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  • Start date: 2017-10-16, End date: 2017-10-20
    Week of Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2017

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

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

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

    Labatt Breweries of Canada is upgrading its Edmonton brewery so the plant can produce beer in stubby bottles. The work is part of a Canada-wide investment by the brewer of $460M between 2017 and 2020.
    WestJet has started construction on a new $50M hangar at the Calgary International Airport. The hangar will have two floors of office space and room to service one Boeing Dreamliner 787.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $215,000 to Athabasca University for each of the next three years to expand and improve mental health supports on campus
    The Mountain View County Municipal Planning Commission has approved a $0.85M expansion of the Fallentimber Meadery outside Cremona. Construction of the expansion, which includes a tasting room and storefront, is expected to start in October.
    The Parkland Foundation is expecting to start construction of a new $24.5M seniors lodge and independent living facility in Innisfail in spring 2018. The facility will accommodate 90 seniors, with 60 for the lodge and the other 30 self-contained.
    The Swedish energy firm International Petroleum Corporation has purchased oil and gas interests on the Suffield Block in southern Alberta from Cenovus for $512M. Cenovus staff are transferring to the new owners.
    The 4th Annual Career and Education Expo recently took place in Whitecourt, with over 50 exhibitors, 25 postsecondary institutes, and more than 1,000 students in attendance
    WestJet is launching Swoop, an ultra-low-cost airline, in the summer of 2018. The company headquarters will be located in Calgary.
    Boyle Street Community Services and ATB Financial have opened Four Directions Financial, a banking centre aimed at inner-city residents in Edmonton
    The Town of Hinton and Epoch Energy are planning to re-open an abandoned gas well near the community and use heat from the hole to warm municipal buildings in the downtown core. A pilot project is planned for 2019, pending regulatory approval.
    Wild Earth Foods, an independent grocery store in Edmonton, has closed after 85 years of operation. The site is slated for redevelopment including construction of a condominium tower.
    Edmonton Public Schools and Clark Builders are starting construction in October on a new $11.5M school in the Mill Creek area of Edmonton
    Alberta Newsprint Company is opening a new facility for unloading fracking sands from trains onto trucks near Fox Creek on October 12th, as part of efforts to diversify its operations
    Tolko Industries has started receiving logs at its oriented strand board mill in High Prairie, with plans for 20 to 30 truckloads a day prior to the start of production in January 2018. The mill has hired more than 50 Tolko employees and many contractors from the local region to haul logs.
  • Start date: 2017-09-18, End date: 2017-09-22
    Week of Sep 18 - Sep 22, 2017

    The Landmark Collaborative Health Clinic closed on September 12 as a result of the economic conditions in Calgary. Four physicians and other staff have been laid off as a result of the closure.
    The provincial government is providing a $176M grant to the City of Edmonton for the southeast leg of the Valley Line LRT. The construction phase is expected to create 17,000 direct and indirect jobs. Up to 150 permanent jobs are expected for the operation and maintenance of the project once complete.
    The provincial government is providing $175,000 over three years to Lakeland College to improve mental health supports on campus
    Cavendish Farms is opening a new frozen potato-processing plant in Lethbridge. The $360M facility is expected to create approximately 400 direct jobs.
    NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) is launching the first foundation drill rig operator training and certification program in North America starting in January 2018
    The Spruce Grove Parent Link Centre has recently opened in the Beaverbrook Wellness Centre. The new centre provides free parenting and early childhood development programs.
  • Start date: 2017-09-11, End date: 2017-09-15
    Week of Sep 11 - Sep 15, 2017

    The Alberta Motor Transit Association has started construction on a commercial driver training centre located on Edmonton International Airport land. Facilities, including a two hectare test track and a driving simulator, are expected to open in the fall of 2018.
    Trans Mountain has selected contractors or signed memorandums of understanding with six contractors for construction of its pipeline expansion and associated terminal expansions. The contractors are responsible for hiring individuals and sub-contractors.
    Construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in the Yellowhead region due west of Edmonton, includes approximately 285 km of pipeline and seven pump stations. Construction is expected to take place between September 2017 and September 2019.
    Trans Mountain plans to start pipeline construction in the Greater Edmonton region in September 2017. Four new storage tanks at Edmonton Terminal and one pump station are scheduled to be complete by September 2019.
    Big Moose Realty is expanding in Canmore with the recent purchase of a motel and hostel, development of a new residential and commercial building, and a restaurant
    The demolition of the old hospital in Ponoka is underway. The site is slated for the Town of Ponoka's new learning centre that will house Town Hall, become a new home for the Ponoka Jubilee Library and bring Campus Alberta Central to town.
    ISL Engineering Services has been awarded a $3M project management contract to desludge the lagoons at Lloydminster's wastewater treatment facility. The work is expected to start this fall.
    JR Studio, a film and TV production facility has opened in Calgary. The company is targeting smaller and independent productions that are budgeted between $6M and $10M.
    Uber, the rideshare service, launched in Lethbridge on September 8th. Uber has partnered with MADD Canada in an effort to curb drinking and driving.
    A group of public school parents in Calgary has hired a private bus service to deliver their kids to school safely rather than face lengthy public transit commutes. The Calgary Board of Education made changes to its transportation policy this fall.
    The Government of Alberta is providing almost $2.6M over three years to universities and colleges in and around Edmonton to expand and improve mental health supports on campus
    The Government of Alberta is providing nearly $2.5M each year for three years to universities and colleges in and around Calgary to improve mental health supports on campus
    The Government of Alberta has launched the Coal Community Transition Fund with additional support expected from the federal government. The fund is part of a series of initiatives to support coal communities and workers.
    The Government of Alberta is providing Northern Lights College with $290,000 in funding each year for the next three years to support student mental health programs
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are jointly investing more $1.3M for transit projects in Pincher Creek, Black Diamond and Turner Valley
    TEC Edmonton and pharmaceutical giant Merck Canada are partnering to create a business incubator connecting Alberta-based health technology companies with health business experts
    The City of Medicine Hat's petroleum division is planning to drill, extract and possibly refine helium in the region. Helium is 100 times more valuable than natural gas and is used in a variety of industrial processes.
    The City of Calgary has approved a multi-use redevelopment plan for Eau Claire that will include five towers, 1,000 residential units, a hotel and an office building on the 2.1M square-foot site along the Bow River
    After the Fort McMurray wildfire forced the event to take a one-year hiatus, the Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference is back this year. The city expects 5,000 attendees and 279 exhibitors at the conference.
    Pembina Pipelines opened its new Canadian Diluent Hub at its Heartland Terminal near Fort Saskatchewan on September 8th. The $250M hub includes 0.5M barrels of storage and connections to numerous pipelines.
    The Bruderheim Pharmacy opened on September 9th. The Town of Bruderheim is also partnering with the pharmacy to establish a medical clinic and the Heartland Primary Care Network will also be providing various services in the near future.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $240,000 in funding each year for three years to Keyano College in Fort McMurray to support student mental health on campus
    The Town of Slave Lake has approved $1.378M for water line replacements. The work is expected to start this fall and resume in spring 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-09-04, End date: 2017-09-08
    Week of Sep 04 - Sep 08, 2017

    The Telus World of Science in Edmonton is undergoing a $40M expansion project. Construction has recently started on technological upgrades to the Margaret Ziedler Star Theatre.
    Kid's Stop Children's Centre is opening a second location in Okotoks in early 2018. The new site is expected to have over 40 daycare spaces and some out-of-school spaces.
    Three parks in northwest Alberta are receiving $1M in capital funding over five years for upgrades and improvements. The work includes potable water and wastewater systems, and playgrounds.
    McBride Career Group hosted its annual fall job fair at the Strathmore Curling Club on September 7th to help people connect with employers and improve job skills. Universities from all over Alberta also attended the career fair.
    Southern State BBQ has opened in Camrose
    The Shirley McClellan Regional Water Services Commission has started work on the installation of the rural waterline to the Summer Village of White Sands. Work on the waterline to the Hamlet of Brownfield is also scheduled for this year.
    Wetzel's Pretzels is expanding across Alberta and BC with plans to open two new locations in 2017. Wetzel's has two existing Canadian locations in West Edmonton Mall.
    South Country Co-op has purchased the Ag Plus Supply outlet in Foremost
    The Town of Taber has awarded a $831,271 contract to Ground Tech Enterprises for the West Trail Extension project
    Cenovus Energy Inc. is selling its Pelican Lake heavy oil operations in northern Alberta for $975M to Canadian Natural Resources. The deal is expected to close by the end of September.
    Richardson Pioneer Ltd. has purchased Webb Crop Services in Vermilion and is conducting business under the Richardson name. All of the former Webb employees have been retained.
    The Whitecourt Career and Education Expo 2017 will take place on September 22nd. So far, 40 local employers representing different industry sectors have confirmed attendance, and 26 have confirmed that they will be recruiting new employees at the event.
    Edmonton Public and Catholic Schools are opening 16 new schools combined this year. About 470 staff have been transferred or hired, with 315 of them certified teachers.
    Melcor Developments is working on a 70-acre residential, retail and office development, named Greenwich, in Calgary. Melcor has also several other commercial and residential projects in progress in the city.
    The City of Calgary has cut 427 positions over the last two years and is anticipating more staff reductions to deal with an expected $170M operating budget deficit in 2018
    The McMurray Métis recently signed an agreement that will bring jobs and contracts to the community. Teck Resources is planning a $20.6B mine north of Fort McMurray that is expected to bring 7,000 construction jobs and 2,500 permanent employees.
  • Start date: 2017-08-28, End date: 2017-09-01
    Week of Aug 28 - Sep 01, 2017

    Rimbey Medical Clinic will be down to four doctors after October 31, 2017 as two physicians are leaving. The remaining doctors are also responsible for 24/7 emergency coverage at the hospital.
    JR Mercantile Real Estate Advisors, a commercial real estate company in Calgary, is adding staff and retail space to its portfolio of properties
    Craig's Department Store in Vermilion is closing its doors after operating for 112 years
    The Government of Alberta is providing $1.7M for infrastructure upgrades at Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park near Slave Lake
    The Government of Canada is providing $5M to complete construction of Studio Bell at Calgary's National Music Centre
    The Edmonton Police Service is planning to occupy the first phase of its $106M Northwest Campus by June 2018, pending construction completion. A gun range, which is not currently funded, is to be added at a later date.
    According to Alberta Infrastructure, all current Edmonton public and Catholic school renovations are on schedule despite the Government of Alberta's move to defer $260M in school construction spending this year
    Simons, a fashion retailer based out of Quebec City, has opened its second location in Edmonton at Londonderry Mall
    The Government of Alberta is providing $0.45M to help the Town of Hanna diversify its economy. The area is expected to be impacted by a move away from coal-powered electricity.
    The City of Red Deer plans to redevelop a portion of the downtown and is designating the area Capstone at Riverlands. The area is slated to include residential and commercial buildings, as well as parks and cultural spaces over the next 20 years.
    The Town of Canmore has approved a 49-unit perpetually affordable housing project by a local builder. The development has three clusters of homes, all in townhouse format.
    Capital Region Housing plans to start construction on a $72M affordable housing project in Edmonton this fall. The buildings are expected to open in 2019.
    Parrish and Heimbecker is planning to build a grain terminal and fertilizer distribution center west of Viking, pending the approval of a development permit from Beaver County
    The conversion of the former Camsell Hospital in Edmonton into condominium units is on schedule for occupancy at the end of 2018. Work on an underground parkade at the site is planned for spring 2018.
    The Town of Westlock plans to start work on replacement of the Eastglen Water Tower and expansion of the town's water reservior in early 2018. The town recently received a $4.46M grant from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund towards the $8.9M estimated total cost.
  • Start date: 2017-08-21, End date: 2017-08-25
    Week of Aug 21 - Aug 25, 2017

    LEAR Construction Management Ltd. has been awarded a $5.4M contract for the construction portion of an expansion project at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller. The $9.3M project is scheduled for completion in February 2019.
    Trevcon Enterprises Ltd. has been awarded a contract to replace the Morrin Bridge in Starland County at an estimated cost of $20.4M. The project is expected to begin in September and be completed in the fall of 2020.
    Tokyo Smoke, a cannabis lifestyle brand, is opening a retail location in downtown Calgary in fall 2017. The company is planning additional Alberta locations over the next two years.
    Lethbridge Transit is building a $17M park and ride terminal in the downtown core. Construction is scheduled to start this fall and be complete in about one year.
    Home construction in Fort McMurray is set to exceed 1,000 units in 2017 eclipsing previous estimates by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The post-wildfire construction boom is expected to continue for the remainder of the year.
    Form-Tech Machining and Atlantic Research Laboratories have merged to form an entity that will supply research and manufacturing capability for defence and aerospace contractors. The company anticipates that it could have up to 200 employees.
    The City of Medicine Hat is eliminating five full-time positions for public transit drivers but there will be five part-time options for those affected, for 20 hours per week. The transit changes start September 5, 2017.
    Ipec Property Developments has started work on a 29 home subdivision in Camrose. The first occupancy is scheduled for February 2018 .
    Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division is opening two new schools in the fall, one in Red Deer and the other in Blackfalds
    The new Mary Bergeron School in Edson is opening on September 5, 2017. Remaining construction work on the gymnasium and the library is expected to be finished by mid October.
    Scott Builders is set to begin a $21M construction and renovation project at Parkland Lodge in Edson. The work is expected to be complete in 18 months.
    Red Deer College has started construction on the new Alternative Energy Lab. The work is expected to be complete in April 2018.
    Viking Air is finalizing a business case to start manufacturing Bombardier CL-215 water bombers in Calgary. The project is subject to customer demand.
    Alberta Infrastructure is planning to demolish both the former A. H. Dakin and Evergreen Schools in the Grande Yellowhead Public School Division. Dakin is scheduled for demolition in fall 2017.
    West Campus Development Trust and The Brenda Strafford Foundation are building Cambridge Manor in Calgary. Construction on the seniors residence is scheduled to start in fall 2018 with the opening planned for 2020.
    Canalta Hotels has started construction on a project in Medicine Hat slated to have a hotel, two standalone restaurants, a commercial strip and a South Country Co-op plaza. The opening is planned for the end of 2018.
    RMS Group and Capital Region Housing are building Pine Creek Manor in Edmonton. The project includes 35 units of subsidized housing.
    Construction is underway on a $1M commercial mall in Innisfail. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2017, with the new tenants opening by early 2018.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $39.5M over three years for upgrades and expansion of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum. Construction is expected to start within 12 months.
    The Brick furniture store is opening at Wetaskiwin Mall on August 31, 2017
    Tolko Industries Ltd. is re-opening its oriented strand board mill in High Prairie during the first quarter of 2018. When fully operational in the second quarter, the mill will employ up to 175 people directly and 225 indirectly.
  • Start date: 2017-08-14, End date: 2017-08-18
    Week of Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2017

    The City of Camrose has awarded a bridge construction contract worth $6.7M to PCA Construction. The work is expected to start later in August and should be completed in one year.
    Canadian Natural Resources Ltd has cut its 2017 capital expenditure by $180M to approximately $3.9B following a majority purchase of the Athabasca Oil Sands project in northern Alberta
    Seven24 Films is hiring extras and have an open casting call for the Alberta-shot Universal/Netflix series Damnation
    The Town of Wainwright has approved $1.5M in spending and awarded numerous bids for work on its Storm Water Management Project
    Husky Energy has decided to postpone a planned asphalt plant expansion in Alberta near Lloydminster. A decision on the expansion, estimated to cost $800M to $900M, was expected next year, but will now be delayed until after 2020.
    Southland Transportation is facing a shortage of school bus drivers in Calgary due to increased demand for its services, including the Calgary Board of Education. New drivers can expect around 10 days of training before starting school runs.
    The City of Airdrie is using approximately $3.2M in Gas Tax refunds for transit infrastructure projects
    The Alberta Midland Railway Terminal Ltd, a $34M storage and repair service in Lamont County, is expected to start operations in October 2017. The railway centre will service customers in the Edmonton region who ship petroleum products and plastics.
    WestJet is launching daily non-stop flights to Denver, Colorado starting March 8, 2018
    Chevron Canada is planning to drill and complete two wells near Fox Creek in the second half of 2018. Lease construction is scheduled to start in September 2017.
    The Town of Bon Accord is moving ahead with its Water Reservoir Expansion program following a federal government grant of $1.08M. The town is also borrowing $1.2M for the project.
    Venture Publishing, an Edmonton-based company that published monthly business magazine Alberta Venture as well as niche industry publications like Alberta Oil, has closed its doors
    The City of Medicine Hat has awarded over $13M in construction contracts in a bid to complete projects before winter
    The Alberta government is investing an additional $1.9M over two years through a federal-provincial grant to support Alberta Indigenous Construction Career Centres at NorQuest College and Bow Valley College
    Big Lakes County has awarded contracts for three water and wastewater projects worth approximately $9M. The work is scheduled for completion by March 31, 2018.
    Sofina Foods Inc. is negotiating with the City of Calgary to sell its Lilydale chicken-processing plant, with expectations that the deal will close in late 2018. Sofina plans to open a new plant in Calgary in 2020.
  • Start date: 2017-08-07, End date: 2017-08-11
    Week of Aug 07 - Aug 11, 2017

