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  • Start date: 2019-09-02, End date: 2019-09-06
    Week of Sep 02 - Sep 06, 2019

    The Supreme Group of Companies is realigning its management team and reducing the workforce across all its locations. The company has two locations in the Edmonton area.
    Numerous solar farms are currently in the works across Alberta. According to a document published by Solas Energy Consulting, if the province hit 3,200 MW of solar power capacity by 2030 it would create more than 8,800 annual full-time equivalent jobs.
    Ponoka County is providing about $1.5M to Rimbey's Missing Link Internet for two fibre optic cable projects. An additional $5.5M from the federal government and Missing Link will expand the project to several communities with completion expected in 2023.
    Tilray Inc. is buying marijuana retailer 420 Investments Ltd. of Calgary for $110M. Four20 owns and operates six outlets in Alberta and has secured 16 more locations in the province, including Canmore, Calgary and Edmonton.
    The Government of Canada is providing about $5.7M for 10 steel and aluminum companies in Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, and Nisku. The companies will create approximately 150 jobs.
    The Government of Canada is providing over $1.4M for festivals and arts organizations in Calgary and southern Alberta
    Calgary Co-op has decided to end its grocery contract with Federated Co-operative (FCL), worth about $400M, or about 20 per cent of FLC's grocery segment revenue in 2018. FCL also owns warehouses in Calgary, where several hundred jobs could be affected.
    Grand Villa Casino in downtown Edmonton has laid off nearly 50 full-time employees. Another 50 to 60 part-time positions have also been eliminated. Gateway says that the cuts to staff and hours are meant to be temporary.
    Waiward Industrial, a supplier of steel for oilsands projects, is loaded with work thanks to Alberta's continued petrochemical sector development, particularly the construction of Inter Pipeline's $3.5B Heartland Petrochemical Complex
    Prospera Energy is making progress on well reactivations and workovers at a rate of 8-10 per month, with expectations that it will continue at this rate throughout the balance of 2019
    Crescent Point Energy is now targeting approximately 175 to 200 injection well conversions in 2019 compared to its original budget of approximately 145 conversions
  • Start date: 2019-08-26, End date: 2019-08-30
    Week of Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2019

    Trans Mountain Corp. has issued notices to construction contractors as it plans to restart work on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Construction is planned for the right-of-way in Alberta between Edmonton and Edson and at its Edmonton Terminal.
    The Government of Alberta has notified municipalities across the province that $597M of the 2019 Municipal Sustainability Initiative funding would be forthcoming. The province is also paying out about $470M from the Federal Gas Tax Fund program.
    Construction has started on a $200M project to twin and upgrade Highway 15 near Edmonton and build a second bridge. The province is also moving ahead with nine other projects related to the existing Capital Plan.
    The Government of Canada has committed $18.1M towards the $54M expansion of the Francis Winspear Centre in downtown Edmonton. The project is expected to be complete in 2022.
    The Government of Canada has committed $4M in funding to support more than 50 arts and cultural organizations across the province
  • Start date: 2019-08-19, End date: 2019-08-23
    Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2019

    The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Hotel in Edmonton is delaying a makeover of the Confederation Lounge to March 2020. The lounge renovation is part of a $22M project that will include upgrades to the guest rooms, meeting areas and the Harvest Room restaurant.
    UNIQLO, a popular fashion retailer from Japan, is opening up a store in the West Edmonton Mall in late September
    Altura Energy has cut $1.5M from its 2019 capital budget and now plans to drill three extended reach horizontal wells. Altura has also budgeted $0.8M in the second half of 2019 for infrastructure work at five wells.
    Pembina Pipeline Corp. has agreed to buy Kinder Morgan Inc.'s Canadian unit and the U.S. portion of the Cochin Pipeline system for about $4.35B. The deal includes terminal facilities in Edmonton and a rail-loading facility co-owned with Imperial Oil.
    Precision Drilling Corporation has cut its 2019 capital expenditure plan by $25M, down to $144M from $169M, following completion of a new overseas rig build project. Precision plans to spend $60M to $80M in 2020, primarily on maintenance capital.
    The new $2.3M six-bed Stollery neonatal intensive care unit is set to open this fall at Sturgeon Hospital in St. Albert. A further $2.5M is being fundraised by the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation for state of the art equipment for the unit.
    Hemisphere Energy Corporation plans to bring 11 recently drilled wells in the Atlee Buffalo area into production by the end of September
    Razor Energy is investing in end-of-life well and facility decommissioning in its Swan Hills and Kaybob operations. Razor has about 22 wells remaining in its Inactive Well Compliance program that need to be addressed before March 31, 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-08-12, End date: 2019-08-16
    Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2019

    Bonterra Energy Corp. estimates spending about $26M in capital during the balance of 2019 on drilling, well completions, tie-ins and related infrastructure work
    Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. plans to spend about $15M to $25M in its second half 2019 capital program. Bellatrix plans to focus activities on its Spirit River liquids rich natural gas play in Alberta.
    Delphi Energy Corp. is planning to spend about $6.5 to $8.0M in the remainder of its 2019 capital program. Drilling operations are not expected to start until later in the fourth quarter of the year.
    Pengrowth Energy Corp. is spending $34M at its Lindbergh thermal oil sands site for continued production, sustaining and maintenance activities. Pengrowth plans to drill three well pairs to utilize existing steam capacity at the site.
    Paramount Resources expects to spend about $195M in the balance of 2019, primarily on drilling and completion. Paramount is also permanently abandoning over 1,000 kms of pipelines and suspending all facilities in the Zama region at a cost of $13.4M.
    Pipestone Energy Corp. is spending $30M, partially funded by Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure, to build its East Battery in central Alberta. Construction is expected to start in mid-August and extend into 2020.
    Kelt Exploration is currently building a battery consisting of dehydration, separation, treating, storage and water injection facilities. The battery is expected to be commissioned in September.
    The Associate Medical Clinic in Morinville is closing its doors after serving the community for over 45 years. A partner clinic in St. Albert is expected to accommodate Morinville and area patients.
    Inter Pipeline has planned turnaround activities at the Redwater Olefinic Fractionator near Edmonton and two offgas plants in northern Alberta in the third quarter of 2019
    Jollibee Food Corp., the Filipino fast-food chain, has opened in Edmonton. Jollibee opened its first Canadian restaurant in Winnipeg in 2016 with plans to open 100 stores in Canada within the next five years.
    Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation (API) is partnering with about 19 other companies, to help turn university research into pharmaceutical products. API expects to create up to 75 jobs in the next few years working with between 30 and 40 companies.
    In January, a $20.5M contract was awarded to Scorpio Masonry of Edmonton for the repair and restoration of the sandstone cladding and windows of the Alberta Legislature building. The restoration is expected to be complete in three years.
    The University of Alberta is receiving more than $2.2M for 10 research infrastructure projects that will, among other things, ensure food safety, improve end-of-life care for patients, reclaim mining sites and reduce air pollution
    Alcanna Inc. is opening a cannabis retail location in Grande Prairie in August, adding to 15 to 20 additional cannabis locations ready to open in Alberta by the end of 2019. A new Wine and Beyond store is also opening in Red Deer by the end of 2019.
    Construction has started on the $15M Roozen Family Hospice Centre in Edmonton. The facility will feature 12 private palliative suites, family spaces, a courtyard and is scheduled to open at the end of 2020.
    The Chapters Strathcona branch in Edmonton will cease operations in January after deciding not to renew its lease. The new tenant, Winners, will be taking up the space in October next year.
    Properly, a Toronto-based real estate technology startup, is launching in Edmonton this fall. Properly expects to hire between five and 10 employees directly over the next year and a half.
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has launched the Youth Employment and Skills Program. The program will provide grant funding to organizations for the creation of agricultural internships that provide career-related work experiences to youth.
    Cequence Energy has about $10M left to spend in its 2019 capital program. Cequence plans to drill 2.0 Dunvegan horizontal oil wells in 2019 and bring them on to production in early 2020.
    Enerplus Corp. has narrowed its 2019 capital estimate to $610M to $630M with an emphasis on spending in the third quarter of the year. Most of the capital is directed towards its US operations with about $30M dedicated to its Canadian properties.
    TransGlobe Energy plans to start its 2019 Canadian drilling plan in the third quarter of 2019. The drilling program consists of three development wells drilled from existing pads, and one exploratory outpost well south of Harmattan.
    Surge Energy plans to drill about 24 wells in the second half of 2019. Surge also intends to spend about $6M in 2019 on a well abandonment and reclamation program with a target of 150 wells.
    Granite Oil Corp. is planning to spend about $2M in capital in the second half of 2019 at its operations in southern Alberta
    Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. expects to spend between $30M to $50M in the second half of 2019 to complete commissioning and routine construction site cleanup of its existing projects and on capital related to its new Pipestone projects
  • Start date: 2019-08-05, End date: 2019-08-09
    Week of Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2019

