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  • Week of Oct 09 - Oct 13, 2017

    TransCanada has cancelled its Energy East pipeline project. The $16B project would have added 1,500 km worth of pipelines to carry oil from the Prairies to Eastern Canada for refining, before being exported.
    Greyhound Canada is relocating its passenger service to the Regina International Airport at the end of September, following the expiration of its contract with the Saskatchewan Transportation Company
    Saskatchewan's public offering of petroleum and natural gas rights for October generated $19M for the province
    According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in Saskatchewan stood at 6.2% in September 2017, down 0.2 percentage points compared to the previous month
    The number of building permits issued in Saskatchewan rose 17.5% in August compared to the same month in 2016. This was the second highest percentage increase among the provinces.
    Sears Canada intends to close all of their remaining stores on October 19, pending court approval. The company has been in court-approved creditor protection since June.
  • Week of Oct 02 - Oct 06, 2017

    Colette Bourgonje School recently opened in Saskatoon. The school has the capacity to accommodate up to 750 students.
    St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic School, a new public elementary school, recently opened in Saskatoon. The school is a part of the P3 Joint-Use School Projects that includes 18 publically owned elementary schools on nine joint sites in the city.
    Regina City Council has approved a rezoning request to renovate an existing facility to accommodate a new mosque by May 2018
    The minimum wage in Saskatchewan increased from $10.72 per hour to $10.96 per hour on October 1. The changes will impact nearly 50,000 workers in the province.
    Regina's first standalone Starbucks location opened its doors on September 23
    Sunwing will be offering a new flight service from Regina to Mexico from December 21, 2017 to March 29, 2018
    The Canadian Armed Forces held open houses across the country on September 30 to boost the number of part-time reservists. The army is offering a faster enrolment process and paid summer jobs for students.
  • Week of Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2017

    Saskatchewan manufacturing sales were up 13.5% in July 2017 compared to the same month last year. This represents the highest percentage growth among provinces, well ahead of the national average of 3.4% during the same period.
    PotashCorp will temporarily halt production at its two Saskatchewan mines over the next few months to balance overall output. Employees affected by the temporary shutdowns may be reassigned to other areas.
    The provincial government is reinstating a $20M grant to the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine to ensure it maintains its full accreditation. The funds were initially cut from the 2017-18 provincial budget.
    According to Saskatchewan Agriculture, 75% of crops in the province had been harvested by September 18 - well ahead of the five-year average of 58% for this time of year
    St. Nicholas School recently opened in Northwest Regina. This is the first Catholic elementary school in 30 years to open its doors in the city.
    Saskatchewan is poised to benefit from the CETA trade deal, which came into effect on September 21. The province is the second-largest exporter of agricultural products in the country, representing 26% of Canada's agri-food exports to Europe.
    The Government of Saskatchewan has earmarked over $50M to repair and replace several bridges and culverts across the province
    Wakamow Place II, a new 12-unit affordable rental housing project for individuals with complex needs, recently opened its doors in Moose Jaw
    SaskPower is postponing development of its $630M Tazi Twé hydroelectric project due to a decline in demand for power in northern Saskatchewan
  • Week of Sep 18 - Sep 22, 2017

    Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters, a chain of hunting, fishing and camping supply stores, is closing all of its 12 locations in Western Canada. The number of affected employees in Saskatchewan is unknown.
    According to Saskatchewan Agriculture, 65% of the crop had been harvested by September 11, thanks to warm weather. However, the lack of moisture may prevent some farmers from seeding winter cereals.
    The provincial government is granting nearly $160,000 to secure the shoreline at Crooked Lake Provincial Park to protect park greenspace from further erosion. Work is set to take place from late October until February 2018.
    The provincial government has released tenders worth about $220M for the 2018 highway construction season. The tenders include more than 550 kilometres of surface improvements and consist of more than 30 construction contracts.
    Hollywood director James Cameron is investing in a pea-processing facility near Saskatoon. Once fully operational, the plant is expected to be the largest organic pea protein facility in North America.
    Virden's Pipestone Livestock Sales re-opened in September after having been closed since 2010. The auction mart offers producers from southwest Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan another market to sell their cattle through.
    Toys "R" Us has filed for bankruptcy protection in Canada, and is seeking to restructure the outstanding debt and set the stage for long-term growth. The toy retailer's 82 stores across the country will remain open during the process.
  • Week of Sep 11 - Sep 15, 2017

