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:

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

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

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


Build Up was formed as a joint initiative with Str8Up


Completed first project


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


Obtained 3,500 sq shop space


Acquired Armadillo Concrete Services


Secure first project with City of Saskatoon


Begin first work as sub-contractor for municipal sidewalk repair


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


employees have been hired to date!