plan for 100 locations in Canada within the next five years
    Amazon is looking to hire 1,000 full-time employees for its new fulfilment centre located near Calgary and it is slated for opening later this year. The firm is searching for workers to package orders, manage human resources, and oversee mechanical and engineering components.
    Melcor Developments is finishing up work on two restaurants in St. Albert. The restaurants, Browns Socialhouse and the Canadian Brewhouse, are expected to open in the next few months.
    Endeavour Brewing Company has opened a craft brewery and a restaurant in St. Albert
    Canadian National Railway is spending $320M in Alberta this year to build new railway lines and upgrade exisiting infrastructure. Maintenance work on bridges, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure is also planned.
    Lethbridge College is expanding its Health Care Aide certificate program in response to demand, particularly in acute care such as emergency rooms, intensive cares and other hospital settings. The college is also adding a new part-time online option.
  • Start date: 2018-06-04, End date: 2018-06-08
    Week of Jun 04 - Jun 08, 2018

    The Government of Alberta has reached a two-year funding agreement with the Alberta Medical Association that contains no pay increases and will save $95M in health-care costs. The agreement runs from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020.
    The Government of Alberta, through the 2018 Visitor Services Innovation Fund, provided grants to 16 visitor services providers of up to $7,000 to individual organizations and up to $16,000 to those that partner on improvements
    Red Deer College is launching a two-year Justice Studies Diploma starting in fall 2018 partly in response to a local shortage of qualified corrections officers. The program will offer graduates the opportunity to begin entry-level jobs in corrections.
    Prairie Provident Resources plans to spend $12M on completions and drilling during the second and third quarters of 2018
    Rangeland Helicopters Inc. and Super T Aviation have leased space at the former Integra Air hangar in Medicine Hat to provide ramp services at the airport. Rangeland has kept four members of staff who were previously with Integra.
    The City of Medicine Hat has contracted out work for five roofing projects at city parks throughout the summer
    The Government of Alberta is providing $90M to upgrade or replace the Vinca Bridge near Redwater. Construction is expected to begin in 2020 with the aim of a 2023 completion.
    The $100M Dorian Hotel in Calgary, currently under construction, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020 with about 150 employees
    The City of Lethbridge has passed two borrow bylaws totalling nearly $14M for electricity transmission infrastructure upgrades. The funding covers two separate projects that were both included as part of the 2018 to 2027 Capital Improvement Program.
    An Urban Fare grocery store and a Canadian Tire store are opening in fall 2018 at Mount Royal West in Calgary. The mixed-use development will also have medical office suites and a 32-storey condominium tower.
    Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is staffing a southwest rescue unit and replacing retiring firefighters with thirty new graduates. Another class of 16 to 20 firefighters is expected to graduate toward the end of this year.
    Longview Aviation Capital and its related company Viking Air Ltd. are hiring 150 new employees in Calgary. The Victoria-based company recently secured a $90M order for upgraded waterbombers.
    Rocky View County has approved Cochrane North, a planned community by Canopy Lands slated for 425 homes and a community centre. The developer plans to spend the balance of this year working on utility servicing.
    Obsidian Energy is spending an additional $50M in the remainder of 2018 to drill 13 more oil wells
    The City of Airdrie has approved a bylaw that will allow debenture borrowing to fund the 2018 Roadworks Capital Project. The costs for financing the construction of the two-lane road will add up to approximately $11.3M.
    The City of Grande Prairie has started work on three construction projects. The work consists of road rehabilitation, replacing and upgrading of concrete sidewalks, and the construction of industrial storm ponds.
    Terra Life Sciences has completed Phase 1 of its medical cannabis facility in Olds and is starting construction on Phase 2. The site is expected to have up to 112 full-time employees by the end of 2019.
    Pembina Hills Public Schools is offering a $2,500 incentive to all new and existing staff if they move into the division's geographic area. The initiative is intended to help grow the local communities and sustain school viability.
    Silverstone Precast Inc. has hired 25 employees for its new Pickardville facility in Westlock County. Silverstone manufactures precast hollow-core concrete panels used in building construction.
    The Town of Slave Lake and several independent contractors are installing two raw water intake pipes extending several hundred metres into Lesser Slave Lake. The intake and an associated waterline will supply the water treatment plant in Slave Lake.
    The Town of Taber has awarded a $1.45M contract to Tollestrup Construction Inc. for street improvement projects in 2018. The work includes paving, asphalt milling and surface concrete improvements.
    The Town of Taber has signed a Utility Services Agreement to operate the Lantic Inc. wastewater treatment plant effective June 1, 2018. Lantic will pay the town to provide skilled workers to operate the wastewater services to the Rogers Sugar Factory.
    Postmedia Network Inc. is eliminating 26 full-time and 26 part-time positions in Calgary due to a plant closure this summer. The company is outsourcing the printing of the Calgary Sun newspaper.
    Acreage Pharms Ltd., a medical cannabis supplier near Peers, has been licensed by Health Canada effective May 18, 2018 and is accepting patients and processing orders
  • Start date: 2018-05-28, End date: 2018-06-01
    Week of May 28 - Jun 01, 2018

    The Government of Alberta is providing $2.16M to the Tsuut'ina Nation for energy efficiency upgrades at the community's sportsplex. A new ice plant will be installed in the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex, along with upgrades to the building's water system.
    The Canadian Rockies Public School Division is dipping into its reserve fund and using a cash injection from the province to save 3.5 full-time teaching positions and 1.5 full-time in-class support staff that were on the chopping block
    Roam Transit plans to expand its bus service from Banff to Lake Louise with a combined $7.5M in funding. The transit agency is purchasing new buses and hiring additional staff to operate the service.
    The City of Camrose has approved a $17.23M plan to renovate and expand the Aquatic Centre. The work is projected to start on June 1, 2018 with a completion date of December 1, 2019.
    The Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre opened its doors at the Shephard Energy Centre in Calgary. The $20M facility will be a testing ground for technologies to turn carbon dioxide gases into valuable products, such as consumer goods.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $1.7M for a permanent supportive housing project in Calgary. Construction is expected to begin later this year, with completion by early 2020.
    The Vintage Group is hiring staff in preparation for a July 1 opening of the Water Tower Grille restaurant in Lethbridge. The site will also have a lounge and service bar.
    Integra Air has closed its operations in Medicine Hat. The Integra hangar at Medicine Hat airport remains in the company name and operations are continuing in Calgary.
    The City of Medicine Hat has awarded a $15.66M contract to BYZ Enterprises for a two-year construction project to expand storm sewers and sanitation lines
    Sephora is opening a store at the Prairie Mall Shopping Centre in Grande Prairie in August
    Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation are partnering to build a youth mental health centre in Calgary. Construction is expected to start in fall 2019 with an opening planned for 2021.
    The Calgary Board of Education is spending $3.5M as part of its 2018-19 budget for 31 new math coaches to help teachers support students who are falling behind. The coaches will rotate through 42 elementary schools and 19 middle/junior high schools.
    EllisDon has started construction on the 27-storey Dorian Hotel in Calgary
    Wayfinder Proppants has opened a coating and transload facility in Yellowhead County near Hinton. The site provides a resin coated sand that is designed to keep an induced hydraulic fracture open in a well during or following a fracturing treatment.
    Fort Calgary is planning to start work on a $10.4M expansion and renovation project in 2019 with completion scheduled for 2020
    The Government of Canada is providing more than $485,000 to help the small business community in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo as it recovers from the 2016 Horse River Wildfire
    PacWest Canopy Ltd., the fifth cannabis production in the Olds area, is projecting 75 jobs for its proposed facility. The project is subject to town approval and a public hearing.
    Sundial Growers Inc., a medical cannabis producer, attracted more than 300 people to its first job fair in Olds. Sundial will be hiring qualified candidates in incremental stages for operations this summer.
    Inter Pipeline is planning to construct road bypasses and upgrade bridges in advance of its planned movement of modules for its plant in Fort Saskatchewan starting in October 2018. Over 300 modules for the plant are being constructed in Alberta at sites in Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, and Grande Prairie.
    Demolition has started on the former Edmonton Petroleum Club building in downtown Edmonton. The land and building were sold in March 2018 to Daytona Homes.
    McDonald's Canada is aiming to hire more than 400 new employees across Alberta on its annual West Hiring Day, a one-day hiring blitz on June 4
    Keyera Corp. is moving ahead with phase two of its Wapiti Gas Plant south of Grande Prairie. The $150M project is expected to be complete in mid-2020. The company is also spending $85M for additional compression on its Wapiti gathering system.
  • Start date: 2018-05-21, End date: 2018-05-25
    Week of May 21 - May 25, 2018

    International Petroleum Corporation plans to drill six oils wells in the Suffield Block near Medicine Hat. The company plans to start drilling in the fourth quarter of 2018 and continue on into 2019.
    GasKing is rebranding and renovating the former Kingsway Fuel and Carwash in Medicine Hat. The site is expected to reopen in late August with a new carwash and convenience store.
    Grain Bin Brewing Company is planning to open a wholesale store in Grande Prairie. Construction is underway and the company hopes to open the facility by October.
    The Oilers Entertainment Group has laid off about 30 workers in Edmonton. The cuts were from areas such as security, ticketing, communications, IT and administration.
    The Stoney Nakoda Nation is expecting to open the Bearspaw - Kananaskis Travel Centre by late August or early September. The centre is expected to create 30 to 35 new jobs.
    The Town of Canmore has approved a budget increase to $12.9M for repairs to the Canmore Rec Centre. Tender results for the project were higher than estimates due in part to a busy construction season in the region.
    The Canmore RCMP is planning for an additional four officers and two support staff over the next three to five years as part of a proposed $1M budget increase. The Town of Canmore signed a 20-year agreement for policing services with the RCMP in 2012.
    Red Deer Public Schools is hiring nine full time Mental Health Practitioners and increasing the Valuing Mental Health Facilitator position from part time to full time. The hiring is part of an expanded mental health strategy and a new training component.
    The Metis Nation of Alberta and its project partners formally broke ground May 14 for the $11M Cultural Gathering Centre at Metis Crossing, 115 kms northeast of Edmonton. Construction will begin in July and the centre will open in late summer 2019.
    OK Tire opened a location in Redwater on May 15, 2018
    Ricky's All Day Grill in Lac La Biche has hired 20 staff for the newly opened restaurant at the Lac La Biche Inn. The hotel owners are planning additional Ricky's franchises in Athabasca and Sylvan Lake.
    The Town of Edson has voted to demolish the the Edson and District Recreation Complex. The work is expected to start in fall 2018 and cost about $1M.
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are providing $4M for the revitalization of the Stanley A. Milner Library in downtown Edmonton. The work being funded is part of the $84.5M overall library project currently under way.
    Rohit Communities has started construction on Stile Seton, a multi-family site at its mixed-use development in Calgary. The site will also include a high school, large recreation centre, movie theatre and assisted living/nursing home.
    The Peace River School Division is looking for bus drivers, as it expects to be short 12-15 drivers by the end of the summer. The school district pays for all training and associated costs such as a driver's medical and license upgrading.
    The Calgary Board of Education is hiring 106 teachers and 43 educational assistants with a one-time grant of $13M from the Government of Alberta. The board is also cutting 69 full-time equivalent administrative positions.
    The Samson Cree Nation has broken ground on a $32.5M project to upgrade its wastewater facilities in Maskwacis. The funding covers construction, project management and First Nation administration. Project completion is scheduled for the winter of 2020.
    The Global Petroleum Show is holding its 50th event from June 12-14, 2018 in Calgary. The show expects over 50,000 participants from 115 countries and 1,000 company exhibits.
  • Start date: 2018-05-14, End date: 2018-05-18
    Week of May 14 - May 18, 2018