    The City of Calgary is spending an estimated $90M to clean up two former industrial landfills along the proposed Green Line LRT. The work could take up to three years to complete before the actual construction of the transit line starts in 2020.
    Poppy Barley, an online custom footwear retailer, has opened its first stand-alone store in Edmonton. The company has additional stores planned for Calgary and Vancouver.
    Sundial Growers expects to hire 200 people in total for its $110M cannabis growing operation in Olds. The first phase, currently under construction, is expected to have 60 employees by early 2018.
    National Recycling Inc. plans to hire up to 20 local people for a scrap metal processing and shipping operation in Boyle. The company is opening at the former Millar Western mill site.
    Londonderry Mall in Edmonton is adding eight new stores during August 2017. In addition, Edmonton's second Simons department store is expected to open at the mall on August 24.
    The Double Zero Pizza restaurant in Calgary's Core shopping centre has closed, and Divino Wine and Cheese Bistro has suspended operations after 33 years.
    Absolute Combustion International is moving into the Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre at Edmonton International Airport. The Calgary-based company researches and develops industrial heaters.
    Brentwood Developments is expecting several tenants to open for business in 2017 at its Strachan Corner project in Medicine Hat. A new Save-on-Foods store is currently under construction on the site.
    The Government of Alberta is providing almost $1M in grants to the Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission for two Banff region transit projects. Part of the funding will support bus shelter installations and improvements at 10 locations.
    The Government of Alberta has provided $62.1M in 2016-17 to support 1,213 non-profit/voluntary sector projects and programs across the province
    The St. Albert Centre is in the midst of a mall expansion and is expecting at least 20 new retail outlets and several restaurants over the next year
    Quanta Services, Inc. has been selected by Enbridge for the Canadian section of the Line 3 pipeline replacement program. The work includes the construction and installation of about 270 km of crude oil mainline pipe.
  • Start date: 2017-07-31, End date: 2017-08-04
    Week of Jul 31 - Aug 04, 2017

    Calgary-based Calfrac Well Services Ltd. has reported increased revenue due to an upturn in fracking activity. The company has rehired about one-third of the 2,500 people it previously laid off from its U.S. and Canadian operations.
    The Herb Jamieson Centre, the largest homeless shelter in Edmonton, is set to undergo a $16M redevelopment. The existing building will be torn down as early as next year and a new 400 bed shelter will be rebuilt on the same property.
    The Province of Alberta has completed the first phase of Castle parks $20M improvement plan. Construction is currently underway on the next phase for new day-use shelters and camping sites.
    The Calgary Board of Education announced that it may lay off up to 48 support staff by the fall as it makes staffing adjustments due to enrolment changes, retirements, staff returning from leave and the annual budget process
    The provincial government is providing $1.6M for summer literacy camps for Indigenous children in 14 locations across Alberta. In five communities, the program will continue throughout the school year.
    The Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital has started offering midwifery care at the facility. A total of seven midwives now have delivery privileges at the hospital.
    The Medicus Family Health Clinic and Pharmacy recently opened in south Edmonton. The clinic currently has seven staff members and hopes to hire three more physicians.
    City council is providing $2M in bridge funding to various arts organizations in Calgary. Ticket sales and fund raising for the arts have been badly hit during the economic downturn.
    Construction is underway on the new $1.1M Water Valley Community Hall in Mountain View County. The 5,620-sq.-ft. building will replace the old hall and is expected to be operational by April.
    The Lumino building, an affordable housing tower in SW Calgary, is set to open a $25-a-day daycare and is planning to be licensed for up to 84 children
    The Alberta beef industry has recently been hit with an increase in tariffs from Japan. Temporary tariffs of 50%, up from 38.5%, have been imposed on frozen beef from Canada and other countries until March 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-07-24, End date: 2017-07-28
    Week of Jul 24 - Jul 28, 2017

    Summit Air announced that it will offer two new weekly return flights from Calgary and the De Beers mine in NWT
    The Edmonton Public Library is opening up a new mini-library in the southwest part of the city in early to mid-2018. Construction of the new 3,000-sq.-ft. space is set to begin in September.
    The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation is overseeing a $14M redevelopment project of Third Street S.E. in the East Village in Calgary. The first phase of construction is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
    According to Statistics Canada, the number of Employment Insurance recipients in Alberta dropped 11.1% from May 2016 to May 2017. At the national level, the number of recipients declined 4.9% over the same period.
    WestJet has announced that it will offer 53 additional flights per week from Calgary to various destinations this winter
    Cremona Village council has awarded a $526,139 contract to A & A Paving for four paving projects planned for 2017
    Construction has started on Sundial Growers' $110M cannabis growing operation in Olds. The first phase of the 405,000-sq.-ft. facility is expected to be completed in early 2018 and operational by the summer.
    The Province of Alberta is providing a $665,000 to the Canadian Indigenous Language and Literacy Development Institute. The grant is designed to help Indigenous language instructors acquire training and certification as well as develop courses and programming.
  • Start date: 2017-07-17, End date: 2017-07-21
    Week of Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2017

    The number of available jobs in Alberta increased during the first three months of 2017 compared to the same period last year. The job vacancy rate and average wage also increased, further signs of an improving labour market.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing nearly $2M to help Calgary food processors expand capacity and improve efficiency as part of the Growing Forward 2 initiative
    The number of housing starts in Fort McMurray through the first six months of 2017 is double the last two years combined. This increase in construction reflects the strong rebuilding activity after the wildfires last May.
    The third annual Truck Expo and Job Fair was held in Lethbridge on July 15.The event featured 30 company booths and over 150 employment opportunities.
    The new trades and technologies facility at Lethbridge College is nearing completion. Six additional facilities staff have been hired to support the regular crew and groundskeepers.
    The provincial government is providing $20M to Alberta Health Services to retrofit more than 350 ambulances with hydraulic lift stretchers
    The West Edmonton Mall ice rink is undergoing a $3M renovation and is set to reopen in December. Upgrades include a new heating and cooling floor, free-standing rink boards, protective netting and a more energy-efficient refrigeration plant.
    Canada Bread Co. is shutting down its Calgary bakery in September due to a decrease in sales. Up to 63 employees will be laid off as a result of the closure.
    The Town of Sundre has awarded AIC Construction Ltd. a $2.2M contract for the reconstruction of Centre Street North. The first phase of construction is expected to be completed by the end of October.
  • Start date: 2017-07-10, End date: 2017-07-14
    Week of Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2017

    Cineplex Entertainment is building a Rec Room recreation complex at West Edmonton Mall, the second location in the city. The company is planning a job fair within the next month to fill the 400 positions expected when the venue opens.
    CBI Health Group, the largest provider of community healthcare services in Canada, has opened a health clinic in Lloydminster. The company plans to hire between 15 to 18 professionals, as services grow over the next couple of years.
    The County of Grande Prairie has awarded a contract to Taber Solids Control to desludge wastewater treatment lagoons in La Glace and Bezanson. The work is expected to be complete by the end of the summer.
    Border Paving is undertaking the crack sealing and asphalt paving program for the Town of Ponoka in 2017. The Ponoka Airport taxiway extension will also be completed this summer.
    The Government of Alberta has allocated almost $1M in additional GreenTrip money for the Roam Regional Transit service in the Bow Valley. The funds will target expansion of transit options and improvement of transit infrastructure.
    The County of Wetaskiwin is receiving $3.7M from the Government of Alberta for four transportation infrastructure projects. Some of the work will extend into the 2018 construction season.
    The Government of Alberta has committed up to $1.53B over eight years to the first phase of the Calgary Green Line public transit project. Construction is estimated to create more than 12,000 direct jobs and over 8,000 supporting jobs.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $32.4M to the Heartland Housing Foundation to construct the Clover Bar Lodge seniors facility in Sherwood Park. Construction is expected to start in spring 2018 with occupancy projected for spring 2020.
    The Edmonton Police Service is starting design work for a new $48M live-fire training facility. The design portion is estimated at $1M, with projected construction in 2019-2022.
    Campgrounds in the Bow Valley are slated for improvements as part of a $30M funding commitment from the Government of Alberta for infrastructure work in Kananaskis Country
    Apache Corp. has sold its assets in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan for close to $1B in a strategic exit from Canada. The company had previously planned $125M in spending in Canada through to 2018.
    Starbuds, a medical marijuana access centre, has opened in St. Albert. The centre has one part-time doctor on site to assess patients and provide treatment options.
    Emissions Reduction Alberta has awarded $30M to help fund 12 projects designed to tackle methane emissions in the province. The projects have a combined value of more than $83M.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $88M and the Government of Canada more than $74M to twin the Peace River bridge. Funding will also be used to construct an underslung pedestrian bridge.
    The Jasper Employment and Education Centre currently lists about 300 job openings in hotels, bars, restaurants and tour companies, but employers are reporting a shortage of workers this year
    Natural Health Services is opening a medical cannabis clinic in Lethbridge on July 17. The company is the largest prescriber of medical marijuana in Canada.
    Portage College in Lac La Biche is planning to open a dedicated laboratory facility for its water and wastewater operator technician courses. The college estimates that the project will cost $25M to $40M for construction.
    The Sears store in Medicine Hat has given layoff notice to 20 full-time and 54 part-time employees. Local Sears employees have been told the store will be closing in mid-September and will be moved out of Medicine Hat Mall in early October.
    The Government of Alberta is investing about $27M worth of credits in 17 businesses, in the first round of the Capital Investment Tax Credit. The program is expected to support more than 1,500 full- and part-time jobs.
  • Start date: 2017-07-03, End date: 2017-07-07
    Week of Jul 03 - Jul 07, 2017

    The Government of Alberta has committed $80M to install sprinkler systems in all government-owned seniors lodges by 2019. The government has also budgeted $57M in maintenance to address repairs, including upgrading fire panels.
    Sundial Growers plans to hire about 25 employees for each of the 15 greenhouses to be built in the Olds area. The marijuana producer is currently building a manufacturing facility in Airdrie.
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are jointly providing more than $4M for the expansion of the Champion Petfoods facility in Parkland County. The project is expected to inject $250M in direct capital investment and create 200 jobs.
    Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. announced an increase in its 2017 capital budget to $120M following the sale of some non-core assets. The company has also increased its drilling program to 13 natural gas wells.
    The City of Wetaskiwin has awarded a $0.614M storm sewer rehabilitation contract to Cobra Plumbing & Gasfitting Ltd. The construction is expected to be complete this year.
    The Town of Peace River has started construction on the $23M Peace Regional Recreation Centre. Construction is estimated to be completed by the end of 2018.
    The new Riverside Medical Centre opened on June 30, 2017 in Drumheller
    The Government of Alberta is providing $7.15M to bring clean drinking water to the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, northwest of Edmonton. A pump house, a reservoir of treated water and a waterline will be installed on the reserve.
    The Government of Canada is providing $11.2M for upgrades to the wastewater system for the Sherring Business and Industrial Park in Medicine Hat, and $1M for drinking water infrastructure in the Hamlet of Monarch
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are jointly providing more than $0.733M for six transit-related projects in the communities of Leduc, Airdrie, Lake Louise-Banff, and Spruce Grove.
    DeepMind, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, based in the UK, is opening its first international artificial intelligence (AI) research center in Edmonton. The center will work closely with the University of Alberta.
  • Start date: 2017-06-26, End date: 2017-06-30
    Week of Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2017

    The Government of Alberta has launched a $36M Residential and Commercial Solar Program that will fund rebates for solar panel installations. The program is expected to support the creation of 900 jobs in Alberta's solar sector by 2019.
    Simons is opening its second location in Edmonton in August 2017. The company is actively recruiting for a range of full-time and part-time positions at the store.
    Enbridge plans to start work on the Canadian portion of its $4.9B Line 3 pipeline replacement project on August 1, 2017. New construction and decommissioning of the old pipeline will extend into 2018.
    The City of Calgary is providing $10M as an initial investment in the Economic Development Investment Fund. The city is proposing that the money will be used by city departments, non-profit groups, and private sector partners to address economic needs.
    The completion of the new Bow River Senior's Lodge in Canmore has been delayed to September 2017. An additional six to eight weeks is required for staff to train in the new building and for it to be fully commissioned before residents can move in.
    Work to upgrade the Highway 27 Bridge between Olds and Sundre is underway and expected to be complete by late summer 2017
    About 500 technologists are on site at the Sturgeon Refinery near Redwater testing valves, sensors and other devices as the facility moves into the pre-commissioning phase. The $8.5B diesel refinery is expecting to start operations around April 2018.
    Sears Canada is closing 13 locations across Alberta as part of a larger restructuring across Canada. The specific timing of the closures has not been determined.
    The Government of Alberta is spending $2.9M and hiring six technicians for a new laboratory in Vegreville dedicated to preventing whirling disease. The lab is part of a $9.3M budget commitment by the government to reduce spread of the disease.
    The Canmore Community Housing Corporation has awarded Distinctive Homes the rights to develop the Old Day Care Lands for a Perpetually Affordable Housing project. Plans call for 49 affordable housing units on the site.
    Dara Mental Health is planning to open a mental health clinic in Cochrane in early 2018. Construction is scheduled to start in August or September 2017.
    Leaf Wise Rx, a Calgary-based medical cannabis clinic, has opened a location in Grande Prairie
    New Horizons Charter School is undergoing a $6.3M modernization that will replace the entire mechanical system. The work is expected to be complete by August.
    Design work is expected to begin in August on modernization work at Woodhaven Middle School in Spruce Grove. The $22.9M project will expand space at the school and fully modernize the mechanical, electrical, roof and outside walls.
    Women Building Futures and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project have launched a training program for a dozen Indigenous women from central Alberta. The eight-week course covers safety as well as basic training in carpentry and welding.
    Burwood Distillery, a new craft distillery in Calgary, is opening a tasting room and expanding their product line to produce gin, whiskies and fruit brandies
    The Government of Alberta is investing $1.2B over five years to build 4,100 new affordable housing units and improve 70,000 existing units by 2021
    Altitude Resources Inc. is moving ahead with a $1.2M exploration and drilling program for coking coal at the Palisades property near Grande Cache. The project is operated through a joint venture with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation.
    The National Bee Diagnostic Centre in Beaverlodge is undergoing a $6M expansion and adding scientific staff. Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2018.
    Cenovus Energy is closing its office in Brooks
    JBS SA, a Brazilian meat packer, is divesting some of its assets including Five Rivers Cattle Feeding which operates the 75,000-head capacity Lakeside Feeders feedlot in Brooks
    London Drugs has opened the first-ever LDEXPRESS, a hyper-condensed version of a full retail store, in Calgary
    The City of Calgary is spending almost $30M on more than 100 road and sidewalk paving projects city-wide this year. A softened economy has allowed the city to hire on 11 private companies for 2017 work.
    Teck Resources is planning to build a $20.6B oil sands mine north of Fort McMurray. Teck estimates that the project would create 7,000 construction jobs, and 2,500 operational jobs with production slated for 2026, pending approvals.
    Canopy Growth Corp., Canada's largest medical marijuana company, is planning to build Edmonton's first cannabis production facility. The company expects that the facility will employ about 100 people once operational.
    Tolko Industries Ltd. plans to re-open its oriented strand board mill in High Prairie in early 2018. The company expects that when fully operational, the mill will employ about 175 people directly, support a contractor logging workforce and generate many indirect employment opportunities in the community.
    ICE District Properties is planning a new commercial/ residential development north of Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton. The company plans to seek a rezoning for the property from the city early in 2018.
    The Livingstone Range School Division is spending approximately $2.37M to upgrade space in the vacant G.R. Davis School building in Fort McLeod. The project is in partnership with the Town of Fort McLeod.
  • Start date: 2017-06-19, End date: 2017-06-23
    Week of Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2017