    The Government of Alberta has put a hold on applications for the Alberta investor tax credit. The plan offers a 30 per cent tax credit to private investors who put money into companies doing work in non-traditional sectors such as information technology.
    Plains Midstream Canada is doubling the amount of crude oil it can pipe from Sundre north to Edmonton while increasing by five times the amount heading from Sundre south to the border. Plains is upgrading existing pump stations on the Rangeland pipeline system.
    Pieridae Energy has purchased all of Shell's midstream and upstream assets in southern Alberta for $190M.The company will retain all site-based Shell employees and some Calgary-based Shell employees who predominantly support the Foothills assets.
    International Petroleum Corporation plans to drill 25 development oil wells in the Suffield area in 2019, including wells related to its Enhanced Oil Recovery project
    The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), in its 2019 Canadian Drilling Activity Forecast, has decreased its forecasted number of wells. PSAC projects 2,425 wells to be drilled in Alberta, down from 3,532 wells in the original Forecast
    TORC Oil & Gas Ltd. is planning to drill an additional 5 wells in Alberta in the remainder of 2019
    Tourmaline Oil Corp. anticipates fracking and bringing into production 30-40 wells between September and November, hoping to benefit from improved winter pricing
    During the second half of 2019, Athabasca Oil Corporation is planning to drill a four well pad in the Montenay, 13 Duvernay wells, and complete a steam debottleneck project and injection expansion at its Leismer thermal oil sands site
    Baytex Energy Corp. expects to drill approximately 40 heavy oil wells in the second half of 2019, up from just nine wells during the first half of the year
    Whitecap Resources Inc. plans to drill about 25 wells in Alberta in the second half of 2019, and start a gas flood enhanced oil recovery pilot project
    Pembina Pipeline Corporation expects to start construction of the Phase VII Peace Pipeline Expansion project in the fourth quarter of 2019. This project has a capital budget of $950 million and is anticipated to be in service in the first half of 2021
    Pembina Pipeline Corporation has awarded an early works construction contract for its $4.5B polypropylene joint-venture plant currently under way just north of Edmonton. Site clearing for the facility is complete.
    Mechanical construction is underway on Pembina Pipeline's $120M Natural Gas Liquids Extraction facility near Empress. The facility is expected to be operational in late 2020.
    Inter Pipeline Ltd. is building a $100M pipeline connection between its Bow River and Central Alberta pipeline systems. Construction will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2020.
    Alberta and Ontario's education ministers are cooperating on a project to help guide more students into trades and science and technology careers. BuildForce Canada predicts Alberta will see 40,800 tradespeople retire during the next decade.
    Petrus Resources is planning to spend $7M in capital, and drill and complete three light oil wells in the third quarter of 2019
    Journey Energy is reducing its 2019 capital program from $30M to $22-23M. Journey plans to drill, complete and tie-in three new wells weighted to the second half of 2019 and spend $3M on other facility improvements.
    InPlay Oil Corp. is planning to spend about $17M in the second half of 2019 to drill and complete 4 to 5 wells in Alberta
    NuVista Energy Ltd. is planning to spend about $114M in the balance of its 2019 capital program. NuVista plans to complete and tie-in several wells and start construction on its Pipestone North Compressor Station during the fourth quarter.
    Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) has approved 254 licensed cannabis stores in total in the province to date. AGCL has an additional 491 individual store applications in the approval process.
  • Start date: 2019-07-29, End date: 2019-08-02
    Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2019

    A new report from accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP estimates that investments in the Heartland region support 31,570 full-time equivalent jobs and produce $5.2B in gross domestic product and output nationally
    Vermilion Energy Inc. is planning to drill 73 wells in Saskatchewan and six wells in Alberta during the second half of 2019. In addition, several plant turnarounds are scheduled for completion in Alberta during the third quarter of 2019.
    The JW Marriott Hotel and Residences in the Ice District in downtown Edmonton has officially opened
  • Start date: 2019-07-22, End date: 2019-07-26
    Week of Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019

    The Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council Education Authority has signed a 10-year education agreement that will boost federal funding for six First Nations schools in northern Alberta. The funding is expected to improve recruitment and retention of teachers.
    The Government of Canada is investing $8.3M to support six projects within the Canadian beef industry. The money will support international market development, animal welfare enhancement in the feedlot sector and research.
    The Government of Canada is providing $44M, split evenly between Calgary and Edmonton, to reduce their carbon footprints. The funding will focus initially on energy retrofits in the commercial and residential sector, and local use of renewable energy.
    The Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation has started of construction of a new junior-senior high school in the community. The school is expected to open for students in September 2021.
    Plantlife Cannabis, an independent cannabis retailer, is opening five new store locations in Alberta by the end of July
    The Government of Canada is investing $13M in Canada's grain sector. The investment will fund industry-led projects through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership AgriMarketing Program, to help industry diversify exports to international markets.
  • Start date: 2019-07-15, End date: 2019-07-19
    Week of Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2019

    H-Mart, and Asian supermarket specializing in Korean products, has opened at the South Park Shopping Centre in Edmonton. It is the first of its kind and of this scale in the city.
    Construction has begun on phase one of a new residential district in the east of downtown Edmonton. Two buildings, with a combined 250 units are set to be finished by summer 2021. The remaining phases may add another 500 residential or commercial units.
    Cielo, a waste management and solutions company, has officially opened its Alderside refinery where they convert garbage into diesel. The company has plans to open further refineries in Grande Prairie, Calgary, Medicine Hat, and Brooks.
    All three of Westlock's cannabis stores, which have been sitting vacant, have received their licenses from Alberta Liquor Gaming and Cannabis and will start selling within a week. Each store plans to hire about 2 full time and 3 part time staff.
    Associate Medical Clinic in Mornville will be closing its doors on September 30th. Difficulties in recruiting medical doctor services to the community has been cited as the main reason for slosure. The company also runs a clinic in nearby St. Albert which will remain open.
    $150,000 in funds from a fine paid by the city of Edmonton, after using an inappropriate herbicide, will go towards funding 3 environmental research projects. A large portion of these funds will be for hiring research assistants.
    Ten St. Albert businesses have joined the pledge to maintain a $15 minimum wage for their youth workers. This adds to the total of 260 businesses in 285 locations across Alberta which have signed the pledge to pay $15/hr to their youth employees.
  • Start date: 2019-07-08, End date: 2019-07-12
    Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2019

    Construction has begun on the Muttart Urban District in Edmonton. The project will add 720 residential units to the area once completed by fall 2020.
    Sleep Country Canada has opened a new store in Leduc. This marks the company's 272nd location across the country.
    Apollo Machine and Welding Ltd received $450,000 in federal Regional Economic Growth through Innovation funding to revamp their 3D laser printing operations
    Edmonton based Mental Health Foundation has been gifted $5M over two years to support youth hubs. The hubs will provide primary care, counselling, and other services for at risk youth.
    Calgary based ice cream shop Made by Marcus has expanded to Edmonton with a new shop on Whyte Avenue
  • Start date: 2019-07-01, End date: 2019-07-05
    Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2019