    The Government of Alberta is providing $3.3M to the Municipal District of Bighorn for flood mitigation. Bighorn is waiting on another provincial grant to fully fund the $10M project.
    The Town of Canmore is extending its photo radar program for another four years. The contractor must provide fully trained peace officers, equipment, ticket process, court time, advertising, signage, statistics and a call centre.
    Goodfood Market Corp., a meal delivery company, is expanding its operations in Calgary in response to customer demand. The company plans to hire 500 new employees in the city by 2020.
    ATCO has applied to the Alberta Energy Regulator to convert its Battle River Generating Station Unit Five to natural gas from coal. A new pipeline will be built to supply the converted generator. ATCO anticipates regulatory approval by September 2018 followed by a three year design and construction timeline.
    The Town of Black Diamond is spending approximately $5.46M for infrastructure and capital projects this year. Most of the money will be used for road construction, water and wastewater upgrades, and sewer repairs.
    Red Deer College is offering an applied degree in animation and visual effects following approval from the province. The bachelor of applied arts in animation and visual effects will launch in September 2018, with an initial class of about 20 students
    The Government of Alberta is starting work on more than 500 road, bridge and water management projects planned over the next five years with a budget over $6B. The government estimates the work will support 18,000 jobs.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $88M over three years in partnership with the Government of Canada to support industrial energy efficiency programs. The funding will be available on a wide variety of equipment and systems.
    The Kananaskis Country Golf Course has reopened after five years of construction and a $23M investment by the Government of Alberta. The course was extensively damaged by flooding in 2013.
    Construction has started on a 143-unit apartment complex, Southlands Green built by Seymour Pacific Developments, in Medicine Hat. The building is estimated at $7.9M.
    The City of Medicine Hat is allocating $7.5M to build a new electrical substation to accommodate industrial growth. Aurora Cannabis is contributing $1.2M to the project.
    The City of Medicine Hat has started distributing blue bin recycling carts in advance of a planned curbside recycling program. The city has contracted with CanPak Environmental which will supply its own trucks, equipment and staff.
    Chartwell Retirement Residences has started construction on Chartwell Wescott, a $48M rental retirement residence in Edmonton. The project is expected to create 150 construction jobs and 45 permanent jobs on completion in early 2019.
    The Government of Canada is providing $6.8M for improvements to the WinSport sliding track in Calgary. The project consists of remodelling 360 metres of track and realigning the structure to more effectively integrate the bobsled and luge tracks.
    The Government of Canada is providing approximately $4.4M for two infrastructure improvement projects in Banff National Park. Part of the work involves replacing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems at the visitor centre in Lake Louise.
    Pembina Pipeline is spending $280M for a further expansion of its Peace Pipeline system and associated pump station upgrades. The line is anticipated to be in service in early 2020, subject to environmental and regulatory approval.
    Planet Organic Market is opening two new retail grocery stores, one in Edmonton in June, and the other in Sherwood Park in September
    LaFarge Canada has laid off 15 employees following the closure of its ready-mix concrete operations in Cold Lake and Bonnyville. The company attributed the closures to poor market conditions in the region.
    Fort Air Partnership opened its Redwater continuous air monitoring station on May 7th. The society operates nine regional continuous monitoring stations. A continuous monitoring station costs about $250,000 to set up and $60,000 per year to operate.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $1.5M for 33 seasonal positions for public land enforcement and management this summer
    The Government of Canada is providing $39.8M towards a $87.5M project to build an underpass at a Canadian Pacific Railway crossing in Edmonton and expand an associated roadway
    The Government of Canada has committed $1.53B to the first stage of the Green Line, the expansion of the Calgary's light rail system. The Government of Alberta and the City of Calgary have also each committed $1.53B to the project. The first stage is slated for completion in 2026.
  • Start date: 2018-05-07, End date: 2018-05-11
    Week of May 07 - May 11, 2018

    The Job Resource Centre in Banff recently hosted a job fair with almost 400 positions available including cooks, restaurant servers and retail sales associates. Area employers are looking to fill about 15 per cent more jobs than usual this year.
    The Prairie Tabernacle Congregation is expecting to start construction in mid-May on a $2.6M building in Three Hills. The work should be complete in about one year.
    Pilot Flying J is building a new travel center in Medicine Hat. The commercial truckstop, fuel station and restaurant in will offer parking for 52 rigs, as well as six diesel filling lanes, and four showers.
    DynaLIFE Medical Labs has created a student bursary program to help students attend NAIT's (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's) Medical Laboratory Technology programs in Edmonton
    Bigfoot Industrial Services in Calgary is searching for a larger industrial building to house extra staff and more equipment as it expands its operations. The company is looking for additional experienced millwrights and welders.
    The Government of Alberta is asking school districts to retain extra staff hired last fall in what was billed as a one-year, $75M boost for classrooms. The classroom improvement fund created at least 225 teaching jobs and 175 support staff positions across Alberta.
    The Correctional Service of Canada has reached an agreement in principle with the Government of Alberta for a new 25-year lease to run the Grande Cache Institution. The medium-security facility has about 300 employees.
    The Government of Alberta is providing a new $5M grant to hire staff and build new school-based community mental health programs. The additional funding allows for the development of up to 15 new programs.
    The Ptarmigan Nordic Ski Club has started a $3.3M expansion project on the Doug Barnes Cabin in Fort McMurray. The project is expected to be complete in January 2019.
    The Murray Hyundai car dealership in Medicine Hat is spending $1.8M to renovate the showroom. The work, part of a brand makeover of Hyundai dealerships across Canada, is expected to be finished by October.
    Rogers Sugar is planning to spend up to $10M this year for emissions upgrades at its Taber sugar beet processing facility
    The Medicine Hat Construction Association is expecting opportunities for subcontractors this summer as numerous construction projects in the region ramp up their activity. Local suppliers and rental companies are also anticipating a busy season.
    ATB Financial has opened an Entrepreneur Centre in Grande Prairie, the fourth in the province after Calgary, Edmonton, and Lethbridge. There are over 1,300 licensed businesses in Grande Prairie, ATB notes.
    Spruce Meadows in Calgary is renovating existing facilities to create a soccer stadium next year. A new professional soccer club will be playing out of the facility starting in spring 2019 and will be owned by Spruce Meadows Sports and Entertainment.
    Longview Aviation Asset Management and Viking Air Ltd. are hiring 150 employees in Calgary this spring and summer for a program to upgrade water bombers. Viking has longer range plans for a $400M program with the potential for 900 additional jobs.
    The Town of Gibbons is spending approximately $1.7M on capital projects this year. Most of the money is directed towards infrastructure upgrades and maintenance work.
    The County of Grande Prairie Regional Fire Service and several area town fire departments are actively recruiting firefighters. Some of the positions are at full-time stations while others are as volunteer firefighters.
    Invictus MD Strategies Corp., a medical cannabis producer, has completed its Phase 2 production facility in Alberta and is starting work on the Acreage Pharms Phase 3 expansion project. A further expansion is planned for 2019.
    Inter Pipeline has contracted with companies around Edmonton for the fabrication of numerous vessels including the 800-tonne propane/propylene splitter for its $3.5B Heartland Petrochemical Complex as part of its $700M expenditure on the project in 2018
    The Canadian Mental Health Association has launched Alberta's first mental health recovery college at its new centre in Calgary. The recovery centre and recovery college offer more than 40 wellness courses developed and taught by 16 support staff.
    The Government of Alberta is providing over $70M to support nine oil sands technology projects. All projects include a major oil sands producer as the lead or partner and all field demonstrations are required to occur at an Alberta oil sands site.
    The Government of Alberta is hiring its first advocate for people with disabilities and creating an office with a budget of approximately $1.0M. The role is to promote the rights and interests of people with disabilities.
  • Start date: 2018-04-30, End date: 2018-05-04
    Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2018

    The Government of Alberta is adding 6,000 $25-a-day child care spaces across the province. The program will add 100 Early Learning and Child Centres, additional to the 22 existing centres.
    Capital Power has received approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission to construct and operate Halkirk2 Wind Power Project and a substation near Halkirk. The project is slated to have 74 wind turbine generators and be operational in 2019.
    The Jasper Employment and Education Centre reports that housing availability and affordability are key to employee recruitment and retention in the area. Some employers are offering subsidized staff accommodations in an effort to stabilize employment.
    The Alberta Medical First Response Program is working with Stettler County and Town of Stettler to train firefighters to be medical first responders. The fire department will use their EMS staff who are able to train others in CPR and First Aid.
    Cenovus Energy Inc. may delay the final commissioning of its $675M Christina Lake G oil sands expansion project pending substantial progress on pipeline export development. The project is currently on track to be completed by mid-2019.
    The Main Gallery & Framing Studio in Lacombe closed its doors at the end of April. The gallery typically featured over 50 artists and had been operating for over 20 years.
    Gemini Corporation, based in Calgary, has been placed in receivership under a court order. The Ponoka plant is continuing to operate under the direction of FTI Consulting Canada Inc.
    A new Home Hardware Building Centre has opened in Coaldale
    The Government of Alberta is providing $1.0M to the Arts Common, a Calgary cultural hub, to help upgrade its heating system. The total project cost is $2.5M, with Arts Commons contributing $0.5M and an additional $1.0M from the City of Calgary.
    Enterra Feed Corporation is developing an insect production facility in Balzac to manufacture feed for chickens, fish and pets. The company plans to hire labourers to mix feed, and technicians to move flats of larvae.
    The Canadian Rockies Public School division is proposing to cut three-and-a-half fulltime teaching positions and one full-time support staff for 2018-19 to help deal with a $0.75M deficit
    Compass Cannabis Clinic officially opened Canmore's first medical cannabis clinic on April 20th. The clinic will have a physician on site every two weeks starting April 27, 2018.
    The Petroleum Services Association of Canada has reduced its forecast for the number of wells to be drilled in Alberta this year. Last October's forecast of an 8% annual gain for has been downgraded to +2%.
    Prospect Human Services is opening an office in Strathmore to provide job placement services and employment focused programs. Access to short-term courses, career planning and programs targeted at employers will also be available.
    Edmonton Catholic Schools has reached a new agreement with 1,200 educational assistants, administrative support workers and other support staff. The agreement recognizes therapeutic assistants and multicultural animators as distinct job classifications.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $7.8M for critical infrastructure upgrades at Olds College. The work will start in May 2018 and is expected to be complete by 2020.
    New Horizon Mall, a $200M multicultural shopping destination in Rocky View County with 500 different stores, opened on May 1, 2018. A food court with 26 restaurants and a large family-entertainment centre are forthcoming.
    Roam Transit is bringing back its On-it regional transit shuttle between Calgary and the Bow Valley during summer 2018. In addition to Roam's services this summer, Parks Canada will also run shuttles to Johnston Canyon, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.
    Greengate Power Corporation has invested $185M for two solar farms near Brooks. The projects, currently under review by the Alberta Electric System Operator, are expected to be in service in the fall or winter of 2019 and operational by early 2020.
    Banff & Lake Louise Tourism is building on growth in regional tourism in 2017 to target four niche markets, namely the ski, adventure, wellness and food tourism markets. The association is also promoting public transit to mitigate traffic congestion.
    The Government of Canada is providing approximately $1M in funding to organizations in Southern Alberta for community-based language projects and activities for Indigenous children, youth and families
    Nutrien Ltd. is exiting the Canadian phosphate business by shutting down production at its Redwater facility in 2019. The company expects that attrition can handle most of the job losses involved.
    Spring turnaround work is in progress at Shell Canada's Scotford refinery in Fort Saskatchewan, along with similar work at Syncrude and Suncor sites in Fort McMurray. At Shell, the turnaround brings an additional 1,500 contract workers to the site daily until about July 15th.
    AKITA Drilling had strong demand for its heavy oil rigs in the first quarter of 2018, although day rates have been slow to recover from the downturn. The company recently moved a second rig from Canada to the US Permian Basin.
    The Government of Canada is providing $2.4M for new cultural infrastructure in Calgary. The recipients include Fort Calgary, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the Calgary Stampede Foundation, which is getting $1.6M for a new performance and rehearsal space.
    Namaste Natural Health Ltd. is planning 25 cannabis retail stores across Alberta once recreational use becomes legal in Canada. The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission has received 450 applications for cannabis outlets since March 6, 2018.
    The Government of Alberta has allocated up to $2.1M for an advertising campaign to promote the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project. The work will include paid ads, animated videos, shareable social media graphics and infographics.
    The YMCA of Medicine Hat has been awarded the contract to take over operation of 11 before- and after school programs in Medicine Hat School District No. 76 this fall. Previously the programs were managed independently by each school.
    Western Tractor is relocating to a new facility currently under construction just west of Medicine Hat, expected to open in late 2018. The building includes a showroom, sales offices, parts department and a service department.
    Construction on Terra Quantum, the second phase of Terra Life Sciences' medical cannabis cultivation operations in Olds is expected to create more than 100 jobs. The company will hire 20 additional staff in the near future for operations.
    Aurora Cannabis Inc. and Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit research and training organization, have partnered to fund a University of Alberta research program studying the health outcomes associated with cannabis use
    Work is starting on a $21.5M project to re-pave a stretch of Highway 44 south of Westlock. The project is expected to create 65 jobs and run to October 2018.
    Athabasca Minerals has entered into a letter of intent with a private property owner in Mayerthorpe for the Firebag Frac Sand Project Storage and Distribution Hub. The site will provide logistics support for a mine site north of Fort McMurray.
    Chevron Canada is planning to start development on its Kaybob-Duvernay project, located in the Fox Creek area, during the second half of 2018. Chevron plans to drill 12 wells in total by completion of the project in 2022.
    Shell Canada plans to have two drilling rigs operating in the Fox Creek area in 2018 and complete approximately 36 wells by the end of the year
    Sundial Growers is hiring approximately 70 employees for Phase 1 of its cannabis production facilities in Olds. Sundial expects to have up to 500 employees over the next two years.
    Film crews have returned to Didsbury for the third straight year for production of Wynonna Earp. The western style supernatural show appears on the Space Channel and Netflix.
    La Biche Ford, an automotive dealership in Lac La Biche, ceased operations on April 23, 2018. The closure affected about 12 full-time staff and the dealer principal. Ford Canada has removed all of the vehicles from the business and the site is vacant.
    TransCanada Corp. has committed to $7.2B in expansion activities in the next four years. The company is starting work on its Saddle West Project in Yellowhead County shortly and additional construction is planned for the second quarter of 2018.
    The Town of Innisfail has approved a 26-year land lease agreement with Innisfail Solar Corp. for a $24M solar farm. Temporis Developments expects that the project will be complete in 2019.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $13.5M for three flood mitigation projects in Calgary. The province is also investing $10M in emergency preparedness capacity.
    The Government of Alberta is extending its Community and Regional Economic Support program for two more years. The program provides support for job creation and economic diversification in communities across the province.
    Terra Life Sciences is partnering with Olds College to support the new Cannabis Production program offering at the institution. Terra Life Sciences is providing curriculum input to the program and providing students with on-the-job field training.
    Sundial Growers Inc. is collaborating with Olds College to develop an on-line continuing education cannabis production program. Sundial has also signed an agreement with the college to cooperate on applied cannabis research projects.
    The Canada West Foundation is leading a project to help former oil and gas sector employees develop new skills and find new careers. The research project is looking for about 100 unemployed or underemployed Calgarians to take part.
    Calfrac Well Services and Trican Well Services, both Calgary-based energy services companies, have been hiring in response to increased demand for hydraulic fracturing services
    Air Canada has launched non-stop daily, year-round flights between Edmonton and San Francisco. Flights have been timed to connect with Air Canada's regional flight network in Edmonton and with Star Alliance partner United Airlines in San Francisco.
    The Government of Alberta has approved construction of a $36M pharmaceutical hub in Edmonton. A site has not yet been selected but the work is expected to start as early as mid-June and be complete in four years.
    Covenant Health and Alberta Health Services have opened a new mental health unit at St. Michael's Health Centre in Lethbridge. About 50 new staff members have been recruited and trained to provide 24-hour care.
    The Government of Alberta has developed an online training program for employees in the recreational cannabis industry. The SellSafe Cannabis Staff Training program will allow for certification as a Qualified Cannabis Worker in Alberta.
  • Start date: 2018-04-23, End date: 2018-04-27
    Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2018

