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Manufacturing plays a key role in Saskatchewan's economy, representing 5.5 per cent of the province's GDP. Shipments reached $13.4 billion in 2020.
The province has created a favourable business environment for manufacturers with many competitive advantages including: low corporate income tax for manufacturers and processors at 10 per cent, as well as provincial tax exemptions for eligible machinery, equipment and materials.
Location, location, location
Saskatchewan's central time zone and central location in North America make it easy to do business throughout the continent.
Saskatchewan is only a day away by land from a market of 60 million people and only two days away from more than 270 million people in Canada and the United States.
With its expansive export trade and destination markets, Saskatchewan is connected provincially, nationally and internationally to markets, people, technology and services.
Taxes and Incentives
The Saskatchewan corporate income tax rate on manufacturing and processing profits may be as low as 10 per cent.
Manufacturers and processors that establish facilities in Saskatchewan are eligible for a six per cent refundable investment tax credit on capital purchases, and direct agents used in the manufacturing process are exempt from the provincial sales tax.
The small business income tax rate for Canadian-controlled private corporations is two per cent and applies to the first $600,000 of business income. Saskatchewan's small business corporate income tax rate dropped from two per cent to zero effective October 1, 2020. Beginning July 1, 2022, the small business tax rate will move to one per cent. And on July 1, 2023, the small business tax rate will return to two per cent.
Of the Canadian provinces with a provincial sales tax, Saskatchewan's rate of six per cent is the lowest.
Saskatchewan does not charge a payroll tax for employers, and there are no health premiums levied.
Saskatchewan has a refundable 10 per cent tax credit for scientific research and development expenditures.
Since 2010, Saskatchewan has reached an estimated $173 billion in new investments.
International companies that have invested or opened operations in Saskatchewan include:
Crown corporations in Saskatchewan supply electricity, natural gas and telecommunication services with utility rates that are among the most competitive in North America.
A solid infrastructure of road, rail and air transport make Saskatchewan an ideal location for both manufacturing and distribution.
Our highway and municipal road networks constitute the largest rural road system in Canada, totalling more than 190,000 kilometres.
The province has 2,400 trucking companies, two international airports, two major rail lines and 13 shortline railroads.
Population and Demographics
Saskatchewan's population is at an all-time high. As of April 1, 2021, there were 1,179,906 people living in the province. Population has been growing for 58 out of the last 60 quarters.
Saskatchewan has two demographic factors that make it unique:
Indigenous people made up about 16% of the province's population in 2016 and are expected to account for about one in five people in Saskatchewan by 2036. The relatively young age of the Indigenous population provides opportunities to meet future labour demands
Three out of five employed people in the province have at least completed post-secondary education or training.
Saskatchewan has one of the most productive workforces among provinces with an average of $82.20 of output per hour worked in 2020.
Saskatchewan has two universities, two technical schools and seven regional colleges.
The University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon is recognized for its leadership in agriculture, information technology, health services and biotechnology.
The University of Regina is at the forefront in petroleum engineering, climate change, health care, social work, justice and education.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic provides technical education and skills training and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies provides technical and vocation training to indigenous students.
The Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant provides employers with funding to train new or existing employees to meet the skill requirements for available jobs.
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program helps industry keep up with the demand for skilled workers with over 20,000 nominees arriving in Saskatchewan over the last five years (not including spouses and dependents).
Saskatchewan has extensive research infrastructure, with a particular focus on agriculture, agricultural biotechnology, energy, and carbon capture and storage.
Innovation Saskatchewan is the central agency of the Government of Saskatchewan with responsibility for developing policies and programs and conducting activities that assist in the implementation of Saskatchewan's innovation priorities.