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Lower Travel and Communications Spending in 2016-17

October 26, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan reduced travel and communications spending, carefully managing expenses in 2016-17 while continuing to invest in priorities for the province’s people.  Volume 2 of Public Accounts containing detailed financial information was released today. “Our government is committed to closely managing expenses and spending less where we can to help address financial challenges, while maintaining...

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Ambitious Legislative Agenda Outlined in Premier Wall's Last Throne Speech

October 25, 2017

The new session of the Legislature opened today with the government outlining a busy legislative agenda in the Throne Speech. “Saskatchewan has enjoyed a decade of growth and our government is working to ensure our province keeps growing stronger,” Premier Brad Wall said.  “Today’s Throne Speech outlines our plan to strengthen our economy, continue to improve important services like health care and...

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Opening of the Second Session of the Twenty-Eighth Legislature

October 24, 2017

The public is invited to an outdoor ceremony on October 25 when Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield will formally open the Second Session of the Twenty-Eighth Legislature with the Speech from the Throne at the Saskatchewan Legislature. “The traditions surrounding the opening of our Legislative Assembly go back to the foundation of our democracy and are indicative of the importance of our democratic institutions,”...

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Saskatchewan Welcomes Diplomats from Around the World to Mission to Saskatchewan

October 24, 2017

Heads of diplomatic mission and senior representatives from 20 countries are travelling to Saskatchewan October 24-26, as the province looks to expand its vital export trade relationships as part of the Mission to Saskatchewan. Delegates represent countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. “Trade drives our economy, and the combined value of the province’s exports to the 20 countries participating...

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Independent Report Confirms Diefenbaker Bridge is Sound

October 23, 2017

An independent, expert analysis confirms the Diefenbaker Bridge can safely handle the traffic that uses it and will last well into the future with proper maintenance. “I am pleased that the results of the expert inspection demonstrates all traffic will be able to use this vital corridor to and from the north,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said.  “In collaboration with the City of Prince...

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Flu Vaccinations Available October 23

October 20, 2017

The publicly-funded influenza (flu) vaccine will be offered in Saskatchewan beginning October 23 through public health clinics, some physician and Nurse Practitioner offices, and participating pharmacies. The free flu shot is offered to residents six months and older, and is highly recommended for people at high risk of complications from influenza. “Influenza can cause serious illness in seniors, people with...

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Largest School Building Project in Saskatchewan's History Officially Complete

October 19, 2017

  Today, students and staff in Saskatoon’s Evergreen community joined Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools to officially open St. Nicholas Catholic School. This is the 18th and final school to officially open as part of the Joint-Use Schools Project. “Our government is proud to join with the students and staff of St. Nicholas Catholic School to celebrate the...

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Temporary Mental Health Assessment Unit Approved for the Royal University Hospital

October 18, 2017

People needing urgent mental health care in Saskatoon will soon have access to a new unit while being assessed at the Royal University Hospital (RUH) ER. The Saskatoon Health Region is establishing a temporary mental health assessment unit in Saskatoon.  This unit will be renovated with a generous $1 million donation from the Dubé family through the Royal University Hospital Foundation. The new unit will be in operation...

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Help Me Tell My Story Re-Launched to Better Support Students from the Start

October 18, 2017

Sacred Heart Community School’s youngest students helped the Government of Saskatchewan re-launch Help Me Tell My Story in Moose Jaw today. Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence on behalf of Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre, with the help of an engaging turtle puppet named Askî, read the first of four storybooks to kick off the re-launch. Help Me Tell My Story (HMTMS) is a holistic and interactive tool that is...

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$60.6 Million Warman and Martensville Overpass Projects 40 Per Cent Complete

October 17, 2017

New overpasses at Warman and Martensville are about 40 per cent complete.  The $60.6 million overpasses will improve safety at two of Saskatchewan’s fastest-growing communities. “Investing in efficient roads and highways helps drive economic productivity and create middle-class jobs,” said Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure...

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Small Businesses in Saskatchewan Make a Big Impact

October 16, 2017

Saskatchewan’s small businesses contributed almost a third of the province’s gross domestic product in 2016 at 31 per cent.  This information was contained in the 2017 Saskatchewan Small Business Profile, released during the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Small Business WeekTM taking place from October 15-21, 2017. Small businesses are those with fewer than 50 employees, and account for more...

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Federal and Provincial Governments Back Housing Initiatives Across Saskatchewan

October 13, 2017

The Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan are working together to deliver more affordable housing solutions for households in greatest need across Saskatchewan with a combined investment of more than $8.67 million. This funding will help create more than 100 affordable housing units, through 12 new projects in five communities, including: $1,425,000 for Souls Harbour – Samaritan Project in...

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Celebrating Construction Progress on the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital

October 13, 2017

Premier Brad Wall was onsite today as construction of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital reached 70 per cent completion.  The building is now at its final shape with all levels of the hospital, including the helipad, structurally complete.  The project remains on time and on budget. “In 2009, our government promised to build a hospital where Saskatchewan children could receive exceptional care closer to...

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Public Feedback Wanted for Door-to-Door Sales

October 13, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan is seeking input from consumers, stakeholders, business people and interested citizens about the repeal and replacement of the Direct Sellers Act. The Act regulates individuals who solicit the purchase of goods and/or services door-to-door or by telephone. Key issues for discussion include: who should be considered a direct seller; whether the current...

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Nominations Open for Premier's Service Club Award

October 13, 2017

Nominations for the Premier’s Service Club Award will be accepted until Wednesday, November 15. “Service clubs and their members are excellent examples of the Saskatchewan spirit,” Premier Brad Wall said.  “The selflessness and commitment shown in the contributions of these clubs to improve the lives of others is something to celebrate.  The Premier’s Service Club Award is one way to show...

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Every Second Counts – Plan Two Ways Out!

October 12, 2017

Government Relations Minister Larry Doke was joined by Sparky the Fire Dog and Grade 2 students from St. Marguerite Bourgeoys School to celebrate Fire Prevention Week at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building.  While there, the students learned about this year’s theme “Every Second Counts – Plan Two Ways Out!” “A fire can become life-threatening in less than two minutes,”...

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Successful Construction Season Winds Down

October 12, 2017

Weekly Highway Construction Update As the cooler weather moves in for autumn, another productive highway construction season is winding down.  This year’s $1.1 billion budget, the second-largest in the province’s history, resulted in a number of safety improvements on Saskatchewan’s highways. “We continue to make record investments in Saskatchewan’s highways and infrastructure...

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Minister Stewart to Promote Agriculture Exports at Tri-National Accord

October 11, 2017

Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart is attending the Tri-National Agricultural Accord in Denver, Colorado to promote Saskatchewan’s agriculture exports and stress the importance of open trade with two of the province’s biggest trading partners. The accord represents a long-standing commitment from Canada, the United States and Mexico to work together collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues. The...

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New Saskatchewan Co-Operative Wildlife Management Survey App Now Available

October 10, 2017

The Ministry of Environment has launched a new mobile application called the Saskatchewan Co-operative Wildlife Management Survey (SK CWMS) for Saskatchewan’s people to record wildlife observations.  Species include moose, elk, deer and select upland game birds, which helps the ministry manage wildlife decisions. “The SK CWMS app, which is compatible with Apple and Android smart phones, will make recording wildlife...

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August Building Permits Second Best in the Nation

October 10, 2017

Building permits in Saskatchewan took a big leap in August – rising 17.5 per cent over last August (seasonally adjusted) and well above the 0.6 per cent recorded nationally.  Saskatchewan had the second highest percentage growth rate among the provinces. “There was a significant jump in building permits in August which is good news for Saskatchewan,” Economy Minister Steven Bonk said.  “It translates...

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Unemployment Rate Drops in September

October 6, 2017

Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate in September was 6.2 per cent (seasonally adjusted), down from 6.4 per cent a month ago and 6.9 per cent from September 2016. “Recent economic indicators showed that Saskatchewan is leading the nation in growth in wholesale trade and manufacturing sales, as well as having the second-highest retail sales growth rate, and we are beginning to see the effects of that in our economy,”...

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Revenue from Public Offerings for Petroleum and Natural Gas Rights Surpasses Previous Fiscal Year's Total with Two Sales Remaining

October 5, 2017

October’s public offering of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights in Saskatchewan on Tuesday benefited once again from sustained interest by the industry in the province’s consistently attractive southeast region, generating $19 million in revenue. With two sales remaining, the current revenue for the 2017-18 fiscal year is now $51 million, surpassing the previous fiscal year’s final total of $50 million.

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Connecting with the Highway Hotline

October 5, 2017

  With a busy traffic weekend expected for Thanksgiving, the Government of Saskatchewan would like to remind motorists that the Highway Hotline is always at your fingertips. “Motorists travelling to visit family and friends this Thanksgiving weekend are reminded to continue watching for work zones,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said.  “Remember to slow to 60 km/hr when approaching...

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Statement from Premier Brad Wall

October 5, 2017

Today is not a good day for Canada.  It is not a good day for the federation.  It is a very bad day for the west. TransCanada made the decision to cancel Energy East – but make no mistake, the reasons for it fall at the feet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government.  They have been, at best, ambivalent about the project and then moved the goalposts at the last moment by asking the regulator...

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Government of Saskatchewan Offers a

October 2, 2017

With more than 70,000 social media fans across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, the Saskatchewanderer is a ‘must follow’ for many Saskatchewan residents and tourists.  As the program continues into 2018, Wanderer hopefuls can submit applications starting on Monday, October 2 at noon. Andrew Hiltz - whose first name literally spells ‘wander’ - brought his own flavour to the program as the 2017 Saskatchewanderer.

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Minimum Wage Increase to $10.96 Effective Sunday

September 29, 2017

Saskatchewan’s minimum wage will increase from $10.72 to $10.96 on October 1, 2017. The 2.2 per cent increase, which was announced in June, was calculated based on a weighted average of the increases to the Consumer Price Index and the Average Hourly Wage for Saskatchewan. “An increase in the minimum wage, combined with a reduction in the personal income tax rate, puts more money into the wallets of minimum...

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Support for Value-Added Sector in Saskatchewan

September 29, 2017

Today the federal and provincial governments highlighted investments in value-added agricultural processing through the Saskatchewan Lean Improvements in Manufacturing (SLIM) program. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, on behalf of Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay, and Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky, on behalf of Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart, today announced $330,000...

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New CT Scanner to Improve Service for Patients in the Battlefords Area

September 29, 2017

A new computed tomography (CT) scanner installed at Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH) provides more detailed information for diagnostics and treatment while reducing radiation exposure for patients and staff. Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit joined representatives of the Prairie North Health Region, hospital staff, donors, volunteers and community leaders at BUH in celebration of the $1.2 million 160-slice CT scanner....

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Our Food Has a Story: Celebrating Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan

September 28, 2017

The government has proclaimed October as Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan.  This year’s theme is once again “Our Food Has a Story,” to continue telling the stories of how food is produced and ends up on our plates. “Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers have a passion to sustainably produce healthy and affordable food, something that is at the heart of our industry in Saskatchewan,” Agriculture...

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Saskatchewan 911 Service To Be Transferred to New Crown Corporation

September 28, 2017

Crown Will Oversee 911 and Emergency Dispatching Services for the Province Today Government Relations Minister Larry Doke announced the creation of the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA), a new Treasury Board Crown which will be responsible for managing Saskatchewan’s 911 emergency dispatching services. “This new Crown will help meet the needs of our rapidly-growing province and current technology...

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A Decade of Growth in Saskatchewan

September 27, 2017

More people are calling Saskatchewan home today as the province’s population grew by 4,376 during the second of quarter of 2017. Over the year, from July 1 2016 to July 1 2017, Saskatchewan’s population rose by 15,337, which represented the fifth highest growth rate among the provinces. Saskatchewan’s population has increased from 1,002,048 to 1,163,925 during the last decade –  the equivalent...

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Saskatchewan Welcomes Landmark Trade Deal Between Canada and the European Union

September 22, 2017

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the 28 member countries of the European Union (EU) took effect Sept. 21, 2017.  The agreement could facilitate a potential $1.5 billion in new Canadian agri-food exports to EU countries by full implementation in 2023.  “Saskatchewan is now ideally placed to capture more of this market with the ever-increasing demand for high quality food in a growing...

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Chief Whitecap School Welcomes Students from Stonebridge and Whitecap Dakota First Nation

September 22, 2017

Today, students from Saskatoon’s Stonebridge community and Whitecap Dakota First Nation came together to celebrate the grand opening of Chief Whitecap School. The elementary school is part of a unique partnership between Whitecap Dakota First Nation, Saskatoon Public Schools and the federal and provincial governments that includes students in Grades 5-8 from Whitecap Dakota First Nation and K-8 students from Stonebridge. “Our...

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Provincial Graduation Rate Increasing

September 22, 2017

Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre joined with the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) to celebrate that more students in Saskatchewan are graduating from high school. The announcement was made at the SSBA’s annual Fall Members Council in Saskatoon. New data from the 2016-17 school year shows that the graduation rate has increased to 76.5 per cent. This is up from 75.6 per cent in 2015-16, and the highest it’s been...

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Highest Wholesale Trade Growth in Canada

September 21, 2017

Wholesale trade in July was up 9.9 per cent over June (seasonally adjusted), the highest percentage increase among the provinces. Nationally, wholesale trade was up only 1.5 per cent. “July’s nation leading wholesale trade growth shows that our economy is making gains,” Economy Minister Steven Bonk said. “It is a strong leading economic indicator, showing that retailers and wholesalers have demand for their...

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Crop Report for the Period September 12 to 18, 2017

September 21, 2017

Rain showers last week delayed harvest for some producers but most were back in the field within a few days. Seventy-five per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 65 per cent last week, which is well ahead of the five year (2012-2016) average of 58 per cent for this time of year. Sixteen per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest is most advanced in the southwestern region, where 89 per cent of the crop...

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Bridge Construction Projects Underway Throughout Saskatchewan

September 21, 2017

In addition to the hundreds of kilometres of highway improvements across the province, the Government of Saskatchewan will be investing more than $50 million this year on bridges and culverts. With more than 100,000 lakes and rivers in Saskatchewan, bridges are an important part of efficient transportation throughout the province. “Repairing and replacing bridges and culverts is an important component of highway improvements,”...

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School Divisions Save on Fuel as Buses Get Rolling

September 21, 2017

Following the work of the Advisory Panel on Educational Governance Renewal, school divisions have been working with the Ministry of Education to find savings to ensure available resources can be directed to the classroom. As a result, all 28 school divisions have agreed to enter into a bulk fuel purchase agreement with Federated Co-operatives Ltd. (FCL), beginning in the 2017-18 school year. Each year, school divisions use more than...

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Provincial Fire Ban Lifted

September 20, 2017

  With rainfall in many areas, and a return to cooler temperatures and higher humidities, the ban on open fires for all provincial Crown land south of the Churchill River, has now been lifted.  The ban was put in place August 1 and expanded on August 31. There are now no active provincial fire bans in Saskatchewan. Campfire restrictions remain in place for Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park and the Cypress Lake Recreation...

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Biotech Week Proclaimed in Saskatchewan

September 20, 2017

Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart has proclaimed September 20 to 27, 2017, as Biotech Week in Saskatchewan, celebrating scientific achievements and raising awareness of the importance of biotechnology. “Saskatchewan farmers are producing more crops, experiencing higher yields and using fewer inputs as a result of advances in biotechnology, many of which have occurred right here in Saskatchewan,” Stewart said.  “With...

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Foster Families Needed in Northeast Saskatchewan

September 20, 2017

  The Saskatchewan Foster Families Association (SFFA) is launching a public awareness campaign in northeast Saskatchewan to encourage interested individuals and families to consider fostering vulnerable infants and young children. Despite the recent increase in the number of foster homes across Saskatchewan, the province has been experiencing steady declines over the past five years similar to most jurisdictions across...

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Manufacturing Sales Growth Leads Canada

September 19, 2017

Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector was busy in July, with sales up 13.5 per cent over last July (seasonally adjusted), the highest percentage increase among the provinces, to $1.27 billion.  On a national basis, sales were up only 3.4 per cent. “A double digit increase in the year-over-year comparison shows that our province’s manufacturing sector is strong and resilient,” Economy Minister Steven Bonk...

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Martensville Celebrates the Grand Opening of École Holy Mary Catholic and Lake Vista Public Schools

September 19, 2017

Students, teachers and families in Martensville came together with dignitaries to celebrate the first ever joint-use school to be built in that community. Energy and Resources Minister Nancy Heppner, on behalf of Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre, joined school division officials to help mark the opening of École Holy Mary Catholic School and Lake Vista Public School. “I want to congratulate the entire community of Martensville...

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Provincial Heritage Property Designation an Industry First for Saskatchewan Ranch

September 18, 2017

  Acknowledged for its historical integrity and association with the ranching experience in Saskatchewan, the Historic W.D. & Alice Reesor Ranch has been designated as the province’s 52nd Provincial Heritage Property. “Our government is pleased to recognize the Historic W.D. & Alice Reesor Ranch as a Provincial Heritage Property,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “This...

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Warman Celebrating the Opening of Two New Elementary Schools

September 18, 2017

Hundreds of students, staff, families, and community members in Warman came together today to celebrate their two newest elementary schools.  Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre joined the Prairie Spirit School Division and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools to officially open Traditions Elementary School and Holy Trinity Catholic School – the first school project of its kind in Warman. “These are much needed schools for...

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Charitable Gaming Grants Worth More Than $2.3 Million Paid Across Saskatchewan

September 14, 2017

More than 900 groups and organizations across the province are benefitting from the latest quarterly payments totalling more than $2.3 million made by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) through the charitable gaming grant program. “Charitable gaming grants continue to enhance the fundraising efforts of groups and organizations that are making a difference in communities across our province,” Minister...

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Rural Crime Innovation Challenge

September 14, 2017

Innovation Saskatchewan announced a new initiative that will focus on the development of technologies that can be used to help residents address crime in rural areas in conjunction with the Ministry of Justice’s Protection and Response Team.  The rural crime innovation challenge will call for technology companies and researchers to submit proposals for a 16-week residency program. “Rural residents face special...

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Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Opens New School in Stonebridge

September 14, 2017

Students in the Saskatoon Stonebridge neighbourhood officially opened their new Catholic elementary school today.  St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic School was celebrated by students, families and the community, along with Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. “Stonebridge is one of the fastest-growing subdivisions in Saskatoon, with high demand for Catholic education in this community,...

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Construction Tender Release Includes Dozens of Highway and Infrastructure Projects Worth $220 Million

September 14, 2017

With $850 million worth of work in progress or completed this year, plans are already underway for next year’s highway construction. The Government of Saskatchewan has released its tenders for the 2018 construction season.  The tenders include more than 550 kilometres of surface improvements and consist of more than 30 construction contracts, half a dozen bridge and culvert projects and more than a dozen crushing...

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New Cosmopolitan Industries Satellite Day Program Locations Open

September 14, 2017

Social Services Minister Paul Merriman joined community members, dignitaries and day program participants to celebrate the grand opening of two new day program satellite locations in Saskatoon.  The day programs are operated by Cosmopolitan Industries. “Cosmopolitan Industries is a valuable organization that provides services and supports that benefit individuals with intellectual disabilities,” Merriman said....

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Moody's Confirms Saskatchewan's Aaa Credit Rating

September 12, 2017

Moody’s Report States Saskatchewan’s Debt Burden Lowest Among Canadian Provinces Moody’s Investors Service has confirmed Saskatchewan’s Aaa credit rating, the agency’s highest rating for Canadian provinces. In its credit opinion update, Moody’s states, “Saskatchewan’s Aaa rating benefits from very strong debt affordability… Saskatchewan’s fiscal planning...

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Saskatchewan Communities to Benefit from Federal Gas Tax Fund

September 11, 2017

Modern, up-to-date public infrastructure helps connect people to jobs, improve access to community services, attract new businesses and create economic growth. In July, the Government of Canada delivered the first of two $29.5 million federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) installments to Saskatchewan for the 2017-18 fiscal year.  In total, Saskatchewan will be provided with more than $59.1 million. The funding, which flows through...

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Regina Celebrates the First of Three New Joint-Use Schools

September 11, 2017

Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre, along with Regina Public and Catholic School Divisions, joined students and staff at École Harbour Landing School and St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic School to celebrate the grand opening of their new K-8 joint-use school, one of three built in Regina. “We are pleased to celebrate this historic moment with students and staff here in Harbour Landing and to enjoy the result of years of...

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Government Calls for Public Representatives on Health Councils

September 8, 2017

Saskatchewan residents who want to make a difference in health care have the opportunity to serve on a number of health professional councils. The Ministry of Health is seeking motivated people to fill important volunteer public representative positions on 26 self-regulating health councils in Saskatchewan.  Closing date for submission of resumés is October 10. “Public members help to ensure the...

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Province Conducting Survey on Cannabis Legalization

September 8, 2017

The provincial government will be conducting a consultation survey on cannabis from Friday, September 8 to Friday, October 6. "The legalization of cannabis represents a big change," Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  "We want to take the time to listen to and consult with the people of this province to ensure we implement the parts of this legislation that are under our control in a way that works for...

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Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine Offered to Boys Beginning This Fall

September 8, 2017

Grade 6 boys in Saskatchewan can now receive the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine for free as part of the province’s school immunization program.  This is an expansion of the existing HPV vaccination program for Grade 6 girls. “Our province has one of the most comprehensive vaccination programs in Canada,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “We are pleased to provide $750,000 annually for this...

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Crop Report for the Period August 29 to September 4, 2017

September 7, 2017

Warm and dry weather has harvest well ahead of the five year average according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  Forty-five per cent of the crop is now in the bin, compared to the five year (2012-2016) average for this time of year of 28 per cent combined.  Twenty-eight per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight cut. Harvest progress is most advanced in the southwest region where 70 per cent...

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Expect More Farm Machinery on Saskatchewan Highways

September 7, 2017

With harvest getting underway in northern Saskatchewan, motorists are being reminded to be on the lookout for large farm machinery on provincial highways. “Harvest is a busy and important time for the agriculture community,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said.  “We want to keep Saskatchewan’s roadways safe for everyone, and remind motorists to watch for slower moving agricultural...

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Fall Camping Offered in More Than 50 Provincial Park Campgrounds

September 7, 2017

Citizens across the province are invited to experience the beauty of fall in a Saskatchewan Provincial Park. “This weekend is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of the warm weather that is forecasted across Saskatchewan,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “With school back in session for the year, families can make the final moments of summer count with one last camping trip to a...

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Premier Names New Chief of Staff

September 6, 2017

Premier Brad Wall today announced that his long-serving Chief of Staff Joe Donlevy is leaving that position to pursue business opportunities in the private sector.  Wall’s new Chief of Staff is a very familiar face in Saskatchewan politics – former Deputy Premier Ken Krawetz. “First, I want to thank Joe Donlevy for his advice and guidance, good judgment and management skills over nine-plus years as my Chief...

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Buyer Beware: Liquidation Sales

September 5, 2017

The marketplace is changing all the time.  When a business shuts down there, tends to be big sales and discounts to clear out old inventory before closing the doors for good.  Consumers should beware of the risks and pitfalls while hunting for deals during liquidation sales. Consumer complaints following liquidation sales usually fall under five broad categories; deceptive pricing, returns, warranty support, gift cards...

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More Than 179,000 Students Returning to School in the Fall: Let's Stay Safe and Keep Our Children Safe

September 1, 2017

Summer is coming to an end, and students are getting ready to return to school.  The Ministry of Education, school divisions, and education professionals, including teachers, support staff and bus drivers, are also preparing to ensure a safe school environment for Saskatchewan’s more than 179,000 students in the 2017-18 school year. “September is a very busy time for everyone in education, including students,...

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Renewal Stickers Are Coming for Health Cards

August 31, 2017

Renewal stickers for health cards are being mailed to Saskatchewan residents who currently have provincial health coverage.  Provincial health cards expire on December 31, 2017. The stickers will validate health cards for a three year period to December 31, 2020. “The Saskatchewan Health Card is one of the most valuable cards in your possession as it indicates that you are entitled to health coverage under...

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Crop Report for the Period August 22 to 28, 2017

August 31, 2017

Relatively warm and dry weather has allowed producers to continue making good time with harvest, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  Twenty-six per cent of the crop is now in the bin, well ahead of the five year (2012-2016) average for this time of year of 16 per cent combined.  Twenty-four per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest is most advanced in the southwestern...

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Mifegymiso Added to Saskatchewan Drug Formulary

August 31, 2017

Effective September 5, the Saskatchewan Prescription Drug Plan will provide coverage for the drug Mifegymiso (mifepristone and misoprostol). Mifegymiso is the first oral medication approved by Health Canada for medical termination of a pregnancy (abortion) up to 49 days.  Mifegymiso has been reviewed through the usual Formulary listing process, including review by the national Common Drug Review and the Drug Advisory Committee...

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Christian Horizons Receives New Capital Funding from Province

August 31, 2017

Biggar-Sask Valley MLA Randy Weekes, on behalf of Social Services Minister Paul Merriman, today announced $150,000 in new capital funding to Christian Horizons, a community-based organization that supports people experiencing disabilities. “We know there are many community-based organizations across the province that do a great job supporting people experiencing disabilities, and it is important that the facilities and buildings...

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Tackle Safety This Labour Day Weekend

August 31, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Roughriders would like to remind Rider Nation to plan a safe ride home this Labour Day weekend and slow to 60 km/hr when driving through work zones. “There will be many fans on our highways this weekend travelling to the Labour Day classic,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said.  “We remind travellers to be patient, travel safely through...

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PREMIER MAKES CABINET CHANGES

August 30, 2017

Premier Brad Wall today announced a number of changes to the provincial cabinet following the departure from cabinet of five ministers. Five ministers will remain in cabinet but change portfolios: Deputy Premier Don Morgan becomes Minister of Justice and Attorney General, while retaining responsibility for Labour and the Workers’ Compensation Board; Donna Harpauer becomes Minister of Finance; Kevin...

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Crowns' 2016-17 Payee Disclosure Reports Tabled Today

August 28, 2017

  Crown Investments Corporation (CIC) has tabled the 2016-17 Payee Disclosure Report for CIC and its subsidiary Crown corporations with the Crown and Central Agencies Committee. The report includes the following information for CIC and each of its subsidiary Crown corporations: ministerial and board member expenses; employees who received more than $50,000 in compensation; suppliers who received more than $50,000...

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Premier Names Interim Deputy Minister

August 28, 2017

Premier Brad Wall today announced that Alanna Koch, Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary, is taking an unpaid leave of absence effective immediately. Intergovernmental Affairs Deputy Minister Kent Campbell will act as interim Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary during Ms. Koch’s leave of absence. Campbell has worked in the Government of Saskatchewan for the past 21 years, including...

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Melfort Plus Industries Receives New Capital Funding from Province

August 28, 2017

Melfort MLA Kevin Phillips, on behalf of Acting Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer, today announced $100,000 in new capital funding for Plus Industries Inc., a community-based organization in Melfort that supports people experiencing disabilities. “This new funding will help Plus Industries improve their facilities to better support the inclusion of their program participants into our community,” Phillips said....

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Melfort Plus Industries Receives New Capital Funding from Province

August 28, 2017

Melfort MLA Kevin Phillips, on behalf of Acting Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer, today announced $100,000 in new capital funding for Plus Industries Inc., a community-based organization in Melfort that supports people experiencing disabilities. “This new funding will help Plus Industries improve their facilities to better support the inclusion of their program participants into our community,” Phillips said....

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Budget On Track to Meet Fiscal Challenges

August 25, 2017

The 2017-18 Saskatchewan Budget remains on track at first quarter, with no change in the bottom-line forecast. “The Saskatchewan economy is performing well so far, and for the first time in two years is projected to post positive growth,” Finance Minister Kevin Doherty said.  “We have more to accomplish, but at first quarter we are meeting our fiscal challenge by controlling spending and shifting away from...

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Crop Report for the Period August 15 to 21, 2017

August 24, 2017

A relatively warm and dry week allowed many producers to continue with harvest operations, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  Fourteen per cent of the crop is now in the bin, well ahead of the five year (2012-2016) average of eight per cent for this time.  Fifteen per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest is most advanced in the southwest, where 30 per cent of the...

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Mother Nature Co-Operating with Highway Construction

August 24, 2017

A number of highway improvement projects are being helped along by favourable weather across the province. “It’s been a good construction season weather-wise, which has allowed crews to work on a number of projects throughout the province,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said.  “We understand that there is more work to be done, but we thank people for their continued patience and...

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Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Announced

August 23, 2017

Scott Livingstone to Lead New Provincial Health Authority Health Minister Jim Reiter, along with Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit, are pleased to announce Scott Livingstone has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the new Saskatchewan Health Authority (RHA). “Scott Livingstone is an innovative, strategic leader who shares our goal of one provincial health authority that is focused...

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Saskatchewan Applauds Trade Ruling Against Alberta Beer Mark-Up

August 23, 2017

Saskatchewan’s Acting Minister Responsible for Trade Dustin Duncan is calling a ruling against the Government of Alberta’s system of beer mark-ups a big win for free trade within Canada. A panel set up under the Agreement on Internal Trade confirmed the Alberta government’s current rebate program for small Alberta brewers as well as the program it had in 2015 discriminated against brewers from other provinces...

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Government Creates New Entity in Response to Report on Crime

August 22, 2017

Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant today announced the creation of the new Protection and Response Team (PRT) to aid in the reduction of crime in rural Saskatchewan. The new PRT is being created in response to recommendations by the Caucus Committee on Crime (Committee).  The new PRT will consist of 258 armed officers who will have arrest and detention powers, and will be comprised of: 120 police...

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Funding Maintained for Health Community-Based Organizations

August 17, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting health community-based organizations (CBOs) funded by Regional Health Authorities (RHAs). Following release of the 2017-18 Provincial Budget, RHAs had been asked to consult with their CBOs and develop a plan for a 10 per cent reduction in funding to help control spending.  Health Minister Jim Reiter announced today that, following a comprehensive review...

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New Group Home in Warman Supports Four Former Valley View Centre Residents

August 16, 2017

Martensville-Warman MLA Nancy Heppner today, on behalf of Acting Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer, joined community members, dignitaries, future residents and their loved ones to celebrate the grand opening of a new group home in Warman. The group home, operated by Christian Horizons, supports the inclusion of four former Valley View Centre residents into the community. “I am happy to join in this celebration...

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Saskatchewan Shines at the 2017 Canada Summer Games

August 14, 2017

More than 300 athletes and coaches representing Saskatchewan competed in the 2017 Canada Summer Games that wrapped up on August 13, 2017 in Winnipeg.  The Games, which are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, featured 16 sports for young Canadian athletes to display their talents as they competed in the largest bi-annual multi-sport event of its kind in Canada. “We want to congratulate Team Sask for their strong...

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Province Announces Changes to Payday Loan Fees

August 11, 2017

Starting February 15, 2018, changes to The Payday Loans Regulations will result in a reduction in the maximum allowable cost a payday lender can charge on a loan and a reduction in the fee if there is a dishonoured payment. These changes make payday loans less costly for Saskatchewan borrowers while maintaining the ability of licensed payday lenders to provide loans in the province so consumers who want them have access to them....

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Saskatchewan Commercial Innovation Incentive Accepting Applications

August 11, 2017

The Saskatchewan Commercial Innovation Incentive (SCII), proclaimed the Government of Saskatchewan on June 30, 2017, is now accepting applications. The SCII will support the commercialization of new and transformative innovations, by reducing the provincial Corporate Income Tax rate for eligible corporations to six per cent for a period of 10 years—on taxable income earned from the commercialization of a broad range of ...

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Greenwater Lake Provincial Park Upgrades

August 11, 2017

An investment of more than $190,000 has been committed to upgrading electrical service in 50 campsites at Greenwater Lake Provincial Park’s Hilltop campground. Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Ken Cheveldayoff will be at an event at Greenwater Lake tomorrow, August 12, to officially announce this project.  He will celebrate with the public and park staff the government’s ongoing commitment to investing in provincial...

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Statement by Premier Brad Wall

August 10, 2017

After serving as Premier of Saskatchewan for nearly 10 years, Premier Brad Wall today announced that he will be retiring from that position and elected politics when his party elects a new Leader. Wall released a video about his retirement.  The following is a transcript of his video statement: Good morning. This November will mark 10 years since I had the incredible honour of being elected as Premier...

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Crop Report for the Period August 1 to 7, 2017

August 10, 2017

Producers in the province have two per cent of the crop combined and three per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  The five-year (2012-2016) average for this time of year is two per cent combined and two per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. Seventy-five per cent of fall rye, 31 per cent of winter wheat, 11 per cent of field peas and 10 per cent of...

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White City Overpass Set to Open with Link to Trans Canada Trail

August 10, 2017

Travelling to White City will soon be safer for area residents – motorists and pedestrians.  Within the next day, the new White City overpass will open to traffic less than two years after construction started. A unique feature of the White City overpass is a pedestrian walkway that will connect the Trans Canada Trail on both sides of Highway 1. “The White City overpass, a vital link in the Regina...

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See Flashing Lights - Slow to 60

August 10, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan and CAA Saskatchewan would like to remind you, if you see flashing lights ahead, slow to 60 km/hr.  Not only is it the law, but also common sense to slow down to 60km/hr for anyone working on the side of the road.  It only takes a split second for something to happen at higher speeds - slowing down could be the difference between life and death.  “Reducing your speed and being...

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Know an Exceptional Volunteer? Nominate Them!

August 9, 2017

Nominations Are Now Open for the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal Individuals will have until October 18 to put forward names for the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal. “Our richest resource is our people, and we can recognize their outstanding contributions through the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal program,” Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield said.  “We celebrate their generous and hard-working...

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Southeast Saskatchewan Leads Way in August Public Offering

August 3, 2017

The province’s southeast region was the focus of activity in August’s public offering of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights in Saskatchewan on Tuesday, representing more than $6 million of the $8 million in total revenue.  This was the third sale of the current fiscal year, bringing the total to date for 2017-18 to $32 million. On August 1, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) released its third...

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Crop Report for the Period July 25 to 31, 2017

August 3, 2017

Harvest is underway for some producers in the south, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  Less than one per cent of the provincial crop has been combined, while slightly more than one per cent is ready to straight-cut. Forty-seven per cent of fall rye, six per cent of winter wheat, two per cent of lentils and one per cent of field peas are now in the bin.  Many pulse crops in southern and...

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Road Improvements Leading to Provincial Parks Underway

August 3, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan is spending more than $28 million to make the drive to provincial parks smoother this August long weekend. “The August long weekend is a great time for family and friends to enjoy our province’s many beautiful parks and lakes,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said.  “With highway improvement projects going on around a number of our provincial parks, drivers...

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Residents Reminded to Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus

August 3, 2017

With the August long weekend approaching, Health officials are reminding Saskatchewan residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites, as we approach peak season for West Nile virus (WNV). The risk of contracting WNV infection is usually greatest in late July and in August when the mosquitoes (Culex tarsalis) that carry the virus are most active and present in higher numbers.  So far this season, there have been two...

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Underwater Loans Put Consumers at Risk

August 1, 2017

A growing trend known as negative equity financing is putting consumers in a risky financial position.  Put simply, it is when a buyer owes more than the vehicle is worth.  A recent report by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada suggests new vehicles are typically purchased every three to four years and the average length of an auto loan now exceeds six year, demonstrating a growing trend toward negative equity financing.

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Fire Ban Now in Place for Crown Land, Provincial Parks in Southwest Saskatchewan

August 1, 2017

Due to extreme wildfire hazards, the Ministry of Environment, in consultation with the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, has issued a ban on all open fires for provincial Crown land and for provincial parks and recreation sites in southwest Saskatchewan. Effective immediately, all open fires are prohibited in the following area: south of Highway 7 from the Alberta border east to Rosetown; west of Highway 4 south to the junction...

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Income Assistance Reviews Complete

July 31, 2017

The Ministry of Social Services has reviewed some of its income assistance benefits, as announced on Budget Day.  Government has made the following decisions regarding certain benefits in the Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP), the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program, and the Transitional Employment Allowance (TEA): Overpayment recovery rates will be increased. SAP recovery rates have not been changed...

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BE A GOOD WINGMAN: DON’T LET IMPAIRED FRIENDS DRIVE

July 28, 2017

New SGI campaign wants you to be a friend for life You and your group of lifelong friends are out for a few drinks. One of your buddies grabs their keys and is about to drive home. Do you say anything, or do you just let them go? It is something SGI is asking everyone in Saskatchewan to think about. SGI’s latest advertising campaign “Be a Good Wingman” challenges Saskatchewan...

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Crop Report for the Period July 18 to 24, 2017

July 27, 2017

Haying continues in the province and livestock producers now have 74 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage. An additional 14 per cent is cut and ready for baling, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. Hay quality is currently rated as nine per cent excellent, 61 per cent good, 25 per cent fair and five per cent poor.  Hay yields have been significantly less than normal for many producers...

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Highway Construction Paving the Way in the Prince Albert Region

July 27, 2017

Highway construction season is in full swing on many highways in the Prince Albert region, meaning travelers in the area are likely to come across work zones. “There are a number of highway improvement projects underway in the Prince Albert area, so drivers should plan ahead and be patient when entering a work zone,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said.  “Please remember that crews are...

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Saskatchewan Agrees to Canadian Agricultural Partnership

July 21, 2017

Today, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart joined Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, and agriculture ministers from across the country to reach an agreement on the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP). CAP is a five year federal-provincial-territorial funding agreement that takes effect on April 1, 2018 and replaces Growing Forward 2 (GF2).  It governs business risk management (BRM) programs such...

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SRC Announces Economic Impact Results for 2016-17

July 21, 2017

Today, the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) released its economic impact results for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Last year, SRC provided a more than 18-times return for every dollar invested by the Government of Saskatchewan.   That represents more than $404 million in direct benefits to the province’s economy.   Additionally, SRC’s work created or maintained more than 1,500 jobs in Saskatchewan, valued at...

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SOCO Continues to Help Grow Saskatchewan's Tech Sector

July 20, 2017

Technology sector development is one of several priorities highlighted in the 2016-17 Annual Report released today by the Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation (SOCO). SOCO is a Crown corporation that operates under the business name of Innovation Place and manages technology parks at the province’s two universities in Saskatoon and Regina.  Innovation Place is home to 165 tenants employing approximately...

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Strength, Stability and Growth - SGI Healthy in 2016-17

July 20, 2017

Robust investment earnings helped Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) achieve strong results in 2016-17.  SGI released its financial and operational highlights today, as the 2016-17 annual reports for both the Saskatchewan Auto Fund and SGI CANADA were tabled. The Saskatchewan Auto Fund is the self-sustaining, compulsory auto insurance plan administered by SGI on behalf of the province.  It is a public fund for...

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The 100 Year Highways Journey

July 20, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan is proud to announce that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure. “We’ve come a long way in the last one hundred years; from building roads with a horse and scraper, to asphalt pavement, and now to overpasses and highways with 25,000 vehicles per day,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said. “During the last century...

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Crop Report for the Period July 11 to 17, 2017

July 20, 2017

Crops are developing quickly but normally in much of the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. Seventy-one per cent of fall cereals, 62 per cent of spring cereals, 61 per cent of oilseeds and 70 per cent of pulse crops are at their normal stages of development for this time of year.  Many areas in the province remain very dry and crop conditions continue to decline due to hot temperatures...

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Wildlife Lands Available for Cattle Grazing

July 19, 2017

Environment Minister Scott Moe is reminding livestock producers that 90,000 acres of Fish and Wildlife Development fund (FWDF) lands are available to producers for grazing until September 15.  This will enhance producers’ ability to manage potential feed shortage due to Saskatchewan’s current dry conditions. “We know grazing and haying benefits wildlife habitat management and provides additional opportunities...

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SaskGaming Reports Net Income of $48.8 Million

July 19, 2017

SASKGAMING REPORTS NET INCOME OF $48.8 MILLION SaskGaming earned $48.8 million in net income and made a significant contribution to the General Revenue Fund (GRF) of $24.4 million in the 12 month period ending March 31, 2017.  A comprehensive review of the corporation’s 2016-17 financial results are detailed in SaskGaming’s annual report, which was released today. “Through sound fiscal management...

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Saskatchewan at the 2017 Canada Summer Games

July 19, 2017

More than 4,000 athletes and coaches from across the country will head to Winnipeg for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Running July 28 to August 13, the games feature 16 sports and are the largest multisport event for young athletes in Canada.  The Saskatchewan Games Council will formally announce Team Sask as well as unveil the Team Sask ceremonial walk-out uniform and team pins on Saturday, July 22, at a media event Mosaic...

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Government Unveils Lifejacket Loaner Stations During National Drowning Prevention Week

July 19, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to be expanding the Lifejacket Loaner Station program that was piloted in 2016. This year, there are five provincial parks and recreation sites that are offering lifejackets to be borrowed, free of charge.  This is an important water safety initiative, as July 16-22 is National Drowning Prevention Week in Saskatchewan. “Part of what makes Saskatchewan’s provincial...

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Saskatchewan Transportation Company Annual Report Released

July 18, 2017

The Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) released its 2016-17 Annual Report today. On March 22, 2017, just prior to the company’s fiscal year end, the government announced that STC would be wound up over the coming year. “The difficult decision to wind up the organization was in response to declining ridership, the growing requirement for subsidies, and the belief that the dollars could be better directed...

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SaskTel Reports 2016/17 Net Income of $134.8 Million

July 18, 2017

SaskTel today reported 2016-17 net income of $134.8 million and operating revenues of $1,277.2 million.  Net income, up $28.9 million from the same period in 2015-16, increased due to a 1.0 per cent growth in revenue and a 0.7 per cent decline in operating expenses.  Revenues grew $12.4 million (1.0 per cent), mainly due to increases in wireless, maxTV™, Internet, data and managed and emerging revenues. “In...

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Saskatchewan's Cyclotron Cuts Wait Times in Province and Provides Back-Up Services for Alberta Patients

July 10, 2017

The Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences (Cyclotron), which produces radioisotopes, has reduced wait times to one week for patients in the province requiring PET-CT scans.  This information was announced by Premier Brad Wall today at an event at the Cyclotron in Saskatoon. Located in the University of Saskatchewan and operated by the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (Fedoruk Centre), the Cyclotron began...

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MERCHANDISE EXPORTS CLIMB IN MAY

July 6, 2017

Merchandise exports in Saskatchewan totalled $2.6 billion in May 2017, up 38.3 per cent from May 2016. In terms of percentage change, Saskatchewan had the third highest increase among the provinces. “This is a large rise that shows Saskatchewan has a healthy and growing export sector,” Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “We have thriving businesses right across the province which are creating...

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STRONG BUILDING PERMIT GROWTH IN 2017

July 6, 2017

Saskatchewan’s value of building permits from January to May 2017 was $805.3 million, up by 20.8 per cent over the same period last year. Nationally, building permits were up 9.7 per cent. Compared to May 2016, industrial building permits increased by 104.8 per cent to $17.6 million.  “Strong building permit growth is considered to be a leading indicator of future economic growth,”...

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NEW COUGAR AND BEAR TRAPPING SEASONS START IN FALL 2017

July 5, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan has established trapping seasons for cougars and black bears in select wildlife management zones in Saskatchewan’s farmland. “Both cougar and bear populations have been expanding into the southern portion of Saskatchewan,” Environment Minister Scott Moe said.  “Establishing additional trapping seasons will better manage these growing populations and help reduce human...

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PROVINCE COVERS DRUGS FOR TREATMENT OF ALCOHOL USE DISORDER

July 5, 2017

People in Saskatchewan who need support to address problematic alcohol use now have access to another form of treatment. Effective July 1, The Saskatchewan Prescription Drug Plan provides coverage for two drug products for the treatment of alcohol use disorder: Revia (naltrexone) and Campral (acamprosate). “Our government is committed to providing services to help people struggling with addictions,” Health...

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THREE SASKATCHEWAN SHORT LINE RAIL LINES PURCHASE CARS

July 5, 2017

The provincial government has secured commitments from three Saskatchewan shortline railways to purchase the Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation’s (SGCC) fleet of 898 hopper cars for $9.7 million. “With approximately 14 years’ of service life remaining the fleet still has value in the industry,” Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation David Marit said.  “Selling the cars...

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NO LICENCE NEEDED ON SASKATCHEWAN’S FREE FISHING WEEKEND, JULY 8 AND 9

July 4, 2017

Saskatchewan’s annual summer free fishing weekend is July 8 and 9.  Since 1989, one weekend is designated each summer when residents and visitors may fish in any of Saskatchewan’s public waters open to sport fishing without purchasing a fishing licence. “Sport fishing is one of many outdoor activities that Saskatchewan has to offer,” Environment Minister Scott Moe said.  “This weekend is...

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REGINA’S VULNERABLE BENEFIT FROM BUS PASS PROGRAM

July 4, 2017

Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor and Regina Mayor Michael Fougere today announced the continuation of funding to the provincial Discounted Bus Pass (DBP) program. The Government of Saskatchewan has invested up to $1.8 million in the DBP program in 2017-18 to keep monthly bus passes affordable for Saskatchewan people who receive income assistance.  The program helps individuals with low incomes search for or travel...

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#SLOWDOWN, SASKATCHEWAN! MOTORISTS REMINDED TO OBEY SPEED LIMITS IN WORK ZONES

June 30, 2017

Speed Limits in Effect Even When Workers Not Present Imagine sitting at your desk while 4,000 pounds of glass and steel speed past you hundreds of times a day.  Sounds pretty scary, doesn’t it?  For highway construction workers, it is just another day on the job. “Work zone safety is important, not only for motorists, but for those risking their lives to build and maintain our province’s...

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LEGISLATION TO HELP RENTERS FLEEING INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE COMES INTO FORCE

June 30, 2017

As of July 1, 2017, new rights will be provided to renters who are fleeing situations of interpersonal violence and abuse. “These amendments make it clear that no one should have to prioritize a rental agreement above their own personal safety,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said.  “With these amendments, victims of interpersonal violence will be able to put their safety first when escaping...

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STUDENTS CAN NOW APPLY FOR THE 2017-18 STUDENT LOAN YEAR

June 29, 2017

The 2017-18 student loan year is underway and students can now submit their applications for student financial assistance for academic programs beginning on or after August 1, 2017. As part of Budget 2017, changes were made to the Canada-Saskatchewan Integrated Loan Program to better target assistance to students with the greatest financial need. These include: Consolidating...

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Improving Energy Conservation Across Saskatchewan

June 28, 2017

Federal Gas Tax Fund Allocated to 42 Projects in 35 Communities Investing in infrastructure is vital to strengthening the middle class and growing the economy.  The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan recognize that modern, efficient community infrastructure contributes to clean growth, sustainability, and a high quality of life for future generations. That is why more than $2.3 million from the federal...

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Cutting Taxes to Spur Economic Growth

June 27, 2017

Cutting Taxes to Spur Economic Growth Released on June 27, 2017 Starting next week, all Saskatchewan residents who pay income tax will be paying less, and Saskatchewan people with lower incomes will receive a boost in their tax credit amounts. As announced in the 2017-18 Budget, Saskatchewan Personal Income Tax rates will drop by half a percentage point effective July 1. ...

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Watercraft Inspections Help Protect Saskatchewan Waters from Aquatic Invasive Species

June 27, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan has teamed up with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to inspect watercraft entering the country for signs of aquatic invasive species. Since the start of 2017, CBSA has referred 81 high-risk watercraft to the Ministry of Environment for followup and checked more than 413 watercraft at the border. “This joint effort with CBSA is part of the government’s aquatic invasive...

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eHealth Saskatchewan Reviewing Data Sharing Process with Elections Saskatchewan

June 27, 2017

  eHealth Saskatchewan has committed to taking steps with Elections Saskatchewan (Elections SK) to address a privacy breach, in which information about individuals under the age of 16 was inadvertently provided to Elections SK from November 2015 to January 2017.  Although general demographic information and health card numbers were provided, no clinical health information on individuals was shared. eHealth and...

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Celebrate Canada Day in a Saskatchewan Provincial Park

June 26, 2017

There is no better venue to enjoy Canada Day than a Saskatchewan provincial park.  To celebrate this special day and Canada’s 150th Birthday, the parks will be offering free entry on July 1. “Saskatchewan’s provincial parks are where people go to make memories and connect with family and friends,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said.  “With countless activities, great...

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Saskatchewan's Minimum Wage Will Increase in October

June 23, 2017

The minimum wage in Saskatchewan will increase to $10.96 an hour, from $10.72 an hour, on October 1, 2017. The increase was calculated using an indexation formula that has been used since 2011. Saskatchewan’s legislation provides for an annual review based on changes to the consumer price index and the average hourly wage for the previous year.  Any changes to the minimum wage are announced by June 30.  Changes...

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Premier To Meet with U.S. Governors

June 23, 2017

Premier Brad Wall will discuss North American trade and energy security matters with leading American politicians next week when he attends a meeting of the governors of western states. Wall will be in Whitefish, Montana June 25 and 26 for the first two days of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) annual meeting.  He will participate in a roundtable panel on “connecting Canada and the West” with his...

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Closure Date Extended at Valley View Centre

June 23, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan announced today that the targeted closure date for Valley View Centre (VVC) will be extended from March 2018 to December 2019. “It is vital that the transition of Valley View Centre residents is done in a careful, thoughtful, person-centered way so these individuals can achieve their goals for life in the community,” Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor said.  “Our...

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Saskatoon Celebrates Better Care, Better Patient Outcomes with First Accountable Care Unit

June 23, 2017

Saskatoon patients now have access to an innovative, patient-centred model of care at St. Paul’s Hospital.  Heath Minister Jim Reiter today joined Saskatoon Health Region officials, board members and staff to celebrate the opening of Saskatoon’s first Accountable Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital on 7th floor Medicine. “We are incredibly proud of this innovation in health care delivery, and encouraged...

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Report Improper Work Zones on Saskatchewan Highways

June 22, 2017

Highway work zones are setting up across the province as the Government of Saskatchewan’s $1.1 billion Highways and Infrastructure budget is put into action.  The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is working with crews to ensure work zones are set up correctly, while reminding the public that they can report missing or inappropriate signs. “If you encounter a work zone that is not set up properly or has...

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Residents Advised to Reduce Risk of West Nile Virus

June 21, 2017

Health officials are advising residents to take precautions against mosquito bites, as the risk of West Nile Virus increases in Saskatchewan. The virus is transmitted through the bite of infected Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, and is an annual risk for Saskatchewan residents during the summer months. Most people who become infected with West Nile Virus experience no symptoms or have mild illness (fever, headaches, body...

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SRC Celebrates 70 Years of Success and Innovation

June 20, 2017

This year, the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) is marking its 70th year in business. In April 1947, the province established SRC with a mandate of undertaking projects that would help in the advancement of the province’s industrial development.  SRC began from humble beginnings as a granting agency with no permanent staff and a $20,000 budget reviewed by a board.  Since then, SRC has grown to become one of Canada’s...

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Cutting Edge Technology for Saskatchewan Heart Patients

June 20, 2017

TAVI Helps Patients not Eligible for Open-Heart Surgery Patients too fragile for open-heart surgery can now get an aortic valve replaced in Saskatchewan.  In the procedure, a cardiologist inserts a replacement valve into the heart via an artery in about half the time of an open-heart operation and without using general anesthetics. Officially launched today, the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation...

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Strong Wholesale Trade Growth

June 20, 2017

Wholesale trade in April 2017 increased by 13.0 per cent (seasonally adjusted) over April 2016—the second highest percentage growth among the provinces, and higher than the national average of 10.3 per cent. “The sustained growth of Saskatchewan’s wholesale trade highlights continued confidence in the province’s economy,” Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Our strong manufacturing...

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Illegal Outfitting Investigation Nets More Than $71,000 in Fines

June 19, 2017

Ministry of Environment conservation officers recently completed a two-and-half year investigation into illegal outfitting activities near the community of Hazlet, located 64 kilometres northwest of Swift Current near the Great Sand Hills. The multi-agency initiative led to more than $71,000 in fines for four North Battleford-area men.  During a patrol in October 2014, conservation officers encountered four individuals on...

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Block Party for Joint-Use Schools

June 19, 2017

Local masonry companies gathered today to celebrate the upcoming completion of the province’s joint-use schools.  Block and stone elements form part of each school, all of it produced and put in place by Saskatchewan businesses. “We built these schools for the kids, first and foremost, but job creation is always a factor when we fund capital projects,” Regina Gardiner Park MLA Gene Makowsky said on behalf...

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SASKATCHEWAN KEEPS GROWING TO MORE THAN 1,160,000 PEOPLE

June 15, 2017

Saskatchewan’s population continues to increase, growing by 3,026 to 1,161,365 people in the first quarter of 2017. Over the past year, Saskatchewan’s population grew by 16,047 people – a growth rate of 1.4 per cent.  That’s the third-highest rate of growth among the provinces, behind only Manitoba and Ontario. Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison said the continued growth is a sign that the...

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CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD JUNE 6 TO 12, 2017

June 15, 2017

Seeding has essentially wrapped up in the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  Producers have 99 per cent of the crop in the ground, ahead of the five-year (2012-2016) seeding average of 97 per cent for this time of year.  The northwest region is the furthest behind with 97 per cent seeded.  Across the province, there are still a few fields of oats and barley, as well as some greenfeed...

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GOVERNMENT TO LEASE PROVINCIAL PASTURES TO PATRON GROUPS

June 15, 2017

The Ministry of Agriculture will offer current patrons of the Saskatchewan Pastures Program (SPP) the option of leasing the pastures, as the program is wound down over the next three years.  This follows the decision in March 2017 to end the Saskatchewan Pastures Program and consult on future management of the land. “After considering the input received through the public engagement process, we have determined that...

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HIGHWAY 7 TWINNING CONTINUES

June 15, 2017

Work on Twinning Highway 7 from Delisle to Vanscoy is Currently Underway This year crews will twin 10 kilometres of Highway 7 between Delisle and Vanscoy.  Work will also include the realignment of rural municipality roads, two new railway crossings, the movement of 570,000 cubic mettrs of dirt and the installation of 51 new culverts. “We are pleased to see twinning work progressing on Highway 7...

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HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES FROM ACROSS THE PROVINCE RECEIVE YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP SCHOLARSHIPS

June 14, 2017

Seventy Saskatchewan communities are awarding 100 high school students with Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) Industry Scholarships at graduations this year. Winners are chosen from participants of the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)’s SYA program, which encourages high school students to explore opportunities in the skilled trades through research and hands-on learning....

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SASKATCHEWAN HEALTH AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPOINTED

June 14, 2017

Board to Help Guide Transition to a Single Provincial Health Authority An important milestone has been reached in the transition to the new Saskatchewan Health Authority.  Today, Health Minister Jim Reiter announced the creation of a Board of Directors to govern the new Saskatchewan Health Authority. The board is composed of 10 members appointed for three-year terms. R.W. (Dick) Carter of Regina has been...

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CONSERVATION OFFICERS URGE RESIDENTS TO LEAVE YOUNG ANIMALS ALONE

June 13, 2017

Government of Saskatchewan conservation officers want to emphasize a simple message to well-intentioned people who want to rescue what appear to be orphaned young animals this time of year – don’t touch them.  Whether it is a young fawn, duckling, small rabbit or a songbird, it is best to leave them alone. In the majority of cases, young animals are not abandoned or deserted, and the mother is nearby watching....

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SASKATCHEWAN RESPONDS TO NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD MODERNIZATION PANEL REPORT

June 13, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan has submitted its response to a report on the modernization of the National Energy Board (NEB).  In November 2016, Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources established an expert panel to review the structure, role and mandate of the NEB. During this review, the Government of Saskatchewan shared its three main interests with the panel: to gain greater access to tidewater for Canadian-produced...

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FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS SUPPORT HOUSING PROJECTS IN NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN

June 12, 2017

The Government of Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan are working together to making Northern Saskatchewan communities stronger by improving housing affordability and supporting individuals and families in greatest housing need. The federal and provincial governments have provided a combined investment of more than $7 million to support housing initiatives in the communities of La Loche, Île-à-la-Crosse, La Ronge...

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SASKATCHEWAN SIGNS ON TO FEDERAL EARLY LEARNING AND CHILD CARE FRAMEWORK

June 12, 2017

Today, Deputy Premier and Education Minister Don Morgan joined his federal, provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa to announce that Saskatchewan will be working together on an Early Learning and Child Care Framework agreement.  This sets the groundwork to provide a multi-year federal investment to continue improving access and affordability to early learning programs and child care for children and families in Saskatchewan.

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MAY JOB GROWTH

June 9, 2017

There were 1,300 more jobs in Saskatchewan last month compared to May 2016, according to Statistics Canada data released today.  Compared to last month, there were 2,100 more people working in the province (seasonally adjusted). The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May was 6.3 per cent in Saskatchewan, the fourth lowest among the provinces.  The national unemployment rate for May was 6.6 per cent. ...

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Don't Give Away Your Money to Unregistered Binary Option Websites

June 8, 2017

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) has issued two Cease Trade Orders against FMTrader and Capital Force Ltd.  The orders expire on June 17, 2017 and may be extended. “Both provincially and nationally we are seeing significant losses to investors dealing with these unregistered binary option companies,” FCAA Acting Deputy Director of Enforcement Harvey White said.  “Staff...

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic Gets Top Marks for Environmental Stewardship

June 8, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan is at the top of its class in green building management in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw Campus was recently awarded the provincial BOMA Earth Award in the industrial office category for excellence in sustainable commercial building management.  Several other publicly-owned buildings were finalists. The annual Earth Awards are presented to buildings that rate...

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June's Public Offering Generates Largest Revenue Since 2014

June 8, 2017

Driven by strong interest in an area prospective for heavy oil northeast of Lloydminster, June’s public offering of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights raised $22.8 million dollars on Tuesday—the largest revenue for a single public offering in almost three years. The total for the 2017 fiscal year to date is $24 million after two sales.  The fiscal year’s current average price per hectare for Saskatchewan...

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FEDERAL FUNDING EXPANDS FOLLOWING THEIR VOICES TO REACH MORE FIRST NATIONS, MÉTIS AND INUIT STUDENTS

June 8, 2017

Today, Deputy Premier and Education Minister Don Morgan and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s (INAC) Saskatchewan Associate Regional Director General Bob Maguire joined with students and staff at Sturgeon Lake Central School on Sturgeon Lake First Nation to announce the addition of federal funding to support the implementation of Following Their Voices in up to eight First Nations schools. Following Their...

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GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN SASKATCHEWAN COMMUNITY AIRPORTS

June 7, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $700,000 in the Community Airport Partnership (CAP) Program to enhance infrastructure to 15 community and regionally-owned airports.  CAP funding is available to qualifying airports that support economic development, accessibility and safety initiatives. Grants are cost-shared on a 50/50 basis up to a maximum amount and are used to enhance infrastructure so that community and regionally-owned...

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TIP CALL RESULTS IN $14,700 IN FINES FOR KAMSACK POACHING CASE

June 7, 2017

Three Saskatchewan men were recently found guilty for poaching violations under The Wildlife Act and Regulations and were fined $14,700 in provincial court. In November 2015, Ministry of Environment conservation officers received a Turn In Poachers (TIP) call regarding an elk shot out of the hunting season on private land approximately eight kilometres outside of Kamsack.  Investigating officers obtained ballistic...

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Saskatchewan Launches Technology Incubator in Saskatoon

June 6, 2017

Premier Brad Wall today announced the launch of Saskatchewan’s first technology incubator in Saskatoon. Located at Innovation Place, Co.Labs is designed to provide early-stage technology startups with the skills, mentorship and support required to build successful technology companies in the province.  As part of the 2017-18 provincial budget, the government committed $250,000 to support the operations of Co.Labs.

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Seventy-Five Water and Wastewater Projects in Saskatchewan Will Help Provide Clean Water and Protect the Environment

June 2, 2017

The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are committed to investing in local infrastructure that provides Canadians and their families with access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs.  These investments safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect provincial waterways and preserve local ecosystems. Today, Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness,...

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CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD MAY 23 TO 29, 2017

June 1, 2017

Saskatchewan producers now have 81 per cent of the 2017 crop in the ground, right in line with the five-year (2012-2016) seeding average for this time of year of 82 per cent.  Wet field conditions and frequent rainfall in many northern areas have delayed progress, and producers there will need a couple more weeks of warm and dry weather. Seeding is most advanced in the southeast, where producers have 95 per cent of the...

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TRANSPORTATION WEEK PROCLAIMED IN SASKATCHEWAN

June 1, 2017

In recognition of the people working to keep Saskatchewan’s economy moving, the Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed June 4 to 10 Saskatchewan Transportation Week. “Saskatchewan’s transportation industry connects our producers and manufacturers with consumers, which is vital to the success of our economy,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said.  “Whether helping move goods...

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Saskatchewan Children's Hospital Gets $50 Million Donation and New Name

May 30, 2017

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall today joined the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan (CHFS) to announce a $50 million donation and a new name for the children’s hospital and the foundation. The largest-ever gift of money to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan was made by the Jim Pattison Foundation.  In honour of this generous donation, the hospital will be named the Jim Pattison...

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Saskatchewan Tourism Week Showcases Inspiring Experiences and Strong Economic Benefits

May 29, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan is proclaiming May 28 to June 3 as Saskatchewan Tourism Week.  The week is part of a broader national initiative called Tourism Week in Canada, which brings attention to the impact of the country’s tourism sector and the economic opportunities available through travel and tourism.  Saskatchewan Tourism Week highlights the importance of tourism in this province. The industry is a...

