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  • Start date: 2018-07-09, End date: 2018-07-13
    Week of Jul 09 - Jul 13, 2018

    Sasktel is planning to improve its 4G LTE cellular service in 43 rural communities throughout Saskatchewan. This is the first of a four-phase initiative, which is anticipated to be completed by March 31, 2019.
    Saskatchewan craft brewers are facing challenges related to packaging costs after the Federal Government imposed a 10% tariff on U.S. aluminum. The 473ml cans of beer used by Saskatchewan brewers are imported from the U.S.
    A 7-Eleven store unexpectedly closed in North Central Regina last week. The area has been without a major grocery store since 2000 and residents relied on the store for milk and other grocery items.
    Burger Baron closed its doors in Regina after 58 years in business. A reduction of traffic, as well as an excess of similar establishments in the area, has resulted in a decline in revenue.
    The Government of Canada is granting $53.3M to construct passing lanes on Highways 6 and 39 between Regina and Estevan. The project will create construction jobs in the province and promote international trade with the U.S.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting more than $20M to improve Highway 7 in the Vanscoy and Delisle area
    According to Saskatchewan's latest weekly Crop Report, the majority of crops are at their normal stages of development and are in good condition for this time of year. However, topsoil moisture remains in very short supply in many southwestern areas.
    The City of Regina is spending $3M to realign the intersection at Eastgate Drive and Coleman Crescent. The work is being completed in phases, and no completion date has been set.
    Toronto Dominion Bank has acquired Regina-based Greystone Managed Investments Inc. for $792M. The combined entity will be called TD Greystone Asset Management and will continue to be based in Regina, with offices in Toronto, Winnipeg and Hong Kong.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate decreased from 6.8% in May to 6.3% in June 2018. There were about 8,300 more people employed in June 2018 making it the highest month-to-month increase in six years.
    Greyhound Canada is cancelling its routes in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and all but one route in B.C. by October 31, 2018. Approximately 415 people will be affected by the closure.
    According to SaskPower 2017-2018 annual report, the crown corporation invested $996M into the provincial power grid in the last fiscal year. SaskPower anticipates that power demand would continue rising in the province.
  • Start date: 2018-07-02, End date: 2018-07-06
    Week of Jul 02 - Jul 06, 2018

    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $230,000 to DOT Technology Corp. to develop and pilot its autonomous power platform, which will be used in the agriculture industry
    The Canadian National Railway is planning to invest $210M in expanding, upgrading and maintaining its railway networks across Saskatchewan
    Saskatoon's city council is studying the cost of regulating ride-sharing companies and will vote on ride-sharing rules on July 23, 2018. Ride-sharing will be legal across the province effective October 2018.
    According to Saskatchewan's latest weekly Crop Report, the majority of crops are at their normal stages of development and are in good condition for this time of year
    The provincial government is spending more than $21M to upgrade highways near provincial parks
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan farmers have seeded more wheat and barley but less canola, soybeans, and oats in 2018 compared to the previous year. Planting for lentils and dry peas has also declined in the province.
    The Government of Saskatchewan awarded $150,000 to upgrade and renovate the washrooms at the Horizon Centre in Waldheim
    As of July 1, 2018, the Government of Saskatchewan will no longer accept applications for its rental housing supplement program. The Province is estimated to save $5M per year as a result of these changes.
    Correctional Service of Canada, along with its partners, opened its vocational training and employment services centre in Saskatoon to enhance employment and employability for Indigenous offenders
    The Government of Saskatchewan will be holding its first ever Subsurface Mineral Rights Public Offering on December 18, 2018. Auction winners will be able to explore for minerals more than 60 meters below the surface.
    The Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission is eliminating six support staff positions in Saskatoon, effective September 2018. Also, the commission will not be filling three vacant lawyer positions.
    Saskatchewan is one of four provinces that is planning on hiring underage employees to launch sting operations against marijuana retailers to ensure products are not being sold to those under the age of 19 years
    The Government of Canada is granting up to $7.5M, while the Province of Saskatchewan and the City of Regina are contributing $3.75M each, to upgrade the third main pump of the wastewater collection system
    The City of North Battleford has sold a parcel of land for $1M for the construction of a new Holiday Inn and Suites hotel
    Construction of a new landfill cell in Yorkton is nearly complete and the site slated to open in fall 2018. The landfill is approximately the size of six CFL football fields and is being built to lessen the environmental impact.
    Little Al's Mini Putt opened in Waskesiu on July 1. The next stage of Waskesiu's revitalization project includes rejuvenation of the lawn bowling and installation of basketball, volleyball, and soccer courts.
    On July 1, the Government of Canada imposed a 10% tariff on American whiskey. According to the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, the impact of the tariffs will be minimal as American whiskey accounts for less than one percent of all spirit sales.
  • Start date: 2018-06-25, End date: 2018-06-29
    Week of Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2018

    The Regina Catholic School Board is adding more than 30 staff in the 2018-19 school year to support an all-time high student population
    SaskPower is installing 7,500 smart meters on commercial and industrial customers. This phase of the smart meter expansion project will be completed by the end of this year.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan had the highest annual inflation rate among all the provinces in May. Costs increased in seven of the eight major components.
    According to Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), 11 producer and two wholesalers have applied to become part of SLGA's recreational marijuana supply chain. No permits or registrations for cannabis will be issued until October 17, 2018.
    According to Saskatchewan's latest weekly Crop Report, 75% of pulse crops and 70% of oilseeds were at normal stages of development in the week ending June 18. Many areas reported rain and less wind, which allowed producers to do weed control.
    SaskPower is spending $300M to lay 200km of power line from east of Moose Jaw to Swift Current, as it connect its power grid to the new Chinook Power Station. Work on this project will be completed by late summer.
    The City of Saskatoon is developing a mandatory composting program and a pay-as-you-throw system which will cost the city between $13M and $22M. Both systems are anticipated to be in place by the end of 2019.
    Canadian Western Agribition has signed a 10 year agreement with EVRAZ Place to host the livestock show in Regina. The event generates more than $73M of economic impact on an annual basis.
    The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission joined Cereals Canada, an industry group, on June 22, 2018. Cereals Canada now has a total of 27 member organizations.
    A new boreal laboratory classroom and research complex has opened its doors at the Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research Centre in Candle Lake. The centre is a partnership between Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting more than $4.2M towards 14 support emergency shelter initiatives in nine communities across Saskatchewan
    Residents from the community of Southend were allowed to return to their homes June 26, 2018, after being evacuated last week due to wildfires. Air quality remains a concern in the area.
    The City of Estevan has awarded a $950,000 contract to Chamney Crushing to widen and repave a section of King Street. Work on the project is expected to be completed in the next six weeks.
    The Saskatoon Catholic school division is hiring 37 teachers and 19 education assistants for the 2018-19 school year to support a 2.7% increase in its student population
    The City of Regina has increased the licensing fees for vendor food trucks by $280. Only five food truck licenses have been issued this year, compared to 10 issued last year.
  • Start date: 2018-06-18, End date: 2018-06-22
    Week of Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2018

    Nutrient is planning to construct the province's tallest office building at Saskatoon's River Landing development. Approximately 400 Nutrient employees are anticipated to occupy the top eight floors of the 18-storey building.
    Japan has suspended its tender and sale of Canadian wheat after plants containing a genetically modified trait were found in Alberta last year. Japan is Canada's second largest global market for wheat.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $1.6M to the RCMP to expand its Crime Reduction Teams in Prince Albert and North Battleford. The expansion is funded through the Provincial Policing Services Agreement.
    According to the Saskatchewan government, manufacturing shipments in the province experienced the second highest increase in the country, reaching $1.53B in April 2018, up 16.2% from the previous year
    Saskatchewan's minimum wage is set to increase to $11.06 per hour on October 1, 2018
    The Prairie Valley School Division will be recruiting 15.2 more full-time-equivalent teachers in the 2018-19 school year. In addition, the school division will be investing in additional classroom technology and school renovations.
    The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation are jointly funding up to six research projects which address the health and care of seniors
    The Government of Canada is granting $8.5M over five years to Ag-West Bio through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The funding will support the development of Saskatchewan's agricultural biotechnology sector.
    Phase 1 of Acre 21, a development in southeast Regina, is nearing completion with a mixture of retail shops, restaurants, and other businesses expected to open by the end of October. Construction on Phase 2 will begin in 2019.
    South Korea is suspending imports of Canadian wheat following the discovery of genetically modified plants in Southern Alberta, making it the second Asian country to suspend wheat imports. South Korea annually imports around 235,000 tonnes of wheat.
    Husky Energy is constructing a new pipeline across the North Saskatchewan River upstream of Prince Albert. The pipeline will connect new thermal projects on the north side of the river to Husky's Lloydminster processing facility.
    SaskPower has signed a 20-year agreement to partner with Saturn Power to build and maintain a utility-scale solar power facility near Swift Current. The facility should be operational by the end of 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-06-11, End date: 2018-06-15
    Week of Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2018

