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Saskatchewan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Visitor Information Centre in Estevan will now remain open year-round rather than only in the summer months
    The Government of Saskatchewan is planning to upgrade the highway between Moose Jaw and Buffalo Pound Provincial Park in 2019
    The Government of Canada is granting $400,000 to the NorSask sawmill in Meadow Lake. Funded through the Indigenous Forestry Initiative, the investment will sustain 400 jobs and support enhancements to safety, capacity and production efficiencies.
    Construction of the Dakota Dunes hotel project in Whitecap has begun. The $38M Indigenous-themed hotel and conference centre is expected to create approximately 230 construction jobs, and 150 jobs once operational in 2020.
    The Saskatchewan Health Authority has laid-off 33 permanent staff with the closure of its Grenfell Pioneer Home, following years of infrastructure issues. An additional 30 temporary positions were affected by the closure.
    A full-service dental practice is expected to open in Kamsack's Assiniboine Valley Medical Clinic by November 1, 2018. There will be one full-time dentist on staff, as well as three other dentists, and an office manager.
    Tremcar West will be adding approximately 15 new jobs over the next year and a half. The Weyburn-based company is the third-largest propane tank manufacturer in North America.
  • Start date: 2018-09-10, End date: 2018-09-14
    Week of Sep 10 - Sep 14, 2018

    The Salvation Army store in Yorkton is closing its doors on September 21, 2018
    The federal and provincial governments are granting $613,000 towards an affordable housing project in Prince Albert. The project is a part of Canada's National Housing Strategy, which aims to reduce chronic homelessness by 50% over the next 10 years.
    The Government of Canada is granting $13.6M over three years to improve health-care delivery in Saskatchewan First Nations communities
    According to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report for the period ending September 3, 39% of the province's crop has been combined, well ahead of the five year average of 25% for this time of the year
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 6.7% in August 2018
    Denison Mines has purchased Cameco Corporation's minority interest in the Wheeler River uranium project in the eastern Athabasca basin
    The Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health is relocating its office to Saskatoon and will begin operating out of the University of Saskatchewan on October 1, 2018
    Build Up Saskatoon is offering work to former gang members and ex-inmates. Workers receive pay slightly above minimum wage with incremental raises based on hours worked.
    The Government of Canada is spending $2.3M over two years to help preserve, promote and revitalize Indigenous languages in Saskatchewan
    The Government of Canada is granting $1.9M to the Strengthening Families Program for a crime prevention project in Prince Albert
    The Government of Canada is providing $56.2M over the next five years to the Saskatoon Tribal Council. The funding will support First Nations-led health transformation and a community-led shift to prevention efforts in child and family services.
    The Government of Canada is granting over $18M to Saskatchewan Pulse Growers' and Pulse Canada to improve productivity of new pulse crops, explore the health benefits of pulses, and to help diversify the pulse market
    The Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan are granting more than $80.9M towards 46 projects to modernize local infrastructure across the province
  • Start date: 2018-09-03, End date: 2018-09-07
    Week of Sep 03 - Sep 07, 2018

    Town Shoes is closing all 38 stores across Canada by January 2019, including its Saskatoon location
    The Government of Saskatchewan has released its Prairie Resilience Strategy. The strategy is designed to make the province more resilient to effects of climate change.
    According to the board of police commissioners, Regina's Police Service had fewer Indigenous employees in 2017 compared to 2016 levels
    SaskTel is upgrading internet services in six rural communities. The upgrades are part of SaskTel's commitment to invest $301M of capital in Saskatchewan in 2018/2019.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is spending more than $300,000 to upgrade facilities and infrastructure at provincial parks in the province's North East region. The upgrades are scheduled to be completed prior to the 2019 camping season.
    Northern Lights School Division has a total of 14 full-time teaching vacancies in the communities of La Loche, Sandy Bay, La Ronge, Pinehouse Lake and Stony Rapids
  • Start date: 2018-08-27, End date: 2018-08-31
    Week of Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2018