    Bird Canada will launch its e-scooter rentals in Calgary and Edmonton in July. The company will be hiring staff to track and return wayward scooters.
    Trans Mountain Corporation pipeline has begun its initial hiring of up to 1200 people, which may grow to 6000 workers during peak construction. The project is seeking to hire as many Indigenous workers as possible.
    The Canterbury Foundation, an Edmonton seniors' housing centre, is expanding its facilities with a five story addition encompassing 50 larger suites and 16 new hospice beds. The project is expected to cost $31.5M.
    Ontario based Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality Group will open four new restaurants and bars in Edmonton's Ice District in August.
    The Celtic Know Pub in St. Albert closed at the end of June. The venue's new owners plan on opening a new restaurant in August and will try to retain as many of the pub's 30 full and part time workers as possible.
    Falcon Equipment will open a new branch in Leduc in August. A team of mechanics will be hired to provide sales, service, rentals and parts support at the branch.
    Four Alberta organizations in the Parkland, Leduc and Hanna regions will share $3.22 million to transition workers and communities away from coal-fired power generation.
    The Edmonton Digital Arts College closed its doors after failing to find a private buyer. Those affected include 56 students, six teachers, four teaching assistants and three administration staff.
  • Start date: 2019-06-24, End date: 2019-06-28
    Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2019

    Construction of the new Roxy Theatre in Edmonton began on June 24th. The project is expected to be finished in late 2020, and altogether have a total cost of $21.5M.
    Calgary-based Botaneco is seeking a piece of the $40M made available for projects related to the plant protein market. This is the first wave of investment through the federal government's $153 Innovation Supercluster Initiative launched last November.
    The Government of Alberta has created a "Skilled Trades Caucus" to combat youth unemployment and the expected 3000 skilled workers retiring annually. The strategy focuses on non-university post-secondary education, including $1M in trades scholarships.
    Edmonton city council has moved forward with a proposed ban on shisha consumption in public buildings by 2021. There are 44 shisha lounges which would be affected by the ruling.
    A pedestrian bridge with access to West Edmonton Mall will be rebuilt after it was demolished last June. It will be financed through a cost sharing agreement between the mall and the City of Edmonton. No construction timeline has been set.
    Edmonton Digital Arts College, a private institution, has suspended classes amidst financial troubles. Fifty students along with the faculty and staff would be among those affected if no private buyer is found.
    The Government of Alberta has introduced legislation to identify regulatory or professional bodies that slow down the accreditation decisions of foreign-trained workers. This is aimed at speeding up the recognition process of foreign credentials.
    Fillmore Construction has been awarded the contract for construction of Radient Technologies cannabis and hemp manufacturing facilities. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.
    The Government of Alberta has cancelled a $595M superlab project in Edmonton that was started under the previous government. About $23M has been spent on the project to date.
    Amazon expects to initially hire 600 employees for its fulfillment centre which is currently under construction just south of Edmonton. The centre is expected to open in spring 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-06-17, End date: 2019-06-21
    Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2019

    Fort Worth-based Ulterra Drilling Technologies, one of the world's fastest growing suppliers of PDC drill bits for the oil and gas industry, has expanded their manufacturing facility in Leduc
    Canada House Wellness Group is opening its first location within a third-party medical clinic in Sherwood Park, under the Canada House Clinic (CHC) brand. CHC clinics work directly with primary care teams to provide cannabinoid therapy services.
    Access 24/7, a mental health clinic based out of the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, has opened with $5.225M in combined funding. The clinic provides in-person assessment, crisis outreach and around the clock stabilization for patients every day.
    Spanish energy giant Repsol is cutting 30 per cent of its Canadian staff, laying off employees from its Calgary office as well as field locations in Chauvin and Edson. Affected employees are in the exploration, production and corporate units.
    The University of Alberta has received $4.4M from the Public Health Agency of Canada to fund a new Housing for Health project. The university has partnered with Christenson Group and others on two new housing developments in Whitecourt and Edmonton.
    The Government of Canada has once again approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The project is still subject to 156 existing conditions. The Federal cabinet also added eight new additional accommodation measures.
  • Start date: 2019-06-10, End date: 2019-06-14
    Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2019

    The Government of Alberta has introduced regulations to merge the College of Alberta Professional Foresters and the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists into one new organization, the Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals
    The Stony Plain and Spruce Grove RCMP detachments are merging into the new Parkland RCMP detachment. The detachment will move into a new $27M building that is currently under construction.
    Community Futures Yellowhead East is working with eleven regional communities to build a stronger, more diversified economy. McSweeney & Associates, an economic development consulting firm, is also working with business participants on the project.
    Canadian Rockies Hemp Corporation has started construction on its Bruderheim hemp facility. The plant is expected to open in October with ten technicians. The company expects staffing levels to increase from 30 to 50 employees in 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-06-03, End date: 2019-06-07
    Week of Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2019

    San Francisco-based TaskRabbit has opened in Edmonton. TaskRabbit provides a digital link between workers and customers, and collects fees from customers, who pay a surcharge of roughly 27 per cent on top of the worker's wage.
    New retail cannabis shops are set to open in Jasper, Fort McMurray and Lac La Biche after Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) lifted its moratorium on new retail locations. AGLC announced it would issue five retail licences each week.
    YSS Corp. has accelerated its 2019 capital plans and will proceed with construction on five additional retail cannabis locations in Calgary, Edmonton and Grand Prairie. YSS operates one store in Red Deer and has seven retail locations awaiting licensing.
    Atlas Growers and Biotechnologies is teaming up with Harvard Medical School to supply cannabis products as part of a $4M collaborative project for chronic pain and neurological conditions research
  • Start date: 2019-05-27, End date: 2019-05-31
    Week of May 27 - May 31, 2019

    Inter Pipeline Ltd., Shell, and Keyera Energy Ltd. are partnering for a joint industrial rail initiative application to the federal government under the National Trade Corridor Fund. The proposed project is expected to be in service in 2021.
    The Government of Canada has committed $6M for construction of the Ben Calf Robe-St. Clare Catholic School in Edmonton. The new $26M building was initially slated to be complete by September 2020, but that timeline is now in question.
    Sturgeon County Economic Development is hosting a 2019 Supply Chain Forum for local businesses to learn more about the procurement processes used by such major firms as Inter Pipeline, Pembina Pipeline, and the Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation.
    The Government of Alberta has introduced a labour bill to change overtime pay and reduce youth minimum wage. Beginning June 26, the minimum wage for students will be $13 an hour.
    DynaLIFE Medical Labs has opened new lab space in downtown Edmonton for cancer screening test development. DynaLIFE is working with Metabolomic Technologies Inc. a private company connected to on-going research at the University of Alberta.
    Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) has signed a deal to buy the Canadian operations of Devon Energy Corp. for $3.8B. CNRL is expected to retain about 735 new employees from Devon, including both field and head office personnel.
  • Start date: 2019-05-20, End date: 2019-05-24
    Week of May 20 - May 24, 2019

    Research conducted for Calgary Economic Development estimates that companies in Alberta will spend $18.4B by 2022 on digital transformation across all industrial sectors. The energy sector will account for about 25 per cent of all spending on digitization.
  • Start date: 2019-05-13, End date: 2019-05-17
    Week of May 13 - May 17, 2019

    The craft brewing industry in Alberta is set for further expansion, especially in rural areas. As of this week, there are 115 licensed breweries, both large and small, in Alberta, with another 13 pending.
    Hotel Equities, an international hotel owner, operator and developer, has opened its first Canadian office ¿ in Edmonton. The firm has 23 properties in Canada, representing 20 percent of its worldwide holdings.
    Keyera Corp. and SemCAMS Midstream ULC are building a $1.3B natural gas liquids and condensate pipeline system that will connect producing areas to Keyera's processing operations in Fort Saskatchewan. The system is expected to be operational in 2022.
  • Start date: 2019-05-06, End date: 2019-05-10
    Week of May 06 - May 10, 2019

    Trident Exploration Corp., a junior oil and gas company, has ceased operations and will turn over care of its 4,700 wells to the Alberta Energy Regulator. Trident also terminated 33 employees and 61 contractors.
    The Government of Canada is providing nearly $52M over the next five years through the newly launched Reaching Home Homelessness Strategy to help alleviate chronic homelessness in Edmonton
    The City of Fort Saskatchewan recently approved $400,000 for design and demolition to a building which will be home to the Fort Gymnastics Club. The total cost of the project is $2.16M.
    MEG Energy cut an unspecified number of staff in February 2019 to align with lower levels of capital spending and to optimize efficiency
  • Start date: 2019-04-29, End date: 2019-05-03
    Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2019