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Saskatchewan Mining Week Promotes Innovation, Adaptation

May 29, 2017

The impact and contributions of the province’s mining industry will be the focus of Saskatchewan Mining Week, which was officially proclaimed today at the Legislature Building in Regina. Organized by the Saskatchewan Mining Association (SMA) to promote awareness of the people and activities that comprise the industry, the overall theme of this year’s week is “Mining in Transformational Times”.

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Affordable Housing Project Officially Opens in Prince Albert

May 29, 2017

The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, along with River Bank Development Corporation (RBDC), officially opened four single-family homes with support services for large families receiving crisis or life-skills assistance in Prince Albert. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and Crown Investments Corporations Minister...

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Second Highest Weekly Earnings Growth Among Canada's Provinces

May 25, 2017

On a year-over-year basis, Saskatchewan’s average weekly earnings saw a 2.6 per cent increase in March 2017 (seasonally adjusted), the second highest among Canada’s provinces, according to new figures released by Statistics Canada today. The province’s average weekly earnings grew by 1.1 per cent, compared to the previous month, above the national increase of 0.2 per cent and also the second highest increase...

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Wholesale Trade in Saskatchewan Shows Continued Strength

May 23, 2017

In March 2017, wholesale trade in Saskatchewan grew 13.8 per cent (seasonally adjusted) over March 2016, above the national average of 10.2 per cent for the same period.  Saskatchewan ranked third in percentage growth among the provinces. “Wholesale trade continued to grow in March, and that shows that our provincial economy remains strong and resilient,” Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Growth...

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SGI Salvage and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Mark Unique 15-year Partnership

May 19, 2017

Students Train for Automotive Service and Auto Body Technician Careers by Fixing Total Loss Vehicles It all started with a Pontiac Sunfire in 2002.  Since then, nearly 250 vehicles have been repaired by Saskatchewan Polytechnic Automotive Service and Auto Body Technician certificate students. Today, a long-running but little-known partnership between Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) Salvage and...

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Saskatchewan's Retail Sales Growth Above National Average

May 19, 2017

Retail sales in Saskatchewan experienced robust growth in March in comparison to the other provinces, adding to recent upward trends in other economic sectors. Year-over-year, retail sales in Saskatchewan were up by 8.7 per cent in March 2017 compared to March 2016, to a total of $1.7 billion—the second-highest percentage growth across the country and ahead of the national average of 6.9 per cent.  The province saw...

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Difficult Budget Will Keep Saskatchewan's Economy and Finances Strong

May 18, 2017

Premier Brad Wall said the highlight of the spring sitting of the Legislature which wraps up today was a difficult but necessary budget that will move Saskatchewan away from its reliance on resource revenues and ensure the province’s economy and finances stay strong. “Some tough choices had to be made in this year’s budget, but in the long run, making those choices now is better than kicking the deficit can...

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Watch Out for Loyalty Insurance Group

May 18, 2017

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) of Saskatchewan is warning investors that an individual claiming to act on behalf of an entity named Loyalty Insurance Group (https://www.loyaltyinsurancegroup.org/), is contacting people who may have invested in unregistered binary options companies “Titan Trade”, or “Banc de Binary”.

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1.1 Billion Dollar Highway Construction Season Ramping Up

May 18, 2017

Slow Down Through the Work Zone The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure’s budget is set for a near-record construction season that will see work continue on about 990 kilometres of provincial highways. “This is the second largest transportation budget in our history, so we anticipate there will be many work zones going up across the province,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David...

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Date Extended, Changes Made to PST on Insurance Premiums

May 17, 2017

Following discussions with insurance industry associations, the Government of Saskatchewan has extended the effective date for the application of PST to insurance premiums from July 1, 2017 to August 1, 2017. The extension provides the industry with additional time to implement the application of PST and to address updates. “The insurance industry associations have asked us for more time to implement this change and...

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Provincial Parks Open May Long Weekend

May 15, 2017

Saskatchewan Provincial Parks officially open for the season on Thursday, May 18, 2017.  Provincial parks continue to be among Saskatchewan’s most popular vacation destinations.  With a record of nearly four million visits in 2016, the parks are preparing for another busy season. “Saskatchewan people love their parks,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said.  “Whether it’s...

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SGI's New Impaired Driving Prevention Campaign Shows Real Life Impact of Impaired Driving

May 11, 2017

This month, SGI is launching a new version of its emotionally-charged multi-media awareness campaign showing the void left behind when a loved one is killed by an impaired driver. Every statistic is a person, and the 2017 campaign highlights 12 lives cut short because of the senseless decision someone else made to drive impaired.  SGI is replacing the stock photographs used in the original 2016 campaign with photos...

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Saskatchewan Health Authority Head Office To Be Located in Saskatoon

May 8, 2017

Today, Health Minister Jim Reiter and Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit announced the head office for the new provincial health authority will be located in Saskatoon. The first day of operations for the health authority is being determined, but is still anticipated to occur in fall 2017. “A number of locations for the head office were considered, and all would have been a good fit for the new...

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Job Numbers Hold Steady in April

May 5, 2017

April job numbers show there were 560,100 people working in Saskatchewan, unchanged from a year ago. Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate in April was 6.2 per cent (seasonally adjusted), below the national average of 6.5 per cent. The unemployment rate for Saskatchewan youth was 10.4 per cent (seasonally adjusted) in April 2017, second lowest among the provinces.  Nationally, youth unemployment was 11.7 per cent.

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New Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford Now 60 Per Cent Complete

May 5, 2017

Today The Battlefords MLA Herb Cox on behalf of Health Minister Jim Reiter joined residents, staff and community members in North Battleford to celebrate 60 per cent completion of the province’s new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford (SHNB). “Our government recognizes the need for appropriate and timely access to mental health services, and the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford is a key step forward in...

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Senior Public Servants Contribute to Compensation Savings

May 4, 2017

Premier Brad Wall today said Government Deputy Ministers and Crown Corporation Presidents and CEOs have taken a 3.5 per cent salary reduction effective May 1, 2017. This is in keeping with the government’s commitment to reduce total compensation costs across the public sector by about 3.5 per cent. “Compensation is a significant expense for the provincial government and these senior public servants know...

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Maternal Wellness Program a "Lifeline" for Saskatchewan Women

May 3, 2017

Women across Saskatchewan who struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety, or feelings of loss following a miscarriage, stillbirth or death of a newborn, now have easier access to help. Marking World Maternal Mental Health Day, May 3, Health Minister Jim Reiter applauded the province-wide expansion of HealthLine 811’s Maternal Wellness Program. “This program provides timely, easy-to-access, maternal...

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Saskatchewan Has the Highest Proportion of Young People Among Provinces

May 3, 2017

New census data released today shows that Saskatchewan’s population is younger than the Canadian average. “Saskatchewan’s future has never been brighter as shown in today’s release of census data indicating that we have one of the youngest populations in Canada,” Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Having one of the youngest populations in Canada shows that Saskatchewan continues...

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Residents Encouraged to Update Their Address to Maintain Health Coverage

May 2, 2017

  One of the most valuable cards in your wallet is being renewed this fall. All Saskatchewan residents with provincial health coverage will be receiving Health Card Renewal Packages in September.  eHealth Saskatchewan will be sending packages containing stickers that renew health cards for a three year period, to December 31, 2020. To help ensure packages are received before health cards expire, any resident...

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Post-Secondary Graduates Find Success in Saskatchewan

May 1, 2017

The recently completed Saskatchewan Graduate Outcomes Survey indicates that post-secondary education in Saskatchewan continues to lead to positive outcomes for students. “Saskatchewan is a great place to live and work,” Advanced Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre said.  “The results of this survey show that more than 90 per cent of Saskatchewan students are staying in the province and 80 per cent of international...

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Government Will Use Notwithstanding Clause to Protect School Choice for Parents and Students

May 1, 2017

Move Will Set Aside Recent Court of Queen’s Bench Ruling Premier Brad Wall today announced the government will protect school choice in Saskatchewan by invoking the notwithstanding clause of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The move comes in response to a recent Court of Queen’s Bench ruling that, if allowed to stand, would force about 10,000 non-Catholic students out of Catholic...

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Saskatchewan's 2017 Big Game Draw Opens Online May 1

April 27, 2017

  Saskatchewan’s big game draw opens May 1, and hunters have until midnight on May 25 to submit their online applications. The big game draw is a transparent and equitable method of allocating a limited number of hunting licences to Saskatchewan residents.  This year’s draw includes licences for elk, moose, pronghorn, either-sex mule deer and antlerless mule deer. “The big game draw...

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Government to Improve Saskatchewan's Scrap Tire Recycling Program

April 27, 2017

The Ministry of Environment plans to develop new scrap tire recycling regulations to reflect changing industry needs in Saskatchewan and address increasing public expectations for governance, accountability and transparency. The new regulations will ensure Saskatchewan continues to have an effective scrap tire collection program that further promotes a sustainable recycling industry within the province. “This...

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Compensation Offered to Those Impacted by 2001 North Battleford Water Contamination

April 26, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan and the City of North Battleford will make compensation available to approximately 700 people who became ill in the spring of 2001 after consuming contaminated drinking water supplied by the City of North Battleford. This measure will only be available to those claimants who meet the settlement criteria, and have not already received compensation. A fund of $3.3 million – split...

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Highest Retail Sales Growth in Canada

April 26, 2017

  On a monthly basis, Saskatchewan’s retail sales rose by 0.6 per cent per cent in February when compared with January, the highest percentage increase among the provinces (seasonally adjusted).  Nationally, there was a 0.6 per cent decrease. Year-over-year, retail sales were up 4.8 per cent, slightly above the 4.7 per cent posted nationally and the fourth highest among the provinces. “Saskatchewan...

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Government Restores Funding for Libraries

April 24, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan announced today that it will be restoring funding for Saskatchewan libraries back to the 2016-17 funding levels to ensure that regional and municipal libraries and the interlibrary loan services remain operational.  Today’s announcement will provide $4.8 million in addition to the $3.5 million that was announced on budget day, March 22. “Premier Wall has always said that we would...

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Wholesale Trade Growth Rate Leads Canada

April 24, 2017

Wholesale trade in February 2017 jumped 18.3 per cent (seasonally adjusted) over last year – the highest percentage increase among the provinces and almost three times the 6.6 per cent recorded nationally for the same period. “February’s wholesale trade growth speaks to the strength and resilience of Saskatchewan’s economy,” Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Wholesale trade statistics...

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Government Announces $20.5 Million in Funding on 5th Anniversary of STARS in Saskatchewan

April 24, 2017

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) is celebrating its 5th anniversary of saving lives in Saskatchewan. Since 2012, STARS has carried out more than 4,000 missions to more than 500 locations across the province, and today Health Minister Jim Reiter, Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit and Crown Investments Corporation Minister Joe Hargrave joined staff and patients to mark this occasion and to announce the renewal...

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Outstanding Citizens Honoured with Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal

April 24, 2017

National Volunteer Week Runs from April 23 to 29 Today Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield presented the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal to 10 outstanding citizens from across the province.  The ceremony, which took place in Regina, acknowledged the tremendous impact the volunteers have made on their communities. “During her 2002 visit to Canada, our Queen reflected on the uncommon service...

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April's Public Offering of Petroleum and Natural Gas Rights Raises $1.3 Million

April 13, 2017

Saskatchewan’s first public offering of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights for the 2017 fiscal year raised $1.3 million dollars on Tuesday. This was the first of the six public offerings of petroleum and natural gas dispositions held on a regularly scheduled basis throughout the fiscal year.  Public offering revenues can fluctuate from sale to sale based on elements such as the oil potential of available parcels,...

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Saskatchewan Records Strong Manufacturing Sales Growth

April 13, 2017

  Manufacturing sales in Saskatchewan increased by 22.7 per cent in February 2017, compared to the previous year (seasonally adjusted).  This was the second highest percentage increase among the provinces—significantly higher than the national average of 6.8 per cent. “Once again, Saskatchewan has experienced strong growth in manufacturing sales, leading the west and well above Canada’s average,”...

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INCREASED ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES IN LA LOCHE

April 13, 2017

More patients in La Loche will now be able to receive care in their home community as a result of government’s $500,000 commitment to expand the use of Remote Presence Technology in northern Saskatchewan. Health Minister Jim Reiter joined project partners in Saskatoon today for a demonstration of this innovative technology with a live connection to La Loche. “This cutting-edge technology will make health...

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Government, SARCAN and SaskMilk Remind Residents to Recycle Milk Containers

April 12, 2017

Environment Minister Scott Moe joined representatives from SARCAN and SaskMilk at the East Regina SARCAN depot today to remind Saskatchewan residents that milk containers are now included in the provincial recycling program. As of April 1, residents can return ‘ready-to-serve’ milk containers to any of SARCAN’s 72 depots to receive a refund of the deposit paid at the point of purchase. “SARCAN...

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Oil Drilling Numbers Double in First Quarter

April 10, 2017

Saskatchewan’s petroleum industry is showing signs of a positive start for 2017 after results for drilling activity during the first three months of the year were more than double the figures of 2016. “An increase of more than 450 wells drilled is an optimistic indicator for our oil industry and, by extension, Saskatchewan’s economic outlook for the year ahead,” Energy and Resources Minister Dustin Duncan...

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New Internal Trade Agreement Will Benefit Saskatchewan Businesses and Workers

April 10, 2017

The new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) will level the playing field for Saskatchewan businesses and workers as they pursue opportunities across the country, according to Saskatchewan’s Minister responsible for Trade. Jeremy Harrison was in Toronto last Friday with other federal, provincial and territorial trade ministers for the announcement of the agreement, which will greatly reduce barriers to trade, investment...

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Province Strengthens Support for Victims of Crime and Violence

April 10, 2017

  Government today introduced and passed legislation to support individuals fleeing interpersonal violence and families of victims of crime. The Victims of Interpersonal Violence Act and The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 will be amended to allow a tenant to end a fixed-term rental agreement with 28 days’ notice if they or their family members are being abused by another resident or former...

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Government Distributes Charitable Gaming Grants Worth More Than $1.2 Million

April 7, 2017

  The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) is supporting groups and organizations in the province by providing more than $1.2 million in charitable gaming grants. “Our government is pleased to acknowledge the fundraising efforts of volunteer groups and organizations by providing them with this additional financial support,” Minister responsible for SLGA Jeremy Harrison said.  “The...

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2,000 Jobs Created in March

April 7, 2017

There were 2,000 jobs created in March 2017 in Saskatchewan when compared with March 2016. “Saskatchewan’s economy is strong and resilient and the job numbers today are an encouraging sign,” Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “March was the second consecutive month with year-over-year job creation.  This news combined with recent announcements including Brandt Manufacturing’s expansion...

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Premier Concludes Successful Washington Meetings

April 6, 2017

Wall Made Case for Free Trade with New Administration and U.S. Legislators Premier Brad Wall today concluded his trade mission to Washington, D.C. where he promoted the continuation of a strong trade relationship and free trade between Canada and the U.S. as a benefit to both countries. “Saskatchewan is an exporting province, so it's important to be down here making the case for free trade, especially...

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February Building Permits Rise

April 6, 2017

Non-residential building permits in Saskatchewan increased by 138.0 per cent (seasonally adjusted) between January and February 2017, well ahead of the 4.5 per cent decline recorded nationally.  Saskatchewan had the second highest percentage increase among the provinces. “The rise in non-residential building permits demonstrates the continued strength and resilience of the Saskatchewan economy,” Economy Minister...

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Veterans of the Battle of Vimy Ridge To Be Honoured

April 6, 2017

The valour and sacrifice of those who lost their lives at the Battle of Vimy Ridge during the First World War will be commemorated on the 100th anniversary of the battle, during special events on April 9 and 12 in Regina.  The Battle of Vimy Ridge took place in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France on April 9 through 12 in 1917, between the Canadian Corps and heavily-entrenched German troops.  More than 400 Saskatchewan soldiers...

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Tow Truck Lighting Changes Coming to Increase Visibility and Safety at Roadside

April 6, 2017

Legislation, Regulations to be Amended This Spring Government today introduced and passed legislation improving safety for tow truck operators.  The Traffic Safety (Tow Trucks) Amendment Act, 2017 permits blue lights to be used in conjunction with amber lights on tow trucks. The legislation was introduced and passed in one day, which is a rare occurrence and requires the unanimous support of the...

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Government Introduces Legislation In Response to Education Advisory Panel

April 5, 2017

Today, Deputy Premier and Education Minister Don Morgan introduced Bill No.63, The Education Amendment Act, 2017 for first reading in the Saskatchewan Legislature.  The amendments are in response to findings from the Advisory Panel on Education Governance Renewal. These amendments are a result of public and education sector feedback received during the review consultations.  The panel met with more than 45 stakeholders...

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Saskatchewan's "Patent Box" Innovation Incentive Advancing the Province's Growth Agenda

April 4, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan’s 2017-18 Budget introduced the Saskatchewan Commercial Innovation Incentive (SCII), North America’s first of its kind “patent box” style incentive. This program will reduce the provincial Corporate Income Tax rate for eligible corporations to six per cent for a period of 10 years—on taxable income earned from the commercialization of a broad range of qualifying types...

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Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Support Better Transportation and Improved Safety with Highway Rehabilitation Projects

March 31, 2017

Modern and efficient roadways are crucial to encouraging and supporting economic activity, facilitating trade, and creating good paying, middle class jobs.  The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are investing in well-planned infrastructure that will make it easier to move people and products across the country, while supporting sustained economic growth and productivity for years to come. Today, Ralph Goodale, Minister...

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Credit Reports Key for Financial Health

March 31, 2017

Accurate credit reports are vital for the long-term financial health of Canadians.  Inaccurate or incomplete information on a person’s credit report could affect them financially for years.  Serious negative consequences could include the inability to buy a home or vehicle. The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) regulates credit reporting agencies.  It’s important consumers know their rights...

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Province Caps Grants-In-Lieu Reduction

March 31, 2017

The provincial government today announced that it will cap the grants-in-lieu reduction to municipalities at no more than 30 per cent of the amount the municipality receives in revenue sharing. “As the province moves away from its dependence on resource revenues and addresses a $1.2 billion revenue shortfall, we made the decision to cancel the grants-in-lieu paid to municipalities by SaskPower and SaskEnergy,” Government...

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Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant Program Meeting the Challenge with Increased Provincial Funding

March 31, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan’s 2017-18 Budget provides an additional $1 million in funding from the province to the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant, for a total of $7.393 million. This employer-driven program provides eligible employers with financial support to train recruits or their existing employees for new or better jobs in their organizations. Since its introduction in 2014, the Canada-Saskatchewan Job...

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Saskatchewan Welcomes Continued Market Access for Pulses to India

March 30, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan welcomes the extension to India’s pulse fumigation exemption, which will maintain uninterrupted access for Saskatchewan pulse crops to the important Indian market. The three month extension to the current fumigation protocol is in effect from April 1 until June 30.  Pulse exports from Saskatchewan that are currently in transit or will arrive on or before June 30, 2017, will not require...

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Premier to Promote Benefits of Canada-U.S. Trade and NAFTA During Visit to Washington

March 30, 2017

  Premier Brad Wall is travelling to Washington D.C. next week to raise awareness of the importance of Canada-U.S. trade and the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “Canada and the United States have built the largest trading relationship in the world, a vibrant partnership that has created millions of jobs on both sides of the border,” Wall said.  “NAFTA...

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Adjustments to Auto Insurance Rates Effective May 21, 2017

March 30, 2017

Light Vehicles Only; Move is Revenue-Neutral Government has approved a request by Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) to change auto insurance rates for light vehicles to match updates to the Canadian Loss Experience Automobile Rating (CLEAR) damage rate group table.  Changes take effect May 21, 2017. Going forward, SGI will update rates annually based on changes to the table.  This will keep...

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New ER Wait Times Funding Will Expand Accountable Care Teams

March 28, 2017

Innovative Unit in Regina Has Improved Hospital Discharge Times Health Minister Jim Reiter announced today that a portion of new funding to improve emergency department wait times will be used to expand the innovative Accountable Care model of inpatient care.  A new investment of $12 million to improve emergency department wait times was announced in last week’s budget. “This innovative, team-based...

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Legislation Introduced to Create Provincial Health Authority

March 28, 2017

New legislation introduced today will improve frontline patient care by removing arbitrary health region boundaries and create a single Provincial Health Authority. “One Provincial Health Authority that is focused on better coordination of health services across the province will help to ensure patients receive high-quality, timely health care, regardless of where they live in Saskatchewan,” Health Minister Jim Reiter...

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CAMPSITE RESERVATION LAUNCH AND CANADA 150 CELEBRATIONS

March 27, 2017

The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport will be launching its provincial park campsite reservation system for the 2017 summer season on Tuesday, April 4.  The launch will be staggered, with different parks opening for reservations over a 10 day period. The launch schedule is as follows: Tuesday, April 4: Blackstrap, Pike Lake Wednesday, April 5: Buffalo Pound, Danielson, Douglas Thursday, April...

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PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY FROM WATER DAMAGE THIS SPRING

March 24, 2017

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) encourages people to read and understand their insurance policies this spring as the snow starts to melt and water levels start to rise. “As the warm weather approaches, people should review their insurance policies to see if they have water damage coverage,” FCAA Insurance Division Director Ian McIntosh said.  “There are different types of water damage...

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Saskatchewan's Population Continues to Grow

March 23, 2017

Up More Than 17,000 in 2016 Saskatchewan’s population continues to grow, up by 2,946 people in the last quarter of 2016 and up by 17,217 in 2016.  There were 1,158,339 people living in Saskatchewan as of January 1, 2017, according to the latest population estimates released today by Statistics Canada. Both the quarterly and annual population gains were the third highest among Canadian provinces.

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Government of Saskatchewan Moves Forward to Strengthen Pipeline Regulations

March 23, 2017

Energy and Resources Minister Dustin Duncan announced today that the Ministry of the Economy has completed its investigation of the Husky pipeline incident on July 21, 2016.  The findings of this investigation have been provided to the Ministry of Justice. “Since the Husky spill in July, we’ve recognized that we need to do better when it comes to preventing incidents,” Duncan said.  “The changes...

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Government Meeting the Challenge for Saskatchewan Students

March 22, 2017

Province Maintains Elected School Boards The Government of Saskatchewan today released the final report from the Advisory Panel on Education Governance Renewal.  The government is accepting the findings in the report, including: Keeping elected boards; No major school division boundary changes; Keeping the focus on the Education Sector Strategic Plan; Making legislative...

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Highways Budget Tops $1 Billion for Second Year in a Row

March 22, 2017

The $1.1 billion 2017-18 Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure budget will see work continue on major projects and 990 kilometres (km) of provincial highways across Saskatchewan over the coming year. “This is the second largest transportation budget in Saskatchewan’s history and the second year in a row that we will invest more than $1.0 billion into our highways and roads,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister...

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Province to Sell Government-Owned Rail Car Fleet

March 22, 2017

  Saskatchewan Shortline Railways Given First Option to Buy Nearly 1,000 Hopper Cars Saskatchewan’s 13 commercial shortline railways will be given the first opportunity to purchase the province’s 900 grain cars as the Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation (SGCC) is wound down. “The time is right for the Government of Saskatchewan to exit this business,” Minister Responsible...

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2017-18 Budget Enhances Regulatory Oversight of the Oil and Gas Industry in Saskatchewan

March 22, 2017

The 2017-18 Budget will see a significant enhancement to the regulatory oversight of the oil and gas industry. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Division of the Ministry of Economy, which is the provincial regulator of oil and gas activities, will receive an additional $1.4 million and 13 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions in the 2017-18 budget. The additional funding will be allocated to the following initiatives: $600,000...

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Supporting Students While Controlling Costs

March 22, 2017

The 2017-18 Budget continues to invest in post-secondary students while controlling costs to help meet the financial challenge facing the province. High school graduates from Saskatchewan will continue to receive $500 per year in direct tuition relief through the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship.  Post-secondary students will continue to get their tuition costs back after graduation through the Graduate Retention Program,...

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2017-18 Provincial Budget Continues to Expand the Saskatchewan Advantage

March 22, 2017

The 2017-18 Budget continues to improve the Saskatchewan advantage for business investment and job creation by introducing a number of targeted initiatives. Over the past ten years, the Government of Saskatchewan has worked hard to create the most competitive investment climate in Canada.  Over the past decade, capital investment has grown from $7.6 billion in 2006, to a peak of more than $20 billion in 2014.  In 2017,...

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2017-18 Budget: Meeting the Challenge

March 22, 2017

Plan to Balance in Three Years The province’s 2017-18 Budget released today controls spending, modernizes and expands the tax base, and invests in priority government programs, services and infrastructure projects for the benefit of all Saskatchewan people.  It also outlines a plan to return to balanced budgets in three years. “Our challenge is clear,” Finance Minister Kevin Doherty...

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2017-18 Budget Supports Agriculture

March 22, 2017

The Ministry of Agriculture’s Budget for 2017-18 of $388.6 million continues to support Saskatchewan’s strong agriculture industry.  Business risk management programs will be fully funded with an investment of $264.1 million, an increase of almost four per cent. “Our agriculture industry is an important part of our diversified economy,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said.  “This budget...

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Budget Invests in Infrastructure

March 22, 2017

More than $3.7 billion will be invested in Saskatchewan’s infrastructure in 2017-18, as part of the budget announced today by Finance Minister Kevin Doherty. Saskatchewan’s commercial Crown corporations will invest a projected $2.1 billion, and $1.6 billion is projected to be invested by executive government ministries and agencies through the Saskatchewan Builds Capital Plan. “Solid capital investment...

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Province Invests $5.2 Billion in Health Care - Government Focuses on Funding Core Services

March 22, 2017

Saskatchewan is investing $5.2 billion this year in core health services and infrastructure to meet the health care needs of Saskatchewan people.  The 2017-18 Health budget has increased $38.6 million (0.7 per cent) from 2016-17 and more than 51 per cent since 2007. “Our government is investing in health care that supports Saskatchewan patients and families by focusing on important front-line services,” Health...

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2017-18 Budget Helps Meet Municipal Infrastructure Challenge

March 22, 2017

The 2017-18 Provincial Budget is providing a major increase in infrastructure investment to help Saskatchewan municipalities meet the needs and challenges of their communities and regions. Municipalities are receiving $434.2 million in direct provincial support in the budget, an increase of $29.1 million or 7.2 per cent from the 2016-17 Budget. Infrastructure funding accounts for $134.2 million of that total, up ...

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Government Ends Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) Subsidy - Bus Company To Be Wound Down

March 22, 2017

Crown Investments Minister Joe Hargrave today announced that operating and capital subsidies to the Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) will end in 2017-18, leading to the company being wound down.  Freight will continue to be accepted for delivery until May 19, and passenger services will cease May 31, 2017. “As ridership has declined and costs have increased, STC’s subsidy has reached unsustainable levels,”...

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Budget Stays the Course on First Nations and Métis Program Funding

March 22, 2017

The 2017-18 Provincial Budget maintains the Saskatchewan government’s major investments in programs and partnership initiatives that help create opportunities for First Nations and Métis people. The Budget provides $210 million in program funding targeted primarily for First Nations and Métis organizations and individuals.  That’s a decrease of 0.9 per cent from the funding in the 2016-17 Budget and...

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Milk Containers Added to SARCAN Program; Existing Beverage Deposits Increase April 1

March 22, 2017

$2.5 Million Increase to Funding for SARCAN Effective April 1, 2017, milk containers will be added to the provincial beverage recycling program, allowing Saskatchewan residents to return milk containers to any SARCAN depot for refund of a paid deposit. “The addition of milk containers to SARCAN’s successful recycling program will increase recycling rates and keep milk containers out of our landfills,”...

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Education Property Tax Changes for 2017

March 22, 2017

As part of the 2017-18 Budget, the government has established the Education Property Tax (EPT) mill rates for 2017. Mill rates for all classes of property have been lowered.  However, because of reassessment and increased property values across the province, actual tax revenue collected through EPT will increase by $67 million, or 9.8 per cent.  The EPT change for each property will vary, based on the reassessed value...

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Province Continues to Support Most Vulnerable

March 22, 2017

The 2017-18 Budget will continue to support Saskatchewan’s most vulnerable people with an increase of $73 million, or 6.9 per cent, to Social Services’ 2017-18 budget.  This increase brings the ministry’s budget to $1.125 billion, the largest ever in Social Services’ history. “In this challenging financial situation, our government remains committed to supporting at-risk children and families,...

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Social Work Week in Saskatchewan

March 20, 2017

The government has proclaimed March 19-25 as Social Work Week in Saskatchewan. “Social Work Week is a wonderful opportunity to recognize and thank the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers and its membership for sharing their skills, commitment and passion for helping others in communities across Saskatchewan,” Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor said.  “Social work is a valuable profession,...

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Next Policy Framework Survey Results Released

March 20, 2017

An online consultation on Saskatchewan’s priorities for the Next Policy Framework (NPF) has wrapped up.  The survey ran from November 14, 2016 - January 31, 2017 as part of preparations to replace Growing Forward 2 (GF2).  GF2 is the current five-year, federal-provincial-territorial agricultural policy framework agreement which will expire in March 2018. “Thank you to all who participated,” Agriculture...

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Patients Will Receive State-of-the-Art Radiation Therapy in Regina and Saskatoon

March 17, 2017

Patients receiving radiation therapy at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency’s Allan Blair Cancer Centre in Regina now have access to the most advanced equipment available, with the $5.08 million installation of a TrueBeam linear accelerator (linac) and completion of the associated renovations.  The provincial government has also approved $3.8 million for a similar replacement linac in Saskatoon. “Cancer has impacted...

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CONSUMER ALERT – ED SHEERAN TICKETS ATTRACTIVE FOR SCALPERS

March 16, 2017

  Tickets to Ed Sheeran’s latest concert may be tough to get, but if you see them listed for sale anywhere other than Ticketmaster before March 17 or within the first 48 hours of going on sale, be careful, scalpers are looking to gouge you. The Consumer Protection Division of the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) has received complaints in the past about ticket scalpers and fraudsters.  Consumers...

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Students Treated to Special Legislative Building Visit

March 16, 2017

Thanks to the Provincial Capital Commission’s A Day in the Legislative Assembly program, students from École White City School and South Shore Elementary School are today getting an insider’s look at how their government operates. The program provides students with a chance to not only see how the democratic process works, but learn a bit about Saskatchewan’s history. “Young people like these...

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Government Eliminates Executive Air Service

March 16, 2017

Move is Anticipated to Save Between $700,000 and $1 Million Annually The Government of Saskatchewan is winding down its Executive Air Service effective today.  Use of the service has decreased drastically in recent years – down from 595 trips in 2006-07 to 165 trips in 2016-17, and mileage is down by 73 per cent. The Executive Air Service flew the Lieutenant Governor, the Premier, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs...

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WINTER WEIGHTS REMOVED

March 15, 2017

With milder weather returning to Saskatchewan this week, winter weights were removed for all of Saskatchewan highways at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15. Truckers and shippers can find information and weight restrictions on the Highway Hotline at http://hotline.gov.sk.ca/restrictions/ or by calling 306-787-7623 in Regina; 306-933-8333 in Saskatoon; across Canada at 1-888-335-7623;...

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Northlands College Will Lead Changes to Northern University Education

March 15, 2017

Gabriel Dumont Institute and the Province’s Universities Will Play a Vital Supporting Role Advanced Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre today announced Northlands College, in collaboration with an advisory committee, will deliver university programming in La Ronge. Northlands College delivers post-secondary education in several locations in northern Saskatchewan, including Creighton, Buffalo Narrows and Île...

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Investigation Results in More Than $5,700 in Fines for Pinehouse Lake Outfitter and Guide

March 14, 2017

  A multi-agency investigation led by Ministry of Environment conservation officers has resulted in two men pleading guilty to several charges and fined a total of $5,790. A September 2016 investigation into suspected illegal outfitting activities in the Pinehouse Lake area resulted in an arrest and charges against an outfitter and guide, who were working with five American clients. Ministry conservation...

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More Than 750 Additional Physicians Practising in Saskatchewan Since 2007

March 14, 2017

Saskatchewan residents continue to benefit from better access to physicians with the addition of more than 750 new doctors over the past 10 years.  This represents a 44 per cent increase in overall physician numbers compared to 2007, and includes a 53 per cent increase in specialists and a 37 per cent increase in general practitioners. “Our government has shown unwavering commitment to recruit and retain physicians...

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Amendments to the Provincial Lands Act, 2016 and Regulations Proclaimed

March 13, 2017

Saskatchewan’s new Provincial Lands Act, 2016 and its associated regulations have been proclaimed and are now in effect. Jointly administered by the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment, The Provincial Lands Act was originally drafted to accommodate the settlement of the west and has been largely unchanged since its introduction in the 1930s. “Keeping our legislation modern and in touch with...

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Premier Headed to Iowa to Promote Importance of Canada-U.S. Trade

March 13, 2017

Premier Brad Wall is travelling to Iowa this week to promote the critical importance of Canada’s and Saskatchewan’s trade relationship with the United States. Wall will visit Des Moines, the state capital, on Wednesday March 15 to take part in a “Canada Day at the Capitol” program organized by the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis. The trip comes as a result of discussions with Prime...

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Agricultural Safety Week Proclaimed in Saskatchewan

March 10, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed March 12 to 18 as Agricultural Safety Week in Saskatchewan. “With spring seeding approaching, it’s important that our industry keeps on-farm health and safety in the forefront of our minds,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said.  “This week serves an important reminder for all of us to review our farm safety plans and ensure that anyone who works, lives...

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Saskatchewan Leads Nation in February Job Growth

March 10, 2017

In February 2017, 8,000 jobs were created in Saskatchewan (up 1.4 per cent, the highest growth rate in the country). Nationally, employment was up 15,300 (up 0.1 per cent, seasonally adjusted) from January. More people were employed in Saskatchewan in February than ever before with 563,600 working in our province. “Leading the nation in month-over-month job growth is a positive indication that the...

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Two Men Fined $3,000 for Illegal Hunting Activity

March 9, 2017

Two Kamsack-area men were fined $3,000 in provincial court after pleading guilty to poaching and night hunting offences. On October 18, 2015, Ministry of Environment conservation officers received a call to the Turn In Poachers line about hunters using spotlights to hunt at night in an area northwest of Kamsack.  A few days later, the officers were on a night patrol in the same area and observed the occupants of a vehicle...

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ANGLERS REMINDED TO REMOVE ICE FISHING SHELTERS

March 8, 2017

With ice fishing season winding down, all fishing shelters south of Highway 16 must be removed by March 15 and shelters in areas north of Highway 16 must be removed by March 31. Ice fishing shelters are abandoned on the ice each year.  Shelters not removed pose a danger to boaters, water-skiers and others enjoying our lakes. Pieces wash up on shore and can also cause environmental hazards. If shelters are not...

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Saskatchewan Celebrates International Women's Day

March 8, 2017

Each year since 1975, March 8 has been designated by the United Nations as International Women’s Day.  This day is an opportunity to recognize Saskatchewan women and girls who are leaders and role models in their communities.  “Strength and Resilience of Indigenous Women in Saskatchewan” is the provincial theme for International Women’s Day this year. “In Saskatchewan, International Women’s...

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Ministers and MLAs Asked to Contribute as Government Looks for Savings

March 7, 2017

Premier Brad Wall today said the government will be looking to reduce compensation costs across the public sector by about 3.5 per cent starting in 2017-18.  The Premier is starting at the top by asking Ministers and MLAs to take a 3.5 per cent reduction in pay. “Our government is asking the Board of Internal Economy to approve a 3.5 per cent salary reduction for the Premier, all Ministers and MLAs,” Wall said....

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON AGRICULTURE EXTENSION DELIVERY

March 7, 2017

Consultations on the Modernization of Extension Services Now Open Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart is inviting farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses to provide input on how the province currently delivers agriculture extension services.  Agriculture extension services include the business information, advice and support provided by specialists in regional offices around the province and at extension events, the toll-free...

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ENGINEERING AND GEOSCIENCE WEEK PROCLAIMED IN SASKATCHEWAN

March 6, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan has officially proclaimed the week of March 5-11, as Engineering and Geoscience Week.  The week recognizes the significant contributions members of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) make in the province. “The men and women of APEGS are responsible for designing our new bridges, roads, schools, health care facilities and other infrastructure,”...

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Province Proclaims Agriculture Literacy Month

February 28, 2017

Today, the Government of Saskatchewan proclaimed March 1 to 31, as Agriculture Literacy month. “Agriculture Literacy Month is an opportunity for producers and industry to share our agricultural stories to youth around the province,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said.  “With more and more students removed from the farm, it’s important for them to hear from those who produce the safe and nutritious...

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Rural Women's Month Celebrated

February 28, 2017

Today, the province proclaimed March as Rural Women’s Month in Saskatchewan. “One quarter of farm operators in Saskatchewan are women, and rural women work in all areas of our agriculture industry,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said.  “Their expertise and leadership is vital to our communities and to agriculture, and helps drive continued growth in the sector.” Rural Women’s...

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SASKATCHEWAN NAMED TOP JURISDICTION IN THE WORLD FOR MINING INVESTMENT

February 28, 2017

An annual international survey of mining company executives has named Saskatchewan as the most attractive jurisdiction in the world for mining investment. The Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2016 ranked Saskatchewan number one out of 104 jurisdictions in their Investment Attraction Index, up from second place in 2015.  Competitive tax regimes, efficient permitting procedures and certainty surrounding ...

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Record Crop Insurance Coverage for Producers in 2017

February 23, 2017

Today Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced details of the 2017 Crop Insurance Program.  Once again, Saskatchewan producers will have access to the highest coverage in program history as the Crop Insurance Program continues to strengthen and provide effective risk protection for Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers. “Crop insurance remains...

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Highest Average Weekly Earnings in Province's History

February 23, 2017

According to Statistics Canada numbers released today, Saskatchewan workers enjoyed the highest month-over-month percentage growth in average weekly earnings among the provinces in December 2016, up 2.2 per cent (seasonally adjusted) from the previous month to $1,010.37. The national month-over-month increase was 1.0 per cent (seasonally adjusted). For the first time in the province’s history, the average weekly...

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Highest Average Weekly Earnings in Province's History

February 23, 2017

According to Statistics Canada numbers released today, Saskatchewan workers enjoyed the highest month-over-month percentage growth in average weekly earnings among the provinces in December 2016, up 2.2 per cent (seasonally adjusted) from the previous month to $1,010.37. The national month-over-month increase was 1.0 per cent (seasonally adjusted). For the first time in the province’s history, the average weekly...

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Winter Road Restrictions and Spring Weights

February 22, 2017

Milder winter weather will impact truck haul weights on some Saskatchewan highways, beginning this week.  The increased winter weights will be removed in southwest Saskatchewan beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, February 24. Truckers and shippers are advised to monitor their loads and watch for restrictions during what is a very sensitive period for some of our highways as the roadbed thaws and becomes weaker.  The first...

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Saskatchewan Leads Nation in Retail Sales Growth

February 22, 2017

Retail sales in Saskatchewan increased by 1.2 per cent in December 2016 (seasonally adjusted), compared to November of the same year—the highest percentage change among the provinces. According to numbers released today by Statistics Canada, sales were more than $1.58 billion in December.   “Retail sales are a major contributor to our gross domestic product, and growth in this area is a positive indicator...

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Water Security Agency Issues Historic Drainage Approval

February 16, 2017

The Water Security Agency (WSA) has issued the largest single agricultural drainage approval in the province’s history. A single approval was issued to 73 landowners for more than 18,000 acres of an organized and responsibly managed drainage network.  The Dry Lake Project is located within the Gooseberry Lake Watershed in the southeastern part of the province.  While large scale organized drainage projects have...

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Highest Manufacturing Sales Growth in Canada

February 15, 2017

Manufacturing sales in Saskatchewan rose 5.4 per cent (seasonally adjusted) between November 2016 and December 2016, the highest percentage increase among the provinces.  Nationally, sales were up 2.3 per cent. “This marks the second straight month of increases in manufacturing sales,” Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “It is one of the most diverse sectors of the economy that exports products...

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Celebrate Family Day Weekend with Free Fishing, February 18 to 20

February 13, 2017

Saskatchewan’s annual winter free fishing weekend is once again during the province’s Family Day holiday weekend on February 18, 19 and 20.  One weekend is designated each winter to encourage participation in ice fishing, where residents and visitors may fish in any of Saskatchewan’s public waters with an open sport fishing season, without purchasing a fishing licence. “Fishing is one of Saskatchewan’s...

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Premier Wall Kicks Off "Saskatchewan Ingredients Tour" with Visit to Regina Food Companies

February 13, 2017

Tour Will Highlight the Province’s Growing Strength in Value Added Food Processing Premier Brad Wall today visited the production facilities at CanMar Grain Products and NutraSun Foods, two successful Regina companies who add value to Saskatchewan grown crops and create products sold around the world. The visits were the first stop on Wall’s “Saskatchewan Ingredients Tour”, which will...

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Province Acknowledges Contributions of Teachers and School Staff

February 13, 2017

Deputy Premier and Minister of Education Don Morgan has proclaimed February 12-18, 2017 as Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week.  This marks the 30th year that Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week has been celebrated in Saskatchewan. “As influential role models for young learners, teachers and school staff are responsible for more than just success in the classroom,” Morgan said.  “Every day, the dedicated professionals...

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Unemployment Rate Drops for Third Straight Month

February 10, 2017

In January 2017, Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate dropped from 6.6 per cent in December to 6.4 per cent in January (seasonally adjusted). Saskatchewan had the fourth lowest unemployment rate among the provinces. There were 558,600 people employed in January 2017, 4,800 fewer than in January 2016. “Our unemployment rate has dropped for the third consecutive month, however our economy continues...

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Scam Alert: Misleading Binary Options Websites

February 10, 2017

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) urges consumers not to use binary options websites that are not registered in Saskatchewan. Binary options are bets on whether an asset (currency, stock etc.) will go higher or lower in price at a certain point in time.  Websites such as, https://www.binaryoptionscanada.net/provinces/saskatchewan/,...

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Below Normal Snowpack Impacting Spring Runoff Outlook in Most of the Province

February 9, 2017

Today, the Water Security Agency (WSA) released the 2017 preliminary outlook for spring runoff. Most of the province received below normal snowfall resulting in a below normal runoff potential across most of Saskatchewan.  Many areas saw the snowpack almost completely melt or lost to sublimation in January due to above normal temperatures.  This melting of snowpack would have saturated the soil surface, reducing the infiltration...

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Census Shows Saskatchewan Grew by More Than 64,000 People in the Past Five Years

February 8, 2017

The 2016 Census population count released today by Statistics Canada shows that Saskatchewan grew by 64,971 people in the past five years since the 2011 Census. Over the past decade, from the 2006 to the 2016 Census, Saskatchewan grew by more than 130,000 people.  That’s a complete turnaround from the previous decade – 1996 to 2006 – when Saskatchewan’s population actually dropped by 22,000 people.

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North Battleford Area Outfitters and American Hunters Fined More Than $24,000

February 7, 2017

Ministry of Environment conservation officers recently completed investigations in the North Battleford area involving illegal outfitting and hunting activities, resulting in more than $24,000 in fines. The first investigation dates back to November 2013, when a bull moose was poached on private land in the Eagle Creek area east of Struan, approximately 80 kilometres southeast of North Battleford.  Shortly thereafter, a...

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17 More Automated License Plate Readers Installed in Police Vehicles

February 3, 2017

48 Devices in Total Targeting Disqualified Drivers, Improving Road Safety All police vehicles in the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS) pilot are now equipped with automated licence plate readers (ALPRs). SGI provided $800,000 to purchase 32 additional ALPRs for CTSS vehicles, in support of new impaired driving laws that took effect January 1, 2017.  ALPRs use infra-red technology to scan licence...

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Governments Invest in Livestock and Forage Research

January 25, 2017

Today Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced nearly $3.5 million in funding for 24 livestock and forage-related research projects. Support for the projects is provided through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF), part of the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 agreement. “Our government is proud...

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Battlefords Dialysis Expansion Brings Care Closer to Home

January 24, 2017

Today Battlefords MLA Herb Cox joined representatives of the Prairie North Health Region, patients, and their families on behalf of Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit to celebrate the opening of an expanded Dialysis Unit and renovated Chemotherapy Unit at Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH). “We’re glad that more area residents can receive this life-sustaining service as close to home as possible,”...

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Deadline Extended to February 1 to Apply for Infrastructure Programs

January 20, 2017

  The application deadline for two infrastructure funding programs has been extended to noon, February 1, 2017 to ensure eligible recipients have adequate time to complete their online forms. The extension to apply for both the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) and the Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) of the New Building Canada Fund was made following the temporary removal of the online...

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Don't Feed the Wildlife

January 19, 2017

Best Intentions May Cause More Harm Than Good Many parts of Saskatchewan have already seen nasty weather this winter, and it’s expected to return. Extreme cold, high wind chill values and snow storms make this season challenging for Saskatchewan residents. Severe winters often cause people to be concerned about the welfare of the province’s wildlife, including the white-tailed deer population. 

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Saskatchewan Manufacturing Sales Growth Leads Nation

January 19, 2017

November manufacturing sales in Saskatchewan were up 12.2 per cent over last year (seasonally adjusted), the highest percentage increase among the provinces, according to Statistics Canada. On a national basis, sales were up only 2.1 per cent. “With sales up almost six times the national average, the manufacturing sector is showing signs of strength with a significant recovery in November,” Economy Minister Jeremy...

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SaskWater Announces Two Year Rate Adjustment

January 18, 2017

  Today, SaskWater announced a two year rate adjustment for customers receiving potable and non-potable water. Rate adjustments vary by system and will take effect in May 2017 and May 2018. Approximately 77 per cent of the 48,000 Saskatchewan residents affected by this adjustment are in the Saskatoon area. SaskWater buys potable water directly from the city of Saskatoon to serve these customers. Last month, the City...

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Province Provides More Than $1.3 Million in Charitable Gaming Grants

January 17, 2017

Groups and organizations across the province are receiving more than $1.3 million in charitable gaming grants from the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA). “Communities have minor sports programs, clubs for senior citizens, enhanced recreational facilities and many other vital programs and services thanks to the hard work of volunteers,” Minister responsible for SLGA Jeremy Harrison said. “Many of...

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Launch of Acute Stroke Pathway Improves Patient Care Across Saskatchewan

January 16, 2017

With today’s formal launch of the Saskatchewan Acute Stroke Pathway, patients showing signs of a stroke will benefit from standardized care during the first few hours after the onset of symptoms, which can significantly improve outcomes for many patients. The pathway establishes consistent protocols for rapid, coordinated, high-quality care of stroke patients across the province, ensuring that best practice care is available...

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2017 Saskatchewanderer Brings Saskatchewan Pride and Humour to the Role

January 12, 2017

The 2017 Saskatchewanderer is a small-town guy with five years of world travelling experience, who is ready to share Saskatchewan stories. Andrew Hiltz is from Coronach, Saskatchewan, and brings with him a background in marketing and a passion to explore. Hiltz has spent the last five years visiting Europe, Australia, and North and South America. Along the way he has documented his travels through photography, videography...

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New Regulations for Livestock Premises Identification

January 12, 2017

Today, the Government of Saskatchewan announced changes to Saskatchewan’s Premises Identification (PID) program, a key traceability tool to plan for, control and prevent the spread of animal diseases and to respond to other emergencies. Participation in the PID program will now be a requirement for Saskatchewan producers.  Over the coming months, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture livestock programs will begin requiring...

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Saskatchewan Residents Reminded to Get a Flu Shot

January 12, 2017

Health officials are reminding residents it’s not too late to get a flu shot as influenza activity picks up across Canada and Saskatchewan.  “We have seen an increase in influenza cases in the last couple of weeks, and we expect flu activity will continue through March,” Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said. “I encourage everyone to get a flu shot if they haven’t...

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Canada and Saskatchewan Fund 28 Projects to Improve Water, Wastewater and Transit Infrastructure Across the Province

January 11, 2017

Building 21st century infrastructure Investing in public infrastructure helps ensure that Canadians and their families have safe water to drink, wastewater systems they can rely on, and high-quality public transit systems that get them to work on time and back home safely at the end of a long day. The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are once again making investments that will help create well-paying jobs and grow...

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Transition to Single Provincial Health Authority Underway

January 10, 2017

Administrative Cost Savings Being Identified Work is underway to consolidate the 12 existing Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) to a single Provincial Health Authority, anticipated to occur in fall 2017. “As work begins on the transition, our goal is to ensure implementation occurs seamlessly and that the needs of patients are always our top priority,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “This...

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Governments Invest in Crop Research

January 10, 2017

Today Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced nearly $7.7 million in funding for 46 crop-related research projects through the province’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF). “Research in agriculture is the key to maintaining a competitive edge, and that’s why the federal government, in partnership with provinces and agriculture...

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Reminder: January 23 Deadline to Apply for Two Infrastructure Programs

January 9, 2017

Today, Government Relations Minister Donna Harpauer reminded eligible recipients to apply by noon, Monday, January 23 for a pair of infrastructure programs that will enhance communities and keep Saskatchewan strong. “Improving, renewing and building local infrastructure improves the quality of life for our citizens by strengthening our water works, transportation systems and civic assets,” Harpauer said.  “We...

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Unemployment Rate Drops in December

January 6, 2017

Saskatchewan recorded a 6.5 per cent unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) in December 2016, down from 6.8 per cent in November 2016.   There were 563,000 people employed in the province in December 2016.  Year-over-year, there was a decrease of 7,900 jobs. Over the same period, Alberta recorded a loss of 17,300 jobs, while Newfoundland and Labrador recorded a loss of 5,700 jobs.  All three oil producing provinces...

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Improving Local Roads and Bridges in Saskatchewan's Rural Municipalities

January 5, 2017

Investing in infrastructure is vital to strengthening the middle class and growing the economy.  Modern and efficient community infrastructure like roads and bridges contributes to a high quality of life by helping connect people to jobs, supporting local businesses, and ensuring Canadians can spend less time on the road and more time with their families. Based on project planning in 2016, the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) ...

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Improving Local Roads and Bridges in Saskatchewan's Urban Municipalities

January 5, 2017

Investing in infrastructure is vital to strengthening the middle class and growing the economy.  Modern and efficient community infrastructure like roads and bridges contributes to a high quality of life by helping connect people to jobs, supporting local businesses, and ensuring Canadians can spend less time on the road and more time with their families.  Based on project planning in 2016, the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) supported...

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Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Announce Nightly Camping Launch Schedule and Fees for 2017

January 4, 2017

Though it may be the middle of winter, the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport is already looking ahead to summertime.  Planning is underway for the 2017 park season and campers will be able to book their provincial park campsites beginning Tuesday, April 4. “Saskatchewan’s provincial parks continue to grow in popularity, setting a new visitation record of nearly four million visits in 2016,” Parks, Culture...

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Government Announces Move to Single Provincial Health Authority

January 4, 2017

Change Will Reduce Administration While Improving Co-ordination of Health Services Today, Health Minister Jim Reiter accepted all of the recommendations of the Saskatchewan Advisory Panel on Health System Structure, and announced the province will consolidate the 12 existing Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) into one single Provincial Health Authority. “One Provincial Health Authority that is focussed...

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New Rules on Access to Birth Registration Now In Effect for Adult Adoptees and Birth Parents

January 3, 2017

On January 1, new regulations came into effect to make it easier for adult adoptees and birth parents to access birth registration information. The Government of Saskatchewan originally announced the changes in February 2016 to provide notice to individuals involved in the 37,000 adoptions that have occurred in Saskatchewan since 1922. “Adoptees, their adoptive families and their birth families have been asking...

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FITNESS CONTRACTS CAN BE EXPENSIVE

December 30, 2016

New Year’s resolutions are just around the corner and that means it’s a popular time to sign up for gym memberships and work off all those holiday calories.  Too often, consumers run into trouble by not asking the right questions before signing up for a gym membership. The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) sees a number of common complaints about gym memberships every year.  These complaints...

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SASKATCHEWAN TAXPAYERS WILL SAVE $9.0 MILLION THROUGH INDEXATION IN 2017

December 29, 2016

All Saskatchewan income tax brackets and tax credit amounts will once again be indexed in 2017, saving taxpayers an estimated $9.0 million.  The level of indexation in 2017 will be 1.4 per cent, matching the national rate of inflation. “Indexation helps keep taxes in Saskatchewan low by protecting Saskatchewan people from ‘bracket creep’,” Finance Minister Kevin Doherty said.  “Our government...

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NEW IMPAIRED DRIVING LAWS TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1

December 28, 2016

Cellphone Law Also Changing SGI is reminding Saskatchewan residents that impaired driving laws are changing in the new year.  Tougher legislation was passed earlier this fall, with strengthened laws taking effect January 1, 2017. “These changes reinforce that driving when you’ve been drinking is the wrong decision,” Minister responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said.  “Tougher...

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Panel Formed to Consult on Dan Perrins' K-12 Governance Options Report

December 21, 2016

Today, Deputy Premier and Education Minister Don Morgan received the Dan Perrins K-12 Education Governance report. The report provides some history and context to the Saskatchewan education system and provides three main options for education governance structure for consideration. The report is available online at www.saskatchewan.ca at http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/public-consultations/share-your-thoughts-on-the-k-12-education-governance-review....

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North Battleford Area Outfitters and American Hunters Fined More Than $22,000

December 21, 2016

A Ministry of Environment investigation near Biggar resulted in a total of $22,320 in fines for unlawful outfitting and illegal hunting infractions for four individuals. On November 8, 2016, conservation officers stopped a truck in the Biggar area, approximately 66 kilometres south of Red Pheasant First Nation. When conservation officers activated emergency lights, the vehicle did not immediately pull over.  Once...

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Saskatchewan Thanks Neil Fisher, the 2016 Saskatchewanderer

December 21, 2016

2016 was a year full of adventure that neither Neil Fisher nor the thousands of Saskatchewanderer followers will forget. Travelling the province since January, Neil both Saskatche-wandered and Saskatche-wondered.  His stunning imagery was accompanied by thoughtful anecdotes providing interesting facts about Saskatchewan’s agriculture, nature, history and communities. In August, the Saskatchewanderer program...

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Workers' Compensation Act Amended to Support Workers with Psychological Injuries

December 20, 2016

Bill 39, an amendment to The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013, becomes law on December 20, 2016. The amendment establishes a rebuttable presumption for all forms of psychological injuries, which means that if a worker has experienced a traumatic event or a number of events in the course of their work and has been diagnosed as having a psychological injury, it is presumed that the injury is the result of their employment.

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Gift Cards Aren't Allowed to Have an Expiry Date

December 19, 2016

Gift cards are one of the most popular gifts to give during the holidays.  They’re a simple, low-fuss solution to showing your friends, family and coworkers a little cheer. One of the most common questions the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) gets from consumers and retailers about gift cards is about expiry dates.  Gift cards bought and sold in Saskatchewan are not allowed to have an expiry date....

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Consumer Advisory - Moving Company Fraud Puts Consumers At Risk

December 16, 2016

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority warns consumers to be cautious when selecting moving companies online. Fraudsters are alleged to be impersonating legitimate companies or using misleading language in paid ads to take advantage of consumer trust in well established brands. Tactics employed in the impersonation scam vary, but include placement of misleading ads that feature the names of well-known, reputable...

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New Community Safety Officer Recruits Graduate

December 16, 2016

Saskatchewan communities and families will be safer with the graduation of twelve new Community Safety Officers (CSOs). “These new Community Safety Officers will help ensure Saskatchewan families and communities are safe,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said.  “The Community Safety Officer program allows communities to address low-risk to harm, high-priority policing needs.”...

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Leader Integrated Health Facility Construction Begins

December 16, 2016

Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit joined with residents of Leader and surrounding communities today at the official sod turning ceremony for the Leader Integrated Health Facility. “I am pleased to join today with the community to celebrate this exciting milestone,” Ottenbreit said.  “Our government appreciates the hard work of all partners to get this project to the construction phase.  This...

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Saskatchewan Population Continues to Grow

December 15, 2016

Saskatchewan continued to experience steady population growth in the third quarter of 2016, according to Statistics Canada’s latest quarterly population estimate.  There were 1,155,393 people living in the province on October 1, 2016, 4,761 more people than in the previous quarter, and up by 18,007 people over the past year. “Our province continues to attract people to the many opportunities available here,”...

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Lieutenant Governor's 2016 Christmas Message

December 13, 2016

It is my privilege and pleasure to extend greetings on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, as we celebrate this special time of year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our men and women in uniform.  I am deeply grateful to our police officers, firefighters, paramedics, corrections officers, and border security for serving in these important roles, and for ensuring our safety and...

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2016 Christmas Message from Premier Brad Wall

December 13, 2016

Christmas often brings out the best in people.  We open our hearts.  We look for opportunities to give. But what is really amazing is the number of people who keep this Christmastime spirit alive the entire year. I may be completely biased but I happen to think we have an abundance of those people in Saskatchewan. Like employees at a Saskatchewan oil company, who in the middle of great financial stress...

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New Wastewater Lagoon in Langham Will Help Protect the Environment and Support Economic Development

December 12, 2016

By ensuring that water and wastewater systems are modern, efficient and meet the capacity needs of our communities, the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are safeguarding the wellbeing of residents, protecting the province’s waterways, and preserving its ecosystems. At the same time, these investments will support economic opportunities for the middle class and those trying to join it.  The Government of Canada...

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Two Infrastructure Funding Programs Now Accepting Applications

December 7, 2016

The Government of Saskatchewan is now accepting online applications for infrastructure projects under both the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF), and the Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) of the New Building Canada Fund. “Investing in infrastructure projects, like the ones eligible under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and PTIC, is essential to the long-term growth of communities across our...

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Winter Weights to Begin in Parts of Saskatchewan

December 7, 2016

Check the Highway Hotline for Specific Information Colder weather will allow shippers to carry heavier loads, as winter weights will begin to come into effect this week, starting with northern roads. Commercial vehicle operators are reminded to check before heading out.  They can find the latest road restriction orders and related information online at www.highways.gov.sk.ca/restrictions/...

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Slow Down, Stay Back and Stay Safe in the Snow Zone

December 6, 2016

Today, Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit officially launched the annual provincial Snow Zone campaign, reminding people to slow down, stay back and stay safe when meeting snowplows. “Snowplow operators are often the first people out on the highway, clearing snow, so everyone else can travel safely,” Marit said.  “Please slow down when approaching a plow in operation so they can do their job...

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2,400 New Jobs Created Last Month

December 2, 2016

In November 2016, there was an increase of 2,400 jobs in Saskatchewan compared to the previous month (0.4 per cent) on a seasonally adjusted basis, tied for the second highest percentage increase among the provinces. In the rest of Western Canada, Alberta's employment was down 12,800 (-0.6 per cent), B.C.’s was down 9,300 (-0.4 per cent) and Manitoba’s was down 900 (-0.1 per cent) from the previous month (seasonally...

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You Are Invited to an Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas

December 2, 2016

The Provincial Capital Commission is pleased to invite you to the seventh annual Old-fashioned Victorian Christmas at Government House. It is a traditional holiday celebration where visitors can enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, decorate gingerbread cookies, listen to children’s Christmas stories, have a family photo taken, and explore the Amédée Forget Museum.  There will also be a visitor from the North...

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Government Joins in Celebration of New Saskatoon Group Home

December 2, 2016

Today, Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor and Education Minister Don Morgan attended a grand opening ceremony for a new group home in Saskatoon. Operated by L’Arche Saskatoon Inc., the group home supports four individuals experiencing intellectual disabilities.  Two of the four individuals living in the home are former residents of Valley View Centre in Moose Jaw. “I am pleased that another...

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Government Reduces SaskPower 2017 Rate Increase

December 1, 2016

Saskatchewan residents will be paying slightly less for power in 2017 than originally thought, as the Government of Saskatchewan announces its decision about SaskPower’s multi-year rate application. Rates will be adjusted as follows: The increase of 5.0 per cent effective July 1, 2016, has been approved.  This will not affect current billing, as it has been in effect on an interim basis. The...

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MLAs Mourn the Loss of Roger Parent

November 30, 2016

  Saskatchewan Party MLAs are mourning the loss of their good friend and colleague Roger Parent, MLA for Saskatoon Meewasin.  Parent passed away last night at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon with family members at his side.  He was 63. “Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to Roger's family,” Premier Brad Wall said.  “This is a huge shock to all of us.  Roger was...

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Installation of New Automated Licence Plate Readers in Police Vehicles Begins

November 30, 2016

Device Targets Disqualified Drivers, Improves Road Safety Fifteen automated licence plate readers (ALPRs) are being installed in patrol vehicles starting this week to help police catch disqualified drivers. SGI announced its investment of $800,000 to fund 32 ALPRs in October.  Installation of the first 15 ALPRs began this week and will be complete by the end of next week.  The remaining 17 ALPRs...

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Fall Sitting of the Legislative Assembly Delivers Key Initiatives to Keep Saskatchewan Strong

November 30, 2016

Premier Brad Wall said the government delivered on key commitments during the 25 day fall sitting of the Legislative Assembly that ended today. “Our government passed key pieces of legislation during this sitting to keep Saskatchewan strong by fighting impaired driving, expanding workers’ compensation coverage to workers experiencing psychological injuries, and increasing compassionate care leave,” Wall said.

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Financial Tips for Post-Secondary Students

November 30, 2016

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) wants to help students transition from the classroom to the working world with helpful financial tips. “Life can be very busy when you’re finishing school, looking for a full-time job and thinking about starting to pay your student loans,” FCAA Securities Division Director Dean Murrison said.  “We want students to start the next phase of their lives...

