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2014
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...

Construction Season Includes 50,000km of Line Painting

Posted On June 12, 2014
Saskatchewan has Canada's largest per capita highway system and each year, five paint trucks undertake the mammoth task of repainting nearly 50,000 kilometres (km) of white and yellow lines on paved roads – driving the equivalent of more than five round trips between Regina and Mexico City in the process. "Lines provide drivers with critical information about where their wheels should be and where they can safely pull over during an emergency situation," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. "They also alert motorists to passing opportunities and intersection...

Crop Report for the Period June 3 to 9, 2014

Posted On June 12, 2014
Seeding is now 93 per cent complete in the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. The five-year (2009-2013) seeding average for this time of year is 87 per cent. Relatively dry weather allowed many producers to return to the field to complete seeding. The southwestern and west-central regions have 97 per cent of the crop seeded; the northeast 95 per cent; the northwest 92 per cent; the southeast 90 per cent and the east-central region 89 per cent. Rainfall varied from trace amounts to well over two inches in some east-central areas. Provincially,...

Check The Highway Hotline for Current Construction Activity

Posted On June 12, 2014
Motorists are reminded that the latest information about highway construction activity is available on the Highway Hotline. "The Highway Hotline is a tremendously popular and useful tool during the winter months when weather conditions present driving hazards," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. "People may not be aware that it contains information about construction activity, emergency road closures, the status of ferries and other road activities during the spring and summer as well. Simply click the construction icons on the map to find the latest information...

Disability Strategy Consultations Continue Online

Posted On June 10, 2014
Though the in-person consultation process has now concluded, citizens still have time to help shape the future of Saskatchewan people with disabilities by taking part in the online consultation process. "I would like to thank the more than 800 individuals who participated in the 18 face-to-face consultations across the province," Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer said. "I commend these individuals for demonstrating their commitment to improving the lives of people who experience disabilities. Their passion, stories and solutions will help make Saskatchewan the best place...

Govt's Invest $1 Million To Teach Kids About Agriculture

Posted On June 10, 2014
Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced a new $1 million five-year funding agreement with Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan (AITC-SK). This represents a $550,000 increase in funding over the last five year period. "Our government understands the importance agriculture plays in rural and urban communities and in Saskatchewan as a whole," said Ritz. "By understanding modern agriculture, young people will value Saskatchewan-made products and recognize the importance of the industry to the regional, national...

Funding For Livestock and Industry Research Projects

Posted On June 9, 2014
Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced two new research projects worth nearly $1 million that will benefit livestock producers in the province and across Canada. Governments will provide $200,000 toward the projects through the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF), and nearly $800,000 will be provided through industry investment. "Strengthening the agriculture research capacity in Saskatchewan supports innovation for the long-term profitability and stability of producers," said Ritz. "Investment in these projects...

SK Commits $50 Million To Saskatoon Bridge Project

Posted On June 9, 2014
Premier Brad Wall announced today that the province of Saskatchewan will contribute $50 million to the North Commuter Parkway Bridge in Saskatoon. The provincial contribution is part of tripartite deal with the City of Saskatoon and the Government of Canada. Wall made the announcement at an event in Saskatoon along with federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Gerry Ritz and Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison. "Our government is pleased to work with the City of Saskatoon and the Government of Canada on an innovative project that demonstrates the value of P3 partnerships,"...

Record Employment In May

Posted On June 6, 2014
May was an exceptional month for Saskatchewan's job market according to new figures released by Statistics Canada today. There were 573,300 people employed in May 2014, the highest ever recorded for any month. That means 12,400 more people were working in the province compared to last May. Saskatchewan's employment growth of 2.2 per cent was the second highest among provinces; only three other provinces had job growth. "On a national basis, Saskatchewan had the second best percentage increase when comparing job numbers from May 2014 to May 2013, and was one of only four provinces...

Crop Report for The Period of May 27 to June 2, 2014

Posted On June 5, 2014
According to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report, 78 per cent of the crop is now seeded. This is slightly ahead of the five-year (2009-2013) average of 76 per cent. Rain continues to delay seeding progress for many producers and warm and dry weather is needed for seeding to be completed. The southwestern region has 86 per cent of the crop seeded; the west-central region 85 per cent; the northeast 80 per cent; the northwest 76 per cent; the southeast 71 per cent; and the east-central region 67 per cent. Eighty eight per cent of durum and field peas, 84 per cent of spring...

Nearly 30 Major Highway Projects Underway in SK

Posted On June 5, 2014
Highway construction season has kicked into another gear as eight new projects get underway in the province this week. The new work brings the total number of large projects underway to 29. "Crews are hard at work paving roads, building bridges and replacing culverts across the province," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. "Always slow to 60 km/hr when you enter a work zone, and set aside some extra time if you know major work is on your travel route. Maintaining and upgrading Saskatchewan's transportation infrastructure is crucial, but nothing is more important...

Premier Makes Cabinet Changes

Posted On June 5, 2014
Premier Brad Wall re-organized his cabinet today, changing the responsibilities of about half of his ministers. Wall said the new cabinet provides a balance of continuity and fresh perspectives that will keep Saskatchewan on the path of steady growth. "Our province's economy remains strong and as a government, we are working to ensure all Saskatchewan people share in the benefits of a growing economy," Wall said. "I believe this new cabinet strikes the right balance and will keep our growth agenda on track." Veteran minister Don McMorris becomes Minister responsible...

Premier Extends Condolences to Families of Fallen

Posted On June 5, 2014
Premier Brad Wall requested all flags be lowered to half mast starting today on all provincial government buildings to honour the memory of the three fallen Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers in Moncton yesterday. "On behalf of the people of Saskatchewan, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and those injured in the line of duty," Wall said. "The RCMP Academy, 'Depot' Division in Regina has been training members of our country's national police force since 1885. We are proud to have them as part of our province...

Record Building Permits In April

Posted On June 5, 2014
Saskatchewan's commercial builders were busy on construction sites across the province, with non-residential building permits jumping by a record 105 per cent to $125 million (seasonally adjusted) in April 2014, compared to the same period last year. The month-over-month value of building permits also increased by 29 per cent (seasonally adjusted) compared to March 2013, according to a Statistics Canada report released today. This was the third highest increase among the provinces, for a total value of $249 million. "Saskatchewan has one of the best and most competitive...

SK Youth Looking For Work Must Complete Course

Posted On June 3, 2014
Saskatchewan youth aged 14 and 15 must successfully complete The Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course (YWRCC) and obtain a certificate in order to work over the summer and during the school year. The mandatory job readiness course teaches youth about their rights and responsibilities as it relates to health, safety and employment standards in the workplace. "Inexperienced young workers have a higher risk of getting hurt on the job and are typically not aware of employer and employee expectations," Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said. "This...

Speed Reductions Set For Two High Collision Highways

Posted On June 3, 2014
The provincial government is taking steps to improve safety along Highway 1 East of Regina and Highway 12 at Martensville. Effective today, the speed limit at these two locations will be reduced to 90 km/hr as a pilot project. The new speed limit is in effect on Highway 1 from the Pilot Butte Access to just east of the Highway 48 junction and from about two kilometres south to one kilometre north of Main Street on Highway 12. "There are three components to traffic safety: engineering, enforcement and education," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. ...

Saskatchewan NDP Calls for Three Different Tax Hikes

Posted On June 3, 2014
At their weekend convention, the NDP passed a resolution calling for three different tax increases. The Saskatchewan Party is calling on NDP Leader Cam Broten to clarify the NDP's tax hike policy."How much would each of these tax increases be and how many millions of dollars would they take out of Saskatchewan's economy?" asked Saskatchewan Party MLA Tim McMillan. "If the NDP is promising to raise taxes if elected, Cam Broten has a responsibility to explain those tax hikes."At their weekend convention in Moose Jaw, the NDP passed the following resolution:

SK Institutions Designated For International Student Program

Posted On June 2, 2014
In light of recent federal regulatory changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, the federal government has made additional amendments to the International Student Program that became effective June 1, 2014. These changes now require international students to be enrolled at a designated post-secondary educational institution for programs of six months, or greater, in duration in order to be awarded a study permit. "This new federal process will allow full-time international students enrolled at designated institutions to work part time off campus and...

Improvements To Highway 58 Near Gravelbourg

Posted On June 2, 2014
Work is underway on an $18 million upgrade to an important stretch of Highway 58 in southern Saskatchewan. Close to 20 km of highway between Highway 43 junction at Gravelbourg and Highway 13 junction at Lafleche will be completely rebuilt from a poor condition thin-membrane surface (TMS) to primary-weight pavement. "Highway 58 connects the communities of Gravelbourg and Lafleche, provides access to the popular Thomson Lake Regional Park and serves as an important agricultural link," Wood River MLA Yogi Huyghebaert said on behalf of Highways and Infrastructure Minister...

National Transportation Week In Saskatchewan

Posted On June 2, 2014
This week provides an opportunity to celebrate the contributions the men and women who build, operate and maintain Saskatchewan's transportation system make to our economy and society. June 1 to 7 has officially been proclaimed National Transportation Week in Saskatchewan. "Saskatchewan's provincial highways, municipal roads, mainline and shortline railways, pipelines and airports touch our daily lives in countless ways," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. "Our export-based economy relies on safe, efficient and cost-effective transportation systems...

60 Officers Dedicated To Traffic Safety Enforcement

Posted On June 2, 2014
Saskatchewan people will be safer on provincial roadways with the introduction of two new Dedicated Traffic Safety Enforcement Units. Each unit will consist of 30 officers, 15 from existing provincially funded positions and 15 new officers funded by SGI. The two units will begin operating in central and southeast Saskatchewan. "New legislation with a focus on harsher penalties for impaired driving, distracted driving and excessive speed takes effect in the province on June 27," Minister responsible for SGI Donna Harpauer said. "Strong and visible enforcement are essential to...

Tired Old NDP Spends Weekend Rehashing Tired Old Policies

Posted On June 2, 2014
The Saskatchewan NDP spent the weekend re-confirming its commitment to the same failed policies that saw them reduced to just nine seats in the 2011 provincial election. At their annual convention in Moose Jaw, the NDP passed a number of resolutions supporting their failed policies from the past. "There was not one new idea coming out of the NDP at their convention," Saskatchewan Party MLA Jeremy Harrison said. "Instead, they went back to their same old ideas: unaffordable policies like free tuition for everyone, bad economic policies like increasing business taxes and...

July

Colours Ceremony Begins Commemoration of WWI

Posted On July 31, 2014
The Battle Colours of Saskatchewan's 28th North-West Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force returned to the Legislative Building today. The Colours were escorted into the building by a Guard of Honour from the Royal Regina Rifles and presented to Premier Brad Wall. They will go on display as part of the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. The 28th Battalion was made up primarily of young men from Regina, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert additional recruits from Fort William and Port Arthur, Ontario. Formed at Regina in 1914, the 28th landed...

Crop Report for the Period Of July 22 to 28, 2014

Posted On July 31, 2014
Haying is advancing for livestock producers as 57 per cent of the hay crop has now been baled or put into silage, with an additional 22 per cent cut and ready for baling, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. Rain showers and high humidity continue to delay haying progress and have decreased hay quality in some areas. At this time, nine per cent of the hay crop is rated as excellent in quality, 82 per cent good, eight per cent fair and one per cent poor. Much of the province received rainfall this past week ranging from small amounts to several inches....

Motorists Reminded to Slow to 60km/hr in Work Zones

Posted On July 31, 2014
With Saskatchewan's short highway construction season passing the halfway point, the government reminds motorists to always slow to 60 km/hr when they encounter work zones. "Remember to slow to 60 km/hr when you pass through any of Saskatchewan's many construction zones this summer and fall – it's the law, and it could save someone's life," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. "Nothing is more important than ensuring the people undertaking this important work get home safely to their loved ones at the end of the day." When a driver first approaches...

New Joint-Use Schools Project Moves Forward

Posted On July 31, 2014
The Government of Saskatchewan is moving forward with a public-private partnership (P3) model to build 18 new schools on nine joint-use sites in the high growth communities of Martensville, Regina, Saskatoon and Warman. The government worked in partnership with the five involved school divisions to gather input and the details needed to reach this decision. "Financial analysis, conducted by external experts, demonstrated that a P3 model will deliver the best value for Saskatchewan taxpayers," Minister responsible for SaskBuilds Gordon Wyant said. "Our industry consultations indicate...