    Steelworkers at Evraz's Regina plant reached a tentative deal with the employer on September 7. The workers were without a collective agreement since July 2016.
    Federated Co-op recently opened a new fertilizer terminal in Hanley. Construction of the 96,000sq.-ft. facility had started in 2016.
    Work on the new the Humboldt Recreation Center is underway. Construction of the 70,000sq.-ft. facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
    A doctor shortage in Wolseley and Grenfell has resulted in the suspension of emergency and walk-in outpatient services until early 2018
    According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in Saskatchewan stood at 6.4% in August 2017, down 0.2 percentage points compared to the previous month
    Hot and dry conditions across the province have raised the average price of hay significantly. As a result, ranchers in the province are looking at alternate food sources to feed their cattle.
    SaskTel is investing about $4M to upgrade 35 wireless towers throughout rural Saskatchewan. Work is expected to be completed by March 2018.
    The Mâmawêyatitân Centre opened its doors in Regina on September 12. The $31M facility will includes a high school, a child-care centre, a recreational complex, a public library, a community policing centre, and a First Nations ceremonial room.
  • Week of Sep 04 - Sep 08, 2017

    The Government of Saskatchewan is providing over $500,000 for upgrades at Kimball Lake Campground in Meadow Lake Provincial Park. Construction work will begin this fall and should take a few weeks.
    7Shifts Inc., a Saskatoon-based technology firm, received $4.5M in venture capital funding from Tandem Capital, a US institutional investor. 7Shifts intends to triple its current workforce of about 40 employees this year.
    The Yorkton Film Festival received $52,775 through Saskatchewan Arts Board to support programming and operations for the 2017-18 fiscal year
    According to the Province's weekly crop report, 26% of crops have been harvested, well ahead of the five-year average, due to the dry and relatively warm weather over the last week
    The Government of Canada is providing a combined total of nearly $300M to create up to 60,000 work placements for post-secondary students over the next five years
    According to the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada, Saskatchewan had a 17% increase in the number of insolvencies in the 12-month period ending on June 30, 2017 - the highest increase of all oil-producing provinces
  • Week of Aug 28 - Sep 01, 2017

    Hot and dry conditions have adversely affected crops in Southeastern Saskatchewan and yields in the region are ranging from below average to average. Meanwhile, crop results north of Saskatoon appear to be more promising.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is creating a new protection and response team, comprised of 258 armed officers, to help reduce crime in rural areas. This initiative will lead to the creation of 30 new police positions.
    A new IMAX theatre is coming to Regina's Cineplex Cinemas Normanview. The auditorium is expected to open in November 2017.
    Demolition of the old Mosaic Stadium in Regina is scheduled to start in September. Complete restoration of the site should be completed by spring 2018.
    The federal and provincial governments are contributing over $2.1M each to upgrade the Town of Eastend's water treatment facility, while the town will cover the rest of the estimated $7M project costs
    The Yorkton courthouse is currently undergoing renovations that should be complete by November. Landscaping work around the courthouse is planned to take place in spring 2018.
    Hundreds of people were evacuated from Pelican Narrows on August 29, 2017 due to heavy smoke from local forest fires. No details were provided on when the residents would be allowed to return.
  • Week of Aug 21 - Aug 25, 2017

