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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

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...

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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...

    SK Still Has Lowest Unemployment Rate in Canada

    Posted On November 8, 2013
    For the tenth straight month, Saskatchewan has held the lowest unemployment rate in Canada. According to October’s Labour Force Survey released today by Statistics Canada, the province’s unemployment rate fell by 0.7 percentage points to reach 3.6 per cent, well below the 6.9 per cent reported nationally. “One of the best measures of our economic success is the ability of people to find jobs,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty said on behalf of Economy Minister Bill Boyd. “The opportunities for people to find work in Saskatchewan have...

    Immediate Action On Traffic Safety Initiatives

    Posted On November 7, 2013
    Following the release of the report from the Special Committee on Traffic Safety, the government announced today that it is moving forward immediately on more than half of the recommendations made. The action plan includes tougher penalties for drinking and driving, expanded photo radar for speed control, and increasing awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Highlights include: Implementing zero drug and alcohol tolerance for all drivers under 19 years of age, and for all drivers in the Graduated Driver’s Licencing (GDL) program and Motorcycle GDL program; Immediate...

    SK First Province To Require Mandatory Asbestos Reporting

    Posted On November 7, 2013
    The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed The Public Health (Howard’s Law) Amendment Act which makes the web-based Saskatchewan Asbestos Registry (SAR) mandatory for crown corporations, school districts, health regions and facilities and provincial government buildings. The mandatory registry was created due to the efforts of Howard Willems, who passed away a year ago after being diagnosed with cancer as a result of inhaling asbestos fibers. “It is fitting that we honour Mr. Willems, who passed away one year ago tomorrow, with the proclamation of this bill,”...

    Gov't Motion Calling For Senate Abolition

    Posted On November 6, 2013
    Today in the Legislature, Premier Brad Wall will introduce a government motion calling for the Senate of Canada to be abolished. Wall said he believes most Saskatchewan people think that the Senate no longer serves any useful purpose and is not worth the nearly 100 million taxpayers’ dollars it costs each year.“Long before the current scandals which have further marginalized the Senate as a useful institution, many were questioning the relevance of an appointed group of men and women, unelected and unaccountable, potentially standing in the way of an elected...

    Service Of Remembrance Honours Veterans

    Posted On November 6, 2013
    Premier Brad Wall laid a wreath this morning at the Saskatchewan War Memorial in Regina as part of the government’s annual Service of Remembrance for the Public Service. “Today we remember the sacrifice of thousands of men and women from across our province and Canada: citizens who have served nobly and selflessly in conflicts, peacekeeping and reconstruction missions around the world,” Wall said. “Remembrance is our willing obligation, an obligation that has spanned two world wars and the Korean War as well as more recent conflicts such as the struggle...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On November 6, 2013
    We Will RememberOften we take for granted our values and institutions, our freedom to participate in cultural and political events and our right to live under a government of our choice. War is something many of us have only seen on television, in movies and news reports from distant parts of the world. Its impact, however, is far reaching. At this time of year, we pause to honour the brave Canadian men and women who have answered the call to protect our country. By remembering their service, their courage and...

    December

    Strong Year For Saskatchewan's Economy

    Posted On December 30, 2013
    2013 was another strong year for Saskatchewan’s economy as population, employment, exports and manufacturing are all on track to hit new record levels. “As the numbers roll in for the remainder of 2013, Saskatchewan’s economy continues to be one of the best in the nation,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “More people are living here, more people are working here, people are earning more money than ever before and we continue to increase trade with the rest of the world.” Saskatchewan’s population hit a record of more than 1,114,000...

    Public Reminded to Take Steps to Avoid Flu

    Posted On December 27, 2013
    Health officials recommend that Saskatchewan residents protect themselves against influenza in light of increasing flu activity in the province. This year, influenza season started late in Saskatchewan, but has already resulted in hospitalization for some people with severe illness. The level of influenza activity is expected to increase into the new year. “Getting vaccinated is an effective way to avoid illness from influenza,” Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Denise Werker said. “We encourage Saskatchewan residents to get a flu shot if they haven’t...

    Give The Gift of Safe Driving

    Posted On December 23, 2013
    While the Christmas season is a special time of year filled with surprises, Highways and Infrastructure is reminding drivers not to be caught off guard by the plows on the road. Two snowplows were rear-ended on Saskatchewan highways December 18 and while no serious injuries resulted, the ministry's wish list includes ensuring everyone gets home safely. "The holidays are meant to be spent with family and friends," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. "Please be extra cautious if you come up behind a plow as the mini blizzard they create can cause a blinding...

    Province Releases Tenders For 2014 Highway Projects

    Posted On December 23, 2013
    Planning for the 2014 construction season continues with the release of the second set of tenders for next year's highways projects. The December Tender Plan features 25 km of major highway upgrades, 89.2 km of repaving, three bridge projects and one stockpiling contract worth an estimated $39.8 million. Tenders for these projects will be advertised over the coming months. "Signalling our plans to the road building industry early makes good business sense," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. "The ministry can line up contractors at more favourable...

    1,114,170: Saskatchewan's Population Keeps Growing

    Posted On December 19, 2013
    Saskatchewan's population continued to grow in the third quarter of 2013. As of October 1, 2013, there were 1,114,170 people living in Saskatchewan – an increase of 5,867 in the previous three months and 19,797 over the past year. The quarterly and annual growth rates in Saskatchewan were both the second-highest among the provinces, behind only Alberta. Saskatchewan and Alberta were also the only two provinces to see positive net migration from other provinces in the past quarter. Saskatchewan's net interprovincial migration of 637 people came primarily from British...

    Nearly $1.6 Million Invested In Local Rinks

    Posted On December 19, 2013
    For the second consecutive year, hundreds of local Saskatchewan rinks have taken advantage of the Community Rink Affordability Grant. The Government of Saskatchewan invested nearly $1.6 million in 520 facilities in 362 communities through the grant. “Local rinks provide significant sport and recreational opportunities to people living in both small towns and city neighbourhoods,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty said. “That’s...

    EI Claims Drop 10% From Last Year

    Posted On December 19, 2013
    Saskatchewan saw a 10 per cent decrease in employment insurance (EI) claims in October 2013 compared to October 2012 – the biggest decrease in Canada. There were 600 fewer initial and renewal employment insurance claims in the province this past October on a seasonally adjusted basis. “Saskatchewan is still one of the best places in Canada to find employment,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “We had the largest reduction in claims in the country, which says a lot about the strength of our economy.” On a monthly basis, claims were...

    Wholesale Trade Sets Record In October

    Posted On December 18, 2013
    Wholesale trade in Saskatchewan hit a record $2.0 billion in October 2013, according to a report released today by Statistics Canada. Trade jumped by 12.4 per cent in October over last year, the second highest percentage increase in the nation and more than three times the national increase of 3.5 per cent. "Wholesalers continue to accumulate goods in anticipation of increased consumer and business demand for products," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "These record numbers are a direct result of a growing, resilient economy and a rise in our population." On a monthly...

    Health Regions Work To Meet Surgery Demand

    Posted On December 18, 2013
    Saskatchewan health regions and health care providers continue to work hard to meet the demand for surgery. In the first seven months of the fiscal year, patients in Saskatchewan received 50,904 surgeries, an increase of 3,690 from the same period last year. The latest provincial wait time numbers show that, as of October 31, 2013, 79 per cent of patients were offered surgery within three months and 92 per cent within six months. “Surgical teams...

    Record Manufacturing Sales In October

    Posted On December 17, 2013
    In October of 2013 manufacturing sales totalled $1.35 billion, up from $1.21 billion last year and a record for the month, according to Statistics Canada. “Saskatchewan manufacturers are world class business people who are innovative and can compete on a global basis,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “At home, these businesses are investing in local communities and have become a major player in the labour market – employing 27,000 people across the province in high-skilled occupations.” On a year-over-year basis, sales are up by 11.4 per...

    SK People Provide Powerful Voices For Change

    Posted On December 16, 2013
    The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan online public consultation tool has received more than 2,600 responses since its launch on October 21. The online consultation results, as well as results from other consultations including focus groups, in-person interviews and other meetings, will help inform development of a Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Saskatchewan. It is estimated that one in five people experiences a mental health or addictions problem. “The overwhelming response after only seven weeks shows that mental health is a leading issue...

    Government Launches Saskatchewan.ca

    Posted On December 16, 2013
    The Government of Saskatchewan’s new website, Saskatchewan.ca is improving access to information and services for Saskatchewan people as well as those considering visiting or moving to the province. The previous Saskatchewan government website at gov.sk.ca was created in 2006, before tablets and smart phones were commonly used. It has since grown to more than 400,000 pages of content and its size and complexity make it hard to find information and services. Research with Saskatchewan people...

    Nearly 13,000 Benefit From SK Advantage Scholarship

    Posted On December 16, 2013
    Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris today recognized recipients of the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship program. “Since the program began in 2012, nearly 13,000 students have received the scholarship, totalling more than $6.4 million in support,” Norris said. “This scholarship is helping thousands of students pursue post-secondary education in Saskatchewan.” The Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship provides current Saskatchewan Grade 12 graduates who enroll at a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution with a scholarship of up to $500 per year...

    2013 Christmas Message From Premier Brad Wall

    Posted On December 12, 2013
    A lot of emotions surround the Christmas season: happiness, reverence, nostalgia, excitement. It’s a favorite time of year for many of us. We look forward to family times of fun and laughter. Seeing someone we love opening a gift into which we have put a little thought. Being with friends who we don’t see enough. Relaxing and enjoying good food…sometimes a little too much good food. And refreshing our Faith in the One who is the real reason behind it all. For unto all of us was born that day in the city of David…a Saviour who is Christ...