    The Government of Alberta has increased the Export Readiness Micro-Voucher Program grants. The program helps Alberta companies offset the costs of developing an international market assessment or business plan focused on one country.
    The Government of Alberta has opened the $40M Northern Alberta Urology Centre and the C.J. Woods Prostate Health Clinic in Edmonton
    The Calgary Regional Partnership has launched a pilot weekend bus service from Calgary to Banff. The project will run ten buses per day until early September.
    The Jasper Employment and Education Centre has listings for about 380 available jobs in Jasper, more than double the number of jobs posted this time last year. There are also fewer people looking for work in the area this year.
    SNR Group is building Infinity @ Marda Loop, a four-storey, mixed-use residential and retail building in Calgary. The project is expected to be complete in ten months.
    TusStar, a business incubator company with more than 80 locations in 45 Chinese cities, is opening its first Canadian office in Edmonton in partnership with TEC Edmonton
    London Drugs opened a new location in St. Albert on June 16, 2017. The store offers a learning centre and a medical clinic that is expected to open in July 2017.
    Construction is underway at the Vermilion Valley Lodge where 52 new units will be built and 34 existing units will be upgraded to ensure they meet current fire and safety standards
    Alberta had some of the highest average hourly wages in Canada in 2016 according to recently released information from Statistics Canada. The Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake region topped the list at $36.50 per hour.
    Gen III Oil Corporation is set to build its first full-scale "re-refinery" in conjunction with Elbow River Marketing Ltd, a subsidiary of Red Deer-based Parkland Fuels. Production is scheduled to start in the fourth-quarter of 2018.
    Paterson Grain has opened their unit-train loading Flagstaff Facility near Daysland
    The Broadacres Addiction Centre has opened in the Village of Glendon
    Sundial Growers is set to build a $110M marijuana production facility in Olds. The company recently secured approval from the federal government and a $29M private-sector funding commitment.
    Points West is building a new seniors housing and care facility in Lac La Biche. Alberta Health Services will manage 40 of the spaces, while the other nine are more luxury rooms privately operated by Points West. The opening is scheduled for spring 2018.
    The Fable Child Care Center opened in Morinville on June 12, 2017. The facility is being operated by Our House Child Care Center in Morinville.
    Sturgeon County has awarded a $10M multi-year contract for road construction and surfacing to E-Construction Ltd.
    WestJet is joining with the Mount Royal University aviation program to provide students with access to pilot mentors and the use of full flight simulators. Enrolment in the aviation program is at an all-time high according to the university.
    CAE, the Montreal-based flight simulation manufacturer, is forecasting a strong demand for pilots in its Airline Pilot Demand Outlook. The company projects that high pilot retirement rates and rapid fleet expansion will drive the demand.
    The Government of Alberta is investing an additional $75M during the 2017-18 school year to support classroom improvement. The money can be used for new teachers and support staff, in-classroom resources, and professional development supports.
    The rideshare company Uber is set to launch in Lethbridge before fall 2017 following a bylaw change by the City of Lethbridge that allows ridesharing services
    Bullets and Broadheads Shooting Centre, an indoor six-lane shooting, archery, and axe throwing range is set to open in Grande Prairie by the end of 2017. The $1.5M facility will also have a tactical training centre for police and military.
    Dillon Consulting is building a Tim Hortons restaurant in Nanton. The site is scheduled for a 40-seat restaurant with drive-thru, and for a 16-seat outdoor patio.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $25.8M over three years to support mental health programs at post-secondary institutions
    High Prairie Forest Products has launched a $55M modernization project at its sawmill and kiln. The major construction is expected to be complete in November with other minor work extending to March 2018.
    Acklands-Grainger is closing its location in Drumheller in July 2017. The closure is one of 57 company locations to be shuttered across Canada.
    The City of Calgary is spending $82M on the Glenmore Dam to improve flood protection on the Elbow River. The project is expected to be complete in 2020.
  • Start date: 2017-06-12, End date: 2017-06-16
    Week of Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2017

    The Government of Alberta is providing $1.7M to address health, fire and safety risks in 17 adult homeless shelters in seven communities. The funding will also be used to improve homelessness supports in Edmonton.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $15.3M for new mental health and substance abuse beds at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton
    Aquatera has granted a contract to Neptune Technology Group to replace water meters in more than 2,000 homes in the City of Grande Prairie, the County of Grande Prairie, and the Town of Sexsmith
    The Government of Alberta is covering the course fees for students enrolled in Alberta's Green Certificate Program. The program gives hands-on opportunities in various agriculture-related fields for high school students.
    The Government of Alberta has laid off at least 20 employees at Alberta Innovates due to a $16M budget cut this year, and a $60M reduction over the previous two years
    The Singhmar Centre for Learning, currently under construction at Norquest College in Edmonton, will house three new restaurants and a daycare facility when it opens in September
    The Global Petroleum Show is expecting about 1,000 exhibitors at this year's event in Calgary, a 50% decrease from the peak in 2014. The organizers expect 50,000 attendees from 110 countries.
    The unemployment rate in the Fort McMurray area continued to drop in May 2017 partly because more workers associated with the rebuilding efforts entered the region. About 800 full-time positions were added to the local economy.
    The Keg Steakhouse and Bar in Grande Prairie has temporarily closed as it undergoes a $5M renovation
    Urban Planet is opening in Grande Prairie's Prairie Mall in August 2017. A Marshalls store is also expected to open by the end of September, and Sunrise Records is taking over the former HMV space.
    Dream Development is starting construction on a new phased residential development in High River. A nearby retail development, Montrose Plaza, is set to open in the spring of 2018.
    The Government of Alberta is ramping up training for caseworkers and supervisors in Children's Services, and developing a pool of full-time floater staff who could be deployed around the province as required
    The Town of Hinton has awarded two infrastructure construction contracts, worth a combined $6.08M, to GS Construction
    EPCOR Utilities is planning to build a solar farm in Edmonton to run a water treatment centre and supply the electrical grid. EPCOR intends to fund the project partly through a $1.9M annual contribution from Edmonton utility ratepayers.
    The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers forecasts that drilling by conventional crude oil producers will increase 70% this year compared to 2016 levels
    USD Partners has entered into an agreement to move crude oil by rail from its Hardisy terminal to a recently acquired US$25M facility in Oklahoma. The company expects to transport up to 70,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
    Sanjel Energy Services plans to hire as many as 150 more workers by fall 2017 to meet growing demand from its oil and gas producer customers
    TransCanada Corporation is investing $2B to expand its NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. System infrastructure between now and 2021. The expansion adds to the current $5.1B near-term capital program for the pipeline system.
  • Start date: 2017-06-05, End date: 2017-06-09
    Week of Jun 05 - Jun 09, 2017

    TransEd is starting work on several new projects that are part of the Valley Line LRT in Edmonton. The line is expected to be completed in 2020.
    The University of Calgary is opening the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking as a pilot site this fall, with a permanent centre to be built over the next four years. A recent $40M donation will support the centre.
    Cenovus has retained all of the former ConocoPhillips staff at the Grande Cache operations following the acquisition of assets in the Deep Basin. Cenovus has plans to drill an initial three wells, with the potential for up to 1500 wells in total.
    The Government of Alberta has committed $30M in new funding to develop a program to deal with the opioid crisis across the province
    The Government of Alberta is providing $100M over three years for rural infrastructure projects. The 2017-18 allocation of more than $37M is expected to support over 200 jobs.
    Viking Air Ltd. has purchased office and production space in Calgary in anticipation of a water bomber manufacturing facility that could create 900 jobs in the city. The company plans to make a decision on the project within six months.
    ClearStream Energy Services Inc. has renewed a five-year operational workforce management contract with a major oilsands producer near Fort McMurray. The contract is expected to generate approximately $240M in revenue over the term of the contract.
    Lululemon Athletica Inc. is shutting down about 40 of its 55 Ivivva stores by the end of October 2017. The company did not disclose the store locations.
    Endress+Hauser, a major Swiss industrial instrument company, has opened a $12M facility in Edmonton. The site has 23 staff but is expecting to add more employees with the recovery of the oil and gas sector.
    The Kananaskis Country Golf Course is anticipated to reopen in spring 2018, following repairs worth $23M. The course was extensively damaged by floods in June 2013.
    The Town of High River is moving ahead on a $5.5M floodgate project. The plan is to have the flood gates in place by May 2018.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $20M over four years for school playgrounds. New schools that receive the Education playground grant will not be eligible for other provincial grants that support playground construction.
    TELUS plans to invest $4.2B in new communications infrastructure across Alberta through 2020. The company estimates that more than $900M will be spent in 2017.
    Centron Group has started construction on The Commons at Eagle Ridge, a shopping complex, in Fort McMurray. The development includes a multiplex operated by Landmark Cinemas, which is expected to be complete by fall 2018.
    Field Upgrading is pushing forward with an engineering study for a $100M plant in Alberta's Industrial Heartland to produce low sulphur marine fuel. Construction on the plant was previously projected to start in 2019, creating 250 construction jobs.
    Elk Island Public Schools has started work on a new school in Sherwood Park. The school is projected to open in fall 2018.
    GrainsConnect Canada is planning a high throughput grain terminal in Huxley. The company estimates that construction will create at least 50 jobs, and 12 to 15 full-time employees will be required for operations.
    Gen III Oil Corporation is planning a new $90M re-refinery near Bowden to turn used vehicle oil into new synthetic-grade motor oil. The project is subject to regulatory approvals and financing.
    The Town of Olds has approved a rezoning application that will allow Olds Soft Gels to to build greenhouses for medical marijuana production. The company plans to produce cannabis oil soft gels.
    Lakeshore Helicopters is building a $2.5M hangar at the Whitecourt Airport. The company expects to have 5-10 employees before the end of 2017, when the facility is fully operational.
    The Calgary Board of Education has notified 271 support staff that they could be transferred or laid-off next year. The board expects to have only 223 open positions for those employees to fill.
    Alberta Health Services has opened the $1.6M Rutherford Children's Mental Health Clinic in Edmonton. Ten staff have been hired for the site.
    Wetaskiwin Fire Services has opened the first phase of its new training facility. Fire departments from Camrose and Ponoka, and some oil and gas fire services, have expressed an interest in renting out the new facility.
    Shell Canada Ltd. is working with an undisclosed partner on a biodiesel project in Alberta as part of its plan to produce less oil and more clean energy
    Pincher Creek's Stardust Inn and Chalets is undergoing an extensive expansion. Meanwhile, a new Travelodge Hotel is also under construction in the town and is expected to open in November.
  • Start date: 2017-05-29, End date: 2017-06-02
    Week of May 29 - Jun 02, 2017

    The Government of Canada is providing $12.5M to extend a water line, scheduled for completion by 2018, from the River Cree Casino to the Enoch Cree Nation¿s Stony Plain reserve main town site. The project includes a new reservoir and pumping station.
    Ladacor has started construction on a seniors supportive living facility in Hythe
    Lloydminster is expecting a surge in activity with about 2,800 workers in town for the Husky Upgrader turnaround. About 120 companies are involved in the work which started on May 23, 2017.
    The Highway 12/21 Regional Water Services Commission has started work on the $7M Mirror to Bashaw portion of the regional water line
    Cannabis at Work has recently branched out to help firms find employees for the marijuana industry. The company estimates the cannabis industry could create 50,000 jobs in Canada after two years of legalization, based on California's experience.
    The Government of Alberta is providing more than $21.78M to four colleges across Alberta. The projects are expected to create at least 415 construction jobs.
    According to the Conference Board of Canada¿s Metropolitan Outlook: Spring 2017, rising oil prices will help in creating thousands of new jobs in Calgary and Edmonton in 2017
    The Telus World of Science in Edmonton has received $3.35M from the Government of Canada towards its $40M expansion project
    Blush Lane Organic Market is opening a new store in Calgary on June 3, 2017. The company is also looking at opening additional locations in Calgary and Edmonton.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $50M in 2017 to improve access and services at public libraries across the province
    The Town of Canmore is increasing the renovation budget for the Public Works Office to $565,000. Part of the work involves repair and replacement of the ventilation and exhaust systems.
    The Town of Cochrane has passed a Ten Year Capital Financial Strategy that plans for a total of 18 projects with a combined cost of nearly $294M out to 2026. Most of the projects are related to traffic infrastructure.
    Dene Koe Workforce Lodging & Service is taking over operation of the lodge facilities for Suncor Energy north of Fort McMurray on June 22, 2017. The company plans to replace at least 205 unionized staff at Hudson and Borealis lodges.
    Alberta Health Services is planning to start construction on a $5M helipad at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray in late summer or early fall 2017, pending a development permit from the municpality
    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is giving $2M to Community Futures Wood Buffalo for a loan program to support businesses in Fort McMurray.
    RocketSpace, a San Francisco-based tech company is opening its first Canadian office in downtown Calgary. The location will only require eight to 10 employees, but the Calgary office will provide co-working space for up to 1,000 startup clients.
    The Government of Alberta is investing an additional $10.3M for flood protection in Canmore. The money is the final funding towards a $48.6M debris dam at Cougar Creek.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $131M for water and wastewater projects across rural Alberta
    The City of Medicine Hat has started construction on a new $8.25M fire station. Scott Builders plans to complete the project by fall 2018.
    The Government of Alberta expects to start construction of the Calgary Cancer Centre at Foothills Hospital in late 2017. There is no public price tag for the project but the government has budgeted $1.2B through 2020.
    Agrocorp Processing Ltd. Is spending $6.5M to expand its grain and pulse handling facility in Innisfail. The facility is expecting to add five new employees when the work is completed in October 2017.
    Construction has started on a business complex in Penhold with completion projected by fall 2017. A 24-hour Esso service station, one of several businesses slated for the site, will be hiring 10 to 15 employees.
    Sturgeon County has awarded a $2.76M contract to Carmacks Enterprises Ltd. for construction of the Cardiff Main Road Improvement project
    The Government of Alberta is providing $400M over the next four years for a new hospital in Edmonton. The facility is projected to have 350 to 500 beds.
    Oliver & Bonacini is set to unveil Hudson, a 700-person capacity event space in the Hudson Bay in Calgary. The venue will offer space for business events such as meetings and presentations and weddings.
    The Peace River Regional Airport has received $338,597 under the Airport Capital Assistance Program for safety improvements
    The Town of Peace River has awarded a $21.9M contract to Marshall Lee Construction for the Peace Regional Recreation Centre. Construction is expected to start this summer.
    Viking Air Ltd. is laying-off 76 unionized employees in Calgary for three months starting July 28, 2017. The company has also temporarily laid-off 136 workers in North Saanich.
  • Start date: 2017-05-22, End date: 2017-05-26
    Week of May 22 - May 26, 2017