    Construction work has started on 100kms of highways in southeastern Saskatchewan
    According to the latest crop report, seeding operations are nearing completion with 96% of crops planted, although crop growth is delayed in much of the province
    The most recent public offering of Saskatchewan's crown petroleum and natural gas rights yielded higher rates than in other western provinces, reflecting the industry's interest in the province's oil and gas sector
    According to a report by the Saskatchewan Provincial Auditor, the estimated cost to clean up 24,000 inactive oil and gas wells across the province could amount up to $4B
    The federal government is granting $12.6M under its Connect to Innovate program to improve and increase access to high-speed internet in Saskatchewan. Thirty rural communities and up to 163 institutions will benefit from the funding.
    The Conseil des Écoles Fransaskoises will open a second Francophone elementary school in Regina in time for the 2018-2019 school year. Minor renovations will be undertaken over the summer to prepare the vacant school building for up to 225 students.
    The Avenue Restaurant recently opened its doors in Regina. The restaurant will offer weekday lunches and dinner Monday through Saturdays.
    Denison Mines Corp. has announced its 2018 summer drilling plans for its high-grade uranium project at Wheeler River in northern Saskatchewan. The plan includes approximately 20,500 metres in 28 drill holes.
    Construction has started on the Bienfait wastewater handling system. The $2.86M project is jointly funded by the federal-provincial Clean Water and Wastewater Fund program and the town of Bienfait.
    Green for Life Environmental has won the contract for the collection of residential solid waste and recycling for the City of Estevan. The contract is for three years, with the option of a two-year extension.
  • Start date: 2018-06-04, End date: 2018-06-08
    Week of Jun 04 - Jun 08, 2018

    According to a new report by Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan farmers reported a decrease of 22% in net income compared to 2016-17. The decline is attributed to tariffs imposed by India and to extreme drought in the province.
    The provincial government approved legislation authorizing ridesharing companies to operate in Saskatchewan on May 29. Municipalities will set their ridesharing bylaws for their jurisdictions.
    According to the Conference Board of Canada, Saskatchewan's economic growth is expected to slow down to 1.3% in 2018. However, job creation is anticipated to improve, and the unemployment rate will decline in the province this year.
    Weyburn City Council recently awarded a water main replacement project worth over $500,000 to Jordan Excavating. Work is expected to start in July and should be completed by the end of August.
    ComIT will offer its first course in computer programming in Saskatoon in June. The provincial government is funding the three-month program to help alleviate a shortage of software developers in the province.
    The provincial government has provided over $15M for highway and bridge construction work that is currently underway in southwestern Saskatchewan
    According to the latest crop report, 91% of crops were in the ground as of May 31, well ahead of the five-year average of 81% for this time of year
    The University of Saskatchewan received a private donation of over $2M to build a state-of-the-art sport, science and health centre on campus. The facility is expected to open in early 2019.
    Several schools in northeastern Saskatchewan will receive nearly $1.4M in repairs and upgrades over the next school year
    The Richardson Foundation has donated $50,000 towards repurposing the former Unity Centennial Swimming Pool site into a multi-use facility. Construction work is set to begin in the coming weeks and is expected to be completed by fall 2018.
    The provincial government recently started construction on Farm in the Dell group home in Aberdeen. The group home supports the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy by creating residential services for persons with disabilities.
    Some food truck operators in Regina will not renew their permit, citing higher permit prices and declining sales
    The federal government has approved seven Saskatchewan crop-dusting operators to fight grass fires in the province through the Single Engine Aircraft Tanker (SEAT) program
    The provincial government is providing $1.54M to upgrade the Theodore Dam as part of its 2018-19 water management infrastructure plan. A start date has not yet been established.
    The third phase of Moose Jaw's water main replacement plan recently got underway. Construction work is expected to be completed by the end of June.
    A new state-of-the-art weather radar station opened in Radisson, near Saskatoon, replacing the old radar that had been down for eight months
  • Start date: 2018-05-28, End date: 2018-06-01
    Week of May 28 - Jun 01, 2018

    The provincial government recently provided $128,667 to the Yorkton Regional Airport through the Community Airport Partnership to expand the airport's apron
    Final inspections of Regina's Global Trade and Exhibition Centre are underway. No timeline was provided for the opening of what will be the first international wholesale trade centre in Saskatchewan.
    The provincial government is providing $1.58M over four years to SuperDARN, a network of high-frequency radars headquartered at the University of Saskatchewan which monitor weather in space
    On May 22, the City of Regina began roadwork improvements in certain areas of the city. The construction work should be completed in about four weeks.
    The provincial government will upgrade a portion of Highway 123 near Cumberland House this summer to reduce the future risk of flooding. No construction start date was provided.
    The value and number of building permits issued in North Battleford increased in April. According to the City's Planning Committee, 12 permits were issued in April 2018 for $528,500, compared to 11 licenses for $429,500 during the same month last year.
    Phase 2 of Regina's bypass project is progressing according to plan. The project, which began in 2015, is expected to be completed by fall 2019.
    According to Regina's 2017 annual report, the city has experienced the second-largest population growth in the country. The population of Regina is expected to reach 300,000 over the next 25 years.
    On May 28, the federal government announced over $158M in funding for more than 800 research projects across Canada. The funding will be awarded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
  • Start date: 2018-05-21, End date: 2018-05-25
    Week of May 21 - May 25, 2018

    Star Court, a newly-renovated 16-unit housing project, opened in Saskatoon on May 11. The federal and provincial governments jointly contributed $368,000 towards the project.
    The Canadian Armed Forces are launching a new program, the Medical Officer Training Program Surge 2018, with the aim of recruiting about 60 doctors
    SaskTel will invest $301M in 2018-2019 in its network and infrastructure to maintain and improve communication technology services throughout the province
    Work to demolish Estevan's historic Civic Auditorium began on May 14 and should be completed by June 15. The rink had been closed since November 2017.
    The federal and provincial governments signed a bilateral agreement on May 14 to improve healthcare services. Saskatchewan will invest about $158M in targeted funding over five years as part of a ten-year federal commitment of nearly $350M.
    Littelfuse Inc., a multinational electronic equipment manufacturer in Saskatoon, is planning to lay-off about 40 workers. The company is citing challenges in the potash mining industry as the reason behind the job cuts.
    The Jim Pattison Children's Hospital, which is set to open in late 2019, recently received a private donation of $1M. The funds will support a family room in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.
    The Kyle Hotel, near Swift Current, was destroyed by fire on May 16. The number of affected employees is unknown.
    The provincial government is providing $700,000 in cost-shared grants to repair and upgrade 12 community airports across Saskatchewan through the Community Airport Partnership (CAP) program
    The federal, provincial and municipal governments, along with Silver Sage Holdings Ltd., are jointly providing funds for the construction of a rental housing project for hard-to-house families
    The 26th annual Cathedral Village Arts Festival was held from May 21 to 26 and featured street performances, visual arts and musical events
  • Start date: 2018-05-14, End date: 2018-05-18
    Week of May 14 - May 18, 2018

