June 28, 2021

Communities Across Saskatchewan to Benefit from the Provincial Traffic Safety Fund

Numerous road safety initiatives ranging from digital speed signs to speed bumps and sidewalks are coming to communities across Saskatchewan, thanks to the Provincial Traffic Safety Fund.

A total of 112 projects have been approved in 108 rural, urban, and Indigenous communities across the province.  The grants range from $400 to $68,909 and have gone to communities from Eastend to Nipawin.  In total, $1.4 million is being spent to improve traffic safety.

"The Provincial Traffic Safety Fund continues to benefit Saskatchewan people and fund projects that enhance safety on our streets and highways, in school zones and intersections," Minister Responsible for SGI Don Morgan said.  "Congratulations and thanks to the successful applicants for taking this initiative - the work you do will help reduce traffic collisions, injuries and fatalities in the province."

Twice each year, the Provincial Traffic Safety Fund grants are awarded to communities, using a portion of the proceeds from photo speed enforcement (PSE) locations in the province.  Since the Provincial Traffic Safety Fund was established, there have been a total of 309 initiatives funded totalling more than $3.6 million.

Traffic safety initiatives (including projects, equipment, programs and public awareness) must focus on one of the specified priority areas, including speeding, impaired driving, distracted driving, occupant protection and intersection safety.

Applications are evaluated by the PSE Committee, which is made up of representatives from the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, the Prince Albert Grand Council, the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Highways and SGI.  Applicants must include a well-defined action plan, as well as specific, measurable traffic safety objectives and evidence-based information.

The PSE Committee will start accepting applications for the next round of Traffic Safety Fund grants on July 1, 2021.  The deadline for applications is September 30, 2021.  Application information can be found here at https://www.sgi.sk.ca/community-grants-programs.