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Construction’s Role in Economic Recovery

Why does construction matter?

With more than 9,000 registered contractors, employing more than 42,000 people, construction represents 8% of Saskatchewan’s workforce. At the same time, construction is the second highest paying private sector employer in the province, and accounts directly for more than 7% of Saskatchewan’s GDP. This industry is an important leading indicator of an economy’s strength. If construction slows down, thousands of jobs are lost, and millions of dollars leave the province.

How is construction positioned to pull us out of an economic downturn?

Governments all over the world have and continue to use construction as a tool to boost their economic performance by increasing infrastructure investment to stimulate the economy. When private sector spending slows significantly, public infrastructure is one of the first ways to inject cash into the economy again.

When facilitated properly, construction employment can increase instances of the multiplier effect by putting money into the hands of people who will actually spend it. This in turn leads to dollars flowing into other areas of the community; retail shopping, restaurants, leisure activities – all of which have a much larger impact on the economy than the initial investment. The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that infrastructure has a socioeconomic rate of return around 20 percent. “In other words, $1 of infrastructure investment can raise GDP by 20 cents in the long run,” says Kevin Dureau, Executive Director of the Regina Construction Association.

Deemed an ‘allowable business’ throughout the pandemic, construction is also a highly safety-conscious industry; “construction companies like our members take safety precautions into consideration every minute of every day,” says Dureau. “Following a new set of guidelines was a challenge they were able to take in stride. Whether its safety protocols, advising on supply chain disruptions or price volatility, our members are adept at mitigating risk.” This proficiency allowed construction to keep working safely.

Focusing on re-starting backlogged projects is a great place to start, as they can be approved quickly, particularly maintenance contracts. There will also be opportunities in retrofitting projects, as the need for more reliable internet access in rural areas increases, and cities require infrastructure developments to accommodate social distancing, better air flow, and new cleaning requirements.

What can be done to maximize construction’s ability to help our economic recovery?

  1. Don’t delay in approving contracts. Infrastructure dollars must flow into the economy quickly. Programs or processes that take weeks or months to move only worsen the spiral.
  2. Listen to advice from the Construction Associations regarding Supply Chain Disruptions. From price escalation to material delays, industry have been consulted and have recommendations on navigating these challenges.
  3. Prioritize Spending. First fund projects that have already been planned, then funnel infrastructure dollars to the hardest-hit regions in the province, activating local resources.
  4. Schedule project releases. To avoid distorting the economy, over-saturating the market, or competing with private investment, ensure that projects are appropriately spaced out and deficit spending is not bottom-less.
  5. Encourage private investment. Construction activity has been experiencing slow growth over the last few years, in spite of increased spending from the public sector, suggesting a need to increase private sector spending. We must ensure our policies and tax systems are attractive, and broadly promote our success stories and opportunities.
  6. Support local. By supporting local contractors, the ripple effect supports local businesses and services too.

Construction is, after all, responsible for building the roads we drive on, the schools we send our children to, and the hospitals we need. Construction is a major player in our economy – and it will see us through this recovery.

For more information or to seek commentary, contact us at or (306) 791-7422.


This article was prepared by the Construction Association network in Saskatchewan, with sources from:

Hogan, Patrick. “How construction can contribute to a recovering economy.” MultiBrief. November 2, 2020. Accessed June 14, 2021.

Alderton, Matt. “3 Reasons Construction Will Be an Economic Bright Spot in the US After COVID-19.” Redshift. Accessed June 14, 2021.

Alpert, Gabe. “Can Infrastructure Spending Really Stimulate the Economy?” Investopedia. September 12, 2020. Accessed June 14, 2021.

Lieuw-Kie-Song, Maikel. “The construction sector can help lead the economic recovery – Here’s how.” ILO. May 11, 2020. Accessed June 14, 2021.

Dobbs, Richard et al. “Infrastructure productivity: How to save $1 trillion a year.” McKinsey & Company. January 1, 2013. Accessed June 16, 2021.

