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Saskatoon--Biggar Region (SK)

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

    A new adult emergency department will be opening at Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital this fall
    The Government of Canada is granting $15.2M over three years to establish an Indigenous youth pilot program. The pilot will help engage and support Indigenous youth on the path towards reconciliation.
    The federal government is granting $60,000 to the Town of Coronach and $518,500 to the City of Estevan to help the communities in transitioning to clean energy economies
    The Government of Canada is providing $5.4M over five years to help police departments across Saskatchewan combat drug-impaired driving
  • Start date: 2019-08-26, End date: 2019-08-30
    Week of Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2019

    Petro-Canada, Canadian Tire, and Tesla are planning to build fast-charging stations across Saskatchewan. The majority of stations will be built along the Trans-Canada Highway.
    The provincial government plans to spend almost $7.8M on facility and infrastructure upgrades in several provincial parks located in Southern Saskatchewan. The upgrades are expected to be completed prior to the 2020 camping season.
    The Government of Canada is granting $31.2M through the federal Gas Tax Fund, plus an additional $61.9M, to fund various infrastructure projects across the province
    The Government of Canada is providing more than $28.6M in funding to 22 companies in Saskatchewan to help them improve productivity, innovative processes, and increase efficiencies
  • Start date: 2019-08-19, End date: 2019-08-23
    Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2019

    The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $1.2M, through Family Service Saskatchewan, to fund walk-in counselling services in 23 communities across the province
    The federal government is granting more than $1.6M to Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Inc. to build a new amphitheatre base
    Two new Building Brains Early Learning Centers recently opened their doors in Saskatoon. The new centers were funded through the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, and will have 150 childcare spaces.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting more than $75.4M to improve sections of the provincial and national highway systems
    Starting in 2020-21, the provincial government will provide $1.35M per year to establish and run a four-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon
  • Start date: 2019-08-12, End date: 2019-08-16
    Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2019

    The Government of Canada is granting $12.4M to upgrade railway tracks from Burstall to Swift Current and for a second project to reduce congestion on the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific mainline tracks between Saskatoon and Edmonton
    The provincial government is providing $5.8M to the Saskatoon Police Service to fund police service positions and to support policing programs
  • Start date: 2019-08-05, End date: 2019-08-09
    Week of Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2019

    The Government of Saskatchewan recently launched the Oil and Gas Processing Investment incentive to help oil and gas companies increase value added processing as well as improve greenhouse gas emissions
    The Mosaic Company is indefinitely suspending operations at its Colonsay mine located southeast of Saskatoon, affecting approximately 350 employees. The length of the shutdown is unknown at this time.
    Empire Parkour, a new gym, will be opening in Saskatoon in fall 2019
    Pineapple Express Delivery, a same-day cannabis delivery service, is expanding its operations across Saskatchewan. The company currently operates in Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Warman and Martensville.
  • Start date: 2019-07-29, End date: 2019-08-02
    Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2019

    The Government of Canada is granting over $4.6M to support women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan as part of the first ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy
    The Government of Canada is providing over $21M towards 17 projects in Saskatchewan that promote innovation, skills development and growth. The funding is expected to create 770 new jobs and provide training opportunities for over 900 workers.
    The Government of Canada is providing $11.2M in funding to improve high-speed internet access in 21 rural communities across Saskatchewan
    Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital is adding 36 permanent acute care in-patient beds. The new beds will be staffed by 56 full-time nursing positions.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is spending more than $20M on bridge repairs across the province
    Three Safeway grocery stores in Saskatoon and one in Regina will close for renovations starting in March 2020. The stores are being converted into FreshCo locations and are expected to reopen in summer 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-07-22, End date: 2019-07-26
    Week of Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019

    Vendasta, a Saskatoon-based tech company, is receiving $40M from private investors. The company plans to hire 365 workers within the next three years.
    The Government of Canada has launched a new three-year pilot program to fill labour shortages within the agri-food sector
    The Government of Canada is granting $1.6M to five Indigenous groups in Saskatchewan through the Nation Rebuilding Program to support Indigenous governance
    SaskPower is spending nearly $10M to install 20,000 new smart meters for commercial and industrial customers
    Genome Canada, a government funded agency, is providing over $24M in funding towards three agriculture research projects led by the University of Saskatchewan
  • Start date: 2019-07-08, End date: 2019-07-12
    Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2019

    According to Statistics Canada, employment in Saskatchewan was up 9,300 in June 2019 compared to the same month last year
  • Start date: 2019-07-01, End date: 2019-07-05
    Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2019