Nominate An Outstanding Volunteer By October 18

Posted On July 30, 2014
Citizens have until October 18 to nominate outstanding individuals for the next round of Saskatchewan Volunteer Medals, which will be presented in 2015 when this provincial honour celebrates its 20th anniversary. "As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal, it is remarkable to look back at all who have received our highest volunteer honour and to consider their collective contributions to our province – it is nothing short of staggering," Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield said. "I encourage everyone to consider nominating a deserving...

Emergency Response & Recovery Update: July 30, 2014

Posted On July 30, 2014
The Ministry of Government Relations, in collaboration with various government ministries, agencies, Crown corporations and stakeholder groups, are providing updates on the key steps the province and its partners are taking in response to the record rainfall, flood and recovery operations occurring in eastern Saskatchewan. Ministry of Government Relations Emergency Services Officers remain in contact with the communities responding to requests for advice and providing information on referrals to the proper agency, Crown or Ministry for information...

Crop Report for the Period Of July 15 to 21, 2014

Posted On July 24, 2014
Haying continues in the province and livestock producers now have 42 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage, with an additional 49 per cent cut and ready for baling, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. Rain showers and high humidity have delayed haying and decreased hay quality in some areas. Thirteen per cent is rated as excellent in quality, 77 per cent good, eight per cent fair and two per cent poor. Hay yields are slightly below the five-year average (2009-2013). The estimated average hay yields on dry land are reported as 1.3 tons per...

Record Retail Sales In May

Posted On July 23, 2014
Retail trade for May 2014 hit record levels, according to a report released by Statistics Canada today. Retail sales hit $1.6 billion in May, the highest ever recorded for the month. "Saskatchewan's economy is advancing, creating jobs and opportunities, which in turn is attracting more people and investment to the province," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "The level of optimism and confidence has been steadily increasing and retailers have benefited from consumer demand for more goods." On a monthly basis, retail sales were up 1.0 per cent while on an annual basis,...

Municipal Revenue Sharing Increasing By $8.3 Million

Posted On July 23, 2014
Saskatchewan municipalities will be receiving $8.3 million more in revenue sharing next year, thanks to an increase in Provincial Sales Tax (PST) revenues in 2013-14. "Saskatchewan's economy continues to be strong, and that activity is translating into more revenue for municipalities," Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter said. "Municipalities are on the front lines of dealing with growth, and I am pleased that in next year's budget, they will be receiving a record high $265.3 million from the province in revenue sharing." The 2015-16 Municipal Revenue Sharing total...

Emergency Response & Recovery Update: July 23, 2014

Posted On July 23, 2014
The Ministry of Government Relations, in collaboration with various government ministries, agencies, Crown corporations and stakeholder groups, are providing updates on the key steps the province and its partners are taking in response to the record rainfall, flood and recovery operations occurring in eastern Saskatchewan. Ministry of Government Relations A total of 11 recovery centres were held to provide advice and assistance regarding flood recovery to affected communities. Approximately 1,750 attendees from 82 communities attended the...

Gov't Provides $1.9 Million in Charitable Gaming Grants

Posted On July 21, 2014
More than 700 groups and organizations in Saskatchewan are benefiting from approximately $1.9 million in charitable gaming grants being provided by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA). "These groups and organizations are made up of volunteers who give themselves to their communities in order to enhance the lives of others," Minister responsible for SLGA Don McMorris said. "Our government is pleased to provide additional financial support through the charitable gaming grant program that will further enhance those efforts." Among the grants provided by SLGA...

Hwy 16 Twinning Project To Benefit From Partnership

Posted On July 18, 2014
Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament for Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre, was joined by Nancy Heppner, Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, today to announce the first eligible project in Saskatchewan under the New Building Canada Fund. This project will include the construction of 19.5 km of new twinned highway; the construction of a bypass north of the Village of Clavet which includes approximately 7 km of new highway for both lanes, and the construction of a CN railway crossing. This project will improve safety and efficiency for travellers. It will also support the...

Crop Report for the Period Of July 8 to 14, 2014

Posted On July 17, 2014
Warm and relatively dry weather continues to help haying progress and crop development in many areas. Livestock producers now have 25 per cent of the 2014 hay crop cut and 15 per cent baled or put into silage, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. Seventeen per cent is rated as excellent in quality, 74 per cent good, eight per cent fair and one per cent poor. Recent warm weather has helped many crops recover from flooding stress, but some areas continue to deal with excess moisture. The majority of crops are in fair to excellent condition, but many are...

Highway 16 Reopened

Posted On July 17, 2014
Traffic is once again flowing on the Yellowhead Highway near Elfros after crews moved 400 truckloads of earth to repair the flood-damaged highway. The road was closed on June 30 after several days of heavy rain caused a culvert to wash out. "Engineers were onsite assessing the situation as soon as the road was closed, and the contractor crew put in long days to ensure this repair was done as quickly as possible," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. "The speed of the repairs is especially remarkable when you consider the embankment is 10 metres high...

Panel To Make MS Research Recommendations

Posted On July 16, 2014
The provincial government has named an advisory panel of medical experts, multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and family members and research and health provider groups to recommend options for advancing the science of MS for the benefit of patients. After reviewing MS-related research opportunities, the panel will submit recommendations to the Ministry of Health in early 2015. "This advisory panel is an excellent way to engage people with MS and their family members or caregivers in the process of recommending options for MS research and support for patients in Saskatchewan," Health...

Manufacturing Sales Break Records In May

Posted On July 16, 2014
Saskatchewan's manufacturers continue to impress in the global marketplace after another thriving month of sales according to reports issued by Statistics Canada. Shipments for May hit a record-breaking $1.5 billion (seasonally adjusted). This was a 2.4 per cent increase over April 2014 and the second highest growth rate among the provinces. "Communities across this great province are reaping the benefits of a growing manufacturing sector," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "Every time a manufacturer starts production and sees that product through the development process...

Emergency Response & Recovery Update: July 16, 2014

Posted On July 16, 2014
The Ministry of Government Relations, in collaboration with various government ministries, agencies, Crown corporations and stakeholder groups, are providing updates on the key steps the province and its partners are taking in response to the record rainfall, flood and recovery operations occurring in eastern Saskatchewan. Ministry of Government RelationsThe Ministry of Government Relations has established a number of regional flood recovery centres, providing area residents with valuable post-flood information and expertise in communities across Saskatchewan. Centres...

Provincial Parks To Celebrate Saskatchewan Parks Week

Posted On July 15, 2014
From hiking and fishing to campfire cookouts and relaxing, everyone's favourite week is underway. The Government of Saskatchewan has once again proclaimed July 13-19, 2014 as Saskatchewan Parks Week. "Our provincial parks capture the beauty and spirit o0f Saskatchewan, through the gorgeous scenery and exciting activities they have available," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty said. "Saskatchewan offers an exceptional quality of life, and our parks are an important part of that." Saskatchewan's 35 provincial parks will be celebrating Parks Week with a variety...

Saskatchewan Public Health Reminder Alert On Hepatitis A

Posted On July 15, 2014
Saskatchewan public health officials are issuing another call for people who may be at risk of Hepatitis A after a possible exposure in southwestern Saskatchewan. The Five Hills Health Region continues to follow up on a case of Hepatitis A in a person who was a food handler at the Mainstay Inn Motel and Restaurant near Riverhurst from June 1 to 22, 2014. Public health has been in touch with over 600 people who may have consumed food or beverages at that location and therefore potentially been exposed to Hepatitis A. However, they have not been able to reach some people...

Public Health Advisory At Flood-Affected Lakes Lifted

Posted On July 15, 2014
The province has lifted a public health advisory about high levels of bacteria in Last Mountain, Echo, Pasqua, Katepwa, Crooked and Round Lakes. Tests on water samples taken Monday have confirmed that levels of E.coli at all public beaches tested have dropped to a level considered safe for swimming and in-water recreational activities. The public is urged to continue using caution at flooded beaches as physical hazards might be present. Also, flooding has resulted in debris in many lakes and rivers. "Public health officials from the health regions took water samples...

Province Will Waive Penalties For Taxes Filers Hit By Flooding

Posted On July 14, 2014
Businesses directly impacted by recent flooding in Saskatchewan can apply for relief from penalty and interest charges for filing late tax returns. "As in the past, we want to be flexible in instances where tax returns are filed late because of flooding," Finance Minister Ken Krawetz said. "Businesspeople in the flood areas already have enough to deal with, which is why the Government of Saskatchewan will offer penalty and interest relief in these situations." Affected businesses must submit a written request for waiver of penalties and interest to the Finance Ministry....

PDAP Reminds Flood Affected Communities: Buyer Beware!

Posted On July 14, 2014
As the recovery and clean up continues in the aftermath of the flood, please be aware that the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP) may not cover air quality testing or any other environmental testing. Some agents or representatives of companies may approach you claiming their services are covered by PDAP. PDAP does not have a relationship with any contractors, environmental testing companies or any other private service companies of this type, nor can PDAP recommend particular companies. If you engage any services of this type, you will likely be out of...

Province Will Waive Penalties For Taxes Filers Hit By Flooding

Posted On July 14, 2014
Businesses directly impacted by recent flooding in Saskatchewan can apply for relief from penalty and interest charges for filing late tax returns. "As in the past, we want to be flexible in instances where tax returns are filed late because of flooding," Finance Minister Ken Krawetz said. "Businesspeople in the flood areas already have enough to deal with, which is why the Government of Saskatchewan will offer penalty and interest relief in these situations." Affected businesses must submit a written request for waiver of penalties and interest to the Finance Ministry....

All Time Record Employment

Posted On July 11, 2014
For the second consecutive month, job numbers in Saskatchewan hit an all-time high. In June of 2014, there were 576,900 people working in the province; the highest ever. There were 8,700 more people working in June 2014 when compared with last June, according to Statistics Canada. "The last two months of record job numbers are consistent with the high level of economic activity taking place in Saskatchewan," Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter said on behalf of Associate Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison. "We have one of the best economies in Canada, a competitive business...

Precautions Recommended During West Nile Virus Season

Posted On July 10, 2014
Health officials advise Saskatchewan residents to take precautions against mosquitoes, as the weather warms up and the risk of West Nile Virus increases. West Nile Virus (WNV) is present in Saskatchewan during summer, and the risk typically peaks between mid-July and September. The virus is transmitted through the bite of infected Culex tarsalis mosquitoes. Most people who become infected with WNV experience no immediate symptoms or have very mild illness (fever, headaches, body aches). A small number of people develop a more serious illness called West Nile Virus neuroinvasive...

Free Fishing Weekend

Posted On July 10, 2014
Saskatchewan's annual summertime Free Fishing Weekend could be picture perfect for some anglers this year. Not only is everyone – including visitors to the province – free to fish over the July 12-13 weekend without having to buy a licence, but anglers are also encouraged to submit photos of their trophy catches to Tourism Saskatchewan's ExploreSask Photo Contest. Details are available at www.TourismSaskatchewan.com/PhotoContest. "With nearly 100,000 lakes and...

Crop Report for the Period Of July 1 to 7, 2014

Posted On July 10, 2014
Warm weather in much of the province has helped with crop development and haying. Livestock producers now have six per cent of the hay crop cut and one per cent baled or put into silage, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. Many producers on the east side of the province continue to deal with localized flooding and saturated fields. Although weather conditions have improved, many crops in these regions have been significantly affected by the excess moisture. Early estimates suggest that between two million to three million acres have been flooded and are...

Highway Construction Continues Through Wet Weather

Posted On July 10, 2014
Even as the province responds to the flooding situation, highway construction continues and new work zones are popping up. "Crews are working tirelessly to restore access to flood-isolated communities and ensure our roadways are passable," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. "The regular work of maintaining and rehabilitating our transportation system remains underway as well. Whether it's a flood-related repair or planned construction work, remember to always slow to 60 km/hr when passing through a work zone."New or resuming projects underway...

