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January

Sask's First Canada Job Grant Recipient Announced

Posted On January 29, 2015
The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Battlefords–Lloydminster, on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, along with the Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan Minister Responsible for Immigration, Jobs, Skills, and Training, today issued Saskatchewan's first Canada Job Grant to DynaIndustrial, a heavy industrial custom fabrication company. DynaIndustrial will receive over $22,000 through the Canada Job Grant, which will allow the company to provide career development...

Prov. Introduces Test of SaskAlert Emergency System

Posted On January 29, 2015
Today Emergency Management and Fire Safety Commissioner Duane McKay announced that testing of an emergency public alerting program known as SaskAlert will begin on February 1, 2015 within the western third of the province. "SaskAlert is a valuable tool which will enable participating municipalities, government agencies and other trained stakeholders to share vital information directly with residents when an emergency strikes," Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter said. "The upcoming testing phase will be tremendously valuable for program developers to assess the capacity of...

Wall Sets Priorities for Premiers' Meeting

Posted On January 29, 2015
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall will be participating via phone as Canada's Premiers meet in Ottawa to discuss issues like the economy and interprovincial trade. "This is consistent with our past practice when it comes to winter meetings of the Council of the Federation and Western Premiers' Meetings," Wall said. "And it has proven to be highly effective." Premier Wall attended Council of the Federation meetings in Toronto in 2013 and Halifax in 2012 by phone. He also attended the Western Premiers' Conference in Iqaluit by phone in July 2014, and he hosted the New West...

Provincial Parks Announce Campsite Reservation Dates

Posted On January 28, 2015
Campers who want to spend their summer vacations in Saskatchewan's provincial parks will be able to start making campsite reservations on Monday, March 2, 2015. "Camping in Saskatchewan Provincial Parks is exceptionally popular," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty said. "In fact, it is so popular that in past years the campsite reservation system hasn't been able to keep up with demand. The experience of our visitors is very important to us, and we have made some important changes to our reservation system this year." As in previous years, the launch will...

Organ and Tissue Donation Campaign Offers Hope

Posted On January 27, 2015
Heart transplant recipient Cheryl Olson calls her organ donor her heart hero. "She saved my life, so she's my hero," Olson said about the woman who made possible her heart transplant in 2008. "Without organ donation - without someone having said yes - I wouldn't be here today. My family would not be complete. My donor not only saved my life, she saved my family." A wife and mother of two who loves to volunteer and travel, Olson is one of six people affected by organ and tissue donation who are taking part in a provincial campaign to raise awareness about the impact organ...

Housing Transition Will Help More People in Need

Posted On January 22, 2015
More people in need will have access to housing due to a decision to transition the Affordable Housing Program into the Social Housing Program in Saskatchewan's largest centers. "It is our intent to ensure that Saskatchewan people with the greatest housing need, such as persons with disabilities and families with low-incomes, have better access to safe, quality housing," Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Donna Harpauer said. "At the same time, we also need to ensure that our government housing remains truly affordable for...

More Homegrown Physicians Practising in SK

Posted On January 22, 2015
Saskatchewan is making progress keeping more locally-trained family medicine graduates in the province. The retention rate of family medicine graduates trained at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has jumped by 11 per cent over the past year. The increase - from 58 per cent to 69 per cent - means that more locally-trained medical graduates are deciding to stay and practice medicine in Saskatchewan. "Physicians that are newly-trained in Saskatchewan play a key role in the health care system," Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit said. "We want patients...

Curling Day in Saskatchewan

Posted On January 21, 2015
Sweep, slide and hurry hard! The provincial government has proclaimed this day Curling Day in Saskatchewan. Curling Day in Saskatchewan encourages citizens to enjoy healthy, active living while playing, watching or learning about their provincial sport. Curling was designated as Saskatchewan's official sport in 2001. Today, it is enjoyed by more than 20,000 residents in more than 150 curling clubs across the province. "Curling is one of Saskatchewan's most popular pastimes and is something that can be enjoyed by citizens of every age and ability," Parks, Culture and...

Wholesale Trade Value Reaches Highest Ever Recorded

Posted On January 21, 2015
The value of wholesale trade in Saskatchewan continues to grow and set new records, reaching $2.3 billion in November 2014 – the highest number ever recorded (seasonally adjusted) since Statistics Canada began collecting wholesale trade data in 1993. According to the report released today, wholesale trade in November increased by 14.4 per cent compared to November 2013 (seasonally adjusted) – earning Saskatchewan second spot in percentage growth among provinces. "The value of wholesale trade in our province has increased for the fourth consecutive month, reaching...

Saskatchewan Manufacturing Sales Buck National Trend

Posted On January 20, 2015
Saskatchewan's manufacturing sales in November 2014 bucked the national trend according to a report released by Statistics Canada today. On a year-over-year basis, sales were up 6.2 per cent in the province, while nationally sales were up 2.6 per cent. Saskatchewan had the highest percentage increase among the provinces. On a month-over-month comparison, sales were up 2.2 per cent in Saskatchewan. Nationally, sales dropped by 1.4 per cent. "We have a thriving manufacturing sector in Saskatchewan which has helped offset some of the challenges faced in other areas...

Saskatchewan Core Electronic Health Record Complete

Posted On January 20, 2015
A comprehensive provincial electronic health record (EHR) for Saskatchewan residents is complete. Health providers with access to the EHR Viewer can now see their patients' diagnostic imaging results, completing the core components of an EHR for Saskatchewan residents. The EHR Viewer is a secure website developed for Saskatchewan health care providers to give access to patient information regardless of where an individual goes for care or where they live in the province. "The EHR Viewer will allow seamless sharing of health information, something residents and providers...

Saskatchewan Proclaims Red Tape Awareness Week

Posted On January 20, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today proclaimed January 19 to 23, 2015, Red Tape Awareness Week in the province. The week raises awareness about the importance of improving and modernizing Saskatchewan's regulatory environment. "In 2014, our government maintained our commitment to reduce red tape in ministries, crown corporations and agencies," Minister responsible for Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training Jeremy Harrison said. "Our newly approved Red Tape Reduction Action Plan requires the thorough analysis of new regulations...

Avoid Unwanted House Insurance Claims This Winter

Posted On January 16, 2015
Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) in partnership with the Insurance Brokers' Association of Saskatchewan (IBAS) is pleased to provide the following winter house maintenance tips to help Saskatchewan homeowners avoid home insurance claims this winter. "No one wants to wake up one morning to see water running down their wall, call their insurance agent and be told they don't have coverage," FCAA Chair and CEO Dave Wild said. "Homeowners should perform regular house maintenance and know their coverage." Not all house insurance policies are the...

Government to Launch Review of Craft Alcohol Industry

Posted On January 14, 2015
Government will launch a comprehensive third-party review of its policies related to the province's growing craft alcohol industry. "Saskatchewan's craft alcohol industry has undergone tremendous growth in recent years with more and more small manufacturers providing quality products to consumers within our province and beyond," Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Don McMorris said. "We want to be sure SLGA's policies are supportive of industry while also balancing the concerns of other stakeholders and the provincial treasury." The review...

Diverse Economy, Strong Job Growth in Saskatchewan

Posted On January 9, 2015
Saskatchewan ended 2014 on top, maintaining the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for the 25th consecutive month. The province's unemployment rate in December was 3.6 per cent (seasonally adjusted), well below the national average of 6.6 per cent, according to figures released by Statistics Canada today. The province's youth also followed this trend, with a 6.8 per cent (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate, the lowest youth unemployment rate in the country and below the 13.3 per cent national average. Saskatchewan also boasts the second strongest rate of job growth...

Support for Children and Students with Down Syndrome

Posted On January 8, 2015
Premier Brad Wall, Education Minister Don Morgan and Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer joined Saskatchewan children and families today to announce the Government of Saskatchewan's 2014-15 investment of $200,000 in the Ability in Me (AIM) Program to support children and youth living with Down syndrome. This commitment will provide enhanced access to speech and language services for children and youth with Down syndrome and their families in the Saskatoon region. "Part of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth is to ensure that Saskatchewan is the best place in Canada to...

February

Province Proclaims Agriculture Literacy Week

Posted On February 27, 2015
Today, the Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed March 1 to 7, 2015, as Agriculture Literacy Week in Saskatchewan. "Agriculture Literacy Week is an opportunity for us to teach our youth about agriculture and food production," Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. "Many of today's students grow up disconnected from farms and agriculture. This week provides them with an opportunity to learn about our industry in a fun, interactive way." "The Ministry of Education is proud to be supporting Agriculture Literacy Week, as it's another innovative way to engage our students...

Choices Enhanced with 2015 Crop Insurance Program

Posted On February 26, 2015
Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced details of the 2015 Crop Insurance Program which includes ongoing enhancements, giving producers more choice and flexibility to build an insurance package suited to the needs of their operation. "Our government is committed to providing producers the tools they need to get the job done," said Ritz. "Bankable, predictable and flexible insurance programs such as this are key to mitigating risks and remaining competitive in the long-term." "Every farming operation is...

New Tool Now Available for Students to Report Bullying

Posted On February 26, 2015
Today, Education Minister Don Morgan joined Saskatoon Crime Stoppers President Mark Dolan, as well as students and teachers at Brunskill Elementary School, to celebrate another community partnership in the government's response to address bullying and cyberbullying. The Government of Saskatchewan is committing $107,500 over two years to Crimes Stoppers Saskatchewan to allow students to anonymously text or phone in reports of bullying behavior. "The government is committed to ensuring that students feel safe and welcome in their schools and communities, and this is another way...

Saskatchewan Wins Final Oilseed Appeal with Quebec

Posted On February 25, 2015
Mark it down as "case closed" in Saskatchewan's favour, as the province has now won all aspects of its oilseed internal trade challenge with Quebec. Today an appeal panel, established under the pan-Canadian Agreement on Internal Trade, released a final ruling upholding the Saskatchewan government's successful challenge last spring of the Quebec government's restrictions against the production, sale and marketing of vegetable oil-based dairy products in its market. The Quebec government had appealed the original ruling, but in December had made changes to its Food Products...

Sask Is Most Attractive Mining Jurisdiction in Canada

Posted On February 24, 2015
The Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies: 2014 was released today showing Saskatchewan is the most attractive jurisdiction for mining investment in Canada, and second most attractive worldwide behind Finland. The annual global survey of mining executives rates 122 jurisdictions around the world based on their geologic attractiveness and the extent to which government policies encourage exploration and investment. "Saskatchewan is the best place to invest for mining, and we've been working hard to get that message out around the world," Energy and Resources...

December Sets All-Time Record for Wholesale Trade in SK

Posted On February 18, 2015
Wholesale trade in Saskatchewan has hit a new all-time high for the province, reaching $2.4 billion in December 2014. According to the numbers issued this morning by Statistics Canada, wholesale trade in December increased by 25.6 per cent compared to $1.9 billion in December 2013 (seasonally adjusted). The jump put Saskatchewan in the top spot for year-over-year percentage growth among provinces. "This is an unprecedented figure for wholesale trade value in Saskatchewan, and it represents five straight months of growth in this category," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said....

Heroes Commemorated Through GeoMemorial Program

Posted On February 17, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan is commemorating the lives of eight more fallen heroes through its GeoMemorial Commemorative Naming Program. "Our government is honoured to recognize eight appreciated individuals whose sacrifices have bettered our province and nation," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty said. "The names we bestow on Saskatchewan's geographic features reflect those who have made a difference to our province. They are the names of those who have enriched the quality of life enjoyed by citizens of the past, present and future. These individuals have...

Speeding Violations Decreasing in Photo Speed Enforced Zones

Posted On February 17, 2015
The number of people speeding through photo speed enforcement locations in the province has decreased month over month. "Photo speed enforcement has been proven to calm traffic and while it's still early days, we're seeing a positive effect in Saskatchewan's photo speed enforced locations after only two months of the pilot," Minister responsible for SGI Don McMorris said. "Final January results are in and it's encouraging to see more drivers respecting speed limits. We are hopeful these results will continue as awareness increases."When comparing the number of violations...

Government Declares Heritage Week in Saskatchewan

Posted On February 13, 2015
In recognition of Saskatchewan's vibrant historical past, the provincial government has proclaimed February 15-21 as Heritage Week across the province. "Our government is proud to recognize this week as Heritage Week in Saskatchewan," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty said. "As our province continues to grow, with more and more people moving here to work or start a family, it is important that we take the time to understand our past. Saskatchewan has a fascinating history filled with people, places and events that have shaped our province into the remarkable place...

Exhibit Celebrating Canadian Flag Anniversary Opens

Posted On February 13, 2015
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag. In recognition of that anniversary, Government House staff designed and built an interactive exhibit that pays tribute to the iconic national symbol. Deputy Premier Ken Krawetz officially opened the new feature exhibit at Government House in Regina this afternoon. "I am pleased that Government House and the Lieutenant Governor's Office are celebrating our national flag in this way," Krawetz said. "This anniversary deserves to be recognized and historic Government House is the perfect setting for this innovative,...

Premier's Award for Excellence in the Public Service

Posted On February 10, 2015
Nominations will be open until April 30 for the 2015 Premier's Award for Excellence in the Public Service. "I encourage everyone to nominate an individual or a team who has demonstrated top-notch service, found a better way to deliver a program or implemented a new idea that helps build a better quality of life for Saskatchewan citizens," Premier Brad Wall said. "This award is a way to honour our public service for their positive contributions." Individuals or teams from provincial government ministries, along with various Treasury Board Crown corporations, boards, commissions...

Sask Agri-Food Exports Set Record, Lead the Nation

Posted On February 9, 2015
For the fourth straight year, Saskatchewan has set a record for agri-food exports with total sales of $13.9 billion, once again achieving the standing of Canada's top agri-food exporting province. Saskatchewan exported $13.9 billion in agricultural and agri-food products to 153 countries around the world in 2014. This represents a 19 per cent increase from 2013. "Agriculture continues to be a strong and steady driver of the Saskatchewan economy, once again setting an agri-food export record," Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. "The credit goes to our farmers, ranchers...

Celebrating Contributions of Education Professionals

Posted On February 9, 2015
Education Minister Don Morgan has proclaimed the week of February 8 - 14, 2015, as Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week to celebrate the remarkable education professionals in Saskatchewan. "Teachers and school staff play an incredible role in ensuring that the needs of students are put first each and every day," Morgan said. "Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week will encourage all Saskatchewan residents to recognize the extraordinary work that happens in our schools and to acknowledge the education professionals who contribute to our province in such an important way." For 27 years,...

Saskatchewan's Retail Liquor Consultation Concludes

Posted On February 9, 2015
The public consultation process regarding the future of liquor retailing in the province is now complete. "Saskatchewan people had a lot to say about how liquor should be retailed in the province," Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Don McMorris said. "I appreciate the time that thousands of people took to complete the survey and especially those that took extra time to share their personal comments." The consultation was launched November 4 with Saskatchewan residents encouraged to complete an online survey and provide feedback via the...

Sask Offers Free Ice Fishing Weekend February 14-16

Posted On February 6, 2015
February 14 to 16 marks another free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan – the first in winter – to promote the province's many ice fishing opportunities. This means everyone, including visitors from outside the province, can fish in Saskatchewan on Family Day weekend without having to purchase a licence. "Ice fishing is a popular activity for many Saskatchewan anglers," Environment Minister Scott Moe said. "The Family Day weekend is an excellent opportunity for people of all ages to learn about and enjoy the sport of ice fishing, and to recognize the province's diverse...

Sask Unemployment Rate Tied for Lowest in Canada

Posted On February 6, 2015
Saskatchewan has maintained the lowest unemployment rate in the country for 26 consecutive months. Saskatchewan's unemployment rate was 4.5 per cent for the month of January, tied with Alberta for the lowest in Canada, and still well below the national average of 6.6 percent, according to a Statistics Canada report released today. January was the first month since March 2014 that Saskatchewan experienced employment losses, losing 1,200 jobs compared to January 2014, and 8,400 since December 2014. January was only the fourth month that Saskatchewan experienced employment...

Record Exports for Saskatchewan in 2014

Posted On February 5, 2015
Figures released today by Statistics Canada show Saskatchewan has set monthly and annual records for merchandise exports. In December 2014, exports in the province totalled $3.15 billion, the highest ever for the month, up 30.2 per cent over last year. Saskatchewan had the highest percentage increase among the provinces. Annually, Saskatchewan merchandise exports also hit a record $35.12 billion for 2014, up 8.9 per cent over the $32.25 billion recorded 2013. "These record export numbers are proof of our diversified economy," Trade Minister Jeremy Harrison said....

Crime Reduction Initiative Celebrates Success

Posted On February 3, 2015
This February marks four successful years since Community Mobilization Prince Albert (CMPA) officially launched its mission to improve community safety in the city. "We are a proud partner in CMPA, and I appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in making it such an ongoing success," Minister Responsible for Corrections and Policing Christine Tell said. "I'd also like to specifically thank former Executive Director Ken Hunter, whose guidance has turned CMPA into a national benchmark on how to foster healthy communities." Over the last four years, CMPA has brought the...

Nominations for Premier's Service Club Award Open

Posted On February 3, 2015
Nominations are open until Tuesday, February 17 for the second year of the Premier's Service Club Award. "Service clubs and fraternal organizations make our communities better places, which improves the quality of life for all Saskatchewan residents," Premier Brad Wall said. "I encourage all citizens to nominate one of these dedicated organizations which are so deserving of our gratitude for the work they do." This award was launched in 2013 to recognize service clubs and fraternal organizations which are ineligible to receive group recognition under other current provincial...

March

Province to Fund Prince Albert Bridge Repairs

Posted On March 31, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan has agreed to provide $1,225,000 for significant repairs to Prince Albert's Diefenbaker Bridge. "The Diefenbaker Bridge serves as a gateway to northern Saskatchewan and is a shared priority for both the city and province," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. "We're happy to partner with the city to ensure the bridge carries traffic safely for years to come." Repairs to the concrete barriers, splash guards and guard rails for the northbound and southbound driving lanes, as well as the pedestrian walkways on both sides...

Construction Begins on Child Care Centre at U of S

Posted On March 31, 2015
Today, Education Minister Don Morgan, Advanced Education Minister Kevin Doherty, and University of Saskatchewan Interim President Gordon Barnhart gathered to celebrate the start of construction for the university's newest child care centre. The Government of Saskatchewan has committed $1.3 million toward the $4.6 million project. The new facility will accommodate 90 child care spaces, bringing the total number of licensed child care spaces on the university campus to 200. "Our government recognizes that providing parents with access to high quality child care is important...

Saskatchewan Wage Growth Rate Best in Canada

Posted On March 31, 2015
Saskatchewan had the highest percentage year-over-year wage growth in the country in January 2015, up 4.9 per cent over January 2014 (seasonally adjusted), well ahead of the 3.0 per cent growth posted nationally, according to Statistics Canada "The Saskatchewan economy remains strong, which in turn allows employers to increase wages for Saskatchewan people," Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "Compared to other jurisdictions in Canada, we are continuing to do very well." In January 2015, Saskatchewan's average weekly earnings were $987.51...

Province Invests in Upgrade to Shortline Railways

Posted On March 30, 2015
Thirteen Saskatchewan shortline railway operators are sharing nearly $1 million in grants to improve rail infrastructure in the province. Through the Shortline Railway Sustainability Program (SRSP,) a total of $900,000 in grants will be provided to shortline operators for upgrades to their infrastructure. SRSP grants are matched by each shortline, meaning at least $1.8 million will be invested in shortline tracks this year. "Shortlines provide an efficient connection to mainline rail which benefits the rural economy," Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Grain Car...

Procurement Plan Increases Fairness & Consistency

Posted On March 27, 2015
The government is taking decisive action through the new Procurement Transformation Action Plan to ensure there is an open, fair and transparent bidding environment for Saskatchewan businesses, and that taxpayers receive best value. "Our government is committed to ensuring Saskatchewan businesses are treated fairly, respectfully, and consistently," Minister responsible for SaskBuilds Gordon Wyant said. "We are taking immediate action to ensure there is a level playing field for local businesses and to ensure contracting is strategic so taxpayers get the best possible value." The...

Saskatchewan Surpasses Alberta in Non-U.S. Exports

Posted On March 26, 2015
Saskatchewan's merchandise exports to countries other than the United States totalled $12.6 billion in 2014, surpassing the $11.9 billion posted by Alberta last year and setting an all-time record for the province. "We have an amazing export market here in Saskatchewan that has been making steady gains since 2007," Minister responsible for Trade Jeremy Harrison said. "This is a significant achievement and demonstrates the diversity and strength of our economy." Non-U.S. bound merchandise exports were 36 per cent of total exports in Saskatchewan for 2014, compared to 10...

Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal Recipients Announced

Posted On March 25, 2015
Estevan, Fort Qu'Appelle, North Battleford, Outlook, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon are home to the newest recipients of the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal, as the provincial honour marks its 20th anniversary this year. "Truly the best part of my job is that every day, I get to meet Saskatchewan volunteers," Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield said. "These latest recipients of the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal stand out in a province that stands out. Their collective impact is, quite frankly, immeasurable. I am grateful to each of them for their outstanding service...

New Savings Achieved Throughout Health Care System

Posted On March 24, 2015
Combined purchasing power has resulted in more dollars available to patient-centred care in Saskatchewan. Resulting in $98 million in cumulative savings, joint contracting allows 3sHealth to contract to purchase services and products in bulk on behalf of health regions and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. This process has reduced the cost of medical surgical supplies, drugs, and services like telecommunications and liability insurance while improving or maintaining quality and safety for patients, families and staff. "I want to commend the health regions, the Saskatchewan...

More Improvements to Immigrant Nominee Program

Posted On March 23, 2015
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) will be introducing improvements to its entrepreneur category following consultations with a wide-range of stakeholders that will improve processing times, attract investment and foster the creation of more jobs in Saskatchewan. "Over the last several months, we have incorporated feedback from stakeholders, researched best practices and worked with the federal government to make some positive changes to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program," Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "As a result...

Saskatchewan Keeps Growing

Posted On March 18, 2015
Saskatchewan's population grew by another 17,396 people in 2014 to an all-time high of 1,132,640, according to new figures released today by Statistics Canada. Premier Brad Wall said the continued growth shows the strength of the province and its economy."2014 was the eighth straight year that our population has grown by more than one and a half per cent – the strongest period of population growth since the early days of our province," Wall said. "It's a big change from a decade ago when so many young people were leaving and our population was declining." Saskatchewan's...

Balanced Budget Keeping Saskatchewan Strong

Posted On March 18, 2015
Finance Minister Ken Krawetz today tabled a balanced budget that will keep Saskatchewan strong by keeping taxes low, investing in infrastructure, controlling operating spending and providing new incentives that will help create jobs. The 2015-16 Budget is balanced, with a surplus of $107 million. Overall revenue is $14.28 billion, up just 1.2 per cent from last year. Overall spending is $14.17 billion, also up just 1.2 per cent from last year. "This budget is about keeping our economy strong and keeping our province strong," Krawetz said. "We will do that by controlling...

Manufacturing Figures Up

Posted On March 17, 2015
New statistics released today show that Saskatchewan's manufacturing sales were up 4.8 per cent in January 2015 when compared with December 2014, the highest percentage increase among the provinces. Nationally, manufacturing sales dropped by 1.7 per cent over that period (seasonally adjusted). "Saskatchewan's economy continues to gain strength," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "Manufacturing has been a key component of economic diversification, ensuring that strength continues despite the cyclical nature of commodities. The measures to enhance productivity our manufacturers...