    The governments of Canada, Saskatchewan and Alberta, along with the City of Lloydminster, are granting approximately $81.5M to build a new wastewater treatment system in the city
    The federal government is providing nearly $1.3M in funding to help communities in Saskatchewan transition away from coal to cleaner energy alternatives. The funding is being provided through the Canada Coal Transition Initiative.
    Three new food-related businesses have recently opened on Saskatoon's Broadway Avenue with two more opening soon
  • Start date: 2019-06-24, End date: 2019-06-28
    Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2019

    The Government of Saskatchewan has released its spring tender schedule for 2019, which includes $50M in highway improvement and safety projects.
    The Saskatoon Public School board is reducing nearly 51 teaching and support positions in the 2019-2020 school year. However, some of the eliminated workers will be reassigned to other areas within the division because of higher enrollment levels.
    Saskatoon's newest museum, the Nutrien Wonderhub children's museum, is set to open on June 28, 2019
    The Government of Canada is granting up to $1M to develop a new strategy to sustainably supply and manage water in the Prairie Provinces.
    The Watrous-Manitou Beach Heritage Centre is set to open on June 28, 2019
  • Start date: 2019-06-17, End date: 2019-06-21
    Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2019

    The Government of Saskatchewan recently launched the Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS) program. The new income support program will help residents overcome employment challenges and become more self-sufficient.
  • Start date: 2019-06-10, End date: 2019-06-14
    Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2019

    Seeding is close to completion in Saskatchewan. Ninety-nine percent of the crop in the province has been planted ¿ six percentage points above the five-year average for this time of year.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting a total of $14M to 14 rural municipalities to improve roads, bridges and culverts. The funding is being provided through the Municipal Roads for the Economy Program.
    Minimum wage in Saskatchewan is set to increase from $11.06 to $11.32 per hour, effective October 1, 2019
    A new ride-sharing service, RideX, is set to start in Saskatoon on June 28, 2019. RideX also has plans to launch in Regina in July.
    According to the Saskatoon Region Association of Realtors, home sales in Saskatoon were up 16% in May compared to a year earlier
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate was 5.2% in May 2019, down 1.5 percentage points from May 2018
  • Start date: 2019-06-03, End date: 2019-06-07
    Week of Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2019

    Conexus Credit Union is closing nine branches across the province as of October 2, 2019 ¿ affecting 38 staff
    The federal government is increasing the loan limits for the Advance Payments Program to support agricultural producers. The limits are increasing from $400,000 to $1M and the interest-free portion for canola will advance from $100,000 to $500,000.
    Sasktel has expanded its interNET Extended 50 services to seven rural communities throughout the province. The new service is expected to boost Internet speed connections for local residents and businesses.
  • Start date: 2019-05-27, End date: 2019-05-31
    Week of May 27 - May 31, 2019

    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $11.6M over five years to Saskatoon's Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation. The new funding agreement replaces one that expired at the end of March 2019.
    The provincial and federal governments are each contributing over $30.4M to upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure in Saskatoon, the RM of Snipe Lake, the RM of Newcombe, and the town of Eston
    The Government of Canada is granting $21.6M towards Saskatoon's Flood Control Strategy. The strategy involves building new storm water infrastructure in the city's older neighbourhoods.
    The City of Melfort is upgrading a water line and paving Saskatchewan Drive. The work will be done in stages at a cost of more than $3M.
    Twenty-seven communities across the province are receiving $498,732 through the Provincial Traffic Safety Fund grant to improve traffic safety
    The Mumford House, a woman's shelter in Saskatoon, recently closed its doors
    Saskatoon Station Place restaurant is closing in June 2019. Old Spaghetti Factory will be taking over the space.
  • Start date: 2019-05-20, End date: 2019-05-24
    Week of May 20 - May 24, 2019

    The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council is granting $10.6M to fund 59 research projects at the University of Saskatchewan. Topics being researched include cannabis, water quality, and swine flu.
    SaskTel is spending approximately $321M in 2019-2020 to improve and grow its programs and services. The funding is part of SaskTel's capital spending plan of $1.4B over the next five years.
  • Start date: 2019-05-13, End date: 2019-05-17
    Week of May 13 - May 17, 2019

