Economy

How Alberta SMEs Are Reacting to the Oil Slump

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Faced with a struggling economy and reduced spending from energy clients, smaller firms are paring back their own investment intentions

Why Workers Are Quitting Oil and Gas

Curtis Buxton, a project manager at Skyfire Energy Inc., who was forced to look for new employment after being downsized out of the oil and gas industry, poses with solar panels, in Calgary on in January 2016. Photo: Jeff McIntosh/CP

Post-layoffs, workers are seeking employment outside the natural resources industry to escape the cycle of boom and bust

What Stops Businesses from Setting Up Shop in the North?

A view down Federal Road in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, Canada in February 2014. Photo: Don Denton/CP

A national advisory board is calling for significant government investment in northern infrastructure

Would You Vote for Kevin O’Leary?

Kevin O'Leary attends the Disney ABC Winter TCA Tour in Pasadena, Calif., in this Jan. 10, 2013 file photo.  Photo: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/CP

“If you haven’t made payroll, you have no right to” be a premier or prime minister, says the entrepreneur and former Dragon

Who Wins and Who Loses from the Loonie’s Fall?

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On Tuesday, the Canadian dollar dropped to a 13-year low against the greenback. A look at the beneficiaries and victims of the currency's nosedive

Why Canadian Businesses Have the Winter Blues

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The Bank of Canada’s latest outlook survey finds companies feeling pessimistic about investment, and hiring intentions at their lowest point since 2009

How Oilpatch Firms Are Cutting Costs Without Cutting People

Downtown Calgary in October 2015. Companies in the ailing oilpatch are looking at ways to avoid layoffs—or at the very least to forestall or minimize them. Photo: Darryl Dick/CP

Faced with a sector and geographic downturn, companies are working to avoid or delay layoffs

When the Bust Hits a Boomtown

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Calgary faces both uncertainty and opportunity in 2016 after the oil price plunge of recent months

Why Canada Should Take a Lot More Refugees

Syrian refugees on the Serbia-Hungary border. Photo: Thomas Campean/Anadolu Agency/Getty

Far from being a drain on the tax base, immigrants and refugees are among the most vital parts of the economy

Introducing the 2015 PROFIT 500: Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies

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The dynamic firms on our 27th annual ranking deserve special recognition for prospering in a difficult business climate