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The following news present significant events from the past four weeks that may affect the supply and demand in the labour force in Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Housing Corporation is providing $1.7M to build stacked townhouses for seniors, people with disabilities and families in Saskatoon. The project will be built in two phases and will include 73 homes and amenities such as daycare, a gym and office space.

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SaskGaming is spending $5M to upgrade the Casino Moose Jaw. Renovations to the site are expected to complete in early 2024 and will include new lights and carpets as well as an updated floorplan.

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The Government of Canada is providing more than $7.6M to five businesses in the province. Through PrairiesCan, the funding will support training, innovation and business growth, thereby helping establish the businesses in new markets.

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  • Added on 2023-05-25
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Olymel Canada will be closing the Kelsey pork processing plant in Humboldt. The closure is temporary but indefinite until market conditions improve. Dozens of workers have been let go but Olymel has said that HR will look for vacant positions within the industry to place displaced staff.

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  • Week of 2023-05-22 to 2023-05-26
    • Saskatchewan’s Crown corporations expect to spend $2.1B to improve services in 2023-2024. This spending is will support economic growth and fund new jobs in the public sector.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s mining industry reported record high sales in 2022. Over the year, mineral sales passed $19.4B, twice the previous record. Increased production of uranium and gold as well as higher potash prices played a role in the increase.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority is providing over $220K to agencies that promote awareness and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as part of the authority’s commitment to the responsible usage of alcohol.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan has announced the beginning of Highway Construction Season. This year, the government has plans to improve 1,000 km of highways and spend $62.8M on bridge repairs.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The City of Moose Jaw has begun construction of a new joint-use school with funding from the provincial government. The $69M project will be done in 2025 and the province expects 900 students to immediately join from local districts. The grounds will also have a child care facility which will provide services for 51 children.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The City of Saskatoon has selected two companies, Bird and Neuron, as vendors for their two-year e-scooter pilot project. The companies will be the sole providers of shared e-scooters in the city. After the project completes, the city will decide if the program will be expanded.

      cbc.ca
    • Saskatchewan Polytechnic has received $400K from PrairiesCan to go towards creating and sustainably maintaining a fleet of wild rice harvesting boats. This funding comes from the Community Economic Development and Diversification program and will build partnerships with First Nations and Métis groups.

      paherald.sk.ca
    • Two restaurants are set to close in Saskatoon. Sticks and Stones will close its doors on June 24 while Ayden Kitchen and Bar will close on July 8. The restaurant owner for both locations plans on starting new culinary ventures in the city.

      cbc.ca
    • The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan will provide more than $4.1M to three agricultural support programs over the next five years. Through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, these funds will support new leadership and the spread of information in the agricultural sector.

      canada.ca
    • The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation has finalized Wildlife Compensation for producers who suffered damages during the 2022-2023 wildfire season. A freight adjustment was introduced to help impacted producers.

      canada.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is distributing $24.1M to Essential Skills programs for adults. This funding will be going to several post-secondary institutions across the province.

      saskatchewan.ca
  • Week of 2023-05-15 to 2023-05-19
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $134K for a new witness specialist and a part-time administration support position in the Melfort area. This is part of the province’s $790K funding for the Victim/Witness Services program.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing more than $910K to expand youth services offered by YMCA Prince Albert. The Prince Albert Youth Transitional Housing Services delivers support to youth with complex needs, including addictions and mental health.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing an additional $400K to the University of Regina Online Therapy Unit. The increased funding will allow the service to reach more people across the province.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is spending $147K to enhance the Internet Child Exploitation Unit. The unit will receive a total of over $1.4M through the 2023-2024 Municipal Police Grant program, supporting nine police positions across the province.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Transportation company 4 Tracks Ltd. has purchased land at the Global Transportation Hub in Regina. The company is expected to begin construction of an office, warehouse, and wash bay facility by summer 2023.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • SaskPower is spending $9M to upgrade Regina’s downtown power grid. The work, which is expected to last until December, will involve the replacement or removal of some underground cables and duct banks.

      cbc.ca
    • The visiting centre in Air Ronge has temporarily closed due to mounting debt. Operated by Woodlands and Waterway, the centre is looking for loans to avoid insolvency and permanent closure.

      larongenow.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $1.5M to expand the number of apprenticeship training seats by 250. The new seats bring the provincial total to 4,450.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Renovations to expand the number of spaces offered have been completed at Valley Action Abilities in Rosthern. The Ministry of Social Services provided $550K for the project.

      saskatchewan.ca
  • Week of 2023-05-08 to 2023-05-12
    • The City of Regina has begun a $2.2M roadway renewal project on Albert Street. Work on the project is expected to take 18 weeks to complete.

      regina.ca
    • The University of Regina will be laying off some staff due to a reduced budget. According to the university, no programs are being eliminated at this time.

      cbc.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is spending $6M to maintain and preserve roads that support the province’s forestry industry. Forestry-dependent roads in northern Saskatchewan are expected to see an increase in traffic due to new and upgraded mills.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is spending $2.2M to build a new group home in Creighton. The new home will provide 24-hour supervision and assistance with daily living tasks.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The City of Regina is spending $8M to begin a four-year revitalization project in the downtown core. This project includes upgrades to the roadway, streetscape, sidewalks, and underground infrastructure.

      regina.ca
    • The City of Saskatoon is spending almost $67.2M in roadwork and bridge rehabilitation projects this year. The City’s largest project is the rehabilitation of both sides of the Circle Drive North Bridge. The project is expected to be done by October.

      globalnews.ca
    • Shercom Industries Inc. has shut down its tire processing operations following its contract with the Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan not being renewed. Since 2022, Shercom has laid off 62 employees and according to the company, this shutdown may cause the company to leave the province.

      cbc.ca
    • Woodland Development Corp, a light oil and gas production company, will be moving its administration to the town of Carlyle. The company has recently purchased several production wells and properties from Vermillion Energy in the area.

      sasktoday.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is developing a new family physician payment model. Under the new model, family physicians will receive a base payment for standard services as well as an additional payment for any extra services they provide. The new model aims to support retention efforts and ongoing recruitment in family medicine.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan, in partnership with the Catholic Social Services, will provide a new Supportive Family Living Program this summer. The program uses a family-centered approach to support families in crisis in the Lloydminster area. The province has allocated $820K to the program in its 2023-24 budget.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency is allocating over $2M to support flood mapping efforts throughout the province. The agency will carry out technical work to identify where risk areas are and help to guide future work on flood mitigation and protection.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s Mental Health and Addictions Minister has announced that 12 more post-treatment beds will be opening at St. Joseph’s Addiction Recovery Centre in Estevan. St. Joseph’s now operates a total of 32 post-treatment beds.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have announced $19.5M in funding for the Pest Biosecurity Program. The five-year program will support education and training in pest management through the Plant Health Network and will be delivered by the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities.

      canada.ca
    • TFI International Inc. has announced that it has agreed to acquire Saskatoon-based Siemens Transportation Group. Siemens has negotiated that all its employees will stay on after the transition.

      cjme.com
    • The City of Yorkton, in partnership with SaskAbilities, has opened a household hazardous waste collection site. Some of the products accepted are flammable & toxic liquids, aerosols, pesticides and corrosive liquids & solids.

      yorkton.ca
    • The City of Regina has begun a $2.3M roadway renewal project on McCarthy Boulevard. Work on this project is anticipated to take about five months to complete.

      regina.ca
    • The City of Regina has begun a $2.4M roadway renewal and intersection improvement project on Lewvan Drive. Work on the project is scheduled to take three months to complete.

      regina.ca
    • According to Macklin Minor Ball, an umpire shortage is making it difficult for local teams to host baseball and softball games. Local umpire co-ordinators have noted that there are around 300 less softball umpires registered today than there was before the COVID-19 pandemic.

      sasktoday.ca
  • Week of 2023-05-01 to 2023-05-05
    • The Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan, City of Prince Albert, and Prince Albert Community Housing Society Inc. began construction on two new affordable housing complexes in Prince Albert. The two units cost $3.1M, and will provide 11 new homes. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2023.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The print shops at Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Prince Albert and Moose Jaw campuses will be closing on July 1. Eight employees will be laid off from the post-secondary institution.

      mjindependent.com
    • The Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services is piloting a new social services mobile outreach program. The program will receive $656K to place up to 10 social services staff in community-based organizations across the province.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • According to a recent Statistics Canada report, farmers in Saskatchewan anticipate planting more wheat (14.2M acres; +7.3%) and canola (11.8M acres; +3.7%), and less barley, oats, and lentils than in 2022.

      statcan.gc.ca
    • The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan will provide $250K in funding to the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre in Saskatoon for a co-packing project. The project will build small batch canning capacity that will facilitate growth in the province's growing food processing sector.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan and Ahtahkakoop Cree Developments signed an agreement to jointly develop an urgent care centre in Saskatoon. The proposed centre will be staffed with a care team that includes professionals in both physical and mental health care.

      saskatchewan.ca
  • Week of 2023-04-24 to 2023-04-28
    • The Governments of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba have signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding improvements to their provincial transportation system. The three provinces will cooperate to improve interprovincial transportation, encourage national supply chain solutions, and harmonize transportation corridor regulations.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $468.8K to the Saskatoon Police Service and Regina Police Service to expand the Police and Crisis Team program. The Police and Crisis Team program pairs a mental health professional with a police officer to better respond to mental health related incidents.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Canada provided Saskatchewan with $900K to train and mentor media production workers. Beginning April 1, the Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association started its 1-year program. The program will provide workshops and on-set mentorship. The program is expected to create new jobs and boost the sector in Saskatchewan.

      cbc.ca
    • The John Hopkins Regina Soundstage is looking to hire a crew for its virtual studio. The state-of-the-art facility will allow filmmakers to project different locations on the screen, eliminating the need for travel. The recently completed studio is the only one in Canada.

      ctvnews.ca
    • The City of Yorkton began the $26M reconstruction of York road. This project will likely be the most expensive and one of the most complex in Yorkton’s history. It includes complete road reconstruction, curb replacement and utility upgrades.

      sasktoday.ca
    • The Government of Canada has announced more than $2.3M in funding for renovations of the Heritage Common building in the Town of Hepburn. These funds will go towards energy-efficient upgrades for the centre. The improvements are expected to lower the facility’s energy consumption by over 22%.

      canada.ca
    • According to data from Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan is showing strong year-over-year growth in manufacturing sales. Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sales increased by 10.5% in February 2023 compared to February 2022, third in terms of percentage change among the provinces.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Saskatoon Tribal Council recently opened ?kw?sk?cik iskw?wak in collaboration with the Federal Government, the province of Saskatchewan, the City of Saskatoon, and Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership. The transitional home will help women move back into society following incarceration at the Pine Grove Correctional Centre.

      sktc.sk.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing Carlton Trail College with $800K to expand its regional trades training facility. The expansion will allow the college to offer new courses and programs. Construction is set to begin around August and be completed in 2024.

      northeastnow.com
    • PLATO, an Indigenous-led technology company, recently opened a new training centre in Prince Albert. The centre will offer a variety of software-related training programs. Students who graduate from their five-month training course are guaranteed a full-time job with the company.

      northeastnow.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is increasing addictions treatment capacity across the province through EHN Canada. Thirty-six additional virtual outpatient treatment spaces will begin coming online this spring.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Louis Dreyfus Company is expanding its canola crushing facility in Yorkton. The new crushing line will double the capacity of the current facility. Construction is expected to begin later this year.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Kikinahk Friendship Centre’s shuttle bus service between La Ronge and Prince Albert ceased operations at the end of March due to a lack of funding. The organization plans to offer the service again if funding is available.

      larongenow.com
    • The Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan are partnering to provide joint funding of more than $42.1M for 21 infrastructure projects across the province. Large projects include a new arena in Lloydminster, an outdoor aquatic centre in Balgonie and breakwater rehabilitation in Cochin. Several rural areas will also receive bridge replacements.

      canada.ca
    • Saskatchewan has reported an increase of 53% in urban housing starts for the first three-months of 2023, compared to the same period last year. This increase is the largest of all the provinces.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan has approved funding for three organizations to offer online learning for Kindergarten to Grade 12. Regina Catholic Schools, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and FlexED will partner with the province's Distance Learning Centre to offer these online learning opportunities.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan has increased the funding of Emergency Medical Services by $8.8M. The funding will support improvements in 31 communities across the province, including over $3.5M to create 33 new full-time equivalent positions across 27 communities.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Canada, the City of Saskatoon and the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium have announced joint funding of $420K to begin planning the electrification of Saskatoon Transit’s bus fleet. This plan will guide the city towards the goal of complete electrification.

      canada.ca
  • Week of 2023-04-17 to 2023-04-21
    • A new Early Years Family Resource Centre is expected to open in Tisdale by the fall of 2023. The new facility will be operated by the North East School Division and will be funded by the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.

      sasktoday.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan has committed $876K over 3 years to support second stage housing for women and their children leaving abuse. In addition to housing, second stage shelters offer counselling, education and employment connections, and children’s programming. This funding has been allocated to 5 shelters across the province.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $200K over the next 2 years to the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law for its clinical law program. This funding lays the groundwork to expand the program as well as assist with student placement opportunities.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division is expecting a shortfall in the 2022-2023 school year of about $1.85M. While the provincial government has increased the provincial education budget, the school division claims the additional funding is not enough to maintain current operations and programs.

      sasknow.com
    • A new SARCAN recycling depot recently opened in Saskatoon. This new depot is twice the size of the one it replaced.

      globalnews.ca
    • Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership has acquired a majority stake in AGI Envirotank, a manufacturer of steel storage tanks. Kitsaki believes the acquisition will create economic opportunities for the Lac La Ronge Indian Band and surrounding communities.

