Homegrown success: Regina taking its place in the global economy

Chris Lane, EDR

More than ever, Saskatchewan is home to the products and services the world needs.

Our province is a reliable source of safe, responsibly-produced food, energy, and fertilizer—and the world has taken notice. Regina is in an especially enviable position. In a time when food production is increasingly vital, we’re surrounded by millions of acres of the most productive, reliable and sustainable farmland anywhere in the world. And as energy security and sustainability rises, we have a bright future in renewable fuels, carbon capture, and critical research.

While our region’s traditional strength has been primary agriculture, Regina is growing well beyond that foundation. Just look at the evidence:

  • Regina is home to a thriving food and ingredient value-add sector, processing wheat, barley, lentils, canola and specialty items like flax and oat products. Our world-class processors provide a broad range of high-quality food for the world.
  • Regina’s canola play has gathered unprecedented momentum. With almost $4 billion in value-added investments, Regina is set to become one of the world’s most significant canola crush hubs. From food oil and livestock feed to renewable fuels and plant protein, the canola play is one of Regina’s most important opportunities.
  • Regina boasts a rapidly developing biomass cluster that is creating new uses for Saskatchewan-grown crops. Whether it’s new renewable energy, pulp and paper, or high-quality fertilizer, Regina is at the centre of new, innovative, and sustainable opportunities.
  • With the help of Canada’s first venture-backed agtech accelerator, Regina is becoming an important centre for agriculture innovation and attracting millions in private capital.
  • And speaking of sustainability, the University of Regina is home to world-leading research in clean energy and carbon capture and storage, putting Saskatchewan at the forefront in this crucial field.

Regina is the right place at the right time. We have the people, assets, and infrastructure and momentum to unlock new opportunities for businesses here and around the world. At Economic Development Regina (EDR), our job is to connect those opportunities to the people and businesses that fuel our city. With a predicted economic growth rate of 6.1 per cent this year alone, Regina is among Canada’s leading cities and is truly the heartbeat of the new prairie economy.