    Precision Drilling has decided to not register 75 of its Canadian service rigs with industry associations because they are unlikely to be deployed this year. Precision expects continued weakness in the Canadian oilfield service market.
    Regina-based Rider Express is planning to add an Edmonton-Calgary bus service later this spring. Last year, Greyhound Canada shutdown virtually all its services in the west.
    Canada House Wellness Group, a fully integrated medical cannabis company, has signed a lease agreement for a licensed cannabis dispensary to be located adjacent to the company's existing medical cannabis outlet in Edmonton. Canada House has received a building permit from the City of Edmonton to begin construction.
    Filipino fast-food giant, Jollibee, is set to open its first Edmonton location in the fourth quarter of 2019. Jollibee already has four locations in Canada ¿ two each in Toronto and Winnipeg.
    Wolf Midstream is planning the commissioning and start-up of the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) in late 2019 and early 2020. The 240 km line, which is now mostly complete, will be the largest capacity carbon dioxide pipeline in the world.
    Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation (CKPC) is currently selecting engineerinng, procurement and construction firms for its propane to polypropylene facility south of Redwater. Construction is expected to begin in September and be completed in 2023.
    The Government of Canada has committed $49M to Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation (CKPC), a joint venture between Pembina Pipeline Corporation and Kuwait's Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. to construct its $4.5B polypropylene complex
  • Start date: 2019-04-22, End date: 2019-04-26
    Week of Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2019

    The University of Alberta will receive $18.3M in funding over the next five years through the national Networks of Centres of Excellence program for the Canadian Mountain Network. The network will be a collaborative research program looking at the effects of climate change on Canada's mountainous landmass.
    MTE Logistix is building a 500,000-square-foot warehouse in northwest Edmonton. The facility is part of a regional industrial real estate boom. As of March 2019, there was 2.7M square feet of industrial-zoned space under construction in the Edmonton area.
    Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis is issuing 26 more retail cannabis licences in the province. The easing of a moratorium on the permits will bring the total number of shops in the province able to sell cannabis to 101.
  • Start date: 2019-04-15, End date: 2019-04-19
    Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2019

    Freedom Cannabis Inc. is opening a cannabis production facility in the Acheson Industrial area near Edmonton. Freedom plans to hire more than 100 people in the next year to join their current workforce of 20 employees.
    G3 Canada Ltd. is building new high-efficiency grain elevators near Irricana and in Stettler County near Erskine. Construction is expected to start this summer, pending regulatory approvals, and be complete in 2020.
    Cardinal Energy Ltd. has added $5M to its 2019 capital budget for drilling and power generation initiatives in response to improved commodity pricing and the security of its oil hedging position
    Edmonton City Council has approved an application for the redevelopment of the Bonnie Doon mall over 20 to 30 years into a high-density residential and commercial development. Morguard Corp. expects to start construction in the spring of 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-04-08, End date: 2019-04-12
    Week of Apr 08 - Apr 12, 2019

    PetroLMI, an industry-backed non-profit specializing in oil and gas job trends, is forecasting that direct employment in Canada's oil and gas sector will fall by more than 12,000 jobs this year. The losses are due to factors including low commodity prices, a decline in capital spending and uncertain market access.
    Gibson Energy has struck a deal that will see Trimac Transportation pay about $70M for its trucking assets and $30M for property in Edmonton. Trimac will take on Gibson's commercial trucking contracts, equipment, and 160 employees.
    North American Construction Group has entered into a new five-year contract with an unnamed major oilsands customer and the Mikisew Cree First Nation through a joint venture partnership. The value of the contracted work is estimated at $400M out to 2023.
    TransCanada expects to start pipeline/compressor station construction on its West Path Delivery Project in the summer.The expansion is part of a $2B upgrade program for TransCanada's NOVA Gas system.
  • Start date: 2019-04-01, End date: 2019-04-05
    Week of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2019

    Four builders will begin construction later this spring on 43 townhomes in the Blatchford development on the former Edmonton City Centre Airport land
    The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories and the University Hospital Foundation are jointly providing a one-time $1M grant to the University of Alberta to fund research into Alzheimer's disease
    The Century Mile Racetrack and Casino, located near the Edmonton International Airport in Leduc, opened on April 1. The facility includes a race track, gambling areas and restaurants. Thoroughbred, Standardbred and quarter-horse racing is scheduled to start on April 28.
    Edmonton City Council approved Beljan Development's rezoning application that will allow the company to build a four-storey, 49 unit apartment building in the Inglewood neighbourhood
    The Government of Canada allocated $65M to STARS Air Ambulance to add five new emergency medical helicopters to its fleet
  • Start date: 2019-03-25, End date: 2019-03-29
    Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2019

    The Francis Winspear Centre for Music in Edmonton is expecting to break ground on its $54M expansion project this summer. Winspear is also working with Enmax and the city to build a $19M energy plant, bringing the total cost of the project to $73M.
    Three short-line railways in Alberta are expecting a surge in business due to new freight contracts for Forty Mile Rail, a logistics yard in Oyen and a propane hauling contract for the Great Sandhills line to service Pembina Pipelines' extraction plant
    The Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN) , an oil and gas-focused group, has been awarded $100M from the Government of Canada, over four years, to develop and commercialize clean technologies
    Brookfield Renewable Partners and its institutional partners have signed a $750M deal to invest in TransAlta Corp.'s hydro business. TransAlta plans to use $350M of the investment to speed the company¿s coal-to-gas transition strategy.
    ICE District Properties Joint Venture has signed an agreement for a Loblaws CityMarket store as the anchor tenant in its downtown Edmonton property. The store is slated to open in fall 2020.
    Radient Technologies, a cannabis and hemp ingredient extraction company, is planning to build another larger plant in Edmonton and add up to 100 new employees by next year
  • Start date: 2019-03-18, End date: 2019-03-22
    Week of Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2019

    The Government of Alberta is providing $9M to municipalities to cut energy costs and emissions by upgrading their recreation facilities with energy-efficient technology. The Recreation Energy Conservation Program provides up to $750,000 per municipality.
    The Government of Alberta is working on ten projects now underway that will deliver clean drinking water to the boundaries of 14 First Nations across the province. The program provides about $100M over six years out to 2023.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $6M towards a $14M affordable housing project in Stony Plain. The project includes units to meet the needs of adults aged 55 or over with low income and some commercial space for lease.
    Imperial Oil is slowing down development of its $2.6B Aspen oil sands project in northern Alberta due to market uncertainty. The project is expected to employ 700 people during construction and create more than 200 permanent jobs.
    Two turnarounds are scheduled for 2019 at the Shell Scotford site near Edmonton, one this spring for 30 days and another in the fall for its chemical complex and the refinery. About 1,000 trades people will be involved in the fall process.
    The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada have signed a 10-year, $678M agreement to protect, renew and expand social and community housing, and support Alberta's priorities related to housing repair, construction and affordability
    InPlay Oil Corp. is planning to spend $36M and drill nine wells in Alberta in 2019
    Pipestone Energy Corp. plans to spend $145M to $165M on its 2019 capital program. Pipestone recently finished drilling its fourth and final well for Q1, expects to drill 9 additional wells in H2 2019 and complete 7 wells in total this year.
  • Start date: 2019-03-11, End date: 2019-03-15
    Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2019

    Red Arrow is adding another daily departure as it expands bus service between Grande Prairie and Edmonton. Route stops include Valleyview, Fox Creek, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and Spruce Grove.
    The Government of Alberta is funding three new rest stops on major Alberta highways. Construction is expected to cost about $20M and support 89 jobs.
    The Government of Canada has committed $49M to support Inter Pipeline's $3.5B Heartland Petrochemical Complex, currently under construction near Fort Saskatchewan
    The Government of Alberta is investing in 33 new transit projects. The $215M will be awarded to the Calgary Metropolitan Region ( $101.8M), the Edmonton Metropolitan Region ($95.4M) and other communities around the province ($17.8M).
    The Government of Alberta is offering up to $70M in future royalty credits to Inter Pipeline for a proposed $600M petrochemical upgrading facility. The project is expected to support 50 permanent jobs and 600 skilled trade construction jobs.
    The Government of Canada has committed $1.075B for Edmonton LRT projects. The federal money is in addition to about $1.17B previously committed to the projects by the Alberta government. Construction could begin as early as 2020.
    The Government of Canada is providing $53.7M for flood mitigation efforts in Edmonton. The funding includes the construction of 13 dry ponds across the city to reduce stormwater overflows.
    Emissions Reduction Alberta is supporting 16 clean technology projects through its $100M sustainability challenge. The Government of Albeta is also providing an additional $5M to support its $10M Methane Emissions Reduction initiative.
  • Start date: 2019-03-04, End date: 2019-03-08
    Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2019