      larongenow.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan has created a new commercial Crown corporation to oversee the province’s gaming policy and management. Powers for the new corporation, Lotteries and Gaming Saskatchewan, will come into effect June 1, 2023.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • To improve access to family physicians and ease pressures on emergency rooms, the Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Medical Association have announced an agreement to enhance physician compensation. All community-based, fee-for-service family physicians as well as urgent care clinics will be eligible for the increased funding.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is introducing legislation to license physician assistants as a new profession. The government hopes that licensing this new position will help address the demand for health care workers in the province.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre in Saskatoon has closed to undergo upgrades. According to the city, the project could take up to two years to complete and cost $24M.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Saskatchewan Ministry of Corrections, Policing, and Public Safety is providing $475K in the 2023-2024 Provincial Budget to engage with First Nations to develop a First Nations policing model. Currently, File Hills First Nations Police Service is the only First Nations police service in Saskatchewan.

      globalnews.ca
    • Zellers has returned to Saskatoon as of April 4, 2023. The new store is repurposing part of the existing Hudson's Bay store in the Midtown shopping centre.

      ctvnews.ca
  • Week of 2023-04-10 to 2023-04-14
    • Regina City Council has approved a daycare expansion in Harbour Landing. The expansion will allow the daycare to increase its childcare spaces from 12 to 30.

      ctvnews.ca
    • The Canada Border Services Agency is reinstating regular hours of service at 10 Saskatchewan ports of entry. The pre-pandemic operational hours will come into effect at nine land ports of entry and the Scobey Border Station Airport in Coronach.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Yorkton City Council has approved funding for Phase 2 of the city’s Smith Street improvement initiative.

      sasktoday.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s Mineral Exploration Tax Credit is set to triple under the Province’s new legislation. The proposed change would increase the credit from 10% to 30%, encouraging new investment.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan has launched its new critical minerals strategy to drive development of the sector in the province. The strategy has four goals: to increase mineral exploration spending, to double the number of critical minerals being produced, to grow Saskatchewan’s production of potash, uranium and helium, and to establish Saskatchewan as a rare earth element hub.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Carlton Trail College received $800K from the 2023-2024 Provincial Budget to expand its trades training in northeast Saskatchewan. Funds will be used to make additions to the College’s regional trades training facility in Humboldt.

      northeastnow.com
    • Prairie Sentinel Craft Ale Works received zoning approval to open a brewpub and tavern in Humboldt. The owner expects to open the brewpub by early fall but still needs to receive approval from the Province.

      northeastnow.com
    • The Town of Battleford will receive funding for a new district care home as part of Saskatchewan’s 2023-2024 Provincial Budget. The funding will be part of the $2.6M allocated towards initiating key infrastructure priorities.

      More Health Care Workers, Expanded Services And A Health Care System That Works For Everyone | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan
    • A location has been confirmed for a new joint-use West Harbour Landing School. The facility is expected to be open by 2026 and will accommodate 850 students. It will also include a 90-space childcare centre.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Parkland College is reopening its provincial firefighting training centre in Melville after being closed since 2021. The centre will accommodate between 18 and 24 students per cohort starting in July.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Regina City Council approved catalyst committee project recommendations totalling over $490M. Projects include a new arena to replace the Brandt Centre, the modernization of the Regina Central Library and a non-vehicular trail that would join parts of the city centre.

      cbc.ca
    • Saskatchewan MLA salaries are now capped at a 3% increase per year. Salary increases for the province’s MLAs are tied to the Consumer Price Index and would have otherwise increased 6.8% this year.

      cbc.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s 2023-2024 Provincial Budget will supply funding for a new school in Carlyle as part of the $4.4M allocated towards 5 major school capital projects. The new K-12 school will replace the Carlyle Elementary School and Gordon F. Kells High School.

      sasktoday.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s 2023-2024 Provincial Budget will provide $1M towards the cost of a new nursing home in Estevan. The new Estevan Regional Nursing Home committee has had the necessary 20% funding since 2015 but is awaiting provincial support before the project can begin.

      sasktoday.ca
    • In January 2023, investment in building construction reached $399M in Saskatchewan, up 21.5% year-over-year. This is the highest growth among the provinces for this period.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • St. Joseph’s Addiction Recovery Centre in Estevan is set to add 14 spaces. The spaces are planned to be operational by the end of March.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have jointly funded the development of 6 new Early Years Family Resource Centres. These centres provide free programming for families with children up to age 6. They will be located in Ile-a-la Crosse, Kindersley, Regina, Saskatoon, Tisdale and Warman/Martensville.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • A new francophone school for Prince Albert has received funding in the Government of Saskatchewan’s 2023-2024 Provincial Budget to replace École Valois.

      sasknow.com
  • Week of 2023-04-03 to 2023-04-07
    • The Government of Canada and the City of Saskatoon jointly announced $2.6M in funding for the construction of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in the city. This funding contributes to the Government of Canada’s National Active Transportation Strategy.

      canada.ca
    • PrairiesCan is providing $10.2M to support 180 jobs in agri-food, advanced manufacturing innovation and community revitalization across Saskatchewan.

      canada.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan’s 2023-2024 Budget will be providing nearly $765M to the post-secondary education sector. Close to $59M will go towards education-related infrastructure projects, while $25.2M will be used to expand training programs for key health professionals.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s 2023-2024 Budget will provide a record $3.7B in capital projects funding. This includes approximately $2.1 billion in capital projects by the province's commercial Crown corporations and almost $1.7 billion in capital projects across Executive government.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s 2023-2024 Budget will increase the funding of the Ministry of Environment by $95.3M. The funds will support projects related to abandoned mines, sustainable mineral exploration, management of solid waste and hunting.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s 2023-2024 Budget includes investments in critical minerals projects. The Province is committing $4M to expand the Targeted Mineral Exploration Incentive as well as increasing the Saskatchewan Mineral Exploration Tax Credit from 10% to 30%.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan will open a new international trade office in Germany, making it Saskatchewan's ninth international office. The Province aims to increase trade and investment opportunities by increasing its presence globally, which in turn creates more jobs in Saskatchewan.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Ministry of Highways is spending $776M to strengthen key transportation corridors and support the forestry sector across Saskatchewan. The Province’s 2023-2024 Budget also includes $422M for capital projects to improve more than 1000 km of highways.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s 2023-2024 Budget is providing a record $3.1B to education, an increase of 6.7% from last year’s budget. This funding will support five new school capital projects and three new repair projects.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Victim Advocate Case Review program has expanded to Moose Jaw and Prince Albert. The program allows community experts to work with police agencies on closed sexual assault files to find opportunities to improve investigation outcomes.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Ministry of Corrections, Policing and Public Safety is granting almost $305K to the Saskatoon Police Service for two alternative response officer positions.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Canada is providing more than $5.8M to 14 tourism operators across the province to help grow the tourism sector. Tourism generates over $2B in annual travel spending in Saskatchewan.

      canada.ca
    • Various construction projects in Prince Albert could reach more than $1B over the next 12 months. Some of the key projects include $550M to reopen the pulp mill by Paper Excellence, $300M to upgrade the city’s Victoria Hospital and $250M for the construction of a new oriented strand board mill.

      sasknow.com
    • The University of Saskatchewan’s Prince Albert campus is expanding its biology program to include a course about Animal Body Systems. The school recently purchased the laboratory equipment required to offer this new course.

      sasknow.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan announced $6.9B will be allocated to healthcare in its 2023-2024 budget, an increase of 6.7% from the previous year. The funding will support a growing healthcare workforce, advance capital projects and enhance mental health and addiction services.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s 2023-2024 Budget includes over $1B in funding for public safety and the justice system. Some key projects include, $27.5M for interpersonal violence supports and services, $91.77M for the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency and $75.4M for upgrades at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s 2023-2024 Budget will provide $518M in funding for initiatives that target mental health and addiction issues. The Province increased funding for these projects by $12.4M since the last budget.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s 2023-2024 Provincial Budget will provide $5.2M in new funding to support Health Human Resources initiatives. These funds will help create more post-secondary training seats, fill vacant positions through the licensing of internationally-educated health care workers currently in the province and recruitment initiatives in the Philippines.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s 2023-2024 Budget is allocating a record $1.4B to the Ministry of Social Services. This is an increase of 3.4% over the previous budget.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s 2023-2024 Budget will increase the base budget of the Creative Saskatchewan Feature Film and Television Production Grant to $12M. The additional funding aims to encourage more television and film productions to shoot in the province and employ local crews.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is allocating $548.2M to the Agriculture Budget, a 19% increase from the previous year. Close to $90M will go towards strategic initiatives under the federal-provincial Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Meanwhile, $408M will fund the federal-provincial risk management programs such as Crop Insurance and AgriStability.

      saskatchewan.ca
  • Week of 2023-03-27 to 2023-03-31
    • The City of North Battleford has issued a below average number of building permits this year. February 2023 was a remarkably slow month with only four permits issued for a total of $85K. In February 2022, the city had nine permits worth over $418K.

      sasktoday.ca
    • The Métis Nation of Saskatchewan has announced $1.5M to Northern Region III for the construction of eight new affordable housing units in Île-a-la-Crosse. Construction will start this spring and is scheduled to be complete in 2024.

      northeastnow.com
    • Rise Air charter airline has announced that it will be unable to operate some of its aircraft this year due to the shortage of qualified pilots and changes to flight duty regulations.

      northeastnow.com
    • The Governments of Saskatchewan and Canada are adding $405K in funding to KidsFirst Regional programming. This additional investment increases the total program funding to $1.2M. KidsFirst Regional travels across the province bringing learning opportunities to children up to age five with programs such as take-home literacy kits, story walks and pop-up preschool events.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s new workplace safety strategy is adding psychological injury as a priority area. The new 5-year strategy was released March 13 and aims to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities in Saskatchewan workplaces.

      leaderpost.com
    • Saskatchewan`s niche businesses are struggling with inflation. The rising costs for transportation and shipping for specialty products are causing major challenges for sellers.

      globalnews.ca
    • According to Creative Saskatchewan, 370 jobs have been created in the film and television industry since the renewal of province`s production incentives. The increase of incentives has led to a total of $82M in economic activity. Under the current incentive program, government grants cover 30% of the production costs.

      ctvnews.ca
    • The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) is calling for more young people to join rural municipal government. SARM is asking its member governments to consider adding flexible meeting times, developing mentorship plans, and hosting open houses as ways to attract younger generation to governance.

      paherald.sk.ca
    • Saskatchewan is struggling with a shortage of speech pathologists. According to the chair of Speech Language and Audiology Canada, the number of speech pathologists in Canada is not enough to meet the needs of the population. Part of the reason for the shortage in Saskatchewan is the lack of education options for speech language pathology.

      northeastnow.com
    • BHP has signed three contracts with six First Nations for services at the new Jansen potash mine. The deals are worth a combined total of $260M and will bring 400 jobs, half of which are to be filled with local Indigenous residents. The contracts include camp management, site services and raw ore/handling foundation.

      discoverhumboldt.com
    • SaskTel is expanding its broadband services to 48 more communities as part of the company’s $200M Rural Fibre Initiative project. SaskTel is planning to start construction in 2023 or 2024 and have the network available to the communities by March 2025.

      larongenow.com
    • The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have announced $485M in funding for strategic agricultural initiatives in the province. The funds are provided under the new five-year Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Under this new agreement, there is a continued focus on agricultural research and increased support for water development.

      canada.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan has announced $450K in funding to Economic Development Regina and Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority. The organizations will use the funds to develop sustainable growth initiatives and implement engagement strategies to strengthen the provincial economy.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Urban housing starts in Saskatchewan increased by 76.4% between February 2022 and 2023. This increase is the largest of any province over the same period.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is offering an enhanced Rural Physician Incentive Program to help attract and retain more family doctors in rural and remote areas of the province. The total incentive for doctors is now $200K over five years, more than four times the amount that was previously offered.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan allotted $297M in funding for the 2023-24 Municipal Revenue Sharing Program, a 13% increase from the 2022-23 fiscal year. The program benefits municipalities and supports local priorities across the province.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Blue Mountain Adventure Park near North Battleford has temporarily shuttered operations.

      battlefordsnow.com
    • Ticket sales for the Regina Symphony Orchestra have been about 50% pre-pandemic levels since September 2023. The orchestra cancelled three concerts in April while it focuses on putting together a plan for next season.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Regina’s Italian Star Deli has opened a new location. The new location is four times the size of the original and includes an Italian-style bakery and a fully operational kitchen.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Estevan city council has approved a development permit for new a 90-space childcare centre. The centre will be located at the West Estevan Mall and will operate 24 hours a day.

      sasktoday.ca
  • Week of 2023-03-20 to 2023-03-24
    • The Government of Saskatchewan announced that it will provide funding to second stage shelters in its coming budget. Second stage shelters provide long-term housing and programming for women and children trying to escape abuse.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing more funding to Indigenous police programs. The File Hills First Nations Police Service will receive an increase of $357K in funding. The government is also providing a $88K operating grant to the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations’ Special Investigation Unit.

      globalnews.ca
    • Cowessess First Nation has signed a multi-million-dollar deal with energy partner Innagreen for the Bekevar wind farm, near Kipling. Construction is expected to begin in late 2023 and to be complete in late 2024.

      leaderpost.com
    • Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are getting part of $20M in nationwide funding from the federal government to study post-COVID-19 conditions. The funding will expand the long COVID research capacity in Saskatchewan and will be used to hire dozens of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and researchers.

      thestarphoenix.com
    • The Government of Canada is providing over $23.6M to help Saskatchewan with recovery costs associated with the 2015 spring floods.

      canada.ca
    • Osprey Wings has found a new ownership to take over its air service in northern Saskatchewan. The company is expected to resume flights as early as April 2023. Staff who were working at Osprey Wings have reportedly agreed to stay with the company under the new owner.

      larongenow.com
    • The wedding industry is booming in Prince Albert as the backlog of venue bookings from COVID-19 restrictions clears up. The venues in the city are getting booked for 2024 and starting to get inquiries for 2025.

