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  • Week of Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2017

    Aboriginal Business Match, an annual job fair that connects agriculture and manufacturing businesses with Aboriginal communities, took place in Regina on June 6 and 7
    Hudson's Bay Company is cutting 2,000 jobs as it restructures operations due to a challenging sales environment. No details were provided as to where the layoffs will occur.
    The Bethune K+S potash mine, which opened in May, produced its first tonnes of marketable potash by the second weekend of June. The company expects the facility to produce 2 million tonnes by the end of 2017.
    Leopold's Tavern is looking to open a second location in Saskatoon this summer
    The Prairie South School Division is considering cancelling bus service from Briercrest to Moose Jaw starting this fall. The school division is hoping to save about $80,000 in transportation costs.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting more than $7M to support housing initiatives in northern Saskatchewan. The funds will be used to develop up to 44 affordable rental units and to renovate eight emergency shelter units.
  • Week of Jun 05 - Jun 09, 2017

    The City of Regina has unveiled development plans for the old rail yard, which will feature high rise towers and housing for 2,000 residents. City council expects to finalize plans by the end of 2017.
    The Lung Association of Saskatchewan's Regina office is set to close at the end of June. The number of affected employees is unknown.
    Prince Albert's Blessed Marie Rivier Catholic School is closing due to declining enrolment numbers. As of September, about 100 students will be relocated to another school nearby.
    According to Saskatchewan Agriculture, 81% of seeding in the province was complete as of the first week of June. In the southern part of the province, up to 95% of crops are already in the ground.
    The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are granting $70M towards 75 water and wastewater projects across the province. The projects are part of a bilateral agreement signed last year between the federal and provincial governments.
    Construction work to twin Prince of Wales Drive in Regina is underway and should be completed in October
    The provincial government is providing $700,000 in cost-shared grants, through its Community Airport Partnership Program, to improve 15 local and regional airports across Saskatchewan
  • Week of May 29 - Jun 02, 2017

    About 45 unionized care workers of Variety Place, a group home for people with mental disabilities in Outlook, were locked out on May 21. The workers have been without a contract since 2013.
    The University of Saskatchewan's International Centre for Northern Governance and Development will close on June 15, 2017
    On May 25, steelworkers at Evraz's Regina plant voted in favour of striking. The Regina plant is expected to supply the majority of steel for the recently approved Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project between Alberta and British Columbia.
    According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, employers across the Prairies are struggling to find and retain qualified workers as the oil industry recovers
    According to the Conference Board of Canada, the mining sector and new oil projects should help the Saskatchewan economy grow by 2.5% in 2017. Saskatchewan is expected to post the second highest output growth in the country this year, after Alberta.
    The Cathedral Village Arts Festival took place in Regina from May 22 until May 28. Thousands attended the fair, which featured food, jewelry and art from local vendors.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing up to $1.5M each toward the expansion of Balgonie's wastewater system. Expansion of the sewage lagoon and irrigation system, which begins this summer, is expected to cost $6.4M.
    SaskPower closed its cash counters in Regina, Saskatoon, Yorkton and North Battleford on June 1 due to a shift in customer payment preferences. Affected employees will be reassigned to other tasks.
    The University of Saskatchewan is laying-off 15 managers, including six through voluntary buyout packages. The university is trimming $12.2M from its operating costs in response to provincial budget cuts.
    Saskatoon Public Library is laying-off 20 employees, or 14 full-time equivalent positions, in response to budget shortfalls. The affected employees were notified on May 30.
  • Week of May 22 - May 26, 2017

    The Saskatoon Public School Division has cut 10 educational assistant and 11.9 full-time-equivalent (FTE) secretary support positions due to a $11.5M budget shortfall. In addition, nine library technicians and 1.5 FTE clerks have also been affected.
    The Regina Open Door Society hosted its second Career Link Job Fair on May 18. The event was aimed at reducing employment barriers for immigrants and also to connect newcomers to potential employers.
    The City of Saskatoon is upgrading three major intersections to improve traffic flow and safety. Construction will start in early July and should be completed by September.
    Vanguard Potash Corp., a joint venture formed by Gensource Potash Corp. and Essel Group ME Ltd., is planning to develop a mine near Tugaske by 2019. The project is expected to create 400 construction jobs and 46 permanent positions.
    The University of Regina is adjusting its workforce due to budget constraints stemming from a decrease in provincial funding. As a result, 21 jobs will be eliminated including some academic staff working in term positions.
    Twelve Aboriginal student retention workers have been laid off by the Saskatoon Catholic school division. The layoffs are expected to save the school division $700,000.
  • Week of May 15 - May 19, 2017

    According to the Government of Saskatchewan's weekly crop report, just 11% of crops were seeded in the province by the second week of May. The five-year average for this time of year is 16%.
    The University of Regina received an anonymous donation of $1M towards the Darke Hall restoration project, expected to cost up to $12M. No date has been provided for the reopening of the concert hall.
    The City of Regina Landfill is reducing its hours of operation to make up for a $10.3M funding shortfall stemming from provincial budget cuts. Starting on May 28, the landfill will remain closed on Sundays and statutory holidays.
    Cleanup of the radioactive Gunnar uranium mine is expected to start this summer and will take up to four years. The federal government is providing over $12M towards the project, while the province is spending just under $25M on the cleanup this year.
    Demolition and cleanup of the Travellers Building in Regina began on May 16 and will take three weeks to complete. The building, which was built in 1929, underwent partial demolition after it was destroyed by a fire in March.
    Canopy Growth Corporation is converting an old dairy producers' building in Yorkton into a medical marijuana facility, creating up to 50 jobs. No timeline has been provided for the construction.
    Construction on the North Service Road in Moose Jaw began on May 12 and is expected to continue until August
  • Week of May 08 - May 12, 2017

    Sobeys is set to open two more private liquor stores - one in Saskatoon this fall and one in Regina next spring. Construction of the two locations is expected to begin in the coming weeks.
    The City of Regina issued a tender on May 4 for a qualified contractor to tear down the old Mosaic Stadium. Demolition of the facility is expected to begin in September.
    Saskatchewan-based Brightenview Development International officially began construction on a $45M project at Regina's Global Transportation Hub on May 4. The project consists of six buildings in total, two of which will be completed by February 2018.
    Moose Jaw's Prairie South school division has cut 12 full-time equivalent positions and expects more layoffs as a result of a $4.5M funding shortfall stemming from the provincial budget
    Regina's outdoor farmers' market has opened for the season, starting May 6. The market features over 20 new vendors this year and will run on Wednesdays and Saturdays until October 14.
    The Saskatchewan Health Authority's new head office will open in Saskatoon in fall 2017
    The value of Saskatchewan building permits were up 13.2% in March 2017 compared to the same month in 2016.
    The 2017 Business Opportunity Expo was held in Regina on May 9. The event allowed business owners to meet public sector representatives to learn how to bid on public procurement opportunities.
  • Week of May 01 - May 05, 2017

    Uncertainty looms for Saskatchewan's lumber industry as the US prepares to impose tariffs of up to 24% on Canada's softwood lumber exports
    According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Saskatoon's housing market showing strong evidence of overbuilding. Meanwhile, Regina's housing market shows moderate evidence of problematic conditions.
    The City of Saskatoon plans to spend $61M on street and sidewalk improvements in 2017. The project includes upgrades to over 200 residential lane kilometres in more than 44 residential neighbourhoods.
    According to the Petroleum Services Association of Canada's revised forecast, 2,670 new wells will be drilled in Saskatchewan in 2017 - a significant increase from its initial forecast of 1,940 wells
    The K+S Bethune mine, formerly known as the Legacy project, officially opened on May 2. The new mine has created 400 permanent jobs and will produce two million tonnes of potash by the end of 2017.
    Kinder Morgan plans to buy more than 75% of the pipe it needs for the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion from EVRAZ's steelmaking plant in Regina. Pending Kinder Morgan's final investment decision, the pipeline expansion project could begin as early as this fall.
    Regina's City Hall is set to undergo renovations. The $4.2M in upgrades were approved in 2016 as part of a 10-year renewal plan for the City Hall.
    Regina's former General Motors Plant, a historic building in the Warehouse District that now houses several businesses, was damaged by fire on May 2
    Sande Construction Company was awarded a $2M contract to remodel the Taft Elementary School in Humbolt. Construction is set to begin immediately.
  • Week of Apr 24 - Apr 28, 2017

