2012 Economic Development Report
Housing Business Plan 2011
Moose Jaw, truly a city as unique as its name, is located in the heartland of the prairies, nestled in the picturesque valley carved out by Moose Jaw River and Thunder Creek. Halfway between Calgary and Winnipeg on the TransCanada highway and less than an hour from Regina, Moose Jaw is at the heart of Saskatchewan’s economic boom. The City acts as the western anchor to the Moose Jaw-Regina Industrial Corridor. North/south highways and rail connect Moose Jaw to major North American markets.
Quick Facts About Moose Jaw
2011 SHSP Population: 35,671
Growth since 2006: 4.7 percent
Average House Price: $191,229
Industrial and Commercial Business Parks: 200 acres of available (combined private and municipal)
Cost of commercial and industrial land – from $30,000 per acre to $175,000+ per acre for serviced land
Incentives to Attract Investment: available for Manufacturing/Processing, Affordable Housing, and Grayson Business Park Pilot
Key Natural Resource – very large reserves of high quality potash (two mines are located near the city)
Heavy Industrial Parks – Moose Jaw-Regina Industrial Corridor (east of the city)
Key Economic Sectors – Potash Mining, Agriculture, Ag Value-added Processing, Oil and Gas Refinery, Tourism
2011 Retail Sales – $711.71 million, 61 percent higher than the national average
Transportation and Utility Hub: Rail (CPR, CN and Soo-line to United States); Trans Canada Highway; major power transmission lines, natural gas and water pipelines also servicing the industrial corridor
Planning and By-Laws: refer to City’s 2011 OCP
Average Daily Temperature (January): -13.7 C
Average Daily Temperature (July): +19.4 C
Time Zone: Central Standard (CST) year round
SIAST, Palliser campus, a technical and trade college, generates an almost 2,000 graduates annually helping ensure local availability of skilled workers. These are highly skilled worker trained in the Engineering Technologies, Building Trades and Business Administration with the added advantage of being the Campus that offers co-op work experience as part of its program, helping combine learning with hands on experience to meet the need for those types of workers in high demand in Western Canada. Local company’s can compete with out-of province employers, as Palliser’s graduate survey confirms their desire is to stay in Moose Jaw …so long as they can find the job they want. The Briercrest College and Seminary near Moose Jaw has degree granting status, adding to the post-secondary offerings in the Moose Jaw area.
Work continues in 2012 as City leaders and community stakeholders work closely with officials of SIAST and the Provincial government towards the planning for a SIAST student residence, linked to the establishment of an international program located at the Palliser Campus in Moose Jaw.
Health and Educational Services
Moose Jaw is a regional health care centre with a major hospital, rehabilitation centre and long term care facility. Five outpatient clinics also provide residents with easy access to over 40 physicians and surgeons.
Five Hills Health Region is moving quickly towards the construction phase of its new $100.9 million state of the art, primary health care facility to replace the Moose Jaw Union Hospital. This will be the first large hospital in Canada using lean design wherein medical staff and services are pooled around the patient. The site of the new hospital is adjacent the TransCanada, two blocks east of Main Street near the Western Development Museum.