Week of Nov 07 – Nov 11, 2016
- The Salvation Army recently opened a new employment centre in its Addictions and Residential Services building in downtown Edmonton. The centre will help people facing chronic unemployment to find work.
- The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association has signed a two-year extension with Northlands to keep the Canadian Finals Rodeo and FarmFair International in Edmonton until 2018. Northlands estimates that the two events bring a combined $50M in spending.
- The Siksika First Nation, near Calgary, has applied for a licence to produce medical marijuana. If the licence is approved, the community will partner with LDI Group to establish an $8.2-million production facility by 2018.
- The Central Alberta and Eckville Co-op are planning to form a partnership through amalgamation allowing members to use one Co-op number at 42 locations in 10 communities. The proposed name of the new entity will remain Central Alberta Co-op.
- The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology has started work on an off-campus training facility for apprenticeship programs in Calgary. Construction of the $5.35M facility is expected to create hundreds of jobs and is slated for completion by fall 2017.
- Horse Racing Alberta and Northlands have reached an agreement that will see horse racing continue at Northlands Park Racetrack in Edmonton through 2017 and into June 2018. A new racing facility is scheduled to open in the Edmonton area in July 2018.
- Construction of Paterson Grain’s $40M Bowden terminal project has been pushed ahead to spring 2017. The company originally planned to start work on the project in fall 2016.
- According to Statistics Canada, Calgary’s unemployment rate rose to 10.2% in October reaching its highest level since November 1993
- Legacy Gate, a $7M commercial development in Lethbridge, is scheduled to open in spring 2017. Businesses for the site, confirmed to date, include Tim Hortons, a Petro-Canada station, a 7-Eleven convenience store, and a Jetz car wash.
- Strathcona County is moving forward with plans for a new regional multi-purpose agricultural facility at a projected cost of $20M
- According to the City of Fort Saskatchewan, commercial development has been steady in the city this year but low oil and commodity prices are making it difficult to attract new businesses. The impact has been greatest for services supply companies.
- The Saipem Canada fabrication facility has reduced its staffing levels in Edmonton, from 400 in fall 2015 to approximately 50. The plant currently has no ongoing projects, but according to company officials, there are no plans to close the facility.
- A childcare centre at Portage College in Lac La Biche, operated by the Lac La Biche Childcare Association, is set to close on November 30, 2016. The association attributed the closure to the struggling economy and the rising cost of operations.
- Ruth’s VLT, a miniature casino in Cold Lake, held its grand opening on November 3, 2016. The facility features VLTs, horsebetting and a bar and restaurant.
- Calgary-based Perpetual Energy ceased operations in Lamont County according to a recent notice in the local newspaper
- Construction of a new Ace Hardware and Building Supplies store in Tofield began on November 1, 2016
- Fort McMurray Today, the local newspaper that serves Fort McMurray, is reducing its publishing to twice a week and concentrating on posting stories to its website. Prior to the wildfire in May 2016, it published six times a week.
- The Government of Alberta has introduced the Investing in a Diversified Alberta Economy Act, which will establish two provincial tax credits for investors and businesses in eligible sectors
- Vulcan County has awarded a $215,650 contract to Southwest Design and Construction for construction of a new fire hall in Champion. The HVAC and electrical systems will be installed by other contractors, with Vulcan County overseeing the work.
- Wheatland County recently approved an application that would allow Metak Distributing Ltd. to build a munitions storage depot. The facility will provide munitions supplies to retail outlets and well as to the public and private sectors.