Dogtopia Regina East

Dogtopia Regina East is a locally-owned and operated dog daycare centre located in the Victoria East Plaza. Owned by Brad and Janet Hoffman, Dogtopia Regina East offers industry-leading dog daycare, as well as boarding and spa services for dogs of any size and breed! The owners and staff alike are dog lovers and passionate about providing a home-away-from-home with safety, transparency and peace of mind as their top priorities.

Dogtopia Regina East has been serving pet parents from Regina and beyond since early 2021. Whether you want a few quiet hours to yourself, you can be confident that your pup will enjoy hours of safe, supervised play and socialization at Dogtopia Regina East. Pups spend their days in one of three separate playrooms based on their size and play style, and these playrooms are also equipped with webcams that stream live all day long so you can watch your pup at play when you're missing them! From the custom rubber flooring to reduce joint and muscle strain to the temperature-regulated playrooms, you can rest assured that your pup is enjoying time with their furry friends in the safest possible environment when they're in our care.

In addition to our daycare services, Dogtopia Regina East offers spa and boarding services exclusively to members of Dogtopia Regina East.

Want your pup to become part of the Dogtopia pack? Visit our website at to learn more and request a Meet & Greet.

Lube Stop & Tire

We are the CHEAPEST & FASTEST oil change & tire shop in Regina, even while providing HIGH END BRAND oil and tire products.  And even while providing TOP NOTCH technicians to inspect 37+ other service points in your vehicle every single time!  We want our customers to come back.  So, we do it right – to the very last drop!

Minute Muffler & Brake

Minute Muffler & Brake (Regina east) is a family business, proudly owned and operated by Ray and Kelly Miller, a father-and-son team, since opening in 1988. We offer one-stop service for everything under your vehicle, including mufflers, custom exhaust, brakes, shocks and struts, steering (chassis), tires, and oil, lube, and car care check-up services. We specialize in mufflers and performance exhaust, offering a choice of quality replacement exhaust parts that are designed to fit most foreign or domestic cars, SUVs and light trucks. We are experts in custom pipe bending, dual conversions, tail pipes, catalytic converters, and Dynomax performance exhaust. We use top-quality parts, and we have a great team of automotive service technicians, including three Journeypersons, that takes care and pride in their work.  We’re open Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

The Human Side, Human Resource Development

The Human Side

Human Resource Development

The Human Side works with leaders who want to invest in their people to grow their business.

Barry Davis, The Human Side’s president, has been facilitating learning and development for over 35 years with small sized through international scale businesses. Saskatchewan crown corporations have also been major clients who have used The Human Side’s services like customer service, coaching skills and train the trainer programs.

For over 30 years, Barry has worked with Indigenous communities extensively, helping to develop their people, businesses and their communities through programs like life skills, leadership development and strategic planning.

Currently, Barry’s primary focuses are working with Indigenous people across Canada as well as facilitating his Customer Experience Excellence training with cities, crown corporations and businesses.

The Human Side delivers value to our clients through:

  • Thorough contracting and needs assessment
  • Customized learning design
  • Exceptional learning facilitation
  • Our model for sustainable learning and development
  • Certified Coaching

Barry Davis, President


Crave is located downtown and has been catering to Regina’s business community and event scene since 2006.
Chef Jonathan Thauberger and team create dishes showcasing Saskatchewan and Canadian products using classic culinary techniques with a modern approach.
Reserve a table in our intimate restaurant and lounge, or book one of our private event spaces, which can cater to groups ranging from 2 to 350 guests to celebrate that special occasion.

Andrea Norberg Photography

Andrea Norberg Photography is pleased to have been operating in the Regina area and beyond since 2011! Celebrating 10 years of service, Andrea specializes in Business and Corporate portraits, Formal and Candid Event photography, Family Portraits and also Pet Portraiture. With portable equipment, Andrea can bring her studio to you and your business or to your home or back yard to make things easier and more convenient for you, the client.