    Camrose County has approved the construction of a $6.8M waterline from Armena to the Ervick Industrial Park west of Camrose. The project would include upgrading the current Armena reservoir and the construction of a new reservoir by Ervick.
    ATB Financial is expecting the trend of mergers and acquisitions in the oil field drilling and service sectors to continue as companies attempt to deal with low energy prices
    Oil and gas producers in Alberta have paid out a total of $138M in drilling rights auctions so far this year, more than the $137M they spent in all of 2016. The increased interest reflects new discoveries in the Duvernay shale formation.
    Calgary-based Seven24 Films is producing two Netflix series in Alberta over the course of the summer. The location shoot for the drama Damnation in June will be followed by five months of production to complete the series' 10-episode first season.
    The Government of Alberta is lending $235M to the Orphan Well Association to speed up proper well abandonment and reclamation. It is estimated that up to 1,650 reclamation jobs could be created over three years.
    The restaurant space in the Alberta Hotel in Edmonton is expected to reopen over the summer with new owners and a new food concept. The site has 98 seats in the restaurant itself, and another 100 available on the patio during the season.
    Acreage Pharma Ltd., a licensed medical marijuana producer in Peers, is set to expand its operations. The company expects to employ almost 150 workers.
    The Vermilion & District Housing Foundation recently began renovations at their Vermilion Valley Lodge. The $14.1M project is partially funded by the federal and provincial governments.
    Construction has started on a new operations facility for Canadian Blood Services in Calgary. The facility is expected to open in 2020.
    The Montney shale formation in northern Alberta and BC is experiencing a surge in drilling, driving up the demand for rig crews. Well servicing companies have also been adding staff to keep up with customer demand.
    Rocky View Schools is moving ahead with modernization projects at two schools in the district. The combined budget for both projects is approximately $1.8M.
    North West Redwater Partnership has completed more than half of its operational preparations at the Sturgeon Refinery. The company is still running two shifts per day, with workforce numbers of about 5,000 workers during the day and 1,000 at night.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $54.2M for campground and provincial park improvements in 2017
    The Government of Alberta is providing $3M in grants for two pilot programs to help job seekers in the digital arts sectors
    Trican Well Service Ltd. is hoping to add 200 employees by the end of summer 2017, but the energy sector is finding it tough to hire workers following massive layoffs in the past years
    CH2M Hill is starting remediation work on a contaminated former gas station site in Calgary. The $4.3M project is expected to take two to three years to complete.
  • Start date: 2017-05-15, End date: 2017-05-19
    Week of May 15 - May 19, 2017

    The Government of Alberta is providing $16.4M over the next four years for dual-credit high school programs. The funding includes $8M to develop at least 40 new dual-credit courses per year during this period.
    The Calgary Petroleum Club is planning to renovate its building. The $7M project is expected to be completed in three months.
    The Town of Canmore has extended its snow and ice removal contract with Volker Stevin for two years. The town is also extending the lease of Volker Stevin's local maintenance facility until July 31, 2019.
    The Bearspaw Nakoda Sioux First Nation is starting construction on the $4.5M Bearspaw Kananaskis Travel Centre. Once opened, the new centre is expected to create employment for 25 to 35 First Nation members.
    The seven-week turnaround at the Lloydminster Husky Upgrader is expected to start by the last week of May 2017
    The Back 40 Distillery, a craft distillery, recently opened for business in Camrose. The company plans on expanding its facility and will be creating additional product lines as well as spirits.
    The Town of Blackfalds has awarded NuEnergy Systems a contract to install solar photovoltaic panels on the Abbey Centre. The contract, for the design, supply and installation of the panels, is worth $396,000.
    Alberta Innovates and the Government of Canada are providing $26.2M towards three clean oil and gas technology projects. Meanwhile, the industry partners are investing $43.3M in commercial demonstration.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $10M over the next two years to support 11 new Integrated Training programs. The programs will help about 1,100 unemployed or underemployed Albertans in gaining the skills required to succeed in the job market.
    The Government of Alberta is partnering with Edmonton International Airport and Remington Developments on a $25M highway upgrade project. The work is expected to be completed in fall 2017.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $10M in 2017 for the Summer Temporary Employment Program. The program is expected to help fund summer jobs for almost 3,000 high school and post-secondary students .
    Enbridge Inc. plans to spend $1B on expansion of its natural gas pipeline system from the Montney fields in Alberta and BC. The project is expected to be completed by 2020.
    The Government of Alberta is providing an additional $0.9M for the Community Adult Learning Program. Through the program, more than 125 organizations deliver adult learning opportunities in 600 communities provincewide.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $10M to upgrade the Winsport sliding track in Calgary's Canada Olympic Park
    Alberta Health Services has hired approximately 16 new fulltime health care employees for the continuing care wing at its recently opened High Prairie Health Complex
    Construction has started on a mixed-use condominium project, InHouse by Beaverbrook, in west Edmonton. The first phase of the project is expected to open in late 2018.
    Canabo Medical Inc. and Terra Life Sciences Inc. have signed an agreement to identify, develop and conduct medical research on new cannabinoid formulations to assist patients with conditions such as pain management and anxiety
    Pembina Pipeline Corp. and Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. of Kuwait have formed a joint venture for an integrated propylene and polypropylene production facility in Sturgeon County. The preliminary cost of the project is between $3.8B and $4.2B.
    TransCanada Corporation is planning to start construction on a new natural gas pipeline near Sundre in August. The company is committed to using local businesses and labour for the project.
    The Expanding Horizons Bowden Cultural Enhancement Society plans to start construction on a $1.7M community hall in Bowden on June 1, 2017
    The City of Cold Lake has increased funding for its Capital Road Improvement Program by just over $1M, after the Government of Alberta confirmed the continuation of the Basic Municipal Transportation Grant
    The City of Calgary has approved the first phase of the Green Line LRT project, worth $4.65B. The project is contingent on the final portion of funding from the Government of Alberta.
    Calgary Economic Development recently reported that in the past 15 months, 53 companies have set up shop in the city and created 1,950 jobs. The bulk of the new jobs have been in two industries: film and TV production; and transportation and logistics.
    The Ford Motor Company is opening a new automotive parts warehouse and distribution centre in the Leduc Business Park in fall 2018. The facility is expected to hire 200 employees.
    Champion Petfoods is building a new manufacturing facility, distribution warehouse and logistics centre on the western edge of Edmonton starting in June. The operation is expected to create about 200 jobs after it opens in spring 2019.
    The Royal Bank of Canada is closing its branch in Turner Valley on December 1, 2017, and relocating services to Okotoks. The bank stated that there will be no layoffs due to the relocation.
    Employers from Fort McMurray recently held a job fair at the University of Calgary, hoping to alleviate a shortage of local workers. The job openings involve a number of sectors and range from positions for cleaning staff to registered nurses.
  • Start date: 2017-05-08, End date: 2017-05-12
    Week of May 08 - May 12, 2017

    ConocoPhillips is laying off 300 workers across Alberta, with the majority of cuts taking place at its Calgary office
    The Town of Canmore has approved the permit for renovations to the Canmore Hotel. The owners plan to renovate the interior and exterior of the hotel, create a hostel upstairs, install a patio in the vacant side lot and reinstate the liquor store.
    The City of Calgary is laying-off more than 60 unionized transit staff as it aims to reduce $2.7M in spending. The city plans to contract out Calgary CTrain station cleaning and outside maintenance work.
    Express Inc., an American clothing retailer, is closing its 17 Canadian stores in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. The company plans to discontinue its Canadian operations through its subsidiary, Express Fashion Apparel Canada Inc.
    Businesses in Banff and Canmore are seeking employees for the summer tourist season. The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is looking to fill around 130 positions, including housekeeping and cooking staff.
    Pinnacle Renewable Energy plans to start construction on an $85M wood pellet plant in Parkland County this summer. The facility is expected to employ about 70 people when it starts operating in spring 2018.
    Keyano College in Fort McMurray is accepting applications for a temporary training program for second-year plumbing apprentices. Apprentices who enroll for the September 2017 intake will start hands-on training in November.
    The Government of Canada is providing $11.12M over three years to support the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. The money includes $3M for sport-related infrastructure enhancements at Great Chief Park.
    Suncor Energy is seeking approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator for a new oil sands operation northeast of Fort McMurray. Construction at the Lewis project could begin in 2024 with production starting in 2027.
    Strategic Group is planning to convert an office building in downtown Edmonton to a mix of 177 one- and two-bedroom rental suites. The company hopes to start the $40M construction project this fall and finish the work in about 14 months.
    The Sturgeon School Division and the Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools are both expecting to start work on new schools during the summer of 2017
    Lakeland Catholic School District is starting work on major improvements to Walsh Field in Bonnyville. The Municipal District of Bonnyville No. 87 has contributed $240,000 and a local anonymous community benefactor has donated $1.5M.
    The Town of Gibbons is spending $4M on capital projects in 2017. Recreation infrastructure upgrades and road and sidewalk construction are planned.
    Clear Flight Solutions and AERIUM Analytics are providing unmanned aerial system technology services to Edmonton International Airport. The airport is the first in the world to integrate a suite of unmanned aerial system services into its operations.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $0.5M for a pre-apprenticeship program to help Indigenous people pursue careers in construction trades
    Fort McMurray's Keyano College is spending $3M to make extensive renovations to Clearwater Hall, its on-campus student residence. The work is scheduled to be completed by August 15.
    The City of Edmonton has approved $20M per year for alley repairs over the next 25 years. The city plans to spend $0.5M on the project in 2017-18, with construction starting in 2019.
    Calscan Solutions is planning to triple its staffing numbers to meet an anticipated demand for methane management products and services. The Methane Emissions Leadership Alliance is projecting significant job growth due to methane regulations.
  • Start date: 2017-05-01, End date: 2017-05-05
    Week of May 01 - May 05, 2017

    Corus Entertainment Inc. and Shaw Communications are reorganizing operations, resulting in the closure of Shaw TV community channels in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The closures will affect approximately 70 positions.
    Construction has started on the new St. Stephen Catholic Church in Lacombe. The church is expected to be completed by the end of November 2017 and will open by the beginning of December.
    Construction of the next phases of the Alberta Central East Regional Water System is expected to start in May 2017 and create about 50 jobs
    The City of Edmonton has approved land rezoning for a proposed 80-storey tower by Alldritt Group in the downtown area. Construction of the tower could start as early as 2018 and would take three years to complete.
    The Government of Alberta has invested $18M in Calgary's Elbow Valley Lands Affordable Housing Development. Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2018.
    The Government of Alberta, the Town of Banff and Parks Canada are partnering to build the $24M Deer Lane Affordable Housing project. The project is expected to be completed in late 2018.
    The Petroleum Services Association of Canada has revised its drilling forecast for 2017 and expects that 3,320 wells will be drilled across Alberta. The initial forecast issued in November 2016 projected 1,900 wells.
    Step Ahead Properties is building an apartment building in Edmonton from repurposed steel shipping containers. Construction is expected to be completed in August 2017.
    The County of Grande Prairie is planning to spend approximately $33.2M on capital road projects in 2017. The capital budget also includes $3.49M for public works, water and sewer management projects.
    The Government of Alberta is providing an additional $10M to Bow Valley Regional Housing for an expanded supportive living facility for seniors in the Canmore area. The facility is expected to be completed in summer 2019.
    The number of active rigs in Alberta was up in the first quarter of 2017, averaging 210 rigs drilling over the three months - a 101% increase from 2016 levels. Each active drilling rig can support 135 direct and indirect jobs.
    Brazeau County plans to spend approximately $8.28M on road infrastructure during 2017. An additional $12.42M is allocated to other capital projects.
    Maxim Power Corp is mothballing the HR Milner Generating Station in Grande Cache effective May 1, 2017. The shutdown affects 35 permanent employees and 10 temporary employees.
    Yellowhead County has awarded a $3.361M contract to ML Construction Services to build the new Wildwood Fire Station. The total budget for the project including construction contingencies, equipment and furniture is approximately $4.06M.
    WestJet is planning to buy up to 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from Boeing, of which 10 planes will be purchased by 2021 and the other 10 by 2024. The new airliners will allow WestJet to serve new destinations in Asia and South America.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $1.1M to plan for the expansion of Portage College in Cold Lake. The campus is exploring new program offerings in high demand areas such as pharmacy technologist, trades and continuing education.
    Trinidad Drilling has increased its capital expenditure budget for 2017 by $80M, in response to strong demand from customers. The company plans to spend $155M on rig upgrades and $20M on maintenance capital.
    MEC has hired 165 staff for its new $14M store in Edmonton. The company has plans for two new Calgary sites in 2018 and 2019.
    Lakeland College in Vermilion has started construction on its $9.5M Dairy Learning Centre and $7.1M Animal Health Clinic
    Siding 14 Brewery is planning to start production in Ponoka in late June 2017. The brewery currently has an operations manager and two brewing assistants.
  • Start date: 2017-04-24, End date: 2017-04-28
    Week of Apr 24 - Apr 28, 2017

    The Eagle's Nest Stoney Family Shelter on the Stoney First Nation is reopening in May 2017. The shelter has been closed since April 2015.
    Enerkem Inc. is set to start ethanol production at its facility at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre, starting summer 2017. The plant is expected to reach full production of about 40M litres annually in 2018.
    Construction has started on a $60M parkade at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. The project is expected to be completed in 2019.
    Parks Canada and the Calgary Regional Partnership are piloting public bus transit service between Calgary and Banff starting in June 2017. Parks Canada is also seeking private operators for a free shuttle service between Banff and Lake Louise.
    Camrose County is planning to spend $1.83M on rehabilitation of the New Norway Lagoon starting in spring 2017. The county is also planning bridge repairs and replacements as part of a total capital budget of about $9.6M.
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are jointly funding 10 bundled highway rehabilitation and improvement projects across the province. The projects are estimated to cost $535M in total.
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada have launched the Employer Liaison Service. The two-year pilot project aims to connect employers with unemployed Albertans and untapped labour pools.
    WestJet Airlines is introducing a new ultra-low-cost carrier which is scheduled begin operations later in 2017. Formation of the proposed carrier is subject to agreement with the WestJet pilots and necessary regulatory approvals.
    Construction has started on the $14.1M Vermilion Valley Lodge. The facility is expected to be completed in January 2019.
    The University of Alberta has been granted over $3.76M from the Government of Canada to develop new agricultural technologies that will help Alberta farmers and ranchers make their operations more sustainable
    Cenovus Energy is planning to drill 120 gas wells and spend $650M in the Deep Basin area of Alberta and BC in 2019. The company also plans to spend $170M on regional assets in 2017 and $350M in 2018.
    Olds College has received a $16M donation that will be used to establish the Werklund Agriculture Institute. The funding will support development of smart agriculture technologies.
    The Rural Enterprise Assistance and Coaching Hostel Program started in Wainwright on April 25, 2017. The program, open to local entrepreneurs, is primarily designed to support the start of successful new businesses.
    Precision Drilling has reported an active first quarter of 2017 in Canada, with almost 50% more rigs working compared to 2016 and total drilling days up by 71%. Many of the rigs are drilling for natural gas and gas liquids in the Deep Basin area.
    The Government of Alberta is working with community partners to host more than 100 career events, such as job fairs, career planning and resume writing workshops, in 40 communities during Alberta Works Week, April 24 to 28
    The Government of Alberta is providing $14.4M for the construction of 64 new affordable housing units in Leduc. The project involves the demolition of the current Linsford Townhouses and the construction of Linsford Gardens.
    Bebe, a San Francisco-based women's fashion brand, is closing all its stores by the end of May 2017. The company has one retail location in both Edmonton and Calgary.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $2.1M to the City of Medicine Hat and surrounding communities to improve flood related infrastructure as well as non-structural flood and drought resiliency projects
    Canalta Hotels and South Country Co-op are planning a new hotel and Co-op retail complex, two stand-alone restaurants and a seniors' living facility in Medicine Hat. Boston Pizza and A&W are also scheduled to open on the site.
    According to a report by Outlook Market Research, lack of experience and communication skills are some of the biggest challenges that Fort McMurray employers face when trying to fill positions
    Sturgeon County has awarded an $844,169 road rehabilitation contract to Park-Aid Asphalt and Maintenance Ltd. The work is to be completed in 2017.
    The Government of Alberta is spending $1.8M on upgrades at the Canmore General Hospital. The renovations are now underway and are scheduled to be completed in 2018.
    The City of St. Albert has approved a land sale that will permit construction of a $30M park-and-ride facility. Design work is scheduled for 2018, with construction set to begin in 2019.
    Clearwater County has awarded a $291,165 design contract to BR2 Architecture for a new fire station
    The Conference Board of Canada estimates that repairing damages from the Fort McMurray wildfires will boost economic growth and create an extra 9,000 jobs in Alberta this year
  • Start date: 2017-04-17, End date: 2017-04-21
    Week of Apr 17 - Apr 21, 2017