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More Than 1,000 Annual TIP Calls Keep Poachers and Polluters in Check

November 29, 2016

Every year, the public makes more than 1,000 calls to the Ministry of Environment’s Turn In Poachers (TIP) line. Since 2015, provincial courts have issued almost $151,000 in fines related to a variety of serious illegal hunting, fishing and environmental offences.  Calls to the TIP line, or to ministry field offices, play a significant role solving these cases. “The public’s assistance in solving...

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Legislative Changes Support Agricultural Water Management Strategy

November 29, 2016

Drainage Approval Process Streamlined Today, Minister Responsible for the Water Security Agency (WSA) Scott Moe introduced amendments to The Water Security Agency Act that will change how agricultural drainage complaints are handled in Saskatchewan. “With these changes, the process will be further streamlined which will mean a quicker resolution of requests for assistance on drainage issues ...

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How Long Will Your Retirement Money Last?

November 28, 2016

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) wants to remind people to think about whether their pension plan income will be enough upon retirement. “The sooner you sit down and figure out your retirement plan, the better shape you’ll be in,” FCAA Pension Division Director Leah Fichter said.  “Sometimes life can take unexpected turns, but the more prepared you are, the smoother the transition...

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Saskatchewan Benefits from Almost $2 Million in Charitable Gaming Grants Provided by Government

November 28, 2016

  The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) is providing almost $2.0 million in grants to the province’s groups and organizations that raise funds through charitable gaming activities in their communities. “Charitable gaming grants provide dollars to local volunteer groups that are important to Saskatchewan communities,” Minister responsible for SLGA Jeremy Harrison said.  “Our...

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Saskatchewan, Federal Government Work Together on Equivalency Agreement

November 28, 2016

The Province of Saskatchewan and Government of Canada have reached an agreement in principle to finalize an equivalency agreement for Canada’s existing coal-fired regulation. On November 21, 2016, the federal government announced regulatory actions that will accelerate the transition from traditional coal power to clean energy by 2030.  Traditional coal-fired electricity does not use carbon capture and storage to trap...

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Government of Saskatchewan Announces Property Tax Percentages of Value for 2017 Revaluation

November 28, 2016

  Government Relations Minister Donna Harpauer today announced the percentages of value (POV) that will be applied in the province-wide 2017 revaluation for property taxes. Changes to POV impact the tax level among property classes.  POV are used to calculate taxable assessments from assessed values, calculated by assessment appraisers.  Taxable assessments are then multiplied by the mill rate established...

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Government of Saskatchewan Increasing Support to Address Bullying

November 28, 2016

  The Government of Saskatchewan is continuing to support anti-bullying initiatives in Saskatchewan.  The province is committing $215,000 to the Canadian Red Cross Society, fYrefly Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Restorative Action Program to support their work with school divisions to address bullying and promote positive relationships. “Creating safe and accepting environments in our schools and communities,...

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200 Saskatchewan Companies Now Part of P3 Builds

November 28, 2016

  The government’s P3 projects hit a major economic milestone as Century Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd. from Saskatoon became the 200th Saskatchewan company to join in construction. “Job creation was a top priority when we launched these projects,” SaskBuilds Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “New roads, schools, and health care centres not only make stronger communities, they also make a stronger...

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Amendments to Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Regulations

November 28, 2016

  The Government of Saskatchewan today announced amendments to the province’s Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Regulations, 2003, as part of its commitment to ensuring a quality apprenticeship system in the province, and to reducing inter-provincial barriers to labour mobility. The amendments, which came into effect on November 25, 2016, support the Pan-Canadian Apprenticeship Mobility Protocol...

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Regulatory Oversight of Oil and Gas Industry Enhanced with New Legislation

November 28, 2016

  The Government of Saskatchewan introduced The Pipelines Amendment Act, 2016 in the Legislature today, replacing The Pipelines Act, 1998. “Our efforts to enhance and reinforce our regulatory oversight of the oil and gas industry in Saskatchewan are a continual process to ensure that it is held to the highest standards,” Energy and Resources Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “This...

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Respect Private Land - Always Ask Permission Before You Hunt

November 25, 2016

Since most hunting in Saskatchewan takes place on private land, respecting private landowners is an important part of good hunter ethics. Historically, there has been a strong relationship between landowners and hunters.  In order to maintain that relationship, hunters are encouraged to continue asking for landowner approval before hunting on unposted land. Landowners and lessees have the legal authority to post land...

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Text With 911 Now Available for Saskatchewan Residents Who Are Hearing or Speech Impaired

November 24, 2016

Today Government Relations Minister Donna Harpauer announced the launch of Text With 911, a service where residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired can register their cellphone so they can communicate with Sask911 operators via text message. “I am pleased to announce that residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired now have improved access to Sask911, and can more easily request emergency...

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Crop Report for the Period November 15 to 21, 2016

November 24, 2016

Despite many challenges this fall, Saskatchewan producers now have 95 per cent of the crop combined.  Harvest continues in many parts of the province as weather and field conditions permit.  Producers are hopeful that much of the remaining crop will be taken off prior to winter, although there are indications that some crop will likely be left out until the spring. Warm and relatively dry weather in early November allowed...

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Provincial Parks Set Visitation Record Second Year in a Row

November 23, 2016

Saskatchewan’s provincial parks and recreation sites hit a new attendance record of nearly four million visits in 2016.  This is an increase of 108,000 visits over the 2015 record.  Visitation to provincial parks has grown 32 per cent since 2007. “Saskatchewan Provincial Parks continue to gain popularity each year and it’s not hard to see why,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Ken Cheveldayoff...

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Failing to Read Contract Puts Consumers At Risk

November 23, 2016

November is Financial Literacy Month and the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) wants consumers to read contracts in full before signing on the bottom line. From cell phones to renovations, booking trips or downloading music and apps, we are regularly asked to wade through mountains of legal jargon before the purchase is made.  It can be exhausting, and as a result many consumers simply sign or click “agree”...

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Private Liquor Retailers Selected

November 23, 2016

Successful proponents were selected through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process for the province’s 50 available retail liquor store opportunities. “The successful proponents range from independent businesses and entrepreneurs to larger established chains as well as six locations that will be owned and operated by affected government liquor store employees,” Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and...

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Falling Tax Revenue Increases Deficit

November 22, 2016

Restraint Measures Include Public Sector Hiring Freeze To Control Labour Costs A $400 million drop in provincial tax revenue has pushed the forecast deficit to $806 million, according to the 2016-17 Mid-Year Financial Report released today by Finance Minister Kevin Doherty. “Continued low oil and potash prices are having a greater impact on revenue than expected,” Doherty said.  “It has...

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GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN CELEBRATES EDUCATION SAVINGS WEEK

November 21, 2016

The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed November 20-26, 2016, Education Savings Week in the province. Education Savings Week is recognized nationally to increase the financial knowledge of Canadians and encourage them to save for their children’s education. “Our government understands the importance of post-secondary education and we hope this week will encourage Saskatchewan residents to save for...

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As a Renter, You Can Protect Yourself from Loss

November 21, 2016

Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) wants to remind people who are renting apartments, condos or houses to take time to do their homework so they can protect themselves and their wallet. “Whether you are an existing renter or about to become one there are relatively easy steps that you can take to protect yourself during your tenancy,” FCAA Insurance and Real Estate Division Director Ian...

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Saskatchewan Honours Those Who Suffered During the 1930s Ukrainian Genocide

November 21, 2016

Holodomor Means “Extermination by Hunger” in Ukrainian Today the Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan-Ukraine Relations Greg Ottenbreit joined with members of the local Ukrainian community at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building to remember the millions who died during Holodomor, a genocide inflicted through starvation in Ukraine in the 1930s. “One cannot begin to imagine the devastation...

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New Prince Albert Housing Project Offers Safe, Affordable Homes for Individuals with Complex Needs

November 18, 2016

The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, along with Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Prince Albert Branch, officially opened eight units of affordable housing with support services for individuals with complex needs in Prince Albert. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with Crown Investments Corporation...

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Made-In Saskatchewan Initiative Having Positive Impact on First Nations and Métis Students

November 18, 2016

A new initiative aimed at improving educational achievement and graduation rates of First Nations and Métis students is making a difference in the classroom for many students around the province.  During its first year, Following Their Voices led to a 10 per cent increase in the number of First Nations and Métis students attending at least 80 per cent of the time. Saskatchewan Deputy Premier and Education Minister...

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2016 Cold Weather Strategy Launched

November 17, 2016

The Government of Saskatchewan and its community partners are encouraging all Saskatchewan residents to contact the Ministry of Social Services, community agencies, or 911 if they see someone in need of shelter this winter. “There is no reason anyone should be on the street when it is cold,” Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor said.  “We want Saskatchewan residents to know that they can contact...

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Manitoba Joins New West Partnership

November 17, 2016

Premiers of Canada's four western provinces today announced that Manitoba has joined the New West Partnership Trade Agreement, strengthening and expanding Canada’s largest, barrier-free interprovincial market. With the inclusion of Manitoba, the partnership creates an open, common market of more than 11 million people, with a combined GDP of more than $750 billion.  “Business owners, community leaders...

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Saskatchewan First in Canada to Offer Prospective Foster Family Training Online

November 16, 2016

Training to become a foster parent has become a lot more convenient for interested Saskatchewan individuals and families. The Saskatchewan Foster Families Association (SFFA) and the Government of Saskatchewan are the first in Canada to partner together to provide the 30 hours of required training for all foster families online, with video conferencing equipment donated by SaskTel Pioneers. “This is a real game-changer...

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Manufacturing Sales Jump in September

November 16, 2016

Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sales took a leap in September from a year ago, increasing by 8.2 per cent, the highest rate among the provinces and more than five times the national average.  On a month-over-month basis, manufacturing sales were up 1.0 per cent, the third best among the provinces.  Manufacturing sales in September were $1.24 billion. “Manufacturing is one of the mainstays of the Saskatchewan...

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Ministry of Education Announces Dan Perrins Will Lead Governance Review

November 15, 2016

Deputy Premier and Education Minister Don Morgan announced today the appointment of Dan Perrins to lead the work on a Kindergarten to Grade 12 educational governance review that will begin immediately. Perrins is a long-time public servant with nearly 40 years of experience in the health, education and social services sector.  Over the past 18 months, Perrins has been meeting regularly with members of the Saskatchewan K-12...

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Survey Launched in Preparation for the Next Agriculture Policy Framework

November 14, 2016

Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced online consultations to help determine priority areas for the Next Policy Framework (NPF).  The current five year, federal-provincial-territorial agricultural policy framework, Growing Forward 2 (GF2), is set to expire at the end of March 2018. “We are looking ahead to ensure Saskatchewan interests are represented in the program framework to follow GF2,” Stewart...

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Province Proclaims Bullying Awareness Week and Encourages Youth to Speak Up

November 14, 2016

The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed November 13–19, 2016, as Bullying Awareness Week in Saskatchewan.  Since 2003, Bullying Awareness Week has been held annually across Canada as a way to encourage youth to speak out against bullying in their schools and communities.  This year’s theme is “Stand Up! (to bullying).” “There is simply no place for bullying in our schools or our communities,”...

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Citizen Access to Personal Health Information Celebrated as Part of Digital Health Week

November 14, 2016

Digital health has empowered more than 1,100 Saskatchewan citizens to take greater control over their health by providing access to their personal health information securely online through the Citizen Health Information Portal, known as CHIP. eHealth Saskatchewan (eHealth) launched the CHIP pilot in February 2016 for a six month trial period.  CHIP is a citizen-centric patient portal – uniquely designed for, by and...

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Province Piloting World Health Organization Instrument for Use with SAID Program

November 14, 2016

The Ministry of Social Services will research and pilot an assessment tool developed by the World Health Organization to determine the impact of a person’s disability on their daily life.  New applicants to the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program will be given the opportunity to volunteer in the pilot, beginning today. “Developing a unique income support program for people experiencing disabilities...

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Province Announces Plans for Income Assistance Programs

November 14, 2016

Changes proposed to Income Assistance programs will not be implemented as announced earlier this year, while the province proceeds to review and redesign its programs to better serve those in need. The 2,700 clients who received letters from Social Services this summer will not have their benefits impacted as a result of these policy changes until such time as their individual circumstances change (for example, they move).  The...

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NORTEP Council Will Lead Consultations on Transformational Changes in the North

November 14, 2016

The Ministry of Advanced Education and the Northern Teacher Education Program (NORTEP) Council have agreed on a process that will support continued access to high quality university programs in La Ronge for northern students. “This decision is not about moving programs out of the North,” Advanced Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre said.  “This is about making sure that the North has sustainable post-secondary...

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New Oil and Gas Tenure Registry Regulations Modernize Fees and Implement Electronic Tenure

November 10, 2016

Today, Energy and Resources Minister Dustin Duncan officially announced new oil and gas tenure regulations in Saskatchewan, effective October 27, 2016, which replace four tenure regulations and implement the Crown Minerals Electronic Registry for oil and gas tenure in Saskatchewan. Modernizing oil and gas tenure and addressing shortcomings in the regulations will provide certainty of tenure that is comparable to that in Alberta,...

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Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Support Modern and Efficient Wastewater Infrastructure in Carnduff

November 10, 2016

Having access to clean, reliable drinking water is critical to the health and prosperity of Canadian communities and for attracting economic opportunities for the middle class and those trying to join it. By ensuring that water and wastewater systems are modern, efficient and meet the capacity needs of our communities, we are safeguarding the well-being of residents, protecting our waterways and preserving our ecosystems.

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Minister of Environment to Attend United Nations Climate Change Conference

November 10, 2016

Environment Minister Scott Moe will represent the Government of Saskatchewan at the 22nd session of the Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakesh, Morocco.  Moe will attend from November 14-18 and take part in sessions on agriculture carbon offsets and carbon capture and storage, advancing the themes of climate mitigation, adaptation and technology. “The conference will allow us to promote how Saskatchewan’s...

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STATEMENT FROM PREMIER BRAD WALL ON THE OUTCOME OF THE U.S. ELECTION

November 9, 2016

Canada must now work with the new President in the best interests of both our great countries.  President-elect Trump has made some election promises that could be positive for Canada, and others that are concerning. He has indicated his support for the Keystone XL pipeline, and with Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, I am hopeful that this important project will move ahead quickly. On the other...

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Service of Remembrance Honours Saskatchewan's Veterans and Fallen Soldiers

November 9, 2016

Deputy Premier and Education Minister Don Morgan, along with Provincial Secretary Nadine Wilson, joined dignitaries and representatives of the provincial public service at the Legislative Building this morning to pay tribute to our province’s veterans and those who gave their lives in time of war and service of peace. “Today we gather to pay tribute to Saskatchewan’s veterans, including those members of the...

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Main Construction Season Drawing to a Close, Fall Tender Plan Released

November 9, 2016

This year’s record $1.15 billion transportation budget translated into significant highway improvements as the main provincial construction season nears completion and preparations begin for the next. “This was a very busy year in which 1,650 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways were repaved or upgraded,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said.  “I would like to acknowledge the hard work...

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New Hunting, Angling and Biodiversity Mapping Tool Now Available Online

November 8, 2016

The Ministry of Environment launched a new client-centred, online mapping tool called HABISask (Hunting, Angling and Biodiversity Information of Saskatchewan) that combines new and existing information on hunting, angling and biodiversity. “The online mapping tool will help you plan your hunting and angling adventure, assist you in the early planning stages for projects or environmental reviews, or help you protect Saskatchewan’s...

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Ministry of Agriculture Signs MOC with Fertilizer Canada

November 8, 2016

Today, the Government of Saskatchewan and Fertilizer Canada signed a Memorandum of Co-operation (MOC) agreeing to work together on the ongoing implementation and adoption of fertilizer application practices using 4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place ®). “Saskatchewan has long promoted 4R Nutrient Stewardship and many farmers have adopted it as best practice,” Agriculture Minister...

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Agrocorp Processing Making Big Moves as they Relocate Headquarters to Moose Jaw

November 7, 2016

  Building on the province’s agricultural strength, Agrocorp Processing has announced plans to move its headquarters to Moose Jaw. Agrocorp’s Canadian headquarters will relocate in early 2017 from Vancouver to Moose Jaw, where the company currently operates a high-speed loading and cleaning facility.  Along with the move, the company expects to add an additional 20 new jobs as the company expands...

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Canadian Armed Forces Members Recognized with the Saskatchewan Scholarship of Honour

November 7, 2016

Advanced Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre recognized 15 new recipients of the Saskatchewan Scholarship of Honour at the Saskatchewan Legislature today. The scholarship honours returning soldiers as well as the spouses and children of injured or fallen members of Canada’s Armed Forces.  The scholarship provides a one-time award of $5,000 towards post-secondary education. “Our government is forever grateful...

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Ministry of Environment and FSIN Sign Guidelines for Entry onto First Nations Reserve Land

November 7, 2016

Today, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) have jointly endorsed a set of guidelines related to entry onto First Nations reserves. The agreement, which formalizes guidelines already in place between the ministry and a number of First Nations, outlines a process for conservation officers to follow when accessing First Nations reserves to conduct law enforcement duties.

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Prince Albert Police Service Receives $2 Million for Targeted Policing Initiatives

November 4, 2016

The Government of Saskatchewan is taking action to help ensure community safety for Prince Albert communities and families through the Municipal Police Grants.  This contribution of $2 million will continue to fund 19 Prince Albert Police Service. “The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to ensuring community safety across the province,” Crown Investments Corporation Minister and Prince Albert Carlton MLA...

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Government Supports Habitat to Help Three Prince Albert Families Get a New Start as Homeowners

November 4, 2016

Three Prince Albert families celebrated becoming official homeowners at a special ceremony held today.  The homes were constructed with support from the Government of Saskatchewan, Habitat for Humanity (Habitat), and other community partners. “Our government is pleased to support Habitat to help three local families achieve a stable, secure home to call their own,” Crown Investments Minister and Prince Albert...

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City of Meadow Lake Receives $770,000 for Targeted Policing Initiatives

November 4, 2016

  The Government of Saskatchewan is taking action to help ensure community safety for Meadow Lake communities and families through the Municipal Police Grants.  This contribution of $770,000 will continue to fund seven Meadow Lake RCMP positions. “Community Safety and well-being across the province but particularly in the North is a priority for the Government of Saskatchewan,” Economy Minister and...

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Regina and Saskatoon Receive $9.4 Million to Continue Funding 81 Police Officers

November 3, 2016

Regina and Saskatoon Receive $9.4 Million to Continue Funding 81 Police Officers The Cities of Saskatoon and Regina will continue to benefit from funding for targeted police initiatives that help keep their communities safe.  The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $4.6 million for 39 police officers in Regina and $4.8 million for 42 police officers in Saskatoon. “This funding...

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CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ON NEW INTEGRATED HEALTH CARE FACILITY IN LEADER

November 3, 2016

Construction on the new Leader Integrated Health Care Facility will begin in December, following the awarding of the construction tender to Wright Construction Western Inc. today. “The Leader area has been a great partner in working to get this project to fruition,” Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit said.  “Our government is committed to this important facility, which will improve patient...

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New Day Program Facility Opens in North Battleford

November 3, 2016

Today, Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Battlefords MLA Herb Cox and Cutknife-Turtleford MLA Larry Doke attended a grand opening ceremony for a new day program facility in North Battleford.  The Pfeifer Learning Centre is operated by Battlefords Trade and Education Centre (BTEC) and provides day program supports for 66 individuals experiencing disabilities. “Day programs provide meaningful places where...

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Premier Officially Welcomes Syrian Refugees One Year After Arriving in Saskatchewan and Thanks Settlement Agencies

November 2, 2016

Premier Officially Welcomes Syrian Refugees One Year After Arriving in Saskatchewan and Thanks Settlement Agencies Premier Brad Wall today welcomed Syrian refugees who have settled throughout the province, and offered thanks to all settlement organizations, groups and volunteers who have assisted these families in making Saskatchewan their new home. “The bedrock of Saskatchewan can be found...

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CT Scanners to be Upgraded in Lloydminster and North Battleford

November 2, 2016

Patients and medical teams in west central Saskatchewan will have access to faster, safer medical imaging services once the aging computed tomography (CT) scanners at Battlefords Union Hospital and Lloydminster Hospital are replaced. The Saskatchewan government is providing $1.2 million, half the estimated cost for the purchase of the two scanners.  Provincial funding will be matched by support from local communities, through...

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ADOPTION AWARENESS MONTH PROCLAIMED

November 1, 2016

ADOPTION AWARENESS MONTH PROCLAIMED Changes Coming January 1 to Birth Registration Information Access The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed November as Adoption Awareness Month to acknowledge and celebrate Saskatchewan’s adoptive families.  The month also serves as a reminder to all adult adoptees and birth parents that access to birth registration information is changing...

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SASKATCHEWAN CELEBRATES SKILLED TRADES AND TECHNOLOGY WEEK

October 31, 2016

SASKATCHEWAN CELEBRATES SKILLED TRADES AND TECHNOLOGY WEEK The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed October 31 to November 6 as Skilled Trades and Technology Week.  This proclamation aligns with National Skilled Trades and Technology Week, as well as celebrations happening across the country. The week kicks off today with a launch event at the Saskatoon Trades and Skills Centre.  The...

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GOVERNMENT TAKING ACTION TO COMBAT IMPAIRED DRIVING

October 31, 2016

GOVERNMENT TAKING ACTION TO COMBAT IMPAIRED DRIVING Government is taking action against impaired driving through effective legislation, more tools for law enforcement, and doing more to build awareness. “Drinking and driving has taken far too many lives in this province and people need to get the message that it is never acceptable, period,” Minister responsible for Saskatchewan...

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Grade 3 Reading Levels Continue to Rise in Saskatchewan

October 28, 2016

Grade 3 Reading Levels Continue to Rise in Saskatchewan The number of Grade 3 students reading at grade level continues to rise, thanks to the collaborative work between the education sector and the Ministry of Education.  School division data from 2016 shows that 74 per cent of students are reading at grade level compared to 65 per cent in 2013. “I am thrilled to see continued improvement...

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Crop Report for the Period October 18 to 24, 2016

October 27, 2016

Crop Report for the Period October 18 to 24, 2016 Continued wet weather has resulted in very little harvest progress since the beginning of October.  Eighty-two per cent of the 2016 crop has been combined, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  The five year (2011-2015) average for this time of year is 99 per cent combined. Many producers were out testing...

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Ministry Travel Spending Drops $582,000 in 2015-16

October 27, 2016

Ministry Travel Spending Drops $582,000 in 2015-16 Communications Spending Down $1.5 Million, Excluding Increase By Elections Saskatchewan Spending on ministry travel was down $582,000 or 1.5 per cent in 2015-16, compared to the previous year, as part of the Saskatchewan government’s fiscally responsible approach to ongoing economic challenges. This reduction is part...

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Government Introduces New Markup Structure to Support Growing Beer Industry

October 27, 2016

Government Introduces New Markup Structure to Support Growing Beer Industry Brewers growing their production will soon benefit from changes to Saskatchewan’s beer markup. “The popularity of Saskatchewan craft beer continues to grow as consumers recognize the superior product our local brewers produce,” Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Jeremy ...

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Legislation Creates Common Meaning for "Privatize"

October 26, 2016

Legislation Creates Common Meaning for "Privatize" The government has introduced legislation that will provide a legal definition for the term “privatize”. “These changes clarify the meaning of the term when used in future and existing Saskatchewan Acts and regulations,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said.  “This definition explains actions...

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Be Leery of Trading Websites That Offer Extremely High Returns

October 25, 2016

Be Leery of Trading Websites That Offer Extremely High Returns The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) is warning people about binary option website scams and offering tips so people can protect their money.  Binary options are bets on whether an asset (currency, stock etc.) will go higher or lower in price at a certain point in time.  Currently there are no websites or online trading...

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Amendment Supports Workers Experiencing Psychological Injuries

October 25, 2016

Amendment Supports Workers Experiencing Psychological Injuries A change to The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013 was introduced today which will expand workers’ compensation coverage to workers experiencing psychological injuries. The amendment establishes a rebuttal presumption for all forms of psychological injuries, which means that it is presumed that a worker...

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More Homegrown and Internationally Trained Doctors Practising in Saskatchewan

October 24, 2016

More Homegrown and Internationally Trained Doctors Practising in Saskatchewan Dozens of physicians recently began practising in Saskatchewan, improving access to physician services for Saskatchewan residents. Saskatchewan is making progress in keeping more locally-trained family medicine graduates in the province.  Since completing a post-graduate program, 40 new University of Saskatchewan...

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2017 Saskatchewan Agriculture Scholarship Announced

October 24, 2016

2017 Saskatchewan Agriculture Scholarship Announced Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the 2017 Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship. “This year’s scholarship theme, ‘Our Food has a Story,’ is designed to get young people thinking about the relationship between agriculture and the food they eat,” Stewart said.  “The scholarship program...

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Saskatchewan Legislature To Hold Special Debate on Proposed Federal Carbon Tax

October 24, 2016

Saskatchewan Legislature To Hold Special Debate on Proposed Federal Carbon Tax The Saskatchewan government intends to introduce and debate a motion today to oppose the national carbon tax proposed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and to support the provincial government’s climate change plan outlined last week by Premier Brad Wall. Wall said he hopes the motion gets the unanimous support...

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Violence Prevention Week in Saskatchewan

October 24, 2016

Violence Prevention Week in Saskatchewan Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant is pleased to announce October 24-28, 2016, as the third annual Violence Prevention Week in Saskatchewan. “With the tragic levels of violence we continue to see in our province, this is an issue our government takes very seriously,” Wyant said.  “Violence in our communities is completely...

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Free Flu Shots Available in Saskatchewan Beginning October 31

October 21, 2016

Free Flu Shots Available in Saskatchewan Beginning October 31 The publicly-funded (free) flu vaccine will be offered in Saskatchewan beginning October 31 and is recommended to all residents six months of age and older.  The free flu vaccine will be available through public health clinics across the province, at some physician and Nurse Practitioner offices, and from participating pharmacies.

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Access to MRIs Improved for Saskatchewan People

October 20, 2016

Access to MRIs Improved for Saskatchewan People Since private-pay magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services began in February 2016, more than 1,800 patients are benefiting from a private MRI scan, at no cost to the public health system.  This volume equals an additional MRI machine operating five hours per day, seven days per week, at a total cost that would have exceeded $835,000 if the scans had...

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Province Welcomes Federal Consultation on Long-Term Transportation Plans

October 20, 2016

Province Welcomes Federal Consultation on Long-Term Transportation Plans Today Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart will discuss the importance of moving this year’s crop to market and the actions required to ensure a reliable transportation network is in place going forward. Stewart will meet with federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau in Saskatoon today prior to a meeting...

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Saskatchewan Public Library Systems Expand Support for Patrons with Print Disabilities

October 20, 2016

Saskatchewan Public Library Systems Expand Support for Patrons with Print Disabilities As Saskatchewan celebrates the 40th anniversary of Library Week from October 16 to 22, the province’s public libraries are increasing support for library patrons experiencing print disabilities.  This year’s Library Week theme is Explore and Discover Saskatchewan Libraries, and various activities are being...

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Crop Report for the Period October 11 to 17, 2016

October 20, 2016

Crop Report for the Period October 11 to 17, 2016 Wet and cool weather continues to delay harvest.  Frequent rain and snow, along with cool temperatures have stalled harvest for almost three weeks.  Eighty-one per cent of the 2016 crop is combined and 15 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  The five year (2011-2015)...

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CHECK HIGHWAY HOTLINE FOR STATUS OF FERRY CROSSINGS

October 20, 2016

CHECK HIGHWAY HOTLINE FOR STATUS OF FERRY CROSSINGS Weekly Provincial Highway Construction Update People relying on Saskatchewan ferries are reminded to check the Highway Hotline before driving to their river crossing, as freezing weather will soon shut down operation for the season. “We recognize the important service ferries provide in rural Saskatchewan, particularly...

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Premier Wall Outlines Saskatchewan Plan for Climate Change

October 18, 2016

Premier Wall Outlines Saskatchewan Plan for Climate Change Premier Brad Wall today released Saskatchewan’s White Paper on Climate Change, outlining an alternative approach to Prime Minister Trudeau’s national carbon tax. “There are three approaches we can take to fighting climate change – adaptation, innovation and taxation,” Wall said.   “Of the three,...

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Credit Cards Are Not a Walk in the Park

October 13, 2016

Credit Cards Are Not a Walk in the Park The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) is offering credit card advice to students to help them responsibly use their first credit card. “Abusing a credit card can wreak havoc on your finances and credit rating,” FCAA Consumer Credit Division Director Cory Peters said.  “Equipping students with smart credit card tips...

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Crop Report for the Period October 4 to 10, 2016

October 13, 2016

Crop Report for the Period October 4 to 10, 2016 Heavy rain and snow over the past several days has stalled harvest.  Eighty-one per cent of the 2016 crop is combined and 15 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  The five-year (2011-2015) average for this time of year is 93 per cent combined. The southeast has...

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Highway Construction Continuing Despite Early Snowfall

October 13, 2016

Highway Construction Continuing Despite Early Snowfall Despite snow recently hitting Saskatchewan, motorists are reminded to watch for construction zones, as bridge, culvert and some grading projects can continue in colder temperatures. “People travelling in colder weather are reminded to continue to watch for road work zones,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said....

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Wolf Hunt Offered in Several Wildlife Management Zones

October 12, 2016

Wolf Hunt Offered in Several Wildlife Management Zones The Ministry of Environment is again offering a wolf hunting season for wildlife management zones along the provincial forest fringe as a method for helping to reduce wolf-livestock conflicts. The wolf hunt will run from October 15, 2016 to March 31, 2017, and will include wildlife management zones 43, 47, 48, 49, 50, 53, 54, 55 and 68N.

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Government Approves SaskEnergy Rate Changes for November 1; Second Bill Decrease for Natural Gas Customers in 2016

October 12, 2016

Government Approves SaskEnergy Rate Changes for November 1; Second Bill Decrease for Natural Gas Customers in 2016 The Government of Saskatchewan today approved SaskEnergy's adjustments to both its Commodity and Delivery Service rates, as recommended by the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel.  Starting November 1, 2016, residential customers will see an overall decrease of nearly two per cent per month...

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Six Saskatchewan Men Fined More Than $55,000 for Unlawful Outfitting

October 11, 2016

Six Saskatchewan Men Fined More Than $55,000 for Unlawful Outfitting An investigation by the Ministry of Environment in west central Saskatchewan has resulted in six individuals being fined a total of $55,200 for unlawful outfitting.  Over the past few years, the ministry has become aware of an increase in illegal outfitting and hunting practices occurring in the North Battleford area.

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Report from the Legislature October 6, 2016

October 6, 2016

Prime Minister Trudeau’s New Carbon Tax Will Hurt Saskatchewan’s Economy Saskatchewan’s economy – already hurting from a downturn in commodity prices - will be one of the hardest hit by a new federal carbon tax because of our trade-exposed resource industries.  Saskatchewan families will feel the impact too. The carbon tax will cost the average Saskatchewan...

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Crop Report for the Period September 27 to October 3, 2016

October 6, 2016

Crop Report for the Period September 27 to October 3, 2016 Producers were able to get back into the field for a few days and make some harvest progress in between the weekend rains. Eighty per cent of the 2016 crop has been combined and 14 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. The five-year (2011-2015) average for this time of year...

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New Technology Improves Patient Outcomes at Royal University Hospital

October 6, 2016

New Technology Improves Patient Outcomes at Royal University Hospital Saskatoon Silverspring-Sutherland MLA Paul Merriman, on behalf of Health Minister Jim Reiter joined health region representatives, fundraisers, donors, patients and health care providers at the official opening of a new state-of-the-art biplane interventional suite at Royal University Hospital. “Our government is following...

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Fiscal Year Total For Public Offerings of Petroleum and Natural Gas Rights Doubles With October Sale

October 6, 2016

Fiscal Year Total For Public Offerings of Petroleum and Natural Gas Rights Doubles With October Sale The October public offering of Saskatchewan’s Crown petroleum and natural gas rights on Tuesday effectively doubled the amount for the 2016–17 fiscal year so far, raising $17 million and bringing the total to $34 million with two sales remaining. This was by far the largest revenue...

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#DriveSober Saskatchewan: SGI and Police Focus on Impaired Driving

October 4, 2016

#DriveSober Saskatchewan: SGI and Police Focus on Impaired Driving "With the recent tragedies in the province, SGI and Saskatchewan law enforcement are putting additional focus on impaired driving,” Minister responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said. “Too many people are needlessly killed or injured due to impaired driving and it has to stop. Don’t risk your life or the lives of others. Always...

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Statement from Premier Brad Wall Regarding the Prime Minister's Announcement this Morning to Impose a Carbon Tax

October 3, 2016

Statement from Premier Brad Wall Regarding the Prime Minister's Announcement this Morning to Impose a Carbon Tax I cannot believe that while the country’s environment ministers were meeting on a so-called collaborative climate change plan, the Prime Minister stood in the House of Commons and announced a carbon tax unilaterally. This meeting is not worth the CO2 emissions it took for environment...

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Province Declares Disability Employment Awareness Month in October

October 1, 2016

Province Declares Disability Employment Awareness Month in October The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to proclaim the month of October as Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM).  This is an opportunity to raise awareness of the employment barriers that many people with disabilities face. It is also an opportunity to promote strategies and services that aim to eliminate these...

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The Best Job Ever Offered Again in 2017

September 30, 2016

The Best Job Ever Offered Again in 2017 The search for next year’s Saskatchewanderer begins soon. Interested candidates can apply from Wednesday, October 12 at noon until Monday, November 7 at noon. 2016 has been a landmark year for the Saskatchewanderer program. In August, the combined followers between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram surpassed 50,000, and numbers continue to rise. Since January,...

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Fransaskois Flag to be Dedicated in Debden

September 30, 2016

Fransaskois Flag to be Dedicated in Debden On September 30, 2016, the Government of Saskatchewan will present a Fransaskois flag to the Village of Debden and area in recognition of the region’s Francophones and their cultural heritage. “The pride and determination that residents have demonstrated toward preserving their Francophone language and culture in this community is incredible,”...

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Our Food Has a Story: Celebrating Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan

September 29, 2016

Our Food Has a Story: Celebrating Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan The Government of Saskatchewan has once again proclaimed October as Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan. Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart kicked off the month of events with industry partners at the Westview Co-op in Saskatoon.  This year’s theme, Our Food Has a Story, encourages people to talk about the passion...

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Saskatchewan Population Continues to Grow, Hitting an All-Time High

September 28, 2016

Saskatchewan Population Continues to Grow, Hitting an All-Time High Saskatchewan’s population hit one more milestone today, reaching an all-time high according to figures issued by Statistics Canada today. Saskatchewan’s population grew by 5,314 people in the second quarter of 2016, bringing the total population to 1,150,632 as of July 1st. This is the largest quarterly increase...

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STC Senior Seat Sale Extended to October

September 27, 2016

STC Senior Seat Sale Extended to October The Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) is extending its $15 Senior Seat Sale until October 31, 2016.  Seniors aged 60 and over will now get to ride with STC for $15 one-way or $30 return plus tax for the entire month of October. “There are so many things to see and do across our province,” Minister responsible for STC Joe Hargrave...

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Minimum Wage Increase Effective October 1

September 27, 2016

Minimum Wage Increase Effective October 1 Saskatchewan’s minimum wage will increase to $10.72 an hour.  The change will take effect on October 1, 2016. “Increases to the minimum wage, when combined with other supports and tax exemptions, help ease the financial burden for low-income earners,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “By...

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Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public Application and Renewal Now Available Online

September 27, 2016

Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public Application and Renewal Now Available Online A new online application and renewal process to appoint Commissioners for Oaths and Notaries Public is now available in Saskatchewan. The new process includes online payment and the ability for citizens to check the status of an application and print their own certificates.  There is also an educational...

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Pioneering Robotics Technology Benefits Patients in the North

September 27, 2016

Pioneering Robotics Technology Benefits Patients in the North A remote presence technology pilot focusing on pediatric patients in Pelican Narrows is showing promise. Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit visited the Pelican Narrows health facility today  where he attended a demonstration of the technology through a live connection with Saskatoon.  “This innovative...

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Biotech Week Proclaimed in Saskatchewan

September 23, 2016

Biotech Week Proclaimed in Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart has proclaimed September 26 to October 2, as Biotech Week in Saskatchewan, an observance aimed at celebrating scientific achievements and raising awareness of the importance of biotechnology. “Saskatchewan farmers are leaders in agricultural production in part because of advances in biotechnology, which has led to...

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Community Rink Affordability Grant Reaches Five Year Milestone

September 22, 2016

Community Rink Affordability Grant Reaches Five Year Milestone The Government of Saskatchewan is once again committing $1.7 million to the Community Rink Affordability Grant in 2016, the fifth year the grant program has been offered. “Our government believes in supporting community ice surfaces across Saskatchewan and we are proud to offer the Community Rink Affordability Grant for a fifth...

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Automated Flagger Use Expanding to Improve Safety

September 22, 2016

Automated Flagger Use Expanding to Improve Safety Weekly Provincial Highway Construction Update People driving through construction zones in Humboldt and Maidstone will be guided by an automated device rather than a typical flagger.  The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is expanding the use of Automated Flagger Assistance Devices (AFADs) following their successful introduction...

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Crop Report for the Period September 13 to 19, 2016

September 22, 2016

Crop Report for the Period September 13 to 19, 2016 A dry and windy week has allowed producers to make significant harvest progress.  Sixty per cent of the 2016 crop has been combined and 28 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  The five year (2011-2015) average for this time of year is 62 per cent combined. ...

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Saskatchewan Celebrates National Forest Week, Tree Day

September 21, 2016

Saskatchewan Celebrates National Forest Week, Tree Day National Forest Week, September 18 to 24 this year, is an annual celebration highlighting the important role forests play in our environment and economy.  National Tree Day, observed on the Wednesday of National Forest Week, focuses on the value of trees, especially in our cities and towns. “Saskatchewan’s forests cover...

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Self-Directed Funding Demonstration Project a Success

September 21, 2016

Self-Directed Funding Demonstration Project a Success Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor today announced the future implementation of a self-directed funding (SDF) model for individuals who experience intellectual disabilities to give them greater choice over their life decisions.  Self-directed funding allows individuals experiencing intellectual disabilities to choose supports that meet...

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After 70 Years, Saskatchewan Air Ambulance Still Saving Lives

September 20, 2016

After 70 Years, Saskatchewan Air Ambulance Still Saving Lives North America’s Oldest Formally-Organized Non-Military Service Today, Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit joined staff at the Saskatchewan Air Ambulance hangar to celebrate 70 years of operation and recognize the organization for decades of service to the people of our province. Launched as...

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New Siting Guidelines Strengthen Environmental Protection and Clarity for Future Wind Power Projects

September 19, 2016

New Siting Guidelines Strengthen Environmental Protection and Clarity for Future Wind Power Projects The Government of Saskatchewan has released new environmental siting guidelines for wind energy projects, designed to enhance environmental protection and provide more certainty to future wind energy developments. “This framework will allow SaskPower the flexibility to work with wind energy...

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Wind Energy Project Denied to Protect Migratory Birds

September 19, 2016

Wind Energy Project Denied to Protect Migratory Birds Today, Environment Minister Scott Moe announced a wind energy project near Chaplin, will not be approved to proceed in its proposed location.  This decision was made after completing an environmental assessment process that included feedback from environmental non-government organizations (NGOs) and the public. The environmental review...

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Water Security Agency Gives Communities Approval to Use Water From the North Saskatchewan River

September 16, 2016

Water Security Agency Gives Communities Approval to Use Water From the North Saskatchewan River The Water Security Agency (WSA) is advising the communities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort as well as SaskWater that they may start diverting and treating water from the North Saskatchewan River and Codette Reservoir. The water intakes for these communities were shut down in July after...

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Canada and Saskatchewan Reach Agreement Under New Federal Infrastructure Funding Programs

September 16, 2016

Canada and Saskatchewan Reach Agreement Under New Federal Infrastructure Funding Programs $236.6 Million Made Available For Projects Across The Province  The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are making investments that will help create jobs and grow the middle class now while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future.  Investing in local infrastructure...

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Crop Report for the Period September 6 to 12, 2016

September 15, 2016

Crop Report for the Period September 6 to 12, 2016 Rain slowed harvest in most areas of the province last week.  The most progress was made in parts of the west-central and northeastern regions, where spotty rain showers allowed producers to continue working in the field for a day or two.  Thirty-eight per cent of the crop has been combined and 38 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut,...

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Social Impact Bond Will Improve Graduation Rates for Mother Teresa Middle School Students

September 15, 2016

Social Impact Bond Will Improve Graduation Rates for Mother Teresa Middle School Students Today Deputy Premier and Education Minister Don Morgan, in partnership with The Mosaic Company Foundation and Mother Teresa Middle School (MTMS), announced details of the province’s second Social Impact Bond, designed to improve school performance and graduation rates for children from economically disadvantaged...

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Share the Road This Harvest Season

September 15, 2016

Share the Road This Harvest Season Fall is upon us and harvest is underway.  People traveling Saskatchewan roads are reminded to be patient and watch for farm equipment so their trips are safe this season. “Agriculture is the backbone of the provincial economy and we want to ensure that families hard at work this harvest season get home safely,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister...

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Premier to Promote Province's Food and Energy Strengths in Asia

September 14, 2016

Premier to Promote Province's Food and Energy Strengths in Asia Premier Brad Wall leaves September 17 on a trade mission to South Korea and China aimed at showcasing and building on the province’s considerable global strengths in food, fuel and fertilizer. The 11 day mission will include speaking engagements and meetings with government and business leaders in Seoul, South Korea and Qingdao,...

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Changes Coming for Cottage Wineries and Micro Distilleries

September 13, 2016

Changes Coming for Cottage Wineries and Micro Distilleries The Government of Saskatchewan is creating business opportunities for Saskatchewan wine and spirit manufacturers by eliminating regulatory barriers to growth. “Our local craft alcohol industry has grown from one cottage winery in 2001 to eight cottage wineries and eight microdistilleries today with more to come,” Minister...

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Joint-Use Schools Project Remains On-Time and On-Budget in Saskatoon and Area

September 13, 2016

Joint-Use Schools Project Remains On-Time and On-Budget in Saskatoon and Area Today Deputy Premier and Education Minister Don Morgan joined school division officials to tour the joint-use schools in Saskatoon and area.  The construction of 12 new elementary schools on six joint-use sites in Saskatoon, Martensville and Warman are on schedule with completion expected for summer 2017. “It’s...

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Two Saskatoon Men Fined for Fisheries Violations

September 12, 2016

Two Saskatoon Men Fined for Fisheries Violations Two Saskatoon men recently pleaded guilty in Saskatoon provincial court to violations under The Fisheries Regulations and were fined more than $2,600. In June, conservation officers with the Ministry of Environment received information that two men, who were both suspended from purchasing a Saskatchewan angling licence, were continuing...

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One Hundred Scholarships Awarded to Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship Graduates

September 12, 2016

One Hundred Scholarships Awarded to Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship Graduates One hundred high school graduates from 66 Saskatchewan communities received Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) Industry Scholarships in 2016. The $1,000 scholarship is unique because it can only be redeemed within two years of graduation after a recipient has demonstrated they are actively pursuing a career...

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Progress Has Been Made on Saskatchewan's Largest Ever New Schools Construction Project

September 12, 2016

Progress Has Been Made on Saskatchewan's Largest Ever New Schools Construction Project Today Deputy Premier and Education Minister Don Morgan joined school division officials for a tour of the joint-use schools in Regina.  The construction of six new elementary schools on three joint-use sites in Harbour Landing, Greens on Gardiner and Rosewood Park are on time and on budget with completion expected...

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NORTHERN VISIT HIGHLIGHTS THRIVING EDUCATION PROGRAMS

September 9, 2016

NORTHERN VISIT HIGHLIGHTS THRIVING EDUCATION PROGRAMS Deputy Premier and Education Minister Don Morgan, Minister responsible for First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs Donna Harpauer and Legislative Secretary Jennifer Campeau are in northern Saskatchewan today for a back to school visit with students and staff at schools in Beauval and the Northern Village of Pinehouse to see provincial initiatives...

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Province-Wide Inspection Program to Commence for Pipeline Water Crossings

September 9, 2016

Province-Wide Inspection Program to Commence for Pipeline Water Crossings The Ministry of the Economy will be implementing a province-wide inspection of all oil pipelines that cross Saskatchewan rivers or lakes where a potential failure could pose a threat to municipal water supplies. The inspection program is in response to public concern over the safety and integrity of municipal water supplies...

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Saskatchewan Hosts Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy for 2016-17

September 8, 2016

Saskatchewan Hosts Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy for 2016-17 Conservation officer recruits from western Canada will be calling Saskatchewan home for the next several months. The Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy (WCLEA) gets underway on September 8 at Candle Lake Golf Resort, where 22 recruits from Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon Territory will ...

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Habitat for Humanity Gets $1 Million to Build New Homes in Saskatchewan

September 8, 2016

Habitat for Humanity Gets $1 Million to Build New Homes in Saskatchewan The Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan remain committed to making significant investments that will improve housing across the province, strengthen Canadian communities, and help create jobs and grow the middle class while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future. Today, Jean-Yves...

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Food for Thought - Agriculture Industry Using Education to Build Public Trust

September 8, 2016

Food for Thought - Agriculture Industry Using Education to Build Public Trust Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart highlighted the importance of agriculture education and working together to engage consumers and build public trust.  Minister MacAulay and Minister Stewart also had the opportunity to discuss this year’s crop and...

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Crop Report for the Period August 30 to September 5, 2016

September 8, 2016

Crop Report for the Period August 30 to September 5, 2016 Saskatchewan producers made good progress with harvest, thanks to a week of primarily dry weather.  Thirty-two per cent of the crop has been combined and 38 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  This is ahead of the five year (2011-2015) average of 28 per cent combined...

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National Trucking Week Celebrated - Runs September 4 to 10

September 8, 2016

National Trucking Week Celebrated - Runs September 4 to 10 Weekly Provincial Highway Construction Update Today, Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit thanked the trucking community for their role in keeping Saskatchewan’s export-based economy moving, as National Trucking Week runs September 4 to 10. “Trucking plays a critical role in getting Saskatchewan’s...

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Minister Morgan Visits Gateway to Success Program

September 7, 2016

Minister Morgan Visits Gateway to Success Program Education Minister Don Morgan joined students and staff in North Battleford today to recognize the importance of the Gateway to Success/Graduation Coach program in the Living Sky School Division. “We commend Living Sky School Division for its commitment to the success of its students through the development of Gateway to Success,”...

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Celebrating Provincial Students' Day in Saskatchewan

September 6, 2016

Celebrating Provincial Students' Day in Saskatchewan Education Minister Don Morgan joined students and staff in Swift Current today to celebrate Provincial Students’ Day in Saskatchewan. “I have always enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm that exists at the outset of a new school year,” Morgan said.  “Provincial Students’ Day highlights the importance of being ready...

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Prune Your Elm Trees Starting September 1

August 31, 2016

Prune Your Elm Trees Starting September 1 Saskatchewan’s annual ban on elm tree pruning ends August 31.  Homeowners can prune their elm trees starting September 1. Pruning elm trees is prohibited from April 1 to August 31 each year to reduce the risk of Dutch elm disease (DED).  The elm bark beetles that spread the disease are most active at this time, and fresh cuts can attract...

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Parents Encouraged to Keep Children's Vaccinations Up-To-Date

August 30, 2016

Parents Encouraged to Keep Children's Vaccinations Up-To-Date As children head back to school, health officials are encouraging parents to ensure their children’s vaccinations are up-to-date.  Free childhood immunizations are available for all infants and school-age children in Saskatchewan. “Immunization is the most effective way to protect your children against vaccine-preventable...

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Have Your Say on Health System Restructuring

August 29, 2016

Have Your Say on Health System Restructuring Saskatchewan residents and interested organizations are invited to provide feedback to the recently-announced advisory panel examining the restructuring of Saskatchewan’s health care system. On August 18, the Minister of Health appointed a three person advisory panel to review the current Regional Health Authority (RHA) structure and provide...

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$3 Million Grade Raise Planned for Highway 3

August 25, 2016

$3 Million Grade Raise Planned for Highway 3 Weekly Provincial Highway Construction Update A $3 million grade raise project on Highway 3 west of Shellbrook will help reduce the risk of the road flooding for motorists travelling in the area.  Road construction is targeted to begin next week and will see a 1.2 km stretch of this provincial highway raised by nearly one metre.  Building...

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Crop Report for the Period August 16 to 22, 2016

August 25, 2016

Crop Report for the Period August 16 to 22, 2016 Despite rain delays in some areas, Saskatchewan producers now have nine per cent of the 2016 crop combined, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  This is slightly ahead of the five-year (2011-2015) average of eight per cent for this time of year.  Twenty-one per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

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NEW SMALLER CABINET INCLUDES FOUR NEW FACES

August 23, 2016

NEW SMALLER CABINET INCLUDES FOUR NEW FACES Premier Brad Wall has made major changes to the provincial cabinet. “In the April election, we were fortunate that voters elected a number of very talented and capable new MLAs, creating the opportunity for renewal in our government,” Wall said.  “The new cabinet will have a strong blend of experience and new faces and will serve...

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SENIORS RIDE WITH STC FOR $15 ONE-WAY THIS SEPTEMBER

August 22, 2016

SENIORS RIDE WITH STC FOR $15 ONE-WAY THIS SEPTEMBER The Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) has announced the return of their popular Senior Seat Sale.  From September 1 to 30, 2016, seniors aged 60 and over can ride anywhere STC goes for just $15 one-way. “We want seniors to have access to convenient and affordable transportation,” Minister responsible for STC Jennifer...

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Online Lobbyist Registry Now Active

August 22, 2016

Online Lobbyist Registry Now Active A new online registry will allow Saskatchewan citizens to search individuals and organizations lobbying public office holders. “The Lobbyists Act is now in effect, which reflects our commitment to ongoing transparency and accountability,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said.  “It is important for citizens...

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Investment in Saskatchewan Post-Secondary Infrastructure

August 19, 2016

Investment in Saskatchewan Post-Secondary Infrastructure Canadians will be better equipped for the well-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow as a result of $63 million through the Strategic Investment Fund to expand, repair and modernize Saskatchewan’s post-secondary institutions. The funding was announced today by Advanced Education Minister Scott Moe and Ralph Goodale, Minister...

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Saskatchewan's June Retail Sales Growth Best in the Country

August 19, 2016

Saskatchewan's June Retail Sales Growth Best in the Country Saskatchewan’s month-to-month growth in the retail sector for June 2016 outpaced all other jurisdictions in Canada, according to figures released by Statistics Canada today. Saskatchewan’s sales were more than $1.5 billion for the month, an increase of 2.1 per cent (seasonally-adjusted) over May 2016, easily the highest...

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Work Zone Speed Limits are Black and White

August 18, 2016

Work Zone Speed Limits are Black and White It Can Save a Windshield or it Can Save a Life With more than 40 projects currently underway across the province, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure asks drivers to remain patient and obey the black and white posted speed limit in work zones – even when workers are not present. “This year’s record Highways...

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Health Minister Appoints Advisory Panel to Review Health Region Structure

August 18, 2016

Health Minister Appoints Advisory Panel to Review Health Region Structure Today, Health Minister Dustin Duncan announced the appointment of a three person advisory panel that will be tasked with reviewing the current Regional Health Authority (RHA) structure and to provide options to reduce the number of RHAs in Saskatchewan.  The panel’s mandate will also include a review of options for more...

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SASKATCHEWAN MAN FINED FOR HUNTING INFRACTIONS

August 17, 2016

SASKATCHEWAN MAN FINED FOR HUNTING INFRACTIONS An Indian Head man was recently fined $5,360 in Carlyle provincial court for unlawfully hunting elk in the Kipling area. In December 2015, conservation officers with the Ministry of Environment investigated an incident that occurred southeast of Kipling, where a herd of elk had been shot at.  Officers found that a cow elk had been killed and...

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JUNE MANUFACTURING SALES RANK SASKATCHEWAN FIRST AMONG PROVINCES

August 16, 2016

JUNE MANUFACTURING SALES RANK SASKATCHEWAN FIRST AMONG PROVINCES Manufacturing sales saw a strong increase in activity to begin the summer, with Saskatchewan ranking first among the provinces in terms of month-to-month percentage change. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, manufacturing sales in Saskatchewan increased by 4.3 per cent in June 2016 compared to May 2016, enough for top spot.  Food...

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PROVINCE OFFERS ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO LA LOCHE

August 16, 2016

PROVINCE OFFERS ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO LA LOCHE Premier Brad Wall returned to La Loche today to fulfill the province’s commitment of additional support to the community following the tragic shootings there in January. “Since the terrible events of last January, the people of La Loche have inspired us with their resilience, unity and optimism,” Wall said.  “Our government...

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WATER SECURITY AGENCY RELEASES RESULTS OF WATER QUALITY SAMPLING ON NORTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER

August 15, 2016

WATER SECURITY AGENCY RELEASES RESULTS OF WATER QUALITY SAMPLING ON NORTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER Today, the Water Security Agency (WSA) released the first results of its ongoing water quality testing on the North Saskatchewan River and Saskatchewan River systems as a result of the Husky oil spill. The results show no exceedances of the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines or the provincial drinking...

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR PROVINCE’S OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS

August 15, 2016

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR PROVINCE’S OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS Today Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield encouraged residents to nominate outstanding volunteers for the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal.  The 2016 nomination period will be open until October 18. “Have you ever wondered how you can honour a special person in your community, your workplace, or your volunteer organization...

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Environment Minister Herb Cox To Leave Cabinet for Health Reasons

August 12, 2016

Environment Minister Herb Cox To Leave Cabinet for Health Reasons Environment Minister Herb Cox today said he has asked to leave cabinet when cabinet changes are made by Premier Brad Wall later this month.  Cox will soon begin stem cell treatment as he battles cancer. “I have gone through this treatment once before a few years back and I know it would make it extremely difficult to...

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Economy Minister Bill Boyd To Leave Cabinet

August 12, 2016

Economy Minister Bill Boyd To Leave Cabinet Economy Minister Bill Boyd today said he has asked to leave cabinet when Premier Brad Wall reassigns cabinet responsibilities in the coming weeks. “I have been doing this for a long time, so I think it’s time for me to step back in order for others to have a chance to serve in cabinet,” Boyd said.  “Our government is fortunate...

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AUGUST PUBLIC OFFERING OF PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS RIGHTS GENERATES $10 MILLION FOR PROVINCE

August 11, 2016

AUGUST PUBLIC OFFERING OF PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS RIGHTS GENERATES $10 MILLION FOR PROVINCE Saskatchewan’s August public offering of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights was the largest yet for 2016–17, accounting for 60 per cent of the total to date by raising $10 million in revenue for the province.  The fiscal year total now stands at $17 million, with three sales remaining....

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NEW HIGHWAY SIGNS TO HELP PROTECT WATERS FROM INVASIVE THREATS

August 11, 2016

NEW HIGHWAY SIGNS TO HELP PROTECT WATERS FROM INVASIVE THREATS Anglers and boaters travelling to and from their favourite Saskatchewan lakes will be seeing new highways signs reminding them to Clean, Drain and Dry their watercraft to help protect provincial waterbodies from the threat of aquatic invasive species. “Invasive species have the potential to severely impact our environment,”...

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CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD AUGUST 2 TO 8, 2016

August 11, 2016

CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD AUGUST 2 TO 8, 2016 Harvest operations are underway in the province.  Thirty-five per cent of winter wheat, 25 per cent of fall rye, four per cent of peas and one per cent of lentils are combined, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  Haying operations continue with 79 per cent of the hay crop now baled or put into silage and 10 per cent...

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Joint Efforts Ensure Grain Transportation System Is Prepared to Move Harvest

August 10, 2016

Joint Efforts Ensure Grain Transportation System Is Prepared to Move Harvest The Government of Saskatchewan, along with grain producers and customers, are continuing discussions with transportation service providers to prepare for a large crop this season.  Despite localized issues, projected yields are expected to be above average for cereal and oilseed crops. “We are encouraged...

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Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter Takes On Additional Duties

August 8, 2016

Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter Takes On Additional Duties Premier Brad Wall today appointed Jim Reiter to serve as Minister responsible for Crown Investments Corporation (CIC), Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) and the Public Service Commission (PSC) on an interim basis until the cabinet shuffle expected later this month. Reiter...

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Saskatchewan Building Permits See Largest Year Over Year Increase Among Provinces

August 8, 2016

Saskatchewan Building Permits See Largest Year Over Year Increase Among Provinces Building permits in Saskatchewan saw a large increase in June 2016, up 28.0 per cent over last year (seasonally-adjusted), the highest percentage increase among the provinces. On the national front, building permits were down 12.9 per cent for the month, according to Statistics Canada. Non-residential...

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Twinning Work Progressing

August 4, 2016

Twinning Work Progressing Construction will begin this week on the Highway 7 twinning project from Saskatoon to Vanscoy, marking the third twinning project to begin in Saskatchewan this season.  In addition to Highway 7, twinning projects are underway on Highway 16 east of Saskatoon and Highway 39 from Bienfait to Estevan. “We are building a safer and more efficient highway network...

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Saskatchewan Economy Creates 800 Jobs Year-Over-Year

August 4, 2016

Saskatchewan Economy Creates 800 Jobs Year-Over-Year After five months of year-over-year job losses, Saskatchewan’s job creation numbers are back in positive territory.  Employment in Saskatchewan increased by 800 in July 2016 over last July, according to numbers released today by Statistics Canada. “It’s good to see our employment numbers reflecting stability in the labour...

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RFPs Released for Final 20 Retail Liquor Permits

August 2, 2016

RFPs Released for Final 20 Retail Liquor Permits The application process for the final 20 retail liquor store permits begins today. The communities are: Bienfait, Broadview, Canora, Davidson, Emerald Park/White City, Foam Lake, Gravelbourg, Gull Lake, Indian Head, Kamsack, Kipling, Lanigan, Leader, Maple Creek, Pilot Butte, Raymore, Shaunavon, Stoughton, Watson and Wynyard. Successful...

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Federal and Provincial Funding for Two New Highway Interchanges Will Improve Safety and Traffic Flow

July 29, 2016

Federal and Provincial Funding for Two New Highway Interchanges Will Improve Safety and Traffic Flow Highways 11 and 12 are integral components of western Canada’s transportation network.  They connect natural resource industries and the agricultural community to key economic trade corridors, west coast ports, and north-south trade routes to the United States. Ralph Goodale, Minister...

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR PREMIER’S SERVICE CLUB AWARD

July 28, 2016

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR PREMIER’S SERVICE CLUB AWARD The Government of Saskatchewan is accepting nominations for the Premier’s Service Club Award.  Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 30. “These awards are a way to acknowledge the exceptional contributions that service clubs make in our community,” Premier Brad Wall said....

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Roads to Saskatchewan Lakes to Be Upgraded

July 28, 2016

Roads to Saskatchewan Lakes to Be Upgraded Highway work planned and underway will make for a smoother drive to your lake, campsite or other tourist destination. “Saskatchewan lakes are known for their beauty,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said.  “With a record Highways and Infrastructure budget of $1.15 billion, and a $30 million surge in funding...

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Province Offers Advice on Recreational Water Use

July 26, 2016

Province Offers Advice on Recreational Water Use Saskatchewan officials are cautioning residents to limit recreational activities in the North Saskatchewan River, as a result of the spill from a Husky Energy pipeline near Maidstone. People are advised not to consume fish caught in the river, and to avoid water activities that may result in river water being ingested. Activities not...

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Nominations Now Open for the Premier's Award for Excellence in the Public Service

July 26, 2016

Nominations Now Open for the Premier's Award for Excellence in the Public Service Deadline is August 31 Nominations will be open until August 31 for the 2016 Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service. Individuals or teams from provincial government ministries as well as various Treasury Board Crown corporations, boards, commissions and agencies are eligible...

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Liquor Retail RFPs Released for Next 20 Communities

July 25, 2016

Liquor Retail RFPs Released for Next 20 Communities The application process for retail liquor store permits in 20 more communities begins today. The communities are: Aberdeen, Battleford, Carrot River, Dalmeny, Hague, Hudson Bay, Kelvington, Osler, Outlook, Preeceville, Rosetown, Rosthern, Shellbrook, St. Walburg, Tisdale, Unity, Wadena, Wakaw, Waskesiu and Wilkie. Successful proponents...

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Price of Oil and Potash Impacts Year-End Financials

July 22, 2016

Price of Oil and Potash Impacts Year-End Financials Saskatchewan finished 2015-16 with a $675 million deficit (excluding the pension adjustment), largely attributable to shortfalls in oil and potash revenue. Finance Minister Kevin Doherty released the province’s year-end financial results today, with a clean audit opinion from the Provincial Auditor.  The deficit is entirely due to...

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DO YOUR PART IN KEEPING SASKATCHEWAN BEAUTIFUL AND OUR ROADS SAFE

July 21, 2016

DO YOUR PART IN KEEPING SASKATCHEWAN BEAUTIFUL AND OUR ROADS SAFE In addition to repairing and upgrading the roads you travel every day, Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure crews maintain rest stops and clean up garbage from ditches for your safety and to keep our province beautiful. “It’s costly and frustrating for our crews to continuously clean up rest stops and ditches...