      sasknow.com
    • A new convenience store and gas station has opened at the Muskoday First Nation. The store employs over 20 staff.

      sasknow.com
    • The construction of a new childcare centre in Prince Albert is scheduled to start in May. The centre will be built at St. John Community School and is expected to be complete by the end of October 2023. The Prince Albert Catholic School Division and Prince Albert Childcare Co-operative Association have partnered to create more childcare spaces in the city.

      paherald.sk.ca
    • Saskatchewan had the highest yearly growth of merchandise exports among the provinces. In January 2023 merchandise exports increased by 56.7% compared to January 2022. Electronic and electrical equipment and parts as well as aircraft and other transportation equipment lead the annual export growth, with increases of 414.6% and 236.4% respectively.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Purely Canada Foods has dissolved contracts for gluten-free oats with about 30 farmers in northeastern Saskatchewan. According to Purely Canada, the processor it had a contract with is unable to take the oats. Farmers are expected to lose $4 to $5 per bushel due to the voided contract.

      sasktoday.ca
    • The University of Regina Pride Centre is closing its off-campus community space as of March 31 after losing its core funding. Programs will continue at the centre’s location on the university campus.

      cbc.ca
  • Week of 2023-03-13 to 2023-03-17
    • The Southeast College in Estevan is working on a new on-campus sustainable innovation centre. The college is hoping to begin offering classes at the centre in the fall of 2023. The primary staff for the centre is in place, but as the program progresses there will be opportunities for instructors, researchers and custodians.

      sasktoday.ca
    • Minihkwe Brewery, Saskatchewan’s first Indigenous brewery, has opened in Saskatoon.

      globalnews.ca
    • Construction is underway on the new Holiday Inn Express hotel in Prince Albert. The hotel is expected to open in November 2023 and create about 20-full time and 5 part-time jobs once completed. Other developments confirmed for Prince Albert include a food service hub and a new aquatic and arena centre.

      sasknow.com
    • Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre provided $1.75M in funding to the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School (JSGS) of Public Policy to help advance sustainability goals in Saskatchewan municipalities. JSGS staff will work with municipalities to identify barriers and opportunities in sustainability planning.

      usask.ca
    • Square One Community Inc. is moving ahead with plans to open a drop-in warming centre and emergency overnight women’s shelter in Moose Jaw’s downtown. The new shelter will be located at the William Milne Place, owned by Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Corporation.

      leaderpost.com
    • A new treatment for patients with blood cancer and lymphomas is now available in Saskatoon. The Government of Saskatchewan supplied $2.1M to launch the program and will be providing $6.7M annually to operate it and cover patient costs.

      cbc.ca
    • The Governments of Saskatchewan and Canada have reached an agreement on healthcare funding. The province will receive a one-time $61M investment and an additional $111M annually to the $6.4B healthcare budget.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative based at the University of Saskatchewan will lead national efforts in wildlife disease surveillance. The Government of Canada will provide $2.1M over three years for the projects to improve the management of issues related to wildlife diseases.

      newswire.ca
    • Great Plains College has partnered with International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, a leader in cybersecurity education, to offer cybersecurity programs. The online programs begun fall 2022 and offer industry-recognized certifications.

      thestarphoenix.com
    • Prairie South School Division is looking at creating its own bus drivers’ school. The initiative would see the division bring in groups of bus drivers to train together as opposed to one-on-one training that is currently provided.

      discovermoosejaw.com
    • Gas Liquids Engineering Ltd. has commenced engineering on a major carbon sequestration project near Weyburn. The project will transport carbon dioxide from industrial emitters to Whitecap Resources’ Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage.

      newswire.ca
    • NexGen Energy Ltd. has commenced its expanded 2023 exploration program in Saskatchewan. This program will follow-up the exploration drilling conducted in 2022. NexGen has also planned a major geophysical program in 2023 to identify drill targets in the southwest Athabasca Basin.

      newswire.ca
    • DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp. will begin construction this year on Canada’s first commercial-scale facility for producing electricity from geothermal heat. The company started engineering and procurement activities for the first phase of a 25-megawatt power facility in southeast Saskatchewan.

      financialpost.com
    • The Saskatchewan government plans to spend an additional $178.5M in unbudgeted money by the end of this fiscal year. The funds will go towards a variety of ministries and programs including health care, government relations, policing and advanced education.

      infomedia.gc.ca
    • Alliance Health’s mental health and addiction treatment centre in Moose Jaw is set to double its beds. The centre will begin operating at full capacity in the next two months.

      ctvnews.ca
    • The City of Prince Albert is looking to fill a new tourism coordinator position. The purpose of the position is to market the Prince Albert area, build advertising and tourism programs and enhance visitor centre operations.

      paherald.sk.ca
    • The City of Prince Albert will not be able to extend its transit hours as planned due to a shortage of available bus drivers. The extended-hours trial was set to begin March 13 and run for a year. A new date has not been set. The city is working with First Bus Canada to hire more drivers.

      sasknow.com
  • Week of 2023-03-06 to 2023-03-10
    • The Government of Canada has announced $4M in funding for organizations advancing gender equality in Saskatchewan. This funding is part of the $601.3M provided through federal Budget 2021 to increase efforts to end gender-based violence.

      canada.ca
    • The federal government is providing $1M in funding to support crisis hotlines in Saskatchewan. Crisis hotlines will use the funding to offer more robust services, resources and supports for survivors of gender-based violence.

      canada.ca
    • The Government of Canada has announced $1.24M in funding to three organizations to advance 2SLGBTQI+ equality in the province.

      canada.ca
    • According to a report released by the Saskatchewan Realtors Association, housing sales in the province are down 19% from last year. Sales activity was higher than the 10-year average, but the inventory levels were noticeably lower.

      larongenow.com
    • The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities and industry partners have jointly issued a call for immediate support for the cattle industry. The industry faces several issues, including low profits, drought conditions and a shortage of veterinarians.

      northeastnow.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan hosted the second annual Indigenous Business Gathering in Saskatoon. Over 500 people from Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses attended the event to discuss collaborations and partnerships.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • OUTSaskatoon has laid off nine staff members due to pressures from the COVID-19 pandemic and decrease in funding. OUTSaskatoon’s education and support services are on hold until further notice.

      thestarphoenix.com
    • The Farmers Business Network has opened a new farmer fulfillment centre in Saskatoon. The new facility will allow the organization to meet the demand for farming items faster. The facility is organization’s primary hub in Western Canada.

      ctvnews.ca
    • The University of Regina is facing budgetary challenges due to ongoing COVID-19 factors, including decrease in enrolments and reduced revenue. The university is determining ways to decrease base budgets between 5 and 7 per cent.

      leaderpost.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan has announced $500K of additional funding for the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission. These funds will support the Indigenous Apprenticeship Initiatives program, which helps attract people into the skilled trades.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The City of Saskatoon is looking to develop a new recreation facility as part of the White Buffalo Youth Lodge development. An early cost estimate of the facility is between $15M and $20M.

      ctvnews.ca
    • A new hair salon, Boreal Colours, opened its doors in La Ronge.

      larongenow.com
  • Week of 2023-02-27 to 2023-03-03
    • Into the Streets, a mentorship program for trans feminine youth, is commencing in Regina. The program will pair up transgender girls and women with mentors who can help them build community advocacy and employable skills.

      cbc.ca
    • The Saskatchewan First Nations Natural Resource Centre of Excellence signed a memorandum of understanding with SupplierLink Saskatchewan. The partnership will help connect Indigenous businesses to major projects in the province.

      globalnews.ca
    • Saskatchewan Government Insurance is providing a $85K increase to annual funding for Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) Saskatchewan. The additional funding will help SADD develop new initiatives, expand to more schools and communities, and hire an outreach coordinator.

      globalnews.ca
    • Cameco Corporation, a Saskatoon-based company, has announced a multi-billion-dollar contract with Ukraine’s state-owned nuclear energy organization SE NNEGC Energoatom. Cameco will supply uranium to Ukraine’s energy provider from 2024 to 2035. The agreement will allow Cameco to increase uranium production in Saskatchewan.

      cbc.ca
    • According to Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey, the Saskatoon Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) had the highest year-over-year employment growth in Canada in 2022, at 9.6%. Saskatoon CMA also recorded the country’s highest employment rate at 68.3%. Employment growth was led by the wholesale and retail trade industry, followed by healthcare and construction.

      saskatoon.ca
    • Weston Family has provided $1.4M to the University of Saskatchewan for developing land-based training workshops for First Nations communities, land managers, and farming producers. The funding is a part of a $10M Weston Family Soil Health Initiative.

      usask.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s trade to Mexico exceeded $1B in 2022, for the first time in provincial history. Agri-food exports account for over 97% of total exports, particularly canola oil, canola seed and non-durum wheat.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation has purchased a pork processing facility, Country Choice Meats, in the town of Duck Lake. The facility will sell pork products across Saskatchewan.

      sasknow.com
    • The Regina Flying Club is looking to increase its flight training capacity to address province’s pilot shortages. The organization is seeking partnerships to finance more aircraft for students, fleet standardizations and more instructors. The club trains around 10 commercial pilots per year but its goal is to double or triple that number.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Holy Rosary Community School in Regina will close by June 2024 due to the building’s structural issues.

      cbc.ca
    • The only pediatric gastroenterologist in the province is closing their practice as of May 12. The Saskatchewan Health Authority has said it is actively recruiting to fill pediatric vacancies with targeted recruitment strategies.

      cbc.ca
  • Week of 2023-02-20 to 2023-02-24
    • The new Saskatchewan Distance Learning Corporation (Sask DLC) is opening nine regional campuses this fall. The main Sask DLC office will be in Kenaston, with regional campuses in Estevan, La Ronge, Moose Jaw, Neilburg, Nipawin, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Swift Current and Yorkton. Recruitment for positions at campuses will begin in March 2023.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Saskatchewan RCMP held a three-day Indigenous recruitment session in Regina. The RCMP is planning to hold another session this spring.

      northeastnow.com
    • Parkland CPAP Services Inc. is opening a sleep apnea clinic in Tisdale. The company selected Tisdale to provide easier access to services for northeastern residents.

      northeastnow.com
    • The provincial government has started the second stage of procurement for the La Ronge Long-Term Care Centre. The facility will be built next to the existing Health Centre, which will remain open during the renovation work. Construction is expected to begin in the Spring/Summer of 2023.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Munch Catering is planning to expand operations to a new café and a food cart in Regina. The non-profit catering company employs people with disabilities and provides them with service industry training.

      cbc.ca
  • Week of 2023-02-13 to 2023-02-17
    • The Government of Canada signed an agreement with SaskPower to power federal operations in the province with renewable electricity. Most of the electricity will come from the new Saskatchewan-based wind energy generation project, which is expected to be operational by 2024.

      canada.ca
    • The City of Prince Albert has approved a subdivision request from One Sky Forest Products for the proposed development of a $250M oriented strand board pulp mill. Approval of the development is still pending. If approved, the mill is expected to create over 700 jobs in the area.

      sasknow.com
    • Construction has started on the $30M elementary school in La Loche. The school will accommodate 475 students when completed in 2025.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan has started accepting proposals for construction of a new parkade at the Regina General Hospital.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan and Star Group Ind. Co., Ltd. have signed a memorandum of understanding to further develop the rare earth element supply chain in the province. The agreement lays plans to begin tech sharing between the manufacturer and the provincial government.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • WestJet will offer more flights from Saskatchewan this summer, including direct flights from Saskatoon to Minneapolis, Regina to Vancouver, and from the two Saskatchewan cities to Kelowna.

      sasktoday.ca
    • Uranium producer Orano Canada has gifted $1M to Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Women in Trades and Technology program. The school will use the funding to deliver additional programs in northern and rural communities and provide an annual scholarship to a female student. Between now and 2025, Orano is looking to increase the number of women in senior roles by 10%.

      northeastnow.com
    • The Government of Canada is providing $6.6M to build 25 affordable housing units in Regina. The City of Regina is currently reviewing project proposals. Units are required to be completed by November 2024.

      cbc.ca
    • The town of Wilkie has received over $1.9M in combined federal and provincial funding for the construction of a new pool. The town will cover the remaining $713,729 required to complete the project. Construction is expected to start later this year.

      sasknow.com
    • The Spot Restaurant & Lounge is closing its Tisdale location. Some employees will be transferred to the restaurant's Nipawin location and the rest will be laid off.

      northeastnow.com
    • According to its director of education, the Northern Lights School Division is in a state of “crisis” due to teacher shortages. On average, the division has 15 unfilled teaching positions each month. Schools with persistent shortages started having teachers connect to classes remotely.

      larongenow.com
  • Week of 2023-02-06 to 2023-02-10
    • The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is adding 24.5 new full-time paramedics positions for Regina Emergency Medical Services. SHA will create the new positions over the next three month for two ambulances and two smaller paramedic response units. Additionally, two new EMS coordinators will be hired to support paramedics throughout the province.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Regina Food Bank announced that it will be opening a second location in downtown Regina. The food back acquired the former Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Association building and is transforming it into a new facility. The current food bank location on Winnipeg Street will continue to operate and will still act as the shipping hub for the city.

      globalnews.ca
    • The provincial and federal governments have announced $44 million in new grants for regulated childcare centres and homes. The funding will help offset inflation costs, buy winter play equipment, and support maintenance and repairs of centres.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • According to the provincial auditor, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) will need to hire 137 more staff to run the new long-term care facility in LA Ronge by the end of 2024-25 fiscal year. SHA expects to begin building the new facility in spring 2023.

      larongenow.com
    • SaskTel is planning to expand its 5G wireless network into the Battlefords area. The crown company expects most of Battleford and North Battleford will have access to the 5G network by summer 2023. The network expansion is part of SaskTel’s plan to invest $1.5 billion of capital across the province.

