Oil/gas provinces dominate Canadian labour productivity

Oil/gas provinces dominate Canadian labour productivityAlberta had the second highest level of labour productivity in 2018 among the provinces ($78.50 per hour) after Saskatchewan ($79.90) and just ahead of Newfoundland and Labrador ($76.90), according to ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team. Productivity for Canada as a whole was $59.40 per hour. In its daily economic update, The Owl, ATB said…

Anti-Alberta bigotry clothed in environmental clichés and platitudes

Anti-Alberta bigotry clothed in environmental clichés and platitudesDave Yager has spent nearly half a century in Alberta’s oil and natural gas industry and 40 years in journalism, notably with the oilfield trade magazine, The Roughneck. His first book, From Miracle to Menace: Alberta, A Carbon Story, combines his extensive experience in a well-written and fact-centred analysis of the economics, politics and history…

Number of petroleum wells drilled to drop by nearly one-third this year

Number of petroleum wells drilled to drop by nearly one-third this yearNearly one-third fewer petroleum wells will be drilled in Canada this year compared to 2018, according to an industry association. The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), in its third update to its 2019 Canadian Drilling Activity Forecast, is again decreasing its forecasted number of wells to be drilled across Canada for 2019 from 5,300…

Westleaf announces same-day cannabis delivery in Saskatoon

The feature is being offered through its Prairie Records online store

Westleaf announces same-day cannabis delivery in SaskatoonCannabis users in the greater Saskatoon area can now have same-day delivery of their product, thanks to Calgary-based Westleaf Inc. The feature is being offered through its Prairie Records online store. "Adding another customer-centric feature is all part of enhancing the Prairie Records brand among our customers and making it that much easier to purchase…

Dickinson’s venture firm to back five innovative companies

Company is investing $750,000 in companies in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

Dickinson’s venture firm to back five innovative companiesCalgary-based District Ventures Capital, which is led by entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson, announced Friday it is investing $750,000 in five innovative companies in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.  The companies, in the consumer goods food and health space, were selected from 100 applicants from across Canada. It said the companies were chosen based on their product, sales…

Brad Wall sees a bright future for Western Canada

In the conclusion of an exclusive two-part interview, the former Saskatchewan premier talks about how changing political winds will drive the economy

Brad Wall sees a bright future for Western CanadaFormer Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall recently joined Calgary-based Avenue Living Asset Management as a special business adviser, as well as a trustee to the Avenue Living Real Estate Core Trust. The company has more than $1.3 billion in assets with more than 8,500 residential units across Western Canada. Calgary's Business has a two-part question and…

Income grew fastest in provinces with large oil and gas deposits

StatsCan study over 66 years provides insight into which provinces experienced the most growth over three generations

Income grew fastest in provinces with large oil and gas depositsData released Thursday by Statistics Canada may be a couple of years old but it illustrates the importance of the oil and gas sector to the economies of several provinces. “According to a new study, from 1950 to 2016, real gross domestic income (GDI) per capita grew fastest in provinces with large oil and gas…

Canada’s upstream oil and gas sector is in intensive care

The economic damage to the energy industry is due largely to government regulatory and tax policies

Canada’s upstream oil and gas sector is in intensive careBy Steven Globerman and Joel Emes The Fraser Institute Canadian oil and gas companies face major problems, in great part due to government policy. Legal restrictions on the expansion of pipeline capacity have restricted exports of oil, shrinking profit margins. The subsequent price decline for Western Canada Select oil spurred former Alberta premier Rachel Notley…

Capital investment in Canada’s oil and gas industry lags U.S. pace

Fraser Institute report urges policy changes to encourage investment in Canadian projects

Capital investment in Canada’s oil and gas industry lags U.S. paceCapital investment in Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry, essentially, exploration and production, increased 15 per cent from 2016 to 2018 compared to 41 per cent in the U.S. over the same period, according to a report released on Tuesday by Canadian public policy think-tank the Fraser Institute. “Part of the explanation for the diverging…

Lack of pipeline costs energy sector $20.6 billion in revenue

Fraser Institute report says overdependence on American market is hammering the Canadian oil industry

Just how important is market access and lack of pipeline capacity to the Canadian economy? A report released on Tuesday by the Fraser Institute, a Canadian public policy think-tank, said the issue is driving down the price of Canadian oil, costing the country’s energy sector $20.6 billion in lost revenues last year. “Without sufficient pipelines…

12,500 jobs at risk in Canada’s oilpatch in 2019

Alberta will be hit the hardest, with 9,600 more jobs expected to disappear

12,500 jobs at risk in Canada’s oilpatch in 2019Some sobering news out on Monday about jobs in the struggling oilpatch. The 2019 Labour Market Update by the PetroLMI division of Energy Safety Canada indicates about 12,500 jobs are at risk this year due to several factors including low commodity prices, a decline in capital spending and continued uncertainty over market access. And Alberta,…

Mining permit waits hamper Canadian development

Exploration is the critical first stage in mining development. Yet many provinces don't meet their own guidelines

Mining permit waits hamper Canadian developmentEvery year, the Fraser Institute publishes a survey of senior mining company executives that assesses policy environments around the world and the mineral potential of jurisdictions. Those two components are used to create an investment attractiveness index. One thing miners repeatedly tell us is that they’re concerned about obtaining exploration permits: how long does it…

Oil production slips from December to January after mandatory cuts

January was the first month of temporary mandatory production cuts in Alberta: StatsCan

Oil production slips from December to January after mandatory cutsCrude oil and natural gas production and electricity generation rose in January, while coal production declined compared with the same month in 2018, says Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Friday that Canada produced 22.3 million cubic metres (140.3 million barrels) of crude oil and equivalent products in January, up 3.1 per cent from…

Creating the right environment for real estate success

Shami Sandhu talks about what makes Realty ONE Group different and why those differences work well for buyers and agents

Creating the right environment for real estate successShami Sandhu is president and regional director of Realty ONE Group of Western Canada. What is the Realty ONE Group and what do you do? Sandhu: Realty ONE Group is a full-service lifestyle real estate brand that has experienced rapid growth since Kuba Jewgieniew started the company in 2005. Unlike existing traditional models, we don’t…