    Block 1 Management Ltd. has laid off all of its remaining staff following the sale of the last of their properties to a Toronto-based real estate investment firm
    Sears Canada is creating a $500,000 hardship fund for former employees who were denied severance payments when they lost their jobs at the retailer. The fund is intended to support people experiencing financial hardship.
    CIBC is acquiring PC Financial and will rebrand the bank as Simplii. Hundreds of PC Financial ATMs and Kiosks across the country will be closed down between November 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.
    Springfield Plastics, a US manufacturer of drainage pipe, is planning to open a new pipe yard in Humboldt in the near future
    Construction of a new 12-unit affordable housing project for single parents is currently underway in Regina. The project is being funded by the federal, provincial and municipal governments, as well as the Gabriel Housing Corporation.
    The provincial government is granting over $250,000 to upgrade and expand electrical service in nearly 60 campsites at Douglas and Danielson provincial parks. Work is expected to be completed before the 2018 summer season.
    BHP Billiton is putting its Jansen potash mine near Saskatoon on hold due to weak global potash market conditions. Nevertheless, the company is proceeding with building its production and service shafts at the mine.
  • Week of Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2017

    According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, housing starts are up across the province, reaching 4,617 units in July compared to 4,367 units in June
    Sobeys is planning to open a new Safeway grocery store in the former Target space in Saskatoon's Lawson Heights Mall by early 2018
    Recent rainfall may be too late to benefit areas in southern Saskatchewan where crops are rapidly drying down according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's latest Weekly Crop Report
    The provincial government is granting over $190,000 to upgrade electrical service at Greenwater Lake Provincial Park's Hilltop campground. Work is scheduled to begin this fall and should be completed in time for the 2018 camping season.
    At the national level, 6.6% of Royal Canadian Mountain Police (RCMP) positions were unoccupied as of April 1, 2017. Meanwhile, the vacancy rate stood at 4.6% in Saskatchewan.
    The 48th annual Regina Folk Festival took place from August 10 to 13, featuring live music, an arts market and beer gardens
    Motion Fitness is planning to open a new facility in Saskatoon. The gym chain will take over Safeway's current space after the grocery store moves to its new location in early 2018.
  • Week of Aug 07 - Aug 11, 2017

    The 2017 Queen City Exhibition took place in Regina from August 2 to 6. The event drew over 200,000 visitors and featured food, amusement rides and live music.
    Work is underway on Enbridge Inc.'s $5.3B Line 3 Replacement project, which will run from Hardisty, Alberta through Saskatchewan to Gretna, Manitoba. The project is expected to create thousands of jobs before its completion in 2019.
    Saskatchewan's public offering of petroleum and natural gas rights for August generated $8M for the province
    According to the federal Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, year-over-year consumer bankruptcies in Saskatchewan were up 22% in May 2017 - the only province to post an increase from May 2016
    According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in Saskatchewan stood at 6.6% in July 2017, down 0.3 percentage points from July 2016
    The Petroleum Services Association of Canada's has updated its drilling activity forecast for 2017, and now expects 2,794 new wells to be drilled in Saskatchewan - a 44% increase from its initial forecast of 1,940 wells
    According to Agriculture Canada, southern Saskatchewan had its driest July in 130 years. Consequently, canola crop yields are expected to be half of an average year.
    According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, optimism among Saskatchewan's small business owners fell to an index of 50 in July, more than 10 points below the national average
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $500,000 annually to expand its Remote Presence Technology (RPT) program. Stony Rapids is the latest addition to a network of communities accessing medical experts via RPT.
  • Week of Jul 31 - Aug 04, 2017

    The federal government is granting over $440,000 to the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations. The funding will be used in redesigning child and family services for Saskatchewan First Nations.
    Export Development Canada plans to open an office in Saskatoon. No details were provided on the opening date or the number of jobs that will be created.
    Girls Exploring Trades and Technology camp at Saskatchewan Polytechnic took place in Moose Jaw from July 24 to 28. The week-long program is designed to introduce girls in Grades 6 through 8 to various trades.
    The federal government is granting $9.2M to replace the water treatment system on White Bear First Nation. The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2018.
    The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority is laying-off 32 full-and part-time workers in seven communities across the province. Affected workers received layoff notices on July 17.
    AmericInn Hotel and Suites, a new 41-room hotel, officially opened its doors in Humboldt on July 20
    Several highway improvement projects are currently underway in the Prince Albert region. These construction projects are part of the Government of Saskatchewan's multi-year commitment to improve transportation infrastructure across the province.
    Regina city council has approved over $1M in upgrades to the Brandt Centre. The improvements include new arena boards and glass, upgrades to lighting, dressing rooms, and fan seating.
  • Week of Jul 24 - Jul 28, 2017