      sasktel.com
    • A new investment business, the Wiyotisiwin Investment Management Firm, has opened in Saskatoon. The Nekaneet First Nation and Meckelborg Financial Group collaborated to create the Indigenous-owned project. The firm aims to improve First Nation communities’ access to investors and capital funds. The company is hoping to have more Saskatchewan First Nations join as the project develops.

      globalnews.ca
    • Lloydminster and District Co-op (Lloyd Co-op) announced construction of a new development in the city, which will house a car wash, a pet wash and a small convenience store. The construction is expected to commence in early 2023. Lloyd Co-op plans to open the facility in 2024 and employ up to 10 people.

      lloydminsterco-op.crs
    • Team Power Solutions and STC Industrial Contracting announced a new manufacturing company, STCI Power Solutions, in Saskatoon. The company will supply custom power and controls products for the province’s mining and utility industry.

      teampowersolutions.ca
    • The Regina Chamber of Commerce and FHQ Developments signed an agreement to increase Indigenous participation in the local economy. The agreement includes creation of networking opportunities for Indigenous people and development of Regina Indigenous business directory.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Genesis Fertilizers has selected Belle Plaine as the site for its new urea fertilizer plant. The company is in the process of raising equity and debt capital for the $1.7 billion project. The proposed plant would support over 130 full time jobs when the production begins.

      genesisfertilizers.com
  • Week of 2023-01-30 to 2023-02-03
    • The Government of Saskatchewan and Sask Pork announced $1M in funding to support the creation of a cull line at the new sow processing facility in Moose Jaw. The specialized cull line will be used in the event of a serious animal disease outbreak. Donald’s Fine Foods is currently building the facility.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Postmedia is closing its StarPhoenix building in Saskatoon and transitioning employees to working remotely. The company is also closing its Saskatoon print facility and moving printing operations to Estevan, resulting in layoffs.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing over $5.5M to help create over 550 new post-secondary training seats for 18 health care programs. The funding will increase programs capacity in the province and reserve seats for Saskatchewan students in highly specialized programs in other provinces.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Saskatchewan is experiencing a shortage of veterinary professionals. Some clinics in the province are reducing their working hours due to staffing issues. The University of Saskatchewan has recently expanded its class sizes from 78 to 88 veterinary students and is looking into ways to further expand the program to address the increasing demand.

      cbc.ca
    • An Indigenous software company, PLATO, is recruiting in Prince Albert for its Software Tester Training Program. The company expects to create 25 new jobs in the area for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit applicants. Following the training, PLATO ensures full-time well-paying jobs for successful graduates.

      sasknow.com
    • Evraz North America will be temporarily laying off over 100 workers at its pipe mill in Regina in February. The company cites the reason for layoffs is low production demand due to cheap imports.

      cbc.ca
    • South East Cornerstone Public School Division is facing a shortage of bus drivers. In 2022, 438 full days and 108 half days routes were canceled due to a lack of substitute drivers. There are currently unfilled bus driver positions for two routes in Oxbow and Oungre. More routes may halt in the future, as the current roster of bus drivers retire.

      sasktoday.ca
    • The federal and provincial governments announced $6M for livestock and forage research in Saskatchewan, provided through the Agriculture Development Fund. The fund will support 34 new research projects in 2023. Seven industry co-founders provided additional $288K towards 12 research projects.

      canada.ca
    • The federal and provincial governments announced $19.7M in joint funding for 25 infrastructure projects in the province, including the construction of new facilities at the Land-based Learning Centre of the First Nations University of Canada, improvements to Estevan’s Leisure Centre, and projects in rural areas.

      canada.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $500,000, as part of its Targeted Sector Support Initiative, for 15 new municipal projects. The initiative covers up to 75% of cost for projects focused on promoting good governance, capacity building and regional co-operation.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Hall Lake celebrated the grand opening of an education centre and a cultural site in the community. The Elder Kate Hamilton Adult Education Center will be a permanent space for various training. The Uwasisuk Nekan Cultural Site will help teach cultural traditions such as hunting, snowshoe making, and hide preparation.

      larongenow.com
    • La Ronge council allotted $21,000 in grants to six community groups involved in education, animal rescue, and the arts. The 2023 municipal grant program will allot $42,000 in total.

      larongenow.com
    • Women Building Futures is collaborating with BHP Group Limited to offer a new course in Saskatoon. The course aims to give women the hands-on experience they need for a long-term career in the mining industry. BHP made the program free for participants and is offering a minimum wage for students to support them during the training.

      northeastnow.com
    • A local café, Drift Saskatoon, has closed on January 29. Junior Cafe coffee shop will expand into the first floor of the former Drift Saskatoon building.

      ctvnews.ca
  • Week of 2023-01-23 to 2023-01-27
    • A temporary homeless shelter will open in Regina on January 30. The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $400,000 in funding to Regina Treaty/Status Indian Services to operate the shelter.

      cbc.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan approved a merger of Cumberland College and Parkland College. The merger will help develop new programming and gain better partnership opportunities. The institutions aim to complete the merger by July 1st, 2023.

      northeastnow.com
    • Angkor Resources Corp. launched its Solution Gas/Carbon Capture Project in Evesham. The Project will extract unused gases and carbon emissions from oil wells and convert them into clean natural gas. Angkor plans to capture around 500,000 cubic feet of gas per day at first, and then increase production once they connect more wells.

      sasknow.com
    • Trappers from northern Saskatchewan expressed a pessimistic view of the industry, citing dropping fur prices. In 2012-2013, there were 3,600 trappers in Saskatchewan with total fur sales of $5.7M. By the 2020-2021 trapping year, the number of trappers increased to 4,600, but the total sales decreased to $3.7M.

      northeastnow.com
    • The City of North Battleford extended its community garden land lease with Midwest Food Resources by 10 more years. The non-profit organization can construct a storage building and dig a water well at the location, if it obtaines required approvals and inspections.

      sasknow.com
  • Week of 2023-01-16 to 2023-01-20
    • The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency has started accepting applications for the Transportation Rescue Extrication Program. The $5.6 million program will provide auto extraction training and equipment to fire departments throughout the province.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Northlands College is revamping its organizational structure, which includes the creation of a new Health & Wellness and Flexible Learning directorate. The changes will occur in 2023, with the goal of increasing enrolment at the various campuses in Northern Saskatchewan.

      larongenow.com
    • BHP Group Ltd. is looking to hire approximately 600 people in 2023 to operate the Jensen potash mine, located 140km east of Saskatoon. The company is planning to recruit a large portion of the workforce from local communities.

      thestarphoenix.com
    • WestJet is expanding its flight services between Saskatoon and Regina airports to Calgary, beginning February 16, 2023. Meanwhile, Air Canada discontinued flights in January between Calgary and Saskatchewan cities.

      ctvnews.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan renewed its $150K funding agreement with the Saskatoon Prairieland Park Corporation. The 5-year agreement begins in April 2023 and provides $30K a year toward agriculture-related events such as the Western Canadian Crop Production Show.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Statistics Canada’s data for November 2022 shows Saskatchewan manufacturing sales grew by 27% compared to November 2021 – the largest increase among provinces. Investment in Saskatchewan’s building construction has also increased by 22.9%, compared to the same time last year.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan has selected Prince Albert to be the base for the new provincial marshals service. The service is expected to begin operating by 2026 and hire 70 officers.

      leaderpost.com
    • A new cannabis retailer, La Ronge Cannabis, has recently opened in the community. The store owner is planning to hire more staff as sales pick up.

      larongenow.com
  • Week of 2022-12-19 to 2023-01-06
    • The Saskatchewan Housing Corporation is collaborating with Phoenix Residential Society to offer a 24-unit building for those at risk of homelessness. Staff will be available 24/7 to provide onsite support to residents, while the Regina Housing Authority will manage the maintenance of the building.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Canada is providing $1.4M in funding towards a five-year project aimed at developing new resources and training for care providers and front-line workers treating substance abuse. The project is led by a partnership between Prairie Harm Reduction, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces and Health.

      globalnews.ca
    • According to a survey conducted earlier in 2022 by the Paramedic Services Chiefs of Saskatchewan (PSCS), there were 102 paramedic vacancies in the province. The survey also showed that some of the vacancies have been empty for as long as two years.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Government of Canada is providing over $1.9M in funding to support 17 active transportation projects in Saskatchewan. Some projects include upgrading sidewalks, trails and multiuse pathways.

      canada.ca
    • Three companies have been chosen to move forward to the next stage of procurement for the new Grenfell Long-Term Care Home. The new 33-bed home will be owned and operated by the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Sunwing is suspending all flights in and out of Saskatchewan until February 3rd because of operational issues. The company is working to help travellers stranded due to the cancelled flights.

      ctvnews.ca
    • According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan’s retail-trade sector grew 9.0% in October 2022 compared to October 2021, well above the national average of 6.4%.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Serious Incident Response Team, Saskatchewan’s new police oversight body, will come into force effective January 1, 2023. A team of four investigators will look into any death or serious incidents involving police.

      cbc.ca
    • The Saulteaux Pelly Agency Health Alliance (SPAHA) is building a $30M multipurpose health facility located on Keeseekoose First Nation. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2023 and take up to 2 years to complete.

      canada.ca
    • The University of Regina’s school of journalism is suspending admissions for one year starting in 2023 to allow faculty to update and modernize the program. The Bachelor of Arts in journalism program, the bachelor of journalism program and the one-year master of journalism program will be affected.

      cbc.ca
    • According to the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority, the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization has contributed more than $511M to the economy over the past 10 years. In addition, approximately 2,375 full-time equivalent jobs were created or supported over the same period.

      globalnews.ca
    • Regina City Council has approved a $5.3M budget increase for Regina Police Services (RPS). The increase will support an additional 21 police officers and 8 new civilian positions in 2023. Looking forward, the RPS wants to hire an additional 12 officers in 2024.

      leaderpost.com
    • The Saskatoon Tribal Council has launched a new drug awareness diversion program for people facing simple drug possession charges. The program aims to prevent future offences by educating offenders on the harmful effects of drugs on the body as well as how drug abuse can affect families.

      thestarphoenix.com
    • Wool Emporium, a wool and fibre store in Saskatoon, is closing its doors after 27 years in business.

      thestarphoenix.com
  • Week of 2022-12-12 to 2022-12-16
    • According to the Government of Saskatchewan, the province’s Crown petroleum and natural gas public offering raised $11.9M in revenue in December. More than $52M in revenue was raised in 2022, significantly higher than the amount raised 2021, $9.1M.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Flair Airlines will begin offering daily flight services between Saskatoon and Calgary effective May 9, 2023. The announcement comes after Air Canada’s decision to suspend all flights from Saskatoon and Regina to Calgary as of January 2023.

      globalnews.ca
    • Mission Ridge Winter Park officially reopened for its 50th season on December 9th. Located in Fort Qu’Appelle, the ski hill attracts around 40,000 visitors each year.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Twenty-two percent of individuals enrolled in Yorkton’s Parkland College’s skilled trade courses are women, a new record high. Meanwhile, women account for 10 percent of apprentices in Saskatchewan.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Birch Narrows Dene Development Inc., MMKL Group Inc., and Superior Strategies Inc. are working together to create job opportunities and skills training to members of Birch Narrows First Nation and the surrounding communities.

      cbc.ca
    • SOFIA House is partnering with Avana, a Saskatchewan-based real estate developer and property manager, to provide housing and programming for families affected by domestic violence. A total of 116 suits are being developed, 39 of which are allocated for women and children fleeing violence.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $6.4M to the Regina Police Service. The funding will go towards 48 police positions in various units including a new position in the internet child exploitation program.

      cbc.ca
  • Week of 2022-12-05 to 2022-12-09
    • The City of Regina is moving ahead with plans to construct a new fire station in the city’s east end. Construction is expected to begin in 2025 and be finished by 2026.

      leaderpost.com
    • According to the latest report from Saskatchewan’s auditor, the Saskatchewan Health Authority will need an additional 2,200 workers over the next five years. Some positions include continuing care assistants, registered nurses and medical laboratory technicians.

      cbc.ca
    • According to the RCMP, like many other organizations, they are struggling with job vacancies in Saskatchewan, especially in rural and northern communities. As a result, the RCMP has made the application process easier for new recruits and has created an Indigenous recruiting unit.

      leaderpost.com
    • Curling Canada has selected Regina to host the 2024 Brier men’s curling championship. The Brier will take place at Regina’s REAL District from March 1 to 10, 2024.

      cbc.ca
    • Air Canada is cutting direct service from Regina and Saskatoon to Calgary effective mid-January. The airline has decided to focus on rebuilding their main hubs in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.

      ctvnews.ca
    • The Government of Canada is providing over $260,000 for 12 community-based projects for seniors in Saskatoon. As part of the 2021-22 New Horizons for Seniors Program, the projects will support healthy aging, celebrate diversity and inclusion and prevent elder abuse.

      globalnews.ca
    • According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan added 11,800 jobs (seasonally unadjusted) to the provincial economy in November, up 2.1% when compared year-over-year. On a monthly basis, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points to 4.2%.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The City of Regina is about to lose three businesses with closures to The Warehouse Brewing Company, the Lancaster Taphouse and the Fat Plant Farm. All three businesses are closing due to financial hardships imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

      ctvnews.ca
  • Week of 2022-11-28 to 2022-12-02
    • To help with labour shortages in the province’s health care sector, the Government of Saskatchewan says over 70 nurses from the Philippines are ready to move to Saskatchewan through a bridging program. The government is also looking to recruit lab technicians and X-ray technicians.

      cbc.ca
    • The Government of Canada is providing $42.5M to James Smith Cree Nation over the next six years to build a new wellness centre and to remodel the existing Sakwatamo Lodge. Furthermore, the government is providing an additional $20M over four years for the Pathways to Safe Indigenous Communities Initiative.

