Moose Jaw Ranks 86th Entrepreneurial Community in Canada

Out of 121 Canadian cities in the 2015 Entrepreneurial Communities report, there are eight from Saskatchewan.

Main Street is shown in Moose Jaw.


Two of those communities made the top 10 - Lloydminster at No. 9 and Swift Current at No. 10. Moose Jaw is ranked at No. 81. This is behind Saskatoon at No. 13, Regina at No. 32, North Battleford at No. 34 and Yorkton at No. 77. The only Saskatchewan city ranked lower than Moose Jaw is Prince Albert at No. 91.

"I don't know the criteria that CFIB uses to develop this list," said Mayor Deb Higgins. "It's a good recognition for Swift Current and I know Moose Jaw has traditionally been in the middle of these types of surveys."

Despite Moose Jaw's ranking, she added that the city is "holding our own" so far in terms of recruiting and promoting business.

"Moose Jaw has tax incentives for new and existing businesses and some are based on the development of buildings and expanding your building. Others are based on job numbers," she said.

"So we've got a good cross-section of those already. On the personnel side, we've got some good housing incentives that are important when you're recruiting employees."

The city also has land available in a few areas of the city, as well as good services and access to water through the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant.

"Also we have excess capacity at our water treatment plant, which is important when you're looking at recruiting business to the city," said Higgins.

Moose Jaw also has a full-time economic development officer, who has put together information booklet called 'The Moose Jaw Advantage.' That booklet speaks to training education, amenities and opportunities available in the city.

"She works with a number of developers when any enquiries come in to promote the city and find appropriate land or answer questions about what services are here," said Higgins.

"We do a lot of work in that area."

She said she couldn't compare what's going on in Moose Jaw to cities such as Swift Current as she is unsure of survey details.

"I know Moose Jaw has really stepped up its economic development activity in the last number of years and it's showing some dividends," said Higgins. "For new and existing businesses, we need to continue to provide good service and promote the city as a good place to do business and put down roots and build and expand your company."

Comparing 2014 to 2015 entrepreneurial reports

Here's the Top 10 list of entrepreneurial cities in 2014:

1. Lloydminster, 72.4

2. Calgary periphery, 70.8

3. Edmonton periphery, 68.1

4. Fort McMurray, 68.0

5. Camrose, 67.6

6. Grande Prairie, 67.2

7. Brooks, 66.3

8. Red Deer, 64.4

9. Saskatoon, 64.1

10. Collingwood, 64.1 

Here's the Top 10 list of entrepreneurial cities in 2015:

1. Calgary periphery, 73.0

2. Penticton, 72.7

3. Kelowna, 71.4

4. Grande Prairie, 70.9

5. Collingwood, 70.8

6. Okotoks, 70.2

7. Brooks, 69.5

8. Edmonton periphery, 69.5

9. Lloydminster, 69.4

10. Swift Current, 69.4

Taken from the Moose Jaw Times Herald
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