    Postmedia is closing its printing facility for the Melfort Journal, the Nipawin Journal and the Northeast Sun. No timeline was provided for the closure, which will affect 15 part-time and full-time workers.
    The Saskatchewan government is granting $14M to improve 11 rural roads in 2018. Funding is provided through the Municipal Roads for the Economy Program (MREP).
    Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency will provide a record $43.6M in 2018-19 to rehabilitate and maintain the province's water infrastructure
    SaskPower will invest about $4.5M in 2018 to inspect and maintain over 112,000 wooden power poles across the province
    According to the Saskatchewan Regional Economic Development Association (SREDA), the province's economy grew by 2.9% in 2017¿a rebound that is largely attributed to the goods-producing sector
    Saskatchewan's Ministry of Highways has announced an additional sum of $65M for road projects across the province in 2018
    Over 16,000 nurses are now licensed to practise in Saskatchewan, an increase of 27% compared to 2007. The Saskatchewan government is still looking to fill vacant nursing positions across the province.
    WestJet pilots voted on May 10 in favour of a strike action as they seek to secure their first union contract with the airline. A strike could start on May 19.
    According to the latest crop report, seeding was off to a slow start across Saskatchewan, with only 9% of crops in the ground as of May 8, compared to the five-year average of 19% for this time of the year
    Air Transat announced on May 14 that it will no longer offer flight service to and from Saskatchewan during the 2018-2019 season
    SaskPower recently signed an agreement for flare gas power projects led by First Nations communities and businesses. The projects have the potential to yield revenues of about $300M over 20 years.
  • Start date: 2018-05-07, End date: 2018-05-11
    Week of May 07 - May 11, 2018

    Nutrien recently temporarily laid off hundreds of employees, citing railway service challenges. Approximately 470 people were affected at the Vanscoy mine and 140 at the Allan mine.
    On April 25, the Saskatchewan General Employees Union (SGEU), the province's largest public sector union, rejected an agreement on a new contract with the province. No date has yet been set to resume negotiations.
    The Early Learning Intensive Support Pilot was recently launched to help children who require additional learning assistance. The Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Agreement will provide funding to hire more educational assistants.
    Saskatchewan has nearly 900 more physicians than a decade ago, an increase of 51%. In total, 2,600 doctors are licensed to practice in the province.
    Rexall will close 40 stores in Ontario and Western Canada, nearly 10% of its total number of locations. Drug distribution giant McKesson Corp. had acquired the pharmacy chain two years ago.
    SaskPower is investing about $9M on infrastructure projects in downtown Regina in 2018. Most of the work started in May and will be ongoing until the end of the year.
    The provincial government and Fertilizer Canada renewed the 2016 Memorandum of Co-operation to support the 4R Nutrient Stewardship plan for another three years. The expanded initiative will include training and certification programs.
    On May 2, the City of Moose Jaw began to replace about 2.7 km of water main throughout the municipality. The project is expected to be completed by May 20.
    According to Economic Development Regina Inc., seven local craft breweries created over 100 jobs and generated nearly $11M in economic activity in 2017. The industry is expected to grow by 30% in 2018.
    The 2018 Regina Farmers' Market, which opened outdoors on May 5, will feature 150 vendors¿between 25 and 30 more than last year
  • Start date: 2018-04-30, End date: 2018-05-04
    Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2018

    Saskatchewan's 2018-19 budget launched the new Saskatchewan Technology Start-up Incentive¿a non-refundable tax credit to help small companies of fewer than 50 employees attract capital investment
    According to Farm Credit Canada, Saskatchewan's average farmland value increased by 10.2% in 2017, compared to the previous year. Nationally, farmland prices rose by 8.4% over the same period.
    According to Statistics Canada's 2017 national review of the labour market, 23.6% of part-time workers in Saskatchewan prefer to work full-time ¿an increase of 2.8 percentage points from 2016 and one of the highest rates in the country
    The Northern Store, the only grocery store in La Loche, was destroyed by fire on April 25. The store's 16 employees, who are now without work, as a result, may be hired by a general store that operates in the community.
    Star Diamond Corp. has cut more than $500M from the estimated cost of building a diamond mine near Prince Albert. The project is expected to move forward, pending approval from the provincial Ministry of Environment.
    Saskatchewan Alternative Initiatives (SAI), a community group supporting people with intellectual difficulties, inaugurated new office space in Saskatoon on April 27. The provincial government provides SAI with over $6M annually.
    On April 20, the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority began accepting submissions for wholesale cannabis permits as well as licensed producer registrations
    Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the largest trade school in the province, is letting go 42 employees through layoffs and voluntary buyouts at its four campuses
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan farmers are expected to seed 15.8% more wheat in 2018, compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, canola seeding will be down 10.5% in 2018, from the record high set in 2017.
  • Start date: 2018-04-23, End date: 2018-04-27
    Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2018

    Saskatchewan Children's Hospital in Saskatoon has already hired 52 out of 70 pediatricians that it requires for its opening in 2019. The provincial Ministry of Health is also looking to fill posts in endocrinology and gastroenterology.
    On April 18, the provincial government announced funding for new 600 child care spaces through the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning Child Care Agreement. More child care spaces will be allocated later in the spring.
    According to a recent annual house price survey by Royal LePage, 104 condos were sold in Regina for a median price of $230,000 between January 1 and April 17, 2018, compared to 115 sales averaging about $270,000 during the same time period in 2017
    Saskatchewan's first public offering of petroleum and natural gas rights for the 2018-19 fiscal year raised $2.9M, about double the amount raised in the April public offering in 2017, indicating renewed activity in the industry
    The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority received over 1,500 submissions for 51 retail cannabis permits in 32 communities. Successful applicants will be announced in the weeks before federal legalization.
    The federal and provincial governments are jointly contributing over $1.2M to rebuild the Waskoosis Safe Shelter for victims of domestic violence. Service Canada is providing another $99,000 towards the renovations.
    BC-based Flair Airlines will launch a direct flight between Saskatoon and Edmonton on June 15, with flights scheduled four times a week
    The value and number of building permits issued in North Battleford increased in March. According to a Planning Committee report, eight permits were issued in March 2018 for $807,000, compared to six licenses for $745,000 during the same month last year.
    BHP has confirmed that its drilling crews reached potash deposits at its Jansen mine project last month. The multibillion-dollar mine located near Saskatoon has yet to receive final approval by BHP's board.
  • Start date: 2018-04-16, End date: 2018-04-20
    Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2018

    The 2018-19 provincial budget earmarks $250,000 towards the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP). The organization aims to create trade and business investment opportunities in new and existing markets.
    The provincial government has earmarked $924M for the 2018-19 highways and infrastructure budget. The funds will be used to maintain and improve several highway and road projects across the province.
    The 2018-19 provincial budget allocates $5.36B towards health care, an increase of 2.9% from the previous year. The allocation includes $3.5 billion for Saskatchewan Health Authority's (SHA) operating funding.
    Evraz Place in Regina hosted the 20th annual provincial skills competition hosted by Skills Canada Saskatchewan on April 13. Over 450 secondary and post-secondary students and apprentices participated in the event.
    The 2018-19 provincial budget allocates $4.9M for 30 additional police positions in the Protection and Response Team to improve response times to emergency calls and increase police visibility in rural areas
    Second Cup, a coffee chain, is partnering with National Access Cannabis Corp. (NAC) to open dispensaries once the drug becomes legal. NAC has nine locations across six provinces, including one in Saskatoon.
    The Southeast Cornerstone School Division plans to build a new elementary school in Weyburn, thanks to $12.2M in funding from the provincial government. Construction is slated to start in September and be completed by fall 2020.
    Weyburn's 87 unionized city workers are seeking a new collective agreement since the previous one expired over a year ago. Negotiations resumed on April 18 and 19.
  • Start date: 2018-04-09, End date: 2018-04-13
    Week of Apr 09 - Apr 13, 2018

    Construction of several new retail stores is underway in east Regina, including Costco, Shoppers Drug Mart and Save-On-Foods. No details have been provided regarding the opening dates.
    Regina's Wonderland arcade recently closed due to water damage caused by a fire next door, but the company plans to reopen the venue. The number of affected employees is unknown.
    The 33rd annual Agri-Mex farm show took place on April 5, 6 and 7 in North Battleford. The trade and home show attracts about 5,000 people annually.
    Construction work on the redesigned Canada Post office in North Battleford is underway. No opening date was provided.
    The Joint Indigenous Employment Strategy program was launched on April 2 in North Battleford as part of a partnership between the City and Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs
    There were 4,200 new jobs created in Saskatchewan in March 2018, compared to the previous month - a 0.7% increase and the highest percentage increase among the provinces
    The Town of Wynyard recently opened a new $1.2M centre for SARCAN and other recycling services. The infrastructure project was partly funded by the federal and provincial governments.
    Saskatchewan's 2018-19 budget, which was tabled on April 10, restores $30M for K-12 education. However, financial support for post-secondary students has been cut by $12M.
    The provincial government is adding a 6% PST on used vehicles on sale at Saskatchewan auto dealerships. The move is anticipated to generate $95M for the province.
    The provincial government will phase out the Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement starting in July citing a significantly improved housing market. The move is expected to save about $5M.
    Saskatchewan's 2018-19 budget has earmarked $2.3M to develop the remand initiative. The funding will expand the program into Regina and add more staff in Saskatoon.
  • Start date: 2018-04-02, End date: 2018-04-06
    Week of Apr 02 - Apr 06, 2018

