September 01, 2020

Saskatchewan Takes Steps to Address Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists Shortage

The Ministry of Advanced Education, in partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, is taking steps to address a labour market shortage of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists (CLXTs) in the province.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic will double the number of seats in the CLXT program by admitting another 20 students in early 2021.  This is part of a larger government strategy to employ more technologists across the province and improve rural health care delivery.

“Ensuring we have the increased training capacity to meet labour market needs is a Growth Plan priority for our government,” Advanced Education Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor said.  “Graduates of the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists program are in high demand in rural hospitals and health centres where they play an integral role on health care teams.”

“Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists provide key medical diagnostic services including medical laboratory and x-ray procedures, and are an integral part of a health care team,” Rural and Remote Health Minister and Minister Responsible for Seniors Warren Kaeding said.  “They are especially important in the rural areas where they can use their full scope of skills in providing x-ray and laboratory services.”

“Saskatchewan Polytechnic is proud to be one of only two centres in Canada where students can complete the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists diploma program,” Saskatchewan Polytechnic President and CEO Dr. Larry Rosia said.  “We look forward to doubling the number of seats we can offer starting in January 2021 and meeting this health care need.”

The Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program is a two-year diploma program offered at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus on Idylwyld Drive.  Students complete their clinical practicum placement at approved sites across the province.  Find more information on the Saskatchewan Polytechnic website at,tests%2C%20general%20radiography%20and%20electrocardiograms.&text=laboratory%20procedures%20and%20quality%20management.