    The County of Grande Prairie has allocated about $48.6M for capital road and bridge projects in its 2018 budget. Other capital projects include $1.57M for a new firehall in La Glace.
    Nordstrom Rack's second Canadian store opened on April 26th at Deerfoot Meadows shopping centre in Calgary. Nordstrom is also opening a store at South Edmonton Common sometime in fall 2018.
    Wolf Creek Public Schools is cutting school social work positions by approximately 10.0 full-time equivalents to help deal with a $2.64M budget shortfall. The board is also cutting inclusive education coaches by approximately 6.7 full-time equivalents.
    Terra Life Sciences Inc. , which operates Olds SoftGels, is expanding its cultivation facilities for medical cannabis following the closing of a $46M deal. The company is also expanding its research capabilities and investing in clinical trials.
    The Town of Rimbey has approved a bylaw amendment that will permit the development of the Hawk Tail Brewery and Tap Room. The craft brewery is planning to open in August 2018 and will hire four full-time employees at startup.
    Hotels in Fort Saskatchewan are hoping that turnaround work at local industries and construction of the $3.5B Inter Pipeline Heartland Petrochemical Complex will boost their sagging revenues
    The City of Medicine Hat is anticipating $250M in new industrial development over the next 18 months following recent company announcements. In addition Pembina Pipeline will begin building a $120M propane-stripping facility near Empress in 2019.
    Cannabis retailers are lining up to submit applications for licenses and permits to the City of Calgary, pending legalization of cannabis by the federal government. Some companies plan to submit applications for multiple storefronts.
    High Tide Ventures Inc., an Alberta-based downstream cannabis company, has applied for 25 licensed cannabis retail locations across the province to date. The company plans to introduce a new Canna Cabana entity at retail stores.
    The cannabis industry is expected to create 200 jobs in the Leduc region this year as companies ramp up construction and production. The Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association estimates that almost $5M of legal cannabis will be produced in 2018.
    The King's Own Calgary Regiment, a part-time reserve regiment in Calgary, is actively recruiting for 50 new soldiers by this fall. The soldiers train on Wednesday nights, one to two weekends each month and a couple full weeks every year.
    Pomerleau Inc. has started construction on the $110M Willow Square Continuing Care Centre in Fort McMurray. The project is expected to support 240 construction jobs, and 127 full-time positions for care and support staff on completion.
    Homeland Housing has altered the scope of its Diamond Spring Lodge expansion project in Redwater to include the removal of one wing of the existing lodge. A two storey structure with 24 rooms will be built in its place.
    Hillberg & Berk, a Regina-based jewelery, has opened its Edmonton flagship location at Southgate Centre. An outlet is also opening at Kingsway Mall.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $2.5M to the Theatre Network to support the reconstruction of the Roxy Theatre in Edmonton. The previous structure was destroyed by fire in 2015.
    The Government of Alberta partnered with community organizations across the province to offer more than 150 career events during Alberta Career Week, April 23-27. Events ranged from job fairs to resume-writing workshops.
    A severe driver shortage is limiting the capacity of the trucking industry to move crude oil to market according to the Alberta Motor Transportation Association. Rail and pipeline bottlenecks are driving the oil industry to other transportation.
    Spring construction in Medicine Hat is ramping up to include three new hotels, finishing work on a grocery outlet, and various other commercial buildings. The new Save-on-Foods grocery store is scheduled to open in the spring.
    Sugar beet growers and Lantic Sugar have a signed a two-year contract extension, which includes a commitment to develop a rolling contract when the new pact expires in late 2020. The Lantic plant in Taber employs up to 250 workers at peak times.
    Husky Energy has donated land, finances, and other in-kind support to the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation for a helicopter landing pad adjacent to the Lloydminster Hospital. Construction is expected to be complete in 2018.
    Strathcona County is looking to fill gaps its retail commercial sector including electronics and appliances and apparel stores. A recent report on the local retail market shows that Sherwood Park has an oversupply of grocery and home improvement space.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $15M over three years to expand the Transition to Employment Services program in 14 communities. The program supports skills development and helps job seekers transitioning to new employment.
    The Harmattan Gas Plant near Sundre is undergoing a complete shutdown and turnaround May 4-25, 2018. At the peak of activity the site is expected to have 350 workers per day.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $5M in new funding for technologies to reduce methane emissions as part of its Climate Leadership Plan. The government is providing more than $2.3B in assistance to help the energy sector cut methane emissions.
  • Start date: 2018-04-16, End date: 2018-04-20
    Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2018

    The owner of the Jasper Downtown Hostel is planning an 80 bed hostel in Canmore. The Camore Downtown Hostel is expected to open in 2019.
    The County of Stettler is negotiating with Alberta Transportation to take over gravel maintenance on secondary highways within the county in return for an annual payment each May. Currently, the province contracts the work to Carillion Canada.
    RBC Royal Bank is closing its Sexsmith branch on October 19, 2018 and amalgamating the operations in Grande Prairie. Aside from one employee who is retiring, all Sexsmith branch staff will be offered positions in Grande Prairie.
    Sweet Jesus has opened its first ice cream shop outside of Ontario, at Southgate Mall in Edmonton
    Peace River School Division No. 10, four other school divsions and Northern Lakes College are partnering to offer dual credits for the college health care aide program
    Big Lakes County has awarded an $812,000 contract for construction of the Enilda water reservoir to AGS Mechanical Contractors Ltd. of Peace River
    Alberta Health Services is seeking a construction manager for the $364M CapitalCare Norwood Redevelopment project in Edmonton. Construction is planned to get underway in the summer of 2019 and run through to 2023.
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada have committed about $136M over three years for the expansion of Early Learning and Child Care Centres across the province. Up to 78 additional centres will be launched in 2017-2018.
    The Paul First Nation is receiving approximately $747,000 from the Government of Alberta for energy efficiency programs. The work includes upgrading six housing units.
    The Medicine Hat Construction Association has launched its Women in Construction Committee whose goal is to promote a non-biased workplace in the construction industry
    CanWest started air ambulance operations out of the Medicine Hat Airport on April 1, 2018. Five of the seven pilots for the fixed-wing air ambulance were hired locally and two others were already with the company but were previously based elsewhere.
    Calgary Municipal Land Corp. is starting work on M2, a mixed-use building scheduled for completion in spring 2019. The building is slated to have two restaurants on the ground floor, two floors of office space and a penthouse apartment on the top floor.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $6M to Lakeland College for major repairs to the exterior of its Trades Center at the Vermilion Campus. The work is expected to take up to two years to complete and provide employment for up to 50 people.
    Cargill is starting work on a $20M rail expansion project at its Lethbridge facility. When the project is complete, midway through harvest 2018, it will employ 20 people.
    The CannabisCon job fair was held recently at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. The exhibitors ranged from scientific to spiritual, from infrastructure to growers, with a range of career opportunities.
    Ocgrow Group of Companies is starting construction of the $18M River Heights Place in Cochrane. The development will have a gas station, numerous restaurants, retail outlets and a preschool daycare.
    Alberta Health Services has started construction on a $3.65M ambulance bay and expanded emergency department at the Wainwright Health Centre. The work is expected to be complete in late 2018.
    The Town of Canmore Planning Commission has approved a 38-unit housing development with a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Four of the units are designated perpetually affordable housing.
    Alberta Health Services EMS North Zone is finding it difficult to recruit and train paramedics for the region. A new two-year paramedic program at Northern Lakes College in Slave Lake is intended to produce more responders from the area.
    The Lloydminster Construction Association and its partners are hosting the 9th annual bi-provincial Try-A-Trade careers day for more than 1,600 regional students on May 2nd at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds
    The County of St. Paul has allocated $2.4M for oiling and paving roads, road construction and bridge replacement in 2018. As well, the $10.2M Ashmont to Mallaig waterline extension project is underway and is expected to be ompleted in 2018.
    Aurora Cannabis is expecting to start construction in the spring on a $120M medical cannabis production facility in Medicine Hat. The project is expected to create 250 construction jobs and up to 450 permanent jobs on completion by fall 2019.
    The Tim Hortons at Redwater Landing in Redwater, currently under construction, is scheduled to open at the end of June 2018. A gas bar at the location is also expected to open this month.
    Pembina Pipelines is hiring 46 new full-time employees this year for its operations in Alberta's Industrial Heartland. They will be in addition to Pembina¿s current 161 full time employees and 40 full time contractors.
    Choom, an integrated cannabis company, has secured nine retail locations in Alberta as part of a wider retail expansion in Western Canada
    The Government of Canada is providing almost $5.5M for eleven Indigenous businesses and programs across Alberta
    G3 Canada Ltd. is planning to build a terminal in Wetaskiwin, the first of several planned terminals in Alberta for the company. Construction is scheduled to start later this year with plans for an operational facility in time for the 2019 harvest.
    The Town of Slave Lake has awarded a contract of approximately $1.17M to Knelsen Sand and Gravel for road rehabilitation work. With engineering and other costs added, the total for the project is budgeted at $1,584,600.
    Keyera Corp. is converting its Strachan sour gas plant southwest of Rocky Mountain House to handle liquid sweet gas. The downsizing of the facility will result in the elimination of about 10 percent of the plant positions, but Keyera hopes to be able to accommodate some current staff at its other facilities.
  • Start date: 2018-04-09, End date: 2018-04-13
    Week of Apr 09 - Apr 13, 2018

    The Government of Alberta is opening up another round of bidding from companies interested in supplying renewable electricity. One round will target companies at least one-quarter owned by Indigenous communities.
    Alberta Health Services is actively recruiting for the new Advanced Ambulatory Care Services in Sylvan Lake. A manager has been hired for the site and the opening is on schedule for late May 2018.
    Crackmasters Windshield Repair & Replacement Specialists has opened in Vermilion
    Freson Bros., an Alberta-based grocery chain, is hiring 200 employees for its new store in Fort Saskatchewan. The company is also opening its first big-city outlet in Edmonton in 2020.
    Uber has reached a deal with Edmonton International Airport that allows the ride-sharing service to pick up and drop off passengers. Uber will pay a fee to serve the facility, as do other transportation providers.
    Kinder Morgan has suspended all non-essential spending on the $7.4B Trans Mountain expansion project to protect shareholder interests pending further government decisions
    The Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo is set to receive $17.4M for transit services from the Government of Canada over the next 10 years
    The Hampton by Hilton Hotel in St. Paul opened on March 29, 2018. The hotel is owned by Charity Developments Ltd. and was developed by the St. Paul Abilities Network.
    The Town of Innisfail has contracted with Master Meter Canada to replace all 3,000 faulty water registers in the community. The total project cost is just over $573,000.
    Pembina Hills Public Schools is reducing support staff at its regional office and at the Alberta Distance Learning Centre in Barrhead. The school division is also implementing a teacher stabilization program that offers a lump sum to teachers to give up their contract, and then replaces retiring teachers with less experienced ones.
    The Government of Alberta is bringing salaries for Alberta's post-secondary presidents in line with the national average and eliminating perks under a new compensation framework effective April 15, 2018
    Scope AR, an Edmonton augmented reality company, plans to hire about 25 new employees this year, a doubling of its workforce
  • Start date: 2018-04-02, End date: 2018-04-06
    Week of Apr 02 - Apr 06, 2018