    The University of Saskatchewan has approved 78 applications for voluntary buyout packages, following a five percent reduction to its $312M operating grant in the 2017-18 provincial budget
    The curling rink in Strongfield was destroyed during a storm on July 20. The number of affected workers is unknown.
    Work is underway to replace the main air supply lines and lower level ducting at the Lloydminster Hospital, and should be completed later this summer
    Construction has started on a 26-unit affordable housing project in Saskatoon. The federal, provincial and municipal governments are contributing over $3.7M towards the project, while Quint Development Corp. is granting $1.7M.
    Construction on a section of Regina's Arcola Avenue started on July 25. The project, which consists of installing pipes to reduce the risk of flooding, is expected to take six weeks.
    Atch & Co., a clothing store in Saskatoon, will be closing its doors by September 1 - after nearly 50 years in business. The number of affected workers has not been provided.
    The Battleford Town Council recently approved a proposal to build a waste transfer station. Construction of the proposed facility could be completed by January 2018.
    Property management firm Block 1 Management Ltd. issued layoff notices to its 48 remaining employees on July 14. The company was granted creditor protection in December 2016.
  • Week of Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2017

    The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) branch in Radville was set to close on July 13, after over 100 years in business. No details were provided on the number of affected workers.
    Engelheim Charter, a Regina-based bus company, has received Highway Traffic Board approval to offer individual passenger service starting this fall. Four other Saskatchewan transportation companies have also been approved to provide this service.
    Canwest Commercial & Land Corp. has delayed the construction start date for the $50M World Trade Center project in Saskatoon. The developer now plans to begin work in fall 2017, with completion of the project slated for 2019.
    According to Royal LePage's recent house price survey, home prices in Saskatoon will continue to decline in the second half of 2017. Meanwhile, the number of listings in the city has reached an all-time high, with over 2,100 active listings.
    Construction started on Outlook's new swimming pool facility on July 10. The facility is expected to be completed by July 2018.
    According to a recent report by Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan had 1,000 fewer job vacancies during the first three months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016
    According to a recent report by Agriculture Saskatchewan, high temperatures and dry conditions over the past few weeks have damaged crops across the province
  • Week of Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2017

    According to the Association of Regina Realtors Inc., real estate sales declined six percent in the city during the first half of 2017. Meanwhile, the number of listings rose to 1,577 at the end of June - reaching its highest level in a decade.
    SaskPower has issued a request for proposals for a 200-megawatt wind power project. The successful independent power producer will be announced in the of fall 2018, with the project expected to begin operations in early 2021.
    Work is underway to build two sets of passing lanes on Highway 5 near Humboldt. The $7.6M project, which started in late June, should be completed this fall.
    Saskatchewan's merchandise exports reached $2.6B in May 2017, up 38.3% from the previous year. The province experienced the third highest percentage increase in the country.
    The value of building permits issued in Saskatchewan during the first five months of 2017 reached $805.3M, an increase of 20.8% compared to the same period in 2016
    Apache Corp., a US oil and gas company, has sold its Canadian assets in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan for close to $1B
    The federal government is granting $896M over the next 11 years for infrastructure projects in Saskatchewan as part of a long-term bilateral agreement with the province
    Correctional Service Canada is closing its national training academy in Regina in 2018. Ten affected employees will be reassigned to other positions within the service.
  • Week of Jul 03 - Jul 07, 2017