      cbc.ca
    • The McArthur River uranium mine and Key Lake mill facilities are fully operating again after closing in 2018 due to low uranium prices and a weak global market. There are close to 730 people currently working at the mine and mill, with Cameco planning to hire more during the year.

      larongenow.com
    • The Canadian Western Agribition returned to Regina from November 28 to December 3. According the City’s mayor, the economic impact of Canada’s largest livestock show, to the city and province, is close to $100M.

      globalnews.ca
    • Conexus Credit Union is donating $1M to the YWCA Regina’s new Centre for Women and Families. Construction on the new centre has already started; however, due to inflation, overall building costs have increased by nearly $18M in the last year and a half.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Osprey Wings Ltd., a charter aircraft company in northern Saskatchewan, has shut down after operating for over 50 years. The company provided services to the tourism, mining, fire suppression and public service sectors.

      cbc.ca
    • The Regina Food Bank is looking to expand its services by creating a new food hub in the City’s downtown area. If approved by City Council, renovations at the new location could begin in spring 2023 and the hub could be open to the public by the end of 2024.

      cbc.ca
  • Week of 2022-11-21 to 2022-11-25
    • According to Statistics Canada, the number of urban housing starts in Saskatchewan rose 78% in October 2022 when compared to the same period last year. In addition, wholesale trade jumped 49.5% from September 2021 to September 2022.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Mosaic Company is providing $1M over the next five years to the YWCA Regina Centre for Women and Families. The new funding will go towards supporting the centre's employment and training program.

      leaderpost.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada are providing $28.9M in joint funding towards developing an additional 2,197 childcare spaces throughout the province. The funding is part of an agreement to bring down child care costs to $10-a-day by the end of March 2026.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • According to the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, 2021 was the most expensive year for Saskatchewan farmers, as farming expenses increased 11 percent from 2020. Overall, the farming expenses in 2021 were approximately $11.5B.

      globalnews.ca
    • According to Economic Development Regina, the 2022 Grey Cup and its festivities are projected to bring in $60 to $70 million to the City of Regina.

      globalnews.ca
    • Optimist Hill in Saskatoon reopened for the 2022/23 ski season on November 25th. The 70-foot hill offers lanes for tubing, skiing and snowboarding, as well as a terrain park, toboggan hill and conveyor lifts.

      thestarphoenix.com
    • Saskatoon-based Wright Construction has been awarded a contract to design and build the new Weyburn and District General Hospital. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2023, with the hospital opening in the fall of 2025.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Michaels craft store in Regina will be closed until February for repairs after a fire caused extensive smoke damage to the building. The company is currently looking into ways to support their employees during the store's closure.

      cbc.ca
  • Week of 2022-11-14 to 2022-11-16
    • Kahkewistahaw First Nation recently celebrated the opening of the Kahkewistahaw Gas and Convenience Store. Located at Kahkewistahaw Landing in Saskatoon, the Kahkewistahaw First Nation is also planning to open 15 new buildings within the next five years, including a hotel and conference centre, office complex and a medical facility.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities are providing over $315,000, to eight municipalities across the province, for the training and resources needed to learn how to manage their assets efficiently.

      canada.ca
    • Regina city council has voted in favour of a new operating fund called the Regina Police Service (RPS) Community Policing Initiative. The new reserve will help pay for police services at various local events, such as the Grey Cup.

      cbc.ca
    • The Awasis solar project, located just southeast of Regina on Cowessess First Nation reserve land, is now online. The $21M project will provide 10 megawatts of solar energy, which will be sold to SaskPower over the next 20 years. The revenue generated from this project will be reinvested into future renewable energy projects.

      cbc.ca
    • The federal, provincial and municipal governments are providing $18M, $15M and $11M respectively for a new multi-purpose recreation facility in Martensville. The facility will include a regulation-size ice rink, a rock-climbing wall and indoor playground. The centre is expected to open in the fall of 2024.

      cbc.ca
    • According to Statistics Canada, building construction in Saskatchewan was $445M in September, up 56.2% compared to September 2021.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Sasktel is spending an additional $100M, as part of its Rural Fibre Initiative, to expand their fibre optic high-speed infiNET service to over 80 communities throughout the province. The company expects the communities to be fibre-ready by the end of March 2025.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $150,000 to Saskatoon’s Hope Restored Canada for a one-year pilot program that will provide life skills programming, safe housing and counseling to victims of human trafficking.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The federal government is providing more than $142,000 to the Meadow Lake Tribal Council for the pre-design and feasibility work of two new cultural centres in northern Saskatchewan. If approved, the facilities would provide a space for events, cultural teaching and ceremonies.

      canada.ca
  • Week of 2022-11-07 to 2022-11-11
    • Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) is providing funds to support the Saskatoon Open Door Society’s digital training program. The program supports start-up businesses of immigrant women using the Global Marketplace, an online e-commerce platform.

      thestarphoenix.com
    • As student enrolment continues to increase in Saskatchewan, the provincial government is providing an additional $15.5M in funding for the 2022-23 school year. The extra funding will help school divisions hire more staff to reduce the size of some of their larger classrooms.

      cbc.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing an additional $1.7M in 2022-23 to increase emergency shelter capacity in Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina. The funding will create up to 60 new spaces this winter and support seasonal cost pressures.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan will be spending $20M annually to create a new provincial policing service with 70 new officers and be operational by 2026. The Saskatchewan Marshals Service (SMS) will support the RCMP by arresting people with outstanding warrants as well as dealing with rural crime, such as investigating farming-related offences and drug trafficking.

      cbc.ca
    • According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan’s merchandise exports were $4.5B in September, an increase of 45% compared to September 2021.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Lithium is an emerging commodity in Saskatchewan and, in an effort to accelerate its development, the provincial government is expanding existing initiatives to include lithium extraction.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The provincial government has awarded John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS) a $3.4M contract in 2022-23 to deliver services for youth. Integrated Youth Services will offer physical as well as virtual programs across the province and will focus on mental health, substance misuse, employment, training and education.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • In response to the National Inquiry about Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), the Government of Saskatchewan has created a new $400,000 provincial fund. The funding will support at least 10 individual community projects by promoting and enhancing prevention for Indigenous women, girls, and Two Spirit+ people.

      globalnews.ca
  • Week of 2022-10-31 to 2022-11-04
    • This fiscal year, the provincial government will be providing $470M for mental health and addictions services. In addition, 150 new addictions treatment spaces will be added over the next three-years.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan announced plans to create a new policing service based out of Prince Albert. The Saskatchewan Marshalls Service will work with the other crime teams in the province. In addition, eight new officers will be added to the Warrant Enforcement and Suppression Team.

      globalnews.ca
    • Saskatchewan Polytechnic, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, has begun offering a Health Care Cook certificate program. The 39-week full-time course is available in Moose Jaw and Prince Albert.

      discovermoosejaw.com
    • The City of Regina has issued a request for proposals for the completion of the 11th Avenue revitalization project. The $8M project will be conducted in four phases and will include major underground work, improved pedestrian access and changes to transit routes.

      leaderpost.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is shutting down all of the province’s 34 Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) stores. The closing dates will vary, but all stores will wind up by the end of the first quarter of 2023, affecting almost 284 full time equivalent jobs.

      westerninvestor.com
    • The Saskatoon Tribal Council’s emergency wellness centre is moving from the City’s downtown area to a new location in the southwestern part of the city. The new facility will offer supports in mental health and addictions, as well as employment and training.

      cbc.ca
    • Cameco, a Saskatoon-based uranium company, is in the process of reopening its McArthur River mine and the Key Lake mill in northern Saskatchewan. The facilities were closed in 2018 due to low demand for uranium and the company has hired close to 600 workers over the past year in preparation for the reopening.

      cbc.ca
  • Week of 2022-10-24 to 2022-10-28
    • The Moose Jaw Police service is spending $235,000 in 2023 on a variety of infrastructure upgrades, including a reconfiguration of the detention area and an elevator replacement.

      moosejawtoday.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing almost $11M for Employability Assistance for Persons with Disabilities programming. The funding will support 73 agreements with 52 different service providers, such as SaskAbilities and Independent Futures.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Sunwing is resuming air travel from Saskatoon and Regina to a variety of hot and tropical destinations. Operations will begin in November and run until April, with flights running about once or twice a week.

      globalnews.ca
    • The provincial government is providing an additional $7.5M to Creative Saskatchewan, topping up their production grant from $10M to 17.5M. Creative Saskatchewan has already supported 13 film and television projects, with the goal of creating 140 to 150 jobs throughout the year.

      cbc.ca
    • The Saskatchewan Health Authority is opening five new beds at the Kamsack Hospital. However, due to staffing shortages, the hospital will continue to operate without inpatient and some emergency services.

      cbc.ca
    • A new addiction recovery residence for women has opened in Leipzig, located 150 km west of Saskatoon. The new residence, Starlight House, is a women’s only addition to the Prairie Sky Recovery Centre’s main residence.

      cbc.ca
    • Local fried chicken restaurant, Beaks Chicken, has reopened at a new location in Regina after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Opening Doors to Tomorrow Career and Job Fair recently returned to the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre. Over 60 exhibitors helped connect students with post-secondary institutions and different employment options, such as government agencies, private businesses, and non-profit organizations.

      sasknow.com
  • Week of 2022-10-17 to 2022-10-21
    • The town of Biggar has received $750,000 in federal funding to complete the first phase of a downtown revitalization project. The project consists of four phases totalling $7.5M, with the second phase expected to be done this fall.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Prince Albert Grand Council, along with the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, have entered into an agreement to explore community-oriented policing in 12 First Nations and 28 communities.

      canada.ca
    • The Saskatchewan Health Authority has finalized a $13.1M deal to assume all responsibility for the delivery of long-term care services at five Extendicare properties in Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, and Regina. It is unknown these changes will have an impact on current staffing levels.

      globalnews.ca
    • Saskatoon hosted the city’s first Saskatchewan Jewish Arts Festival on October 19th. The five-day festival featured performances, panel sessions, music, film, and Shabbat services across the city.

      globalnews.ca
    • The provincial government has issued a Request for Qualifications to choose a contractor for a new long-term care centre in La Ronge. Construction on the 80-bed facility is set to begin in the spring of 2023.

      larongenow.com
    • The Saskatchewan Health Authority is looking to fill 175 full-time health-care positions across 49 communities in Saskatchewan. Of the 175 positions, 125 are new and 50 are existing part-time positions that are being converted to full-time.

      globalnews.ca
  • Week of 2022-10-10 to 2022-10-14
    • Saskatchewan Parks is offering extended camping reservations into the fall and winter seasons. Eight provincial parks will be open until the end of October while five parks will remain open year-round; however, some services will be reduced.

      ctvnews.ca
    • The provincial government is providing $3.6M, over three years, to the Saskatoon Tribal Council for a new program aimed at reducing the number of young Indigenous women who reoffend. The pilot program will offer services such as mental health, addictions and cultural supports.

      cbc.ca
    • Effective October 11, Legends medical clinic in Warman is closing their walk-in clinic due to a shortage of doctors and inappropriate behaviour towards staff. The walk-in services will remain closed for a minimum of two weeks; however, blood work and x-ray services will continue to be open.

      ctvnews.ca
    • The Government of Canada is providing $2.5M to the Global Institute for Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan to support the creation of a biomanufacturing facility. Once completed, the new facility will help researchers increase the pace of research and compete in the agri-food industry.

      globalnews.ca
    • STARS Ambulance has renewed a five-year funding agreement with Crown investors, in which STARS will receive $2M each year. Funding will continue to support STARS air ambulance rescue missions, as well as replace older aircrafts.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Government of Canada is providing $68M for ten infrastructure projects throughout the province. Some of the projects include $16.5M to upgrade Saskatoon’s Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre and Albert Community Centre. Meanwhile, $2.3M will be used to improve the Community Arena in Ituna.

      canada.ca
    • According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan had the lowest unemployment rate in September among provinces with 4.1%. The province also added 6,000 new jobs year-over-year.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The federal and provincial governments are granting a total of $2.6M for regulated childcare centers and group family childcare homes. The one-time grants will help centres recruit and retain more early childhood educators in Saskatchewan.

      larongenow.com
    • The federal and provincial governments are providing $44.6M in joint funding for 28 infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan. Some projects include a new recreational, cultural and community gathering centre in Meadow Lake and a new Interpretive Cultural Art Gallery at the Mosquito Grizzly Bears Head Lean Man First Nation.

      saskatchewan.ca
  • Week of 2022-10-03 to 2022-10-07
    • C-Merak celebrated the opening of the company’s new dry milling plant located west of Tisdale. The new plant will create plant-based proteins, flours and other food ingredients from locally grown crops.

      northeastnow.com
    • Bruno’s Place, a new homeless shelter in Yorkton, opened its doors to the community on October 6th.

      ctvnews.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan has selected a site for the construction of the Regina General Hospital parkade. Currently in the tender stage, initial plans have construction beginning in the spring of 2023 and completing in 2024.

      cbc.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is increasing the number of subsidized student seats at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine for the 2023-24 school year. The increase is to meet the need for more veterinarians in rural areas.

      mylloydminsternow.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is looking to choose a contractor for the La Ronge Long-Term Care Centre. Construction on the 80-bed facility is expected to start in the spring of 2023.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Rayla’s Bubble Tea Café recently opened a second location in Saskatoon’s Lakewood neighborhood.

      thestarphoenix.com
  • Week of 2022-09-26 to 2022-09-30
    • Work has begun on a new firefighting training facility just north of Saskatoon. The new site will be built in phases, with phase one expected to be done in the spring of 2023. Once complete, the new facility will be able to host 100 trainees at any one time.

      thestarphoenix.com
    • The Lighthouse Supported Living Inc. has closed its 60-bed emergency shelter in Saskatoon. The Saskatoon Tribal Council has said they intend to open a second shelter to assist those who relied on The Lighthouse.