    The City of Calgary recently hosted its annual Youth Employment Fair, targeting job seekers between the ages of 15 and 24. Almost 90 local employers had up to 5,000 positions available.
    The Town of Grande Cache is expecting 200 new jobs with the reopening of the local metallurgical coal mine later this year. But the town does not want to become solely dependent on coal again, and has been approved for a $325,000 grant under the provincial coal community transition fund.
    Construction has started on the new Delburne Medical Center, a joint initiative of the Village of Delburne, Red Deer County and the resident physician. The centre is scheduled to open in the fall with a family medical clinic.
    Gibson Energy is launching its Heartland Sulphur operation near Bruderheim. The export facility is expected to have five to nine full-time employees unloading approximately 40 trucks and loading 20 rail cars with sulphur within a 24 hour period.
    Enbridge expects an unspecified number of job losses in a revised partnership with Pembina Pipeline to manage the Alliance Pipeline system. The company did not disclose further details.
    Taxi drivers in Canmore have to complete online training and testing after the municipality developed a web-based program and changed the Taxi Bylaw. The new requirements have no additional cost and would be required for all new licence applications.
    The Regional Business Accelerator in Lloydminster has rebranded as Startup Lloydminster and joined the Startup Canada network. The organization provides everything from training programs and coaching to individual mentoring during the launch of new businesses.
    Lakeland College's School of Energy is offering its first-year courses online to ease transition into the second year of the heavy oil power engineering program. Lakeland intends to work with local companies to facilitate the lab component.
    Upstream Data Inc., a bitcoin mining company based in Lloydminster, is partnering with heavy oil operations to use wellsite methane gas emissions as a power source
    The Crop Management Network expects that construction on its new regional agricultural retail outlet in Holden will be complete by mid-May. The outlet will employ four full time people as well as three seasonal workers.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $9.3M to improve the Northern and Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditoriums. Accessible washrooms will be installed and rehearsal halls, green rooms and dressing rooms will be modernized.
    Viridis Natural Health Products Ltd. is spending $3.5M on a cannabis production facility in Edmonton. The company expects to have Health Canada licences to start selling its cannabis by the end of the year.
    Candre Cannabis recently held a job fair at the Sundre Community Centre for its planned medical cannabis production facility. The company estimates that 50 full-time permanent jobs will be created once the facility is completed.
    The opening of new cannabis production facilities in Alberta is expected to increase the demand for private security services. In January 2018 the Government of Alberta announced plans to speed up its process for licensing security guards.
    Cineplex Odeon is adding four specifically designed VIP auditoriums and a licensed lounge to its north Edmonton location
    Keyera Corp. and Encana are partnering to develop a liquids hub and a natural gas processing and liquids stabilization plant near Grande Prairie. The $105M liquids hub is expected to start operations in the fourth quarter of 2018.
    Farmers Business Network, a Silicon Valley tech company, has expanded into Canada with plans for its headquarters in High River. The company has hired more than 10 employees.
    The Government of Canada is providing $3.3B to Alberta for transit, green infrastructure, recreation and other needs in the next 10 years. Edmonton's share is $878M, based on transit ridership and Calgary gets $1.01B.
    Solar Krafte Utilities Ltd. is planning to build a solar array facility named Pivot Fields within the Town of Strathmore. The $60M project is expected to start in June 2019 and be operational by December.
    Buried Glass Inc., a St. Paul based internet company, is starting work on $10M project to provide rural fiber optic networks to eighteen communities. The work involves the installation of 296 km of fibre optic over the next five years.
    Fort Distillery, a craft distillery, is expecting to open in Fort Saskatchewan on August 1, 2018. The facility will have a rustic-modern lounge that will offer cocktails and small snacks and a mezzanine addition which will act as a more private venue.
    The Government of Alberta has committed funding in Budget 2018 for a new bridge to Fort Saskatchewan, roughly estimated at between $200M and $300M. Tendering will start in early 2019 with construction to begin by summer 2019 and completion slated for 2022.
    The City of Grande Prairie has approved three capital project construction tenders valued at almost $16M. The work involves utilities, road rehabilitation and sewer lines.
    The Government of Alberta has conditionally approved Tolko Industries for $4.03M in tax credits to restart its High Prairie plant and modernize existing mills in Slave Lake and High Level
    The Town of Peace River is planning to seek tenders for construction of a new water reservoir in early 2019, following the completion of engineering this year. The total project cost is estimated at $6.3M.
    Brooks Asphalt and Aggregate has been awarded two City of Brooks road tenders worth $1.129M. The work includes concrete curbs, sidewalks and road upgrades.
    Noralta Lodge Ltd., a major camp supplier in Alberta with 632 employees, has been bought by Civeo Corp. for $367M. Civeo did not specify what impact the sale will have on the existing Noralta workforce but expects additional opportunities over the longer term.
  • Start date: 2018-03-26, End date: 2018-03-30
    Week of Mar 26 - Mar 30, 2018

    Morguard Real Estate Investment Trust is building a $7M privately owned, elevated walkway in downtown Calgary to connect two office towers. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
    STIGMA Pharmaceuticals is building a plant in Red Deer County to produce medical and recreational marijuana after legalization. The company expects to have about 100 employees when the facility opens in fall 2018.
    The Government of Alberta has allocated $393M in its Budget 2018 for 20 new school projects that are scheduled to start this year. The projects are expected to create more than 4,900 jobs.
    Invest Medicine Hat, a private city contractor, has attracted $9M in new business investment according to a recent report. The company also has over $180M in business development projects at various stages of completion.
    The Government of Alberta is introducing a pilot project for rural bus service to connect small towns and municipalities with medium-sized cities. Municipalities will have until the end of March to submit their proposals to government.
    Mastermind Toys opened a retail store in St. Albert on March 10, 2018
    The Government of Alberta is approving $30M for the construction of the Campbell Road park and ride facility in St. Albert. The project is one of many across Alberta that will get a share of $1.5B in public transportation funding over the next five years.
    The Government of Alberta has cut its infrastructure spending by $969M over the next three years in its Budget 2018. The biggest reduction is for repairs of roads and bridges.
    The Government of Alberta has committed $21.7M in new money to build 170 affordable housing units in Calgary. The province is also spending $52M to maintain seniors' and affordable housing this year.
    The Town of Wainwright and Economic Development are working together with Lakeland College to bring back the Health Care Aide Program. The program has a minimum of 15 students and a maximum of 20.
    TJX Canada has opened a new combined Winners-HomeSense store at West Edmonton Mall, replacing a former Winners location at the mall
    The City of Edmonton has finalized plans for its West LRT project following a $1.5B commitment from the Government of Alberta. The project contract is expected to go to tender this summer with construction starting in 2019.
    The agriculture sector in Alberta is set to receive $406M over the next five years as part of the $3B Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Irrigation, farm water and stewardship programming is launching in early April 2018.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $8.6M to support a new YWCA in Calgary that will provide safe housing for women in crisis. The $60M building, already under construction, is expected to open in spring 2019.
    CN Rail is hiring hundreds of conductors as it deals with strong demand from crude-by-rail shippers. Three major oil terminals in Alberta are shipping less than one-third of their combined capacity due to a shortage of rail capacity.
  • Start date: 2018-03-19, End date: 2018-03-23
    Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2018

    The Government of Alberta is committing $54M from its carbon levy to help cities retrofit buildings, install solar and explore other small-scale green energy initiatives. The multi-year grant funding includes $17.5M to retrofit municipal buildings.
    The Government of Alberta is committing $43M over five years to add 3,000 spaces for improved technology training. An additional $7M scholarship program aims to increase the number of women in the sector.
    The Town of Banff has conditionally approved construction of a 493-stall intercept parking lot that will be built at the Banff train station. Perimeter fencing and additional landscaping are included in the project proposal.
    The oil and gas sector in Alberta is anticipating a shortage of skilled tradespeople in part due to an aging workforce and their pending retirements
    The Town of Canmore has approved the development of a distillery and brewhouse at the Blake Restaurant. The expansion will include a state of the art continuous flow still, the largest craft still of its kind in Canada.
    The National Energy Board has approved NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.'s plan to abandon a 266 kilometre section of its Peace River Mainline system. A nine km section of the pipeline will be removed while the balance will remain in place.
    The Government of Alberta is offering digital gaming and media companies a tax credit that covers 25 per cent of salaries and bonuses for current and new staff and five per cent more for employees from diverse or under-represented backgrounds
    The Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport, a new outlet mall with over 40 retailers, is seeking an estimated 1,300 workers. The opening is planned for May 2, 2018.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $6M in capital funding for the Bishop O'Byrne Housing Association's Columbus Court project, an affordable housing development in Calgary. The total budget for the project is $24M.
    CanWest Aviation will start providing ambulance service in April 2018. One emergency, fixed-wing air ambulance will be based in Peace River. A second plane for scheduled air ambulance service in northern communities, will be based in Grande Prairie.
    Tradesmen Enterprises, near Grande Prairie, is hiring 100 new employees to manufacture components for a petrochemical processing complex under construction in Edmonton. The company is a beneficiary under the provincial energy diversification program.
    The Government of Alberta is providing approximately $4.9M under the Coal Community Transition Fund to support 12 projects in 17 communities. The funding supports local economic initiatives to help communities transition away from coal.
    The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission is hiring staff for a new liquor distribution warehouse in St. Albert. The Commission is also looking for workers to help regulate the cannabis market as well.
    Yellowhead County is terminating the contract for two RCMP community-policing positions, both currently vacant, and replacing them with their own Community Peace Officers
    Kinder Morgan Canada Limited is expecting to complete six more crude storage tanks at its Base Line Terminal in Sherwood Park by the third and fourth quarters of 2018
    Hawk Tail Brewery Ltd. is set to open a brewery and tap room in Rimbey by August, pending approval from the town. The brewery plans to hire four full-time employees at startup and to have over 10 people employed in two to three years.
    Hut8 Mining Corp. has signed a $100M power and land agreement with the City of Medicine Hat for the development of a data centre by fall 2019. The project is expected to create 100 construction jobs and over 42 full-time positions for operations.
    Grains Connect Canada is planning to start construction of a grain terminal near Huxley in April or May with work proceeding through the summer months
    The Town of Westlock has passed a $9.3M capital budget, including $3M for an industrial storm water project and funding for road repairs and infrastructure upgrades
    The Town of Hanna is expecting an influx of 60 to 80 workers for the AltaGas Steel Main Replacement Project, with work slated between May and October. AltaGas is also building a new regulating station outside the town limits.
  • Start date: 2018-03-12, End date: 2018-03-16
    Week of Mar 12 - Mar 16, 2018

    The Government of Alberta is providing more than $8.1M to the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services. The funding will support increased front-line services, including seven more staff in under-served rural communities.
    Thousands of oil and gas jobs lost during the Alberta recession are gone for good according to ATB Financial, due in part to technological advances, the growth of automation, robotics, and other labour-saving efficiencies
    The Landsperg Automotive Group is relocating its Hyundai dealership in Lloydminster. The company hired a local construction general contractor and engineer to complete the new building, with plans to add permanent staff to its team at the new location.
    Capital Power is seeking vendors and subcontractors for its $325M Whitla Wind Farm project near Bow Island. Construction is expected to start this fall with the majority of installations happening in 2019.
    Keyano College in Fort McMurray says demand for haul truck operators is outstripping current graduate levels, despite a move to autonomous vehicles by some companies. The college expects strong demand for drivers for at least the next 5 to 7 years.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $10M to help fight rural crime. The funding includes 39 new police officers, 40 civilian staff, and up to 10 additional crown prosecutors.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $300,000 to the Town of Hinton for the detection, control and suppression of mountain pine beetle on municipal and private lands
    The McBride Career Group branch in Strathmore is closing its doors at the end of the March. The organization is planning a final career fair March 15th.
    The Government of Alberta is providing an additional $1B for its petrochemical energy diversification program. The initiative includes $500M in royalty credits and $500M in the form of grants and loan guarantees for a feedstock infrastructure program.
    Quadel Growers has received approval from Health Canada for a medical cannabis facility in Fort Assiniboine. The facility is expected to create 35 to 40 jobs in its initial stages.
    The Malcolm Hotel in Canmore, currently under construction, is expected to open by the end of June 2018. The $40M facility also has a restaurant, a lounge, and a large event space.
    Orangetheory Fitness, a franchised boutique fitness studio, is opening in Grande Prairie. The studio uses specialized personal trainers or employees with a kinesiology background.
    TELUS is spending $35M to bring its Pure Fiber Network, an advanced broadband system, to Okotoks. The company expects that 90 percent of the homes and businesses in the town will have access by the end of 2018.
    Shanghai Construction Group (Canada) Corporation is bringing back construction crews this week to continue work on the $20M Phase 3 North Interceptor Trunk Line in St. Albert. The major sanitary sewer line project is expected to be complete in mid-2019.
    The Town of Westlock has awarded a $4.41M contract to Pomerleau Inc. to demolish the Eastglen Water Tower and build a new underground water reservoir. There are additional services that bring the total project cost to $6.33M.
    Eagle River Casino and Travel Plaza is proceeding with a boutique hotel development near Whitecourt. The company is planning for a fall 2019 opening.
    Compass Cannabis Clinic is opening a medical cannabis clinic in Whitecourt in May. The clinic will focus on patient care, education and advocacy.
    Suncor Energy plans to begin an eight-week turnaround on March 15th at its Syncrude oil sands facility near Fort McMurray. The work was originally scheduled to start in April 2018.
    Candre Cannabis has applied for a development permit with the Town of Sundre for a $20M medical cannabis production facility. The company is hoping to start construction this spring.
  • Start date: 2018-03-05, End date: 2018-03-09
    Week of Mar 05 - Mar 09, 2018