    The City of Regina is planning to cut 21 programs and services starting this year, which will allow the city to save just under $1.4M annually
    The provincial government is closing four Saskatchewan circuit courts - in Watrous, Carnduff, Southey and Big River - this year. No details were provided on the number of employees affected by the closures.
    Saskatoon City Council recently relaxed regulations, extended hours and lowered permit prices on food trucks. Eight food trucks were issued permits in 2016, compared to seven the previous year.
    The provincial government is restoring $4.8M in funding for libraries across Saskatchewan to ensure that the library-to-library loan program remains operational. Library funding had been reduced by the Province as a measure to reduce its budget shortfall.
    The federal government is granting $1.7M to the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies to upgrade its Saskatoon campus. The funding has been provided through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.
    The federal government is granting over $260,000 to Saskatchewan Polytechnic to build a specialized chemical testing lab at its Candle Lake facility. The funding has been provided through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.
    Great-West Lifeco is planning to lay off 13% of its workforce, or 1,500 workers, across Canada in 2017-2018. The cost-cutting measures are expected to save the company about $200M per year.
    On April 24, Regina City Council approved a proposal to build a new Costco in East Regina. The council also approved plans to build a new clinic and pharmacy in the city.
    Western Potash is planning to move forward on its Milestone project near Regina. The pilot project is estimated to create 150 construction jobs and up to 30 permanent jobs once production starts in 2019.
    Regina's Ring Road overpass at Victoria Avenue will be replaced over the summer. The $3M construction project started on April 27 and is expected to take five months to complete.
    Saskatchewan Polytechnic laid-off 23 workers in an effort to cope with a five percent decrease in provincial funding. The layoffs were at its Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert campuses.
    Saskatchewan's retail sales rose 0.6% in February 2017 compared to the previous month - the highest percentage growth among provinces. At the national level, retail sales decreased by 0.6% during the same period.
  • Week of Apr 17 - Apr 21, 2017

    AV Transit Operations, a passenger transportation company, is launching a new bus service between Saskatoon, Martensville and Warman starting on May 1
    The Meewasin Valley Authority is planning to reduce staffing levels and cut services to cope with a budget shortfall of more than $400,000 in 2017-2018. The funding shortfall is a result of lower core funding by the Province and the University of Saskatchewan.
    The Chinook School Division laid-off nine employees and is planning to cut support services to balance its 2017-18 budget. The provincial government has reduced the division's funding by more than seven percent as it aims to reduce its budget deficit.
    Manufacturing sales in Saskatchewan were up 22.7% in February 2017 compared to the same month last year. This was the second-highest percentage growth among provinces.
    The new Canadian Free Trade Agreement is set to take effect on July 1, replacing the existing Agreement on Internal Trade. The agreement is anticipated to expand opportunities for Saskatchewan businesses and workers.
    Saskatchewan's petroleum industry is showing signs of recovery. There were 856 wells drilled during the first three months of 2017 compared to 399 wells drilled over the same period in 2016.
    The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are providing $80,000 towards a new rental affordable housing project in Saskatoon. Camponi Housing Corporation is also contributing about $750,000 towards the project.
    Yorkton's Parkland Regional Library is laying-off eight employees and reducing its services due to a 58% reduction in funding stemming from provincial budget cuts
    The number and value of building permits in North Battleford declined in March 2017. Six building permits worth $745,000 were issued in North Battleford in March, compared to nine permits worth $1,113,500 during the same period in 2016.
  • Week of Apr 10 - Apr 14, 2017

    The Regina public school board plans to phase out some preschool programs by 2018-19 as a result of provincial budget cuts
    G3 Canada Limited is building two new primary grain elevators near Melville. Construction will begin in April and should be completed in time for the 2018 harvest.
    Gensource Potash Corp. and Essel Group ME Ltd. have created a joint venture called Vanguard Potash Corp., and are planning to construct a new US$200M mine near Moose Jaw
    Regina's planning commission met on April 5 to discuss a future development in the northwest portion of the city. The commission plans to create six neighbourhoods in this area, which could be home to 36,000 people.
    Ontario-based Sunrise Records confirmed on April 6 that they will take over four former HMV locations in Saskatchewan: two in Regina and two in Saskatoon
    Prairie South School Division is offering high school students an opportunity to obtain a fifth class power engineering certificate. The free program also includes training in the SaskPower mobile lab.
    Prairie South School Division held its 2017 Think Construction event, in partnership with a number of local businesses and provincial partners. The event aimed to provide students with hands on experience in the construction industry with industry experts.
    The unemployment rate in Saskatchewan stood at 6.0% in March 2017, down 0.2 percentage points from March 2016. Saskatchewan has the third lowest unemployment rate among provinces.
  • Week of Apr 03 - Apr 07, 2017

    The Regina Qu'Appelle Regional Health Authority has approved an operating budget of over $1B for 2017-2018. The health authority has also approved a strategic plan to support its transition into one provincial health authority, which may lead to layoffs.
    India has extended Saskatchewan's pulse fumigation exemption by three months. Accordingly, Saskatchewan pulse crops currently in transit or arriving in India by June 30 will not require fumigation in Canada.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing over $64M for five highway rehabilitation projects to resurface more than 220km of roadways across the province
    About 800 workers at Regina's Co-op Refinery Complex ratified a new contract with management on April 3, putting an end to more than a year of negotiations and avoiding a strike or lockout
    The Government of Saskatchewan is providing an additional $1M to the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant, bringing the total to about $7.4M for 2017-2018. The program provides funding for employers to train new recruits or existing employees.
    TD Canada Trust will close its branch in Allan, a small town southeast of Saskatoon, on August 25. The bank also plans to shutter two other rural branches, in Kyle and Langenburg, later this year.
    According to a recent survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, 17% of Saskatchewan small business owners plan to lay-off staff over the next quarter. Conversely, 11% of small businesses intend to hire full-time employees.
  • Week of Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2017

    The Government of Saskatchewan has earmarked $1.1B for highways and roads construction work in its 2017-2018 budget. Of this amount, $500M will be spent on the Regina bypass.
    Southeast College has launched a mentorship program to match students enrolled in the college's Hairstylist program with female community leaders in the area. Applications are currently being accepted for the Mentors 'N Manicures initiative.
    Shining Armour Auto, a new automotive repair and detailing business, opened its doors in Kamsack on March 8
    The Ministry of Advanced Education is reducing its funding for post-secondary institutions across the province by $30.1M, or the equivalent of fifty positions. The funding cuts could result in layoffs and rise in tuition fees.
    Brandt Group recently acquired the former Mitsubishi Hitachi plant in Saskatoon. The company plans to transform the facility into a wind turbine factory, creating jobs for about 500 workers.
    MUCC and the Affinity Credit Union held a career fair in Melfort on March 23. The event featured 33 vendors and attracted about 400 students from the northeast region of the province.
    Construction of the new Melfort Wellness Centre started on March 22. The new $6M facility will accommodate 16 doctors and is expected to be completed in early 2018.
    The Saskatoon city council approved a zoning re-designation of two parking lots on March 27. The application for changes was made by Caswell Development Inc., and will allow for commercial development on the sites.
    Six employees at Moose Jaw's Palliser Regional Library were laid-off due to provincial budget cuts
    Grain Millers Canada Corp. is expanding its oat mill in Yorkton. The $100M expansion project will add 80,000 metric tonnes of oat product production capacity to the mill, and will create 25 permanent jobs as well as 110 engineering and construction related jobs.
  • Week of Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2017

