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Jun 1, 2012

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The value of commercial developments in Kitimat has increased by 259 per cent between 2010 and 2011. A number of high-profile projects could push that number even higher for 2012. Rio Tinto’s $3.2-billion smelter upgrade and the $3-billion LNG liquefaction and export terminal are under construction. Add those projects to Enbridge’s proposed $5.5-billion Northern Gateway terminal and pipeline, Kinder Morgan’s $2-billion terminal and pipeline and the $1.28-billion Pacific Trail pipeline, and Kitimat might be on the verge of reversing its population decline.

Sturgeon County

If all the projects proposed for Sturgeon County are built, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland could become Canada’s busiest industrial area outside Fort McMurray. Among the proposed projects are the $15-billion Northwest Redwater Partnership bitumen refinery and the $45-million Williams Energy ethylene handling plant. But those are just the beginning: the total value of commercial development permits skyrocketed 181 per cent between 2010 and 2011.


In five years, Yorkton has issued $214 million worth of building permits. That’s not bad for a city of 18,471. The number of building permits could continue to grow if Agrium, Potash Corp and BHP Billiton continue to exploit the ample potash reserves southwest of the city. Yorkton estimates that activity would add 6,500 jobs over the next five years. That would mark the continuation of an impressive growth trajectory in the city that has seen number of business licences issued in Yorkton increase 13 per cent between 2010 and 2011 and the value of commercial development permits jump by 70 per cent over the same period.


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