    SK Children Better Served By Pediatric Changes

    Posted On December 12, 2013
    Based on support from key clinicians, specialists, medical professionals and health leaders, Health Minister Dustin Duncan is confident changes to pediatric services approved yesterday by the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) board will result in safer, better, high quality health care for children. “Earlier on in this process, I was very clear that no changes would occur unless they improve care for the children who depend on these services,” Duncan said. “I have received those assurances from key pediatricians, pediatric oncologists, an infection...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On December 11, 2013
    Our government is focused on growth, its benefits and how it can create a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan people. Growth creates many new opportunities but also many new challenges. Managing growth and meeting these challenges was the focus of our latest legislative session in Regina. As of July 1st there were 1,108,303 people living in our province – population growth of more than 100,000 people in just six years. In that same time, our government has more than doubled investments in infrastructure projects like hospitals, schools and highways. Still, despite...

    Saskatchewan Event Hosting Strategy Unveiled

    Posted On December 9, 2013
    Today, Minister responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan Tim McMillan was joined by Tourism Saskatchewan CEO Pat Fiacco to unveil the Saskatchewan Event Hosting Strategy. The announcement marked the opening of Tourism Saskatchewan’s HOST Saskatchewan Conference in Regina, attended by approximately 150 representatives of the tourism sector. “The Grey Cup has capped off a remarkable year for events in Saskatchewan which included the JUNOs and the Memorial Cup,” McMillan said. “This plan will help grow the tourism industry and ensure Saskatchewan will remain...

    Targeted Funding For Safer Communities

    Posted On December 9, 2013
    Communities across the province are benefitting from an investment of $13.6 million to continue targeted policing initiatives. This funding is part of a total commitment of more than $14.7 million that supports targeted policing initiatives, aboriginal policing and recruitment, police and community boards and the Saskatchewan and Canadian Associations of Chiefs of Police. “Our government is committed to funding targeted police initiatives across Saskatchewan,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said. “These additional resources are directed toward specific...

    Long-Term Care Funding To Improve Seniors' Care

    Posted On December 6, 2013
    Residents of Saskatchewan's long-term care facilities will benefit from improved quality of care and quality of life. Health Minister Dustin Duncan today announced the allocation of the Urgent Issues Action Fund to address priority issues identified by health regions stemming from CEO tours of long-term care facilities earlier this year. "We are committed to making improvements that place the needs of our long-term care residents first," Duncan said. "Today we are providing funding to the health regions to address issues that improve quality of care for seniors. This...

    Job Numbers Show Strong & Diversified Economy

    Posted On December 6, 2013
    Saskatchewan continues to enjoy strong job growth and the lowest unemployment rate in Canada as thousands of new jobs are being created in a number of different sectors. The November Labour Force Report released today by Statistics Canada shows employment is up by 12,300 compared to November 2012 while Saskatchewan's unemployment rate is just 4.1 per cent – the lowest in Canada for the eleventh consecutive month. Saskatchewan's year-over-year employment growth of 2.3 per cent is second highest in Canada, behind only Alberta. Manitoba and BC both lost jobs over the...

    National Day of Remembrance and Action

    Posted On December 6, 2013
    Saskatchewan residents are joining with all Canadians today to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Events are held across the country every December 6, to mark the anniversary of the 1989 murders of 14 female engineering students at Montreal's l'École Polytechnique. "Violence against women and girls has no place in our society," Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for the Status of Women June Draude said. "We need to work with our community partners across the province to tackle this issue headon. Saskatchewan women...

    Building Permits Set Record In October

    Posted On December 5, 2013
    October was a very busy month for construction companies in the province as building permits totalled a record $370.6 million. Month-over-month, building permits were up by 26.2 per cent between September 2013 and October 2013, the highest percentage increase among the provinces and well ahead of the 7.4 per cent posted nationally. According to the Statistics Canada report released today, building permits were up by 14.0 per cent when compared with October 2012, second best in Canada and better than the 6.2 per cent decline recorded nationally. “The Saskatchewan...

    Nearly 14,000 Jobs Listed On SaskJobs.ca

    Posted On December 5, 2013
    With strong employment growth predicted to continue in Saskatchewan, SaskJobs.ca continues to be the go-to website for employers and job seekers. In November 2013 alone, employers listed 13,784 job postings in 272 communities across the province. Employers are looking to hire people with various skills and experiences. Among the vacancies in November, 41 per cent were oriented toward higher skills, requiring at least some post-secondary education or management experience. Demand is particularly strong for occupations that require a post-secondary certificate/diploma or apprenticeship...

    Fall Session Focused On Meeting Challenges Of Growth

    Posted On December 5, 2013
    Today is the final day of the fall legislative session which focused on meeting the challenges of a growing province, according to Premier Brad Wall. “Saskatchewan has grown by more than 100,000 people in just six years,” Wall said. “That creates many new opportunities and it also creates many new challenges. Our government is working hard to meet the challenges of a growing province.” Wall said two of the biggest challenges are building infrastructure and addressing the labour shortage. “Over the past six years, our government has...

    Record Crop Exceeds 2020 Growth Plan Target

    Posted On December 4, 2013
    Saskatchewan producers have harvested the largest crop in the province’s history and surpassed the 2020 target set out in the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth. The latest estimates from Statistics Canada indicate Saskatchewan’s 2013 crop is 38.4 million tonnes, exceeding the Growth Plan goal to increase crop production to 36.6 million tonnes by 2020. “Saskatchewan producers deserve credit for the effort and dedication that went into this record-breaking crop,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. “We set an ambitious goal for crop production and...

    Record Exports So Far In 2013

    Posted On December 4, 2013
    Saskatchewan merchandise exports continued to track at record levels in October 2013 according to a report released by Statistics Canada today. Merchandise exports totalled $27.2 billion between January and October of 2013. “We are on track to have another record year for exports,” Minister responsible for Trade Tim McMillan said. “Our diverse economy continues to grow as the first 10 months of 2013 are the best ever.” Energy exports totalled $10.25 billion in the first 10 months of 2013, up 3.4 per cent from the same period last year, and a record for...

    International Day Of Persons With Disabilities

    Posted On December 3, 2013
    The Government of Saskatchewan is joining jurisdictions around the world in proclaiming December 3 as the 2013 International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year’s theme, chosen by the United Nations, is Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all. “Our government is committed to making Saskatchewan the best place to live in Canada for people with disabilities,” Social Services Minister June Draude said. “Today is an opportunity to remind ourselves of that commitment and to celebrate the many contributions that people with disabilities...

    Legislation To Amend The Mental Health Services Act

    Posted On December 3, 2013
    The current Mental Health Services Act is 27 years old and amendments are required to allow for more effective delivery of mental health services in the province. The intent of the amendments are to improve timely access to mental health services for vulnerable people, support integration of mental health and addiction services and information sharing, and resolve governance and administration issues affecting the ministry and health regions. Changes include: Repealing those sections of the Act dealing with confidentiality and release of information and substituting the...

    E-Ticketing To Save Time On Traffic Tickets

    Posted On December 2, 2013
    The Ministry of Justice and the RCMP are using new electronic ticketing equipment to reduce the amount of time spent on traffic offenses in the province. The new method uses in-car consoles and printers to quickly scan drivers’ licenses, digitally record the fine information, and print the ticket on the spot. Fine information is then uploaded to the Ministry of Justice’s Fine Collections branch on a nightly basis. “This significantly reduces the amount of time and taxpayer money spent on issuing, printing and processing minor traffic offenses,” Justice...

    2012
    January

    Saskatchewan economy off to a strong start

    Posted On January 30, 2012
    Leading the Nation in Several Categories As the first month of 2012 comes to an end, the positive economic news rolled in as job numbers and wholesale trade hit monthly records. Saskatchewan led the nation in growth in wholesale trade, retail sales and non-residential construction. Average weekly earnings increased and unemployment dropped. "The strong and resilient Saskatchewan economy is providing many job opportunities for people who want to live and work in Saskatchewan," Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris said. "Saskatchewan workers continue to benefit...

    Sask. leads the nation in growth of registered nurses

    Posted On January 27, 2012
    Saskatchewan leads the country in the growth of its registered nurse (RN) workforce, according to a report released yesterday by the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI). Regulated Nurses: Canadian Trends, 2006 to 2010 outlines positive news for the province. During this timeframe: The registered nurse workforce in Saskatchewan increased by 12.5 per cent - the highest of any other province in Canada. Saskatchewan is one of the few provinces where the average age of RNs decreased. In 2010, more than 60 per cent of RNs worked in full-time...

    Saskatchewan average earnings rank second in Canada

    Posted On January 26, 2012
    According to today's report from Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's average weekly earnings were $904.42, the second highest in Canada behind Alberta ($1,052.53). This is the second highest average weekly earnings for Saskatchewan on record. The national average was $883.96. In November 2011, Saskatchewan's average weekly earnings increased by 5.1 per cent, compared to a year ago. This increase was the second highest among the provinces behind Newfoundland and Labrador (5.7 per cent) and above the national average of 2.2 per cent. "Saskatchewan workers continue to benefit from...