SK Joins Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System

Posted On July 9, 2014
Today, Saskatchewan's Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Gordon Wyant, signed the agreement to join the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System (CMR), bringing Canada a step closer to a national regulator. The CMR system establishes a common regulator for participating jurisdictions that will create important national reforms while still allowing provinces to promote local needs. The CMR is expected to ensure a seamless set of rules, better coordinate enforcement action to protect investors, and reduce red tape for businesses across participating jurisdictions. "We...

Saskatchewan Heroes Commemorated For Dedication

Posted On July 9, 2014
To honour the lives of these Saskatchewan heroes, the Government of Saskatchewan has approved the nominations for six new geographic place names under the GeoMemorial Commemorative Naming Program. Established in 1947, the GeoMemorial Naming Program designates geographic features in memory of individuals born or raised in Saskatchewan who have lost their lives in the line of duty or held prominent influence in the province's history. Administered by the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport's Heritage Conservation Branch, the program has named approximately 4,000 geographic features...

New West Partnership Calls For Canada Free Trade Zone

Posted On July 9, 2014
Today, the three premiers of the New West Partnership (Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia) sent a joint letter to all premiers in Canada urging them to support an ambitious Canada Free Trade zone for Canada's internal economy. New West Partnership premiers are calling on their colleagues across Canada to work together to overhaul and modernize the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). They want to create an AIT that eliminates as many barriers as possible and provides opportunities for businesses to grow and economies to diversify. The new Canada Free Trade Zone would...

New Program To Benefit SK's Historic Downtowns

Posted On July 8, 2014
The Government of Saskatchewan has announced that it has established Main Street Saskatchewan as an on-going program. "Our historic downtowns and commercial districts are centres of pride in our province," Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport Mark Docherty said. "Through its new, on-going program, Main Street Saskatchewan will work with communities to promote, conserve and capitalize on the things that make these areas unique. By helping create jobs, businesses, and areas for cultural experience, this new program will improve our quality of life and contribute to the remarkable...

Caution Advised Around Flood-Affected Lakes

Posted On July 8, 2014
Saskatchewan's Ministry of Health advises the public to avoid swimming and other in-water recreational activities in lakes and rivers that have been significantly impacted by flooding. "Testing was initiated to see whether water quality has been affected by the flooding that has occurred," Director of Environmental Health for the Ministry of Health Tim Macaulay said. "Water samples taken in various locations have shown that high levels of harmful bacteria (E.coli) have entered into water bodies. It is recommended that residents avoid flood waters at this time, including refraining...

Six Additional Regional Flood Recovery Centres Announced

Posted On July 7, 2014
Today Premier Brad Wall announced that six regional flood recovery centres would open in flood affected areas of the province. "The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to providing the necessary resources to assist the people of this province as we deal with unprecedented flooding," Wall said. "These regional flood recovery centres are a one-stop point of access for those needing assistance." The Premier made the announcement during his second tour of flood-impacted communities. Centres will open in Carnduff, Moosomin, Grenfell, Esterhazy, Balcarres, and Yorkton. Each...

Residents Dealing With Flooding Can Call Stress Line For Help

Posted On July 4, 2014
Farmers, ranchers, or anyone dealing with the aftermath of flooding can use the government's Farm Stress Line, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Confidential telephone counselling, support and referral services are available at 1-800-667-4442. "Given the serious flooding situation in many areas of the province, we want to remind producers or anyone in Saskatchewan affected by flooding of this important service," Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter said. "We know that communities in the affected areas have a lot of work ahead of them as they assess the damage...

Crop Report for the Period June 24 to 30, 2014

Posted On July 3, 2014
According to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report, crop development continues to be delayed due to cool and wet weather conditions. Forty-nine per cent of the fall cereals, 61 per cent of the spring cereals, 66 per cent of the oilseeds and 55 per cent of the pulse crops are behind their normal developmental stages. Significant amounts of rain fell over much of the province this weekend with some southeastern and east-central areas receiving well over six inches of rain in a few days. Crops in the hardest hit areas have been significantly impacted by localized flooding...

Record Month For Exports

Posted On July 3, 2014
Exports in the province totalled $3.4 billion in May 2014, the highest ever for the month of May according to a report released by Statistics Canada today. That was 17.9 per cent increase over last year, the third highest percentage rise among the provinces and well ahead of the 10.5 per cent posted nationally. "Record export numbers are exceptionally good news for businesses and for our economy," Trade Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "Our growth rate remains near the top in the country, and shows Saskatchewan's economy continues to be a top performer." Farm, fishing and...

Province Provides Free Testing For Private Water Supplies

Posted On July 3, 2014
The province is offering free water testing to Saskatchewan residents with private drinking water sources that may be affected by flooding. The Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory will provide free bacteriological testing for residents who are concerned about whether well or cistern water affected by flooding is safe to drink. "This free testing can help residents affected by flooding make sure their drinking water is safe and free of waterborne disease," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. The free water testing is available until this flood event has ended....

Province Works To Address Flood-Damaged Highways

Posted On July 3, 2014
As floodwaters in some parts of eastern Saskatchewan begin to recede, engineers and contractors are being deployed to assess damages and create plans to carry out repairs. "Several highways remain closed and many others are still affected by water, but we're working to ensure damaged infrastructure is repaired as soon as possible," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. "Priority will be given to roads with high traffic volumes, roads that provide access to vital facilities such as hospitals, and restoring access to communities that have been isolated by flooding." The...

August

Government Supports Back to School Campaign

Posted On August 21, 2014
Education Minister Don Morgan joined Salvation Army volunteers and several Regina area MLAs at The Salvation Army Haven of Hope Ministries today to help fill backpacks with donated school supplies in support of The Salvation Army's annual Back to School Campaign. "Back to school is an exciting time for Saskatchewan students, unfortunately not all families can afford to buy the required school supplies for their children," Morgan said. "Thanks to efforts of the Salvation Army's Back to School Campaign, more students will come to class ready to learn on their first day of school." The...

Crop Report for the Period August 12 to 18, 2014

Posted On August 21, 2014
Just over one per cent of the 2014 provincial crop has been combined, while four per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. The five-year average (2009-2013) for this time of year is two per cent combined and five per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest operations are the furthest ahead in the southwestern region where four per cent of the crop has been combined. At this time, average crop yields are being reported in most areas. Provincially, 19 per cent of fall rye, nine per cent of field peas,...

SRC Announces Economic Impact Results for 2013-14

Posted On August 20, 2014
Today, the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) released its economic impact results for the 2013-14 fiscal year. For every dollar the province invested in SRC over the past year, the council provided a more than 21-times return to the growth of the Saskatchewan economy. That translated into more than $413 million in direct economic benefits to the province. SRC's work also contributed to the creation or maintenance of more than 1,900 jobs in Saskatchewan, valued at more than $126 million. "As a Crown Corporation providing applied research, development, demonstration and...

Sask Employment Growth Stronger Than First Thought

Posted On August 15, 2014
Revised labour force numbers released today by Statistics Canada show employment growth in Saskatchewan is even stronger than first reported last week. There are 8,700 more people working in Saskatchewan than a year ago. Saskatchewan's employment growth rate of 1.5 per cent is second-highest in Canada and above the national growth rate of 0.9 per cent. Saskatchewan's unemployment rate is just 3.2 per cent (seasonally adjusted) – the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded since Statistics Canada began keeping this statistic in 1976. Saskatchewan's unemployment rate...

Crop Report for the Period August 5 to 11, 2014

Posted On August 14, 2014
Harvest operations are just beginning in some areas of the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. Pulses are being desiccated and canola swathed. There has also been some combining of pulses and winter cereals in southern regions. Many crops are starting to turn and general harvest will begin in the coming weeks. Warm weather this past week has helped crop development; however, additional warm weather will be needed going into harvest as crops are 10 days to two weeks behind normal in many areas. In some areas, swathed hay is drying too...

Province's Finances Remain On Track Despite Flooding Costs

Posted On August 14, 2014
Finance Minister Ken Krawetz today said the provincial budget surplus remains intact, even with a $150 million allowance for flood related costs. Krawetz released the First Quarter Financial Report today. The projected surplus is $75 million, up $3.5 million from budget, despite the flood allowance, largely due to a projected increase in total revenue of $169 million. "The final cost of the flooding which devastated many Saskatchewan communities earlier this summer is still being determined," Krawetz said. "However, we are setting aside $150 million for flood-related...

SK Offers Second Free Fishing Weekend August 23, 24

Posted On August 13, 2014
The weekend of August 23 and 24 marks the province's second free fishing weekend of the summer. Everyone – including visitors to the province – will be free to fish on those days without having to buy a licence. Due to extreme rainfall and flooding in some areas of the province last month, boaters were advised to stay off some lakes for their own safety and to prevent disruption of flood mitigation efforts. As a result, people may not have had the opportunity to take advantage of the Free Fishing Weekend in July. However, everyone will have the chance to enjoy another...

Lowest Unemployment Ever Recorded in Saskatchewan

Posted On August 8, 2014
Unemployment in Saskatchewan hit a historic low in July, clocking-in at 3.3 per cent (seasonally adjusted). This is the lowest unemployment rate on record for the province since Statistics Canada started recording employment data in 1976. The last time Saskatchewan's unemployment rate dipped to an all-time low was in April 2014, at 3.4 per cent. "Our impressively low unemployment rate is the highlight of today's report," Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said on behalf of Associate Minister of the Economy Jeremy Harrison. "Saskatchewan's rate of unemployment is now lower than...

Gov't Support for Access to Online Learning Resources

Posted On August 8, 2014
The Ministry of Education is providing support on behalf of PreK-12 schools for the Multitype Database Licensing Program (MDLP). This program helps libraries across the province to pool funds to jointly purchase licenses to electronic information resources, giving students, teachers and library patrons access to more than 18,000 online journals, newspapers, reference books and more. "Quality online resources are key to a successful learning experience for students," Education Minister Don Morgan said. "Through this program, we are ensuring Saskatchewan students, regardless of...

Crop Report for the Period Of July 29 to August 4, 2014

Posted On August 7, 2014
Saskatchewan's livestock producers now have 72 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage, with an additional 13 per cent ready for baling, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. Rain showers and high humidity are keeping swathes from drying properly and have decreased hay quality in some areas. At this time, eight per cent of the hay crop is rated as excellent in quality, 77 per cent good, 14 per cent fair and one per cent poor. Rainfall in the province ranged from nil to several inches. While rain was welcomed by many producers to help alleviate...

Repaving Underway On Busy Stretch Of Highway 11

Posted On August 7, 2014
Crews are hard at work on a $5.5 million repaving project on Highway 11 north of Saskatoon near Hague. "Highway 11 serves a growing number of shippers, tourists and other motorists" Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. "That's why we're continuing to invest in this crucial gateway to northern Saskatchewan. Remember to always slow to 60 km/hr when passing through the work zone so this important work can be carried out as safely as possible." Southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane during construction and drivers should watch for equipment and...

Record Export Numbers In June

Posted On August 6, 2014
Saskatchewan goods were in demand and on the move in June, with the province recording more than $3.0 billion in export sales for the month – an increase of nearly 34 per cent over June 2013. According to a Statistics Canada report released today, this is the highest recorded export sales for the month of June. "These statistics are a reflection of the strength of our economy," Trade Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "With Saskatchewan exports once again outperforming the majority of provinces, this is a sign that our economy continues to be on the right track." Commodities...

Harrison Welcomes Conclusion of CETA Negotiations

Posted On August 6, 2014
The Saskatchewan government welcomes the latest milestone reached by the federal government on the path to a free trade deal between Canada and the European Union (EU). The federal government announced yesterday that negotiations had concluded with the EU and that the complete text had been finalized of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Agreement in principle on CETA was announced in October of last year. "This is an important step forward in opening up new markets in Europe for our province's businesses and exporters," Minister responsible for Trade...

New Nomination Deadline for SK's Highest Honour

Posted On August 1, 2014
Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield reminds citizens that November 1 is the new nomination deadline for the province's highest honour, as the Saskatchewan Order of Merit prepares for its 30th anniversary next year. "Awards programs rely on thoughtful nominations," Solomon Schofield said. "It takes time and energy to prepare a comprehensive submission, but it is well worth the effort. We have many accomplished and generous citizens, who merit recognition for their remarkable contributions to our province. I encourage everyone to consider nominating a deserving individual...