With experience in a variety of styles of photography, Andrea can work well with small groups and families, independent business owners or even larger corporate groups. She also has the patience required to work with pets! Whether your needs are digitally focused for your business presence (both in print and online), or you are needing a large, updated wall portrait of your nearest and dearest, Andrea can help you through the process of getting yourself and your team (whether at home or in the office) in front of the camera and online (or on the wall) for the world to see and enjoy.  And realizing that the majority of people are not models in their spare time, she can help you through wardrobe questions and with posing tips so that you feel comfortable and look your best!

Visit for more details.

Andrea Norberg Photography


Custom Outdoor Accents

Hi! I've been creating new pieces out of old pieces since 2012...I was inspired by my Mom and Dad's garden on our family farm....I figured Mom would enjoy some beautiful upcycled art to what she has worked hard to create in the yard. (They have many pieces all over the place now🙂) I love the hunting for treasures to reimagine as much as I love creating them.

I take pride in putting together original, thought out and solid pieces.  I really hope my play (work) brings people joy when they look at it😊

The handpainting of repurposed glassware is so much fun....I love the way people respond when they see how the solar lights look lit up😊 I also do lots of custom painting and pieces for gifts, remembrance and heirlooms.

All pieces I create can be used indoor or out....having fun is what it's all about! (And helping reduce waste on our beautiful planet too!)

The Optical Shoppe

The Optical Shoppe is your destination for the best eyewear selection in Regina. We carry a mix of classic and trendy fashion forward frames, you'll be sure to find something to suit your style. We have licensed Opticians on staff to help you choose the best frame for your lifestyle and prescription. Choose from brands include Rayban, Oakley, Kate Spade, Persol, Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford and many more.

Hillman Audio Video Inc.

 Hillman AV is proud to be a 100% Saskatchewan owned and operated Audiovisual Integration company. Since 2011, Hillman AV has supplied, designed, and installed Audiovisual equipment to clients in the corporate, hospitality, and education industry throughout North America. This includes Video Conferencing, Sound Masking, Public Address and Paging Systems.

Beyond the hardware:

As long-time members of AVIXA (Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association) and the NSCA (National Systems Contractor Association), each employee of Hillman AV is required to follow the best practices and standards of our industry as outlined. 80% of our staff has obtained their Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certificate offered through AVIXA. This certification shows a level of commitment to the standards and ethics of our industry.

Hillman AV works very hard to create incredible experiences for our partners. We focus on the additional value we provide our clients. Professional and transparent proposals, clear understanding of products we offer, educated and certified employees, and an extensive client training program. We believe the core of success is within the adoption and understanding of the end user. For a system to provide the most benefit to a user, they must learn how to use the system in their natural workflow. We have a training program offered for any system we sell. Our training programming is customized to meet your needs and is designed by a professional educator and former teacher.

All these factors in combination make for an experience second to none when you choose us as a partner.

Jennifer Santbergen, Owner & Chief Event Design Strategist of Creative Concepts

Creative Concepts is an event planning, management and design business, offering a variety of services for local in-person, destination, hybrid, and virtual events.  Along with the recent launch of an online store, featuring luxury event products & Celebration Boxes – artisan styled events in a box, that support local businesses.

Jennifer Santbergen, is the Owner & Chief Event Design Strategist of Creative Concepts. She produces events for 2 to 2,000+ from annual galas, fundraisers, award banquets, community events, workshops, conventions and trade shows, to birthdays, showers, weddings and more!

She has worked within the Agriculture industry for many years, earned her education in Marketing, Event Management, and is certified in Virtual Event & Meeting Management, through ELI. She is a member of event planner associations and is continuously educating herself by attending various workshops and event prof conventions, which has also helped her build a wide event industry network around North America and Internationally.

Jennifer is best known for her creative ideas, attention to detail and successful execution of the events she’s involved in. Jennifer's caring personality and calm demeanor helps her clients focus on their goals, as she creates successful, trendsetting events, designed for their occasion and strategic needs. She manages all aspects of the event coordinating process. No matter the number of guests, Jennifer's events are well organized, individualized and unforgettable.