    The United Way of Saskatoon plans to cut staff and to reduce investments in key programs as it faces a million-dollar shortfall in campaign revenue. No details were provided on the number of employees affected.
    SOCAN has partnered with TD Bank Group to provide a $10,000 award to an Indigenous songwriter, along with a trip to the Indigenous Music Awards in Winnipeg in May. The deadline to apply is April 25.
    The federal and provincial governments launched the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) program, a $3B investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments on April 1. The CAP agreement will replace the Growing Forward 2 framework.
    Bach & Beyond, a music record store in Regina, closed on March 29, after nearly 40 years in business
    B.C.-based Choom recently signed a letter of intent to buy Flower Power Cannabis Pharms, a Saskatchewan company which owns High Way 10, a cannabis production site in Saskatchewan that is in the licensing phase
    Yorkton Distributors was recently purchased by US-based Farmers Business Network, a platform that allows producers to share crop data
    The band office on Carry the Kettle First Nation was demolished on April 1 due to health and safety concerns. Construction of a new location should be completed by early 2019.
    Saskatchewan's minimum wage of $10.96 per hour is now the lowest in the country after Nova Scotia increased their minimum wage to $11.00 per hour on April 1. Saskatchewan will re-evaluate their minimum wage on October 1, pending cabinet approval.
    The Provincial Capital Commission recently approved redevelopment plans for the CNIB building in Wascana Park. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring or summer.
    Two new businesses, Olive Garden and Starbucks, may be opening in Regina's Harbour Landing in the near future. No details were provided regarding opening dates.
    Fire destroyed Lang's Café in Regina on April 4. No details were provided on the number of employees affected.
  • Start date: 2018-03-26, End date: 2018-03-30
    Week of Mar 26 - Mar 30, 2018

    Saskatchewan's population reached 1,169,752 in January 2018, up 13,410 people from the previous year. This marked the 47th consecutive quarter that Saskatchewan's population has increased.
    The provincial government is providing $800,000 to help the University of Saskatchewan buy state-of-the-art equipment for its Food Systems and Security program. The research program focuses on designing and breeding crops that can grow in less fertile soils.
    Regina Catholic School Division is hiring 16 full-time-equivalent positions with the additional $451,700 it received from the provincial government in February as a mid-year funding adjustment. The positions will run until the end of June 2018.
    G3 Canada Limited (G3) is planning to build two new primary grain elevators: one in Maidstone, Saskatchewan, and the other in Alberta. Construction of the facilities is expected to start in April and should be completed in time for the 2019 harvest.
    The federal and provincial governments are jointly contributing over $1M to repurpose St. Elizabeth's convent in Humboldt into 25 affordable independent-living apartments for seniors
    According to the provincial government, Saskatchewan's forestry products industry generated nearly $1.2B in sales in 2017 - a 21% increase from the previous year
  • Start date: 2018-03-19, End date: 2018-03-23
    Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2018

    The Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford has received a private donation of $1M. The provincial government has provided $222M towards the project, which is set to be completed by late summer 2018.
    Saskatoon-based West Wind Aviation recently laid off 10 of its 52 pilots, citing reduced economic activity. Transport Canada suspended the company's air operator certificate following the crash of a small plane in Fond-du-Lac last December.
    MGA Entertainment Inc. has submitted a bid to buy the Canadian arm of Toys "R" Us as the retailer seeks to liquidate its US operations. All 82 Toys "R" Us Canada stores are expected to remain open.
    According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, home prices decreased by 4.8% in Regina and 3.8% in Saskatoon in February 2018 compared to the previous year. Nationally, the average home price declined five percent over the same period.
    Work is underway to replace the Highway 3 Bridge in Humboldt. The replacement project is anticipated to take seven months to complete, with the revamped bridge opening for traffic in early November 2018.
    The federal government is granting over $5M to the University of Saskatchewan to support six health research projects and a study into the welfare of farmed pigs
    Great Plains college in Rosetown will offer an eight-month dual certificate program in carpentry and in welding starting in September 2018
    The federal government is granting over $7.5M for 14 Indigenous projects in Saskatchewan through the Western Diversification Program. The funds will help increase Indigenous training and employment opportunities in growing economic sectors.
    The Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon is granting $50,000 to the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations over the next five years. The funds will be used to promote scientific research for youth in remote Saskatchewan communities and First Nations.
    Producers of CBC's television series Dragons' Den are currently touring the country looking for aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages and stages of business development. Auditions were held in Regina on March 21 and Saskatoon on March 23.
    The federal government has pledged $41M over three years to support early learning and child care in Saskatchewan. The agreement will create over 2,500 child care spaces in the province.
    The provincial government has approved the extensive rebuild of the CNIB building, located in Regina's Wascana Park. Construction work is expected to begin in the coming months.
  • Start date: 2018-03-12, End date: 2018-03-16
    Week of Mar 12 - Mar 16, 2018

    Two Regina properties¿the Weston Bakery building and a former nunnery¿may be rezoned for rental units, pending approval by the Public Planning Commission. The rezoning will potentially result in additional rental units available in the city.
    Jim Pattison Children's Hospital Foundation recently received a private donation of $1M. The funds will support a family space and kitchen near the Pediatric Intensive Care and Observation Unit in the new hospital.
    Twenty-one KFC locations in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, including seven in Saskatoon, were sold last week. No details were provided on the impact on affected employees.
    Employees at a Tim Hortons restaurant in Canora recently formed an employee union. The newly formed union is awaiting negotiations for a collective agreement with the restaurant owner, Amenity Health Care LP.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's merchandise exports reached $2.7B in January 2018¿an increase of four percent from the previous year. Saskatchewan experienced the third highest percentage growth among the provinces during this period.
    Cut Knife's newly developed Primary Health Centre clinic was inaugurated on March 2. The new clinic features expanded primary care hours and greater access to Telehealth services.
    The Regina Public School Division is looking to fill 32.5 full-time-equivalent support staff positions through June. The positions will be staffed through the funding granted by the provincial government in February.
    The University of Saskatchewan plans to build a new 110,000-sq.-ft. campus in Prince Albert. The campus is anticipated to open for classes in fall 2020, however no timeline has been provided for the construction.
    According to the Ministry of Agriculture, pea and pulse crops plantings are expected to decline by 15% and 27%, respectively. A drop in pulse prices and the tariffs set by India are the reasons prompting producers to switch to wheat and canola.
    There were 159 building permits issued in Regina in February 2018, down from 172 permits in February 2017
    Work is underway or will soon begin to replace three pedestrian bridges in Regina at the cost of $66,000. The construction project is funded through the Bridge Infrastructure Renewal Program.
    According to the Water Security Agency, most of Saskatchewan should experience near-normal to above-normal run-off levels, with some areas remaining dry. The agency expects all major water supply reservoirs to have adequate supplies throughout 2018.
  • Start date: 2018-03-05, End date: 2018-03-09
    Week of Mar 05 - Mar 09, 2018