Reminder To Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus

Posted On August 1, 2014
Health officials are reminding Saskatchewan residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites as the risk for West Nile virus (WNV) continues to increase. The risk of contracting WNV infection usually peaks late July and in August when the mosquitoes that carry the virus, Culex tarsalis, are most active and present in higher numbers. People are advised to take precautions when outside in areas with mosquitoes. "Protect yourself from mosquito bites by covering up and wearing repellents or reducing the amount of time spent outdoors," Provincial West Nile Virus...

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    January

    Record Oil Production in 2012

    Posted On January 31, 2013
    Oil production in Saskatchewan hit a new record in 2012 according to statistics released by the Ministry of the Economy today. Crude oil production in the province reached 172.9 million barrels in 2012, up more than 7.0 per cent from the previous record of 161.0 million barrels set in 2008. "In 2012, Saskatchewan's oil industry had an exceptional year," Minister responsible for Energy and Resources Tim McMillan said. "Our economy continues to be one of the strongest in the country, and this record year in oil production proves that we have the resources and business climate the...

    November Wages Rise for Sask Workers

    Posted On January 30, 2013
    Saskatchewan workers had more money in their pockets during the month of November, according to the latest numbers released today by Statistics Canada. The report indicates Saskatchewan workers had a 3.7 per cent increase in wages in November of 2012 when compared with November 2011, the third highest percentage increase among the provinces. "The Saskatchewan economy continues to make strides, and more importantly, Saskatchewan people are seeing the real benefits of positive economic growth," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "The rise in weekly earnings is significant as it helps to...

    Grand Opening of Regina's Arcola Community School

    Posted On January 29, 2013
    Today Education Minister Russ Marchuk joined students, teachers, members of the community and representatives from the Regina Public School Division to officially commemorate the opening of the new $19.2 million Arcola Community School. "Investing in education is key to the success of our students, and to the growth and prosperity of Saskatchewan," Marchuk said. "This school is a great example of 21st century learning. The design brings an environmentally sustainable approach together with providing learning opportunities, resulting in an environment where students are encouraged to...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On January 24, 2013
    Access to affordable, quality health care is one of the most important services a government provides for its citizens. That is why our government has been working in conjunction with other provinces and territories to provide lower cost generic drugs. This plan will see a great reduction in cost on six of the most commonly used drugs. The new prices will come into effect April 1, 2013 on: Atorvastatin - used to treat high cholesterol; Ramipril - used to treat blood pressure and other cardiovascular conditions; Venlafaxine - used to treat depression and...

    Livestock Research Receives $3.4 Million Investment

    Posted On January 23, 2013
    Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced $3.4 million in funding for 23 livestock and forage research projects. Funding for these projects is provided through the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF). "Saskatchewan is a world leader in agricultural research," said Ritz. "The Agriculture Development Fund and work done in the province's research institutions help producers innovate to strengthen our economy here in Saskatchewan and across Canada." "Research is vital to the future of our industry and ranchers...

    School Year Becomes Uniform Across Sask

    Posted On January 23, 2013
    All Saskatchewan students will receive more consistent face-to-face, instructional time in schools starting this fall. Legislative and regulatory amendments that set instructional hours in a school year at 950 were proclaimed on January 1, 2013. The changes will apply to the 2013-14 school year. "We have been working with our stakeholders for the past year on these changes," Education Minister Russ Marchuk said. "These changes will help to ensure all Saskatchewan students benefit from more consistent instructional hours and will bring us in line with our western Canadian counterparts." Following...

    Sask Manufacturing Shipments Rank Second Highest

    Posted On January 18, 2013
    The province's manufacturing shipments are maintaining a leading position in Canada for 2012 and continuing to set monthly records. Manufacturing shipments were up 4.7 per cent in November 2012 over November 2011, according to Statistics Canada. Nationally, Saskatchewan had the second highest increase among provinces in terms of percentage change, and set a record once again for the month of November. "Saskatchewan's manufacturing sector continues to have a solid performance for 2012," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "Not only are we second among all provinces, but results for...

    Surgery Wait Times Stats Show Gradual Gains

    Posted On January 17, 2013
    After an earlier stall in progress, November showed the second consecutive month of modest gains toward the goal of providing all surgeries within six months by April 2013. Statistics for November 30, 2012 show that there were 299 fewer people waiting more than six months for surgery than the month before. In November 2007, there were 10,635 people waiting more than six months for surgery. Efforts across the province have reduced that number by 60 per cent to 4,271 people. "Surgical teams in Saskatchewan are working together to achieve more timely surgeries for patients while...

    Sask Exports Continue to Set Record

    Posted On January 11, 2013
    Numbers released by Statistics Canada today show the province's merchandise exports were up 7.7 per cent for the first eleven months of 2012, compared to the same period in 2011. This landed Saskatchewan in second place among the provinces and sets a new year-to-date record. "Strong export numbers are an indicator of our province's economic strength," Minister responsible for Trade Tim McMillan said. "November's statistics are encouraging and show that our province is on track to have a record year in terms of export gains." Commodities that saw the most significant increases...

    February

    Highest Weekly Earnings Increase In Canada

    Posted On February 26, 2013
    Saskatchewan workers had a 5.0 per cent increase ($44.96) in seasonally-adjusted average weekly earnings in 2012, the highest percentage increase in Canada. Saskatchewan's average weekly earnings were $936.00, above the national average of $908.35. “Higher wages for Saskatchewan working people is a true measure of our economic progress,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “With increased salaries in a wide range of jobs, our province is in a great position to be a destination of choice for job seekers in Canada and across the globe.” According to...

    Sask Forests are Healthy

    Posted On February 20, 2013
    Saskatchewan’s forests are healthy according to the Ministry of Environment’s 2012 Report on Saskatchewan Forests, now available on the ministry’s website. “I am pleased to say that this report finds that our forests are being maintained in a healthy state,” Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said. “Forests provide many benefits – economic, environmental and social – that enhance our quality of life. Our government is committed to protecting this significant part of Saskatchewan’s natural heritage and to reporting regularly on...

    Sask Agri-food exports tops in Canada

    Posted On February 14, 2013
    Canada’s top agri-food exporting province for the second year in a row For the first time ever, Saskatchewan exported more than $11 billion in agri-food products in 2012, and remains the nation’s top agri-food exporter. In total, Saskatchewan accounted for 23 per cent of Canada’s agri-food exports in 2012. "Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers continue to provide safe, reliable and high quality agri-food products here at home and around the world,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. "Our government continues to invest...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On February 13, 2013
      In the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth, our government committed to doubling agri-exports by 2020. To achieve this goal we need to give our agricultural producers the tools they need to succeed, which is why we were proud to announce record coverage and additional enhancements to the 2013 Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Program. The 2013 crop insurance budget is a record $198 million. Coverage levels are also increasing – from $174 per acre last year to a record $194 per acre this year. That’s more than double the coverage offered when we first took office in 2007. ...

    Strong Housing Starts

    Posted On February 12, 2013
    Saskatchewan's construction sector was busy in 2012, recording the highest number of housing starts since the 1970s. According to the latest Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) report, urban and rural housing starts in the province totaled 9,968 units. The report also indicated that urban housing starts in Saskatchewan increased in 2012, up 39.9 per cent compared to 2011, putting Saskatchewan in first place among the provinces in terms of percentage change. "With the strength of our economy and a surge in our population, 2012 is going down as one of our strongest...

    SaskAdvantage Scholarship

    Posted On February 11, 2013
    Thousands of Saskatchewan students are benefiting from the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship. “To date we have helped 4,475 students with their post-secondary education by providing over $2.2 million in scholarships,” Advanced Education Minister Don Morgan said. “By the end of this fiscal year, we are expecting that more than 8,000 students will receive the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship at a value of over $4 million.” The Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship was launched in spring 2012 and provides new Saskatchewan Grade 12 graduates who enroll...

    Record crop insurance funding and coverage

    Posted On February 11, 2013
      Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced details of the 2013 Crop Insurance Program, which includes record funding and record coverage levels. "Agriculture plays an important role in Saskatchewan and across Canada in creating jobs and economic growth," Ritz said. "Insurance-based programs such as these ensure that Saskatchewan farmers have the tools they need to maintain their success today and well into the future." "We are committed to the growth of the agriculture industry by working...

    First Land Sale of 2013 Yields $11.9 Million

    Posted On February 7, 2013
    The first sale of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights for 2013 generated $11.9 million in revenue for the province, bringing final land sale revenues for the 2012-13 fiscal year to $88.9 million. February's sale included 104 lease parcels that brought in $11.8 million in bonus bids and two petroleum and natural gas exploration licences that sold for $125,000. While investment in the Bakken remains strong, industry continues to identify opportunities province-wide. The Lloydminster area received the most bids with sales of $5.9 million. The Weyburn-Estevan area was next at...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On February 6, 2013
    Saskatchewan's economy remains one of the strongest in the country, if not the world. Major economic forecasters are predicting we will be number two in Canada in terms of economic growth this year. Oil production in Saskatchewan hit a new record high in 2012. At 1,086,054, we are well on our way to achieving one of the key goals of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: a population of 1.2 million by 2020. A strong economy has allowed our government to invest in programs and services that are improving the quality of life for all Saskatchewan people. With our next budget just around the...

    March

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On March 27, 2013
    Everyone has a role to play when it comes to potential flooding this spring, and that includes our government. To that end, Premier Brad Wall has appointed a special cabinet committee to oversee the province's preparations and response to potential spring flooding. In addition, we have designated $182 million in the Growth and Financial Security Fund to cover potential costs. Several ministries have already committed resources to flood preparation. For example, Ministry of Government Relations and the Water Security Agency have been holding meetings in at-risk regions. At those meetings,...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On March 21, 2013
    The theme of the 2013-2014 provincial budget is "Balanced Growth." This year's budget is balanced, controls spending and continues to make investments to ensure a better quality life for all Saskatchewan people. It also delivers on commitments we made in the Plan for Growth. Saskatchewan remains the only province with a balanced budget. This is key to achieving our Growth Plan goal of 1.2 million people by 2020. Through prudent management of the province's finances, including debt reduction saving hundreds of millions of dollars in interest payments, we lay a solid foundation for...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On March 14, 2013
    Our government is committed to ensuring Saskatchewan remains the best place in Canada to live, work and raise a family. To that end, we have announced that education property tax rates will be reduced in next week's budget. The overall value of property in Saskatchewan has increased by 67 per cent over the last five years, which could have meant significant property tax increases. Reducing education property tax rates will help mitigate those increases. While some property owners may still see their taxes go up, others will go down and the overall impact in terms of re-assessment will...

    New Incentive Program to Attract Rural Doctors

    Posted On March 13, 2013
    Another Step Forward on Physician Recruitment and Retention Premier Brad Wall announced new funding today to attract more recently-graduated physicians to rural Saskatchewan communities and improve patients’ access to physician services. The new Rural Physician Incentive Program will provide $120,000 in funding over five years to recent medical graduates who establish practice in rural communities of 10,000 or less. “Recruiting doctors to rural areas and keeping them once they’re here is a huge priority for our government,” Wall said. “We’ve...

    Government Holds the Line on Education Property Tax

    Posted On March 13, 2013
    Premier Brad Wall today announced that the government will hold the line on education property tax in 2013. The overall value of property in Saskatchewan has increased 67 per cent over the past four years, from $58 billion in 2009 to $97 billion in 2013, thanks to Saskatchewan’s strong and growing economy. Wall said while that’s good news for property owners, it could have meant significant property tax increases if the government had left the education property tax rates unchanged. “A few weeks ago, Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter said that...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On March 6, 2013
    Our government is committed to taking action that reflects the values important to Saskatchewan people. After extensive consideration and consultation, we have decided the drinking age in Saskatchewan will not be lowered from 19 to 18. The idea to look at possibly changing the drinking age was the result of a resolution from the Saskatchewan Party's youth wing. So we said as a government, we would look at it and accept comments and feedback from some of the major stakeholders, as well as the public on this matter. We received feedback from groups such as the province's police chiefs, Mothers...