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Increase in Rabies Cases in Saskatchewan

July 20, 2016

Increase in Rabies Cases in Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Agriculture is reminding residents that rabies is present across much of the province, after several cases of rabies in domestic animals were detected over the last few months. The province has confirmed 18 cases from January 1, 2016 to July 13, 2016, versus nine cases in the same time period in 2015 and seven in 2014.  This includes...

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SaskGaming Nets $65.4 Million - Benefitting Saskatchewan Communities

July 18, 2016

SaskGaming Nets $65.4 Million - Benefitting Saskatchewan Communities SaskGaming experienced another robust financial year, declaring income of $65.4 million for the 15 month period ending March 31, 2016.  Full details of the corporation’s finances were announced in the 2015-16 Annual Report, which was tabled with the Legislative Assembly Clerks office today. “SaskGaming had...

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Saskatchewan Raises Concerns About New Alberta Beer Mark-Up

July 18, 2016

Saskatchewan Raises Concerns About New Alberta Beer Mark-Up Saskatchewan Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Don McMorris said today that the Government of Saskatchewan is very concerned about changes the Government of Alberta recently announced to that province’s beer mark-ups and to its incentives for local brewers. "Alberta's new...

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Liquor Retail RFPs Released for Five More Communities

July 18, 2016

Liquor Retail RFPs Released for Five More Communities The application process for retail liquor store permits in the communities of Yorkton, Melville, Lloydminster, Moose Jaw and Kindersley begins today. Successful proponents will be selected through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process.  There is one opportunity available in each of the five communities. “This is the...

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Successful Year for SGI in 2015-16

July 18, 2016

Successful Year for SGI in 2015-16 Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) had a successful year in 2015-16 for both sides of its operations.  SGI CANADA had a profitable year and the Saskatchewan Auto Fund also saw strong results. Financial and operational highlights for the period of January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 for SGI CANADA and the Saskatchewan Auto Fund were tabled today.

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Government Closing Unapproved Drainage Works Into the Quill Lakes Area

July 14, 2016

Government Closing Unapproved Drainage Works Into the Quill Lakes Area The Water Security Agency (WSA) will be enforcing regulations to close unapproved drainage works that currently contribute water to the Quill Lakes. “Our government introduced new drainage regulations last fall and the Quill Lakes is a priority area where impacts to landowners around the lake need to be addressed,”...

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Government to Invest More Than $1.3 Million in Northeastern Provincial Parks

July 13, 2016

Government to Invest More Than $1.3 Million in Northeastern Provincial Parks The Government of Saskatchewan is investing more than $1.3 million in capital upgrades at two northeastern provincial parks: Greenwater Lake and Narrow Hills.  The water treatment system at Greenwater Lake will be upgraded and a new service centre will be built at Narrow Hills. “Provincial parks are an important...

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Federal, Provincial and Municipal Funding for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Saskatchewan

July 13, 2016

Federal, Provincial and Municipal Funding for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Saskatchewan Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter, along with representatives from several municipalities, today announced funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects in eight Saskatchewan communities. Having access to clean,...

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Saskatchewan Unemployment Rate Second Lowest in Canada

July 8, 2016

Saskatchewan Unemployment Rate Second Lowest in Canada 1,000 New Jobs Created in June Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) was 6.1 per cent in June 2016, tied for the second lowest among provinces and lower than the national unemployment rate of 6.8 per cent. In June 2016, there were 582,200 people employed in Saskatchewan. There has been...

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RFP Open for First Five Retail Liquor Store Permits

July 7, 2016

RFP Open for First Five Retail Liquor Store Permits RFP for Permits in Regina and Saskatoon Closes August 8 - Timeline Released for Remaining RFPs The application process for retail liquor store permits in the communities of Regina and Saskatoon began today.  Successful proponents will be selected through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process.  There are two opportunities available...

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Government to Invest More Than $40 Million Into Bridges

July 7, 2016

Government to Invest More Than $40 Million Into Bridges There are 36 bridge replacements and rehabilitations budgeted for in the 2016-17 fiscal year, totalling more than $40 million.  This is in addition to the 212 bridge projects completed since 2008-09. “Our commitment to enhance infrastructure in our growing province reaches far beyond roads,” Highways and Infrastructure...

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MORE THAN 74 MILLION IN SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING STRENGTHENS COMMUNITIES AND GROWS THE ECONOMY IN SASKATCHEWAN

July 7, 2016

MORE THAN 74 MILLION IN SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING STRENGTHENS COMMUNITIES AND GROWS THE ECONOMY IN SASKATCHEWAN Ralph Goodale on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Donna Harpauer, today announced measures to give Canadians greater access to more affordable housing,...

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Consumer Alert - Vehicle Dealer Operating Without a License

July 6, 2016

Consumer Alert - Vehicle Dealer Operating Without a License The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) has received information indicating that Kyle Martin of Marty Auto Sales, also known as “Marty’s Auto Sales” is operating as an unlicensed vehicle dealer in Humboldt. Martin had previously been directed to cease auto sales activities by the FCAA’s Consumer Protection...

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New $1.9 Million Housing Complex Opens in Prince Albert Helping to Recruit and Retain Students and Doctors

July 5, 2016

New $1.9 Million Housing Complex Opens in Prince Albert Helping to Recruit and Retain Students and Doctors Construction is now complete on Prince Albert Parkland Health Region’s $1.9 million housing complex for health care students, locum physicians and visiting health professionals. “The opportunity to retain health care professionals in rural and regional centres is increased by...

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Become an Angler - Saskatchewan's Free Fishing Weekend is July 9-10

July 4, 2016

Become an Angler - Saskatchewan's Free Fishing Weekend is July 9-10 If you have always wanted to try fishing as a new outdoor activity, your opportunity is right around the corner.  Saskatchewan’s annual summer free fishing weekend is July 9 and 10, when residents and visitors can fish in Saskatchewan waters without an angling licence. “Sport fishing is a popular...

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Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Launch Learn to Camp and Learn to Fish Programs

July 4, 2016

Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Launch Learn to Camp and Learn to Fish Programs The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport is pleased to kick off its Learn to Camp program.  Also, brand new this year, the Ministry is launching a Learn to Fish program. These programs teach the basics of camping and fishing for anyone who is new to nature, or just feels like they need a refresher course....

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Minimum Wage to Increase on October 1

June 30, 2016

Minimum Wage to Increase on October 1 On October 1, 2016, Saskatchewan’s minimum wage will increase from $10.50 to $10.72 per hour.  This will be the eighth increase to the minimum wage since 2007. This increase will directly impact more than 23,000 minimum wage earners in Saskatchewan.  More than half of minimum wage earners are under 25 years of age. “Indexing...

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Government Focused on Keeping Promises and Keeping Saskatchewan Strong

June 30, 2016

Government Focused on Keeping Promises and Keeping Saskatchewan Strong Premier Brad Wall said the first sitting of the new Legislative Assembly focused on the government keeping its election promises and on keeping Saskatchewan strong.  The 26 day sitting wrapped up today. “Our government made just a few promises during the recent election campaign and we have already kept most of...

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Government Accepts Provincial Auditor's Report on Land Acquisition

June 30, 2016

Government Accepts Provincial Auditor's Report on Land Acquisition Premier Brad Wall today said his government accepts the findings and recommendations of the Provincial Auditor’s Special Report on Acquiring Land: Global Transportation Hub Authority and Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure. In response to a request by the Premier on February 9, 2016, the Provincial Auditor looked into...

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Government of Saskatchewan Saves Students Money on Textbooks

June 29, 2016

Government of Saskatchewan Saves Students Money on Textbooks The Government of Saskatchewan has committed $250,000 to the University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and Saskatchewan Polytechnic to support development of open educational resources for students.  These post-secondary institutions are currently developing nine made-in-Saskatchewan open textbooks or course packs.

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Social Services Implements Plan for Canada Post Service Disruption

June 29, 2016

Social Services Implements Plan for Canada Post Service Disruption With the possibility of a Canada Post service disruption beginning as early as July 2, 2016, the Ministry of Social Services has implemented contingency plans to ensure critical cheque payments are available to clients and service providers.  Most monthly cheques were mailed on June 23, 2016, or earlier, and should arrive prior to any...

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Government Removes Barriers on Homebased Food Business

June 29, 2016

Government Removes Barriers on Homebased Food Business The Government of Saskatchewan has amended The Food Safety Regulations to remove barriers in order to allow home-processed foods to be sold directly to consumers and retailers in the province. The new regulations will take effect on August 1, 2016.  Inspired by cottage food laws in the United States, they will permit home-based food...

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Government Amends Feral Wild Boar Regulations

June 28, 2016

Government Amends Feral Wild Boar Regulations The Government of Saskatchewan has amended The Wildlife Regulations and The Stray Animals Regulations to clarify the status and hunting requirements for feral or free-ranging wild boar. “Free-ranging or feral wild boar have the potential to become a serious provincial problem,” Environment Minister Herb Cox said.  “These amendments...

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More Than $2.1 Million Approved to Date Under First Home Plan

June 28, 2016

More Than $2.1 Million Approved to Date Under First Home Plan More than $2.1 million has been approved to date under the province’s new Graduate Retention Program – First Home Plan, in support of 230 approved applications.  Of that, payments of $450,000 have been issued for 49 interest-free loans.  The average loan is approximately $9,184.  To date, approximately 276 applications...

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Province Hires Second Forensic Pathologist

June 27, 2016

Province Hires Second Forensic Pathologist The Office of the Chief Coroner has filled the province’s second forensic pathologist position located in Regina. “I am pleased that Saskatchewan will benefit by the addition of this skilled professional,” Chief Coroner Kent Stewart said.  “This is in keeping with our efforts to provide the highest quality death investigation...

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Province Releases New Public Emergency Alerting App and Website

June 27, 2016

Province Releases New Public Emergency Alerting App and Website Wildfires, Tornados, Evacuations -- Emergencies Can Happen Anytime Today Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter and Fire Commissioner and Executive Director of Emergency Management and Fire Safety Duane McKay, launched the new SaskAlert mobile app and website to connect residents across the province with the information...

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Grade 3 Students Reading Levels Rise by 8.0 Per Cent in Saskatchewan

June 27, 2016

Grade 3 Students Reading Levels Rise by 8.0 Per Cent in Saskatchewan More students in Grade 3 are reading at grade level, thanks to the collaborative work between the education sector and the Ministry of Education.  School division data from 2015 shows that 73 per cent of students were reading at grade level, compared to 65 per cent in 2013. “We know that students who are reading...

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Government Provides Approximately $2.0 Million to Local Community Groups and Organizations

June 24, 2016

Government Provides Approximately $2.0 Million to Local Community Groups and Organizations Groups and organizations that raise funds through licensed charitable gaming are benefiting from approximately $2.0 million in grants provided by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA). “Volunteer fire departments, youth sports teams and clubs that provide programming for seniors are...

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Statement by Premier Brad Wall on United Kingdom Vote to Leave the European Union

June 24, 2016

Statement by Premier Brad Wall on United Kingdom Vote to Leave the European Union “While yesterday’s vote is obviously significant, we do not expect it to have that much of an effect on Saskatchewan exports.  We are well-positioned to stay strong through the near-term Brexit volatility. “Saskatchewan’s top export markets are the US and Asian-Pacific markets like...

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Saskatchewan's Cyclotron Now Supplying Radioisotopes to Royal University Hospital

June 24, 2016

Saskatchewan's Cyclotron Now Supplying Radioisotopes to Royal University Hospital Stakeholders from government, health care and academia today marked the start of supply of radioisotopes from the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences for patient PET-CT scans at Royal University Hospital.  The achievement marks the end of the cyclotron’s three-year capital project and the beginning of its...

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Crop Report for the Period June 14 to 20, 2016

June 23, 2016

Crop Report for the Period June 14 to 20, 2016 Thanks to continued precipitation and warm weather, crop growth and development in most parts of the province are well ahead of normal, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report. Overall, 99 per cent of fall cereals, 96 per cent of pulse crops, 95 per cent of spring cereals and 94 per cent of oilseeds are at or ahead of their...

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Work Zone - Slow Down

June 23, 2016

Work Zone - Slow Down With a record $1.15 billion Highways and Infrastructure budget to be invested this year, road crews are busy across the province.  The ministry would like to remind motorists to drive carefully and obey posted speeds in work zones. It is important to note that black and white maximum 60 km/hr speed limit signs remain posted when workers are not present, if road hazards...

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New Pension Plans Give Saskatchewan People More Choice

June 23, 2016

New Pension Plans Give Saskatchewan People More Choice The Government of Saskatchewan has entered into a Multilateral Agreement Respecting Pooled Registered Pension Plans and Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans. Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs) are professionally administered, defined contribution style pension plans targeted to employees and self-employed individuals who previously did...

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Parks Capital Investment of Nearly $1 Million in Water and Wastewater Systems

June 22, 2016

Parks Capital Investment of Nearly $1 Million in Water and Wastewater Systems The Government of Saskatchewan is investing nearly $1 million into water and wastewater system upgrades in three parks: Cypress Hills, Good Spirit Lake and Moose Mountain.  These upgrades will help to meet the increased demand for services in these parks. “Our provincial parks continue to have increasing...

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Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship Recipients Announced

June 22, 2016

Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship Recipients Announced Two students have been awarded $20,000 each in Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships for 2016-17.  Martin Boucher, a Ph.D candidate at the University of Saskatchewan's School of Environment and Sustainability is receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship.  His research focuses on climate change and the electricity sector. Diane Adams,...

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Innovative Sweet Dreams Project Poised to Reach Five Year Goal Early

June 21, 2016

Innovative Sweet Dreams Project Poised to Reach Five Year Goal Early Sweet Dreams provides vulnerable mothers with a safe place to live with their children while they receive parenting support, access to educational opportunities and the chance to develop employability skills so they can best care for their families.  The five year goal of the project is to keep 22 children out of foster care by keeping...

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Saskatchewan Celebrates National Aboriginal Day

June 20, 2016

Saskatchewan Celebrates National Aboriginal Day National Aboriginal Day takes place tomorrow, June 21, and citizens across Saskatchewan and Canada are encouraged to participate in many special events honouring the culture and achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. “The time-honoured traditions of Aboriginal people are an intricate part of our province’s history,”...

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Housing Investments Creating Jobs in Saskatchewan

June 20, 2016

Housing Investments Creating Jobs in Saskatchewan The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to meeting housing need and encouraging economic development by investing nearly $700 million in housing since 2007.  This investment encouraged an additional $1.6 billion to be spent for a total of more than $2.3 billion in housing initiatives since 2007, generating more than 11,000 jobs in the housing industry.

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Diversified Economy Helps Saskatchewan Population Continue to Grow

June 16, 2016

Diversified Economy Helps Saskatchewan Population Continue to Grow Saskatchewan’s population grew to another all-time high in the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest population figures released today by Statistics Canada. There were 1,146,655 people living in Saskatchewan as of April 1, 2016 – up 4,085 from January 1 and up 16,118 over the past year.  Both the quarterly...

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Québec and Saskatchewan Join Forces in the Development of Research and Technologies Related to Carbon Capture and Storage

June 16, 2016

Québec and Saskatchewan Join Forces in the Development of Research and Technologies Related to Carbon Capture and Storage Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec, and Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan, have agreed to expand their collaborative relationship to further develop the potential of carbon capture and storage (CCS) —a technology aimed at enabling major emitters to reduce their...

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Crop Report for the Period June 7-13, 2016

June 16, 2016

Crop Report for the Period June 7-13, 2016 Seeding in Saskatchewan is expected to be completed this week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  While there are few fields of oats and flax as well as some greenfeed and silage being seeded at this time, 99.5 per cent of the crop is in the ground.  The five year (2011-2015) average for this time of year is 94 per cent...

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Province to Begin Domestic Violence Death Review

June 16, 2016

Province to Begin Domestic Violence Death Review Saskatchewan’s domestic violence death review panel will begin reviewing cases next month. “We are proud to be taking this major step in our work to address domestic violence in Saskatchewan,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said.  “This panel will identify common themes and patterns, as well as produce...

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New Funding Allows 24,000 Additional Students to Learn About Agriculture

June 15, 2016

New Funding Allows 24,000 Additional Students to Learn About Agriculture Investment Will Focus on Transportation Program, Resource Distribution and Career Exploration Today the federal and provincial governments announced an additional $400,000 in funding over two years for Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan (AITC-SK), an organization that connects kids and agriculture, to enhance...

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Saskatchewan Has the 3rd Lowest Utility Bundle in Canada

June 15, 2016

Saskatchewan Has the 3rd Lowest Utility Bundle in Canada Saskatchewan Crown Utilities Continue to Offer Competitive Rates to Saskatchewan Consumers Saskatchewan’s aggregate utility costs for telephone, electricity, heating and auto insurance continue to rank third lowest when compared to other provinces in Canada. “The Crowns are succeeding in keeping utility costs among the lowest...

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New Vehicle Dealer Rules Require Truth to be Told

June 14, 2016

New Vehicle Dealer Rules Require Truth to be Told New regulations now require salespersons to tell buyers more information when it comes to buying a vehicle.  For example, if the car has been in a crash or has hidden damage the dealer must tell the buyer before the purchase is made.  Consumers have stronger protections when it comes to buying a vehicle due to new Vehicle Dealer Regulations under...

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Family Matters Program Available Province-Wide

June 14, 2016

Family Matters Program Available Province-Wide A successful program that has been helping to minimize the effect of separation and divorce on family members, especially children, is now being offered throughout Saskatchewan. Family Matters: Assisting Families through Separation and Divorce has expanded its services to all Saskatchewan families seeking help while going through a separation...

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Amendments to the Provincial Lands Act, 2016 Introduced

June 14, 2016

Amendments to the Provincial Lands Act, 2016 Introduced Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart introduced amendments to The Provincial Lands Act (PLA).  The Provincial Lands Act is jointly administered by the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment.  The revised Act will create a more attractive business climate and financial certainty for investors by incorporating their needs...

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Government Introduces Legislation to Improve Saskatchewan Auto Injury Coverage

June 14, 2016

Government Introduces Legislation to Improve Saskatchewan Auto Injury Coverage Coverage amendments introduced today will improve Saskatchewan’s auto injury programs to better meet the needs of people who are injured in vehicle collisions.  Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance Don McMorris introduced the amendments to The Automobile Accident Insurance Act today in...

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Healthy Families Initiative Supports Families Most In Need

June 13, 2016

Healthy Families Initiative Supports Families Most In Need A new two-year $750,000 pilot program delivered by Foxvalley Counselling Services Inc. will support up to 10 Regina families with complex needs while reducing their dependency on government programs and services. The program will support families who have been top users of publically-funded programs and services.  Foxvalley Counselling...

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New Legislation Provides Provincial Regulation for SaskCentral

June 13, 2016

New Legislation Provides Provincial Regulation for SaskCentral The government passed new legislation to transition regulation of SaskCentral from the federal government to Saskatchewan. The Credit Union Central of Saskatchewan Act, 2016 appoints the Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation (CUDGC) as the supervisor of SaskCentral, and assigns responsibility for oversight of CUDGC to the Financial...

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Consumer Alert - Buyer Beware, Concert Ticket Sales

June 10, 2016

Consumer Alert - Buyer Beware, Concert Ticket Sales The Dixie Chicks are coming to Saskatoon but consumers should be careful before they pay a lot of money for tickets.  In the past, when popular acts have come to Saskatchewan, the Consumer Protection Division of the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) has received complaints about high-priced tickets listed by third-party sellers....

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Employment Up, Unemployment Rate Down in Saskatchewan

June 10, 2016

Employment Up, Unemployment Rate Down in Saskatchewan In May 2016, Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) was 6.0 per cent, down from 6.3 per cent in the previous month.  Saskatchewan's unemployment rate is now second lowest among the provinces and lower than the national unemployment rate of 6.9 per cent. There were 577,800 people employed in Saskatchewan in May 2016,...

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June Sale of Saskatchewan Petroleum and Natural Gas Rights Raises $3.9 Million

June 9, 2016

June Sale of Saskatchewan Petroleum and Natural Gas Rights Raises $3.9 Million The 2016 calendar year’s total for Saskatchewan’s public offerings of petroleum and natural gas rights is now just over $12 million, after Tuesday’s June sale raised $3.9 million in revenue for the province. “The Government of Saskatchewan has worked hard to develop a positive investment climate,...

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Premier Wall to Promote Energy East in Toronto, New Brunswick and Quebec

June 9, 2016

Premier Wall to Promote Energy East in Toronto, New Brunswick and Quebec Wall Will Also Meet With Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant to Discuss Energy Issues Premier Brad Wall will travel to Toronto and Saint John next week to speak in support of Energy East, a proposed $15.7 billion pipeline that will transport more than a million barrels of western...

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Saskatchewan's Compassionate Care Leave Benefits Increasing

June 9, 2016

Saskatchewan's Compassionate Care Leave Benefits Increasing Released on June 9, 2016 Saskatchewan employees who need to take time away from work to care for a loved one will soon be eligible to receive up to 28 weeks of job-protected leave.  This is an increase from eight weeks. “During the election, we promised to increase compassionate care leave and today we have fulfilled...

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Highway 3 Safety Improvements Underway

June 9, 2016

Highway 3 Safety Improvements Underway Residents of Shellbrook and area will need to slow down in the work zone in the short term as long-term safety improvements are made to Highway 3.  The work includes widening 12 kilometres (km) of the road, enhanced lighting and improvements to turning lanes.  In addition, crews will pave 15 km and install 15 culverts. The total project will cost...

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Provincial Government Partners with SIIT to Deliver Skills Training

June 9, 2016

Provincial Government Partners with SIIT to Deliver Skills Training The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce funding support for the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) Construction Careers Regina program.  SIIT will receive $967,000 for programming and wages. The program provides First Nations and Métis people with an opportunity to obtain the skills,...

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YOUNG WORKERS REMINDED TO TAKE THE YOUNG WORKER READINESS CERTIFICATE COURSE

June 8, 2016

YOUNG WORKERS REMINDED TO TAKE THE YOUNG WORKER READINESS CERTIFICATE COURSE The school year is coming to an end and many young people are beginning to look for summer jobs.  Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan reminds Saskatchewan teens aged 14 and 15 to complete the Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course (YWRCC) before beginning work. The YWRCC is a mandatory...

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Patient Choice Medical Imaging Act Introduced to Allow Private Clinics

June 8, 2016

Patient Choice Medical Imaging Act Introduced to Allow Private Clinics Today, Health Minister Dustin Duncan introduced The Patient Choice Medical Imaging Act, which will give Saskatchewan residents the option to privately pay for a CT scan.  This follows the launch of private-pay MRI services in February 2016. “We made a commitment in the election campaign to expand private-pay...

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Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship Winners Announced

June 6, 2016

Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship Winners Announced Four Saskatchewan Students Receive Funding to Pursue Agricultural Education Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart awarded $10,000 in scholarships to four students from across the province. “It is encouraging to see the passion these youth have for the agriculture industry,” Stewart said.  “They...

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Individuals Fraudulently Using FinCEN Name to Get Financial Information from Saskatchewan Residents

June 6, 2016

Individuals Fraudulently Using FinCEN Name to Get Financial Information from Saskatchewan Residents The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) is warning the public about an ongoing financial scam that attempts to solicit financial information from unsuspecting victims. This scam is committed by persons who claim to be representatives of Financial Crimes Enforcement...

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Western Provinces Announce Inter-Provincial Agreement to Battle Invasive Aquatic Species

June 6, 2016

Western Provinces Announce Inter-Provincial Agreement to Battle Invasive Aquatic Species The Government of Saskatchewan has signed an agreement with Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and the Yukon Territory to form a co-ordinated regional defence against invasive species, with an initial focus on aquatic invasive species. Aquatic invasive species, specifically zebra and quagga mussels, pose...

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Liquor Retail Modernization Act, 2016 Introduced

June 6, 2016

Liquor Retail Modernization Act, 2016 Introduced The Government of Saskatchewan introduced The Liquor Retail Modernization Act, 2016 today to help create a level playing field for all liquor retailers in the province. “Saskatchewan’s current retail liquor system is an uneven playing field that does not put the consumer first,” Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan...

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Saskatchewan Transportation Week June 5 to 11

June 3, 2016

Saskatchewan Transportation Week June 5 to 11 The week of June 5 to 11 has been proclaimed Saskatchewan Transportation Week.  This annual event celebrates the people working in the province’s transportation sector. “Our government recognizes the important role transportation infrastructure plays in getting Saskatchewan goods to market,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister...

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Caller using Brad Wall's Name to Get Information from People

June 2, 2016

Caller using Brad Wall's Name to Get Information from People The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority is warning Saskatchewan residents that someone is calling the public claiming to be a representative from Brad Wall’s office and is looking for financial information.  The individual is using a phone number with an area code from Jamaica. Premier Brad Wall’s Office...

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Highways 2020 Plan Means $70 Million Surge for Saskatchewan Highways

June 2, 2016

Highways 2020 Plan Means $70 Million Surge for Saskatchewan Highways The Government of Saskatchewan is delivering on its Highways 2020 Plan, delivering a $70 million surge in funding for highways repair and maintenance over the next three years. $30 million of that total will be invested this year, to repair more than 460 kilometres of highways. “Beyond benefiting economic activity...

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Government Signs Multi-Jurisdictional Pension Plan Agreement

June 2, 2016

Government Signs Multi-Jurisdictional Pension Plan Agreement The Government of Saskatchewan has signed a new 2016 Agreement Respecting Multi-Jurisdictional Pension Plans (2016 Agreement) which continues to protect plan member entitlements, and provides a clear legal framework for the administration and regulation of multi-jurisdictional pension plans. “It’s important that there is clarity...

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Strong Support for Students in 2016-17 Provincial Budget

June 1, 2016

Strong Support for Students in 2016-17 Provincial Budget Province Maintains Post-secondary Investments to Keep Saskatchewan Strong The 2016-17 Budget will maintain strong investment in our province’s post-secondary students. “Saskatchewan’s most precious resource is its people,” Advanced Education Minister Scott Moe said.  “We will continue...

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Increased Investment to Keep Agriculture Strong

June 1, 2016

Increased Investment to Keep Agriculture Strong The Ministry of Agriculture’s Budget for 2016-17 will increase by 7.5 per cent for a total of $389.8 million.  This includes $254.6 million to fully fund business risk management programs, a $14.6 million increase from the previous year. “This Budget is a clear demonstration of our government’s commitment to the farmers and...

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Government Keeping Saskatchewan Strong by Investing in Student Success

June 1, 2016

Government Keeping Saskatchewan Strong by Investing in Student Success The Government of Saskatchewan has put student success and safety at the top of its priority list by increasing its overall investment in Education by 7.8 per cent to a total of $2.2 billion.  This includes $391.4 million for capital investments. “Our government remains committed to putting students first by continuing...

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Building Schools, Hospitals, Highways and Crown Utility Projects Will Keep Saskatchewan Strong

June 1, 2016

Building Schools, Hospitals, Highways and Crown Utility Projects Will Keep Saskatchewan Strong More than $3.5 billion is being invested in infrastructure projects through the Saskatchewan Builds Capital Plan and by the province’s Crown corporations in 2016-17. Energy distribution, power transmission and telecommunications networks, schools, hospitals and highways are part of a record single-year...

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2016-17 Budget Will Keep Saskatchewan Strong Through Challenging Year

June 1, 2016

2016-17 Budget Will Keep Saskatchewan Strong Through Challenging Year Economy Expected to Rebound in 2017 Finance Minister Kevin Doherty today tabled Saskatchewan’s 2016-17 Budget which will keep Saskatchewan strong by controlling operational spending and investing in people and infrastructure.  This year’s Budget contains no tax increases and no new taxes.

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2016-17 Budget Reaffirms Government's Strong Commitment to Municipalities

June 1, 2016

2016-17 Budget Reaffirms Government's Strong Commitment to Municipalities Record funding for municipal revenue sharing highlights the $406.3 million in direct government support to Saskatchewan’s municipalities in the 2016-17 Provincial Budget. The overall funding represents an increase of $56.7 million or 16.2 per cent from the 2015-16 Budget and an increase of $164.4 million or 67.9 ...

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Record $5.17 Billion Investment in Health Care

June 1, 2016

Record $5.17 Billion Investment in Health Care Government to Look at Reducing Number of Health Regions, Cutting Administration Costs A record $5.17 billion Health Budget will be invested in health infrastructure, improving access to care and reducing wait times for surgery and diagnostic services for Saskatchewan people.  The 2016-17 Health Budget is an increase of $57.4 million,...

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Record Highways Budget Tops $1 Billion

June 1, 2016

Record Highways Budget Tops $1 Billion For the first time in Saskatchewan history, the Highways and Infrastructure Budget tops $1 billion.  This marks another record investment in provincial roads and infrastructure. “Saskatchewan drivers can expect to see work on projects in virtually every corner of the province,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said.  “This...

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Budget Maintains Strong Support for First Nations and Métis Programming

June 1, 2016

Budget Maintains Strong Support for First Nations and Métis Programming The 2016-17 Provincial Budget continues the Saskatchewan government’s significant investments in programs and partnership initiatives that help First Nations and Métis people access economic and educational opportunities. The Budget allocates $211.9 million in program funding targeted primarily for First...

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Supporting People in Need Keeps Saskatchewan Strong

June 1, 2016

Supporting People in Need Keeps Saskatchewan Strong Saskatchewan people in need will continue to benefit from the province’s investment in programs for children, youth and families, people experiencing disabilities, and people needing income assistance and housing.  Social Services’ 2016-17 Budget is $1.052 billion, a 5.1 per cent increase from last fiscal year. “Since...

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PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST: PRIVACY LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE PROTECTION OF HEALTH INFORMATION

May 31, 2016

PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST: PRIVACY LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE PROTECTION OF HEALTH INFORMATION Saskatchewan residents will benefit from strengthened protection of personal health records and increased accountability of trustees and employees responsible for protecting those records, effective June 1.  Trustees are individuals and organizations that have personal health information under their custody and control.

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Saskatchewan Tourism Week Showcases Inspiring Experiences and Strong Economic Benefits

May 30, 2016

Saskatchewan Tourism Week Showcases Inspiring Experiences and Strong Economic Benefits The Government of Saskatchewan is proclaiming May 29 to June 4 as Saskatchewan Tourism Week.  The week is part of a broader national initiative called Tourism Week in Canada, which brings attention to the impact of the country’s tourism sector and the economic opportunities available through travel and tourism....

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Saskatchewan Proclaims Deafblind Awareness Week

May 30, 2016

Saskatchewan Proclaims Deafblind Awareness Week The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed June 1-7, 2016, as Deafblind Awareness Week to raise the profile of this unique disability in Saskatchewan. Individuals are considered deafblind if they have a combined loss of both hearing and vision to the point that neither can be used as a primary source of information gathering.  The combination...

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Saskatchewan Mining Week Showcases Importance of Mining to Provincial Economy

May 30, 2016

Saskatchewan Mining Week Showcases Importance of Mining to Provincial Economy The prominent role of the mining industry in the province’s continued growth is the focus of Saskatchewan Mining Week, which was officially proclaimed today by Economy Minister Bill Boyd in Regina. Organized by the Saskatchewan Mining Association, the theme of this year’s Mining Week is “Mining: Pillar...

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Victims and Survivors of Crime Week Declared in Saskatchewan

May 30, 2016

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week Declared in Saskatchewan May 29 to June 4 has been declared Victims and Survivors of Crime Week in Saskatchewan, coinciding with the national week of the same name.  This year’s theme is “The Power of Our Voices.” Formerly Victims of Crime Awareness Week, the name has been changed across the country to acknowledge that many individuals...

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Changes to Adoption Act Introduced

May 30, 2016

Changes to Adoption Act Introduced The Government of Saskatchewan introduced changes today that will strengthen The Adoption Act, 1998 to better serve Saskatchewan children and their families. “We know that the needs of children and their families are constantly evolving and we must ensure that our legislation, practices, and programs evolve along with them,” Social Services...

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Premier Names New Deputy Minister

May 26, 2016

Premier Names New Deputy Minister Alanna Koch Will Be First Woman to Serve as Province’s Top Public Servant Premier Brad Wall today announced that Alanna Koch will be the new Deputy Minister to the Premier, replacing Doug Moen who is leaving that position at the end of June. Koch has served as Deputy Minister of Agriculture since 2007.  Prior to that,...

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First Home Plan Open for Application

May 26, 2016

First Home Plan Open for Application The Government of Saskatchewan is now taking applications for First Home Plan.  This new initiative allows eligible post-secondary graduates to borrow up to $10,000 of their unused Graduate Retention Program (GRP) tax credits to put toward the down payment on their first home.  The plan will help recent graduates who have the income to qualify for a mortgage,...

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Pilot Program Improves Support for Breast Cancer Patients

May 26, 2016

Pilot Program Improves Support for Breast Cancer Patients HealthLine 811, in partnership with Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, has launched a new initiative for breast cancer patients in Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. The Breast Cancer Lymphedema Pilot Program is now available to women and men who have undergone surgery or treatment as a result...

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Big Game Draw Extended to May 31

May 26, 2016

Big Game Draw Extended to May 31 The online big game draw system experienced high traffic volumes on the evening of Wednesday, May 25 and suffered an unexpected outage for several hours for both the Saskatchewan Big Game Draw and the Canadian Resident White-tail Deer draw.  During the final day of the draw, the ministry successfully received more than 11,000 applications which is a significant increase...

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$1.2 Million Invested in Campsite Electrical Expansions and Upgrades

May 25, 2016

$1.2 Million Invested in Campsite Electrical Expansions and Upgrades The Government of Saskatchewan is investing more than $1.2 million into campsite electrical expansion and upgrades in three parks: Good Spirit Lake, Lac La Ronge and Meadow Lake.  Nearly 300 campsites across these three parks will receive either new or improved electrical service. “Last year, our provincial parks...

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Ministers to Examine Impaired Driving Implications of Marijuana Legalization

May 25, 2016

Ministers to Examine Impaired Driving Implications of Marijuana Legalization Premier Brad Wall announced today that he has asked Justice Minister Gordon Wyant, Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell and SGI Minister Don McMorris to examine the implications on driver safety of the federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana. “The federal government has said marijuana...

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Government Introduces Bill 1

May 24, 2016

Government Introduces Bill 1 Removing SLGA from The Crown Corporations Public Ownership Amendment Act Crown Investments Corporation Minister Don McMorris today introduced amendments to The Crown Corporations Public Ownership Act. “This amending legislation will allow government to convert 40 government liquor stores to private stores and create 12 new retail...

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Saskatchewan's Early Childhood Educators Both Celebrated and in Demand

May 20, 2016

Saskatchewan's Early Childhood Educators Both Celebrated and in Demand Today Education Minister Don Morgan joined the children and staff of the Saskatoon Early Childhood Education Demonstration Centre along with representatives from Saskatchewan Polytechnic to celebrate Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Appreciation Day. Saskatchewan proclaimed May 20 as ECE Appreciation Day to recognize the work...

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May 2016 Proclaimed Missing Children's Month

May 19, 2016

May 2016 Proclaimed Missing Children's Month May 2016 has been proclaimed Missing Children’s Month in Saskatchewan.  This month coincides with Child Find Saskatchewan’s 25th Annual Green Ribbon of Hope Campaign. “Having a child go missing is unfathomable,” Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer said.  “Yet, every year, we hear of Saskatchewan children...

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Saskatchewan to Review Organ and Tissue Donation Options

May 19, 2016

Saskatchewan to Review Organ and Tissue Donation Options Health Minister Dustin Duncan will table a motion today that asks the Standing Committee on Human Services to review Saskatchewan’s current approach to organ and tissue donation, and recommend ways to improve the rate of donations.  The intention to study the issue was outlined in the recent Speech from the Throne. “There...

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Work Zone Safety Doesn't Take May Long Weekend Off

May 19, 2016

Work Zone Safety Doesn't Take May Long Weekend Off With almost 270 kilometres of highway projects underway, the Government of Saskatchewan reminds motorists not to take a holiday from following the signs in work zones this Victoria Day long weekend. “Our government has committed to a $70 million surge in highway repair and maintenance over the next three years so motorists can expect another...

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Scotty the T. Rex will be the Official Provincial Fossil

May 19, 2016

Scotty the T. Rex will be the Official Provincial Fossil Citizens across the province have had their say and Scotty, the Tyrannosaurus rex, will be the next provincial emblem. Scotty is a 65 million year-old T. rex skeleton - the first found in Saskatchewan.  Scotty was discovered on August 16, 1991, when then high school teacher Robert Gebhardt from Eastend joined Royal Saskatchewan Museum...

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Opening of the First Session of the Twenty-Eighth Legislature

May 17, 2016

Opening of the First Session of the Twenty-Eighth Legislature Public Invited to May 17 Outdoor Ceremony Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield will formally open the First Session of the Twenty-Eighth Legislature with the Speech from the Throne today in the Assembly Chamber of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. “The ceremonial aspects of the opening of the Legislature...

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Throne Speech Outlines Government's Agenda to Keep Saskatchewan Strong

May 17, 2016

Throne Speech Outlines Government's Agenda to Keep Saskatchewan Strong The first session of the new Legislative Assembly opened today with a Throne Speech that closely resembled the government’s platform in the recent election campaign. “We didn’t make a lot of election promises but we made one significant commitment – to keep Saskatchewan strong,” Premier Brad Wall...

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Curtain Drops, Legislative Dome Takes Spotlight

May 16, 2016

Curtain Drops, Legislative Dome Takes Spotlight The Regina cityscape took on a more reflective appearance, following the unveiling of the restored dome of the Saskatchewan Legislative building. The white vinyl covering in place during the rehabilitation of this historic landmark was dropped at a public unveiling ceremony this evening, followed by lighting up the copper dome. As...

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SASKPARKS AND TENTREE TO REFOREST LAC LA RONGE PROVINCIAL PARK

May 13, 2016

SASKPARKS AND TENTREE TO REFOREST LAC LA RONGE PROVINCIAL PARK SaskParks has partnered with tentree to revitalize Lac La Ronge Provincial Park after portions of the park were burned in the forest fires of 2015. Last night, on the runway of Saskatchewan Fashion Week, tentree unveiled the design and details of this project.  Using pieces of burned trees recovered from Lac La Ronge Provincial...

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SGI LAUNCHING NEW IMPAIRED DRIVING PREVENTION CAMPAIGN

May 13, 2016

SGI LAUNCHING NEW IMPAIRED DRIVING PREVENTION CAMPAIGN SGI is launching a new, emotionally-charged multi-media advertising campaign to raise awareness about impaired driving. The campaign shows the void, literally, that is left behind when a friend or loved one is killed by an impaired driver.  The absence of that person leaves a hole in the lives of those left behind, demonstrating the...

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Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Opening May Long Weekend

May 12, 2016

Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Opening May Long Weekend Saskatchewan Provincial Parks will officially open for the season on Thursday, May 19, 2016.  Visitation to provincial parks set a record in 2015, with nearly 3.9 million visits. In 2015, the Government of Saskatchewanmet its commitment of investing an additional $10 million over four years into the provincial park system.  The...

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Health Regions to Lift Visiting Hour Restrictions in Facilities

May 11, 2016

Health Regions to Lift Visiting Hour Restrictions in Facilities Government Continues Patient-First Approach to Health Care Today, Health Minister Dustin Duncan confirmed that Saskatchewan will be the first Canadian province to take a provincial approach to an open family presence policy in health care facilities.  Health regions are now moving toward more flexible visiting hours...

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Tackling Debt in Three Steps

May 11, 2016

Tackling Debt in Three Steps Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) is helping Saskatchewan people tackle their debt. “It’s not easy when bills start piling up and you are not sure where to start,” FCAA Director of Consumer Credit Cory Peters said.  “Providing helpful advice will hopefully alleviate some stress for people.”

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Women Entrepreneurs Week Proclaimed in Saskatchewan

May 10, 2016

Women Entrepreneurs Week Proclaimed in Saskatchewan The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to proclaim May 9 to 15, Women Entrepreneurs Week in Saskatchewan.  The week provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the successes of women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan and their contributions to the province’s economy. The number of self-employed women in Saskatchewan grew by...

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Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week Aims to Protect Saskatchewan Waters

May 10, 2016

Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week Aims to Protect Saskatchewan Waters To help keep the province’s waterbodies free of zebra and quagga mussels, the Government of Saskatchewan is proclaiming May 8 to 14 Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week to emphasize the need for diligence when it comes to this critical issue. “While monitoring done to date has not found zebra and quagga...

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Consumer Advisory - Driveway Repair Contractors

May 9, 2016

Consumer Advisory - Driveway Repair Contractors Consumers are advised to be cautious when it comes to unsolicited contract work for driveways.  If a contractor comes to your door with an unsolicited offer to pave, patch or apply a protective treatment to your driveway, ask for a direct seller’s license number. Door-to-door salespersons are required to be licensed under The Direct...

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Saskatchewan Recognizes National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

May 6, 2016

Saskatchewan Recognizes National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Saskatchewan recognizes the second annual National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 7.  The day is set aside each year to raise awareness about wildfire safety and to encourage people to take steps to protect their homes, neighbourhoods and communities. “This day takes on a special significance...

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Saskatchewan Donates $250,000 to Alberta Red Cross

May 6, 2016

Saskatchewan Donates $250,000 to Alberta Red Cross Premier Brad Wall today announced a donation of $250,000 would be made on behalf of the people of Saskatchewan to the Red Cross in Alberta.  The donation will be used to support those displaced by the Fort McMurray wildfires. “The people of Saskatchewan stand with those in Alberta in the wake of this terrible event,” Wall said....

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Statement from Premier Brad Wall

May 5, 2016

Statement from Premier Brad Wall Both our Wildfire Management (WFM) branch and our Emergency Management and Fire Safety (EMFS) office have been in contact with their Alberta counterparts to offer and provide assistance. WFM is supporting Alberta wildfire response along our shared border to free up their resources.  WFM is also providing air strikes in Alberta. We have not moved aircraft...

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Celebrating Construction Progress at Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford

May 3, 2016

Celebrating Construction Progress at Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford In recognition of National Mental Health Week May 2-8, a community celebration marked significant construction progress of the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford. “Mental Health Week provides an opportunity to acknowledge individuals and families who live with mental illness, as well as the significant ...

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Early Childhood Education Important to the Future of Saskatchewan Children

May 2, 2016

Early Childhood Education Important to the Future of Saskatchewan Children Recognizing the importance of Early Childhood Education to the future of Saskatchewan’s youngest citizens, Education Minister Don Morgan has proclaimed May as Early Childhood Education Month. “We know through research and practice that quality early learning programs give children a good start in life,”...

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The Province's First P3 is Finished, On-Time and On-Budget

May 2, 2016

The Province's First P3 is Finished, On-Time and On-Budget Construction of a new regional long term care facility located in Swift Current known as “The Meadows” is complete, on-time and on-budget.  Premier Brad Wall was on hand today as builders officially handed keys over to the Cypress Health Region, who own and will operate the facility. "Long-term care residents in Swift...

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Highway Hotline's Summer Shift

April 29, 2016

Highway Hotline's Summer Shift Before departing on your summer road trip remember to check Saskatchewan’s Highway Hotline. “Motorists will begin to see more work on provincial highways as construction season nears,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said.  “The Highway Hotline can help you plan a safer and more efficient route to your holiday destination.”

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Saskatchewan's 2016 Online Big Game Draw Runs May 1 to 25

April 29, 2016

Saskatchewan's 2016 Online Big Game Draw Runs May 1 to 25 Saskatchewan’s big game draw for hunters opens online May 1, with a new application deadline of midnight on May 25 – seven days earlier than last year’s May 31 deadline. The 2016 deadline was adjusted to accommodate the many hunters who have expressed interest in earlier availability of big game draw results to help...

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Residents Honoured with Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal

April 26, 2016

Residents Honoured with Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal Today Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield presented the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal to 10 of the province’s most dedicated volunteers during a ceremony at Government House in Regina.  The 2015 recipients are from across Saskatchewan, coming from Casa Rio Estates, Shell Lake, Prince Albert, Swift Current, Regina and Saskatoon....

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New Session of Legislature to Begin May 17

April 20, 2016

New Session of Legislature to Begin May 17 Premier Brad Wall today announced that the first session of the newly-elected Legislative Assembly will begin on Tuesday, May 17 with the election of the Speaker in the morning followed by the Throne Speech that afternoon. Wall said the government will focus on its election commitment to keep Saskatchewan strong. “Earlier this month,...

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Record Municipal Revenue Sharing for Saskatchewan Communities

February 24, 2016

Record Municipal Revenue Sharing for Saskatchewan Communities The Government of Saskatchewan today announced that municipal revenue sharing is estimated to be more than $271 million in 2016-17.  That represents an increase of 113 per cent from 2007-2008, a record amount for municipalities. “Despite the impact of falling oil prices on the province’s economy, we have maintained...

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Government Improves Wildfire Response and Emergency Planning in Saskatchewan

February 23, 2016

Government Improves Wildfire Response and Emergency Planning in Saskatchewan The Government of Saskatchewan is taking immediate steps to improve fire safety and emergency management in the province.  This includes investing in longer-term protection measures for northern people following an engagement process with communities, First Nations, local leaders, industry and residents affected by the province’s...

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Final Designs of Joint-Use Schools Unveiled

February 22, 2016

Final Designs of Joint-Use Schools Unveiled Today Education Minister Don Morgan joined school division officials from Saskatoon Public Schools, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Prairie Spirit School Division, Regina Public Schools and Regina Catholic School Division, along with students, parents and community members to unveil the designs for the 18 publicly-owned elementary schools being built on nine...

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New Pilot Program Allows Saskatchewan Residents to View their Personal Health Care Information Online

February 16, 2016

New Pilot Program Allows Saskatchewan Residents to View their Personal Health Care Information Online eHealth Saskatchewan (eHealth) is piloting a new program that allows a group of residents from across the province to view their personal health information online through a secure website.  Health Minister Dustin Duncan today announced the official launch of the Citizen Health Information...

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Minister Stewart to Lead Agriculture Trade Mission to India

February 11, 2016

Minister Stewart to Lead Agriculture Trade Mission to India Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart will lead a week-long trade mission to India, visiting the cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai. “Saskatchewan is Canada’s top exporter to India and it is important for us to strengthen this relationship and find new opportunities with one of the world’s fastest-growing economies,”...

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Moose Jaw Area Celebrates Local Access to MRI Services

February 11, 2016

Moose Jaw Area Celebrates Local Access to MRI Services Minister Responsible for Rural and Remote Health Greg Ottenbreit joined community members, business leaders and Five Hills Health Region staff for a ceremony celebrating the new MRI at Moose Jaw’s Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital. “Saskatchewan is well served by this new MRI suite, made possible thanks to the incredible support...

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Saskatchewan Physician Numbers Continue to Rise

February 11, 2016

Saskatchewan Physician Numbers Continue to Rise Work Begins on Long Term Plan to Further Strengthen Physician Workforce. Today, Health Minister Dustin Duncan confirmed that the number of new physicians in Saskatchewan continues to rise, with nearly 650 more doctors practising in the province since 2007. This represents a 40 per cent increase in overall physician numbers compared to 2007.

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SGI Customers Can Now Print Their Own Vehicle Registration

February 9, 2016

SGI Customers Can Now Print Their Own Vehicle Registration SGI is enhancing convenience for customers with changes to vehicle registration certificates. Vehicle registrations can now be printed on plain white paper rather than special green card stock paper. This means customers who register a vehicle using SGI’s online service MySGI will no longer have to wait for their registration certificate...

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Below Normal Runoff Expected Across Most of the Province

February 9, 2016

Below Normal Runoff Expected Across Most of the Province Today, the Water Security Agency released the preliminary outlook for spring runoff. A below normal runoff is anticipated for most of the province, however it is still early and conditions can change over the remainder of the winter.  Some areas in east central Saskatchewan had more water on the landscape than normal going into winter...

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Employment Supports for People with Hearing Loss

February 9, 2016

Employment Supports for People with Hearing Loss Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (SDHHS) will receive $385,088 in funding from the Government of Saskatchewan to deliver its Vocational Counselling, Disabilities & Employment Supports program. Established in 2010, the program offers a range of services to both individuals and employers to assist people living with hearing loss.

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Province Acknowledges Teachers and School Staff

February 8, 2016

Province Acknowledges Teachers and School Staff Education Minister Don Morgan has proclaimed February 7 – 13 as Teacher Staff Appreciation Week in Saskatchewan. “Preparing students for their future is an important responsibility,” Morgan said.  “We are fortunate to have dedicated teachers and school staff in our province who care deeply about helping students.  Every...

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No Education Mill Rate Increase in 2016

February 8, 2016

No Education Mill Rate Increase in 2016 There will be no increases in the education property tax mill rates for 2016 as the Government of Saskatchewan is maintaining rates at the same level as in the previous three years. “Saskatchewan property owners will continue to receive the benefits realized by the province meeting its commitment to reduce education property taxes and increase its...

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Enjoy Free Fishing Weekend on Family Day Weekend, February 13 - 15

February 8, 2016

Enjoy Free Fishing Weekend on Family Day Weekend, February 13 - 15 Saskatchewan’s free winter fishing weekend is February 13 to 15.  Saskatchewan residents and visitors can fish without a licence on any of Saskatchewan’s public waters that have an open sport fishing season. “Ice fishing is a popular activity for many Saskatchewan people and is a great activity for families,”...

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Premier Proposes Federal Assistance for Oil Service Sector

February 8, 2016

Premier Proposes Federal Assistance for Oil Service Sector Premier Brad Wall has presented a proposal to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to support an Accelerated Well Cleanup Program (AWCP) in Saskatchewan. The proposal calls for $156 million in federal funding to help stimulate employment in the oil and gas service support sector by accelerating the clean-up of oil wells no longer capable of production....

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Saskatchewan Agri-food Export Surpass Growth Plan Target with Another Record Year

February 8, 2016

Saskatchewan Agri-food Export Surpass Growth Plan Target with Another Record Year Agri-food exports reach $15.1 billion in 2015, exceeding the 2020 Growth Plan target. Saskatchewan is once again leading the nation, holding strong as Canada’s top agri-food exporting province. For the fifth straight year, the province has set a record with total sales of $15.1 billion. ...

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Improved Personal Care Home Inspection Information Now Available Online

February 5, 2016

Improved Personal Care Home Inspection Information Now Available Online   Saskatchewan residents can now access improved personal care home inspection information on www.Saskatchewan.ca. The new electronic (tablet) reporting system for inspectors ensures more accessible, detailed reports regarding personal care homes are available...

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Saskatchewan Posts One of the Strongest Job Growth Rates in Canada

February 5, 2016

Saskatchewan Posts One of the Strongest Job Growth Rates in Canada 2016 began with Saskatchewan posting one of the strongest rates of year over year job growth in Canada.  There were 5,200 more people working in Saskatchewan in January 2016 compared to January 2015. That's an employment growth rate of 0.9 per cent, third best in Canada and ahead of the national growth rate of 0.7 per cent....

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FIRST SASKATCHEWAN LAND RIGHTS SALE OF 2016 SEES PREMIUM PER-HECTARE PRICES

February 4, 2016

FIRST SASKATCHEWAN LAND RIGHTS SALE OF 2016 SEES PREMIUM PER-HECTARE PRICES Saskatchewan’s first sale in the 2016 calendar year of petroleum and natural gas rights raised $5.1 million in revenue for the province.  This brings final land sale revenues for fiscal 2015-16 to $44.0 million. While land sale revenues show evidence of the current oil market cycle, industry continues to place...

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MS PANEL SUBMITS RECOMMENDATIONS TO GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN

February 4, 2016

MS PANEL SUBMITS RECOMMENDATIONS TO GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN Today, Health Minister Dustin Duncan received the recommendations of the 11 person Multiple Sclerosis Advisory Panel of Saskatchewan.  The panel’s report suggests options for improving treatment and support for people with MS and their caregivers, while expanding Saskatchewan’s capacity for MS research and education.

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Assistance to Remove Employment Barriers for People Living with Disabilities

February 4, 2016

Assistance to Remove Employment Barriers for People Living with Disabilities An agreement between the Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Abilities Council will provide $904,438 in funding to help the council deliver its Partners in Employment program.  The program offers a range of services to both individuals and employers to assist people living with disabilities in Regina and Moose Jaw.

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New Rules Keep Consumers Informed

February 1, 2016

New Rules Keep Consumers Informed Starting February 1, consumers will have stronger protections when it comes to buying a vehicle in Saskatchewan.  New vehicle dealer regulations are being incorporated in The Consumer Protection and Business Practices Act, which is administered by the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA). These new rules work to ensure two outcomes: protecting...

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Saskatchewan Parks Announce 2016 Campsite Reservation Launch Dates

January 27, 2016

Saskatchewan Parks Announce 2016 Campsite Reservation Launch Dates Summer is park season in Saskatchewan and avid campers will be able to book their provincial park campsites beginning Monday, April 11.  The campsite reservation launch, which typically happens in March, has been moved to April for 2016 to avoid overlap with the upcoming provincial election. “Saskatchewan’s provincial...

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Saskatchewan Brings Home Environmental Gold

January 22, 2016

Saskatchewan Brings Home Environmental Gold The Ministry of Central Services has received its first-ever LEED® Gold certification under the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, administered by the Canada Green Building Council, for the Tamarack building at the Pine Grove Correctional facility. “This project demonstrates the governments’commitment...

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RECORD RESEARCH FUNDING FOR LIVESTOCK AND FORAGE SECTORS

January 20, 2016

RECORD RESEARCH FUNDING FOR LIVESTOCK AND FORAGE SECTORS Today the federal and provincial governments announced more than $7.8 million in funding for 26 livestock and forage research projects.  This record livestock and forage-related investment through the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) includes the renewal of five year core funding for the Prairie Swine Centre and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease...

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Government Invests More Than $1.5 Million in Wheat Research

January 13, 2016

Government Invests More Than $1.5 Million in Wheat Research Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart committed more than $1.5 million to six projects geared at advancing one of the most important crops in Saskatchewan.  The investment is part of the province’s $5 million commitment to support wheat research and development projects through the Canadian Wheat Alliance (CWA). The projects...

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Crop Research Receives $7 Million in Government Funding to Advance Industry

January 12, 2016

Crop Research Receives $7 Million in Government Funding to Advance Industry Today the federal and provincial governments announced $7 million for crop-related research through the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).  The funding extends to 40 research projects. “Investments in research are key to advancing Canada’s agricultural sector,” said Federal Agriculture...

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Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Make It Easier for Parents of Newborns to Apply for Benefits

January 11, 2016

Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Make It Easier for Parents of Newborns to Apply for Benefits Four-In-One Service Means Less Work for New Parents When Registering The Birth of Their Baby eHealth Saskatchewan (eHealth) has partnered with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to make it easier for parents to apply for federal and provincial...

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The 2016 Saskatchewanderer Brings Wealth of Experience

January 8, 2016

The 2016 Saskatchewanderer Brings Wealth of Experience From photos on the cover of the National Post to video footage aired on TV in Canada, the United States and Switzerland, the 2016 Saskatchewanderer has an impressive resume.  But Neil Fisher couldn’t be prouder to add “Saskatchewanderer” to his resume. “I’m beyond excited!” Fisher said.  “I’ve...

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Lowest Unemployment Rate in Canada

January 8, 2016

Lowest Unemployment Rate in Canada In December 2015, Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate was 5.5 per cent (seasonally adjusted), the lowest rate among provinces and well below the national average of 7.1 per cent. Saskatchewan has maintained the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for 26 of the last 27 months. “Despite the economic challenges caused by low oil prices, Saskatchewan...

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Saskatchewan Economy Remained Strong in 2015 Despite Challenges Released on January 7, 2016

January 7, 2016

Saskatchewan Economy Remained Strong in 2015 Despite Challenges In spite of challenges on the resource front, Saskatchewan’s economy remained strong in 2015 compared to other provinces. “Saskatchewan remains at or near the top among Canadian provinces in many important economic categories, like job creation, unemployment rate and population growth,” Premier Brad Wall said....

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Premier Proclaims Year of Saskatchewan Ukrainians

January 5, 2016

Premier Proclaims Year of Saskatchewan Ukrainians The provincial government is recognizing the many and varied contributions of citizens of Ukrainian descent by designating 2016 as the Year of Saskatchewan Ukrainians. Premier Brad Wall said the proclamation acknowledges the 125th anniversary of the first wave of Ukrainian immigration to Canada and Saskatchewan and launches anniversary events...

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Saskatchewan Provincial Parks 2016 Fees

January 4, 2016

Saskatchewan Provincial Parks 2016 Fees Visitation to provincial parks set a new record in 2015 with nearly 3.9 million visits, while the Government of Saskatchewan fulfilled its commitment of investing an additional $10 million over four years into the provincial park system.  Preparations are underway for another busy year in 2016. “We have seen continued increases in our visitation...

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New Essential Services Legislation Takes Effect January 1, 2016

December 31, 2015

New Essential Services Legislation Takes Effect January 1, 2016 Starting New Year’s Day, amendments to essential service legislation (Part VII of The Saskatchewan Employment Act) will take effect. Key changes to the legislation include: Removing the definition of “essential services”.  The parties will determine what services are essential for...

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INDEXATION WILL SAVE SASKATCHEWAN TAXPAYERS $8.1 MILLION IN 2016

December 30, 2015

INDEXATION WILL SAVE SASKATCHEWAN TAXPAYERS $8.1 MILLION IN 2016 All Saskatchewan income tax brackets and tax credit amounts will go up 1.3 per cent in 2016, matching the national rate of inflation. “Indexation is part of our government’s ongoing commitment to fairness and competitiveness in taxation,” Finance Minister Kevin Doherty said.  “This annual measure helps...

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UNREGISTERED BINARY OPTION COMPANIES CEASE TRADED

December 29, 2015

UNREGISTERED BINARY OPTION COMPANIES CEASE TRADED The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) has issued two Cease Trade Orders against businesses offering binary options trading services to the public. Rodeler Limited and 24Option, named in one of the orders, appear to operate a website, namely, www.24option.com, which provides a binary options trading platform to the...

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Douglas Taylor and Panamanian Investment Opportunity Target of FCAA Cease Trade Order

December 24, 2015

Douglas Taylor and Panamanian Investment Opportunity Target of FCAA Cease Trade Order The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) issued a temporary cease trade order on December 22, 2015, against Douglas Taylor.  The order expires on January 6, 2016, and may be extended as necessary. The order directs that all trading in securities by Taylor shall cease and that...

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Know Before You Go and Arrive Safe This Holiday Season

December 23, 2015

Know Before You Go and Arrive Safe This Holiday Season While many dream of a white Christmas, the Government of Saskatchewan would like to remind drivers to check road conditions before heading home for the holidays. “Snow and ice are great for tobogganing and skating, but they’re not great for driving,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Heppner said.  “Check...

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Be Safe This Holiday Season

December 23, 2015

Be Safe This Holiday Season The Government of Saskatchewan wants everyone to have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season – but also a safe one with friends and family. “As we celebrate the holiday season, take a few minutes to plan for you and your loved ones safety," Emergency Management and Fire Safety Deputy Commissioner Mieka Cleary said.  "Whether it’s ensuring...

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Three Tips for Buying Gift Cards

December 22, 2015

Three Tips for Buying Gift Cards The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) wants Saskatchewan consumers to get the most bang for their buck when it comes to gift cards and gift certificates this holiday season.  They are increasingly popular gifts to give to friends and family during the holidays. Consumers can follow these three easy tips: Buy the gift card from...

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Saskatchewan Communities Receive Approximately $1.3 Million in Charitable Gaming Grants

December 22, 2015

Saskatchewan Communities Receive Approximately $1.3 Million in Charitable Gaming Grants More than 700 groups and organizations focused on strengthening Saskatchewan communities are receiving approximately $1.3 million from the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA)’s charitable gaming grant program. “Strong communities are made up of volunteers who work together for the ...

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New Laws for Farmland Ownership Proclaimed

December 21, 2015

New Laws for Farmland Ownership Proclaimed Amendments to The Saskatchewan Farm Security Act, clarifying who can and cannot own farmland in Saskatchewan, have been proclaimed and will come into effect on January 4, 2016. “The people of Saskatchewan provided very clear direction during the consultation process,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said.  “The legislation...

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Ernst & Young Reports P3 Saves $90 Million on New Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford

December 17, 2015

Ernst & Young Reports P3 Saves $90 Million on New Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford The Saskatchewan Government today released the value for money (VFM) report for the publicly owned new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford project, which was prepared by Ernst & Young (EY).  The independent financial experts confirm the P3 model will save taxpayers $90 million, or 18 per cent, compared...

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Prince Albert Police Service Receives $2 Million for Targeted Policing Initiatives

December 17, 2015

Prince Albert Police Service Receives $2 Million for Targeted Policing Initiatives The Government of Saskatchewan is taking action to ensure the safety of Prince Albert communities and families through the Municipal Police Grants.  This provincial contribution of $2 million will fund 19 Prince Albert Police Service positions in 2015-16. “Community and public safety continue to be an...

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Seeing Blue? Slow Down, Stay Back, Stay Safe

December 17, 2015

Seeing Blue? Slow Down, Stay Back, Stay Safe Saskatchewan highways will soon be a little more colourful.  Beginning Monday, December 21, blue and amber flashing lights will be activated on all Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure snow removal equipment during regular winter maintenance activities. “The blue and amber light combination is unique to snow removal equipment, so it...

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Saskatchewan Continues to Post Strong Population Growth

December 16, 2015

Saskatchewan Continues to Post Strong Population Growth Saskatchewan continues to have one of the strongest population growth rates in all of Canada. New figures released today by Statistics Canada show that in the third quarter of 2015, the number of people living in Saskatchewan grew by 5,242 to an all-time high of 1,138,879.  That represents the second-highest growth rate in Canada in...