    The City of Regina has signed a $9M agreement with the Regina Exhibition Association to provide food and beverage services at Mosaic Stadium
    The Saskatchewan government is discontinuing its Executive Air service and is selling its two aircrafts. The province estimates a cost savings of $700,000 to $1M by eliminating the service.
    The Regina Public School Division and Regina Catholic School Division have chosen three different daycare providers to serve their new joint-use schools. The new daycares will open their doors in September 2017.
    The Canadian Cancer Society's North East Unit recently closed its Melfort office following a merger with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The number of affected employees is unknown.
    Workers at Regina's Co-op Refinery Complex rejected the company's final offer on March 20. The refinery workers have been without a contract since January 2016.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's retail sales rose 3.7% in January 2017 compared to the previous month - the second-largest percentage increase among provinces. On an annual basis, retail sales rose by 6.0%.
    Construction of Canora's Gateway Co-op C-store and liquor store is underway and is expected to be completed by summer. The C-store and liquor store will create up to 15 full- and part-time jobs.
    K+S expects the first deliveries from its Legacy potash plant to be completed by the second quarter of 2017. The company plans to produce 2.0m tonnes of potash by the end of 2017, and will ramp up capacity to 2.86m tonnes by the end of 2023.
    The Saskatoon Public School Division has issued a tender for the construction of junior playgrounds at joint-use school sites opening next September. Interested construction companies have until April 4 to submit their bids.
    The Saskatchewan Transportation Company will cease freight and passenger operations in May, putting 224 employees out of work. The provincial government expects to save $17M per year as a result of discontinuing bus services.
  • Week of Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2017

    The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations and Your Choice Homes Inc. have partnered for a pilot project to build tiny homes. The initiative aims to address housing shortages on Indigenous reserves in Saskatchewan.
    Sunrise Records is planning to replace HMV retail spaces in malls across Canada, including one in Regina
    SaskTel has added LTE cellular service to 146 towers across Saskatchewan. As a result, about 92% of the province now has LTE coverage, with the rest of the province expected to get coverage by April.
    The City of Regina and SaskPower unveiled the Landfill Gas to Energy Project. The plant will treat and convert methane to electricity, which will be transferred to SaskPower's provincial electric grid.
    Innovation Saskatchewan, Genome Prairie and VIDO-InterVac are granting $700,000 to the University of Saskatchewan for Zika virus research
    The Government of Saskatchewan has identified 12 Saskatchewan-based cleaning suppliers to clean government buildings. These selected companies will hire the government's current cleaning staff. The move is expected to save the Province $3.5M annually.
    Saskatchewan had the highest employment growth rate in the country in February 2017. The number of people employed in the province rose by 8,000 (+1.4%) compared to the previous month.
    Affinity Credit Union will be closing its Pelly branch in June due to the increasing use of online and mobile banking
    Construction recently began on a Wellness Centre in Melfort. The 20,500sq.ft. project is estimated to cost $6M.
    Saskatchewan has added more than 750 practising physicians since 2007. This represents an increase of 44% in the overall number of doctors in the province.
  • Week of Mar 06 - Mar 10, 2017

    Saskatoon's St. Frances Cree bilingual school is offering a new immersive training program beginning this fall. The program will help educators develop the skills required to teach indigenous students.
    According to the Saskatoon Region Association of Realtors, the city's real estate market is showing positive signs with year-to-date sales up four percent in 2017 compared to the same period a year ago. Inventory levels have dropped 5.4% over the same period.
    Back Forty Brewery, a new microbrewery, recently opened its doors in Yorkton
    Canwest Commercial & Land Corporation will begin constructing World Trade Center Saskatoon, a $50M office tower, this summer. The company plans to have the building ready for tenants by 2019.
    Redvers, a small community in southeast Saskatchewan, will welcome its third permanent doctor in August. The community had closed its hospital three years ago due to the absence of a permanent doctor on staff.
    According to Fraser Institute's 2016 Annual Survey of Mining Companies, Saskatchewan is the most attractive jurisdiction for mining investment out of over 100 jurisdictions across the world
    Planet Fitness intends to open its first Western Canadian location in Regina by mid-April
    Two emergency rooms in Regina have been short of physicians. To deal with the shortage, doctors have been requested to work extra hours and additional physicians have been brought in from British Columbia.
  • Week of Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2017

    Magic Lantern Theatres has purchased the Capitol Theatre in North Battleford. The company plans to renovate the theatre and build a new five-screen movie complex.
    OUTSaskatoon opened Pride Home, a long-term group home for LGBTQ youth, in Saskatoon at the end of January. The organization plans to raise $500,000 to cover staff salaries at the new facility.
    The City of Regina has earmarked $500,000 for pavement crack-sealing as part of its 2016-2017 roadway strategy. City crews will start fixing roads as soon as weather permits.
    US fast-food chain Taco Bell is opening a new location in Saskatoon. Interested workers have until March 13 to submit their applications.
    H&M Dumpling House, a Chinese restaurant in Saskatoon, closed on February 21 due to smoke and water damage caused by a fire that destroyed an adjacent restaurant. The number of affected employees is unknown.
    Federated Co-operatives Ltd. gave a $1M donation to Wanuskewin Heritage Park toward its $40M renewal plan. The donation will help support the park's renovations and programming.
    Sunrise Records will take over 70 HMV Canada locations across the country. Sunrise has not revealed whether it will move into Saskatchewan's four HMV stores.
    According to Conference Board of Canada, Saskatchewan's economy is expected to grow by 0.9% in 2017, as the oil industry begins to turn around
    White City and Emerald Park are getting a new $21.9M sewage treatment plant. The two communities will cover one-third of the project cost, while the federal and provincial governments are contributing the remaining two-thirds.
    RBC locations in Moose Jaw and in Eyebrow are merging and will be housed in the new Civic Centre Plaza branch. The new location is currently under construction and should open in late September.
    TD Canada Trust made a $500,000 commitment toward the $40M Wanuskewin Heritage Park renewal plan. The donation will help support youth education, and Indigenous arts and culture.
    Mr. Rizo's, a long-time Saskatoon restaurant, closed on February 26 after 35 years in the business. The number of employees affected by the closure is unknown.
    The City of Regina approved Carmichael Outreach's relocation plan on February 27. Renovations on the new, much larger location will begin shortly and should be completed this summer.
    The federal government is granting $3M to Saskatoon's Remai Modern Art Gallery, through its Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. Construction of the gallery is expected to be completed this spring.
    The Nipawin Medical Clinic group relocated to a new building next to the Nipawin Hospital on February 27. The new clinic, which is owned by Kelsey Trail Health, currently staffs 11 doctors.
  • Week of Feb 20 - Feb 24, 2017

    The City of North Battleford is considering rezoning the former Battlefords Trade and Education Centre as a commercial property. Local investors have submitted a proposal to redevelop the building into a craft brewery and restaurant.
    Manufacturing sales in Saskatchewan increased by 5.4% between November and December 2016 - the highest percentage growth among provinces. At the national level, manufacturing sales were up 2.3% during the same period.
    Swedish fashion-retailer H & M is planning to open a two-storey store in Regina's Cornwall Centre in 2018, a project that involves a $5.8M retail alteration
    Saskatoon-based Vendasta Technologies Inc. expects to reach $30M in revenue and a total workforce of 300 by the end of 2017
    SaskPower has issued a request for proposal to develop a new 10MW solar energy project. The site, which will likely be in southern Saskatchewan, is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2018.
    Regina's Cineplex Odeon Southland Mall theatre is replacing the seats in all of its auditoriums. The 20-year-old theatre will remain open during the renovations, which should be complete by mid-2017.
    Landmark Cinemas Canada is planning to build an eight-auditorium movie theatre in East Regina in spring 2017, as part of a retail-restaurant complex
    Pattison Agriculture Limited, a Preeceville farm equipment dealership, is merging with JayDee AgTech and Maple Farm Equipment. The newly combined entity will employ over 440 people and operate in 17 locations in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
    Bonanza Steakhouse, a buffet-style restaurant in Saskatoon, was destroyed by fire on February 21, leaving twenty employees out of work
    Saskatchewan retail sales were up 1.2% in December 2016 compared to the previous month - the highest percentage growth among provinces
  • Week of Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2017

