Moose Jaw is the heartland of the Prairies. Its strategic location offers optimal accessibility for the transportation of goods and services, and known as a major transportation hub.
Moose Jaw ranks high by site selectors due to access to highways, rail, power, gas, water, communications, and a trained workforce. Moose Jaw is growth-focused with aggressive tax policies to attract investment capital. Moose Jaw serves as the western anchor to the Moose Jaw-Regina Economic Corridor, one of the largest economic regions in the province. The Corridor accounts for 20 per cent of Saskatchewan’s GDP and 24 per cent of its population.
Strong agricultural production and exports of grain and potash are powerful forces driving the local economy. The area is known for its vast reserves of potash with two solution mines nearby.
The Moose Jaw-Regina Industrial Corridor’s infrastructure base includes railways, major highways, oil and gas pipelines and an abundant water supply. The Corridor is the sweet spot for large industrial development and employs hundreds of local workers.
Investments totaling over $7 billion in the Moose Jaw area will challenge the local labour market’s ability to meet demand. Approximately 900 people already work at the heavy industrial plants located in the Industrial Corridor, with as many as half of them living in Moose Jaw. This number is expected to grow sharply over the next year, as the K+S Potash Mine becomes operational. There will be new job opportunities in trades and technologies, administration, management, and general labouring. Moose Jaw is proud of its culturally diversified workforce with the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council’s Gateway welcoming newcomers.
Changes to the Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP) are intended to address concerns of both immigrants and the federal government. The focus is on attracting workers with high-skill employment offers, while accepting some applications from workers in demand occupations without the requirement of pre-arranged employment. The new online application system for SNIP has Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) committing to process applications within six months or less, compared to one to four years under the old “first come, first served” application system. The new category targets individuals with post secondary education and training in occupation that are in demand in the province.
These high-skilled individuals must have significant work experience, high language skills, and be well educated. The online application is available on www.economy.gov.sk.ca/immigration/express-entry or call 306-798-7467.
Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program announced by the Federal government have added new requirements, fees and longer wait times even though small business relies on the program to fill vacancies in critical demand trades. The federal government caps the number of new foreign workers that companies can hire at 20 per cent. In 2016 the cap was cut to 10 per cent.
Everyone loves Moose Jaw and those who call it home know it’s the perfect place to raise a family. Citizens enjoy an exceptional quality of life appreciating amenities typically only found in much larger cities. It has an abundance of parks, sports and recreational facilities, walking trails, and family-oriented attractions, Moose Jaw is a safe and caring community offering one of the best small city lifestyles in Canada. Moose Jaw was recently named #2 as one of the Top 15 Small Cities in Canada to live in!
Saskatchewan offers a variety of advantages to manufacturers, including Corporate Income Tax rate as low as 10 per cent (depending on the type of operation), no Corporate Capital Tax, a 6 per cent refundable tax credit for investment in manufacturing and processing equipment and facilities, and the ability to use 100 per cent of eligible Research and Development expenses against net income for the purpose of calculating federal tax credits.
Moose Jaw has the lowest per capita tax rate in all of the province. The city is the second lowest for residential taxation and the sixth lowest for commercial taxation amongst Saskatchewan cities.
The City of Moose Jaw is attracting the attention of global companies interested in building Ag and other types of processing and distribution facilities within its new industrial park located in the southeast quadrant of the city. The City is looking for buyers who want serviced industrial land with access to water, sewer, waste water treatment, power, gas, road and rail infrastructure. The City has over 700 acres for sale.
The new industrial park is situated next to a national railway and Trans-Canada Highways ideal for export of products east, west and south. The industrial park is located in the SE quadrant of the city, near the waste water treatment plant, lagoons, and effluent irrigation. This is the type of infrastructure is attractive to wet processing plants.
GRAYSON BUSINESS PARK has the largest inventory of serviced commercially-zoned properties (C-3) for sale. The City of Moose Jaw has several of 0.5 to 1.6 acre parcels for sale, ranging in price from $120,000 to $273,000. These lots are build-ready with sewer, water, storm sewer, fire hydrants, natural gas, power, and curbs with heavy haul asphalt streets. As an incentive, the City provides the purchaser with an Environmental Phase 1 and Commercial 5-year Property Tax Phase In (excludes land). The detailed map identifies 24 acres of potential land development within Grayson park. Lots can be purchased individually or as larger parcels to suit a development.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic aligns and adjusts programs to meet employers’ current and future needs. This is a winning strategy for employers and students alike. Saskatchewan Polytechnic has a student enrolment (full load equivalent) of 14,280 at its fours campuses, including Moose Jaw with 2,918 students with just under 900 graduates annually and employs about 300 people.
Moose Jaw is home to the world-class NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC). CAE, a simulation-training-system company, provides flight simulation training and the Air Force trains high-quality pilots on behalf of the NATO Alliance representing dozens of countries from around the world. CAE is the prime contractor responsible for the NFTC program which involves base facilities, delivering ground-school classroom and simulator training, and support of live flying training.