Jeff Lobb - Game Changers Leadership Development 

Game Changers Leadership Development has been impacting leaders since 2018. Jeff Lobb (Founder) has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles and working with emergina and high performing leaders in Canada and abroad.

Jeff typically works with emerging and high performing leaders in politics, business, education, entertainment, sports, non-profit and faith-based sectors. He works with individuals and teams that are hungry for change.

When Jeff is not coaching clients, he advises and consults with businesses and teams to increase the capacity of their workplace culture. He helps teams shift from drama filled, inefficient groups of individuals toward a meaningful, purpose-filled and high functioning team that thrive together in a healthy workplace culture.

Get in touch today with Jeff today and inquire on how to improve your leadership capacity and practice or team performance.

Jeff Lobb B.A, B.Ed, M.Ed, CEC, ACC,

Game Changers Leadership Development


PM Signs

PM Signs has been manufacturing, installing and servicing signs Since 1966. Headquartered in Edmonton, with branch facilities in Calgary and Saskatoon, and Regina and carefully selected agents nationwide, we are ideally positioned to serve our clientele throughout Western Canada and beyond.

Our reputation as seasoned sign experts and true industry leaders, combined with our exceptional quality of workmanship and services, is why PM Signs is Western Canada’s first choice as a full-service signage company.

As industry leaders we stand behind our promise to provide our clients with high quality products, exceptional work safe practices, and the best service and support. We recognize the constant evolution of products and technology, enabling us to deliver our customers with innovative solutions to meet their signage needs. Our branch teams are dedicated to promoting company growth, environmental responsibility, as well as the personal and professional development of all employees.

Products and Services

There is no project too large or too small for PM Signs. If you can dream it, we can build it.

Some of the products and services we offer:

  • Exterior Signage – Commercial, Architectural
  • Interior Signage – Directory, Wayfinding, feature wall branding
  • Freestanding Signs – Pylons, Monuments
  • LED Channel Letters – Backlit, Halo-lit
  • Digital Signage – Electronic Message Centres, Price Changes
  • Sandblasted Cedar Signs
  • Banners and Temporary Signs
  • Vinyl Window Decals or Lifestyles
  • Canopies
  • Sign Permit & Procurement
  • Full Sign Installation – Boom, Bucket, Crane, Swing Stage, Scaffolding
  • Sign Service and Maintenance
  • LED conversions – Fluorescent or Neon to LED
  • Graphic Design Services – proposals, logos, templates, patterns, design build

Kodiak Property Management

Kodiak Property Management is an independent, experienced and trusted property management company that provides professional solutions to the challenges that face many property owners and residents.

We manage an extensive and diversified portfolio of condominium and residential properties in the Regina area. Our success is based on our high standards of service and communication as well as unsurpassed care and diligence we apply to every managed property.

KODIAK is finding success through innovation, forward thinking and a willingness to think outside the box. The company will continue to use these strategies because they are working. We are confident that our unique management style and the ability to listen to and recognize the needs of individuals who own and live in the properties are the keys to our continued growth and success in the local market.

 Honesty and integrity in all our business dealings is the foundation of our success. We treat everyone with tolerance and the utmost respect. Our top priorities will always be the properties we manage and the owners and residents we serve.

 Created in Regina in 2016, KODIAK included community involvement as a core belief for the company. We believe it is vital to play a leadership role in the community in which the company and its employees live. KODIAK is grateful for the support it receives in the community and believes in the importance of reciprocating that support.

8Twelve Mortgage Corp.

Kim Oberthier, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Crown Real Estate

After 30 years working with the provincial government and raising a family - it was time to leave and pursue a new career. Call it a revelation; but I knew in my heart real estate was where I needed to be.

I have been in this business 11 years now (I have both my Residential Sales Licence and Property Management Licence) and I absolutely love it! I truly enjoy meeting people, shopping for homes with them as well as, listing and selling their homes. Every single transaction is unique and it is so great assisting people through every part of the process. Being in real estate has allowed me to help out in the community. I belong on two boards, volunteer assistance where, when, and how I can; such as Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army Kettle at Christmas, New Line Boxing Academy, and the RE/MAX Group Advertising Committee. I am currently on the Nominations Committee and the Professional Standards Committee with the Saskatchewan REALTORS® Association.