    Lease of a public liquor store in Saskatoon's Lawson Heights Mall is set to expire on March 31, 2020. Sixteen employees are affected by the changes.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $700,000, through its Community Airport Partnership program, to improve infrastructure at nine community airports
    Nutrien is laying off 80 employees at its Vanscoy mine near Saskatoon, effective in the third quarter of 2019. The layoffs are a result of the company's decision to lower mine capacity and shift production to lower cost mines.
    Discovery Co-op, a new grocery store and pharmacy in the Battleford, opened on May 16, 2019
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $491,000 to the Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres to help people with disabilities find employment
  • Start date: 2019-05-06, End date: 2019-05-10
    Week of May 06 - May 10, 2019

    Saskatoon Transit is looking for a developer to build a mobile app through which transit users can create an account to purchase fares. The deadline to submit request for proposals is May 30, 2019.
    Seeding has started in Saskatchewan. Five percent of the crop has been planted thus far, which is in line with the five-year average for this time of the year.
  • Start date: 2019-04-29, End date: 2019-05-03
    Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2019

    The federal and provincial governments are granting $25M to restore the eastern portion of Highway 55, running from Manitoba to Alberta, and through Prince Albert. Work on the project is expected to begin this year.
    SaskPower is currently accepting proposals for a 10-megawatt solar project. The successful proposal will be announced by early 2020, with work on the project expected to begin as soon as December 2021.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting more than $449.9M over the next 10 years to renew, repair and build affordable housing across Saskatchewan
    Two research centres at the University of Saskatchewan will receive an additional $13.4M in funding over the next two years from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The funding will help the centres hire staff and undertake maintenance and facility upgrades.
    Sunnyside Dairy, located north of Saskatoon, is the first dairy farm in Saskatchewan to offer milk on tap. The farmyard market also sells beef products, vegetables, canning and honey.
  • Start date: 2019-04-22, End date: 2019-04-26
    Week of Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2019

    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting more than $2M towards language and literacy programs for children aged six years and younger
    The Government of Saskatchewan, along with Natural Resources Canada and the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency, is granting a combined $1.3M in funding for three projects aimed to manage the impacts of climate change
    Saskatoon Co-op employees have accepted a collective agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers union, ending a five-month strike. Employees were back to work on April 21, 2019.
    The Government of Canada is granting $840,000 to the Saskatoon and Kelowna airports. The airports will collaborate to find ways to promote tourism in their cities and increase international flights.
  • Start date: 2019-04-15, End date: 2019-04-19
    Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2019

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic is laying off 19 employees at its campuses in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw. Seven of the layoffs are in academic positions, while 12 are in support positions.
    The Government of Canada is granting $1.1M to OutSaskatoon. The group will offer counselling and other support programs to survivors of gender-based violence.
  • Start date: 2019-04-08, End date: 2019-04-12
    Week of Apr 08 - Apr 12, 2019

    The number of people employed in Saskatchewan increased 3,900 month-over-month in March. Meanwhile, the province's unemployment rate dropped to 4.9% - the lowest level since August 2015.
    Nutrien Wonderhub, a new museum for children, will open in Saskatoon on June 28, 2019
    SaskTel has upgraded its high speed internet services in Lumsden and Melfort. Residents and businesses will now have download speeds of up to 50 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 10 Mbps.
  • Start date: 2019-04-01, End date: 2019-04-05
    Week of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2019

    Olive Garden is opening locations in Regina and Saskatoon, creating approximately 300 jobs. Construction is set to start soon in both cities; however, the official opening dates are unknown at this time.
    Christian Horizons opened a new group home in Regina on March 28, 2019. The organization currently operates 16 group homes across the province that provide supports for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $12M in funding for autism services and supports. The funding will also enable the Autism Resource Centres in Saskatoon and Regina to hire two mental health professionals.
  • Start date: 2019-03-25, End date: 2019-03-29
    Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2019

    Westleaf Inc. plans to open two new cannabis retail stores in Saskatoon by April 20, 2019
    The Government of Saskatchewan earmarked $23M for the Saskatoon Children's Hospital in its 2019-20 budget to hire more doctors, nurses and other staff. The hospital is set to open in fall 2019.
    The Government of Saskatchewan announced $1.8M for addictions treatment programs in its 2019-20 budget. The funding will be used to create Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinics in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.
    The Government of Saskatchewan has increased school operating funding by $26.2M to $1.9B for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Furthermore, $95.6M will be spent on school infrastructure, $72.6M on child care and $11.2 on public libraries.
    The provincial government is providing an additional $30M in funding for mental health and addictions services. The funding will be used to add new beds, hire more healthcare staff and improve existing services.
    The provincial and federal governments are each providing around $27M in funding towards eight water and wastewater projects across the province
  • Start date: 2019-03-18, End date: 2019-03-22
    Week of Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2019