    The Red Deer Regional Hospital has opened two new dedicated obstetrical operating rooms and a recovery area. Additional nursing, clinical and non-clinical staff have been hired for the $9.7M labour and delivery unit.
    The City of Edmonton has approved the transfer of its drainage assets to EPCOR. The $1.1B deal is scheduled to take effect September 1, 2017.
    The Government of Alberta is providing approximately $13.4M to the City of Calgary for flood mitigation work. The projects will protect downtown Calgary and neighbouring communities during flooding and stormwater events.
    The shortage of labour is the largest bottleneck to meeting client demands for oilfield service companies, according to RBC. Companies expect hydraulic fracturing work to remain strong until the third quarter of 2017.
    The Town of Blackfalds will be conducting its annual municipal census starting May 1 until June 30, 2017. The census data will be conducted through online responses as well as door-to-door with official enumerators.
    Loblaw Companies Ltd. plans to renovate 500 stores and open 30 new ones this year across Canada. The company estimates that the $1.3B expansion could create up to 10,000 new retail, trade and construction jobs throughout the country.
    The City of Lacombe has awarded a $5.6M construction contract to Pidherney's Inc., to construct the first phase of the Main Street Project. Construction is expected to wrap up by the end of October 2017.
    The City of Medicine Hat has awarded a $4.8M construction contract to Contempora Construction, to install the roof and remainder of the envelope on the city's Municipal Works building. The city is also spending about $1M on garage upgrades.
    The City of Medicine Hat is planning to rebuild the entire road and sewer systems along South Railway Street in summer 2017. MJB Enterprises Ltd. was awarded the $7M contract.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $15M per year for its FireSmart program to help communities with wildfire protection activities. The funding includes $10.5M for fire prevention work in the Fort McMurray area.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $0.3M to the Capital Region Board to encourage economic development in the Metro Edmonton region
    The Government of Alberta, the City of Calgary and Brookfield Residential are working together to build a road interchange in Calgary. Brookfield estimates the intersection will support more than $4B in economic opportunity during the development.
    The Municipal District of Bonnyville's 2017 budget includes $1.4M for the Cold Lake Water Line and $6.4M for road paving, among other infrastructure projects
    Construction has started on a $44M project to replace underground utilities and sidewalks as well as remove utility poles along Calgary's 17th Avenue S.W. The work is expected to take three to four years to complete.
    Mountain View County has approved $3.56M for the construction of a single lane bridge over the Little Red Deer River near Water Valley. The work is expected to be completed by the fall of 2017.
    Origin Malting is opening a tap house, brewery and malt house in Strathmore. The malt house is expected to be fully operational in September 2017.
    The Town of Bassano has almost $1M in infrastructure work planned in 2017. Construction is scheduled to begin on the first phase of a water line project and replacement of sewers.
    The Government of Alberta has launched a new Energy Efficiency Alberta program that will provide rebates to homeowners for energy upgrades through Alberta-based registered contractors
    De Beers Canada is moving its twice-weekly charter flights from Edmonton to Calgary starting in summer 2017. The flights take employees to the Gahcho Kué diamond mine in the Northwest Territories.
    Four universities are receiving $1M in joint funding to study Fort McMurray residents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after the wildfire in May 2016. The studies are scheduled to start in May 2017.
    Red Deer-based Parkland Fuel Corporation is planning to spend $1.46B to acquire the assets of Chevron Canada. The deal includes 129 gas stations in the Vancouver area and a refinery in Burnaby, B.C.
    The Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board is forecasting a shortage of skilled tradespeople in the province due to an aging demographic and looming retirements in coming years
  • Start date: 2017-04-10, End date: 2017-04-14
    Week of Apr 10 - Apr 14, 2017

    The Canadian branch of Repsol SA has vacated eight of its 22 floors office space in a Calgary building, with plans to sublet the space. The decision comes as a result of there being fewer Repsol staff in the building due to relocations and job cuts.
    WestJet is outsourcing its in-flight food services as it changes its onboard food service. Affected employees will either have the option to stay on with the airline in another role, or take a severance package and apply for third-party food service job.
    Alberta Health Services is planning to construct a new heliport at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray, starting in late 2017. The project is subject to approval from Transport Canada and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
    Construction of Horizon Housing Society's new affordable housing project in Calgary is set to begin in April and should be completed by late 2018. The Government of Alberta has granted $17.9M towards the development.
    The Town of Canmore is selling a parcel of land to the Canmore Community Housing Corporation for $1.3M to allow the society to develop its next affordable housing project
    Royal Roads University, in partnership with the Banff Lake Louise Hospitality Association, hosted a multi-day learning opportunity for about 30 students enrolled at the university's international hotel management program
    The Government of Alberta is launching a province-wide school nutrition program in the 2017/18 school year, thanks to an additional funding of $10M in the 2017 Budget. The money will be provided to 60 school boards who will administer the program.
    Rockwell Group and Nearctic Property Group are seeking $13M from the City of Edmonton for a pedestrian street as part of an $800M mixed retail and residential development. The first phase, worth $300M, is anticipated to be completed in three years.
    The Government of Alberta and the province's unions are expecting a surge in contract bargaining in 2017. Overall, more than 400 agreements will expire in 2017 in total.
    Alberta Transportation has approved funding to replace the existing old Smoky River Blue Truss Bridge on Highway 40, near Grande Cache. Construction could start as early as spring 2017 and is expected to be completed in late fall 2018.
    Strathcona County council has approved care centre as a permitted use within the Emerald Hills Urban Village. A child care facility is proposed for the site.
    International Coliseums Company Ltd. and the City of Spruce Grove are planning to build a $79.3M multi-use sport and event centre. If approved, construction of the facility would create an estimated 3,300 jobs, starting in 2019.
    The new YMCA Child Care Centre opened in Spruce Grove on April 3, 2017. The centre has 18-20 staff.
    The Town of Okotoks is planning to replace the Laurie Boyd Bridge across the Sheep River. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.
    The Government of Alberta is providing almost $1M in joint funding for seniors and affordable housing initiatives in Grande Prairie
    The Father Beauregard School will be reopening in September 2017 following interior renovations to repair smoke damage from the wildfire in May 2016. Many of the former staff are expected to return to the school once it reopens.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $10M for 22 pilot Early Learning and Child Care Centres across Alberta, to demonstrate the importance and viability of $25-a-day child care. The project will create approximately 119 new child care staff jobs.
    Two major road construction projects in Lethbridge are slated to begin in April 2017. Both projects are expected to be completed by fall 2018.
    The City of Medicine Hat has awarded a $7.8M contract to Westpro-Pomerleau, a Calgary-based facility constructor, to replace the Crescent Heights Lift Station
    Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has eliminated 400 jobs in the past two years through attrition. Most of the positions were in its North American exploration and production division.
    The Government of Alberta is planning to build a new $50M interchange in Cochrane, at Highways 1A and 22. Construction could start as early as fall 2019, with completion in 2021.
    The Government of Alberta is providing approximately $0.47M for three projects in rural Alberta which aim to create jobs and diversify their local economies
    The Government of Alberta is providing approximately $0.24M to five communities in northwestern Alberta for regional economic development projects
    The Government of Alberta is providing $0.3M to the Village of Foremost for Phase Two of its Foremost Unmanned Aerial Systems Range project
    The Government of Alberta is providing nearly $0.225M for economic development projects in southwestern Alberta, including a material recovery facility in the Town of Taber
    The Government of Alberta is providing $0.3M towards economic developments projects in Calgary's International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone. Approximately 425 businesses operate in the zone.
    Five schools in Fort McMurray affected by the wildfire in May 2016 have been cleaned and repaired, and are set to reopen in September 2017. The schools are in the hardest-hit wildfire areas, and will likely have low enrolment.
    Construction of a new Students' Association of MacEwan University building recently began in Edmonton. The project is scheduled for completion in fall 2019.
    His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, has donated over $25M to the University of Alberta for construction of The Aga Khan Garden, southwest of Edmonton. The garden is expected to open in 2018.
    Construction of a new ambulance bay and expanded emergency department at the Wainwright Health Centre is set to start soon. The $3.65M project is expected to be completed in late 2018.
    Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, a California-based restaurant chain, opened a second location in Edmonton on April 13, 2017
  • Start date: 2017-04-03, End date: 2017-04-07
    Week of Apr 03 - Apr 07, 2017

    Cenovus Energy, based in Calgary, is buying most of the Canadian assets of ConocoPhillips for $17.7B. The deal adds natural gas production and gas processing capacity to Cenovus.
    The Alberta Small Brewers Association expects that at least 30 new breweries being planned in Alberta this year. The industry is also experiencing an increase in micro-malters and hops and barley growers.
    Source Energy Services, based in Calgary, has sold approximately 50% more hydraulic fracturing sand in January 2017 compared to the same month in 2016, with expectations that 2017 will be a record year for the company
    R'ohan Rig Services Ltd. and Raider Well Servicing Ltd., both in Lloydminster, are looking for employees in all positions right from floorhands to drillers for service rigs
    Turnarounds at the Husky Asphalt Refinery and the Husky upgrader are expected to bring hundreds of tradespeople to Lloydminster. The bulk of turnaround crews come from out of town boosting demand for accommodation, food and beverages.
    CWC Energy Services and Wrangler Well Service are actively recruiting for service rig hands in the Lloydminster area. The steadier price of oil means some companies are bringing production on to some wells that they put on hold.
    The Town of Canmore has budgeted $3.4M for major road reconstruction and $0.9M for utility work in 2017. The work is expected to be complete by the end of October.
    The Town of Bashaw has awarded a $1,080,346 construction contract to Carbon Earthworks of Red Deer for infrastructure replacement work in 2017
    CTV Calgary is losing three sports reporter/anchor positions in Calgary as part of a wider restructuring by the parent company Bell Media
    The City of Camrose has approved plans for the $5M TownSquare Camrose, a mixed use development by Home Solutions and RDS Development. Construction of the project is expected to start by the end of April 2017 and should be completed in 18 months.
    The Government of Alberta has committed $25M for the Alberta Small Brewers Development Program in its 2017 budget. A similar program for small distillers, wineries and meaderies is in development.
    The Government of Alberta has allocated a minimum of $97M over the next four years for a new Red Deer Justice Centre. The building will include 12 courtrooms, with the potential to expand to 16 courtrooms in the future.
    The Government of Alberta is providing nearly $0.25M to four organizations in the Red Deer area through the Community and Regional Economic Support program. The funding helps communities tackle economic development projects.
    The Government of Alberta is providing over $0.21M to seven organizations to support job creation and economic diversification
    Alberta Health Services has opened a temporary community collections site in Brooks as part of the expansion of lab services in southeast Alberta. The site will operate until construction on the permanent lab is complete.
    Construction has started on the Encore Tower, 43-storey condominium building, in downtown Edmonton. The $7B project is expected to be completed in fall 2019.
    Enform recently released a study which projected that 8,700 more jobs could be lost if oil prices drop below US$50 per barrel for a sustained period. The Calgary-based firm researches labour market trends in the Canadian energy industry.
    The County of Newell is seeking tenders for a paving project on East Gem Road. The paving reserve for the project is worth approximately $8.6M.
    INDOCHINO, a made to measure menswear company, has opened retail locations in Edmonton and Calgary
    A recent job fair for construction of the $1.42B Calgary Southwest Ring Road attracted more than 1,000 applicants for the 300 available positions. The work is expected to start later in April 2017 and should be completed in 2021.
    A second Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th off-price satellite store recently opened in Edmonton
    The Government of Alberta is funding a new emergency department at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton as part of a $65M capital investment over four years. Approximately $6M is also being spent on infrastructure maintenance.
    The Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo is launching a regional transit pilot program in 2017 that will provide enhanced bus service to communities surrounding Fort McMurray
    The Government of Alberta has committed more than $200M to twin the Highway 15 bridge to Fort Saskatchewan. The 2017 budget earmarked $10M to begin planning and design to twin Highway 15 and the bridge.
    R&W Furniture, a retail furniture store in Rosemary, is closing after 42 years. The store will close when all the inventory has been sold.
    The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science is highlighting the shortage of medical laboratory technologists, particularly in rural and remote areas of Alberta. Almost 50% of its members will retire over the next 10 years.
    Construction has started on a new 97-unit supportive living facility for individuals with chronic mental illness, brain injuries and mobility issues in Edmonton. The building is expected to open in fall 2018.
    The Government of Alberta is granting approximately $20M over four years for infrastructure projects in Castle Provincial Park and surrounding communities. The funding will be used in highway paving and new water line projects.
  • Start date: 2017-03-27, End date: 2017-03-31
    Week of Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2017

    Camrose Women's Shelter recently opened the doors of its expanded facility. The new facility will accommodate three new employees and will allow an increase in programming at the shelter.
    The Town of Beaverlodge is spending approximately $5.6M on capital projects in 2017, which includes upgrades to the water treatment plant and road work
    The Government of Canada is providing a $30M one-time payment to help with the reclamation of orphan wells in Alberta. Alberta has more than 82,000 inactive oil and gas wells.
    Grant Thornton LLP has been appointed as a receiver over all assets of Lexin Resources Ltd., as the company enters receivership. All the assets of the company, including over 1,380 wells, are to be sold.
    Construction of a $39M southeast Calgary interchange has been accelerated after developers stepped forward with $13M, prompting a commitment from the province. The work could start in summer 2017, with completion anticipated by winter 2018.
    Canada Company, a federal charity that helps military members transition into civilian life, in partnership with Military Family Services plans to expand the METSpouse program across Canada
    A research team at the University of Alberta has been awarded $0.5M over three years from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, for Zika virus studies. The group is collaborating with scientists in Brazil.
    Tenaris Global Services is reopening its manufacturing plant in Calgary and rehiring about 100 employees that it laid-off two years ago. The company is also planning to build a $20M service centre in Grande Prairie with 20 new employees.
    The Alberta Electric System Operator is seeking competitive bids for renewable energy projects under the Renewable Electricity Program. Successful projects are expected to be operational by the end of 2019.
    Irma School has been selected by the Government of Alberta for replacement, one of nine in the province. Construction is expected to start in April 2018, with the school reopening in September 2019.
    Wild Life Distillery in Canmore is planning to add employees and expand production, following the announcement of a grant program for craft distillers by the Government of Alberta
    The second and final phase of the Banff Elementary School is set to receive between $13.5M and $14.4M from the Government of Alberta. The second phase will include construction of the remainder of the school, more classrooms, a library and gymnasium.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $270.6M to the University of Calgary over four years to renovate the MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties building. The renovated building will add 500 new classroom and study spaces.
    The Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission has approved a new horse racing track in Leduc County. The $50M Century Mile Entertainment Centre will have a track, grandstand, slot machines, off-track betting and food and beverage outlets.
    Construction has started on the $50M North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Transmission System in central Alberta. The project is being funded by the Government of Alberta, the Government of Canada and the regional water commission.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $21.6M over four years to Northern Lakes College for a centralized facility in High Prairie. The project is anticipated to generate approximately $46.3M for Alberta's economy and will employ more than 276 people.
    The Government of Alberta is granting $7M to Calgary's Fresh Start Recovery Centre to build post-treatment housing and add 46 beds to the facility
    Starting April 3, Airdrie Urgent Care will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat non-life-threatening health concerns. Life-threatening conditions will continue to be treated at Calgary and area emergency rooms.
    St. Albert Centre is adding Bellissima women's clothing, Soft Moc shoes and Evena Naturals to its roster of businesses in the former Target location
    The new High Prairie Health Complex is adding approximately 16 full-time equivalent staff positions, including Health Care Aide and Licensed Practical Nurse, to help care for additional supportive living clients
    The Government of Alberta has committed $40M for a new storage facility at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin. Construction is expected to start in spring 2018.
    St. Patrick's Community School in Red Deer is set to undergo renovations. The Government of Alberta is granting $9M towards the project.
  • Start date: 2017-03-20, End date: 2017-03-24
    Week of Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2017