    Burrito Mexpress, a new Tex Mex restaurant, recently opened its doors in Humboldt
    The provincial government is granting $85M to the University of Saskatchewan to conduct renovation work on five buildings on campus. Work is set to begin this spring and is will take about four years to complete.
    Saskatchewan's public offering of petroleum and natural-gas rights for February generated $3M for the provincial government. The total year-to-date revenues for the 2017-2018 fiscal year now stand at $65M.
    According to the Water Security Agency, southern Saskatchewan may experience below-normal spring runoff and increasing water issues later unless there is significant precipitations in the coming months
    According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, urban housing starts in Saskatchewan reached 409 units in January 2018, up 123.5% compared to the same period last year
    Fortress Real Developments' Capital Pointe construction project in Regina has been pushed back to fall 2018. The hotel and condominium project is now slated for completion in spring 2020.
    Two Regina locations of Ladies California Fitness closed on February 9 after a merger with Evolution Fitness. No details were provided on the number of employees impacted by the merger.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing combined funding of over $4.4M to support affordable housing projects in Regina, Saskatoon, Humboldt and Prince Albert
    Soul Foods, a new grocery store with a focus on the local community, is set to open this summer in Saskatoon's Riverdale neighbourhood
    According to Statistics Canada, average weekly earnings in Saskatchewan reached $1,033.57 in December 2017, up 2.7% compared to a year ago. This was the second-highest percentage increase among the provinces and ahead of the national average of 2.3%.
    Ten Thousand Villages is closing nine stores, including a location in Saskatoon. The closures affects more than 35 employees across Canada.
    The provincial government is reducing its workforce by five percent in order to offset nearly $185M in lost revenue due to the reinstatement of PST exemptions on agricultural, life and health insurance
    H&M, a clothing retailer, will open its first Saskatchewan store in Regina's Cornwall center on March 29
    According to Ag Transport Coalition, only 38% of rail cars ordered in the week of February 12 were provided by Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railway. The lack of rail cars, crew, and poor weather is causing backlog in grain shipments.
    Strathallen, a real estate management company, will spend $15M over the next five to seven years to redevelop Saskatoon's Market Mall into a community hub. In addition, Planet Fitness and Giant Tiger will also open their doors in the mall in fall 2018.
    According to Tourism Regina, the Tim Hortons Brier is expected to generate approximately $10M for the province. The curling tournament will run from March 3 to 11 at the Brandt Centre in Regina.
    Saskatoon City council has approved $11M in funding for three recreation projects in the city. The projects being funded include construction and upgrades of two sports complexes, and conversion of a former art gallery into a children's museum.
    Melville's DiCal Transport has discontinued its passenger bus service from Kamsack and Canora to Regina due to low passenger numbers
  • Start date: 2018-02-26, End date: 2018-03-02
    Week of Feb 26 - Mar 02, 2018

    Protein Industries Canada will be granted between $150M and $250M over five years through the Federal Government's Innovation Superclusters Initiative. The Saskatchewan-based group will focus on developing more efficient plant-based proteins.
    Nutrien is planning to cut 33 jobs from its corporate office in Saskatoon this year. The fertilizer company also announced plans to move 100 positions to Saskatchewan from its Alberta and U.S. offices.
    Saskatoon-based Crestline Coach has secured a five-year, $22M contract to help Calgary Transit renew its community shuttle fleet. The company is partnering with ARBOC Specialty Vehicles to build the shuttle buses.
    Yorkton's Parkland College held an open house on February 15 showcasing various post-secondary programs. Representatives from other post-secondary institutions were also on hand to answer questions about program options.
    The Doug Wickenheiser Arena in Regina will undergo repairs beginning in spring 2018. No completion date has been provided for the renovation work.
    The Saskatoon Wildlife Federation plans to build a 7,500sq.-ft. addition starting in spring 2018. The organization received a donation of $500,000 to help cover half of the $1M construction costs.
  • Start date: 2018-02-19, End date: 2018-02-23
    Week of Feb 19 - Feb 23, 2018

    The Saskatoon Co-op plans to open a new liquor store in Saskatoon's Meadows Market in Rosewood before the end of the year. This will be Saskatoon Co-op's second private liquor store in the city.
    According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in Saskatchewan reached 5.4% in January 2018¿the second lowest across the country, below the national rate of 5.9%
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatoon and Regina led the national population growth in 2017, with growth rates of 2.8% and 2.4% respectively
    Two Curves/Jenny Craig fitness centres in Regina are set to close on February 28. This follows the recent closure of two other gyms in the city.
    Over 3,000 employees accepted a voluntary buyout package from Shaw Communications¿considerably more than the company's original estimate of 650 workers. The departures will be spread over 18 months.
  • Start date: 2018-02-12, End date: 2018-02-16
    Week of Feb 12 - Feb 16, 2018

    Burrito Mexpress, a new restaurant, recently opened its doors in Humboldt
    The provincial government is granting $85M to the University of Saskatchewan to renovate five buildings on campus. Work is set to begin this spring and is expected to take about four years to complete.
    Saskatchewan's public offering of petroleum and natural gas rights for February generated $3M for the province, pushing the 2017-18 fiscal year total to $65 million. This is higher than the previous fiscal year-end total of $50M.
    According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, urban housing starts in Saskatchewan were up 123.5% in January 2018 compared to January 2017
    Construction of Capital Pointe hotel and condominium project has been pushed back to fall 2018. The project is now slated for completion by spring 2020.
    The two Regina Ladies California Fitness locations closed on February 9 after a merger with Evolution Fitness. No details were provided on the number of employees impacted by the merger.
  • Start date: 2018-02-05, End date: 2018-02-09
    Week of Feb 05 - Feb 09, 2018

    Landmark Cinemas permanently closed the Soo Theatre in Weyburn at the end of January. The number of impacted employees is unknown.
    The provincial and federal governments signed a $2M agreement in December to help junior mining companies explore highly prospective areas in northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba
    The Regina planning commission approved zoning for a shopping centre in the city's east-end on January 31, pending final approval by the City council. The site is expected to open in 2019.
    Cameco Corp. halted production at its McArthur River and Key Lake uranium operations in northern Saskatchewan for 10 months at the beginning of February. The closures affect 845 employees.
    Lowe's Canada will host its first National Hiring Day on February 24. The company plans to hire over 7,000 employees across the country this spring, including 200 in Saskatchewan.
    Many local business owners are voicing their frustration at continuing construction work on Moose Jaw's High Street. Initially scheduled for completion last fall, the project is now expected to wrap up this spring.
    The provincial government is granting $7.5M in immediate funding to school divisions to help ease frontline pressures. The Province will increase funding by $30M in the 2018-19 budget, which will be directed towards hiring 400 education professionals.
    The number of building permits issued in Saskatchewan rose 69.7% in December 2017 compared to the same month in 2016. This was the second highest percentage increase among the provinces.
    BC-based United Greeneries is planning to open a marijuana production facility in Lucky Lake in fall 2018, pending final regulatory approval
  • Start date: 2018-01-29, End date: 2018-02-02
    Week of Jan 29 - Feb 02, 2018

    The Agri-Mex show will take place at the Agrivilla and Agriplex in North Battleford from April 5 to 7. Interested vendors and exhibitors are encouraged to apply.
    The University of Saskatchewan's new Agri-Food Innovation Centre opened in Saskatoon on January 25. The $17.5M facility will increase Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre's capacity to develop and process products.
    Shaw Communications recently offered a voluntary buyout to 6,500 Shaw and Freedom Mobile workers in an effort to refocus the company's operations. The buyout offer remains open until February 14.
    Westleaf Cannabis Inc. is planning to build a 200,000sq.-ft. cannabis production facility in Saskatchewan. The company and its affiliates are currently pursuing retail distribution in the province.
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Saskatoon's housing market is showing slight signs of overvaluation. Moreover, evidence of overbuilding persists in the city.
  • Start date: 2018-01-22, End date: 2018-01-26
    Week of Jan 22 - Jan 26, 2018

    Saskatchewan manufacturing sales were up 13.5% in November 2017 compared to the same month a year earlier. This represents the second-highest percentage growth among provinces, ahead of the national average of 6.0% during the same period.
    The Regina Climbing Centre, a facility that offers various climbing activities, opened its doors in Regina on January 19
    Humboldt High School recently unveiled plans for a 2,446 sq.-ft. addition. No details were provided regarding a start date for construction work.
    BC-based Clean Seed plans to move its operations to Saskatchewan within three years, which will initially create 20 full-time jobs. The company is the first to obtain approval under the Saskatchewan Commercial Innovation Incentive.
    According to Statistics Canada, the value of new housing construction in Saskatchewan was down 9.6% in November 2017 compared to same month the previous year
    Farmers in southern Saskatchewan are bracing for a challenging seeding season and risk of poor yields due to extremely dry conditions
    The federal and provincial governments are jointly granting $6.3M to support 24 livestock-related research projects. The two governments are also providing $2M to support Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence¿s ongoing research.
  • Start date: 2018-01-15, End date: 2018-01-19
    Week of Jan 15 - Jan 19, 2018