    The provincial Ministry of Environment is discontinuing walk-in services at 19 field offices, with most offices ceasing service on May 19, 2019. Sixteen part-time staff and three full-time staff are affected by the changes.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting more than $2M to expand its Early Learning Intensive Support pilot program to five new communities
    Saskatchewan's mandatory training for Class 1 commercial licences began March 15, 2019. Under the program, new truck drivers will require at least 121.5 hours of training, pass tests, and be monitored for one year.
    Rel8 began operations in Saskatoon on March 15, 2019, making it the second ridesharing company to operate in the city
    Canadian National Railway is spending more than $245M to upgrade railway infrastructure throughout the province
  • Start date: 2019-03-11, End date: 2019-03-15
    Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2019

    SaskTel is on track to install small cell site towers in 50 communities across the province by the end of March 2019. In addition, the company plans to install another 41 cell sites by the end of March 2020.
    The Government of Canada is granting $500M over six years to Saskatchewan for jobs and skills training in the province through the Workforce Development Agreement (WDA) and the Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA)
    The federal and provincial governments are granting a combined $81.7M to upgrade sections of Saskatchewan highways
    The Government of Saskatchewan is creating more licensed daycare spaces through the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning Child Care Agreement. The 130 new spots are being added in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon, Humboldt and Delisle.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $1.5M to create Early Years Family Resource Centres in seven communities. The centres are set to open in the fall of 2019 and will help families raise young children by providing resources and support.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $5M to the Saskatchewan Conservation and Development Association to help producers with agricultural water management
  • Start date: 2019-03-04, End date: 2019-03-08
    Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2019

    The number of people working at Cameco Corporation has decreased significantly since the 2011 Fukushima meltdown. Since 2011, the company has laid-off 810 worker at its mines, as well as 219 employees at its head office in Saskatoon.
    The Province launched its Mental Health Capacity Building pilot project to promote and improve mental health in children. School divisions have received funding to hire a school co-ordinator and wellness promoter to facilitate the program.
  • Start date: 2019-02-25, End date: 2019-03-01
    Week of Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2019

    All 37 Home Outfitter stores are closing across Canada. There is only one store in Saskatchewan and the number of employees affected are unknown at this time.
    Wholesale trade in Saskatchewan increased 16.3% in December 2018 compared to the same period in 2017
  • Start date: 2019-02-18, End date: 2019-02-22
    Week of Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2019

    The Saskatchewan Research Council is receiving $300,000 in funding from the Petroleum Technology Research Centre to research new and improved methods to access oil in west-central Saskatchewan
    Payless Shoes is closing all of their stores across the U.S. and Canada. Eight stores in Saskatchewan will be affected.
  • Start date: 2019-02-11, End date: 2019-02-15
    Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2019

    Saskatoon's Skyxe International Airport will be undergoing upgrades at an estimated cost of $18M. Upgrades include expanding the check-in area and installing new technology, allowing passengers to print their own baggage tags.
    According to Statistics Canada, employment in Saskatchewan fell by 2,800 in January 2019 compared to the previous month
  • Start date: 2019-02-04, End date: 2019-02-08
    Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2019

    Saskatoon's Saboroso Brazilian Steakhouse will be closed for at least three months while remediation is completed after a nearby water main break caused damage to the restaurant. More than 40 people are laid off as a result of the closure.
    St. Paul's Hospital Foundation has launched a campaign hoping to raise $20M to build a new hospice centre in Saskatoon. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2019 and the facility should be completed by 2020.
    Innovation Saskatchewan is granting $800,000 to the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation in Saskatoon. The funding will be used to create specialized labs to study new drug treatments using medical isotopes.
    The provincial government is granting $4.2M to launch Community Recovery Teams in Saskatoon and seven other communities across Saskatchewan. The teams will help individuals with mental health issues to be successful in the community and at home.
    Uber began operations in Saskatoon on February 5, 2019. The ride-sharing company is the first to operate in the province.
  • Start date: 2019-01-28, End date: 2019-02-01
    Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2019

    Saskatoon's Centre Mall plans to spend $43M to renovate the mall's interior and exterior. The upgrades are set to be completed in 2020.
    North West College in the Battlefords will offer a Psychiatric Nursing program starting in the fall of 2019. The two-and-a-half-year diploma program is accredited by Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
    Innovation Saskatchewan is accepting applications for the Made in Saskatchewan Technology Program. Selected companies will have an opportunity to work with ministries, agencies and Crown corporations to improve public service delivery in government.
  • Start date: 2019-01-21, End date: 2019-01-25
    Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2019

