Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority SASKATOON REGION Table of Contents Transportation and Logistics Sector Overview ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…….. 1 Location Advantage ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 2 Operating Costs …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3 Sector Business and Employment Overview ………………………………………………………….. 4 Saskatoon Region The Economy …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 5 Business Costs ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 7 Labour Labour Costs ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 8 Labour Availability ……………………………………………………………………………………… 9 Training ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 10 Infrastructure Transportation …………………………………………………………………………………………… 13 Utilities ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 16 Finance Taxation ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 18 Incentives ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 19 Tax Credits …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 20 Financing ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 21 Relocate | Build | Expand Land ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 22 Existing Facilities …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 23 Proximity to Markets ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 24 Research and Development Facilities ………………………………………………………………………………. 25 Support for Business Development ………………………………………………………………………………….. 26 Appendix Contact Information ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 27 Map of Region ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 28 Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Table of Contents TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS Industry Overview The Saskatoon Region has experienced solid Western Canada’s fastest growing growth over the last few years, and was the fastest growing city in Canada in 2008. This has created national and international interest for employees and business alike. The transportation and logistics sector plays an important role in the regional economy. As economy world demand for energy and food increase, exports of Saskatchewan’s rich resource base of potash, oil, natural gas, uranium, and agricul- tural products will contribute to the long-term success of the region. Saskatoon’s diverse manufacturing sector produces a wide variety of industrial and consumer products demanded locally and internationally. While exporting is an important part of the re- gional economy, Saskatoon is uniquely posi- tioned in North America as a central location for import storage and distribution. With increased activity in the Asian manufacturing sector, the cost of shipping goods to North America will be an important factor in future profitability. The Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert are sig- nificantly closer to Asia than the Port of Los An- geles, and both ports connect to Saskatoon by national rail and highway systems. As a distribution centre, the Saskatoon region is an excellent location. Rail and highway systems connect the Saskatoon region to all points in “This facility, we've actually re-named it the North America. From Saskatoon, intermodal or Midwest Distribution… the name carload shipping can move goods throughout speaks for itself because it's the middle of North America quickly and efficiently. where we have to go to. We can service A central location, two intermodal facilities, Northern Ontario, B.C. and the North, and excellent infrastructure, competitive business guess what, Saskatoon is almost dead centre.” costs and a strong presence of transportation - Mike Conrad companies and warehousing facilities is the rea- Distribution Manager, Maple Leaf Foods son Transportation and Logistics makes sense in May 6th, 2008 Saskatoon. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 1 TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS The Saskatoon Region: A Distribution Centre Location Advantage Estimated Ground Transport Radius—Saskatoon The location of distribution centers is an impor- tant factor in supply chain management, as transportation costs and shipping times impact competitive advantage. Manufacturers and retailers need to get products to market quickly at the lowest possible cost, and the Saskatoon region offers significant advantages for local, national and international distribution. Saskatoon’s location advantage stems from: • Centrality that lends itself to efficient distri- bution of goods across North America. Virtually all of the continent can be reached via truck within 48 hours. • Two national rail lines serve the Saskatoon region and connect to North American rail systems. Both companies have intermodal yards in the region, with area to grow. • John G. Diefenbaker International Airport Ring Hours Km / Miles connects Saskatoon to all major centres in 1 10 1000 / 620 North America. Travel time ranges from 2 24 2000 / 1240 one to twelve hours. 3 48 3000 / 1860 Distance to Port—Shanghai to North America Shipping goods to and from Asia is becoming more important in today’s economy. Compared to the Port Saskatoon of Los Angeles, the closer Canadian ports create a savings of up to 58 hours trans- Pacific sailing time, allowing vessels to make more round- trips per year. The Saskatoon region’s unique position in relation to these ports makes it a cost effec- tive, centralized loca- tion for the distribu- tion of goods through- Map courtesy CN Rail out North America. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 2 TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS The Saskatoon Region: A Distribution Centre There are other significant reasons that the Saskatoon region is a centre for Transportation and Logistics besides location. Low operating costs, a solid infrastructure, strong exports and healthy consumer demand due to a growing western Canadian economy makes the Saskatoon region a logical choice. Operating costs According to the 2008 KPMG Competitive Alternatives report, the Saska- toon region has the lowest operating costs of centres in northwestern North America. Business costs advantages stem from: • Low warehouse rental and construction rates; • Competitive business taxes compared to other North American regions; • Labour and utility costs Infrastructure As part of Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway, the Saskatoon region is an ideal location for access to local, national and international markets. Many transportation and logistics companies are located in the region, including truck transport, warehousing, and logistics management companies. Highlights • Nearly 1,000 transportation and logistics companies operate in the Saskatoon region; • Two national rail lines with intermodal yards within the city limits (Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway); • Four lane highway access to both the Trans-Canada Highway and Yellowhead Highway; • Recently upgraded airport serving over one million passengers per year; • Well planned road network creates short travel times (commute times at peak hours is 15 minutes); • Construction of a new bridge on the south side of Saskatoon will enhance truck traffic efficiency even further (scheduled comple- tion for 2012). Importing / Exporting Exporting Saskatchewan’s natural resources (potash, oil, natural gas, ura- nium, and agricultural products) and manufactured goods (machinery, metal products, chemicals, food) is important to the success of the region. Saskatchewan’s export growth is expected to lead the country in 2008 with 85% of Saskatoon based an increase of 13 per cent. Manufacturing companies A strong western Canadian economy is an attractive location for people and business, and strong population and income growth has made Saskatche- export their products wan the national leader in retail and wholesale sales growth. Supplying this increased consumer demand from a central location such as Saskatoon is creating cost advantages for local firms. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 3 TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS Transportation and Logistics Business and Employment Information Over the past five years, the Saskatoon Region’s Transportation and Logistics sector has contributed to growth in the local job market, creating over 450 new jobs. A majority of this growth is attributable to the Truck Transpor- tation sub-sector. The Transportation and Logistics sector employs over 7,000 people, representing 8% of the Saskatoon Region’s total employment. Local employment is dominated by the Truck Transportation sub-sector, and is influenced by export demand in the mining, oil and gas, agricultural and manufacturing industries. Recent increases in retail sales and construction have contributed to the lucrative import market, with more demand for transportation, warehousing and logistics management in the region. Over the past five years, the Transportation and Warehousing sector increased employment levels by 7 per cent. Growth was lead by businesses offering Truck Transportation, as well as Courier and Messenger companies. Overall, the total number of businesses in the Transportation and Warehousing sector grew by 89 since 2002, representing a 9.7 per cent increase over the past five years. Saskatoon Region Business Establishments and Number of Employees: 2007 Unknown 1 5 10 20 50 100 200 # of to to to to to to to Employees Total Employees 4 9 19 49 99 199 499 Air Transportation 585 12 6 0 0 2 1 1 1 1 Truck Transportation 4,398 582 314 157 38 29 22 13 7 2 Transit and Ground Passenger Trans. 588 154 120 25 2 1 4 1 0 1 Support Activities for Transportation 625 91 42 22 10 7 8 2 0 0 Couriers and Messengers 648 119 87 19 4 1 6 1 0 1 Warehousing and Storage 293 35 12 6 7 5 5 0 0 0 All Transportation and Logistics 7,135 993 581 229 61 45 46 18 8 5 Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 4 SASKATOON REGION The Economy GDP Growth—Canadian Cities—2008 Saskatoon outperformed all major cities in Canada for GDP growth in 2008, with an amazing 5.4 per cent increase. The strengthening of the economy is due to higher commodity prices for grain, potash and oil, as well as a burgeoning housing market. Saskatoon has consistently been one of Canada’s top five growing econo- mies this century. GDP Growth by Sector—Saskatoon—2008 and 2009(forecast) New construction has had a significant effect on the regional econ- omy. The Finance, In- surance and Real Estate sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Saskatoon Re- gion. Higher commodity prices helped the Agri- culture, Mining, Oil & Gas sector post one of its highest gains in years. Even with an increasing Canadian dollar and transportation costs, the Saskatoon Region’s Manufacturing sector grew in 2008, as did the Transportation and Communication sector. Retail Sales Growth—Saskatoon Historical and Forecast 12.0 As new houses are completed, demand for consumer 10.0 8.0 durables increased. The Saskatoon region experience 6.0 double digit growth in retail sales for the past two years. 4.0 Retail sales growth in the Saskatoon Region continues, 2.0 with favourable forecasts for the next 4 years. 0.0 2005 2006 2007 2008(f) 2009(f) 2010(f) 2011(f) 2012(f) Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 5 SASKATOON REGION The Economy Saskatoon Region New Business Startups —2007 Saskatoon Region Value of Building Permits New Sector Businesses Construction 269 Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 140 Other Services 109 Retail Trade 100 Administrative & Support Services 94 Accommodation & Food Services 42 Finance, Insurance & Real Estate 37 Wholesale Trade 34 Health Care & Social Assistance 32 Saskatoon Region Housing Starts —2005 to 2007 Manufacturing 24 Transportation & Warehousing 24 Educational Services 20 Information & Cultural Industries 15 Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 15 Agriculture 1 Mining 1 Management of Companies 1 Total 958 Saskatoon CMA Population (Historical and Forecast) The Saskatoon census metropolitan area (CMA) has a population of over 240,000 people and is experiencing a steady popula- tion increase. Over the past five years, Saskatoon’s population increased by 2.7%. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 6 SASKATOON REGION Business Costs Every two years, KPMG analyzes costs of locating businesses around the world. The Saskatoon Region has consis- tently been a leader in the central and western part of Canada and United States. The 2008 study ranks Saska- toon at the top of major western North American cities for lowest average and labour costs, and that places Saskatoon as the lowest cost location in most of the industrialized countries in the world. More information and data from this study is available at: www.competitivealternatives.com KPMG Overall Business Cost Index—2008 Canada Cost Index United States Cost Index Europe Cost Index Asia-Pacific Cost Index Saskatoon 96.7 Dallas 97.3 Toulouse 101.8 Adelaide 97.9 Winnipeg 97.7 Houston 99.4 Paris 107.1 Melbourne 99.4 Waterloo 98.2 Salt Lake City 101.0 Utrecht 107.3 Sydney 102.7 Montreal 98.5 Phoenix 102.1 Naples 108.5 Fukuoka 113.6 St. John’ s 99.5 Minneapolis 103.9 Manchester 113.3 Yokohama 114.8 Edmonton 99.9 Denver 104.9 Frankfurt 121.1 Ottawa 99.9 Seattle 105.5 London 129.3 Toronto 101.5 Chicago 106.5 Calgary 102.0 Detroit 106.8 Vancouver 104.2 Note: costs are expressed as an index, with the United States being assigned the baseline index of 100.0. A cost greater than 100.0 indicates a higher cost than the U.S. Business Costs Comparisons—Western North America Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 7 SASKATOON REGION Business Costs Labour Costs Historically, the Saskatoon Region has had lower wage rates than surrounding jurisdictions. This cost advantage has made the region an attractive place for companies to locate and expand. KPMG ranks Saskatoon as the low- est labour cost region in western North America. Labour Costs Comparison Employer Paid Benefits Canadian Pension Plan 4.95% (maximum $2,049.30) Worker's Compensation 1.69% Employment Insurance 2.42% 2.422% (maximum $995.44) Paid Vacation 3/52 Wage (4/52 after 10 years) Statutory Holidays Saskatchewan employees are entitled to nine paid general holidays Health Care Premiums $0 Payroll Taxes $0 Minimum Wage $8.60 1) Determined by federal law. The maximum employer and employee contribution to the plan for 2008 will be $2,049.30, and the maximum self-employed contribution will be $4,098.60. This is based on the maximum pensionable earnings of $44,900 minus a basic deducation of $3,500 times 4.95%. 2) Maximum contribution of $995.44 is achieved at an annual salary of $41,100. 3) Worker’s Compensation depends on the industry and experience rate (ie. In a business office it could be $0.24 – 1.02 per $100 of payroll.). The number given is the Saskatchewan Average. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 8 SASKATOON REGION Labour Labour Availability The Saskatoon Region is known for its high quality labour force. The young median age (35.9) and strong popula- tion growth (2.7%) is attractive to any company requiring a steady labour supply. In addition, a well educated workforce proves the quality of employees that are available in Saskatoon. Saskatoon CMA Historical Labour Data 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Population Aged 15 - 64 (000s) 181.7 183.1 185.1 187.1 188.1 190.6 Labour Force (000s) 124.8 128.1 128.6 133.2 133.2 140.7 Employment (000s) 117.1 120.4 120.6 126.6 127.1 135.1 Full-Time (000s) 93.3 95.2 93.7 101.9 103.3 110.4 Part-Time (000s) 23.8 25.2 26.9 24.6 23.9 24.8 Unemployment (000s) 7.7 7.7 8.0 6.6 6.1 5.6 Unemployment Rate (%) 6.1 6.0 6.3 5.0 4.6 4.0 Participation Rate (%) 68.7 69.9 69.5 71.2 70.8 73.8 Saskatoon CMA Educational Attainment (2006 Census) The Saskatoon Region has a well edu- cated workforce. Over 85% of all people aged 15 to 64 have a high school di- ploma, and more than 61% have some form of post-secondary education. The Saskatoon Region post-secondary system produces over 8,000 graduates per year. Saskatoon CMA Demographics (2006 Census) Saskatoon also boasts one of the youngest popula- tion in Canada (median age of 35.9), as well as the highest percentage of people 19 and under (26.0%). This will help to guarantee the future la- bour supply of Saskatoon continues to be strong. This large contingent of young people clearly dem- onstrates the attraction Saskatoon holds for Sas- katchewan’s younger population. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 9 SASKATOON REGION Labour Training Programs The federal and provincial governments offer attractive employment and training subsidies to help recent univer- sity graduates and underemployed segments of the population. Job Start/Future Skills • Work-based Training for the Unemployed—provides funding to employers to deliver on-the-job training for unemployed Saskatchewan residents that leads to permanent employment. • Work-based Training for the Employed—provides funding to Saskatchewan employers in the manufacturing, processing and agri-value sectors to retraining employees facing permanent layoff or employees moving from part-time to permanent full-time employment. • Bridging Program—provides funding to eligible applicants to deliver programs that will link individuals to employment, including assessment, career counseling, job readiness skills, academic upgrading, entry level skills, work experience, and employment related supports. • Community Works Program—provides funding assistance to community based organizations, municipalities, Indian Bands, tribal councils and Métis Nations of Saskatchewan to hire eligible employees in job creation projects. • Updating Courses—provides cost-shared updating courses for designated trades or sub-trades. Aboriginal Employment and Training Programs • Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative Employer Toolkit—is designed to provide quick access to infor- mation geared to Aboriginal employment. • Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources—matches Canadian employers in the environment sector with Aboriginal graduates. Qualified employers can access qualified candidates and wage subsidies of up to $8,000. • First Nations and Inuit Youth Work Experience Program— First Nation and Inuit governments and organiza- tions may submit project proposals to provide employment experience for Aboriginal youths in private and non-profit sector organizations. • First Nations and Inuit Student Summer Employment Opportunities Program—provides wage subsidies for short term work experience for First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students. The non- profit sector can receive a contribution of up to 100% of the applicable wage plus mandatory employment related costs, while the private sector can receive up to 50% of the applicable wage only. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 10 SASKATOON REGION Labour Training Programs Youth Employment Strategy • Career Focus Program—offers funding to Canadian employers to provide career-related work experience for eligible youth. Employer receive a wage subsidy of $15 000 maximum per participant. • Skills Link Program—provides financing for a wide range of activities which can be tailored to meet individ- ual employment needs and career goal. • Canada Summer Jobs—provides funding for small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, public-sector em- ployers, and not-for-profit organizations for eligible youths. • Agri-Value Marketing Internship Program— funding to hire marketing interns for agri-value Small and Me- dium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). The program is designed to place students into agri-value companies in Sas- katchewan on a cost-shared basis. Funding is 50 % of the intern's monthly salary up to $1,500 per month. • Environmental Youth Corp.—designed to create a six to twelve month national or international environ- mental internship for post-secondary graduates. Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada supplies a wage subsidy of up to $12,000. • Internship Program with Innovative Small and Medium Enterprises—provides financial assistance to Cana- dian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for hiring post-secondary graduates to work on technical or tech- nology related projects. • NRCan Science and Technology Internship Program—helps employers hire recent graduates in science and engineering by partially funding salaries. Conditions apply. • Science Horizons Youth Internship Program—offers young scientists and post-secondary graduates hands- on experience working on environmental projects under mentorship of experienced scientists. • Young Canada Works—provides wage subsidies to help secondary and post-secondary students access sum- mer work experiences, and to provide internships for college and university graduates who need some assis- tance to enhance their skills and career prospects. Programs to Assist People with Disabilities • Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities/Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities— both provide funding to assist adults with disabilities to prepare for, secure and maintain employment. Vari- ous supports are offered, including training-on-the-job, vocational and work assessments, and psycho- educational assessments. www.sreda.com www.sreda.com Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 11 SASKATOON REGION Labour Proximity to Technical Colleges Saskatoon produces over 8,000 post-secondary graduates annually, which is an indication of the number of well-educated young people eligible to enter the Saskatoon Region workforce each year. The labour pool is significantly enhanced by the presence of a number of post-secondary institutions in Saska- toon, notably the University of Saskatchewan with an annual enrolment of 20,000, and the Saskatchewan Insti- tute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) Kelsey Campus, with annual enrolment of 4,000 students. The city is also home to a number of business and trade schools. Large quantities of students are drawn to Saskatoon from rural areas and smaller communities across Saskatchewan. University of Saskatchewan (www.usask.ca) The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) is a 13-college univer- GRADUATES PER sity with a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree INSTITUTION NAME YEAR programs in natural and health sciences, engineering, agricul- University of Saskatchewan 3650 ture, business, law, and the liberal arts. The U of S is the only Saskatchewan Institute of university in Canada to house six life science colleges: Agricul- 1300 Applied Science and Technology ture, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy & Nutrition, and Veterinary Medicine, as well as a major teaching hospital on Career Campus 300 the same campus. Saskatoon Business College 250 Dumont Technical Institute 190 Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Heinz Institute of Technology 190 Science and Technology (SIAST) (www.siast.sk.ca) CDI College of Business SIAST is Saskatchewan's primary public institution for skills 100 and Technology training and technical education. SIAST offers 58 diploma and certificate courses, as well as apprenticeship training, designed Saskatchewan Indian Institute 110 to meet the specific needs of industry. of Technologies TOTAL GRADUATES PER YEAR 6090 Programs are offered in agriculture, applied/visual media, avia- tion, basic education, business, community/human services, engineering technology, health services, hospitality/ food services, industrial/trades, natural resources, nursing, recreation/tourism, science and technology. Other Technical and Business Colleges are located in the Saskatoon Region, specializing in programs in business, trades and technology for people starting or continuing their education. One such college is the Saskatchewan Institute of Indian Technologies (www.siit.sk.ca), which offers programs in health and community services, trades and business management to Saskatchewan’s aboriginal people. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 12 SASKATOON REGION Infrastructure Transportation Saskatoon is the commercial centre of Saskatchewan, and was identified as one of Canada’s “Hub Cities” by the Conference Board of Canada. From its central location, the Saskatoon Region has excellent highway, air, and, rail transportation links to markets throughout North America. With a metropolitan population of over 240,000, Saskatoon is the largest urban centre in Saskatchewan and the nearby states of North Dakota and Montana. Saskatoon follows Central Standard Time year round, ensuring excellent and efficient access to the widest range of other North American time zones during normal working hours. Rail The Canadian National (CN) Railway and Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway lines connect Saskatoon to the world. North American ports on the east coast, west cost and the Gulf of Mexico receive goods from Saskatoon. Both rail service providers also have inter-modal container ports in Saskatoon, allowing goods to be moved from rail to truck with ease. Canadian National (CN) Rail Network Rail Yard Locations in Saskatoon CP Rail Yards CN Rail Yards Canadian Pacific (CP) Rail Network Saskatoon For more information, visit: Canadian National Railway www.cn.ca Canadian Pacific Railway www.cpr.ca www.sreda.com www.sreda.com Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 13 SASKATOON REGION Infrastructure Highways Saskatoon provides an excellent and cost effective location for the distribution of manufactured goods to mar- kets throughout North America and the world. Saskatoon lies at the junction of two of Canada’s major highway systems: the Yellowhead, (Highway 16 from Winnipeg to Edmonton and west); and Highway 11, (a four-lane highway with a direct connection to the Trans-Canada Highway at Regina). Both of these systems join the U.S. Interstate system, through border crossings that serve both the Eastern and Western States. Saskatoon region companies also benefit from a highly competitive warehousing and distribution market out of which operate over 140 trucking companies. Oceanport Access Saskatoon is uniquely positioned in Western Canada to take advantage of two west coast ocean ports: Vancouver and Prince Rupert, as well as the East Cost ocean ports. The Port of Vancouver, Canada’s Flagship Port, serves is Canada’s largest and busiest port, trading $53 billion in goods with more than 100 trading economies annually, the Port of Vancouver offers access to intermodal con- nections that extend across the continent. The Port of Vancouver is the most diversified port in North America and ranks number one for export tonnage. In total, the port comprises 25 major marine cargo terminals that col- lectively offer 67 berths, super post-Panamax capacity and extensive on–dock rail facilities. Located in northern British Columbia, the Port of Prince Rupert is the deepest port on the west coast. Port facili- ties include container, coal and grain terminals, with potash handling facilities in progress, and large tracts of land for development potential. The Port of Prince Rupert boasts the shortest land-sea route from North America to China. Located 700km/36 hours closer than Vancouver, and 1612km/68 hours closer than Los Angeles, it is North America’s closest port to key Asian markets. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 14 SASKATOON REGION Infrastructure Air Service (www.yxe.ca) Operated by the Saskatoon Airport Authority, the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport is located 10 minutes from the city cen- tre. Recently upgraded, this spacious, modern facility serves over one million passengers per year. The Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker Interna- tional Airport ranks among the top airports of its size in Canada in a na- tional survey of customer satisfaction. Air Carriers Servicing Saskatoon • Air Canada • WestJet • United Airlines • Transwest Air • West Wind Aviation Inc. • Northwest Airlines Inc. Travel Times from Saskatoon Driving Flight Canada Calgary 6 hr 10 min 1 hr 6 min Edmonton 5 hr 15 min 1 hr Montreal 34 hr 45 min 4 hr 32 min Ottawa 33 hr 50 min 3 hr 15 min Regina 2 hr 35 min 45 min Toronto 29 hr 30 min 3 hr 7 min Vancouver 16 hr 45 min 2 hr 10 min Winnipeg 8 hr 20 min 1 hr 14 min United States Chicago* 21 hr 38 min 6 hr 3 min Dallas* 28 hr 5 min 6 hr 50 min Denver 18 hr 5 hr 20 min Los Angels* 28 hr 8 hr 30 min Las Vegas 23 hr 30 min 6hr 30 min Minneapolis 15 hr 2 hr 30 min New York* 33 hr 50 min 7 hr 30 min Salt Lake City* 16 hr 55 min 10 hours San Francisco* 26 hr 50 min 6 hr 20 min Seattle* 18 hrs 4 hours * - Includes time for connecting flights Sources: Driving Times — Google Maps based on 100km/h driving speed. Flight Times — Times vary depending on provider and season. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 15 SASKATOON REGION Infrastructure Utilities Electricity Saskatchewan’s electricity generation and distribution network is owned by the provincial Crown corporation, SaskPower, which generates, supplies and distributes electricity in the province. SaskPower has a generating capacity of 3,206 megawatts (MW) from 16 generating facilities, including three coal- fired base load facilities, four natural gas-fired facilities, seven hydroelectric facilities, and two wind power facili- ties. An additional 449 MW is available through long-term power purchase agreements with independent power producers, for a total available capacity of approximately 3,655 MW. Natural Gas SaskEnergy is the largest natural gas supplier in the province, with more than 336,000 residential, farm, commer- cial and industrial customers throughout Saskatchewan. SaskEnergy purchases natural gas from independent suppliers and transports it through a 65,000-kilometer distribution system to 92% of Saskatchewan communities. SaskEnergy has operated one of the largest natural gas distribution networks in North America for over 45 years – safely and reliably with some of the lowest costs. SaskEnergy has delivered the lowest provincial natural gas rates in Canada four of the last five years. Natural gas continues to be the lowest cost fuel in Saskatchewan. Telecommunications Telephone Providers The largest telecommunications provider in the province is SaskTel, a provincial crown telecommunication corpo- ration. SaskTel provides 425,000 residential and business customers with competitive voice, data, dial and high- speed internet, wireless, digital television, and e-business solutions. Business and residential rates are nationally competitive, and the SaskTel network is extremely reliable. Saskatoon’s other large telephone and cellular providers include: • Shaw Cable • Rogers • Fido • Telus Internet In addition to two major internet providers in Saskatoon (Sasktel and Shaw Cable), there are several other local providers offering high-quality services to city residents. To promote business development in the city, the Sas- katchewan Provincial Government sponsors free wireless internet access in popular locations around the city, including the downtown business district. Fiber Optics In 1984, SaskTel completed construction of the world’s longest commercial fibre optics network, which covered 3,268 km to link fifty-two communities at a time when the previous longest fibre optics network had been less than 10 km. Each strand of fibre optic cable could originally hold 672 telephone conversations or one video chan- nel or 45 megabits of data per second; over the years this has increased a hundredfold. SaskTel’s investment in fibre optic infrastructure, as well as research and development, has made Saskatchewan a leader in telecommu- nications technology. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 16 SASKATOON REGION Infrastructure Utilities Water The City of Saskatoon Water System provides safe reliable drinking water to a variety of customers. It serves over 90,000 residential customers, 6,000 industrial, commercial and institutional customers. In order to provide this valuable resource to all these customers, the City of Saskatoon operates, maintains and enhances a world class utility with a complex system of treatment plants, water mains, reservoirs and pump stations. Saskatoon’s water service is very reliable, accessible, and economical. The source for Saskatoon’s drinking water is the South Saskatchewan River, which flows through the city. The Saskatoon Water Treatment Plant, which contains a laboratory accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, conducts over 50,000 water quality tests a year, using state of the art equipment, to ensure that Saskatoon’s drinking water is clean and safe. Wastewater The Saskatoon Wastewater Treatment Plant protects the people, property, and environment downstream from Saskatoon along the South Saskatchewan River by collecting and treating wastewater from residences, schools, hospitals, businesses, and industries. The Plant is designated as a Class 4 treatment facility, the highest level of certification in Canada. The treatment of wastewater is regulated by rigid provincial and national standards. Currently, the Plant processes on average 100 million litres of wastewater a day with a maximum capacity of 180 million litres per day; by 2016, it will receive an average of 120 million litres a day. To continue to protect the environment by producing a clean, high quality effluent and to accommodate Saskatoon's growing population, the Plant is expanding over the next seven years. Waste Collection and Recycling The City of Saskatoon is the primary agency responsible for residential waste collection in Saskatoon. The City uses a predominantly automated waste collection system for collection from residential and commercial sites, consisting of seventeen vehicles, one of which is dedicated to the collection of recyclables from depots. The City of Saskatoon is one of several organizations providing collection service to commercial businesses. These busi- nesses, such as Loras Disposal and WM (Waste Management) may contract with the City for service of privately- owned or City-rented bins, or enter a contract with private haulers who provide bin rental and collection service. Recycling facilities in Saskatoon accept newsprint, corrugated cardboard, mixed papers, tin cans, milk jugs and cartons, and non-refillable beverage containers. The City also operates two windrow yard waste composting ar- eas, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council (SWRC). The SWRC also provides collection areas for recyclables including scrap metals; propane tanks; automotive batteries; automotive engine oil; filters and containers; newspaper and cardboard; beverage containers; and leaves and grass. Residents can also drop off white goods and appliances. For information on utility rates, please refer to the appendix at the end of this document. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 17 SASKATOON REGION Finance Provincial and State Tax Information and Comparisons—2007 Federal BC AB SK MB ON PQ NB NS PEI NL Corporate Income Tax General Rate (%) 19.5 11 10 12 13 14 11.4 13 16 16 14 Mfg. & Proc. Rate (%) 19.5 11 10 10-131 13 12 11.4 13 16 16 5 Small Business Rate (%) 11 3.5 3 4.5 1 5.5 8 5 5 3.2 5 Threshold ($'000) 400 400 460 500 400 500 400 400 400 400 400 Capital Tax General (max %) - - - - 10 .2 - .4 0.2 .36 .1 .2 - .4 - - Financial Institutions (max %) 1.25 .67—2 - .7 - 3.25 3 .45 - .68 .722 3 4 5 4 Health Care Premiums Indiv./family(max) ($/month) - 54/108 44/88 - - 75 - - - - - 2.15 - 2.7 - Employer Payroll Tax (max %) - - - - 4.3 1.95 4.26 - - - 2-4 General Sales Tax (%) 5 7 - 5 7 8 7.53 8 8 103 8 Fuel Tax Gasoline (¢/litre) 10 14.54 9 15 11.5 14.7 15.24,6 10.7 15.56 15.89 16.56 Diesel (¢/litre) 4 15 9 15 11.5 14.3 16.2 16.9 15.4 20.2 16.5 Aviation Fuel (¢/litre) 11 2.05 1.55 1.55 3.2 2.7 3 2.5 0.9 0.7 0.7 Rail Diesel (¢/litre) 4 3 1.5 15 6.3 4.5 3 4.3 - - - Tobacco Tax ($/200 cigarettes) 42 35.80 37 36.6 356 24.7 20.6 23.56 33.04 34.9 36.06 Hotel Room Tax (%) 5 87 48 7 7 5 3 8 8 10 8 1. The general corporate tax rate is reduced by up to 3 points based on the share of a corporation's national manufacturing and processing income allocated to Saskatchewan. 2. The Quebec financial institutions capital tax includes the base rate of 0.98% and a compensatory tax of 0.25%. 3. These provinces apply their retail sales tax on the retail price of the good inclusive of GST. 4. An additional 6 ¢/L is imposed in the greater Vancouver area, 2.5 in Victoria, and 1.5 in Montreal. 5. Alberta & SK exempt all international flights from the aviation fuel tax. B.C. refunds the aviation fuel tax paid on fuel used in respect of international cargo shipments. 6. These provinces apply their retail sales tax on the retail price of the good inclusive of the particular excise tax. 7. Victoria and Vancouver impose an additional 2% hotel room tax. 8. Tourism Levy where money raised by levy is dedicated to tourism marketing and development. 9. This rate is based on a 11.5 cent per litre based rate and 10.7% of the average wholesale price and is recalculated on a monthly basis. 10. The general capital tax on new investment is 0. United States Tax Rates Mfg & Small State General Processing Business3 Washington2 n/a n/a n/a Oregon 6.6 6.6 6.6 California 8.84 8.84 8.84 North Dakota 7 7 6.86 Montana 6.75 6.75 6.75 Idaho 7.6 7.6 7.6 Colorado 4.63 4.63 4.63 Utah 5 5 5 New Mexico 7.6 7.6 4.8 Louisiana 8 8 6.97 Federal 35 32.9 34 1. General corporate tax rate is reduced by up to 3 points based on share of corporation’s national mfg and processing income allocated to Saskatchewan. 2. Washington has a business occupation tax in lieu of an income tax, which is based on gross revenue sales (0.471% to 1.5%) according to the type of business. 3. State small business rate is the effective tax rate for US$365,000 (comparable to Saskatchewan threshold of Cdn$430,000) U.S. federal small business rate is the effective rate for US$340,000 (comparable to Canadian federal threshold of Cdn$400,000). Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 18 SASKATOON REGION Finance Tax Incentives The City of Saskatoon, surrounding towns and rural municipalities offers companies in targeted industrial sectors significant tax abatement incentives to encourage expansion or location of operations, and facilitate long-term skilled or semi-skilled job creation. The aim of the incentive is to create an attractive environment for new busi- nesses that may be considering locating to another region; and also demonstrates a commitment to local indus- try. Incentives include, but are not limited to, tax abatements, waiving of utility deposits, and exemptions or re- ductions of prepaid servicing levies. Region Type of Incentive Saskatoon (City) • Property taxes abatement on incremental portion of the property assessment for eligible busi- nesses. (Year 1 – 100%; Year 2 – 80%; Year 3 – 70%; Year 4 – 60%; Year 5 – 50%). • Enterprise Zone—incentives are available within a specific area of Saskatoon. Corman Park (RM) • Minimum $100,000 in construction value and creation of 5 new jobs. • Tax abatement is 100% for the first year, and decreases by 20% each year thereafter, until it is reduced to 0% for the 6th year. Aberdeen (RM) • Tax exemptions of three to five years. • Cost sharing for road improvements. Blucher (RM) • 5 years of full municipal and education property tax exemption. • Waived building permit fee if company meets eligibility requirements. Langham (Town) • No taxes for the year of construction, other incentives are negotiated individually. Martensville (Town) • A tax exemption of up to five years based on investment amounts. Osler (Town) • No discount in the year of construction (if started prior to July 1st); 25% discount in 2nd year; 50% discount in 3rd year; 75% discount in 4th year. Rosthern (Town) • Property taxes exemption on new construction portion of the property assessment, land pur- chased or existing business expansion's square footage. (Year 1 – 100%; Year 2 – 67%; Year 3 – 33%). • Can negotiate the price of Town-owned land and any required municipal services (water and sewer mains, service lines, street improvements, etc). • Exemptions can be transferred if sold within the exemption time period. Warman (Town) • Assessment exemption applies to an existing building's increased assessed value as a result of new construction and/or renovations. • 100% municipal exemption for the first three (3) calendar years of operation. Other Towns, Villages, and Rural Municipalities (RM) in the region also offer incentives to businesses. While there is no specific policy, these municipalities respond very favourably to the needs of business, and incentives are negotiated on an individual basis. These municipalities include the RMs of Dundurn, Great Bend, Rosthern and Vanscoy; the Towns of Allan, Dalmeny, Delisle and Hague; and the Village of Borden. For maps and contact information, please refer to the appendix at the end of this document. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 19 SASKATOON REGION Finance Tax Credits and Other Government Funding Programs Federal Government The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Credit is a federal tax incentive program to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes to conduct research and development that will lead to new, im- proved, or technologically advanced products or processes. Claimants can apply for tax credits for expenditures such as wages, materials, machinery, equipment, some overhead and SR&ED contracts. The National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) pro- vides technical and business advisory services, coupled with funding opportunities for Cana- Did you know… dian small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The program also offers networking opportuni- NRC-PBI in Saskatoon ties as well as partnerships and collaboration. The NRC-IRAP offers financial assistance for is a major research centre for plant bio- research and development activities by: sciences in Canada, • Providing funding contributions to Canadian SMEs interested in using technology to with expertise in ge- commercialize services, products and processes for Canadian and international markets nomics, metabolic • Investing, on a cost-shared basis, in research and in pre-competitive development tech- pathways, gene ex- nical projects. pression, genetic • Providing financial support indirectly through contributions to regional and national transformation, struc- partner organizations that supply technical and research assistance to Canadian SMEs. tured biology, and • Offering internship funding that enable SMEs to hire recent postsecondary graduates natural product chemistry. with the specific skills and expertise needed to advance innovative projects. Provincial Government The Manufacturing and Processing Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is available to manufacturing and processing cor- porations. It is a refundable tax credit, designed to encourage plant and equipment investment. This income tax credit applies as 5% of total capital cost of eligible new and used manufacturing and processing building, machin- ery and equipment purchases, including installation costs. Complementing the SR&ED tax credit is the Saskatchewan Research and Development Tax Credit. This tax credit is equal to 15% of the qualifying research and development expenditures incurred in Saskatchewan. Operations research, engineering, design, and computer programming are eligible if these activities support the research or experimental design. The credit reduces corporate income taxes, and unused amounts may be carried forward ten taxation years, or carried back three taxation years. The Saskatchewan Market Assessment of Research and Technology (SMART) Program provides access to spe- cialists in the emerging field of competitive intelligence. The SMART Program gives small- and medium-sized businesses access to industry specialists who will find and analyze information on the marketplace and emerging technologies in order to help companies make strategic business decisions. The company must be eligible for NRC-IRAP funding and approved as a NRC-IRAP client; and have developed or be developing a new product, proc- ess or system based on an innovative application of science and technology; or acquired technology, which is not currently in use in Saskatchewan, from another company or university through a technology transfer process. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 20 SASKATOON REGION Finance Financing Options Companies in the Saskatoon region have access to all the regional, national and international financial service organizations, as well as the following national, provincial and local financing options: Government of Canada (www.canadabusiness.ca) Aboriginal Business Canada (ABC) provides support to Aboriginal entrepreneurs for a range of activities including business planning, start-up, expansion and marketing. Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is a financial institution offering flexible, long-term financing and consulting to small and medium enterprises. BDC also offers venture capital and subordinate financing to high- growth firms. The long-term loans can help businesses increase their working capital and purchase fixed assets. The Canada Small Business Financing (CSBF) program can assist businesses in obtaining term loans of up to $250,000 to help finance fixed asset needs. The loans are made directly by a qualified lender (chartered banks, and most credit unions). The Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) is a community and business development organiza- tion delivering services such as local strategic economic planning, technical and advisory services to businesses, loans to small and medium enterprises, self-employment assistance programs, and services targeted to youth and entrepreneurs with disabilities. Government of Saskatchewan Investment Saskatchewan (www.investsask.com) is a provincial crown corporation that supports industry development and expansion in sectors that support the province’s economic development strategy. Through its agent, Victoria Park Capital (www.victoriaparkcapital.com), Investment Saskatchewan offers a wide variety of debt and equity instru- ments and focuses on investments of $3 million or more. The Entrepreneurial Foundation of Saskatchewan (www.efsk.ca) provides business advice, mentoring, and support services to help existing and aspiring entrepreneurs develop investment ready business plans. Small businesses recommended by the Entrepreneurial Foundation of Saskatchewan are eligible to receive up to $1 million in in- vestment funding from the Saskatchewan Entrepreneurial Fund. The First Nations and Métis Fund makes investments between $1 million and $3 million in new or expanding businesses which are majority owned by First Nations or Métis people. Businesses must fall in Saskatchewan’s key strategic growth sectors: value-added agriculture; advanced technology; energy; mining; forestry, manufac- turing and Aboriginal-themed tourism The Apex Investment Fund, a partnership formed between the Province and Saskatchewan’s credit unions, makes investments of between $1 million and $4 million in new or expanding small or medium-sized businesses in Saskatchewan, with an emphasis on projects in smaller cities and rural communities. Projects will be in Sas- katchewan’s key strategic growth sectors: value-added agriculture; advanced technology; manufacturing; energy; mining and forestry. The Innovation Acceleration Initiative has an allocation of $2 million over four years with the goal of providing modest funding that will accelerate technology commercialization. This will be achieved by the CIC entering into collaborative agreements with Saskatchewan businesses and provincial academic and research institutions. Independent Financiers The Saskatchewan Angel Investor Network (SAINT) (www.saint.sk.ca) is a member-based group of investors who have an interest in investing in early stage and growth-focused Saskatchewan companies. These investments cover a broad range of industries, including technology, where there is potential to build sustainable and success- ful businesses. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 21 SASKATOON REGION Relocate | Build | Expand Whether you are looking for an existing facility or land to build a new facility, the SREDA team is pleased to assist you in contacting the people that can help you locate to the Saskatoon Region. Industrial Land (Greenfield) Saskatoon Region Greenfield Industrial Land The Saskatoon Region has many options for companies locating new facilities. Depending on the necessity and level of services (such as rail or large power re- quirements), the region can offer a wide variety of land to meet the needs of nearly any size of facility. Saskatoon Region Industrial Land Price (per acre; un-serviced and serviced) City of Saskatoon $160,000— $325,000 RM of Blucher $5,000— $10,000 RM of Corman Park $85,000—$300,000 Town of Langham $15,000—$110,000 Town of Martensville $150,000 Town of Rosthern Please contact Town of Warman $185,000 Prices updated: May 2008 Greenfield Development Charges The City of Saskatoon is the only developer of fully serviced industrial land inside the city limits. Lot prices are calculated using prices for land and services as approved by City Council, and prices quoted from the City of Saskatoon Land Bank include servicing. Typically, those properties that have complete services (i.e. sewers, wa- ter, utilities, curbs, and at least a gravel-based road with paving to be provided within a reasonable period) are available for sale, and the purchaser is responsible for all private connections into the lot. Development charges for un-serviced land that changes ownership privately are paid by the purchaser, and services are installed by the City of Saskatoon. Industrial land outside of the city limits is developed by private contractors, and may or may not be negotiated as part of the purchase price. Zoning and Permitting The purpose of zoning is to separate different land uses to insure that all uses are compatible, common develop- ment standards are used and that development does not unreasonably impose a burden upon its neighbours. Building permits are required for new construction, additions, alterations, renovations, relocations, and repairs or rehabilitation of a building or structure. Municipal governments oversee zoning and permitting in their respec- Environmental Regulations A number of government acts, regulations and agreements are in place to protect to Saskatoon Region environ- ment. Depending on the sector in which a company operates, environmental laws are regulated by federal and/ or provincial governments. Environment Canada, Saskatchewan Environment, and local municipalities oversee these laws to ensure people and companies conform to regional standards. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 22 SASKATOON REGION Relocate | Build | Expand Existing Facilities Saskatoon (City) Overall Industrial Vacancy Rates The Saskatoon Region’s industrial market is made up of over 17,000,000 square feet. From 2003 to 2006, virtually all available land has been absorbed through new construction of approximately 825,000 square feet . Nonetheless, there are many available facilities in the City of Saskatoon and surrounding towns and munici- palities. Local development companies are also willing to build or renovate to suit a companies needs. Occupancy and Construction Costs Saskatoon (City) Industrial Market - Historical Sales Data Industrial Rental rates on new construction are $7.00 to $10.00 per square foot, with rates more typically in the $4.00 to $7.00 per square foot range on existing product. The bottom end of this range is set by larger ware- house buildings with minimal office content, lower quality buildings, and older buildings, with the top end set by newer design-built warehouses which may in- clude a fenced yard and upgraded office space. Loca- tions with retail potential often generate rents above this level. Office There is over 6,000,000 square feet of office space in Asking Face Rate per Operating Cost per the City of Saskatoon, with 53% of the inventory lo- Class square foot square foot cated in the downtown core. On a city-wide basis, of- fice vacancy decreased from the 6.1% in 2007 to the A $12.00 - $16.00 $9.00 - $10.50 current estimate of 5.6%. Vacancy in the downtown office market dropped by a full three percentage points, AB $10.00 - $14.00 $8.00 - $9.50 from 8.2% in January 2007 to 5.2%. B $8.00 - $14.00 $7.00 - $9.00 Face rates in the suburban market tend to be at similar levels as the central core buildings, primarily the $6.00 C $5.00 - $8.00 $4.00 - $8.00 per square foot to $15.00 per square foot range. Source: Brundson Junor Johnson Appraisals Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 23 SASKATOON REGION Markets Proximity to Markets As energy costs increase, many companies are shifting purchasing habits to local markets to reduce transporta- tion costs, and also looking for efficiencies when shipping goods to and from their location. The Saskatoon Re- gion has many advantages for companies selling locally, as well as those importing and exporting goods. Consumer Market Located at the centre of western Canada, Saskatoon is strategically placed for companies selling goods within Canada and around the world. Over three-hundred thousand consumers live within one hundred kilometres (62 miles) of the city of Saskatoon, and approximately 5 million people within 800 kilometres (500 miles). Western Canada boasts over 9 million people and is growing quickly, due to a strong western Canadian economy. From Saskatoon, goods can be transported via highway to Northern Ontario, Northern Canada, and Western Can- ada within a few days. There are 10 million people within one day of Saskatoon, and more than 80 million within a two day drive. The Saskatoon Region is also an excellent base for exporting, with highway access to the United States, and rail access to two ocean ports. Over 85% of all manufacturing companies in the region ship goods around the world. Supplier Market Importing supplies to produce goods in Saskatoon is essential, and the region benefits from strong highway, rail and air infrastructure. For example, two national railways converge in Saskatoon, allowing companies choice when shipping goods to the region. The Port of Prince Rupert in northern British Columbia is 36 hours closer to Singapore than the Port of Vancouver, reducing shipping times and costs. Raw Materials Recent growth in the Saskatoon Region economy can be attributed to strong commod- Did you know… ity prices. These natural resources are readily available for local manufacturers to pro- • Some of the world’s duce goods, and is a leading reason that many companies look to the Saskatoon Re- richest deposits of gion for value added opportunities. potash, the main ingredient in fertilizer, are in Saskatchewan.. Saskatchewan has almost 50% of Canada’s arable land, and is a major producer and exporter of pulse crops and livestock. These resources contribute to the large concen- • Over 30% of the world's supply of tration of successful food processing facilities in the Saskatoon Region. potash comes from Saskatchewan. Mining is also an important part of the Saskatoon Region economy. Saskatchewan has • There are seven potash a wealth of mineral resources, including potash, uranium, coal, gold, diamonds, oil and mines in the Saskatoon natural gas. Building materials such as sand and gravel are also products of the mining Region. industry. • The head office of PotashCorp, the world’s largest potash mining company, is located in Saskatoon. • There is enough potash in Saskatchewan to supply the world for several hundred years. www.sreda.com Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 24 SASKATOON REGION Business Development Research and Development Facilities Scientific research and development in Saskatoon is conducted principally at the University of Saskatchewan and Innovation Place Research Park, Did you know... both of which house many of Canada’s finest research and development Local scientists have research expertise facilities. in a wide range of industrial sectors, including: Local, national and international companies utilize the synchrotron, bio- • advanced materials processing facilities, fermentation plants, as well as structural science and & manufacturing telecommunication labs to increase competitiveness and reduce costs. • aerospace & defence This is complemented by local organizations assisting in the commerciali- • agricultural biotechnology zation of new discoveries and processes. • chemicals • food science Innovation Place Research Park (www.innovationplace.ca) • forestry Innovation Place is one of the most successful university-related research • health sciences parks in North America. The park is situated on 80 acres adjacent to the • information & University of Saskatchewan, and builds on the institution's strengths in communication technology agriculture, information technology, and environmental and life sciences. • life sciences Innovation Place is home to 150 clients, employing more than 2,700 peo- • mining ple in 19 buildings across the park. • natural resources & environment Innovation Place is home to a range of new and value-added products, • oil & gas processes and technologies. It is a place where scientists and business pro- • pharmaceuticals fessionals come together, where exploration and expertise go hand in • plastics hand, and where visionaries do more than dream -- they create. The Canadian Light Source (CLS) Inc. Synchrotron (www.lightsource.ca) The Canadian Light Source synchrotron is one of the largest scientific projects in Canada, and is used for scientific research and for companies wishing to enhance their R&D capability. Producing light that is a million times brighter than sunlight, the synchrotron is much like a microscope, allowing scientist to study and understand the nature and structure of molecules and materials. Information obtained with a synchrotron can be used to help design new drugs, examine the structure of surfaces for developing more effective motor oils, build more power- ful computer chips, and help with clean-up of mining wastes, to name just a few applications. Did you know… The University of Saskatchewan boasts the first cobalt-60 unit for cancer treatment, the first commercially available genetically engineered animal vaccine, and the first Canadian experiment undertaken aboard a space shuttle. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 25 SASKATOON REGION Business Development Support for Product Development and Technology Transfer Local, national and international businesses have access to contract research facilities at the University of Sas- katchewan and a number of other support and product development agencies. Locating in the Saskatoon Region has helped many companies improve their bottom line, as well as bring new inventions to the marketplace. Agriculture and Life Sciences Innovation Place Bio Processing Centre (www.innovationplace.com) provides toll or custom processing on a contract basis for the natural health product, cosmetic, and agri-food industries. The plant has a wide range of wet proc- essing equipment that is used to carry out extraction and/or fractionation of many different plant materials. National Research Council Plant Biotechnology Institute (NRC-PBI) (www.pbi.nrc.ca) promotes and conducts col- laborative plant biotechnology research with universities, government departments, and biotechnology compa- nies. It assists with transferring research to produce development and commercialization, and provides training for plant biotechnology scientists. The NRC/PBI Industry Partnership Facility is a 74,000 square foot expansion built to house incubation and research equipment for start-up plant-science companies. POS Pilot Plant Corporation (www.pos.ca) is a confidential research and development facility specializing in devel- oping bio-processing solutions. Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) (www.src.sk.ca) houses the Fermentation Pilot Plant, GenServe Laboratories, and Bova-Can Laboratories. • The Fermentation Pilot Plant focuses on the development, scale-up, optimization, and commercialization of new and existing products. SRC’s research professionals perform public and confidential contract research and development. • GenServe Laboratories offers DNA testing services to agricultural and biotechnology industries. The services include high throughput DNA testing of plants and DNA fingerprinting of crops, trees, and micro-organisms. The laboratory also develops new molecular testing technologies on a contract basis. • Bova-Can Laboratories provides diagnostic genetic services to the livestock industry. Its annual sales have reached $1.2 million. Toxicology Centre (www.usask.ca/toxicology) focuses on studying the adverse effects of chemical and physical agents on the aquatic system. Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) (www.vido.org) focuses on Did you know... both human and animal vaccine research. VIDO also houses the International VIDO was recently awarded $5.6mil- Vaccine Centre (InterVac), a $140 million vaccine research and development lion U.S. by the Bill & Melinda Gates facility against diseases such as tuberculosis, West Nile virus and SARS. Foundation to improve vaccines for newborns. Food Science The Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre (www.foodcentre.sk.ca) assists with research and develop- ment of products, provides interim processing, and assists with regulations, marketing, distribution, and imple- mentation of food quality assurance programs. The U of S College of Agriculture’s Department of Applied Microbiology and Food Science (www.usask.ca) con- ducts chemical, biological and processing studies of food products for development and quality improvements. Mining and Communications Technology Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre (SSSC) The SSSC (www.usask.ca/sssc) is an $11.4 million multi-disciplinary research centre that complements the Canadian Light Source. It provides services for universities, government, and private sector. Telecommunications Research Laboratories (TRLabs) (www.trlabs.ca) is Canada’s largest not-for-profit telecommu- nications research consortium. Its research is focused on data networking, network access, and network systems, photonics, and wireless communication. Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 26 SASKATOON REGION Appendix— Contact Information Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority 103 - 202 Fourth Avenue North Saskatoon, SK S7K 0K1 Canada Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 306.664.0720 Toll-free: 1.800.706.1977 Fax: 306.244.5033 For assistance on locating businesses in Saskatoon, please contact: Sarah Marchildon Manager, Business Attraction Phone: (306) 664-0729 Fax: (306) 244-5033 Email: email@example.com Regional Partners Regional Area Administrator Phone Fax Email RM of Aberdeen Gary Dziadyk (306) 253-4312 (306) 253-4445 firstname.lastname@example.org RM of Blucher R. Doran Scott (306) 257-3344 (306) 257-3303 email@example.com RM of Corman Park Tammy Knuttila (306) 242-9303 (306) 242-6965 firstname.lastname@example.org RM of Dundurn Vi Barna (306) 492-2132 (306) 492-4758 email@example.com RM of Great Bend Ken Tanchak (306) 997-2101 (306) 997-2201 firstname.lastname@example.org RM of Rosthern Jim Spriggs (306) 232-4393 (306) 232-5321 email@example.com RM of Vanscoy Shaun Antosh (306) 668-2060 (306) 668-1338 firstname.lastname@example.org Town of Aberdeen Susan Fehr (306) 253-4311 (306) 253-4201 email@example.com Town of Allan Christine Dyck (306) 257-3272 (306) 257-3337 firstname.lastname@example.org Town of Dalmeny Shelley Funk (306) 254-2133 (306) 254-2142 email@example.com Town of Delisle Mark Dubkowski (306) 493-2242 (306) 493-2263 firstname.lastname@example.org Town of Dundurn Sharon Miskolczi (306) 492-2202 (306) 492-2030 email@example.com Town of Hague Deanna Braun (306) 225-2155 (306) 225-4410 firstname.lastname@example.org Town of Langham Randy Sherstobitoff (306) 283-4842 (306) 283-4772 email@example.com Town of Martensville Bonnie Gorelitza (306) 931-3763 (306) 931-3762 firstname.lastname@example.org Town of Osler Sandra MacArthur (306) 239-2155 (306) 239-2194 email@example.com Town of Rosthern Nicole LaChance (306) 232-4826 (306) 232-5638 firstname.lastname@example.org Town of Waldheim Chris Adams (306) 945-2161 (306) 945-2360 email@example.com Town of Warman Ivan Gabrysh (306) 933-2133 (306) 933-1987 firstname.lastname@example.org Village of Borden Sandra Long (306) 997-2134 (306) 997-2134 email@example.com Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 27 SASKATOON REGION Appendix— Contact Information Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority SREDA Member Town Transportation & Logistics makes sense in Saskatoon Page 28 For more information on this report and other economic information on the Saskatoon region, please contact: Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority 103 - 202 Fourth Avenue North Saskatoon, SK S7K 0K1 Canada Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 306.664.0720 Toll-free: 1.800.706.1977 Fax: 306.244.5033 The Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) Inc. promotes economic development strategies that foster the attraction, retention, growth and expansion of opportunities in the Saskatoon Region.
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