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  • Start date: 2018-05-07, End date: 2018-05-11
    Week of May 07 - May 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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