    The Government of Saskatchewan is spending more than $2M to upgrade facilities and infrastructure at provincial parks in the province's central region. The upgrades are scheduled to be completed prior to the 2019 camping season.
    Shortage of winter feed and the increasing cost of feed could result in Saskatchewan cattle farmers selling off 40% to 60% of their cattle
    On August 21, the U.S. imposed a 24.38% tariff on large-diameter welded pipe. The duties could affect Evraz Regina, which is the largest steel producer in Western Canada and the number one producer of large diameter pipe in North America.
    Uber Eats is expanding its food delivery services to 30 new cities across the country, including Regina and Saskatoon. The new delivery service will be available in the two Saskatchewan cities starting August 23, 2018.
    KCTI, a new transit company, began operating a daily passenger, courier, and charter service between Prince Albert and La Ronge on August 20, 2018
    Oh Pair! Shoes, a new shoe store, will open in Prince Albert on September 3, 2018
    Canora's Filling the Gap Food Bank temporarily closed its doors in the middle of August due to a lack of contributions and low stock to maintain operations. The organization plans to reopen on September 1, 2018.
    The City of Estevan has created a new business incentive program to attract new businesses to the community and to help retain existing businesses
  • Start date: 2018-08-20, End date: 2018-08-24
    Week of Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2018

    The Government of Saskatchewan is allocating 447 licensed child care spaces in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, Beauval, and Vonda through funding from the $41M Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Agreement
    The Government of Saskatchewan is spending more than 1.5M to upgrade facilities and infrastructure at provincial parks in the province's South West region. The upgrades are scheduled to be completed before the 2019 camping season.
    Saskatchewan's August public offering of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights generated $6.5M, bringing the 2018-2019 fiscal year total to $25M
    The town of Battleford issued $1.5M in building permits in July 2018, an increase from $972,000 for the same period last year
    According to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report for the period of August 7 to 13, five percent of the province's crop has been combined and nine percent is swathed
    Regina's Royal Saskatchewan Museum is creating a new dinosaur exhibit to house one of the largest T-Rex fossils in the world. The Government of Canada recently awarded the museum $472,000 for a revitalization project that includes a new community space.
    According to the Province of Saskatchewan, there has been an 80% increase in steel products being dumped into Canada over the past two years, causing significant problems for Regina-based steel producer Evraz
    Rider Express, a Regina-based bus company, has applied for licences to drive buses between Manitoba and BC. The company is also purchasing more buses and hopes to service Western Canada by the middle of September.
    Marshalls, an American retailer, is opening a new store in the Meadows Market Shopping Centre in Saskatoon on August 28, 2018
    Saskatchewan's wholesale trade increased 7.7% in June 2018 compared to the same time last year
    Two Saskatchewan First Nation chiefs are supporting the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. Enbridge estimates the pipeline will create about 9,175 direct, indirect and induced jobs, and boost GDP by about $1.1B.
  • Start date: 2018-08-13, End date: 2018-08-17
    Week of Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2018

    The Province of Saskatchewan awarded $500,000 to Colliers Project Leaders to plan a new hospital in Weyburn
    Rocky Mountain Dealerships Inc. ¿ Canada's largest farm equipment dealer ¿ with dealerships in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, expects U.S. tariffs on steel to impact the sales of new farm equipment
    The Local Market, a food market and events space in Regina, is under construction and is tentatively set to open in October 2018
    The Government of Canada awarded $500,000 to the City of Saskatoon to increase their local green innovation, climate change resiliency, and infrastructure planning
    Saudi Arabia's announcement to suspend all future trade with Canada could impact Saskatchewan's exports. Saudi Arabia is Saskatchewan's third-largest market for barley behind China and the U.S.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is spending $3.6M to upgrade infrastructure at Meadow Lake Provincial Park prior to the 2019 camping season and to construct a new water treatment plant at Battlefords Provincial Park
    The Province of Saskatchewan received its first of two Gas Tax Fund instalments from the Government of Canada. In total, $61.9M will be given to Saskatchewan for local infrastructure projects during the 2018-19 fiscal year.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate increased 0.3 percentage points to 6.6% in July 2018
    The City of Regina issued $27.5M worth of building permits in June 2018, a drop of 72.4% from to the same time last year. Saskatchewan's building permits also declined in June 2018; $108M this year compared to $220M last June.
    The City of Regina is constructing a new 60,000 sq.-ft. Transit Fleet Maintenance Facility, worth $30.1M. The new building is expected to open in 2020.
  • Start date: 2018-08-06, End date: 2018-08-10
    Week of Aug 06 - Aug 10, 2018

