This image used with permission from Kenton Letkeman and was found in the Digital Saskatchewan collection, 2011.
Construction of the bridge at St. Louis is under way.  The new bridge is set to open late fall of 2012.  The construction of the bridge is part of a $30 million project that will complete a 683 km long primary weight corridor from Assiniboia to La Ronge.

The North East Health Intitiative is currently underway in Tisdale. The Initiative is focused on seeing two new health care facilities constructed in Tisdale - a long term care home addition as well as the North East HealthPlex. The HealthPlex has been proposed to have the physicians, optometrists, dentists, chiropractors and other health related professionals working together under one roof and attached to the hospital.  Fundraising for this project is currently underway and the goal is $4.5 million. If the goal is reached, both projects will go ahead as planned. The rest of the municipal portion for the long term care will be obtained through tax contributions and the HealthPlex will have a loan on the building which mortgage payments on that loan and operational expenses of the building will be paid by the tenants.

In January, 2012, Tisdale Town Council approved a bylaw to borrow $6.8 million to finance the HealthPlex and Long Term Care Facility (LTC). The LTC is currently under construction. The bylaw must first be approved by the Saskatchewan Municipal Board before the HealthPlex facility project goes to tender.

Caleb Village, the assisted living complex in Tisdale, is ready for occupancy. In March 2012, seniors will begin moving into their new homes. Once totally completed there will be 94 suites in operation. The project costs were approximately $15 million.

Avatex Devcorp Inc. of Edmonton, AB has built a 30-acre regional shopping centre, in Melfort, called “Stonegate”.  Future plans include a large grocery store, additional retail stores, restaurants, and banks.  When fully developed, the regional shopping centre could provide 275 full-time and 325 part-time jobs.  The Canalta Hotel opened in early fall of 2011.  

March 2012, Northland Building Supply Ltd. has moved its store and has reopened in its new 9,500 square foot location on Saskatchewan Drive in Melfort.

Melody Motors is set to move into their new facility on Highway Six in the spring of 2012. Melody Motors is refurbishing an older building and adding on about 6,000 square feet, solely for the purposes of service and a car wash. Melody Motors is located in Melfort.

The City of Melfort granted 108 building permits with a value of $15,934,300 in 2011 compared to 120 building permits with a value of $15,225,119 in 2010. In 2011 the population of the City of Melfort has grown at the rate of 10%, nearly eight times the provincial average. The population of Melfort is now 6,415.

Boston Pizza is coming to Melfort. The family casual dining chain will be expanding into Melfort this year. Melfort entrepreneurs, Ron and Lisa Roberge, have secured the franchise for the restaurant, which is expected to start construction in the spring of and open in October or November of 2012.

Shore Gold has approved a $12.5 million budget for the Fort a la Corne Joint Venture with Newmont Mining Corporation.  As of March 2012, Shore Gold is in the process of securing financing and is nearing the completion of the Environmental Impact Assessment and working at procuring permits. 500 jobs are expected during construction if the project moves forward as planned.

In January 2012, the Nipawin Save-U IGA grocery store completed an extensive amount of renovations and upgrades. There are currently 22 employees.

In January 2012, Nipawin residents celebrated the grand re-opening of their Centennial and Jubilee Arena Complex after completion of extensive upgrades inside and outside the facility. The program received $500,000 from the federal government, $750,000 from the provincial government and $750,000 from the local people for a total of $2 million. The upgrades on the project took one year to complete.

Tim Horton’s restaurant and drive-through opened in Nipawin during the fall of 2011.

The Choiceland Hotel was destroyed by fire early in 2011.  The employer plans to rebuild the hotel with the next year.

In January 2012, the Prince Albert Indian and Métis Friendship Center is pleased to announce that work on a new 15 bed youth addictions center is nearing completion. Programming for the facility is still unclear, but hopes are it will be offering long term solutions for youth addictions.

The City of Prince Albert has awarded a $13.4 million contract for upgrades to its water treatment plant.  Upgrades are expected to be completed in 2012.

Residential and commercial construction permits have increased in the City of Prince Albert by over 15% from 2010 to 2011. This trend for significant growth in construction values in Prince Albert started in 2008.

Pine Grove Correctional Center in Prince Albert is undergoing a $12 million expansion over the next 2 years.  Construction will be complete in spring 2013.

Construction is set to continue on Highway 11 between Prince Albert and Saskatoon. If all goes according to plan, construction should be completed by the fall of 2012 fully connecting the two cities of Prince Albert and Saskatoon with a double-lane highway.

Construction on the new Pineview Terrace Lodge replacement project in Prince Albert is one step closer to commencing. The construction contract for the new lodge has been awarded to RNF Ventures Ltd.
The new Pineview Terrance Lodge complex project has received the final commitment of $1 million from the City of Prince Albert which now fulfills the local share of the project. The total local share of the project is 20% or $3.34 million with the province funding the balance of the project cost. The new building will be almost double the present size from 34 to 60 beds. It will be structured as five separate homes of 12, with separate entrances, dining areas and common areas. There will be another common area for events, as well as a chapel. Sod turning is expected in early spring 2012, with residents moving into the new facility as early as 2014.

BHP Billiton’s potash project in Jansen has moved into the feasibility study phase. Significant construction jobs will be needed when this moves into that phase.