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The SSEP Advantage

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Key Opportunities

Our Five Regional Economic Pillars provide a balanced approach to our long-term social, environmental and economic sustainability, which also aligns with our core values. We have identified several economic development opportunities within each of our Regional Economic Pillars.

Destination Tourism

  • Coal Mining History & Coal Mine Tours
  • Historical Rum-Running Tours
  • Historical Railway Museum & Tours
  • Rafferty Dam Recreational Site
  • Roche Percée Site Protection and Improvements
  • Performing Arts Theatre

Logistics & Distribution Hub

    • Truck-Stop along Hwy 39 Bypass
    • Co-Packing Facilities
    • Pickup & Delivery Warehousing
    • Equipment Manufacturing & Assembly

Water for Economic Development

    • Forage & Food Crop Agricultural Irrigation
    • Irrigation Infrastructure
    • Industrial Manufacturing
    • Greenhouse Projects
    • Rafferty Dam Marina Expansion

Resource Innovation 

  • Solar and Geothermal Power generation projects
  • Hydrogen-Based Technologies
  • Rare Earth Element (REE) Development
  • Lignite Activated Charcoal Manufacturing
  • Energy Innovation Center

Value-Added Agricultural Processing

    • Micro-Brewery or Distillery
    • Grains Processing
    • Plant-Based Protein Extraction
    • Pelletized Straw Products
    • Pet Food Manufacturing

Location, Strengths and Business Initiatives

regional Assets

Extraordinary Location

The Southeast Sask Economic Partnership is an extraordinary location for business growth and economic development thanks to abundant resources, excellent market access and a global reputation for producing safe, high-quality agricultural products. 

Our Region is

  • intersected with the Canada-Mexico CanAm Super Corridor (Hwy 39);
  • centrally located between Canada’s largest sea ports in Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Churchill and Thunderbay with tidewater access to Eastern and Western markets;
  • a multimodal freight advantage being located on mainline CP rail connections to Canada’s east and west mainlines and south to the US Midwest with good highways and good southbound rail and LTL/FTL truck shipping rates;
  • minutes from the 24-hour North Portal border crossing;
  • also near Regina’s Inland Intermodal Port;
  • home to the world’s first and largest commercial Carbon Capture and Storage (CSS) facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station (BD3);
  • rich in sustainable and renewable resources such as landhydrogen, minerals, water and sunshine;
  • a potential location for Rare Earth Elements (REEsreserves and resources;
  • attractive to outdoor adventurers and offers the only spot to fish for Largemouth Bass in Western Canada along Rafferty Dam.

Regional Strengths

Southeast Sask is an excellent place for entrepreneurs, investors and skilled workers thanks to the lifestyle and abundant natural resources.

Our Region represents the best combination of a rural lifestyle and

  • a workforce skilled in energy production, resource management, tourism and recreational services, and agriculture;
  • excellent outdoor adventure opportunities within a scenic 60-minute drive;
  • local natural attractions such as the Provincial Historical Site at La Roche Percée;
  • a low population density;
  • low commuter travel times;
  • reduced costs of living relative to Saskatchewan’s urban centers;
  • a growing arts & culture scene; and
  • some of the the highest rates of sunshine hours per year across Canada.

Business Initiatives

With one of the lowest provincial corporate income tax rates, low operating costs and ongoing infrastructure improvements, Southeast Sask is an excellent choice for expanding or starting a new business. 

In addition to the low provincial corporate income tax rate (12%) and numerous provincial business incentive and tax credit programs, this region offers

  • untapped resources and opportunities for new businesses;
  • infrastructure improvements to support business growth and expansion;
  • low Business license fees; and
  • a Commercial Tax Incentive Policy that exempts specific properties from taxation for up to five years, depending on the estimated building or facility value — a downloadable application is available here.

Our Workforce

 Local labour markets are unique and your ability to hire good people depends on several factors: size, skillsets and educational qualifications of the local population. 

Our Region offers 

  • one of the youngest workforces across all of Saskatchewan and Canada with 49% of the working-age population between 20-40;
  • an educated population where 43% of those with Post-Secondary training are Tradespeople or Apprentices; and
  • local skillsets in natural resources extraction, resource management, finance, construction, and across the service sector.

Business Climate

Economic confidence, innovation, taxes and policies are key climate factors for business profitability, job creation and employee compensation.

Economic Confidence

With the impacts of Covid-19 across Canada, consumer and business confidence in the future are critical measures. 