    Seven Generations Energy is building a new gas processing facility in the Kakwa River area. The project will create about 150 construction jobs and dozens of direct permanent jobs once operational in late 2018.
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are providing a combined $3.84M to help remediate and stabilize an active slide area in the Town of Peace River. The project will also repair affected underground water and drainage infrastructure.
    Toronto cannabis retailer Fire & Flower is moving its headquarters to Edmonton, with initial plans to open 30 stores across Alberta, the majority in Edmonton. The company estimates that in Phase 1, it will create hundreds of jobs.
    Alberta Health has introduced a new funding arrangement with pharmacists that will see some fees reduced and capped effective May 17, 2018. The two year deal is expected to save the province $150M.
    Hosteling International has received approval from Parks Canada to build a new hostel in Jasper. Construction is expected to start in mid-March 2018 with an opening planned for spring 2019.
    The Town of Svlyan Lake plans to seek tenders for a $10M water reservoir construction project in March 2018. The work is expected to start in May 2018 and end in the fall of 2019.
    Sundial Growers Inc., a medical cannabis producer in Olds, has secured $56M to accelerate the second and third phases of the company's expansion plans. The company already operates a large production facility in Rocky View County.
    Suncor Energy has applied to the Alberta Energy Regulator to build a new oilsands project north of Fort McMurray. The project could employ as many as 1,000 workers during construction and 288 during operations, according to the company.
    The Standard Co-op is dissolving on March 17 after 44 years of operation. Staff at the store received their notices with a layoff date of March 9th.
    The City of Edmonton and Brookfield Residential are each contributing $14M to develop properties around the Stadium LRT Station. Brookfield is planning to start construction this summer.
    The Edmonton area is set for a boom in the cannabis industry as more than a dozen companies are building facilities. Health Canada has authorized three licensed producers so far in the greater Edmonton region.
    Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. is moving up planned maintenance shutdowns at its heavy oil projects in northern Alberta and will slow down production from new wells to avoid selling the product at current poor prices
    The Government of Alberta has given Red Deer College and Grande Prairie Regional College approval to pursue becoming universities and develop full degrees
    The Government of Alberta is providing $1B over eight years, starting in 2019-20, for partial bitumen upgrading projects in Alberta. The funding is composed of $800M in loan guarantees and $200M for grants.
    International Petroleum Corporation is spending $10.8M in 2018 to drill six wells on the Suffield block near Medicine Hat. New production is expected to come online in 2019, when injection and other enhanced recovery projects could be considered.
    Fort McMurray #468 First Nation plans to start construction of a cannabis production facility in May near Gregoire Lake, southeast of Fort McMurray. The facility is expected create 25 to 40 jobs when operational in the spring of 2019.
    Northwest Refining is withdrawing a proposal to build the second phase of the Sturgeon Refinery near Redwater pending a review of operations. The first phase is expected to complete construction this summer.
    The Government of Alberta is committing $9.5M over three years to increase access to services and provide training for primary care providers to offer treatment, medication and care to patients and families affected by the opioid crisis
    The Government of Alberta and the Town of Vermilion are jointly funding $245,000 towards repairs of the Lakeland Aquatic Centre pool
    The Government of Alberta is investing $1.4M in seven affordable housing and seniors housing projects across Alberta
    Big Lakes County plans to tender construction work for the $9.8M Joussard water treatment plant and reservoir in March. The project must be completed by March 31, 2019.
    The City of Edmonton is spending $48M to renew three bridges and associated road surfaces. The work is expected to be complete in 2020.
    Fort Edmonton Park is spending $165M on a transformation of the site, including the expansion of an existing hotel. A grand park re-opening is planned for May 2021.
    The City of Calgary is creating the Economic Development Investment Fund with $100M, to support projects and businesses. Around 300 projects have already been considered for funding and a formal application process will be launched in April.
    The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission has started accepting applications for retail cannabis operations. There is no cap on retail cannabis licences but no single person or entity can hold more than 15 per cent of licences in the province.
  • Start date: 2018-02-26, End date: 2018-03-02
    Week of Feb 26 - Mar 02, 2018

    The United Nurses of Alberta says its members have ratified a new contract with the province that includes a two-year wage freeze and job security. The agreement covers about 28,000 registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses.
    PepsiCo is closing the Bow Island Spitz sunflower seed processing plant in July and moving production to the US. The closure will result in layoffs for 53 employees.
    Saks Fifth Avenue has opened a retail store at Chinook Centre mall in Calgary, its third store in Canada. The store also boasts a restaurant and salon.
    The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is building a grocery store, named the K'ai Taile Market, in Fort Chipewyan. An estimated 10 to 16 full-time jobs will be created once the store opens.
    Local governments in the Bow Valley are expecting to issue tenders for a regional transit system with connections to Calgary in 2018. The communities were serviced by the On-it regional transit program in 2017 operated by Southland Transportation.
    Inter Pipeline has committed to the use of local companies for work at its $3.5B Heartland Petrochemical Complex. Opportunities exist as a subcontractor or providing direct services such as water delivery, hydrovac services, and site security.
    Elk Island Public Schools has hired 25 new teachers and seven educational assistants with resources from the Government of Alberta Classroom Improvement Fund. The $75M fund will create more than 250 teaching jobs and 200 support positions this year.
    Black Diamond Distillery, a craft distillery, is opening in St. Albert pending approval from the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. The facility will offer spirit tastings, spirits for purchase and an upstairs room for party bookings.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $11M to add 26 paramedics for home and continuing care patients in six communities. The funding will also add 20 full-time community paramedics to existing teams in Calgary and Edmonton.
  • Start date: 2018-02-19, End date: 2018-02-23
    Week of Feb 19 - Feb 23, 2018

    TransCanada Corporation is moving ahead with a $2.4B expansion of its NGTL natural gas system in Western Canada. The expansion includes approximately 375 km of pipelines, compression facilities, meter stations and other associated facilities.
    Calgary-based Shaw Communications says 3,300 of its employees have decided to take a voluntary buyout package. The departures are expected to occur over the next 18 months.
    Red Deer College and the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre have formed a partnership that will see a permanent home for the centre on campus. The project is expected to cost about $8M.
    The Town of Stettler has approved a 2018 capital budget of $6.11M. Listed projects include infrastructure upgrades, road work and land development.
    Gibson Energy is proceeding with construction of its $50M Viking Pipeline Project. The 120 km line to Hardisty is expected to be operational in early 2019.
    Harvest Operations Corp. is reactivating its Black-Gold oil sands project near Conklin. The number of staff associated with the project is expected to rise from 22 to 65, split between the field and at corporate offices in Calgary.
    Corus Entertainment has cut nearly 80 jobs, mostly in traditional TV production, at Global News newsrooms across Canada. Some employees may qualify for about 50 new positions at local digital platforms.
    The Government of Alberta estimates that the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission will oversee about 250 cannabis retail operations in the first year following legalization. Retailers will be able to offer sale prices on bud and cannabis oil.
    Construction is underway at the site of the Red Bull Crashed Ice, Ice Cross Downhill World Championship in Edmonton. The ticketed event is expected to draw 100,000-plus spectators and TV production crews.
  • Start date: 2018-02-12, End date: 2018-02-16
    Week of Feb 12 - Feb 16, 2018

    Red Deer College is expecting to provide computer coding workshops to about 5,000 students in Central Alberta with federal grant funding from CanCode
    Graymont Western, a supplier of lime and limestone products, will be adding a third silo and a foundation for a fourth silo at its Lamont County facility. The $4.9M project is expected to start in May and be complete by August 2018.
    Ten Thousand Villages is closing nine unprofitable fair trade stores across Canada, including its Calgary location. The Lethbridge location closed at the end of 2017.
    The Town of Hinton is receiving $1.2M in combined federal and provincial funding for a geothermal project that could replace natural gas for heating. The work will involve six businesses and create 21 jobs.
    The Town of Olds is projecting 1,000 to 1,500 new jobs in the area in the next three years as the local cannabis industry continues to expand
    BUCO Pizzeria and Vino Bar is opening two new restaurants in Edmonton within the next month
    Kota Construction is planning to start work in the spring on a four-star hotel, called the Charlton, in St. Albert. Three other hotel sites are currently in different stages of development within the city.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $1.5M in operating funds over the next three years to the Kahkiyow Keykanow Elders Care Home, the only assisted living facility in Fort Chipewyan
    The Government of Alberta is providing a $636,000 grant to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation under the Alberta Indigenous Energy Efficiency (Retrofit) Program for infrastructure upgrades
    Integra Air has stopped its scheduled flights from Medicine Hat to Edmonton for an indefinite period of time. The company attributed the decision to a lack of clientele and an upcoming temporary closure of the Medicine Hat airport in May 2018.
    New regulations in Alberta will compel public infrastructure projects worth more than $15M, or those expected to take more than two years to complete, to train apprentices on site. The legislation covers apprentices in the 11 construction-related trades.
    The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission has started hiring cannabis licensing inspectors in anticipation of the planned legalization of recreational cannabis on July 1, 2108
    The City of Red Deer issued a building permit in January for Westpark Middle School valued at $15.3M, and a permit for the second phase to the Holiday Inn Express North hotel valued at $10M
    CN Railway is planning to double track a 20 km section of its existing rail line between Stony Plain and Carvel, west of Edmonton. The project is part of CN's 2018 capital investment plan of $3.2B.
    The Lakeland Lodge and Housing Foundation is starting work on the $13M third and final stage of the Bonnlodge expansion in Bonnyville. Two existing wings of the current structure will be demolished prior to the new work.
  • Start date: 2018-02-05, End date: 2018-02-09
    Week of Feb 05 - Feb 09, 2018

    BuildForce Canada is projecting Alberta's oil sands to lose up to 5,200 construction jobs through 2019. Other areas of the construction sector are expected to absorb some of the jobs losses.
    Ninety Eight Food Co. is opening three new food outlets in Brookfield Place in Calgary. The company is also opening locations in Edmonton's ICE District.
    The Town of Banff has approved $4.2M for the construction of a permanent woonerf on Bear Street in 2019. The town plans to spend an initial $600,100 on design work for the project.
    Inner Spirit Holdings Inc., a Calgary-based company backed by cannabis industry financiers is building a chain of franchise stores using the brand SpiritLeaf. The company has already signed franchise agreements with 100 entrepreneurs.
    Ladacor Advanced Modular Systems has been awarded the contract to build the expansion components for the Killam Campus of Caring seniors facility. The pre-fabricated components will be built off-site with installation expected during the summer of 2018 and opening in the fall.
    Grande Prairie Regional College is expanding its health-care, education and business management programs. Grande Prairie's new regional hospital, expected to open in 2019, will also include a built-in training space for students from the college.
    Edmonton's Yardstick Software Inc. has bought locally owned Banister Research and Consulting Inc. Yardstick plans to retain the 47 employees of Banister.
    Construction has begun on Casadona Place, a six-storey, 254-unit, purpose-built rental property in Calgary. Occupancy is scheduled for the fall of 2019.
    The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology is offering financial incentives for employees who voluntarily leave their positions at the school. Employees must have a minimum of seven years of service to qualify for the buyout.
    Calgary Transit welcomed 16 new public safety and enforcement officers. The additions bring the total number of officers to 101.
    Aurora Cannabis has purchased a stake in Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd for $103.5M. Liquor Stores intends to use the money to establish and launch a brand of cannabis retail outlets by opening new locations and converting some of its existing stores.
    The Government of Alberta is providing a $230,000 grant to the Kainai First Nation for a new Indigenous climate change program in partnership with The Rockies Institute
    Construction is set to begin this spring on the $110M Willow Square Continuing Care Centre in Fort McMurray. The work is expected to support 240 jobs, and is expected to open in the spring of 2020.
    The Government of Alberta, in partnership with the Right at Home Housing Society, is investing $6 million to support three affordable housing developments in Edmonton
    The Government of Alberta awarded a Capital Tax Credit to Aurora Cannabis for its Aurora Sky project near Edmonton. The facility once operational, will run three shifts employing 330 people.
    The Government of Alberta is opening the second round of competitions under the Alberta Renewable Energy Program. Companies will partner with Indigenous communities to provide 300 megawatts of renewable power, each bid will include a minimum Indigenous equity component.
    The Royal Bank branch in Didsbury is closing in August 2018. The bank is consolidating its services at the Olds branch.
  • Start date: 2018-01-29, End date: 2018-02-02
    Week of Jan 29 - Feb 02, 2018

    Lowe's opened a new store in St. Albert on February 1, 2018, creating 137 new permanent jobs and an additional 30 to 50 seasonal roles
    The New Horizon Mall, a $200M shopping centre with 500 stores, is set to open this summer. The mall will also include a modern food court with 26 restaurants, a main stage that will feature multicultural entertainment, and underground parking.
    Aquatera Utilities is planning to spend $13M for the Clairmont Regional Lift Station and $5M for the North Trunk Sewer system by 2020
    Lowe's has opened a $23M store in south Red Deer. The company has hired 128 permanent staff with plans for 40 more seasonal employees in the spring.
    The Red Deer Chamber of Commerce is projecting $20M to $30M in annual spending for at least the next ten years by participants in the Canadian Final Rodeo in the city. In 2017, more than 90,000 people attended the event in Edmonton.
    Sonicfield Global Ltd., a Chinese resource investment company, is accepting expressions of interest for a number of senior job postings at the Grande Cache Coal mine. The mine is expected to reopen in late 2018.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $1.2M over three years to the Zebra Child Protection Centre for support and counselling services
    Suncor Energy has started continuous production at its Fort Hills oil sands project north of Fort McMurray. The project currently has approximately 1,400 direct employees with the vast majority hired from Alberta.
    Landmark Cinemas is scheduled to open a premium movie theatre in Calgary's Market Mall in the spring of 2019
    WestJet Airlines Ltd. is adding 72 scheduled flights from Calgary to business destinations in Canada and the US as part of its summer program
    The historic Gibbard Block in Edmonton is undergoing a $2.5M renovation. Construction is scheduled to begin April 1 and be complete in 12 to 18 months.
    TransCanada currently has about 100 employees working on the Sundre Crossover Pipeline project with an additional 350-400 hires planned. The company estimates that $4M will be spent in Sundre and surrounding areas during construction.
    The Town of Olds has approved a plan for Phase 2 of Sundial Growers cannabis facility, and a rezoning application from Crescent Moon Enterprises for a medical cannabis facility
    DeepMind, a unit of Google, is funding an endowed chair in the University of Alberta's Department of Computing Science in Edmonton. The position builds on previous funding by DeepMind for a research center in artificial intelligence.
    The Government of Alberta is providing over $81M over the next four years to help the agriculture sector lower its carbon footprint through energy conservation and efficiency measures
    Suncor Energy plans to introduce more than 150 autonomous haul trucks at its mine sites over the next six years. The company anticipates that the earliest it would see a decrease in heavy equipment operator positions is 2019.
    Akita Drilling Ltd. and Trinidad Drilling Ltd. are moving drilling rigs from Western Canada to the Permian Basin in West Texas in response to customer demand
    Calgary-based Shaw Communications Inc. is offering voluntary buyouts to nearly half of its 14,000-strong workforce. The company estimates that the restructuring could lead to 650 lost jobs.
  • Start date: 2018-01-22, End date: 2018-01-26
    Week of Jan 22 - Jan 26, 2018