    The Government of Alberta is providing $5.7M for the planning phase of 14 affordable housing projects across the province
    Film Alberta Studios is producing a $3M feature film, Puppy Love, in Edmonton
    The Government of Alberta's 2017-18 budget is estimated at $54.9B. Some of the major capital projects included in the budget are: new schools, a new hospital in Edmonton and a long-term care facility in Calgary.
    The Government of Alberta is planning to increase the number of full-time equivalent employees by 2,822 in 2017-18. The majority of new recruits will work for Alberta Health Services.
    Rocky View County is currently recruiting about 60 employees for seasonal positions. Most of the positions run from April to late August.
    Rocky View Employment Services held a job and career fair in Airdrie on March 23. Each of the 17 employer booths at the event were hiring up to 15 workers.
    The Thorpe Recovery Centre in Lloydminster is starting Children's Intensive, a program for children and their parents who are affected by addiction. The centre's staff is currently being trained by the Betty Ford Centre in the US.
    The Town of Blackfalds has awarded a $350,000 contract to Hoots Ltd. to plan, design, and build a new bike skills park. Construction of the park is expected to be completed by late summer of 2017.
    Pet Valu, a retail pet services store, opened in Strathmore on March 3, 2017
    The Town of Sylvan Lake has awarded a $2.99M contract to Border Paving Ltd. for infrastructure replacement and upgrades
    The City of Edmonton has approved a plan by ONE Properties and Wheaton Properties for a four-building project composed of both residential and commercial tenants
    Lac La Biche County has allocated approximately $28M for capital projects throughout the county in 2017. The money will be spent on road upgrades, as well as water and sewer line replacements.
    The Town of Banff has received a $11.9M funding commitment from the Government of Alberta for 132 affordable housing units. Construction of the housing units is expected to start in spring 2017, with occupancy by fall 2018.
    The City of Brooks has awarded a construction contract of approximately $1.25M to Brooks Asphalt & Aggregate for road upgrades and general street improvements. The work is expected to start in May 2017 and should be completed by September.
    Jasper National Park is set to receive $78.8M from the Government of Canada for infrastructure improvements
    The Government of Alberta is providing $1B for new school capital projects across Alberta over the next four years. The projects are expected to create 6,000 direct and indirect jobs across the province.
    Enbridge is cutting approximately 1,000 positions following its takeover of Spectra Energy Corp of Houston, Texas. The company did not provide a geographic breakdown of the layoffs.
    The new Battle River Health Clinic opened at Hamilton's IGA in Ponoka on March 16, 2017. Construction of the project created work for local sub-trades.
    The Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton is set to open 12 adult acute mental health beds and six psychiatric intensive care beds in April 2017. Alberta Health Services also plans to close a 20-bed unit at Alberta Hospital Edmonton.
  • Start date: 2017-03-13, End date: 2017-03-17
    Week of Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2017

    Fashion retailer Zara, and Canadian sportswear chain Sporting Life, are opening in Calgary's Market Mall in fall 2017. Saks Off 5th will be moving into a nearby location in 2018.
    Lakeland College is offering a full-time hairstyling program at the Lloydminster campus starting this fall. The college will be hiring six Red Seal hair stylists as instructors.
    IBM Canada and District Ventures have opened a business accelerator in Calgary that will offer entrepreneurs mentorship, collaboration, and access to IBM technologies
    The Government of Alberta is hiring 50 Crown prosecutors and an additional 30 support staff to address the backlog of cases within the criminal justice system
    Gleeds, a global property and construction consultancy, has opened its first Canadian office in Calgary. The company is concentrating on the local energy and infrastructure sectors.
    The Government of Alberta is extending operating and treatment hours at cancer centres in Edmonton and Calgary
    The federal and provincial governments have signed a new Health Accord that will provide $1.3B for home care and mental health services over a 10 year period. These investments are in addition to the existing commitments of the Canada Health Transfer.
    The Government of Canada is providing $6M to help Alberta deal with ongoing opioid problems. The funding will be used for opioid replacement therapy, conventional treatment and supervised ingestion sites.
    Sunrise Records is opening seven new music stores in former HMV locations across Alberta, as part of a Canada-wide rollout. The stores are expected to be operational in April 2017.
    The University of Alberta is receiving $14M for energy sustainability research from Mexico's Ministry of Energy Hydrocarbon Fund. The collaborative five-year projects will enable researchers in Canada to partner with Mexican research institutions.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $1.3M to upgrade and repair seniors and affordable housing units in Lethbridge. The funds will be used in projects such as mechanical systems, sidewalk improvements and to address accessibility issues.
    Paterson Grain is moving ahead with the construction of a $50M Inland Export Grain Terminal near Bowden. The company expects that the project will create up to 100 jobs during construction, and at least 12 full-time jobs during operation.
    The Footprints Family Centre, a childcare facility operated by Catholic Social Services in Lloydminster, is closing on April 15 due to financial issues
    Two new physicians have joined the Centennial Health Clinic in Brooks
    The University of Calgary, in collaboration with Mexican universities and research institutes, has received $44M for four knowledge networks to support joint research projects that will aid energy reforms in Mexico
    The University of Alberta has received a $500,000 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study the physical and mental health of the 3,500 firefighters involved with the Fort McMurray wildfire
    The City of Medicine Hat is evaluating construction bids for the $9.9M Veiner Centre, which was severely damaged in a 2013 flood. Construction is expected to start in spring 2017 with completion projected by summer 2018.
    According to the latest Manpower Group Employment Outlook Survey, about 20% of employers in the Red Deer area are planning to hire employees in the upcoming quarter. Meanwhile, about eight percent anticipate job cuts.
    The Treaty Six First Nations recently held their fourth annual career fair in Edmonton. The event hoped to draw more than 3,000 Indigenous job-seekers for an estimated 16,500 jobs on offer.
  • Start date: 2017-03-06, End date: 2017-03-10
    Week of Mar 06 - Mar 10, 2017

    FGL Sports opened Sport Chek Women, a concept store, in Calgary's Chinook Centre on March 2, 2017
    The Bethany Group is receiving nearly $1.2M for upgrades, repairs and maintenance at three of its seniors facilities in Camrose. The combined funding is from the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada.
    The Government of Alberta has launched a new Energy Efficiency Alberta program that will provide in-home installations of practical, no-charge efficiency products. Installation will be conducted by qualified agents who schedule home visits.
    Able Custom Sheet Metal opened in Camrose on March 2, 2017
    The Government of Canada is providing over $430,000 to four community projects in Edmonton, to improve local amenities
    The City of Medicine Hat has awarded a $3.77M contract for electrical system upgrades to Will Bros. Canada. The upgrades are expected take place starting in fall 2017.
    Fort Edmonton Park is set to undergo a $160M expansion and upgrade thanks to funding from the federal, provincial and municipal governments. The improvement work is expected to begin this fall and should be complete by spring 2020.
    The YMM Home Show and Job Fair was held in Fort McMurray on March 3 and 4. About 150 vendors participated in the fair and close to 5,000 job seekers attended it.
    Ensign Energy Services Inc. shuttered 26 rigs in 2016 as it adjusted operations to cope with low oil and gas prices. The company also shuffled its fleet and invested in new high-performing rigs last year.
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are investing $816,300 to upgrade affordable housing units in the Red Deer area
    The Government of Alberta is providing an additional $1M to fund the Apprentice Training Award. The program helps apprentices by giving them $1,000 in grants towards their technical training.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing up to $20M for the development of the Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre. The facility will be constructed at the Shepard Energy Centre in Calgary.
    John Fluevog Shoes is opening in Edmonton, tentatively on March 25, 2017
    The Home Depot store in Lloydminster is looking to hire up to 46 associates as part of a corporate annual spring hiring event
    Baytex Energy has started its 2017 drilling program with 11 wells planned for the Peace River region and 52 wells for the Lloydminster area
    The Old Colony Seniors Lodge in Carmangay has attracted 11 residents. Six full-time and three part-time staff are employed at the facility.
    The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees has ratified a two-year contract with Alberta Health Services that applies to about 13,000 licensed practical nurses and health-care aids. The new contract includes a retroactive wage increase.
  • Start date: 2017-02-27, End date: 2017-03-03
    Week of Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2017

    Ernst and Young and the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business have released results from a survey of 72 oil and gas companies that suggests that recovery in the energy sector will result in fewer new jobs
    The Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary South is undergoing a $13M upgrade by SDW Contracting. Two fitness rooms are being added as part of the renovations.
    Husky Energy plans to build a new asphalt refinery near the Husky Upgrader in Lloydminster. The company estimates about 800 people would be employed at the peak of the construction phase and about 50 jobs will be created once the facility is operational.
    Calfrac Well Services and Trican Well Service, two Calgary-based companies that provide well completion and servicing to the energy sector, are having trouble finding staff for field operations
    RBC is opening a banking centre in the Edmonton Tower in fall 2017. Gateway Newstands and Tim Hortons are also expected to open their doors in the building in summer 2017.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $20M to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo through the Disaster Recovery Program. The money is intended to help with uninsurable costs such as repairs to public infrastructure damaged by the wildfire.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $400,000 over two years to support the new Spark! Business Incubator in Grande Prairie. The program will give entrepreneurs access to professional business development advisors.
    The Government of Alberta is creating a $36M rebate program for rooftop solar panel installations on residential and commercial buildings. The government expects that the program will support the creation of 900 jobs in Alberta's solar sector by 2019.
    Calgary-based Bow Valley College has been awarded $394,000 from the federal government to expand into Strathmore. The college is building the Strathmore Learning and Innovation Centre.
    The Town of Penhold has approved a provision to borrow $850,000 to fund the construction of a $3.3M water reservoir. Construction is expected to start in summer 2017 and should be complete in 14 months.
    Calgary's community health centres are getting 10 nurse practitioners as part of a three-year, $10M pilot project by the Government of Alberta to improve services for low-income patients
    The Government of Alberta is reducing salaries and eliminating bonuses for the highest paid top executives of agencies, boards and commissions. The move will affect about 270 executives and management employees and save approximately $16M a year.
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are jointly providing more than $14M to improve over 300 affordable housing projects in rural Alberta. Most of the investment will go towards renovating and repairing seniors' housing.
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are jointly providing approximately $260,000 for improvements to seniors and community housing in Medicine Hat
    BCBG Max Azria, a retail women's clothing chain, is seeking bankruptcy protection in the US and Canada. The store plans to close all 51 of its Canadian stores.
    High Prairie Regional Business Support Network held its initial meeting on February 23, 2017 under the auspices of the Community Futures of Lesser Slave Lake Region. The network serves as a new resource to help improve business and communities.
    The City of St. Albert has approved changes to a land-use bylaw that would allow Landrex, a property development company, to build a a U-STORE-IT Canada facility
    According to the Petroleum Services Association of Canada, technological developments, increased automation and other labour-saving efficiencies could limit future job growth in the energy sector
    The Government of Alberta is actively recruiting eight to 10 Crown prosecutors for Edmonton and four for Wetaskiwin. Additional court clerks are also being hired.
  • Start date: 2017-02-20, End date: 2017-02-24
    Week of Feb 20 - Feb 24, 2017

    Paramount Resources is planning to spend $325M on capital projects in 2017. The company expects to drill at least seven new wells and complete the expansion of its $35M Karr-Gold Creek facility.
    The Calgary Climbing Centre is starting construction on a new Olympic-calibre climbing facility. The gym is expected to open in February 2018 and will create 50 new jobs.
    Cenovus Energy plans to spend approximately $160M in 2017 to drill 50 horizontal development wells and 60 exploratory wells in southern Alberta
    TransCanada Corp has refiled its application with the State of Nebraska for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route. The company expects a decision by the end of 2017.
    Pembina Pipelines has signed a 20-year infrastructure development and service agreement with Chevron Canada for potential work near Fox Creek. Pembina estimates that the project could be a multi-billion dollar investment if it moves forward.
    Arup, a global engineering and design company, has opened an office in Calgary for the new Calgary Cancer Centre. Construction of the facility is expected to start in late 2017, and should open its doors in 2024.
    Water Wings, an employment initiative for vulnerable job seekers at Boyle Street Community Services in Edmonton, is cutting its enrolment due to funding issues
    Construction on a project to twin the Peace River Bridge is expected to start in 2017 and should be complete in 2019. The Government of Alberta has budgeted $160M for the project.
    Wetaskiwin-based Flying Tiger Aviation Ltd. and Shengda Xiang Yun Aviation Ltd. of Yongcheng, China are setting up a joint venture to manufacture airplanes. Shengda will supply the financing and Flying Tiger will provide the aviation experience.
    The County of St. Paul is conducting their own census between April 1 and June 30, 2017
    M-R Pets is closing its doors in Lloydminster by April 30, 2017
    The University of Alberta has opened a radiation therapy training facility at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. It is estimated that up to 50% of Alberta's current radiation therapy workforce could retire in the next 5 to 10 years.
    The Town of Fox Creek has decided to move towards closing the local airport because approximately $3M to $5M is required to maintain the facility
    The Town of Slave Lake has extended a two-year contract with Global Traffic Group to operate photo laser enforcement for speeding and stop sign violations
    Kineticor Resource Corp. in partnership with OPTrust has acquired a partially constructed cogeneration plant located near Peace River, from Shell Canada. OPTrust has also committed to a $125M investment in Kineticor.
  • Start date: 2017-02-13, End date: 2017-02-17
    Week of Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2017

    The Government of Alberta is hiring two additional medical examiners. The province is increasing funding for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner by $1M per year, with about $0.8M allocated to the two new positions.
    With oil prices recovering, Precision Drilling anticipates spending $108M on capital projects in 2017, a decline of almost 47% from 2016. The company has 90 rigs drilling or moving in Canada.
    Roam Public Transit and Parks Canada are launching a two-year transit pilot project to ease traffic congestion in the Banff-Lake Louise area. The service is scheduled to run from May 19 to September 10.
    The Alberta Utilities Commission has approved the Fort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission Project. The $1.6B transmission line will run from just west of Edmonton to the Fort McMurray area and is expected to be operational in 2019.
    The Banff International Research Station will be receiving $12.8M in funding over the next five years from agencies in Canada, Mexico and the United States. The centre focuses on applied mathematics in the sciences.
    The Alberta Wheat Commission is moving to single wheat check-off system starting in August 2017, subject to government approval. Under the changes the commission will assume a greater role in funding new wheat variety development.
    The Municipal District of Bonnyville has awarded two road work contracts valued at approximately $8.47M for the 2017 season
    Harmony Beef is opening on February 27, 2017 near Balzac. The plant is expected to employ about 125 workers to process an estimated 800 head per day.
    Holden Crop Management is opening a local agricultural retail outlet in spring 2017, just east of the Village of Holden
    Drilling activity in Alberta, up 50% from a year ago according to industry sources, is concentrating on higher-valued natural gas, associated liquids and oil. Approximately 200 rigs are actively drilling.
    The City of Lethbridge plans to borrow $15.3M as part of a $41M expansion of the Sherring Business and Industrial Park. The money will be used for infastructure improvements and a new rail line.
    Lakeland College is launching an administrative professional certificate program in Lloydminster starting in fall 2017. The one -year long program includes a work practicum in a professional office.
    Red Deer Public Schools has issued a tender for the construction of West Park Middle School. Construction of Don Campbell Elementary and St. Joseph High School are in progress and are set to open in fall 2017.
    Daishowa-Merubini International Ltd, based in Peace River, has been approved for a $4.8M grant for a bioenergy electricity project. The funding is part of the $60M Alberta Bioenergy Producer Program.
    Big Lakes County has awarded a $4.3M construction contract for a new water reservoir and pumping station in Kinuso to Alberco Construction. The work is scheduled to be complete by October 5, 2017.
  • Start date: 2017-02-06, End date: 2017-02-10
    Week of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017