Social Work Week in SK

Posted On March 16, 2015
The government has proclaimed March 15-21 as Social Work Week in Saskatchewan. "I want to recognize and thank social workers across the province for their work in supporting some of our most vulnerable citizens," Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer said. "Across the province, social workers contribute to making Saskatchewan the best place to live, work and raise a family through their work in public and private practice, in our health and education systems, through community-based organizations or filling policy, planning and administration roles." Social Work Week...

Province Proclaims Agriculture Safety Week in Saskatchewan

Posted On March 16, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed March 15 to 21, 2015, as Agricultural Safety Week in Saskatchewan. "We consider on-farm health and safety to be a high priority," Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. "Whether you're living on, working in, or visiting a farm, we want you to be safe. I encourage all farm owners to take proactive steps in the health and safety of everyone on their farms, including proper equipment usage." Agricultural Safety Week in Saskatchewan is recognized each year in conjunction with Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, a partnership between...

Government Continues to Respond to Bullying Report

Posted On March 16, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $25,000 to fYrefly Saskatchewan to support gender and sexually diverse youth throughout the province. This funding will help the organization provide year-round gender and sexual diversity education and support for urban, rural and northern communities in Saskatchewan. "Our goal is to ensure schools and communities are safe, welcoming and inclusive for our students," Education Minister Don Morgan said. "This investment also supports our government's commitment to working with community organizations to help respond to the recommendations...

Responding to Infrastructure Needs in Sask Schools

Posted On March 13, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan has invested $24 million in 2014-15 for preventative and emergency maintenance of Saskatchewan schools. The funding includes $21 million for the Preventative Maintenance and Renewal Program (PMR) and $3.0 million for the Emergent Funding Program. "Maintaining our schools to provide safe, welcoming classrooms where our students can thrive is a priority for our government and important for the success of our students," Education Minister Don Morgan said. "We continue to work with school divisions on their major capital and maintenance needs to preserve...

Saskatchewan's Unemployment Rate Still Lowest in Canada

Posted On March 13, 2015
Saskatchewan recorded the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for the month of February 2015, according to new data released by Statistics Canada today. The unemployment rate was 5.0 per cent, compared to a national rate of 6.8 per cent (seasonally adjusted). "We are in the fortunate position of having an economy that is diversified with the strength of potash and agriculture bridging the gap of low oil prices," Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "Encouraging news from RBC yesterday shows Saskatchewan's economy will have an annual growth rate...

Highway 7 Twinning Announced

Posted On March 12, 2015
The twinning of one of Saskatchewan's most important highways is getting a boost with a major funding commitment from the federal government. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Brad Wall announced today that the federal government will fund half the eligible costs to twin 25 km of Highway 7 from Saskatoon to Delisle, to a maximum of $32 million. "Highway 7 is an important route for Saskatchewan that connects our largest city to growing communities like Delisle, Rosetown and Kindersley, as well as to export markets," Wall said. "Twinning will address the safety and...

Provincial Athletics Commission Act Proclaimed

Posted On March 10, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed the Athletics Commission Act, legislation that provides the province with the authority to establish the Athletics Commission of Saskatchewan, a body that will sanction professional combative sporting events in the province. "This commission will ensure that we have a consistent set of rules, regulations and safety protocols for participants and officials across the province," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty said. "I am confident that the commission will effectively oversee professional combative sports in Saskatchewan." Once...

Access to Physician Care Improves in Saskatchewan

Posted On March 9, 2015
Twenty new doctors are practising in Saskatchewan, thanks to the most recent results of the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program. Since the program began in 2011, more than 160 new family physicians have completed the assessment and have fulfilled or are fulfilling their service commitment to the province. SIPPA is a made-in-Saskatchewan program that assesses International Medical Graduates (IMGs) on their medical education and clinical ability before allowing them to practise medicine in the province. "People across Saskatchewan...

Sask Merchandise Exports Set Record in January

Posted On March 6, 2015
January's merchandise exports reached a new high for the province, while posting an increase of 14.1 per cent year-over-year, ranking fourth among the provinces for growth. Figures released this morning by Statistics Canada indicate the value of Saskatchewan's merchandise exports increased from approximately $2.5 billion in January 2014 (seasonally unadjusted) to more than $2.8 billion in January 2015, the highest value ever for January in the province. "Saskatchewan's continued growth is enabled by our diversified economy and driven by the competitiveness and innovation...

Gov't Renews Commitment to Ukraine Relations

Posted On March 5, 2015
Deputy Premier Ken Krawetz announced today that the Saskatchewan-Ukraine Relations Advisory Committee (SURAC) will be extended until 2018. SURAC works to strengthen relations between Saskatchewan and Ukraine, and has provided recommendations on government initiatives such as the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program as well as offered advice on city-twinning arrangements, academic exchange agreements, and reciprocal official visits. The committee was established six years ago, picking up on the work of similar advisory bodies going back to 1993. "The people of...

International Women's Day Marked in Saskatchewan

Posted On March 5, 2015
Each year since 1975, March 8 has been designated by the United Nations as International Women's Day. This special day is an opportunity to recognize Saskatchewan women and girls who are leaders and role models in their communities. "Influential Women: Agents of Change" is Saskatchewan's theme for this year's International Women's Day. "Saskatchewan women who are agents of change are passionate about creating opportunities to empower others," Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for the Status of Women Donna Harpauer said. "International Women's Day is an occasion...

SK Celebrates Rural Women

Posted On March 2, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed the month of March as Rural Women's Month. "Women play an important role in agriculture and Saskatchewan's rural communities," Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. "They are business owners, farm and ranch operators and leaders, and they have been key players in the agriculture industry's growth. I commend the work they do in their communities, in their businesses and for the province." Each year, women's groups across Saskatchewan recognize Rural Women's Month as a way of celebrating the accomplishments of rural women...

Engineering and Geoscience Week Proclaimed

Posted On March 2, 2015
Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner has proclaimed March 1-7, 2015, as Engineering and Geoscience Week. The week recognizes the important role members of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) play in the lives of Saskatchewan residents. "APEGS is one of Saskatchewan's largest and most respected professional associations," Heppner said. "We are happy to recognize Engineering and Geoscience Week, which is a great way to celebrate the achievements of geoscientists and engineers and reinforce the significance of these fields." The...

Improving Patient Care While Saving Millions Through Lean

Posted On March 2, 2015
Lean has improved patient care in Saskatchewan while achieving more than $125 million in projected financial benefits through significant one-time savings, capacity increases, productivity gains and avoided future costs. "Lean is exceeding our expectations in terms of improving the quality and timeliness of services provided to patients - and we've only begun to tap its huge potential," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. "Although the investment in Lean has paid for itself, the true benefit of this quality improvement work is how it's making healthcare better on a daily basis...

April

May Proclaimed Speech & Hearing Awareness Month

Posted On April 30, 2015
Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer today proclaimed May as Speech and Hearing Awareness Month in Saskatchewan. "I encourage everyone to take part in the early detection and prevention of communication disabilities, one of the fastest-growing disabilities worldwide," Harpauer said. "This month also serves to remind us to become more aware of some of the challenges individuals who experience communication disabilities encounter." Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Inc. (SDHHS) have been providing services for people who are Deaf, Deafened and Hard of Hearing...

Crop Report for the Period April 21-27, 2015

Posted On April 30, 2015
Saskatchewan farmers are in the field, seeding, harrowing and controlling weeds. Two per cent of the 2015 crop is in the ground. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is less than one per cent. Producers in the southwest have been seeding for a couple of weeks, and have seven per cent of the crop in. Some areas in the southwest are reporting 20 per cent seeded. Significant rain and snow over the weekend, particularly in areas of the central and northern regions, have delayed seeding and field work. Most producers are hoping to be in the field again at the...

$6.7 Million to Help Families Save for Post-Secondary

Posted On April 29, 2015
Saskatchewan families have received more than $6.7 million from the Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings (SAGES) program since the program was announced. More than 26,000 children in the province are now SAGES recipients. "Saving for post-secondary education is a priority for Saskatchewan families, and I am happy that so many children will benefit from SAGES," Advanced Education Minister Kevin Doherty said. "SAGES helps parents plan for their children's future and encourages access to post-secondary education." With four new SAGES providers recently added,...

National Day of Mourning Honours Workers

Posted On April 28, 2015
The flags at Saskatchewan's legislative building will fly at half-mast today in recognition of workers who have lost their lives to workplace injuries and illnesses. The names of 39 Saskatchewan workers who died in 2014 will have their names read into the records in the Legislature, followed by a moment of silence. April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning to commemorate workers who have been killed, injured or become ill as a result of their jobs. "Even one life lost is one too many, and today our thoughts are with the families and loved ones left behind to mourn,"...

Premier Wall Pledges $250,000 to Nepal Relief Effort

Posted On April 27, 2015
Premier Brad Wall, on behalf of the people of Saskatchewan, announced today that the province will provide $250,000 to the Canadian Red Cross for disaster relief in Nepal in the wake of a devastating earthquake over the weekend. "We are thinking about the people of Nepal as they deal with this terrible catastrophe," Wall said. "The donation represents the goodwill of the people of Saskatchewan who understand how important it is to lend a helping hand when people are in distress." On Saturday, Nepal experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook large sections of the...

Enhancing Protections for Victims of Violence & Abuse

Posted On April 23, 2015
The Victims of Interpersonal Violence Act will soon update protections and expand the ability of police to help victims of violence and abuse. "A lot has changed since Saskatchewan was the first province to introduce such legislation," Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said. "This update was necessary to ensure police and the justice system continue to have the tools needed to protect those living with interpersonal violence." In 1994, Saskatchewan was the first province in Canada to introduce Victims of Domestic Violence legislation. The Victims of Interpersonal...

Saskatchewan Products Profiled in SLGA Stores

Posted On April 23, 2015
Finding Saskatchewan-made products just became a bit easier at Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) liquor stores. A new 'DrinkSask' campaign will see SLGA promote Saskatchewan-made products through dedicated shelving displays and other promotional materials in its stores. "Saskatchewan's alcohol producers have quickly earned a reputation for producing quality product," Minister responsible for SLGA Don McMorris said. "Customer interest in Saskatchewan-made products is growing and so are the number of businesses involved in the industry." There are currently...

Sask Celebrates Earth Day

Posted On April 22, 2015
Saskatchewan has much to be grateful for on Earth Day, including smog-free cities, healthy and productive forests, and an abundance of fertile soils – some of the key findings contained in the Government of Saskatchewan's 2015 State of the Environment Report. Earth Day, celebrated around the world each year on April 22, is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of preserving the environment, as well as the sustainable use of natural resources. "Earth Day is a chance for the people of Saskatchewan to recognize and appreciate the province's natural environment...

All-Time Record Wholesale Trade for February

Posted On April 21, 2015
Saskatchewan's wholesale trade hit an all-time record for February 2015 reaching $2.5 billion, up 25.9 per cent over last February, the largest percentage increase among the provinces according to Statistics Canada. On the national front, wholesale trade was up only 5.5 per cent. "Saskatchewan is in a unique position because our economy has a broad base," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "Hitting record wholesale trade and exceeding what is happening in other provinces is important and will help us continue to build a strong Saskatchewan." Wholesale trade was up 7.3 per...

Premier's Commendation Award Recipients Announced

Posted On April 21, 2015
The Saskatchewan Premier's Commendation Award was presented today to eight people who have distinguished themselves through their courageous action, empathy and generosity. "It's been said heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary," Premier Brad Wall said. "The remarkable stories of the individuals we honour today demonstrate the truth in that adage. When called upon to help others in need, sometimes in the most dangerous, desperate circumstances, these outstanding citizens put aside concerns about their own safety and answered the call. In the words of Sir...

Victims of Crime Awareness Week Declared in SK

Posted On April 20, 2015
April 19-25 has been declared Victims of Crime Awareness Week in Saskatchewan, coinciding with National Victims of Crime Awareness Week. This year's theme is "Shaping the Future Together."The week is an opportunity to raise awareness about the unique needs of victims of crime and tragedy, as well as the services available for them in their time of crisis. Victims of Crime Awareness Week also recognizes the good work done by Victims Services staff and volunteers in Saskatchewan. "Every year I get to meet a number of these tremendous people and every year I'm amazed...

SaskAlert Launches

Posted On April 16, 2015
Today, Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter announced that SaskAlert, the province's new emergency public alerting program, has successfully completed its testing phase and is being implemented across Saskatchewan. "SaskAlert can provide critical information about emergency situations as they are developing so residents of the affected area will be able to take action to protect themselves, their families and property," Reiter said. "Residents will also be able to receive updates on evolving emergency situations directly from their local television and radio stations, as well...

Historic Uranium Energy Deal Signed With India

Posted On April 15, 2015
Saskatchewan's uranium mining industry is today celebrating a milestone achievement, as a historic new agreement with India sets the stage for shipments of Canadian uranium to that country for electricity generation. Premier Brad Wall was in Ottawa this morning for the signing of a supply contract between Cameco Inc., a subsidiary of Saskatoon-based Cameco Corporation, and the Department of Atomic Energy of India. The premier witnessed the signing along with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Canada on a state visit. "I would...

Main Street Saskatchewan Investing in Historic Downtowns

Posted On April 15, 2015
The provincial government has invested $87,000 in historic main streets across the province through its annual Main Street Saskatchewan Grant Program, leveraging nearly a quarter of a million dollars of community investment. "Vibrant downtowns strengthen our communities, and strong communities support our growing Saskatchewan," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty said. "That's why we're pleased to continue to support communities through the Main Street Saskatchewan Program. This program enhances community pride throughout the province and enriches our quality of life." Communities...

Tax Credits Keeping Taxes Low & Saskatchewan Strong

Posted On April 15, 2015
With the personal tax filing deadline for the 2014 tax year approaching, Saskatchewan people are encouraged to take advantage of the various provincial tax credits to help keep their taxes low. "If you're a recent first-time homebuyer or post-secondary graduate, tax credits are available which can reduce your taxes payable and keep more money in your pockets," Finance Minister Ken Krawetz said. "Saskatchewan people with lower incomes or with children enrolled in sports programs or cultural or recreational activities, as well as workers who are required to purchase tools as a condition...

Manufacturing Shipments Hit Highest Record Ever

Posted On April 15, 2015
Saskatchewan's manufacturing shipments in February 2015 were $1.5 billion, the highest ever for the province according to Statistics Canada. This is an increase of 9.3 per cent over January, the second highest percentage increase among the provinces. Nationally, shipments dropped 1.7 per cent. "The manufacturing sector in our province is diverse and successful," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "Saskatchewan manufacturers continue to be leaders in the Canadian industry through their innovation and commitment to the production of quality products." On a year-over-year...

CCS Technology is Essential to Achieve World-Wide Reductions

Posted On April 14, 2015
Premier Brad Wall said today that with 30 per cent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions coming from coal-fired electricity and its forecasted expansion in both emerging economies and countries like Japan and Germany carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in the power generation sector is essential to achieve world-wide reductions. Speaking this morning at a provincial summit on climate change in Quebec City, Wall said that coal will continue to be a major source of energy for many countries for the foreseeable future and any meaningful reduction in greenhouse gases (GHGs)...

Sask Wait Times for Surgery Among the Best in Canada

Posted On April 14, 2015
A national report shows Saskatchewan patients are benefitting from improved access to surgery, with surgical wait times among the shortest in the country. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) report, Wait Times for Priority Procedures in Canada, 2015, was released this morning. In Saskatchewan, 90 per cent of all patients had an offer of surgery within three months of booking between December 2014 and February 2015. "Since the launch of the four-year Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative in April 2010, we have made tremendous improvement in patients'...

Farmland Ownership Review & Consultations Announced

Posted On April 13, 2015
Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart today announced the government of Saskatchewan will hold further consultations and undertake a review of farmland ownership rules under The Saskatchewan Farm Security Act. While the review of the Act is underway, regulations will be put in place to prohibit certain organizations, like pension plans and other institutional investors, from purchasing farmland in Saskatchewan. The Farm Land Security Board will still retain the ability to provide exemptions for economic development initiatives, such as those provided in the past for oil and gas development. "Saskatchewan...

Jobs Up, Unemployment Rate Lowest in Canada

Posted On April 10, 2015
Saskatchewan's unemployment rate was 4.4 per cent in March 2015 (seasonally adjusted), maintaining the lowest rate among the provinces for the 18th straight month, well below 6.8 per cent recorded nationally according to Statistics Canada. "We continue to have the lowest unemployment rate in Canada thanks to employers creating more new jobs for Saskatchewan people, showing confidence in our diverse economy," Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "The increase in the number of jobs over last year is proof that Saskatchewan's economy remains strong." Job...

2015 Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program

Posted On April 8, 2015
Saskatchewan residents will again be able receive assistance for emergency flood mitigation measures in 2015. The 2015 Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program (EFDRP) is now available to communities, rural municipalities, businesses, non-profit organizations, individual farm and country residences and cottages facing imminent flooding. New this year, the program will provide assistance to prevent damage from imminent flooding to water wells used for human consumptive purposes. "The safety and well-being of Saskatchewan people is a priority for our government," Minister...

Government Invests in Supports for Vulnerable Families

Posted On April 8, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan is ensuring a better life for children and families by continuing to fund KidsFirst programs across the province. For 2015-16, the government will provide $14.76 million to nine KidsFirst programs across the province through the ministries of Education and Health. "KidsFirst is an important part of our government's commitment to building strong families and communities," Education Minster Don Morgan said. "Helping children get a good start in life is an important part of securing their future success, as well as a better quality of life for all...

Saskatchewan Recognizes National Wildlife Week

Posted On April 6, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to join the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation to recognize April 5 to 11 as National Wildlife Week. "Saskatchewan's diverse wildlife is one of our most valuable natural resources and provides a variety of recreational, educational, and economic opportunities for Saskatchewan residents," Environment Minister Scott Moe said. "Our government is committed to protecting Saskatchewan wildlife and their habitats for future generations. We value and support conservation efforts of our stakeholders and encourage...

Continued Support for Victims of Violence and Abuse

Posted On April 2, 2015
Programs that help Saskatchewan victims of interpersonal violence and abuse will receive more than $11 million this fiscal year. "These organizations make a vital contribution to the safety of Saskatchewan's citizens and families," Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said. "We are pleased to continue funding these community-based programs that offer support to Saskatchewan residents who need it the most." The funding is provided to 33 community-based organizations for 43 programs supported by the Ministry of Justice, including: Family-violence...

Solid Saskatchewan Export Numbers in February

Posted On April 2, 2015
Saskatchewan exports took a 7.2 per cent jump in February 2015 when compared to February 2014, well ahead of the 0.7 per cent decrease posted nationally according to Statistics Canada. Exports from the province totaled $2.6 billion in February 2015. "The year-over-year rise in exports is good news," Minister responsible for Trade Jeremy Harrison said. "We have a thriving export market in Saskatchewan which is distributing products all over the globe." Major increases on a year-over-year basis were recorded for farm, fishing and food products (up 17.6 per cent); metal...

Legislative Secretary for Social Impact Bonds Appointed

Posted On April 1, 2015
Premier Brad Wall today appointed Kelvington-Wadena MLA June Draude as his new Legislative Secretary responsible for Social Impact Bonds. Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are funding arrangements between governments, private investors, and service providers. Under these arrangements, government sets a specific social outcome, acquires the money to achieve that social outcome from private investors and commits to pay the investors a pre-arranged sum if and only if the service provider achieves a desired outcome in a set period of time. "Thanks to June Draude's work when she was...

Enhancements to Environmental Programs

Posted On April 1, 2015
Today, the federal and provincial governments announced a new web portal for Saskatchewan's Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) program. The portal allows farm owners to create, review and update their EFPs online and at their own pace. As well, the Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) available through the Farm Stewardship Program have been enhanced. There are now 24 BMPs under seven categories, including five new BMPs and enhancements to seven existing BMPs. The Farm Stewardship Program helps Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers implement practices that maintain or improve the quality...

New Lifesaving Hepatitis C Drug Coverage Available

Posted On April 1, 2015
Saskatchewan is now providing coverage for two new lifesaving drugs for treating hepatitis C. These new drug therapies cure 90-98 per cent of patients in as little as eight to 12 weeks compared to traditional therapies that cure 60-75 per cent of patients in 24-48 weeks. "We are committed to providing Saskatchewan patients with better access to new and effective medications," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. "These two drugs offer effective, simple and fast treatment. They provide a cure for chronic hepatitis C patients and greatly improve the quality of life for those...

New Wildfire Management Legislation In Effect

Posted On April 1, 2015
New wildfire management legislation has arrived in time for the province's wildfire season, which typically runs from April 1 to October 31. The Wildfire Act replaces The Prairie and Forest Fires Act, 1982, one of the oldest pieces of wildfire legislation in Canada. The new Act, with the accompanying wildfire regulations, provides a modern regulatory framework that ensures public safety while fostering sustainable economic growth. "This new legislation was developed in extensive consultation with stakeholders," Environment Minister Scott Moe said. "The result is a streamlined...

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Saskatchewan Reads Supports Prov. Reading Initiatives

Posted On May 29, 2015
A provincial framework to support student success in reading is now in place and is available to teachers across the province. Saskatchewan Reads was developed to improve student reading in the province as identified in the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth and the Education Sector Strategic Plan. "Reading is the key component in providing children with opportunities for a successful future," Chinook School Division Director of Education and leader of the provincial reading initiative Liam Choo-Foo said. "Through the hard work of our teachers and our Provincial Reading Team, I am...

Crop Report for the Period of May 19 to 25th, 2015

Posted On May 28, 2015
Producers now have 87 per cent of the crop seeded, well ahead of the five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year (61 per cent), according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. Dry weather has allowed many producers to finish seeding while others will need another week or more. The southwestern and west-central regions are nearing completion with 93 per cent of the crop in the ground. The northwestern region has 89 per cent seeded; the southeastern has 87 per cent seeded; the east-central region has 83 per cent seeded; and the northeastern region has 75 per...

Motorcyclists to Have Further Choice of Injury Coverage

Posted On May 27, 2015
SGI is providing additional choice in injury coverage for motorcycle owners for the 2016 riding season. Motorcycle owners can already choose between the full package of No Fault injury benefits and Tort coverage. An additional option, planned to be implemented for the 2016 riding season, will allow motorcycle owners to choose a reduced package of No Fault injury benefits for a lower cost. "Motorcyclists have asked for more choices in injury coverage, and government and SGI have listened," Minister responsible for SGI Don McMorris said. "The new option is for motorcycle...

More Patients Are Receiving Surgeries Sooner

Posted On May 26, 2015
The dramatic reductions in surgical wait times that began during the four-year Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative have continued, with even more patients receiving sooner, safer, smarter surgical care a year later. The number of patients waiting more than three months for surgery is down 89 per cent, with 13,613 fewer patients waiting that long for surgery on March 31, 2015 than in March 2010. "Saskatchewan patients now have much better access to surgery," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. "The combined efforts of thousands of health system staff and physicians have transformed...

NDP Convention Leaves More Questions Than Answers

Posted On May 25, 2015
This weekend at their annual policy convention in Regina, the Saskatchewan NDP decided to hide a number of troubling resolutions behind closed doors, rather than hold open votes with its members. "We see the NDP with a resolution opposing major pipeline projects, another looking to impose a new wheat board on farmers and a resolution that actually opposes trade deals like the recently announced agreement with India for $350 million worth of uranium," said Jeremy Harrison, MLA for Meadow Lake and Minister responsible for Trade. "These policies would have a huge impact for...