    The Atlantic Trap and Gill restaurant will close its Edmonton location on March 29, 2018. The bar at the facility also functions as a music venue.
    Gen III Oil Corp. has signed a 20-year lease with Parkland Fuel Corp. for land in Bowden with plans to build a used oil re-refinery. The $90M project is expected to employ 445 people during construction and 25 people once operational in 2019.
    The City of Red Deer has approved funding for ten new police officers at a cost of $1.53M over two years
    Calgary Economic Development and Olds College have created a business partnership to develop an agri-food corridor north of the city. The partnership aims to attract agriculture entrepreneurs, start-up companies and technology developers.
    Minhas Brewery is building a distillery in its northeast Calgary microbrewery. The facility is expected to be operational by May 1, 2018 and initially create 20 new jobs.
    Edo Japan opened three new restaurants in Edmonton on January 24, 2018 under its Edo Fresh Take banner
    The Government of Alberta is speeding up the licensing process for about 25,000 Albertans working as security guards, private investigators, locksmiths and other security occupations
    The City of Lethbridge has started work on the $17M downtown park and ride transit terminal. The project is expected to be complete in 2019.
    The City of Medicine Hat has drilled seven oil wells so far this winter with plans for six or seven more before spring breakup, depending on initial results
    The Keg Steakhouse and Bar in Grande Prairie is set to re-open in early February following six months of renovations. The restaurant will have about 115 employees.
    Razor Energy Corp. is planning to spend $12.8M on drilling activities in 2018 and an additional $16.8M on well management and infrastructure improvements
    The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation is planning to build an $80M parkade that will incorporate a creative space for innovation. Construction is scheduled to start in 2019.
    WestJet Link, a new feeder service connecting smaller communities to WestJet's Calgary hub, is starting flights to and from Lloydminster on March 14, 2018
    The City of Calgary has approved plans for a $300M redevelopment of a Calgary Co-op location to include a mix of residential, commercial and office space
    The former Northwest Inn/Travelodge in Slave Lake has re-opened as the Hotel Northern Star with 18 new staff, under new ownership. The rooms are open, with plans to follow with the lounge, restaurant, banquet and meeting rooms over the next month.
  • Start date: 2018-01-15, End date: 2018-01-19
    Week of Jan 15 - Jan 19, 2018

    The Government of Alberta is providing $0.5M to Hinton-based fRI Research to continue studying the mountain pine beetle and its impacts across the province
    Morguard Investments Ltd. is planning a redevelopment of the Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre site in Edmonton to include retail shops, high density housing and connections to the Valley Line LRT station. The projected timeline for completion is 30 years.
    Calgary Co-op is investing $1B over the next eight years in retail operations, plus a further $1.25B into various residential and office projects. The developments are expected to create construction work and hundreds of new retail positions.
    Parks Canada is planning to build a new $7.6M visitor centre in Waterton Lakes National Park. Construction is scheduled to start in 2019, with the opening planned for 2021.
    The Bears Den restaurant is closing permanently on January 28, 2018, resulting in layoffs for the 26 employees
    Alberta Health Services has submitted nine infrastructure projects to the Government of Alberta, none of which is estimated to cost more than $125M. The total expenditure is estimated at about $560M.
    NorthCanvas, an Edmonton-based company, is raising funds to invest in cannabis-related startup firms. The company plans to provide $3M to $5M in seed money and other assistance to 30 fledgling operations over the next three years.
    The world's largest YMCA officially opened in Calgary on January 15, 2018. The $192M facility features pools, ice rinks and gymnasiums.
    Virginia-based helium producer Weil Group is planning to build the first Canadian plant to liquefy helium in the Medicine Hat area. The facility is scheduled to be operational by 2020.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $2.3M for a new neonatal intensive care unit at Sturgeon Community Hospital in St. Albert. The unit is expected to open in mid-2019.
    The Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta are jointly providing more than $16.3M for four water and wastewater projects
    The owners of small and medium-sized businesses in Alberta expect to invest more in their companies than entrepreneurs anywhere else in the country in 2018, according to a recent report from the Business Development Bank of Canada
    Dark Woods Brewery is opening in Innisfail within the next month. The brewery is expanding to a larger space with a taproom later in 2018.
    The National Energy Board has given conditional approval to the 21-kilometre Sundre Crossover Pipeline Project proposed by NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.
    The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company is opening its first Canadian outlet on March 1, 2018 at West Edmonton Mall
    The Canadian Finals Rodeo has signed a 10-year deal with the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce and Westerner Park featuring $1.65M a year in prize money. The event is expected to bring $20M a year in economic impact to Red Deer.
    The City of St. Albert has issued a building permit for a $16.5M hotel near Century Casino. The project is one of many under construction this year including a movie theatre, a storage facility and phase two of a luxury condo complex.
    The Town of Mayerthorpe has awarded a $1.23M contract to Nova Mechanical Systems Ltd. for water treatment plant upgrades
  • Start date: 2018-01-08, End date: 2018-01-12
    Week of Jan 08 - Jan 12, 2018

    The Tsuut'ina First Nation is working on a multibillion-dollar development along the Calgary ring road that will include retail centres, entertainment and hospitality complexes, a research campus, and office developments
    The Green Room, a cannabis retailer, is planning to open eight stores in Calgary. Spiritleaf, with headquarters in Calgary, has attracted 40 entrepreneurs willing to put up a $25,000 franchise fee to operate a cannabis retailing store in the province.
    Sonicfield Global plans to re-open the shuttered Grande Cache coal mine after the sale of the mine closes on May 31, 2018. The initial startup of the surface mine is expected to create about 200 new jobs.
    Pacific Sky Aviation has received Transport Canada certification for its Twin Otter flight simulator that allows pilots to log simulator time as real-world flying hours. The company is seeking further international certifications for the simulator.
    The Kananaskis Nordic Spa, currently under construction behind the Delta Lodge in Kananaskis, is set to open in February 2018. The indoor-outdoor spa features a three-storey lodge with reception, lounge, bistro, and massage treatment rooms.
    Compass Cannabis Clinic is opening a medical cannabis clinic in Brooks by the end of February 2018. The company plans to work with a group of outlying physicians who are trained to prescribe cannabis.
    Osum Oil Sands Corp. is proceeding with work at its Orion project near Cold Lake, with plans to double production capacity by the end of 2019
    Homeland Housing is expecting to start construction on a 48 unit affordable housing development in Morinville by the end of May 2018
    The Medicine Hat Police Service is launching a 20-week training program for cadets in partnership with Lethbridge College and the Blood Tribe Police Service. Medicine Hat will recruit from the cadets to fill vacant positions within the service.
    Trinidad Drilling Ltd. is cutting staff, reducing executive salaries and reviewing under-utilized facilities as part of cost cutting and restructuring efforts. Most of the layoffs will affect the company's head office in Calgary.
    The 3rd Annual Alberta & Saskatchewan Renewable Energy Finance Summit is being held in Calgary in early February. The event will present the latest updates on future renewable energy procurement rounds in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
  • Start date: 2018-01-01, End date: 2018-01-05
    Week of Jan 01 - Jan 05, 2018

    The Government of Alberta is creating 4,500 new subsidized daycare spaces at 78 non-profit early learning and child-care centres. The Government of Canada is providing $45.6M over three years for the program.
    The Grindstone Theatre Society, a non-profit troupe, is opening a 75-seat comedy club in Edmonton on April 1, 2018. The facility will also house a restaurant bar.
    Freedom Cannabis is building a cannabis grow and production facility in Parkland County. The company could start production in late 2018 or early 2019 and hire 150 employees.
    Alberta Health Services has purchased the Mountain View Centre in Hinton for $2.5M and is expected take full ownership by March 31, 2018. Staffing levels at the facility will not change.
    Cidex Group is starting construction on a 24-storey rental apartment building in downtown Edmonton. Occupancy is slated for mid-2019.
    The Government of Canada is providing $3.5M to eight Calgary-area clean-energy technology projects. The funding intends to create advances in energy efficiency leading to lower carbon emissions.
    The Government of Alberta is building a new central diagnostic lab in Edmonton. The government owned facility, planned to open in 2022, will consolidate lab services into a public corporation under Alberta Health Services.
    Bonterra Energy plans to drill 31 wells and spend $8M on pipelines and facilities under its $75M capital program for 2018
    CN has selected Calgary-headquartered Toyo Engineering Canada Ltd. to design and build a pilot project to produce solid, dry bitumen pucks. Toyo will create equipment that can solidify and re-liquefy up to 1,000 barrels of bitumen per day.
    Harvest Operations Corp, the Calgary-based arm of state-owned Korea National Oil Corp, has decided to complete work at its mothballed BlackGold project south of Fort McMurray. Production is expected to start in third quarter 2018.
    PCL Construction is starting work on an $8.5M heliport at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray. The work is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
    The Government of Alberta has provided $1.6M for 20 new medical detox beds at Safe Harbour Society in Red Deer. The facility provides round-the-clock medication-assisted treatment for opioid addictions.
    Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. has bought wood manufacturer Spruceland Millworks Inc. Spruceland has a dimensional lumber mill with 100 employees in Acheson, and a sawmill in Fort Assiniboine.
  • Start date: 2017-12-25, End date: 2017-12-29
    Week of Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2017

    Petrus Resources Ltd. Is planning to drill nine gross Cardium wells in 2018 as part of its capital budget of $25M to $30M
    The Government of Alberta has selected three companies to build four wind farms in the southern part of the province. The companies will invest about $1B in total and create approximately 740 jobs.
    The Town of Blackfalds, the Lacombe Foundation and The Bethany Group are joining forces to develop affordable seniors housing in the region. Construction is projected to start in 2019.
    Wavefront Technology Solutions Inc., based in Edmonton, has signed a three-year agreement with Gulf Drilling and Maintenance in the State of Kuwait to provide wellbore stimulations services. Wavefront will provide technical and engineering support.
    Flair Airlines has added direct flights from Edmonton to Vancouver, Kelowna and Toronto. Edmonton will serve as the airline's main transfer hub for scheduled flights.
    The City of Calgary is allocating an additional $90M for the Economic Development Investment Fund, following an earlier injection of $10M. The fund is designed to create jobs, drive economic recovery and revitalize the downtown core.
    Crescent Moon Inc. is planning to build a medical cannabis production facility in Olds. The company anticipates starting with 25 employees then expanding to 40, for everything from growing the product to shipping and receiving as well as maintenance.
  • Start date: 2017-12-18, End date: 2017-12-22
    Week of Dec 18 - Dec 22, 2017

    Cenovus Energy Inc. plans to cut between 500 and 700 employees and contractors in 2018 in a bid to reduce costs. The company hopes to achieve the reductions by early next year.
    The County of Grande Prairie is building a new firehall in the hamlet of La Glace as part of its $67.7M capital budget for 2018. The county also plans to spend $49.8M on roads and bridges.
    Compass Cannabis Clinic, a medical cannabis provider, will be opening its doors sometime this December in Red Deer. The company plans to expand to recreational cannabis retail once federal legislation is in place starting next year.
    Inter Pipeline is moving ahead with a $3.5B integrated plastics manufacturing facility near Redwater. The project is expected to create over 13,000 indirect and direct jobs during construction and 180 operations positions upon completion in 2021.
    The Town of Banff has approved the redevelopment of a Husky gas station site to include a takeout restaurant, convenience and retail store and at least six fuel pumps
    The Government of Alberta is providing $1.5M to Innovate Calgary to help more small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. The government is also launching a new $3M Entrepreneur Support program under the Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator initiative.
    SAIT Polytechnic has laid off 16 support staff in Calgary
  • Start date: 2017-12-11, End date: 2017-12-15
    Week of Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2017