      thestarphoenix.com
    • The University of Regina is introducing three new energy-based programs to its engineering program. Petroleum engineering, sustainable energy engineering, and energy transportation and storage will be offered beginning in the fall of 2023.

      globalnews.ca
    • A new $28.4M school is under construction in Carrot River. The new kindergarten to grade 12 school will be able to accommodate up to 400 students and is scheduled to be completed by early 2024.

      ctvnews.ca
    • According to Statistics Canada, the three sectors with the highest proportion of vacancies in Saskatchewan are: food and accommodation (5,095 vacancies), retail (3,400 vacancies) and health care and social assistance (2,810 vacancies). The shortage of entry-level workers can lead to shortages higher up the chain. For example, a lack of kitchen helpers results in fewer people becoming a chef.

      leaderpost.com
    • La Ronge’s overnight shelter, located at Scattered Site, is hiring 22 employees in a variety of part-time, full time and casual roles. The new hiring is in preparation for the shelter’s Extended Hours Program, which will begin on October 1 and finish April 30.

      larongenow.com
    • The town of Maple Creek is offering financial incentives as well as contributions for promotional materials to encourage recruitment at the Southwest Integrated Healthcare facility. Currently, there are three full-time and one part-time vacant nursing positions.

      maplecreeknews.com
  • Week of 2022-09-19 to 2022-09-23
    • According to Paramedic Services Chiefs of Saskatchewan, hospital understaffing and overcrowded emergency rooms are contributing to increased wait times for ambulances throughout the province.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Métis Nation–Saskatchewan has expanded its early learning language program to bring Michif and Dene language instruction to more than 600 young students across the province.

      ctvnews.ca
    • The Granite Curling Club in Saskatoon is closing its doors for the 2022-2023 curling season due to costly, unexpected repairs required at the club’s facility.

      ctvnews.ca
    • According to Statistics Canada’s Consumer Price Index, Saskatchewan’s inflation rate was 6.8% in August, down 1.3 percentage points from July. The province was below the national average of 7.0% and the third lowest among all provinces.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Consistent precipitation this year has improved crop production after significant drought in 2021. According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan’s wheat and canola yields are expected to be up 54.8% and 51.2% respectively, compared to last year.

      cbc.ca
    • According to Saskatchewan’s recent crop report, farmers have harvested 64 percent of the crop in the province. Ideal weather conditions have allowed many farmers in the southern part of the province to wrap up harvest season earlier than in recent years.

      cbc.ca
    • Vital Metals Ltd. recently unveiled its rare earth extraction facility while Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) unveiled their rare earth processing facility. Both plants are located in Saskatoon and will add more than 100 jobs to the province.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Effective October 1, 2022, Saskatchewan’s minimum wage is increasing to $13 an hour, before reaching $14 on October 1, 2023, and $15 on October 1, 2024.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The federal government is providing $5M to Vital Metals Canada Ltd.’s rare earth extraction facility and $2.5M to the Saskatchewan Research Council’s rare earth processing facility. Both plants are located in Saskatoon.

      canada.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $250,000 for ten community projects to help seniors live independently.

      northeastnow.com
    • The Southland Co-op Centre, a $18M state-of-the-art recreation facility, recently opened in Assiniboia. The centre features an NHL-sized hockey rink, walking track, teen and kids centre, fully licensed concession, and a rock climbing wall.

      swiftcurrentonline.com
    • SaskPower selected the Estevan and Elbow regions as potential sites for a proposed small modular reactor. The province is beginning consultations with stakeholders and is set to choose a location in 2023, with a decision to build expected in 2029.

      cbc.ca
    • Construction work has begun on the $3.6M Arcola Avenue sewer trunk renewal project in Regina. Work is expected to take six to seven weeks to complete.

      globalnews.ca
  • Week of 2022-09-12 to 2022-09-16
    • The Canadian Mental Health Association has opened a new $1.2M facility in Swift Current. The new centre can now hold its regular programming and there is plenty of space for meetings and one-on-one sessions.

      swiftcurrentonline.com
    • Sports Trader Plus in Swift Current is closing its door after 25 years in operation.

      swiftcurrentonline.com
    • According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan’s merchandise exports were 67.5% higher in July 2022, when compared to the same period last year. In addition, merchandise exports grew by 42.9% during the first seven months of 2022.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • A new neonatal intensive care unit has recently opened at Prince Albert’s Victoria Hospital. The unit has the capacity to accommodate up to 11 medically fragile babies and provide specialized care to maternal patients.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The City of Regina has awarded Neptune Technology Group a contract to replace approximately 76,000 aging residential and commercial water meters throughout the city. The project will cost $42.5M and will take three years to complete.

      leaderpost.com
    • A new cancer centre for children recently opened at the Regina General Hospital. The Children's Cancer Clinic features a newly renovated wing, with individual hospital rooms, as well as new equipment for chemotherapy treatments.

      leaderpost.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing nearly $60M to hire and retain more healthcare professionals. The province intends to recruit around 1,000 health-care and support staff to fill vacancies.

      cbc.ca
  • Week of 2022-09-05 to 2022-09-09
    • According to Statistics Canada, the value of building permits in Saskatchewan was $286M in July 2022, an increase of 28.2% compared to the previous month and 86.2% higher when compared to the same period last year.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The provincial government is spending more than $13M in infrastructure upgrades at provincial parks in 2022-23. Some upgrades include renovations to washrooms, docks and day-use facilities.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is expanding the eligibility criteria for the Saskatchewan Loan Forgiveness for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technologists program. The program aims to draw veterinary professionals to work in rural areas.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are together providing $2.9M towards the upgrading of six airports in Northern Saskatchewan. Some upgrades include the installation of All Weather Observation Systems (AWOS) and improving airfield lights.

      canada.ca
    • Big River First Nation recently celebrated the grand opening of the Jim Neilson Sports Complex and neighbouring Chief John Keenatch High School. The facility and the school cost $45M and took over a year and a half to build.

      mbcradio.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $255,000 to Regina’s First Nations University of Canada to train more Dene language teachers in the north. The Dene Teacher Education Program aims to help people with training and workforce opportunities.

      leaderpost.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing an additional $10M to the First Nations Stewardship Fund for further abandonment and reclamation activities at inactive oil and gas sites located in First Nation Communities.

      saskatchewan.ca
  • Week of 2022-08-29 to 2022-09-02
    • Construction work on the Saskatchewan Research Council’s Rare Earth Processing Facility remains ongoing. Once completed, the facility will be able to produce enough magnets to produce up to 300,000 electric vehicles per year.

      globalnews.ca
    • According to the province’s most recent crop report for the week of August 26th, hot and dry weather has allowed for substantial harvest progress, particularly in the southwest and west-central regions of Saskatchewan.

      globalnews.ca
    • According to the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, many healthcare staff are feeling overwhelmed. Retiring healthcare workers, delayed surgeries picking back up and staffing shortages have all contributed to overcapacity in hospitals.

      cbc.ca
    • Meadow Lake’s newly constructed long-term care home, NorthWest Community Lodge, has opened 48 of the facility’s 72 beds as a result of a nursing shortage. The facility is looking to recruit four full-time nurses and continuing care aides.

      cbc.ca
    • Magic Lanterns Theatres is closing Rainbow Cinemas in Regina, a retro discount movie theatre that originally opened in 1998. The theatre’s last screening will take place on September 25th.

      cbc.ca
    • The City of Weyburn issued 31 building permits as of the end of July with a total construction value of about $3.5M, down from 36 building permits with a total construction value of $5M during the same time last year.

      sasktoday.ca
    • High Schools across the province will soon offer Dakota language instruction as part of the Indigenous language curricula. The Ministry of Education will work in collaboration with Dakota nations in Saskatchewan to develop Dakota 10, 20, 30.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Prince Albert police department is offering a one-time, $25,000 incentive to experienced police officers interested in moving to Prince Albert. The incentive aims to address vacancies in the force along with front-line resource challenges.

      sasknow.com
    • PCL Construction Management has been shortlisted to provide a bid on the expansion of the Prince Albert’s Victoria Hospital. Work on the project is expected to last approximately two years, and break ground by the spring of 2023.

      sasknow.com
    • Construction on the new C-Merak Dry Milling Plant in Tisdale remains ongoing. The new facility will create food ingredients from locally sourced faba beans and oats, and is planned to open this fall, with production set to begin on Oct. 1.

      northeastnow.com
    • The Lloydminster Fire Department celebrated the opening of the newly built $10M Station No. 1. The new station is over two times the size of the original structure, and includes a four-storey fire rescue training structure.

      sasknow.com
    • According to the Conference Board of Canada, Saskatchewan will lead the country with real growth of 7.6% this year, as the oil and gas sector is expected to propel the Saskatchewan economy through 2024.

      globalnews.ca
  • Week of 2022-08-22 to 2022-08-26
    • The Lac La Ronge Indian Band is accepting applications for $150,000 worth of scholarships to support members’ post-secondary education. The band will distribute these funds based on academic history and financial needs.

      larongenow.com
    • The Mosaic Company is providing $1M for the Morris Interactive’s Potash Digital Skills Training Program. The program gives Indigenous students the skills needed to start careers in the potash mining industry.

      ctvnews.ca
    • The Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation is granting $295,000 to 27 non-profit groups in the Saskatoon area. The funding will provide cultural and educational development as well as mental health support to community members.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Martensville City Council has approved the expansion of Lutheran Early Learning Centers. Once in its new location, the childcare facility will have an additional 54 childcare spaces, creating 15 new jobs. The new center is expected to open in 2023.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Vendasta recently laid off close to 5% of its staff as the company changes its strategy from growing quickly to being able to provide profits as well. The Saskatoon-based tech firm grew to nearly 700 employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      ctvnews.ca
    • The City of North Battleford plans to hire an economic development manager to increase growth in the city. The city will take the next couple of months to complete the hiring process and will set aside $178,000 to fund the position.

      sasknow.com
    • Creative Saskatchewan and the provincial government announced that a major television production will begin filming in Regina this fall. The government expects the production will bring in $20M in local spending.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Supply chain issues are delaying car repairs in Saskatoon. Some shops have been waiting for parts for 6 months and owners expect these issues to persist until the automotive industry recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

      globalnews.ca
    • Regina City Council has approved members for its catalyst committee. The committee will help shape the downtown core of the city by directing projects that will generate growth, development, and private funding citywide.

      cbc.ca
  • Week of 2022-08-15 to 2022-08-19
    • The provincial government is granting $9M for Early Childhood Education (ECE) training opportunities. Beginning in 2022-23, ECE education will be available at no charge at Collège Mathieu, SIIT and Sask Polytech.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Prince Albert Police Service is offering a $25,000 hiring bonus for the next four experienced officers hired to the force. The service offered this bonus to attract experienced officers and to fill vacancies.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Redefined Co. is opening a new beauty academy in Saskatoon with its first class expected to begin in September. This academy will train indigenous estheticians and provide students with skills to run a successful business.

      globalnews.ca
    • Cumberland College in Melfort is adding two new certification programs for the 2022 Fall Semester. The Occupational Health and Safety Certificate and the Health Care Cook Certificate programs will provide industry-specific skills training.

      northeastnow.com
    • Saskatchewan Polytechnic is launching a new Justice Studies program this fall. The program provides training for those interested in correctional or policing services, as well as providing assistance with finding employment after completing the program.

      larongenow.com
    • The City of Estevan has announced its first Innovation Conference at Southeast College. The two-day event will begin on September 23 and highlight local projects and entrepreneurs.

      sasktoday.ca
    • The Government of Canada is providing $2.1M in funding for the University of Saskatchewan Dental program to improve dental care access for remote areas. This program will be starting in August 2023 at Prince Albert, Regina, and La Loche campuses.

      sasknow.com
    • The Government of Canada is providing more than $3.7M for 19 tourism projects across Saskatchewan. Under the Tourism Relief Fund, the funding will provide support to art galleries, museums and festivals throughout the province.

      canada.ca
  • Week of 2022-08-08 to 2022-08-12
    • The University of Saskatchewan will soon begin offering a new oncology residency program. The two-year program will launch in the summer of 2023 and will be offered in both Saskatoon and Regina.

      leaderpost.com
    • The Regina International Film Festival recently returned for a hybrid festival featuring a mix of online and in-person events. The festival highlights Saskatchewan filmmakers and attracts film projects to the province.

      leaderpost.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing over $50M to improve sections of Highway 16 by adding 28 passing lanes and upgrading multiple intersections. Work is expected to be complete by the end of the 2022 construction season.

      globalnews.ca
    • According to the province’s latest crop report, farmers in the western regions of the province have already begun harvesting crops, while eastern sections of the province are about a week behind.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Regina Folk Festival returned to the city, from August 5th to 7th, for its first full event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival featured over 35 performers, local vendors and food trucks.

      globalnews.ca
    • WestJet is resuming 17 non-stop routes at Regina’s International airport, which were suspended due the COVID-19 pandemic. Some flights will restart as soon as November while other routes will begin in 2023.

      globalnews.ca
    • Prince Albert’s child and youth inpatient mental health and psychiatric unit has closed due to the resignation of the unit’s only child psychiatrist. The region is currently trying to fill two positions with the possibility of a third.

      cbc.ca
    • According to the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science, staffing shortages in laboratory services are creating disruptions at Saskatchewan hospitals. There is also a concern that retirees will outnumber new graduates.

      cbc.ca
    • The Government of Canada is providing over $3.7M to the Skills for Success program in Saskatchewan. The program will help employers make hiring decisions through a skills-based assessment tool.

      canada.ca
  • Week of 2022-08-01 to 2022-08-05
    • Construction has begun on a new Aquatics and Arena Recreation Facility in Prince Albert. The facility will feature two NHL-sized hockey rinks as well as an aquatics center. The facility is expected to open in 2024.

      globalnews.ca
    • The provincial and federal governments are together providing $7.1M for three projects involving post-secondary education in French. The funding will be used in the construction, renovation, and development of post-secondary educational spaces.