    33 1/3 Coffee Roasters will open a second coffee shop in Regina by the fall of 2017
    Regina's 94-year-old Scott Collegiate high school will be demolished in July. Students will be moved to the new Mamaweyatitan Centre starting next fall.
    DiCal Transport, a courier service, has been approved by the provincial government to offer passenger bus service to areas formerly served by the Saskatchewan Transportation Company
    Weyburn Comprehensive School's machining lab installed a state-of-the-art $50,000 milling machine in time for the new school year
    The provincial government is selling the Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation's fleet of 898 hopper cars to three Saskatchewan shortline railways. The sales totalling $9.7M should be concluded within two or three months.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $250,000 for the construction of a group home in Biggar for people with disabilities
    The provincial government is providing close to $1.8M in funding for the Discounted Bus Pass program in 2017-2018. The program helps keep monthly bus passes affordable for people receiving income assistance.
  • Week of Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2017

    Fareway grocery store opened in Humboldt on June 28, 2017
    The 40th annual Canada Farm Progress Show took place in Regina on June 21 to June 23. This year, the event focused on women in agriculture, as well as young and experienced farmers.
    Four Sears stores will close in Saskatchewan as the company restructures operations across the country. The closures will affect dozens of part- and full-time workers in Regina, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert and Melville.
    IKEA has launched a new collection centre in Regina. The collection point aims to make shopping at IKEA more accessible for Saskatchewan residents and will allow customers to ship products for a flat rate.
    Local and Fresh, a food company, is planning to open a grocery store in Regina by fall 2017. The facility will also feature a coffee bar and food court.
    The provincial government will raise the minimum wage to $10.96 an hour on October 1. The changes will affect nearly 50,000 minimum wage and low wage earners in Saskatchewan.
    Block 1 Management Ltd. and Cisask Construction Ltd., two companies belonging to the landlord group that filed for bankruptcy in 2016, are planning to lay-off a combined total of 60 workers in Saskatchewan. No timeline has been provided for the layoffs.
    The Regina Police is expanding its mental health team in order to offer crisis intervention services 7 days a week. The initiative was launched in 2016 in partnership with the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region's Mental Health Service.
    The federal government has granted $175,000 to the City of Regina for its Railyard Renewal Project. The funds will help develop the city's Warehouse district and connect it to the downtown area.
    The City of Regina will provide $150,000 towards the construction of the Welcome Services Pavilion in City Square Plaza. The new facility should be operational in 2018.
    According to the Canadian Union of Public Employees, there aren't enough medical technologists and technicians to meet the increased demand in Saskatchewan
  • Week of Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2017

    Country Thunder Saskatchewan, Craven Valley's annual country music festival, will take place from July 13 through 17
    The 2018 Canadian Pacific Women's Open, a major golf tournament, will be held at Regina's Wascana Country Club from August 20 to 26, 2018. The tournament is expected to generate $8M in economic benefits for the city.
    The Regina Public School Board is eliminating 22 full-time classroom teacher positions by shifting staff to new assignments. Any job losses will be handled through attrition.
    The provincial and municipal governments are providing $93,000 to the Yorkton Municipal Airport through the Community Airport Partnership Grant. The funds will be used to upgrade and maintain airport infrastructure.
    Jeweler Hillberg & Berk is expanding its headquarters and will be moving into a 31,000sq.-ft. building in Regina's warehouse district. The company employs about 160 workers and has retail locations in Regina, Saskatoon and Edmonton.
    The University of Saskatchewan is offering early retirement packages to 350 eligible employees, in an effort to cut costs as it faces a $16M reduction to its $312M operating grant
    The value and number of building permits issued in North Battleford declined in May. A total of 48 permits were issued for $4,118,825 in May 2017, compared to 51 permits for $8,748,500 during the same month last year.
    Born Free Motorcoach, a Humboldt manufacturing business, is facing an uncertain future. The company has been temporarily shut down for several weeks and may close permanently.
  • 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.

Economic/Environmental Scan

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Sectoral Profiles

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Occupational Outlook

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Update of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016

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