Crop Report for the Period of May 12 to 18, 2015

Posted On May 21, 2015
Dry weather this past week allowed producers to make significant seeding progress across the province. Sixty-four per cent of the 2015 crop is now seeded, according to the Saskatchewan Agriculture Crop Report. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 24 per cent seeded. Producers in the southwest are most advanced, with 86 per cent of the crop seeded. In the southeast, 66 per cent is seeded; the west-central region has 72 per cent seeded; the east-central and northeastern regions have 42 per cent seeded; and northwestern region has 68 per cent seeded. Topsoil...

Colleen Young Appointed to Treasury Board

Posted On May 21, 2015
Premier Brad Wall today appointed Lloydminster MLA Colleen Young to the government Treasury Board. Treasury Board is the cabinet committee responsible for preparing the provincial budget and carefully monitoring government spending and revenue throughout the year. "Colleen Young has already shown herself to be a strong addition to our government and her 20 years as a Lloydminster Public School Board trustee have given her plenty of experience in managing budgets," Wall said. "She is doing a great job serving the people of Lloydminster constituency and I know she will do a great...

Premier Names New Deputy Premier & Finance Minister

Posted On May 21, 2015
Premier Brad Wall today named a new Deputy Premier and a new Finance Minister as part of a small cabinet shuffle resulting from Ken Krawetz leaving cabinet. Krawetz, who has announced he will not be running in the next provincial election, has been Deputy Premier since the current government took office and Finance Minister for five years, during which time he delivered five consecutive balanced budgets. Veteran Minister Don McMorris becomes the new Deputy Premier. McMorris retains all of his current responsibilities, including Minister responsible for Crown Investments...

Governments Sign First MOU to Finalize Job Training Deal

Posted On May 20, 2015
The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan today announced that they have signed the first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Canada and are now in final discussions to retool an existing federal-provincial job training deal. This deal will further align training to labour market opportunities in Saskatchewan. Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Saskatchewan Minister responsible for Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training Jeremy Harrison, today signed an MOU to direct officials to finalize the deal. "Our government's top priorities are...

Consultations On Farmland Ownership Now Open

Posted On May 20, 2015
Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced details of the consultations for The Saskatchewan Farm Security Act. The consultations will allow all interested parties to share their views regarding farmland ownership rules. "Consultations with the public will help us understand who should, or should not be, allowed to own farmland in Saskatchewan, specifically pension plans, investment trusts, pension plan administrators and foreign investors," Stewart said. "I encourage all interested parties to participate in the consultations to help determine what is best for Saskatchewan." The...

March Wholesale Trade Doubles National Increase

Posted On May 20, 2015
Year-over-year wholesale trade in Saskatchewan was up 12.2 per cent in March 2015 over last March, more than double the 5.6 per cent posted nationally and the second highest percentage increase among the provinces, according to Statistics Canada. "Saskatchewan's economy is broad-based and resilient which is helping to keep important indicators like wholesale trade strong when compared to other jurisdictions," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "This is good news for many reasons and showcases the strength of our wholesale sector." Wholesale trade totalled $2.4 billion in...

Government of SK Encourages U.S. to Repeal COOL

Posted On May 19, 2015
Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart welcomes the World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance panel's final decision on Country of Origin Labelling (COOL). On Monday, May 18, 2015, the WTO again ruled in Canada's favour urging the U.S. to comply with the WTO rules. "This final ruling demonstrates the need for the United States to bring COOL in line with its WTO obligations," Stewart said. "COOL does not address the best interest of the public and it unfairly discriminates against Canadian cattle and hog exports." Since COOL was introduced in 2008, Canada's industry has estimated...

Weekly Provincial Highway Construction Update

Posted On May 15, 2015
With May long weekend fast approaching, motorists are reminded to watch for signs and always slow to 60 km/hr in work zones. The construction season is well underway with 15 projects already in progress. Major projects underway include paving on Highway 51 in and around Kerrobert and a grade and pave east of Martensville on Highway 305. New work beginning this week includes a $22 million surfacing project on Highway 263, for a total distance of 13 km. The weekly construction update provides Saskatchewan residents with the latest details on projects underway to help plan...

Spring Sitting Focused on Keeping the Economy Strong

Posted On May 14, 2015
Premier Brad Wall today said Saskatchewan's diverse economy has proven to be very resilient despite a slowdown in the oil sector caused by falling crude oil prices. "The spring sitting of the Legislature was all about keeping our economy strong and the new employment numbers released just last week show our economy remains strong," Wall said. "With 7,700 more people working in Saskatchewan and the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for the 19th straight month - these are sure signs of a strong and diverse economy." Wall said the highlight of the spring sitting, which ends...

Crop Report for the Period of May 5 to 11, 2015

Posted On May 14, 2015
Significant seeding progress was made this past week. Thirty-four per cent of the 2015 crop is now seeded, according to the Saskatchewan Agriculture Crop Report. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is nine per cent seeded. Producers in the southwest are most advanced, with 61 per cent of the crop seeded. In the southeast, 45 per cent is seeded; the west-central region has 26 per cent seeded; the east-central region 16 per cent, the northeastern region 13 per cent and northwestern region has 31 per cent seeded. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland...

Province Increases Support for Sexual Assault Services

Posted On May 13, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan continues to support programs that assist victims of sexual assault. Six organizations will receive $1.2 million this year, representing a 22 per cent increase over last year's funding. "This is a substantial funding increase and shows this government takes the issue of sexual assault in Saskatchewan seriously," Regina Douglas Park MLA Russ Marchuk said on behalf of Justice Minster and Attorney General Gordon Wyant. "We must do all we can for victims of sexual assault in this province. I am proud we can help these programs continue their good work." Sexual...

Holodomor Statue Officially Dedicated in SK Capital

Posted On May 12, 2015
Today, Deputy Premier Ken Krawetz joined Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Regina Mayor Michael Fougere, and Ukrainian community members to officially dedicate a statue that will serve as a permanent reminder of the Holodomor – a man-made famine that devastated Ukraine during the early 1930s. The bronze figure, near Lakeshore Drive and Avenue B in Wascana Centre, is an exact copy of the statue entitled "Bitter Memories of Childhood" by sculptor Petro Drozdowsky and features a somber peasant girl collecting a wheat sheaf. The statue serves as a sobering reminder...

Buy Local Proclamation

Posted On May 12, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed the first Saturday of every month as Buy Local Day. The intent of the proclamation is to encourage provincial consumers to shop local – thereby supporting businesses and jobs in communities across the province. "Local businesses contribute a great deal to our communities and are the foundation of our provincial economy," Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "By keeping taxes low, balancing budgets and reducing red tape, our government is ensuring that local businesses are able to grow, create...

Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Ready for Summer

Posted On May 11, 2015
Saskatchewan Provincial Parks will open for the season on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Saskatchewan's provincial parks continue to grow in popularity, and after a record-setting campsite reservation launch, SaskParks is expecting another busy season. "Saskatchewan's provincial parks are places to relax, unwind and reconnect with family, friends and nature," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty said. "Our parks are very popular and we know that our campers are itching to get out and enjoy this beautiful spring weather." Saskatchewan Provincial Parks officially...

Forest Renewal Program Plants Two Trees Per Resident

Posted On May 11, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan's spring forest renewal projects are underway, with approximately 2.2 million new trees – two trees per Saskatchewan resident – to be planted in Saskatchewan's northern forest. "Planting trees is a long-term investment in Saskatchewan's future," Environment Minister Scott Moe said. "Each year, forest companies and government plant millions of trees to help maintain both a healthy ecosystem and a thriving forest industry." When combined with the number industry plants under their forest management agreements (FMAs), the number...

Government Invests in Community Airport Partnership

Posted On May 11, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan will provide $700,000 in funding to 15 airports across the province through the Community Airport Partnership (CAP). Funds for the 50 per cent cost-shared program will be used to enhance infrastructure so that community and regionally-owned airports can continue to serve the growing province. "We are pleased to make another substantial financial commitment to the Community Airport Partnership Program," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. "Local airports are critical to Saskatchewan's economic development, accessibility...

Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week

Posted On May 8, 2015
Saskatchewan is changing regulations to help prevent aquatic invasive species (AIS) from entering the province, and is proclaiming May 10 to 16 Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week to raise the profile of this important issue. "Saskatchewan's lakes and waterways have significant environmental, economic and recreational importance and aquatic invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels pose a serious threat," Environment Minister Scott Moe said. "Proclaiming Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week in Saskatchewan will help inform and educate the public on this critical...

Saskatchewan Leads the Nation with Lowest Unemployment

Posted On May 8, 2015
The unemployment rate in Saskatchewan was once again the lowest among the provinces in April 2015, at 4.3 per cent (seasonally adjusted), while nationally the rate stood at 6.8 per cent, according to Statistics Canada. Saskatchewan has had the lowest unemployment rate in the country for 19 straight months. "Today's report shows we continue to have the lowest unemployment rate in Canada, thanks to our strong and diversified economy," Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "We have had the lowest unemployment rate in the country for 19 consecutive...

Hwy Construction Season Puts Record Budget In Action

Posted On May 8, 2015
Saskatchewan's highway crews and road builders are springing into action for the 2015-16 construction season. A record $842 million budget means numerous construction sites are popping up across the province. This budget includes $560 million allocated to major capital projects including twinning projects, passing lanes and overpasses. "The 27 per cent increase over last year's budget is a clear indication that this government is committed to meeting the growing demands of our province and advancing our economy," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said....

Crop Report for the Period April 28 to May 4, 2015

Posted On May 7, 2015
Fourteen per cent of the 2015 crop is in the ground, according to the Saskatchewan Agriculture Crop Report. The five year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is two per cent seeded. Thanks to the dry weather in the southwest, farmers in that region have 34 per cent of the 2015 crop in the ground. In the rest of the province, seeding has started for most farmers. In the southeast, producers have 14 per cent seeded; west-central producers have eight per cent seeded; northwestern producers seven per cent; east-central producers three per cent and northeastern producers...

New Legislation to License User-Pay MRI Services

Posted On May 6, 2015
New legislation being introduced today will give patients the ability to choose to pay privately for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan in Saskatchewan. "Reducing wait times and giving patients more choice over their own care decisions is a high priority for the people of Saskatchewan," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. "Wait times for many services are still too long. Our government is committed to moving forward with new and innovative solutions to barriers that prevent the very best in patient access and satisfaction." The new legislation will allow for the...

New Public Health System Provides Better Services

Posted On May 5, 2015
Saskatchewan patients and health providers are now benefitting from a new, electronic integrated public health information system. "Panorama" allows public health care providers to manage vaccine inventories and immunizations, and enhances their ability to deliver services to residents. Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit today joined representatives from eHealth Saskatchewan and Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region for the official launch of Panorama. "Panorama is a standardized, accurate and confidential system now available to public health professionals to...

Saskatchewan's Merchandise Exports Set Record for March

Posted On May 5, 2015
Saskatchewan's merchandise exports reached $3.1 billion in March (seasonally unadjusted), a 6.4 per cent increase year-over-year, and an all-time high for the month of March according to Statistics Canada. Saskatchewan's merchandise exports were $8.7 billion for the first three months of 2015, up 10.6 per cent over the same period last year. This was the second largest increase among the provinces. "The new merchandise exports record for the month of March is proof that our economy is strong and diversified," Minister responsible for Trade Jeremy Harrison said. "Thanks...

Emergency Preparedness Week Recognized in Sask

Posted On May 5, 2015
May 3 to 9 marks National Emergency Preparedness Week in the province. "All Saskatchewan families need to take the time to plan for emergencies -- what you need and where you will go in the event of a flood, fire, or storm," Provincial Fire Commissioner Duane McKay said. "Putting together a plan for your home only takes a few hours but can save lives." One of the easiest things a family can do when emergency planning is to prepare a basic kit, which is accessible in the home, with supplies that should last at least 72 hours. Family kits should include: bottled...

New "HotSpotting" Initiative Connects Patients to Care

Posted On May 4, 2015
Patients with complex medical needs in Saskatchewan will be better served thanks to a new health care initiative. Two planned "hotspotting" pilot projects are now underway in the province. Connecting to Care uses an innovative, patient-centred care model that identifies patients with complex needs who repeatedly need hospital services or visit emergency departments. A team of providers helps these patients receive alternative, more appropriate services in the community and follows up to ensure they are supported in improving their health. "Our health system needs to better...

Sask Marks Responsible Gaming Awareness Week

Posted On May 4, 2015
Responsible Gambling Awareness Week kicks off today and runs until May 8 at Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw. This is the fifth year SaskGaming has hosted Responsible Gambling Awareness Week. This year will feature a number of events, games and guest speakers who – along with SaskGaming's GameSense team – will help engage casino guests to make informed choices about their gambling experience. "SaskGaming is committed to providing casino entertainment in a socially responsible manner," Minister responsible for SaskGaming Nancy Heppner said. "I'm pleased to see...

Province Proclaims Women Entrepreneurs Week

Posted On May 4, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to proclaim May 4 to 10 Women Entrepreneurs Week in the province. The week provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate Saskatchewan's many successful women entrepreneurs. In 2014, there were 35,100 self-employed women in the province – a number that continues to grow each year. The professional services, wholesale, retail and hospitality industries in particular have benefitted greatly from the contributions of women entrepreneurs in the province. "Saskatchewan's women entrepreneurs and the businesses they establish...

May 2015 Proclaimed as Missing Children's Month

Posted On May 4, 2015
Saskatchewan has officially proclaimed May 2015 as Missing Children's Month. This year marks Child Find Saskatchewan's 24th annual Green Ribbon of Hope Campaign, which runs throughout the month of May. Green ribbons may be obtained at participating TD Canada Trust and RBC Royal Bank branches throughout the province in exchange for a donation during the month of May. They can also be obtained by contacting Child Find Saskatchewan at 306-955-0070. "Missing Children's Month is an important opportunity to raise awareness in Saskatchewan and across Canada on behalf of missing...

Missing Persons Week Declared in Saskatchewan

Posted On May 4, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed the week of May 3-9 as Missing Persons Week. This year's theme is "A Community's Response to Missing Persons." "Saskatchewan shares the concerns of the public and the nation about the need to address ongoing issues about missing persons," Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said. "I'm proud of the collaborative work we're doing in Saskatchewan to raise awareness and am encouraged by the discussions we've had with our counterparts across the country." "This year, Missing Person's Week is an opportunity to understand...

Asbestos Registry & Advisory Committee Launched

Posted On May 4, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan is launching a new user-friendly and searchable web-based Asbestos Registry as part of its ongoing work regarding asbestos safety. Along with the new registry, the government has established an Asbestos Advisory Committee to provide input to the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety on asbestos-related health and safety issues. "Our government recognizes the danger posed by asbestos and we want this registry to be used to minimize the risk of exposure," Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said. "This new...

Minister Calls for Caution in Saskatchewan Work Zones

Posted On May 4, 2015
A fatal collision on Highway 6 near Spalding this weekend highlights the need for extreme caution in construction zones on our highways and roads. "Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the individuals who were involved in this tragic incident," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. "Highway work zones are active construction sites with numerous and significant potential safety risks. "As road work ramps up for another season across the provincial highway system, drivers must exercise the utmost caution at all times." The collision...

June

See Orange? Slow Down!

Posted On June 30, 2015
When we're in a hurry, signs like "Construction Zone Ahead" and "Workers Present" may seem like an inconvenience. However, as warmer summer months kick off the construction season in Saskatchewan, drivers are urged to consider the true costs associated with speeding in work zones. A record $842 million highways budget coupled with a short construction season means an abundance of work will take place on Saskatchewan roads and highways this summer. Construction crews dedicated to improving our roads are depending on motorists to drive responsibly and keep them safe in work zones. For...

Four-Year Commitment to Boost Benefits Fulfilled

Posted On June 30, 2015
Starting July 1, seniors across the province who qualify for either the Seniors Income Plan (SIP) or Personal Care Home Benefit (PCHB), or both, will see a boost to the monthly benefits they receive. With this latest increase, the Government of Saskatchewan is fulfilling its four-year commitment to improve the quality of life for seniors across the province. "Our government made a commitment under the Seniors Affordability Plan to provide seniors with the supports they need," Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer said. "We are proud to have delivered on this commitment, and...

New Wildlife Regulations Take Effect July 1

Posted On June 29, 2015
New hunting regulations under The Wildlife Amendment Act, 2015 come into effect July 1, 2015, in advance of Saskatchewan's popular hunting season. "Saskatchewan's valuable wildlife resource needs to be protected and preserved for future generations to enjoy," Environment Minister Herb Cox said. "This new legislation enhances wildlife protection and shows greater respect for our natural resources by increasing the severity of penalties for those who commit hunting violations." The Wildlife Amendment Act, 2015 will ensure that: The most serious conservation...

Saskatchewan Finishes 2014-15 With $62 Million Surplus

Posted On June 26, 2015
The Saskatchewan government hit its budget targets in 2014-15, finishing with a surplus of $62 million, down just $9 million from budget projections. The province's year-end financial results were released today. Total revenue was $14.06 billion, down just $14 million or 0.1 per cent from budget. Total expense was $14 billion, down $5 million or 0.03 per cent from budget. "The fact we were able to conclude such a challenging year on budget and with a modest surplus demonstrates, once again, the resilience of the Saskatchewan economy," Finance Minister Kevin Doherty said....

Crop Report for the Period of June 16 to 22, 2015

Posted On June 25, 2015
Some areas in the province received rainfall last week, which helped address topsoil moisture conditions; however, significant rain is still needed in many areas to help crops, hay and pasture develop, according to the Saskatchewan Agriculture Weekly Crop Report. Topsoil moisture conditions remain dry despite the recent rain. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated two as per cent surplus, 46 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short and 14 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 33 per cent adequate, 42...

Highways & Infrastructure Work Zone Campaign

Posted On June 25, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan's annual work zone safety advertising campaign is underway. Radio, print and billboard advertisements will increase awareness and promote safe driving behaviour in work zones this summer and fall. "The message is simply slow to 60 km/hr in work zones," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. "I can't emphasize it enough. Safety measures are put in place in our work zones for the safety of our crews and the drivers." It's black and white. Signs indicating the speed limit in work zones are not a suggestion. They are the...

Wildfire Situation Escalating in Northern Saskatchewan

Posted On June 25, 2015
Due to extreme wildfire hazards in northern Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Environment is recommending no non-essential travel to the La Ronge area including Air Ronge, Sucker River, Wadin Bay, Stanley Mission and Nemeiben. The ministry is also recommending no non-essential travel north of La Ronge. People already in these areas are encouraged to relocate to a safer community not threatened by the current wildfire situation. There are several fires in the La Ronge region that may pose smoke and fire risks to the area and surrounding communities, and sudden changes in wind direction...

Saskatchewan Express Entry for Skilled Immigrants

Posted On June 23, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan today announced the launch of an improved online application system for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). Immigrants applying for permanent residence can now apply online to the new Saskatchewan Express Entry category announced earlier this year, as well as other SINP streams. The Saskatchewan Express Entry Category will add 775 additional immigrant nominees to the SINP. This will bring the total number of SINP nominations up to 5,500 for 2015. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has committed to processing these applications...

More Physicians Begin Practising in Saskatchewan

Posted On June 23, 2015
Fifteen new doctors are practising in Saskatchewan, thanks to the most recent results of the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program. Since the program began in 2011, close to 180 new family physicians have completed the assessment and are currently practising in the province. SIPPA is a made-in-Saskatchewan program that assesses International Medical Graduates (IMGs) on their medical education and clinical ability before allowing them to practise medicine in the province. "We welcome these new doctors and their families to our growing...

Disability Strategy Report Presented to Government

Posted On June 22, 2015
Shane is a heavy-duty mechanic who works for the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure in Yorkton. He is also blind. The shop he works in is organized so he knows where to find his tools, and his co-workers are there to help if he needs them. This is an example of putting people before systems, the over-arching theme of the Disability Strategy, entitled People Before Systems: Transforming the Experience of Disability in Saskatchewan, launched today by the Citizen Consultation Team (CCT). "I would like to thank the CCT's co-chairs, Amy Alsop and Daryl Stubel, for their...

Joint National Aboriginal Day Celebrations – June 21

Posted On June 18, 2015
Minister responsible for First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs Jim Reiter is encouraging all Saskatchewan residents to participate in National Aboriginal Day community celebrations taking place on June 21 and throughout the month. "National Aboriginal Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the many contributions Aboriginal people made to our province's past and, this year more than ever, to acknowledge the role they will play in Saskatchewan's future," Reiter said. Now in its 20th year, National Aboriginal Day honours the culture and contributions of First...

Crop Report for the Period of June 19-15th, 2015

Posted On June 18, 2015
Much of the province received scattered rainfall that helped replenish topsoil moisture conditions in some regions. However, significant rain is needed soon in many areas to help crops, hay and pasture develop. Topsoil moisture conditions continue to deteriorate despite the recent rain. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as three per cent surplus, 45 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 17 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 33 per cent adequate, 42 per cent short and 24 per cent very short. Much...

Saskatchewan's Population Continues to Grow

Posted On June 17, 2015
Saskatchewan continues to be one of the fastest growing provinces in Canada according to new population estimates released today by Statistics Canada. As of April 1, 2015, there were 1,134,402 people living in Saskatchewan, an increase of 1,762 in the past quarter and an increase of 14,273 in the past year. Saskatchewan had the second highest growth rate among the provinces in the past year and the third highest in the past quarter. "Even with the challenges of a lower oil price, Saskatchewan continues to grow at a faster pace than most other provinces," Immigration, Jobs,...

Gains for Wholesale Trade

Posted On June 17, 2015
Wholesale trade jumped 17.9 per cent in April 2015 over last April, almost three times the national average of 6.7 per cent according to Statistics Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest percentage increase among the provinces. "Saskatchewan's economy is making real gains in many areas," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "Diversification has put our province in a highly competitive position relative to the other provinces." In total, wholesale trade in April was $2.4 billion, up from $2.0 billion in 2014. That's the highest on record for the month of April. "The...

Schools Build One Step Closer to Construction

Posted On June 15, 2015
Joint Use Mutual Partnership (JUMP) has been selected as the P3 team that will deliver new elementary schools to Saskatoon and area by September 2017. Six new joint-use schools will be located in Saskatoon in the Evergreen, Hampton Village, Rosewood and Stonebridge neighbourhoods, as well as the communities of Martensville and Warman. Together with three new joint-use schools coming to Regina, this represents the largest new schools project in Saskatchewan's history and will create more than 1,600 jobs in the Saskatoon area. "Today is an exciting day for education in Saskatchewan...

Gov't Providing $9 Million for SK Advantage Scholarship

Posted On June 12, 2015
More than 12,500 students graduating from Grade 12 this spring are now eligible for the $500 Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship, to help reduce the cost of their post-secondary education. In 2015-16, the provincial government is committing $9 million toward the scholarship, an increase of $2.3 million from last year. "This funding will make post-secondary education more affordable for students by directly reducing the cost of their tuition," Advanced Education Minister Scott Moe said. "The Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship is an important investment in the students who will...

Crop Report for the Period of June 2 to 8, 2015

Posted On June 11, 2015
Seeding is virtually complete for Saskatchewan's producers; however, there are still some areas either finishing up or re-seeding crops that were damaged by frost. The five-year (2010-2014) seeding average for this time of year is 87 per cent according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. Rainfall varied across the province from minimal to well over three inches in sections of the southeastern region. Much of the province needs rain to replenish topsoil moisture conditions. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as three per cent surplus,...

