About Estevan

Southeast Saskatchewan is home to a broad and rich resource base, which includes oil & gas, lignite coal, potash and some of the most fertile agricultural lands in the province. As the regional resource sector’s primary service centre, Estevan features one of the country’s strongest and wealthiest economic bases. As a result, the community has become the regional service centre for a population of nearly 50,000, providing phenomenal retail, recreational, educational and health care facilities and opportunities.

Estevan has become known as the Energy Capital of Saskatchewan; this distinction is based on an extraordinary resource base that is serviced primarily out of Estevan. Two nearby coal mines provide fuel for the two local power stations responsible for generating nearly half of Saskatchewan’s base load power. While the two mines and two power stations provide stable employment for nearly 800 residents, the oilfield is a significant contributor of economic wealth and prosperity. Home to more than 200 businesses directly related to the oilfield, Estevan is the primary service centre for the hugely popular Bakken oilfield. There are in excess of 7,000 oil wells within a 160 km. radius, most of which are owned and serviced by companies based out of Estevan.

Estevan is a vibrant and growing community in Southeast Saskatchewan.  It is home to a diverse economy featuring power generation, coal mining, agriculture, manufacturing, oil and gas.  It is also the chosen site for the $1.2 billion SaskPower Clean Coal Power Generating Plant. It is located on the main north-south rail line that provides benefits of tremendous access to the North American market. The average household income of Estevan is 33% above the national average according to the Canadian Demographics, FP Markets data for the year 2012.

Economic Drivers


Development in RM

Information on developing in the RM of Estevan can be found here:

Development Guidance Manual

Transportation Infrastructure

The City of Estevan lies at the centre of an extensive and integrated network of highways, railways, pipelines and airports allowing business to thrive on the fast and efficient movement of goods and services throughout North American and beyond along both the east-west as well as north-south transportation corridors.
The city serves as the commercial hub for Southeast Saskatchewan, while at the same time its close proximity to the US and the only 24-hour border crossing in the province make it both the gateway to export markets in the US as well as to the extensive petroleum resources of the Bakken formation on both sides of the border. The transportation infrastructure surrounding Estevan provides investors with unlimited opportunity.


Highway 39: Saskatchewan`s only 24 hour port of entry from the United States is located 40 km`s from Estevan along Hwy 39, which receives on average, 5,780 vehicles per day.
Highway 47: Estevan`s closest port of entry into the United States is located only 15 km`s south on Hwy 47. This highway also leads directly north to Hwy 1 (140km`s). Receiving in excess of 3,000 vehicles per day at Estevan`s border, this highway serves as a primary route for the local oilfield.
Highway 18: Serving as the secondary east-west corridor, Hwy 18 receives an average of 1,600 vehicles per day.


CP Rail at Estevan provides direct rail connections to east and west mainlines at Brandon, Mb. and Moose Jaw, Sk. These links handle the flow of grain and other commodities to the coastal waters of Vancouver, Thunder Bay, Montreal and all points in between. CP Rail handles coal from the Estevan-Bienfait area to thermal electric stations in Manitoba and Ontario in unit trains of 114 cars or in single car lots.
Estevan is situated approximately 25 rail miles from Portal, North Dakota on the CP Rail Weyburn Subdivision with direct connections to the former Soo Line Railroad. Now known as the CP Rail System Heavy Haul US, this line offers direct rail service to the US Midwest with major terminals at Minneapolis, Chicago and Kansas City.


The Estevan Municipal Airport is located six km`s north on Hwy 47, ad 1.6 km`s east. The airport is capable of landing 70 passenger jets and has a Limited Approach Beacon for landing in poor weather conditions. Runway 08-26 is 1,524 meters (5,000`) long with pilot control runway lights, Precision Approach Path Indicator lights and Runway Identifier Strobes. Runway 15-33 is 914.1 meters (3,000`) long and also lighted for night use.

Estevan Comprehensive School

Estevan Comprehensive School`s mission has always been the promotion of: Excellence, Commitment and Success with the underlying belief that if students make a commitment to pursue excellence they will achieve individual success. The ECS offers a full slate of technical courses, business education courses and fine arts courses.

Southeast Regional College

The Southeast Regional College provides numerous training opportunities from basic education to university and technical training. The College serves many business and industry stakeholders by offering numerous business, safety, and industrial programs and courses required to meet the diverse and challenging workplace skill sets of Saskatchewan’s growing economy. The College features the Saskatchewan Energy Training Institute (ETI); this $14 million facility, is located in the new Glen Peterson Industrial Park, was established as a unique business division of Southeast Regional College, in an effort to keep pace with the ever expanding training needs of the energy industry. To meet this demand, ETI provides a diverse variety of technical, environmental, and safety-related courses. For more information, see Southeast Regional College