    Shoppers ring up retail numbers in November

    Posted On January 24, 2012
    Retail sales in Saskatchewan continued to rise according to a report from Statistics Canada released today. In November 2011, retail sales were up by 11.3 per cent over November 2010, the highest among the provinces. Nationally, retail sales were up 3.1 per cent. "Saskatchewan people are feeling confident about the economy with so many great jobs in this province and that is allowing them to create a better quality of life," Enterprise Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "Retail sales have been rising steadily over the last months, which bodes well for businesses across the province." There...

    Wholesale trade triples the national increase

    Posted On January 20, 2012
    Saskatchewan's wholesale trade in November 2011 jumped 22.3 per cent over last November, more than triple the 6.5 per cent rise nationally and the highest increase among the provinces. "With an economy that continues to quickly expand, wholesalers have to make sure the supply is there to meet high consumer and business demand," Enterprise Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "With that high demand comes more jobs, higher wages and new businesses in our province." The November wholesale trade totals are the highest on record for the month of November. Wholesale trade has increased on...

    Another decrease in EI recipients

    Posted On January 19, 2012
    The number of Saskatchewan people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits has dropped year-over-year for the 20th consecutive month. There were 9,600 beneficiaries receiving regular EI benefits in Saskatchewan in November 2011, a decrease of 3,250 compared to a year ago. Saskatchewan had a 2.2 per cent decrease in the total number of claims from a year ago, the fourth largest decrease among provinces. "The latest drop in the number of EI recipients from Saskatchewan reflects the continued strength of our province's labour market," Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration...

    More progress on surgical wait times

    Posted On January 19, 2012
    Saskatchewan is meeting its goal of treating the province's longest waiting surgical patients, as the overall number of patients waiting continues to decline. New surgical data updated to November 30, 2011, shows that just over 1,400 patients in Saskatchewan have waited more than 12 months for surgery - a 65 per cent drop since the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative began in April 2010. Saskatchewan has completed about 55,900 surgeries since the start of this fiscal year (April), 7.2 per cent more (about 3,780 cases) than during the same period last year. "It's very encouraging...

    Headstart on a home is underway in North Battleford

    Posted On January 19, 2012
    Construction of a new $3.2 million condominium development for 21 low- to moderate-income families is underway in North Battleford, with $2.9 million in financing assistance from the Government of Saskatchewan through the Headstart on a Home program. Located at 2332 Kildeer Drive, the development will consist of 21 units featuring two bedrooms, a four-piece bath, an open floor plan for the kitchen, dining room and living room and a patio or deck. The cost of each unit will range between $169,900 and $184,900, including GST. The project is estimated to be completed in late 2012. "The...

    2011 a great year for oil well drilling in Saskatchewan

    Posted On January 13, 2012
    Saskatchewan has just posted its second-best year for drilling of oil wells and has broken a record, only a year old, for drilling of horizontal oil wells. Year-end statistics from the Ministry of Energy and Resources show that 3,528 oil wells were drilled in 2011. That represents a 29 per cent increase over the figure for 2010 and is just shy of the record figure set in 1997. That activity contributed to the new record for horizontal oil wells drilled last year. There were 1,992 of these wells drilled in 2011, a 30 per cent increase over 2010's previous record. Horizontal well...

    Answers for MS patients

    Posted On January 12, 2012
    Our government is keeping the promise we made to help find answers for MS patients and their families. On January 12, we announced that MS patients in Saskatchewan can now apply to take part in the largest Liberation Therapy clinical trial of its type. The two-year, double-blind clinical trial at Albany Medical Centre in Albany, New York is in the final stages of Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approval and can proceed immediately. Our government is providing $2.2 million in funding to have 86 Saskatchewan MS patients included in the trial. This will be a controlled clinical study...

    February

    Hot Saskatchewan economy keeps hitting new records

    Posted On February 29, 2012
    Saskatchewan continues to attract investors and newcomers with its pace-setting economic activity in early 2012. Saskatchewan broke records for growth in retail sales and wholesale trade, manufacturing shipments and building permits in the month of February. "Saskatchewan's economy is working at full throttle and producing the kind of figures that put us among the nation's leaders in terms of growth and opportunity," Enterprise Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "These numbers are sending a message already being voiced by our province's entrepreneurs - opportunity lives here." In...

    New project provides support to newcomers

    Posted On February 22, 2012
    Internationally trained professionals will be able to put their knowledge and skills to work sooner with a new pilot project funded by the Government of Saskatchewan, the Government of Canada and the private sector. The Immigrant Access Fund (IAF) Saskatchewan received $450,000 through a multi-year agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan, to provide microloans to help internationally trained professionals finance the costs of having their credentials recognized in Canada. Microloans are small loans that do not require applicants to be employed, have a credit history in Canada or...

    Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation moves ahead

    Posted On February 21, 2012
    Minister responsible for Innovation Rob Norris today signed a multi-year agreement for Innovation Saskatchewan to provide funding for the new $30 million Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (CCNI), a world-class research centre housed at the University of Saskatchewan to support nuclear research, development and innovation. "The Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation is a key cornerstone of Saskatchewan's innovation and nuclear agendas," Norris said. "It will play a vital role in advancing our vision for a safe, responsible, value-added nuclear agenda that focuses on nuclear medicine,...

    MLA Report for February 17, 2012

    Posted On February 17, 2012
    Surgical wait times are down again, as our government continues making progress towards its goal of no one waiting more than 3 months for surgery by 2014. New statistics updated to the end of last December show the number of patients waiting more than 18 months is down 89 per cent from where it was in 2007. The number of people waiting more than 12 months is down 76 per cent. Over the last five years, our government has instituted several new initiatives that have played a role in this reduction, including; using private surgical clinics within the public system; to recruiting more doctors...

    Another drop in EI recipients

    Posted On February 17, 2012
    The number of people in Saskatchewan receiving Employment Insurance (EI) dropped significantly in December, 2011, compared to the same month in 2010, for 21 consecutive months of year-over-year decreases. There were 10,050 beneficiaries receiving regular EI benefits in Saskatchewan, a decrease of 2,230 (18.2 per cent) from December 2010. Each of the province's eight large centres had year-over-year declines in the number of beneficiaries, with the largest occurring in Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert. "With increases in average weekly earnings and a growing demand...

    Surgical wait time reductions continue

    Posted On February 13, 2012
    As surgical wait times in Saskatchewan continue to decline, the province is highlighting an online directory and encouraging patients to take a more active role with their doctors in improving their surgical experiences. Surgical data now updated to December 31, 2011, shows that the number of patients waiting longer than 18 months for surgery has dropped 89 per cent and the number waiting over 12 months has dropped 76 per cent. These figures represent improvements of two and three percentage points respectively since the previous monthly data update. Saskatchewan has completed...

    Renovation of family housing project underway

    Posted On February 13, 2012
    The Province of Saskatchewan, through Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), is investing approximately $8 million to redevelop a total of 71 homes for families in Parkview Village located in East Regina. To date, 16 homes have been completed. The remaining homes and landscaping are expected to be completed later this year. "Without our government's reinvestment in this existing project, these homes would have been lost," Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation June Draude said. "Instead, more than 71 families will soon be calling Parkview...

    Weight limit increased on Diefenbaker Bridge

    Posted On February 13, 2012
    The weight limit on the Diefenbaker Bridge in Prince Albert will be increased to 47,000 kilograms (kg) as of midnight tonight, following the repair of the cracked girder and inspection of the complete bridge. The cracked section of the bridge has been removed and replaced, and traffic was allowed to run over the bridge at a restricted weight of 15,000 kg while a permanent safety line was installed to ensure ease of access to allow for weekly inspections. Inspections of the bridge have shown that the weight limit can now be safely increased to 47,000 kg. This is the weight limit typically...

    Saskatchewan grows by 65,000 people in five years

    Posted On February 8, 2012
    Most Growth Ever in Any Five-Year Census Period The 2011 Census count was released today and it shows Saskatchewan grew by 65,224 between 2006 and 2011. That is by far the largest population growth in any census period since Statistics Canada started doing the Census every five years in 1956. The population growth also marks a complete reversal from the previous two census periods 1996 to 2001 and 2001 to 2006, which saw Saskatchewan's population drop by about 11,000 people during each five-year period. In its Census release, Statistics Canada called Saskatchewan a "turnaround," saying:...

    Saskjobs.ca starts year with impressive numbers

    Posted On February 7, 2012
    Last month, 14,717 job vacancies were posted to SaskJobs.ca, an increase of 44 per cent over January 2010 and an increase of 24 per cent over the month previous (December 2011). There were 931,372 visits to the site in January. This clearly signals that job seekers are recognizing Saskatchewan as a great place to build a career. "With a record of economic growth, unprecedented employment numbers and a growing population, Saskatchewan is a place of opportunity," Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris said. "And, the number of job seekers within...

    Record year for building permits in 2011

    Posted On February 7, 2012
    Saskatchewan's building permit increases led Canada in 2011 with a 25 per cent increase over 2010, according to Statistics Canada. Saskatchewan's growth outpaced the 1.7 per cent national rise. Building permits totalled $2.6 billion in 2011, the highest on record, beating the previous figure of $2.2 billion in 2008. Saskatoon and Regina also set building permit records. "Saskatchewan has more people than ever before, we have more jobs than ever before and every day new homes and businesses are being built to make this province a great place to work and raise a family," Enterprise...

    Saskatchewan has record employment

    Posted On February 3, 2012
    Saskatchewan reached record highs for the month of January with 520,600 people employed including 419,900 full-time jobs. "Saskatchewan's economy is a leader in Canada," Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris said. "With strong growth in Aboriginal and youth employment, Saskatchewan continues to be a great place to live and work." Off-reserve Aboriginal employment experienced year-over-year growth of 6,200 jobs (18 per cent) for the eighth consecutive month of gains. Aboriginal youth employment also increased year-over-year by 1,400 jobs (17.3...

