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  • 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.
  • Start date: 2017-06-12, End date: 2017-06-16
    Week of Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Occupational Outlook

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Update of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016

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