    Parrish and Heimbecker are buying crop input retail stores at four locations in Alberta from Crop Production Services, a division of Agrium. Staff at all the retail stores are being retained by the new owners.
    The Government of Alberta has committed an additional $5.2M to renovate Parkland Lodge, a seniors facility in Edson. The lodge renovation is expected to be complete by the fall of 2018.
    Alberta Health Services anticipates that the new High Prairie Health Complex will be operational for patients by the summer of 2017. The facility includes an increase of 37 continuing care beds.
    Tolko Industries plans to re-open its oriented strandboard plant in High Prairie that originally closed in 2008. Tolko has hired a mill manager and estimates that the operation will create 150 direct jobs and another 150 indirect or related jobs.
    Palliser Regional Schools is planning to spend approximately $2.2M on school infrastructure, maintenance and renewal in 2017
    The Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan, focused on physician recruitment, is expanding its role to other health professions including nurses and nurse practitioners. The independent non-governmental organization is funded by Alberta Health.
    IKEA Canada has purchased the Wintering Hills wind farm near Drumheller for approximately $120M. The site has the capacity to generate enough electricity for approximately 54 IKEA stores.
    HMV Canada is set to close all of its 102 stores in Canada over the next few months. The company was placed in receivership and most of its head office staff were laid off on January 28, 2017.
    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is eliminating 168 jobs to save $24.2M, due to slow oilsands growth and the impact of the 2016 wildfire. The cuts include 46 vacant positions.
    Tree Canada is spending $1M to restore forests that were destroyed during the 2016 wildfire in Fort McMurray. The work is expected to start in the spring of 2017 and continue into 2018.
    Producers of a Netflix movie are seeking First Nations actors and extras. Hold the Dark will be filming from February 27 to April 14, 2017, in and around Calgary.
    Arnold Churgin is closing its remaining shoe store in Calgary
    Transcend Coffee is closing its café in downtown Edmonton on February 26, 2017
    GrainsConnect Canada is planning to build a $30M grain terminal near Vegreville. The company expects the project to be complete in 2018 and estimates that 15 full-time jobs will be created.
    The Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association is shifting its focus to attracting agricultural, environmental, renewable energy and advanced manufacturing firms to its industrial park south of Edmonton
    The Government of Alberta has increased funding for Phase 3 of the Bonnylodge seniors facility from $10.4M to $13M. Construction is scheduled to start in June 2017 and be complete in 2019.
    The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is forecasting an increase in drilling in Alberta this year to 2,700 wells. Member companies of the association also reported new hiring and the recall of most staff to handle increased customer demand.
    Enform, a Calgary-based energy sector safety training organization, is reporting a 10% to 15% increase in students with an uptick in drilling activity
    Royal Dutch Shell is investing in its liquid-rich Fox Creek site in Alberta as part of a broader US$2-to-3B strategy targeting shale production. The company did not specify how much capital would be allocated toward the Fox Creek play.
    Delphi Energy Corp. is planning a $65M to $70M capital program for 2017 that includes the operation of a second drilling rig and the completion of 13 horizontal wells
    Indochino, a made-to-measure men's clothing company, is opening a store in Edmonton on March 30, 2017. Another location is set to open in Calgary's Chinook Centre on April 6, 2017.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $350,000 over two years for the Apex business incubator in Medicine Hat, the first to be approved under the Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator Program
    Keystone Excavating Ltd. Is closing permanently at the end of March 2017. The company has recently had fewer than 50 employees.
    The Town of Rocky Mountain House is seeking tenders for demolition of its water tower. The project is scheduled for early March 2017.
    Grande Cache Coal has advised the Town of Grande Cache that it is heading into receivership, with a plan to restructure operations and reopen the mine in July 2017
    Airdrie Economic Development is working with Calgary-based Local Intel to develop a microsite for small business and entrepreneurs to assist with market research. The site is currently in a testing mode with the developers seeking feedback from users.
    Chinook's Edge School Division has decided to close the Chinook Centre School in Innisfail on June 30, 2017. Students and staff will transfer to École John Wilson Elementary School in September 2017.
    The Department of National Defence is extending its contract with aviation company CAE for the continuation of the NATO Flying Training in Canada program by two years, to at least 2023. The training occurs in Cold lake and Moose Jaw, SK.
    The City of Red Deer is eliminating staff, reducing service levels and deleting some vacant positions. The staffing reduction is equivalent to 9.75 full time equivalents comprised of permanent, temporary and casual staff across the city.
  • Start date: 2017-01-30, End date: 2017-02-03
    Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017

    The Government of Canada is providing approximately $3.1M to 21 community projects in the greater Edmonton area, to help modernize local recreation facilities and improve social as well as cultural infrastructure and programs
    Altura Energy plans to drill 11 horizontal oil and natural gas wells in Alberta in 2017, supported by a capital budget of $17M
    A recent study conducted for the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, an insurance industry research group, estimates that the direct and indirect costs of the Fort McMurray wildfire in May 2016 could reach $8.9B
    Simons is opening its first Calgary location on March 16, 2017. The company expects to hire 150 to 200 full-time equivalent positions to staff the store.
    A new Dairy Queen restaurant has opened in Slave Lake. The owners have hired approximately 50 employees but anticipate more hiring for the busy spring and summer seasons.
    The City of St. Albert is expecting a surge in non-residential developments during the 2017-19 period. The first phase of the Erin Ridge Shopping Centre has recently confirmed 12 new tenants for the project.
    The Government of Canada is providing approximately $1.7M to 14 communities in northern and central Alberta as part of Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations. The funding is directed towards community, social and cultural infrastructure and programs.
    The Government of Canada is providing approximately $1.6M for infrastructure projects, recreation and programs in seven communities in south-central Alberta
    The Royal Bank of Canada is partnering with computer scientists at the University of Alberta to launch a research lab which will focus on artificial intelligence. The bank estimates that tens of millions of dollars will be invested in the project.
    Solium, a Calgary software development company, is planning to hire 60 to 85 new staff in the city to cope with expansion plans
    The Government of Canada is providing approximately $0.6M to nine community groups in Calgary as part of Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations
    Slave Lake, Fort Vermilion and Barrhead are set to receive approximately $1.0M from the Government of Canada for recreational and cultural projects
    Pengrowth Energy is planning to spend approximately $80M in 2017 at its Lindbergh thermal oil project, including drilling new wells, maintenance activities, a planned turnaround and engineering and design work for the second phase of the project
    The Government of Canada is providing approximately $4.8M for ten community projects in southern Alberta
    TEC Edmonton's downtown accelerator space has launched a new venture for entrepreneurs and rebranded the area as TEC Innovation District. Technology-based start-ups using the incubator service will be able to receive mentorship and coaching.
    Alberta's Industrial Heartland Association is forecasting a drop in activity as major construction projects near completion in 2017. However, Pembina Pipeline Corp. and Inter Pipeline have pending projects in the area worth about $7B combined.
    Field Upgrading Ltd. is planning to build a 2,500-barrel-per-day bitumen-cleaning demonstration facility in an industrial area northeast of Edmonton
    The Alberta Motor Transport Association is building a new training facility at the Edmonton International Airport starting in summer 2017. The association will offer complete commercial driving and safety training at the new facility.
    The Town of Hinton has over $15M in capital projects planned for 2017, including $4.5M for road repairs and improvements to storm drainage
    The Government of Alberta has created two protected areas in southwestern Alberta, the Castle Wildland Provincial Park and the Castle Provincial Park. The government anticipates that 44 jobs will be created in the process.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $4.8M to Red Deer College to build a new Alternative Energy Innovation Lab and for energy improvements on campus. The projects are expected to generate more than $7M of direct economic activity.
    The Animal House pet store in Okotoks is planning to permanently close, likely in February 2017, after selling all its current inventory
    The City of Calgary has approved a $45M subsidy program that will limit non-residential municipal tax increases to a maximum of five percent for one year. The city estimates that 6,000 non-residential properties will benefit from the program.
    The Government of Alberta has added $2.66M in funding for the new seniors lodge in Rimbey, bringing the total contribution to $15.96M. The facility is expected to open in September 2017.
  • Start date: 2017-01-23, End date: 2017-01-27
    Week of Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017

    The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller is receiving about $3.6M in cultural infrastructure funding from the Government of Canada, for a planned $9.3M expansion. The work is expected to be completed in 2019.
    Charm Diamond Centres has acquired Ben Moss Jewellers and will reopen multiple stores in five provinces, including Alberta. According to the company, more than 100 current Ben Moss employees will keep their jobs, and 75 positions will be added.
    Early child-care workers are in short supply in Fort McMurray according to a survey by the Wood Buffalo Social Recovery Task Force. Many workers that left during the fire in May 2016 and have not returned.
    The Irricana and Rural Municipal Library is hosting a four-week employment program from January 23 to February 15, 2017 in cooperation with Rocky View Employment Services
    The Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services are expanding services at the Sylvan Lake Community Health Centre. The centre will undergo renovations this spring, with the new facility opening in 2018.
    The Government of Alberta has released plans for a 100-bed continuing care facility in downtown Fort McMurray. The project is slated to go to tender in fall 2017.
    The Government of Canada is providing approximately $2.74M to upgrade 13 recreational and cultural facilities in Calgary
  • Start date: 2017-01-16, End date: 2017-01-20
    Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2017

    According to the City of Calgary, there has been an increase in the number of home-based businesses seeking licenses over the past two years. In 2016, the city issued 7,376 new business licences - up from 7,081 in 2015.
    The Government of Alberta has introduced the Capital Investment Tax Credit and the Alberta Investor Tax Credit, two programs to connect businesses with investors. The credits are expected to support at least 9,000 jobs and add $1.2B to Alberta's GDP.
    MEG Energy Corp is spending $400M over the next two years to drill wells and boost production at its Christina Lake oil sands project. Total capital spending for 2017 will increase to $590M, up from about $125M in 2016.
    Oh My Garden, a garden accessory and home décor shop in Lacombe, is closing on January 31, 2017
    A new Tim Hortons restaurant is opening in Strathmore on January 30, 2017. The franchise has hired 40 employees and is still seeking some part-time employees.
    The Town of Blackfalds has approved $0.5M for the development of a bike skills park. The project completion is set for August 2017.
    Drilling and well service companies in Alberta are struggling to find qualified employees as business picks up. About 50% of Alberta's drilling rigs are either active right now, or being moved to a site, up from about 30% in 2016.
  • Start date: 2017-01-09, End date: 2017-01-13
    Week of Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017

    Canada Boy Vinyl, one of only two record pressing plants in the country, is planning to cease operations in Calgary in the near future
    Gold's Gym has closed two out of three locations in Edmonton. The West Edmonton Mall location will be filling the void left by Gold's with a new fitness centre called WEM Fit.
    The Canmore Hotel is closing for renovations to its main and upper floors on January 16, 2017. The 19 employees on the hotel's payroll will face a layoff according to the new hotel owner, but will be offered positions once the work is complete.
    Penn West Exploration has announced a capital spending budget of $180M for 2017, almost double its 2016 allocation. The company plans to drill 52 producing wells and 45 vertical injection wells.
    The County of Newell has decided to award a $1.67M contract to Scott Builders to construct a new equipment shed. The facility is designed to last up to 60 years and will house large county equipment.
    Cineplex is opening a new outlet in its food-and-entertainment chain at the West Edmonton Mall this summer. The Rec Room will have more than 100 amusement games and a restaurant.
    Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission has received $4.2M in GreenTRIP funding from the Government of Alberta, for bus service in the Banff-Lake Louise corridor. The service is expected to begin in 2018.
    ClearStream Energy Services Inc. has successfully renewed a five year maintenance contract with a major oil sands producer in the Fort McMurray region. The work is expected to generate approximately $390M in revenue over the term of the contract.
    Canadian Red Cross is starting the third phase of its small businesses support program in Fort McMurray. As of December 2016, a total of 2,422 applications were started for the municipal and Canadian Red Cross business aid programs.
    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo recovery task force is planning to hire a four-person construction management team during the spring construction boom. The management team is intended to be fully in place by early April.
    The City of Calgary estimates that more than 18,300 full-time positions were lost in the city in 2016. Employment income in the region declined for the first time in 15 years, by $810M.
    School boards in Fort McMurray are using administrators and speciality staff to teach classes due to a shortage of teachers. Compared to 2016, the number of available substitute teachers has fallen by about 40% in public schools.
    Alberta Labour is conducting a Coal Communities Survey to collect information about employees in the coal industry and the business impacts of phasing out emissions from coal. The survey will also examine residents living in communities linked to coal.
    Whole Foods Market has cancelled its plans to open a store each in Calgary and Edmonton. When announced in 2015, the company said each store would create an estimated 150 jobs.
    The Lac La Biche County fire department is seeking new recruits. The department has been holding open houses and running recruitment drives in five districts in the county to attract younger members.
    The County of Newell has awarded the 2017 contract for studies, project management, inspection and geotechnical testing of rural paved roads and bridge designs to Amec Foster Wheeler
    Cold Lake Brewing & Distilling, a craft distillery, recently opened its doors in Cold Lake
    Lethbridge College is opening a regional campus in Pincher Creek. The campus officially became part of the college community last year after it signed a collaborative agreement with the college and five community partners.
    The Alberta Utilities Commission has approved construction and operation of the the Vulcan Solar Hybrid Energy Centre near Carmangay. The project is still conditional on approval by Vulcan County's Municipal Planning Commission.
    The Wetaskiwin Diner held a grand opening on January 7, 2017
    The Calgary Airport Authority is now allowing ride-hailing services like Uber and TappCar to pick up travellers using their mobile phone apps. Previously only drivers with Associated Cabs could pick up fares at the terminal.
  • Start date: 2017-01-02, End date: 2017-01-06
    Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017

    According to United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Local 401, Buffalo Métis Catering recently laid-off 170 employees from Beaver River Lodge near Fort McMurray. The workers performed duties such as cleaning, cooking and laundry.
    Mount Royal University in Calgary is cutting open enrolment, non-credit language courses through the Continuing Education faculty as of January 1, 2017. The courses have seen a steady decline in students over the past 10 years.
    The University of Alberta is severing its ties with an educational program that caters to vulnerable indigenous teens. The Moving the Mountain initiative had been housed in the university's Faculty of Education on a trial basis for the past 15 months.
    The City of Calgary mayor and councillors are taking a 2.49% pay cut starting January 1, 2017 based on an automated salary adjustment system. A five-member citizen committee oversees the process.
    The Village of Alix has decided to permanently close Moonwalkers Play Center as of mid-December 2016. Moonwalkers employed eight people, three full time and five-part time, including students.
    Edmonton's Concordia University is planning to open a $6.5M Centre for Science, Research and Innovation by March 2018 and is also undertake other laboratory improvements. The federal government is contributing $6.72M towards the projects.
    Ice Castles has returned to Edmonton over the 2016-17 winter. Approximately 60 employees have been employed to build the castle and 40 have been hired to take tickets and provide security.
    The Government of Alberta intends to spend up to $1M on Fort McMurray's first-ever formal plumbing training apprenticeship program at Keyano College. The construction industry in the area needs plumbers to rebuild homes destroyed by the wildfire.
    The inventory of abandoned oil and gas wells in Alberta has doubled so far in 2016 to 1,400, according to the Orphan Well Association. The total excludes licences in bankruptcy proceedings or those still being processed by the energy regulator.
    The East Central Francophone Education Region is taking over all management and control of the French language daycare, Les Petits Oursons in St. Paul, effective January 5, 2017. The previous operator, ACFA, will shift back to francophone community development, and cultural programming.
    The Alberta Small Brewers Association estimates that 20 new brewpubs or breweries will open across the province in 2017. The number of craft breweries in Alberta has more than doubled in the past two years, expanding from 18 in 2014 to nearly 50 in 2016.
    The Canmore Brewing Company opened its doors during the first week of January 2017. The brewery shares its facility space with Raw Distillery, a separate brand, which produces vodka and gin and plans to start producing whiskey and rum this year.
    MacEwan University in Edmonton is expanding its psychiatric nursing program to an optional four-year degree program, and increasing the intake by 35 students, in anticipation of a strong future demand for graduates
    The Town of Slave Lake is starting $208,000 in renovations on a building for the new firehall on January 16, 2017. There will be work for local contractors in plumbing, wiring and similar projects, according to the fire chief.
  • Start date: 2016-12-26, End date: 2016-12-30
    Week of Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2016

