Week of Dec 05 – Dec 09, 2016
- Canmore Business and Tourism intends to reorganize as a destination marketing group focused on the hotel industry and resume activities in summer 2017. The organization announced in July 2016 that it would cease operations due to funding issues.
- The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are offering $16.7M in funding to ranches affected by bovine tuberculosis. The money is intended to help cover costs such as feeding and water infrastructure, animal feed and transportation.
- Aurora Cannabis recently began construction on its legal marijuana production facility in Leduc County. Construction of the project should be completed by October 2017, and is expected to produce more than 100,000 kg of marijuana per year.
- Hempco Food and Fibre is relocating its head office from Burnaby, BC to its new processing plant in Nisku by spring 2017. The move is expected to create six to 12 new jobs in the region.
- ProCura Real Estate is planning to revive development at its stalled Century Park site in Edmonton. The company is planning to start construction in 2017, with an estimated 10-year time span for completion.
- Precision Drilling Corp is planning to cut its capital spending from $213M in 2016, to $109M in 2017. The company has budgeted $105M for its contract drilling services business and $4M for its completion and production operations.
- Seven new firefighters graduated from Yellowhead County’s Paid On-Call firefighting training program. The next recruitment and training campaign for the program is scheduled for late spring 2017.
- The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are providing more than $500M for 89 public transit projects across the province. The Green Line LRT expansion project in Calgary is slated to receive $258.9M for preparatory work.
- The Kainai Marketplace, a new $6.2M community-owned grocery store, opened on the Blood Reserve on December 2. The store employs 23 Blood Tribe members, and one non-member.
- The Government of Alberta has approved two petrochemical plants to receive royalty credits. The projects by Pembina Pipeline and Inter Pipeline in Sturgeon County, are expected to cost up to $6.05B in total, and will create 4,500 construction jobs.
- Taimi Premium Meat Company has opened a café in Caroline
- The University of Alberta has been awarded $11.9M by the federal government, for 13 Canada Research Chairs
- Canabo Medical Inc. is entering into a partnership with Peak Pulmonary Consulting to provide physicians and clinic space to assess up to 20,000 new patients under Canabo medical marijuana assessment
- Rosenau Transport recently opened a distribution centre and warehouse near the Edmonton International Airport. About six staff run the facility and additional temporary staff are hired during spring to handle seed and agricultural chemicals.
- The Government of Alberta has made changes to two primary Community Grant programs, which support facility enhancements and programs in the non-profit and volunteer sectors
- Newcart Contracting Ltd. recently opened an office in Lloydminster. The company expects to hire about 500 tradespeople for turnaround work at the Husky Upgrader in May and June 2017.
- The City of Red Deer has approved almost $1M in funding for homelessness programs in the region
- The City of Medicine Hat is closing the Medicine Hat Arena and the Heald Pool in spring 2017. The closures are part of a plan to cut $1M from the city budget.
- The $6M Studio 6 Bruderheim, a hotel built using shipping containers, has hired 15 local people for the front desk and housekeeping staff. The hotel expects to hire one more employee to operate the lounge.
- The City of St. Albert has approved funding for a new $17.8M branch library. Design work is expected to occur in 2017 with construction planned for 2018.
- Spartan Controls and Emerson Process Management have made a five-year funding commitment for oil sands research and development at the University of Alberta. The amount of the commitment was not released.