    The Regina Leader-Post building has been sold; however, Leader-Post offices will remain in the building for the foreseeable future. The new owners plan to renovate the building and add four new tenants in the 80,000 sq.-ft. facility.
    The Petroleum Services Association of Canada has revised its drilling forecasts for 2018. The number of wells to be drilled in Saskatchewan in 2018 is now projected to be 2,428 compared to the 2,931 originally forecast.
    Up to four jobs will be lost at the Estevan Regional Airport as the weather monitoring station will switch to an automated system effective August 30, 2018
    According to the City of Moose Jaw, the number of provincial government jobs in Moose Jaw is decreasing
    Two teenagers from Saskatoon have started their own locally-themed clothing company, Bridge City Clothing Co. The company's goal is to make clothing that is more affordable for youth.
    The Canadian Grain Commission has a $130M surplus, of which $40M will be used to create a contingency fund, and the remaining $90M will be invested towards strengthening safeguards, quality assurance, and innovation in the sector
    Two new businesses recently opened in Saskatoon: Planet Beach Spray & Spa and Planet Fitness. Planet Beach Spray & Spa is the first self-automated spa in Saskatoon and Planet Fitness is a 25,000 sq.-ft. gym with a wide variety of gym equipment.
    The Province of Saskatchewan is spending $10M to upgrade Highway 4 between North Battleford and Cochin
  • Start date: 2018-07-30, End date: 2018-08-03
    Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2018

    Cameco Corporation is permanently laying off approximately 550 employees at its Key Lake and McArthur River uranium mining sites. An additional 150 people are being laid-off from Cameco's corporate office in Saskatoon.
    Stealth Media, a Saskatoon-based marketing firm, recently closed its doors
    SaskTel recently launched internet services in the Resort Village of Waskesiu Lake
    The Fred Light Museum in Battleford hosted a grand opening of its new blacksmith shop on July 25, 2018
    Calgary-based Gear Energy Ltd. acquired Steppe Resources Inc., a private oil and gas company, on July 23, 2018. Steppe's oil production is focused in the Tableland area of southeast Saskatchewan.
    John Deere is planning to rebuild its Rosthern dealership after a fire destroyed the facility in July. The company has set up a temporary sales office in the area and staff are working with nearby facilities to sell equipment.
    Northern Resource Trucking has been affected by Cameco Corp.'s decision to permanently lay off employees at the McArthur River and Key Lake mines. About 80% of the company's business is transporting chemicals and supplies to and from Cameco's mines.
    The Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan are spending $6.7M to build more than 53 affordable housing units in seven communities across the province
    The federal government is granting $304,950 to the Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan, and $255,844 to the Prince Albert Métis Women Association Inc. for projects aimed at strengthening the economic security and prosperity of Indigenous women
    SaskTel has launched internet with download speed of up to 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) in seven rural communities in Saskatchewan. SaskTel plans to invest $301M in capital across the province in 2018-2019.
    Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert campuses are reopening their gyms and fitness centres on August 8, 2018
    Nutrien Ltd. will be laying off 80 employees from its Vanscoy potash mine near Saskatoon in the fourth quarter of 2018. The company states that it will provide severance packages and transition programs for the affected employees.
  • Start date: 2018-07-23, End date: 2018-07-27
    Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2018