    Two new retailers will open in Regina's Cornwall Centre in April 2017. In addition, a large fashion store is set to open in early 2018 - after work on an extensive retail space alteration worth $5.8M is complete.
    According to Statistics Canada's 2016 Census, Regina and Saskatoon were two of Canada's fastest growing cities over the past five years. Regina's population is up 12%, while Saskatoon grew by 13% - outpacing the national growth rate of 5%.
    Richardson Pioneer Limited recently acquired Crop First Agro, a retail crop inputs centre in Grenfell. Richardson's other Saskatchewan facilities - in Elrose, Wakaw and Pasqua - are currently under construction and should be complete by the end of 2017.
    The City of Regina is planning to install a third sewage force main in 2017. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, the $15M project will reduce flooding during heavy rains and help protect Wascana Creek from sewage bypasses.
    According to Statistics Canada, the number of building permits issued in the Saskatoon region dropped by nearly 30% between December 2015 and December 2016
    Saskatchewan's public offering of petroleum and natural gas rights for the 2016-2017 fiscal year reached $50M, surpassing the 2015-16 total of $43M
    The City of Regina plans to upgrade residential streets across the city. In total, 67 street repair projects are scheduled for the 2017 construction season, at a cost of $10.6M.
    The Local Barre, a new fitness studio in Regina, opened its doors on February 4
    Wanuskewin Heritage Park recently unveiled its renewal plan. The three-year $40M project includes expanding and renovating the facility, and introducing a herd of plains bison.
    Southeast College is now offering its Municipal Management Essentials program through the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association. The program provides training for administrative staff and for foremen.
    RW Organic in Mossbank acquired an elevator and loading site near Assiniboia on January 25. The new facility will be used to store and ship non-organic conventional grain from local producers to B.C. flour mills.
    Two major banks announced the closure of several branches in rural Saskatchewan in 2017, citing a changing banking environment. CIBC will close 5 branches, while RBC will shutter 6 locations.
    Saskatchewan's unemployment rate dropped from 6.5% in December 2016 to 6.4% in January 2017. The province has the fourth-lowest unemployment rate among provinces, lower than the national average of 6.8%.
    NorSask Forest Products, an Indigenous-owned sawmill in Meadow Lake, was severely damaged by fire on January 12. As a result, the company has temporarily laid-off 65 workers until the sawmill returns to full capacity in August.
  • Week of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017

    The federal and provincial governments are providing combined funding of $3.5M, via the Growing Forward 2 agreement and Saskatchewan's Agriculture Development Fund, for 24 livestock and forage-related research projects
    Toronto-based Strathallen Capital Corp acquired Saskatoon's Market Mall in January. Strathallen Capital is planning to upgrade and expand the mall to attract new tenants.
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's latest assessment, the housing markets in Saskatoon and Regina show strong evidence of problematic conditions
    The Saskatoon Fire Department held a graduation ceremony for ten new recruits on February 2
    Saskatchewan Polytechnic hosted its annual job fair for students on February 2
    Saskatchewan-based Genesis Grain and Fertilizer is planning to build a new farmer-owned fertilizer supercentre in Belle Plaine. Construction of the $24M facility is slated to begin this spring and should be completed by the end of 2017.
    HMV Canada, which went into receivership on January 27, is closing all its stores across Canada in the coming months. The total number of employees impacted in Saskatchewan is unknown.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $137,000 to fund consultations with James Smith Cree Nation to determine whether Shore Gold Inc. can proceed with its proposed diamond mine near Prince Albert
    According to reports compiled following a tour of long-term care homes by Saskatchewan health region CEOs, recruitment and retention of health care professionals remains a challenge, especially in rural communities
    SaskPower is considering four potential sites near Regina for a new natural gas plant. According to the crown corporation, a new natural gas plant could be needed as early as 2022 due to rising demand.
    The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are each contributing over $4.2M for a new wastewater treatment facility in the Rural Municipality of Frenchman Butte
  • Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017

    Saskatoon-based Cameco Corp. is laying-off 120 employees at its Cigar Lake, McArthur River and Key Lake operations. The layoffs are a part of the company's plan to reduce costs and improve efficiency amid continued weak market conditions.
    According to Statistics Canada, the number of people collecting employment insurance benefits in Saskatchewan increased by 37.6% in November 2016 compared to the same month last year
    The City of Regina plans to invest $250,000 to refurbish four spray pads in 2017. The federal government will also provide a matching amount towards the project through its Canada 150 community infrastructure program.
    Encanto Potash Corp. has signed an agreement with an Indian firm to sell five million tonnes of potash per year, for the next 20 years. The company plans to build a $3B potash mine on Muskowekwan First Nation, but has not provided a construction timeline.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's manufacturing sales increased by 12.2% in November 2016 compared to the previous year - the highest percentage growth among provinces during this period
    Tamarind, a new Indian restaurant, opened its doors in northwest Regina in December 2016
    The provincial government has issued funding applications for two infrastructure projects under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and the Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component. The deadline to apply for these opportunities is February 1.
    According to Business Development Bank of Canada's latest projections, Saskatchewan-based businesses are expected to cut spending by $1B in 2017 to cope with the ongoing economic downturn
    The City of Moose Jaw recently agreed to sell 11 acres of land for a commercial development worth up to $30M, which will likely feature a new Canadian Tire store
    Fuddruckers, a US restaurant chain, is opening a new location in Regina on January 30. The restaurant will employ 83 workers for operations.
  • Week of Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017

    Over 400 small businesses participated in the Boost Your Business workshop with Facebook. The free, one-day event took place in Regina on January 16.
    SaskPower is closing its cash payment counters in Regina, Saskatoon, North Battleford and Yorkton, effective June 1
    Oil companies in Weyburn are struggling to recruit workers as activity in the industry gradually picks up again. Many workers in the area relocated or changed jobs when oil prices dropped two years ago.
  • Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2017

    Saskatchewan's Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Commission expects 6,500 apprentices to be trained in 2016-2017, a drop from 6,834 in the previous fiscal year. The decrease is attributed to falling demand for apprentices.
    The Government of Saskatchewan has asked school boards to cap employee compensation to help tackle the province's $1B deficit. Other cost-cutting measures being considered include wage freezes for unionized employees and managers.
    The Saskatchewan government is asking public sector employer groups across the province to consider options to reduce salary costs. The measures could affect over 64,000 public sector employees.
    Demolition of Regina Exhibition Stadium, the home of Agribition, started on January 17. The historic building is being torn down to make room for the new $37M International Trade Centre project, which will open in November 2017.
  • Week of Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017

