Currents: Western Canada gears up to export propane

After years of struggling to secure access to tidewater for its products, the Canadian oil and gas industry see hope in the conditional approve of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project for northern British Columbia. The federal government granted approval, with 190 conditions, in September for an $11.4-billion terminal to export LNG from northern B.C.

Read More

Currents: Manitoban forestry industry needs to find new markets

It has been an especially challenging year for the economy in northern Manitoban. Beyond the potential closure of the Port of Churchill and the Hudson Bay railroad, British Columbia-based Tolko Industries announced in August 2016 its intent to close a pulp-and-paper mill that has operated in The Pas for more than 40 years. This could

Read More

Currents: Canada’s Arctic port at a crossroads

Churchill’s uncertain future—Part 1 The Port of Churchill – the only Arctic port in Canada – closed “for the season” but quite possibly for good on Aug. 8. It is widely assumed that the owner of the port, Denver-based OmniTRAX, will not reopen it, although the company has said it will consider opening for the

Read More

Currents: Western Canada’s relationship with global trade blocs

A SNAPSHOT OF OUR SERIES ON WESTERN CANADA TRADE In the past month, we’ve been looking at western Canada’s relationship with some of the major global trade blocs. The volume of the West’s trade with each bloc varies significantly. It comes as no surprise that NAFTA is western Canada’s most important trading relationship – mainly

Read More

Economic Snapshot