    Healthline Number Changing to 811

    Posted On March 5, 2013
    The Government of Saskatchewan is making access to 24/7 health advice easier by changing the province’s HealthLine number to 811. “People can now access HealthLine for professional health advice any time, by simply dialing 811 from anywhere in the province,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “HealthLine is a key part of our primary health care strategy to improve access to health services and I encourage Saskatchewan residents to take advantage of this valuable resource.” Saskatchewan joins several other jurisdictions across the country in using...

    Government Maintains Current Legal Drinking Age

    Posted On March 4, 2013
    The legal drinking age in Saskatchewan will remain at 19 years. “We have heard from stakeholder groups and from people across the province that government should not change the drinking age in Saskatchewan,” Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Donna Harpauer said. “While there were also some people that supported reducing the age to 18 years, it became clear that the majority urged government to maintain the status quo.” The legal drinking age in Saskatchewan is consistent with the majority of other provinces. Only Manitoba,...

    April

    2013 Provincial Flood Response Update

    Posted On April 24, 2013
    The Ministry of Government Relations, in collaboration with various government ministries, agencies, Crown corporations and stakeholder groups are providing updates on the key steps the province and its partners are taking to mitigate and alleviate potential flooding across the province. Water Security Agency Water Security Agency (WSA) now has 207 applicants in the Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program. Staff and consultants have been dispatched to assist these clients. They include: 62 communities, nine First Nations, 10 general, 17 RMs, and 109 individuals. Runoff...

    Record Retail Sales

    Posted On April 23, 2013
    Saskatchewan’s retail sales rose in February 2013, hitting another record for the month according to a report released by Statistics Canada today. In February 2013, retail sales were $1.5 billion, 5.0 per cent higher than a year ago (seasonally adjusted), and the second highest percentage increase in Canada. “Record retail numbers are a major contributor to GDP growth,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “A strong economy bolsters higher consumer confidence, which in turn boosts retail sales, leads to job creation and provides attractive business opportunities.” On...

    SAID Program Turns 10,000

    Posted On April 23, 2013
    More than 10,000 Saskatchewan people with long-term and enduring disabilities now have a better quality of life thanks to enrollment in the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability program (SAID). "I am so pleased that we are helping improve the quality of life of these 10,000 Saskatchewan citizens," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "The SAID program supports our government's goal to make Saskatchewan the best place in Canada to live for people with disabilities, and we are deeply committed to supporting this important program for many years to come." "I want...

    Gov't Fulfilled Commitment to Address Waitlist

    Posted On April 22, 2013
    The Government of Saskatchewan has fulfilled its multi-year commitment to address the waitlist of 440 people with intellectual disabilities that required specialized, residential, and/or day programs to meet their needs. In addition to serving all 440 people on the list, another 215 Community Living clients beyond the original waitlist have been served. The initiative, launched in 2008, represents the largest investment in Saskatchewan history in support of people with intellectual disabilities, at a total of $62.5 million. “This is a milestone day for every one of the 440 people...

    Record Breaking Month for Wholesale Trade

    Posted On April 19, 2013
    Saskatchewan products were on the move in February, recording an all-time high for wholesale trade for the month. According to new numbers released by Statistics Canada today, the province saw a 6.4 per cent jump in wholesale trade compared to the same time last year. This ranked Saskatchewan third in percentage growth among the provinces. “Increases in economic markers such as wholesale trade are indicative of the confidence that currently exists in our province’s economy,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “Saskatchewan goods are moving throughout this nation...

    Sask EI Claims Continue to Drop

    Posted On April 18, 2013
    The number of people collecting employment insurance benefits in Saskatchewan continued to drop in February according to figures released by Statistics Canada today. Initial and renewal claims dropped by 8.0 per cent between February 2012 and February 2013, the second highest percentage drop among the provinces. “Saskatchewan’s economy continues to expand at a level that is one of the best in Canada,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “It’s that additional economic activity that creates jobs and keeps unemployment low.” The number of regular...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On April 18, 2013
    Our government continues to take action to support our Growth Plan goals pertaining to agriculture. Under Growing Forward 2, the provincial and federal governments are partnering to provide $388 million in funding over the next five years for programming for farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and exporters. This programming was created in consultation with agricultural producers, and includes: $170 million in agriculture innovation, research and technology transfer; $65 million in rural water infrastructure; $60 million in environment, food safety, plant...

    Increased Funding will Improve Access to Cancer Care

    Posted On April 17, 2013
    Patients will have better access to cancer care thanks to a $12 million provincial funding increase that brings the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency’s overall budget to $150.7 million. “This investment in safe, quality cancer care, research, prevention, and early detection programs moves us closer to our goal of a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan people,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “Our government and our health partners are working to provide the very best cancer care possible, meeting the needs of patients and their families throughout this growing...

    Saskatchewan Exports Hit Record Levels

    Posted On April 17, 2013
    Thanks to strong demand for quality Saskatchewan-made products, the province’s export sales have hit record levels. Recently revised data from Statistics Canada indicate that provincial exporters sold more than $32.6 billion worth of products in 2012, a 10.3 per cent increase from the year before. This moves Saskatchewan past British Columbia into fourth place among the provinces when it comes to exports. Saskatchewan exports have more than tripled in the last decade. The province is Canada’s largest exporter on a per capita basis. “This is remarkable,” Premier...

    2013 Provinical Flood Response Update

    Posted On April 17, 2013
    The Ministry of Government Relations, in collaboration with various government ministries, agencies, Crown corporations and stakeholder groups, are providing updates on the key steps the province and its partners are taking to mitigate and alleviate potential flooding across the province. Water Security Agency (WSA) An open house will be held in Lumsden on Friday, April 19, at the Dew Drop Inn, 275 James Street North, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The WSA and the Ministry of Government Relations has now held open houses in Regina, Moose Jaw, Estevan, Fort Qu’Appelle,...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On April 11, 2013
    The potential for significant flooding remains a top priority for our government as spring slowly arrives in Saskatchewan. The Water Security Agency’s April forecast indicates that in March there were greater than normal amounts of precipitation in certain parts of Saskatchewan. Because of that, an above normal spring runoff is still expected for most of the province. There are also some areas that have the potential for very high runoff and flooding, including Moose Jaw to Indian Head then south to Weyburn and from Saskatoon to North Battleford extending north to Waskisieu Lake....

    Growing Forward 2 Agricultural Programming Launched

    Posted On April 11, 2013
    New Programs Designed to Make Saskatchewan Producers More Innovative, Productive and Competitive on a World Scale Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the launch of the Growing Forward 2 agricultural policy framework in Saskatchewan. “Our government remains focused on creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Saskatchewan’s agricultural industry,” said Ritz. “Growing Forward 2 provides flexible, innovative programming for Saskatchewan’s hard-working farmers to ensure...

    Saskjobs.ca Strong

    Posted On April 9, 2013
    Employment opportunities in Saskatchewan continue to be abundant as evidenced by the number of job seekers from Saskatchewan and around the world who continue to access saskjobs.ca for employment opportunities in the province. In March 2013, there were 1,113,954 visits to the website, up by 11.8 per cent from last March. "Saskjobs.ca continues to be the job website Saskatchewan employers turn to when they need to fill much-needed positions,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “In March we saw postings from 353 communities across the province in virtually every employment...

    New Student Loan Forgiveness Program

    Posted On April 9, 2013
    During congratulatory remarks to the Nursing Education Program of Saskatchewan (NEPS) Regina graduates, Rural and Remote Health Minister Randy Weekes announced, on behalf of Advanced Education Minister Don Morgan, a new program that will encourage nurses and nurse practitioners to work in rural and remote areas of the province. Funding from the 2013-14 Budget will launch a program to forgive up to $4,000 per year in Saskatchewan Student Loans to a maximum of $20,000 over five years for nurses and nurse practitioners who work in under-served rural and remote communities with a population...

    Water Security Agency April Forecast

    Posted On April 8, 2013
    Today, Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Water Security Agency (WSA) Ken Cheveldayoff released the April forecast and update on the spring runoff. The month of March saw greater than normal amounts of precipitation in certain areas. As a result, an above normal runoff is expected for majority of the province, while the areas that have the potential for very high runoff and flooding have increased. These areas include Moose Jaw to Indian Head then south to Weyburn, and from Saskatoon to North Battleford extending north to Waskesiu Lake. “With the additional snowfall...

    Flood Preparedness Program to Assist Communities

    Posted On April 2, 2013
    Today, Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency (WSA) Ken Cheveldayoff confirmed the government of Saskatchewan will continue to assist residents faced with threats of flooding with the 2013 Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program (EFDRP). The program provides engineering and technical assistance to municipalities while sharing the cost of permanent and temporary flood prevention works. “As Saskatchewan readies for a significant spring run-off, our government is committed to supporting its citizens and communities faced with potential flooding,”...

    Follow the Signs in Highway Work Zones

    Posted On April 1, 2013
    Driving down the highway you see the familiar orange sign with a worker on it. Do you slow down immediately? Maintain your speed until you see workers? How fast should you be going and when can you speed back up again? When construction season begins this spring, Saskatchewan motorists will see improved signage in highway work zones, ensuring that the speed limits are "black and white". “We're making it ‘black-and-white’ for drivers,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “With the introduction of the new signage, all drivers need...

    May

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On May 30, 2013
    As your representatives in Government Caucus, we believe strongly in the responsibility those in public life have to be accountable for their actions. We work for you and have an obligation to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of your trust. It is with that in mind that we express concern about recent events regarding the Canadian Senate. For many years, politicians in Western Canada, including those in Saskatchewan, have been strong advocates for Senate reform. Proposed reforms included elected Senators and greater accountability. Some provinces, but not all, have even...

    Wages in Saskatchewan Continue to Increase

    Posted On May 29, 2013
    Saskatchewan led the country in wage increases in March, with average weekly earnings rising 5.5 per cent compared to the previous year, according to Statistics Canada. Saskatchewan’s increase was the highest among the provinces and well above the 3.1 per cent national average. Non-farm payroll jobs increased 2.7 per cent in the province, the second highest increase among provinces, and above the national average of 1.2 per cent. “This is a major contributor to the economic momentum we’ve had in Saskatchewan,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “It’s...

    Benefits for SAID Program Increase

    Posted On May 29, 2013
    The Government of Saskatchewan is following through on a commitment to enhance the quality of life for people with significant and long-term disabilities. More than 10,000 people will receive increased monthly benefits through the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program, effective June 1, 2013. “The SAID program is a true made-in-Saskatchewan success story,” Social Services Minister June Draude said. “Not only is the program assisting more than 10,000 people in our province to enjoy a better quality of life with greater dignity and respect, but it...

    Improving Safety and Traffic Flow on Highway 10

    Posted On May 27, 2013
    Work is underway on a major project that will improve safety and traffic flow on Highway 10. The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is investing $16.9 million in a pilot project to build passing lanes between Balgonie and Fort Qu’Appelle this summer. “Passing lanes can provide a significant improvement to traffic safety at a fraction of the cost of full twinning,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “In time, and given the results of the pilot project, we'll assess the possibility of using passing lanes in other high-traffic areas.” The...

    Spring Session Wraps

    Posted On May 16, 2013
    Premier Brad Wall said a balanced budget, continued economic strength and a new Saskatchewan Employment Act that modernizes the province's labour legislation were the highlights of the 2012-13 legislative session which wraps up today. "Sound financial management is the foundation of our government's Growth Plan," Wall said. "We are one of only a few provinces in Canada with a balanced budget – a budget that controls spending while making important investments in health, education, infrastructure and people with disabilities." Wall said Saskatchewan continues to...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On May 16, 2013
    Our government has a strong record of keeping promises – doing the things we said we would. We did it consistently during our first term, and continue to do so. I am happy to report that during the just-completed spring session of the Legislature, we honoured several commitments we made in our Growth Plan. We announced our sixth consecutive balanced budget – a budget that controlled spending while making important investments in health, education, infrastructure and support for people with disabilities.   We remain committed to making Saskatchewan the best place...