    Production at Mosaic Co.'s Colonsay potash mine is expected to restart in mid-January. About 330 unionized miners, who were laid off last year, came back at work on December 5, 2016.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate declined from 6.8% in November to 6.5% in December 2016. This represents the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the country, below the national average of 6.9%.
    The provincial government has issued funding applications for two infrastructure projects under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, and the Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component. The deadline to apply for these opportunities is January 23.
    The Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services has been looking to fill 60 social worker jobs throughout the province since October 2016, including more than 30 positions in its northern region
    Encanto Potash Corp. is planning to build a $3B potash mine on Muskowekwan First Nation, a reserve 140 km northeast of Regina, pending necessary financing. The mine will take three years to build and could employ hundreds of workers.
    The federal government is granting $69M, out of a total of $328M earmarked for science funding, to three University of Saskatchewan research centres: the Canadian Light Source, the International Vaccine Centre and SuperDARN Canada
    Saskatchewan's Agriculture Development Fund received over $7M in grants from public and private organizations. This funding will be used to support 46 crop-related research projects.
    The Healing Hands workshop is set to reopen in Regina in summer 2017, after a fire destroyed the facility in June 2016. The workshop will provide a sheltered work-readiness program for young adults facing multiple employment barriers.
    Good Neighbour Services recently launched an employment skills program for Indigenous youth in Regina. Participants will have an opportunity to gain property maintenance work experience such as snow clearing and building fences.
  • Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017

    Mining company De Beers Canada has cancelled its diamond drilling exploration program in Saskatchewan's Athabasca region, returning full control of the project to CanAlaska Uranium Ltd.
    The Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan is deferring a six-week shutdown of its Lanigan mine until summer 2017. The temporary production halt would have affected about 25% of the mine's workforce.
    Comtrax Logistics Solutions met with potential investors in Estevan on December 12 to present its plans for a $75M commodity handling hub in southeast Saskatchewan
    Saskatchewan is poised to become a global supplier of helium as US government reserves of the commodity dwindle. In 2016 alone, the Government of Saskatchewan issued 59 helium leases, compared to none in the previous year.
    Sustaina-Pulp Canada plans to build a straw-to-pulp mill in Belle Plaine in 2017. The mill is expected to begin production by the end of 2018 and will process about 500,000 tonnes of straw a year.
    The Crazy Cactus bar reopened in downtown Saskatoon on December 31. The previous location, which was located in a residential neighbourhood, was closed in June 2016.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is planning to consolidate its 12 existing regional health authorities (RHAs) into a single Provincial Health Authority by fall 2017. Details about the number of jobs affected have not been provided.
  • Week of Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2016

    Regina City Council recently approved the rezoning of 1610 Angus St. for a new Souls Harbour Rescue Mission location. Construction of the $7M facility is expected to start in summer 2017.
    Construction of North Battleford's new Saskatchewan Hospital is 38% complete. The 188-bed hospital and mental health facility is expected to open in 2018.
  • Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016

    Construction is currently underway at the new $12M Leader Integrated Health Care Facility that is slated for completion in early 2018. The provincial government is granting $9.6M towards the 16-bed integrated facility.
    Construction of a 45-unit affordable housing project for individuals with complex needs is underway in Regina. The $6M project is funded by the federal, provincial and municipal governments, as well as by Halifax Holdings West Inc.
    The federal government is granting $4.4M to upgrade rinks, recreation centres and spray pads across the province as part of Canada's 150th birthday celebrations in 2017
  • Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016