    Drilling activity during the second half of February in Alberta is down by about 40 percent over comparable levels in recent years. Winter is traditionally the peak drilling season in Canada.
    The Government of Alberta is planning to again ease its mandatory oil production cuts by 25,000 barrels per day starrting in April. The government attributed the move to reduced oil storage levels in the province.
    Parkland Fuel Corporation is closing its Red Deer office. More than 80 percent of the 120 full-time staff at the office have been given offers to relocate to its Calgary headquarters. The remaining positions will be phased out by summer's end.
    The Government of Alberta is investing almost $87M in new water system improvements to provide the City of Red Deer and five central Alberta communities with clean, safe water
    Altura Energy is planning to spend $15M in its initial capital budget for 2019 with most of the funds directed towards the second half of the year. Altura plans to drill four wells near Leduc and start work on a well stimulation pilot program.
    Baytex Energy is planning to spend about $81M in Q1/2019 on its Viking light oil assets. The company has plans for the full year to drill approximately 245 wells in the Viking formation.
  • Start date: 2019-02-25, End date: 2019-03-01
    Week of Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2019

    The Indigenously-owned Steel River Group Inc. has been named prime contractor for a 65-km section of Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure's 120 km Pioneer Natural Gas Pipeline Project. The project is expected to employ up to 300 people at its peak.
    Hudson's Bay Co. is closing all its 37 Home Outfitters stores in Canada by the end of 2019. The company currently has six locations in Alberta.
    The Government of Alberta has awarded seven new highway maintenance contracts for seven year periods. The work includes snowplowing, salting and sanding for snow and ice control, pothole patching and other maintenance related activities.
    The Government of Alberta and the City of St. Albert are each providing $27.1M for expanding Ray Gibbon Drive. Design work is slated to begin in 2019, with construction anticipated to begin in 2020. The project will support 152 direct jobs.
    Construction has started on the $12.2M St. Kateri Tekakwitha Academy in Morinville. The elementary school is expected to open in September 2020.
    The City of Edmonton has approved $30.5M for consultants and a review team to help select the winning bid to build the Valley Line West LRT from downtown to Lewis Farms. The total cost of this segment of the line is estimated at $2.7B.
    Keyera Corp. plans to invest growth capital of between $800M and $900M in 2019, to advance its capital projects at the Simonette, Wapiti and Pipestone gas plants, and the Wildhorse Terminal
    MANTL Canada Inc., a manufacturer and service provider of pump systems, is purchasing all the assets of Rapid Rod Service Ltd., a privately held oilfield service company. MANTL plans to retain all Rapid Rod staff of approximately 40 employees.
    Husky Energy is planning a four-week partial turnaround at its Sunrise oil sands project near Fort McMurray and a three-week turnaround at its Rainbow Lake processing facility, both in the second quarter of 2019
    Prairie Provident Resources Inc. is planning a 2019 capital budget of $18.9M. About $12.3M million will be directed to drill three horizontal wells, complete two additional wells and advance its current waterflood projects.
    Journey Energy Inc. has reduced its forecasted 2019 capital program from $40M to $30M, and delayed the start of the program to June 2019 in anticipation of improved market conditions
  • Start date: 2019-02-18, End date: 2019-02-22
    Week of Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2019

    The Government of Alberta has committed $100M to a five-year plan to entice high-tech companies specializing in artificial intelligence (AI) to invest in Alberta. The funding is expected to attract more than 100 companies and create thousands of jobs.
    Fractal Systems has been awarded $12.5M to implement its proprietary bitumen technology at a major pipeline hub in Alberta. Fractal's Enhanced JetShear technology improves bitumen quality and lowers the viscocity of the product, which eases shipping.
    Bonavista Energy is planning to spend $130M to $170M in its 2019 capital program. About three quarters of the money is set for the West Central Alberta area with the remainder being allocated to the Deep Basin core area.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $12M in the Aurora Project at the TELUS World of Science in Edmonton to provide new exhibition spaces and new programs. Construction will create nearly 350 jobs and more than 50 new jobs are expected on completion.
    Aurora Cannabis is building an expansion, Aurora Polaris, in Leduc to house research facilities and a shipping division for its Alberta-based cannabis production. The logistics system and warehouse are located at the Edmonton International Airport.
    The Government of Alberta has awarded a 20-year contract to supply government properties with solar power from three new facilities. The solar facilities will be built near Hays, Tilley and Jenner, creating approximately 270 jobs during construction.
    Payless ShoeSource Canada is filing for creditor protection in Canada and closing all of its stores by the end of May 2019. Payless employs about 2,400 workers across 248 stores in Canada, with 38 stores located in Alberta.
    Husky Energy has shut-in hundreds of wells and reduced production in order to comply with curtailment orders from the Government of Alberta. The decision will have an impact on several third-party service providers and contractors in local areas.
    The Government of Alberta has signed a $3.7B deal with CP Railway Ltd. and CN Railway Co. to lease 4,400 rail cars over three years. The Government's plan includes buying crude from provincial producers and then shipping the oil to various markets.
    The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton has seen a significant reduction in apprenticeship seats offered for trades this year. However, with an aging workforce, demand for trades workers is projected to increase.
  • Start date: 2019-02-11, End date: 2019-02-15
    Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2019

    The Government of Alberta is providing $70M from the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan to leverage more than $200M in private investment. The monies will go towards 11 projects worth a combined value of $276M.
    Edmonton's Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is set to double in size as it expands its main campus onto adjacent Blatchford land. NAIT plans to consolidate several satellite campuses onto the site and also build three or four student residence towers.
    Peters' Drive-In, a Calgary-based restaurant chain, is opening in Edmonton in fall 2019 or early 2020. The franchise owners expect to hire at least 70 employees for the location.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $200M for the new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre in Edmonton. The Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation is committing $26M. The project is expected to create between 200 and 250 construction jobs.
    Obsidian Energy is deferring $20M to $45M in capital to the second half of 2019 but maintaining its total yearly budget at $120M. Obsidian plans to drill five wells in the first half of 2019 and defer four other wells to the second half of the year.
    Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd. is planning to spend about $65M through the first quarter of 2019, as part of yearly total projected at $185M to $215M. Advantage has another $100M in capital projects which could be deferred from 2019 depending on market conditions.
    International Petroleum Corporation (IPC) will continue work on its gas and oil drilling program in the Suffield block north of Medicine Hat this year. IPC also has work planned for its Onion Lake Thermal facilities and associated wells.
    Pine Cliff Energy Ltd. is spending $10M in its 2019 capital budget, including about $3.6M to drill five wells. About $3.9M will be spent on facilities and major maintenance and $2.5M is allocated to abandonments and reclamation.
    The Government of Canada is committing $12M for 12 Canada Research Chair positions in Allberta, with five of the positions at the University of Calgary
  • Start date: 2019-02-04, End date: 2019-02-08
    Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2019

    The Province of Alberta has eased its mandatory oil production limits by 75,000 barrels per day, in response to new oil storage data, to allow production in February and March to reach 3.63M barrels per day
    BuildForce Canada is estimating a shortage of approximately 21,100 workers by the end of 2028 in Alberta's construction and maintenance industry. The future construction market is expected to emphasize industrial and institutional building construction.
    Pembina Pipeline Corporation and Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. are moving ahead with their joint-venture $4.5B plastic pellet manufacturing facility. The project is expected to create 3,000 construction jobs and over 200 full-time jobs.
    Imperial Oil is cutting its crude-by-rail shipments from 168,000 barrels per day in December 2018 to near zero this month and effectively idling its rail terminal near Edmonton
    Edmonton takes the top spot on a national index as the best place in Canada for young people to work according to Youthful Cities, a social enterprise group. The index ranks 21 cities on the health of the job market for people aged 15 to 29.
    Arkansas-based Murphy Oil is reducing spending by $20M in Canada this year to $280M. The majority of the investment will be in the Kaybob Duvernay, where Murphy is allocating $200M in its operated joint venture with Athabasca Oil Corporation.
    Hemisphere Energy Corporation has plans to drill up to 16 wells in southeastern Alberta in Q3 2019 if heavy oil market conditions continue to stabilize near current levels
  • Start date: 2019-01-28, End date: 2019-02-01
    Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2019