    The provincial and federal governments are granting $12M for 44 crop-related research projects through Saskatchewan's Agriculture Development Fund and the Strategic Research Initiative
    The provincial and federal governments are granting $5.5M for 34 livestock and forage-related research projects through Saskatchewan's Agriculture Development Fund and the Strategic Field Program
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's manufacturing sales were up 3.3% in November 2018 compared to the previous month. Meanwhile, wholesale trade sales were up 4.5% during the same period.
  • Start date: 2019-01-14, End date: 2019-01-18
    Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2019

    Saskatchewan's value-added food processing industry generated about $4.6B in revenues in 2017. The Government of Saskatchewan has set a goal of $6B in revenues by 2025.
    A new hockey arena opened in the town of Perdue on January 12, 2019. The town's previous rink had burned down over three years ago.
    The Government of Canada is awarding $292,050 in total to six organizations conducting Indigenous research
    Saskatoon-based Zyus has acquired an ethanol extraction plant at the Innovation Place, which it will upgrade to extract cannabinoids from marijuana. The company currently employs 43 workers and plans to double its workforce by 2020.
    The Saskatchewan Highway Patrol hired six new officers who will join detachments in Regina, Lloydminster and Prince Albert
  • Start date: 2019-01-07, End date: 2019-01-11
    Week of Jan 07 - Jan 11, 2019

    JNE Welding Limited Partnership plans to hire 20 new employees in the coming months as conditions in the potash industry improve
    According to Statistics Canada, the number of people employed in Saskatchewan increased 10,800 in December compared to a year ago. In addition, the provincial unemployment rate dropped from 6.5% in December 2017 to 5.6% this month.
  • Start date: 2018-12-24, End date: 2018-12-28
    Week of Dec 24 - Dec 28, 2018

    The Government of Canada is granting $2.2M to the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation. The funding will help develop an Innovation Wing at the University of Saskatchewan and will result in the creation of 50 new positions in Saskatoon.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is aiming to create nearly 150 additional child care spaces in Prince Albert, Regina, and Swift Current. The new spaces will be funded through the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.
  • Start date: 2018-12-17, End date: 2018-12-21
    Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2018

    On December 17, the City of Saskatoon approved bylaws that allow ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate in the city. Representatives of Uber and Lyft could not say when their companies would have cars on the road.
  • Start date: 2018-12-10, End date: 2018-12-14
    Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2018

    According to the Saskatchewan Construction Association, there are currently 14,000 fewer individuals working in Saskatchewan's construction industry compared to 2015
    The Government of Saskatchewan launched the Waterflood Development Program on December 5. The new program is aimed at encouraging oil producers to build new or convert existing wells into waterflood injection wells.
    Saskatchewan's ridesharing rules came into effect on December 14; however, municipalities are required to pass local bylaws before ridesharing companies can begin operations
    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate decreased 0.7 percentage points to 5.5% in November 2018. There were 15,100 more people employed in the province compared to the same time last year.
  • Start date: 2018-12-03, End date: 2018-12-07
    Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2018

    The Pot Shack, Saskatoon's first and only licensed cannabis retailer, opened on November 27, 2018
    The Government of Canada, through the Western Innovation Initiative, is awarding over $3.3M to Vendasta Technologies Inc. The funding will help Vendasta export its product to international markets and will allow the company to add 30 new positions.
    5Buds Cannabis, a legal cannabis retailer, opened in Warman on November 30, 2018
    The Government of Saskatchewan is implementing mandatory training for truck drivers starting March 15, 2019. Drivers will require 121.5 hours of training in order to be eligible to test for their Class 1 license.
  • Start date: 2018-11-26, End date: 2018-11-30
    Week of Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2018

    The Government of Saskatchewan is making amendments to the provincial Employment Act, which will extend maternity and adoption leave and create a new critically-ill adult leave
    The Safety Association of Saskatchewan Manufacturers will be the first licensed distributor in Canada for a new software called AlertMeter. Employees will take the test prior to their shift to help detect impairment and workplace fatigue.
    The Government of Saskatchewan is adopting Ontario's Wide-Base Single Tires Program. The change will allow trucking companies to carry larger loads, reduce gas consumption by around 10%, and help improve internal trade.
    Saskatchewan's retail sales were up 1.7% in September 2018 compared to the previous month. This represents the highest percentage increase among provinces and was much higher than the national average of 0.2%.
  • Start date: 2018-11-19, End date: 2018-11-23
    Week of Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2018