Crews Applying More Than 1.5 Million Litres of Paint

Posted On June 11, 2015
Approximately 51,000 kilometres of centre and shoulder lines are being painted along the provincial highway system this construction season. Each kilometre of solid line requires about 31.04 litres or 8.2 gallons of paint. The road paint has recycled glass beads in it which enhance the reflective qualities and prolong the life of the lines. In addition to road painting, culverts have been successfully installed in 22 locations along Highway 10 between Yorkton and Balcarres and approximately nine kilometres of paved road is complete on Highway 7 near Vanscoy. This week...

Minimum Wage to Increase October 1, 2015

Posted On June 11, 2015
Saskatchewan's minimum wage will increase to $10.50 from $10.20 per hour, effective October 1, 2015. This is the seventh increase in the minimum wage since 2007. "With Saskatchewan's economy continuing to grow, the indexation formula used to calculate minimum wage shows that the minimum wage should increase as well," Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said. Minimum wage is reviewed yearly using an indexation formula based on an equal weighting of the change of the Consumer Price Index and the Average Hourly Wage for the previous year. Changes are...

Saskatchewan Reports on Patient First Review Progress

Posted On June 10, 2015
Saskatchewan has made significant progress addressing patient feedback stemming from its ground-breaking 2009 Patient First Review. A Patient First Review Update report released today outlines progress and successes, and identifies new health care delivery approaches under consideration by the provincial government. "We are firmly committed to a health system that puts our patients first, and we'll continue to ask for their input and learn from their experiences," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. "Much more work is ahead, but a solid foundation is in place to achieve exceptional...

Regional Parks Receive Funding, New Act & Regulations

Posted On June 9, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan will again provide the Saskatchewan Regional Parks Association (SRPA) with a grant of $1.023 million for the 2015-16 fiscal year. In addition, the Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed a new Regional Parks Act and associated regulations that will delegate certain powers to SRPA to help them in their mandate to develop, maintain and promote Saskatchewan's regional park system. "Regional parks showcase the Saskatchewan spirit," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty said. "They are special places in our communities that thrive due to...

Saskatchewan Pushing for Canada Free Trade Zone

Posted On June 9, 2015
Saskatchewan Minister responsible for Trade, Jeremy Harrison, was pleased with the outcome of discussions among federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for internal trade in Toronto today on the negotiations to renew and modernize the Agreement on Internal Trade. "Ministers reaffirmed their interest in achieving a new, ambitious and more comprehensive agreement that will get rid of remaining barriers to trade inside the Canadian market," Harrison said. "I am confident that when negotiations are concluded early next year, that we will have an agreement on a Canada...

Statement from Premier on Auditor General's Report

Posted On June 9, 2015
Today's report just reinforces Saskatchewan's position that the Senate should be abolished. If the Senate was necessary to the proper functioning of Canadian democracy, I would say clean it up and get it working properly. But it isn't necessary and it isn't making any sort of a positive contribution. I Iike to restore old cars., but that's only worth doing if, when you get finished, the car is going to run properly and it's at least worth the money you put into it. The Senate is never going to run properly and it's never going to be worth the money we put into it. So it should...

Oil & Gas Advantage Touted at Global Petroleum Show

Posted On June 8, 2015
Saskatchewan's strength as an oil and gas producer and the province's welcoming investment climate will be promoted this week at the Global Petroleum Show. Taking place in Calgary from June 9–11, the Global Petroleum Show is one of world's premiere oil and gas trade shows. It showcases cutting-edge innovations and technological expertise, and provides a forum for the leading players in the energy industry to discuss and assess investment opportunities. "Our resource industries drive economic growth in our province, and our government has worked hard to maintain an...

More People Working in Saskatchewan Than Ever Before

Posted On June 5, 2015
The number of people working in Saskatchewan hit an all-time high in May, beating the previous record set in June of last year. New job numbers released today by Statistics Canada show that there were 582,700 people working in the province in May, up 4,800 over last May. In May 2015, Saskatchewan recorded the lowest unemployment rate among the provinces at 4.9 per cent (seasonally adjusted), while nationally, the rate stood at 6.8 per cent. Saskatchewan has had the lowest unemployment rate in the country for 20 consecutive months. Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training...

Premier's Statement on Truth and Reconciliation Report

Posted On June 5, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes the considerable work of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission over the past six years and the courage of the residential school survivors who shared their experiences. We thank Justice Murray Sinclair, Dr. Marie Wilson, and Chief Wilton Littlechild for their summary final report, Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future. Too many Saskatchewan families and individuals are living with the legacy of residential schools. Drawing from the strength of survivors, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has put us on a path toward...

Crop Report for the Period of May 26 to June 1, 2015

Posted On June 4, 2015
Seeding is nearing completion in the province with 97 per cent of the crop in the ground, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. Progress continues to be well ahead of the five-year (2010-2014) average of 73 per cent seeded for this time of year. The west-central region is reporting that 99 per cent of the crop is now seeded. The southwestern region has 98 per cent seeded; the southeastern, northeastern and northwestern regions have 97 per cent seeded; and the east-central region has 94 per cent seeded. Heavy frost late last week has caused damage...

Asia Advisory Report Will Guide Efforts to Boost Trade

Posted On June 4, 2015
Saskatchewan's efforts to increase trade in growing Asian markets will be guided by the recommendations of the province's Asia Advisory Council, Premier Brad Wall said today. "I want to thank council members for the advice they have provided," Wall said. "Asia offers unprecedented opportunities for Saskatchewan and the rest of Canada. We are eager to expand our reach in vital Asian markets and the recommendations offered by the council will guide our efforts for years to come." The Government of Saskatchewan today issued a formal response to the Saskatchewan-Asia Advisory...

Sask Celebrates Clean Air Day

Posted On June 3, 2015
As Saskatchewan residents celebrate Clean Air Day during Canadian Environment Week, updated ambient air quality standards come into effect that will protect the province, its people and its future. As part of the new Saskatchewan Environmental Code chapters that took effect on June 1, Saskatchewan's Ambient Air Quality Standards now align with new national objectives for fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) and ozone. "In Saskatchewan, we have clean air and we want to keep it that way," Environment Minister Herb Cox said. "Our government's new standards have been developed...

Saskatchewan Proclaims Deafblind Awareness Week

Posted On June 1, 2015
Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer has proclaimed the week of June 1-7, as Deafblind Awareness Week in Saskatchewan. "Our government thanks the Saskatchewan chapter of the Canadian Deaf Blind Association (CDBA) for the valuable services and advocacy they provide to those who are deafblind," Harpauer said. "People who are deafblind have a unique disability and our government recognizes the CDBA's continued work raising awareness of disability issues impacting their members." "Helen Keller was deafblind and did some amazing things, despite her disability," CDBA Saskatchewan...

Four Year Commitment to Boost SAID Benefits Fulfilled

Posted On June 1, 2015
More than 13,000 individuals who experience significant and enduring disability will see an increase to the monthly benefit they receive through the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program. With this latest increase, which takes effect June 1, the Government of Saskatchewan is fulfilling its four year commitment to increase SAID benefits to help improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. "Our government is committed to ensuring that Saskatchewan is a province that leads the nation in quality of life for people with disabilities," Social Services...

Saskatchewan Tourism Week

Posted On June 1, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan is proclaiming May 31-June 6 as Saskatchewan Tourism Week, coinciding with Tourism Week in Canada, which brings attention to the significance of the country's tourism sector and the economic opportunities available through travel and tourism. In Saskatchewan, tourism expenditures exceed $2.12 billion annually, and more than 12.5 million visits are made to and within the province. Approximately 57,000 residents are employed in tourism or tourism-related jobs. "Saskatchewan Tourism Week brings profile to our province's dynamic industry that...

Transportation Week Proclaimed in Saskatchewan

Posted On June 1, 2015
The week of May 31 to June 6 has been officially proclaimed Saskatchewan Transportation Week. This annual event recognizes the contributions of individuals in the transportation industry. "Safe and efficient transportation infrastructure is key to the continued growth of Saskatchewan's population and economy," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. "This week we celebrate the contributions of people working in this important industry." "This week's events recognize some of the thousands of individuals who get product and people moved to the right place,...

July

26 Infrastructure Projects Receive Gov't Funding

Posted On July 31, 2015
The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are announcing funding for 26 projects in communities across the province under the New Building Canada Plan's Small Communities Fund. The Small Communities Fund is part of the $10 billion Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund. It will provide $1 billion to municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs. These investments support job creation and economic growth, thus sustaining a high quality of life in small communities...

Crop Report for the Period of July 21-27, 2015

Posted On July 30, 2015
Haying continues to advance in the province as livestock producers now have 67 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage. An additional 14 per cent is cut and ready for baling, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. Hay quality is currently rated as two per cent excellent, 46 per cent good, 44 per cent fair and eight per cent poor. The Ministry of Agriculture has a Forage, Feed and Custom Service listing for producers to advertise and source feed products. It is available at www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/FeedForageListing. Topsoil...

Saskatchewan Calls for Full Repeal of COOL

Posted On July 30, 2015
Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart reiterated the importance of the U.S. Senate's outright repeal of Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) for beef and pork. "Frankly, this issue has been dragging on for far too long," Stewart said. "The expense and loss for our cattle and hog producers has been significant. The U.S. has had more than enough time to do the right thing and fully repeal COOL for beef and pork. If COOL isn't fully repealed for beef and pork, we will get to the point where retaliation is inevitable. While the costs for both Canada and the U.S. will be enormous,...

Gov't Invests $325,000 in Mobile Job Connections Buses

Posted On July 29, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan was pleased to join the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) today to unveil two newly wrapped Job Connections buses that will deliver career services to First Nations communities across the province. The Government of Saskatchewan provided $325,000 towards the Mobile Job Connection Services program, which included the repurposing of two Job Connections buses that will offer services ranging from career assessments to active recruitment. "Improving First Nations engagement in the workforce is a top priority," Saskatoon Sutherland...

Saskatchewan Doctors Ratify New Contract

Posted On July 28, 2015
A new four year contract has been ratified by Saskatchewan physicians. The contract agreement covers the period April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2017. Approximately 90 per cent of physicians voted in favour of the agreement. "This agreement represents a fair and competitive compensation package for the growing number of physicians in our province," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. "It demonstrates the shared commitment of government and physicians to improve access to care for Saskatchewan residents." "The physicians of Saskatchewan are focussed on improving the...

Farmland Ownership Consultations Continue

Posted On July 27, 2015
There are two weeks left to participate in the farmland ownership survey. Consultations run until Monday, August 10. As of July 24, 2015, more than 1,700 surveys have been received. The information collected will help the Government of Saskatchewan determine who should be allowed to own farmland in Saskatchewan. "We are pleased with the amount of participation to date," Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. "That being said, there is still time left to take part, and I encourage everyone interested to have their say. The more people who participate, the fuller our...

Has That Car Been In A Crash?

Posted On July 24, 2015
Before buying a used vehicle, every consumer should check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and research the history of the vehicle they are about to buy. It doesn't matter if the vehicle is from a private seller or a licensed motor dealer, researching the history of a vehicle may provide the buyer with critical information like crash history that could affect their decision to buy. The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) urges all consumers to use SGI's online VIN search tool. It's free, fast and easy to use. Users can research the history of vehicles that...

Crop Report for the Period of July 14 to 20, 2015

Posted On July 23, 2015
Haying continues in the province. Livestock producers now have 54 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage, with an additional 18 per cent cut and ready for baling, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. Rain showers have delayed haying in some areas. Hay quality is currently rated as two per cent excellent, 52 per cent good, 38 per cent fair and eight per cent poor. Hay yields on dry land are well below the five year average (2010-2014). Average hay yields on dry land are estimated to be 0.8 ton per acre for alfalfa, 0.9 ton per acre for alfalfa/brome...

International Trade Centre Investment Announced

Posted On July 23, 2015
Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced a commitment of $22 million, through Growing Forward 2, for the construction of a new 150,000 square foot multipurpose facility at Evraz Place called the International Trade Centre. "Both Agribition and Farm Progress are institutions here in Regina and major contributors to the Saskatchewan economy," Ritz said. "This investment provides a world-class venue that will draw international visitors to Saskatchewan to get a firsthand look at Canada's dynamic agriculture industry." "Our...

Record Wholesale Trade in May

Posted On July 21, 2015
Saskatchewan's wholesale trade for May 2015 hit $2.3 billion, the highest ever recorded for that month, according to Statistics Canada. On a year-over-year basis, wholesale trade was up 9.8 per cent (seasonally adjusted), the highest percentage increase among the provinces, and well ahead of the 2.9 per cent posted nationally. "The record figures for May are very encouraging," Minister of the Economy Bill Boyd said. "The fact that we are up on an annual basis shows Saskatchewan's economy is moving forward." Saskatchewan's economy continues to create jobs and the...

Premiers Support National Contingency for Wildfires

Posted On July 17, 2015
Premier Brad Wall announced today that he is pleased that other premiers have joined Saskatchewan and BC to call on the federal government on measures that will improve preparedness and response to wildfires. Wildfires across western Canada this summer have reinforced the need for a strong and coordinated emergency management and public safety system. "This year's fires in Canada were unique in that there were multiple large forest fires in several jurisdictions at the same time," said Wall. "We need to be prepared in the event that this situation happens again in the...

Fire Ban for Northern Saskatchewan Now Lifted

Posted On July 17, 2015
The Ministry of Environment, in consultation with the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, has lifted the ban on open fires that was put into effect for much of northern Saskatchewan on June 25, 2015. Effective immediately, the fire ban is rescinded for all provincial forests, and for all provincial parks and recreation sites located within these forests. Recent rainfall and cooler temperatures have reduced wildfire hazards. The improved conditions and reduced wildfire threats have made it possible for the ministry to lift the ban. These include the Canwood, Fort a la...

Crop Report for the Period of July 7 to 13, 2015

Posted On July 16, 2015
Livestock producers now have 32 per cent of the hay crop cut and 38 per cent baled or put into silage, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. Hay quality is rated as four per cent excellent, 48 per cent good, 34 per cent fair and 14 per cent poor. Concerns about a potential hay shortage continue, as many hay swaths are significantly smaller than normal and pasture growth has been limited. The Ministry of Agriculture has a Forage, Feed and Custom Service listing for producers to advertise and source feed products. It is available at: www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/FeedForageListing. Rainfall...

SHC Announces Relief for Tenants Under Evacuation

Posted On July 16, 2015
The Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) is following in the footsteps of the utility Crown corporations and SGI by offering temporary relief to any of its tenants under evacuation due to fires burning in northern Saskatchewan. If you live in a community under an evacuation order and rent a SHC-owned property from a local housing authority, you will receive a credit for the month of July towards your August rent. The same credit will be applied to September rents if your community's evacuation order extends into the month of August. "Saskatchewan Housing Corporation...

Province & Doctors Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Posted On July 14, 2015
The province and the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) have reached a tentative four-year contract agreement for April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2017. "I am pleased we've reached a tentative agreement with the SMA that supports fair and competitive compensation," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. "We value our physicians and recognize the important role they play in providing high-quality, patient-centred health care to Saskatchewan residents." "We believe we have reached a reasonable agreement for Saskatchewan's physicians," SMA President Dr. Mark Brown said. "This...

Conservation Land Made Available to Cattle Producers

Posted On July 14, 2015
Today Environment Minister Herb Cox and Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced that approximately 90,000 acres of Fish and Wildlife Development Fund (FWDF) land will be made available to cattle producers facing dry conditions. "We recognize the challenges that dry conditions have created for some cattle producers and are pleased to make this land available for grazing," Cox said. "It will offer significant acres for cattle producers, and revenue generated as a result of this initiative will help fund future conservation initiatives." "We appreciate the Ministry of...

Province Announces Relief for Evacuees & Businesses

Posted On July 13, 2015
The utility Crown corporations and SGI are offering temporary relief to people under mandatory evacuation from having to pay their utility bills, insurance premiums and driver's licence fees that are currently due. Until September 1, 2015, SaskTel, SaskPower and SaskEnergy are waiving late payments and not proceeding with collection actions or disconnection for nonpayment of services because of mandatory evacuation orders. In addition, residents and small/medium businesses will receive a future credit that will amount to approximately one month fixed service delivery fees. In...

Sask Sets Another All-time High Employment Record

Posted On July 10, 2015
The June unemployment rate in Saskatchewan was 4.7 per cent (seasonally adjusted), down from 4.9 per cent in May (seasonally adjusted), and once again the lowest among all provinces, according to numbers released by Statistics Canada. June marked an all-time high for employment as well as the 21st consecutive month that Saskatchewan had the lowest unemployment rate in Canada. Nationally, unemployment was 6.8 per cent in June. "Maintaining the lowest unemployment rate is thanks to the hard work of Saskatchewan people and our strong, diversified economy that continues to create...

Crop Report for the Period June 30 to July 6, 2015

Posted On July 9, 2015
Haying continues in much of the province despite limited plant growth due to the shortfall in precipitation. Livestock producers now have 24 per cent of the hay crop cut and 15 per cent baled or put into silage, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. Hay quality is currently rated as four per cent excellent, 43 per cent good, 34 per cent fair and 19 per cent poor. Many hay swaths are significantly smaller than normal and producers are concerned that hay will be in short supply this year as pasture conditions continue to deteriorate from the lack of rainfall. The...

$17 Million Worth of Paved Road & Passing Lanes Ready

Posted On July 9, 2015
A major paving project has wrapped up on Highway 9 near Dubuc in the Melville area, providing drivers with a smoother, wider driving surface. Work included 14.5 kilometres of paving from five kilometres north of Dubuc to the Bangor Access Road. Crews also widened and paved 11.5 kilometres of road from the Bangor Access Road to the junction of Highway 15. In addition, the final set of passing lanes on Highway 7 between Delisle and Rosetown are officially complete. A total of four sets of passing lanes were built, addressing increasing traffic volumes in the area. Drivers...

Additional Free Fishing Weekend Later This Summer

Posted On July 8, 2015
Due to the wildfire conditions in northern areas of Saskatchewan, an additional free fishing opportunity will be considered later this summer. A date will be confirmed when the wildfire conditions no longer pose a significant threat to northern communities and individuals have returned to their homes. The current scheduled free fishing weekend will still proceed on July 11 and 12 as listed in the 2015 Angler's Guide. However, anglers are asked to avoid all wildfire-affected lakes and communities in northern Saskatchewan. Although angling licences are not required during...

Crop Report for the Period of June 23rd to 29th, 2015

Posted On July 3, 2015
Haying operations are underway in much of the province, despite a shortfall in plant growth and moisture, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. Livestock producers now have 10 per cent of the hay crop cut and five per cent baled or put into silage. Hay quality is currently rated as four per cent excellent, 41 per cent good, 24 per cent fair and 31 per cent poor. Many hay swaths are significantly smaller than normal and bales will be in short supply this year. Pasture conditions continue to decline due to the lack of rainfall. The Ministry of Agriculture...

Flexibility & Options for Dealing With Dry Conditions

Posted On July 2, 2015
Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced additional measures and adjustments to programming to help address the dry conditions across the province."The hallmark of our government is delivering programming that is flexible and able to meet the needs of producers," Ritz said. "This extension gives producers an additional tool to make the decisions that best suit their individual operations." "The lack of moisture through the spring and so far this growing season has severely reduced the hay and forage crops in...

August

Crop Report for the Period of August 18 to 24, 2015

Posted On August 27, 2015
Producers across the province now have 16 per cent of the 2015 crop combined and 19 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of the year is six per cent combined and 14 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. Regionally, producers in the southwest have 33 per cent of the crop combined, while those in the southeast have 27 per cent combined. Eight per cent of the crop is combined in the west-central region, three per cent in the east-central and northwestern regions,...

P3 Model Saves Construction Costs on New Schools

Posted On August 25, 2015
By using a public-private partnership (P3) model to build 18 new elementary schools on nine joint-use sites, the provincial government is saving taxpayers $34.5 million on the construction costs of the project, the largest of its kind in Saskatchewan's history. The new schools will include 810 new child care spaces as well as new community space. In September 2017, thousands of Saskatchewan elementary students will be learning in these new schools being constructed on nine joint-use sites in Martensville, Regina, Saskatoon and Warman. These publicly owned schools are being built...

U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits Boundary Dam 3

Posted On August 25, 2015
Saskatchewan's global leadership on carbon capture and storage technology (CCS) will be showcased tomorrow for visiting members of a United States congressional delegation. Senators Lindsey Graham (Republican, South Carolina) and Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrat, Rhode Island) along with Congressman Tom Rice (Republican, South Carolina) will join Premier Brad Wall Wednesday for a tour of SaskPower's new leading-edge Boundary Dam 3 project. "The Boundary Dam 3 project has technology which has worldwide application in the push for clean coal power sources and the mitigation of...

Crop Report for the Period of August 11 to 17, 2015

Posted On August 20, 2015
Producers have nine per cent of the 2015 crop combined and 10 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. The five-year average at this time of the year is two per cent combined and five per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. Sixty-three per cent of fall rye, 59 per cent of winter wheat, 40 per cent of field peas, 34 per cent of lentils and 14 per cent of chickpeas are now in the bin. Three per cent of canola and four per cent of mustard are now in the bin, with 14 per cent of canola and 21 per cent of mustard swathed...

Planes, Trucks & Automobiles Enjoy Newly Paved Road

Posted On August 20, 2015
Crews completed more than $29 million worth of major projects this week that included grading and paving work and two culvert installations. As the result of a $4.9 million investment, air traffic at the Buffalo Narrows Airport will experience smoother runways, taxiways and aprons. This airport is an important base for the provincial water bomber fleet and this investment will ensure those planes are able to take-off, land, and taxi on a smoother surface. Travel between Gravelbourg and Lafleche will now be smoother and safer after the completion of $18 million in grading...

Government Accepts Privacy Commissioner’s Report

Posted On August 18, 2015
Premier Brad Wall today said his government accepts the recommendations of the report released today by Saskatchewan's Information and Privacy Commissioner into the disclosure of some employment information of Saskatoon care aid worker Peter Bowden. The Commissioner found that the Ministry of Health, the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority (SRHA) and Oliver Lodge, a long-term care home in Saskatoon, collected and disclosed personal information without proper authority. The Commissioner found that the disclosure of information to the news media by the SRHA was in the public...

Government Lends A Hand In School Supply Drive

Posted On August 18, 2015
Education Minister Don Morgan joined The Salvation Army Haven of Hope Ministries today in support of students as part of The Salvation Army's annual Back to School Campaign. "We want students to be excited about going back to school and ready to enter their classrooms," Morgan said. "We're proud to partner with The Salvation Army's Back to School Campaign again this year to support students whose families may be struggling to purchase necessary school supplies." The Salvation Army says the need continues to increase each year. An estimated 1,100 students in Regina will...

Second Free Fishing Weekend of Summer Aug. 29, 30

Posted On August 17, 2015
Today, Environment Minister Herb Cox announced a second free fishing weekend this summer on August 29 and 30, 2015. "Due to the extreme wildfire conditions earlier this summer, we are offering a second free fishing weekend," Cox said. "Whether you're a novice or an experienced angler, everyone deserves the opportunity to experience fishing at one of the beautiful lakes in our province." Although licences are not required during free fishing weekend for Saskatchewan residents or visitors, all other fishing regulations remain in effect, including possession limits. Free...

Premier's Award for Excellence in the Public Service

Posted On August 14, 2015
Today, Premier Brad Wall announced six exceptional teams that will receive the Premier's Award for Excellence in the Public Service for 2015. "Saskatchewan has long been known for the professionalism and quality of the employees in our provincial public service," Wall said. "The teams we are recognizing have made major contributions to the effectiveness of our government. Through their efforts, they also exemplify the high caliber of all our public servants who work tirelessly to deliver programs and services to, and on behalf of, the people of this province." Saskatchewan...