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Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Announce Dates for 2016 Seasonal Camping Program

December 15, 2015

Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Announce Dates for 2016 Seasonal Camping Program Though it feels as though winter has barely arrived, the Saskatchewan provincial park system is already gearing up for the 2016 season with the launch of the seasonal camping program. “We set a new record in 2015, with nearly 3.9 million visits to Saskatchewan’s provincial parks,” Parks, Culture and...

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Ashlyn George Finishes Saskatchewandering and Prepares for More World Travel

December 14, 2015

Ashlyn George Finishes Saskatchewandering and Prepares for More World Travel Ashlyn George’s stint as the 2015 Saskatchewanderer—the most successful year yet— wraps up at the end of the week. The 28 year-old, who plans on writing a book while pursuing a career in social and travel media, will continue to travel globally.  Her plans include a trip to Antarctica—the...

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$100 Million in Savings for New Schools According to KPMG Report

December 14, 2015

$100 Million in Savings for New Schools According to KPMG Report The Saskatchewan Government released the value for money report for the publicly-owned Joint-Use Schools Project, which was prepared by KPMG.  The independent financial experts confirm the P3 model will save taxpayers $100 million, or 13 per cent, compared to a traditional model.  These savings include P3-related costs, such as private...

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2015 Christmas Message from Premier Brad Wall

December 11, 2015

2015 Christmas Message from Premier Brad Wall Released on December 11, 2015 In summer of 2015, public officials in our province of Saskatchewan issued a decree: that all affected people leave their homes and in mass exodus, travel to places of refuge where they could be safe and accounted for. They were escaping blazing forest fires of epic proportions.  It was the largest...

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Government of Saskatchewan Urges U.S. Senate to Repeal COOL Immediately

December 7, 2015

Government of Saskatchewan Urges U.S. Senate to Repeal COOL Immediately Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart and the Government of Saskatchewan support the World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitrator’s report released today that establishes the value of Canada’s retaliatory tariffs in response to Country of Origin Labelling (COOL). The ruling values Canada’s retaliatory tariffs at...

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Strong Job Growth in Saskatchewan Compared to the Rest of Canada

December 4, 2015

Strong Job Growth in Saskatchewan Compared to the Rest of Canada Saskatchewan posted strong employment growth numbers in November, especially when compared to the rest of the country. Employment in Saskatchewan was up 7,200 or 1.3 per cent year-over-year - the second-best growth rate in the country and nearly double the national growth rate of 0.7 per cent.  Saskatchewan also has the lowest...

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The Journey Begins: Saskatchewan's Disability Strategy

December 3, 2015

The Journey Begins: Saskatchewan's Disability Strategy In honour of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer today announced the priority areas that government will focus on as it begins work on Saskatchewan’s Disability Strategy. “These six priority areas were chosen because they are foundational,” Harpauer said.  “By...

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December Land Sale Generates $10.9 Million

December 3, 2015

December Land Sale Generates $10.9 Million Saskatchewan’s December sale of petroleum and natural gas rights raised $10.9 million in revenue for the province at an average price of $685 per hectare, bringing the calendar year total for 2015 in land sale revenues to $56.5 million. The sale results come in the wake of the Fraser Institute’s annual Global Petroleum Survey of petroleum...

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Premier Marks Saskatchewan's First Uranium Shipment to India

December 3, 2015

Premier Marks Saskatchewan's First Uranium Shipment to India India has a dynamic and growing nuclear energy industry, and uranium from Saskatchewan is now officially part of the electricity generation mix for that country. “India has just received its first shipment of Saskatchewan uranium under the Canada-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement, and today we mark an economic milestone for...

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NEW EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT WAITS TARGET ANNOUNCED

December 2, 2015

NEW EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT WAITS TARGET ANNOUNCED The provincial government has affirmed its commitment to significantly reduce wait times in hospital emergency departments, establishing a new target of a 60 per cent reduction in wait times by 2019. “The new target is aggressive and will make Saskatchewan a leader in meeting national guidelines for safe, appropriate and timely care in hospitals...

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WOLF HUNT PROJECT EXPANDING TO ADDRESS LIVESTOCK PREDATION

December 2, 2015

WOLF HUNT PROJECT EXPANDING TO ADDRESS LIVESTOCK PREDATION Starting December 15, the Ministry of Environment will offer wolf hunting opportunities in wildlife management zones (WMZ) 49 and 53 to help reduce wolf populations in these agricultural areas. “We recognize livestock predation caused by wolves is still a significant challenge for producers in some areas and there is a need to ...

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Government Reminds Rinks to Apply for the 2015 Community Rink Affordability Grant

December 1, 2015

Government Reminds Rinks to Apply for the 2015 Community Rink Affordability Grant Applications for the Community Rink Affordability Grant are being accepted until December 15, 2015.  The Community Rink Affordability Grant provides funding to Saskatchewan’s community-owned indoor skating and curling rinks. Communities, schools, non-profits and First Nations are eligible to apply to...

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Mobile App and Website Launched to Prevent Violence and Abuse Against Children and Youth

December 1, 2015

Mobile App and Website Launched to Prevent Violence and Abuse Against Children and Youth Today, EGADZ (Saskatoon Downtown Youth Centre) unveiled its Cyber Outreach initiative “I Am Not for Sale”, as a means of addressing violence and abuse against women and youth.  A new website, www.IAmNot4Sale.ca, and app were developed by youth...

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Mid-Year Update Shows Slight Improvement to the Bottom Line

November 30, 2015

Mid-Year Update Shows Slight Improvement to the Bottom Line The provincial government continues to control and reduce spending to offset a nearly $400 million drop in non-renewable resource revenue since the 2015-16 Budget was introduced in March. “The continued decline in the oil price has increased the financial challenge facing the province,” Finance Minister Kevin Doherty said....

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Last Session Before Election Focused on Keeping Saskatchewan Strong

November 26, 2015

Last Session Before Election Focused on Keeping Saskatchewan Strong Premier Brad Wall said the fall legislative session that wrapped up today focused on keeping Saskatchewan strong and moving forward. “Even with the challenges facing our resource sector, Saskatchewan is still growing and creating jobs, thanks to our diversified economy,” Wall said.  “That’s a far...

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Thousands Benefitting from the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship

November 25, 2015

Thousands Benefitting from the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship More than 16,000 students have received the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship this year, totalling nearly $8 million from the Government of Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship reduces tuition for students entering post-secondary programs in Saskatchewan.  It provides all Grade 12 graduates $500 per year...

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Provincial Parks Set New Visitation Record in 2015

November 25, 2015

Provincial Parks Set New Visitation Record in 2015 Saskatchewan’s provincial parks and recreation sites hit a new attendance record of nearly 3.9 million visits in 2015.  This is an increase of nearly 125,000 visits over the previous record, which was set in 2013, and is an increase of more than 860,000 visits since 2007. “We are pleased to see a record number of vacationers...

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More University of Saskatchewan Medical Graduates Calling Saskatchewan Home

November 25, 2015

More University of Saskatchewan Medical Graduates Calling Saskatchewan Home Thirty new University of Saskatchewan (U of S) family medicine graduates are practising in Saskatchewan, adding to a growing physician workforce, delivering health care services to residents of the province. Overall, the retention rate of family medicine graduates trained at the University of Saskatchewan has jumped...

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Government Rewarding Safe Drivers with Greater Discounts on Auto Insurance

November 24, 2015

Government Rewarding Safe Drivers with Greater Discounts on Auto Insurance Government has approved a number of recommendations put forward by Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) for changes to its Safe Driver Recognition program. The changes are in response to customer input and analysis undertaken by SGI over the past few years. “Throughout the review of the Safe Driver...

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Ernst & Young Report Confirms Regina Bypass P3 Saves $380 Million

November 24, 2015

Ernst & Young Report Confirms Regina Bypass P3 Saves $380 Million The Saskatchewan Government released the value for money report for the publicly owned Regina Bypass project, which was prepared by Ernst & Young.  The independent procurement and financial experts confirm the P3 model will save taxpayers $380 million, or a little more than 16 per cent, compared to a traditional model.  These...

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PROVINCE REMEMBERS HOLODOMOR

November 24, 2015

PROVINCE REMEMBERS HOLODOMOR Today, Saskatchewan-Ukraine Relations Legislative Secretary Ken Krawetz helped light a memorial candle at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building to remember the millions of victims of Holodomor, a man-made famine that devastated Ukraine in the 1930s. “Holodomor is an important historic event that I hope all Saskatchewan residents take a moment to reflect upon,”...

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REGINA BYPASS CONSTRUCTION RAMPS UP AS WORK BEGINS ON INNOVATIVE OVERPASS

November 23, 2015

REGINA BYPASS CONSTRUCTION RAMPS UP AS WORK BEGINS ON INNOVATIVE OVERPASS Work is underway on Saskatchewan’s first free-flow overpass at the junction of the new Regina Bypass and Victoria Avenue East near the city limits. “This innovative overpass design will allow cars and trucks to continue on their journey at highway speeds without stopping, slowing down or having to travel down...

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Province Supports National Housing Day

November 20, 2015

Province Supports National Housing Day National Housing Day is recognized across Canada on November 22.  This day provides an opportunity to recognize the importance of affordable housing in communities nation-wide, and celebrates the contributions of those who help create housing solutions. “Housing is a key priority of our government, and we are proud to work with our partners in...

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Lighthouse Stabilization and Wellness Center Officially Opens in Saskatoon

November 20, 2015

Lighthouse Stabilization and Wellness Center Officially Opens in Saskatoon An innovative wellness center at The Lighthouse Supported Living (Lighthouse) officially opened today in Saskatoon.  The shelter will provide an alternative for manageably intoxicated individuals who are unable to access other shelter services. Part of the funding is also being used to renovate 59 existing units in...

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Province Establishes Refugee Settlement Centre, Remains Concerned About Year-End Deadline

November 19, 2015

Province Establishes Refugee Settlement Centre, Remains Concerned About Year-End Deadline Premier Brad Wall today announced the Saskatchewan government will establish a Refugee Settlement Centre to co-ordinate the arrival of Syrian refugees into the province. Wall said while the province continues to have serious concerns about the December 31 deadline for the arrival of 25,000 Syrian refugees...

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Future of Liquor Retailing in Saskatchewan: Expanded Private Retail System

November 18, 2015

Future of Liquor Retailing in Saskatchewan: Expanded Private Retail System More Choice.  More Convenience.  More Competitive Pricing. Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) Minister Don McMorris announced the new direction at a news conference today in Regina.  The direction includes converting 40 government liquor stores to private stores and adding 12 new private...

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Government of Saskatchewan Celebrates International Education Week

November 17, 2015

Government of Saskatchewan Celebrates International Education Week The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to celebrate International Education Week from November 16-20, 2015.  International Education Week is celebrated in more than 100 countries and is dedicated to generating awareness and understanding of international education and the benefits it provides to institutions, students, and our country.

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Record Number of Students Participate in Student First Anti-Bullying Youth Forum

November 17, 2015

Record Number of Students Participate in Student First Anti-Bullying Youth Forum This week, more than 9,000 Saskatchewan students in Grades 6 through 12 are participating in the province’s largest ever Student First Anti-Bullying Forum. The forum kicked off this morning with a live broadcast from Regina’s Campbell Collegiate to schools across the province where students watched in...

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Out-of-Province Health Coverage Extended for Snowbirds

November 17, 2015

Out-of-Province Health Coverage Extended for Snowbirds Health Minister Dustin Duncan today announced Saskatchewan will amend regulations to increase the amount of time residents are allowed to be out-of-province while still maintaining their health care benefits.  Residents will now be able to maintain health coverage after spending a maximum of seven months outside of Saskatchewan. Currently,...

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Government of Saskatchewan Celebrates Education Savings Week

November 16, 2015

Government of Saskatchewan Celebrates Education Savings Week The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed November 15-21, Education Savings Week in the province.  Education Savings Week is a nationally recognized week, aimed at increasing the financial literacy of citizens and encouraging them to save for their children’s education. “Our government wants to ensure that as many...

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Government Keeps $10 Million Commitment in Provincial Parks

November 16, 2015

Government Keeps $10 Million Commitment in Provincial Parks The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce that it has achieved its commitment of investing an additional $10 million over four years into the provincial park system.  The total investment in capital projects and capital maintenance over the past four years is more than $53 million. “Saskatchewan’s provincial...

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Provincial Funding to Establish Saskatchewan Outfitting Commission

November 16, 2015

Provincial Funding to Establish Saskatchewan Outfitting Commission The provincial government is providing $124,000 to help establish a new Saskatchewan outfitting commission. The new, industry-led outfitting commission will represent all licenced outfitters.  The commission will be an outfitter-driven and outfitter-governed organization that will ensure a healthy and sustainable outfitting...

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Winter Weights Postponed Province-Wide

November 13, 2015

Winter Weights Postponed Province-Wide Due to an unseasonably warm fall, winter weight allowances will not come into effect until December 1 or until the roadbeds are sufficiently frozen. Postponing the winter weight program will protect Saskatchewan highways from unnecessary damage.  Road structures will be monitored throughout the province on an ongoing basis to determine when winter...

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Campaign Launched to Support a Program that Helps Saskatchewan Families

November 12, 2015

Campaign Launched to Support a Program that Helps Saskatchewan Families A program that aims to minimize the effect of separation and divorce on family members, especially children, is being profiled in a social media campaign.  Over the next two weeks, the Family Matters: Assisting Families through Separation and Divorce program will be profiled on Facebook and YouTube, including a video emphasizing...

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Stories of Courage - Remembering Saskatchewan Veterans On Screen

November 10, 2015

Stories of Courage - Remembering Saskatchewan Veterans On Screen In honour of all Saskatchewan’s veterans, the eight-part video series Stories of Courage: Saskatchewan Second World War Veterans Remember will be rebroadcast in its entirety this Remembrance Day on City Saskatchewan.  The broadcast is part of a touring program of films on the First and Second World Wars from the collection...

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New Essential Services Legislation Passes Third Reading

November 10, 2015

New Essential Services Legislation Passes Third Reading The Government of Saskatchewan has passed the amendments to Part VII of The Saskatchewan Employment Act, which covers essential services and WHMIS, the workplace hazardous materials information system.   The essential services amendments balance protecting the public and ensuring that alternative methods to settle labour disputes are available.

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Scholarship of Honour Recognizes Armed Forces Members and Families

November 9, 2015

Scholarship of Honour Recognizes Armed Forces Members and Families Advanced Education Minister Scott Moe recognized 18 new recipients of the Saskatchewan Scholarship of Honour at the Saskatchewan Legislature today. The scholarship honours returning soldiers as well as the spouses and children of injured or fallen members of Canada’s Armed Forces.  The scholarship provides a one-time...

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CALL TO KEEP SOMEONE SAFE THIS WINTER

November 6, 2015

CALL TO KEEP SOMEONE SAFE THIS WINTER As temperatures start to dip, Regina Mobile Crisis Services, The Salvation Army, the Ministry of Social Services and their community partners are asking members of the public to call if they see someone in need of a warm place to stay. “We need to make sure that everyone knows where to call if they see or know someone who is left out in the cold, especially...

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LEARN HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MONEY DURING FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH

November 6, 2015

LEARN HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MONEY DURING FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) is kicking off Financial Literacy Month this November by asking Saskatchewan families to take time to discuss responsible money management. The FCAA will be providing information and links to free financial resources on Twitter and Facebook throughout November to help...

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SASKATCHEWAN ECONOMY CONTINUES TO CREATE JOBS

November 6, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN ECONOMY CONTINUES TO CREATE JOBS In October 2015, there were 580,000 people working in Saskatchewan, a record high for the month of October according to Statistics Canada. “Saskatchewan’s diversified economy has weathered low oil prices better than other energy producing provinces,” Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “We...

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Moose Jaw Celebrates Grand Opening of New Regional Hospital

November 6, 2015

Moose Jaw Celebrates Grand Opening of New Regional Hospital Health Minister Dustin Duncan and local MLAs Greg Lawrence and Warren Michelson today joined residents of Moose Jaw and surrounding area for the grand opening of the new Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital. “This remarkable new hospital follows through on our government’s commitment to build a brand new regional hospital...

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Statement from Premier Brad Wall on the Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline

November 6, 2015

Statement from Premier Brad Wall on the Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline Today's announcement is very disappointing, not only for our energy sector but also for the signal it sends about Canada-US relations.  Given the facts of the project as canvassed by the US State Department, this decision is more about US domestic politics than it is about good environmental policy. The fact is pipelines...

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RESIDENTS ASKED TO HELP KEEP INVASIVE SPECIES OUT OF PROVINCIAL WATERS

November 5, 2015

RESIDENTS ASKED TO HELP KEEP INVASIVE SPECIES OUT OF PROVINCIAL WATERS Saskatchewan Lakes Remain Free of Zebra and Quagga Mussels The Government of Saskatchewan is reminding residents to be diligent in helping to stop aquatic invasive species, such as zebra and quagga mussels, from entering the province’s lakes and waterways. Recent tests confirm Saskatchewan’s...

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SASKATCHEWAN COMPANIES BUILD AWARD-WINNING SCHOOLS

November 5, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN COMPANIES BUILD AWARD-WINNING SCHOOLS To date, twenty-seven Saskatchewan companies are working on the province’s largest schools build in history.  Across five school divisions spanning Regina, Saskatoon, Martensville, and Warman, the $374 million construction project will see 18 new elementary schools open to students in September 2017. “Building 18 schools for...

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NEW BOUNDARY ALTERATION GUIDELINES ANNOUNCED FOR SASKATCHEWAN MUNICIPALITIES

November 5, 2015

NEW BOUNDARY ALTERATION GUIDELINES ANNOUNCED FOR SASKATCHEWAN MUNICIPALITIES The Government of Saskatchewan, in collaboration with its municipal partners, today announced a new set of guidelines that will help local governments determine appropriate levels of financial compensation for boundary alterations. “These guidelines fulfil our commitment under the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth...

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SUPPORT OUR TROOPS LICENCE PLATE NOW AVAILABLE IN SASKATCHEWAN

November 5, 2015

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS LICENCE PLATE NOW AVAILABLE IN SASKATCHEWAN Saskatchewan residents can now honour and support military members and their families with a Support Our Troops licence plate depicting silhouettes of different branches of the Canadian military. “Our government is offering the Support Our Troops licence plate to show respect, and help aid military families who serve our country,”...

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ANNUAL SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE HONOURS PUBLIC SERVICE VETERANS

November 4, 2015

ANNUAL SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE HONOURS PUBLIC SERVICE VETERANS Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for the Public Service Commission Don McMorris along with Provincial Secretary Nadine Wilson joined dignitaries and representatives of the provincial public service this morning to lay wreaths in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives serving our province and country.  The wreath laying took...

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PROVINCE ANNOUNCES INCENTIVE PROGRAM TO SELL AGRICULTURAL CROWN LAND

November 4, 2015

PROVINCE ANNOUNCES INCENTIVE PROGRAM TO SELL AGRICULTURAL CROWN LAND Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart today announced a new incentive program to encourage the sale of eligible occupied agricultural Crown land.  The program, which comes into effect immediately, offers purchase incentives on the sale of the land to current lease-holders. “As a government, our priority is administering...

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Skilled Trades and Technologies Week

November 3, 2015

Skilled Trades and Technologies Week Saskatchewan is encouraged to explore and discover the opportunities in the skilled trades and technologies from November 2 to 8, 2015.  The seven days have been declared Skilled Trades and Technologies Week in Saskatchewan, in celebration with the rest of the country. Skilled trades and technology careers are important for the economy and an excellent...

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24/7 WINTER SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON HIGHWAY HOTLINE

November 2, 2015

24/7 WINTER SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON HIGHWAY HOTLINE With winter approaching, the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline is upgrading services to winter standards.  The hotline will now report conditions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “This time of the year, road conditions can change rapidly,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said.  “The Highway Hotline...

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BIOTECH WEEK PROCLAIMED IN SASKATCHEWAN

October 30, 2015

BIOTECH WEEK PROCLAIMED IN SASKATCHEWAN Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart has proclaimed October 30 to November 6, 2015, as Biotech Week in Saskatchewan, in conjunction with National Biotechnology Week. “Biotechnology is transforming Canada’s economy as well as the daily lives of Canadian citizens,” Stewart said.  “In Saskatchewan, it is revolutionizing agriculture,...

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FCAA WARNS SENIORS TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR INVESTMENT SCAMS

October 29, 2015

FCAA WARNS SENIORS TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR INVESTMENT SCAMS The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) is warning Saskatchewan seniors to be aware of investment fraud scams. Roughly 30 per cent of investment fraud claims received by the FCAA’s Securities Enforcement Branch come from seniors.  Unfortunately, this number could be significantly higher as much of investment fraud...

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FINAL CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD OCTOBER 20 TO 26, 2015

October 29, 2015

FINAL CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD OCTOBER 20 TO 26, 2015 Harvest has essentially wrapped up in the province as 99 per cent of the crop is now in the bin, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  There are some crops such as flax and oats left to be combined when weather and time permits.  Harvest was challenging for producers due to frequent rainfall, delayed maturity and...

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LOWER TRAVEL AND COMMUNICATIONS SPENDING IN 2014-15

October 29, 2015

LOWER TRAVEL AND COMMUNICATIONS SPENDING IN 2014-15 The Saskatchewan government carefully managed expenses in 2014-15, including reducing travel and communications spending, while continuing to invest in priorities for Saskatchewan people.  Detailed financial information was released today in Volume 2 of Public Accounts. Ministers’ travel costs were $355,065 in 2014-15, down $161,071...

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SASKATCHEWAN RECYCLING INITIATIVE TO LAUNCH IN JANUARY

October 28, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN RECYCLING INITIATIVE TO LAUNCH IN JANUARY Today, Environment Minister Herb Cox announced the Multi-Material Recycling Program (MMRP) will begin on January 1, 2016, for large businesses (over $5 million in gross revenue). “I am pleased to announce the launch of this recycling initiative that will preserve local landfills and encourage more communities to implement recycling...

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New Restaurant Inspection Website Available to the Public

October 27, 2015

New Restaurant Inspection Website Available to the Public Saskatchewan residents now have access to improved online restaurant inspection information.  The province has launched a new restaurant inspection website that provides user-friendly, up-to-date information from public health inspector reports about food service facilities across Saskatchewan. “This resource makes it easier...

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Regulatory Changes Give Commercial Trucking a Boost

October 27, 2015

Regulatory Changes Give Commercial Trucking a Boost Improvements to Saskatchewan’s commercial trucking rules will keep the wheels of our export-based economy rolling by increasing efficiency, cutting through red tape and helping to protect roads from damage. Changes to The Vehicle Weights and Dimensions Regulations, 2010 include increasing the length of B Train double trailer truck combinations...

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PROVINCE CONFIRMS COMMITMENT TO REVIEW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEATHS

October 26, 2015

PROVINCE CONFIRMS COMMITMENT TO REVIEW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEATHS As part of proclaiming the second annual Violence Prevention Week, Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant confirmed the province will develop a process to review deaths resulting from domestic violence. “Domestic violence deaths are a significant problem in Saskatchewan that simply must be addressed,” Wyant...

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2016 SASKATCHEWAN AGRICULTURE SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED

October 23, 2015

2016 SASKATCHEWAN AGRICULTURE SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the 2016 Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship. “This year’s scholarship theme, Stewards in Sustainability, is designed to get young people thinking about the relationship between agriculture and the environment,” Stewart said.  “With this scholarship,...

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CELEBRATING A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE IN THE SKILLED TRADES

October 23, 2015

CELEBRATING A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE IN THE SKILLED TRADES The best of the best new journeypersons will be recognized for achieving the top marks in their skilled trades at the 2015 Apprenticeship Awards in Regina tonight – a gala event hosted by the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission. Besides the top 35 journeypersons, recognition will also be awarded in a...

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HEADSTART ON A HOME PROJECT OPENS IN PRINCE ALBERT

October 23, 2015

HEADSTART ON A HOME PROJECT OPENS IN PRINCE ALBERT The community of Prince Albert is celebrating the grand opening of WillowView Condominiums, a 63-unit apartment-style complex for entry-level homebuyers. “Our government’s goal is to improve housing affordability and to support individuals and families in greatest housing need, making key investments to support homeownership for...

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Reminder: Nominations for Province's Highest Honour Close November 1

October 21, 2015

Reminder: Nominations for Province's Highest Honour Close November 1 Residents have until Sunday, November 1 to submit nominations for the next recipients of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit – the province’s highest honour – and can now watch an online video showing the most recent investiture ceremony. “The Saskatchewan Order of Merit celebrates the extraordinary achievements...

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New Teacher Regulatory Board Celebrates Grand Opening

October 21, 2015

New Teacher Regulatory Board Celebrates Grand Opening Education Minister Don Morgan joined education partners and members of the teaching profession to celebrate the grand opening of the newly formed Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board (SPTRB).  This self-regulated body now has the responsibility for teacher certification and discipline in Saskatchewan. “This is an...

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RECORD CONSTRUCTION SEASON IN THE BOOKS

October 21, 2015

RECORD CONSTRUCTION SEASON IN THE BOOKS As colder weather approaches, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is winding down a productive construction season.  This year’s record $842 million budget translated into a number of significant improvements across the province. “Improving infrastructure is a top priority for our government,” Highways and Infrastructure...

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GOVERNMENT APPROVES SASKENERGY RATE CHANGES; CUSTOMERS TO SEE LOWER BILLS JANUARY 1

October 21, 2015

GOVERNMENT APPROVES SASKENERGY RATE CHANGES; CUSTOMERS TO SEE LOWER BILLS JANUARY 1 The Government of Saskatchewan today approved the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel’s recommendations for SaskEnergy's adjustments to both its Commodity and Delivery Service rates.  However, the changes will now be implemented January 1, 2016, when residential customers will experience an overall decrease of $4.42...

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INDUSTRY SUPPORTS GOVERNMENT ON PROCUREMENT TRANSFORMATION

October 21, 2015

INDUSTRY SUPPORTS GOVERNMENT ON PROCUREMENT TRANSFORMATION The Saskatchewan Government today announced further progress delivering on the Priority Saskatchewan action plan with five more supporting policies being implemented across ministries and the Crown sector. New legislation was introduced that will make best value-based decision-making the basis for procurement by amending The Highways...

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WHOLESALE TRADE SETS RECORD IN AUGUST

October 20, 2015

WHOLESALE TRADE SETS RECORD IN AUGUST Saskatchewan’s wholesale trade made gains in August, up 12.9 per cent (seasonally adjusted) on a year-over-year basis, the highest percentage rise among the provinces, and well above the 3.8 per cent recorded nationally.  Wholesale trade in the province totalled $2.3 billion in August, the highest ever for the month. “Increases in wholesale...

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Legislation for Farmland Ownership to be Introduced

October 20, 2015

Legislation for Farmland Ownership to be Introduced Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart introduced amendments to The Saskatchewan Farm Security Act.  The legislative amendments will clarify who can own farmland and will provide the Farm Land Security Board (FLSB) with more authority to enforce the Act. “This summer, we asked the people of Saskatchewan to share their views...

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If the Lights Are On, Slow to 60 km/hr

October 19, 2015

If the Lights Are On, Slow to 60 km/hr Every day, Highway Transport Patrol Officers, RCMP, emergency workers and others are working to make our highways safer.  Too often these men and women face inattentive and speeding drivers, which needlessly increase the risk of their work.  The law is simple: if the lights are on, slow to 60 km/hr. “We ask that motorists drive attentively...

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Wildfire Review Underway

October 19, 2015

Wildfire Review Underway Affected Residents, Communities and Industry are Encouraged to Share Their Stories and Provide Feedback Starting October 19 Today, Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter announced the launch of an online tool to seek public feedback on the provincial response to the 2015 wildfire season in northern Saskatchewan. “This summer, northern Saskatchewan...

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PROVINCE INTRODUCES NEW CONFLICT OF INTEREST RULES FOR MUNICIPALITIES

October 19, 2015

PROVINCE INTRODUCES NEW CONFLICT OF INTEREST RULES FOR MUNICIPALITIES The Government of Saskatchewan today introduced a series of legislative amendments to improve conflict of interest rules for municipal governments. “These legislative changes will not only provide clearer direction and guidance for elected officials but will strengthen measures to deter and deal with conflicts of interest...

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SASKATCHEWAN CELEBRATES STUDENT SUCCESS AND TEACHER COMMITMENT

October 16, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN CELEBRATES STUDENT SUCCESS AND TEACHER COMMITMENT Education Minister Don Morgan has proclaimed October 18-24, 2015, as Education Week in Saskatchewan.  This year’s theme, Celebrating Each Student, is an opportunity to acknowledge student success and the hard work of teachers across the province to see them succeed. “There are so many great programs and activities...

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CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD OCTOBER 6 TO 12, 2015

October 15, 2015

CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD OCTOBER 6 TO 12, 2015 Warm and relatively dry weather earlier in the week allowed many producers to return to the field.  Ninety-one per cent of the 2015 crop is now combined, up from 84 per cent last week.  The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 93 per cent combined, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report. Regionally,...

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PROVINCE LAUNCHES POWERFUL CAMPAIGN AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND ABUSE

October 15, 2015

PROVINCE LAUNCHES POWERFUL CAMPAIGN AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND ABUSE The Government of Saskatchewan continues to address the major issue of sexual violence and abuse through the #WhoWillYouHelpSK public awareness campaign.  The campaign calls on all citizens to value and protect people, particularly vulnerable women and girls, who are at the highest risk of violence and abuse. “Saskatchewan’s...

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Government Introduces New Essential Services Legislation

October 15, 2015

Government Introduces New Essential Services Legislation Amendments to The Saskatchewan Employment Act Part on essential services were introduced today by Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan. The amendments are the result of a working group comprised of public sector employers, the unions that represent their workers and government representatives, working co-operatively....

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FLU VACCINATIONS ACROSS THE PROVINCE BEGIN OCTOBER 19

October 14, 2015

FLU VACCINATIONS ACROSS THE PROVINCE BEGIN OCTOBER 19 The publicly-funded influenza (flu) vaccine will be available in Saskatchewan beginning October 19.  All residents six months and older can receive it for free. The free vaccine will be offered through public health clinics across the province, and some physician and nurse practitioner offices, as in previous years. This...

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FEWER INJURIES AND FATALITIES ON SASKATCHEWAN ROADS

October 14, 2015

FEWER INJURIES AND FATALITIES ON SASKATCHEWAN ROADS Thanks to Safer Driving by Saskatchewan Motorists Safer driving has led to 19 per cent fewer fatalities and 18 per cent fewer injuries in the first year of tougher traffic safety laws, according to preliminary numbers from SGI.  The numbers are for the year-long period July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015.  Traffic law changes in Saskatchewan...

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MORE THAN 500 NEW DOCTORS PRACTISING IN SASKATCHEWAN

October 13, 2015

MORE THAN 500 NEW DOCTORS PRACTISING IN SASKATCHEWAN Saskatchewan residents are benefitting from improved access to physicians with the addition of more than 500 new doctors since 2007. “Our government made a commitment to recruiting and retaining more physicians in Saskatchewan, and we are seeing the results of those efforts,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “It wasn’t...

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Lowest Unemployment Rate in the Country for Two Straight Years

October 9, 2015

Lowest Unemployment Rate in the Country for Two Straight Years In September 2015, Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate was 5.1 per cent (seasonally adjusted), marking two consecutive years the province has had the lowest unemployment rate among the provinces.  The national unemployment rate in September stood at 7.1 per cent. “Last week we had record population numbers, and today’s...

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Expansion at Prince Albert Correctional Centre

October 9, 2015

Expansion at Prince Albert Correctional Centre The Government of Saskatchewan is taking action to ensure the safety and security of staff, the public and offenders at the Prince Albert Correctional Centre by opening a new 144 bed expansion. This new $24 million unit was outlined in the 2012-13 Budget and will create more than 100 new jobs in Prince Albert.  It has been built with four living...

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CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 29 TO OCTOBER 5, 2015

October 8, 2015

CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 29 TO OCTOBER 5, 2015 Wet and cool weather over the weekend has slowed harvest progress for many producers, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  Eighty-four per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 74 per cent last week.  Twelve per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year (2010-2014) average for...

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OCTOBER LAND SALE YIELDS $9.8 MILLION

October 8, 2015

OCTOBER LAND SALE YIELDS $9.8 MILLION The October sale of petroleum and natural gas rights raised $9.8 million in revenue for the province at an average price of $220 per hectare.  After five sales in 2015, land sale revenues total $45.5 million. “The long-term viability of Saskatchewan’s oil patch relies on new discoveries,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said.  ”The...

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GOVERNMENT IMPROVING SASKATCHEWAN AUTO INJURY COVERAGE

October 7, 2015

GOVERNMENT IMPROVING SASKATCHEWAN AUTO INJURY COVERAGE Government has approved a number of recommendations put forward by Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) for changes to its auto injury coverage programs. Changes include improvements to both the Tort and No Fault programs to better meet the needs of customers by providing improved benefits for those most seriously injured, closing gaps...

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GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN RELEASES FARMLAND CONSULTATION RESULTS

October 7, 2015

GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN RELEASES FARMLAND CONSULTATION RESULTS Views of More Than 3,200 People Heard Through Consultation Process Today, the Ministry of Agriculture announced the results of the farmland ownership consultations, held from May until August. “The purpose of the consultations was to inform government on how best to approach farmland ownership, and the...

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SASKATCHEWAN WELCOMES TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP DEAL

October 5, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN WELCOMES TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP DEAL Premier Brad Wall is applauding today’s announcement from Atlanta of an agreement, and Canada’s participation in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), one of the most ambitious free trade agreements in history. Negotiations involving 12 nations have just concluded on the TPP, which will represent a market of nearly 800 million consumers...

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WORLD HABITAT DAY CELEBRATED IN SASKATCHEWAN

October 5, 2015

WORLD HABITAT DAY CELEBRATED IN SASKATCHEWAN The first Monday in October has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly as World Habitat Day.  This day is celebrated world-wide to recognize the basic right of all humanity to adequate shelter, and to encourage grassroots action toward ending housing challenges. In recognition of this special day, Habitat for Humanity Regina and...

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HEAR THE BEEP WHERE YOU SLEEP – SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES

October 5, 2015

HEAR THE BEEP WHERE YOU SLEEP – SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES Annual Fire Prevention Week October 4 to 10 Across Saskatchewan Regina Dewdney MLA Gene Makowsky, on behalf of Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter, officially kicked off October 4 to 10 as Fire Prevention Week across Saskatchewan today. “Properly maintained and installed smoke alarms in every bedroom,...

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More Than 30 Highway Projects Released for Tender This Fall

October 2, 2015

More Than 30 Highway Projects Released for Tender This Fall The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is releasing its fall tender plan, announcing more than $174 million of highway work for the 2016 construction season. The projects include about 50 km of paving, 115 km of repaving, 40 km in grading and paving, 50 km of maintenance, five bridge replacements or rehabilitations, and two culvert...

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Animal Health Week Proclaimed in Saskatchewan

October 2, 2015

Animal Health Week Proclaimed in Saskatchewan Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart proclaimed October 4 to 10, as Animal Health Week in Saskatchewan.  The week acknowledges producers’ commitment to the health and well-being of their animals. “Our farmers and ranchers are committed to ensuring that their livestock are healthy and cared for,” Stewart said.  “Whether...

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Agriculture Month Celebrates Saskatchewan's Stewards in Sustainability

October 1, 2015

Agriculture Month Celebrates Saskatchewan's Stewards in Sustainability Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart has proclaimed October as Agriculture Month.  This year’s theme, “Stewards in Sustainability,” celebrates the dedication of farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses to maintain and improve the environment. “We all want to ensure a thriving, vibrant environment for...

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Province Declares Disability Employment Awareness Month in October

October 1, 2015

Province Declares Disability Employment Awareness Month in October The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to proclaim the month of October as Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM). The goal of the month is to raise awareness of the employment barriers that many people with disabilities face, and promote strategies and services that eliminate these barriers ultimately creating more ...

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Province Increases Homeownership Opportunities in the North

October 1, 2015

Province Increases Homeownership Opportunities in the North Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) will be offering up to 50 existing social housing clients with higher incomes in northern communities the opportunity to embrace home ownership through an option to purchase the homes they are currently renting. SHC has been collaborating with northern housing stakeholders to identify housing needs...

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Celebrating the Power of Inclusion

October 1, 2015

Celebrating the Power of Inclusion Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer today proclaimed October as Community Living Month in Saskatchewan.  The month recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of people with intellectual disabilities living in our communities, as well as recognizing the work of volunteers and staff at the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living (SACL). ...

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Government of Saskatchewan Celebrates International Day of Older Persons

October 1, 2015

Government of Saskatchewan Celebrates International Day of Older Persons As the world celebrates International Day of the Older Persons on October 1, the Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to recognize the contributions seniors make to our communities and our province. “Seniors are incredibly important to our government and our province,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “We...

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Crop Report for the Period September 22 to 28, 2015

October 1, 2015

Crop Report for the Period September 22 to 28, 2015 Warm and relatively dry weather has allowed many producers to return to the field following last week’s rain delay.  Seventy-four per cent of the crop is now in the bin while 19 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time...

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SASKATCHEWAN’S MINIMUM WAGE WILL INCREASE TO $10.50 TOMORROW

September 30, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN’S MINIMUM WAGE WILL INCREASE TO $10.50 TOMORROW Effective October 1, 2015, Saskatchewan minimum wage earners will earn $10.50 per hour.  Since 2007, Saskatchewan’s minimum wage has increased by 32 per cent, with eight increases from $7.95 to $10.50 over the past eight years. “We would like to remind employers and employees of the minimum wage increase that...

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PROVINCE INVESTS IN CONSTRUCTION CAREERS REGINA

September 30, 2015

PROVINCE INVESTS IN CONSTRUCTION CAREERS REGINA The Government of Saskatchewan was pleased to join the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) today to announce a $566,996 investment in the Construction Careers Regina program. The program provides First Nations and Métis people with an opportunity to obtain the skills, certifications and experience needed to gain employment...

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SASKATCHEWAN GROWS BY 3,100 PEOPLE IN SECOND QUARTER OF 2015

September 29, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN GROWS BY 3,100 PEOPLE IN SECOND QUARTER OF 2015 Saskatchewan's population continues to grow at a steady pace in spite of lower oil prices. There were 1,133,637 people living in Saskatchewan on July 1, an increase of 3,100 since April 1.  The new population number is slightly lower than the number initially reported last quarter, but that's because Statistics Canada recently...

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PROVINCE DECLARES SASKATCHEWAN INNOVATION WEEK

September 28, 2015

PROVINCE DECLARES SASKATCHEWAN INNOVATION WEEK The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to proclaim September 27 to October 3 as Saskatchewan Innovation Week. The week provides an opportunity to recognize the importance of innovation in the province, and an opportunity to promote and celebrate the innovative people, organizations and companies in our communities. “Innovation...

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CONSUMER ADVISORY – DRIVEWAY REPAIR CONTRACTORS

September 28, 2015

CONSUMER ADVISORY – DRIVEWAY REPAIR CONTRACTORS Consumers are advised to be cautious when it comes to unsolicited contract work for driveways.  If a contractor comes to your door with an unsolicited offer to pave, patch or apply a protective treatment to your driveway, ask for a direct seller’s license number.  Door-to-door salespersons are required to be licensed under The Direct...

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APPLICATIONS OPEN SOON FOR THE 2016 SASKATCHEWANDERER POSITION

September 28, 2015

APPLICATIONS OPEN SOON FOR THE 2016 SASKATCHEWANDERER POSITION Interested candidates can apply from Tuesday, October 13 at noon until Monday, November 9 at noon to be the next Saskatchewanderer. Over the course of 2015, the Saskatchewanderer project has experienced unprecedented growth.  The program kicked off with more than 10,000 combined followers through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram...

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FALL SITTING OF THE LEGISLATURE TO BEGIN OCTOBER 13

September 28, 2015

FALL SITTING OF THE LEGISLATURE TO BEGIN OCTOBER 13 Premier Brad Wall today announced a 25 day fall sitting of the Legislative Assembly will begin on October 13.  This is expected to be the last sitting of the Assembly before the provincial election scheduled for April 4, 2016. Wall said because this is the last sitting before the election, it will be a continuation of the current 2014-15...

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Saskatchewan Research Council Announces New Program for Aboriginal Post-Secondary Students

September 25, 2015

Saskatchewan Research Council Announces New Program for Aboriginal Post-Secondary Students Today, the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) announced a new program for Aboriginal post-secondary students that will provide opportunities to develop skills and gain real-world experience in their studies and future careers. SRC’s Aboriginal Mentorship Program aims to connect First Nations, Inuit...

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TANNING BED REGULATIONS TO TAKE EFFECT THIS FALL

September 24, 2015

TANNING BED REGULATIONS TO TAKE EFFECT THIS FALL Regulations to prohibit use of indoor tanning beds by youth under 18 have been completed and will take effect November 1, 2015. “This step will help to protect youth from the health risks associated with indoor tanning,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “The regulations represent a workable, practical approach to this...

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CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 15 TO 21, 2015

September 24, 2015

CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 15 TO 21, 2015 Cool and wet weather during the week slowed down harvest operations.  Sixty per cent of the 2015 crop is now combined and 28 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 56 per cent combined and 27 per cent swathed or...

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FCAA ISSUES CEASE TRADE ORDERS AGAINST OUROBOROS DERIVATIVES TRADING LTD., AND AAOPTION, GALAXY INTERNATIONAL SOLUTIONS LTD.

September 22, 2015

FCAA ISSUES CEASE TRADE ORDERS AGAINST OUROBOROS DERIVATIVES TRADING LTD., AND AAOPTION, GALAXY INTERNATIONAL SOLUTIONS LTD. The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) has issued two Cease Trade Orders against businesses offering binary options to the public. The first order names Ouroboros Derivatives Trading Ltd. based in Cyprus, and the second is against Anguilla-based...

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JULY WHOLESALE TRADE REACHES NEW RECORD

September 21, 2015

JULY WHOLESALE TRADE REACHES NEW RECORD Wholesale trade in July hit a record $2.17 billion (seasonally adjusted), the highest amount ever for the month, according to a report issued by Statistics Canada today. Year-over-year, wholesale trade was up 5.3 per cent, the fourth highest increase among the provinces. “Record high wholesale trade is good news for the Saskatchewan economy,”...

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CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON SASKATCHEWAN HOSPITAL NORTH BATTLEFORD

September 21, 2015

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON SASKATCHEWAN HOSPITAL NORTH BATTLEFORD Construction officially began today on the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford provincial psychiatric facility.  Construction will be complete by spring 2018. “Today’s groundbreaking is a big step forward in our government’s commitment to improve mental health services in Saskatchewan,” Environment...

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GOVERNMENT RELEASES RFQ FOR OVERPASSES AT MARTENSVILLE AND WARMAN

September 18, 2015

GOVERNMENT RELEASES RFQ FOR OVERPASSES AT MARTENSVILLE AND WARMAN Major infrastructure improvements at Martensville and Warman are one step closer as the government releases a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the proposed design-build project. “The two overpasses will improve safety and alleviate congestion in the growing communities of Martensville and Warman,” Highways and ...

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PUBLIC MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF SASKATCHEWAN RESIDENTS WHO FOUGHT IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

September 18, 2015

PUBLIC MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF SASKATCHEWAN RESIDENTS WHO FOUGHT IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN This Saturday, September 19, members of the public are invited to a memorial service beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Saskatchewan War Memorial on the Legislative Building grounds to honour the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Please join us as we solemnly remember those who helped...

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PROPOSED QUILL LAKES DIVERSION PROJECT WILL NOT MOVE FORWARD

September 17, 2015

PROPOSED QUILL LAKES DIVERSION PROJECT WILL NOT MOVE FORWARD The provincial government is not proceeding with the Kutawagan Creek Diversion Project for the Quill Lakes. The proposed project would have reduced Quill Lake water levels by diverting fresh water from Kutawagan Creek away from Quill Lake to Last Mountain Lake. The Water Security Agency undertook survey and design work to...

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SASKATCHEWAN CROWN CORPORATIONS USE TRADE AGREEMENTS TO IMPROVE PROCUREMENT

September 17, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN CROWN CORPORATIONS USE TRADE AGREEMENTS TO IMPROVE PROCUREMENT Effective September 1, Saskatchewan Crown corporations are taking advantage of exemptions in the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) to improve procurement opportunities for businesses in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, the provinces under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA). Some Crowns are exempt...

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CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 8 TO 14, 2015

September 17, 2015

CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 8 TO 14, 2015 Harvest is advancing despite delays due to wet field conditions.  Warm and dry weather is needed before many producers can return to the field. Fifty-two per cent of the 2015 crop is combined and 30 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.  The five-year (2010-2014)...

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YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP SCHOLARSHIPS PROVIDE A HEAD START

September 14, 2015

YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP SCHOLARSHIPS PROVIDE A HEAD START Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) scholarship winners enter the skilled trades with an incentive of $1,000 in addition to the benefits available to all SYA graduates. In 2015, 100 high school graduates received a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of their completion of the SYA program, a commitment to plan for a career in one of the...

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SASKATOON, MARTENSVILLE AND WARMAN CELEBRATE THE START OF CONSTRUCTION FOR 12 NEW SCHOOLS

September 11, 2015

SASKATOON, MARTENSVILLE AND WARMAN CELEBRATE THE START OF CONSTRUCTION FOR 12 NEW SCHOOLS Education Minister Don Morgan joined Saskatoon Public, Greater Saskatoon Catholic and Prairie Spirit school divisions, along with students, parents, community members and dignitaries today to celebrate the start of construction for 12 publicly-owned elementary schools to be built on six joint-use sites in Saskatoon,...

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Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy Officially Opened

September 10, 2015

Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy Officially Opened Today the Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy was launched for the first time in Saskatchewan with 26 new conservation officer recruits taking part in a 16 week training program. Established in 2007, the academy is a partnership between the western Canadian provinces and the Yukon Territory to deliver common training standards...

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Construction Begins on Six New Schools in Regina as Part of Saskatchewan's Largest Ever School Build Project

September 10, 2015

Construction Begins on Six New Schools in Regina as Part of Saskatchewan's Largest Ever School Build Project Education Minister Don Morgan joined the Regina Public and Catholic school divisions, along with students, parents, community members and dignitaries today to celebrate the start of construction for six publicly-owned elementary schools to be built on three joint-use sites in Regina. ...

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July Building Permits Skyrocket for a Record

September 9, 2015

July Building Permits Skyrocket for a Record Building permits in Saskatchewan took a huge jump in July 2015, up 59.8 per cent over June (seasonally adjusted), the highest percentage increase among the provinces.  On the national front, permits dropped 0.6 per cent over the same period. The total for building permits was $336 million, the highest ever for the month of July. “The...

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POST-SECONDARY A GOOD TIME TO GET EDUCATED ON CREDIT CARDS

September 8, 2015

POST-SECONDARY A GOOD TIME TO GET EDUCATED ON CREDIT CARDS Students should consider adding the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority’s (FCAA) credit card tips to their fall reading list. “Credit cards can be powerful financial tools when used properly, but when used improperly they can tie people down with debt for years,” FCAA Consumer Credit Division Director Cory Peters...

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Lowest Unemployment Rate in Canada for 23 Months

September 4, 2015

Lowest Unemployment Rate in Canada for 23 Months Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate was 4.7 per cent (seasonally adjusted) in August 2015, down from 5.2 per cent in July. For 23 straight months, Saskatchewan has had the lowest unemployment rate among the provinces.  In August, the national unemployment rate was 7.0 per cent. “Saskatchewan continues to lead the nation...

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Immunizations Available for Saskatchewan Children

September 4, 2015

Immunizations Available for Saskatchewan Children As children head back to school, the Government of Saskatchewan and all health officials would like to encourage parents to ensure their children’s vaccinations are up to date, especially those just entering kindergarten.  Free childhood immunizations are available for all infants and school-age children. “It is important that...

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$250 Million in Highway Improvements Underway

September 3, 2015

$250 Million in Highway Improvements Underway Weekly Construction Update As we head into the long weekend, $250 million worth of projects improving highways, bridges, culverts, and an airport are underway across the province. Travellers are asked to watch for bridge replacements on Highway 3 near Hudson Bay and Highway 165 near Beauval.  Large maintenance projects ...

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PUBLIC FEEDBACK REQUESTED FOR REVIEW OF THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ACT, 2013

September 2, 2015

PUBLIC FEEDBACK REQUESTED FOR REVIEW OF THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ACT, 2013 The Workers’ Compensation Act Committee of Review (COR) is seeking feedback from individuals and organizations on their opinions, concerns and experiences with the workers’ compensation system either through written submissions or by attending a public hearing. “The review process provides an opportunity...

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AUTO CLAIMS PROCESS BEING STREAMLINED FOR CUSTOMERS

September 2, 2015

AUTO CLAIMS PROCESS BEING STREAMLINED FOR CUSTOMERS Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is enhancing service for customers through a new program that allows Saskatchewan vehicle owners to have some vehicle damage estimated at accredited auto repair firms. This partnership between SGI and the auto body repair industry will help streamline the claims process.  Customers will be able to...

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PROVINCE ANNOUNCES NEW AGRICULTURE DRAINAGE REGULATIONS

September 1, 2015

PROVINCE ANNOUNCES NEW AGRICULTURE DRAINAGE REGULATIONS First Phase in the Development of an Agricultural Water Management Strategy Today, Minister responsible for the Water Security Agency Herb Cox announced new drainage regulations in Saskatchewan.  The new regulations are the first phase of an agricultural water management strategy that recognizes the benefits of drainage and...

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Forest Fires and Falling Oil Price Impact Provincial Finances

August 31, 2015

Forest Fires and Falling Oil Price Impact Provincial Finances Restraint Measures Being Implemented To Restore Balance Finance Minister Kevin Doherty today released the 2015-16 First Quarter Financial Report, which shows that forest fires and the decline in oil prices have put the province’s finances into a deficit position after the first quarter of the fiscal year. ...

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PRUNE YOUR ELM TREES STARTING SEPTEMBER 1

August 28, 2015

PRUNE YOUR ELM TREES STARTING SEPTEMBER 1 Homeowners are encouraged to prune their elm trees again to help keep them healthy, as Saskatchewan’s annual ban on elm tree pruning ends August 31. Pruning elm trees is prohibited from April 1 to August 31 each year to reduce the risk of Dutch elm disease (DED).  Elm bark beetles that spread the disease are most active during this period,...

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CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD AUGUST 18 TO 24, 2015

August 27, 2015

CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD AUGUST 18 TO 24, 2015 Producers across the province now have 16 per cent of the 2015 crop combined and 19 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of the year is six per cent combined and 14 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. Regionally,...

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CEASE TRADE ORDER ISSUED AGAINST ZULUTOYS LIMITED AND RBOPTIONS

August 27, 2015

CEASE TRADE ORDER ISSUED AGAINST ZULUTOYS LIMITED AND RBOPTIONS The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) has issued a Cease Trade Order against Zulutoys Limited, a corporation in the Marshall Islands, and RBOptions, the related trading name offering binary options.  Zulutoys also has an address in Harrow, U.K. The order directs that all trading in securities by...

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Yorkton Facility Sets Adult Offenders on Right Path

August 26, 2015

Yorkton Facility Sets Adult Offenders on Right Path The province is celebrating the grand opening of the Whitespruce Provincial Training Centre, aimed at ensuring adult male offenders have the skills they need to successfully reintegrate back into society. “Repurposing this facility will reduce crime and improve the lives of many Saskatchewan families,” Corrections and Policing Minister...

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Province and Habitat for Humanity Support Two Nipawin Families

August 26, 2015

Province and Habitat for Humanity Support Two Nipawin Families A Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) partner family achieved their dream of homeownership after receiving keys to their new home at a presentation held in Nipawin today.  The province, through Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), contributed $50,000 in funding toward the home, located at 302 - 8th Avenue West.  In addition, funding was...

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P3 MODEL SAVES GOVERNMENT MORE THAN $30 MILLION ON CONSTRUCTION COSTS OF NEW SCHOOLS

August 25, 2015

P3 MODEL SAVES GOVERNMENT MORE THAN $30 MILLION ON CONSTRUCTION COSTS OF NEW SCHOOLS By using a public-private partnership (P3) model to build 18 new elementary schools on nine joint-use sites, the provincial government is saving taxpayers $34.5 million on the construction costs of the project, the largest of its kind in Saskatchewan’s history. The new schools will include 810 new child...

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U.S. CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION VISITS BOUNDARY DAM 3

August 25, 2015

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION VISITS BOUNDARY DAM 3 Saskatchewan’s global leadership on carbon capture and storage technology (CCS) will be showcased tomorrow for visiting members of a United States congressional delegation. Senators Lindsey Graham (Republican, South Carolina) and Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrat, Rhode Island) along with Congressman Tom Rice (Republican, South Carolina) will...

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GOVERNMENT MAKES SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN GREENWATER LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK

August 24, 2015

GOVERNMENT MAKES SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN GREENWATER LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK More than $800,000 will be invested to upgrade the wastewater system at Greenwater Lake Provincial Park.  This upgrade follows a brand-new campground development that opened in Greenwater Lake Provincial Park earlier this year that added 68 full-service sites to the park. “The people of Saskatchewan love spending...

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BUYING A USED VEHICLE? FIND A TRUSTED MECHANIC

August 18, 2015

BUYING A USED VEHICLE? FIND A TRUSTED MECHANIC Buying used can be a great way to get an affordable vehicle but consumers need to be cautious and do their homework before they buy. The Consumer Protection Division of the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) receives a significant number of complaints about used vehicle purchases every month.  Buying a vehicle is a big purchase...

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GOVERNMENT LENDS A HAND IN SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

August 18, 2015

GOVERNMENT LENDS A HAND IN SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE Education Minister Don Morgan joined The Salvation Army Haven of Hope Ministries today in support of students as part of The Salvation Army’s annual Back to School Campaign. “We want students to be excited about going back to school and ready to enter their classrooms,” Morgan said.   “We’re proud to partner with...

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SECOND FREE FISHING WEEKEND OF THE SUMMER, AUGUST 29 AND 30

August 17, 2015

SECOND FREE FISHING WEEKEND OF THE SUMMER, AUGUST 29 AND 30 Today, Environment Minister Herb Cox announced a second free fishing weekend this summer on August 29 and 30, 2015. “Due to the extreme wildfire conditions earlier this summer, we are offering a second free fishing weekend,” Cox said.  “Whether you’re a novice or an experienced angler, everyone deserves the...

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August Land Sale Brings in $3.0 Million in Revenue

August 13, 2015

August Land Sale Brings in $3.0 Million in Revenue The August sale of petroleum and natural gas rights raised $3.0 million in revenue for the province, at an average price of $306 per hectare. After four sales in 2015, land sale revenues total $35.7 million. The August sale saw the Swift Current area receive the most bids with sales of $1.4 million.  The Weyburn-Estevan area...

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Crop Report for the Period August 4 to 10, 2015

August 13, 2015

Crop Report for the Period August 4 to 10, 2015 Producers now have four per cent of the 2015 crop combined and five per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report. Sixty-two per cent of fall rye, 34 per cent of winter wheat, 19 per cent of field peas and 17 per cent of lentils are now in the bin.  Six per cent of canola and three...

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Slow Down Through Work Zone

August 13, 2015

Slow Down Through Work Zone Weekly Construction Update With more than 30 major construction projects underway in Saskatchewan motorists are reminded to watch for workers and equipment and slow down through the work zone. Virtually every area of the province has some type of road work underway. Ongoing work includes 50 kilometres of upgrades on various sections of Highway...

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CONSIDER ADDING TENANT INSURANCE TO YOUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING LIST

August 11, 2015

CONSIDER ADDING TENANT INSURANCE TO YOUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING LIST Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) is reminding post-secondary students who are renting this fall to consider tenant insurance. “Tenant insurance is one of those things where it’s really better to be safe than sorry,” FCAA Insurance and Real Estate Division Director Ian McIntosh...

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SASKATCHEWAN RECORDS 22 MONTHS OF LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN CANADA

August 7, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN RECORDS 22 MONTHS OF LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN CANADA Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate was 5.2 per cent (seasonally adjusted) in July 2015 according to Statistics Canada.  This was the lowest rate among the provinces and well below the 6.8 per cent recorded nationally.  July marks the 22nd consecutive month the province has had the lowest unemployment rate in the country.

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PROVINCE CONTRACTS PROVISION OF FOOD SERVICES IN EIGHT CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES

August 5, 2015

PROVINCE CONTRACTS PROVISION OF FOOD SERVICES IN EIGHT CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES The Ministry of Justice has signed a five-year agreement with Compass Group Canada to provide food services in eight of the province’s correctional facilities.  This will allow the ministry to focus on community safety, programming, supervision and rehabilitation while providing efficient and consistent service in the...

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NEW COMMUNITIES TO BENEFIT FROM THE MAIN STREET SASKATCHEWAN REVITALIZATION PROGRAM

August 5, 2015

NEW COMMUNITIES TO BENEFIT FROM THE MAIN STREET SASKATCHEWAN REVITALIZATION PROGRAM The Government of Saskatchewan has accepted five new communities into its Main Street Saskatchewan Program, a program designed to revitalize historic downtowns through a combination of government and private investment.  The Humboldt Downtown Improvement District and North Lakes Economic Development Corp (Town of Spiritwood)...

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TWENTY-SIX INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN SASKATCHEWAN GET FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL FUNDING

July 31, 2015

TWENTY-SIX INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN SASKATCHEWAN GET FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL FUNDING Projects Approved Under New Building Canada Plan’s Small Communities Fund The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are announcing funding for 26 projects in communities across the province under the New Building Canada Plan’s Small Communities Fund.  The Small Communities...

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SASKATCHEWAN CALLS FOR FULL REPEAL OF COOL

July 30, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN CALLS FOR FULL REPEAL OF COOL Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart reiterated the importance of the U.S. Senate’s outright repeal of Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) for beef and pork.   “Frankly, this issue has been dragging on for far too long,” Stewart said.  “The expense and loss for our cattle and hog producers has been significant.  The...

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WATCH FOR WORK ZONES ON AUGUST LONG WEEKEND

July 30, 2015

WATCH FOR WORK ZONES ON AUGUST LONG WEEKEND Weekly Construction Update Work continues on 28 projects across the province this week. With construction continuing through the long weekend, travelers can expect some delays.  Please remember to check the Highway Hotline for up-to-date road information to help plan your trip. Following the long weekend six new projects will...

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GOVERNMENTS, UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN AND INDUSTRY INVEST IN LIVESTOCK AND FORAGE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

July 30, 2015

GOVERNMENTS, UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN AND INDUSTRY INVEST IN LIVESTOCK AND FORAGE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart committed $10 million in funding under Growing Forward 2 for a new Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan. The University of Saskatchewan has committed an additional $7...

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PRODUCERS REMINDED TO VACCINATE AFTER ANTHRAX CONFIRMED IN CATTLE

July 29, 2015

PRODUCERS REMINDED TO VACCINATE AFTER ANTHRAX CONFIRMED IN CATTLE The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture is reminding producers to vaccinate their livestock following confirmation that anthrax has been found in cattle in the RM of Harris.  Anthrax was confirmed by laboratory results on July 28, 2015, as the cause of death in one cow and is the suspected cause of death of two other cattle on the same farm....

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FARMLAND OWNERSHIP CONSULTATIONS OPEN FOR TWO MORE WEEKS

July 27, 2015

FARMLAND OWNERSHIP CONSULTATIONS OPEN FOR TWO MORE WEEKS There are two weeks left to participate in the farmland ownership survey. Consultations run until Monday, August 10.  As of July 24, 2015, more than 1,700 surveys have been received.  The information collected will help the Government of Saskatchewan determine who should be allowed to own farmland in Saskatchewan. 

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HAS THAT CAR BEEN IN A CRASH?

July 24, 2015

HAS THAT CAR BEEN IN A CRASH? Before buying a used vehicle, every consumer should check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and research the history of the vehicle they are about to buy.  It doesn’t matter if the vehicle is from a private seller or a licensed motor dealer, researching the history of a vehicle may provide the buyer with critical information like crash history that could affect...

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International Trade Centre Investment Announced by Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan

July 23, 2015

International Trade Centre Investment Announced by Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced a commitment of $22 million, through Growing Forward 2, for the construction of a new 150,000 square foot multipurpose facility at Evraz Place called the International Trade Centre.  “Both...

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Crop Report for the Period July 14 to 20, 2015

July 23, 2015

Crop Report for the Period July 14 to 20, 2015 Haying continues in the province. Livestock producers now have 54 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage, with an additional 18 per cent cut and ready for baling, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. Rain showers have delayed haying in some areas. Hay quality is currently rated as two per cent excellent, 52...

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RECORD WHOLESALE TRADE IN MAY

July 20, 2015

RECORD WHOLESALE TRADE IN MAY Saskatchewan’s wholesale trade for May 2015 hit $2.3 billion, the highest ever recorded for that month, according to Statistics Canada.   On a year-over-year basis, wholesale trade was up 9.8 per cent (seasonally adjusted), the highest percentage increase among the provinces, and well ahead of the 2.9 per cent posted nationally. “The...