    The federal government has earmarked $300M for Indigenous police forces. The funds will be used to fill 110 new positions in First Nations communities across Canada over the next five years.
    The City of Regina is planning to expand city limits by annexing two parcels of land in the Rural Municipality of Sherwood. If approved by the city¿s executive committee, the annexation could be effective as of June 1.
    OneLeaf Cannabis Corp., a medical marijuana distributor, plans to build a multi-million dollar facility near Regina. The new facility is slated to begin operations this summer, and expects to employ over 100 workers.
    The Chinook School Division is planning to further reduce staffing levels due to a $3.5M funding shortfall. The Division eliminated 33.75 full-time equivalent positions in 2017 in an effort to cope with provincial budget cuts.
    A new partnership was formed between and the National Job Bank on January 16. will offer new services to improve how employers and job seekers can advertise, recruit and search for Saskatchewan jobs.
    Innovation Saskatchewan has launched a five-month pilot program called RoboYOU to help First Nations students develop digital literacy and computer programming skills by using robotics
  • Start date: 2018-01-08, End date: 2018-01-12
    Week of Jan 08 - Jan 12, 2018

    The Government of Saskatchewan is planning to authorize about 60 private retail stores across the province to sell marijuana once the drug is legalized on July 1
    The Western Canadian Crop Production Show was held in Saskatoon from January 8 to 11. The event featured 348 exhibitors and was expected to draw about 20,000 visitors.
    According to Statistics Canada, full-time employment was down 3,600 in December 2017 compared to the same month in 2016. Meanwhile, part-time employment increased 3,900 during the same period.
    Clothing retailer, Marshalls, is opening a new location in Saskatoon this fall
    The provincial government is granting $7.7M to support 30 crop-related research projects through Saskatchewan¿s Agriculture Development Fund
    The provincial government is granting $125,000 over five years to Saskatoon Prairieland Park Corporation to support agriculture-related events. Over 200,000 people visit Prairieland Park each year.
    According to Statistics Canada, over 62,000 jobs were created in Saskatchewan during the last decade - an increase of 12.4% that ranks second-highest among all provinces
    Fire destroyed a beauty salon, a gift shop, and a tattoo shop in Hudson Bay on January 8. The number of workers impacted by the fire is unknown.
  • Start date: 2018-01-01, End date: 2018-01-05
    Week of Jan 01 - Jan 05, 2018

    Work on a new $21.9M wastewater treatment plant for White City and Emerald Park is set to begin in January. The Wastewater Management Authority, the federal government and the Saskatchewan government are each contributing $7.3M.
    A recent report by Statistics Canada reveals that the population of Saskatchewan grew by 14,467 from October 2016 to October 2017, and over 160,000 in the past decade¿the highest increase in any decade since the 1920s
    According to Statistics Canada, wholesale trade in Saskatchewan increased by 21.4% in October 2017 compared to last year¿the highest growth among the provinces and more than twice the national increase of 10.0%
    Construction of a new school at Fishing Lake First Nation is set to begin in the spring of 2018. The new facility will replace 6 portable units.
    Excalipurr, a new cat cafe, recently opened in Regina¿the second of its kind since October. The coffee shop works in partnership with the Regina Cat Rescue to help find homes for rescue cats.
    The University of Saskatchewan is planning to purchase real estate in Prince Albert and begin offering additional programs in 2018
    Duchuck Holdings is renovating the old Saskatoon police station and renaming it River Quarry on 4th. The work includes new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and 85 heated parking stalls.
    A University of Saskatchewan researcher and clinician has received a $2M grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to expand a program studying Indigenous on-reserve health care
    The Saskatoon Public School Division will not renew contracts for 29 educational assistants in 2018. Affected educational assistants will be put on the educational assistant sub list.
  • Start date: 2017-12-25, End date: 2017-12-29
    Week of Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2017

    Star News Publishing sold two Saskatchewan newspapers in December - the Oxbow-Carnduff Herald-Gazette and Lumsden's Waterfront Regional Star. No details were provided on the number of impacted employees.
    Regina's Artful Dodger Cafe & Music Emporium closed on December 16 but plans are underway to reopen it in a new location in February. No details were provided on the impact on employees.
    Spareparts, a Saskatoon-based chain of sunglasses and accessories stores, went into receivership on December 12. No details were provided on the number of impacted employees in Saskatchewan.
    Canadian National Railway plans to hire approximately 5,500 workers in the coming year, including about 700 train conductors across Western Canada
    Minhas Sask Ventures Inc. is building a multi-million dollar distillery and winery in Regina. The facility, which is set to be the largest facility of its kind in the province, is expected to open early next year.
  • Start date: 2017-12-18, End date: 2017-12-22
    Week of Dec 18 - Dec 22, 2017

    The Regina Climbing Centre, a full-service climbing gym, is set to open in Regina in February 2018
    The W & H Cooperative held a grand opening for its new headquarters in Humboldt on December 11
    The Saskatchewan Health Authority has selected LifeLabs to replace Dynacare in providing community lab services in Regina and Saskatoon. LifeLabs has expressed interest in hiring Dynacare's 100 employees in the two cities.
    The provincial government has sold Saskatchewan Transportation Company assets to Hilco Industrial Acquisitions Canada for an estimated $29M
    The City of Melfort has earmarked $650,000 for sidewalk replacement as part of its proposed $4M capital spending budget. No timeline was provided for the construction work.
  • Start date: 2017-12-11, End date: 2017-12-15
    Week of Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2017

    According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in Saskatchewan reached 6.0% in November 2017, up 0.1 percentage points compared to the previous month
    The Saskatoon Public Library expects to reduce compensation costs by nearly $700,000 in 2018 amid ongoing restructuring. The library also plans to hire four new full-time equivalent employees.
    The University of Saskatchewan received donations of $5M from A&W and $1M from the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association toward a new cattle-farming research facility. The Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence is expected to open in 2018.
    Husky Energy has committed to building two new $350M heavy oil facilities in Westhazel and Edam. The two plants are expected to create a combined total of up to 600 constructions jobs and 60 full-time positions once they are operational in 2021.
    The Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program launched the Just Watch ME! competition on December 4. The contest aims to highlight business success stories of entrepreneurs with disabilities from rural Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
    Rivercity Technology Services Limited recently won Innovation Saskatchewan's first Rural Crime Innovation Challenge. The Saskatoon-based company is developing technologies to improve safety and security in rural areas.
    Saskatchewan and Alberta businesses can now raise money through crowdfunding ventures from investors in either province because of newly amended government regulations
    According to RBC's latest economic forecast, Saskatchewan is expected to lead the country in GDP growth in 2018 and 2019, with a projected growth of 2.7% in both years
  • Start date: 2017-12-04, End date: 2017-12-08
    Week of Dec 04 - Dec 08, 2017

    The provincial government is providing $220,000 to fund two existing Weyburn RCMP positions in 2017-18 through the Municipal Police Grants initiative
    The provincial government is providing $330,000 to fund three existing Estevan RCMP positions in 2017-18 through the Municipal Police Grants initiative
    According to Statistics Canada, 17,700 people received employment insurance benefits in Saskatchewan in September, a decrease of 3.3% from the previous month
    Rider Express Transportation, a private bus company, is eliminating its route between Saskatoon and Prince Albert due to low ridership. No details were provided on the effective date or on the number of affected workers.
    The provincial government is granting $400,000 to support research and development internships for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows through the Mitacs program
    India recently decided not to extend its waiver on pest treatment to Canada, a move that has driven the lentil prices down by nearly 50%. Canadian exports of pulses to India totalled over $1.1B in 2016.
    In November, India imposed a 50% tax on all pea imports, a decision that has prompted Canadian farmers to reduce pea production in the future. Saskatchewan accounts for nearly half of the Canadian pea production.
  • Start date: 2017-11-27, End date: 2017-12-01
    Week of Nov 27 - Dec 01, 2017

    The Canadian National Railway is looking to hire nearly 100 workers in Saskatchewan, including 40 positions in Melville and 30 positions in Saskatoon
    A new affordable housing project for families with complex needs opened in Regina on November 17. The federal and provincial governments jointly contributed $1.3M towards the facility.
    On November 20, the provincial government renewed its partnership with Canadian Western Agribition, the largest livestock show in the country. The Province will provide $200,000 towards the event over the next four years.
    A US-based affiliate of Siemens AG recently bought Saskatoon computer chip developer Solido Design Automation Inc. Solido currently has just over 70 employees and plans to increase its staffing levels to 105 workers by the end of 2017.
    The provincial government is providing $330,000 to fund three existing Yorkton Lake RCMP positions in 2017-18 through the Municipal Police Grants initiative
    The provincial government is providing $330,000 to fund three existing Moose Jaw RCMP positions in 2017-18 through the Municipal Police Grants initiative
    On November 24, Sobeys Inc. announced that it is laying off over 800 employees across the country in an effort to cut costs as the company moves toward e-commerce. No details were available on the number of workers affected in Saskatchewan.
  • Start date: 2017-11-20, End date: 2017-11-24
    Week of Nov 20 - Nov 24, 2017

