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Unemployment rates for August 2023, by Canadian city

The national unemployment rate was 5.5 per cent in August, 2023.

  • St. John’s, N.L. 6.1 per cent
  • Halifax 7.1 per cent
  • Moncton, N.B. 5.5 per cent
  • Saint John, N.B. 6.2 per cent
  • Saguenay, Que. 4.4 per cent
  • Quebec City 3.2 per cent
  • Sherbrooke, Que. 3.1 per cent
  • Trois-Rivières, Que. 4.0 per cent
  • Montreal 5.1 per cent
  • Gatineau, Que. 4.5 per cent
  • Ottawa 4.9 per cent
  • Kingston, Ont. 3.9 per cent
  • Belleville, Ont. 10.5 per cent
  • Peterborough, Ont. 4.0 per cent
  • Oshawa, Ont. 5.1 per cent
  • Toronto 6.5 per cent
  • Hamilton, Ont. 5.3 per cent
  • St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 6.9 per cent
  • Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.6 per cent
  • Brantford, Ont. 4.8 per cent
  • Guelph, Ont. 4.2 per cent
  • London, Ont. 5.6 per cent
  • Windsor, Ont. 5.8 per cent
  • Barrie, Ont. 4.5 per cent
  • Greater Sudbury, Ont. 4.5 per cent
  • Thunder Bay, Ont. 4.6 per cent
  • Winnipeg 5.3 per cent
  • Regina 5.0 per cent
  • Saskatoon 5.4 per cent
  • Lethbridge, Alta. 5.5 per cent
  • Calgary 5.8 per cent
  • Edmonton 6.1 per cent
  • Kelowna, B.C. 2.6 per cent
  • Abbotsford-Mission, B.C. 6.0 per cent
  • Vancouver 5.8 per cent
  • Victoria 3.5 per cent

Source » The Canadian Press via the Winnipeg Free Press

Saskatchewan is adding a $150 tax surcharge to owners of electric vehicles

While other places are encouraging people to move towards electric vehicles, Saskatchewan does the opposite.

Cloe Logan, National Observer »

While many provinces are incentivizing people to switch over to pollution-free automobiles, Saskatchewan has positioned itself as an outlier by imposing a new $150 fee for all electric vehicles users.

The fee took effect Oct. 1, and is meant to ensure EV users pay their fair share for road use. The move was ridiculed by environmental advocates, who say it will discourage the shift to EVs. However, the government rationalized the move by noting drivers of gasoline-powered vehicles already contribute to road and highway maintenance through taxes on gas that go to varying levels of government, including the province.

Although $150 isn’t a huge price for many EV owners, it’s a move Joel Bruneau, a professor of economics at the University of Saskatchewan, says sends a strong negative message to anyone who may be considering a new EV. As of September, there were only 611 registered EVs in the province, compared to British Columbia, where there were 54,000 registered as of April.

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Parks Canada is restoring the Sturgeon River Plains Bison population

Restoring a healthy Sturgeon River plains bison population

The Sturgeon River plains bison, in Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan, are one of the few remaining free-ranging herds in North America. Monitoring is conducted throughout the year to examine bison habitat, movement, predator-prey relationships, range change and expansion.

Academic partners such as Laval Université, University of Saskatchewan, and University of Manitoba conduct research that informs decisions related to bison management.

Parks Canada »

Bison co-management and research is taking place to help restore a healthy plains bison population that thrives on the landscape inside and outside Prince Albert National Park. The Sturgeon River plains bison herd is one of the few free-ranging bison populations in North America. The herd’s unique wild status makes it an important conservational, cultural, social and economic resource regionally and nationally.

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