    New Affordable Housing to Assist Youth in Regina

    Posted On May 13, 2013
    CMHC, and the Province of Saskatchewan, through Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, are contributing a combined total of $768,000. The City of Regina is contributing $80,000 through a municipal grant, with Ranch Ehrlo Society providing the funding balance of approximately $85,000 through cash and land equity. The project will be called CHAZ Court in honour of Dale Chastkiewicz, former chair of Ehrlo Community Services who dedicated seven years in support of Ranch Ehrlo and continues to help the community. “CHAZ Court is designed to assist young singles transition from care,...

    New Labour Legislation for Saskatchewan

    Posted On May 13, 2013
    The Saskatchewan Employment Act (Bill 85) today passed third and final reading in the Legislative Assembly.The Act consolidates 12 pieces of labour legislation into one updated and comprehensive Act that protects workers, promotes growth and increases accountability. "I want to thank all the people and organizations who made submissions and the members of the Minister’s Advisory Committee for their input and candor,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said. “The new Act includes house amendments that are the result of our consultative process....

    New Record for April Job Numbers

    Posted On May 10, 2013
    Saskatchewan’s employment figures for April are the highest on record for the month. Employment was 548,500 in April, up by 16,700 jobs over April 2012, a 3.1 per cent growth rate and the second highest in Canada. Full-time employment was 444,100, another record level for the month of April. “What is encouraging about today’s record job statistics is the solid growth we are seeing in the number of full-time jobs,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said on behalf of Economy Minister Bill Boyd. “When workers are able to secure full-time work, it means additional...

    Increased Funding Helps to Reduce Surgical Wait Times

    Posted On May 8, 2013
    Saskatchewan patients will receive surgery sooner and benefit from innovations that improve the quality and safety of surgical care, thanks to a $70.5 million investment in 2013-14 in the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative, a four-year collaborative effort by the health system. The funding is up $10 million from the previous year. It will enable health regions to complete 7,000 more surgeries for patients in 2013-14, about half of them (3,200) by Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region. Combined, the 10 Saskatchewan health regions that offer surgery will provide about 89,000 procedures. "Saskatchewan’s...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On May 8, 2013
    The worth of a society can be measured by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. In keeping with our government’s belief in that statement, we continue to honour commitments made in both the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth and this year’s provincial budget. On May 6, 2013, we announced the first step toward implementing a comprehensive Disability Strategy. The Disability Strategy will focus on the priority areas specified in the Plan for Growth: accessibility, affordability and availability of housing; transportation; employment; education; support for community inclusion;...

    Action Plan for Mental Health & Addictions

    Posted On May 7, 2013
    National Mental Health Week May 6-12 The Government of Saskatchewan is taking a patient first approach to developing a mental health and addictions action plan, building upon the care and services already in place to better serve some of the most vulnerable people in Saskatchewan. Health Minister Dustin Duncan today announced at a Canadian Mental Health Association brunch in Regina that an inter-ministerial action plan will be developed to address the complex and often connected issues of mental health and addictions. Sectors of government involved include Health,...

    March sets a new Record for Building Permits

    Posted On May 6, 2013
    Construction across Saskatchewan has picked up according to the latest building permit numbers released by Statistics Canada today. In March 2013, building permits in the province totalled $270 million, the highest on record for the month of March. This was a 22.6 per cent rise from March 2012, the third highest percentage increase in the nation. “In spite of less than ideal weather conditions, Saskatchewan’s construction businesses were still able to make progress,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “That says a lot about the quality of the companies and the...

    Gov't to Develop Province-Wide Disability Strategy

    Posted On May 6, 2013
    The Government of Saskatchewan has taken the first step toward a comprehensive Disability Strategy for the province. The government committed to engaging the disability community in the development of the strategy in the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth and the 2012 Speech from the Throne. “We have designed a process to involve and hear from as many people as possible on this important issue,” Social Services Minister June Draude said. “At the end of this process, the Disability Strategy will support our goal of making Saskatchewan the best place in Canada to live for...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On May 1, 2013
    Saskatchewan will soon be home to four brand-new private liquor stores. The stores will open by summer 2014 – two in Regina and two in Saskatoon. Sobeys will operate outlets in Saskatoon’s Stonebridge neighborhood and on Rochdale Boulevard in northwest Regina. The other Regina store will be run by Willow Park Wines & Spirits in the south Regina neighborhood of Harbour Landing. The fourth store will be operated by the Saskatoon Co-op in the Blairmore neighborhood. Currently, Saskatchewan’s liquor retail system is a mix of public and private operators: 79 public...

    June

    Sask Wages Continue to Increase

    Posted On June 27, 2013
    Wages in Saskatchewan are growing faster than anywhere else in the country. According to the Statistics Canada Survey of Employment, Payroll and Hours that was released today, average weekly earnings in the province increased by 4.4 per cent in April 2013 compared to the same period one year ago. Saskatchewan’s growth rate was the highest increase among the provinces and well above the national increase of 2.2 per cent. It set an all-time high in the province for average weekly earnings in the month of April. Saskatchewan also led the way after inflation (1.0 per cent for the...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On June 26, 2013
    As spring turns to summer across Saskatchewan, the most important work an MLA does gets underway. When the spring session of the Legislature came to an end, Premier Brad Wall gave us some summer homework with simple instructions - go home and listen. Now into their sixth straight year, these consultations are invaluable. Last year, they laid the groundwork for our Growth Plan and its ambitious goals of a 1.2 million people living in Saskatchewan by 2020 and the pursuit of a growth agenda that improves the quality of life for all people. Ensuring a high quality of life for Saskatchewan’s...

    Reducing Wait Times for Orthopedic Surgery

    Posted On June 21, 2013
    The Government of Saskatchewan has received the Canadian Orthopaedic Association Award of Merit for leading the country in wait time reductions for orthopedic surgery on bone, muscle and joint conditions. Health Minister Dustin Duncan accepted the award Thursday night at the annual conference for orthopedic surgeons in Winnipeg. “It is gratifying that all the innovation and hard work being done in this province to provide surgery for patients sooner is being recognized,” Duncan said. “The number of patients waiting more than six months for orthopedic surgery...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On June 20, 2013
    With graduation upon us, the future has never been brighter for young people in Saskatchewan. The latest population numbers reveal that in the first four months of 2013, we grew by more than 4,000 people to a new record high of 1,093,880. Saskatchewan remains the place to be in Canada for career opportunities and a great quality of life. For far too many years, leaving Saskatchewan for school or career after graduating from high school was as much a part of spring in our province as seeding. Not only were young people leaving by the hundreds, our economy was one of the weakest...

    Sask's First PET/CT Scanner Now Operational

    Posted On June 20, 2013
    Saskatchewan’s first PET/CT scanner officially opened today at Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital. “The investment we have made in this state-of-the-art medical imaging service will pay off in better health for our people, increased convenience and less stress from out-of-province travel, and better access to accurate diagnoses,” Rural and Remote Health Minister Randy Weekes said. “We owe it to our patients to provide the highest quality care and the most effective treatments.” PET/CT (positron emission tomography-computed tomography) scans...

    Saskatchewan Population Continues to Grow

    Posted On June 19, 2013
    Saskatchewan’s population grew by 4,073 in the first quarter of 2013 to reach a new all-time high of 1,093,880. Saskatchewan’s rate of growth continues to be the second-fastest among all the provinces, behind only Alberta. Economy Minister Bill Boyd said many people are continuing to move to Saskatchewan because of its many career opportunities and great quality of life. “It’s a great time to be in Saskatchewan and more and more people are recognizing this,” Boyd said. “Our government is working hard to ensure that this growth continues and...

    Moose Jaw area to see Highway Improvements

    Posted On June 17, 2013
    Moose Jaw area motorists are reminded to slow to 60 km/hr through work zones as major improvements will be underway in the area. “We’ve simplified signage for drivers, requiring them to slow to 60 km/hr as soon as they see the black and white speed signs,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “Please keep your own safety and the safety of workers and flag people in mind as you encounter these work zones.” “ The Moose Jaw region is growing in terms of population, industry and tourism,” Thunder Creek MLA Lyle Stewart...

    Major Improvements are Underway on Highway 55

    Posted On June 11, 2013
    Nearly $60 million of bridge and highway improvements are underway in the Meadow Lake area this construction season. The biggest project includes a $43.1 million grade and pave project on Highway 55. This includes a 26 km section from the Alberta border to 10 km east of Pierceland, and another 26 km section from Peerless due west, with the two projects meeting in the middle. The highway improvements also include a short 1.4 km section of Highway 26 just south of the Highway 55 north junction. “Highway 55 is an important economic gateway, serving our northern uranium mines...

    Improving Safety on Highway 27

    Posted On June 10, 2013
    Construction on Highway 27 is underway once again as work continues to rebuild this highway to improve safety and allow local shippers to carry heavier loads. “Highway 27 is in the process of being transformed from a rough and pothole-filled gravel surface to primary weight pavement,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “This newly rebuilt highway will better meet the needs of all motorists in the area by providing a safer, smoother surface, and carrying the heavy loads required by local businesses.” “Highway 27 is an important...

    May Job Numbers Hit All Time High

    Posted On June 7, 2013
    Saskatchewan’s job numbers hit a record in May according to new figures released by Statistics Canada today with 560,900 people employed in the province (seasonally unadjusted). The 560,900 people working in Saskatchewan during May was the highest ever and beats the old record of 549,100 set last August. Job numbers were 2.7 per cent higher than last May and the second highest percentage increase among Canadian provinces. Jobs were up by 1.4 per cent on a national basis. “With more people working in Saskatchewan than ever before, it is clear that our province is where...

    Saskatchewan Exports are Up

    Posted On June 5, 2013
    Saskatchewan’s merchandise exports were up $724 million in the first four months of 2013 over the same period last year, the highest increase among Canadian provinces according to Statistics Canada. Exports totalled $3.2 billion in April 2013, a record for the month. “Last year was an impressive year for exports; setting a record and surpassing British Columbia were just a couple of the accomplishments,” Minister responsible for Trade Tim McMillan said. “The first four months of this year highlight the efforts of Saskatchewan exporters who are working to expand...

    July

    Surgical Wait Times Continue to Decline

    Posted On July 17, 2013
    The latest provincial wait time numbers show continued progress toward Saskatchewan’s goal of offering all surgical patients a procedure within three months. "There are now about 9,100 fewer patients waiting more than three months for surgery, than when we began the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative in April 2010,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “People in this province are spending less time waiting for surgery and more time getting on with their lives." Surgical teams across the province are on track to make a dent in surgical patient wait lists, despite...

    Sask Now has Photo Radar in Work Zones

    Posted On July 15, 2013
    It’s one photo you don’t want to be in, and the Government of Saskatchewan doesn’t want to see you in. Starting today, photo radar will be in place and operational in random highway work zones throughout the province, taking photos of vehicle license plates of drivers observed exceeding the speed limit of 60 km/hr. “Our only goal here is to motivate drivers to obey the law, which will ultimately make the work zone safer and potentially save the life of a worker or motorist,” Prince Albert-Carlton MLA and Chair of the Provincial Traffic Safety Committee...

    Annual Free Fishing Weekend is July 6th and 7th

    Posted On July 3, 2013
    For those who have wanted to try their hand at reeling in a fish, July 6 and 7 offers the chance during the annual free fishing weekend. “Saskatchewan offers some of the best fishing experiences in the world,” Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said. “The annual free fishing weekend encourages more people to experience the simple joy of spending time with friends and family on Saskatchewan’s many bodies of water, reeling in that catch of the day.” “Whether you are a novice or an experienced angler, fishing is a great way to enjoy Saskatchewan’s...

    August
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  • September

    Seasonal "Flu" Shot Soon Available Province-Wide

    Posted On September 27, 2013
    Saskatchewan residents are being encouraged to protect themselves against influenza this season by getting a flu shot. The publicly-funded seasonal influenza vaccine will become available across the province beginning October 21. All individuals six months of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. "This is the fourth year we're offering the vaccine free of charge to all Saskatchewan residents over the age of six months," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. "We want to ensure our residents have easy access to the flu shot and stay healthy during the flu season." The...