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Wall Grateful to Receive Support of Premiers for National Contingency and Firefighting Training for Canadian Forces

July 17, 2015

Wall Grateful to Receive Support of Premiers for National Contingency and Firefighting Training for Canadian Forces Premier Brad Wall announced today that he is pleased that other premiers have joined Saskatchewan and BC to call on the federal government on measures that will improve preparedness and response to wildfires. Wildfires across western Canada this summer have reinforced the need for...

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FIRE BAN FOR NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN NOW LIFTED

July 17, 2015

FIRE BAN FOR NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN NOW LIFTED The Ministry of Environment, in consultation with the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, has lifted the ban on open fires that was put into effect for much of northern Saskatchewan on June 25, 2015.  Effective immediately, the fire ban is rescinded for all provincial forests, and for all provincial parks and recreation sites located within these forests. Recent...

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SASKATCHEWAN HOUSING CORPORATION ANNOUNCES RELIEF FOR TENANTS UNDER EVACUATION

July 16, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN HOUSING CORPORATION ANNOUNCES RELIEF FOR TENANTS UNDER EVACUATIONThe Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) is following in the footsteps of the utility Crown corporations and SGI by offering temporary relief to any of its tenants under evacuation due to fires burning in northern Saskatchewan. If you live in a community under an evacuation order and rent a SHC-owned property from a local...

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PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT, SGEU AND HEALTH REGIONS WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP

July 15, 2015

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT, SGEU AND HEALTH REGIONS WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP Health Minister Dustin Duncan, Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU) and three health regions – Kelsey Trail, Mamawetan Churchill River, and Keewatin Yatthé – signed a partnership agreement on January 12, 2015, as part of a shared commitment to patient first care and health system transformation....

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90,000 ACRES OF CONSERVATION LAND MADE AVAILABLE TO CATTLE PRODUCERS FOR GRAZING

July 14, 2015

90,000 ACRES OF CONSERVATION LAND MADE AVAILABLE TO CATTLE PRODUCERS FOR GRAZING Today Environment Minister Herb Cox and Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced that approximately 90,000 acres of Fish and Wildlife Development Fund (FWDF) land will be made available to cattle producers facing dry conditions.  “We recognize the challenges that dry conditions have created for some...

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PROVINCE AND DOCTORS REACH A TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENT

July 14, 2015

PROVINCE AND DOCTORS REACH A TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENT The province and the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) have reached a tentative four-year contract agreement for April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2017. “I am pleased we’ve reached a tentative agreement with the SMA that supports fair and competitive compensation,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “We value...

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Province Announces Relief for Evacuees and Businesses

July 13, 2015

Province Announces Relief for Evacuees and Businesses The utility Crown corporations and SGI are offering temporary relief to people under mandatory evacuation from having to pay their utility bills, insurance premiums and driver’s licence fees that are currently due. Until September 1, 2015, SaskTel, SaskPower and SaskEnergy are waiving late payments and not proceeding with collection...

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Saskatchewan People Set Another All-Time High Employment Record

July 10, 2015

Saskatchewan People Set Another All-Time High Employment Record The June unemployment rate in Saskatchewan was 4.7 per cent (seasonally adjusted), down from 4.9 per cent in May (seasonally adjusted), and once again the lowest among all provinces, according to numbers released by Statistics Canada.  June marked an all-time high for employment as well as the 21st consecutive month that Saskatchewan had...

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Evacuees Encouraged to Check Insurance Coverage

July 10, 2015

Evacuees Encouraged to Check Insurance Coverage The Provincial Government urges people that have been evacuated due to wildfires in northern Saskatchewan to contact their insurance broker, since their living expenses may be covered while displaced from their homes. “This is a time of stress and uncertainty for those displaced by the evacuations in the North,” said Minister Responsible...

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$17 Million Worth of Paved Road and Passing Lanes Ready for Use

July 9, 2015

$17 Million Worth of Paved Road and Passing Lanes Ready for Use Weekly Construction Update A major paving project has wrapped up on Highway 9 near Dubuc in the Melville area, providing drivers with a smoother, wider driving surface. Work included 14.5 kilometres of paving from five kilometres north of Dubuc to the Bangor Access Road.  Crews also widened and paved 11.5...

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ADDITIONAL FREE FISHING WEEKEND LATER THIS SUMMER

July 8, 2015

ADDITIONAL FREE FISHING WEEKEND LATER THIS SUMMER Due to the wildfire conditions in northern areas of Saskatchewan, an additional free fishing opportunity will be considered later this summer.  A date will be confirmed when the wildfire conditions no longer pose a significant threat to northern communities and individuals have returned to their homes.   The current scheduled free fishing...

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WATER SECURITY AGENCY RELEASES WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK

July 8, 2015

WATER SECURITY AGENCY RELEASES WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK Today, the Water Security Agency released a water supply outlook for the province which summarizes stream flows and water supply in reservoirs and as of July 1.  “Saskatchewan is fortunate to have a system of dams and control structures that help provide consistency in water supply in both wet and dry years,” Minister Responsible...

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CONSTRUCTION ONE STEP CLOSER: PARTNER TEAM CHOSEN FOR THE NEW SASKATCHEWAN HOSPITAL IN NORTH BATTLEFORD

July 6, 2015

CONSTRUCTION ONE STEP CLOSER: PARTNER TEAM CHOSEN FOR THE NEW SASKATCHEWAN HOSPITAL IN NORTH BATTLEFORD Access Prairies Partnership has been selected to build the new Saskatchewan Hospital provincial psychiatric facility as a design-build-finance-maintain public-private partnership (P3).  The new 188-bed facility will have 32 more beds and an integrated 96-room correctional centre that will provide...

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FOREST FIRE STATEMENT: OFFICE OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER

July 4, 2015

FOREST FIRE STATEMENT: OFFICE OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER Out of an abundance of caution and due to increased fire activity in the area and the potential risk this presents to the community, starting immediately a general evacuation of residents has been ordered  for the Town of La Ronge, the Village of Air Ronge and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. This evacuation has been triggered by a number...

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FLEXIBILITY AND OPTIONS FOR PRODUCERS DEALING WITH DRY CONDITIONS

July 2, 2015

FLEXIBILITY AND OPTIONS FOR PRODUCERS DEALING WITH DRY CONDITIONS Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced additional measures and adjustments to programming to help address the dry conditions across the province. “The hallmark of our government is delivering programming that is flexible and able to meet the needs of producers,”...

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SEE ORANGE? SLOW DOWN!

June 30, 2015

SEE ORANGE? SLOW DOWN! Police Watching for Aggressive Drivers in Work Zones this July When we’re in a hurry, signs like “Construction Zone Ahead” and “Workers Present” may seem like an inconvenience.  However, as warmer summer months kick off the construction season in Saskatchewan, drivers are urged to consider the true costs associated with speeding...

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GOVERNMENT FULFILLS FOUR-YEAR COMMITMENT TO INCREASE SENIORS’ BENEFITS

June 30, 2015

GOVERNMENT FULFILLS FOUR-YEAR COMMITMENT TO INCREASE SENIORS’ BENEFITS Starting July 1, seniors across the province who qualify for either the Seniors Income Plan (SIP) or Personal Care Home Benefit (PCHB), or both, will see a boost to the monthly benefits they receive.  With this latest increase, the Government of Saskatchewan is fulfilling its four-year commitment to improve the quality of life...

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NEW WILDLIFE REGULATIONS TAKE EFFECT JULY 1

June 29, 2015

NEW WILDLIFE REGULATIONS TAKE EFFECT JULY 1 New hunting regulations under The Wildlife Amendment Act, 2015 come into effect July 1, 2015, in advance of Saskatchewan’s popular hunting season. “Saskatchewan’s valuable wildlife resource needs to be protected and preserved for future generations to enjoy,” Environment Minister Herb Cox said.  “This new legislation...

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BE PART OF REGINA’S FIRST EVER LIVING FLAG

June 29, 2015

BE PART OF REGINA’S FIRST EVER LIVING FLAG The Provincial Capital Commission (PCC) invites members of the public to participate in a special event on Canada Day—Regina’s first living flag.  Five hundred participants will form the flag on the west lawn of the Legislative Building, starting at 1 p.m.  “2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag, so this...

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SASKATCHEWAN FINISHES 2014-15 WITH A $62 MILLION SURPLUS

June 26, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN FINISHES 2014-15 WITH A $62 MILLION SURPLUS The Saskatchewan government hit its budget targets in 2014-15, finishing with a surplus of $62 million, down just $9 million from budget projections.  The province’s year-end financial results were released today. Total revenue was $14.06 billion, down just $14 million or 0.1 per cent from budget.  Total expense was $14...

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RESIDENTS ALERTED OF HEPATITIS A CONCERN

June 26, 2015

RESIDENTS ALERTED OF HEPATITIS A CONCERN Given the volume of travel between Alberta and Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan public health officials are informing the public about a confirmed case of hepatitis A in a food handler who worked at an Original Joe’s Restaurant and Bar in Strathmore, Alberta.  Patrons who consumed food from the Original Joe’s Restaurant and Bar at #8, 100 Ranch...

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NEW PASSING LANES NEARING COMPLETION ON HIGHWAY 7

June 26, 2015

NEW PASSING LANES NEARING COMPLETION ON HIGHWAY 7 Project Made Possible Thanks to New Building Canada Plan Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, was joined today by Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner and Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter, to announce that new passing lanes on Highway 7 between Delisle and Rosetown are nearing...

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LOWER YOUR RISK OF WEST NILE VIRUS

June 26, 2015

LOWER YOUR RISK OF WEST NILE VIRUS As temperatures rise, so does your chance of contracting West Nile Virus from the Culex tarsalis mosquitoes that are more active in hot weather. Typically, the mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus are active from mid-July to the end of August.  The level of risk depends largely on the weather. Most people who get infected with West Nile Virus...

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Crop Report for the Period June 16 to 22, 2015

June 25, 2015

Crop Report for the Period June 16 to 22, 2015 Some areas in the province received rainfall last week, which helped address topsoil moisture conditions; however, significant rain is still needed in many areas to help crops, hay and pasture develop, according to the Saskatchewan Agriculture Weekly Crop Report. Topsoil moisture conditions remain dry despite the recent rain.  Provincially,...

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WILDFIRE SITUATION ESCALATING IN NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN

June 25, 2015

WILDFIRE SITUATION ESCALATING IN NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN Travel Not Recommended in La Ronge Area; Fire Ban in Place for All of Northern Saskatchewan Due to extreme wildfire hazards in northern Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Environment is recommending no non-essential travel to the La Ronge area including Air Ronge, Sucker River, Wadin Bay, Stanley Mission and Nemeiben.  The ministry...

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KNOW YOUR LIMITS – HELP PROTECT SASKATCHEWAN’S FISHING RESOURCES

June 23, 2015

KNOW YOUR LIMITS – HELP PROTECT SASKATCHEWAN’S FISHING RESOURCES The Ministry of Environment is reminding anglers to follow the rules and regulations to help manage our fish habitats and ensure natural resource sustainability for future generations to enjoy. “Saskatchewan offers some of the finest fishing opportunities in the world,” Environment Minister Herb Cox said....

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SASKATCHEWAN EXPRESS ENTRY FOR SKILLED IMMIGRANTS LAUNCHED

June 23, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN EXPRESS ENTRY FOR SKILLED IMMIGRANTS LAUNCHED The Government of Saskatchewan today announced the launch of an improved online application system for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).  Immigrants applying for permanent residence can now apply online to the new Saskatchewan Express Entry category announced earlier this year, as well as other SINP streams. The...

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SASKATCHEWAN INCREASES FUNDING TO THE SASKATCHEWAN COMMUNITY LITERACY FUND

June 23, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN INCREASES FUNDING TO THE SASKATCHEWAN COMMUNITY LITERACY FUND The Government of Saskatchewan has announced $239,000 in funding will be given to the Saskatchewan Literacy Network (SLN) to support the Saskatchewan Community Literacy Fund as well as adult and family literacy programs throughout the province.  This funding includes $64,000 to increase capacity for supports in First Nations...

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MORE PHYSICIANS BEGIN PRACTISING IN SASKATCHEWAN

June 23, 2015

MORE PHYSICIANS BEGIN PRACTISING IN SASKATCHEWAN Fifteen new doctors are practising in Saskatchewan, thanks to the most recent results of the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program. Since the program began in 2011, close to 180 new family physicians have completed the assessment and are currently practising in the province. SIPPA...

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NEW PROJECTS SUPPORTED THROUGH THE SASKATCHEWAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION

June 22, 2015

NEW PROJECTS SUPPORTED THROUGH THE SASKATCHEWAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION Through the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation, the Government of Saskatchewan is investing nearly $250,000 in 32 heritage conservation projects across the province. “History is an irreplaceable thing and we must do all we can to preserve it,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty said.  “The grants...

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MANDATORY SERVER INTERVENTION TRAINING TO BE PHASED IN

June 22, 2015

MANDATORY SERVER INTERVENTION TRAINING TO BE PHASED IN People who serve and sell alcohol in licensed establishments will soon be required to complete server intervention training. Serve it Right Saskatchewan (SIRS) is a course designed to help curb underage drinking, reduce overconsumption, impaired driving and the risk of violence in and around liquor permitted premises.  Training topics...

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DISABILITY STRATEGY REPORT PRESENTED TO GOVERNMENT

June 22, 2015

DISABILITY STRATEGY REPORT PRESENTED TO GOVERNMENT Shane is a heavy-duty mechanic who works for the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure in Yorkton.  He is also blind.  The shop he works in is organized so he knows where to find his tools, and his co-workers are there to help if he needs them. This is an example of putting people before systems, the over-arching theme of the Disability...

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PRAIRIE PROVINCES WATER BOARD SIGNS NEW WATER QUALITY OBJECTIVES

June 22, 2015

PRAIRIE PROVINCES WATER BOARD SIGNS NEW WATER QUALITY OBJECTIVES Major Step Taken in Water Quality Management on the Prairies The governments of Canada, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, through the Prairie Provinces Water Board, have agreed to new water quality objectives aimed at ensuring prairie waterways are protected, Leona Aglukkaq, federal Minister of the Environment, Shannon...

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Saskatchewan's Population Continues to Grow

June 17, 2015

Saskatchewan's Population Continues to Grow Saskatchewan continues to be one of the fastest growing provinces in Canada according to new population estimates released today by Statistics Canada. As of April 1, 2015, there were 1,134,402 people living in Saskatchewan, an increase of 1,762 in the past quarter and an increase of 14,273 in the past year.  Saskatchewan had the second highest...

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UNITED STATES MAN FINED $8,001 FOR WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING

June 15, 2015

UNITED STATES MAN FINED $8,001 FOR WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING An American owner/operator of a hunt farm near Bethune, Saskatchewan, was fined $8,001 in Moose Jaw provincial court for trafficking wildlife and unlawfully exporting wildlife. Conservation officers investigated a call to the Ministry of Environment’s Turn in Poachers (TIP) line in November 2013, and determined that a wild bull elk...

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LARGEST SCHOOLS BUILD EVER ONE STEP CLOSER TO CONSTRUCTION

June 15, 2015

LARGEST SCHOOLS BUILD EVER ONE STEP CLOSER TO CONSTRUCTION Joint Use Mutual Partnership (JUMP) has been selected as the P3 team that will deliver new elementary schools to Saskatoon and area by September 2017.  Six new joint-use schools will be located in Saskatoon in the Evergreen, Hampton Village, Rosewood and Stonebridge neighbourhoods, as well as the communities of Martensville and Warman.  Together...

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THREE JOINT-USE REGINA SCHOOLS ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO CONSTRUCTION AS PART OF SASKATCHEWAN’S LARGEST EVER SCHOOL BUILD PROJECT

June 15, 2015

THREE JOINT-USE REGINA SCHOOLS ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO CONSTRUCTION AS PART OF SASKATCHEWAN’S LARGEST EVER SCHOOL BUILD PROJECT Joint Use Mutual Partnership (JUMP) has been selected as the P3 team that will deliver nine new joint-use elementary schools that will be built in Saskatchewan by September 2017, including three new schools in Regina in the Harbour Landing, Greens on Gardiner and Skywood neighbourhoods....

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GOVERNMENT PROVIDING $9 MILLION FOR SASKATCHEWAN ADVANTAGE SCHOLARSHIPS

June 12, 2015

GOVERNMENT PROVIDING $9 MILLION FOR SASKATCHEWAN ADVANTAGE SCHOLARSHIPS More than 12,500 students graduating from Grade 12 this spring are now eligible for the $500 Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship, to help reduce the cost of their post-secondary education.  In 2015-16, the provincial government is committing $9 million toward the scholarship, an increase of $2.3 million from last year.

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June Land Sale Yields $9.8 Million as Saskatchewan Continues to Enhance Service to Industry

June 11, 2015

June Land Sale Yields $9.8 Million as Saskatchewan Continues to Enhance Service to Industry The June sale of petroleum and natural gas rights raised $9.8 million in revenue for the province at an average price of $570 per hectare.  After three sales in 2015, land sale revenues total $32.7 million. The Government of Saskatchewan continues to make it easier for the oil and gas industry to...

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Minimum Wage to Increase October 1, 2015

June 11, 2015

Minimum Wage to Increase October 1, 2015 Saskatchewan’s minimum wage will increase to $10.50 from $10.20 per hour, effective October 1, 2015.  This is the seventh increase in the minimum wage since 2007. “With Saskatchewan’s economy continuing to grow, the indexation formula used to calculate minimum wage shows that the minimum wage should increase as well,” Labour...

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SASKATCHEWAN REPORTS ON PATIENT FIRST REVIEW PROGRESS

June 10, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN REPORTS ON PATIENT FIRST REVIEW PROGRESS Saskatchewan has made significant progress addressing patient feedback stemming from its ground-breaking 2009 Patient First Review.  A Patient First Review Update report released today outlines progress and successes, and identifies new health care delivery approaches under consideration by the provincial government. “We...

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REGIONAL PARKS RECEIVE $1.023 MILLION IN FUNDING, A NEW ACT AND REGULATIONS

June 9, 2015

REGIONAL PARKS RECEIVE $1.023 MILLION IN FUNDING, A NEW ACT AND REGULATIONS The Government of Saskatchewan will again provide the Saskatchewan Regional Parks Association (SRPA) with a grant of $1.023 million for the 2015-16 fiscal year.  In addition, the Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed a new Regional Parks Act and associated regulations that will delegate certain powers to SRPA to help them...

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GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN INVESTS $600,000 IN SUMMER LITERACY PROGRAMS

June 9, 2015

GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN INVESTS $600,000 IN SUMMER LITERACY PROGRAMS The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $600,000 in summer literacy camps for children ages five to 15 with a focus on First Nations and Métis students.  The camps help prevent summer reading loss by encouraging students to take part in literacy activities during July and August. “Our government is...

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STATEMENT FROM PREMIER BRAD WALL ON AUDITOR GENERAL'S REPORT

June 9, 2015

STATEMENT FROM PREMIER BRAD WALL ON AUDITOR GENERAL'S REPORT Today's report just reinforces Saskatchewan's position that the Senate should be abolished.  If the Senate was necessary to the proper functioning of Canadian democracy, I would say clean it up and get it working properly.  But it isn't necessary and it isn't making any sort of a positive contribution. I Iike to restore old...

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SASKATCHEWAN PUSHING FOR CANADA FREE TRADE ZONE

June 9, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN PUSHING FOR CANADA FREE TRADE ZONE Saskatchewan Minister responsible for Trade, Jeremy Harrison, was pleased with the outcome of discussions among federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for internal trade in Toronto today on the negotiations to renew and modernize the Agreement on Internal Trade. “Ministers reaffirmed their interest in achieving a new, ambitious...

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SASKATCHEWAN’S PREMISES IDENTIFICATION DATABASE FOR LIVESTOCK NOW AVAILABLE

June 8, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN’S PREMISES IDENTIFICATION DATABASE FOR LIVESTOCK NOW AVAILABLE Today, the federal and provincial governments launched the new online Saskatchewan Premises Identification (PID) Database to improve the response to and prevention of livestock emergencies. "Strategic investments in livestock traceability give Canadian producers and the entire value chain the competitive edge they...

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SASKATCHEWAN OIL AND GAS ADVANTAGE TOUTED AT GLOBAL PETROLEUM SHOW

June 8, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN OIL AND GAS ADVANTAGE TOUTED AT GLOBAL PETROLEUM SHOW Saskatchewan’s strength as an oil and gas producer and the province’s welcoming investment climate will be promoted this week at the Global Petroleum Show. Taking place in Calgary from June 9–11, the Global Petroleum Show is one of world’s premiere oil and gas trade shows.  It showcases cutting-edge...

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More People Working in Saskatchewan Than Ever Before

June 5, 2015

More People Working in Saskatchewan Than Ever Before The number of people working in Saskatchewan hit an all-time high in May, beating the previous record set in June of last year.  New job numbers released today by Statistics Canada show that there were 582,700 people working in the province in May, up 4,800 over last May. In May 2015, Saskatchewan recorded the lowest unemployment rate...

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Premier's Statement on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report

June 5, 2015

Premier's Statement on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes the considerable work of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission over the past six years and the courage of the residential school survivors who shared their experiences.   We thank Justice Murray Sinclair, Dr. Marie Wilson, and Chief Wilton Littlechild for their summary final ...

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Nice Summer Weather Means Progress on Many Construction Projects

June 4, 2015

Nice Summer Weather Means Progress on Many Construction Projects Weekly Construction Update Construction crews are settling into their work as progress continues on more than 30 highway projects. New work this week includes 17 kilometres of paving work on Highway 14 south of Wilkie.  In addition, a couple of projects have finished up, including paving Highway 1 west...

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Government Fulfills Four Year Commitment to Increase Said Benefits

June 1, 2015

Government Fulfills Four Year Commitment to Increase Said Benefits More than 13,000 individuals who experience significant and enduring disability will see an increase to the monthly benefit they receive through the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program.  With this latest increase, which takes effect June 1, the Government of Saskatchewan is fulfilling its four year commitment to...

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Deafblind Awareness Week Proclaimed

June 1, 2015

Deafblind Awareness Week Proclaimed Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer has proclaimed the week of June 1-7, as Deafblind Awareness Week in Saskatchewan. “Our government thanks the Saskatchewan chapter of the Canadian Deaf Blind Association (CDBA) for the valuable services and advocacy they provide to those who are deafblind,” Harpauer said.  “People who are deafblind...

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Saskatchewan Hosts Western Premiers’ Conference

June 1, 2015

Saskatchewan Hosts Western Premiers’ Conference Today Premier Brad Wall will host a meeting of Canada’s Western Premiers via teleconference. “It is a pleasure to meet with my provincial and territorial colleagues to discuss the unique set of issues, challenges, and opportunities that we in Western Canada are currently facing,” Wall said. The main focus of this...

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Saskatchewan Tourism Week Proclaimed May 31-June 6

June 1, 2015

Saskatchewan Tourism Week Proclaimed May 31-June 6 The Government of Saskatchewan is proclaiming May 31-June 6 as Saskatchewan Tourism Week, coinciding with Tourism Week in Canada, which brings attention to the significance of the country’s tourism sector and the economic opportunities available through travel and tourism. In Saskatchewan, tourism expenditures exceed $2.12 billion annually,...

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BUY LOCAL STARTS JUNE 6

June 1, 2015

BUY LOCAL STARTS JUNE 6 The Government of Saskatchewan would like to encourage all residents to support the proclamation to “buy local” the first Saturday of every month. “We value the contribution of local businesses in communities across the province, and for that reason, want to encourage Saskatchewan residents to buy local,” Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training...

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ECONOMY TOPS WESTERN PREMIERS’ AGENDA

June 1, 2015

ECONOMY TOPS WESTERN PREMIERS’ AGENDA Canada’s Western Premiers met today by teleconference to discuss shared priorities.  At the top of the agenda was the economy. Premiers noted the fiscal challenges all jurisdictions are facing due to fluctuating commodity prices and other pressures.  Despite these challenges, the fundamentals for continued economic growth in the West...

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Saskatchewan Reads Supports Provincial Reading Initiatives

May 29, 2015

Saskatchewan Reads Supports Provincial Reading Initiatives A provincial framework to support student success in reading is now in place and is available to teachers across the province.  Saskatchewan Reads was developed to improve student reading in the province as identified in the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth and the Education Sector Strategic Plan. “Reading is the key component...

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P3 Proponent Selected for Regina Bypass Project

May 29, 2015

P3 Proponent Selected for Regina Bypass Project SaskLink Global Transportation Partners (SGTP) has been selected to partner with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure to build the new Regina Bypass as a design-build-finance-operate-maintain public-private partnership (P3).  Once complete, the bypass will be the largest transportation infrastructure project in Saskatchewan’s history....

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Province Supports Community-Based Justice Programming in Saskatoon

May 29, 2015

Province Supports Community-Based Justice Programming in Saskatoon The Ministry of Justice continues to support community-based efforts in Saskatoon that aim to reduce crime and make a positive impact on the lives of people dealing with conflict.  Nine programs will receive more than $1 million in 2015-16. “These programs exemplify the kind of on-the-ground innovation that drives...

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More than 30 Major Highway Projects Underway in Saskatchewan

May 28, 2015

More than 30 Major Highway Projects Underway in Saskatchewan Weekly Construction Update Construction season continues to progress as nine new major projects will begin in the province this week. New grading projects include work on Highway 7 twinning near Vanscoy and the new Highway 2 alignment at Hoey.  Grading and paving will begin on Highway 302 east of Prince Albert...

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MOTORCYCLISTS TO HAVE FURTHER CHOICE OF INJURY COVERAGE

May 27, 2015

MOTORCYCLISTS TO HAVE FURTHER CHOICE OF INJURY COVERAGE SGI is providing additional choice in injury coverage for motorcycle owners for the 2016 riding season. Motorcycle owners can already choose between the full package of No Fault injury benefits and Tort coverage.  An additional option, planned to be implemented for the 2016 riding season, will allow motorcycle owners to choose a reduced...

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MORE PATIENTS ARE RECEIVING SURGERIES SOONER

May 26, 2015

MORE PATIENTS ARE RECEIVING SURGERIES SOONER One Year After the Surgical Initiative The dramatic reductions in surgical wait times that began during the four-year Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative have continued, with even more patients receiving sooner, safer, smarter surgical care a year later. The number of patients waiting more than three months for surgery is down 89...

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NEW PROGRAM IMPROVES CHANCES OF KIDNEY TRANSPLANT FOR HARD-TO-MATCH PATIENTS

May 22, 2015

NEW PROGRAM IMPROVES CHANCES OF KIDNEY TRANSPLANT FOR HARD-TO-MATCH PATIENTS Saskatchewan One of First Participants in National Program Four hard-to-match Saskatchewan patients with immune systems that were likely to reject a donated kidney have received transplants thanks to the Highly Sensitized Patient (HSP) program officially launched today. Canadian Blood Services, in...

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PREMIER NAMES NEW DEPUTY PREMIER AND NEW FINANCE MINISTER

May 21, 2015

PREMIER NAMES NEW DEPUTY PREMIER AND NEW FINANCE MINISTER Premier Brad Wall today named a new Deputy Premier and a new Finance Minister as part of a small cabinet shuffle resulting from Ken Krawetz leaving cabinet. Krawetz, who has announced he will not be running in the next provincial election, has been Deputy Premier since the current government took office and Finance Minister for five years,...

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Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Sign First Memorandum of Understanding to Finalize Job Training Deal

May 20, 2015

Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Sign First Memorandum of Understanding to Finalize Job Training Deal The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan today announced that they have signed the first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Canada and are now in final discussions to retool an existing federal-provincial job training deal.  This deal will further align training to labour market opportunities...

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Consultations on Farmland Ownership Now Open

May 20, 2015

Consultations on Farmland Ownership Now Open Go Online to Have Your Say Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced details of the consultations for The Saskatchewan Farm Security Act.  The consultations will allow all interested parties to share their views regarding farmland ownership rules. “Consultations with the public will help us understand...

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MARCH WHOLESALE TRADE DOUBLES NATIONAL INCREASE

May 20, 2015

MARCH WHOLESALE TRADE DOUBLES NATIONAL INCREASE Year-over-year wholesale trade in Saskatchewan was up 12.2 per cent in March 2015 over last March, more than double the 5.6 per cent posted nationally and the second highest percentage increase among the provinces, according to Statistics Canada. “Saskatchewan’s economy is broad-based and resilient which is helping to keep important...

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GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO REPORT FROM ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

May 20, 2015

GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO REPORT FROM ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer today extended condolences on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan to the family of a child who passed away while in care in 2010, following the release of “No Time for Mark,” a report by the Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth. “These lost opportunities...

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GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN ENCOURAGES U.S. TO REPEAL COOL

May 19, 2015

GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN ENCOURAGES U.S. TO REPEAL COOL Saskatchewan Agriculture Industry Welcomes Final WTO Compliance Panel Ruling Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart welcomes the World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance panel’s final decision on Country of Origin Labelling (COOL).  On Monday, May 18, 2015, the WTO again ruled in Canada’s favour urging the U.S. to...

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RESIDENTS SHOULD TAKE PRECAUTIONS DURING TICK SEASON

May 15, 2015

RESIDENTS SHOULD TAKE PRECAUTIONS DURING TICK SEASON Saskatchewan people are reminded that warmer weather brings an increased risk of tick bites for those who spend time outdoors.  Ticks are out from early spring until early October, particularly in tall grass, brush or wooded areas. “It’s wise to take simple precautions before being outside in grassy, bushy or treed areas,...

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SPRING SITTING OF LEGISLATURE FOCUSED ON KEEPING THE ECONOMY STRONG

May 14, 2015

SPRING SITTING OF LEGISLATURE FOCUSED ON KEEPING THE ECONOMY STRONG Premier Brad Wall today said Saskatchewan's diverse economy has proven to be very resilient despite a slowdown in the oil sector caused by falling crude oil prices. "The spring sitting of the Legislature was all about keeping our economy strong and the new employment numbers released just last week show our economy remains strong,"...

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COMPLAINTS COMMISSION SAYS NO BASIS FOR ALLEGATIONS AGAINST REGINA POLICE SERVICE

May 14, 2015

COMPLAINTS COMMISSION SAYS NO BASIS FOR ALLEGATIONS AGAINST REGINA POLICE SERVICE The Public Complaints Commission (PCC) has completed its investigation into recent allegations made against the Regina Police Service. The complainant, Ms. Brooke Watson, alleged that on January 4, 2015, two Regina Police Service (RPS) officers took her into custody outside her apartment and drove her outside the...

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TIPS FOR BUYING, SELLING AND RENOVATING THIS SPRING

May 14, 2015

TIPS FOR BUYING, SELLING AND RENOVATING THIS SPRING Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) wants people to think about big financial decisions before spending their hard-earned money. Mortgages: Many people have to borrow large sums of money to purchase a home.  Before obtaining a mortgage make sure to know the costs, penalties and fees.  If...

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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CAN NOW RECEIVE HIGH SCHOOL AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR DUAL CREDIT

May 14, 2015

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CAN NOW RECEIVE HIGH SCHOOL AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR DUAL CREDIT The Government of Saskatchewan has expanded its dual credit partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic to offer high school students three more courses that will be recognized as a credit toward both high school graduation and an Early Childhood Education certificate or diploma.  The courses will be available province-wide...

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CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD MAY 5 TO 11, 2015

May 14, 2015

CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD MAY 5 TO 11, 2015 Significant seeding progress was made this past week.  Thirty-four per cent of the 2015 crop is now seeded, according to the Saskatchewan Agriculture Crop Report.  The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is nine per cent seeded. Producers in the southwest are most advanced, with 61 per cent of the crop seeded.  In the...

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WEEKLY PROVINCIAL HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

May 14, 2015

WEEKLY PROVINCIAL HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION UPDATE With May long weekend fast approaching, motorists are reminded to watch for signs and always slow to 60 km/hr in work zones. The construction season is well underway with 15 projects already in progress.  Major projects underway include paving on Highway 51 in and around Kerrobert and a grade and pave east of Martensville on Highway 305.  New...

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GOVERNMENT TO ADDRESS OMBUDSMAN’S RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE LONG-TERM CARE

May 13, 2015

GOVERNMENT TO ADDRESS OMBUDSMAN’S RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE LONG-TERM CARE Health Minister Dustin Duncan today reinforced government’s commitment to providing safe, high quality care for seniors, accepting the Saskatchewan’s Ombudsman’s report Taking Care: An Ombudsman investigation into the care provided to Margaret Warholm while a resident of the Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home.

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BUY LOCAL PROCLAMATION

May 12, 2015

BUY LOCAL PROCLAMATION The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed the first Saturday of every month as Buy Local Day.  The intent of the proclamation is to encourage provincial consumers to shop local – thereby supporting businesses and jobs in communities across the province. “Local businesses contribute a great deal to our communities and are the foundation of our provincial...

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SASKATCHEWAN PROVINCIAL PARKS READY FOR A BUSY SUMMER

May 11, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN PROVINCIAL PARKS READY FOR A BUSY SUMMER Saskatchewan Provincial Parks will open for the season on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Saskatchewan’s provincial parks continue to grow in popularity, and after a record-setting campsite reservation launch, SaskParks is expecting another busy season. “Saskatchewan’s provincial parks are places to relax, unwind and...

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GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN COMMUNITY AIRPORT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

May 11, 2015

GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN COMMUNITY AIRPORT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM The Government of Saskatchewan will provide $700,000 in funding to 15 airports across the province through the Community Airport Partnership (CAP). Funds for the 50 per cent cost-shared program will be used to enhance infrastructure so that community and regionally-owned airports can continue to serve the growing province.

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GOVERNMENT FOREST RENEWAL PROGRAM PLANTS TWO TREES PER SASKATCHEWAN RESIDENT

May 11, 2015

GOVERNMENT FOREST RENEWAL PROGRAM PLANTS TWO TREES PER SASKATCHEWAN RESIDENT The Government of Saskatchewan’s spring forest renewal projects are underway, with approximately 2.2 million new trees – two trees per Saskatchewan resident – to be planted in Saskatchewan's northern forest. “Planting trees is a long-term investment in Saskatchewan’s future,” Environment...

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SASKATCHEWAN LEADS THE NATION AGAIN WITH THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

May 8, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN LEADS THE NATION AGAIN WITH THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE The unemployment rate in Saskatchewan was once again the lowest among the provinces in April 2015, at 4.3 per cent (seasonally adjusted), while nationally the rate stood at 6.8 per cent, according to Statistics Canada.  Saskatchewan has had the lowest unemployment rate in the country for 19 straight months. “Today’s...

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THE 2015-16 HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION SEASON PUTS RECORD BUDGET INTO ACTION

May 8, 2015

THE 2015-16 HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION SEASON PUTS RECORD BUDGET INTO ACTION Saskatchewan’s highway crews and road builders are springing into action for the 2015-16 construction season. A record $842 million budget means numerous construction sites are popping up across the province.  This budget includes $560 million allocated to major capital projects including twinning projects, passing...

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GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO CORONER’S INQUEST RECOMMENDATIONS

May 7, 2015

GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO CORONER’S INQUEST RECOMMENDATIONS The Government of Saskatchewan has released a detailed action plan outlining next steps to further strengthen the child welfare system and improve services and supports for the province’s most vulnerable families and their children.  These actions are in response to the jury recommendations coming out of the public inquest called by...

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AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK AIMS TO PROTECT SASKATCHEWAN WATERS

May 7, 2015

AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK AIMS TO PROTECT SASKATCHEWAN WATERS Saskatchewan is changing regulations to help prevent aquatic invasive species (AIS) from entering the province, and is proclaiming May 10 to 16 Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week to raise the profile of this important issue. “Saskatchewan’s lakes and waterways have significant environmental, economic...

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SASKATCHEWAN INTRODUCES NEW LEGISLATION TO LICENSE USER-PAY MRI SERVICES

May 6, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN INTRODUCES NEW LEGISLATION TO LICENSE USER-PAY MRI SERVICES New legislation being introduced today will give patients the ability to choose to pay privately for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan in Saskatchewan. “Reducing wait times and giving patients more choice over their own care decisions is a high priority for the people of Saskatchewan,” Health Minister...

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NEW PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEM HELPS PROVIDE BETTER SERVICES TO SASKATCHEWAN RESIDENTS

May 5, 2015

NEW PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEM HELPS PROVIDE BETTER SERVICES TO SASKATCHEWAN RESIDENTS Saskatchewan patients and health providers are now benefitting from a new, electronic integrated public health information system.  “Panorama” allows public health care providers to manage vaccine inventories and immunizations, and enhances their ability to deliver services to residents.

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SWIFT CURRENT LONG-TERM CARE CENTRE VALUE FOR MONEY REPORT RELEASED

May 5, 2015

SWIFT CURRENT LONG-TERM CARE CENTRE VALUE FOR MONEY REPORT RELEASED P3 Model to Save Taxpayers $16 Million Government today released the value for money report for the Swift Current Long-Term Care Centre. This is the provincial government’s first public-private partnership (P3).  The P3 model will save taxpayers more than $16 million, or a more than 13 per cent,...

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SASKATCHEWAN’S MERCHANDISE EXPORTS SET RECORD FOR MARCH

May 5, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN’S MERCHANDISE EXPORTS SET RECORD FOR MARCH Saskatchewan’s merchandise exports reached $3.1 billion in March (seasonally unadjusted), a 6.4 per cent increase year-over-year, and an all-time high for the month of March according to Statistics Canada. Saskatchewan’s merchandise exports were $8.7 billion for the first three months of 2015, up 10.6 per cent over the...

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WEEK RECOGNIZED IN SASKATCHEWAN

May 5, 2015

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WEEK RECOGNIZED IN SASKATCHEWAN Released on May 5, 2015 May 3 to 9 marks National Emergency Preparedness Week in the province. “All Saskatchewan families need to take the time to plan for emergencies -- what you need and where you will go in the event of a flood, fire, or storm,” Provincial Fire Commissioner Duane McKay said.  “Putting together...

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NEW “HOTSPOTTING” INITIATIVE CONNECTS PATIENTS TO CARE

May 4, 2015

NEW “HOTSPOTTING” INITIATIVE CONNECTS PATIENTS TO CARE Patients with complex medical needs in Saskatchewan will be better served thanks to a new health care initiative.  Two planned “hotspotting” pilot projects are now underway in the province. Connecting to Care uses an innovative, patient-centred care model that identifies patients with complex needs who repeatedly...

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PROVINCE PROCLAIMS WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS WEEK IN SASKATCHEWAN

May 4, 2015

PROVINCE PROCLAIMS WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS WEEK IN SASKATCHEWAN The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to proclaim May 4 to 10 Women Entrepreneurs Week in the province.  The week provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate Saskatchewan’s many successful women entrepreneurs. In 2014, there were 35,100 self-employed women in the province – a number that continues to grow...

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MAY 2015 PROCLAIMED AS MISSING CHILDREN’S MONTH

May 4, 2015

MAY 2015 PROCLAIMED AS MISSING CHILDREN’S MONTH Saskatchewan has officially proclaimed May 2015 as Missing Children’s Month.  This year marks Child Find Saskatchewan’s 24th annual Green Ribbon of Hope Campaign, which runs throughout the month of May. Green ribbons may be obtained at participating TD Canada Trust and RBC Royal Bank branches throughout the province in exchange...

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PROVINCE CELEBRATES SASKATCHEWAN HABITAT DAY

May 1, 2015

PROVINCE CELEBRATES SASKATCHEWAN HABITAT DAY In recognition of Habitat for Humanity and their many partner families and volunteers in Saskatchewan, Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Donna Harpauer has proclaimed May 1, 2015 as Saskatchewan Habitat Day.  Families who have achieved Habitat homes joined Habitat representatives at a barbecue event held...

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COMMUNITY PULLS TOGETHER TO REDUCE POVERTY IN SASKATCHEWAN

April 29, 2015

COMMUNITY PULLS TOGETHER TO REDUCE POVERTY IN SASKATCHEWAN More than 100 individuals representing more than 60 organizations from across the province are gathering today in Saskatoon for a facilitated roundtable discussion aimed at finding ways to reduce poverty in Saskatchewan. “Our government has taken many positive actions to address poverty, including enhancing income supports, making...

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SASKATCHEWAN’S 2015 BIG GAME DRAW OPENS ONLINE MAY 1

April 29, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN’S 2015 BIG GAME DRAW OPENS ONLINE MAY 1 Saskatchewan’s big game draw opens online May 1 and hunters have until midnight June 2 to submit their online application.  Early applications are recommended. The big game draw is a transparent and equitable method of allocating a limited number of hunting licences to Saskatchewan residents.  This year’s draw includes...

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$6.7 MILLION TO HELP FAMILES SAVE FOR POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION

April 29, 2015

$6.7 MILLION TO HELP FAMILES SAVE FOR POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION Saskatchewan families have received more than $6.7 million from the Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings (SAGES) program since the program was announced.  More than 26,000 children in the province are now SAGES recipients. “Saving for post-secondary education is a priority for Saskatchewan families, and I...

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NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING A CHANCE TO HONOUR WORKERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES

April 28, 2015

NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING A CHANCE TO HONOUR WORKERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES The flags at Saskatchewan’s legislative building will fly at half-mast today in recognition of workers who have lost their lives to workplace injuries and illnesses. The names of 39 Saskatchewan workers who died in 2014 will have their names read into the records in the Legislature, followed by a moment of silence.

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SASKATCHEWAN’S 2015 BIG GAME DRAW OPENS ONLINE MAY 1

April 28, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN’S 2015 BIG GAME DRAW OPENS ONLINE MAY 1 Saskatchewan’s big game draw opens online May 1 and hunters have until midnight June 2 to submit their online application.  Early applications are recommended. The big game draw is a transparent and equitable method of allocating a limited number of hunting licences to Saskatchewan residents.  This year’s draw includes...

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YORKTON COMPANY FINED $18,900 FOR UNLAWFUL DISPOSAL OF WASTE

April 27, 2015

YORKTON COMPANY FINED $18,900 FOR UNLAWFUL DISPOSAL OF WASTE A Saskatchewan company was recently fined for unlawfully establishing a waste disposal ground without a permit.  The charge stemmed from a call to a Ministry of Environment office in July of 2013. Conservation officers investigated and found that a rock crushing crew employed by the company had buried all of their garbage, which...

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LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR A HEALTHIER, SAFER SASKATCHEWAN

April 27, 2015

LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR A HEALTHIER, SAFER SASKATCHEWAN Heavy equipment will be arriving at the site boundary of the Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford this week.  The equipment is being used to lay the groundwork needed before construction of the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford Integrated Correctional Facility can take place. Pre-construction activities have kicked...

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SHARING IDEAS ON HOW TO REDUCE POVERTY IN SASKATCHEWAN

April 22, 2015

SHARING IDEAS ON HOW TO REDUCE POVERTY IN SASKATCHEWAN The Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction launched its online public consultation website today.  Saskatchewan citizens, communities, governments and businesses  have the opportunity to provide their feedback on how we can work together to make life better for those in our province who are unable to meet their basic needs. “I...

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ALL-TIME RECORD WHOLESALE TRADE FOR FEBRUARY

April 21, 2015

ALL-TIME RECORD WHOLESALE TRADE FOR FEBRUARY Saskatchewan’s wholesale trade hit an all-time record for February 2015 reaching $2.5 billion, up 25.9 per cent over last February, the largest percentage increase among the provinces according to Statistics Canada.  On the national front, wholesale trade was up only 5.5 per cent. “Saskatchewan is in a unique position because our...

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GRAIN BAG RECYCLING PROGRAM RECEIVES $200,000 TO MEET DEMAND

April 20, 2015

GRAIN BAG RECYCLING PROGRAM RECEIVES $200,000 TO MEET DEMAND The federal and provincial governments have committed $200,000 to the continuation of the Grain Bag Recycling Pilot Project in 2015.  The program collects both grain bags and twine province-wide. The new funding will allow Simply Ag Solutions to meet the strong demand for the program.  In 2014-15, Simply Ag Solutions shipped...

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SASKATCHEWAN HOSTS WESTERN CONSERVATION LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY FROM 2015 TO 2017

April 17, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN HOSTS WESTERN CONSERVATION LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY FROM 2015 TO 2017 The Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy (WCLEA) will call Saskatchewan home for the next two years.  Established in 2007, WCLEA is a partnership between the western Canadian provinces and the Yukon Territory to deliver common training standards and curriculum to new conservation officer recruits.  The...

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SASKATCHEWAN COMMUNITIES RECEIVE MORE THAN $1.4 MILLION IN CHARITABLE GAMING GRANTS

April 17, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN COMMUNITIES RECEIVE MORE THAN $1.4 MILLION IN CHARITABLE GAMING GRANTS The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) is providing more than $1.4 million to more than 600 community groups and organizations across the province through its charitable gaming grant program. “The charitable gaming grant program is an important contributor to a number of volunteer-based organizations...

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PROVINCE SUPPORTS SASKATOON PROGRAMS FOR VICTIMS OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE

April 17, 2015

PROVINCE SUPPORTS SASKATOON PROGRAMS FOR VICTIMS OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $2.6 million to support Saskatoon programs that assist victims of interpersonal violence and abuse.  “The work these organizations do to help Saskatoon citizens in their time of crisis is truly remarkable,” Saskatoon Meewasin MLA Roger Parent said on behalf...

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CHANGES TO STRIPTEASE ENTERTAINMENT NOW IN EFFECT

April 16, 2015

CHANGES TO STRIPTEASE ENTERTAINMENT NOW IN EFFECT Regulations that prohibit striptease entertainment as a regular activity in liquor licensed establishments are now in effect. Striptease entertainment will now be allowed to occur in limited special use facilities – theatres/concert halls, casinos and exhibition facilities.  Communities without these types of special use facilities...

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SASKALERT LAUNCHES PROVINCE-WIDE

April 16, 2015

SASKALERT LAUNCHES PROVINCE-WIDE Today, Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter announced that SaskAlert, the province’s new emergency public alerting program, has successfully completed its testing phase and is being implemented across Saskatchewan. “SaskAlert can provide critical information about emergency situations as they are developing so residents of the affected area will...

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PREMIER PART OF HISTORIC URANIUM ENERGY DEAL SIGNING WITH INDIA

April 15, 2015

PREMIER PART OF HISTORIC URANIUM ENERGY DEAL SIGNING WITH INDIA Saskatchewan’s uranium mining industry is today celebrating a milestone achievement, as a historic new agreement with India sets the stage for shipments of Canadian uranium to that country for electricity generation. Premier Brad Wall was in Ottawa this morning for the signing of a supply contract between Cameco Inc., a subsidiary...

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MAIN STREET SASKATCHEWAN INVESTS IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWNS ACROSS THE PROVINCE – NEARLY A QUARTER MILLION IN TOTAL INVESTMENT

April 15, 2015

MAIN STREET SASKATCHEWAN INVESTS IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWNS ACROSS THE PROVINCE – NEARLY A QUARTER MILLION IN TOTAL INVESTMENT The provincial government has invested $87,000 in historic main streets across the province through its annual Main Street Saskatchewan Grant Program, leveraging nearly a quarter of a million dollars of community investment. “Vibrant downtowns strengthen our communities,...

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MEANINGFUL ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH GROWING INTERNATIONAL USE OF COAL

April 14, 2015

MEANINGFUL ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH GROWING INTERNATIONAL USE OF COAL Premier Brad Wall said today that with 30 per cent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions coming from coal-fired electricity and its forecasted expansion in both emerging economies and countries like Japan and Germany carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in the power generation sector is essential to achieve...

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SASKATCHEWAN WAIT TIMES FOR SURGERY AMONG THE BEST IN CANADA

April 14, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN WAIT TIMES FOR SURGERY AMONG THE BEST IN CANADA A national report shows Saskatchewan patients are benefitting from improved access to surgery, with surgical wait times among the shortest in the country. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) report, Wait Times for Priority Procedures in Canada, 2015, was released this morning. In Saskatchewan, 90 per cent...

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FARMLAND OWNERSHIP REVIEW AND CONSULTATIONS ANNOUNCED

April 13, 2015

FARMLAND OWNERSHIP REVIEW AND CONSULTATIONS ANNOUNCED Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart today announced the government of Saskatchewan will hold further consultations and undertake a review of farmland ownership rules under The Saskatchewan Farm Security Act.   While the review of the Act is underway, regulations will be put in place to prohibit certain organizations, like pension...

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SASKTEL REPORTS 2014 NET INCOME OF $76.4 MILLION

April 13, 2015

SASKTEL REPORTS 2014 NET INCOME OF $76.4 MILLION SaskTel today reported 2014 net income of $76.4 million and operating revenues of $1.231 billion, up $25.3 million from 2013. The increase in revenues is a result of continued growth in wireless ($10.6 million), maxTV™, Internet and data ($20.7 million) segments due to increased data consumption from the advent of more advanced technologies...

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SASKWATER TABLES 2014 ANNUAL REPORT

April 13, 2015

SASKWATER TABLES 2014 ANNUAL REPORT The Saskatchewan Water Corporation tabled its 2014 annual report in the Saskatchewan Legislature today.  Titled Helping Communities Grow, the annual report provides an overview of the year’s activities and delivers the Crown corporation’s financial statements.  SaskWater reported a net income of $5.5 million for 2014. “SaskWater’s...

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SASKATCHEWAN MAINTAINS LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE – JOBS INCREASE

April 10, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN MAINTAINS LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE – JOBS INCREASE Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate was 4.4 per cent in March 2015 (seasonally adjusted), maintaining the lowest rate among the provinces for the 18th straight month, well below 6.8 per cent recorded nationally according to Statistics Canada. “We continue to have the lowest unemployment rate in Canada thanks to employers...

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Province Supports North Battleford Families

April 9, 2015

Province Supports North Battleford Families The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $2.1 million to support North Battleford and area families in need. Funding is provided through both the Ministry of Social Services and the Ministry of Justice.  The Ministry of Justice continues its support of programming for victims of interpersonal violence and abuse in the Battlefords.  In 2015-16,...

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WATER SECURITY AGENCY LAUNCHES 2015 EMERGENCY FLOOD DAMAGE REDUCTION PROGRAM

April 8, 2015

WATER SECURITY AGENCY LAUNCHES 2015 EMERGENCY FLOOD DAMAGE REDUCTION PROGRAM Private Wells for Consumptive Purposes Now Covered Saskatchewan residents will again be able receive assistance for emergency flood mitigation measures in 2015.  The 2015 Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program (EFDRP) is now available to communities, rural municipalities, businesses, non-profit organizations,...

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PROVINCE COMMITS $263.3 MILLION FOR SOCIAL SERVICES CBOS

April 8, 2015

PROVINCE COMMITS $263.3 MILLION FOR SOCIAL SERVICES CBOS The Ministry of Social Services today announced $263.3 million in funding in the 2015-16 Budget for community-based organizations (CBOs) that assist persons with disabilities, vulnerable men, women and children, people struggling with homelessness and other Saskatchewan people in need.  Events will be held in many communities across Saskatchewan...

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Government Provides $7.2 Million to Help Northern Families

April 8, 2015

Government Provides $7.2 Million to Help Northern Families The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $7.2 million to help the Native Co-ordinating Council and other community based organizations in Northern Saskatchewan support vulnerable families. “We are proud to support this wonderful organization to help keep more families together in Prince Albert,” Prince Albert Northcote...

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Consumer Alert – Collection Agents

April 2, 2015

Consumer Alert – Collection Agents Consumers and businesses in Saskatchewan have recently been targeted by unlicensed persons posing as collection agencies. Collection Agents are required to be licensed to operate in Saskatchewan under The Collection Agents Act.  Before making any payments, or giving any personal information, consumers should ask for the license number of the Collection...

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Solid Export Numbers in February

April 2, 2015

Solid Export Numbers in February Saskatchewan exports took a 7.2 per cent jump in February 2015 when compared to February 2014, well ahead of the 0.7 per cent decrease posted nationally according to Statistics Canada.  Exports from the province totaled $2.6 billion in February 2015. “The year-over-year rise in exports is good news,” Minister responsible for Trade Jeremy Harrison...

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NEW ONLINE TOOL AND ENHANCEMENTS TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS

April 1, 2015

NEW ONLINE TOOL AND ENHANCEMENTS TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS Today, the federal and provincial governments announced a new web portal for Saskatchewan’s Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) program.  The portal allows farm owners to create, review and update their EFPs online and at their own pace. As well, the Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) available through...

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$200 MILLION IN HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS READY FOR TENDER

April 1, 2015

$200 MILLION IN HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS READY FOR TENDER The provincial government will continue implementing this year’s record Highways and Infrastructure budget with the release of the spring tender plan. The tender plan lists work the ministry intends to put on the market over the course of the 2015 construction season.  This year’s spring tender plan includes 54 projects...

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NEW WILDFIRE LEGISLATION NOW IN EFFECT

April 1, 2015

NEW WILDFIRE LEGISLATION NOW IN EFFECT New wildfire management legislation has arrived in time for the province’s wildfire season, which typically runs from April 1 to October 31. The Wildfire Act replaces The Prairie and Forest Fires Act, 1982, one of the oldest pieces of wildfire legislation in Canada.  The new Act, with the accompanying wildfire regulations, provides...

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PROVINCE TO FUND PRINCE ALBERT BRIDGE REPAIRS

March 31, 2015

PROVINCE TO FUND PRINCE ALBERT BRIDGE REPAIRS The Government of Saskatchewan has agreed to provide $1,225,000 for significant repairs to Prince Albert’s Diefenbaker Bridge. “The Diefenbaker Bridge serves as a gateway to northern Saskatchewan and is a shared priority for both the city and province,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said.  “We’re...

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CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON CHILD CARE CENTRE AT UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

March 31, 2015

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON CHILD CARE CENTRE AT UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN Today, Education Minister Don Morgan, Advanced Education Minister Kevin Doherty, and University of Saskatchewan Interim President Gordon Barnhart gathered to celebrate the start of construction for the university’s newest child care centre.  The Government of Saskatchewan has committed $1.3 million toward the $4.6 million...

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SASKATCHEWAN WAGE GROWTH RATE BEST IN CANADA

March 31, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN WAGE GROWTH RATE BEST IN CANADA Saskatchewan had the highest percentage year-over-year wage growth in the country in January 2015, up 4.9 per cent over January 2014 (seasonally adjusted), well ahead of the 3.0 per cent growth posted nationally, according to Statistics Canada “The Saskatchewan economy remains strong, which in turn allows employers to increase wages for Saskatchewan...

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PROVINCE INVESTS IN UPGRADE TO SHORTLINE RAILWAYS

March 30, 2015

PROVINCE INVESTS IN UPGRADE TO SHORTLINE RAILWAYS Thirteen Saskatchewan shortline railway operators are sharing nearly $1 million in grants to improve rail infrastructure in the province. Through the Shortline Railway Sustainability Program (SRSP,) a total of $900,000 in grants will be provided to shortline operators for upgrades to their infrastructure.  SRSP grants are matched by each...

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SASKATCHEWAN TO RESTRICT TANNING BED USE BY MINORS

March 30, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN TO RESTRICT TANNING BED USE BY MINORS Saskatchewan plans to develop regulations that will prohibit the use of indoor tanning beds by youth under 18 years of age. The regulations are expected to be finalized in time for implementation in summer 2015. “Our government’s goal is to protect the health of Saskatchewan residents,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan...

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Procurement Action Plan Increases Fairness and Consistency for Saskatchewan Businesses

March 27, 2015

Procurement Action Plan Increases Fairness and Consistency for Saskatchewan Businesses The government is taking decisive action through the new Procurement Transformation Action Plan to ensure there is an open, fair and transparent bidding environment for Saskatchewan businesses, and that taxpayers receive best value.   “Our government is committed to ensuring Saskatchewan businesses...

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What Do Computers, Paint And Shoes Have in Common?

March 26, 2015

What Do Computers, Paint And Shoes Have in Common? Many consumers know about the warranties offered by retailers for popular goods like electronics and appliances, but in most cases, goods are already protected by warranties offered under Saskatchewan law. It is important for consumers to understand how statutory warranties work so they can decide whether purchasing extra warranty coverage is...

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Saskatchewan Surpasses Alberta in Non-U.S. Exports

March 26, 2015

Saskatchewan Surpasses Alberta in Non-U.S. Exports Saskatchewan’s merchandise exports to countries other than the United States totalled $12.6 billion in 2014, surpassing the $11.9 billion posted by Alberta last year and setting an all-time record for the province. “We have an amazing export market here in Saskatchewan that has been making steady gains since 2007,” Minister...

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New Organization to Enforce Animal Protection Act

March 26, 2015

New Organization to Enforce Animal Protection Act Today Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the establishment of a new humane society to provide enforcement of The Animal Protection Act in Saskatchewan. The Ministry of Agriculture has reached a two year funding agreement with Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan, a non-profit corporation, to provide animal protection services...

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$98 MILLION IN NEW SAVINGS ACHIEVED THROUGHOUT SASKATCHEWAN’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

March 24, 2015

$98 MILLION IN NEW SAVINGS ACHIEVED THROUGHOUT SASKATCHEWAN’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM Combined purchasing power has resulted in more dollars available to patient-centred care in Saskatchewan.  Resulting in $98 million in cumulative savings, joint contracting allows 3sHealth to contract to purchase services and products in bulk on behalf of health regions and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.

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MORE IMPROVEMENTS TO SASKATCHEWAN’S IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM

March 23, 2015

MORE IMPROVEMENTS TO SASKATCHEWAN’S IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) will be introducing improvements to its entrepreneur category following consultations with a wide-range of stakeholders that will improve processing times, attract investment and foster the creation of more jobs in Saskatchewan. “Over the last several months, we have incorporated...

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GOVERNMENTS INVEST MORE THAN $1 MILLION INTO SASKATCHEWAN 4-H COUNCIL

March 20, 2015

GOVERNMENTS INVEST MORE THAN $1 MILLION INTO SASKATCHEWAN 4-H COUNCIL The Saskatchewan 4-H Council will benefit from a new three-year agreement totalling $1.05 million under Growing Forward 2.  This support means the council will receive $350,000 per year, an increase of $50,000 annually over the previous agreement, to support leadership development initiatives. “Our government is...

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Saskatchewan Keeps Growing – Population Tops 1,130,000 for the First Time

March 18, 2015

Saskatchewan Keeps Growing – Population Tops 1,130,000 for the First Time Saskatchewan’s population grew by another 17,396 people in 2014 to an all-time high of 1,132,640, according to new figures released today by Statistics Canada. Premier Brad Wall said the continued growth shows the strength of the province and its economy. “2014 was the eighth straight year that our...

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INCREASED POST-SECONDARY CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS

March 18, 2015

INCREASED POST-SECONDARY CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS Funding to Support First Nations Students and Post-Secondary Educational Institutions The 2015-16 Budget will help keep Saskatchewan strong by investing in post-secondary educational institutions and supports for students. “Over the past eight years, our government has made it a priority to...

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CONTINUED INVESTMENT IN FARMERS, RANCHERS AND AGRIBUSINESS TO KEEP SASKATCHEWAN STRONG

March 18, 2015

CONTINUED INVESTMENT IN FARMERS, RANCHERS AND AGRIBUSINESS TO KEEP SASKATCHEWAN STRONG The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes the role a thriving and sustainable agricultural industry plays in the province’s economy with this year’s investment into agriculture programs and services.  The Ministry of Agriculture 2015-16 budget is $362.4 million. “A successful agriculture...

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CAPITAL INVESTMENTS KEEPING SASKATCHEWAN STRONG

March 18, 2015

CAPITAL INVESTMENTS KEEPING SASKATCHEWAN STRONG Record infrastructure investment of more than $3.3 billion through the Saskatchewan Builds Capital Plan and the province’s Crown corporations will help keep Saskatchewan strong. Capital projects ranging from investments in power transmission and telecommunications networks, to highways, schools and hospitals are part of the largest single-year...

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TRAINING PROGRAMS ADDRESS WORKFORCE NEEDS IN SASKATCHEWAN

March 18, 2015

TRAINING PROGRAMS ADDRESS WORKFORCE NEEDS IN SASKATCHEWAN The Government of Saskatchewan is focused on keeping Saskatchewan’s economy strong with a vibrant and growing workforce. “Saskatchewan continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in Canada, and there is strong demand for skilled workers in our province,” Minister responsible for Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training...

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GOVERNMENT MAKES INTERIM CHANGES TO POTASH TAXES, ANNOUNCES REVIEW

March 18, 2015

GOVERNMENT MAKES INTERIM CHANGES TO POTASH TAXES, ANNOUNCES REVIEW The 2015-16 Budget will help keep Saskatchewan’s economy strong by promoting responsible development of the province’s resource wealth, encouraging new investment and job creation and ensuring a sustainable, competitive business environment. “This year’s budget will keep Saskatchewan’s economy strong...

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RECORD $5.12 BILLION INVESTED IN IMPROVING HEALTH CARE

March 18, 2015

RECORD $5.12 BILLION INVESTED IN IMPROVING HEALTH CARE The Government of Saskatchewan is investing in seniors’ care, major capital projects, and in programs aimed at reducing emergency department wait times.  This record investment of $5.12 billion in health care is an increase of $135 million or 2.7 per cent over 2014-15. “This budget places Saskatchewan’s patients first...

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GOVERNMENT REMAINS COMMITTED TO STUDENT SUCCESS

March 18, 2015

GOVERNMENT REMAINS COMMITTED TO STUDENT SUCCESS The Government of Saskatchewan remains committed to students across the province and is increasing its overall investment in Education by 14 per cent over 2014-15 to a total of $2.0 billion.  School operating funding for 2015-16, including revenue collected from the education property tax, will be $1.87 billion, up $52.8 million or 2.9 per cent over last...

