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Saskatoon loses 1,400 jobs according to labour survey

City’s unemployment rate up, according to Stats Canada
Reported by Zahir Muslun
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Saskatoon’s unemployment rate has risen according to Statistics Canada, coinciding with the loss of 1,400 jobs as reported by the latest Labour Force Survey.

The city’s Chamber of Commerce hopes to increase jobs while lowering business taxes – particularly education and property.

However councillor Myles Heidt says that is a difficult cut to make with a growing city, particularly with Saskatoon’s expanding infrastructure.

“My understanding is that we are one of the lower tax municipalities in Canada,” said Heidt.

“How much lower can we go?”

Councillor Pat Lorje agrees with Heidt, stating that the city will see a dramatic loss in the quality of services it provides to the community.

“Right now the only way we can pay for more services is through property tax,” said Lorje.

The chamber is hoping to create 8,000 more jobs a year, and says all levels of government need to make their cuts.

Edited by News Talk Radio's Chris Morin.