    SNC-Lavalin is cutting 24 jobs in Saskatoon and another 381 positions across Canada. Weakness in the mining industry and the company's ongoing efforts to raise profit margins have been cited as the reasons behind the cuts.
    The University of Saskatchewan recently received a private donation of $4M to help build two NBA-sized basketball practice courts in the proposed $41M-Merlis Belsher Place
    Saskatoon Transit workers recently voted in favour of a collective bargaining agreement, ending a four-year labour dispute between the city and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 615
    The federal and provincial governments are contributing $1.9M each towards the construction of a new wastewater lagoon in Langham. The remaining funds for the $6M project will be provided by the town.
    According to the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council, Prairie grain growers will soon face a shortage of on-farm workers. In Saskatchewan, the labour shortage in grain and oilseed production is projected to expand to 4,600 people by 2025.
    Wascana Centre Authority has permitted Conexus Credit Union to begin the design phase of its proposed head office building in Wascana Park. The 80,000sq.-ft. building will be located next to the University of Regina's College Avenue campus.
    Husky Energy plans to spend $1B on three new steam-assisted heavy oil extraction plants in Saskatchewan over the next few years. The plants are expected to be operational by 2020 and will employ 30 workers each.
    Work to upgrade Humboldt's water distribution plant is approximately 75% complete and is expected to conclude in May 2017
  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    Saskatoon's apartment rental vacancy rate rose to 10.3% in October - the highest rate among any major Canadian city. In areas linked to the oil and gas industry, like Estevan and Lloydminster, the apartment vacancy rate is about 25%.
    A new Landmark Cinemas Canada movie theatre is being built as part of the Aurora development, currently under construction in Regina's east end. The theatre is set to open its doors in spring 2018.
    According to Statistics Canada, there were 2,400 more individuals working in Saskatchewan in November compared to the previous month. Saskatchewan's unemployment rate stood at 6.8% in November, on par with the national average.
    Construction is underway on the Eastgate Alliance Centre, a new one-stop medical clinic in east Regina, which will offer general and specialized medical services. The facility is expected to open in October 2017.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's construction industry employed 7,200 fewer workers in November compared to the same month last year - a decrease of 14.3%
    US-based Quantum Energy Inc. recently announced plans to build a major oil refinery near Stoughton, located in southeast Saskatchewan. No timeline was given for the construction of the 40,000 barrel-per-day project.
    Comtrax Logistics Solutions may construct a 60,000-tonne commodity handling hub in southeast Saskatchewan, depending on interest and support from local producers
    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is cutting positions at its seven regional offices, including Saskatchewan, and is centralizing some client services at its National Capital Region headquarters
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has placed more than 40 Alberta and Saskatchewan cattle herds under quarantine due to a bovine tuberculosis outbreak. The federal government has earmarked $16.7M in financial assistance for the affected farmers.
  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    According to the provincial Ministry of Agriculture, unseasonably warm weather in recent weeks has allowed farmers to harvest 95% of their crops. Yields are above the five-year average, but the quality is down in most crop categories.
    Sobey's will open a new liquor store in Moose Jaw within the next 18 months. The standalone location will be one of several new private liquor stores opening throughout the province.
    The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities and Southeast College are partnering to offer management-level training courses to rural municipality administrators starting in January 2017
    The Saskatoon StarPhoenix is cutting nine newsroom positions through voluntary buyouts. Postmedia, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix's parent company, recently announced plans to cut staffing costs across Canada by 20%.
    Many tech start-ups in Saskatoon are facing a shortage of experienced software developers. According to University of Saskatchewan's computer science department, nearly all graduates from the program receive employment offers in their area of interest.
    Gradworks Intern Development Program, a provincial government internship initiative, has been cut in an effort to reduce costs. While current interns will be allowed to finish their placements, no new applications will be accepted.
    Saskatchewan's Ministry of Education is implementing cost-cutting measures that will result in $8.7M in savings. Staff positions will not be affected by the reduction in spending.
    According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, small business optimism in Saskatchewan reached 51.3 in November, down more than three points from the previous month. Sixteen percent of business owners surveyed are planning layoffs.
    Saskatoon-based Cameco Corp. is planning to temporarily halt operations for six weeks at its McArthur River mine in northern Saskatchewan, starting in July 2017. Non-essential personnel will be required to take vacation time during the shutdown.
  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    Canadian Protein Innovation is planning to build a new $75M agriculture facility in Moose Jaw, pending approval by the city council. Construction of the facility could start as early as spring 2017.
    A new Magic Lantern movie theatre is set to open in Saskatoon's Brighton Marketplace retail centre in fall 2017
    The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $330,000 for three targeted police officer positions in Moose Jaw. The funding is part of a $14.2M initiative to support law enforcement and priority activities across the province.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $770,000 for seven RCMP positions in North Battleford. The contribution stems from a $14.2M fund to support law enforcement and priority activities across the province.
    The Government of Saskatchewan rescinded a $3M grant to SkipTheDishes, a Manitoba-based online food delivery business, citing the company's failure to meet contractual obligations
    Spartan Energy Corp. of Calgary is acquiring $700M worth of assets from ARC Resources Ltd., which is based in southeast Saskatchewan. The deal is set to be concluded on December 8, pending regulatory approval.
    The Regina Leader-Post is cutting eight newsroom positions through voluntary buyouts. Postmedia, the Leader-Post's parent company, recently announced plans to reduce staffing costs across Canada by 20%.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $27M for a 10-km road-twinning project near Estevan. Construction of the project is currently underway and paving is set to be completed in 2017.
    Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. is laying off 140 employees from its Cory mine, near Saskatoon, as it reduces its production levels amid weak potash market conditions
    The Government of Saskatchewan is implementing spending cuts and a public sector hiring freeze following the release of its mid-year budget on November 22. The provincial budget deficit has climbed to $1B, from its initial projection of $434M in June.
  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters is closing its Regina location on December 31. The number of employees affected by the closure is unknown.
    The value of building permits issued in Regina surged to $63.2M in October, up 67% from the same month in 2015. Permits issued during the first 10 months of 2016 were worth $534.1M, compared to $595.4M for the same period in 2015.
    Record high temperatures across parts of Saskatchewan in early November renewed hope for some farmers, allowing them to combine crops that were not harvested in October due to wet conditions
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Saskatoon's new housing starts totalled 142 in October 2016, down slightly from 146 starts during the same month last year
    SaskPower is building a new station and high voltage transmission line, worth $20M, in the Weyburn area. In addition, the company plans to invest $3M in system maintenance work in the region.
    SaskTel is planning to close its inbound call centre in Moose Jaw. Affected employees will be offered other positions within the company, mostly in Regina.
    The Mosaic Company's Colonsay potash mine is set to reopen on December 5. About 330 unionized miners were laid-off in July due to challenging market conditions.
    Costco Wholesale held a grand opening for its second location in Saskatoon's Rosewood area on November 10
    Amec Foster Wheeler PLC, a global engineering and project management company, cut 57 jobs in Saskatoon in November due to challenging economic conditions caused by low commodity prices
    The Prairie Sky Co-operative Association and the Milestone Co-operative Association announced they will merge as of January 29, 2017. No layoffs are planned as a result of the amalgamation.
  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    Sunwing will offer a new flight service from Regina to the Dominican Republic from December 13, 2016 until March 28, 2017
    According to the federal Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcies in Saskatchewan were up 40% in August 2016 compared to the same month last year - the highest percentage increase among provinces
    According to the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), oil and gas drilling activity is expected to improve slightly in 2017 compared to 2016 levels. PSAC anticipates that 1,940 wells will be drilled in Saskatchewan next year.
    Warm temperatures in early November allowed Saskatchewan farmers to harvest remaining crops. The construction industry also benefited from milder weather conditions, allowing some crew to continue repair and construction work.
    Construction of the new Integrated Health Care Facility in Leader is slated to begin in December. The provincial government is providing $9.6M towards the $12M project.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $9.4M for 81 targeted police officer positions in Regina and Saskatoon through its $14.2M Municipal Police Grants program
    Shareholders of Agrium Inc. and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan approved the merger of the two companies on November 3. The merger deal is expected to be finalized in mid-2017.
    According to Statistics Canada, employment in Saskatchewan was down 10,800 in October 2016 compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, the provincial unemployment rate climbed to 6.9% last month.
    Agrocorp Processing is planning to relocate its Canadian headquarters from Vancouver to Moose Jaw in early 2017. The move will result in the creation of 20 new jobs over the next three years.
    About 500 students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Moose Jaw campus met with over two dozen prospective employers during the school's 4th annual technology career fair on November 2
  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's Consumer Price Index rose 1.1% in September compared to the same month last year. Meanwhile, provincial retail sales reached $1.64B in August - up 0.3% compared to August 2015.
    WestJet launched nonstop flights from Regina to Orlando, Florida, on October 26. The weekly service will be offered every Thursday until the end of April 2017.
    The Estevan Farmers' Market reported a slight drop in sales in 2016, due to the state of the local economy. However, vendors expect a good turnout for the Christmas market, which will run until December 17 inside the Estevan Shoppers Mall.
    Farm Credit Canada plans on offering solutions, such as deferral of principle payments and loan payment schedule amendments, on a case-by-case basis to support Saskatchewan farmers facing financial hardship due to wet conditions this growing season
    The Regina District Industry Education Council held a career event in Belle Plaine to promote heavy construction careers to young women in Grades 10 to 12 on October 28
    The Mâmawêyatitân Centre, which is currently under construction in North Central Regina, received $100,000 from the Mosaic Company to build a green space for cultural teachings and storytelling