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BALANCED BUDGET KEEPING SASKATCHEWAN STRONG

March 18, 2015

BALANCED BUDGET KEEPING SASKATCHEWAN STRONG Finance Minister Ken Krawetz today tabled a balanced budget that will keep Saskatchewan strong by keeping taxes low, investing in infrastructure, controlling operating spending and providing new incentives that will help create jobs. The 2015-16 Budget is balanced, with a surplus of $107 million.  Overall revenue is $14.28 billion, up just 1.2...

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BUDGET CONTINUES STRONG COMMITMENT TO FIRST NATIONS AND MÉTIS PEOPLE

March 18, 2015

BUDGET CONTINUES STRONG COMMITMENT TO FIRST NATIONS AND MÉTIS PEOPLE The 2015-16 Provincial Budget maintains the Saskatchewan government’s strong commitment to programs and partnership initiatives that help create opportunities for First Nations and Métis people. The Budget provides $210.5 million in program funding targeted primarily for First Nations and Métis organizations...

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RECORD HIGHWAYS BUDGET FUNDS TWINNING, PASSING LANES, OVERPASSES AND BYPASSES

March 18, 2015

RECORD HIGHWAYS BUDGET FUNDS TWINNING, PASSING LANES, OVERPASSES AND BYPASSES The record 2015-16 Highways Budget funds several major projects that significantly improve safety on some of Saskatchewan’s busiest highways. This year’s highways and infrastructure budget is $842 million.  The Budget includes $560 million for transportation capital that will see the province move...

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2015-16 BUDGET PROVIDES RECORD MUNICIPAL REVENUE SHARING

March 18, 2015

2015-16 BUDGET PROVIDES RECORD MUNICIPAL REVENUE SHARING The 2015-16 Provincial Budget is helping to keep Saskatchewan municipalities strong by providing a record $265.3 million in municipal revenue sharing.    That’s up $8.3 million or 3.2 per cent from the 2014-15 Budget and up $138 million or 108 per cent from the 2007-08 Budget.  “Municipal revenue sharing...

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INVESTMENTS IN PROVINCIAL PARKS BENEFIT TOURISM IN SASKATCHEWAN

March 18, 2015

INVESTMENTS IN PROVINCIAL PARKS BENEFIT TOURISM IN SASKATCHEWAN Budget 2015-16 includes $14.6 million for capital projects and upgrades in Saskatchewan provincial parks to ensure visitors have a great experience and encourage even more visits to Saskatchewan. With this year’s budget, the Government of Saskatchewan will fulfill its commitment to invest an additional $10 million on expansion...

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KEEPING SASKATCHEWAN STRONG BY HELPING PEOPLE IN NEED

March 18, 2015

KEEPING SASKATCHEWAN STRONG BY HELPING PEOPLE IN NEED Saskatchewan’s most vulnerable will benefit from continued investment in support programs for children, youth and their families.  As well, the Ministry of Social Services’ 2015-16 Budget will address the needs of people with disabilities and those in need of housing. “I am proud of our government’s solid record...

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SUPPORTING SASKATCHEWAN SENIORS

March 18, 2015

SUPPORTING SASKATCHEWAN SENIORS The 2015-16 Budget continues to invest in programs and services that benefit seniors.  The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes support is needed to ensure the safety, comfort and respect of seniors in the province. “Our government is committed to providing timely, quality care for Saskatchewan seniors,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “This...

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JANUARY MANUFACTURING FIGURES UP

March 17, 2015

JANUARY MANUFACTURING FIGURES UP New statistics released today show that Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sales were up 4.8 per cent in January 2015 when compared with December 2014, the highest percentage increase among the provinces.  Nationally, manufacturing sales dropped by 1.7 per cent over that period (seasonally adjusted). “Saskatchewan’s economy continues to gain...

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PROVINCE PROCLAIMS AGRICULTURAL SAFETY WEEK

March 16, 2015

PROVINCE PROCLAIMS AGRICULTURAL SAFETY WEEK The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed March 15 to 21, 2015, as Agricultural Safety Week in Saskatchewan. “We consider on-farm health and safety to be a high priority,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said.  “Whether you’re living on, working in, or visiting a farm, we want you to be safe.  I encourage all ...

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GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN STUDENTS THROUGH THE INVITATIONAL SHARED SERVICES INITIATIVE

March 16, 2015

GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN STUDENTS THROUGH THE INVITATIONAL SHARED SERVICES INITIATIVE The Ministry of Education has allocated $2.4 million in 2014-15 funding for 11 school divisions to support 16 Invitational Shared Services Initiative (ISSI) partnerships.  Of this funding, $1.5 million is to continue the ten partnerships already in place, while the remaining $900,000 is to expand the ISSI to an additional...

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GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO RESPOND TO BULLYING REPORT

March 16, 2015

GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO RESPOND TO BULLYING REPORT The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $25,000 to fYrefly Saskatchewan to support gender and sexually diverse youth throughout the province.  This funding will help the organization provide year-round gender and sexual diversity education and support for urban, rural and northern communities in Saskatchewan. “Our goal is to ensure...

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GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS IN SASKATCHEWAN SCHOOLS

March 13, 2015

GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS IN SASKATCHEWAN SCHOOLS The Government of Saskatchewan has invested $24 million in 2014-15 for preventative and emergency maintenance of Saskatchewan schools.  The funding includes $21 million for the Preventative Maintenance and Renewal Program (PMR) and $3.0 million for the Emergent Funding Program. “Maintaining our schools to provide...

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STILL THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN CANADA

March 13, 2015

STILL THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN CANADA Saskatchewan recorded the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for the month of February 2015, according to new data released by Statistics Canada today.  The unemployment rate was 5.0 per cent, compared to a national rate of 6.8 per cent (seasonally adjusted). “We are in the fortunate position of having an economy that is diversified with...

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ICE FISHING SEASON ENDS SOON; ANGLERS REMINDED TO REMOVE SHELTERS

March 12, 2015

ICE FISHING SEASON ENDS SOON; ANGLERS REMINDED TO REMOVE SHELTERS Ice fishing season closes on March 31 in southern Saskatchewan and on April 15 in the north.  This means that all fishing shelters south of Highway 16 must be removed by March 15 and shelters in areas north of Highway 16 must be removed by March 31. Each spring, a number of ice fishing shelters are abandoned...

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HIGHWAY 7 TWINNING COMING SOON

March 12, 2015

HIGHWAY 7 TWINNING COMING SOON The twinning of one of Saskatchewan’s most important highways is getting a boost with a major funding commitment from the federal government. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Brad Wall announced today that the federal government will fund half the eligible costs to twin 25 km of Highway 7 from Saskatoon to Delisle, to a maximum of $32 million.

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2015 OPERATING GRANT APPROVED FOR SASKATCHEWAN TRANSPORTATION COMPANY

March 10, 2015

2015 OPERATING GRANT APPROVED FOR SASKATCHEWAN TRANSPORTATION COMPANY The Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) will receive an operating grant of $10.3 million in 2015 to operate its network. “In line with the province’s fiscal restraint measures, STC has taken strong steps to eliminate growth in the operating grant for this year,” Minister responsible for STC Jennifer...

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WINTER WEIGHTS ON SASKATCHEWAN HIGHWAYS END MARCH 15

March 10, 2015

WINTER WEIGHTS ON SASKATCHEWAN HIGHWAYS END MARCH 15 Weather permitting, winter weights will remain in effect for much of central and northern Saskatchewan until March 15 when they are removed by legislation. “At this time of year, we need to strike a balance between maximizing efficiency for shippers and protecting our highways from damage,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister...

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THREE NEW DOCTORS PRACTISE IN PRINCE ALBERT HEALTH REGION

March 9, 2015

THREE NEW DOCTORS PRACTISE IN PRINCE ALBERT HEALTH REGION Access to physician care continues to improve for residents in communities all across Saskatchewan.  Three new family physicians are now practising in Prince Albert, thanks to the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program. Dr. Erica Hildebrand, Dr. Fady Ishak, and Dr. Howaida Youssef join many other...

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MARCH SPRING RUNOFF FORECAST SHOWING SOME ABOVE NORMAL AREAS

March 9, 2015

MARCH SPRING RUNOFF FORECAST SHOWING SOME ABOVE NORMAL AREAS Today, the Water Security Agency released the March Spring Runoff Forecast.  The central part of the grain belt is expected to be in the above normal range and could see some flows exceed the natural channel capacity in certain areas but should not cause significant issues.  The rest of the province is looking at a normal to below normal...

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MARCH SPRING RUNOFF FORECAST SHOWING SOME ABOVE NORMAL AREAS

March 9, 2015

MARCH SPRING RUNOFF FORECAST SHOWING SOME ABOVE NORMAL AREAS Today, the Water Security Agency released the March Spring Runoff Forecast.  The central part of the grain belt is expected to be in the above normal range and could see some flows exceed the natural channel capacity in certain areas but should not cause significant issues.  The rest of the province is looking at a normal to below normal...

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ACCESS TO PHYSICIAN CARE IMPROVES IN SASKATCHEWAN

March 9, 2015

ACCESS TO PHYSICIAN CARE IMPROVES IN SASKATCHEWAN More Doctors Begin Practising in the Province Twenty new doctors are practising in Saskatchewan, thanks to the most recent results of the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program. Since the program began in 2011, more than 160 new family physicians have completed the assessment and have fulfilled...

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Saskatchewan’s Merchandise Exports Set Record in January

March 6, 2015

Saskatchewan’s Merchandise Exports Set Record in January January’s merchandise exports reached a new high for the province, while posting an increase of 14.1 per cent year-over-year, ranking fourth among the provinces for growth. Figures released this morning by Statistics Canada indicate the value of Saskatchewan’s merchandise exports increased from approximately $2.5 billion...

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MARKED IN SASKATCHEWAN

March 5, 2015

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MARKED IN SASKATCHEWAN Each year since 1975, March 8 has been designated by the United Nations as International Women’s Day.  This special day is an opportunity to recognize Saskatchewan women and girls who are leaders and role models in their communities.  “Influential Women: Agents of Change” is Saskatchewan’s theme for this year’s...

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WATER SECURITY AGENCY CREATING PERMANENT FLOOD PROTECTION WORKS IN CUMBERLAND HOUSE

March 4, 2015

WATER SECURITY AGENCY CREATING PERMANENT FLOOD PROTECTION WORKS IN CUMBERLAND HOUSE Released on March 4, 2015 Today, Minister responsible for the Water Security Agency Scott Moe announced $950,000 to create permanent flood protection works for the Northern Village of Cumberland House and the Cumberland House Cree Nation. “Cumberland House is one of our strong northern communities...

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NORTHERN LIGHTS RAIL TO SERVE NORTHEAST

March 4, 2015

NORTHERN LIGHTS RAIL TO SERVE NORTHEAST Saskatchewan’s 14th shortline rail company will hit the tracks between Melfort and Birch Hills this spring, thanks in part to an interest-free loan from the provincial government. “We’re pleased to support the establishment of Northern Lights Rail and the expansion of our province’s network of shortline railways,” Highways...

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IMPROVING PATIENT CARE WHILE SAVING MILLIONS THROUGH LEAN

March 2, 2015

IMPROVING PATIENT CARE WHILE SAVING MILLIONS THROUGH LEAN Lean has improved patient care in Saskatchewan while achieving more than $125 million in projected financial benefits through significant one-time savings, capacity increases, productivity gains and avoided future costs.  “Lean is exceeding our expectations in terms of improving the quality and timeliness of services provided...

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CONSUMER ALERT – TIMESHARE FRAUD

February 27, 2015

CONSUMER ALERT – TIMESHARE FRAUD Cold winter months are a popular season for travel to hot, sunny destinations but consumers are reminded to be careful when purchasing and selling timeshares. An unlicenced company representing itself as a vacation timeshare broker is advertising and soliciting in Saskatchewan.  Trust Financial Services Group claims to buy and sell timeshare packages...

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SHIPPERS CONTINUE TO BENEFIT FROM WINTER WEIGHTS IN MOST AREAS

February 27, 2015

SHIPPERS CONTINUE TO BENEFIT FROM WINTER WEIGHTS IN MOST AREAS Shippers can continue to haul heavier loads on secondary roads due to recent frigid temperatures. Winter weights remain in effect throughout the province, with the exception of some specific roads in the southwest.    “Roadbeds remain frozen in most of the province meaning trucks can continue to haul primary weight...

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PRODUCERS CHOICES ENHANCED WITH 2015 CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM

February 26, 2015

PRODUCERS CHOICES ENHANCED WITH 2015 CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced details of the 2015 Crop Insurance Program which includes ongoing enhancements, giving producers more choice and flexibility to build an insurance package suited to the needs of their operation. "Our government is committed to...

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ANOTHER TOOL NOW AVAILABLE FOR SASKATCHEWAN STUDENTS TO REPORT BULLYING

February 26, 2015

ANOTHER TOOL NOW AVAILABLE FOR SASKATCHEWAN STUDENTS TO REPORT BULLYING Today, Education Minister Don Morgan joined Saskatoon Crime Stoppers President Mark Dolan, as well as students and teachers at Brunskill Elementary School, to celebrate another community partnership in the government’s response to address bullying and cyberbullying.  The Government of Saskatchewan is committing $107,500 over...

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GOVERNMENTS INVEST MORE THAN $13 MILLION IN NEW FOOD CENTRE

February 20, 2015

GOVERNMENTS INVEST MORE THAN $13 MILLION IN NEW FOOD CENTRE Today, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), on behalf of Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart, announced more than $13 million for the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre Inc. (Food Centre)...

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SGI, SIIT AND PARTNERS CREATE NEW AUTO BODY REPAIR PROGRAM

February 18, 2015

SGI, SIIT AND PARTNERS CREATE NEW AUTO BODY REPAIR PROGRAM SGI is funding the pilot for a new pre-employment auto body repair program at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT).  The program aims to prepare students for employment opportunities and to increase the number of auto body repair technicians in Saskatchewan.   SGI partnered with SIIT, the Saskatchewan Automobile...

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DECEMBER SETS ALL-TIME RECORD FOR SASKATCHEWAN’S WHOLESALE TRADE

February 18, 2015

DECEMBER SETS ALL-TIME RECORD FOR SASKATCHEWAN’S WHOLESALE TRADE Wholesale trade in Saskatchewan has hit a new all-time high for the province, reaching $2.4 billion in December 2014. According to the numbers issued this morning by Statistics Canada, wholesale trade in December increased by 25.6 per cent compared to $1.9 billion in December 2013 (seasonally adjusted).  The jump put...

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Speeding Violations Decreasing in Photo Speed Enforced Zones

February 17, 2015

Speeding Violations Decreasing in Photo Speed Enforced Zones The number of people speeding through photo speed enforcement locations in the province has decreased month over month. “Photo speed enforcement has been proven to calm traffic and while it’s still early days, we’re seeing a positive effect in Saskatchewan’s photo speed enforced locations after only two months...

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AGREEMENT REACHED IN TEACHER BARGAINING

February 12, 2015

AGREEMENT REACHED IN TEACHER BARGAINING The Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee (GTBC) and the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee have accepted terms of settlement for a new provincial collective bargaining agreement for Saskatchewan teachers following conclusion of conciliation and receipt of the Conciliation Board Report. “After working through the conciliation process, as a board...

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Think Twice About Using a Payday Loan

February 11, 2015

Think Twice About Using a Payday Loan Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) wants to remind consumers that if you want to borrow money from a payday loan lender, know the costs before making a decision.   “Sometimes people don’t have a lot of options when it comes to borrowing money,” FCAA Consumer Credit Division Director Cory Peters said.  “We...

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Saskatchewan Agri-Food Exports Once Again Set Record and Lead the Nation

February 9, 2015

Saskatchewan Agri-Food Exports Once Again Set Record and Lead the Nation Agri-food exports top $13.9 billion in 2014 For the fourth straight year, Saskatchewan has set a record for agri-food exports with total sales of $13.9 billion, once again achieving the standing of Canada’s top agri-food exporting province.  Saskatchewan exported $13.9 billion in agricultural...

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Saskatchewan Celebrates the Contributions of Education Professionals

February 9, 2015

Saskatchewan Celebrates the Contributions of Education Professionals Education Minister Don Morgan has proclaimed the week of February 8 - 14, 2015, as Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week to celebrate the remarkable education professionals in Saskatchewan. “Teachers and school staff play an incredible role in ensuring that the needs of students are put first each and every day,” Morgan...

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Water Security Agency Releases February Spring Runoff Forecast

February 9, 2015

Water Security Agency Releases February Spring Runoff Forecast Warm Temperatures in January Lower Snowpack; Near Normal Runoff Expected Today, the Water Security Agency (WSA) released the February forecast for spring runoff.  A near normal spring runoff is expected across most of the southern half of Saskatchewan with below normal runoff for areas north of Cold Lake, La Ronge, and...

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Retail Liquor Consultation Concludes

February 9, 2015

Retail Liquor Consultation Concludes The public consultation process regarding the future of liquor retailing in the province is now complete.  “Saskatchewan people had a lot to say about how liquor should be retailed in the province,” Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Don McMorris said.  “I appreciate the time that thousands of...

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Saskatchewan Offers Free Ice Fishing Weekend, February 14 to 16

February 6, 2015

Saskatchewan Offers Free Ice Fishing Weekend, February 14 to 16 February 14 to 16 marks another free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan – the first in winter – to promote the province’s many ice fishing opportunities.  This means everyone, including visitors from outside the province, can fish in Saskatchewan on Family Day weekend without having to purchase a licence. “Ice...

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Saskatchewan Unemployment Rate Tied for Lowest in Canada

February 6, 2015

Saskatchewan Unemployment Rate Tied for Lowest in Canada Saskatchewan has maintained the lowest unemployment rate in the country for 26 consecutive months.  Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate was 4.5 per cent for the month of January, tied with Alberta for the lowest in Canada, and still well below the national average of 6.6 percent, according to a Statistics Canada report released...

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Premier Announces Wage Freeze for Ministers and Senior Officials Released on February 6, 2015

February 6, 2015

Premier Announces Wage Freeze for Ministers and Senior Officials Premier Brad Wall today announced a wage freeze for all senior government officials, including cabinet ministers. "With the revenue challenges we are facing, our government is committed to controlling operating spending," Wall said.  "I believe those measures have to start at the top and that's the intent of this wage freeze."

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Record Exports for Saskatchewan in 2014

February 5, 2015

Record Exports for Saskatchewan in 2014 Figures released today by Statistics Canada show Saskatchewan has set monthly and annual records for merchandise exports.  In December 2014, exports in the province totalled $3.15 billion, the highest ever for the month, up 30.2 per cent over last year.  Saskatchewan had the highest percentage increase among the provinces.  ...

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Prince Albert Crime Reduction Initiative Celebrates Success and Looks Ahead

February 3, 2015

Prince Albert Crime Reduction Initiative Celebrates Success and Looks Ahead This February marks four successful years since Community Mobilization Prince Albert (CMPA) officially launched its mission to improve community safety in the city.  “We are a proud partner in CMPA, and I appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in making it such an ongoing success,” Minister Responsible...

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Prince Albert Crime Reduction Initiative Celebrates Success and Looks Ahead

February 3, 2015

Prince Albert Crime Reduction Initiative Celebrates Success and Looks Ahead Released on February 3, 2015 This February marks four successful years since Community Mobilization Prince Albert (CMPA) officially launched its mission to improve community safety in the city.  “We are a proud partner in CMPA, and I appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in making it such an ongoing...

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Report on Losses - Health System

February 2, 2015

Report on Losses - Health System The third-quarter report on losses of public money within Saskatchewan health organizations has been tabled with the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.  Three confirmed losses were reported to the Ministry of Health in the third quarter of the 2014-15 fiscal year (October 1 to December 31).  The Ministry of Health reports losses by Regional...

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World Traveller Returns Home to be 2015 Saskatchewanderer

January 29, 2015

World Traveller Returns Home to be 2015 Saskatchewanderer Ashlyn George is not your average tourist. Over the past five years, George has spent 24 months total travelling the globe.  She has visited more than 300 cities in 37 countries.  Along the way, she has gone skydiving and bungee jumping in New Zealand, volcano boarding in Nicaragua and shipwreck diving in the Philippines.  She...

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Province Introduces Test of SaskAlert Emergency System

January 29, 2015

Province Introduces Test of SaskAlert Emergency System Today Emergency Management and Fire Safety Commissioner Duane McKay announced that testing of an emergency public alerting program known as SaskAlert will begin on February 1, 2015 within the western third of the province.  “SaskAlert is a valuable tool which will enable participating municipalities, government agencies and other...

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Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Announce the First Canada Job Grant Recipient in Saskatchewan

January 29, 2015

Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Announce the First Canada Job Grant Recipient in Saskatchewan The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Battlefords–Lloydminster, on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, along with the Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan Minister Responsible...

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Wall Sets Priorities for Premiers' Meeting

January 29, 2015

Wall Sets Priorities for Premiers' Meeting Premier Wall to Be Active Participant at Tomorrow’s Meeting of Canada’s Premiers. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall will be participating via phone as Canada’s Premiers meet in Ottawa to discuss issues like the economy and interprovincial trade.  “This is consistent with our past practice when...

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Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Announce Dates for Campsite Reservation Launch

January 28, 2015

Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Announce Dates for Campsite Reservation Launch Campers who want to spend their summer vacations in Saskatchewan’s provincial parks will be able to start making campsite reservations on Monday, March 2, 2015.  “Camping in Saskatchewan Provincial Parks is exceptionally popular,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty said.  “In...

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Provincial Government, CUPE and Health Regions Sign Partnership

January 28, 2015

Provincial Government, CUPE and Health Regions Sign Partnership Health Minister Dustin Duncan, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and five health regions – Regina Qu’Appelle, Sun Country, Prairie North, Prince Albert, and Sunrise – have signed a partnership agreement, as part of a shared commitment to patient first care and health system transformation.   “We...

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Provincial Government, SEIU-West and Health Regions Sign Partnership

January 28, 2015

Provincial Government, SEIU-West and Health Regions Sign Partnership Released on January 28, 2015 Health Minister Dustin Duncan, Service Employees International Union-West (SEIU-West) and four health regions – Saskatoon, Heartland, Five Hills and Cypress – are working together in a new partnership, as part of a shared commitment to patient first care and health system transformation....

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Organ and Tissue Donation Campaign Offers Hope to Saskatchewan Families

January 27, 2015

Organ and Tissue Donation Campaign Offers Hope to Saskatchewan Families Heart transplant recipient Cheryl Olson calls her organ donor her heart hero.   “She saved my life, so she’s my hero,” Olson said about the woman who made possible her heart transplant in 2008.  “Without organ donation - without someone having said yes - I wouldn’t be here today. My...

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Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Invest in Municipal Infrastructure

January 23, 2015

Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Invest in Municipal Infrastructure The Town of Ituna will benefit from upgraded water supply infrastructure thanks to joint federal and provincial funding announced today by Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Michelle Rempel, and Last Mountain-Touchwood MLA Glen Hart on behalf of Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter. The investment...

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HOUSING TRANSITION WILL HELP MORE PEOPLE IN NEED

January 22, 2015

HOUSING TRANSITION WILL HELP MORE PEOPLE IN NEED More people in need will have access to housing due to a decision to transition the Affordable Housing Program into the Social Housing Program in Saskatchewan’s largest centers. “It is our intent to ensure that Saskatchewan people with the greatest housing need, such as persons with disabilities and families with low-incomes, have...

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PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT PROCLAIMS CURLING DAY IN SASKATCHEWAN

January 21, 2015

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT PROCLAIMS CURLING DAY IN SASKATCHEWAN Sweep, slide and hurry hard!  The provincial government has proclaimed this day Curling Day in Saskatchewan.  Curling Day in Saskatchewan encourages citizens to enjoy healthy, active living while playing, watching or learning about their provincial sport.  Curling was designated as Saskatchewan’s official sport in...

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GOVERNMENTS ANNOUNCE $3.8 MILLION FOR LIVESTOCK AND FORAGE RESEARCH

January 21, 2015

GOVERNMENTS ANNOUNCE $3.8 MILLION FOR LIVESTOCK AND FORAGE RESEARCH Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced nearly $3.8 million in funding for 30 livestock and forage research projects.  Funding is provided through the province’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF). “The livestock and forage sectors each make...

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WHOLESALE TRADE VALUE REACHES HIGHEST EVER RECORDED IN SASKATCHEWAN

January 21, 2015

WHOLESALE TRADE VALUE REACHES HIGHEST EVER RECORDED IN SASKATCHEWAN The value of wholesale trade in Saskatchewan continues to grow and set new records, reaching $2.3 billion in November 2014 – the highest number ever recorded (seasonally adjusted) since Statistics Canada began collecting wholesale trade data in 1993.   According to the report released today, wholesale trade in November...

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MANUFACTURING SALES BUCK NATIONAL TREND

January 20, 2015

MANUFACTURING SALES BUCK NATIONAL TREND Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sales in November 2014 bucked the national trend according to a report released by Statistics Canada today. On a year-over-year basis, sales were up 6.2 per cent in the province, while nationally sales were up 2.6 per cent.  Saskatchewan had the highest percentage increase among the provinces.  On...

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CONSUMER ADVISORY – TRAVEL PACKAGES

January 20, 2015

CONSUMER ADVISORY – TRAVEL PACKAGES The recent cold snap has people dreaming of sun and sand but the Consumer Protection Division of the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority reminds consumers to be aware of scam artists claiming to sell discount travel packages.  Callers claiming to represent Luxury Getaway Group have been offering travel packages to people in Saskatchewan. Luxury...

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CORE ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD FOR SASKATCHEWAN COMPLETE

January 20, 2015

CORE ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD FOR SASKATCHEWAN COMPLETE Access to Electronic Information Benefits Patients A comprehensive provincial electronic health record (EHR) for Saskatchewan residents is complete.  Health providers with access to the EHR Viewer can now see their patients’ diagnostic imaging results, completing the core components of an EHR for Saskatchewan residents....

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Avoid Unwanted House Insurance Claims This Winter

January 16, 2015

Avoid Unwanted House Insurance Claims This Winter Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) in partnership with the Insurance Brokers’ Association of Saskatchewan (IBAS) is pleased to provide the following winter house maintenance tips to help Saskatchewan homeowners avoid home insurance claims this winter. “No one wants to wake up one morning to see water running...

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SASKATCHEWAN AND ALBERTA RENEW AGREEMENT TO COMBAT MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE

January 15, 2015

SASKATCHEWAN AND ALBERTA RENEW AGREEMENT TO COMBAT MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE The Government of Saskatchewan will work to keep the province’s northern pine forests free of mountain pine beetle through a recently renewed agreement with Alberta. The Saskatchewan and Alberta governments have reaffirmed their long-standing co-operation on forest insects and disease, signing a three year agreement...

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Liquor Consultation Process Wraps Up January 30

January 15, 2015

Liquor Consultation Process Wraps Up January 30 There’s still time to have your say about the future of Saskatchewan’s liquor retail system. “More than 5,500 people have already taken the time to visit the site and provide responses,” Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Don McMorris said.  “There’s still time to let government...

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GOVERNMENTS INVEST $6.9 MILLION INTO CROP RESEARCH

January 13, 2015

GOVERNMENTS INVEST $6.9 MILLION INTO CROP RESEARCH Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced nearly $6.9 million for crop-related research through the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).  The funding is being awarded to 42 projects.   “Our government is proud to continue making investments in crop-related research...

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GOVERNMENT BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON NEW GROUP HOME IN SASKATOON

January 12, 2015

GOVERNMENT BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON NEW GROUP HOME IN SASKATOON Today sod was turned for LutherCare Communities’ home at 1226 Temperance Street in Saskatoon, marking the first step toward creating an inclusive space that four individuals with intellectual disabilities can call home. The Government of Saskatchewan contributed $250,000 toward the construction of the project.  LutherCare Communities...

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DIVERSE ECONOMY KEEPS JOB GROWTH STRONG IN SASKATCHEWAN

January 9, 2015

DIVERSE ECONOMY KEEPS JOB GROWTH STRONG IN SASKATCHEWAN Saskatchewan ended 2014 on top, maintaining the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for the 25th consecutive month. The province’s unemployment rate in December was 3.6 per cent (seasonally adjusted), well below the national average of 6.6 per cent, according to figures released by Statistics Canada today. The province’s youth also followed this...

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NEW BUILDING CANADA FUND INFRASTRUCTURE APPLICATION DEADLINE REMINDER

January 7, 2015

NEW BUILDING CANADA FUND INFRASTRUCTURE APPLICATION DEADLINE REMINDER Municipal governments, First Nations councils and other eligible applicants have until Monday, January 12 at 12 p.m. to apply for the first intake of project funding under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component program (PTIC) of the federal New Building Canada Fund (NBCF). Providing funding for projects of national, regional...

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Saskatchewan Research Council Launches Volatile Materials Expansion Project

January 7, 2015

Saskatchewan Research Council Launches Volatile Materials Expansion Project The Pipe Flow Technology Centre™ at the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) is now one of Canada’s first research facilities equipped to test conditions with volatile materials such as crude oil in a high pressure and high temperature (HPHT) physical model. SRC expanded an existing specially-designed building at the centre...

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GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN ALTERNATE FORMAT MATERIALS FOR SASKATCHEWAN STUDENTS

January 6, 2015

GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN ALTERNATE FORMAT MATERIALS FOR SASKATCHEWAN STUDENTS The Government of Saskatchewan has committed $750,000 in funding over three years to the Saskatoon Public School Division to support the needs of students who require materials in alternate formats, such as Braille and large text resources.   This funding will allow the Saskatoon Public School Division to develop and distribute...

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CHITEK LAKE AREA MAN FINED $4,900 FOR ILLEGAL OUTFITTING

January 5, 2015

CHITEK LAKE AREA MAN FINED $4,900 FOR ILLEGAL OUTFITTING Wayne Whitehead of the Pelican Lake First Nation was convicted on charges of illegal outfitting and unlawful possession of wildlife in North Battleford provincial court on December 23, 2014, resulting in fines totalling $4,900 under The Wildlife Act and The Outfitter and Guide Regulations. The charges were laid as the...

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GOVERNMENT PROVIDES $1.5 MILLION IN CHARITABLE GAMING GRANTS

January 2, 2015

GOVERNMENT PROVIDES $1.5 MILLION IN CHARITABLE GAMING GRANTS Released on January 2, 2015 More than 700 groups and organizations across the province are receiving approximately $1.5 million through the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA)’s charitable gaming grant program. “Volunteers in our communities are the people that coach minor sports, the local residents...

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Indexation Will Save Saskatchewan People $10.6 Million in 2015

December 30, 2014

Indexation Will Save Saskatchewan People $10.6 Million in 2015 Saskatchewan Has Highest Tax-Free Income Threshold in Canada for Family of Four The annual indexation of the provincial income tax system will save Saskatchewan people an estimated $10.6 million in 2015. “All Saskatchewan income tax brackets and tax credit amounts will go up 1.7 per cent in 2015, matching...

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Saskatchewan’s Highway System – A Year in Review

December 30, 2014

Saskatchewan’s Highway System – A Year in Review Like many others at this time of year, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is reflecting on the challenges and successes of another year gone. “Our government recognizes the importance of safe and efficient highways to the people of the province,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said.  “A...

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John Black and Associates Contract to End Early

December 29, 2014

John Black and Associates Contract to End Early The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health is ending its contract with John Black and Associates (JBA) to support the implementation of Lean across the provincial health system. Collectively, the province’s health regions and health care organizations have acquired sufficient knowledge and training that they are now in a position to make the final...

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Economic Progress in 2014

December 29, 2014

Economic Progress in 2014 As 2014 comes to an end, Saskatchewan’s economy will likely set records for population growth, jobs created, manufacturing sales and wholesale trade. “There were major forces at work in 2014 that impacted economies all over the world,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said.  “In spite of those pressures, several economic indicators surpassed 2013...

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A SAFE DRIVING REMINDER FROM THE MINISTRY OF HIGHWAYS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

December 23, 2014

A SAFE DRIVING REMINDER FROM THE MINISTRY OF HIGHWAYS AND INFRASTRUCTURE As you head out on the highways this holiday season please drive safely, watch for snowplows and check the Hotline before you set out. “Snowplow operators will be patrolling and treating the highways to help you reach your destination safely,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said.  “If...

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GROUP OF ELEVEN WILL HELP REDUCE POVERTY

December 22, 2014

GROUP OF ELEVEN WILL HELP REDUCE POVERTY An 11-member Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction was announced in Saskatoon by Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer. “This group will be responsible for reviewing all of the work we’ve done to address poverty in Saskatchewan and identify any gaps where more work is needed,” Harpauer said.  “I look forward...

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2014 Saskatchewanderer Wraps Up Twelve Months of Adventure

December 18, 2014

2014 Saskatchewanderer Wraps Up Twelve Months of Adventure Caitlin Taylor’s year-long Saskatchewan journey has ended.  The 22 year-old will return to the University of Saskatchewan in January to continue pre-journalism coursework. Throughout the past year, Taylor showcased Saskatchewan to the world.  She produced, shot and edited more than 30 videos.  Through Facebook, Twitter...

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Multi-Material Recycling Program to Launch in the New Year

December 18, 2014

Multi-Material Recycling Program to Launch in the New Year The Government of Saskatchewan is moving forward with implementation of a province-wide Multi-Material Recycling Program (MMRP) that will launch in early 2015. MMRP is a cost-sharing program between businesses and municipalities to help pay for the collection and recycling of household packaging and paper materials.  Currently,...

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Quality of Care a Priority at Santa Maria

December 18, 2014

Quality of Care a Priority at Santa Maria A new quality oversight committee and a care consultant will focus on ensuring residents at Santa Maria Senior Citizen’s Home in Regina are provided with safe, high quality health care. “Our government is committed to making improvements that place the needs of our long-term care residents first,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said....

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STILL GROWING: SASKATCHEWAN’S POPULATION UP 18,000 IN PAST YEAR TO NEARLY 1,130,000

December 17, 2014

STILL GROWING: SASKATCHEWAN’S POPULATION UP 18,000 IN PAST YEAR TO NEARLY 1,130,000 Saskatchewan’s population has grown to nearly 1,130,000 according to the latest figures released today by Statistics Canada. As of October 1, there were 1,129,899 people living in Saskatchewan, an increase of 4,489 in the past quarter and 18,102 in the past year. Premier Brad Wall noted...

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STRONG SUPPORT FROM VITERRA FOR GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP

December 17, 2014

STRONG SUPPORT FROM VITERRA FOR GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP Released on December 17, 2014 The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce that Viterra Inc., Canada’s grain industry leader, is contributing $150,000 in scholarship funds for post-secondary students at regional colleges across the province over the next three years.    The funds will be matched by the Provincial...

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GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND SASKATCHEWAN INVEST IN MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE

December 17, 2014

GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND SASKATCHEWAN INVEST IN MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE The Town of Kelvington will benefit from improved wastewater infrastructure thanks to joint federal and provincial funding announced today by Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliament for Yorkton — Melville, on behalf of Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Michelle Rempel, and Government Relations Minister Jim...

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OCTOBER WHOLESALE TRADE NUMBERS HIGHEST ON RECORD

December 17, 2014

OCTOBER WHOLESALE TRADE NUMBERS HIGHEST ON RECORD Released on December 17, 2014 Saskatchewan’s wholesale trade numbers reached new highs in October, hitting a record breaking $2.2 billion in sales and jumping 5.4 per cent (seasonally adjusted) over September 2014 according to Statistics Canada.  This had Saskatchewan taking top spot among the provinces in terms of percentage growth.

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HEALTH CARD RENEWAL STICKERS REQUIRED BY DECEMBER 31

December 12, 2014

HEALTH CARD RENEWAL STICKERS REQUIRED BY DECEMBER 31 Residents with provincial health coverage who have not received their health card renewal stickers in the mail are encouraged to contact eHealth Saskatchewan before December 31, 2014.  The stickers validate health cards for a three year period from January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2017. “Saskatchewan health cards ensure people are...

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SASKATCHEWAN IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM RECEIVES MORE NOMINATIONS FOR 2014

December 12, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM RECEIVES MORE NOMINATIONS FOR 2014 Province Thanks the Federal Government for Acknowledgement of Strong Economy and Labour Shortage The Government of Saskatchewan will be processing an additional 51 nominations under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) in December 2014.  The Government of Canada made the announcement this morning,...

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Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan Officially Launches

December 11, 2014

Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan Officially Launches Today, the federal and provincial governments announced $300,000 in funding over the next three years for Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan. “This organization links farmers with consumers to explore the vibrant and innovative world of agriculture,” said Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.  “By understanding modern...

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Christmas Message from Premier Brad Wall

December 9, 2014

Christmas Message from Premier Brad Wall 700 years before the First Christmas, one of many promises by Old Testament prophets was made about the coming of the Christ. “For unto us a child is born,” wrote Isaiah, “unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father,...

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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

December 9, 2014

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR As we celebrate this special season, it’s my pleasure to extend greetings to you on behalf of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada. What does Christmas mean to you?  For those of us who are Christians, it’s a holy time, when we celebrate the birth of Christ.  For many of us, Christmas is about spending time...

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SASKCAREERS.CA OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES IN SASKATCHEWAN

December 8, 2014

SASKCAREERS.CA OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES IN SASKATCHEWAN Released on December 8, 2014 SaskCareers.ca, Saskatchewan’s new career development website has officially been launched, giving users a one-stop-shop to discover and explore career paths and learn about education and training opportunities in the province. The integrated...

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Job Creation in Saskatchewan Continues to Lead the Nation

December 5, 2014

Job Creation in Saskatchewan Continues to Lead the Nation Saskatchewan has the strongest rate of job creation in Canada, according to the latest labour force report released today by Statistics Canada.  There were 15,300 more people working in Saskatchewan in November 2014 compared to the same month last year.  That’s a growth rate of 2.8 per cent – more than three times the national...

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NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND ACTION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN MARKED IN SASKATCHEWAN

December 4, 2014

NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND ACTION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN MARKED IN SASKATCHEWAN In Canada, December 6 has been designated as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women to commemorate the deaths of 14 female engineering students killed at Montreal’s l'École Polytechnique in 1989.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of this tragic event, and Saskatchewan...

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Government Introduces Legislation to Amend Commercial Vehicle Seizures

December 4, 2014

Government Introduces Legislation to Amend Commercial Vehicle Seizures Includes Stronger Penalties for Drivers and a New Process for Business Owners to Appeal Vehicle Seizures Commercial vehicle seizure amendments introduced today will strengthen the penalties for drivers while also making it less complicated for business owners to get commercial vehicles released in cases where the ...

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SASKATCHEWAN ADVANTAGE SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORTS THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS

December 3, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN ADVANTAGE SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORTS THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS This fall, the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship has been awarded to more than 12,000 students attending post-secondary education in Saskatchewan, totalling nearly $6 million in funding from the Government of Saskatchewan. “We introduced the Saskatchewan Advantage scholarship program to help make post-secondary education...

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN SASKATCHEWAN

December 3, 2014

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN SASKATCHEWAN Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer has proclaimed today as International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  This day, officially proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992, aims to increase awareness and understanding of disability issues and trends, and to mobilize support for practical action at all levels, by, with...

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SASKATCHEWAN INTRODUCING TWO RETRO LICENCE PLATES

December 2, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN INTRODUCING TWO RETRO LICENCE PLATES Two new retro licence plates – the Collector plate and the Vintage Roughrider plate – will be available for Saskatchewan residents to pre-order through SGI, just in time for the holiday season. “Green is the colour,” Minister responsible for SGI Don McMorris said.  “It’s the colour of our province, the...

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NEW LEGAL PROGRAM HELPS SASKATCHEWAN CHILDREN AND YOUTH

December 2, 2014

NEW LEGAL PROGRAM HELPS SASKATCHEWAN CHILDREN AND YOUTH The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the official launch of a program that will help ensure the voices of children and youth are heard. The Public Guardian and Trustee Amendment Act, 2014 (No. 2) goes into effect today, which establishes the Counsel for Children program.  This new program is intended specifically...

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MORE THAN 10,000 REGISTERED FOR SASKATCHEWAN ADVANTAGE GRANT FOR EDUCATION SAVINGS

December 1, 2014

MORE THAN 10,000 REGISTERED FOR SASKATCHEWAN ADVANTAGE GRANT FOR EDUCATION SAVINGS Over 10,000 children in Saskatchewan families have received more than $2 million since the Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings (SAGES) program was officially launched earlier this year. “I am pleased that so many families in Saskatchewan are utilizing SAGES to help invest in their children’s...

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GOVERNMENT ENDORSES 10-YEAR MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS ACTION PLAN

December 1, 2014

GOVERNMENT ENDORSES 10-YEAR MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS ACTION PLAN Dr. Fern Stockdale Winder, Commissioner of the Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan, today submitted her report to Health Minister Dustin Duncan, recommending improvements to how the province responds to people with mental health and addictions issues. “This report is the culmination of extensive public consultations...

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CHANGES TO BRAND INSPECTION FEES

December 1, 2014

CHANGES TO BRAND INSPECTION FEES Today Livestock Services Corporation of Saskatchewan (LSS) announced fee increases for brand inspection services and for brand registration.  The fee increase will come into effect January 2, 2015. The cost of inspection will increase by $0.75 per animal to $2.75, while the cost of registering or renewing a brand will increase from $25 to $50 for a four-year...

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PROVINCE ROLLS OUT COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER PROGRAM

December 1, 2014

PROVINCE ROLLS OUT COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER PROGRAM Options to promote community safety just increased with the rollout of the Community Safety Officer (CSO) program. “Under this program, any Saskatchewan community can apply to hire Community Safety Officers,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said.  “This will allow communities to address low-risk to harm,...

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SASKATCHEWAN IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM INCREASED FOR 2015

December 1, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM INCREASED FOR 2015 The Government of Saskatchewan will make important progress toward the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth goal of increasing the cap on provincial nominees through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). The provincial immigrant nominee cap that is set by the federal government will increase to 5,500 nominations in 2015 – a...

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WINTER WEIGHTS TO BENEFIT SHIPPERS STARTING DECEMBER 1

November 28, 2014

WINTER WEIGHTS TO BENEFIT SHIPPERS STARTING DECEMBER 1 Saskatchewan winter has a silver lining for shippers.  Winter weights begin at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, allowing heavier loads to be transported on secondary weight highways. “Saskatchewan’s economic growth is fuelled by exports which are often transported by truck,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner...

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GOVERNMENT EXPANDS SPECIALIZED POLICE AND MENTAL HEALTH TEAM IN SASKATOON

November 28, 2014

GOVERNMENT EXPANDS SPECIALIZED POLICE AND MENTAL HEALTH TEAM IN SASKATOON The Government of Saskatchewan is continuing its support of Saskatoon’s Police and Crisis Team (PACT), a unique initiative that changes the way mental health crises are handled in Saskatoon. “As the first program of its kind in Saskatchewan, PACT represents an innovative way of handling police calls in mental...

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BUDGET REMAINS ON TRACK DESPITE DROP IN OIL PRICE

November 27, 2014

BUDGET REMAINS ON TRACK DESPITE DROP IN OIL PRICE Lower Oil Price Could Have More Impact on Next Year’s Budget Saskatchewan remains on track to post a balanced budget in 2014-15.  The Mid-Year Report released today projects a year-end surplus of $70.9 million. “While the price of oil has fallen in recent weeks, it remained high for the first few months of...

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NEW LIQUOR LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE TRADE BARRIERS WITH BRITISH COLUMBIA

November 27, 2014

NEW LIQUOR LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE TRADE BARRIERS WITH BRITISH COLUMBIA Giving Saskatchewan Consumers More Choice and Opening a New Market for Saskatchewan Products   Changes to Saskatchewan’s liquor legislation introduced today in The Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Amendment Act, 2014 (No. 2) mark the first step toward allowing consumers in Saskatchewan more ...

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$10 MILLION REHABILITATION OF M1 CANAL UNDERWAY

November 26, 2014

$10 MILLION REHABILITATION OF M1 CANAL UNDERWAY Today the provincial government announced construction is underway on a $10 million rehabilitation of four kilometres of the M1 Canal and replacement of a major wasteway structure.  This project will see the bed of the canal enlarged from 6.1m to 9.5m, which will help to increase the flow of water and provide a more secure source of water for users in...

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STUDENTS EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES AT THINKAG CAREER AND EDUCATION EXPO

November 26, 2014

STUDENTS EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES AT THINKAG CAREER AND EDUCATION EXPO The federal and provincial governments, along with Cargill, have partnered to sponsor the new thinkAG Career and Education Expo at this year’s Canadian Western Agribition (CWA). “The agriculture industry offers challenging and exciting careers in a number of different fields,” said Federal Agriculture Minister...

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STRENGTHENING CHILD AND SPOUSAL SUPPORT COLLECTION IN SASKATCHEWAN

November 26, 2014

STRENGTHENING CHILD AND SPOUSAL SUPPORT COLLECTION IN SASKATCHEWAN Changes Take Effect December 1 Starting in December, the Maintenance Enforcement Office (MEO) has more tools to collect child and spousal support payments thanks to The Enforcement of Maintenance Orders Amendment Act, 2012. “Saskatchewan has one of the highest collection rates for overdue support...

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Government Motion Supports Pipeline, says Ontario and Quebec should not be Creating Barriers

November 26, 2014

Government Motion Supports Pipeline, says Ontario and Quebec should not be Creating Barriers Pipelines Safer Than Rail Cars for Oil Today in the Legislative Assembly, Premier Brad Wall introduced a motion supporting construction of the Energy East Pipeline and calling on Ontario and Quebec not to add unnecessary regulatory barriers to the approval process. “The Energy...

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SASKATCHEWAN PROVINCIAL PARKS ANNOUNCE SEASONAL CAMPING PROGRAM FOR 2015

November 25, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN PROVINCIAL PARKS ANNOUNCE SEASONAL CAMPING PROGRAM FOR 2015 Though winter has settled in across the province, Saskatchewan’s provincial parks are already looking ahead to the 2015 parks season. “Saskatchewan’s provincial parks continue to be incredibly popular tourism destinations,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty said.  “Demand...

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ADVISORY PANEL SEEKS INPUT ON OPTIONS FOR MS RESEARCH AND CARE

November 25, 2014

ADVISORY PANEL SEEKS INPUT ON OPTIONS FOR MS RESEARCH AND CARE An independent panel wants Saskatchewan multiple sclerosis patients, their caregivers and health care providers to weigh in on possible health service improvements and research that would benefit people living with MS. The survey will be open until December 31, 2014.  The panel will take the feedback into consideration in making...

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AMENDMENT TO THE EDUCATION ACT TO ALLOW SCHOOL TO BEGIN BEFORE LABOUR DAY

November 25, 2014

AMENDMENT TO THE EDUCATION ACT TO ALLOW SCHOOL TO BEGIN BEFORE LABOUR DAY An amendment to The Education Act that will enable the start of the school year before Labour Day when required was introduced in the Legislature today. Currently, in years where Labour Day falls later in the month - such as in September 2015 - a start date after the statutory holiday could result in the loss of instructional...

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GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO THE NEW BUILDING CANADA FUND

November 24, 2014

GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO THE NEW BUILDING CANADA FUND Applications are now being accepted under the Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) of the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF). “The New Building Canada Fund will help advance key goals of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth, as well as contribute to a higher quality of life for our residents,”...

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SASKATCHEWAN MANUFACTURING CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE LAUNCHED

November 24, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN MANUFACTURING CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE LAUNCHED The province’s manufacturing sector is receiving a significant boost today with the launch of the Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Saskatoon. The event coincides with the proclamation of Saskatchewan’s ninth annual Manufacturing Week, which features various events taking place November 24–28. A Memorandum...

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PROVINCE LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION STRATEGY

November 24, 2014

PROVINCE LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION STRATEGY New Scholarships for Students Studying Abroad Today, Advanced Education Minister Kevin Doherty announced the launch of the province’s International Education Strategy. “We want our young people to acquire the skills they need to work in a global context and strengthen our province’s cultural business expertise...

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WATER SECURITY AGENCY RELEASES FALL CONDITIONS REPORT

November 20, 2014

WATER SECURITY AGENCY RELEASES FALL CONDITIONS REPORT Released on November 20, 2014 The Water Security Agency today released a fall conditions report which outlines the precipitation conditions for the province going into winter freeze-up. This past year, most areas of the province received 150-200 per cent above the normal amount of precipitation on what was an already saturated landscape....

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INDIAN COMPANIES TO BUY MORE SASKATCHEWAN POTASH

November 20, 2014

INDIAN COMPANIES TO BUY MORE SASKATCHEWAN POTASH Released on November 20, 2014 Premier Brad Wall on Hand as New Long-Term Sales Agreements Are Signed Today Premier Brad Wall witnessed the signing of two new marketing agreements that will see millions of tonnes of Saskatchewan potash shipped to India over the next few years. Canpotex, the off-shore marketing arm of...

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NEW FUNDING FOR SWINE BIOSECURITY PROGRAM

November 18, 2014

NEW FUNDING FOR SWINE BIOSECURITY PROGRAM Released on November 18, 2014 Today, the federal and provincial governments announced $150,000 in funding for the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board (SaskPork) to deliver a new phase in the Saskatchewan Swine Biosecurity Program.  This phase aims to prevent the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) during transport of Saskatchewan hogs.

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STUDENTS LOANS PROGRAM STREAMLINED TO BENEFIT STUDENTS

November 18, 2014

STUDENTS LOANS PROGRAM STREAMLINED TO BENEFIT STUDENTS Released on November 18, 2014 Students are now benefiting from a streamlined administration of the student loans program beginning in 2014-15. “Our government is working to make it easier for students to pursue their post-secondary studies and find a job in our growing economy,” Advanced Education Minister Kevin Doherty...

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PROVINCE TO STRENGTHEN HUNTING LAWS IN WILDLIFE AMENDMENT ACT

November 18, 2014

PROVINCE TO STRENGTHEN HUNTING LAWS IN WILDLIFE AMENDMENT ACT Released on November 18, 2014 New legislation announced today by Environment Minister Scott Moe will aim to enhance wildlife protection in Saskatchewan by increasing the severity of hunting penalties.  The Wildlife Amendment Act, 2014 will ensure that: The most serious conservation offences will...

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NEW COMMUNITIES TO BENEFIT FROM MAIN STREET SASKATCHEWAN’S REVITALIZATION PROGRAM

November 17, 2014

NEW COMMUNITIES TO BENEFIT FROM MAIN STREET SASKATCHEWAN’S REVITALIZATION PROGRAM Released on November 17, 2014 The Government of Saskatchewan has accepted 11 new communities into its Main Street Saskatchewan program, a program designed to revitalize historic downtowns through a combination of government and private investments. The cities of Swift Current and Melfort have been...

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SASKATCHEWAN-BASED SOLDIERS PRESENTED MEDALS TODAY IN PROVINCIAL CAPITAL

November 17, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN-BASED SOLDIERS PRESENTED MEDALS TODAY IN PROVINCIAL CAPITAL Released on November 17, 2014 Soldiers based in the province were presented with Saskatchewan Protective Services Medals today during a ceremony in Regina with Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Provincial Secretary Nadine Wilson and Saskatchewan Military Liaison D.F. (Yogi) Huyghebaert. "We should never...

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Local Residents Celebrate Pineview Terrace Long-Term Care Facility Grand Opening in Prince Albert

November 14, 2014

Local Residents Celebrate Pineview Terrace Long-Term Care Facility Grand Opening in Prince Albert Released on November 14, 2014 Residents of Prince Albert and surrounding area gathered today to celebrate the grand opening of the Pineview Terrace, a new long-term care facility in the city. “This is an exciting step forward on our journey to achieve better health, better care and...

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Results of Online Consultations to Help Shape New Drainage Regulations Released on November 13, 2014

November 13, 2014

Results of Online Consultations to Help Shape New Drainage Regulations Released on November 13, 2014 Minister responsible for the Water Security Agency (WSA) Scott Moe today released the results of online consultations on agricultural drainage. “This was the most comprehensive public consultation on drainage policy ever undertaken in Saskatchewan,” Moe said.  “Our...

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Report from the Legislature November 12, 2014

November 12, 2014

According to the latest figures from Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan’s strong economy produced our country’s fastest rate of employment growth (19,700 more jobs) and lowest rate of unemployment (3.5%) in the past year.  Saskatchewan’s strong economy continues to give confidence to employers who, in turn, are deciding to expand their workforce. Over the past seven years, Saskatchewan people have created nearly...

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Changes to Organ and Tissue Donor Legislation to Improve Transplant Service in Saskatchewan

November 12, 2014

Changes to Organ and Tissue Donor Legislation to Improve Transplant Service in Saskatchewan Released on November 12, 2014 New legislation governing organ and tissue donations will equip Saskatchewan to respond more quickly and greater flexibility to growing demand for transplants. The changes contained in The Human Tissue Gift Act, 2014, will modernize outdated legislation and...

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FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH REMINDS YOU TO THINK BEFORE YOU SPEND

November 7, 2014

FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH REMINDS YOU TO THINK BEFORE YOU SPEND Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) in partnership with Saskatchewan credit unions are celebrating financial literacy month by reminding Saskatchewan people that it is never too early, or too late, to start learning about money. “Financial literacy month is a national initiative that highlights the...

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SASKATCHEWAN STAYING STRONG: FASTEST JOB GROWTH AND LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT IN CANADA

November 7, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN STAYING STRONG: FASTEST JOB GROWTH AND LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT IN CANADA Saskatchewan's strong economy has again produced the fastest rate of employment growth and lowest unemployment rate in Canada, according to new figures released today by Statistics Canada. “Our strong economy continues to give confidence to employers who, in turn, are deciding to expand their workforce,”...

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Two More Doctors Practise in Prince Albert Parkland Health Region

November 6, 2014

Two More Doctors Practise in Prince Albert Parkland Health Region Patients in communities all over Saskatchewan continue to have better access to physician services.  Two new family physicians are now practising in Shellbrook and Spiritwood, thanks to the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program. Dr. Olumide (Shellbrook) and Dr. Olakanmi (Spiritwood) join...

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More Doctors Begin Practising in Saskatchewan

November 6, 2014

More Doctors Begin Practising in Saskatchewan Access to Physician Care Continues to Improve  Nineteen new doctors are practising in Saskatchewan, thanks to the most recent results of the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program. Since the program began in 2011, more than 150 new family physicians have completed the assessment and have...

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Separation and Divorce Assistance Program Announced

November 6, 2014

Separation and Divorce Assistance Program Announced The Ministry of Justice, with support from the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan, has developed a three-year pilot program to assist families through separation and divorce. Family Matters: Assisting Families through Separation and Divorce will help minimize the effect of separation and divorce on all family members, especially children....

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Crop Report for the Period October 28 to November 3, 2014

November 6, 2014

Crop Report for the Period October 28 to November 3, 2014 Released on November 6, 2014 Harvest is essentially complete in the province as the majority of the crop is now in the bin, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  However, there are some crops, such as flax, canary seed and sunflowers left to be combined. Harvest was challenging for most producers,...

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Another Highway Construction Season is in the Books

November 6, 2014

Another Highway Construction Season is in the Books Released on November 6, 2014 The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is concluding the 2014 construction season.  In total, 837 km of provincial highways were improved across Saskatchewan.   ”We continue to build the infrastructure that meets the challenges of our growing economy,” Highways and Infrastructure...

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New West Premiers and Industry Work Together to Support Growth

November 6, 2014

New West Premiers and Industry Work Together to Support Growth New West Partnership (NWP) Premiers Brad Wall (Saskatchewan), Christy Clark (British Columbia) and Jim Prentice (Alberta) met with industry leaders today to explore ways to improve the long-term efficiency, reliability, and competitiveness of western Canada’s transportation system. “We had a really good, constructive...

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Veterans Honoured at Annual Remembrance Service

November 5, 2014

Veterans Honoured at Annual Remembrance Service Today, Minister responsible for the Public Service Commission Don McMorris and Provincial Secretary Nadine Wilson laid wreaths in the provincial capital during the annual Service of Remembrance for civil servants. “We express our utmost gratitude to all of the brave men and women from our Armed Forces who have participated in conflicts and...

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New West Summit to Explore Strengthening Transportation Infrastructure

November 5, 2014

New West Summit to Explore Strengthening Transportation Infrastructure New West Partnership Premiers Brad Wall (Saskatchewan), Jim Prentice (Alberta) and Christy Clark (British Columbia) are bringing transportation and industry leaders together this week in Regina to explore how western Canada’s transportation system can be strengthened to better move the region’s products to global markets.

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LIQUOR RETAILING CONSULTATION PROCESS NOW UNDERWAY

November 4, 2014

LIQUOR RETAILING CONSULTATION PROCESS NOW UNDERWAY Five Options on the Table, Public Comment Encouraged Via New Website The Government of Saskatchewan today took the first steps toward redefining Saskatchewan’s liquor retailing system by releasing an options paper, and inviting public input. “There are a lot of opinions about how we should sell liquor,”...

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Saskatchewan Sea, Army and Air Cadets Honoured

November 4, 2014

Saskatchewan Sea, Army and Air Cadets Honoured Continuing this year’s focus on Saskatchewan’s proud military heritage, Provincial Military Liaison D.F. (Yogi) Huyghebaert will visit the province’s top Saskatchewan Cadet Corps and Squadrons to present certificates and pins to the cadets from those groups being recognized this year for excellence and service in their communities.

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SASKATCHEWAN ADOPTS NEW ENVIRONMENTAL CODE

November 3, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN ADOPTS NEW ENVIRONMENTAL CODE Released on November 3, 2014 Environment Minister Scott Moe announced today the province of Saskatchewan is adopting a new environmental code that will continue to protect our environment for future generations, while helping to meet the challenges of economic growth.  The code is the first of its kind in Canada and the cornerstone of the province’s...

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CANADIAN ARMED FORCES MEMBERS RECOGNIZED WITH SCHOLARSHIP OF HONOUR

November 3, 2014

CANADIAN ARMED FORCES MEMBERS RECOGNIZED WITH SCHOLARSHIP OF HONOUR Advanced Education Minister Kevin Doherty paid tribute to 16 recipients of the Saskatchewan Scholarship of Honour at a ceremony today at the Saskatchewan Legislature. “Our government is pleased to bestow this scholarship to honour and remember the soldiers who have served and continue to serve our country,” Doherty...

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GOVERNMENT REALLOCATES $4.6 MILLION TO SUPPORT THE CLASSROOM

October 31, 2014

GOVERNMENT REALLOCATES $4.6 MILLION TO SUPPORT THE CLASSROOM The Government of Saskatchewan is reallocating $4.6 million in funding to support students and teachers in the classroom in response to what was learned through the Student First engagement process. “Student enrolment in Saskatchewan continues to grow and we know that means diversity in the classroom is also growing,” Education...

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IMPROVING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE BY EXPANDING PHARMACISTS' SCOPE OF PRACTICE

October 30, 2014

IMPROVING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE BY EXPANDING PHARMACISTS' SCOPE OF PRACTICE Health Minister Dustin Duncan today introduced legislative amendments that will expand scope of practice for Saskatchewan pharmacists, benefiting residents through more efficient and accessible health care services. Amendments to The Pharmacy Act, 1996 will recognize the ability of pharmacists to improve health care...

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WAGES CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN AUGUST

October 30, 2014

WAGES CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN AUGUST Workers in Saskatchewan are taking more money home according to new figures released by Statistics Canada today.  Average weekly earnings in the province were $986.22 in August, the third highest among the provinces.  Wages were up 4.0 per cent on a year-over-year basis, above the national increase of 3.5 per cent. With inflation factored in, real...

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REVISED CHILD ABUSE PROTOCOL PROTECTS SASKATCHEWAN CHILDREN

October 29, 2014

REVISED CHILD ABUSE PROTOCOL PROTECTS SASKATCHEWAN CHILDREN Changes to the Saskatchewan Child Abuse Protocol announced today by the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Social Services will enhance the province’s co-ordinated and integrated approach to child abuse investigations, while clarifying responsibilities for protecting children. “Every individual has a personal duty to report suspected child abuse,”...

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INCREASED PROTECTION FOR VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE AND ABUSE

October 29, 2014

INCREASED PROTECTION FOR VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE AND ABUSE Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant introduced amendments today to The Victims of Domestic Violence Act.  The changes will expand the Act’s scope and the ability of police and the justice system to protect victims of violence and abuse. “In 1994, Saskatchewan was the first province in Canada to introduce...

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PREMIER TAKES PROVINCE’S AGRICULTURE AND ENERGY STORY TO INDIA

October 28, 2014

PREMIER TAKES PROVINCE’S AGRICULTURE AND ENERGY STORY TO INDIA  India has rapidly become one of Saskatchewan’s major trading partners, and Premier Brad Wall is cultivating that growing relationship in a visit to the country next month. The premier shared details of his November 15-23 India trade mission in a meeting today at the Legislature with representatives of the province’s Indo-Canadian community. The...

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MILITARY HERITAGE PROJECT HONOURS SECOND WORLD WAR VETERANS

October 28, 2014

MILITARY HERITAGE PROJECT HONOURS SECOND WORLD WAR VETERANS The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport today premiered Stories of Courage: Saskatchewan Second World War Veterans Remember, a series of eight videos presenting the oral histories of 17 Saskatchewan residents who served during the Second World War. The project started when community advocates asked the Government of Saskatchewan to help preserve our province’s military...

