Our Impact

For over 25 years, Quint, a key member of the Saskatoon’s core communities, has devotedly developed strategies to address local issues like poverty, homelessness, and limited economic opportunities.

Build Up Saskatoon is a tangible extension of Quint’s mandate to reduce employment barriers and aid in Community Economic Development. After years working with some of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities, Quint observed a lack of opportunities for individuals with a criminal justice history. The Build Up program was conceived not only to help reintegrate, stabilize and support those exiting the justice system, but also as a tangible means to contribute meaningfully to Community Safety and Wellbeing initiatives.

For every dollar invested in supporting Build Up Saskatoon the return on investment is multifaceted:

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Reduced costs to the justice system
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Reduced demand for social services
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Reduced demand on healthcare system
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Improved quality of life
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Improved public safety
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Increased leabour market readiness

Build Up Saskatoon has been grateful for the continued support of our primary funders for the 2023-24 fiscal year: the provincial Ministry of Immigration and Career training, as well as the Home Depot Canada Foundation.

Build Up continues to seek funding to amplify the impact of our work, and to create additional opportunities for individuals who are looking for the right supports to pursue a positive path.

Crew Member Quote

“I really like the environment, the people, and how they have put me in a position of trust. They recognize things, all the small accomplishments and they appreciate it. This boosts my confidence and belief in myself that I can pursue carpentry”

– Joe

Our Milestones

2018

Build Up was formed as a joint initiative with Str8Up

2018

Completed first project

2021

Initiated Research Partnership with the University of Saskatchewan and City of Saskatoon

2022

Obtained 3,500 sq shop space

2023

Acquired Armadillo Concrete Services

2023

Secure first project with City of Saskatoon

2023

Begin first work as sub-contractor for municipal sidewalk repair

2023

Celebrate first crew to reach one year of full-time employment with BUS

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employees have been hired to date!