    The Saskatchewan Health Authority is amalgamating with the Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan in an effort to improve services and address physician needs around the province more efficiently
    According to Statistics Canada, the number of people receiving Employment Insurance benefits in Saskatchewan dropped 1.7% in May 2018 compared to the previous month
    The Sutherland Hotel in Saskatoon will be closing its doors on October 30, 2018. The hotel has been acquired by Rayner Agencies Ltd., which plans to establish an insurance brokering office at the location.
    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research has granted more than $2.4M towards four health research projects at the University of Saskatchewan. The grants will fund a mixture of student and staff positions.
    The University of Saskatchewan is tendering a $4.7M contract to renovate the former Forestry Centre building in Prince Albert for academic use. The renovations are set to begin in June 2019 and are anticipated to be completed by the end of May 2020.
    According to Statistics Canada, local tourism to and within Saskatchewan increased by 9.4% between 2016 and 2017
    Cervus Equipment Corporation's John Deere dealership in Rosthern was recently destroyed by fire. An estimated 30 to 40 people are employed at the dealership.
    Road crews in Regina will begin a $1.05M road rehabilitation project on Victoria Avenue at the end of July. The project is scheduled to take 10 weeks to complete.
    Canadian provinces and territories have agreed to double the amount of liquor an individual can bring across provincial borders for personal use. Amendments to liquor legislations and regulations are expected to be made within the next 18 months.
    According to the Canadian Bankers Association, 0.79% of residential mortgages in Saskatchewan are in arrears, or overdue by three months or more, as of March 2018. This represents the highest rate of overdue mortgages in Saskatchewan in over two decades.
    Saskatchewan's Thunderchild First Nation is investing $8M in Calgary-based Westleaf Cannabis Inc. The investment will allow Westleaf to help pay for a new $25M cultivation facility, which will be built on Thunderchild lands near Battleford.
    Sunnyside Dairy, near Martensville, recently became the first dairy farm in Saskatchewan to be allowed to sell milk directly from the farmland. The farm has ordered a coin operated vending machine that will allow customers to buy milk on tap.
  • Start date: 2018-07-16, End date: 2018-07-20
    Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2018

    The new Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan will officially open its doors in late fall 2018. The foundation currently has only one employee and plans to hire additional workers.
    Nutter's Bulk and Natural Foods is planning to open a new store by the end of 2018. The new store will be located at the intersection of Saskatoon's Broadway and Main Street.
    The City of Prince Albert is planning to upgrade two water reservoirs, which will be funded through two loans that the city has taken out from the Royal Bank of Canada
    The City of Prince Albert is hosting the Junior Men's World Softball Championship from July 7, 2018, to July 15, 2018. The event is estimated to generate an economic impact of $10M, $8M of which will go towards the city.
    The Province of Saskatchewan is granting $9M towards highway construction in east-central Saskatchewan
    According to SaskWater's 2017-2018 annual report, the crown corporation installed a 30km pipeline outside Melville as well as two new wells and a control building in the last fiscal year
    According to SaskTel's 2017-2018 annual report, the crown corporation invested $302M in capital expenditures such as a new fibre optic network, wireless networks, access demand, and SaskTel facility renovations in the previous fiscal year
    Construction on the Optimist Hill recreational space, which will be located in Saskatoon's Diefenbaker Park, began on July 13, 2018. The first phase of the project, worth $1.2M, is entirely community funded and is expected to be completed by this winter.
    Thunder Bay-based Kasper transportation is planning to expand its services into Saskatchewan after Greyhound Canada announced that it will be cancelling nearly all of its routes in Western Canada
    Saskatoon-based Bold Growth Inc. is building a $12M plant north of the city to cater to consumer preferences of locally grown cannabis. The company is currently hiring workers and applying through Health Canada to become a licensed grower.
    Fortune Minerals Ltd. is awaiting approval by the Corman Park council to build an ore refinery near Langham. If approved, the refinery would process cobalt, gold and bismuth, creating up to 90 jobs.
    Saskatoon's Western Development Museum is spending $2.3M to improve its parking lot. Construction of the project is set to begin this week and is scheduled to be completed by October 31, 2018.
    According to the provincial government, Saskatchewan's manufacturing shipments went up 22.9% between May 2017 and May 2018. Saskatchewan had the highest percentage increase in shipments among the provinces.
    According to the Government of Saskatchewan, the $60.6M Martensville and Warman overpass project remains on schedule. The project is designed to reduce congestion and provide safer access to current and future developments.
    Span West Construction is planning to employ local tradespeople to work on a new condominium in Prince Albert. Construction of the project began on July 23, 2018, and is anticipated to be completed by August 2019.
  • 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 Saskjobs.ca and the National Job Bank on January 16. Saskjobs.ca 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

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