Moose Jaw's Competitive Advantage

MOOSE JAW BEST PLACE TO DO BUSINESS

Moose Jaw serves as the western anchor to the Moose Jaw-Regina Industrial Corridor, one of the largest economic regions in the province. The Corridor accounts for 20 per cent of Saskatchewan’s GDP and 24 per cent of its population. Intensified cropping and livestock production in the area are attracting ag-processing related development. Seed processing plants have recently opened and are taking advantage of pulse crops grown in the area. Moose Jaw is a major agricultural equipment supplier and service centre supporting a strong and growing agricultural sector.

Moose Jaw is growth-focused with aggressive tax policies to attract investment capital:

MOOSE JAW INVESTMENT TAX INCENTIVES

  • COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL TAX PHASE-IN The City of Moose Jaw provides a five year property tax phase-in to new builds or expansions. The exemption is applied to the increased assessed value resulting from construction, as follows: 100% Year 1; 80 % Year 2; 60% Year 3; 40% Year 2; and 20% Year 5.
  • JOB CREATION INCENTIVE in eligible sectors can receive a five-year property tax phase-in (sliding scale based on the number of jobs created). For example, a company creating more than 60 new jobs in manufacturing or processing, transportation/warehousing distribution or communications and research sectors can receive a five-year 100% property tax exemption(excluding land).
  • OTHER PROPERTY TAX INCENTIVES are available for  Heritage, Re-Use of an Existing Building; Living over Shops (downtown only); Replacement Housing/Vacant Lot In-fill Incentive; and the Grayson Business Park Environmental Phase I.

VAST RESERVES OF POTASH The world wants more potash and the Moose Jaw area large reserves of high quality potash. Potash projects need a proven deposit, political stability in the area and solid infrastructure.

AGRICULTURE The area showcases some of most productive lands on the planet, helping drive the local economy.

MUNICIPAL LAND FOR SALE

  • New MOOSE JAW INDUSTRIAL PARK Large parcels (30 acres up to 100 acres) of city-owned land are “for sale”. The industrial park is located on the southeast outskirts of the city, near the lagoons. The Greenfield Industrial Park will be serviced with sewer, water, and provide future rail access to the CP mainline. The new park has access to power and natural gas, and the City can customize services to manage waste water treatment.
  • GRAYSON BUSINESS PARK Serviced, commercially-zoned lots are pre-priced ready for sale. Lots range in size from 0.5 acre to 1.6 acres, complete with sewer and water, storm sewer, fire hydrants, natural gas, power, and curbs with heavy haul asphalt streets. The price of lots ranges from $120,000 to $230,000 per acre plus development levies.

City of Moose Jaw Business Licenses

RAIL TERMINAL OF NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE Moose Jaw has
two national railways. Proximity to the United States makes the Moose Jaw vital to both the Canadian Pacific Rail (CPR) and Canadian National (CN): Moose Jaw is Saskatchewan headquarters for the
CPR and its railway terminus of the Soo Line, a direct link to Minneapolis and Chicago. CPR has its largest mainline refueling facility in Moose Jaw and trains run 24/7 (between 30 and 38 trains each day).

TRUCKING DISTRIBUTION CENTRE Major all weather highways provide a fast and safe way of transporting freight with three-day trucking service to Montreal, Toronto, and the eastern seaboard, and two-day service to Vancouver and Chicago, with overnight service to Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Minneapolis. Saskatchewan follows the central time zone year round.

SKILLED AND EDUCATED WORKFORCE Moose Jaw has a higher percentage of people (47.8%) who have post secondary certificates, diplomas or degrees compared to the province (46.5%). The city has more people with apprenticeship or trades certificates and college certificates than the province but a lower percentage (10.25%) with bachelor degrees and above bachelor degrees compared to the province (15.17%).

Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw Campus is a technical and trade college training skilled workers for the local and provincial labour markets. Moose Jaw Palliser Campus graduates are highly trained in the areas of Engineering Technologies, Building Trades, and Business Administration. Other programs such as Food Services, Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language are also offered.

NATO FLYING TRAINING (NFTC) Canadian Forces Base 15 Wing Moose Jaw is home to the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC). CAE, a simulation-training-system company, provides flight simulation training and the Air Force trains high-quality pilots on behalf of the NATO Alliance representing dozens of countries from around the world. CAE took over Bombardier’s 20 year contract (worth $2.85 billion) and is now the prime contractor responsible for the NFTC program which involves base facilities, delivering ground-school classroom and simulator training, and support of live flying training.

MOOSE JAW REGINA INDUSTRIAL CORRIDOR Most industrial investment has taken place in the Corridor within the rural municipalities nearest the villages of Belle Plaine and Bethune. International heavy industrial giants have the capacity to locate anywhere in the world but are attracted to the Corridor by its many assets, including rail and highway infrastructure, major pipelines delivering natural gas and oil, wide open spaces distanced from urban population, a sustainable supply of water, and proximity to a large workforce. Plentiful reserves of high quality potash, low cost natural gas and grain crops (for ethanol production) are reasons these companies exist here.

POWER, NATURAL GAS AND inFINET SERVICES The Crown Investment Corporation (CIC) oversees key utilities, including SaskPower, SaskTel, SaskEnergy and SaskWater. Moose Jaw is Saskatchewan’s first city with fibre optics with all homes hooked up to infiNet network and business-grade infiNet services – Static IP and Business Connect – to business customers in Moose Jaw’s downtown core offering speeds up to 260 Mbps.

ENTREPRENEURIAL COMMUNITY IN SASKATCHEWAN According to the Federation of Independent Business in 2015 Moose Jaw dropped from Top 10 to a ranking of 89th out of 121 Canadian cities rates in their annual report. Prince Albert was the only city in Saskatchewan to rank lower than Moose Jaw. CFIB uses 14 indicators in presence, perspective and policy for a score out of 100 and Moose Jaw received a score of only 52.7, compared to a high of 62.1 in 2009. Swift Current and Lloydminster received the highest scores within the province, ranked in the Top 10 after receiving scores of 69.4 out of a possible 100.

One factor affecting the City’s score is the fact that there were only 174 new business starts in 2015, compared to 216 and 276, respectively in 2014 and 2013. 2015’s average 14.5 business starts per month is the slowest pace in 7 years and well behind record-breaking pace set in 2013 averaging 23 per month. The disappointing change in pace reflects business having less confidence in the local economy. Much of the volatility reflected in businesses closing is predominantly in the home and transient business category.

Moose Jaw Area Heavy Industrial Plants – Workforce