    The Western Institute of Emergency Education opened in Vermilion on December 6, 2017. The facility offers courses, both on site and online, to anyone in a safety or medical profession.
    The Calgary Board of Education is closing the Viscount Bennett school by August 2018. The school houses Chinook Learning Services which delivers adult learning programs. The closure will cut adult learning program admissions by 20%.
    The Government of Alberta is reducing the liquor markup for small manufacturers in the province. The reduction applies to small distilleries, cideries, meaderies and cottage wineries.
    Elemental Energy has energized its $4.5M Brooks Solar Farm, the first utility scale solar project in Alberta to be connected to the grid. Of the 70 employees and subcontractors hired for the project, 65 per cent were hired from the Brooks area and 90 per cent were from Alberta.
    Radient Technologies has signed an agreement to produce cannabis extracts for the Terra Life Sciences group. From its Edmonton facility, Radient will process Terra Life Sciences' cultivated cannabis material into permitted cannabis oil products.
    Manitoulin Transport has purchased Red Deer-based Duckerings Transport. Duckerings, a less than truckload service provider, has terminal facilities in Brooks, Calgary, Camrose, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, and Medicine Hat.
    CanWest Air is planning to build a facility at the Medicine Hat Airport. The new facility will assist CanWest Air to provide air ambulance services across most of the province effective April 1, 2018.
    On December 7, the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital opened the $750K Karol Maschmeyer Practice Readiness Centre. The high-tech lab allows hospital staff to practice procedures on computer-run manikins.
    Husky Energy is planning to build a new convenience store, retail petroleum and a car wash at the site of its current gas station in Fox Creek. Construction is scheduled for 2018, pending the receipt of building permits.
    According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, there were 33,900 unfilled jobs in Alberta in the third quarter of 2017. The retail, hospitality and construction sectors are experiencing the largest labour shortages across Canada.
    The Government of Alberta has certified five new, qualified organizations that can train, test and provide service dogs to Albertans with disabilities. The government awarded $250,000 in grants to support organizations that train, test, and provide service dogs.
    The Sturgeon Refinery expects its 3,500 workforce to drop by 500 positions a month as construction wraps up; stabilizing at 400 permanent jobs. The $8.5B facility has begun diesel production.
  • Start date: 2017-12-04, End date: 2017-12-08
    Week of Dec 04 - Dec 08, 2017

    The City of Calgary approved $14.3M in the 2018 budget for the Calgary Police Service to hire 55 additional civilian and sworn members
    Starting May 1, 2018, Air Canada will offer daily direct, year-round flights between Edmonton and San Francisco
    Towns in western Alberta are experiencing increased investment by major energy companies in the Duvernay Formation, with local businesses reporting more work than last month
    The City of St. Albert is spending $6.4M to replace residential water meters. Neptune Technology Group is handling the meter replacement program.
    Husky Energy plans to drill 25 liquids-rich gas wells in 2018, as part of an estimated $3.1B in capital spending. The company also plans a five-week partial turnaround at the Lloydminster Upgrader in the second quarter.
    The Government of Alberta opened a new $11M commercial vehicle highway inspection station north of Atmore. The new station is to improve road safety on Highway 63. When fully staffed, the station will have 10 employees and be able to run 24/7.
    Precision Drilling Corporation announced its $94M 2018 capital expenditure plan. The plan will include, between 10 to 20 upgrades to its existing rig fleet to increase pumping and racking capacities, add walking systems and/or rig automation software
    Red Arc Manufacturing in Medicine Hat is producing commercial-scale recycling bins for Can Pak Environmental. Can Pak currently operates commercial recycling pick up services in Edmonton, Calgary, and Drayton Valley.
    Masterpiece Care Corp. has opened the Southlands Meadow seniors' complex in Medicine Hat. Phase two of the project, will include an additional 80 beds, and could be under construction within a year.
    The City of St. Albert is adding fifteen new staff in 2018. The positions equate to 12.94 fulltime-equivalent positions, with some staff being part-time, and comprise $801,700 of the budget.
    The Government of Alberta is committing $1.4B over seven years for a variety of energy efficiency and emission reduction projects. The bulk of the funding comes from the Climate Leadership Plan, which recycles carbon levies back into Alberta industries.
    The City of Calgary has given provisional approval for approximately $20.2M in repairing the dowtown skywalk and Calgary Municipal building in 2018
    Tidewater Midstream & Infrastructure Ltd. and TransAlta Corp. have entered into a Letter of Intent for Tidewater to build a 120 km natural gas pipeline for $150M. The pipeline will supply natural gas to TransAlta's power generating units at Sundance and Keephills.
  • Start date: 2017-11-27, End date: 2017-12-01
    Week of Nov 27 - Dec 01, 2017

    The Mikisew Cree First Nation and Fort McKay First Nation have invested a combined $500M to secure a 49-per-cent share of the Suncor East Tank Farm storage terminal north of Fort McMurray. The deal will deliver revenues to each First Nation for 25 years.
    Husky Energy is building a gas station, convenience store and take-out restaurant at the site of its former service station in Banff
    The Government of Alberta has approved 50 local economic development initiatives totalling over $4M. Funding from the government's Community and Regional Economic Support program goes towards workshops, training, coaching, and other other such initiatives.
    As a start, Canadian North airline is hiring 30 employees for its new multimillion-dollar maintenance facility at Edmonton International Airport. The company plans to invest $3.3M annually into the operation, with that figure expected to rise.
    WestJet is launching a new year-round, regional service starting in 2018, in conjunction with B.C.-based Pacific Coastal Airlines Ltd.
    Sobey's is laying off 190 office employees in Calgary, as part of a larger cut of 800 positions across Canada
    ProCura Real Estate Services Ltd. is starting construction on Century Tower, a 176 residential rental unit tower in Edmonton. The project is slated to be complete by June 2019.
    The Hampton Inn in St. Paul is scheduled to open in mid-January 2018. A general manager has been hired, and recruitment for other staff is underway with 18 to 20 full-time equivalent positions to be filled by about 25 staff.
    Alberta Midland Railway Terminal Ltd. has completed construction of its rail logistics centre located in Alberta's Industrial Heartland. The facility can store up to 850 rail cars and provide multi-commodity transloading services, including petroleum products and plastics, from truck to rail.
    Advanced Paramedic Ltd., based in Peace River, has been awarded a 10-year contract through Alberta Health Services to provide emergency medical staff for air ambulance services in High Level and Fort Vermilion. The service is scheduled to start on March 31, 2018.
    Hoping to keep its 700 employees onsite, DynaLife has signed a new lease agreement for its downtown Edmonton lab space through to March 2022. Alberta Health is considering construction of a new super lab outside the downtown core.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $25.5M for a new Catholic elementary school in Edmonton. A new high school completion centre planned in the city will receive $2M for design work.
  • Start date: 2017-11-20, End date: 2017-11-24
    Week of Nov 20 - Nov 24, 2017

    LivWell Enlightened Health, one of Colorado's largest cannabis producers and retailers, is partnering with Calgary-based 51st Parallel Life Sciences. Parallel is planning a production and processing facility in Lethbridge.
    Black Pearl Resources is planning on a further expansion of its Onion Lake thermal heavy oil project near Lloydminster after production ramps up in 2018. The company is also drilling at its Blackrod oil sands project this winter.
    Alberta Health Services has opened a new opioid treatment clinic in the Strathcona Community Hospital in Sherwood Park. The satellite clinic will provide medication-assisted treatment and counselling.
    Seven Generations Energy is planning to spend $175M for a new gas processing plant in 2018 as part of its capital budget for the year, estimated at $1.675B to $1.775B
    Suncor Energy is planning a total plant turnaround at the Edmonton refinery in 2018 as part of its capital spending program for the year, estimated at $4.5B to $5.0B
    Costco is opening a new warehouse store, including a gas station and liquor store, near the Edmonton International Airport in late 2018. More than 250 people will be hired to work at the new location.
    Strathcona Spirits, a craft distillery in Edmonton, is opening a retail outlet at its manufacturing site. The city recently modified its zoning rules to allow small breweries, wineries and distilleries to sell alcohol manufactured on site.
    National Access Cannabis Corp. is opening a medical cannabis clinic in Edmonton in January 2018. The site could also become a retail outlet when recreational cannabis becomes legal in July 2018.
    Sorrentino's is opening two Buco Pizzeria and Vino Bar restaurants in Edmonton in 2018
    Dandy Brewery is opening a second brewhouse location in Calgary, with the addition of a restaurant and tasting room
    The Screech and Schooner Lounge and Tom's House of Pizza in Calgary have permanently closed. The city has had almost 5,600 business closures in the first 10 months of 2017.
    Catch & the Oyster Bar, an upscale restaurant in downtown Calgary, has closed
    The Government of Alberta is moving ahead with the $79M first phase of a new high school for south Edmonton. A $9M addition is planned for a later date.
    Atlas Growers and Hole's Greenhouses are partnering to develop a medical and recreational cannabis facility near Edmonton. They are planning on employing 25 people and eventually anticipate increasing to up to 600 employees.
    The Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts group tore down its old staff housing in Banff and is replacing it with an apartment complex made of shipping containers. The units, which will house 76 employees, are slated to be move-in ready by May.
    Servus Credit Union and the University of Alberta have struck a five-year, $1.6M, funding deal that will support research projects in data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing and related areas
    The Central Alberta Co-op is spending $2M to expand and replace its gas bar in Innisfail. Also, Agrocorp Processing Ltd is spending $6.5M to expand its grain handling facility in town.
    Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation has hired 170 engineers for front-end engineering design work on its $4B petrochemical complex near Redwater. A final decision on the project is expected in early 2019.
    Field Upgrading expects to secure permit approval by the first quarter of 2018 for its $100M Clean Seas commercial scale low-sulphur marine fuel plant. The project will create 250 construction jobs.
    Inter Pipeline is expected to make a development decision for its $1.85B propane processing facilities in Strathcona County in December 2017. If the project moves forward, about 2,200 peak construction jobs would be created.
  • Start date: 2017-11-13, End date: 2017-11-17
    Week of Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2017

    Pembina Pipeline Corporation is expecting to spend $290M on infrastructure in the Kaybob region of the Duvernay formation as part of a 20-year development and service agreement with Chevron Canada
    Canada Goose has hired 40 employees for its new store in Chinook Centre, the first in Calgary
    Plans are underway for a new seniors' assisted living complex, a hotel and two mid-rise condominium buildings in north Edmonton. The projects are subject to city approval.
    Ice Castles, LLC is building an ice castle attraction in Edmonton for the third year. Construction is expected to be complete in late December, and remain open until March 2018, weather permitting.
    The Alberta Orphan Well Association has spent about $1.2M since February 2017 on maintenance of properties from bankrupt Lexin Resources. The association has hired contract staff to complete well inspections and perform routine maintenance.
    Three Alberta-based natural gas producers have cut their 2018 capital budgets by a combined $660M due to the current prices of natural gas. The cuts range up to 30 percent from 2017 expenditure levels.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $40M through the Coal Workforce Transition Fund to help communities and employees transition away from coal-fired electricity generation. The government is also supporting training programs for affected workers.
    Methanex has signed a 14-year natural gas supply contract for its Medicine Hat methanol production facility, with Painted Pony Petroleum. The contract will allow Methanex to maintain current production levels to 2032.
    Tidewater Midstream & Infrastructure is building a $200M natural gas storage facility and pipeline system near Grande Prairie. The project is expected to open in 2019.
    Gibson Energy is building a $25M sulphur forming and transloading facility in Alberta's Industrial Heartland near Edmonton. The company expects that construction of the development will employ 30 to 50 people, with 16 full-time jobs on completion.
    Construction is scheduled to start December 1st on the $17M Regional Park n Ride Transit Terminal in downtown Lethbridge. The project is expected to be complete in 2019.
    Pacific Century Group Ventures Ltd is building River Heights Place, a retail plaza complex, in Cochrane. A range of retail and commercial businesses are expected to open at the site in September 2018.
    Konz Pizza in a Cone Canada is opening a location in St. Albert Centre mall
  • Start date: 2017-11-06, End date: 2017-11-10
    Week of Nov 06 - Nov 10, 2017

    According to Statistics Canada, Alberta employment rose by 12,000 full-time jobs in October. The province's unemployment rate dropped from 7.9% in September to 7.8% in October.
    A new report from Statistics Canada indicates a skills-mismatch affecting job-seeking Canadians. Nearly half of unemployed Canadians have a post-secondary degree or diploma, but two-thirds of vacant jobs don't require more than a high school education.
    ReidBuilt Homes, one of Alberta's largest homebuilders, has fallen into receivership. An order has been granted for the receiver to complete pending home sales and finish construction.
    Construction has begun on the new Calgary Cancer Centre. The $1.4B facility is set to open in 2023 and will create 1,500 jobs over the next six years.
    Two restaurants, Credo and OEB Breakfast Co., will be opening in the new Enbridge Centre in downtown Edmonton. The building owners are looking for a third tenant for the largest space on the main floor.
    The Fitzsimmon Brewing Co., Airdrie's first microbrewery, is opening on November 25
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $10M to Calgary-based Acceleware for a new microwave technology to extract bitumen from the oil sands. The company expects to hire three to five employees over the next year to work on the project.
    Evolve Strength, a health and fitness centre, is opening up in downtown Edmonton in January. The company expects 50 to 60 people will work in the facility, mostly independent practitioners who will lease space.
  • Start date: 2017-10-30, End date: 2017-11-03
    Week of Oct 30 - Nov 03, 2017

