The Town of Cut Knife was established in 1912 and is situated along the CN’s original cross-country route. Today, the town serves almost 500 residents, a farming community of approximately 400, neighbours from Little Pine, Lucky Man, Poundmaker and Sweetgrass First Nations as well as the Hillsvale Hutterite Colony. The railway continues to have a strong presence in the community as it serves a robust farming economy.
Employment opportunities in the agricultural sector are varied. For example, AgriCorp Processing Ltd. has established a pea processing plant in town and has expanded its production to 2 shifts daily. It occupies an elevator on Railway Avenue. A terminal located on Railway is operated by ETG Commodities, a global conglomerate focused on specialized grains. Pedersen Apiaries is a seasonal employer as are most of the farms and farm service businesses in the area. (Click on Shop Local for more examples.)
EDUCATION & HEALTH
In Town, Cut Knife Community School and the Cut Knife Health Complex are the two major employers. Positions for teachers, councilors, educational assistants, library technicians, and janitorial / maintenance staff become available regularly within the Living Sky School Division. The Cut Knife Health Complex includes a medical clinic, long-term care facility, and ambulance service. The Saskatchewan Health Authority hires for openings in these areas and there is often a shortage of qualified Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Continuing Care Assistants to fill positions. Other employers in town include the Town of Cut Knife, Cut Knife Agencies, Innovation Credit Union, Cut Knife AgFoods, the Cut Knife Pharmacy, Doogie’s Liquor & Convenience, Country Roads Restaurant, etc. Seasonal employment opportunities also exist at Atton’s Lake Regional Park and Golf Course, and Table Mountain Regional Park. (Click on Living Sky School Division and Saskatchewan Health Authority for examples.)
Cut Knife residential property prices have remained affordable and the town has seen a number of families relocate to Cut Knife from other provinces. Not only are families purchasing homes in the area, they are opening, or purchasing, their own businesses. Within the past few years, one family moved from Alberta and started up their own welding business; another family moved from BC and is in the process of taking over a long-established beauty salon from its retiring owner. Dozens of entrepreneurs, home-based businesses, and independent contractors representing many different industries live and work in Cut Knife. Visit the Shop Local page to see the amazing variety of products and services available from talented and creative Cut Knife individuals.
Some of the best reasons for working where you live? Walking to work, going home for lunch and, of course, no time lost to commuting and no expensive fuel costs! (Click on realtor.ca to view current properties for sale in Cut Knife.)
Cut Knife is approximately 50 kms west of the Battlefords on Highway 40, 70 kms east of the Alberta border, and just about 10 kms from Highway 21, the north/south connector to Highway 16/Trans Canada Highway.