    Premier announces spring session

    Posted On February 2, 2012
    Premier Brad Wall today announced that the spring session of the Legislative Assembly will begin on Monday March 5 with the 2012-13 provincial budget to be delivered on Wednesday, March 21. Wall said the provincial budget will focus on keeping the government's election commitments while maintaining fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget. "Saskatchewan's economy is leading the nation," Wall said. "We have a growing population, low unemployment, the second-highest average wages in the country and a great quality of life in our province. "Saskatchewan people have worked...

    March

    MLA Report for March 29, 2012

    Posted On March 29, 2012
    MLA Report Last week our government brought down the only balanced budget in Canada. The theme of this year’s budget is Keeping the Saskatchewan Advantage. One of the ways it does that is providing responsible fiscal management within a framework of sustainable spending on services and initiatives important to Saskatchewan people and keeping the promises we made in last fall’s election, an advantage created by the hard work of all of us.  This is a budget with a vision to make Saskatchewan the best place in Canada to live, to work, to start a business, to get an education,...

    First Balanced Budget in Canada This Year

    Posted On March 29, 2012
    The provincial legislature today voted to pass the 2012-13 Saskatchewan Party government budget - the only balanced provincial budget in Canada so far this year. British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and the federal government have all tabled deficit budgets. "The Saskatchewan Advantage is real," Minister of Finance Ken Krawetz said. "While other provinces have massive deficits, we have balanced budgets. While other provinces have high unemployment and sluggish economies, we have the lowest unemployment in Canada and our economy is leading the nation." Krawetz...

    Funding increase for individuals with disabilities

    Posted On March 27, 2012
    Saskatchewan's Approved Private-Service Homes (APSH), serving people with intellectual disabilities, and Mental Health Approved Homes will receive an 11.6 per cent funding increase effective May 1, 2012. "These funds will help ensure that our most vulnerable citizens continue to receive the services they require in the community," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "They will also help make Saskatchewan the best place to live in Canada for people with disabilities." "This funding increase will help our approved homes to continue to provide services for the individuals...

    Surgical wait times continue to improve

    Posted On March 27, 2012
    New surgical data updated to January 31, 2012, shows that Saskatchewan continues to make progress improving access to surgery for patients. "Since 2007, there has been a 90 per cent drop in the number of Saskatchewan patients waiting more than 18 months for surgery and a 79 per cent decrease in the number waiting more than 12 months," Health Minister Don McMorris said. "We're continuing to build on that great progress." By the end of 2012-13, the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative's target is to reduce all surgical wait times to less than six months. By 2014, the goal is to provide...

    Headstart on a Home is Underway in Moose Jaw

    Posted On March 23, 2012
    Construction of a new $2.8 million condominium development for 15 low- to moderate-income families is underway in Moose Jaw, with $1.9 million in financing assistance from the Government of Saskatchewan through the HeadStart on a Home program. "We are pleased that Moose Jaw is the latest community to take advantage of HeadStart on a Home to help meet the need for entry-level housing in Saskatchewan," Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation June Draude said. "Increasing housing supply within the price range of families and individuals currently...

    Saskatchewan grew by more than 17,000 in 2011

    Posted On March 21, 2012
    Saskatchewan's population jumped by 17,064 people in 2011 to an all-time high of 1,067,612, according to new population estimates released today by Statistics Canada. That's the biggest increase in one year since 1953, when the population grew by 18,000. Saskatchewan's 2011 growth rate of 1.62 per cent was the second-highest in Canada, behind only Alberta. Saskatchewan also had the second-highest rate of net interprovincial migration (people moving in minus people moving out) with net interprovincial in-migration of 1,181 in 2011. In fact, Saskatchewan and Alberta were the only...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On March 21, 2012
    The last few years have been transformational for Saskatchewan. We have gone from being a have-not province to being a driver of the Canadian economy. Our population is at an all-time record high of 1,065,000. Thousands of people including both those who moved away and newcomers are choosing Saskatchewan as the place they want to live, work and raise their families. The credit for the work that’s made all that possible belongs to you, the people of Saskatchewan. You are responsible for creating the Saskatchewan Advantage. It is our government’s job to take action...

    Moving forward on child welfare transformation

    Posted On March 20, 2012
    As recommended by the Saskatchewan Child Welfare Review Panel, the Government of Saskatchewan is embarking on discussions with key stakeholders regarding a review of the province's child welfare legislation. "Our Child Welfare Transformation Strategy is guiding our efforts to change the child welfare system based on the themes of working differently, prevention and renewal," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "Reviewing and updating our legislation is an important step in renewing our system, and we are moving forward with our partners to begin this critical work." The...

    Highway Hotline Launches New Mobile Website

    Posted On March 19, 2012
    The Highway Hotline launched today its new mobile website for smart phones giving, motorists another convenient way to check road conditions. "This launch is another step in our recent work to upgrade Saskatchewan's road information system to better inform all motorists before they travel on our highways to help them plan safer trips," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Jim Reiter said. "The new mobile website is handy if you're out and about and need to know what's on the road before driving home." Found online at http://hotline.gov.sk.ca/sk/map/mobile/,...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On March 8, 2012
    It is often said a society is measured by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. With that in mind, our government is continuing to take action to better meet the needs of people with intellectual disabilities. Starting April 1, 2012, we are changing the way we fund day programs from the old cost-per-space model developed in the 1970s to one that is based on the actual needs of each individual. This will also allow us to devote more resources to support people that have more complex needs. Implementation will cost approximately $6.3 million in 2012-13 which includes $4.6 million for...

    Increased funding for people with intellectual disabilities

    Posted On March 7, 2012
    People with intellectual disabilities will have access to better-funded, quality supports that meet their needs thanks to the new Day Program Funding Standard and expansion of the residential funding standard for individuals with complex needs. "This funding will help make Saskatchewan the best place to live in Canada for people with disabilities," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "This initiative will allow us to better tailor our funding to the actual needs of individuals attending day programs and living in residential facilities." "We are very pleased that these...

    Saskjobs.ca posts more than 13,000 jobs in February

    Posted On March 5, 2012
    Saskatchewan continues to be a province full of opportunity. In February, the province's SaskJobs.ca website saw 13,740 job postings by employers in 306 communities. This is a 42 per cent jump over February 2011. "The increase in activity on the Saskjobs.ca website is another indicator of our province's strong economic position," Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris said. "With one of the lowest unemployment rates in Canada and a growing population, people from across Canada are realizing that Saskatchewan is a great place to live and work." More...

    Saskatchewan investment projected to pass $20 billion

    Posted On March 1, 2012
    Saskatchewan continues to be the hot spot for investment with new capital spending by private and public organizations projected to reach a new record level of $20.2 billion in 2012 according to a new report released by Statistics Canada. "Saskatchewan is an opportunity rich province with a competitive and innovative economic climate, which makes us a very appealing jurisdiction for investors today," Enterprise Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "Major long-term commitments of this magnitude simply do not happen where there is uncertainty or a lack of return on investments." This...

    April

    Royals to Celebrate Diamond Jubilee in Regina

    Posted On April 30, 2012
    Premier Brad Wall announced today that Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Regina on May 22 and 23 to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee with the people of Saskatchewan. "Throughout her reign, The Queen as well as The Royal Family have made a number of visits to our province and in doing so have forged a strong bond with the people of Saskatchewan adding to our own provincial identity, history and heritage," Wall said. "On behalf of our province, I would like to personally welcome Their Royal Highnesses to Saskatchewan, and...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On April 27, 2012
    Saskatchewan’s always had a unique place in Canada. One of the things that sets us apart this year is that we have the only balanced provincial budget in the country. Newfoundland and Labrador announced its deficit budget this week – and that’s the last budget announcement of 2012. We know that this was made possible by all hard work that you do – and as legislators, we commit that we will continue to take action that protects the Saskatchewan Advantage you have created. But the Saskatchewan Advantage is about more than just growth for growth’s sake....

    Sask average wage’s post highest increase in Canada

    Posted On April 26, 2012
    Saskatchewan's average weekly earnings rose by 5.0 per cent in February 2012, compared to February of last year, the highest increase among the provinces according to Statistics Canada. Average weekly earnings in the province were $905.98 - the third highest among the provinces after Alberta at $1,057.57 and Newfoundland and Labrador at $919.08, and above the national average of $886.45. With inflation of 2.0 per cent factored in, Saskatchewan had a real wage increase of 3.0 per cent compared to a national decrease of 0.8 per cent. "Workers in Saskatchewan are seeing...

    Funding provides for First Nations and Métis students

    Posted On April 25, 2012
    In the 2012-13 Budget the provincial government renewed a commitment of $4.3 million for the First Nations and Métis Achievement Fund and Individual Achievement accounts. These programs provide funding to school divisions and community based organizations for initiatives related to improving educational outcomes for First Nations and Métis students across the province. "The initiatives supported by the First Nations and Métis Achievement Fund include actions to improve success in reading, science and mathematics, as well as staffing resources to support student,...

    Saskatchewan to host Summit on Innovative Housing

    Posted On April 24, 2012
    Housing experts are gathering in Regina to participate in the second Housing and Development Summit being held April 24-25, 2012 at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Centre. The focus of the conference will be on continued planning for growth in Saskatchewan and the need to ensure that housing is affordable and accessible for all Saskatchewan citizens. "Collaboration across the housing sector is key if we are to support Saskatchewan's growing population and ensure that housing is affordable and accessible for all," Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing...