      globalnews.ca
    • SaskTel is spending $10M to install Samsung Radio Access Network equipment in 30 communities to improve 4G LTE data capacity in rural areas. Work on the project has already begun with the majority of upgrades expected to be done by the end of March 2023.

      globalnews.ca
    • Kraut Haven, a European specialty restaurant located in Regina’s Victoria Square Mall food court, has closed after 30 years in business.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Saskatoon Fringe Festival returned to Saskatoon after being cancelled in 2020 and having scaled back events in 2021. The 10-day festival ran from July 28 to August 6 and featured 18 live performances across three venues and 10 digital shows.

      ctvnews.ca
    • According to the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, 83% of its members report staffing shortages in their units. In addition, 58% of members have considered leaving in the past 12 months.

      cbc.ca
    • The Regina Police Service is facing challenges in recruiting new officers to the force. A decline in positive public perception of law enforcement has been cited as a possible explanation for the reduction in applications.

      cbc.ca
    • According to the Canadian Grain Commission, Alberta and Saskatchewan seeded 25% less mustard in 2021, when compared to the 10-year average. Historically, Saskatchewan grows about 80% of the country’s mustard crop.

      cbc.ca
    • Some Saskatchewan-based technology companies are hiring more remote workers from across Canada and from other countries. According to a 2020 Nordicity report, the province has about 5,000 tech companies, 64% of which are located in Saskatoon and Regina.

      thestarphoenix.com
  • Week of 2022-07-25 to 2022-07-29
    • Saskatchewan’s surgical system has performed 5,000 more surgeries in the first five months of 2022, when compared to the same period in 2021. The province is also looking at an out-of-province surgical initiative for hip and knee replacements.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing an additional $20M to the provincial education budget. Approximately $15M will go towards rising fuel costs and the remaining $5M towards increased insurance premiums.

      globalnews.ca
    • The federal government is providing $11.2M to Indigenous organizations around Saskatchewan to support Indigenous language instruction, as well as language and culture camps.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress are working to match farmers with displaced Ukrainians seeking work. Ukraine is a wheat-producing country and many of the arrivals are highly skilled in agriculture.

      ctvnews.ca
    • According to a recent report by RBC, Canadian housing prices are expected to decline almost 23% over the next year. However, Saskatchewan is forecasted to see less of a drop because housing prices have not increased as much as the other provinces.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Repair work on highway 369, near the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border, is expected to begin this fall. The southeastern Saskatchewan highway has been closed since June 2021 due to a landslide.

      ctvnews.ca
  • Week of 2022-07-18 to 2022-07-22
    • According to the Government of Saskatchewan, manufacturing sales increased 36.1% in Saskatchewan between May 2021 and May 2022, marking the second highest percentage increase among the provinces.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Construction began on the new $350M Cargill canola processing facility located at the Global Transportation Hub west of Regina. The project will generate hundreds of jobs during the construction phase and 50 full-time jobs once the plant opens in 2024.

      ctvnews.ca
    • According to the Government of Saskatchewan, wholesale trade was up 44% between May 2021 and May 2022 in Saskatchewan.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • According to the Government of Saskatchewan, urban housing starts in the province increased 87% between June 2021 and June 2022, far exceeding the national average for this period (+ 0.2%).

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Construction recently began on the $325.6M Buffalo Pound water treatment plant renewal project. The new plant will serve over 260,000 people living in the Regina and Moose Jaw area, with construction expected to be complete in late 2025.

      globalnews.ca
    • According to a recent survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses, one in six businesses in Saskatchewan has considered closing for good. Meanwhile, only half of small businesses in the province have returned to pre-pandemic revenue levels.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Government of Canada is providing $18M in funding through the National Trade Corridors Fund for four rail improvements in Saskatchewan. The projects aim to address supply chain issues through improvements to rail infrastructure.

      cbc.ca
    • Genome Prairie and Genome Canada are providing $5.1M in funding for the Bison Integrated Genomics project, a genome-sequencing project intended to conserve bison herds by targeting disease and creating healthier herds.

      cbc.ca
    • According to the University of Saskatchewan, the 2021-22 school year marked record enrollment levels with a 7.7% increase in international student enrollment.

      globalnews.ca
  • Week of 2022-07-11 to 2022-07-15
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing almost $62M in gaming payments to support Indigenous-led social and economic initiatives. Some initiatives include educational, recreational and cultural development as well as senior and youth programs.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is providing $1.34M to 80 communities throughout the province for traffic safety initiatives. Funding includes the addition of traffic signs written in Cree, and solar-powered speed displays.

      leaderpost.com
    • The Brandt Group of Companies is expanding operations into Moose Jaw, where the company is opening a utility trailer manufacturing plant. The company anticipates the expansion will create 200 jobs over three years, with 70 created immediately.

      leaderpost.com
    • Martensville, one of the fastest-growing communities in Saskatchewan, is planning the construction of a 500-acre industrial area that aims to attract new industrial firms and people to boost employment in the industrial sector.

      thestarphoenix.com
    • Métis Nation – Saskatchewan is allocating $3.5M toward the creation of the Early Learning and Child Care Community Enhancement Program. The program will help create Métis language programs and land-based learning for children up to eight years of age.

      thestarphoenix.com
    • The Country Thunder music festival returned to Craven in July after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the break, repairs were made to the water and sewer lines, grandstands and bathrooms.

      thestarphoenix.com
    • Work is progressing on the $16.5 M Wascana Pool Renewal Project. The project will see the addition of features such as waterslides, a beach-entry leisure pool, a lap pool and a concession. The pool is scheduled to be ready for the 2023 season.

      globalnews.ca
    • The federal government is collaborating with Indigenous communities and businesses on five clean and affordable energy projects in Saskatchewan. Some of the projects include $2M for a bioheat project and $1.6M for an 816-kilowatt solar farm.

      ctvnews.ca
    • The Government of Canada is providing $2M for the upcoming 2022 Grey Cup Festival in Regina. The funding will go towards adding interactive programs for youth and families, including tech-based events to attract young visitors to the festival.

      cbc.ca
    • Emergency departments in Saskatchewan are under elevated pressure due to limited beds and a shortage of staff. Several emergency departments have relied on measures such as closing early or temporarily shutting down.

      cbc.ca
    • The Government of Canada is providing $2.5M in funding for the installation of 400 new electric vehicle-charging stations across Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The new chargers will be installed by the end of 2023.

      cbc.ca
  • Week of 2022-07-04 to 2022-07-08
    • According to Statistics Canada, in May 2022 residential and non-residential building permits rose by 48.2% and 26.2% respectively, compared to last year. Over the same period, the value of Saskatchewan building permits was $178M, an increase of 38.2%.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The provincial government will be spending almost $1.5M annually to expand the Rapid Access Counselling Program to the South and West Central regions of the province. The program provides walk-in mental health counselling services.

      globalnews.ca
    • The federal and provincial governments are providing $11M in joint funding for 24 new infrastructure projects in Saskatchewan. Some projects include the decommissioning of landfills, local bridge revitalization and culvert installations.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Nutrien has opened a new headquarters in Saskatoon, reaffirming plans to boost 2021 potash production by 40% by producing 18 million tonnes by 2023. The expansion will require hiring an additional 350 workers in Saskatchewan.

      thestarphoenix.com
    • According to the latest provincial crop report for June 21-27, crop development has been slow. Excess moisture in the eastern part of the province and early season drought conditions in the west are key factors for the crops’ slow growth.

      globalnews.ca
    • Beginning July 5, Attridge Drive at the overpass at Circle Drive and the northbound lanes of Idylwyld Drive in Saskatoon are undergoing repaving and preventative maintenance. Construction work is expected to last six and two weeks respectively.

      globalnews.ca
    • According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan farmers planted 13.2 million acres of wheat in 2022, 10.4% more when compared to 2021. By contrast, 11.4 million acres of canola was planted, down 6% over the same period.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Saskatchewan Health Authority and Ministry of Health are requesting proposals from organizations to provide 150 to 200 new addiction treatment beds in the province. The government plans to spend $2.1M over the next three years for the new beds.

      cbc.ca
  • Week of 2022-06-27 to 2022-07-01
    • The federal government is providing close to $26M to assist 11 businesses in the manufacturing, digital technology and the agriculture and agri-food industries. The funding will support the creation of over 500 jobs and $470M in revenue growth.

      canada.ca
    • Ceres Global Ag Corp has cancelled plans to build a $350M canola-crushing plant in southern Saskatchewan. The plant was expected to be built by 2024 and create 50 permanent jobs.

      cbc.ca
    • The federal government is providing $28.2M for nine research initiatives to improve mental health support systems for front-line and public safety workers. Five of the nine projects will be led at the University of Regina and will get $20M of the funding.

      cbc.ca
    • The Regina Police Service has launched a new recruitment website to boost the number of female uniformed officers. Currently in Regina, 24% of officers are female and the goal is to increase it to 30% by 2030.

      cbc.ca
    • The Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine clinic, a facility that provides support and services to those battling addiction, recently opened in North Battleford. In addition, a new mobile harm reduction van is now operating in the North Battleford area.

      globalnews.ca
    • The YWCA Regina has begun construction on a new, $60M Centre for Women and Families. The facility will provide 108 housing units and shelter beds for women and children experiencing homelessness or fleeing domestic violence.

      cbc.ca
    • According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan had the smallest population growth among all provinces from April 1, 2021, to April 1, 2022. The province’s population grew 0.51%, compared to the national average of 1.31%.

      cbc.ca
    • Saskatoon Folk Festival is returning for the festival’s first in-person event in two years. The event will take place August 18 - 20 and will feature a variety of musical guests and performances.

      globalnews.ca
    • The University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization has finished construction of its $28M Vaccine Development Centre. The new facility will be able to make human and animal vaccines.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Due to declining enrollment and a budget shortfall, Regina Catholic Schools is eliminating seven online teacher positions and 3.5 teacher positions for the fall 2022 school year. The staff affected are moving to different roles or are retiring.

      cbc.ca
  • Week of 2022-06-20 to 2022-06-24
    • SaskPower is set to begin construction on a new, $26M battery energy storage system in northeast Regina. The new battery storage facility will be able to store enough energy to power 20,000 homes for one hour and will be up and running by May 2023.

      cbc.ca
    • Waterhen Lake First Nation recently purchased Waters Edge Eco Lodge, located 50 kilometres north of Meadow Lake. Those who visit the Lodge will learn how the Indigenous people of the area lived off the land.

      cbc.ca
    • Canada’s Farm Show returned to Regina’s exhibition grounds for its first in-person event since 2019. The event took place from June 21 to 23 and displayed 400 exhibitors from over 50 countries

      ctvnews.ca
    • In April, Saskatchewan’s whole trade was more than $3.3B, a year-over-year increase of 29.4%, the highest percentage increase of all the provinces.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Saskatchewan’s retail trade in April was over $2B, an increase of 1.4% when compared to the previous month. The growth was the highest percentage increase among all provinces.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Due to growing demand, Saskatchewan’s potash producers are increasing production. As a result, Mosaic has already added 150 jobs, Nutrien will be creating around 350 new positions and K+S Potash will be hiring 70 new employees.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Saskatchewan Research Council celebrated the grand opening of a new Mining and Minerals facility in Saskatoon. The new facility will consolidate operations, allow for the expansion of expertise and house roughly 90 employees.

      www.src.sk.ca
    • According to the most recent crop report, Saskatchewan producers have 98 percent of the crop in the ground, with seeding now likely completed for the year.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing support to producers through a new supplemental relief program. The new program will assist eligible farmers affected by disasters that occurred during the month of April 2022.

      globalnews.ca
    • Effective June 20, unvaccinated federal corrections officers will be eligible to return to work at Prince Albert’s Saskatchewan Penitentiary. RCMP and other federal employees will be eligible to return to work as well.

      ctvnews.ca
    • The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization is opening a new level 4 vaccine manufacturing facility, located on the University of Saskatchewan Campus. The grand opening for the facility will take place on June 28.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Evraz North America laid off 170 workers in May and expects to layoff another 50 to 75 more in June at the company’s steel mill in Regina. The layoffs are said to be the result of a lack of large pipe projects.

      cbc.ca
  • Week of 2022-06-13 to 2022-06-17
    • Environment and Climate Change Canada is providing almost $600,000 over three years to the Redberry Lake Biosphere Region, located 80 km northwest of Saskatoon. The funding will help maintain and enhance biodiversity in the area.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Prince Albert City Council is allocating an additional $46M in funding to go toward the city’s new Aquatic and Arenas Recreation Centre after inflationary pressures almost doubled the original estimated cost of the project.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Federated Co-operatives Limited is providing a $1M donation to Waneskewin Heritage Park for a new exhibit hall with interactive displays, Indigenous art galleries and a bison-viewing platform. The heritage site is expected to be ready by 2025.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Due to budget shortfalls, four Saskatchewan school divisions have announced plans to cut almost 100 jobs. The jobs being cut are a combination of full-time teaching and non-teaching positions.

      cbc.ca
    • Fifty wind turbines opened near Assiniboia as part of the Golden South Wind Energy project. Seven employees will maintain and operate the new turbines.

      cbc.ca
    • Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools is cutting 19 full-time teaching positions in response to inflationary pressure on the school division's operating budget.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Saskatchewan-based Nutrien is ramping up its annual fertilizer production to 18 million tonnes by 2025, an increase of 40% compared to 2020. The company is also hiring 350 people to expand its mine development and storage capacity.

      globalnews.ca
    • With the start of the new Canadian Football League season, the Saskatchewan Roughrider home games will bring fans from across the province and help boost Regina’s hospitality sector.

      globalnews.ca
    • The federal government is providing $100M to adopt environmentally friendly technology at the BHP Jansen mine project. The potash mine, located east of Saskatoon, is currently in development with a targeted operation date of 2027.