    1.1 Million: SK Grows By More Than 100,000 In Six Years

    Posted On September 26, 2013
    Saskatchewan's population has surpassed the 1.1 million mark for the first time ever after growing by more than 100,000 people since 2007. New population figures released today by Statistics Canada show Saskatchewan's population was 1,108,303 as of July 1, 2013. That's an increase of 106,255 since July 1, 2007. Saskatchewan's population grew by 20,757 in the past year and 6,895 in the past quarter – the largest increase in any quarter since Statistics Canada began keeping quarterly estimates. Premier Brad Wall said the rapid growth shows the strength of Saskatchewan's...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On September 25, 2013
    We are a government who keeps our promises. Six years ago, Saskatchewan was facing some of the longest surgical wait times in Canada.  We promised to do something about that – and we have. The latest report from the Saskatchewan Surgical Care Initiative shows that today 8 out of 10 patients are receiving surgery within three months of referral from a surgeon. Due to improvements in the planning and delivery of surgical care, we are on track to meeting our goal that no one waits longer than three months by the spring of 2014. While there's still more to do, we are taking action...

    Taking A Collaborative Approach to Rural Health Care

    Posted On September 24, 2013
    An innovative approach to meeting the health care needs of Saskatchewan's rural residents has been launched in the province. Saskatchewan's first Collaborative Emergency Centre (CEC) is now open in Maidstone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The CEC provides extended hours of primary health care and 24/7 emergency care, improving stability and access to health care services for patients. Minister responsible for Rural and Remote Health Randy Weekes and Prairie North Regional Health Authority Chair Bonnie O'Grady today officially opened the CEC at the Maidstone Health Complex. "This...

    8 out of 10 Patients Receiving Surgery Within 3 Months

    Posted On September 19, 2013
    Saskatchewan patients continue to receive surgeries sooner, thanks to improvements in how surgical care is planned and delivered. "Eight out of 10 patients are receiving surgery within three months – a remarkable accomplishment," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. "We challenged our health care providers to make a breakthrough in surgical care. They are now making the final push toward our goal that by April 2014 no patient has to wait more than three months for surgery." The latest provincial wait times numbers show that, as of July 31, 80 per cent of patients were...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On September 18, 2013
    It will soon be smooth sailing on Highway 22 between Southey and Earl Grey. Our government recently announced that a 15 kilometre stretch will be getting a complete rebuild that will be wider, safer and better able to handle wet weather conditions. After spending nearly $3 million to maintain this highway, it was decided that a full upgrade was the best solution for the safety of travellers. Safe, reliable roads are key to our province's growth and prosperity which is why we are investing in this and other highway infrastructure around the province. This $14 million project is part...

    Saskatchewan Harvest Ahead of Schedule

    Posted On September 12, 2013
    Significant harvest progress was made this week, allowing Saskatchewan farmers to move ahead of the five-year harvest average. Thirty per cent of the 2013 provincial crop is combined and 36 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. The five-year average (2008-2012) for this time of year is 28 per cent combined and 31 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest is most advanced in the southwestern region, where 46 per cent of the...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On September 11, 2013
    Cam Broten continues to refuse to stand up for Saskatchewan.  On the six-month anniversary of his election as NDP leader, Broten addressed the federal NDP Caucus in Saskatoon.  In his speech, Broten was silent regarding Thomas Mulcair's opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline project.  Broten had a chance to tell Mulcair he's wrong on Keystone and stand up for Saskatchewan, but he didn't, despite the fact. That's in sharp contrast to what Premier Brad Wall did when he met with Mulcair the day before.  Premier Wall told the federal NDP leader, in no uncertain terms, that...

    Sask Home To Lowest Unemployment Rate in Canada

    Posted On September 6, 2013
    Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate has been the lowest in the country for the eighth month in a row according to new figures released by Statistics Canada today. In August 2013, the unemployment rate in the province was 4.2 per cent, well below the 7.1 per cent posted nationally. There were 564,900 people employed in the province last month, a record for the month of August and an increase of 15,800 or 2.9 per cent over the past 12 months. Saskatchewan ranked second among the provinces in terms of percentage gains. “Saskatchewan’s a great place to be right now...

    October

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On October 30, 2013
    Continued Commitment to Students & SchoolsThe benefits of growth are many but so too are the challenges that come with it. One such example is the added pressure our growing population is having on our schools. In response to this particular challenge, our government has a plan to build 9 new joint-use schools in areas that have seen significant growth. These schools will be built using a Public Private Partnership (P3) that will allow us to build more schools in less time. This puts students first, provides them...

    SK Agriculture Scholarship Announced

    Posted On October 29, 2013
    Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the fourth annual Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship. "With a growing global demand for food comes a high demand for young people of all backgrounds to grow, process and market that food," Stewart said. "Young people should be excited about a future in agriculture and this scholarship gives applicants a chance to explore this thriving industry." One winning scholarship valued at $4,000 and three runner-up scholarships valued at $2,000 each will be awarded to students in Grade 12 and recent graduates entering...

    Student First Advisors Appointed

    Posted On October 28, 2013
    The Government of Saskatchewan has appointed two advisors to lead a province-wide consultation process to ask students, teachers, parents and the broader education sector how to improve the education system by putting the Student First. Education Minister Don Morgan made the announcement at St. Marguerite School in Saskatoon to Grade 6 students representing the Class of 2020. "We have heard from teachers and parents that we could do a better job of listening to their ideas and concerns, and that is why we are going to engage in some deep listening over the next few months," Morgan...

    Saskatchewan's Best Summer Job Just Got Better

    Posted On October 28, 2013
    For the last three summers, one lucky student has journeyed across Saskatchewan, experiencing everything from kiteboarding to stand-up paddleboarding, from Saskatchewan Fashion Week to the Ness Creek music festival. Past wanderers have canoed northern Saskatchewan rivers and ridden horses through Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. One past wanderer met The Sheepdogs. The Ministries of Parks, Culture and Sport, Agriculture, Economy and Tourism Saskatchewan announced today that the government wants the next Saskatchewanderer to travel the province all year long to discover not...

    Highway 11 Twinning Now Complete

    Posted On October 25, 2013
    A major milestone to support Saskatchewan growth was reached today as the last section of twinned lanes on the busy Highway 11 corridor between Saskatoon and Prince Albert opened to traffic. Prince Albert MP Randy Hoback and Prince Albert Carlton MLA Darryl Hickie on behalf of Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris were on site near MacDowall today to officially open the last remaining 13 kilometre section of Highway 11. "The Government of Canada is proud to have invested in this important job-creating initiative to twin Highway 11," said Hoback. "This project...

    Faster Internet Access For Students, Teachers

    Posted On October 25, 2013
    Today, Premier Brad Wall announced SaskTel will be investing more than $5 million in capital investments over two years to upgrade CommunityNet. This will ensure faster, and more equitable, internet access for teachers, students and administrators across the province. Wall made the announcement at the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation Councillor Conference in Saskatoon. In addition to the initial investment, SaskTel and the Ministry of Education will also begin consulting with school divisions to determine growing bandwidth needs in the long term. "We have been talking...

    Highway Hotline Providing 24 Hour Info

    Posted On October 24, 2013
    Just in time for Mother Nature to dust Saskatchewan roads with snow and ice, Saskatchewan's Highway Hotline kicked into full gear this week to provide road information services to motorists. "The people of Saskatchewan have confidence in the information the hotline provides and more and more people are using it each year," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. "In Saskatchewan, road conditions can rapidly change so motorists are checking in frequently." The total number of visits to the Highway Hotline website increased 161 per cent to 3.4 million last year...

    Focused On Meeting The Challenges Of Growth

    Posted On October 23, 2013
    As today's Throne Speech kicked off a new session of the Legislative Assembly, Premier Brad Wall said the government will focus on meeting the challenges of growth. "Saskatchewan continues to grow – more people, more jobs, more economic activity," Wall said. "Growth creates many new opportunities and it also creates many new challenges. Our government is working hard to meet those challenges and ensure all Saskatchewan people share in the benefits of a...

    Premier Unveils Plan To Build 9 Joint-Use Schools

    Posted On October 22, 2013
    Today, Premier Brad Wall joined Education Minister Don Morgan, students, teachers and school division administrators at Dundonald School in Saskatoon to announce that the Government of Saskatchewan will build nine new joint-use schools. These schools will be located in communities experiencing unprecedented growth including: Saskatoon, Regina, Warman and Martensville. The government will construct these schools through a Public Private Partnership (P3). This model will enable the province to build more schools in less time than our typical funding and procurement approach would allow....

    Small Business Is Big Business In SK

    Posted On October 21, 2013
    The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to proclaim Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Small Business Week 2013 in the province, which will take place from October 20-26. Several events are planned during the week to highlight the important role of the small business sector in the economic growth of Saskatchewan. "Small businesses employ thousands of people across the province and account for a third of our GDP," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "Our positive economic growth has contributed to an increase in small businesses by 6.8 per cent from 2011 to 2012 and we expect...

    Integrated Health Centre Open In Shellbrook

    Posted On October 21, 2013
    Residents of Shellbrook and area now have access to a brand new integrated health care facility that brings local care providers together under one roof. Premier Brad Wall joined local residents at a grand opening ceremony to celebrate the completion of Shellbrook's Parkland Integrated Health Centre, which will better serve the care needs of all citizens in the area. This new centre replaces the Parkland Terrace Nursing Home and Shellbrook Hospital, accommodating 34 long-term care beds and 20 acute care beds. The facility also offers a comprehensive range of health services, including...

    Be a Powerful Voice for Change

    Posted On October 21, 2013
    Today the Government of Saskatchewan launched on online consultation tool to inform development of a provincial Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan to better meet the mental health and addictions support needs of clients and families. "We want people to be a powerful voice for change in our health care system," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said at the launch of the tool at City Hospital in Saskatoon. "We've seen the patient-first approach work time and time again. This is the same concept. We want to hear directly from people about their experiences with mental health and addictions...

    One-Year Progress Report on SK Plan for Growth

    Posted On October 17, 2013
    Premier Brad Wall today announced 1,000 new training seats and the creation of a new Manufacturing Centre of Excellence will be two of the next steps the government is taking as part of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth.Wall released a one-year progress report on the Growth Plan – the government's plan for meeting the challenges of a growing province."Our government believes in setting goals and in measuring our progress...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On October 16, 2013
    Giving Thanks For A Good CropMany used the recent Thanksgiving holiday as a time to gather and reflect on the many things for which we are thankful.  In this province, there is plenty and a bountiful harvest is one such example.  Despite a late spring and lots of moisture, the majority of Saskatchewan farmers are now finished in the field and, in most cases, are reporting a great growing season.  Statistics Canada has estimated this year's crop is one of the biggest ever while producers suggest the 2013 crop...

    $10 Million To Support Trades & Technology Centre

    Posted On October 15, 2013
    Premier Brad Wall has announced that the Provincial Government is providing $10 million in funding to support construction of a new Trades and Technology Centre at Parkland Regional College in Yorkton. "Saskatchewan is experiencing remarkable growth, which will result in a number of employment opportunities, many of which will be in the skilled trades," Wall said. "The new Trades and Technology Centre will increase the number of graduates in many highly skilled areas that are needed in Saskatchewan and will make it possible for students from the Yorkton area to learn closer to home." "The...

    Job Growth, Low Unemployment Still Leading Nation

    Posted On October 11, 2013
    The number of people employed on a full-time basis hit a record in September, according to new figures released by Statistics Canada today.  Full-time employment was 465,100 last month, the highest ever for the month of September and up 11,800 from a year ago.  More than 80 per cent of the new jobs created in Saskatchewan in the past year were full-time jobs while across Canada, fewer than half of the new jobs created were full-time. "More jobs, more people and more economic activity continue to make Saskatchewan the place to be," Energy and Resources Minister Tim McMillan...

    Ag Minister Expects "All-Time Record Crop"

    Posted On October 10, 2013
    Eighty-nine per cent of the 2013 crop is now combined and eight per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. Dry weather in most areas of the province resulted in significant harvest progress being made over the past week. The five-year average (2008-2012) for this time of year is 85 per cent combined and 11 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.Harvest is most advanced in the west-central region, where 97 per cent of the crop is combined. Eighty-five per cent is combined in the southeast; 94 per cent in the...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On October 9, 2013
    Making Mental Health & Addictions A PriorityOur growing province is the best place in Canada to live, work and raise a family.  Using the benefits of growth, our government is working to enhancequality of life for all residents which includes making meaningful change in the lives of the one in five Saskatchewan people affected by mental health andaddictions issues.  These are people of all ages, in all walks of life and varying situations which is why we have committed to taking action ensuring...