    Amazon is building a distribution warehouse near Balzac, 25 km north of Calgary, with construction starting in fall 2018. The project is expected to generate 150 construction jobs and 750 full-time positions on completion.
    SemCAMS is planning to build a $300M sour gas facility south of Wembley, and a connecting pipeline system. The company estimates that 150 contractors will be involved with the project. The pipeline is expected to be in place by late 2019, with the sour gas plant operational by the middle of 2020.
    The Henry Singer Fashion Group has opened a new flagship store in Calgary
    TD Insurance is closing its call centre in Edmonton effective March 2, 2018. The call centre operations are being moved to Halifax and Saint John, NB.
    Sturgeon County is formally supporting the Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation's proposed $4B petrochemical complex just north of Edmonton. The project, expected to support 2,000 construction jobs and 150 permanent ones, is scheduled for completion in 2021.
    Tokyo Smoke, a cannabis accessory store, is opening in Calgary on November 16, 2017. The company hopes to eventually distribute cannabis itself, once the government finalizes plans for how the market will operate in Alberta.
    Midwest Contractors has been selected by TransMountain to handle all hiring for pipeline construction in the Edmonton to Jasper corridor. The first phase of westward construction will be from Acheson to Edson, July through November of 2018.
    Bagg Inn Burrows is planning to open a string of bed-and-breakfast cottages near Three Hills in spring 2018. The developers are using ATB Financial's BoostR program to help crowdfund the project, along with plans for a larger country inn.
    Calgary Economic Development says it has attracted and supported the expansion of 90 companies that have created more than 5,000 jobs in the past two years
    Rocky View County has approved a site amendment to allow for the development of a micro-brewery with off-sales, a restaurant, a coffee roaster and a boutique hotel in Bragg Creek
    Construction is underway on the Fairfield Inn by Marriott hotel at the Edmonton International Airport. The $21M hotel is scheduled to open in January 2019.
    Oil and gas well drilling forecasters are not predicting any large increases in activity in 2018, based on energy price forecasts and projected investor confidence
    TD Canada Trust is removing its branch in Mayerthorpe and merging it into its Barrhead branch on May 4, 2018. TD is working with employees at the Mayerthorpe branch to find alternative jobs within the company.
    Husky Energy has filed an application with the Alberta Energy Regulator for a $400M thermal oil sands project near the town of Wabasca-Desmarais. The proposed McMullen Willow Creek project is expected to start construction in 2019.
  • Start date: 2017-10-23, End date: 2017-10-27
    Week of Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2017

    The Pomeroy Lodging Group has invested $34M into renovations and upgrades at the Delta Kananaskis hotel. A waterpark addition to the existing pool area is planned for the spring of 2018.
    Cenovus Energy Inc. is selling its Palliser crude oil and natural gas assets in southeastern Alberta to Torxen Energy and Schlumberger for $1.3B. The cash sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter 2017.
    The Whitefish Lake First Nation-owned company Atikameg Construction and Oilfield Maintenance has purchased heavy equipment with a grant from the Government of Alberta, allowing the company to create 25 new jobs
    Brewster Travel Canada by Pursuit is spending $45M to restore the Mount Royal Hotel in Banff. The hotel is scheduled to reopen in July 2018.
    Pengrowth Energy Corporation is selling the majority of its remaining non-core assets in Alberta. The sale includes over 270 facilities and 1,600 wellbores.
    Bird Construction is building the YMCA-run Seton Recreational Centre in Calgary, with opening planned for 2019. The company is also working on the 95-bed Wing Kei Greenview Senior Supportive Living Centre, among other projects.
    The City of Edmonton is demolishing the old Walterdale bridge, following the opening of a new replacement bridge in September. The demolition is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.
    The Government of Alberta is making changes to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program that will consolidate and simplify the process. Alberta is also adding an Express Entry Stream that will be operational in January 2018.
    The Alberta Wind Energy Supply Chain Study estimates that if wind energy were to meet 90 per cent of the Government of Alberta's commitment, projects would generate $3.7B in spending and almost 15,000 job years of employment by 2030
    Suncor Energy has filed an application with the Alberta Energy Regulator to build an oil sands project, Meadow Creek West, south of Fort McMurray. Suncor estimates that construction could begin in 2023, if approved, with first oil by 2025.
    Black Diamond Group, a labour camp provider, has launched LodgeLink. The software application links accommodation suppliers with customers, particularly those outside the energy sector, such as utility, construction and forestry companies.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $225,000 to Grande Prairie Regional College for each of the next three years to improve mental health supports on campus
    CanPak Environmental plans to hire staff in the spring of 2018 when it starts picking up curbside recycling from residential addresses in Medicine Hat. Two city depots are also being kept open to accept overflow from residences.
    Telus is investing $60M to connect homes and businesses in Okotoks, Black Diamond and Turner Valley to a fibre optic network. The work is expected to begin in the spring of 2018.
    The Olds-based Westview Co-op and Drumheller Co-op are merging into one entity that will operate as Westview Co-operative Association Limited. According to Westview, no current Olds workers will lose employment as a result of the merger.
    The City of Calgary is starting work on upgrades to Crowchild Trail as the first step in road improvements over the next 10 years. The $87M project is scheduled for completion in late 2019.
  • Start date: 2017-10-16, End date: 2017-10-20
    Week of Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2017

    The Town of Canmore has approved two developments that will bring 238 units of rental apartment housing to the community. The buildings are the first private sector apartments in Canmore in over two decades.
    Reid Worldwide Corp. has put its Calgary division, ReidBuilt Homes, up for sale amid debt problems at the company. Construction work has been halted at dozens of homes in the region.
    Job vacancies in Alberta reached 50,925 in the second quarter of 2017, according to Statistics Canada. The number represents an increase of 8,500 jobs compared to the same quarter in 2016.
    New York City-based fashion brand Michael Kors has opened its first dedicated men's store in Canada, at West Edmonton Mall. The mall is also seeing the addition of a number of new premium brand stores this year.
    The University of Alberta has received $18.6M from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. About one-half the funding is earmarked for nanotechnology and permafrost research.
    The Government of Alberta is reallocating $4.7M per year to the University of Calgary's veterinary program starting in 2020. Previously, Alberta funding supported veterinary education at the University of Saskatchewan.
    GrenEx Pharms Inc., a medical cannabis producer in Edmonton, has been granted a license from Health Canada. The company expects to produce 1,000 kg of dried bud a year once its facility is in full operation next spring.
    The Business Development Bank of Canada expects Alberta's workforce to grow by 1.2 percent annually to 2027, the highest rate in the country. The bank attributes the growth to the large number of young families in the province.
    The Evergreens Foundation is planning for an expansion to the Pine Valley Lodge in Hinton in 2018. The foundation is also building a new seniors lodge in Yellowhead County and commercial kitchen facilities at the Alpine Summit Seniors Lodge in Jasper.
    The Special Areas Board, the Town of Oyen and the Palliser Economic Partnership are working together to develop the 155-acre Oyen Rail Yard & Logistics Park Project. The initial phase, projected at $2.1M, includes construction of new rail lines.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $75M to school boards this year through the Classroom Improvement Fund. School boards will be using the funding to create more than 225 teaching jobs and 175 support positions.
    Lac La Biche County has awarded a $4.7M contract to Thompson Infrastructure Ltd. to build and repair nearly two kilometres of water and sewer lines on Plamondon's main street. The work is scheduled to start in spring 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-10-09, End date: 2017-10-13
    Week of Oct 09 - Oct 13, 2017

    TransCanada Corp. has cancelled plans for its proposed $ 15.7B Energy East pipeline and Eastern Mainline projects. The pipelines would have carried Alberta oil to New Brunswick.
    Sporting Life, a sportswear retailer, has opened its second Calgary location, at Market Mall. The store has approximately 130 employees.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $4.6M to expand opioid treatment programs in Calgary and Edmonton. All of the expanded services will be available by the end of October.
    Alberta Health Services is planning to spend $364M to redevelop CapitalCare Norwood in Edmonton. The project will add 145 beds to the continuing care facility.
    Distinctive Homes has started construction on 49 affordable housing units in Canmore
    The Town of Canmore has approved a development permit for renovations to the Bow Valley Motel. The owners plan an exterior renovation, landscaping improvements and new outdoor features at the site.
    Chili's Grill and Bar is closing nine restaurants across the province at the end of October 2017. The company plans to retain its restaurants at the airports in Calgary and Edmonton.
    The Driftpile Cree Nation has signed an agreement with Tolko Industries to operate a part of the High Prairie OSB plant. Driftpile expects to hire 15 to 20 people full-time for the work.
    Sears Canada is seeking court approval to close all of its 130 stores remaining in Canada. Approximately 12,000 employees across the country are facing layoffs.
  • Start date: 2017-10-02, End date: 2017-10-06
    Week of Oct 02 - Oct 06, 2017

    Bentall Kennedy and investment partners are building a large industrial facility in the High Plains Industrial Park at Balzac. It's the first major speculative development since the early 2015 downturn.
    Carter Cadillac has broken ground on what will be Western Canada's first-ever exclusive Cadillac dealership. The Calgary location is expected to open in late 2018.
    The Canadian Institute for Health Information, which issues a report each year on doctor workforce trends, found that Alberta doctors were the highest paid in Canada again last year
    St. Mary's Hospital in Camrose is undergoing a $1M redesign of its emergency room. Shunda Consulting and Construction are expected to complete the work by spring 2018.
    Northern Lakes College is moving ahead with plans for a campus in High Prairie following a land acquisition from the High Prairie School Division. Construction is slated to start in 2018.
    The Calgary Police Service is seeking funding for 55 more officers and civilian members to deal with rising crime levels. The Calgary Police Commission is asking for an additional $14.3M to fund these positions.
    The Government of Alberta is investing nearly $200M in improvement projects along Highway 40 between the Yellowhead Highway and Grande Prairie. The funding covers 18 highway infrastructure projects over the next three years.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $250,000 over two years to support small business and entrepreneurs in Lloydminster, through the East Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network
    The Government of Alberta increased the provincial minimum wage to $13.60 per hour on October 1st. The increase is a step in a gradual phase-in of a $15-per-hour minimum wage by October 1, 2018.
    According to a local merchant, most of the businesses in Waterton Lakes National Park have closed early for the season following the massive Kenow wildfire. The park reopened on September 20th, but many staff have moved on to other jobs.
    The University of Alberta Botanic Garden, southwest of Edmonton, is spending $4.9M on infrastructure projects this winter, as part of a total of $13M approved by the province in 2014
    Clark Builders and the Brenda Strafford Foundation are building Cambridge Manor, a state-of-the-art seniors' living facility in Calgary. The foundation is also spending $6M to renovate its Bow Valley Centre.
    The Daishowa-Marubeni International pulp mill in Peace River has ceased operations for approximately six weeks following an explosion. According to the company, the mill's full-time permanent employees and contractors are still working and being paid.
    Cold Lake will be losing its present Canada Post-leased central postal outlet in the next three months, with retail postal services being offered out of a local retail store. The outlet currently has a postmistress and five casual employees.
    Cervus Equipment has started construction on their new John Deere dealership in Hanna. The facility is expected to open in late 2018.
    The Government of Alberta is supporting the film and television industry through the new Screen-Based Production Grant that will make $45M per year available to eligible production companies working in Alberta
    The Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator program is supporting Tecconnect in Lethbridge in offering commercialization services, networking and mentorship opportunities, and access to startup funding to help entrepreneurs
  • Start date: 2017-09-25, End date: 2017-09-29
    Week of Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2017

    Labatt Breweries of Canada is upgrading its Edmonton brewery so the plant can produce beer in stubby bottles. The work is part of a Canada-wide investment by the brewer of $460M between 2017 and 2020.
    WestJet has started construction on a new $50M hangar at the Calgary International Airport. The hangar will have two floors of office space and room to service one Boeing Dreamliner 787.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $215,000 to Athabasca University for each of the next three years to expand and improve mental health supports on campus
    The Mountain View County Municipal Planning Commission has approved a $0.85M expansion of the Fallentimber Meadery outside Cremona. Construction of the expansion, which includes a tasting room and storefront, is expected to start in October.
    The Parkland Foundation is expecting to start construction of a new $24.5M seniors lodge and independent living facility in Innisfail in spring 2018. The facility will accommodate 90 seniors, with 60 for the lodge and the other 30 self-contained.
    The Swedish energy firm International Petroleum Corporation has purchased oil and gas interests on the Suffield Block in southern Alberta from Cenovus for $512M. Cenovus staff are transferring to the new owners.
    The 4th Annual Career and Education Expo recently took place in Whitecourt, with over 50 exhibitors, 25 postsecondary institutes, and more than 1,000 students in attendance
    WestJet is launching Swoop, an ultra-low-cost airline, in the summer of 2018. The company headquarters will be located in Calgary.
    Boyle Street Community Services and ATB Financial have opened Four Directions Financial, a banking centre aimed at inner-city residents in Edmonton
    The Town of Hinton and Epoch Energy are planning to re-open an abandoned gas well near the community and use heat from the hole to warm municipal buildings in the downtown core. A pilot project is planned for 2019, pending regulatory approval.
    Wild Earth Foods, an independent grocery store in Edmonton, has closed after 85 years of operation. The site is slated for redevelopment including construction of a condominium tower.
    Edmonton Public Schools and Clark Builders are starting construction in October on a new $11.5M school in the Mill Creek area of Edmonton
    Alberta Newsprint Company is opening a new facility for unloading fracking sands from trains onto trucks near Fox Creek on October 12th, as part of efforts to diversify its operations
    Tolko Industries has started receiving logs at its oriented strand board mill in High Prairie, with plans for 20 to 30 truckloads a day prior to the start of production in January 2018. The mill has hired more than 50 Tolko employees and many contractors from the local region to haul logs.

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