According to a release from the provincial government, Saskatchewan is leading the country in retail trade growth. 

Year-over-year retail trade increased by 13 percent between February 2021 and February 2022, which is the highest in Canada. 

“I think the increased numbers in the retail trade, be it wholesale or whatever the category you look at, really speaks to the fact that our economic recovery is well underway,” said Executive Director of the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce, Larry Heggs. “I think we're in the right realm, and we're starting down the right direction.” 

Heggs said that Saskatchewan led the country in wholesale trade and manufacturing sales, and had the second highest growth in month-to-month merchandise exports.  

“It speaks to the diverse economy of Saskatchewan, which of course, as the southeast that is our economy,” he said. “We're very diverse, and whether it be agriculture, oil industry, manufacturing, we've sort of got all the pillars, and so as the economy continues to rebound, or grow for that matter, we will be on the right side of it for sure.” 

He said that this diversity in our economy helps make it successful. 

“We've got what the world needs, whether it be food, whether that be oil, forestry, uranium, potash, we've got all those things as a province so, we will continue to be a leader as the world sort of comes back up to speed, if you want to refer to it that way.” 

Heggs added that moving forward, we should be able to get a reasonable crop going heading into spring with the moisture we’ve received in the southeast.