Saskatchewan’s communities are some of the best in the West, according to a recent survey by an Edmonton-based business magazine.

Alberta Venture named Regina, Saskatoon, Estevan and North Battleford to their 2012 list of the top 25 places to do business in Western Canada.

Saskatchewan cities also garnered accolades in a variety of other survey categories:

  • Regina’s oil and gas technologies netted the city a spot as one of the best communities for high-tech. With the University Regina and the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology in the city’s backyard, and access to the Bakken play, the magazine suggests “Regina is coming into its own as the tech capital of the province. “
  • North Battleford was named one of the top places for agri-business, with the University of Saskatchewan’s Canadian Feed Research Centre as the driving force behind the ranking. The magazine suggests the centre “has further position Saskatchewan – and North Battleford – as a leader in agricultural research.”
  • Saskatoon took home honours as one of the top communities for mining and forestry. According to the magazine, the province’s potash reserves and the 2011 decision by BHP Billiton to move their diamond and specialty products head office from Vancouver to Saskatoon landed them a spot on the list.
  • Saskatoon was also recognized as one of the leading communities for green business. This thanks to the “Green Energy Park” that was announced by Saskatoon’s electrical utility company last year, and the city’s first high-end LEED qualified business park that is in development.
  • Yorkton received praise as one of the communities on the rise in Western Canada. The magazine cites $214 million in building permits in the last five years, ample potash reserves south of the city, and an estimated 6,500 jobs that could be added as a result of potash development in the area as some of the reasons for their ranking.
  • The best overall city in Saskatchewan goes to Estevan. Home to almost 13,000 people, the magazine suggests that Estevan has a “business climate that can best be described as sunny with intermittent sunny periods.” The city and area has a young population and is home to the $1.2 billion SaskPower Boundary Dam project, the Bakken oil play, two Sherrit coal mines, and plenty of agriculture.

In appreciation of the New West Partnership, Alberta Venture expanded their Best Communities for Business list from 10 to 25 in 2011.

The New West Partnership was signed in 2010 by the governments of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, creating an integrated trading zone among the three provinces.

To view Alberta Venture’s Best Communities Survey, please see their website.