    Sask only balanced provincial budget in Canada

    Posted On April 24, 2012
    With the release of Newfoundland and Labrador's 2012-13 deficit budget, Saskatchewan has become the only province in Canada this year to announce a balanced budget. Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the Canadian government had all previously announced deficit budgets for the current fiscal year. "Most Canadians are living in provinces where the government is spending beyond its means, creating economic uncertainty and putting at risk a secure future for its citizens. Our government, meanwhile, continues to control...

    2012-13 Construction Season Gets Rolling

    Posted On April 23, 2012
    Workers and equipment will be moving dirt and laying pavement as the 2012 highway construction season gets underway in Saskatchewan. More than 1,200 kilometres (km) of major improvements and planned maintenance work is targeted to be complete in 2012, made possible by a budget of $581.5 million, the second largest Highways and Infrastructure budget in the province's history. "We've put more than $2.2 billion into our highway system over the past four years," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Jim Reiter said.  "We're going to build on that by continuing to invest another...

    Funding for Surgical Care Flows to Health Regions

    Posted On April 23, 2012
    Saskatchewan patients will receive surgery sooner and benefit from innovations that improve surgical care, thanks to a $60.5 million investment in the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative. Regional health authorities (RHAs) are receiving funding that will allow them to collectively complete an additional 4,380 surgeries in 2012-13. About 70 per cent of the additional surgeries will be provided in Regina and Saskatoon. Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region will provide about 1,600 more surgeries than last year and Saskatoon Health Region about 1,560 more. The other health regions combined will...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On April 19, 2012
    Our government is moving forward on another commitment to improve healthcare in Saskatchewan. Last week, Moose Jaw received some long awaited news from the Five Hills Health Region on the site of the new hospital. The Health Region has purchased 30 acres of land on Diefenbaker Drive; this location is close to highway #1 and #2 which will allow for good traffic flow, future growth and parking. This new hospital will incorporate the LEAN principles of design and be a patient-centered facility. The funding for this hospital will fall under the new model where the province funds 80 per cent and...

    Premier touts Saskatchewan’s ‘lean’ health-care gains

    Posted On April 18, 2012
    Premier touts Saskatchewan’s ‘lean’ health-care gainsGLORIA GALLOWAY OTTAWA— Globe and Mail UpdateSaskatchewan Premier Brad Wall will tell a conference of health experts in Montebello, Que., on Wednesday about the progress his province is making to reduce care costs while delivering better treatment to patients. Mr. Wall was shot down by the federal government earlier this year after he proposed Ottawa create a fund to help provinces find innovative ways to improve care. But Saskatchewan is still taking steps to make its own system more efficient and...

    Sask still only province with balanced budget

    Posted On April 18, 2012
    Saskatchewan remains the only province in Canada with a balanced budget, after Manitoba yesterday and Prince Edward Island today tabled deficit budgets. British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the Canadian government had all previously announced deficit budgets for the 2012-13 fiscal year. In Manitoba, the province increased taxes on gasoline and cigarettes, as well as fees for land titles, birth, marriage and death certificates. “It’s no wonder a recent national poll found that 84 per cent of people surveyed in Saskatchewan have a positive...

    "Less Safer"

    Posted On April 17, 2012
    NDP Says Work by Private Sector Engineers "Less Safer" Than Government Engineers NDP MLA Buckley Belanger yesterday suggested that highways designed by private consulting engineers will be "less safer" than if the same work was done by government engineers. Yesterday in Question Period, Belanger was questioning Highways Minister Jim Reiter about the government's practice of using consulting engineers to do highway design work – a practice started in 1997 by the Romanow NDP government. Belanger said: "Mr. Speaker, the people of this province will...

    Putting Patients First

    Posted On April 16, 2012
    Patients in northern Saskatchewan can now have better access to orthopedic specialists in Prince Albert. The specialists have started sharing patient referrals, so that patients can choose to take the next available appointment rather than waiting for a particular specialist. Victoria Hospital's Department of Orthopedics has introduced "pooled referrals", a process that gives patients the option of seeing the first available specialist who is qualified to treat their condition. Four orthopedic specialists work within the department. "This is another innovative way to help...

    Just Say NO!

    Posted On April 11, 2012
    Saskatchewan Party MLA Lyle Stewart is calling on interim Saskatchewan NDP leader John Nilson to oppose any bid to re-instate the federal long gun registry. In a recent interview, new federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair said he will bring the controversial registry back if he becomes Prime Minister. "For too many years, Saskatchewan's law-abiding gun owners were treated like criminals because of the federal gun registry. When it was finally scrapped, you could hear the collective sigh of relief right across the Prairies," Stewart said. "John Nilson was the Justice Minister in an NDP...

    New Homes Help Keep Babies and Mothers Together

    Posted On April 10, 2012
    Construction on two new homes that will help keep at-risk mothers and their newborn babies together was officially launched in Saskatoon today. The two homes, called Baby Steps and Mah's Place, will be operated by the Saskatoon Downtown Youth Centre (EGADZ) with funding from the Government of Saskatchewan, Government of Canada and City of Saskatoon. "We are very pleased to partner with EGADZ by providing $500,000 in funding for the construction and development of Baby Steps," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "This program will provide a safe and supportive environment...

    Lowest unemployment in Canada

    Posted On April 5, 2012
    Saskatchewan's unemployment rate in March 2012 was 4.8 per cent, down from 5.0 per cent in February. The province's jobless rate was the lowest in the country and well below the national unemployment rate of 7.2 per cent. Regina's unemployment rate of 3.9 per cent was lowest among major Canadian cities while Saskatoon at 5.9 per cent was ninth lowest. "With these positive job numbers, a growing population and record high earnings for workers, we are continuing to build momentum for the rest of the year," Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris...

    Record hits for saskjobs.ca

    Posted On April 4, 2012
    SaskJobs.ca experienced more than one million hits in March - the highest ever number of visits in one month since the site went live on November 1, 1999. There were 1,074,900 visits to the site in March - an increase of 13.5 per cent over the same month last year. Ireland ranked as the country with the most international traffic on SaskJobs.ca with 13,706 visits. Last month, Premier Brad Wall and Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris led a labour recruitment mission to Ireland along with 27 Saskatchewan employers. "More people than...

    Promise made, promise kept

    Posted On April 4, 2012
    Saskatchewan cancer patients will have improved access to cancer care and services, thanks to a funding increase this year to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. The provincial government committed $138.8 million for the agency in the 2012-13 Budget, an increase of $16.9 million (nearly 14 per cent) over 2011-12. It will be used to enhance access to cancer screening, cancer drugs and oncologists. "We're committed to giving Saskatchewan people the best cancer care available anywhere," Health Minister Don McMorris said. "The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency is doing an exceptional...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On April 4, 2012
    An important facet of Keeping the Saskatchewan Advantage is properly funding services that are important to Saskatchewan people. This week we announced we were keeping one of our key campaign promises: increasing funding for the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. Our commitment this year to the Cancer Agency is $113.8 million, an almost 14 per cent increase from 2011-12. In 2012-13, it is expected this funding will provide 30,000 cancer drug treatments, 39,000 mammograms and 6,000 new patient appointments at the cancers centres in Saskatoon and Regina. The latest data shows the number of people...

    New student housing at U of R

    Posted On April 3, 2012
    Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris announced today that the Government of Saskatchewan has provided $1 million for the initial planning of a new student housing project at the University of Regina. The proposed project includes a student housing complex, child care facilities and other amenities, including parking. "We are pleased to support the planning of the student housing project at the University of Regina," Norris said. "Over the past four years, the Government of Saskatchewan increased investments in student housing by more than 3,000 per cent,...

    Government shows support for anti-bullying efforts

    Posted On April 2, 2012
    The week of March 30 to April 5 has officially been proclaimed as Pink Revolution Anti-bullying Week. The Ministry of Education is demonstrating its support for anti-discrimination efforts with a focus on events and initiatives coinciding with this officially proclaimed week. Pink Revolution Week kicked off in Saskatoon on March 12 and had a subsequent flag raising ceremony on April 1. This Saskatchewan made event was co-ordinated by the Anti-bullying Network, which is comprised of the Boys and Girls Club, The Avenue Community Centre, Youth Launch, Restorative Action Program, Saskatoon...

    May

    Enhancements for SAID

    Posted On May 30, 2012
    The Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program is expanding enrolment and increasing benefits for program participants as it moves away from a welfare model toward a Living Income structure that offers more financial independence. "The SAID program supports our government's goal to make Saskatchewan the best place in Canada to live for people with disabilities," Premier Brad Wall said. "To support this objective, we are making substantial investments to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through better benefits, increased enrollment and more independence....

    Fifty One Child Care Spaces Open in Saskatoon

    Posted On May 28, 2012
    Today, Saskatoon Sutherland MLA Paul Merriman, on behalf of Education Minister Russ Marchuk, joined the Spadina Early Learning and Childcare Co-operative Board, representatives from the Saskatoon Public School Division and families and community members at the opening of 51 child care spaces at Spadina Early Learning and Childcare Co-operative - Princess Alexandra in Saskatoon. "Increasing the number of high-quality, licensed child care spaces for Saskatchewan families is a priority for the Government of Saskatchewan," Merriman said. "The 51 spaces celebrated today demonstrate our commitment...