    The Government of Canada is granting $153M to Prairie-based Protein Industries Canada Supercluster, under the Innovation Superclusters Initiative. The supercluster is anticipated to create more than 4,500 jobs over 10 years.
    Saskatoon is upgrading its transit shelters, bus stops, sidewalks and other related infrastructure. The total cost for improvements is over $10.6M, of which $5.3M is being awarded through the federal government's Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
    One month after the legalization of cannabis, only 10 of the 51 retail locations in Saskatchewan have received their provincial permits to sell cannabis, of which only seven are open. Regina has just one retail store open while Saskatoon has none.
    The Ministry of Corrections and Policing is providing $4.9M in funding to the Saskatoon Police Service for 2018-19. Saskatchewan Government Insurance also provided $900,000 as part of the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan initiative.
    There were 61 of 119 drilling rigs working in Saskatchewan on November 13, which was the highest percentage in Western Canada
    The Government of Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan are granting $100,000 annually for five years to Canadian Western Agribition to support its work with international buyers and developing markets
    Mountain Equipment Co-op is opening a store in Saskatoon's Midtown Plaza. Construction of the store is expected to start in fall 2019, with the store set to open in spring 2020.
  • Start date: 2018-11-12, End date: 2018-11-16
    Week of Nov 12 - Nov 16, 2018

    Saskatoon-based Nutrien Ltd. is permanently closing its potash mine in New Brunswick to focus on expansion in Saskatchewan
    Two Chinese companies are setting up operations in Saskatchewan. Ming Hai is currently constructing a flax processing plant in Dundurn, while FlaxMega is building a flax processing facility at Delisle.
    The Government of Canada is granting over $5M, in addition to the $7.4M already provided by the Province, to improve access to addictions treatment. The money will be used in initiatives such as recruitment and training of more health-care professionals
    The Government of Saskatchewan has launched a $100,000 Legion and ANAVETS Support Program. The program will support veterans across the province and will be implemented as a part of the 2019-20 budget.
  • Start date: 2018-11-05, End date: 2018-11-09
    Week of Nov 05 - Nov 09, 2018

    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percentage points to 6.2% in October 2018. There were 2,500 new positions added during the month of which 1,600 were full-time.
    Approximately 900 Saskatoon Co-op employees went on a strike on November 1, 2018
    The James Smith Cree Nation is planning to open a private MRI and CT facility in Saskatoon. The clinic is expected to open in spring 2019 and could employ 12 people.
    Vermillion Energy is planning to drill 143 light oil wells in Saskatchewan in 2019
  • Start date: 2018-10-29, End date: 2018-11-02
    Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2018

    Regina-based Rider Express began offering two bus routes between Vancouver and Calgary and one route between Calgary and Winnipeg on October 29, 2018. Meanwhile, Greyhound ended its services across Western Canada effective October 31, 2018.
    The Government of Canada is granting $4.75M to upgrade and modernize the province's electrical grid. The project will help SaskPower reach its 2030 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40%.
    The Government of Canada is granting $1.5M to four Indigenous projects throughout Saskatchewan that aim to promote tourism, training and business development
    Rotating 24-hour strikes by Canada Post workers affected Saskatoon, Weyburn and Moose Jaw on October 30, 2018
  • Start date: 2018-10-22, End date: 2018-10-26
    Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2018

    Curativa Cannabis sold its cannabis retail permit to Edmonton-based Fire and Flower Inc. on October 18, 2018. Fire and Flower Inc. now owns two of the province's 51 retail cannabis permits.
    The federal government is granting $2B to improve Saskatchewan's water infrastructure. The funding will be used in advance flood proofing, drought proofing, and water-based economic development.
  • Start date: 2018-10-15, End date: 2018-10-19
    Week of Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2018

    According to a Statistics Canada report, the value of building permits in Saskatchewan fell 32.9% in August 2018 compared to the same period last year
    The federal and provincial governments are providing nearly $2.39M in funding to create 30 affordable housing units in five Saskatchewan communities
    The provincial government is accepting applications for the Targeted Mineral Exploration Incentive program. The program encourages exploration for base metals, precious metals, and diamonds by offering a rebate of 25% of eligible direct drilling costs.
    The Kerrobert Light Pipeline System, a new oil feeder pipeline project, began commercial operations on October 1, 2018 in the Kindersley-Kerrobert region
    According to the provincial government, Saskatchewan has Canada's second highest rate of small businesses, which employed 31.2% of the province's workforce in 2017

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