Crop Report for the Period of August 4 to 10, 2015

Posted On August 13, 2015
Producers now have four per cent of the 2015 crop combined and five per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. Sixty-two per cent of fall rye, 34 per cent of winter wheat, 19 per cent of field peas and 17 per cent of lentils are now in the bin. Six per cent of canola and three per cent of mustard are swathed. Warm and relatively dry conditions are helping crops develop quickly. Rainfall this past week ranged from trace amounts to more than three inches in some areas. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions...

Nominations Open for Order of Merit & Volunteer Medal

Posted On August 10, 2015
Nomination deadlines are fast approaching for both the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and the Volunteer Medal. Individuals have until October 18 to recommend nominees for the next round of Saskatchewan Volunteer Medals and until November 1 to put forward names for the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. "In my travels across the province, I meet so many gifted, capable, and generous people," Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield said. "The Saskatchewan Order of Merit and the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal provide opportunities to celebrate these remarkable individuals, who...

22 Months of Lowest Unemployment Rate in Canada

Posted On August 7, 2015
Saskatchewan's unemployment rate was 5.2 per cent (seasonally adjusted) in July 2015 according to Statistics Canada. This was the lowest rate among the provinces and well below the 6.8 per cent recorded nationally. July marks the 22nd consecutive month the province has had the lowest unemployment rate in the country. "Today's numbers show Saskatchewan has maintained the lowest unemployment rate in the country for almost two straight years," Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "We know there are gains and losses taking place in the job market,...

Crop Report for the Period of July 28 to August 3, 2015

Posted On August 6, 2015
Harvest has begun in some parts of the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. Less than one per cent of the provincial crop has been combined, while one per cent is ready to straight-cut. Twenty-three per cent of fall rye, 10 per cent of winter wheat, five per cent of field peas and two per cent of lentils are now in the bin. Two per cent of canola is now swathed.The province received a lot of rain last week, which has lodged many crops and flooded some fields and yards. Topsoil moisture conditions have improved in many areas, thanks...

Regina Bypass Will Improve Safety & Save $380 Million

Posted On August 5, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan announced it is investing $1.88 billion to build the Regina Bypass, the largest infrastructure project in Saskatchewan's history. This includes the cost of design, construction, finance, operations, and maintenance over the life of the contract in today's dollars. By using a public-private partnership (P3) model the government will save $380 million, or 16.8 per cent. In recognition of the bypass' important contribution to improving public safety and supporting continued economic growth in Saskatchewan, the Government of Canada, through PPP Canada,...

New Communities to Benefit from Main Street Program

Posted On August 5, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan has accepted five new communities into its Main Street Saskatchewan Program, a program designed to revitalize historic downtowns through a combination of government and private investment. The Humboldt Downtown Improvement District and North Lakes Economic Development Corp (Town of Spiritwood) have been accepted to the program's top Accredited tier. The Carrot River Community Branding Committee, Redvers Regional Agricultural & Commercial Endeavours Committee and North Battleford Business Improvement District Corp have been accepted at the Affiliate...

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    January

    SK Posts Largest Salary Increases in November

    Posted On January 30, 2014
    Average weekly earnings in Saskatchewan took a jump in November 2013, up 4.7 per cent over last November, the highest increase among the provinces and well ahead of the 2.5 per cent increase nationally. Saskatchewan’s average weekly earnings were $967.45 in November 2013, the second highest in the nation. On a monthly basis, wages were up by 2.3 per cent between October 2013 and November 2013, the second highest percentage increase in Canada. “Clearly, Saskatchewan’s workforce is benefiting from the province’s strong economic growth,” Economy...

    Charitable Groups Receive Gaming Grants

    Posted On January 29, 2014
    More than 800 groups and organizations across the province will benefit from approximately $1.4 million in charitable gaming grants distributed by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA). “These grants will provide a financial boost to a number of important projects and programs in communities across the province,” Minister responsible for SLGA Donna Harpauer said. “Our government is pleased to provide financial support to the groups and organizations who work hard to enhance their communities by volunteering their time for others.” Among...

    SK Launches New Agricultural Operator Program

    Posted On January 29, 2014
    Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the launch of the Agricultural Operator Program. “Our government recognizes the importance that labour plays in driving growth in our agriculture industry,” Ritz said. “Today’s investment will help those interested in a career in agriculture develop the knowledge and skills needed to find gainful employment here in Saskatchewan.” “Producers have indicated that they need more skilled labour for their operations and this program...

    "Red Tape Awareness Week" In Saskatchewan

    Posted On January 27, 2014
    Efforts to modernize and improve Saskatchewan’s business landscape will be celebrated, as the Government of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) proclaim January 27-31, 2014 Red Tape Awareness Week in Saskatchewan. “2013 was a year full of progress as our ministries, Crown corporations and agencies worked hard to cut red tape and reduce duplication,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “Throughout the past year, over 100 regulations, policies and procedures have been updated to make our regulatory system more relevant, efficient...

    Record Year For Saskatchewan Oil Production

    Posted On January 27, 2014
    Saskatchewan’s oil patch set new records in 2013, in some categories surpassing benchmarks established just the year before.The province’s oil production for the calendar year just ended is 177.9 million barrels (487,400 barrels per day), up from the previous record of 172.9 million barrels (472,500 barrels per day) set in 2012. Drilling activity was robust, with a total of 2,433 horizontal oil wells drilled in 2013, a new record that surpasses the 2,036 horizontal oil wells drilled in 2012.“These records reflect the hard work of the men and...

    Retail Sales Up, Employment Insurance Down

    Posted On January 23, 2014
    Saskatchewan shoppers and retailers were busy in November 2013 as retail sales climbed both annually and on a month-over-month basis. Statistics Canada reported today that retail sales were up 1.0 per cent in November 2013 over October, the third month-over-month increase of the last four months. Saskatchewan had the second highest percentage increase among the provinces. Nationally, sales were up 0.6 per cent over the same period. At the same time, another report on Employment Insurance (EI) released today highlighted that for the month of November 2013, Saskatchewan...

    Saskatchewan's Manufacturing Sector Keeps Pace in November

    Posted On January 21, 2014
    New figures for November 2013 show Saskatchewan’s manufacturers are among the nation’s leaders in sales growth. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, manufacturing sales in Saskatchewan increased by 4.1 per cent in November 2013, compared to October 2013. Saskatchewan ranked third in percentage change among the provinces. “Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector continues to show its quality as we approach the final totals for 2013,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “It’s important to remember that we are a province of traders who export...

    November's Wholesale Trade Highest Ever for Saskatchewan

    Posted On January 21, 2014
    Saskatchewan’s growth in wholesale activity for November 2013 was the highest percentage growth in Canada and was also the highest record of trade value for the month of November in Saskatchewan’s history. Saskatchewan ranked number one in month-to-month percentage change among the provinces on a seasonally-adjusted basis as wholesale trade increased by 1.7 per cent in November 2013, compared to October 2013, to more than $2 billion. “Saskatchewan’s economy benefits from vigorous performance in a variety of sectors, and dynamic wholesale trade growth...

    Saskatchewan Expanding Access to Flu Vaccine

    Posted On January 21, 2014
    A large segment of Saskatchewan’s population will again have access to influenza immunizations, following the arrival of a shipment of FluMist vaccine. As of Wednesday, Saskatchewan is expanding availability of vaccine to all people between two and 59 years of age who are eligible to receive FluMist. The province has received a shipment of 107,000 doses of FluMist nasal vaccine, confirmed it is in good order, and begun the process of distributing it to health regions. Saskatchewan’s remaining supplies of injectable vaccine are being reserved for infants, pregnant...

    Province Marks National Non-Smoking Week With School Initiative

    Posted On January 20, 2014
    Saskatchewan is again offering an innovative program that encourages young people to think critically about tobacco use. View and Vote 5 will be available to schools province-wide, beginning during National Non-Smoking Week, January 19-25, 2014.“We are pleased to offer View and Vote to schools across the province once again,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “This program is a powerful tool to educate young people about harmful effects of smoking or using tobacco products.” View and Vote gives students Grades 6 to 12 an opportunity to...

    Measles Case Prompts Public Advisory

    Posted On January 17, 2014
    Health officials have received confirmation of measles in an unimmunized infant who travelled by air to Saskatchewan in early January. The infant’s family flew from the Philippines to Vancouver on January 2, 2014, and then to Calgary and Regina on January 7. Passengers who were on the same flights as the family may have been exposed to measles. (See flight list below.) Those who develop symptoms are encouraged to call their health provider to seek immediate medical advice, particularly if they have not been immunized. “Measles cases are quite uncommon in Saskatchewan,...

    Governments Invest $7 Million Into Crop Research

    Posted On January 14, 2014
    Today Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart and Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar Kelly Block on behalf of Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced nearly $7 million in funding for 46 crop-related research projects. Our government is proud to support crop research projects that benefit Saskatchewan farmers through improved yields and disease control,” said Block. “These projects will enable producers to be more productive, competitive, and profitable.” “This year’s record-breaking Saskatchewan harvest demonstrates...

    Government Working With Foster Families

    Posted On January 14, 2014
    In an ongoing effort to help provide more Saskatchewan children with a place to call home, the Ministry of Social Services will continue seeking advice from foster families over the next several months. “Strong foster families are a vital part of any healthy child welfare system,” Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Social Services for Foster Care Greg Lawrence said. “As part of our commitment to transforming child welfare, we are working to maintain and strengthen our valuable network of foster families in Saskatchewan.” “Our foster families...

    Continued Growth in Postings, Visits to SaskJobs.ca

    Posted On January 14, 2014
    The popularity of SaskJobs.ca as the go-to website for employers and job seekers in Saskatchewan continued to grow in 2013. The 16,019 monthly average job postings advertised on the website in 2013 reflect an increase of 5.6 per cent (852) compared to the monthly average of job postings in 2012. “Saskatchewan’s diversified and opportunity-rich economy is sustaining a highly active job market for our people and businesses,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “With the lowest unemployment rate in Canada throughout 2013 along with our province’s...

    SK Communities Will Benefit from Renewed Lottery Agreement

    Posted On January 13, 2014
    Today Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty announced a renewed lottery agreement, which guarantees that sport, culture and recreation organizations will continue to receive and benefit from Saskatchewan Lotteries proceeds over the next five years. The agreement will be renewed until March 31, 2019. “Sport, culture and recreation are some of the most powerful tools this province has in enhancing the quality of life of our children and families,” Doherty said. “We have a strong system and great partners that ensure the lottery proceeds benefit...

    Record Job Creation In 2013

    Posted On January 10, 2014
      The final job numbers for 2013 were released today and highlight Saskatchewan’s unprecedented job creation record. The figures show that Saskatchewan created more than 18,000 jobs in 2013, the highest created in a one year period since the survey started in 1976. “This is truly an important economic milestone – more jobs created in the province than ever before,” Energy and Resources Minister Tim McMillan said. “With more than 18,000 people working in Saskatchewan in 2013 than there were in 2012, it shows we have an economy that is both...

    Saskatchewan Changing Approach to Flu Vaccinations

    Posted On January 10, 2014
    Health officials are implementing plans to ensure that limited influenza vaccine supplies are used as effectively as possible. The province is now focusing vaccination efforts only on children under five years of age and pregnant women. Approximately 25 per cent of Saskatchewan residents have received influenza vaccinations since last fall. However, the continuing high demand has used up the province’s supply of 280,000 doses, and additional supplies are limited. “We know that there is a global vaccine supply issue, and we continue to work with the Public...

    Building Permits Increase Year-Over-Year

    Posted On January 9, 2014
    There were $235 million in building permits issued in Saskatchewan in November 2013, up 16.7 per cent from last November. Saskatchewan had the third highest percentage increase amongst the provinces. “The rise in building permits on an annual basis for the month of November was good news for construction companies and the workers they employ,” Energy and Resources Minister Tim McMillan said. Non-residential permits were up 128.4 per cent on a year-over-year basis. “Many Saskatchewan cities are reporting record or close to record building permits...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On January 8, 2014
    2013 was a very, very good year for Saskatchewan. Our provincial population grew by nearly 20,000 people, our unemployment rate was the lowest in the country and our economy was not only strong but diverse with job creation, exports and manufacturing all on track to hit new record levels. Producers even harvested the largest crop in our province’s history. With projections of steady growth in 2014, there is much optimism in the province. Saskatchewan continues to increase trade with the rest of the world and economic forecasters are predicting a 2.6 per cent increase in the...

    Provincial Parks Gearing Up For Great Year

    Posted On January 7, 2014
    Saskatchewan provincial parks are gearing up for another great year. Last year was a record-setting year for attendance and planning is underway to ensure continued success in 2014. “Saskatchewan provincial parks are premiere tourism destinations in Saskatchewan and we continue to see more visitors than ever before,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty said. “We have also been working hard to improve our visitors’ park experience. Since 2007, many parks have received upgrades and more are planned for this coming year.” In order...

    Saskatchewan Headed Toward Another Export Record

    Posted On January 7, 2014
    New figures out today show Saskatchewan is on track to set a record for exports. Saskatchewan exports surpassed $30.3 billion in the first 11 months of 2013, up 5.3 per cent for the same period in 2012. In November 2013, exports in the province totalled $2.8 billion, the second highest ever for the month and up 13.9 per cent over last year. Saskatchewan had the third highest percentage increase among the provinces. “As the final figures roll in for 2013, Saskatchewan’s economy remains on the right course to set a number of all-time records including exports,”...

    Government Invests $3 Million for First Nations and Métis Students

    Posted On January 7, 2014
    Education Minister Don Morgan today announced a $3 million investment to improve education outcomes for First Nations and Métis students. Members of the Joint Task Force on Improving Education and Employment Outcomes for First Nations and Métis People were in attendance for the announcement. “This funding represents government’s continued commitment to consider the Joint Task Force recommendations as we work with our partners to improve outcomes for First Nations and Métis people.” Morgan said. “Providing culturally appropriate and...

    Saskatchewan People Will Save $6.5 Million in Taxes in 2014

    Posted On January 2, 2014
    Saskatchewan people will save an estimated $6.5 million in 2014 with the continued indexation of the provincial income tax system. “Indexing all income tax brackets and tax credit amounts each year to the rate of inflation protects Saskatchewan taxpayers from ‘bracket creep,’” Finance Minister Ken Krawetz said. “In 2014, all of these amounts are being increased by 0.9 per cent. “One of the priorities of our government’s Plan for Growth is to keep taxes competitive. Continuing to index the income tax system helps us accomplish...

    February

    Student First Online Engagement Tool Launched

    Posted On February 28, 2014
    Today, the Government of Saskatchewan launched the Student First online engagement tool to assist in collecting input and feedback on the education sector in Saskatchewan. The tool, which is available to the public, includes the opportunity to provide written submissions and take part in surveys. Over the past three months, Student First advisors Russ Mirasty and Patricia Prowse have been travelling across the province. To date, they have taken part in 54 engagement forums, heard from more than 400 students, parents/caregivers and teachers, held 10 sessions with key educational...

    Core National Highway System To Be Improved

    Posted On February 28, 2014
    More than 100 kilometres of the Core National Highway System in the province of Saskatchewan will be repaved and four intersections improved, making travel safer and more efficient for residents, businesses and tourists. The total estimated cost is $35.1 million, with the Government of Canada setting aside up to $16,550,929 for the projects and the provincial government committing an additional $18,555,121.Segments of Highway 16 east of Lloydminster, Highway 1 east of Regina and Highway 1 west of Swift Current will be repaved. Segments of Highway 39 northwest of Estevan will...

    Highway 39 Slated For Major Improvements

    Posted On February 28, 2014
    Highway 39 has been identified as a priority to receive funding under the Major Infrastructure Component of the 2007 Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component (BCF - MIC). Sections of the highway northwest of Estevan to northwest of Macoun will be repaved and four intersections improved thanks to an investment of $9,206,050, including up to $4,411,129 from the federal government. The project is one of four highway projects announced today that will see more than 100 kilometres of the Core National Highway System in the province of Saskatchewan improved. The...

    Saskatchewan's Average Weekly Earnings Up 3.6%

    Posted On February 27, 2014
    There was good news for Saskatchewan workers in December as average weekly earnings rose by 3.6 per cent compared to last December, the third largest wage increase in the nation. Average earnings in the province climbed to $965.74 during December. “There are a number of positive spill over effects to the broader economy when wages go up,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “Consumer confidence rises, retail spending increases, and overall quality of life improves for Saskatchewan workers and their families.” On a month-to-month basis, Saskatchewan’s...

    Calling For Immediate Action On Grain Transportation

    Posted On February 24, 2014
    The Saskatchewan Government is calling on the Federal Government to immediately oversee negotiations between the grain companies and CP and CN that will establish specific parameters around getting grain from the farm gate to ships at port. “In our meetings last week, both CN and CP indicated they are prepared to negotiate and sign level of service agreements with grain shippers with reciprocal penalties and we are asking the Federal Government to immediately ensure this happens,” Boyd said. “Railway companies assured us they are ramping up to have thousands...

    Working Toward Three-Month Wait Times Goal

    Posted On February 20, 2014
    More patients than ever are receiving surgical care in our province. Under the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative, health regions are streamlining processes to reduce the waiting time for patients, while also managing increased demand. "Almost four years ago, our government set the ambitious target of providing all elective surgeries within three months," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. "Since the introduction of this initiative, there has been a dramatic improvement in access to surgical care for the people of Saskatchewan." The four-year initiative wraps up in April...

    Record Year For Wholesale Trade

    Posted On February 19, 2014
    Saskatchewan’s wholesalers had a banner year in 2013, hitting $23.8 billion in trade, the highest ever recorded on an annual basis. Seasonally unadjusted, wholesale trade was up by 8.4 per cent in 2013 over 2012, the highest percentage increase among the provinces. Nationally, wholesale trade was up only 1.2 per cent. “We know Saskatchewan’s economy had a very successful 2013 and wholesale trade helped to contribute to what was a good year,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “As the figures roll in, the good economic news is helpful in attracting...

    Statement From Premier Brad Wall On Ukraine

    Posted On February 19, 2014
    I am troubled and appalled by the violent and brutal acts the world has witnessed in recent days in Ukraine. My condolences go out to families of those who were killed; and, my thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured as a result of these violent acts. My colleagues and I stand in support of a free and democratic Ukraine, where freedom of expression and the rule of law are guaranteed. We join with so many others around the world in calling for dialogue between the government and the opposition to resolve this matter peacefully. We continue to support...

    Manufacturing Sales Reach Record Highs

    Posted On February 14, 2014
    Saskatchewan's manufacturers had a banner December, rounding out 2013 with impressive sales numbers and setting a new annual record in doing so. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, manufacturing sales in Saskatchewan increased by 5.2 per cent in December 2013 compared to November 2013, ranking Saskatchewan second in percentage change among the provinces. In December 2013, compared to December 2012, Saskatchewan's manufacturing shipments were up by 8.0 per cent (seasonally-adjusted), good for a second-place ranking in percentage growth among the provinces. "The strength...

    Remember to Watch For Winter Work Zones

    Posted On February 13, 2014
    While highway construction is usually associated with the warm summer months, drivers should be aware that certain types of work can take place year-round. “We may be in the middle of winter, but crews are still out there working on bridges and installing culverts,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “Remember that no matter the season, you must always slow to 60 km/hr when you see the black and white speed signs.” While cold temperatures present challenges, certain aspects of construction can benefit from wintry weather. For...

    WSA Releases February Forecast For Spring Runoff

    Posted On February 13, 2014
    Today, the Water Security Agency released the February forecast for spring runoff. An above normal runoff is expected for the Saskatoon, North Battleford and Prince Albert regions. The rest of the province is projecting to be near normal this spring. “Although most of the province is looking at a near normal situation, the Saskatoon, North Battleford and Prince Albert regions could again be facing some significant challenges with the threat of higher than normal water levels,” Minister responsible for Water Security Agency Ken Cheveldayoff said. “The Water...

    Delegation To Address Grain Transportation

    Posted On February 12, 2014
    Premier Brad Wall has appointed Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart, Economy Minister Bill Boyd, Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris and Legislative Secretary to the Agriculture Minister MLA Scott Moe to work on behalf of Saskatchewan producers to deal with the backlog of grain movement. “This grain movement backlog is a very serious situation for the entire province and it is a high priority for our government,” Wall said. “The delays in moving grain have led to lower prices for our producers at the farmgate and are harming our reputation as a reliable...

    Increase In Traffic To SaskJobs Website In January

    Posted On February 11, 2014
    SaskJobs.ca continues to attract heavy traffic with visits reaching nearly 1.2 million for the month of January, marking a 9.3 per cent year-over-year increase. The most website traffic from within Canada, other than Saskatchewan, came from Alberta, while the Philippines is the top source of international visits. Other jurisdictions with significant traffic increases from a year ago include Jamaica, up 277.5 per cent, India, up 72.4 per cent and Quebec, up 27.5 per cent. “Our continued economic growth has created a high demand for skilled employees, and SaskJobs...

    Enhancements for the 2014 Crop Insurance Program

    Posted On February 10, 2014
    Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced details of the 2014 Crop Insurance Program, which includes a number of new features to help producers mitigate their risk. “Agriculture plays an important role in Saskatchewan and across Canada in creating jobs and economic growth,” Ritz said. “Insurance-based programs that are bankable and predictable help to ensure that Saskatchewan farmers have the tools they need to maintain their success today and well into the future.” “Agriculture...

    Saskatchewan Homebuilders Busy In January

    Posted On February 10, 2014
    Saskatchewan’s home builders saw a spike in activity in January, according to statistics released today by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Urban housing starts jumped 9.6 per cent compared to January 2013. This landed Saskatchewan in fourth place among the provinces in terms of percentage change. “Saskatchewan is kicking off 2014 on a high note,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “We have a strong economy, a growing population, and a busy residential construction industry that is keeping pace with this success. More homes in Saskatchewan are...

    Nominations Open for Premier's Public Service Award

    Posted On February 7, 2014
    Nominations for the 2014 Premier's Award for Excellence in the Public Service are now open until April 30. “The award recognizes provincial public servants who have gone above and beyond by making outstanding and innovative contributions to the government and to citizens,” Premier Brad Wall said. “It’s a way to say ‘thank you’ to those individuals or teams for helping make Saskatchewan a better place to live by embracing the opportunities and meeting the challenges that come with growth.” Individuals or teams from government ministries,...

    SK Unemployment Rate Remains Lowest in Canada

    Posted On February 7, 2014
    Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate remains the lowest in Canada for the thirteenth consecutive month. According to figures released by Statistics Canada today, the province’s rate currently sits at 4.3 per cent, and well below the national average of 7.0 per cent. The province’s youth unemployment was 7.5 per cent in January - also the lowest in the country. The national youth unemployment rate was 13.9 per cent. “Last year we saw record-breaking job numbers, low unemployment rates and so much optimism on the jobs front in this province,” Economy...

    Record Year For Merchandise Exports

    Posted On February 6, 2014
    The year 2013 will go down as another record for exports, hitting $32.9 billion according to a report by Statistics Canada released today. Exports were up by 4.6 per cent compared to 2012, and have increased by a whopping 70.2 per cent when compared to the 2007 total of $19.3 billion. “This new export record is a testament to the strength and diversity of the Saskatchewan economy,” Minister responsible for Trade Tim McMillan said. “Our government will continue to promote increased trade and exports across the world because we know the importance it has to our...

    2013 Building Permits Hit Record High

    Posted On February 5, 2014
    It was a busy year for construction in Saskatchewan as building permits hit an all-time annual high in 2013. There were $3.15 billion in building permits issued in the province last year, up 1.1 per cent over 2012, the third highest percentage increase among the provinces and ahead of the 0.2 per cent decline posted nationally. “Saskatchewan bucked the trend again with only four provinces showing an increase in building permits on a year-over-year basis,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “The fact that it was another record-setting figure just shows how good...