    Saskatchewan NDP back Mulcair’s attack on resources

    Posted On May 15, 2012
    Saskatchewan NDP strategist Erin Weir has revealed his party supports federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s assessment that the way to create manufacturing jobs in eastern Canada is to kill resource jobs in the west. In a column in the May 11 Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Weir called Mulcair’s now infamous “Dutch disease” comments “a balanced approach” and said: “The solution is to increase royalty rates.” Weir was responsible for costing out the NDP’s disastrous 2011 election platform, as noted in Murray Mandryk’s October 21, 2011...

    New System Improves Care of Children

    Posted On May 14, 2012
    A new electronic case management system designed to keep track of children in care of the Ministry of Social Services is now up and running across the province. This new system, called Linkin, replaces the previous paper-based system and enhances services provided by the province's Child and Family Services Division, which works to protect children from abuse and neglect. "The safety and well-being of children is our top priority," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "This new system provides front-line workers with better access to information so they can spend more time...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On May 10, 2012
    The good economic news for Saskatchewan just keeps rolling in. A new report from BMO Economics indicates our province’s economy will grow by 2.9 per cent this year, second only to Alberta. The report goes on to state: “Saskatchewan’s economy remains among the top performers in Canada, boosted by a strong resource sector.” Our abundant natural resources – potash, oil, uranium – have played a significant role in our province’s transformation from “have not” to “have” status. That transformation is part of the Saskatchewan...

    500 New Child Care Spaces Allocated Across Sask

    Posted On May 10, 2012
    Education Minister Donna Harpauer, today announced that the Saskatchewan Government has allocated 500 new child care spaces to 15 communities across the province. The allocation is based on the 2012-13 provincial budget which provided $2 million to develop 500 new child care spaces across Saskatchewan, and an additional $4 million to cover the capital costs of those new spaces. "Increasing the number of high-quality licensed child care spaces for Saskatchewan families is a priority of this government," Harpauer said. "Investing in our children means we are investing in our future....

    Sask NDP would hand over resource sector to the feds

    Posted On May 8, 2012
    When asked by a reporter about federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair's comments suggesting a strong resource sector is bad for the country because it kills manufacturing jobs in eastern Canada, Saskatchewan NDP Energy and Resources Critic Cathy Sproule passed the buck. "If there are issues around economics, that's something the federal government would have to deal with," said Sproule. Saskatchewan Party MLA Kevin Doherty says Sproule's comments provided some clarity. "I now understand why the NDP never had a plan to grow Saskatchewan's economy - they think it's a federal...

    Women Entrepreneurs Week Proclaimed

    Posted On May 7, 2012
    The Government of Saskatchewan today proclaimed May 7-13 to be Women Entrepreneurs Week, to celebrate the contribution of women to Saskatchewan's vibrant economic growth. "Women entrepreneurs are found in every sector of our economy and they have been instrumental in our economic growth through the various businesses that they operate," Enterprise Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "This is a great time to be in business in Saskatchewan. We are committed to ensuring that women entrepreneurs continue to grow and expand their businesses, create jobs and take advantage of the business opportunities...

    Moving The Film & Creative Industries Forward

    Posted On May 4, 2012
    Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Bill Hutchinson today announced the government has offered the film and creative industries a three-point plan for moving forward. "The old film employment grant program was not serving to develop a strong film industry in Saskatchewan and it came at a high cost to taxpayers," Hutchinson said. "We are not reversing our decision to end that program. However we do believe there is a promising future for the film industry and in fact the whole creative sector in Saskatchewan if we focus on innovation and growing strong, grassroots, Saskatchewan-based...

    NDP vote against Keystone XL Pipeline

    Posted On May 3, 2012
    In a debate in the Legislature, Saskatchewan NDP MLAs voted unanimously against a resolution to support the important Keystone XL pipeline project. The $7 billion project would create hundreds of thousands of jobs, pump millions of dollars into the Saskatchewan economy and further build our province's international reputation as a source of secure energy. "By voting against this motion, John Nilson and the NDP are sending a clear message to the people of Saskatchewan – they are against jobs, against economic development and against keeping our economy strong and growing," said...

    Report From The Legislature

    Posted On May 2, 2012
    Saskatchewan has a proud history when it comes to our role in the Commonwealth. From a capital city named after Queen Victoria to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit in 1939 to The Princess Royal visit in 2007, we have long enjoyed a special relationship with the Crown. Evidence of that special relationship will be seen again later this month, when Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, come to Saskatchewan. The royal couple will be visiting Regina on May 22nd and 23rd to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee with the people of Saskatchewan....

    Strengthening Immigrant Nominee Program

    Posted On May 2, 2012
    Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris has introduced key changes to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). These changes are being made to streamline processing while enhancing the integrity of the immigration program in Saskatchewan and to address the labour market needs of the province. The program improvements include: The launch of additional consultations on foreign worker protection legislation to ensure that foreign nationals living in Saskatchewan during their recruitment, immigration and settlement process are protected....

    Renewing Labour Legislation

    Posted On May 2, 2012
    The Government of Saskatchewan is proposing to modernize, simplify and amalgamate labour legislation as well as explore the creation of a Saskatchewan Employment Code. The intent of the review is to: (1) restructure and re-organize the legislation so it is easier to use and understand; (2) eliminate inconsistencies to reduce confusion; and (3) clarify which legislation applies in particular situations. Some examples of the topics under consideration are: essential services legislation, union financial disclosure, notice requirements, collection of employees' wages after...

    Rental Housing Construction Rebate

    Posted On May 1, 2012
    The Government of Saskatchewan launched a new Corporate Income Tax (CIT) Rebate today that will help add 10,000 new rental units to the province by the end of 2016. Funding for the new rebate is estimated at $34 million for the first five years of the program. This initiative is expected to increase the overall, purpose built rental market by 29 per cent. "We heard consistently from the housing sector that the current corporate income tax structure is a barrier to the development of rental housing," Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation...

    June

    Supporting Lower-Income Seniors

    Posted On June 27, 2012
    The Government of Saskatchewan has unveiled the new Personal Care Home Benefit (PCHB), and announced increases to the Seniors Income Plan (SIP). The moves are part of the government's Seniors Affordability Plan and come into effect July 1, 2012. "These programs will help seniors with low income with their costs of living," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "We know some seniors are having difficulty making ends meet, and that's why we made the Seniors Affordability Plan an important part of our election platform last November. I am very pleased to be able to follow through...

    Legislative Building time capsule on display

    Posted On June 26, 2012
    The new time capsule created as part of the celebration of the Legislative Building's 100th anniversary was put on display in the building's entrance today. The time capsule was made by Pro Metal Industries Ltd. Its shape is similar to the original time capsule, placed in the building's cornerstone in 1909, but it has been modified to be longer and narrower so it can be fit back into the cornerstone through the existing opening. It also has a dome-shaped top, mirroring the shape of the dome of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, and has the names of all current MLAs inscribed on the...

    Sask NDP would dismantle province's resource sector

    Posted On June 26, 2012
    NDP leadership hopeful agrees resource sector is a "disease" At their convention last weekend, not only did the NDP refuse to stand up for western Canada's resource sector, they renewed their support of a controversial resource royalty review proposal that was a key plank of their flawed 2011 election platform. "They had a chance to tell federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair that he was wrong to call Saskatchewan's resource sector a disease that threatened Canada's economy. Not only did interim leader John Nilson give Mulcair a free ride, the only declared leadership candidate...

    Construction underway at Pinkie Road and Highway 1

    Posted On June 6, 2012
    New Overpass will Increase Traffic Safety Construction has resumed on the new $43 million overpass at the junction of Highway 1 and Pinkie Road. "With the commercial and residential development in Regina's southwest quadrant, we are seeing increases in traffic," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. "Our government is committed to providing the people of Saskatchewan and the Regina region with the infrastructure that will support our growing province, economy and communities." The new overpass will allow for continued development at the Global Transportation...

    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On June 6, 2012
    The Saskatchewan Advantage is about more than just growth for growth’s sake – it’s about using the benefits of growth to improve the quality of life for you and your family. It’s about things like improving access to healthcare; to this end, we have announced the new Plains Surgery and Outpatient Care Centre as part of our ongoing response to the 2009 Patient First Review. This new centre, approved in principle, will provide a full range of outpatient services including surgery, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, rehabilitation, outpatient cancer care and other related...

    New Surgery and Outpatient Centre Planned for Sask.

    Posted On June 5, 2012
    Facility will Help Relieve Pressure on Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region Health Care System Patients across southern Saskatchewan will benefit from a new facility in Regina that will provide a full range of outpatient services including surgery, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, rehabilitation, outpatient cancer care and other related services that do not require an overnight stay. Premier Brad Wall has announced approval in principle for the Plains Surgery and Outpatient Care Centre, an ambulatory care facility that will be designed and built in partnership with the Hospitals of Regina...

    July

    Saskatchewan Receives an Aa1 (positive) Credit Rating

    Posted On July 27, 2012
    Moody's Investors Services has changed the outlook on Saskatchewan's credit rating to Aa1 (positive) from Aa1 (stable). "The change in the outlook for Saskatchewan's Aa1 rating reflects the ongoing improvement in the province's financial position that is expected to continue," the agency said. The news was welcomed by Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Ken Krawetz who said that the change confirms the province's improving fiscal and financial position. "Saskatchewan continues to move in the right direction," Krawetz said. "While the volatile world economy provides challenges,...