In my down time, I love spending time with my family and friends and especially my three grandchildren. When I'm not spending time with family or friends; I find it relaxing working in my yard, reading books, and taking any type of motivational or upgrading classes. As indicated above, I love what I do and would love to assist you with anything Real Estate!

Meeting Your Real Estate Needs…..

Exceeding Your Expectations!

Kim Oberthier

RE/MAX Crown Real Estate

Victoria Park Personal Care Community

At Victoria Park, we strive to enhance your loved one's independence within a community of care and support. Our goal is to provide each resident with the unique personal care they need, while helping to maintain their independent lifestyle. Our friendly and caring staff are on-site and available 24/7 to provide around-the-clock services as needed. In addition to our basic services, we also offer personal services at an additional cost. Each resident can choose from a variety of personal services according to individual needs and preferences and they only pay for the services needed. Your apartment has individual climate control, extra-large bathroom(s), convenient kitchenettes, spacious closets, and an emergency call system in the event you need to alert our health care staff, who are available 24 hours a day. Your monthly rent also provides three meals every day, prepared by a trained chef and served restaurant style to your table. We also provide activities, weekly housekeeping, scheduled transportation, cable TV service, and all utilities except your personal phone. There are many other community spaces for your friends and family to join you for entertainment and personal activities. Our health services staff includes full time LPNs, Medication Assistants, and Resident Assistants. In addition to the amenities included in the base rent, other services are available at an additional cost under our individualized service plans.

Sheri Lerat - A Canadian Mixed Media Artist

"Sheri Lerat is a Canadian painter who works with mixed media and iridescent crystals. Her paintings are multifaceted with layers of depth that transform and shimmer as the light changes. Her work comes from a place of healing, and her story is as multifaceted as her work."

YMCA of Regina – Honouring the past, looking to the future

By Steve Compton - CEO - YMCA of Regina

The YMCA of Regina as a registered charitable organization has a rich history of serving our community for over 130 years, building mind, body and spirit for many generations.

During major world conflicts, times of financial depression and extended periods of crisis, we have been honoured to continue to provide a place where everyone belongs.

Even with the past strength of the Association over many years, the YMCA of Regina was faced with the challenging reality that if it were to remain a strong community presence for future generations, significant and critical decisions needed to be made.

In November 2020, we made the extremely difficult decision to close both our Downtown and East locations and consolidate our Health, Fitness and Aquatics programming to our Northwest facility.

Our childcare services located at our Downtown facility will continue at this location while we consider and explore future options.

We know that COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on many organizations and businesses in our community, and the YMCA of Regina was not immune to this.

We were faced with increased expenses in delivering services within the expanded operational guidelines and restrictions, continued building and capital costs as well as total membership dropping to 53% from previous levels organization wide due to cancellations as a direct result of this pandemic.

Understandably and respectfully, these closures had a major impact in our community.

Over the past weeks since the announcement, we have received heartfelt communications from many people about the impact the YMCA of Regina has had in their lives, as well as encouragement and support to ensure our important work continues in the community as the Y is so much more than just the buildings that our programs operate from.

Despite these challenges and changes, we remain committed to serving the community and growing our impact to those we serve through many important services and programs.

  • 625 licensed childcare spaces supporting families in Regina and Moose Jaw through our 11 childcare centres
  • Before and After school programs including “Schools Out” day camps operating out of 16 elementary school partner locations in Regina and Moose Jaw.
  • 3 Moose Jaw Early Learning Centres working in partnership with Holy Trinity School Division.
  • A full offering of Health Fitness and Aquatics programs at our Northwest YMCA facility including swim lessons, personal training, drop-in fitness programs, child minding and so much more.