    Support For Action On Grain Transportation Challenges

    Posted On February 5, 2014
    Today, Premier Brad Wall offered the Government of Saskatchewan’s support for recent federal initiatives to increase grain movement and urged the railways to improve service to move this year’s record crop to port. “The success and growth of our agriculture industry and province depends on getting our products to port to be shipped throughout the world,” Wall said. “We know the sheer volume of this year’s record crop is straining the transportation system and we fully support the federal government in any measures they can take to address this...

    Premier Wall's Letter To Transport Minister

    Posted On February 5, 2014
    The Honourable Lisa RaittMinister of TransportHouse of CommonsOttawa ON K1A 0A6(lisa.raitt@parl.gc.ca)Dear Minister,I am writing concerning this morning’s alarming news that approximately 3,000 CN train and yard operations employees could be on strike within the next 72 hours.Such a strike would be unacceptable, given the tremendous harm it would cause to Saskatchewan agricultural producers and many others in western Canada. Our agricultural sector has produced a record crop and is already having serious difficulty getting...

    Minister Stewart To Lead Agriculture Trade Mission

    Posted On February 4, 2014
    Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart has announced he will lead a 12-day trade mission to promote Saskatchewan agriculture in India, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Morocco. “Strengthening our existing trade relationships and finding new market opportunities for our agriculture products is key to the growth of our entire province,” Stewart said. “India, United Arab Emirates and Morocco are important destinations for Saskatchewan agricultural exports and it is important we work to expand our presence in these countries.” India and UAE are both among...

    Caitlin Taylor Returns As The Saskatchewanderer

    Posted On February 4, 2014
    Caitlin Taylor, the 2013 summer Saskatchewanderer, is back and this time she’s going to explore all facets of Saskatchewan for an entire year. “When I learned that I won the expanded Saskatchewanderer position, I was so excited,” Taylor said. “In fact, I’m still excited. I feel like I’m dreaming. I can’t wait to start sharing our province’s terrific stories with the world.” In addition to showing what makes the province a great place to play, Taylor is going to demonstrate why it’s a great place to live and...

    Province Hosts Agriculture Trade Summit

    Posted On February 3, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan is hosting an agriculture trade summit on February 4 and 5, 2014, in Saskatoon with a focus on growing Saskatchewan’s agriculture exports. “Saskatchewan is a well known leader in producing and exporting safe, high quality agriculture products and we want to build on that success to continue to grow our industry,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. “Agriculture is a vital part of our economy and it is important to bring together everyone involved in trade to discuss how we can increase our exports to benefit our entire...

    $500,000 For Municipal Recycling Programs

    Posted On February 3, 2014
    Saskatchewan municipalities are getting a financial boost as they prepare to participate in the Multi-Material Recycling Program (MMRP). Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff announced that a $500,000 grant will be provided to the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) to help eligible communities improve or implement recycling programs. “Recycling plays an important role in building a strong economy and a healthy environment,” Minister Cheveldayoff said. “These dollars will help municipalities to build necessary infrastructure, improve their programs...

    Good Luck To Saskatchewan Athletes, Team Canada

    Posted On February 3, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to congratulate the athletes with Saskatchewan connections who will attend the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Nineteen Saskatchewan athletes qualified to compete: Chelsea Valois (Bobsleigh, Zenon Park), Lyndon Rush (Bobsleigh, Humboldt), Ben Coakwell (Bobsleigh, Moose Jaw), Graeme Rinholm (Bobsleigh, Saskatoon), Scott Perras (Biathlon, Regina), Mark McMorris (Snowboard, Regina), Hayley Wickenheiser (Hockey, Shaunavon), Ryan Getzlaf (Hockey, Regina), Patrick Marleau (Hockey, Aneroid), Chris Kunitz (Hockey, Regina),...

    March

    Average Weekly Wages Continue To Climb

    Posted On March 31, 2014
    Average weekly earnings in the province were $953.92 in January of 2014, the third highest among the provinces according to a report released by Statistics Canada today. Nationally, the average earnings were $924.77. “Saskatchewan’s wage levels remain among the highest in the country,” Energy and Resources Minister Tim McMillan said. “Our strong economy allows employers to pass on the benefits in terms of higher compensation, and that is an asset when it comes to attracting new workers to the province.” There was a 3.5 per cent increase in...

    Minimum Wage To Increase October 1, 2014

    Posted On March 31, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan will increase the province's minimum wage from $10 to $10.20 per hour effective October 1, 2014 and will soon introduce regulations to provide for regular indexing of the minimum wage each year. “Increasing the minimum wage will give minimum wage earners more disposable income and improve their standard of living,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said. “Indexation of the minimum wage will provide security for minimum wage earners and ensure predictability for business owners in the province. Since 2007,...

    Restrictions Eased For Farmers To Get Grain To Market

    Posted On March 26, 2014
    The Provincial Government is making it easier for farmers to haul their product to awaiting rail cars. In response to the backlog in grain movement out of Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure has taken steps to ease seasonal weight restrictions on some highways. “Our government is committed to assisting farmers in getting their grain out of the bins and to market as quickly as possible,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “While we will continue to protect our investment in highways during the spring thaw, we...

    SaskJobs Website Traffic Increases In February

    Posted On March 25, 2014
    As Saskatchewan’s job market continues to grow, so too does the traffic to the province’s number one job site, SaskJobs.ca. Last month website traffic reached over a million, marking a 5.2 per cent year-over-year increase, another indicator of the prosperity seen in our province. The majority of February’s visits came from Saskatchewan (75 per cent), while 17 per cent came from other provinces and 8.0 per cent internationally. Once again, visits from Alberta topped all other provinces, and increased by 35.3 per cent, while the Philippines had the highest...

    Surgical Wait Times Continue To Drop

    Posted On March 24, 2014
    Saskatchewan patients are receiving their surgeries sooner. Through the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative, teams across the province are working to achieve the ambitious goal of offering all patients surgery within three months of the decision to proceed with an operation. Updated statistics show that just over 80 per cent of patients receiving a surgery between November 1, 2013 and January 31, 2014, waited less than three months. Almost 93 per cent of patients received their surgery within six months. Compared to when the Surgical Initiative began in March 2010, there are 10,755...

    Retail Sales Continue To Climb

    Posted On March 21, 2014
    The cold weather didn’t keep Saskatchewan shoppers from hitting the stores in the New Year, as January retail sales in the province soared to $1.54 billion. This marks a 2.5 per cent increase from December 2013, one of the busiest shopping months of the year, and a 4.0 per cent increase from January 2013. Overall, Saskatchewan and British Columbia tied for the third highest year-over-year retail sale increases in the country. “We’ve seen a lot of job growth, population growth and economic growth in our province, so it’s great to see that the retail...

    Governments Sign MOU On Canada Job Grant

    Posted On March 21, 2014
    Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Economy Minister Bill Boyd, today signed a memorandum of understanding on the Canada Job Grant. Announced in Economic Action Plan 2013, the Canada Job Grant is an innovative way of delivering training that will lead to a guaranteed job. It involves employers in training decisions so that Canadians will be equipped with the skills and training they need to fill available jobs. It is designed to be flexible enough to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions. The Canada Job Grant...

    Wholesale Numbers Highest Ever In January

    Posted On March 20, 2014
    Saskatchewan wholesale figures for January released by Statistics Canada hit an all-time high for the month, totalling $2.1 billion. Wholesale trade was up 11.4 per cent on a year-over-year basis in the province, the highest percentage growth rate in the nation and well ahead of the 2.4 per cent posted nationally. “Wholesale business is all about supply and demand,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “Economic and population growth in Saskatchewan has increased the need for products which is keeping wholesalers very busy.” On a month-over-month basis,...

    Saskatchewan Keeps Growing - Population Is 1,117,503

    Posted On March 19, 2014
    Saskatchewan’s population grew by just over 20,000 in 2013 to an all-time high of 1,117,503 people, according to new figures released today by Statistics Canada. Premier Brad Wall said the continued population gains show the province is on the right track. “We have put the boom and bust cycle behind us and today, Saskatchewan’s growth is strong and steady,” Wall said. “Later today, our government will release another balanced budget that will keep us on the path of steady growth.” Saskatchewan’s population grew at a rate...

    Steady Growth: 2014-15 Provincial Budget

    Posted On March 19, 2014
    Finance Minister Ken Krawetz today tabled a balanced budget aimed at keeping Saskatchewan on the path of steady growth. This year’s budget avoids tax increases by controlling government spending. “Our government’s preference will always be to balance the budget by controlling spending rather than by raising taxes,” Krawetz said. “We were able to achieve that once again this year, while still making targeted investments in infrastructure, employment and job training, seniors, students, people with disabilities, children and families.” This...

    Manufacturing Sales Double National Figures

    Posted On March 18, 2014
    January 2014 was a good month for Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector as sales were up 10.3 per cent over last January, the second highest growth rate among the provinces (seasonally adjusted). On a national basis, manufacturing sales were up 5.0 per cent. “Over the last few years the manufacturing sector in Saskatchewan has expanded a great deal,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “That’s very good news for the Saskatchewan economy and speaks to the diversity and strength of one of our key sectors.” Manufacturing sales totalled $1.31...

    Grain Transportation Requires Greater Accountability

    Posted On March 17, 2014
    The provincial government has requested specific measures be included in upcoming federal emergency legislation on grain transportation to help clear the current backlog and ensure this crisis is avoided in the future. “Saskatchewan farmers harvested the largest crop in the province’s history but this achievement has been overshadowed by the transportation system’s inability to get grain to our customers around the world,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. “In order to protect Canada’s reputation as a world-class exporter of agriculture...

    Take Advantage of Saskatchewan Tax Credits

    Posted On March 14, 2014
    Tax season is upon us, and Saskatchewan people are encouraged to take advantage of an array of provincial credits as they fill out their returns. “We provide a range of credits that can help Saskatchewan people keep more of what they earn,” Finance Minister Ken Krawetz said. “Our Graduate Retention Program for recent post-secondary graduates is especially popular, and we also have credits for Saskatchewan people with lower incomes, recent first-time homebuyers, people with children enrolled in sports programs or cultural or recreational activities, as well as...

    Getting Goods To Market Tops New West Agenda

    Posted On March 13, 2014
    New West Partnership (NWP) Premiers Brad Wall (Saskatchewan), Christy Clark (British Columbia) and Alison Redford (Alberta) met today to discuss closer cooperation on western priorities. At the top of the agenda was solving problems with getting western goods to market—now and in the longer term. “Our reputation as a reliable supplier of high quality food has been damaged throughout the world,” Wall said. “This is a serious problem and every avenue must be explored as we look for solutions.” On March 7, 2014, the federal government announced...

    SK Honours Contributions To Afghan Mission

    Posted On March 12, 2014
    Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Premier Brad Wall and other dignitaries recognized the contributions of Saskatchewan civilians and soldiers during a flag ceremony today to help mark the end of Canada’s military mission to Afghanistan. “It's hard to believe that over a decade has passed since Canada became involved in the war in Afghanistan,” Solomon Schofield said. “Every day, Canadian Forces and civilians have risked their lives to protect the innocent victims of the conflict, and to bring peace to this troubled country. As we mark the end...

    March Forecast For Spring Runoff

    Posted On March 11, 2014
    Today, Minister responsible for the Water Security Agency Ken Cheveldayoff released the March forecast and outlook on spring runoff. The forecast ranges from well above normal near Prince Albert in the central portion of the province to below normal in south west. “Central Saskatchewan, from Saskatoon and North Battleford to Prince Albert and Melfort, is expected to see an above normal to well above normal runoff in certain areas,” Cheveldayoff said. “We continue to monitor the situation and the Water Security Agency will be doing targeted snow surveys to verify...

    Cheques To Be Issued For Incorrect Credit Card Charges

    Posted On March 11, 2014
    Campsite reservations for Saskatchewan’s Provincial Parks launched on Monday, March 3. That morning, due to a technical error, some credit cards were incorrectly charged. “We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty said. “We are doing everything we can to correct this issue. Our provincial park visitors are important to us, and we recognize that these incorrect charges have been an inconvenience to our customers. In addition to refunding the charges, we will be mailing cheques for $100 to those...

    Saskatchewan Welcomes Canada-Korea Free Trade Deal

    Posted On March 11, 2014
    Premier Brad Wall congratulated Prime Minister Stephen Harper on today’s announcement of the conclusion of negotiations on a free trade agreement between Canada and Korea.The agreement which the prime minister reached with Korean President Park Geun-hye is the first free trade deal that Canada has secured in Asia. “The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement is significant on several levels,” Wall said. “For Saskatchewan, the agreement is a real opportunity as it provides a larger market in Asia for our grains, oilseed, beef and pork producers. This...

    Great Job Numbers For February

    Posted On March 7, 2014
    The Saskatchewan labour market continues to perform, hitting record levels for the month of February. There were 551,600 people employed in the province in February, up 5,400 from last year (1.0 per cent) the second highest growth rate in the country. Full time employment was up 8,100 from last year. “In spite of some very nasty weather in February, Saskatchewan’s job market continues to out-perform most other Canadian jurisdictions,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “Most of the other provinces have been struggling with volatile labour markets over the...

    SK Supports Federal Action On Grain Transportation

    Posted On March 7, 2014
    Today, Premier Wall and Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart commended the federal government for introducing new measures to address the backlog in the grain transportation system. “We had asked for immediate action including emergency legislation to be introduced and we are pleased the federal government has made this commitment,” Wall said. “Clearing this grain transportation backlog has been the number one priority for our government and these federal measures will help our producers to finally get their product to ports. We will continue standing up for farmers...

    Humanitarian Assistance For People Of Ukraine

    Posted On March 4, 2014
    Deputy Premier Ken Krawetz announced that Saskatchewan will provide $60,000 for humanitarian assistance for the people of Ukraine. “Ми разом з народом України - We stand together with the people of Ukraine,” Krawetz said. “This humanitarian assistance was brought about through the coordinated efforts with the Ukrainian-Canadian community, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Saskatchewan-Ukraine Relations Advisory Committee.” The decision to donate the funds to the Ukraine Assistance account, managed by charities such as...

    Agriculture Literacy Week In Saskatchewan

    Posted On March 3, 2014
    Today, the Government of Saskatchewan proclaimed March 3-9, 2014, as Agriculture Literacy Week in Saskatchewan.“Agriculture Literacy Week is an opportunity for youth to get engaged in agriculture and increase their understanding of food production,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. “It helps students who may be removed from the farm understand where their food comes from. The week is also a reminder of the importance of agriculture awareness for those of us involved in the industry to speak up and share why the industry is important.” “Agriculture...

    Saskatchewan Sets New Record For Agriculture Exports

    Posted On March 3, 2014
    For the third straight year, Saskatchewan set a record for agriculture exports with total sales of $11.7 billion in 2013, an increase of nearly five per cent from the previous year and 83 per cent above 2007. Saskatchewan’s agriculture exports represent 23 per cent of Canada’s overall $50.4 billion in agriculture exports, and more than one-third of all provincial exports. “A third consecutive year of record exports is another example of how agriculture continues to drive the provincial economy,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. "Saskatchewan...

    Premier Promoting Carbon Carbon Capture Leadership

    Posted On March 3, 2014
    Premier Brad Wall is off to Washington, D.C., tomorrow to shine a spotlight on Saskatchewan’s leading-edge work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. During the March 4-7 mission, the premier will speak on Saskatchewan’s internationally recognized leadership in CCS as a featured panelist at a coal technology symposium of U.S. legislators and energy experts Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Wall will outline the CCS research that has taken place in Saskatchewan over the past 30 years, and showcase SaskPower’s Boundary...

    April

    SK People Benefit From Commitment To Lower Taxes

    Posted On April 30, 2014
    As another tax season comes to a close, the Government of Saskatchewan remains committed to controlling spending and keeping taxes low. "Since 2007, our government has delivered the largest income tax cuts and the largest education property tax cuts in Saskatchewan history," Finance Minister Ken Krawetz said. "Lower taxes are a big part of our government's Plan for Growth and are helping to keep life affordable for Saskatchewan people." A Saskatchewan family of four with $50,000 in annual income will pay just $166 in provincial income tax in 2014, compared to $2,302 in...

    Province To Provide Coverage For New MS Drug

    Posted On April 30, 2014
    Saskatchewan multiple sclerosis (MS) patients will soon have access to a new oral medication. Beginning May 1, 2014, the province will provide coverage of Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) to treat adult MS patients with relapsing-remitting MS who meet certain criteria. "MS patients and specialists have been asking for coverage of this medication and our government is pleased to make it more accessible to those who need it," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. "This option does not require injections, and has the potential to improve the quality of life for MS patients by reducing...

    SK Wins Oilseed Trade Challenge Against Quebec

    Posted On April 30, 2014
    The Saskatchewan government has won the latest round of an internal trade challenge with Quebec in a decision that, if upheld, will mean major new access to the Quebec market for Saskatchewan oilseed producers and processors. A dispute resolution panel, established under the pan-Canadian Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), today released a ruling that determined the Quebec government's restrictions against the production, sale and marketing of vegetable oil-based dairy products contravene the country's internal trade rules. The Quebec government is appealing the ruling....

    New Integrated Mental Health & Correctional Complex

    Posted On April 29, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan today announced a major step forward for the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford (SHNB). The project will proceed with a design-build-finance-maintain public-private partnership (P3) approach, with construction targeted to begin in summer 2015. An integrated correctional facility will be built as part of the hospital construction project. "The new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford will better meet the mental health needs of patients who require in-patient rehabilitation, ensuring they receive the care and support they need in a modern...

    Saskatchewan Wages Are Among The Best In Canada

    Posted On April 29, 2014
    New data from Statistics Canada released today shows average weekly earnings in Saskatchewan were $961.90 in February 2014, third highest in Canada. Nationally, the average was $924.83. "Saskatchewan's economy continues to make gains, and that's sustaining wages at one of the highest levels in the country," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. On a month-over-month basis, Saskatchewan's average weekly earnings increased by 1.8 per cent ($16.68) compared to the previous month, ranking highest among the provinces, and above the national increase of 0.3 per cent. "Higher...

    The Saskatchewan Employment Act Proclaimed Today

    Posted On April 29, 2014
    Saskatchewan's consolidated labour legislation and the associated regulations are now in effect. "We are committed to supporting a competitive and productive employment environment by encouraging healthy, safe and fair workplaces, and by ensuring that our labour legislation provides flexibility to the modern workplace," Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said. "This legislation and the associated regulations came from working collaboratively with our stakeholders and we believe the result is legislation that supports the needs of stakeholders in Saskatchewan...

    Saskatchewan Workers Honoured On Day of Mourning

    Posted On April 28, 2014
    Today, Members of the Legislative Assembly honoured 35 people who died in 2013 as a result of workplace injuries with a moment of silence. April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning, a day to remember those who lost their lives due to workplace injuries or illnesses. In 2013, more than 37,000 workplace injuries were reported to the Workers' Compensation Board. "I offer my condolences to those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one as a result of a workplace injury or illness," Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said. "Today is a day to honour...

    Residents Encouraged To Keep Immunizations Up-To-Date

    Posted On April 25, 2014
    Health officials are encouraging Saskatchewan residents to get immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases, particularly in light of recent measles outbreaks in Canada. National Immunization Awareness Week is April 26 – May 3. "This awareness week gives us an opportunity to remind our residents about the importance of immunization," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. "We want to ensure that people stay healthy and safe." "We strongly encourage parents to make sure their children's immunizations are up-to-date," Saskatchewan's Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer...

    Statement From Premier Wall

    Posted On April 25, 2014
    The Supreme Court of Canada decision makes it very clear that Canadians are stuck indefinitely with an unelected, unaccountable, upper house, a principle feature of which is a representational bias against western Canada. This is obviously very disappointing to the Province of Saskatchewan and so many Canadians who find it unacceptable and even embarrassing that in 2014 Canada is the only western bicameral democracy that has an unelected and unaccountable institution with real power over its citizens. I do not see how even a national referendum would affect change. The...

    Government Invests In Saskatchewan's Future

    Posted On April 23, 2014
    Families will benefit from 24 additional inpatient beds to be added to the Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan following an additional $20 million investment by the Government of Saskatchewan. Ours is a growing province with increased need for children's and maternal health services," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. "Increasing the number of beds will ensure that we can meet the needs of infants, children and mothers, now and into the future. We need to get the size of the facility right to reflect our province's growing population." The original project scope included...

    Premier Welcomes Potash Agreement With Bangladesh

    Posted On April 23, 2014
    Premier Brad Wall today welcomed the addition of Bangladesh as a major new customer for Saskatchewan's world-leading potash resource. The premier was in Saskatoon to witness the signing of a potash supply contract between the Canadian Commercial Corporation and the Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation. The contract is worth US$40 million, with a US$20 million option, and will see Canpotex Ltd. supply potash to Bangladesh through this first government-to-government sale arrangement between the two countries and corporations. "This is an important deal...

    SaskJobs Traffic Reaches An All-Time High for March

    Posted On April 22, 2014
    Visits to SaskJobs.ca hit an all-time high for the month of March, reaching upwards of 1.2 million, an increase of 9.1 per cent year-over-year. The growing interest in Saskatchewan's go-to job website is a reflection of the province's strong labour market and growing economy. Mobile devices and tablets accounted for 39 per cent of all visits, marking an almost 60 per cent increase in mobile use from one year ago. Of the 15,644 jobs that were posted to the site in March, the most in-demand occupations were those in trades, transport and equipment operation at 31.6 per cent,...

    Government Disappointed With Keystone Pipeline Delay

    Posted On April 21, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan is deeply concerned with the United States (U.S.) State Department's announcement that it will delay its final decision on the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline, even though the project has already passed the State Department's own rigorous environmental impact assessment. "This decision by the U.S. government is a major disappointment," Premier Brad Wall said. "The Keystone XL pipeline has been studied long and hard. The pipeline will create thousands of jobs on both sides of the border, offers a safe and efficient method of moving large...

    Progress Transitioning People From Valley View Centre

    Posted On April 17, 2014
    Progress is being made on individual planning for each of the 187 people living at Moose Jaw's Valley View Centre - the first step in transitioning them to new homes in the community. "I am very pleased to report that 163 meetings with residents, their families and supporters have been held or are being scheduled to determine each individual's needs and begin planning for appropriate services in the community," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "This is a critical step in ensuring a successful transition for people living at Valley View, and we want to get it right." Planning...

    Governments Provide Funding To Protect Hog Barns

    Posted On April 17, 2014
    Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced $200,000 in funding to be matched by Sask Pork for a contingency fund to help Saskatchewan's hog industry respond to potential cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of PED in Saskatchewan hogs. "Vigilance toward PED is key to reducing its impact on the Canadian agricultural sector and the economy as a whole," Ritz said. "This investment will help the Saskatchewan pork industry take proactive measures to stay in front...

    Record First Quarter for Non-Residential Construction

    Posted On April 16, 2014
    Non-residential construction totalled $466.1 million in the first quarter of 2014, the highest on record for the quarter since the reporting began in 1997. Non-residential construction was up 4.9 per cent in the first three months of 2014, compared with the last three months of 2013. Saskatchewan had the second highest percentage increase among the provinces. Nationally, non-residential construction dropped 0.6 per cent over this same period. "The growth in this area of the construction sector is vital to our economy," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "Non-residential...