    Weekly earning growth best in Canada

    Posted On July 26, 2012
    Saskatchewan's economy continues to lead the country with a new Statistics Canada report released today showing average weekly earnings in the province jumping 5.4 per cent in May when compared with May 2011. The increase tied with Newfoundland and Labrador for the highest increase among the provinces and well ahead of the 2.5 per cent increase on a national basis. "As wages rise, the benefit not only extends to Saskatchewan workers, but to our overall economic growth," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "The record retail sales numbers released earlier this week demonstrates the power...

    Government takes next step in 25 year water strategy

    Posted On July 24, 2012
    The Government of Saskatchewan is a step closer to the implementation of a comprehensive water management plan that will integrate activities that are necessary to the management and protection of water in this province. A second phase of public consultations will be completed this summer and it is anticipated that the 25 Year Saskatchewan Water Security Plan will be announced this fall. "Saskatchewan is a province of 100,000 lakes and rivers and the stewardship of this invaluable natural resource is paramount during this time of unprecedented population and economic growth,"...

    Saskatchewan records largest drop in EI claims

    Posted On July 19, 2012
    According to a report released by Statistics Canada today Saskatchewan had a 26.8 per cent decrease in EI initial and renewal claims between May 2012 and May 2011, the largest percentage decrease in the nation. There were 1,950 fewer claims during this period (seasonally adjusted). Nationally, claims decreased by 6.4 per cent. "The strength of the Saskatchewan economy is having a positive impact on our workforce," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "It shows there are real jobs, real opportunities for people who are currently in the province looking for work or for those who are considering...

    Moving Saskatchewan's Creative Industries Forward

    Posted On July 18, 2012
    The Government of Saskatchewan today announced details of the consultation process for the creative industries. The consultations are designed to gather ideas for the creation of a comprehensive strategy to advance the commercial objectives of the creative industries including the adoption of new and emerging digital technology. "Our government is committed to working with industry leaders to grow the creative economy," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty said. "Through the consultations, we want to engage people and businesses in creative industries such as commercial music...

    New stadium vision becomes reality

    Posted On July 14, 2012
    The Government of Saskatchewan, City of Regina and the Saskatchewan Roughriders today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a new stadium that will be constructed on Evraz Place lands in Regina, Saskatchewan. It is anticipated the new stadium will be ready for use in early 2017. "The current stadium has served us well for the past 100 years," Premier Brad Wall said. "But it's time the best fans in Canada and the best team in Canada have the best, new stadium in Canada. The new stadium will not only provide a leading edge facility for the Riders, it will also support amateur...

    Employment opportunities in SK continue to grow

    Posted On July 9, 2012
    Saskatchewan employers continue to seek new workers, with Saskjobs.ca posting 15,205 jobs in June, a 16.6 per cent jump compared to June 2011. "These new numbers show job seekers have an abundance of choices when it comes to finding new employment opportunities," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "More individuals working will have a positive impact on the economy, as people will have the ability to spend their income on goods and services to continue our upward growth." Full time employment accounted for 12,269 job postings, which are distributed across Saskatchewan. The highest...

    Take precautions against West Nile Virus

    Posted On July 5, 2012
    Summer is here, and so are the culex tarsalis mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus. Health officials are issuing their annual reminder for Saskatchewan residents to take precautions to reduce their exposure to the insects. "By all means, get out and enjoy the summer weather, but make sure you're taking the appropriate precautions to keep from getting bitten by mosquitoes that might carry West Nile," Provincial West Nile Virus Coordinator Phil Curry said. To reduce your risk of exposure to West Nile Virus, the following precautions are recommended: using...

    Regional Parks receive more than $1 million in funding

    Posted On July 4, 2012
    The Provincial Government is announcing today that Saskatchewan Regional Parks will once again receive a grant for $1.023 million for the 2012-13 fiscal year. "Our government has shown its commitment to our regional park system by maintaining the same level of funding as last year - the highest amount received by regional parks since the 1990s," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty said. "Our regional parks are important to the people of Saskatchewan. They contribute to the economy and are reflective of our communities and the volunteers who operate them." The funding...

    August

    Construction begins on the Biggar long term care home

    Posted On August 29, 2012
    Residents of Biggar and area are celebrating a major step forward on a health care construction project today with a sod turning ceremony at the new Biggar long term care facility construction site. Construction of the $22.8 million facility is expected to start late summer 2012 with scheduled completion in early 2014. The new facility will replace the Biggar Diamond Lodge nursing home which was built in 1966. "Our government is committed to improving health care infrastructure in Saskatchewan," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. "We continue to deliver on our promise to put...

    Congratulations to the qualifying paralympic athletes

    Posted On August 28, 2012
    The Government of Saskatchewan wishes Saskatchewan's Paralympic athletes the best of luck in the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games, taking place from August 29 to September 9 in London. Six athletes from Saskatchewan qualified to compete. They are Arnold Boldt (cycling, Saskatoon), Logan Campbell (sailing, Saskatoon), Earle Connor (athletics, Saskatoon), Alexandre Dupont (athletics, Bradwell), Keira Frie (athletics, Saskatoon) and Robert Hudson (archery, Leoville). "The Government of Saskatchewan is proud of our province's Paralympic athletes," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin...

    Surgery wait list reduced by 2,225 patients in past year

    Posted On August 20, 2012
    Saskatchewan patients are receiving surgery faster, thanks to a concerted effort by Saskatchewan's health system, new data confirms. First quarter results for the 2012-13 year show 97 per cent of patients have surgery within 12 months and 89 per cent within six months. Information posted to www.sasksurgery.ca also indicates there were 2,225 fewer patients waiting for surgery in Saskatchewan on June 30 than on the same date in 2011, a reduction of nine per cent. Since November 2007, the number of patients waiting more than a year for surgery has dropped 83 per cent. During...

    Planning for Growth

    Posted On August 17, 2012
    When the Saskatchewan Party was in opposition, we released an economic paper called the Promise of Saskatchewan. That document formed the basis for our election platform and then the principles for our first term in government. It's time to revisit that plan and create a new one that reflects Saskatchewan in 2012. It should focus on maintaining growth and using our relative economic strength to improve people's lives. We have been blessed with amazing growth. Since the Saskatchewan Party took office in 2007, our population has grown by 76,000 people to a record-high of 1,072,282....

    Government congratulates Saskatchewan athletes

    Posted On August 13, 2012
    The Government of Saskatchewan thanks the Saskatchewan athletes who competed in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games for being wonderful provincial and national ambassadors. Government also wishes to thank the coaches, officials and support staff from our province for their contributions to the Games. "Congratulations, athletes, on a successful Summer Olympic Games," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty said. "Canada might be well-known for its winter sports, but you showed the world that our province and our nation produce skilled summer athletes, too. Coaches, officials and staff,...

    Seniors ride for just $10 in September

    Posted On August 13, 2012
    The Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) is pleased to announce its popular $10 senior seat sale for the month of September. Seniors 60 years of age and older will be able to ride anywhere along STC's network for $10 per one-way trip. "We want to offer a sale that's enticing to seniors," Minister responsible for STC Don McMorris said. "By giving them the opportunity to ride the bus for such a low cost once again in September, we feel we've accomplished that." The company has taken great strides to improve the on-board experience of its passengers in 2012. STC's fleet became...

    Budget Remains Balanced

    Posted On August 3, 2012
    The First Quarter Financial Report released today by Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Ken Krawetz shows that Saskatchewan remains on track to have the only provincial balanced budget in Canada in 2012-13. A weak global economic recovery has fuelled volatility in commodity markets, reducing renewable resource revenue. Overall, revenue is forecast to be down $113.2 million from budget, largely due to reduced revenue projections from oil and Crown land sales. "While resource revenue can fluctuate over the course of an entire year, the overall strength of our economy coupled...

    September

    Report from the Legislature, Sept. 27th 2012

    Posted On September 27, 2012
    Your Saskatchewan Party government continues working toward keeping another important promise we made during last year’s election campaign: reducing surgical wait times. We learned this week seven out of 10 health regions are within five percent of reaching the goal of reducing wait times for surgery to less than six months. They are: Heartland 100 per cent; Cypress/Sunrise 99 per cent; Prairie North/Five Hills 98 per cent; Sun Country 97 per cent; Prince Albert Parkland 95 per cent; Kelsey Trail/Saskatoon 90 per cent;...

    July retail sales triple national average

    Posted On September 25, 2012
    Saskatchewan's July retail sales were the highest on record for the month, hitting $1.47 billion according to a report on retail sales released by Statistics Canada today. Sales increased by 9.1 per cent over the same period for July 2011. That's the second highest percentage increase among the provinces on a year-over-year basis, and triple the 3.0 per cent recorded nationally. "There have been six consecutive months of increases for retail sales, and added to that, we've got another record for July," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. On a monthly basis, retail sales in Saskatchewan...

    Gaming grants provide $2.1 million to Sask. communities

    Posted On September 25, 2012
    The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) is providing approximately $2.1 million in charitable gaming grants to more than 1,000 volunteer groups and organizations across the province. "These grants recognize the efforts of Saskatchewan volunteers by providing them with additional funding to further support the important programs and services their groups and organizations provide," Minister responsible for SLGA Donna Harpauer said. "These volunteers enhance the lives of people in our communities and that work is appreciated." Among the grants provided by SLGA this...

    Government expands discounted bus pass program

    Posted On September 24, 2012
    The Government of Saskatchewan has expanded the Discounted Bus Pass Program to North Battleford; bringing the number of communities in the province where the program is offered to seven. The program has also been renewed for another year in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Yorkton and Swift Current. "This program demonstrates the positive things that can happen when we work with municipalities to support the most vulnerable members of our society," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "As a result, people with lower incomes in seven Saskatchewan cities have access to...