As a charity we support the community through many important community programs including:

  • Assisted membership to families and individuals that would otherwise not be able to fully participate in our programs and services
  • Youth mentorship programs in Regina and Moose Jaw
  • Beyond the Bell school-based programming in partnership with Arcola Community School
  • Youth leadership development through our YMCA Leaders program
  • Perinatal programming, pregnancy, and birth support

While some of these programs are on pause or are being delivered differently during the pandemic, we remain committed to serving the community in these important areas or to step up and serve in new areas where we will be needed in the future as we come through these challenging times.

We will also continue to work with our community partners towards exciting new initiatives such a renewed childcare centre, the exploration of a new joint use facility and the potential repurposing of the Downtown property as a community service hub.

And as a part of the business community, we remain committed to our staff team of over 275 employees and to ensure our contribution to our local economies and communities.

Working to honour the past and understanding the future needs of the community the YMCA of Regina will be ready to serve as we have for over 130 years.

With gratitude,
Steve Compton
Chief Executive Officer
YMCA of Regina

Lee Evershed/ Portrait Artist

Lee Evershed is a local portrait artist who works primarily in Pencil on Cold Press Paper. Each creation captures the spirit of his subject matter in a realistic style. All Commissioned Portraits are presented Framed and labeled.

Ken Danby, Norman Rockwell and Robert Bateman among others are cited as being an early inspiration and influence on his style. Aside from fine art, he makes use of his skills in graphic design and music.

Lee was born in Oakville Ontario and now resides in Regina Saskatchewan

Melissa Wright

Artist/Owner of Wright Ink & Artwork

Born in Thunder Bay, ON, Melissa grew up as a painter, drawing and dabbling in various art forms since she was 3 years old. Her interests dwell in fantasy, from which the lore manifests into everything she creates. Melissa is an advocate of the Law of Attraction, a lover of the moon, and a believer in one's own magic.

Wright Ink & Artwork is an ever-expanding collective of creators working in two shops: our flagship in Regina, SK, and a secondary location in Thunder Bay, ON. Our Regina location houses an eclectic group of artists; two apprentices, Nancy Nikolopoulou from Greece, Vineet Sharma from India, and Eric Escott from Ontario. Melissa frequently travels back and forth from each city for her clients, and occasionally in her travels, is accompanied by our Reiki Practitioner and Card Reader, Amy Hanyecz from Manitoba.

Amy, from Ebb and Flow Arts, practices Reiki; Holy Fire Level II. Along with her healing, she offers card readings to help redirect and ease a heavy mind. She is also the creator all of our milkbaths and soywax candles.

While our main business is tattoos, as well as some Spiritual Healing, we are always looking out for additional talent. Do you have a piece you'd love to show the world, or one you'd like to try and sell? Whether it be jewelry, paintings, prints, soaps, candles, books, ornaments, or anything in between, we would love to help you on your artistic pathway!

Space permitting, you can leave your pieces on display in the front gallery of our Regina location to take advantage of our foot traffic. Whether you're looking to display your piece or hoping to sell it, Wright Ink does not charge for space or take a cut upon the sale of your art. Your work will always be your own, along with any profit generated.

Our mission is too help artists grow, and as artists, we have all felt that centered calm when you're lost in your craft. We would love to be a stepping stone towards your path to creative freedom.

Thank you so much for your support, we are all in this together.


The arrival of snow and ice is a reminder for all motorists to adjust their driving behaviour and to also make sure their vehicles are winter ready.

Before you head out on your daily travels, check weather and road conditions. Be prepared to reduce your speed and drive according to the current conditions.

Allow extra time to safely reach your destination. Winter tires are recommended by CAA. The different rubber compound in winter tires allows for better traction and control.

Have your vehicle’s brakes inspected thoroughly and service them if necessary.

This will help with better braking power especially on icy, snow covered roads. What’s under the hood of your vehicle is just as important as winter tires.

The battery is your vehicle’s lifeline. Extreme weather weakens the battery so check it often and have it charged if necessary.

Make sure the block heater cord is not frayed and is in good working condition. Always plug in when the temperature falls below -15 C.

A roadside safety kit is recommended and available to purchase at CAA Stores. Kit includes a collapsible shovel, first aid kit, fabric blanket, booster cables, hand warmers, light stick, tea light candles with matches, signal flashlight with batteries, and a help sign.