    Saskatchewan Grain Bag Recycling Program Extended

    Posted On April 16, 2014
    Today, federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced $100,000 to extend the Grain Bag Recycling Pilot Project in 2014. The program includes recycling for both grain bags and twine. "The high level of farmer participation in this project demonstrates the importance of responsibly disposing grain bags," said Ritz. "Our government is proud to continue to partner with the Government of Saskatchewan to support this program for producers." "We are pleased to extend the Grain Bag Recycling Pilot Project until a permanent...

    Saskatchewan Traffic Safety Laws Are Changing

    Posted On April 15, 2014
    The laws around impaired driving are getting a lot tougher in Saskatchewan beginning June 27, 2014. Instead of the current 30 day licence suspension, new drivers caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will face a 60 day licence suspension and will have their vehicle seized for three days. That is just for a first offence – penalties increase based on the number of offences. Experienced drivers will also face longer licence suspensions and vehicle seizures. These are some of the many changes resulting from recommendations made by the Special Committee on...

    Manufacturing Sales Nearly Quadruple National Average

    Posted On April 15, 2014
    Saskatchewan's manufacturers had a successful February, according to the latest report from Statistics Canada. The province saw a 12.8 per cent increase in sales over February 2013, totalling $1.37 billion. This was the second highest year-over-year growth rate among the provinces (seasonally adjusted) and nearly quadruples the national average of 3.3 per cent. "It says a lot about the state of the Saskatchewan economy when so many of our primary sectors are experiencing gains in the early part of 2014," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "Manufacturing is one of the key revenue...

    RM Roads, Bridges Receiving $25.5 Million Boost

    Posted On April 15, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan today announced $25.5 million in funding for 80 road, bridge and culvert projects in 64 rural municipalities (RMs). The Municipal Roads for the Economy Program (MREP) provides funding for municipal roads impacted by increased truck traffic, as well as bridge and culvert projects. Funding for the program is consistent with last year's budget. "The rural municipal grid road system is an important part of the network that gets our exports to market." Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. "Our investment in MREP supports individual...

    Personal Care Home Inspection Results Now Online

    Posted On April 14, 2014
    Saskatchewan residents now have access to more information about personal care homes in the province. Personal care home inspection results are now available online after recent changes to legislation were made to allow inspection information to be shared with the public. "Online access to the most recent inspection results will help families select a personal care home," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. "It will also provide increased incentive for operators to provide the best care possible." Personal care homes are privately owned and operated and are licensed and...

    Saskatchewan Volunteer Medals Presented Today

    Posted On April 14, 2014
    Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield presented medals during a ceremony at Government House today to recognize volunteers from Prince Albert, Moosomin, Regina, Swift Current and Saskatoon. "We rely on volunteers to run organizations, to plan events, to fundraise, and to create a vision for what this province can be," Solomon Schofield said. "In short, our volunteers are the heart and soul of Saskatchewan. This year's medal recipients embody the very best of what it means to be from Saskatchewan. They are generous, capable, and committed and I thank them, most sincerely,...

    Extending Best Wishes At The Beginning Of Passover

    Posted On April 14, 2014
    Today, Paul Merriman, MLA for Saskatoon Sutherland issued the following statement in celebration of Passover: "Tonight marks the beginning of Passover, a time for the millions of people of the Jewish faith here in Saskatchewan and around the world to gather with loved ones and commemorate the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt. Passover is a time to celebrate the resilience of the Jewish people in their long history. It is a time to celebrate community, family and the strength of spirit that has seen a people and a faith tested through tragedy and triumph. "Passover...

    Saskatchewan Sikh Community Celebrates Vaisakhi

    Posted On April 14, 2014
    Today, Sikhs in Saskatchewan and around the world celebrate Vaisakhi, a celebration marking the founding of the Khalsa Sikh community in 1699. Paul Merriman, MLA for Saskatoon Sutherland, issued the following statement: "The Sikh community has made contributions in Saskatchewan and Canada contributing to our province's rich and diverse heritage.   Today we celebrate with Sikhs who continue to help make our province a national leader in growth.  Over 1.1 million people now call Saskatchewan home.  Last year our province welcomed over 20,000 newcomers from across...

    Public Forums To Help Shape SK Disability Strategy

    Posted On April 11, 2014
    Members, friends, caregivers, supporters and families of the disability community, along with the general public, will soon be able to attend a Saskatchewan Disability Strategy forum near their community. Public forums begin April 28 in Swift Current, and will take place province-wide until May 29. “As set forth in the Plan for Growth, we are committed to making Saskatchewan the best place in Canada for persons with disabilities to live,” Social Services Minister June Draude said. “These public forums will provide all Saskatchewan people the opportunity to play...

    Report To Show Progress On Red Tape Reduction

    Posted On April 10, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan will publish an annual report in July 2014 highlighting red tape reduction efforts by government ministries and agencies. This follows the approval of the Regulatory Modernization and Accountability Regulations by Cabinet, and will include details about which regulations have been updated over the previous year. The report will be tabled in the legislature by the Minister of the Economy and posted to saskatchewan.ca. “We are committed to cutting red tape by creating and maintaining effective, relevant...

    WCB Benefits Expanded to Include Substitute Teachers

    Posted On April 10, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan has amended the Workers’ Compensation Act Exclusion Regulations to include mandatory WCB coverage for substitute teachers in the province. The amendment means that Saskatchewan’s substitute teachers now have guaranteed access to the Workers’ Compensation Board’s (WCB) compensation benefits and services if they are injured on the job. This includes wage replacement, medical and hospital treatment, and vocational rehabilitation if needed. It also means that school boards and substitute teachers are protected from lawsuits...

    Government Launches New Victim Services Program

    Posted On April 10, 2014
    The Ministry of Justice is providing $267,000 in new annual funding to establish a Police-based Victim Services Program in central Saskatchewan.Sask Central Victim Services Inc. will provide support and information to victims of crime and traumatic events throughout their involvement with the criminal justice process. The program is part of a province-wide expansion that will make victim services available to residents in all Saskatchewan police jurisdictions.“This is one of the larger building blocks that make up the ongoing expansion of Victim Services...

    Land Sales Remain Strong in Saskatchewan

    Posted On April 10, 2014
    Saskatchewan’s April sale of petroleum and natural gas rights brought in $47.9 million in revenue, bringing the total of the first two sales in 2014 to $98.6 million - a figure that exceeds the entire 2013 calendar year total of $67.4 million.“Industry has again voted with their pocketbooks that Saskatchewan is a great place to invest and drill for oil,” Energy and Resources Minister Tim McMillan said. “We look forward to seeing these new dispositions begin development and provide new jobs and prosperity for the province.”The April...

    Premier, Finance Minister Saddened by Flaherty's Death

    Posted On April 10, 2014
    Premier Brad Wall said he is saddened by the death of former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. "Our deepest condolences to Jim Flaherty's family and friends," Wall said. "We are saying goodbye too soon to a great public servant and a good man. Jim Flaherty was a steady, effective Finance Minister in a time of unprecedented volatility." Ken Krawetz has been Saskatchewan's Finance Minister for four years and Flaherty is the only federal Finance Minister he has worked with. "Jim Flaherty was an extremely hard-working and likable individual," Krawetz said. "I know that...

    SK Proclaims Day Of Pink

    Posted On April 9, 2014
    Education Minister Don Morgan has proclaimed April 9, 2014, as Red Cross Day of Pink in Saskatchewan to raise awareness of bullying and to support bullying prevention efforts. “Day of Pink will encourage students to stand up for their peers and will give strength to those affected by bullying,” Morgan said. “The Government of Saskatchewan supports many anti-bullying initiatives, and we are proud to team up with the Canadian Red Cross for Day of Pink and to help put a stop to what is such a painful reality for many people.” In 2007, two Nova Scotia...

    Runoff Forecast; Launch of Flood Mitigation Program

    Posted On April 8, 2014
    Today, Minister responsible for the Water Security Agency (WSA) Ken Cheveldayoff released the April forecast for spring runoff and announced the 2014 Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program. The April runoff forecast ranges from well above normal in the Prince Albert area to above normal pockets in the Lloydminster and Rosetown regions. Some areas, like the southwest part of the province, have already experienced spring runoff without any issues. “While most of the province is looking at a near normal spring runoff, there are still certain areas that may experience...

    Recognizing Remarkable Saskatchewan Residents

    Posted On April 8, 2014
    Today, the first Saskatchewan Premier’s Commendation Awards were presented to eight Saskatchewan citizens who have served the province, their communities and, in a few cases, complete strangers. ”It’s been said that true heroism is when the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate,” Premier Brad Wall said. “Today, we recognize outstanding Saskatchewan citizens who can rightly be described as heroes. Through extraordinary acts of bravery and dedicated public service, they have answered the call to action, putting aside concerns...

    Regina Bypass Route Finalized

    Posted On April 7, 2014
    Work on the Regina Bypass is progressing as the route has been finalized and land acquisition has begun. “When the bypass proceeds to construction, it will be the single largest transportation infrastructure project in Saskatchewan’s history,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “The Regina Bypass will create jobs, reduce traffic congestion and significantly improve safety.” The bypass plan includes the location of the new roads, as well as service roads and the locations of intersections and overpasses. The proposed twinned...

    Regulations Amended To Protect Property, Livestock

    Posted On April 7, 2014
    The Ministry of Environment has amended The Wildlife Regulations, 1981 to allow landowners the ability to protect their property from ravens without requiring a permit. Further amendments will designate the wolf as a big game species, which will allow hunters to target problem animals in areas experiencing livestock predation. In addition, three more regulations will see changes, which include: relaxed dress regulations for hunters; harmonization of rules for the use of all-terrain vehicles for hunting; and enabling Canadian resident white-tailed deer hunters to use the services...

    Victims of Crime Awareness Week Declared

    Posted On April 7, 2014
    April 6 – 12, 2014 has been declared Victims of Crime Awareness Week in Saskatchewan, to coincide with National Victims of Crime Awareness Week. Every year the Ministry of Justice uses this week to highlight the important work to assist victims of crime in Saskatchewan and the programs and services available to victims and their families. This year’s theme is “Taking Action.” During this week the ministry also recognizes the important contribution of volunteers in the success of victim services programs. “I want to take the time this...

    New Public Reporting System For Ministerial Travel

    Posted On April 7, 2014
    Premier Brad Wall today directed that the government implement a system for publicly reporting all expenses for out-of-province travel for ministers and any government staff who accompany them. Wall said the travel expense reports will be posted semi-annually starting in the new fiscal year that just began on April 1, so the first reports for the period April to September 2014 will be posted in October. As an interim measure, the government today released a spreadsheet of all ministers' travel costs to date for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The government will release an updated...

    Unemployment Remains Lowest In Canada

    Posted On April 4, 2014
    Saskatchewan continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for the 15th consecutive month. At 4.5 per cent (seasonally adjusted), the Saskatchewan rate was well below the national average of 6.9 per cent. The Labour Force Survey released today by Statistics Canada also shows that the youth unemployment rate of 9.6 per cent (seasonally adjusted) is the lowest in the country and below the national rate of 13.6 per cent. “Saskatchewan’s labour market remains strong, our unemployment rate remains low and we have plenty of hard working men and women taking...

    Seeking Changes To Bill C-30

    Posted On April 4, 2014
    Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart sent a submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food seeking improvements to Bill C-30, the proposed federal legislation aimed at improving grain movement in western Canada. “Our government believes Bill C-30, the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, is a step in the right direction,” Stewart said. “However, the legislation does not go far enough to address the current backlog of grain movement and ensure an efficient supply chain in the future. The strength of Saskatchewan’s economy...

    Rural Recruitment Strategy For Nurse Practitioners

    Posted On April 3, 2014
    Saskatchewan is taking further steps to improve patients’ access to nurse practitioner services in rural and remote communities. Minister responsible for Rural and Remote Health Randy Weekes today announced a new recruitment strategy that encourages nurse practitioners to work in communities with a population of 10,000 or less. “We’re working to make sure all residents have access to quality primary health services, wherever they live in Saskatchewan,” Weekes said. “The Rural and Remote Nurse Practitioner Recruitment Strategy is a great step...

    Commemorating Anniversary of Start Of First World War

    Posted On April 3, 2014
    This summer, Saskatchewan will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War during a military service of remembrance on the Legislative grounds in Regina. At that time, the names of 1,200 Saskatchewan citizens who lost their lives during that conflict will be added to the Saskatchewan First World War Memorial. These names were missed when the memorial was dedicated in 1995. When the Saskatchewan War Memorial Committee began researching the Saskatchewan casualties in 1988 for inclusion on the memorial, limited source material provided an incomplete...

    Recognizing World Autism Awareness Day

    Posted On April 2, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan today raised the autism awareness flag at the Legislative Building to recognize World Autism Awareness Day and affirm its commitment to improving targeted autism services and supports in the province. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder that affects how a person interacts with people, experiences the environment and processes information. “World Autism Awareness Day is a valuable opportunity to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder, and to build a better understanding of this complex condition that has an impact on...

    Better Access To Technology & Resources

    Posted On April 1, 2014
    Today, Education Minister Don Morgan, alongside Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Vice Chief Bobby Cameron, announced that the Government of Saskatchewan will invest $120,000 to include all First Nation K-12 schools in the provincial Microsoft Licensing Agreement, which will provide students in First Nation schools with more equitable access to technology and resources. This investment responds to the recommendations of the Joint Task Force, by helping to increase technological literacy and meet the learning needs of all Saskatchewan students. This is the first time ever...

    May

    Province Proclaims Deafblind Awareness Week

    Posted On May 30, 2014
    Saskatchewan is proclaiming June 1-7, 2014 as Deafblind Awareness Week. Deafblindness is a disability in which individuals experience a combined loss of both vision and hearing such that neither senses can be used as a primary source of gathering accurate information. "Deafblindness is a uniquely difficult disability," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "I commend the Canadian Deafblind Association for continuing to offer services and programs that are specifically tailored to the individuals they serve. The organization's person-centred service is helping people...

    Crop Report for the Period May 20 to 26, 2014

    Posted On May 29, 2014
    Great strides were made this week as producers now have 64 per cent of the crop seeded according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. This is up from 22 per cent last week. The five-year (2009-2013) seeding average for this time of year is also 64 per cent. Warm and dry weather allowed most producers to return to the field after rain delays last week. The southwestern region continues to lead seeding progress for the province as producers now have 80 per cent of the crop in the ground. The west-central region has 68 per cent seeded; the northwest 60 per cent; the...

    Surgical Care Transformed

    Posted On May 28, 2014
    Innovative changes and investments during the four-year Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative have resulted in sooner, safer, smarter surgical care for the people of Saskatchewan. The number of patients waiting more than three months for surgery is down 75 per cent, with 11,528 fewer patients waiting that long for surgery on March 31, 2014, than in March 2010. "Since the introduction of this initiative, there has been a dramatic improvement in access to surgical care for the people of Saskatchewan," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. "Thanks to the hard work of regional health authorities...

    SAID Benefits Set To Increase

    Posted On May 27, 2014
    For the third year in a row, eligible beneficiaries of the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program will be receiving an increase to their monthly benefits, beginning June 1, 2014. "We are committed to making Saskatchewan the best place in Canada for people with disabilities to live," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "Benefit increases to the SAID program are one of the ways in which our government is helping to make this a reality. Our government remains committed to supporting this important program both now and well into the future." The...

    STC Senior Seat Sale Extended

    Posted On May 23, 2014
    Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) is extending its $12 Senior Seat Sale by an extra month. Seniors aged 60 and over will continue to ride with STC for $12 one-way in June. "We hope seniors will take the opportunity to do some extra travelling in June," STC President and CEO Shawn Grice said. "We're giving them an extra month to visit with family and friends from across the province - at a great price." Many seniors have taken advantage of the company's senior seat sale in the past, making it STC's most popular sale. The company has only extended the sale once...

    Retail Sales Surge In March

    Posted On May 22, 2014
    Strong employment numbers and continued growth in the Saskatchewan economy meant consumers had a busy March in the province's retail sector. In a report released today by Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's sales jumped to nearly $1.6 billion for the month. This was a 9.1 per cent increase (seasonally-adjusted) over March 2013, the second highest growth rate among the provinces and a record for the month. "Retail sales are an indicator of economic prosperity and hard working men and women of this province are benefiting from the success they helped to create," Economy Minister...

    Crop Report for the Period of May 13 to 19, 2014

    Posted On May 22, 2014
    Significant seeding progress was made this week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. Twenty-two per cent of the 2014 crop is now in the ground, up from seven per cent last week. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 29 per cent. Rainfall over the weekend has stopped field work in some areas but most producers will be back in the field later in the week. Producers in the southwest are the most advanced with 39 per cent of the crop seeded. The west-central region has 29 per cent seeded; the southeast 19 per cent; the northwest 17 per...

    Weekly Provincial Highway Construction Update

    Posted On May 22, 2014
    The government reminds motorists to be on the lookout for more than 20 major highway construction projects underway across the province this week. "We have several major, multi-million dollar projects in progress including highway upgrades, repaving, passing lanes, and bridge and culvert work – and it's still early in the season," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. "Remember to always slow to 60 km/hr when you encounter highway work zones this season. The law is there to ensure this important work is done as safely as possible for both workers and motorists." Among...

    Saskatchewan's Wholesale Trade Increases In March

    Posted On May 20, 2014
    The value of wholesale trade in Saskatchewan continues to climb, reaching more than $2.1 billion (seasonally adjusted) for the month of March. According to a Statistics Canada report release today, this marks an increase of 3.4 per cent over February 2014. Wholesale trade activity earned Saskatchewan second place among the provinces for month-to-month percentage growth; only 0.6 per cent behind the leader, Newfoundland and Labrador. "Saskatchewan is seeing continuous growth in many sectors, and it is no surprise that wholesale trade in the province is following suit,"...

    SK Enhances Registry Requirements To Protect People From Asbestos

    Posted On May 20, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan is making public buildings safer for workers, employees and the general public by enacting asbestos regulations associated with The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 and The Public Health Act, 1994. Occupational Health and Safety asbestos regulations have been amended to include additional forms of asbestos to be reported, to provide clarity of definitions and to update required information, such as characteristics, accessibility and location. "These new requirements will improve safety by better informing workers on asbestos...

    Saskatchewan People Benefit From Bus Pass Program

    Posted On May 16, 2014
    Government's $1.6 million investment in the provincial Discounted Bus Pass (DBP) program will ensure bus passes continue to be affordable for Saskatchewan's most vulnerable. The DBP program helps individuals with low income to search for or travel to work, attend health care appointments, and attend to other daily living needs. The DBP program allows cities to set the retail rate they charge to the client, while still ensuring it is at least $25 below the full fare. The purchase cost of DBP bus passes is shared by the Ministry of Social Services, the municipality, and...

    Spring Session Keeps SK On The Path of Steady Growth

    Posted On May 15, 2014
    Another balanced budget and continued investments in infrastructure and people were highlights of the spring session of the Legislative Assembly which wrapped up today, Premier Brad Wall said. "Our population and our economy continue to grow," Wall said. "There are more jobs and opportunities in Saskatchewan than ever before. "Our growing economy means we can deliver a balanced budget while still making the important investments we need to make in order to keep Saskatchewan moving forward." Some of those investments and new initiatives announced during the spring...

    2014-15 Highway Construction Season Underway

    Posted On May 15, 2014
    Warmer weather has arrived and work zones are springing up on highways across Saskatchewan as the government marks the official start of the 2014-15 construction season. "A safe, efficient highway network is crucial for strengthening the economy and ensuring Saskatchewan meets the challenges of growth," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. "We are committed to building and maintaining the transportation system a growing province needs, and that's why we've invested $4.3 billion since 2008." The 2014-15 Budget will continue to improve Saskatchewan's highways...

    Crop Report for the Period of May 6 to 12, 2014

    Posted On May 15, 2014
    Seven per cent of the 2014 crop is now seeded, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. Relatively dry weather has allowed many producers to get in the field, while others will begin seeding by the weekend. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is nine per cent seeded. Significant seeding progress was made in the southwestern region this week, and producers now have 20 per cent of the crop in the ground. The southeastern region has six per cent of the crop seeded, the west-central and northwestern regions five per cent, the east-central region...

    Manufacturers Set New Record for the Month of March

    Posted On May 15, 2014
    Manufacturers in Saskatchewan continue to impress, once again setting a new shipment record - this time for the month of March. Manufacturing shipments in the province reached $1.3 billion in March, an 8.6 per cent increase over March 2013. The substantial increase in shipments earned Saskatchewan second place among all provinces for year-over-year growth. Among the sectors reported, the largest year-over-year increases were seen in fabricated metal products, up 9.9 per cent; machinery, up 6.5 per cent; and chemical products, up 4.3 per cent. "The continued growth...

    Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Open For The Season May 15

    Posted On May 14, 2014
    Saskatchewan Provincial Parks will open for the season on Thursday, May 15, 2014. After setting a visitation record in 2013, SaskParks is expecting another busy season. "Saskatchewan's Provincial Parks are places where family and friends gather and memories are made," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty said. "Our parks are very popular and we know that campers are looking forward to replacing memories of a long, cold winter and late spring with summer fun." Though summer is officially still a few weeks away, campers can begin enjoying the parks starting May...

    Saskatchewan Families Can Now Apply For SAGES

    Posted On May 14, 2014
    Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris officially launch the Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings (SAGES) program and introduced the participating financial institutions. "I am pleased that the SAGES program is now available through a number of providers," Norris said. "As well, many other providers will be ready to deliver SAGES in the coming months and this will greatly benefit Saskatchewan families." SAGES enables the Government of Saskatchewan to provide a grant of 10 per cent on contributions made since January 1, 2013, into a Registered Education Savings...

    2014 Ag Student Scholarship Winners Announced

    Posted On May 13, 2014
    Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the winners of the 2014 Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship. "Saskatchewan's agriculture industry is growing and with this growth comes many job opportunities for youth," Stewart said. "As we continue to meet a growing global demand for food, we need bright young minds, passionate about agriculture, to drive the industry forward." Josee Monvoisin of Gravelbourg has been awarded the grand prize scholarship of $4,000 for her video submission on how Saskatchewan producers are growing food in a safe and healthy manner....

    Grand Reopening of Saskatchewan's Largest Saw Mill

    Posted On May 13, 2014
    Premier Brad Wall and Economy Minister Bill Boyd participated in the grand reopening of the Big River saw mill today. The mill is the largest in the province and will directly employ up to 100 workers. "This marks another major milestone in the recovery of our forest industry," Wall said. "I would like to extend my congratulations to Carrier Forest Products on the reopening of this mill. The Big River saw mill will account for more than 40 per cent of Saskatchewan's lumber production capacity and will help us to regain our market share in the United States and Asian countries." The...

    Internet Speeds More Than Doubled at 500 SK Schools

    Posted On May 13, 2014
    Today, the Ministry of Education, together with SaskTel, announced the completion of upgraded CommunityNet Internet speeds for approximately 500 schools across the province. CommunityNet is a dedicated, wide-area network delivered by SaskTel that connects executive government, health and education sectors in the province to the Internet. SaskTel will be investing more than $5 million in capital investments over four years to upgrade CommunityNet. The Ministry of Education will also be providing an additional increase of $2 million annually for operating costs, to ensure faster,...

    Social Impact Bond

    Posted On May 12, 2014
    A new supported living home for at-risk single mothers was opened today at 600 Queen Street in Saskatoon. This new home, Sweet Dreams, was made possible by a funding model that is the first of its kind in Canada. The funding model, which is called a Social Impact Bond, is between the Government of Saskatchewan, Conexus Credit Union, Wally and Colleen Mah, and EGADZ. "This new home is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when we work together and explore unique solutions to support vulnerable children and families," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "Keeping families...

