Saskatchewan’s Top Economic Sectors

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Steven Hoffrogge, CEO of Crestline Coach Ltd says “The quality of the people who call Saskatchewan home, the overall net operating costs, and a government that looks for ways to enhance manufacturing opportunities within the province provide a compelling backdrop to current and future growth in manufacturing.”
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Saskatchewan has one of the fastest growing populations in Canada. The province has the food, fuel and fertilizer that the world needs, and its abundant natural resources place it at an advantage in various economic climates, helping it ride out global economic cycles.

Manufacturing is an important part of Saskatchewan’s economy. The sector accounts for seven per cent of the province’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and is currently experiencing one of the highest growth rates in the country. In the 10-year period from 2006 to 2016, Saskatchewan’s manufacturing shipments increased by 45 per cent.

Thriving Resources

Some of the industries that have experienced manufacturing increases recently are food, chemicals, wood products and machinery. In addition, precision agriculture, new mineral development and renewable energy are also driving opportunities for Saskatchewan manufacturers.

Annually, Saskatchewan exports more than a third of the world’s durum wheat, as well as pulses, oil seeds and products from a world-leading agri-value industry. The province also produces a fifth of the world’s uranium; 90 per cent of this is exported, while the remaining 10 per cent is used to fuel Canada’s nuclear reactors. As well, with 45 per cent of known global potash reserves, Saskatchewan has the largest potash industry in the world. Existing producers in the province have undertaken major expansions, while other mining companies are developing new operations in the province or have announced intentions to do so.

In addition to its high-quality agriculture and mineral products, Saskatchewan is Canada’s second-largest oil-producing province and the sixth largest producer in North America. It is home to a significant portion of the Bakken Formation, one of North America’s largest oil plays. The province also remains a leader in petroleum research, particularly in the areas of enhanced oil recovery and horizontal drilling, helping to get more oil out of the ground,

These and more have contributed to Saskatchewan’s manufacturing success story. It is no surprise that between December 2015 and December 2016, manufacturing sales increased by 11.2 per cent to a value of $1.2 billion.

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Manufacturing Success, Agriculture, mining, oil & gas, and renewable energy: these are the
sectors driving opportunities for Saskatchewan manufacturers.

Thriving Innovation

Saskatchewan is a leader in innovation, applied research, development and technology commercialization. The province is home to a research cluster that includes the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, universities, research institutions and its Innovation Place research parks with locations across the province. Increases in Saskatchewan’s resource sectors have created huge supply chain opportunities for manufacturers and service providers in the province. Saskatchewan also produces advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies for the aerospace, defense and precision agricultural markets and is forging ahead in clean-coal power generation, unmanned aerial vehicles and nuclear science.

Competitive Business Environment

Supporting Saskatchewan’s diversity of sectors is one of the most competitive business environments in North America. Major utilities, including power, are provided by the
province, ensuring stability in these costs. Saskatchewan also has a very competitive tax structure, including: corporate income tax as low as 10 per cent on manufacturing and processing profits; manufacturing and processing exporter hiring tax incentives; a five per cent refundable investment tax credit on manufacturing and processing equipment; provincial tax exemptions for eligible machinery, equipment and materials used during the manufacturing process; no corporate capital tax; no payroll tax; and so much more.

The province’s central location gives it easy access to domestic and offshore markets, which can be reached through its excellent road network and rail transportation services. A steel mill is also located in the province, giving local manufacturers direct access to steel supply for their products. All these advantages and incentives make the province a prime choice to locate business headquarters. In addition, Saskatchewan’s abundant resources and commitment to growth continue to make it an excellent place to live, raise a family and operate a business.

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