Pack extra winter gear including mitts, toques, and boots. Take along a mobile phone with charger for emergency use only, or to call for CAA Roadside Assistance, available 24/7. Add non-perishable food, window ice scrapers, and a snow brush.

If you become stranded, stay with your vehicle for temporary shelter until help arrives.

Vehicle winter inspections can be booked at the CAA Car Centre . CAA members save 10% on labour. Need a battery?

Visit Regina Battery Depot which is owned by CAA Saskatchewan. CAA members save 10% on all regular priced merchandise.

PIVOT - Training Program

While the whole word is figuring out how to navigate a 'new normal' and just getting by, Pivot is an interactive training program to put you and your team back in the driver's seat by actually creating what you want your 'new normal' to look like (even with all the craziness).

Focusing on key skills in resiliency, you will learn how to quickly pivot and lead through both big changes and those small stressful moments we all encounter daily to thrive in your business instead of just surviving.

Learn more about PIVOT training.

For more information or schedule a complimentary call to see if the Pivot training program is right for your organization, contact us at:

Kate 306.530.5127 | OR Stacey at 306.537.1648 |


Bromwich+Smith are committed to the health and protection of their clients and colleagues.

With the continued spread of COVID-19, and in order to reduce and respond to risks, they are now able to offer all client requests, consults and debt relief through email, phone and video conference.

Visit them for more information on their programs.

Stay Safe + Be Well!  

Contact Taz Ryan about booking the Bromwich and Smith experts for your next webinar, lunch and learn or panel event.

Regina Airport Authority Update

By James Bogusz - President & CEO
Regina Airport Authority

I think the word “unprecedented” will go down as 2020’s most overused term when talking about COVID-19 and the adverse impacts that well-intentioned government measures have caused to businesses across Canada.

Admittedly for many Regina & District Chamber of Commerce members, that word has become all too real when facing such an uncertain future.

Along with many businesses in the travel, tourism, event, hotel and hospitality sector, the Regina Airport Authority has been severely impacted by the fallout of these restrictions and subsequent economic downturn, struggling to stay afloat.

We are a private, not-for-profit business that proudly operates the Regina International Airport, one of the shining jewels of the Queen City, whose mandate is to serve the 500,000 residents of southern Saskatchewan.

We are not a government agency and are 100% self-funded. We generate almost all our revenue from activities related to the airport and passengers using the facility.

We proudly pay our taxes to the city, create good jobs in our community, and, up until April, we had been paying the federal government over a million dollars annually in the form of rent.

Prior to the economic downturn, our airport community generated over $800 million a year of economic impact in the local economy.

This GDP impact is no small measure, but one that heavily relies on aircraft using the facility and passengers travelling.

The airport is also a critical hub for air cargo, medical service flights, and general aviation.

Recently, businesses like Canada Post and Kreos Aviation have made multi-million dollar investments to build amazing facilities at YQR.

Companies like the Regina Flying Club offer aspiring pilots the opportunity to start their career right here at your local airport.

There had also been a massive and sustained push to attract a non-stop United States hub flight to serve our city once again.

With many of the same travel restrictions and “stay home” messages still in place today, the airport is simply not able to recover in the short term.

We have had to lay off over 30% of our staff and slash our capital program and operating budgets.

Despite these efforts, we have been forced to request substantial financial aid from federal government, none of which has materialized so far.

We are operating with less than 20% of the usual passenger traffic due to lack of travel demand and our cash reserves are almost depleted.

I love Regina and was personally humbled when I was given the opportunity to lead the airport as CEO almost 3 years ago.

Never did I imagine that something like this would ever occur, but, regardless of the challenges before us, I believe that adversity in life often builds up more than it damages.

We have a long road ahead for recovery. However, all of us at YQR will do everything in our power to be here for our community and continue to act as a cornerstone of the region’s economic recovery.

The next time you are ready to travel, please remember that each time you use YQR, you are helping us to not only recover, but to also achieve even greater heights in the future.

