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 Oil Formation, one of the most prolific oil producing patches in the world. Not surprising that you will find corporations such as Whitecap Resources, 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. Agri-business, agri-food companies and major farm implement dealers continue to thrive and expand into our 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 regional headquarters in Weyburn include SaskPower Regional Distribution Centre, Southeast Cornerstone School Division, Southeast College Administrative offices and campus, and Southeast Regional Library.
“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 thriving business atmosphere,” states Twila Walkeden, executive director for Weyburn Regional Economic Development.
Convenient access to Weyburn is never a problem, not with three major highways intersecting the city. Highway 13, stretching from Lethbridge, Alta. to Winnipeg, Man. is named the Red Coat Trail. Much of its length follows the route of the original historic path taken in 1874 by the North-West Mounted Police in their quest to bring law and order to the Canadian 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. Lastly, 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 mid-western U.S. trans-shipment points and trucking connections to all major networks. Walkeden points out that “the ability to efficiently move goods makes Weyburn the ideal location for major manufacturing firms.”
Weyburn is well-defined by being a safe, friendly, 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. MoneySense has named Weyburn as the best place to live in the prairies for two consecutive years.
“More evidence that Weyburn is a great place to live, work and play,” points out Walkeden. Residents and visitors alike enjoy beautiful rural surroundings including lakes, parks, and connection to the agricultural lifestyle.
Weyburn’s stable economic base, its transportation accessibility and its attractive labour force are why businesses are attracted to Weyburn. While enjoying the luxuries of small city life, Weyburn’s central location in the Southeast Saskatchewan maintains easy access to the convenience and services of larger centers.