    Calgary-based BluEarth Renewables is relocating to a larger office space in the city to accommodate its growth. The company has 45 staff in Calgary and operates 53 wind turbines, including sites near Wainwright and Provost.
    Hobo Brewing and Malt is moving from a farm site near Irricana to a facility in Beiseker. The company plans to hire 15 full-time staff and numerous part time employees.
    Portage College is suspending the power engineering program at its Cold Lake campus after the 2016-17 academic year. Cenovus Energy, which has sponsored the program since 2009, is withdrawing its funding.
    Krang Spirits, a craft distillery, recently opened its doors in Cochrane. The site offers tours and tastings, and the company is building a teaching room inside the distillery to explain the process.
    The City of Cold Lake has passed a 2017 budget of $41M, with most of the money scheduled for public works and infrastructure
    The Edmonton Opera is receiving $405,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to renovate its existing facility into a rehearsal hall and for other system improvements
    The Stoney Nation and the Banff and Lake Louise Hospitality Association have partnered to develop a long-term employment and economic strategy in which Stoney persons can secure work in the region's hospitality sector
    iSee Optical, a new optical business, has recently opened in Grande Prairie
    The Cloverdale Footbridge in Edmonton is being removed in preparation for construction of the new Tawatinâ Bridge and the associated Valley Line LRT
    Baytex Energy has approved a 2017 capital budget of $300M to $350M. The company plans on drilling 19 wells in the Peace River region and 52 wells in the Lloydminster area in the next year.
    The Royal Tyrrell Museum is set to begin work on a $9.3M expansion project in 2017. The project is expected to go to tender early in the year, with construction starting during summer 2017.
  • Start date: 2016-12-19, End date: 2016-12-23
    Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016

    The Government of Alberta is granting $18M in joint federal-provincial funding for repairs and renovations to affordable housing sites in Calgary. The money targets more than 120 buildings in the city.
    PetroLMI is forecasting 3,400 new oil sands related jobs by 2020, bringing the estimated total employment in the industry to 67,200 workers. PetroLMI suggests that actual employment growth will be fuelled by operations, driven largely by open-pit mining.
    The ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey forecasts a positive hiring environment for the first quarter of 2017 in the Red Deer area. About 22% of the surveyed employers plan to hire in the upcoming quarter.
    Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. plans to spend $1.79B on exploration and production projects in 2017, up $465M from 2016. The company expects to drill 563 wells in 2017, an increase of 193 wells compared to 2016 levels.
    Athabasca Oil Corp. is buying Norwegian Statoil ASA's northern Alberta oil sands operations for an estimated $832M. Approximately 220 staff are affected by the deal and many would move with the projects to Athabasca.
    The Government of Alberta is partnering with four educational institutions to bring temporary plumbing technical training to Fort McMurray's Keyano College. Semi-trailers that fold into a training area will be setup outside the college in spring 2017.
    Aeromexico will offer daily flights from Calgary to Mexico City starting on June 1, 2017. The new service is expected to create the equivalent of more than 300 jobs and will add almost $27.3M to Alberta's GDP.
    Lethbridge School District No. 51 held its first ever job fair on December 19, 2016. Open opportunities included positions for educational assistants, caretakers and teachers.
    The Stanley Milner Library in downtown Edmonton is closing for three years starting December 31, as it undergoes renovation worth $65M
    The Government of Alberta has committed an additional $45M for flood and drought protection projects throughout the province over the next four years, beginning in the 2017-18 budget year
    Strathcona Spirits and Hansen Distillery, two craft distilleries, recently started operations in Edmonton
  • Start date: 2016-12-12, End date: 2016-12-16
    Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016

    TransCanada Corp. is moving forward with the $655M Saddle West Expansion Project in northwestern Alberta. The company expects to apply to the National Energy Board for approval in late 2017, with construction anticipated to begin in 2018.
    The Peace Wapiti School board has committed $680,000 to the Whispering Ridge School, to ensure that the kindergarten to Grade 8 school opens by fall 2017
    The University of Calgary and the University of Alberta, along with two other universities, are receiving $7.8M from Genome Canada as part of a collaborative research project to address pipeline corrosion
    Genome Canada is providing $11.5M for a University of Alberta-led project to detect and track Chronic Wasting Disease in deer, moose and elk populations
    Cenovus Energy is planning to increase its 2017 capital spending by 24%, compared to 2016, and will begin work on its Christina Lake oil sands expansion project starting in spring 2017
    According to the Conference Board of Canada, the operational phase of Sturgeon County's North West Redwater Partnership Project will create 6,658 jobs per year between 2017 and 2047
    The GoldMind Project, an event to help unemployed and underemployed professionals in getting back to work, was recently held in Calgary. Most of the laid-off oil and gas professionals who attended the session are looking for jobs in other fields.
    The City of Edmonton has budgeted $4.5M for completion of a major road twinning project, with construction scheduled to start in 2018
    Lightstream Resources, a Calgary-based oil and gas producer, is set to sell its assets following a court approval. The assets are focused on light oil production in Alberta, Saskatchewan and several US states.
    Tervita Corp, an environmental and oilfield services company, has been granted court approval for a financial restructuring plan. The private company, which employs about 1,500 people, will gain capital and reduce its debt load.
    Oil and gas producers paid $137 million during 2016 for right to drill oil and gas wells on land where Alberta owns the mineral rights. The sales results were at the lowest levels since 1977.
    Shell Canada is ramping up production at its Scotford Refinery following a construction project that installed equipment to process heavy crude
    The City of Grande Prairie has more than 65 construction projects scheduled for completion by the end of 2016, or in progress for completion in 2017. The city also has numerous new infrastructure projects scheduled for 2017.
    Canadian Natural Resources is selling its stake in the Cold Lake pipeline system to Inter Pipeline Ltd. for about $527.5M. The Cold Lake system serves a variety of large oilsands producers including Canadian Natural and Imperial Oil.
    The Fort McMurray Connect, a weekly print and online newspaper, is ceasing operations on December 22, 2016. The closure will affect three employees.
    Alberta Health Services (AHS) is establishing a satellite dialysis units in Hinton and Whitecourt to provide continuing renal dialysis. AHS will also partially open the six-station dialysis unit at the new Edson Healthcare Centre.
    Whitetail Mechanical Ltd, an automotive repair shop and retail centre, recently opened in Mundare
    Northwest Redwater Partnership estimates that over 250 contracts will be needed for start up and operations of Phase One of the project. Phases II and III of the project are shovel ready and will employ thousands of people when construction starts.
    Cavendish Farms will begin construction of a new $350M frozen potato processing plant in Lethbridge in spring 2017. The new facility will more than double the processing capacity at the Lethbridge facility.
    Husky Energy plans to increase oil production in 2017 and spend $2.6B to $2.7B on capital projects. The company has turnarounds scheduled for the Lloydminster asphalt refinery and the Lloydminster Upgrader in the second quarter of 2017.
    The Three Sisters Scottish Festival Society announced that the Canmore Highland Game is ending after 26 years. The annual event attracted over 5,000 attendees to the community over the September long weekend.
    Gear Energy is dedicating $33M of its operating budget to drilling 38 horizontal oil wells in 2017. An additional $9M will be spent on infrastructure projects.
    The City of St. Albert has awarded a $20M contract for Project 9, a sanitary sewer line, to Shanghai Construction Group (Canada) Corporation. Construction work is expected to begin in March 2017 and should be completed by October 2018.
    Canalta Hotels recently opened a new Hampton by Hilton hotel in Grande Prairie.
  • Start date: 2016-12-05, End date: 2016-12-09
    Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    Canmore Business and Tourism intends to reorganize as a destination marketing group focused on the hotel industry and resume activities in summer 2017. The organization announced in July 2016 that it would cease operations due to funding issues.
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are offering $16.7M in funding to ranches affected by bovine tuberculosis. The money is intended to help cover costs such as feeding and water infrastructure, animal feed and transportation.
    Aurora Cannabis recently began construction on its legal marijuana production facility in Leduc County. Construction of the project should be completed by October 2017, and is expected to produce more than 100,000 kg of marijuana per year.
    Hempco Food and Fibre is relocating its head office from Burnaby, BC to its new processing plant in Nisku by spring 2017. The move is expected to create six to 12 new jobs in the region.
    ProCura Real Estate is planning to revive development at its stalled Century Park site in Edmonton. The company is planning to start construction in 2017, with an estimated 10-year time span for completion.
    Precision Drilling Corp is planning to cut its capital spending from $213M in 2016, to $109M in 2017. The company has budgeted $105M for its contract drilling services business and $4M for its completion and production operations.
    Seven new firefighters graduated from Yellowhead County's Paid On-Call firefighting training program. The next recruitment and training campaign for the program is scheduled for late spring 2017.
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are providing more than $500M for 89 public transit projects across the province. The Green Line LRT expansion project in Calgary is slated to receive $258.9M for preparatory work.
    The Kainai Marketplace, a new $6.2M community-owned grocery store, opened on the Blood Reserve on December 2. The store employs 23 Blood Tribe members, and one non-member.
    The Government of Alberta has approved two petrochemical plants to receive royalty credits. The projects by Pembina Pipeline and Inter Pipeline in Sturgeon County, are expected to cost up to $6.05B in total, and will create 4,500 construction jobs.
    Taimi Premium Meat Company has opened a café in Caroline
    The University of Alberta has been awarded $11.9M by the federal government, for 13 Canada Research Chairs
    Canabo Medical Inc. is entering into a partnership with Peak Pulmonary Consulting to provide physicians and clinic space to assess up to 20,000 new patients under Canabo medical marijuana assessment
    Rosenau Transport recently opened a distribution centre and warehouse near the Edmonton International Airport. About six staff run the facility and additional temporary staff are hired during spring to handle seed and agricultural chemicals.
    The Government of Alberta has made changes to two primary Community Grant programs, which support facility enhancements and programs in the non-profit and volunteer sectors
    Newcart Contracting Ltd. recently opened an office in Lloydminster. The company expects to hire about 500 tradespeople for turnaround work at the Husky Upgrader in May and June 2017.
    The City of Red Deer has approved almost $1M in funding for homelessness programs in the region
    The City of Medicine Hat is closing the Medicine Hat Arena and the Heald Pool in spring 2017. The closures are part of a plan to cut $1M from the city budget.
    The $6M Studio 6 Bruderheim, a hotel built using shipping containers, has hired 15 local people for the front desk and housekeeping staff. The hotel expects to hire one more employee to operate the lounge.
    The City of St. Albert has approved funding for a new $17.8M branch library. Design work is expected to occur in 2017 with construction planned for 2018.
    Spartan Controls and Emerson Process Management have made a five-year funding commitment for oil sands research and development at the University of Alberta. The amount of the commitment was not released.
  • Start date: 2016-11-28, End date: 2016-12-02
    Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    TDRF Protection K9 Services opened in Lamont on November 18, 2016. The company offers security patrols and bylaw enforcement services.
    Axia has started construction on its fiber optic network expansion project in Pincher Creek. The company estimates that the project will be complete by spring 2017.
    Parkland County and Yellowhead County, west of Edmonton, have declared states of agricultural disaster. Wet conditions and snow have left many crops unharvested this year.
    The City of Edmonton has used contract crews from May to September 2016 to clean up 98 makeshift homeless camps in the river valley. The city is now piloting an ongoing winter homeless camp clean up with six full-time staff members.
    Axia has started installation of a fiber optic network in Fort McLeod that will bring high-speed Internet services to the community. The work is scheduled to be completed in approximately six months.
    The Town of Ponoka is eliminating two staff positions effective December 31, 2016 due to a budget deficit of almost $1M. The Community Peace Officer position is indefinitely suspended.
    Encana has added security staff as well as invested in security monitoring and camera systems over the past 18 months to deal with the surge in thefts at its oil and gas well sites. Prospector Energy Services has increased its security division by 25%.
    Airdrie City council has approved a $100,000 grant for the Airdrie and Area Health Benefits Co-operative. The co-op will provide healthcare services to seniors as well as primary and proactive healthcare and emergent/urgent care.
    Olymel L.P, a large pork company, has acquired southern Alberta hog producer Pinnacle Farms. The deal will result in Olymel L.P taking over all Pinnacle's assets, which include quarantine, sow, nursery and finishing barns.
    The City of Calgary has approved $15M in aid for struggling businesses affected by the economic downturn. City administration will look at options for how to spend the money and will report back to the council by January 2017.
    Mountain View County has passed a land-use bylaw that would allow for a major expansion of the Aurora Cannabis medical marijuana facility near Cremona, which can create more than 100 new jobs in the area
    The Government of Alberta is expanding the Cardiac Health Program in Didsbury to encompass patients with a range of chronic diseases. Four temporary beds at the hospital are closing, but according to Alberta Health there will be no job losses.
    Telus is building two new service towers to improve cellular telephone and Internet coverage in Athabasca County, at a cost of $1.1M each. Both towers are expected to be operational by August 2017.
    Sturgeon County council has voted to use external contractors for road reconstruction in a proposed ten-year plan, subject to available funding. Contracts are expected to be awarded in 2018, with construction starting in 2019.
    According to Statistics Canada, 42,000 workers in Fort McMurray lost 8.5M hours of work in May and June 2016 due to the wildfires in the area. An additional 870,000 hours of work was created fighting the fire.
    According to AltaCorp Capital Inc., oil and gas companies in Alberta have cut about 29% of their staff over the past two years. The remaining workers are still earning about $2,300 per week, up nearly 25% from five years ago.
    RCMP and municipal policing in Fort Saskatchewan will receive an additional $440,000 in 2017 to deal with an increase in caseloads. The increase in funding will allow the department to hire additional staff.
    The Municipal District of Taber has accepted a tender of $6.8M from Wallace Construction to build a new maintenance and operations building. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2017 and should be completed by summer 2018.
    The Government of Alberta is banning unsolicited door-to-door sales of energy products starting January 1, 2017. Consumers will still be able to invite salespeople to their homes.
    The City of St. Albert has earmarked $1.1M in its 2017 budget to make the Art Gallery of St. Albert barrier free, through the installation of a wheelchair ramp and elevators. The project is subject to final budget approval.
    Baytex Energy Corp has entered into an agreement to acquire heavy oil assets located in the Peace River area. The land includes oil sands leases currently producing mostly heavy oil and the potential for approximately 153 new drilling locations.
  • Start date: 2016-11-21, End date: 2016-11-25
    Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    New Leaf, a discount airline, is offering seasonal flights from both Edmonton and Calgary to Phoenix, Arizona. The scheduled service will run from January to April 30, 2017.
    The International Ski Federation has cancelled the men's Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup due to warm temperatures, the first time in almost three decades. The event has an annual budget of approximately $4M.
    Suncor Energy plans to reduce spending by $1B in 2017, compared to its 2016 capital budget. The money targeted for Alberta will primarily be for oil sands projects.
    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has decided to delay construction of the Northside Recreation Centre and twin arena. Approximately 14,000 residents have left the municipality since 2015.
    The Town of Banff is planning to spend nearly $1M to construct a full-size gymnasium at the Banff Elementary School. Construction of the project is scheduled to start in spring 2017 and should be completed in approximately one year.
    Health-care businesses that offer services covered by workplace insurance plans are suffering in Calgary. Dentists, massage therapists and optometrists have been reducing staff and getting by with lower profits during the current economic downturn.
    The Town of Wainwright has signed a three year contract with the Waste Management of Canada Corporation to provide waste collection services until December 31, 2019
    Redevelopment of Edmonton's Misericordia Hospital has been completed, after a major flood damaged parts of the hospital in 2013. The renovated hospital includes a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as well as an expanded mental health unit.
    The Canadian Association of Oil Well Drilling Contractors is forecasting a 31% increase in drilling activity in Canada next year, over 2016 levels. In addition, 551 direct and 3,255 indirect jobs will be created due to the increase in drilling activity.
    The City of Calgary is cutting services at three landfill sites and eliminating 29 jobs. These include 18 layoffs, transfer of some positions to other areas and the loss of three administrative staff.
    Shell Canada is opting out of the business of large oil sands expansion projects and concentrating on production from existing facilities. The company is concentrating its growth on shale deposits and new energy sources.
    Liquids in Motion, a company specializing in chemical transportation, has opened its doors in Millet

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