Competitive Strengths of the Corridor
The corridor boasts a highly skilled and growing workforce with the largest labour pool in the province (134,735 employed in the Corridor, up nearly 20% between 2006 and 2011)
- The region has attracted thousands of highly skilled immigrants and interprovincial migrants over the past five years. The provincial immigration program is one of the best skilled immigrant programs in the developed world http://www.saskimmigrationcanada.ca/sinp.
- The province also has excellent training and post-secondary institutions that work well with industry producing a highly skilled workforce for an expanding economy. These include
- University of Regina
- First Nations University of Canada
- SIAST (Technical Institute with Regina and Moose Jaw campuses)
- Luther College
- Campion College
- Gabriel Dumont Institute
- Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology
- NATO Flying Training in Canada Program
- RCMP Training Academy
- Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
- Regina Skills and Trades Centre
- See the following for the latest labour market bulletin. http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/lmi/publications/bulletins/sk/may2013.shtml
Electrical access is reliable and more than sufficient for significant industrial growth. Serviced by SaskPower, a global leader in rural and urban energy delivery, the Crown utility has proven to be an excellent partner with the private sector on major projects.
- Electrical Access is excellent – Currently, there are two 3-phase power lines serving the area.
- See http://www.saskpower.com/accounts-and-services/service-rates/ for rates.
Natural gas in the region is abundant and competitive in the Corridor.
- Competitive rates
- Abundant supply – Over 90% of the gas transported in Canada passes through the Corridor. TransCanada and Enbridge pipelines pass by one another just near Belle Plaine.
- Opportunities to “piggyback” on major natural gas users, especially at Belle Plaine
- See http://www.saskenergy.com/business/comrates_curr.asp for rates.
- Ample water supply for growth
- Potential for regional solutions to build additional capacity
- The province is highly proactive regarding water resources. The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency has a 25 year Water Security Plan to ensure water demands are met throughout the province.
The Corridor is a central point in the mid-northwest with rail and highway access to multiple major markets. The corridor already exports globally with access to the Asia-Pacific Rim and beyond. The Corridor and region is a major global producer and exporter of potash, grains, lentils, oil, gas, and farm machinery.
Advantages of the Corridor include:
- The rail infrastructure in the Belle Plaine area that boasts two competing rail lines (CP and CN).
- CP Rail runs south of Belle Plaine with southern access to Mosaic. CP Rail also provides direct access, via the SOO Line (located at Moose Jaw) to US trading destinations such as Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Chicago. Access is also provided to Moose Jaw, Regina (intermodal), Saskatoon, and western seaports.
- CN runs north of Belle Plaine with northern access to Mosaic. There is also direct access to Regina and the transcontinental mainline at Melville.
- The four-lane TransCanada highway is not facing any capacity issues and the Corridor has excellent truck transportation with two-day service to major markets such as Montreal-Toronto, Chicago-Minneapolis and Vancouver.
- International air access – Regina International Airport has daily service to international and Canadian destinations. Moose Jaw also has a regional airport.
- The Global Transportation Hub, a development dedicated to world leading transportation logistics and infrastructure http://www.thegth.com/the-gth/
The region features world class telecommunications and broadband access at competitive rates.
- Excellent competitiveness with other Canadian centres
- 4G Cell coverage at competitive rates (with LTE service expansion in progress)
- Saskatchewan has one of the most advanced telecommunications networks in the world supporting rural and urban areas.
- See http://www.sasktel.com/business/ for details.
There are several world leading research and development institutions in the region. Some of the major institutions include:
- Regina Research Park
- Internationally recognized research
- Carbon storage research and other greenhouse gas technology
- The Government of Saskatchewan makes publicly available much of the geological, mineral, oil and gas, and other data sets needed for oil, gas, and mineral exploration. For instance, see the geological map of the province; http://www.economy.gov.sk.ca/mineralresourcemap
- More detailed data sets can be found by contacting the Saskatchewan geological survey at http://www.er.gov.sk.ca/SGS
- Existing environmental impact statements can be found at; http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/EnvironmentalAssessment/
- There is serviced and un-serviced land currently available for industrial and commercial development.
- An area district plan has identified suitable areas for development as well as existing environmental, infrastructure, and zoning related data for the region.
Contact the following for more information on available land:
Regina Regional Opportunities Commission (306) 791-4692
Moose Jaw Economic Development (306) 693-7332
Or Ministry of the Economy (306) 787-0972
- Saskatchewan has a commitment to creating a business-friendly environment. This has been borne out by a commitment to streamlining the regulatory environment and optimizing the already competitive tax regime.
- Saskatchewan has the third lowest corporate taxes in Canada
- The RMs of Pense and Moose Jaw have some of the lowest property taxes in Canada
The royalty regime is one of the most balanced in the county.
- Regionally, there is an unprecedented level of cooperation in support of industrial development.