      cbc.ca
  • Week of 2022-06-06 to 2022-06-10
    • Starting June 16, Swoop Airlines will begin offering two flights per week between Regina and Toronto.

      cbc.ca
    • Effective June 11, Flair Airlines is suspending its services to and from Regina due to aircraft delivery delays. The company aims to resume services in the near future.

      globalnews.ca
    • According to the province’s weekly crop report, seeding is 76% complete as of May 30. That is well below the five-year average of 93% for the same date.

      globalnews.ca
    • The provincial government is developing a forest revenue inventory project to facilitate the expansion of Saskatchewan’s forestry industry. Forestry is the largest sector in northern Saskatchewan, supporting northern communities with nearly 8,000 jobs.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Saskatchewan Housing Corporation provided $768,000 towards four affordable housing units for vulnerable families in Meadow Lake. The funding was provided through the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Awasiw, a 24-hour drop-in center in Regina’s north-central neighborhood, is closing effective June 30. The centre has been operating for nearly two years and has provided food, shelter and harm reduction supplies to almost 900 people each day.

      cbc.ca
    • Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority has signed a vendor agreement with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation to develop a platform for online Casino Games and single-event sports betting for Saskatchewan residents at least 19 years of age.

      cbc.ca
    • Multiworks, a community-based organization providing residential, vocational, and recreational support has opened a new group home in Meadow Lake. The Government of Saskatchewan provides more than $300,000 annually for the operating costs of the home.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan has launched a new investment program for First Nations and Métis communities. The Saskatchewan Indigenous Investment Finance Corporation will provide loan guarantees of up to $75M to eligible applicants.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Canada is providing over $1.2M for seven community-led infrastructure projects. The funding will help improve and revitalize existing public spaces in rural Saskatchewan.

      canada.ca
    • The Saskatoon Public School division is cutting 28 full-time equivalent teaching positions in the 2022-23 academic year due to budget shortfalls.

      cbc.ca
  • Week of 2022-05-30 to 2022-06-03
    • The Government of Canada is providing $32M to improve long-term care for seniors in Saskatchewan. The funding will be used for increased site cleaning, safer dining practices, and staff safety protocols.

      cbc.ca
    • Foran Mining Corp. recently opened a new head office in Saskatoon. The company is working to develop a carbon-neutral copper mine near Flin Flon and is likely to employ as many as 800 people during construction.

      thestarphoenix.com
    • The Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Corporation will receive an additional $55M from the cities of Regina and Moose Jaw to upgrade its water treatment plant. Construction is set to begin this month finish by 2025.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Saskatchewan Health Authority board passed a $4.6B budget for 2022-23. Spending includes $21.6M to increase the number of surgeries performed and $12.5M to add more ICU beds. Capital expenditures include a new hospital in Weyburn.

      globalnews.ca
    • The federal and provincial governments are providing $3.2M over five years toward the study of carbon sequestration in perennial forage and pastures. The University of Saskatchewan and the University of Alberta will conduct the project.

      panow.com
    • Regina-based AGT Foods and Vancouver-based Lucent BioSciences are working together to build a $19M micronutrient fertilizer facility in Rosetown. The facility will take leftover pea, lentil and oat hulls and transform them into plant-food.

      leaderpost.com
    • K+S Potash Canada plans to double production at its Bethune mine over the next 20 years. Saskatchewan’s third-largest potash producer plans to hire 70 people by the end of this year.

      thestarphoenix.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is spending $62.3M over the next three years to renovate the province’s digital health system. Priorities include replacing equipment and improving security technology.

      www.msn.com
    • Saskatoon City Council has voted to upgrade some of its downtown roads. The $220,000 project will enhance access to the upcoming Pitchfork Market + Kitchen grocery store.

      cbc.ca
    • Saskatoon-based Vital Metals is a newly built facility that refines rare earth minerals from the Northwest Territories. At full production, about 40 employees will work out of the Saskatoon location.

      globalnews.ca
    • Yorkton’s Parkland College is collaborating with the Saskatchewan Safety Council to bring a new advanced firefighting program to the college in 2023. The college provides both professional and industrial firefighter training.

      ctvnews.ca
    • According to the province’s weekly crop report, seeding is 52% complete as of May 23. That is well below the five-year average of 78% for the same date.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The City of Moose Jaw has begun construction on six outdoor pickleball courts, in partnership with Pickleball Moose Jaw. The $285,000 facility is expected to be finished by July 31.

      globalnews.ca
    • Above Food Corp. has opened a plant-based and gluten free food manufacturing facility in Saskatoon.

      abovefood.com
  • Week of 2022-05-23 to 2022-05-27
    • The pulp mill at Prince Albert Pulp Inc. is currently being winterized at a cost of $500,000. Once the mill is operational, it will create over 1,650 new jobs.

      paperexcellence.com
    • The Saskatchewan Research Council and Westinghouse Canada will be working together to bring very small modular reactor technology (vSMR) to Saskatchewan. The micro-reactors will provide safe, carbon-free energy and create jobs in local communities.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Palette Skills is offering a new course for those hoping to work in agriculture. The eight-week Automation and Digital Agriculture Specialist program provides job training in technologies such as drones, artificial intelligence, and big data.

      thestarphoenix.com
    • Construction has begun on a new school in Blaine Lake that will accommodate 150 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The $14M project will replace the current Blaine Lake Composite School and is expected to be complete by fall 2023.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Due to an operating deficit of $6.3M, the Southeast Cornerstone School Division will be eliminating 35.26 full-time equivalent positions in 2022-23. Most of the positions cut will be covered by attrition.

      sasktoday.ca
    • The provincial government is spending $935,000 to upgrade 11 airports across Saskatchewan. Offered through the Community Airport Partnership program, the funding will help improve runway lighting, navigation systems, taxiways and runways.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • According to the province’s crop report, seeding is 33% complete as of May 16. This is well below the five-year average of 53% for the same date.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $2.1M to the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit in 2022-2023. The funding includes two additional ICE investigator positions, for a total of nine positions across Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is spending $1.4B on capital projects this year. Projects include the construction of new schools in Lloydminster and Yorkton, a new Urgent Care Centre in Regina, and an expansion at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $158,000 to the Saskatoon Industry Education Council. The group will provide opportunities for students to learn more about careers in the Information Technology and green energy sectors.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • China has ended a three-year ban on Canadian canola. Richardson International Ltd. and Viterra Inc. had been prohibited from exporting canola seed to China since March 2019. Prior to the ban, China’s market made up 40% of Canada's canola exports.

      ctvnews.ca
    • Indigenous Services Canada is spending $2.1M to bring the first and only accredited Indigenous dental therapy degree program in Canada to Saskatchewan. The initiative will provide oral health services to Indigenous patients and communities.

      canada.ca
    • The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies is expanding its Indigenous Practical Nursing Diploma program to rural and remote communities.

      canada.ca
    • The Prince Albert Catholic School Division is making its Early Learning Intensive Support program full-time in 2022-23. The program is offered to pre-Kindergarten students and provides intensive supports for their individual needs.

      paherald.sk.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is spending $453M on highway projects this year. Projects include the twinning of Highway 3, paving on several highways, and improving roads that lead to provincial parks.

      saskatchewan.ca
  • Week of 2022-05-16 to 2022-05-20
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $17.5M in operating grants to 21 independent schools and four Historical High Schools. Funding is for the 2022-2023 school year and is based on September 2021 student enrollment numbers.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $2.5M to help producers finance irrigation infrastructure, such as pumps and pipelines. The maximum payable has increased to $500,000 and the deadline for applications has been extended to December 31, 2022.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • UFA Co-operative plans to expand its petroleum business in Saskatchewan by building new locations in Weyburn and Yorkton.

      globenewswire.com
    • The White Buffalo Treatment Centre has a new, permanent home in Muskoday First Nation. Located south of Prince Albert, the $6M facility has classrooms, a medical room, a gym and a courtyard.

      battlefordsnow.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $532,000 to train Indigenous job seekers entering the hospitality and tourism sector. The funding will help about 100 trainees and includes paid work placements as well as job coaching and mentoring.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Twenty-five new affordable rental units recently opened In Saskatoon for people recovering from addictions. The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan provided $865,000 for the project through the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Aecon Transportation West Ltd. has begun construction on the Highway 3 twinning project. The $21.4M project will increase the safety of the commuter and transportation route, which connects communities northwest of Prince Albert.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Fourteen new affordable rental units recently opened In Saskatoon for people with disabilities. The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan provided $460,000 for the project through the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $3.5M to the Emergency Wellness Centre in Saskatoon. The facility, run by the Saskatoon Tribal Council, employs 81 staff and provides 75 beds to the city’s homeless population.

      ckom.com
    • The federal government is spending $14M to expand settlement services for newcomers to Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba. Two organizations in Saskatchewan will receive a total $1M: one in Prince Albert and one in Moose Jaw.

      globalnews.ca
    • A new emergency shelter is under construction in Yorkton. The facility will be staffed 24/7 and will provide 10-15 beds for those needing a temporary place to sleep. The shelter will also offer a breakfast program five days a week.

      sasktoday.ca
    • According to the province’s crop report, seeding is 14% complete as of May 9. That is well below the five-year average of 23% for the same date.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Canada is providing $120,000 toward a new outdoor recreational facility in the Village of Windthorst. Construction will begin in May and is scheduled to be completed by fall of 2022.

      sasktoday.ca
    • The City of Saskatoon will spend $65.16M on road, sidewalk and bridge maintenance during the 2022 summer season.

      sasktoday.ca
    • The Town of Bienfait and the RM of Estevan will receive $1.6M and $3.9M through the PrairiesCan Canada Coal Transition Initiative-Infrastructure Fund. The funds will support road upgrades, fire hall construction, and revitalization of tourism sites.

      sasktoday.ca
    • The Estevan Police Service recently hired three new constables. The new officers are replacing members who have recently left the service.

      sasktoday.ca
    • Assiniboia Union Hospital has reduced its emergency services hours due to staffing shortages, from 24 hours per day down to 12. For minor emergencies, people are asked to seek care in Gravelbourg or Moose Jaw.

      sasktoday.ca
  • Week of 2022-05-09 to 2022-05-13
    • According to the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science, Saskatchewan has a shortage of lab tech workers. Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Saskatoon Campus has the only medical laboratory technology program in the province.

      ctvnews.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is spending $28.8M to renovate and expand Lloydminster Comprehensive High School, as well as $19.1M for Yorkton Regional High School. Both projects are scheduled to be completed in 2023.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The provincial government is spending $250,000 to offer virtual training to those providing mental health and addictions services. The Centre for Addictions and Mental Health will deliver the training to Community Based Organizations.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is spending $7.3M in 2022-23 for the operation of the Provincial Capital Commission (PCC) in Regina. The PCC is responsible for the operation and preservation of Wascana Centre and Government House.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Fourteen affordable rental units for people with disabilities recently opened in Prince Albert. The Government of Canada funded the $2.1M project.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are providing a total of $856,000 toward programs aimed at improving inclusion in childcare. This includes training to help staff develop the skills needed to care for children with medically complex needs.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • A new Dedicated Substance Abuse Treatment Unit opens this month at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre. The five-week program provides support and treatment to offenders with addictions issues and mental health concerns.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is spending $1.5M to hire 11 new constables to enhance the security presence at the Legislative Building in Regina.

      ctvnews.ca
    • The Cathedral Village Arts Festival is returning to Regina for the first time since 2019. The event will run from May 23 to 29 and will include music and dance performances as well as a street fair featuring artisans, vendors, and food trucks.

      globalnews.ca
    • According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate increased 0.5 percentage points to 5.5% in April, when compared to March. However, employment among women increased by 9,100 jobs in the same period.

      globalnews.ca
    • According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product was down 0.3% in 2021. Last year’s drought was a significant factor in the decrease, as wheat and canola production fell by 48% and 45% respectively.

      cbc.ca
    • The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are providing more than $484,000 for six Strategic Field Program projects. These projects test and evaluate agricultural practices and technologies that producers may then choose to implement.

      canada.ca
  • Week of 2022-05-02 to 2022-05-06
    • SaskTel will be spending $337M in 2022-23 and more than $1.5B over the next five years. The funds will be used to upgrade wireless, Internet, television, data, and IP-based technologies and services.

      sasktel.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan is increasing funding to the Early Childhood Intervention Program. The program assists children experiencing learning disability or delay, and the $5.2M allotted for 2022-2023 will address rising demand and wait times.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • Applications are now open for the Creative Saskatchewan Feature Film and Television Production Grant, offered by the Government of Saskatchewan. Production companies can now apply for $5M in funding, up from a previous $600,000 per project.

      thestarphoenix.com
    • The Government of Saskatchewan has added six new Intensive Care Unit beds in three hospitals, with plans to add another five later this year. In addition, an increase of $3M in the 2022 budget will add 10 high-acuity beds at Regina General Hospital.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The City of Regina will be spending $118M for transportation, water, wastewater, and drainage infrastructure in 2022. Some projects have already begun, while others will start this month or later in the construction season.

      globalnews.ca
    • The Government of Canada is providing $3M to the Métis Nation–Saskatchewan for a school readiness program in Pinehouse Lake. The project is called Miyo Kiskinahamatowin ashi Sitokatowin: Awasisak Program Teaching and Supporting our Children.

      canada.ca
    • In February 2022, Saskatchewan led the country in year-over-year retail trade growth. The value of the province’s retail trade was $2B, an increase of 13% over the previous year.

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The AgriStability enrolment deadline has been extended to June 30, 2022. The extension is meant to help agricultural producers manage market disruptions, increased expenses, and the impact of avian influenza (bird flu).

      saskatchewan.ca
    • The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are providing more than $35.9M for 24 new infrastructure projects across the province. Projects include flood mitigation measures and upgrades to water treatment systems.

      saskatchewan.ca
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