    BC-based restaurant chain Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria will open three new locations in Saskatchewan in the coming year, including two in Regina and one in Lloydminster
    Canadian Western Agribition, the biggest agricultural and livestock show in Canada, will be held in Regina from November 21 to 26
    According to Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union, 14 deputy sheriff positions were recently cut in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, North Battleford and Weyburn
  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    Saskatoon-based Gensource Potash Corporation has launched a feasibility study for a proposed mine near Craik. The results of the study are expected in early 2017.
    Demolition work is underway at the University of Regina's College Avenue Campus. The $60M project includes renovating parts of the facility and the construction of a new office block for Conexus Credit Union.
    The value of building permits issued in North Battleford reached $2.13M in September, up from $1.11M during the same month in 2015
    The value of building permits issued in Regina reached $39M in September, down from $72.5M during the same month in 2015. Moreover, permits issued in the first three quarters of 2016 were worth $470.9M, down 16% from the same period in 2015.
    Military contractor CAE and Peacock Collegiate in Moose Jaw renewed their education agreement on October 21. The partnership allows high school students to acquire hands-on experience in aviation maintenance.
    The Twin City Medical Walk-In Clinic in North Battleford recently added two family physicians to its medical staff. As a result, the clinic is expanding walk-in services to include Sundays beginning November 6.
    Members of the Pasqua First Nation have begun construction of the new Pasqua Youth Recreation and Cultural Centre. The $750,000 multi-purpose facility is being funded by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
    Unreal City, a comic book and collectable store in Saskatoon, is closing at the end of November. The number of employees affected by the closure is unknown.
    According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Regina and Saskatoon housing markets show moderate evidence of being overvalued
  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    Holiday Inn and the University of Saskatchewan broke ground on a new 220-room, nine-story hotel on October 14. The hotel is slated to open in April 2018.
    The University of Saskatchewan is planning to build a new $41M ice hockey rink on campus, thanks to a $12M private donation. Construction and opening date of the 1,830-seat arena has not yet been set.
    The City of Regina approved plans to develop Aurora, a commercial retail site, on October 17. The project will be developed by Harvard Developments and Forster Projects.
    Regina-based Sherwood Co-op is building a new location in the south end of the city, with completion slated for summer 2017. The new project will include a gas bar, a convenience store and a car wash.
    Saskatoon Co-op is expanding its operations, thanks to its increasing annual revenues over the past decade. The company is currently rebuilding one of its two Home Centres, which should open in June 2017.
    Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Canada Ltd. shut down its manufacturing division in Saskatoon on October 15, resulting in about 150 layoffs. The power division, which employs 40 workers, will continue operating in the city.
    The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association rescinded its agreement with Tourism Saskatoon to hold the rodeo finals in Saskatoon's SaskTel Centre. Instead, the finals will be hosted by Edmonton's Northlands.
  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic has launched the Women in Trades and Technology program, an eight-day workshop providing an overview of careers in welding, automotive servicing, carpentry, electrical, machining and plumbing
    Cameco Corp. laid off an undisclosed number of workers from its corporate headquarters in Saskatoon on October 4. This follows the loss of nearly 600 jobs last April when the company closed its Rabbit Lake uranium mine.
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate rose from 6.3% in August to 6.8% in September. On a year-over-year basis, there were 6,500 fewer people working in the province this month compared to September 2015.
    Many Saskatchewan and Alberta farmers have had to put harvesting on hold due to recent rain and snow. Farmers are now expecting lower crop quality and profits due to these adverse weather conditions.
    Construction of the Moose Jaw Civic Centre Plaza is nearing completion. Stores such as Starbucks and The Canadian Brewhouse are slated to open in the plaza next month.
    The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority removed some barriers for craft beer manufacturers in September. The changes allow local craft brewers to bottle and deliver their products directly to SLGA or private liquor stores across the province.
    The historic Clarendon Hotel in Gull Lake was completely destroyed by fire on October 9. The number of employees impacted by the fire is unknown.
  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    Viterra is starting construction of a new grain terminal in Wadena this fall. The facility should be operational in two years.
    Regina Pro Plumbers, a new firm offering commercial and residential plumbing services, recently opened its doors in Regina
    SynergyAG, a new chain of crop input and seed retail stores, is set to launch several locations across the province. The first store is expected to open this fall in Lewvan.
    Twenty workers at the adult mental health unit at Regina General Hospital are receiving layoff notices. The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region made the decision following an audit of the unit's staffing needs.
    The All Nations Jobs Expo took place in Regina on September 28. Hosted by the Regina Chamber of Commerce, the job fair featured 51 employment booths and was expected to attract between 1,000 and 2,000 people.
    Mosaic Potash is transferring 10 customer service positions from its Regina head office to the company's Florida location, effective June 2017. The company is working with employees impacted by the change to help them find other employment.
    Enbridge Inc. is selling its Southeast Saskatchewan pipeline system to Tundra Energy Marketing Limited for $1.1B. All Enbridge employees currently working on the Southeast Saskatchewan System will transfer over to Tundra.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is discontinuing funding to NORTEP and NORPAC, two post-secondary programs for northern students, in July 2017. The decision, which was made to minimize duplication, will result in administrative changes.
  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    AREVA Resources Canada is providing $500,000 to build a family room in the maternal care centre at the Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan. The hospital is scheduled to open in Saskatoon in 2019.
    Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority presented its new casino plans to Lloydminster residents on September 21. The project is expected to create 140 jobs in the city.
    Cathedral Social Hall opened in Regina on July 6. The new beer pub features creations by Saskatchewan craft brewers, as well as food and live music.
    The City of Regina is building two new playgrounds in the north and south ends of the city. Construction is expected to be completed by early October.
    Winnipeg-based Richardson International Ltd. is constructing crop input centres in Elrose, Wakaw and Pasqua. Construction of the facilities will begin this fall and should be complete by the end of 2017.
    The Canadian National Institute for the Blind recently submitted a proposal to upgrade and expand its current facility in Regina to help make it more accessible
    The City of Regina recently approved plans to accommodate population growth in the southeast portion of the city. The proposed 690-hectare neighbourhoods could be home to nearly 17,500 people over the next 20 years.
    The minimum wage in Saskatchewan is set to increase from $10.50 to $10.72 per hour on October 1. The increase will impact about 23,000 workers across the province, 56% of whom are under the age of 25.
    Two new doctors are joining the Preeceville Health Care Centre in October. As a result, the Sunrise Health Region may reopen its emergency room services that were suspended in June due to a doctor shortage.
  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    Demolition work recently started on the former Sears Warehouse in Regina. Vancouver-based Hungerford Properties is redeveloping part of the property into a larger warehouse space.
    Mosaic Co. is providing $1M to the Social Impact Bond program ¿ a provincial government initiative that aims to improve graduation rates of children from economically disadvantaged homes
    The federal and provincial governments, along with the City of Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Housing Coalition, marked the opening of Camponi Transitional Housing II, a 20-unit housing complex for at-risk individuals
    The federal and provincial government signed a new bilateral agreement on September 16. The agreement will provide over $236.6M for infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan.
    According to Royal Bank of Canada, Saskatchewan¿s economy will contract by 0.9% in 2016, before returning to positive growth in 2017
    Saskatoon Health Region laid-off about 70 union and non-union employees on September 15 in an effort to balance a budget deficit of $35.7M
    According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, home prices in Regina increased by 3.7% in August on a year-over-year basis. In contrast, prices in Saskatoon declined by 0.9% during the same period.
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, new housing starts in Regina surged by 74% in August on a year-over-year basis
    The federal, provincial and municipal governments are providing $59M for water and sewer infrastructure projects in Regina and Saskatoon
    Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region is laying off nearly 20 workers, eliminating casual work for part-timers, and cutting positions through attrition to help balance its books
    Discount travel company, NewLeaf, is temporarily suspending flights in and out of Regina and Saskatoon in November while it evaluates consumer demand. The company may resume service to and from these cities in mid-December.
  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    Saskatoon Health Region is planning to lay-off staff due to a budget deficit of up to $30M. Details on the timing and number of layoffs are not currently available.
    The City of Regina is expanding its laneway and garden suite housing project. The project aims to increase population density and reduce environmental impacts by building mini-houses on existing properties.
    The value of building permits issued in Regina totalled $39.3M in August, down from $42.8M in August 2015
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan had 4,500 fewer jobs in August compared to the same month last year
    Manitou Beach is receiving $3.9M from the provincial government to raise berms to hold back rising water that threatens local homes and businesses
    According to Statistics Canada, the price of new homes in Saskatoon dropped by 3.2% in July on a year-over-year basis
    Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan and Calgary-based Agrium Inc. recently agreed to merge, which would create an agricultural giant worth $36B. The new firm, with over 20,000 staff worldwide, would be headquartered in Saskatoon.
    The Saskatchewan government is eliminating regulatory barriers for cottage wineries and micro distilleries. Craft producers will now benefit from increased production thresholds and a graduated markup structure.
    The Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship Program has granted 100 high-school graduates scholarships worth $1,000. The program is managed by the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission and is partly funded by the provincial government.
  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    The provincial government is providing $3M towards a grade raise construction project of Highway 3, west of Shellbrook. Construction of the project began in August and should be completed by summer 2017.