    Report from the Legislature, Sept. 20th 2012

    Posted On September 20, 2012
    MLA Report for Sept. 20, 2012 Our government is taking action in the wake of the tragic death of an 18-year-old girl killed while working as a highways flagperson. Ashley Dawn Richards was struck by a vehicle in an Orange Zone in August – a tragedy Premier Brad Wall described as a senseless loss caused by blatant disregard for the rules. The Province of Saskatchewan is partnering with the RCMP to improve safety in the Orange Zone. The RCMP will conduct traffic enforcement blitzes targeting highway construction zones. Our government will announce further measures in the coming...

    Government takes action to enhance Orange Zone safety

    Posted On September 19, 2012
    The Province of Saskatchewan and the RCMP are joining forces to improve safety in Saskatchewan's construction zones. The RCMP will begin traffic enforcement blitzes in the busiest Orange Zones across Saskatchewan, Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris announced today. "Our government will not tolerate speeding through the Orange Zone," McMorris said. "Our first priority is to keep our highways workers safe. In the coming weeks, we will be announcing further measures to protect workers and ensure drivers are driving safely in the Orange Zone." The Province...

    Grand opening of Regina's Douglas Park School

    Posted On September 17, 2012
    Today Education Minister Russ Marchuk joined students, teachers, dignitaries and representatives from the Regina Public School Division to commemorate the grand opening of the new $19.6 million Douglas Park School in Regina. "We believe that investing in education is essential to the success of our students and the future success of Saskatchewan," Marchuk said. "Two words come to mind with this new school - innovation and discovery. I'm confident that students, teachers and parents will be given a solid educational opportunity in the new Douglas Park School." Designed to the...

    Report from the Legislature, Sept. 14th 2012

    Posted On September 14, 2012
    One of the challenges of Saskatchewan’s historic growth is providing the supporting infrastructure as more and more families choose the Land of the Living Skies to live and work. The 2011 census showed that during the previous five years the number of children in Saskatchewan grew by more than 10,000. That is the second highest rate of growth among all provinces and a sharp reversal of a decrease between 2001-2006 of almost 20,000 kids. As children are our most valuable and treasured resource, the increase between 2006 and 2011 is great news, but it puts pressure on our education system....

    Stewart heading to annual agriculture minister meeting

    Posted On September 12, 2012
    Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart will leave today to meet with his federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) counterparts for their annual meeting being held September 12-14, 2012, in Whitehorse, Yukon. The meeting will focus on the next FPT policy and program framework, Growing Forward 2, which will replace the current suite of programs that will end on March 31, 2013. The new agreement will outline the funding parameters for business risk management (BRM) programs such as AgriStability, AgriInvest, Crop Insurance and AgriRecovery. Changes are expected in some areas of BRM programming. "We've...

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    Report from the Legislature

    Posted On October 31, 2012
    Over the last five years, the number of people living in Saskatchewan has increased by 80,000 people. Almost half of those newcomers are immigrants. Since 2007, almost 39,000 people from 190 different countries have settled in over 320 communities across the province. In 2012-13, our government intends to nominate 4000 people under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP); including accompanying family member that number climbs to more than 12,000. By comparison, Saskatchewan attracted only 8,000 newcomers between 2001 and 2006. Welcoming newcomers to the province is...

    Orange Zone Safety

    Posted On October 31, 2012
    The Province of Saskatchewan is increasing the fines for drivers caught speeding in Saskatchewan's construction zones. Effective November 1, Saskatchewan's fines for speeding in the Orange Zone will be among the highest in the country. "Our government is proud to announce new measures designed to move forward on safety improvements in the Orange Zone for both construction workers and motorists," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. "We will be undertaking a strategic review designed to prevent tragedies from occurring on our roads." The Ministry of Highways...

    11 And Under Initiative Celebrating Success

    Posted On October 30, 2012
    The Government of Saskatchewan is joining with a number of community partners in celebrating the success of the 11 and Under Initiative in Regina. The program is a collaborative effort between the Regina Police Service, schools and a number of community-based organizations. The Ministry of Social Services contributed almost $95,000 in funding for the program in the current fiscal year. "Our government is committed to working with the community to find ways of supporting our most vulnerable citizens," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "The 11 and Under Initiative is an excellent...

    Third Annual Agriculture Scholarship Announced

    Posted On October 29, 2012
    Today Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the launch of the third annual Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship. "I am pleased to announce this scholarship to help encourage our youth to pursue careers in the agriculture industry," Stewart said. "We have a strong, vibrant industry in Saskatchewan with many opportunities, creating a high demand for skilled, dedicated people." Ten scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to Saskatchewan youth. Students in Grade 12 and recent graduates entering agriculture-related post-secondary studies in 2013 are eligible to apply....

    Improving licensing for Hunters and Anglers

    Posted On October 25, 2012
    Making front line services quicker and more convenient for hunters and anglers, Saskatchewan is automating its hunting, trapping and angling licensing system. "Our province has some of the best fishing and hunting opportunities in the world and automating the license issuance system will help to make the experience even better," Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said. "Each year hunters and anglers contribute about $40 million to our economy and create more than 2,500 direct jobs. These outdoors enthusiasts help maintain a strong workforce and support the economy in rural areas of...

    Record retail sales in August

    Posted On October 23, 2012
    August was a record month for retail trade in Saskatchewan as sales increased for the seventh consecutive month on a month-over-month basis. Retail sales rose by 0.6 per cent in the province, the third highest percentage gain among the provinces and double the national increase of 0.3 per cent, to a record value of $1.48 billion. "Saskatchewan consumers are confident in the direction our economy is heading and that is reflected in today's numbers," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "Retail sales are an important factor in economic growth and today's report is definitely a positive trend...

    Sask. Prov. Parks attendance on track to set record

    Posted On October 18, 2012
    The 2012 park season is expected to be another record year for Saskatchewan provincial parks with an early estimate of 3.56 million visits, a 5.7 per cent increase over the 3.37 million visits recorded across the park system in 2011, and the fall camping season is still underway. The new online reservation system had a successful year with more than 60,000 reservations, double the amount in 2011. For the first time, visitors were able to check campsite availability, make changes or cancel a reservation by visiting the website. Visitors were also able to see what's going on at the park...

    Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: Vision 2020 and Beyond

    Posted On October 17, 2012
    Without question, the last five years have been good ones for Saskatchewan. We are leading the nation in economic growth. Our population is at a new record high. This growth has meant we could afford to cut income, property and business taxes, reduce surgical wait times and help people with disabilities. The question now is: do we want this growth to continue? The answer MLAs heard when they consulted with constituents this summer was a resounding yes. But you also want your government to address the challenges arising from growth and ensure the benefits are shared with everyone....

    Premier Wall releases the “Sask. Plan for Growth”

    Posted On October 16, 2012
    1.2 Million People By 2020 Is the Goal - Better Quality of Life Is the Reason Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall today released the "Saskatchewan Plan for Growth", setting a goal of 1.2 million people living in Saskatchewan by 2020, outlining his government's roadmap for getting there, and emphasizing that improved quality of life in Saskatchewan is the purpose of growth. "Over the past five years, Saskatchewan people have seen the benefits of a growing province - more jobs, more opportunities and more revenue to deal with the challenges of growth," Wall said. "Those benefits are...

    New Campaign Challenges HIV Related Stigma

    Posted On October 15, 2012
    As part of Saskatchewan's overall HIV strategy, the province is launching an awareness campaign aimed at challenging HIV-related stigma with the goal of empowering people living with HIV to get tested and access treatment and support. "We recognize HIV is a serious issue for our province and we're committed to finding solutions to address it," Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. "We hope this campaign will help create an environment free of stigma and discrimination in which those living with HIV will feel comfortable accessing testing and care." The campaign includes Youtube...

    Education Week begins with event in White City

    Posted On October 15, 2012
    Today Education Minister Russ Marchuk joined students, dignitaries and representatives from the Prairie Valley School Division to celebrate the start of construction on a brand new $22 million education facility in White City. The new school, which was officially named this afternoon at the ceremony, will boast room for almost 500 students and early learners ranging from Kindergarten to grade eight. Designed with an innovative approach, this school will offer students in similar grade levels flexible environments, allowing students to learn in groups within shared spaces. The...

    25 Year Water Security Plan creates vision for the future

    Posted On October 15, 2012
    Today, the Government of Saskatchewan is releasing their 25 Year Saskatchewan Water Security Plan, fulfilling a commitment made during the 2011 election. For the first time, all of government's core water management responsibilities and technical expertise will come together to ensure a comprehensive and integrated approach to water management. "Our government is responding to stakeholders who strongly identified the need for a long-term and comprehensive water strategy," Minister responsible for the Water Security Agency Ken Cheveldayoff said. "We are excited to create a strong new...

    Sask. Legislative Building celebrates 100th Anniversary

    Posted On October 11, 2012
    Events are taking place this afternoon and evening to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Legislative Building. Everyone is invited to join the public celebration which begins at 6:30 p.m. with a program in the Chamber. Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will be in attendance. "This legislative building opened in 1912 during a time of tremendous growth in our province, Premier Brad Wall said. "And today as we celebrate the centennial of this incredible building, we are again experiencing incredible growth in...

    First eight months of 2012 good for export market

    Posted On October 11, 2012
    Merchandise export figures released by Statistics Canada today show Saskatchewan had an incr