Week of May 15 – May 19, 2017
- The Government of Alberta is providing $16.4M over the next four years for dual-credit high school programs. The funding includes $8M to develop at least 40 new dual-credit courses per year during this period.
- The Calgary Petroleum Club is planning to renovate its building. The $7M project is expected to be completed in three months.
- The Town of Canmore has extended its snow and ice removal contract with Volker Stevin for two years. The town is also extending the lease of Volker Stevin’s local maintenance facility until July 31, 2019.
- The Bearspaw Nakoda Sioux First Nation is starting construction on the $4.5M Bearspaw Kananaskis Travel Centre. Once opened, the new centre is expected to create employment for 25 to 35 First Nation members.
- The seven-week turnaround at the Lloydminster Husky Upgrader is expected to start by the last week of May 2017
- The Back 40 Distillery, a craft distillery, recently opened for business in Camrose. The company plans on expanding its facility and will be creating additional product lines as well as spirits.
- The Town of Blackfalds has awarded NuEnergy Systems a contract to install solar photovoltaic panels on the Abbey Centre. The contract, for the design, supply and installation of the panels, is worth $396,000.
- Alberta Innovates and the Government of Canada are providing $26.2M towards three clean oil and gas technology projects. Meanwhile, the industry partners are investing $43.3M in commercial demonstration.
- The Government of Alberta is investing $10M over the next two years to support 11 new Integrated Training programs. The programs will help about 1,100 unemployed or underemployed Albertans in gaining the skills required to succeed in the job market.
- The Government of Alberta is partnering with Edmonton International Airport and Remington Developments on a $25M highway upgrade project. The work is expected to be completed in fall 2017.
- The Government of Alberta is providing $10M in 2017 for the Summer Temporary Employment Program. The program is expected to help fund summer jobs for almost 3,000 high school and post-secondary students .
- Enbridge Inc. plans to spend $1B on expansion of its natural gas pipeline system from the Montney fields in Alberta and BC. The project is expected to be completed by 2020.
- The Government of Alberta is providing an additional $0.9M for the Community Adult Learning Program. Through the program, more than 125 organizations deliver adult learning opportunities in 600 communities provincewide.
- The Government of Alberta is investing $10M to upgrade the Winsport sliding track in Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park
- Alberta Health Services has hired approximately 16 new fulltime health care employees for the continuing care wing at its recently opened High Prairie Health Complex
- Construction has started on a mixed-use condominium project, InHouse by Beaverbrook, in west Edmonton. The first phase of the project is expected to open in late 2018.
- Canabo Medical Inc. and Terra Life Sciences Inc. have signed an agreement to identify, develop and conduct medical research on new cannabinoid formulations to assist patients with conditions such as pain management and anxiety
- Pembina Pipeline Corp. and Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. of Kuwait have formed a joint venture for an integrated propylene and polypropylene production facility in Sturgeon County. The preliminary cost of the project is between $3.8B and $4.2B.
- TransCanada Corporation is planning to start construction on a new natural gas pipeline near Sundre in August. The company is committed to using local businesses and labour for the project.
- The Expanding Horizons Bowden Cultural Enhancement Society plans to start construction on a $1.7M community hall in Bowden on June 1, 2017
- The City of Cold Lake has increased funding for its Capital Road Improvement Program by just over $1M, after the Government of Alberta confirmed the continuation of the Basic Municipal Transportation Grant
- The City of Calgary has approved the first phase of the Green Line LRT project, worth $4.65B. The project is contingent on the final portion of funding from the Government of Alberta.
- Calgary Economic Development recently reported that in the past 15 months, 53 companies have set up shop in the city and created 1,950 jobs. The bulk of the new jobs have been in two industries: film and TV production; and transportation and logistics.
- The Ford Motor Company is opening a new automotive parts warehouse and distribution centre in the Leduc Business Park in fall 2018. The facility is expected to hire 200 employees.
- Champion Petfoods is building a new manufacturing facility, distribution warehouse and logistics centre on the western edge of Edmonton starting in June. The operation is expected to create about 200 jobs after it opens in spring 2019.
- The Royal Bank of Canada is closing its branch in Turner Valley on December 1, 2017, and relocating services to Okotoks. The bank stated that there will be no layoffs due to the relocation.
- Employers from Fort McMurray recently held a job fair at the University of Calgary, hoping to alleviate a shortage of local workers. The job openings involve a number of sectors and range from positions for cleaning staff to registered nurses.