    Enerplus Corporation is planning to spend 7.5% of its 2019 capital budget across its Canadian operations, including the approximately four new wells, along with maintenance and optimization of its facilities
    The Government of Alberta announced construction of a new highway interchange near the Edmonton International Airport. Detailed design work is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
    The Government of Alberta intends to reconstruct Highway 628 near Edmonton. Construction is expected to start in 2021, take four to six years to complete and support more than 350 direct and indirect jobs.
    The Petroleum Services Association of Canada revised their forecast on the number of wells to be drilled across Alberta in 2019, from 3,532 to 2,948
  • Start date: 2019-01-21, End date: 2019-01-25
    Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2019

    Peyto Exploration & Development Corp. reduced its preliminary 2019 capital budget to $150M to $200M mostly in response to continuing low energy prices. Peyto has plans to drill about 50 wells in Alberta this year.
    The former Enbridge Tower in downtown Edmonton is re-emerging as a Hyatt branded hotel. The Hyatt will run two separate hotel branches under its brand: a continental short-term stay through Hyatt Place and long-term stays through Hyatt House.
    Wapahki Energy Ltd. is partnering with CN Rail to build a $50M facility to transform oil sands bitumen into solid ¿pucks¿. Both will each invest $16.7M into the facility, and are currently looking for a third partner.
    Jupiter Resources Ltd. approved upto $210M towards its 2019 capital program. New capital investment will be focused on its liquids-rich natural gas properties in Alberta.
    The Government of Alberta announced improvements for a new railway overpass and twinning highway 60 near Edmonton. Design work and relocation of utilities are to begin later this year.
    Best Buy, the electronics retailer, has permanently closed its doors in St. Albert due to a lease dispute with the property landlord. About 46 employees at the location have been given the option to retain their positions at other Best Buy stores.
    MEG Energy Corp. is expecting to spend $200M in its 2019 capital budget with an additional $75M in discretionary capital subject to market conditions. MEG plans to invest $40M towards growth projects this year, including $20M to completion of its Phase 2B Brownfield Expansion.
    Civeo Corporation has secured a hospitality services contract to operate a 1,540-room facility for an oil sands operator over the initial term of five years
    The Government of Alberta is providing a provisional $440M loan guarantee to Value Creation Inc. for a $2B partial-upgrading facility. The project is expected to create more than 2,000 construction jobs and another 200 full-time positions on completion.
    Gymboree, a US-based children's clothing retailer, is filing for bankruptcy protection and closing its 49 Canadian stores
  • Start date: 2019-01-14, End date: 2019-01-18
    Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2019

    Seven Generations Energy Ltd. is planning a $1.25B capital budget for 2019, about $500M lower than the budget it announced for 2018. The budget includes $1.1B for gathering infrastructure and pipelines and $125M for drilling and other well work.
    U.S. private equity giant KKR & Co. Inc. and Tulsa-based SemGroup Corp. have created a $1.15B Calgary-based company focused on natural gas processing assets in Alberta. The partnership is also spending $600M to buy assets from Meritage Midstream ULC.
    Bonterra Energy Corp. is planning to concentrate its 2019 work in central Alberta as part of a $55M to $77M capital budget. The company plans to direct the money to new wells, facilities and pipelines and non-operated drilling and completion activities.
    Surge Energy Inc. is planning to spend $135M in its 2019 capital budget. Surge expects to spend $100M on drilling and well completions and $25M on facilities, equipment and pipelines.
    The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute and the University of Alberta are hosting the 11th annual Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning Summer School, July 24 - August 2, 2019 in Edmonton. The event attracts researchers and the AI industry.
    Crescent Point Energy Corp. is reducing its capital expenditure in 2019 in its East Duvernay properties in Alberta based on current oil prices. The company may revisit the spending allocation in the area if oil prices improve through the year.
    Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. is planning to spend $40M to $ 50M in its 2019 capital program. Most of the money will be spent in drilling, well completion and production activities on its central Alberta properties.
    Tourmaline Oil Corp. has cut its 2019 capital program by $75M to $1.225B from previous estimates. Tourmaline expects to have approximately 125 new wells available to be brought on production between January 15 and June 30, 2019.
    Gear Energy Ltd. is planning to spend about 6 percent of its $10M 2019 capital budget on expansion of well improvement activities in central Alberta, continuing on from its 2018 program
    Tamarack Valley Energy Ltd. is planning on a 2019 capital budget of $170M to $180M. Tamarack anticipates drilling 125 wells, including 110 Viking light oil wells near Redwater and Veteran.
    The Theatre Network Society is set to start construction this spring on the $11.5M rebuild of the Roxy Theatre in Edmonton after Heritage Canada announced $2.5M for the project. The original theatre was destroyed by fire in January 2015.
  • Start date: 2018-12-31, End date: 2019-01-04
    Week of Dec 31 - Jan 04, 2018

    Husky Energy is planning a 2019 capital program of $3.4B, about $300M less than its previous forecasts. The spending is being cut in areas where it has the most capital flexibility, including heavy oil and Western Canada resource plays.
    The Natural Gas Innovation Fund is launching a $3M call for project proposals to help develop clean technology using Canadian natural gas. The program will make up to $1M available per project in the upstream sector.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $50M to help trade-exposed industries reduce costs and increase competitiveness. The program is targeting efficiency at pulp and paper, chemical, fertilizer, minerals and metals facilities.
    Canadian National Railway Co. is planning to build a pilot plant worth up to $50M next year to create pucks, called CanaPux, made of oilsands bitumen to transport by rail and ships. Future plans are for a commercial-sized plant to produce the pucks.
    Shell Canada is limiting costs on producing natural gas due to low prices and over the next two years no new wells will be drilled. As a result, production will drop by about 15 per cent because of natural declines.
    Western Canada's drilling rigs decreased by 61 rigs, or 47% to a total of 70 according to Baker Hughes for the week of December 28th. Oil drilling went from 58 to 15; natural gas rigs decreased from 73 to 55. Alberta rig counts went down 47 to 57.
    The Edmonton Police Service is hiring 25 new officers to cover an expanded service area south of the city limits following the land annexation from Leduc County. Some of the new hires will go to the traffic division and some will go to the tactical unit.
  • Start date: 2018-12-24, End date: 2018-12-28
    Week of Dec 24 - Dec 28, 2018

    Gear Energy Ltd. is starting field activities in early 2019 to resume production from the majority of its heavy and light oil wells that were temporarily shut-in during December 2018, in response to low oil prices
    Suncor Energy Ltd. is planning to spend between $4.9B and $5.6B in its 2019 capital program. Some of the capital is directed towards enhancing Suncor's midstream logistics infrastructure.
    The federal government is providing $8.7M through the National Disaster Mitigation Program for 18 projects. They include new or replacement flood mapping for Drumheller, Medicine Hat, Siksika Nation, Red Deer, and part of the North Saskatchewan River.
    The Government of Alberta has announced five successful projects in the latest phase of the Renewable Electricity Program. In total, the new developments will create about 1,000 jobs and generate enough power for nearly 300,000 homes.
    Amazon Canada is planning to open a one-million-square-foot warehouse in the Nisku Business Park, just south of Edmonton. The project will employ about 700 construction workers. The warehouse is expected to provide 600 new jobs when it opens in 2020.
    Whitecap Resources Inc. is planning to drill 46 wells in Alberta in 2019 as part of an approximate $194M capital program in the province. Whitecap also plans to spend about $80M on enhanced oil recovery projects.
    The Government of Canada is providing more than $1.6B in assistance, most of it as commercial loans, to help energy companies. About $1.0B is earmarked for oil and gas exporters who want to invest in new technologies and diversify their markets.
  • Start date: 2018-12-17, End date: 2018-12-21
    Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2018

