Sask. cities given high marks by business group

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is giving some Saskatchewan cities high marks for encouraging local entrepreneurs.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is giving some Saskatchewan cities high marks for encouraging local entrepreneurs.

In "Communities in Boom: Canada's Top Entrepreneurial Cities," the federation ranked Canadian cities on a variety of factors, from the number of entrepreneurs to the regulatory climate.

Saskatchewan cities are in the report's overall top 10, including Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw, which come in second, third and fourth place, respectively.

Lloydminster is in fifth place, and Prince Albert in seventh.

Leading the overall pack is Grande Prairie, Alta. Most of the other cities on the list are in Alberta, while St. John's, N.L., rounded out the top 10.

"These places generally have the highest levels of business ownership, the most upbeat business climates and the most positive local government policy environments," the report says of the top 10 cities.

Top 10 overall scores, all cities
1.Grande Prairie65 /  100
2.Saskatoon64
3.Regina62
4.Moose Jaw61
5.Lloydminster60
6.Red Deer60
7.Prince Albert59
8.Edmonton59
9.Lethbridge59
10.St. John's57
(Source: Canadian Federation of Independent Business)