Economy, Business and Labour Market
Industry and Businesses
Key Employers in Community
Most Wynyard residents are employed in agriculture and related services. Agricultural establishments include Lilydale Co-operative Ltd, Wynyard Poultry Farms Ltd, Wynyard Hatchery Ltd, CPR Mashalling Yards, Wynyard Technologies Inc, Goodhall Memorials Ltd, and Big Quill Resources Ltd. There is also a grocery store, a gas station, retail shops, a liquor store, a cannabis store, and restaurants.
Key employers include Sofina (200-250); Hospital/Care Home (100); CPR (50); Coop (50); Compass Minerals (30).
Compass Minerals, near Kandahar, and Broadgrain, in Dafoe, continue to invest in their facilities and provide a large number of employment opportunities to people from Wynyard and the area. Other employment opportunities are created by the Town of Wynyard project (e.g., arena construction).
A list of local businesses can be found here: Wynyard, SK Business Directory, Listings and Search.
Business Needs / Gaps
Business gaps in Wynyard include insufficient clothing stores and entertainment options. Wynyard has lawyers; however, succession planning in law firms is challenging.
The community has tax incentives in place for new builds, a two-year full tax exemption on a new building, and a one-year full tax exemption if someone buys an existing business.
Economic Development Programs / Plans
Town Council is authorizing staff to create an Economic Development Committee. The town also runs workshops and other events to support local businesses.
Key Economic Challenges in the Community
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Recruitment and retention of workers is always a challenge. Other job opportunities, such as those offered in the mining sector, affect employment at local businesses.
Employment services offered by Wynyard include
Sporadic support services for resume writing, interview coaching, counselling, and job coaching are offered through such institutions as the CTRC.
Wynyard worries about the shortage of skilled workers in the community. There is a current need for trades, especially millwrights.