    Homebuilders Busy In September

    Posted On October 8, 2013
    Saskatchewan's home builders were among the busiest in the nation in September, according to a report on urban housing starts released by CMHC today. Urban housing starts were up 23.4 per cent in September 2013 on a year-over-year basis. Saskatchewan had the highest percentage increase in Canada on an annual basis, well above the 4.2 per cent recorded nationally. "When you combine a growing population and a growing economy, it adds up to the need and demand for new housing," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "It is a boost for residential construction companies, but more importantly,...

    Fire Prevention Week

    Posted On October 7, 2013
    Today Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter officially proclaimed October 6 to 12 as Fire Prevention Week in Saskatchewan.“Research from the National Fire Protection Association shows that two out of every five house fires start in the kitchen,” Reiter said. “Often these incidents can involve children. I encourage all parents and caregivers to sit down with their kids and discuss the issue of fire safety and to develop a plan on what to do when an emergency strikes.” This year's campaign will focus on the dangers of kitchen fires, most of which result...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On October 2, 2013
    Population Passes 1.1 MillionSaskatchewan's population is growing by the day, reaching record levels never before thought possible. Statistics Canada data shows Saskatchewan has grown to more than 1.1 million for the first time in history. In fact, over the last six years, more than 100,000 people have moved here. By 2020, our goal is to grow our population by another 100,000. But this isn't about growth for the sake of growth. As part of our government's Plan for Growth, Premier Wall envisions a province with...

    October Is Agriculture Month

    Posted On October 1, 2013
    Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart has proclaimed October as Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan. The month will focus on opportunities for youth in agriculture. "Our province has been a leader in feeding the world and will continue to do so as the global demand for food increases," Stewart said. "Naturally, there is a high demand for skilled individuals ready to take on this challenge. Whether your interests lie in business, research, farming or ranching, working in agriculture comes with the promise of a bright future and the opportunity to help feed the world." Agriculture...

    November

    Mid-Year Report: Strong Economy, Continuing Surplus

    Posted On November 28, 2013
    Thanks to a diverse and growing economy, Saskatchewan remains on track to balance its books in 2013-14, with surpluses projected for both the General Revenue Fund (GRF) and Summary Financial Statements. “Balanced budgets are a key part of our government’s Plan for Growth,” Finance Minister Ken Krawetz said. “Managing spending is an essential part of our commitment to fiscal responsibility. We’re confident the Saskatchewan economy is well positioned to continue to withstand some expected volatility in the natural resource sector over the remainder of this...

    New Legislation Supports Traffic Safety

    Posted On November 28, 2013
    The government is fulfilling its commitment to address fatalities on Saskatchewan roads by introducing legislation focusing on traffic safety improvements. Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance Donna Harpauer introduced the amendments to The Traffic Safety Act today in the Legislative Assembly. These amendments will strengthen penalties for impaired driving, enable a photo radar pilot project at high-risk locations and in school zones around the province, and make booster seats mandatory for children under the age of seven who fall within the prescribed height and...

    New CEC Serving Rural Residents

    Posted On November 28, 2013
    “Our government wants to ensure that rural residents have timely access to quality health care services,” Weekes said. “That means receiving the right care, at the right time. Shaunavon’s new Collaborative Emergency Centre offers expanded access to primary health care providers and the assurance that 24/7 emergency service is available for patients.” Many communities in rural Saskatchewan still face challenges in recruiting and retaining family physicians. By utilizing a team-based approach, CECs offer predictable and sustainable emergency coverage in...

    New Agreement With ER Physicians

    Posted On November 28, 2013
    The province has a new agreement with emergency room (ER) physicians that will help support ongoing recruitment and retention efforts. ER physicians ratified the three-year deal this week. The agreement underscores the government’s commitment to meeting patients’ need for more physicians. “We highly value our emergency department physicians, and we are very pleased that they have voted in support of a new contract offer from the province,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “Saskatchewan is working hard to attract and retain health providers,...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On November 27, 2013
    Green Is The Colour!Saskatchewan is a great place to be from but it’s an even better place to be. This was never more evident than it was during the 101st Grey Cup Celebrations. The whole province joined the party by wearing green and decorating their homes and offices for the occasion. Rider Pride was on display just about everywhere. Even the dome at the Saskatchewan Legislature was lit up green in a show of support. The sense of pride that we as Saskatchewan people feel was only enhanced as our province hosted...

    First Annual Anti-Bullying Forum

    Posted On November 26, 2013
    Today, Education Minister Don Morgan and Legislative Secretary Jennifer Campeau joined nearly 100 youth from across the province at the first annual Student First Anti-Bullying Forum. The purpose of the forum is to hear from students about some of the challenges they face and engage them in finding solutions to help ensure young people are acting appropriately and responsibly in our schools, communities and online.“We know that young people are the most affected by bullying and we need their input as we work to address bullying,” Morgan said. “We take this issue...

    Saskatchewan Manufacturers Creating Global Recognition

    Posted On November 25, 2013
    Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector - responsible for thousands of jobs, billions of dollars in exports and establishing the “Made in Saskatchewan” brand as a mark of quality around the world - will be profiled this week with events around the province. Saskatchewan Manufacturing Week, held from November 25–29, will showcase the province's high-tech, globally-competitive manufacturing sector that is contributing, along with agriculture and resource production, to making the Saskatchewan’s economy one of the growth leaders in Canada. “Thanks...

    Surgical Initiative Heads Into Final Stretch

    Posted On November 21, 2013
    As the March 2014 end date for the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative nears, surgical teams are making a final push to provide sooner, safer, smarter surgical care for patients. The latest provincial wait times numbers show that, as of September 30, 2013, 80 per cent of patients received their surgery within three months and 92 per cent received it within six months. “Our province’s health care providers have made incredible progress toward our goal of offering surgery within three months,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “This initiative is making...

    Gov't Supports Saskatchewan Polytechnic

    Posted On November 21, 2013
    The Government of Saskatchewan introduced legislation today to provide the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) with the clear authority to operate as a polytechnic institution. The proposed legislation will change SIAST’s legal name to ‘Saskatchewan Polytechnic’. “This new Act will help introduce the role of Saskatchewan Polytechnic,” Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris said. “We believe these changes will benefit both students and the school’s reputation across the country.” Polytechnic...

    Get To Grey Cup Celebrations Safely

    Posted On November 21, 2013
    With the Roughriders and Tiger-Cats set to clash in the Grey Cup final and the lion’s share of fans stampeding toward Regina on Saskatchewan highways, motorists are reminded to avoid rushing and pass safely during their drive. “The Riders’ home Grey Cup appearance is a huge cause for celebration, and drivers from within the province and across Canada will flood into Regina for the festivities,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “However, winter conditions have arrived, so I want to remind all motorists to check the Highway Hotline...

    Saskatchewan Celebrates National Child Day

    Posted On November 20, 2013
    In honour of our province’s children and youth, the government is proud to support National Child Day in Saskatchewan. “Children are this province’s most precious resource,” Social Services Minister June Draude said. “I am very pleased to recognize this day as it reminds us all of the importance of ensuring our children have the opportunity to live healthy, happy and productive lives.” In order to help achieve this objective, the government continues to invest in the Child and Family Agenda (CFA), which will help provide Saskatchewan’s...

    Recognizing Anti-Bullying Week In Saskatchewan

    Posted On November 20, 2013
    The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) has proclaimed November 18-22, as Anti-Bullying Week across the country. This week’s theme, The Future is Ours: Safe, Fun and Connected, calls on young people from across the nation to take the lead on creating a future without bullying – using new technologies to promote positive communication rather than being held back by cyberbullying. “Bullying and cyberbullying affect the health and well-being of many children and youth across our province and our country,” Education Minister Don Morgan said. “The Government of Saskatchewan...

    Building and Maintaining SK Highways - Planning For 2014

    Posted On November 20, 2013
    As fall turns to winter, one part of the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure’s work draws to an end while another is just ramping up. Another successful construction season saw 464 km of provincial highways improved across Saskatchewan. “Since 2008, we’ve invested $3.7 billion to give the people of Saskatchewan better, safer roads and to move our products to market more efficiently,” Minister of Highways and Infrastructure Don McMorris said. “Transportation is key to achieving the objectives of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth and our vision...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On November 20, 2013
    Government Taking Action Against BullyingNo child should ever have to experience bullying. Bullying is a relationship issue where one person or group repeatedly uses power and aggression to control or intentionally hurt, harm or intimidate another person or group. It is often based on another person’s appearance, abilities, culture, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. Bullying can take many forms; physical, emotional, verbal, psychological or social. It can occur in person or through...

    Holodomor Statue Presented

    Posted On November 14, 2013
    As part of the 80th commemoration of the Holodomor, the man-made famine that led to the deaths of millions of Ukrainians in the 1930s, Deputy Premier Ken Krawetz joined representatives of the Ukrainian community to present an exact copy of the statue entitled Bitter Memory of Childhood, by sculptor Petro Drozdowsky.The statue, which features a sullen peasant girl collecting a wheat sheaf, serves as a sobering reminder of the devastation caused by the famine and its impact on children. The original statue is located near the entrance of the National Holodomor Museum in Kyiv,...

    Province Provides Funding For Agribition

    Posted On November 14, 2013
    Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced a new $200,000 four-year funding agreement with Canadian Western Agribition. Stewart made the announcement during the 43rd Canadian Western Agribition, a world-class agricultural show and marketplace that takes place every year in Regina. “We are proud to make this investment in Agribition, an event that is important to the ongoing success of our agriculture industry and provincial economy,” Stewart said. “Our long-term support speaks to the value we see in Agribition as a global marketplace. The best in Saskatchewan...

    Government Takes Action Against Bullying

    Posted On November 14, 2013
    Today, Education Minister Don Morgan joined Legislative Secretary Jennifer Campeau, along with students, teachers, school division administrators and community organizations to release Saskatchewan’s Action Plan to Address Bullying and Cyberbullying. “No child should ever have to experience bullying,” Morgan said. “Unfortunately, that is the reality for a number of students across the country and right here in our own province. Ms. Campeau has done a tremendous job of engaging with our communities and their feedback helped to develop an action plan that...

    Millions Of Monthly Visits To SaskJobs.ca

    Posted On November 13, 2013
    Saskatchewan’s job market continues to attract heavy traffic to the SaskJobs.ca website, which again topped a million visits for the month of October. Visits to SaskJobs.ca were up by 14 per cent (141,531) year-over-year to reach 1,155,934. The 17,392 job postings advertised on SaskJobs in October 2013 represents an increase of 7.0 per cent (1,134) compared to October 2012. “Saskatchewan currently has what many people across the country and around the globe are actively looking for - thousands of jobs in an opportunity-rich economy,” Economy Minister...

    New Highway Cameras Will Help Highway Hotline

    Posted On November 13, 2013
    Additional road cameras will be installed at various locations on some of Saskatchewan’s busiest highways over the coming months. “Saskatchewan is a leader in providing timely and accurate road information to travellers,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “The Highway Hotline gets about four million web visits and phone calls each year and 97 per cent of users say the system meets their needs; however, we’re always looking for ways to improve the service.” The new camera locations include: Highway 1 at Moose...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On November 13, 2013
    Traffic Safety Takes PriorityOne fatality is too many. With the knowledge 184 people lost their lives on our roads and highways last year, it was clear that we needed to take action. The safety of all Saskatchewan people is paramount and that is why our government is immediately moving forward with more than half of the recommendations included in a report from the special committee on Traffic Safety.Our plan includes tougher penalties for drinking and driving, expanded photo radar for speed control, and increasing...

    Saskatchewan Futures Fund Proposed

    Posted On November 12, 2013
    Today Peter MacKinnon, former President of the University of Saskatchewan, released his report to Premier Brad Wall on a proposed Saskatchewan Futures Fund. The report provides a framework for the government to create a fund to permanently save a portion of our province’s non-renewable resource revenues to invest and grow for future generations. MacKinnon was appointed by Wall in October 2012 as part of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth to examine and report on the efforts government could take to safeguard one-time non-renewable resource revenues. “We owe it...