    The Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan opened a new location in Regina on November 15. The organization works in collaboration with the Regina Police Service to dispatch a crisis team for mental illness-related calls.
    The provincial government is providing $4.8M for 43 police officer positions in Saskatoon and $4.7M for 40 police officer positions in Regina as part of its Municipal Police Grants initiative
    The provincial government will donate up to $100,000 in matching donations to the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association Wildfire Relief Fund to support farmers and ranchers affected by the October wildfires
    According to the Association of Regina Realtors, there were 1,444 homes listed for sale in October, an all-time high. Home sales in the city are at their lowest level since 2008.
    The provincial government is providing $770,000 to fund seven existing Meadow Lake RCMP positions in 2017-18 through the Municipal Police Grants initiative
    The provincial government is providing $770,000 to fund seven existing North Battleford RCMP positions in 2017-18 through the Municipal Police Grants initiative
    The provincial government is providing $2.1M to fund 20 existing Prince Albert Police Service positions in 2017-18 through the Municipal Police Grants initiative
  • Start date: 2017-11-13, End date: 2017-11-17
    Week of Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2017

    The Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan and Calgary-based Agrium Inc. expect to finalize their merger by the end of 2017 after receiving conditional approval from Chinese authorities. The merger will create a new company called Nutrien worth about US$36B.
    Saskatoon-based Cameco Corp. is temporarily halting production at its McArthur River and Key Lake uranium operations in northern Saskatchewan for 10 months starting in January 2018. The closures will affect around 845 employees.
    The Moose Jaw Times-Herald will close its doors on December 7, after almost 130 years in business. The closure will affect 25 employees.
    The federal and provincial governments are contributing over $1.6M each to upgrade the Town of Lampman's wastewater treatment plant. The Town of Lampman will cover the remaining costs of the $5M project.
    Cenovus Energy Inc. is selling its majority stake in its Weyburn project to Calgary-based Whitecap Resources Inc. for $940M. No details were provided on the potential impact on employment.
    Canadian Western Agribition will be held in Regina's new International Trade Centre from November 20 to 25. The event is expected to draw over 100,000 visitors.
    Sakimay First Nation opened the first band-owned Tim Hortons franchise in Regina on November 14. About 75% of the employees are Indigenous, belonging to several First Nation communities.
  • Start date: 2017-11-06, End date: 2017-11-10
    Week of Nov 06 - Nov 10, 2017

    Parrish & Heimbecker, Ltd. is opening a new facility in Yorkton in early spring 2018. The location will initially include a fertilizer distribution warehouse, and at a later date, chemical and seed sales facilities.
    According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in Saskatchewan stood at 5.9% in October 2017, down 0.3 percentage points compared to the previous month
    Twenty-two parking attendants serving Saskatoon's three hospitals received layoff notices in early November. The last day of work for these attendants will be December 31, 2017.
    The Ile-a-la-Crosse Fish Company opened a processing plant in northern Saskatchewan on November 7. The new facility is expected to generate $1.5M in revenue in its first year and will employ 18 full-time workers and about 12 casual employees.
    Regina's International Trade Centre at Evraz Place officially opened on November 6. The $37M venue will host the upcoming 2017 Canadian Western Agribition from November 20 to 25.
    The RCMP Academy in Regina is looking for actors to play suspects to help train cadets. Interested individuals have until December 3 to apply.
    The $285M Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan, which is currently under construction, has received a private donation of $1M to build a multifaith worship area
  • Start date: 2017-10-30, End date: 2017-11-03
    Week of Oct 30 - Nov 03, 2017

    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Saskatoon's housing market is showing moderate signs of overvaluation and overbuilding. Regina is also showing evidence of overbuilding.
    According to the Province's weekly crop report, 99% of crops have been harvested to date. Some producers report higher than average yields in the north, while southern areas are reporting average or below-average yields due to dry and hot conditions during this year's growing season.
    PotashCorp is halting production at its Allan and Lanigan mines for a total of 18 weeks starting in November. The number of affected workers is unknown.
    The last remaining section of Regina's Mosaic Stadium was demolished on October 27. The area is being converted into a mixed-use development.
    The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association collected donations of money, fencing and hay to help producers affected by the October 17 wildfires. The association is looking for trucking companies to get the hay out to farmers and ranchers.
    The first phase of the $1.8B Regina Bypass Project, which included building a bypass between Balgonie and Highway 33, was completed at the end of October. Construction of the remaining portions of the bypass will conclude in 2019.
    A large proportion of Saskatoon Public Library's roughly 260 library workers will have to reapply for similar jobs as a result of the institution's ongoing restructuring. The news comes only four months after the library laid off 20 staff members.
  • Start date: 2017-10-23, End date: 2017-10-27
    Week of Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2017

    The Connaught Community School officially opened in Regina on October 20. The new community school replaces the former Connaught School, which was torn down in 2014.
    The St. Nicholas Catholic School officially opened in Saskatoon on October 19. The school, which is a part of an 18 Joint-Use Schools project, can accommodate over 600 students from Kindergarten to Grade 8.
    AmericInn, a new 41-room hotel in Humboldt, held its grand opening on October 25. The facility, which opened to the public in July, employs 13 people.
    The City of Saskatoon and the federal government, via the public transit infrastructure fund, are jointly providing over $3M to upgrade bus stops across the city
    According to Century 21, square footage prices for detached houses have increased 170% in Regina and 191% in Saskatoon over the past two decades
    Regina's Allan Blakeney Adult Campus opened in its new, permanent location on October 24. The campus offers programs that enhance employment opportunities for adults aged 18 to 21 who have not completed high school.
    According to a new report by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, manufacturing businesses across the country are actively looking to recruit more women
    SSR Mining Inc. is planning a $90M expansion over seven years at its Seabee gold mine near La Ronge. The expansion project is anticipated to boost production, reduce operating costs and extend the mine's lifespan.
  • Start date: 2017-10-16, End date: 2017-10-20
    Week of Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2017

    According to the 2017 Saskatchewan Small Business Profile, small businesses accounted for 31% of the province's gross domestic product in 2016. In addition, small businesses employed 31.1% of the provincial workforce during the same period.
    Grassroots Restaurant Group, a Saskatchewan-based company, is planning to open a restaurant in Regina by June 2018 in the former Malt City location
    Flip Eatery and Drink, a popular restaurant Regina, is planning to close its doors at the end of November after six years in business
    The City of Regina and the federal government are granting a combined total of $17.2M to improve the city's transit and paratransit systems
    Prince Albert City Council has issued a development permit for a new $15M Premier Best Western Hotel. Construction of the four-star, 82-room hotel is set to begin this fall.
    Humboldt County Memorial Hospital is spending $19.2M to expand its facility, including the construction of a two-story 40,000sq.-ft. building. Work on the expansion project is expected to begin in April 2018.
    A temporary urgent mental health assessment unit is opening at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon thanks to a private donation. The new unit will be operational until the new Jim Pattison Children's Hospital opens in late 2019.
    A new group home for individuals with intellectual disabilities opened its doors in Wadena on October 17, 2017
  • Start date: 2017-10-09, End date: 2017-10-13
    Week of Oct 09 - Oct 13, 2017

    TransCanada has cancelled its Energy East pipeline project. The $16B project would have added 1,500 km worth of pipelines to carry oil from the Prairies to Eastern Canada for refining, before being exported.
    Greyhound Canada is relocating its passenger service to the Regina International Airport at the end of September, following the expiration of its contract with the Saskatchewan Transportation Company
    Saskatchewan's public offering of petroleum and natural gas rights for October generated $19M for the province
    According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in Saskatchewan stood at 6.2% in September 2017, down 0.2 percentage points compared to the previous month
    The number of building permits issued in Saskatchewan rose 17.5% in August compared to the same month in 2016. This was the second highest percentage increase among the provinces.
    Sears Canada intends to close all of their remaining stores on October 19, pending court approval. The company has been in court-approved creditor protection since June.
  • Start date: 2017-10-02, End date: 2017-10-06
    Week of Oct 02 - Oct 06, 2017