    Elevate Aviation is opening a learning centre at Edmonton Internation Airport that will include a program focused on drawing young women into the aviation industry. The program will help girls and women ages 15 to 24 find opportunities in the industry.
    G3 Canada Limited is building a new primary elevator just west of Morinville. Construction is slated to begin soon, subject to receiving regulatory approval, and is expected to be complete in 2020.
    Horizon North Logistics Inc. is planning to spend about $25M on expansion of its off-site manufacturing division as part of a $50M 2019 capital plan. Another $25M is allocated to the development of its Crossroads Lodge open camp located in Kitimat.
    H-Mart, a supermarket specializing in Korean food, is opening in Edmonton early in 2019. H-Mart has stores across the United States as well as in Toronto and the Vancouver area.
    Painted Pony Energy Ltd. plans to spend between $95M and $110M of development capital in 2019. The company intends to focus on operational efficiencies in its production of natural gas and natural gas liquids.
    Obsidian Energy Ltd. is planning to complete four wells in January 2019. Fracture completions and well stimulations are expected to be ongoing in 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-12-10, End date: 2018-12-14
    Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2018

    The Edmonton Police Service plans to hire 101 new employees over the next four years as part of a $412M budget approved by Edmonton City Council. The force spends about 80 per cent of its money on labour costs.
    Building Industry and Land Development Alberta Association (BILD Alberta) says that the economic downturn and government policies are hurting the province's home building industry. BILD cites layoffs in the industry and a backlog of more than 5,000 completed but unsold new homes in Alberta.
    Fort Saskatchewan has seen about $13M in new retail construction in 2018 with many of the buildings set for occupancy by a variety of restaurants, services and stores. The city has also issued nine development permits for retail cannabis outlets.
    Western Energy Services Corp., an oilfield services company, expects to spend maintenance capital of $13M in 2019, which includes $10M in the contract drilling segment and $3M in the production services segment
    The Government of Alberta is adding $29M to the budget for emergency medical services. Staffing additions include 58 first responders and 16 liaison officers for hospitals in Edmonton and Calgary, as well as 30 first responders in smaller centres across the province.
    The Government of Alberta is updating employment rules for youth aged 12 and under. The new standards only apply to formal employer-employee relationships and do not apply to volunteer activities or casual work such as babysitting, lawn-mowing or snow-shovelling.
    Pembina Pipeline Corp. is planning to spend $900M on pipelines next year, about 53 percent of its $1.6B capital budget. The company has allocated $425M for facilities infrastructure and $110M for its proposed propane-to-plastics facility near Edmonton.
    Finding and training more staff will become a challenge if crude-by-rail demands increase even further according to the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, the union that represents railway workers at both CN and CP
    Cenovus Energy Inc. plans to complete construction of the Christina Lake oil sands phase G expansion in 2019 as part of a $1.2B to $1.4B capital program. Cenovus also intends to spend $50M to $75M on drilling and completion in the Deep Basin in 2019.
    Some Alberta cannabis retailers are limiting store hours due to an ongoing shortage of product, while others have withdrawn applications for stores. As of December 3rd, there are still 710 retail cannabis licences pending in Alberta.
    TORC Oil & Gas Ltd. is planning to drill nine wells in the Cardium formation in west-central Alberta in 2019 s part of a $180M capital program
  • Start date: 2018-12-03, End date: 2018-12-07
    Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2018

    Strathcona County has allocated $14M for restoration and remediation work at a Sherwood Park community complex. Numerous structures at the site were impacted by two explosions on November 6, 2018.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $15M to install more solar panels on schools. The Solar for Schools program will be available to public, Catholic, francophone and charter school authorities for schools that have not received previous solar grants.
    The Government of Alberta has created the independent Fair Practices Office which will provide a single point of access to help injured workers navigate the workers' compensation system
    Trican Well Service Ltd. has laid off 70 employees with another 70 expected to lose their jobs in response to anticipated lower oilfield activity over the all-important winter drilling season
    The City of St. Albert has approved $1.2M for a refrigerated outdoor ice surface and domed roof
    EPCOR's proposed E.L. Smith solar farm project in Edmonton has received $10.7M from Natural Resources Canada and $1.9M from Alberta Innovates to add a complete smart grid system to the solar array. The project is still subject to regulatory approvals.
    Inter Pipeline Ltd. is planning a $1.46B capital program for 2019. About $1.1B is for its Heartland Petrochemical Complex currently under construction near Edmonton. Other pipeline, storage and infrastructure work in Alberta will total about $340M.
    Aurora Cannabis Inc., based in Edmonton, currently has about 140 openings and is bringing 60 new employees on board each month, according to the company. Aurora is getting hundreds of applications for each posting.
    Jen-Col Construction has been awarded the contract to build St. Kateri Tekakwitha Academy, a new elementary school in Morinville for Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools. The school is scheduled to open in 2020.
    Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. is cutting about $1.0B from its 2019 capital program based on the current oil market conditions. The 2019 drilling program is targeting 97 net producer wells, a decrease of 419 wells from 2018 targeted levels.
  • Start date: 2018-11-26, End date: 2018-11-30
    Week of Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2018

    Alberta Health Services has purchased land in Edmonton for a new $36M pharmaceutical centre, part of a larger $66M project to centralize medication preparation for hospitals throughout the province. Construction in Edmonton is expected to start in 2021.
    The Alberta Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Commission has stopped approving new cannabis licences for retail stores due to a national supply shortage. There are over 700 applications from 430 applicants currently waiting in the queue for a store licence.
    The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) is projecting that about 7,000 wells will be drilled in Western Canada in 2019, little changed from this year. The CAODC predicts the overall rig count to decrease by roughly 10% next year to 508.
    The Government of Alberta is increasing loan limits from $1M to $2M under the Feeder Association Loan Guarantee Program. The program supports favourable lending rates for producers to buy, feed and sell their livestock.
    National Access Cannabis Corp. has opened eight new cannabis retail stores across the province under the NewLeaf Cannabis brand. NewLeaf now has 13-of-65 Alberta licensed stores, the most in the province for any retailer.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $200M over 20 years to launch a new program for community based renewable energy projects. One-quarter of the funding will be earmarked for communities affected by the phase-out of coal-fired electricity plants.
    Horizon North Logistics Inc. has secured a $26.2M contract for hospitality and janitorial services at an existing work camp near Fort McMurray. Horizon has also obtained a $10.6M extension for existing camp services it provides near Grande Prairie.
    Environmental 360 Solutions, Inc. is planning to expand its services following the purchase of Can Pak Environmental. The acquisition includes Can Pak's nearly 100 employees, 35 trucks and two recycling facilities that serve about 150,000 customers.
    The Government of Alberta has amended regulations to expand the acceptable range of duties for some registered nurses and nurse practitioners. Other amendments will increase professional standards for Alberta's 38,000 registered nurses and 550 nurse practitioners.
    The Government of Alberta is planning to start regulating residential drug and alcohol treatment facilities and mental health counsellors. The legislation would apply to about 5,000 counsellors and 60 public and private residential treatment facilities.
    The Government of Alberta through the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission is planning to buy two new unit trains that can transport an additional 120,000 barrels of oil a day, increasing the amount of oil being moved by rail in Canada by a third
  • Start date: 2018-11-19, End date: 2018-11-23
    Week of Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2018

