The Estevan area is receiving a new dose of funding from the coal transition initiative, with the city already planning where that's headed.

That includes money going to the RM of Estevan as well as the city of Estevan, with nearly $1 million in total heading to the area from Prairies Economic Development Canada.

The Rural Municipality of Estevan will receive $175,000 in an effort to further develop economic and community strategies in partnership with the Rural Municipality of Coalfields and the Town of Bienfait.

These funds will assist in expanding economic opportunities across each municipality and work to expand community support.

The City of Estevan will be receiving funding for three different allocations.

The first, coming in at $465,000, will be for the upgrade of the intersection at Pine Avenue and King Street.

An additional $150,000 will be given to maintain economic development capacity and $65,166 is set to obtain a Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zone Designation.

Sunrise Community Futures Development Corporation also received $135,000 to develop small businesses in the Estevan region as destination businesses for the purpose of business retention, expansion, and development.

“The City of Estevan, Rural Municipality of Estevan No. 5, and CF Sunrise are doing great work to develop the regional economy, from infrastructure upgrades to expanding job opportunities to diversify and grow the local economy,” said the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan. “PrairiesCan is pleased to see the positive impact this support is having in southeast Saskatchewan.”