Regina ranks on top in Municipal Benchmarking Study

By Stu Niebergall - CEO Regina and Region Home Builders

Regina ranked #1 in overall scorecard for planning features, government charges and approval timelines in the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s Municipal Benchmarking Study.

The study looked at the top 23 housing markets across Canada, and examined how municipal processes, approval timelines and fees contribute to housing affordability and supply issues.

This is the first study of its kind. Research was conducted in by Altus Group in late 2019 and early 2020, prior to the pandemic.

Regina’s number one ranking was followed by Edmonton, Calgary, and London. Regina was named the “top city” as far as approval timelines go, ninth for keeping government fees and charges affordable, and eleventh for the structures and processes available to developers.

On behalf of all of us at the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association, we are proud of these results and the collaborative approach we have developed with the City Administration and City Council.

Our joint commitment to work together, and address difficult issues, has often resulted in better outcomes for housing affordability and Regina citizens, while keeping the economic engine of residential construction moving forward.

While it is recognized that there are still areas of improvement, the results of this study demonstrate the great progress we have made in recent years.

Several individuals at the City of Regina have shown they are committed to improving outcomes for our industry, and they have worked with us diligently in the pursuit of those improvements by delivering on:
· Tools that allow applicants to track their applications’ status online
· A new online portal that will enable applicants to submit applications online
· Refining guiding documents, such as Neighbourhood Plans, to further clarify policy
· Focusing on growth-related engineering studies to support a growing city
· The continued collaboration with partners, including us at the RRHBA on Servicing

Agreements, Development Levy and Intensification Fee Policies
When asked to comment on the results of the CHBA study, Regina Mayor Michael Fougere stated that “this study confirms the impressive collaboration efforts between the City and the Regina and Region Homebuilders’ Association (RRHBA) in fostering our community’s economic prosperity.

It’s a good progress report for the continuous improvements the City has been making with the development industry.” Executive Director of City Planning and Development Services, Diana Hawryluk stated that “ensuring our services have a customer-centric focus is a top priority at the City. We have truly seen a transformational change within, which is reflective in the services being delivered to the development industry and residents.”

As we reflect on the results of this study, we cannot help but notice that in the communities where industry members have a strong working relationship with the municipality, housing tends to be more affordable and attainable, supply is much closer to demand, and the housing market is more balanced.

Together, the RRHBA and the City of Regina will remain committed to continuing the good work as we recover through COVID-19. We will continue to work together to improve processes and programs that impact the local residential construction industry.

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The summit will be held virtually on November 24th,

This great networking opportunity for business leaders is free.

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The New “Métis Entrepreneur Equity Program” Makes  Clarence Campeau Development Fund First Choice for Métis Entrepreneurs

The Clarence Campeau Development Fund (CCDF) is proud to announce the new “Métis Entrepreneur Equity Program (MEEP).  The new funding was received from the National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association and the Government of Canada, which will provide qualified Métis entrepreneurs and Métis Communities access to equity in the form of a non-repayable contribution to finance a viable business start-up, expansion or acquisition.

“This new program will compliment our current package of offerings, ensuring CCDF remains the first stop for Métis entrepreneurs looking for affordable financing,” said Pam Larson, CEO of the Clarence Campeau Development Fund. “Funding programs like this one are pivotal to supporting and advancing economic development and opportunities for Métis people in Saskatchewan.”

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Avana Ranks No. 10 on the 2020 Growth List

"We are honoured to be recognized as one of Canada's fastest-growing companies and are proud to represent the top ten as a female-led company," says Jennifer Denouden, President and CEO of Avana. "We are dedicated to continuing to break down barriers in the Canadian real estate industry and I could not be more excited for our next five years of growth and social impact."

Female-led real estate company drives growth and social impact asCanadian Business unveils annual list ofCanada'sFastest-Growing Companies

Canadian Business andMaclean'stoday ranked Avana No. 10 on their annual 2020 Growth List ranking ofCanada'sFastest-Growing Companies.

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