Nestled in the Canadian prairies, Saskatchewan is blessed with natural resources. Saskatchewan’s pioneers were the first to discover this great potential. Today, the province exports about 70% of what it produces to countries around the world. When your economy depends on trade, you need effective solutions to move products to markets. That is what the Government was thinking when it created the Global Transportation Hub (GTH).
Continuing Saskatchewan’s proud tradition of ground-breaking trade, the GTH is a logistics hub for the 21st Century. Landlocked from the oceans ports, the GTH operates as an inland port that brings rail and highway transportation solutions together in one location.
Specifically designed for organizations in warehousing, distribution, transportation and logistics, as well as light processing and manufacturing, the GTH sells or leases land for these permitted uses. “We took time to listen to the industry and its users. Everything from the property design, roadways, zoning and bylaws has been crafted to help our clients reach domestic and international markets.”
The GTH is responsible for the development, maintenance and regulation of the 1,800-acre footprint. Much like a municipality, the GTH is responsible for all aspects of the footprint, from community planning to enforcement. The GTH is a self-regulating facility – an independent operating entity with its own bylaws and governing structure. Companies exploring development at the GTH deal with a single entity focused on delivering a streamlined, cost-efficient process without multiple layers of government. “We can streamline processes to help clients move quickly through activities such as development plans and permitting,” explains Rhonda Ekstrom, VP Business Development. “This efficiency drives a higher return on investment while guaranteeing that investors are dealing directly with the final decision makers.”
The GTH is Saskatchewan’s only designated Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ), an important advantage for manufacturers interested in the North American market. International companies can access Canada’s duty and tax relief programs by shipping goods to an FTZ, deferring duties and taxes and persevering cash flow until those goods are shipped to market.
With CP Rail and Loblaw as its initial cornerstone tenants, the GTH is building a community where freight intensive industries can find natural synergies like sharing containers, transportation and service providers that ensure the smooth movement of goods. Currently, other clients at the GTH include Fastfrate, Emterra Group, SLGA, Morguard, Future Transfer, Slinkemo, Sterling Truck and Trailer, SaskPower and Brightenview Developments.
Ekstrom points out each new investment at the GTH has a positive impact for the province. “Each client creates new jobs and stimulates further economic activity.” Currently, more than 860 full-time jobs exist on site (not including hundreds more involved in the construction of the hub and its clients) and that number will continue to rise as the GTH grows. Additionally, the GTH boasts about $485 million in private investment. The GTH is proud to be part of helping the province diversify and grow.