    Conexus Credit Union will be leasing Wascana Centre land from the University of Regina to construct its new headquarters. In return, the credit union plans to donate over $8M toward the university¿s College Avenue campus renewal project.
    Saskatoon-based Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan and Calgary-based Agrium Inc. are currently in preliminary discussions for a possible merger of equals, which could produce a fertilizer giant worth more than $30B
    The federal government is funding a $37M research project at the University of Saskatchewan, to study ways of maximizing crop yields by using drone and robotic technology
    Sobeys Inc. recently opened a new IGA store in Emerald Park
    Ikea Canada is opening a new collection point in Saskatoon, where shoppers will be able to ship and collect their online purchases
    Giant Tiger, a discount store chain, plans to open a new location in Weyburn by the end of January 2017
    The federal government is granting $77M to the University of Saskatchewan to study water issues across Canada
    The federal government is providing $35.3M to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada¿s research and development centre in Swift Current. The funds will be used in renovations, as well as to build new laboratories.
    Ranch Ehrlo Society is expanding its family treatment program due to increasing demand. The society plans to relocate to a new building that will make room for additional staff and allow for more group space.
    Souls Harbour Rescue Mission is planning to build a new low-income housing facility in Regina. Construction on the $7M project will begin next summer and is slated for completion in July 2018.
    According to the Association of Regina Realtors, a record number of homes were sold in Regina in August
  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    The federal government is providing $33.1M to the University of Saskatchewan for infrastructure improvements around campus. The majority of funding will be used to build the Collaborative Science Research Building.
    McDonald's Canada Inc. is adding over 350 jobs at 24 locations across Saskatchewan. Each location will invest up to $250,000 to hire about 15 servers and greeters.
    The number of employment insurance recipients in Saskatchewan reached 16,200 in June 2016, up 19% compared to the same period last year
    Saskatoon Public Schools plans to hire up to four new French immersion teachers for the 2016-2017 school year due to an increase in student enrolment
    Saskatoon City Council recently approved a new condominium project at Market Mall. Construction of the 400-unit complex is set to begin in spring 2017, and should be completed by late 2019.
    The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is supporting Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority's proposal to construct a new casino in Lloydminster. The project is expected to create approximately 500 new jobs in the city.
    According to the latest provincial crop report, Saskatchewan farmers are expecting yields above the 10-year average for all crops
    The University of Regina is offering the Prince's Operation Entrepreneur program, a weeklong boot camp, for military veterans. Established in 2012, the program teaches ex-soldiers how to start their own business.
  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    The Government of Saskatchewan is holding discussions with grain producers, as well as shippers, to ensure safe and efficient transportation of this year's expected bumper crop
    Saskatchewan's public offering of petroleum and natural gas rights for the month of August generated $10M for the province. This represents the largest sale for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, with total year-to-date revenues now standing at $17M.
    According to the Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, a global oversupply of potash is pushing prices downward. As a result, revenues for mining firms and the provincial government dropped sharply in the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
    Saskatoberfest will take place in Regina's Hotel Saskatchewan on September 10, 2016. The event will serve as a fundraiser for Street Culture Project and will feature traditional fare, as well as live entertainment.
    The condominium market has surged both in Saskatoon (+40%) and Regina (+35%) in recent years. However, due to higher inventories of unsold units on the market, condo starts are expected to decline in 2016 and 2017.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing a combined $1.4M towards the construction of a new 14-unit affordable housing complex in La Loche. Construction work is expected to be complete by fall 2017.
    Manufacturing sales in Saskatchewan rose by 4.3% in June 2016 compared to the previous month. On an annual basis, manufacturing sales were up 2.9% - second highest among provinces in terms of percentage growth.
    Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority issued layoff notices to 170 employees in July, as it moves forward with plans to privatize 40 government-owned liquor stores. However, it could be months before the layoffs are implemented.
    Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority recently launched SOAR, a new program aimed at helping Aboriginal entrepreneurs grow their businesses
  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    A portion of Saskatoon's Holiday Park golf course will close on August 15 to undergo redevelopment. A modified course will remain open for the rest of the golfing season.
    Evraz North America laid off 125 workers at its Regina pipe division on August 3
    According to Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, there were 187 housing starts in Saskatoon in July 2016. Single-detached homes accounted for the majority of all new construction.
    The provincial government has granted Yancoal conditional environmental approval for its proposed potash mine near Southey. Pending other conditions, construction could begin in early 2017.
    Two Twenty, a co-working space, opened in Saskatoon on August 9. Nearly 150 self-employed professionals use the facility's resources and workplace environment.
    According to TransUnion Canada, Saskatchewan has the second-highest debt load in the country with an average of $24,036. The province's 90-plus day delinquency rate rose 11.6% from the second quarter of 2015.
    A new family-friendly restaurant, Skye Cafe and Bistro, opened in Regina's Saskatchewan Science Centre on August 12
    The Saskatoon Exhibition drew over 210,000 visitors in 2016. The event, which took place from August 9 to 15, featured rides and live music.
    According to Statistics Canada, the number of unfilled or vacant jobs in Saskatchewan declined by 35% in the first quarter of 2016. This drop represents the second-largest year-over-year decrease among provinces.
  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    According to the Association of Regina Realtors, year-over-year home sales in Regina were down by 15% in July, while the total number of listings declined by 13% over the same period
    According to the Saskatoon Region Association of Realtors, Saskatoon¿s year-over-year home sales declined by 16% in July. Meanwhile, house prices remained relatively stable in the city, down 1% during the same period.
    The 2016 Innovative Learning Institute for Circumpolar Health conference was held in Saskatoon from August 2 to August 12. The event attracted nursing personnel from around the world and focused on healthcare issues concerning northern communities.
    CUPE Local 7, a union that represents 200 municipal employees, broke off bargaining talks with the City of Regina at the end of July. Workers have been without a collective agreement since December 31, 2015.
    According to Statistics Canada, employment in Saskatchewan was up 800 in July 2016 compared to the same month last year. The province has the third lowest unemployment rate in Canada at 6.3%.
    The Regina Folk Festival took place in Regina from August 5 to 7. The event, which is now in its 47th year, attracts up to 30,000 people.
    The Big Idea Camp took place in Regina from August 2 through August 5. The event featured educational sessions with business experts to help teens develop entrepreneurial skills.
    The 2016 Queen City Exhibition took place in Regina from August 2 to 6. Despite a slight drop in attendance from 2015, the event attracted over 200,000 carnival-goers.
  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    The Government of Saskatchewan issued request for proposals for private liquor stores in 20 communities across the province. The deadline to apply for these opportunities is September 7.
    The provincial government began upgrading several roads leading to lakes across Saskatchewan, thanks to the province¿s Highways and Infrastructure budget of over $1.15B
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation¿s latest market assessment report, Regina and Saskatoon housing markets show strong evidence of problematic conditions, due to overvaluation and overbuilding
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan¿s average weekly earnings were $976 in May 2016, down 1% (-$10) from April. In addition, year-over-year average earnings also declined by 0.2%.
    The federal and provincial governments are each providing up to $4,530,000 for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure at Whitecap Dakota First Nation. The project is expected to create more than 300 new jobs in the region.
    Delta Air Lines stopped offering daily flights from Regina to Minneapolis on August 1, 2016
    On August 2, the provincial government issued the final round of request for proposals for private liquor stores in 20 communities across Saskatchewan. The deadline to apply for these opportunities is September 13.
    Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co. has been selected to design and build two overpasses in Martensville and Warman. The $60.6M project is expected to be completed by fall 2019.
  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    The federal and provincial governments, along with the Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Corporation (MJNP), are funding a new 12-unit affordable housing project in Moose Jaw
    The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region posted a $15.2M deficit in 2015-2016 due to increasing demographics. The health region expects to balance the books in 2016-2017 through funding increases and cost-saving measures like reducing overtime expenses.
    Starting in fall 2017, the Canadian Finals Rodeo will take place in Saskatoon instead of Edmonton. The change of location is a result of contract expiration been the rodeo association and Edmonton Northlands.
    YWCA's Power of Being a Girl summer camp is offering girls across Canada a chance to acquire computer programming skills. The program is taught by the Ladies Learning Code, an organization dedicated to empower women and youth.
    Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems announced plans to close the manufacturing side of its Saskatoon plant by October 15. The closure will affect 150 employees.
    According to Saskatchewan Agriculture, severe weather conditions are adversely affecting lentils and peas crops in some parts of the province
    According to Statistics Canada, the number of people receiving employment benefits in Saskatchewan declined by 1% in May 2016 compared to the previous month. In contrast, year-over-year beneficiaries were up 21.6%.
    Saskatoon Transit announced plans to purchase 15 low-floor buses and five Access Transit buses at a cost of over $8M. The city council approved the funding application through the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
    WestJet will offer weekly direct flights from Regina to Orlando, Florida, starting October 27
    Construction of Regina's new Pacer Park began on July 19. The baseball park, which was forced to move due to the Regina bypass project, is being relocated at an estimated cost of $10M.
    Evraz North America is laying off 125 employees from its Regina operations. The job cuts are a result of pipeline approval delays and the impact of "unfairly traded imports".
    Federated Co-operatives Limited announced plans to build two fertilizer terminals in Hanley, Saskatchewan, and Brandon, Manitoba. The two terminals, worth $75M, are expected to be in service by 2017.
    BC-based Save-On-Foods announced plans to open three new grocery stores in Saskatoon over the next 18 months
    The Saskatoon Health Region announced plans to cut $34M in costs to balance its 2016-2017 budget. Measures will include laying off some support employees and implementing a temporary hiring freeze.

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