At the National level, recent Canadian Consumer Confidence and Business Outlook data shows strong expansion of economic activity, with growing employment numbers, increasing business inventories and price pressures slowly easing. source: Richard Ivey School of Business

Regionally, building permits increased in February 2021 by 7.4% compared to February 2020, and Saskatchewan ranked eight among the provinces in terms of percentage growth.

Housing starts increased in February 2021 by 64.3% over February 2020, and Saskatchewan ranked FIRST among the provinces in terms of percent change. The national average increased by 15.3%. 

Saskatchewan Building Permits

Canadian Consumer Confidence & Business Outlook

Housing Starts Growth by Province YOY, Feb 2021

Ease of Doing Business in Canada

Innovation

Innovation is a general measure of the Ease of Doing Business and evaluates the business regulatory environment. According to the World Bank rankings, Canada 

  •  is ranked 23 among 190 economies in the ease of doing business;
  • ranked 3 for the ease of starting a business;
  • ranked 15 for getting credit and financing access;
  • ranked 7 for protecting minority investors; and
  • ranked 19 for ease of paying taxes.
Taxes
  • Provincial General Corporate Tax  12%
  • Provincial Small Business Tax  0%
  • Provincial Manufacturing & Processing Tax  10%
  • Federal Corporate Tax  15%
  • Federal Small  Business Corporate Tax  2%
  • Federal Investment Corporate Tax  15%
Regional Policies

A Regional Commercial Tax Incentive Policy that exempts specific properties from taxation for up to five years, depending on the estimated building or facility value — a downloadable application is available here.

Resource Mapping

Environmental factors are critical for business planning and includes crown land, wetlands, water bodies, protected species, wildlife corridors, elevation, minerals, geology and more. 

Geology, Mineral and Petroleum Mapping: 

Agricultural Resource Mapping:

Land Use Mapping:

Angling, Hunting and Biodiversity Mapping: 

Environmental Assessment Mapping:

Administrative and Utilities Mapping:

utlities and infrastructure

Secure and strong local infrastructure is the key to long-term business success, growth and profitability.

Our Region offers

  • competitive commercial natural gas and electricity rates 

transportation network

The SSEP region offers freight advantages for truck and rail shipping with direct access to international sea ports and rail and truck routes across the United States. 

For businesses with international markets, finding a location with accessible and well-maintained intermodal services is key to improving your bottom-line by saving time and money. For those businesses relying on local traffic, they need to be located in an accessible, highly visible and busy area to improve their profitability and exposure. 

To help your decision-making, we have pulled together the most important road-sky-rail transportation data, such as freight rates, air, railway and highway maps, traffic-volume counts, intermodal ports, and the latest highway construction projects.

Road

There are a number of east-west and north-south highways intersecting this region, readily connecting it to east-west markets in Alberta and Manitoba (Hwy 18) and north-south markets in Saskatoon, the United States  and Mexico (Hwy 39 & 47). 

Notably, Highway 39 is currently undergoing repaving and construction involving passing lanes, culverts, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and safety improvements. For a downloadable Government of Saskatchewan map of improvements, click here.

Sky

The Estevan Regional Airport (CYEN) is located 5 KM north of Estevan on Hwy 47 and 2 KM east on R.M. Road 704. It is a 24-hour, 7-days a week airport with two asphalt runways, is capable of landing 70 passenger jets and has a limited Approach Beacon for landing in poor weather conditions. It provides daily and weekly runway condition reports. It is the only CANPASS airport for the prairie region offering streamlined corporate and immigration services for international travelers

The main runway is 08-26. It is 5000’ long and 100’ wide. It was paved and upgraded in 2015. The critical aircraft is a Boeing 737 and has a pavement load factor of 10. It offers G.P.S. approaches on both ends, it has precision approach path indicators for both ends and offers runway end identifiers lights on runway 08 and an omnidirectional approach lighting system on runway 26.

The secondary runway is runway 15-33. It is 3000’ long and 75’ wide. It also was paved and upgraded in 2015. The critical aircraft for it is a Dash 8 and the pavement load factor is 9. It also offers G.P.S. approaches on both runway ends. 

Alternatively, the Regina International Airport (CYQR) is about two driving-hours north-west of SSEP and is ranked as Canada’s 15th busiest international airport with routes across Canada, the United States and International sunspot destinations.

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Rail

Main CP Rail lines centrally located in Estevan offer direct connections to Brandon, Manitoba and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and are approximately twenty-five rail miles from Portal, North Dakota, which offers direct rail access to major terminals in Minneapolis, Chicago and Kansas City. 

For a downloadable map of CP main and branch rail lines in Canada, click here, and for the entire CP Rail network and facilities map, see here