    Colette Bourgonje School recently opened in Saskatoon. The school has the capacity to accommodate up to 750 students.
    St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic School, a new public elementary school, recently opened in Saskatoon. The school is a part of the P3 Joint-Use School Projects that includes 18 publically owned elementary schools on nine joint sites in the city.
    Regina City Council has approved a rezoning request to renovate an existing facility to accommodate a new mosque by May 2018
    The minimum wage in Saskatchewan increased from $10.72 per hour to $10.96 per hour on October 1. The changes will impact nearly 50,000 workers in the province.
    Regina's first standalone Starbucks location opened its doors on September 23
    Sunwing will be offering a new flight service from Regina to Mexico from December 21, 2017 to March 29, 2018
    The Canadian Armed Forces held open houses across the country on September 30 to boost the number of part-time reservists. The army is offering a faster enrolment process and paid summer jobs for students.
  • Start date: 2017-09-25, End date: 2017-09-29
    Week of Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2017

    Saskatchewan manufacturing sales were up 13.5% in July 2017 compared to the same month last year. This represents the highest percentage growth among provinces, well ahead of the national average of 3.4% during the same period.
    PotashCorp will temporarily halt production at its two Saskatchewan mines over the next few months to balance overall output. Employees affected by the temporary shutdowns may be reassigned to other areas.
    The provincial government is reinstating a $20M grant to the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine to ensure it maintains its full accreditation. The funds were initially cut from the 2017-18 provincial budget.
    According to Saskatchewan Agriculture, 75% of crops in the province had been harvested by September 18 - well ahead of the five-year average of 58% for this time of year
    St. Nicholas School recently opened in Northwest Regina. This is the first Catholic elementary school in 30 years to open its doors in the city.
    Saskatchewan is poised to benefit from the CETA trade deal, which came into effect on September 21. The province is the second-largest exporter of agricultural products in the country, representing 26% of Canada's agri-food exports to Europe.
    The Government of Saskatchewan has earmarked over $50M to repair and replace several bridges and culverts across the province
    Wakamow Place II, a new 12-unit affordable rental housing project for individuals with complex needs, recently opened its doors in Moose Jaw
    SaskPower is postponing development of its $630M Tazi Twé hydroelectric project due to a decline in demand for power in northern Saskatchewan
  • Start date: 2017-09-18, End date: 2017-09-22
    Week of Sep 18 - Sep 22, 2017

    Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters, a chain of hunting, fishing and camping supply stores, is closing all of its 12 locations in Western Canada. The number of affected employees in Saskatchewan is unknown.
    According to Saskatchewan Agriculture, 65% of the crop had been harvested by September 11, thanks to warm weather. However, the lack of moisture may prevent some farmers from seeding winter cereals.
    The provincial government is granting nearly $160,000 to secure the shoreline at Crooked Lake Provincial Park to protect park greenspace from further erosion. Work is set to take place from late October until February 2018.
    The provincial government has released tenders worth about $220M for the 2018 highway construction season. The tenders include more than 550 kilometres of surface improvements and consist of more than 30 construction contracts.
    Hollywood director James Cameron is investing in a pea-processing facility near Saskatoon. Once fully operational, the plant is expected to be the largest organic pea protein facility in North America.
    Virden's Pipestone Livestock Sales re-opened in September after having been closed since 2010. The auction mart offers producers from southwest Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan another market to sell their cattle through.
    Toys "R" Us has filed for bankruptcy protection in Canada, and is seeking to restructure the outstanding debt and set the stage for long-term growth. The toy retailer's 82 stores across the country will remain open during the process.
  • Start date: 2017-09-11, End date: 2017-09-15
    Week of Sep 11 - Sep 15, 2017

    Steelworkers at Evraz's Regina plant reached a tentative deal with the employer on September 7. The workers were without a collective agreement since July 2016.
    Federated Co-op recently opened a new fertilizer terminal in Hanley. Construction of the 96,000sq.-ft. facility had started in 2016.
    Work on the new the Humboldt Recreation Center is underway. Construction of the 70,000sq.-ft. facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
    A doctor shortage in Wolseley and Grenfell has resulted in the suspension of emergency and walk-in outpatient services until early 2018
    According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in Saskatchewan stood at 6.4% in August 2017, down 0.2 percentage points compared to the previous month
    Hot and dry conditions across the province have raised the average price of hay significantly. As a result, ranchers in the province are looking at alternate food sources to feed their cattle.
    SaskTel is investing about $4M to upgrade 35 wireless towers throughout rural Saskatchewan. Work is expected to be completed by March 2018.
    The Mâmawêyatitân Centre opened its doors in Regina on September 12. The $31M facility will includes a high school, a child-care centre, a recreational complex, a public library, a community policing centre, and a First Nations ceremonial room.
  • Start date: 2017-09-04, End date: 2017-09-08
    Week of Sep 04 - Sep 08, 2017

    The Government of Saskatchewan is providing over $500,000 for upgrades at Kimball Lake Campground in Meadow Lake Provincial Park. Construction work will begin this fall and should take a few weeks.
    7Shifts Inc., a Saskatoon-based technology firm, received $4.5M in venture capital funding from Tandem Capital, a US institutional investor. 7Shifts intends to triple its current workforce of about 40 employees this year.
    The Yorkton Film Festival received $52,775 through Saskatchewan Arts Board to support programming and operations for the 2017-18 fiscal year
    According to the Province's weekly crop report, 26% of crops have been harvested, well ahead of the five-year average, due to the dry and relatively warm weather over the last week
    The Government of Canada is providing a combined total of nearly $300M to create up to 60,000 work placements for post-secondary students over the next five years
    According to the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada, Saskatchewan had a 17% increase in the number of insolvencies in the 12-month period ending on June 30, 2017 - the highest increase of all oil-producing provinces
  • Start date: 2017-08-28, End date: 2017-09-01
    Week of Aug 28 - Sep 01, 2017

    Hot and dry conditions have adversely affected crops in Southeastern Saskatchewan and yields in the region are ranging from below average to average. Meanwhile, crop results north of Saskatoon appear to be more promising.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is creating a new protection and response team, comprised of 258 armed officers, to help reduce crime in rural areas. This initiative will lead to the creation of 30 new police positions.
    A new IMAX theatre is coming to Regina's Cineplex Cinemas Normanview. The auditorium is expected to open in November 2017.
    Demolition of the old Mosaic Stadium in Regina is scheduled to start in September. Complete restoration of the site should be completed by spring 2018.
    The federal and provincial governments are contributing over $2.1M each to upgrade the Town of Eastend's water treatment facility, while the town will cover the rest of the estimated $7M project costs
    The Yorkton courthouse is currently undergoing renovations that should be complete by November. Landscaping work around the courthouse is planned to take place in spring 2018.
    Hundreds of people were evacuated from Pelican Narrows on August 29, 2017 due to heavy smoke from local forest fires. No details were provided on when the residents would be allowed to return.
  • Start date: 2017-08-21, End date: 2017-08-25
    Week of Aug 21 - Aug 25, 2017

    Block 1 Management Ltd. has laid off all of its remaining staff following the sale of the last of their properties to a Toronto-based real estate investment firm
    Sears Canada is creating a $500,000 hardship fund for former employees who were denied severance payments when they lost their jobs at the retailer. The fund is intended to support people experiencing financial hardship.
    CIBC is acquiring PC Financial and will rebrand the bank as Simplii. Hundreds of PC Financial ATMs and Kiosks across the country will be closed down between November 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.
    Springfield Plastics, a US manufacturer of drainage pipe, is planning to open a new pipe yard in Humboldt in the near future
    Construction of a new 12-unit affordable housing project for single parents is currently underway in Regina. The project is being funded by the federal, provincial and municipal governments, as well as the Gabriel Housing Corporation.
    The provincial government is granting over $250,000 to upgrade and expand electrical service in nearly 60 campsites at Douglas and Danielson provincial parks. Work is expected to be completed before the 2018 summer season.
    BHP Billiton is putting its Jansen potash mine near Saskatoon on hold due to weak global potash market conditions. Nevertheless, the company is proceeding with building its production and service shafts at the mine.

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