    The Government of Canada is providing approximately $21M to 16 technology companies. The selected companies work in areas like clean technology, health and life sciences, digital technologies and value-added manufacturing.
    The Government of Canada is providing $2.5M to the University of Alberta to help establish an Artificial Intelligence-Supercomputing Hub for Academic and Industry Collaboration. The project is expected to assist 40 businesses and train 100 personnel.
    Axis Auto Finance Inc. has expanded operations into Western Canada by opening an office in Edmonton. Axis provides non-standard financing options for purchasers who do not qualify for traditional bank-type financing for used vehicles.
    Inner Spirit Holdings Ltd. has opened its first three recreational cannabis Spiritleaf franchise stores in Brooks, St. Albert and Lethbridge.The company has 23 additional Alberta store locations in various stages of the approval process.
    Obsidian Energy is planning to drill about 15 wells in 2019 as part of a $120M capital program that includes lease preparations, well completions and infrastructure projects
    The Government of Alberta is starting the redevelopment of CapitalCare Norwood, a seniors care facility in Edmonton, during the summer of 2019. The $364M project is expected to create 600 jobs and be complete in 2022.
    The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) has opened a $34.9M Productivity and Innovation Centre in Edmonton. The centre supports research, product testing and business development as well as providing a venue for conferences and events.
    Rideau, Inc., a global leader in employee recognition solutions has opened a Western Distribution Center in Edmonton. The center will allow Rideau to increase warehouse efficiencies and create a faster regional fulfillment system.
    Total Energy Services is closing 5 out of 25 of its Rental and Transportation Services branches in western Canada. The company attributed the closures to weakness in drilling and completion activity combined with higher labour, fuel and utility costs.
    The Government of Alberta is investing $1.1B in two exisiting petrochemical diversification programs. Projects under the programs are expected to create 15,500 construction jobs, 1,000 operations jobs and attract $20.6B in private investment.
  • Start date: 2018-11-12, End date: 2018-11-16
    Week of Nov 12 - Nov 16, 2018

    Louisiana Purchase is opening a second restaurant location in Edmonton. The restaurant has a rooftop patio, a lounge section and a large dining room with over 300 seats.
    Sherritt International Corporation is designing a demonstration plant for a new bitumen upgrading technology. Final design will take place throughout 2019 and construction will begin in 2020-21. The demo plant will employ around 14 technologists.
    The City of Edmonton is rolling out 24-7 patrols by rotating private security guards at 25 transit centres and stations. Permanent security is part of a $20M transit safety plan approved by city council in October.
    Gear Energy has decided to reduce its 2018 capital expenditure of $50M by up to 14 percent and is shutting in wells in response to low oil prices. The company is also delaying operations at about five drilling locations until 2019.
    The Government of Canada is investing $2M in Quantiam Technologies Inc. The money will allow Quantiam to complete a technology prototype that will convert carbon dioxide and solar-power-derived hydrogen into methanol.
    ARC Resources is planning to spend $95M and drill 12 oil wells at its Ante Creek property in 2019. The company is also expanding a gas processing facility at the site. ARC plans to spend $31M and drill seven oil wells at its Pembina property in 2019.
    The City of Edmonton is spending $11.7M for bus driver safety. Vapor Bus International will install driver safety shields on all city buses while Mississauga Bus Group of Companies will handle heating and air conditioning upgrades.
  • Start date: 2018-11-05, End date: 2018-11-09
    Week of Nov 05 - Nov 09, 2018

    Cold Shot, an Edmonton-based bus service, is expanding its routes following the recent exit of Greyhound. The company is adding 10 new buses to its current fleet of 18, and four new routes providing full passenger and freight service to northern Alberta.
    Local philanthropists Dianne and Irving Kipnes have donated $10M to the University Hospital Foundation to advance research and patient care at the Northern Alberta Urology Centre in Edmonton
    National Access Cannabis Corp. has been granted licences for 10 retail cannabis stores in Alberta under the NewLeaf Cannabis brand. Four stores have already opened. The company is planning a total of 37 retail cannabis locations in the province.
    TransCanada Corp. is proceeding with a $1.5B expansion of its Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. System, pending regulatory approval. The plan includes approximately 197 kilometres of large diameter pipe, three compression units and meter stations.
    The Government of Alberta is providing $1.04B for Edmonton's west Valley Line LRT expansion project. Construction of the $2.6B line, to be complete in 2027-28, is expected to support 20,000 jobs in Alberta and 5,300 in the rest of Canada.
    Lowe's Canada is closing one RONA retail store and one Reno-Depot renovation centre in Calgary, part of a Canada-wide closure of 31 locations. The company has committed to transferring eligible employees to other locations within its network when possible.
    Construction is starting in 2019 on a $200M project to twin Highway 15 north of Edmonton and to build a new bridge over the North Saskatchewan River. Design work is also underway for a $90M upgrade to the Vinca Bridge, with construction slated for 2020.
    The North West Redwater Partnership is in the process of commissioning the two largest and most complex units at the Sturgeon Refinery near Redwater, which will enable the facility to shift from refining synthetic crude oil to refining bitumen
  • Start date: 2018-10-29, End date: 2018-11-02
    Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2018

    Rider Express, a Regina-based bus company, is launching service from Calgary to Vancouver and Winnipeg as Greyhound exits Western Canada. Rider has hired some ex-Greyhound drivers and other bus operators with years of experience.
    Alberta Innovates is awarding $2M to several research projects that focus on turning bitumen into products other than gas, diesel and other fuels. The products are asphalt, vanadium batteries, plastics and carbon fibre.
    The Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation has started work on a $1.2M emergency first stage shelter for women and children in crisis in St. Albert. Jessie's House is expected to take 12 months to build and 18 months to be fully operational.
    Energy Efficiency Alberta has launched the new Methane Emissions Reduction Program that will help oil and gas facilities better manage methane emissions. The program provides an incentive of $250,000 per facility, per fiscal year.
    Air Canada is building a new facility that will house its ground support equipment service and cargo teams at Edmonton International Airport. Air Canada has signed a 15-year lease for the multi-tenant facility, representing an investment of $19M.
    National Access Cannabis Corp. has been granted licenses for a total of five retail cannabis locations in Calgary and Lethbridge. The company has almost 200 staff ready for these stores and is ultimately planning 37 cannabis retail locations in Alberta.
    NorthWest Healthcare Properties has started construction on the Sturgeon Medical Centre in St. Albert. The three-storey building with an underground parkade is expected to open in 2020.
    Northlands Park in Edmonton has closed its doors as the home of horse racing in the city after 118 years. Live horse racing is moving to the $65M Century Mile project near the airport with the first day of racing next year on April 28.
    Inner Spirit Holdings Ltd. has obtained final licenses to operate recreational cannabis dispensaries with three Spiritleaf franchise locations. The company is also planning a corporate Spiritleaf cannabis dispensary in Jasper.
    Air Canada has launched two new daily, seasonal flights from Edmonton to Las Vegas and from Calgary to Palm Springs. Both routes are scheduled to run to April 30, 2019.
    Red Arrow has launched daily round-trip bus service from downtown Edmonton to Grande Prairie. The Edmonton-based company will continue to offer service linking Lethbridge to Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton following the departure of Greyhound service.
    Landrex is building a multi-storey U-STORE-IT Canada storage and rental facility at Erin Ridge in St. Albert. The site is one of numerous commercial and residential developments underway across the city.
    Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. has received regulatory approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator to build and operate a 120 km natural gas pipeline. The line is expected to be in-service in Q3/Q4 of 2019.
    Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis has issued licenses for 44 retail cannabis stores across Alberta as of October 30, 2018. Calgary has 16 licensed outlets to date with hundreds more awaiting appeals.
  • Start date: 2018-10-22, End date: 2018-10-26
    Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2018

    The Government of Alberta has launched the Community Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) tax credit program that will offer a 30 per cent tax credit to Albertans who invest in registered CEDCs. The program budget is $9M over three years.
    The City of Edmonton is spending $1.5M to build Keillor Point and improve safety around a popular lookout in the city. The work is expected to be complete in January 2019.
    The Government of Alberta is providing an additional $4.5M from the Victims of Crime Fund to expand and improve support programs for victims. The money will be used for police-based victim units and court and outreach services.
    The Government of Canada is allocating $10M for at least eight affordable housing initiatives across rural Alberta. The Alberta Rural Development Network's Sustainable Housing Initiative plans to create up to 467 rental units over the next two years.
    BioNeutra Global Corp., a North American supplier of high quality dietary-fiber and sweetener products, is opening a new factory in Edmonton in November. The company plans to produce about 5,000 tonnes annually at the facility.
    The liquefied natural gas export facility being developed in northern British Columbia could sustain 100,000 jobs in Alberta over a 20-year period, according to a recent report from Alberta's energy diversification advisory committee

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