Situated 65 miles south of Regina in South Central Saskatchewan, is a vibrant rural community committed to building a sustainable future. In the past few years, the region’s dedicated leaders have transformed several ambitious ventures into reality. Recognized as a model community by the provincial government’s task force, the Action Committee on the Rural Economy, this community’s vision and drive has resulted in the creation of 90 new jobs within the region in the past two or three years. In fact, Ogema’s population has increased from 280 to 320 residents in the past two years. For more information about Ogema's businesses, organizations and services, please contact the Ogema Economic Development Committee at:The Ogema Economic Development Committee
Box 219, Ogema, SK S0C 1Y0
306 459-2544 (phone) 306 459-2468 (fax)
The Town of Ogema was awarded the trophy for Heritage Management at the 2008 LivCom Awards in Dongguan, China. These awards showcase communities from all over the world that are doing the most to address issues ranging from pollution to conservation and poor housing. Ogema went from a town that was at risk of fading away to a town that is alive and growing. (click here to view press release)
In 2002, the town got together and defined a vision: to attract additional business activity, to retain and expand services, and to enhance positive community involvement. From this, strategies and actions were formulated. Examples that have arisen from these strategies thus far include purchasing the railway track and eventually the grain elevator, attracting an intensive livestock operation, building a motel and most recently, set up a business capable of upgrading rail cars to current standards. Then, of course, there are all the spin-off service industries. The community is becoming increasingly involved in their town by more active volunteerism - a train station like the one the town used to have was found, moved into town and restored both inside and outside, including outstanding landscaping. There is also a 28-building historical village with thousands of artifacts - there has never been public money used for the museum!