The City of Weyburn is a dynamic community that has both a strong and diverse economic base.
Weyburn has long been established as a central figure for the upstream oil industry in Saskatchewan. Weyburn sits geographically atop the Bakken Formation, one of the most prolific oil-producing patches in the world. Not surprising that you will find corporations such as Cenovus Energy, Crescent Point Energy and Enerplus calling our community home in terms of headquarter locations.
Agriculture continues to be the backbone of the community. As the world looks to farmers to meet an ever-increasing need for food supply, Weyburn’s position as one the of the largest inland grain gathering points in North America makes it a vital contributor to a global challenge. Agribusiness, food companies and major farm implement dealers continue to thrive and expand into the community.
As the central community in southeast Saskatchewan, Weyburn is the preferred locale for the public sector and professional regional head offices, contributing an enduring inventory of stable employment opportunities. Among the several key professional and public sector headquarters in Weyburn are SunCountry Health Region, South East Cornerstone School Division, Southeast College administrative offices, and a SaskPower regional distribution center.
“Weyburn prides itself on being the location of choice for many companies and public sector services head offices. This translates into stable employment opportunities and a business atmosphere,” says Twila Walkeden, executive director of Weyburn Regional Economic Development.
With three major highways crossing the city, convenient access to Weyburn is never a problem. Highway 13, stretching from Lethbridge, Alta. to Winnipeg, Man., is named the Red Coat Trail. Much of its length follows the route of the historic path taken in 1874 by the North-West Mounted Police in a quest to bring law and order to the West. Highway 39 is one of Canada’s busiest highways and provides a major trucking and tourism route between the United States and Western Canada. Highway 35 (the CanAm Highway) connects the U.S. border to vast, untouched lakes and rivers in northern Saskatchewan, popular to nature seekers, hunters and anglers.
Weyburn’s proximity to Regina offers access to a wide range of support and services. Whether moving goods, services or people, Weyburn companies enjoy access to an extensive transportation network with global reach. Weyburn is located only an hour from the Global Transportation Hub (GTH), which is Canada’s only autonomous and self-governing Inland Port Authority. The GTH provides rail access to all major Canadian ports, Gulf Coast ports and the Midwest U.S. transshipment points and trucking connections to all major networks.
“The ability to efficiently move goods makes Weyburn the ideal location for several major manufacturing firms,” Walkeden says.
Weyburn is known for providing a safe, friendly, and healthy, balanced lifestyle. A close-knit neighbourhood community with low crime rates, and economic strength makes Weyburn a great place for a family to live. In 2016, MoneySense magazine named Weyburn the best place to live on the Prairies. Weyburn was also named one of the top 10 places to live in Canada when it comes to affordable housing. That same year, Expedia.ca placed the city in the 11th spot on its Friendliest Communities (and Towns) in Canada list.
“More evidence that Weyburn is a great place to live, do business in and visit,” says Walkeden. Residents and visitors alike enjoy beautiful rural surroundings including lakes, parks, and the connection to the agricultural lifestyle.
Weyburn’s stable economic base, its transportation accessibility and its attractive labour force are why businesses are attracted to it. While enjoying the luxuries of small-city life, Weyburn’s central location in the southeast maintains easy access to the convenience and services of larger centres.