    Innovative Robotics To Improve Health Care Services

    Posted On May 12, 2014
    Saskatchewan is pioneering a new method to deliver health services to remote communities. A remote presence technology pilot project will be launched in Pelican Narrows to help improve access to timely health care for patients. Remote presence technology is an advanced robotics telemedicine platform currently being used at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon for neurosurgical care. It enables a health care provider (such as specialist or physician) to instantly connect with a patient remotely, and perform real-time assessment, diagnosis and patient management. A...

    New Southern Conservation Land Management Strategy

    Posted On May 12, 2014
    Today, Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff and Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced a new land management initiative that balances economic growth with responsible land management. The Southern Conservation Land Management Strategy will offer agricultural lessees the opportunity to purchase eligible parcels of Crown land previously designated under The Wildlife Habitat Protection Act (WHPA). Amendments to both WHPA and The Conservation Easements Amendment Act, 2010 were proclaimed today. Along with new regulations, these two Acts will provide the legal framework for...

    Unemployment Rate Drops To Lowest Level On Record

    Posted On May 9, 2014
    Saskatchewan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.4 per cent in April 2014 – the lowest ever recorded since Statistics Canada started collecting labour market data in 1976. April also marked the 16th consecutive month that the province has had the lowest unemployment rate in the country. Saskatchewan's 3.4 per cent unemployment rate is less than half the national rate of 6.9 per cent. "Reaching the lowest unemployment rate ever is a milestone," Energy and Resources Minister Tim McMillan said. "This is due in large part to our strong economy and the number...

    Province Helping Saskatchewan's Most Vulnerable

    Posted On May 9, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan is working with the Salvation Army to ensure people in need of emergency shelter services are provided with timely, safe and reliable overnight housing options and other services through an investment of up to $2.35 million per year over the next three years. "We have to ensure that people with low incomes have a warm and safe place to sleep in an emergency," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "Our ongoing support for the Salvation Army and its important programs ensures individuals and families have somewhere to turn when in need. Our government...

    Community Airport Partnership Gives Aviation A Lift

    Posted On May 9, 2014
    Fifteen community airports in Saskatchewan will see a total of $1.4 million in repairs and upgrades through this year's Community Airport Partnership (CAP) program. For the fourth consecutive year, the province will provide $700,000 to the 50 per cent cost-shared program, which is designed to help offset costs for airports that do not receive scheduled passenger service. "The government is pleased to renew its commitment to aviation, which plays such a critical role in Saskatchewan's growing economy," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. "Airports connect...

    Safety Net Expands As Valley View Transition Proceeds

    Posted On May 9, 2014
    In response to recommendations by the Valley View Centre Transition Steering Committee, the province is expanding the supports available to people with intellectual disabilities through new services to be offered in Saskatoon and Moose Jaw. "The Steering Committee told us that one of their recommendations requiring immediate action was to expand the 'safety net' for people with intellectual disabilities to ensure that services are available to support them in the community," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "We have made this recommendation our priority, and we are putting...

    Governments Support Agriculture Processors

    Posted On May 8, 2014
    Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced $6.3 million to help 14 companies increase productivity, competitiveness and efficiency. Funding will be provided over two years through the Saskatchewan Lean Improvements in Manufacturing (SLIM) program. "Achieving greater efficiencies is critical to a business' success," said Ritz. "When agri-business processors achieve greater efficiencies, they improve not only their businesses, but also the bottom line of our farmers and the long-term prosperity for the Canadian economy." "Improving...

    Crop Report for the Period of April 29-May 5, 2014

    Posted On May 8, 2014
    Despite a cool and wet start to spring, seeding has begun in some parts of the province according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. The southwestern region is reporting that two per cent of the crop is now in the ground, while some producers in the southeastern and west-central regions are just beginning to seed. The majority of producers will begin seeding in the next week or so. Precipitation this week ranged from trace amounts to 39 mm in the southeast. Many areas of the province have received more than 100 mm of precipitation since April 1, which has...

    SK Drivers Invited To Take The Road Safety Challenge

    Posted On May 8, 2014
    Saskatchewan drivers are being challenged to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to vehicle collisions on our roads. The Road Safety Challenge aims to make drivers think about simple changes they can make to improve safety on provincial roads and highways, and help meet the target of a 10 per cent reduction in deaths and injuries by Saskatchewan Day 2015 and a 20 per cent reduction by Saskatchewan Day 2017. "It's easy to blame the 'other driver' for the behaviours causing collisions on Saskatchewan roads and highways," Minister responsible for SGI Donna Harpauer...

    Big Jump In Housing Starts

    Posted On May 8, 2014
    Urban housing starts in the province jumped 54 per cent in April 2014 when compared with April 2013. Saskatchewan had the largest percentage increase among the provinces on a year-over-year basis. Nationally, starts were up 12.5 per cent. "With an influx of population into Saskatchewan, the need and demand for new housing has been increasing," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "This is a significant change from last year and we are well ahead of what is happening in other provinces." Most of the increase is in multi dwellings, which posted a 117.5 per cent increase over...

    Celebrating 2014 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Athletes

    Posted On May 6, 2014
    Today the Government of Saskatchewan and Sask Sport recognized the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic athletes, coaches and officials with Saskatchewan connections during a ceremony at the Saskatchewan Legislature. "Thank you to our 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers," Premier Brad Wall said. "Your passion, talent and work ethic are exceptional. You are wonderful ambassadors for our growing province. You motivate; you inspire. We are so proud of you." Thirty-one Saskatchewan athletes, coaches and officials attended the Games. Five...

    Responsible Gambling Awareness Week In SK

    Posted On May 5, 2014
    Today marks the beginning of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week at Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw. "Responsible Gambling Awareness Week offers Saskatchewan people the opportunity to learn more about the casino environment so they can make informed, responsible choices," Minister responsible for SaskGaming Don McMorris said. "SaskGaming is mandated to offer casino gaming in a socially responsible manner. Along with a comprehensive responsible gaming program, the events this week help to ensure that the corporation delivers on that mandate." From May 5 to 9, Casinos Regina...

    Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Honours Volunteers

    Posted On May 5, 2014
    Twenty-two Saskatchewan volunteers with more than a quarter-century of dedicated service to their local housing authority will be honoured at a luncheon today in Regina. "These volunteers give the gift of their time and energy to people across this great province each and every day," Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation June Draude said. "Local housing authorities not only look after our important investment in public housing, but more importantly, care about the community members who reside in these properties. Our government...

    P3 Canada Fund To Contribute to Regina Bypass Project

    Posted On May 5, 2014
    Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Battlefords–Lloydminster on behalf of Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance, today announced the Government of Canada's investment in a public-private partnership (P3) to support the construction of the Regina Bypass. The minister was joined at the event by Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure Minister and Minister responsible for SaskBuilds Don McMorris. Subject to PPP Canada entering into a funding agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan, a contribution of up to $200 million will be provided...

    Saskatchewan Celebrates Women Entrepreneurs

    Posted On May 5, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan today proclaimed May 5-11 Women Entrepreneurs Week. The week honours women who are running successful businesses across the province and aims to promote entrepreneurial opportunities for women. "Saskatchewan women have proven themselves to be successful entrepreneurs, operating businesses in industries that include professional services, wholesale, retail and hospitality," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "Our government recognizes the contributions of Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc. in assisting women with funds and business information...

    May 4-10 Is Missing Persons Week in Saskatchewan

    Posted On May 4, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed the week of May 4-10 as Missing Persons Week in the province. "Compassion and support from government, police agencies and the community is important to the family members of missing persons," Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said. "I encourage more people to do what they can to help so we can collectively provide meaningful support to resolve missing persons cases in our province." "There are currently 118 long-term missing persons cases in Saskatchewan," Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said....

    NAOSH Week Reminds Us To Make Safety A Priority

    Posted On May 4, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed May 4-10 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. This year's theme is Make Safety a Habit. NAOSH Week, which is observed throughout North America, promotes health and safety in the workplace and at home. "We are all responsible for promoting and protecting safe and healthy workplaces," Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said. "Through our WorkSafe partnership with the Workers' Compensation Board, the government remains committed to our goal of Mission: Zero. As far as we are concerned,...

    May Is Proclaimed Speech & Hearing Awareness Month

    Posted On May 2, 2014
    Social Services Minister June Draude has proclaimed May 2014 as Speech and Hearing Awareness Month in Saskatchewan. Speech and Hearing Awareness Month encourages the early detection and prevention of communication disorders, and seeks to increase the public's awareness to the issues faced by individuals who are experiencing them. An increase of $37 million in this year's 2014-15 Budget will go toward supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities into the social and economic life of our province. "This investment demonstrates our commitment to Saskatchewan's...

    Northern Students To Take Part In Youth Mentorship Program

    Posted On May 2, 2014
    High school students from Air Ronge, Buffalo Narrows, Canoe Narrows, Cumberland House, Fond Du Lac and Pinehouse Lake will be in Regina May 4-7 to take part in the 2014 Youth Mentorship Program. "Saskatchewan is a great place to live, work, play and build a life," Minister responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Kevin Doherty said. "The Youth Mentorship Program shows students the opportunities available to them right here in the province. I hope the young people who attend see that Saskatchewan, in addition to providing exciting job and educational opportunities, offers...

    Province Celebrates Saskatchewan Habitat Day

    Posted On May 2, 2014
    Communities across the province gathered today to recognize and celebrate the work of Habitat for Humanity and their many partner families. Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation June Draude proclaimed May 2 as Saskatchewan Habitat Day. Families who have received Habitat homes joined Habitat representatives at barbecue events held in various communities across the province for a day of celebration. "We've been happy to partner and support 97 Habitat home builds across the province since 2009," Draude said. "We do it because...

    Changes To The Fisheries Regulations In Saskatchewan

    Posted On May 1, 2014
    The Ministry of Environment has made changes for 2014 and onward to support fish conservation programs, client service and to ensure sustainability of the resource. "To ensure that fishing remains a popular and accessible activity in Saskatchewan, we need to plan for the future," Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said. "These changes to our regulations will help protect our fish populations and offer anglers a wider range of angling experiences." A new one-day angling licence has been introduced as a convenience to occasional anglers in the southern and central zones....

    May 2014 Is Missing Children's Month In Saskatchewan

    Posted On May 1, 2014
    Saskatchewan officially proclaimed May 2014 as Missing Children's Month. This year marks the 23rd annual Green Ribbon Campaign by Child Find Saskatchewan, which includes National Missing Children's Day on May 25. "Ensuring the safety and well-being of all children and youth in our province is paramount," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "I encourage all Saskatchewan residents to wear a Green Ribbon of Hope this month to raise awareness for all missing children and their families." Citizens can help support Child Find Saskatchewan by making donations to the organization's...

    Saskatchewan Is Increasing Its Measles Response

    Posted On May 1, 2014
    Health officials are advising increased caution and encouraging vaccination in the wake of additional measles cases in Saskatchewan and other provinces. Prairie North Health Region has reported three probable measles cases in unimmunized children, in addition to one case in an unimmunized child reported on Friday. The health region issued a Public Health Notice that includes potential locations for public exposure and provides advice to residents. The Ministry of Health is working closely with the region on the public health response. Two doses of measles vaccine are...

    June

    New Occupational Health & Safety Enforcement Tool

    Posted On June 27, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan has added Summary Offence Tickets (SOTs) as a new enforcement tool that will have an impact on people who violate Occupational Health and Safety Legislation. "Summary Offence Tickets will encourage ongoing compliance of health and safety rules and help reduce workplace injuries," Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said. "This new tool deals with reoccurring or potentially dangerous contraventions that require immediate action." Employers and employees have had six months to become familiar with the offences and penalties...

    Gov't Supports Canadian Red Cross RespectED Program

    Posted On June 27, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan has invested $68,000 for the Canadian Red Cross to expand its bullying prevention program, RespectED in the province. The Red Cross provides training for adults and youth to give bullying prevention presentations and workshops to their peers and younger students. "For our students to succeed, they need to feel respected and safe," Education Minister Don Morgan said. "The Red Cross program provides strong mentorship opportunities to assist adults in empowering youth - not just to stand up for themselves, but to become leaders and stand up and become...

    Seniors Benefit Increase July 1

    Posted On June 27, 2014
    Saskatchewan seniors with low incomes will soon see increases to the benefits they receive through two programs: the Personal Care Home Benefit and Seniors Income Plan. These increases come into effect on July 1, 2014. Increases to the Personal Care Home Benefit (PCHB) will help approximately 800 Saskatchewan seniors with the costs of living in a licensed personal care home. The maximum monthly income for inclusion in the program or "threshold" will increase by $75, from $1,875 to $1,950, on July 1. Those eligible for the program receive a monthly supplement that provides...

    Crop Report for the Period June 17 to 23, 2014

    Posted On June 26, 2014
    Seeding is essentially complete across the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. However, some producers in the southeastern and east-central regions may still seed greenfeed crops if weather and time permit. The majority of crops are in fair to excellent condition despite the wet and cool weather conditions delaying development. Fifty-five per cent of spring cereals, 61 per cent of oilseeds and 49 per cent of pulses are behind their normal stages of development for this time of year. Fifty-three per cent of the fall cereals are considered...

    Wages Hit All-Time High

    Posted On June 26, 2014
    Saskatchewan's strong economy continues to drive wage growth. According to Statistics Canada, average weekly earnings including overtime, were $975.87 in April 2014, the highest on record (seasonally adjusted) and the third highest among the provinces. "We reached a milestone in April – hitting an all-time high for wages," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "One of the more important benefits of having a strong economy is the increase in wages for working people." On a year-over-year basis, wages were up 4.3 per cent ($40.66), the fourth highest percentage increase...

    New Booster Seat Laws Will Take Effect June 27

    Posted On June 26, 2014
    Booster seats will be mandatory for children under age seven, effective June 27. To help encourage parents to comply with the change, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) and Canadian Tire are working together to support child safety, offering coupons for a free booster seat to drivers when they're caught without one. The coupons, which will be handed out by police as "positive enforcement" instead of a ticket, will be good for one free booster seat, redeemable at any SGI claims centre in the province. "We appreciate the support Canadian Tire has provided, helping us...

    SK Signs New Gas Tax Agreement With Federal Gov't

    Posted On June 25, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan has signed a renewed Gas Tax Agreement with the Government of Canada, which will provide $56.3 million to municipalities for infrastructure projects in 2014-15. "The renewed Gas Tax Fund provides a source of revenue for Saskatchewan municipalities to address their priority infrastructure projects, such as building roads and improving water and sewage treatment," Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter said. "These projects help build vibrant communities and improve the quality of life for all Saskatchewan people. I want to thank the Government...

    Changes To Traffic Laws To Take Effect This Week

    Posted On June 24, 2014
    Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is reminding motorists that new traffic laws take effect in the province on June 27, just in time for the Canada Day long weekend. "Collisions typically increase during the summer months, especially around long weekends," Minister responsible for SGI Don McMorris said. "Drive safely and abide by the new traffic laws to keep yourself, your family and all other road users safe." Highlights of the new traffic laws include: Tougher consequences for impaired driving, including longer licence suspensions, immediate roadside...

    Anonymous Anti-Bullying Online Reporting Tool Now In Place

    Posted On June 24, 2014
    Today, Education Minister Don Morgan joined the Minister responsible for SaskTel Kevin Doherty along with students, educators, school division personnel and community members in Saskatoon to launch the anonymous anti-bullying online reporting tool. The government will invest $250,000 in Saskatchewan's online reporting tool, modelled after the ERASE tool in British Columbia, to enable children and youth to report bullying incidents online. "The Government of Saskatchewan continues to work with its partners to support the safety of children and youth at school, in their communities...

    Record Retail Sales In April

    Posted On June 20, 2014
    Saskatchewan shoppers continue to show confidence in the economy, according to new retail sales figures for April 2014. Statistics Canada reported today that retail sales totalled $1.6 billion, a record for the month of April. "Consumers recognize the Saskatchewan economy is on solid footing which raises confidence and increases household spending," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "The rise in retail sales is good for the province and contributes to our economic growth." There was a 6.4 per cent increase over last year's retail sales, which marked the third best increase...

    Crop Report for the Period June 10 to 16, 2014

    Posted On June 19, 2014
    Despite another week of cool and rainy weather, producers now have 95 per cent of the crop seeded, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. The five-year (2009-2013) seeding average for this time of year is 90 per cent. The southwestern, west-central and northwestern regions have nearly completed seeding. The northeastern region has 97 per cent seeded, the east-central region 93 per cent and the southeastern region 91 per cent. The majority of pulses, cereals and oilseeds are now in the ground with some greenfeed crops still requiring seeding in some areas. A...

    Saskatchewan Grows By Another 5,000 People

    Posted On June 18, 2014
    Saskatchewan's population continues to grow, increasing by just more than 5,000 people in the first quarter of 2014, according to new figures released today by Statistics Canada. There were 1,122,588 people living in Saskatchewan as of April 1, 2014 – an increase of 5,085 people since January 1, 2014, and an increase of 21,180 people in the past year. Saskatchewan's quarterly and annual growth rates are both second-highest among the provinces, behind only Alberta. Economy Minister Bill Boyd said the steady growth is a sign of a strong and diversified economy. "Saskatchewan...

    Will the NDP Stand Up for Saskatchewan?

    Posted On June 18, 2014
    Getting Canadian oil & gas to tidewater and diversifying our customer base for energy resources is vital to ensuring that Saskatchewan receives fair market value for our oil & gas. In fact, the current bottleneck in exporting energy costs Saskatchewan about $300 million in royalties and taxes every year. This is why we are pleased to see the National Energy Board approve the Northern Gateway pipeline project, which would see Canadian oil shipped to new and expanding markets, helping ensure top value for our energy exports. "We think it is certainly important,"...

    More Physicians Begin Practicing In Saskatchewan

    Posted On June 18, 2014
    Twenty-four new doctors are practicing in Saskatchewan, thanks to the most recent results of the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program. Since the program began in 2011, a total of 134 new family physicians have completed the assessment and are practicing in communities all across the province. SIPPA assesses International Medical Graduates (IMGs) on their medical education and clinical ability before allowing them to practice medicine in Saskatchewan. "Patients in communities all over Saskatchewan have better access to physician services because...

    Students Receive Youth Apprenticeship Scholarships

    Posted On June 17, 2014
    A career in the skilled trades has become an even more attractive option for 101 high school graduates. Each received a $1,000 Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) Industry Scholarship at their recent graduation ceremonies. High schools throughout Saskatchewan nominated students to receive the scholarships. They were awarded to students who completed SYA in high school, have planned their next steps forward to a career in one of the 49 designated trades and 20 subtrades, and have demonstrated how the $1,000 would help them in their future. "This is one more incentive...

    500 New Child Care Spaces for Growing Communities

    Posted On June 17, 2014
    Today at Awasis Child Care Co-op Ltd. in Regina, Education Minister Don Morgan announced that more than 500 new spaces are being allocated in eleven communities across Saskatchewan. "Our government recognizes that access to high quality child care is a necessity for many of our citizens," Morgan said. "These news spaces will alleviate some of the pressures in our growing communities and allow parents to work, return to work, or study after starting a family." Awasis Child Care Co-op Ltd. will receive funding for 101 new child care spaces; 50 in White City and 51 in Regina. "We...

    Gov't Investing In Adult Basic Education, Training

    Posted On June 17, 2014
    The provincial government is providing $25 million in Adult Basic Education (ABE) funding for 2014-15, representing a 9.1 per cent increase in ABE funding over 2013-14 and supporting a total of 700 new training opportunities. The increase in funds is part of $42 million for post-secondary and skills training grants in Saskatchewan. "With record investments in adult basic education, our government is fulfilling our promise in the Plan for Growth to eliminate the ABE waitlist by 2015," Associate Minister of the Economy Jeremy Harrison said. "This means, among other things,...

    Gov't Investing In Joint Task Force Recommendations

    Posted On June 17, 2014
    Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Education Russ Marchuk, along with Yorkton Tribal Council (YTC) Director of Education Ross Brown and Good Spirit School Division (GSSD) Director of Education Dwayne Reeve, announced $150,000 in support of the Invitational Shared Services Initiative (ISSI) partnership between YTC and the school division. This partnership is in response to a recommendation from the Joint Task Force on Aboriginal Employment and Education report that was released last year. "This is an exciting time for First Nations and Métis students in Saskatchewan,"...

    Government Celebrates Tourism In Saskatchewan

    Posted On June 16, 2014
    The Government of Saskatchewan is proclaiming June 15-21 as Saskatchewan Tourism Week. Part of a broader national initiative called Tourism Week in Canada, which brings attention to the economic opportunity available to Canada through travel and tourism, Saskatchewan Tourism Week provides an excellent opportunity to expand awareness about the importance of tourism in this province. Tourism contributes more than $2.12 billion to Saskatchewan's economy annually, and, in 2012, there were more than 12.5 million visits to and within the province. Approximately 55,600 residents...

    Government of Saskatchewan Celebrates Foster Families

    Posted On June 16, 2014
    Foster parents in Saskatchewan were celebrated at a banquet on Saturday evening in Saskatoon. The Honouring and Caring Banquet recognized foster parents who have dedicated 20 years of service, and those who are retiring with 20 or more years of service. The event was hosted by the Saskatchewan Foster Families Association (SFFA) and the Ministry of Social Services. "Foster families in this province play a vital role in the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens," Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer said. "I want to personally thank all of our dedicated and caring foster...

    Record Manufacturing Shipments In Saskatchewan

    Posted On June 13, 2014
    April's manufacturing shipments broke records and had Saskatchewan leading the nation in terms of monthly percentage growth among the provinces. Compared to March 2014, shipments spiked 6.6 per cent (seasonally adjusted) and totalled $1.4 billion – an all-time high for the month. "Each and every day, our economy is building momentum," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "Another strong month of manufacturing numbers is proof the province is poised for continued growth. Not only are manufacturers pumping billions of dollars into our economy each and every year, their quality...

    Gov't Invests In Kids Help Phone To Support Saskatchewan Youth

    Posted On June 13, 2014
    Today, Regina Douglas Park MLA Russ Marchuk on behalf of Education Minister Don Morgan, announced the Government of Saskatchewan will provide $49,000 to Kids Help Phone to continue their work supporting youth in Saskatchewan. This funding will be used for outreach initiatives which include engaging students and teachers, and raising awareness of the services Kids Help Phone provides. "The Government of Saskatchewan remains committed to helping create safe and accepting environments where our children are free from all forms of bullying and violence," Marchuk said. "Kids Help...

    Gov't Announces Changes To The Condominium Property Act

    Posted On June 13, 2014
    Amendments to current legislation that will provide better protection to the condominium sector will take effect on June 16, 2014. The Condominium Property Amendment Act, 2013 and The Condominium Property Amendment Regulations, 2014 amends the existing legislation and will help safeguard the condominium sector in several areas including insurance, condominium conversion, dispute resolution and consumer protection. "There is strong support for these amendments within the condominium sector," Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said. "These amendments strike...

    Child Welfare Legislation Review Continues

    Posted On June 12, 2014
    The Ministry of Social Services' comprehensive review of its child welfare legislation is underway and public feedback is requested. This review is part of the Ministry's Child Welfare Transformation Strategy. Anyone with an interest in child welfare in Saskatchewan is invited to complete an online survey. The survey can be accessed until June 30, 2014, on the Government of Saskatchewan's website. For more information on the review and to fill out the online survey, please visit www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/CFS-Adoption-Discussion-Guide. "Your input and feedback is critical...