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SASKATCHEWAN’S BEST JOB EVER OFFERED AGAIN IN 2015

October 27, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN’S BEST JOB EVER OFFERED AGAIN IN 2015 Government of Saskatchewan Continues with Successful, Expanded Saskatchewanderer Program Over the past year,Saskatchewanderer Caitlin Taylor has wandered where no Wanderer has gone before. She snowboarded at Mission Ridge, Mark McMorris’s hometown hill; camped on the world’s most northerly sand dunes in Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park; and interviewed dozens...

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CIC SMART METER REVIEW MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE CROWN PROCUREMENT

October 27, 2014

CIC SMART METER REVIEW MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE CROWN PROCUREMENT Review Finds Customer Safety Was Not Given Enough Priority An investigation into the causes of fires and the procurement practices surrounding SaskPower’s smart meter program has concluded that customer safety was not given a high enough priority by SaskPower. This and other findings have led to a series of recommendations aimed at preventing such problems...

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THRONE SPEECH FOCUSES ON KEEPING SASKATCHEWAN STRONG

October 23, 2014

THRONE SPEECH FOCUSES ON KEEPING SASKATCHEWAN STRONG Premier Brad Wall said his government will focus on keeping Saskatchewan strong during the 2014-15 legislative session which opened today with the Speech from the Throne. “Saskatchewan is strong,” Wall said. “In just the past few months, Saskatchewan hit an all-time high for population and job creation and an all-time low for unemployment. This is very good...

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NEW REGINA HIP AND KNEE CENTRE IMPROVES ACCESS TO CARE

October 23, 2014

NEW REGINA HIP AND KNEE CENTRE IMPROVES ACCESS TO CARE A completely redesigned Regina clinic that offers earlier access to assessment, followed by the most appropriate care, will better meet the needs of patients who may be candidates for hip or knee replacement surgery. The new Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) Hip and Knee Treatment and Research Centre is designed to ensure that patients and families are key partners in decisions...

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GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN PLEASED WITH WTO RULING ON COOL

October 20, 2014

GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN PLEASED WITH WTO RULING ON COOL Compliance Panel Ruling a Victory for Canada’s Cattle and Hog Producers Today, Premier Brad Wall welcomed the World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance panel ruling in favour of Canada and urged the United States to end mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL). “The latest WTO ruling once again confirms that the U.S. mandatory COOL rules unfairly...

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CELEBRATING EDUCATION WEEK IN SASKATCHEWAN

October 20, 2014

CELEBRATING EDUCATION WEEK IN SASKATCHEWAN Today, Education Minister Don Morgan was in Moose Jaw to kick off Education Week by celebrating local successes in the Prairie South School Division (PSSD). Education Week runs October 19 to 25 and the theme, "Supporting and Celebrating Success", will once again give communities, teachers, students, parents and caregivers the opportunity to recognize the great work taking place in Saskatchewan...

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OPENING OF THE FOURTH SESSION OF THE TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE

October 16, 2014

OPENING OF THE FOURTH SESSION OF THE TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE Public Invited to October 22 Outdoor Ceremony Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield will formally open the Fourth Session of the 27th Legislature on October 22 with the Speech from the Throne in the Assembly Chamber of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building following an outdoor ceremony. “The opening of our Legislative Assembly involves a number...

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CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD OCTOBER 7 TO 13, 2014

October 16, 2014

CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD OCTOBER 7 TO 13, 2014 Significant harvest progress was made this past week thanks to warm and dry weather, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report. Eighty-nine per cent of the 2014 crop is now combined and eight per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. This is right in line with the five-year (2009-2013) average of 91 per cent combined and seven per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest...

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SASKATCHEWAN LEADS THE NATION IN JOB CREATION

October 10, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN LEADS THE NATION IN JOB CREATION Saskatchewan is leading the nation in job creation with the fastest rate of employment growth and the lowest unemployment rate in Canada. “Having a growing and robust economy has had a huge impact on the job front,” Minister responsible for Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training Jeremy Harrison said. “It is no surprise that Saskatchewan’s job growth rate is the...

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FLU CLINICS ACROSS THE PROVINCE TO OPEN SOON

October 8, 2014

FLU CLINICS ACROSS THE PROVINCE TO OPEN SOON  The publicly-funded influenza vaccine will be available through public health clinics across the province, and from some physicians and Nurse Practitioners beginning October 14, 2014. The free vaccine will be offered to all Saskatchewan residents six months and older. “We want to ensure people in our province have easy access to the flu shot and stay healthy during the flu...

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GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES THE FIFTH ANNUAL AGRICULTURE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

October 3, 2014

GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES THE FIFTH ANNUAL AGRICULTURE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP  Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced $10,000 for students pursuing a career in agriculture with the launch of the fifth annual Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship Program. “The agriculture industry is full of opportunities for young people - from research and science to agrology and finance - there is an option for youth to think...

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“Made In Saskatchewan” Leads Provinces in August Export Growth

October 3, 2014

“Made In Saskatchewan” Leads Provinces in August Export Growth Goods stamped “Made in Saskatchewan” are in demand among Canadian merchandise, according to Statistics Canada’s figures released today for August 2014. Saskatchewan leads the provinces in year-over-year growth in exports value. Saskatchewan posted a 31.6 per cent increase in the value of its exports last August over August 2013, a jump...

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NEW PASSING LANES OPEN BETWEEN DELISLE AND ROSETOWN

October 2, 2014

NEW PASSING LANES OPEN BETWEEN DELISLE AND ROSETOWN  The signs are up and the pavement lines have been marked for the first set of passing lanes on Highway 7 between Delisle and Rosetown. “The first lanes opened to traffic today,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. “The passing lanes increase traffic capacity and improve safety by providing more opportunities to pass slower moving vehicles....

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SaskPower Launches World’s First Commercial CCS Process

October 2, 2014

SaskPower Launches World’s First Commercial CCS Process The world’s first commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) process on a coal-fired power plant officially opened today at Boundary Dam Power Station in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Premier Brad Wall, Federal Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford, Economy Minister Bill Boyd, and SaskPower President and CEO Robert Watson were on hand to officially open the project. “Over...

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SASKATCHEWAN’S MINIMUM WAGE NOW $10.20

October 1, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN’S MINIMUM WAGE NOW $10.20 Saskatchewan’s minimum wage will increase to $10.20 from $10 per hour. Since 2007, Saskatchewan’s minimum wage has increased by 28.3 per cent, with six increases from $7.95 to $10.20 over the past seven years. “Saskatchewan’s economy has been growing and it is important that the minimum wage increases as well,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister...

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OCTOBER IS AGRICULTURE MONTH IN SASKATCHEWAN

October 1, 2014

OCTOBER IS AGRICULTURE MONTH IN SASKATCHEWAN Province Encourages Youth to Think Ag Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart has proclaimed October as Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan. The month will focus on profiling opportunities in agriculture to youth. “Agriculture is one of the largest economic engines in Saskatchewan, accounting for about 10 per cent of the provincial gross domestic product and generating more than...

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GOVERNMENT ENHANCES VICTIMS COMPENSATION

October 1, 2014

GOVERNMENT ENHANCES VICTIMS COMPENSATION The Government of Saskatchewan is enhancing the Victims Compensation Program to better respond to the needs of victims of violence. The Victims Compensation Program assists victims primarily with immediate expenses after a violent crime and during the criminal justice process. The changes, which will apply to incidents occurring on or after October 1, 2014, will be made through amendments...

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STC SENIOR SEAT SALE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER

September 29, 2014

STC SENIOR SEAT SALE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) is extending its $15 Senior Seat Sale until October 31, 2014.Seniors aged 60 and over will now get to ride with STC for $15 one-way or $30 return plus tax for the entire month of October. “Saskatchewan’s population is very geographically spread out,” Minister responsible for STC Jennifer Campeau said. “An extra month of the...

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FIRST ROUND OF 2015 HIGHWAY PROJECTS WORTH MORE THAN $200 MILLION

September 29, 2014

FIRST ROUND OF 2015 HIGHWAY PROJECTS WORTH MORE THAN $200 MILLION The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is preparing to release tenders that will see nearly 800,000 tonnes of asphalt laid down on more than 320 km of provincial highways. The Ministry today released its fall tender plan. The tender plan contains construction projects for next year’s construction season. This year’s tender plan includes 80 contracts,...

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SASKATCHEWAN GROWS BY ANOTHER 5,000 PEOPLE TO MORE THAN 1,125,000

September 26, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN GROWS BY ANOTHER 5,000 PEOPLE TO MORE THAN 1,125,000 Saskatchewan’s population kept growing in the second quarter of 2014 (April 1 to July 1), increasing by another 5,281 people to 1,125,410. In the past year (July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014), the province grew by 19,163 people. Both the quarterly and annual growth rates are the second highest among the provinces, behind only Alberta. Premier Brad Wall said...

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SASKATCHEWAN WELCOMES END OF NEGOTIATIONS ON HISTORIC EUROPE TRADE DEAL

September 26, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN WELCOMES END OF NEGOTIATIONS ON HISTORIC EUROPE TRADE DEAL A major milestone on the path to the Canada-Europe free trade deal that is vital to Saskatchewan is being celebrated today in Toronto and Ottawa. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is hosting a Canada-European Union (EU) Summit during which the federal government is celebrating the conclusion of negotiations with the EU on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement...

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CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF SASKATCHEWAN

September 25, 2014

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF SASKATCHEWAN Children, their families and project partners celebrated a major milestone for the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS) with a ground-breaking ceremony at the construction site. “Our government is fulfilling our promise to build a state-of-the-art maternal and children’s hospital,” Premier Brad Wall said. “This place of hope and healing...

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GOVERNMENT PROCLAIMS BIOTECH WEEK IN SASKATCHEWAN

September 25, 2014

GOVERNMENT PROCLAIMS BIOTECH WEEK IN SASKATCHEWAN Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart has proclaimed the week of September 26 to October 3, 2014, as Biotech Week in Saskatchewan, in conjunction with the 11th National Biotechnology Week. “Biotechnology is an important part of our economy,” Stewart said. “The Government of Saskatchewan works with industry, researchers, other governments and the private sector to partner...

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PROVINCIAL CREDIT RATING UPGRADED

September 24, 2014

PROVINCIAL CREDIT RATING UPGRADED Saskatchewan Receives Moody's AAA Credit Rating Moody’s Investor Services (Moody’s) has upgraded Saskatchewan’s credit rating to Aaa, its highest level. With the upgrade, Saskatchewan joins the Governments of Canada, Alberta and British Columbia as the only jurisdictions in the country with Moody’s highest credit rating. In its release, the agency said its triple...

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SASKATCHEWAN POLYTECHNIC ACT PROCLAIMED

September 24, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN POLYTECHNIC ACT PROCLAIMED Today, Advanced Education Minister Kevin Doherty announced the proclamation of The Saskatchewan Polytechnic Act. This Act provides the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) authority to operate as a polytechnic institution and officially change its name to Saskatchewan Polytechnic. “This new Act marks a milestone in the history of SIAST and post-secondary...

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GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO SUPPORT PROVINCIAL RINKS

September 22, 2014

GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO SUPPORT PROVINCIAL RINKS The Government of Saskatchewan has announced that the Community Rink Affordability Grant will be offered in 2014. This is the third consecutive year for the popular program. The Community Rink Affordability Grant provides funding to Saskatchewan’s municipal indoor skating and curling rinks. Communities, schools, non-profits and First Nations are eligible to apply to the program....

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Student First Advisors Engagement Complete

September 18, 2014

Student First Advisors Engagement Complete The Student First advisors, Russ Mirasty and Patricia Prowse, have officially wrapped up the engagement process and handed over their findings to the education sector and the Government of Saskatchewan. A discussion guide and toolkit, which will be available to the public, include a summary of what was heard and the themes that emerged during the engagement process, and will be used to...

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PROJECTIONS SHOW STRONG, CONTINUING GROWTH FOR SASKATCHEWAN

September 17, 2014

PROJECTIONS SHOW STRONG, CONTINUING GROWTH FOR SASKATCHEWAN Saskatchewan’s population could top 1.5 million people by 2038, according to a new report released today by Statistics Canada. StatsCan issues its population projections every five years, outlining seven possible scenarios for population growth in Canada and the provinces. Its projections for Saskatchewan range from the province having a population of anywhere from...

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RENEWAL STICKERS ARE COMING FOR HEALTH CARDS

September 15, 2014

RENEWAL STICKERS ARE COMING FOR HEALTH CARDS Renewal stickers for health cards are being mailed to Saskatchewan residents who currently have provincial health coverage. Provincial health cards expire on December 31, 2014. The stickers will validate health cards for a three-year period to December 31, 2017. “The Saskatchewan Health Services Card indicates you are entitled to health coverage under the provincial health insurance...

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GOVERNMENT TAKING FURTHER ACTION TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC SAFETY ON HIGHWAYS

September 15, 2014

GOVERNMENT TAKING FURTHER ACTION TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC SAFETY ON HIGHWAYS Photo Speed Enforcement Pilot Expanding to Highways Near Martensville and Pilot Butte As part of the government’s ongoing commitment to traffic safety in high-risk traffic areas, two new locations have been added to the photo speed enforcement pilot project. Highway 1 East between Pilot Butte and White City, and Highway 12 at Martensville will both receive...

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SMALL BUSINESS JOB CREDIT GOOD FOR SASKATCHEWAN

September 12, 2014

SMALL BUSINESS JOB CREDIT GOOD FOR SASKATCHEWAN Saskatchewan Finance Minister Ken Krawetz welcomes the federal government’s recently announced Small Business Job Credit. “This is certainly good news for many of Saskatchewan’s small businesses, in a time when our province is growing,” Krawetz said. “A fifteen per cent reduction in Employment Insurance costs is significant for small businesses that are...

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Wolf Hunt Pilot Project Begins September 15

September 11, 2014

Wolf Hunt Pilot Project Begins September 15 Starting next week, the Ministry of Environment will begin piloting the use of licensed hunters to reduce wolf populations in an area of the province where a high number of livestock kills have been attributed to wolves. The wolf hunt will run from September 15, 2014 to March 31, 2015, and be restricted to wildlife management zone (WMZ) 49, which runs south along the forest from Carrot...

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Crop Report for the Period September 2 to 8, 2014

September 11, 2014

Crop Report for the Period September 2 to 8, 2014 Another week of cool and wet weather has delayed harvest for many producers, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report. Fourteen per cent of the provincial crop has now been combined, while 39 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year average (2009-2013) for this time of year is 26 per cent combined and 32 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest...

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Government Partnership to Build Highway 7 Passing Lanes between Rosetown and Delisle

September 11, 2014

Government Partnership to Build Highway 7 Passing Lanes between Rosetown and Delisle New Building Canada Plan Open for Business in Saskatchewan Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, was joined today by Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner to announce the Government of Canada has set aside approximately $3.8 million for the Highway 7 passing lanes project in Saskatchewan under...

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Work Underway on New Highway 2 Alignment near St. Louis

September 11, 2014

Work Underway on New Highway 2 Alignment near St. Louis Weekly Construction Update A detour is in place south of Prince Albert as crews work to realign Highway 2 with the new St. Louis Bridge. “Local traffic, tourists and shippers will benefit from a new bridge at St. Louis,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. “It will be a major benefit to Saskatchewan’s economy, as it is the final...

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SASKATCHEWAN COMMUNITIES BENEFIT FROM $1.9 MILLION IN CHARITABLE GAMING GRANTS

September 10, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN COMMUNITIES BENEFIT FROM $1.9 MILLION IN CHARITABLE GAMING GRANTS The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) is providing approximately $1.9 million to more than 900 organizations across the province as part of SLGA’s charitable gaming grant program. “The financial boost provided through the charitable gaming grant program will ensure many worthwhile community projects and programs remain vibrant,”...

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BUILDING STRONGER FAMILIES THROUGH KIDSFIRST

September 10, 2014

BUILDING STRONGER FAMILIES THROUGH KIDSFIRST The Government of Saskatchewan is working to build stronger families and communities through its continued support for KidsFirst programs across the province. For 2014-15, nine KidsFirst programs will receive $14.61 million jointly from the Ministries of Education and Health. “KidsFirst provides essential services to vulnerable families across the province,” Education Minster...

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CANADA AND SASKATCHEWAN RECOGNIZE IMPORTANCE OF NEW STUDENT BUILDS

September 10, 2014

CANADA AND SASKATCHEWAN RECOGNIZE IMPORTANCE OF NEW STUDENT BUILDS  The Government of Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan, along with the Northern Lights School Division and Île-à-la-Crosse School Division today acknowledge student efforts from the La Loche Community School, Dené Building in La Loche, Rossignol High School in Île-à-la-Crosse, Twin Lakes High School in Buffalo Narrows, and Churchill...

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Twenty Straight Months of Lowest Unemployment Rate in Canada

September 5, 2014

Twenty Straight Months of Lowest Unemployment Rate in Canada Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate has been the lowest in Canada for 20 consecutive months. According to new labour force data released today for August 2014, the unemployment rate was 4.2 per cent (seasonally adjusted). Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.0 per cent in August. Saskatchewan’s labour force reached 604,100; a historical high in the province....

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RECORD SUPPORT FOR POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS

September 3, 2014

RECORD SUPPORT FOR POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS Thousands of Students Benefit from Government Investment As students return to their post-secondary studies this fall, the provincial government is continuing to provide record support to help make their education accessible and affordable. “Our government continues to invest in our post-secondary students and institutions to help grow our skilled workforce and economy in the province,”...

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New West Partnership Commits to Reduce Exceptions

August 28, 2014

New West Partnership Commits to Reduce Exceptions Today, Premiers Brad Wall, Dave Hancock and Christy Clark agreed to review the list of exceptions to the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) to make trade in the New West even more open. Currently, the NWPTA provides the most open trading environment in Canada. Premiers are asking Ministers responsible to implement further improvements. Specifically, Ministers are...

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June Wages in Saskatchewan Increase Year Over Year

August 28, 2014

June Wages in Saskatchewan Increase Year Over Year The average Saskatchewan worker’s weekly wages were $980.11 in June 2014, an increase of 3.6 per cent compared to last June. Saskatchewan wages were the third highest among all the provinces. “Strong economic conditions are helping drive wages higher,” Minister responsible for Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training Jeremy Harrison said. “This is another...

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HIGHWAY HOTLINE ADDS NEW CAMERAS

August 27, 2014

HIGHWAY HOTLINE ADDS NEW CAMERAS  Six new roadside cameras have been installed to enhance the road information provided by the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline. “We take pride in providing timely road information to travellers, and these new tools will help motorists with their route planning,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. “The Highway Hotline receives millions of web visits and phone...

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GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND SASKATCHEWAN ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR HOUSING

August 26, 2014

GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND SASKATCHEWAN ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR HOUSING Together, the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced an additional combined investment of some $92 million over five years, to help more individuals and families in need access affordable housing. The funding will be delivered through an extension to the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) Agreement. ”Our government is proud to partner with the...

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SENIORS RIDE WITH STC FOR $15 ONE-WAY THIS SEPTEMBER

August 25, 2014

SENIORS RIDE WITH STC FOR $15 ONE-WAY THIS SEPTEMBER The Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) has announced the return of their popular Senior Seat Sale. From September 1 to 30, 2014, seniors aged 60 and over can ride anywhere STC goes for just $15 one-way. “We want seniors in Saskatchewan to view bus travel as a comfortable and convenient transportation alternative,” Minister responsible for STC Jennifer Campeau...

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GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND SASKATCHEWAN FINALIZE AGREEMENTS TO HELP PEOPLE IN SASKATCHEWAN GET JOBS

August 25, 2014

GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND SASKATCHEWAN FINALIZE AGREEMENTS TO HELP PEOPLE IN SASKATCHEWAN GET JOBS Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Saskatchewan Minister responsible for Immigration, Jobs, Skills, and Training Jeremy Harrison, announced today that two agreements have been signed by the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan to help connect Canadians with available jobs. “Our government’s...

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GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN SUPPORTS BACK TO SCHOOL CAMPAIGN

August 21, 2014

GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN SUPPORTS BACK TO SCHOOL CAMPAIGN Education Minister Don Morgan joined Salvation Army volunteers and several Regina area MLAs at The Salvation Army Haven of Hope Ministries today to help fill backpacks with donated school supplies in support of The Salvation Army’s annual Back to School Campaign. “Back to school is an exciting time for Saskatchewan students, unfortunately not all families can...

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND RECOVERY UPDATE

August 20, 2014

EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND RECOVERY UPDATE: August 20, 2014 The Ministry of Government Relations, in collaboration with various government ministries, agencies, Crown corporations and stakeholder groups, are providing updates on the key steps the province and its partners are taking in response to the record rainfall, flood and recovery operations occurring in eastern Saskatchewan. Ministry of Government Relations Provincial...

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SASKATCHEWAN’S EMPLOYMENT GROWTH STRONGER THAN FIRST THOUGHT

August 15, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN’S EMPLOYMENT GROWTH STRONGER THAN FIRST THOUGHT Revised labour force numbers released today by Statistics Canada show employment growth in Saskatchewan is even stronger than first reported last week. There are 8,700 more people working in Saskatchewan than a year ago. Saskatchewan’s employment growth rate of 1.5 per cent is second-highest in Canada and above the national growth rate of 0.9 per cent. Saskatchewan’s...

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CIC Announces Review of Smart Meter Program

August 15, 2014

CIC Announces Review of Smart Meter Program Crown Investments Corporation (CIC) will conduct a thorough review of the SaskPower smart meter program. CIC President Dick Carter said CIC will engage independent experts to look at procurement and contract management of the smart meter program, safety issues and cost recovery options, which could include legal action. “There will be a public report issued at the conclusion...

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Province's Finances Remain on Track Despite Flooding Costs

August 14, 2014

Province's Finances Remain on Track Despite Flooding Costs Finance Minister Ken Krawetz today said the provincial budget surplus remains intact, even with a $150 million allowance for flood related costs. Krawetz released the First Quarter Financial Report today. The projected surplus is $75 million, up $3.5 million from budget, despite the flood allowance, largely due to a projected increase in total revenue of $169 million. "The...

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SASKATCHEWAN OFFERS SECOND FREE FISHING WEEKEND AUGUST 23 AND 24

August 13, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN OFFERS SECOND FREE FISHING WEEKEND AUGUST 23 AND 24 The weekend of August 23 and 24 marks the province’s second free fishing weekend of the summer. Everyone – including visitors to the province – will be free to fish on those days without having to buy a licence. Due to extreme rainfall and flooding in some areas of the province last month, boaters were advised to stay off some lakes for their own...

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Lowest Unemployment Rate Ever Recorded in Saskatchewan

August 8, 2014

Lowest Unemployment Rate Ever Recorded in Saskatchewan Unemployment in Saskatchewan hit a historic low in July, clocking-in at 3.3 per cent (seasonally adjusted). This is the lowest unemployment rate on record for the province since Statistics Canada started recording employment data in 1976. The last time Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate dipped to an all-time low was in April 2014, at 3.4 per cent. “Our impressively...

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NEW JOINT-USE SCHOOLS PROJECT MOVES FORWARD

July 31, 2014

NEW JOINT-USE SCHOOLS PROJECT MOVES FORWARD The Government of Saskatchewan is moving forward with a public-private partnership (P3) model to build 18 new schools on nine joint-use sites in the high growth communities of Martensville, Regina, Saskatoon and Warman. The government worked in partnership with the five involved school divisions to gather input and the details needed to reach this decision. “Financial analysis,...

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GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND SASKATCHEWAN INVEST IN FORESTRY SECTOR TO HELP SASKATCHEWAN COMPANIES INCREASE MARKET ACCESS

July 29, 2014

GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND SASKATCHEWAN INVEST IN FORESTRY SECTOR TO HELP SASKATCHEWAN COMPANIES INCREASE MARKET ACCESS  Today, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Michelle Rempel, and Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Environment for Forest Management Fred Bradshaw, on behalf of Minister of the Economy Bill Boyd, announced a combined investment of $1.1 million in the Prince Albert Model Forest Association...

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RECORD RETAIL SALES IN MAY

July 23, 2014

RECORD RETAIL SALES IN MAY Retail trade for May 2014 hit record levels, according to a report released by Statistics Canada today. Retail sales hit $1.6 billion in May, the highest ever recorded for the month. “Saskatchewan’s economy is advancing, creating jobs and opportunities, which in turn is attracting more people and investment to the province,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “The level of optimism...

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MUNICIPAL REVENUE SHARING INCREASING $8.3 MILLION IN 2015

July 23, 2014

MUNICIPAL REVENUE SHARING INCREASING $8.3 MILLION IN 2015 Saskatchewan municipalities will be receiving $8.3 million more in revenue sharing next year, thanks to an increase in Provincial Sales Tax (PST) revenues in 2013-14. “Saskatchewan’s economy continues to be strong, and that activity is translating into more revenue for municipalities,” Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter said. “Municipalities...

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND RECOVERY UPDATE:

July 23, 2014

EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND RECOVERY UPDATE: The Ministry of Government Relations, in collaboration with various government ministries, agencies, Crown corporations and stakeholder groups, are providing updates on the key steps the province and its partners are taking in response to the record rainfall, flood and recovery operations occurring in eastern Saskatchewan. Ministry of Government Relations A total of 11 recovery centres...

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Government Provides $1.9 Million in Charitable Gaming Grants

July 21, 2014

Government Provides $1.9 Million in Charitable Gaming Grants  More than 700 groups and organizations in Saskatchewan are benefiting from approximately $1.9 million in charitable gaming grants being provided by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA). “These groups and organizations are made up of volunteers who give themselves to their communities in order to enhance the lives of others,” Minister responsible...

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND RECOVERY UPDATE: JULY 16, 2014

July 16, 2014

EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND RECOVERY UPDATE: JULY 16, 2014  The Ministry of Government Relations, in collaboration with various government ministries, agencies, Crown corporations and stakeholder groups, are providing updates on the key steps the province and its partners are taking in response to the record rainfall, flood and recovery operations occurring in eastern Saskatchewan. Ministry of Government Relations The...

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PROVINCIAL PARKS TO CELEBRATE SASKATCHEWAN PARKS WEEK

July 15, 2014

PROVINCIAL PARKS TO CELEBRATE SASKATCHEWAN PARKS WEEK From hiking and fishing to campfire cookouts and relaxing, everyone’s favourite week is underway. The Government of Saskatchewan has once again proclaimed July 13-19, 2014 as Saskatchewan Parks Week. “Our provincial parks capture the beauty and spirit o0f Saskatchewan, through the gorgeous scenery and exciting activities they have available,” Parks, Culture...

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PUBLIC HEALTH REMINDER ALERT ON HEPATITIS

July 15, 2014

PUBLIC HEALTH REMINDER ALERT ON HEPATITIS A Saskatchewan public health officials are issuing another call for people who may be at risk of Hepatitis A after a possible exposure in southwestern Saskatchewan. The Five Hills Health Region continues to follow up on a case of Hepatitis A in a person who was a food handler at the Mainstay Inn Motel and Restaurant near Riverhurst from June 1 to 22, 2014. Public health has been...

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PDAP REMINDS PEOPLE IN FLOOD IMPACTED COMMUNITIES: BUYER BEWARE!

July 14, 2014

PDAP REMINDS PEOPLE IN FLOOD IMPACTED COMMUNITIES: BUYER BEWARE! As the recovery and clean up continues in the aftermath of the flood, please be aware that the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP) may not cover air quality testing or any other environmental testing. Some agents or representatives of companies may approach you claiming their services are covered by PDAP. PDAP does not have a relationship with any...

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Precautions Recommended During West Nile Virus High Risk Season

July 10, 2014

Precautions Recommended During West Nile Virus High Risk Season Health officials advise Saskatchewan residents to take precautions against mosquitoes, as the weather warms up and the risk of West Nile Virus increases. West Nile Virus (WNV) is present in Saskatchewan during summer, and the risk typically peaks between mid-July and September. The virus is transmitted through the bite of infected Culex tarsalis mosquitoes. Most...

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ALL TIME RECORD EMPLOYMENT IN SASKATCHEWAN

July 10, 2014

ALL TIME RECORD EMPLOYMENT IN SASKATCHEWAN  For the second consecutive month, job numbers in Saskatchewan hit an all-time high. In June of 2014, there were 576,900 people working in the province; the highest ever. There were 8,700 more people working in June 2014 when compared with last June, according to Statistics Canada. “The last two months of record job numbers are consistent with the high level of economic activity...

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SASKATCHEWAN TO TAKE PROACTIVE APPROACH TO FLU SEASON

July 9, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN TO TAKE PROACTIVE APPROACH TO FLU SEASON Saskatchewan health care workers will be required to choose either to get an influenza immunization or to wear a mask while delivering care and services to patients during flu season this fall. Following the strong recommendation of Saskatchewan’s Medical Health Officers and other health system leaders, health regions are proceeding with an “immunize-or-mask”...

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NEW PROGRAM TO BENEFIT SASKATCHEWAN’S HISTORIC DOWNTOWNS

July 8, 2014

NEW PROGRAM TO BENEFIT SASKATCHEWAN’S HISTORIC DOWNTOWNS The Government of Saskatchewan has announced that it has established Main Street Saskatchewan as an on-going program. “Our historic downtowns and commercial districts are centres of pride in our province,” Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport Mark Docherty said. “Through its new, on-going program, Main Street Saskatchewan will work with communities...

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PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY - RESIDENTS URGED TO USE CAUTION AROUND FLOOD-AFFECTED LAKES

July 8, 2014

PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY - RESIDENTS URGED TO USE CAUTION AROUND FLOOD-AFFECTED LAKES Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Health advises the public to avoid swimming and other in-water recreational activities in lakes and rivers that have been significantly impacted by flooding. “Testing was initiated to see whether water quality has been affected by the flooding that has occurred,” Director of Environmental Health for the...

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SIX ADDITIONAL REGIONAL FLOOD RECOVERY CENTRES ANNOUNCED

July 7, 2014

SIX ADDITIONAL REGIONAL FLOOD RECOVERY CENTRES ANNOUNCED  Today Premier Brad Wall announced that six regional flood recovery centres would open in flood affected areas of the province. “The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to providing the necessary resources to assist the people of this province as we deal with unprecedented flooding,” Wall said. “These regional flood recovery centres are a one-stop...

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ALL RESIDENTS DEALING WITH FLOODING CAN USE FARM STRESS LINE FOR HELP

July 5, 2014

ALL RESIDENTS DEALING WITH FLOODING CAN USE FARM STRESS LINE FOR HELP  Farmers, ranchers, or anyone dealing with the aftermath of flooding can use the government’s Farm Stress Line, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Confidential telephone counselling, support and referral services are available at 1-800-667-4442. “Given the serious flooding situation in many areas of the province, we want to remind...

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GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN ELECTRICAL EXPANSION AND UPGRADES IN SASKATCHEWAN’S NEWEST PROVINCIAL PARK

July 4, 2014

GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN ELECTRICAL EXPANSION AND UPGRADES IN SASKATCHEWAN’S NEWEST PROVINCIAL PARK  Today the province announced that Anderson Point Campground and Murray Point Campground will receive electrical expansion and upgrades in the coming months. The two campgrounds, situated on Anglin Lake and Emma Lake respectively, are both located in Great Blue Heron Provincial Park. Park users have requested electrical service...

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MMRP REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

July 3, 2014

MMRP REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED Small businesses across Saskatchewan will have more time to sign up for the new province-wide Multi-Material Recycling Program (MMRP) scheduled to launch on January 1, 2015. Environment Minister Scott Moe announced today that Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) has extended the June 30, 2014 MMRP registration deadline to provide applicable small businesses with more time to become familiar...

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RECORD MONTH FOR EXPORTS

July 3, 2014

RECORD MONTH FOR EXPORTS Exports in the province totalled $3.4 billion in May 2014, the highest ever for the month of May according to a report released by Statistics Canada today. That was 17.9 per cent increase over last year, the third highest percentage rise among the provinces and well ahead of the 10.5 per cent posted nationally. “Record export numbers are exceptionally good news for businesses and for our economy,”...

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PROVINCE PROVIDES FREE TESTING FOR PRIVATE WATER SUPPLIES

July 3, 2014

PROVINCE PROVIDES FREE TESTING FOR PRIVATE WATER SUPPLIES The province is offering free water testing to Saskatchewan residents with private drinking water sources that may be affected by flooding. The Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory will provide free bacteriological testing for residents who are concerned about whether well or cistern water affected by flooding is safe to drink. “This free testing can help...

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Seniors Benefits Increase July 1

June 27, 2014

Seniors Benefits Increase July 1  Saskatchewan seniors with low incomes will soon see increases to the benefits they receive through two programs: the Personal Care Home Benefit and Seniors Income Plan. These increases come into effect on July 1, 2014. Increases to the Personal Care Home Benefit (PCHB) will help approximately 800 Saskatchewan seniors with the costs of living in a licensed personal care home. The maximum monthly...

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SASKATCHEWAN WAGES HIT ALL-TIME HIGH

June 26, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN WAGES HIT ALL-TIME HIGH Saskatchewan’s strong economy continues to drive wage growth. According to Statistics Canada, average weekly earnings including overtime, were $975.87 in April 2014, the highest on record (seasonally adjusted) and the third highest among the provinces. "We reached a milestone in April – hitting an all-time high for wages,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “One of the...

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RECORD CROP YEAR AND STRONG INVESTMENT RETURNS CONTRIBUTE TO LARGE SURPLUS IN 2013

June 26, 2014

RECORD CROP YEAR AND STRONG INVESTMENT RETURNS CONTRIBUTE TO LARGE SURPLUS IN 2013 Saskatchewan finished the 2013-14 fiscal year with a $589 million surplus in its Summary Financial Statements (SFS), according to the province’s year-end financial results released today in Volume 1 of the 2013-14 Public Accounts. The summary surplus was $439 million higher than the $150 million forecast in the 2013-14 Budget. “The higher...

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SASKATCHEWAN SIGNS NEW GAS TAX AGREEMENT WITH FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

June 25, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN SIGNS NEW GAS TAX AGREEMENT WITH FEDERAL GOVERNMENT  The Government of Saskatchewan has signed a renewed Gas Tax Agreement with the Government of Canada, which will provide $56.3 million to municipalities for infrastructure projects in 2014-15. “The renewed Gas Tax Fund provides a source of revenue for Saskatchewan municipalities to address their priority infrastructure projects, such as building roads and...

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HELP PROTECT OUR WATERS: STOP AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES

June 25, 2014

HELP PROTECT OUR WATERS: STOP AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES  The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment needs your help to prevent stowaways from entering the province’s lakes and waterways this summer. Aquatic invasive species, such as zebra and quagga mussels, attach themselves to boats, trailers and other watercraft, hitching rides from one lake to another and from one province to another. The recent confirmation...

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Traffic Law Changes Take Effect

June 24, 2014

Traffic Law Changes Take Effect This Week Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is reminding motorists that new traffic laws take effect in the province on June 27, just in time for the Canada Day long weekend. “Collisions typically increase during the summer months, especially around long weekends,” Minister responsible for SGI Don McMorris said. “Drive safely and abide by the new traffic laws to keep yourself,...

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Government Partners With Sasktel “I Am Stronger” to Expand Options for Children and Youth to Report Bullying

June 24, 2014

Government Partners With Sasktel “I Am Stronger” to Expand Options for Children and Youth to Report Bullying Today, Education Minister Don Morgan joined the Minister responsible for SaskTel Kevin Doherty along with students, educators, school division personnel and community members in Saskatoon to launch the anonymous anti-bullying online reporting tool. The government will invest $250,000 in Saskatchewan’s online reporting...

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GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO INVEST IN JOINT TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS

June 20, 2014

GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO INVEST IN JOINT TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS Released on June 20, 2014 Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Education Russ Marchuk, along with Treaty Six Education Council (TSEC) Director of Education Patrick Bugler, Light of Christ Catholic School Division (LOCCSD) Director of Education Herb Sutton, and Living Sky School Division (LSSD) Director of Education Randy Fox, announced the Invitational Shared Services Initiative...

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SASKATCHEWAN GROWS BY ANOTHER 5,000 PEOPLE IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2014

June 18, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN GROWS BY ANOTHER 5,000 PEOPLE IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2014 Saskatchewan's population continues to grow, increasing by just more than 5,000 people in the first quarter of 2014, according to new figures released today by Statistics Canada. There were 1,122,588 people living in Saskatchewan as of April 1, 2014 – an increase of 5,085 people since January 1, 2014, and an increase of 21,180 people in the past year....

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MORE PHYSICIANS BEGIN PRACTICING IN SASKATCHEWAN

June 18, 2014

MORE PHYSICIANS BEGIN PRACTICING IN SASKATCHEWAN Twenty-four new doctors are practicing in Saskatchewan, thanks to the most recent results of the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program. Since the program began in 2011, a total of 134 new family physicians have completed the assessment and are practicing in communities all across the province. SIPPA assesses International Medical Graduates (IMGs) on their...

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Report from the Legislature June 18, 2014

June 18, 2014

Report from the Legislature June 18, 2014 Saskatchewan is home to real growth and real opportunity – opportunity that continues to attract people from other provinces and around the world. Saskatchewan grew by more than 5,000 people in the first quarter, bringing our total population increase in the past year to more than 21,000. Statistics Canada says Saskatchewan is now home to 1,122,588 people. This is the start of our...

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MORE THAN 100 SASKATCHEWAN STUDENTS RECEIVE YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIPS

June 17, 2014

MORE THAN 100 SASKATCHEWAN STUDENTS RECEIVE YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIPS A career in the skilled trades has become an even more attractive option for 101 high school graduates. Each received a $1,000 Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) Industry Scholarship at their recent graduation ceremonies. High schools throughout Saskatchewan nominated students to receive the scholarships. They were awarded to students who...

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ADULT BASIC EDUCATION FUNDING INCREASES

June 17, 2014

ADULT BASIC EDUCATION FUNDING INCREASES The provincial government is providing $25 million in Adult Basic Education (ABE) funding for 2014-15, representing a 9.1 per cent increase in ABE funding over 2013-14 and supporting a total of 700 new training opportunities. The increase in funds is part of $42 million for post-secondary and skills training grants in Saskatchewan. "With record investments in adult basic education,...

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GOVERNMENT CELEBRATES TOURISM IN SASKATCHEWAN

June 16, 2014

GOVERNMENT CELEBRATES TOURISM IN SASKATCHEWAN The Government of Saskatchewan is proclaiming June 15-21 as Saskatchewan Tourism Week. Part of a broader national initiative called Tourism Week in Canada, which brings attention to the economic opportunity available to Canada through travel and tourism, Saskatchewan Tourism Week provides an excellent opportunity to expand awareness about the importance of tourism in this province. Tourism...

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PROVINCE PROCLAIMS NATIVE PRAIRIE APPRECIATION WEEK

June 16, 2014

PROVINCE PROCLAIMS NATIVE PRAIRIE APPRECIATION WEEK Released on June 16, 2014 Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart and Environment Minister Scott Moe have jointly proclaimed June 15 to 21, 2014, as Native Prairie Appreciation Week in Saskatchewan. "Saskatchewan's farming and ranching families have consistently shown they are world leaders in the stewardship and sustainability of our native prairies," Stewart said. "The conservation...

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Record Manufacturing Shipments in Saskatchewan

June 13, 2014

Record Manufacturing Shipments in Saskatchewan April's manufacturing shipments broke records and had Saskatchewan leading the nation in terms of monthly percentage growth among the provinces. Compared to March 2014, shipments spiked 6.6 per cent (seasonally adjusted) and totalled $1.4 billion – an all-time high for the month. "Each and every day, our economy is building momentum," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. "Another...

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Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Invest in Affordable Housing in Prince Albert

June 13, 2014

Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Invest in Affordable Housing in Prince Albert The Government of Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan, along with River Bank Development Corporation, marked the start of construction of a new rental housing development that will assist individuals with complex needs. The project will consist of six one-bedroom units (one of which is barrier free) located at 3096 5A Avenue East in Prince Albert. Randy...

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CHILD WELFARE LEGISLATION REVIEW CONTINUES

June 12, 2014

CHILD WELFARE LEGISLATION REVIEW CONTINUES The Ministry of Social Services' comprehensive review of its child welfare legislation is underway and public feedback is requested. This review is part of the Ministry's Child Welfare Transformation Strategy. Anyone with an interest in child welfare in Saskatchewan is invited to complete an online survey. The survey can be accessed until June 30, 2014, on the Government of Saskatchewan's...

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CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD JUNE 3 TO 9, 2014

June 12, 2014

CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD JUNE 3 TO 9, 2014 Seeding is now 93 per cent complete in the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. The five-year (2009-2013) seeding average for this time of year is 87 per cent. Relatively dry weather allowed many producers to return to the field to complete seeding. The southwestern and west-central regions have 97 per cent of the crop seeded; the northeast 95 per cent;...

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CONSTRUCTION SEASON INCLUDES 50,000 KILOMETRES OF LINE PAINTING

June 12, 2014

CONSTRUCTION SEASON INCLUDES 50,000 KILOMETRES OF LINE PAINTING Saskatchewan has Canada's largest per capita highway system and each year, five paint trucks undertake the mammoth task of repainting nearly 50,000 kilometres (km) of white and yellow lines on paved roads – driving the equivalent of more than five round trips between Regina and Mexico City in the process. "Lines provide drivers with critical information about...

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CHECK THE HIGHWAY HOTLINE FOR CURRENT CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY

June 12, 2014

CHECK THE HIGHWAY HOTLINE FOR CURRENT CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY Weekly Construction Update Motorists are reminded that the latest information about highway construction activity is available on the Highway Hotline. "The Highway Hotline is a tremendously popular and useful tool during the winter months when weather conditions present driving hazards," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. "People may not be...

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GOVERNMENTS INVEST $1 MILLION TO TEACH KIDS ABOUT AGRICULTURE

June 10, 2014

GOVERNMENTS INVEST $1 MILLION TO TEACH KIDS ABOUT AGRICULTURE Increased funding for Agriculture in the Classroom Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced a new $1 million five-year funding agreement with Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan (AITC-SK). This represents a $550,000 increase in funding over the last five year period. "Our government understands...

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Governments Announce Funding for Livestock Industry Research Projects

June 9, 2014

Governments Announce Funding for Livestock Industry Research Projects Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced two new research projects worth nearly $1 million that will benefit livestock producers in the province and across Canada. Governments will provide $200,000 toward the projects through the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF), and nearly $800,000 will be provided...

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Province of Saskatchewan Announces $50 Million for Saskatoon Bridge Project

June 9, 2014

Province of Saskatchewan Announces $50 Million for Saskatoon Bridge Project Premier Brad Wall announced today that the province of Saskatchewan will contribute $50 million to the North Commuter Parkway Bridge in Saskatoon. The provincial contribution is part of tripartite deal with the City of Saskatoon and the Government of Canada. Wall made the announcement at an event in Saskatoon along with federal Minister of Agriculture...

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RECORD EMPLOYMENT IN MAY

June 6, 2014

RECORD EMPLOYMENT IN MAY May was an exceptional month for Saskatchewan's job market according to new figures released by Statistics Canada today. There were 573,300 people employed in May 2014, the highest ever recorded for any month. That means 12,400 more people were working in the province compared to last May. Saskatchewan's employment growth of 2.2 per cent was the second highest among provinces; only three other provinces had job...

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Premier Extends Condolences to Families of Fallen RCMP

June 6, 2014

Premier Extends Condolences to Families of Fallen RCMP Premier Brad Wall requested all flags be lowered to half mast starting today on all provincial government buildings to honour the memory of the three fallen Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers in Moncton yesterday. "On behalf of the people of Saskatchewan, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and those injured...

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Premier Makes Cabinet Changes

June 5, 2014

Premier Makes Cabinet Changes New Cabinet Lineup Designed to Keep Saskatchewan on the Path of Steady Growth Premier Brad Wall re-organized his cabinet today, changing the responsibilities of about half of his ministers. Wall said the new cabinet provides a balance of continuity and fresh perspectives that will keep Saskatchewan on the path of steady growth. "Our province's economy remains strong and as a government,...

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Nearly 30 Major Highway Projects Underway in Saskatchewan

June 5, 2014

Nearly 30 Major Highway Projects Underway in Saskatchewan Weekly Construction Update Highway construction season has kicked into another gear as eight new projects get underway in the province this week. The new work brings the total number of large projects underway to 29. "Crews are hard at work paving roads, building bridges and replacing culverts across the province," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris...

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Speed Reductions Set for Two High Collision Highways

June 4, 2014

Speed Reductions Set for Two High Collision Highways The provincial government is taking steps to improve safety along Highway 1 East of Regina and Highway 12 at Martensville. Effective today, the speed limit at these two locations will be reduced to 90 km/hr as a pilot project. The new speed limit is in effect on Highway 1 from the Pilot Butte Access to just east of the Highway 48 junction and from about two kilometres south to...

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60 Officers Dedicated to Traffic Safety Enforcement

June 2, 2014

60 Officers Dedicated to Traffic Safety Enforcement Saskatchewan people will be safer on provincial roadways with the introduction of two new Dedicated Traffic Safety Enforcement Units. Each unit will consist of 30 officers, 15 from existing provincially funded positions and 15 new officers funded by SGI. The two units will begin operating in central and southeast Saskatchewan. "New legislation with a focus on harsher penalties...

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Government of Saskatchewan Celebrates the Expansion of Hope's Home

May 31, 2014

Government of Saskatchewan Celebrates the Expansion of Hope's Home Today, Prince Albert Northcote MLA Victoria Jurgens on behalf of Education Minister Don Morgan joined children, parents, staff and community members to celebrate the expansion of the Hope's Home in Prince Albert, a family-focused centre that provides care and support for medically fragile children with complex needs. The Government of Saskatchewan provided $194,166 for...

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Day of the Honey Bee Proclaimed in Saskatchewan

May 29, 2014

Day of the Honey Bee Proclaimed in Saskatchewan The Province of Saskatchewan will again observe the annual Day of the Honey Bee on May 29. "The Day of the Honey Bee recognizes the importance and value of the honey bee industry to Saskatchewan agriculture," Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. "In addition to producing honey, bees play a valuable role in the pollination of crops in Saskatchewan." "Saskatchewan has a well-established...

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Saskatchewan Students Choose Best Anti-Tobacco Ad

May 29, 2014

Saskatchewan Students Choose Best Anti-Tobacco Ad Saskatchewan continues efforts to reduce tobacco use among youth with View and Vote 5, an interactive program for students. Grade 6 to 12 students voted for the ad that would help them stay tobacco-free or quit using tobacco. They chose Terrie's Tip Memorial as the winner. Health Minister Dustin Duncan today revealed the winning ad at Coronation Park School in Regina, just ahead...

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Crop Report for the Period May 20 to 26, 2014

May 29, 2014

Crop Report for the Period May 20 to 26, 2014 Great strides were made this week as producers now have 64 per cent of the crop seeded according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. This is up from 22 per cent last week. The five-year (2009-2013) seeding average for this time of year is also 64 per cent. Warm and dry weather allowed most producers to return to the field after rain delays last week. The southwestern...

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TRAFFIC FLOWING AGAIN ON HIGHWAY 3 WEST OF SHELLBROOK

May 29, 2014

TRAFFIC FLOWING AGAIN ON HIGHWAY 3 WEST OF SHELLBROOK Weekly Construction Update With the installation of a new, larger culvert near Mont Nebo, motorists can once again travel on Highway 3 west of Shellbrook. The road had been closed since a culvert washout left it impassable in late April. "We recognize the importance of this road for commuters, local industry, health care and tourism, and that's why we worked to...

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SURGICAL CARE TRANSFORMED TO SERVE PATIENTS BETTER

May 28, 2014

SURGICAL CARE TRANSFORMED TO SERVE PATIENTS BETTER Innovative changes and investments during the four-year Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative have resulted in sooner, safer, smarter surgical care for the people of Saskatchewan. The number of patients waiting more than three months for surgery is down 75 per cent, with 11,528 fewer patients waiting that long for surgery on March 31, 2014, than in March 2010. "Since the introduction...

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SAID BENEFITS ARE SET TO INCREASE AGAIN BEGINNING JUNE 1

May 27, 2014

SAID BENEFITS ARE SET TO INCREASE AGAIN BEGINNING JUNE 1 For the third year in a row, eligible beneficiaries of the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program will be receiving an increase to their monthly benefits, beginning June 1, 2014. "We are committed to making Saskatchewan the best place in Canada for people with disabilities to live," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "Benefit increases to the SAID...

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FINES FOR SERIOUS FISHING AND HUNTING INFRACTIONS INCREASED

May 26, 2014

FINES FOR SERIOUS FISHING AND HUNTING INFRACTIONS INCREASED The Government of Saskatchewan has made significant changes to the fine structure for unlawful hunting and fishing activities. "Hunting, fishing and trapping are an integral part of Saskatchewan's heritage, and these changes send a clear message that these resources are valued and will be protected," Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said. "In some instances fines...

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GOVERNMENT CALLS FOR PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES ON HEALTH SERVICES REVIEW COMMITTEE

May 26, 2014

GOVERNMENT CALLS FOR PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES ON HEALTH SERVICES REVIEW COMMITTEE Saskatchewan residents who want to make a difference in health care have the opportunity to serve on a committee that helps ensure decisions on out-of-province and out-of-country medical coverage are consistent with legislation, policies and guidelines. The Ministry of Health is seeking motivated people to fill several public representative positions...

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STC Senior Seat Sale Extended to June

May 23, 2014

STC Senior Seat Sale Extended to June Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) is extending its $12 Senior Seat Sale by an extra month. Seniors aged 60 and over will continue to ride with STC for $12 one-way in June. "We hope seniors will take the opportunity to do some extra travelling in June," STC President and CEO Shawn Grice said. "We're giving them an extra month to visit with family and friends from across the province...

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RAISING HOMEOWNER AWARENESS DURING REAL ESTATE AND RENOVATION SEASON

May 20, 2014

RAISING HOMEOWNER AWARENESS DURING REAL ESTATE AND RENOVATION SEASON Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) wants to make sure people know what to look for and expect from home renovation contractors, mortgage brokers and real estate professionals. "Asking the right questions can save you time and money," FCAA Chair and CEO Dave Wild said. "We want to make sure home buyers know what to expect from realtors...

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BUFFALO NARROWS MAN FINED $19,360 FOR ILLEGAL SALE OF FISH

May 20, 2014

BUFFALO NARROWS MAN FINED $19,360 FOR ILLEGAL SALE OF FISH A Buffalo Narrows man was recently fined $19,360 in Buffalo Narrows Provincial Court after pleading guilty to four charges under Saskatchewan's Fisheries Act and Regulations. Leon Morin was convicted for the unlawful marketing of fish caught by both commercial fishing and subsistence fishing. In addition to the fines, he received a two-year commercial fishing licence prohibition...

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WHOLESALE TRADE INCREASES IN MARCH

May 20, 2014

WHOLESALE TRADE INCREASES IN MARCH The value of wholesale trade in Saskatchewan continues to climb, reaching more than $2.1 billion (seasonally adjusted) for the month of March. According to a Statistics Canada report release today, this marks an increase of 3.4 per cent over February 2014. Wholesale trade activity earned Saskatchewan second place among the provinces for month-to-month percentage growth; only 0.6 per cent behind...

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SASKATCHEWAN'S VULNERABLE BENEFIT FROM BUS PASS PROGRAM

May 16, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN'S VULNERABLE BENEFIT FROM BUS PASS PROGRAM Released on May 16, 2014 Government's $1.6 million investment in the provincial Discounted Bus Pass (DBP) program will ensure bus passes continue to be affordable for Saskatchewan's most vulnerable. The DBP program helps individuals with low income to search for or travel to work, attend health care appointments, and attend to other daily living needs. The DBP program...

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SPRING SESSION KEEPS SASKATCHEWAN ON THE PATH OF STEADY GROWTH

May 15, 2014

SPRING SESSION KEEPS SASKATCHEWAN ON THE PATH OF STEADY GROWTH Another balanced budget and continued investments in infrastructure and people were highlights of the spring session of the Legislative Assembly which wrapped up today, Premier Brad Wall said. "Our population and our economy continue to grow," Wall said. "There are more jobs and opportunities in Saskatchewan than ever before. "Our growing economy means we can...

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AGRICULTURAL OPERATOR PROGRAM LAUNCHES SECOND MODULE

May 15, 2014

AGRICULTURAL OPERATOR PROGRAM LAUNCHES SECOND MODULE Program to Address Labour Challenges on Saskatchewan Farms The Agricultural Operator Program is now accepting applications for its second module, Spraying and Scouting. "Through the Ag Operator Program, our government is helping Saskatchewan workers get hands-on experience and training needed to work on today's farms," said Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "Labour...

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2014-15 HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION SEASON UNDERWAY

May 15, 2014

2014-15 HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION SEASON UNDERWAY Warmer weather has arrived and work zones are springing up on highways across Saskatchewan as the government marks the official start of the 2014-15 construction season. "A safe, efficient highway network is crucial for strengthening the economy and ensuring Saskatchewan meets the challenges of growth," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. "We are committed to building...

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MANUFACTURERS SET A NEW RECORD FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH

May 15, 2014

MANUFACTURERS SET A NEW RECORD FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH Manufacturers in Saskatchewan continue to impress, once again setting a new shipment record - this time for the month of March. Manufacturing shipments in the province reached $1.3 billion in March, an 8.6 per cent increase over March 2013. The substantial increase in shipments earned Saskatchewan second place among all provinces for year-over-year growth. Among the...

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TENTATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED WITH PROVINCE'S TEACHERS

May 15, 2014

TENTATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED WITH PROVINCE'S TEACHERS Released on May 15, 2014 The Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee and the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation (STF) have arrived at a tentative provincial collective bargaining agreement. The offer includes a total compensation increase of 7.3 per cent over four years as well as a $700 pro-rated payment in the first year. There will be funding for teachers in years three...

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MAPPING SASKATCHEWAN'S CEMETERIES

May 14, 2014

MAPPING SASKATCHEWAN'S CEMETERIES Today, the government announced the launch of a new tool designed to track information related to cemeteries. The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS) designed the Cemetery Database with support from the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA). "We are committed to preserving an important part of Saskatchewan's history," FCAA Chair and CEO Dave Wild said. "This database will help historians...

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SASKATCHEWAN PROVINCIAL PARKS OPEN MAY 15

May 14, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN PROVINCIAL PARKS OPEN MAY 15 Saskatchewan Provincial Parks will open for the season on Thursday, May 15, 2014. After setting a visitation record in 2013, SaskParks is expecting another busy season. "Saskatchewan's Provincial Parks are places where family and friends gather and memories are made," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty said. "Our parks are very popular and we know that campers are looking...

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SASKATCHEWAN FAMILIES CAN NOW APPLY FOR THE SASKATCHEWAN ADVANTAGE GRANT FOR EDUCATION SAVINGS

May 14, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN FAMILIES CAN NOW APPLY FOR THE SASKATCHEWAN ADVANTAGE GRANT FOR EDUCATION SAVINGS Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris officially launch the Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings (SAGES) program and introduced the participating financial institutions. "I am pleased that the SAGES program is now available through a number of providers," Norris said. "As well, many other providers will be ready to deliver...

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GOVERNMENT AND FIRST NATIONS RESPOND TO ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH'S REPORT

May 14, 2014

GOVERNMENT AND FIRST NATIONS RESPOND TO ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH'S REPORT The Government of Saskatchewan, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and the Yorkton Tribal Council (YTC) held a joint news conference to respond to the special investigation report, Two Tragedies: Holding Systems Accountable, released by the Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth Bob Pringle. "Today, we reflect with grief and...

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GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN CELEBRATES THE EXPANSION OF E-TAHKANWASOT INFANT CHILD CARE CENTRE

May 14, 2014

GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN CELEBRATES THE EXPANSION OF E-TAHKANWASOT INFANT CHILD CARE CENTRE Today, Regina Douglas Park MLA Russ Marchuk on behalf of Education Minister Don Morgan joined students, parents, teachers, staff and community members to celebrate the expansion of the E-Tahkanwasot (ah-tow-ah-now-ah-sot) Infant Care Centre, a teen student support centre located in Oskayak (os-KIE-ack) High School. The Government of Saskatchewan...

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2014 SASKATCHEWAN AGRICULTURE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED

May 13, 2014

2014 SASKATCHEWAN AGRICULTURE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED $10,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Four Students Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the winners of the 2014 Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship. "Saskatchewan's agriculture industry is growing and with this growth comes many job opportunities for youth," Stewart said. "As we continue to meet a growing global demand for food, we...

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REOPENING OF SASKATCHEWAN'S LARGEST SAW MILL IN BIG RIVER CELEBRATED

May 13, 2014

REOPENING OF SASKATCHEWAN'S LARGEST SAW MILL IN BIG RIVER CELEBRATED Premier Brad Wall and Economy Minister Bill Boyd participated in the grand reopening of the Big River saw mill today. The mill is the largest in the province and will directly employ up to 100 workers. "This marks another major milestone in the recovery of our forest industry," Wall said. "I would like to extend my congratulations to Carrier Forest Products on...

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Social Impact Bond

May 12, 2014

Social Impact Bond A new supported living home for at-risk single mothers was opened today at 600 Queen Street in Saskatoon. This new home, Sweet Dreams, was made possible by a funding model that is the first of its kind in Canada. The funding model, which is called a Social Impact Bond, is between the Government of Saskatchewan, Conexus Credit Union, Wally and Colleen Mah, and EGADZ. "This new home is a wonderful example of what...

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Innovative Robotics to Improve Health Care Services in Pelican Narrows

May 12, 2014

Innovative Robotics to Improve Health Care Services in Pelican Narrows Saskatchewan is pioneering a new method to deliver health services to remote communities. A remote presence technology pilot project will be launched in Pelican Narrows to help improve access to timely health care for patients. Remote presence technology is an advanced robotics telemedicine platform currently being used at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon...

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Government Announces New Southern Conservation Land Management Strategy

May 12, 2014

Government Announces New Southern Conservation Land Management Strategy Released on May 12, 2014 Wildlife Habitat Protection Act and Conservation Easements Act Proclaimed Today, Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff and Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced a new land management initiative that balances economic growth with responsible land management. The Southern Conservation Land Management Strategy will offer...

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UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN SASKATCHEWAN DROPS TO LOWEST LEVEL EVER RECORDED

May 9, 2014

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN SASKATCHEWAN DROPS TO LOWEST LEVEL EVER RECORDED Saskatchewan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.4 per cent in April 2014 – the lowest ever recorded since Statistics Canada started collecting labour market data in 1976. April also marked the 16th consecutive month that the province has had the lowest unemployment rate in the country. Saskatchewan's 3.4 per cent unemployment rate is less than...

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PROVINCE HELPING MOST VULNERABLE

May 9, 2014

PROVINCE HELPING MOST VULNERABLE The Government of Saskatchewan is working with the Salvation Army to ensure people in need of emergency shelter services are provided with timely, safe and reliable overnight housing options and other services through an investment of up to $2.35 million per year over the next three years. "We have to ensure that people with low incomes have a warm and safe place to sleep in an emergency," Social...

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COMMUNITY AIRPORT PARTNERSHIP FUNDS GIVE AVIATION A LIFT

May 9, 2014

COMMUNITY AIRPORT PARTNERSHIP FUNDS GIVE AVIATION A LIFT Fifteen community airports in Saskatchewan will see a total of $1.4 million in repairs and upgrades through this year's Community Airport Partnership (CAP) program. For the fourth consecutive year, the province will provide $700,000 to the 50 per cent cost-shared program, which is designed to help offset costs for airports that do not receive scheduled passenger service. "The...

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GOVERNMENTS SUPPORT AGRICULTURE PROCESSORS

May 8, 2014

GOVERNMENTS SUPPORT AGRICULTURE PROCESSORS Helping Value-Added Businesses Adopt Best Practices and New Technologies Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced $6.3 million to help 14 companies increase productivity, competitiveness and efficiency. Funding will be provided over two years through the Saskatchewan Lean Improvements in Manufacturing (SLIM) program. "Achieving...

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SASKATCHEWAN DRIVERS INVITED TO TAKE THE ROAD SAFETY CHALLENGE

May 8, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN DRIVERS INVITED TO TAKE THE ROAD SAFETY CHALLENGE Goal of Reducing Deaths and Injuries on Saskatchewan Roads Saskatchewan drivers are being challenged to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to vehicle collisions on our roads. The Road Safety Challenge aims to make drivers think about simple changes they can make to improve safety on provincial roads and highways, and help meet the target of a 10 per...

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ARE YOU READY? PREPARING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR AN EMERGENCY SITUATION

May 7, 2014

ARE YOU READY? PREPARING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR AN EMERGENCY SITUATION Released on May 7, 2014 Saskatchewan is joining the rest of Canada to raise awareness of the need to be ready for an emergency. May 4-10 is Emergency Preparedness Week. This year's theme is 72 hours...Is your family prepared? "During an emergency, government and emergency organizations will respond on a large scale but one of the best ways that families...

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Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Honours Volunteers

May 5, 2014

Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Honours Volunteers Twenty-two Saskatchewan volunteers with more than a quarter-century of dedicated service to their local housing authority will be honoured at a luncheon today in Regina. "These volunteers give the gift of their time and energy to people across this great province each and every day," Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation June Draude...

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CHANGES TO THE FISHERIES REGULATIONS TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT ANGLING IN SASKATCHEWAN

May 1, 2014

CHANGES TO THE FISHERIES REGULATIONS TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT ANGLING IN SASKATCHEWAN The Ministry of Environment has made changes for 2014 and onward to support fish conservation programs, client service and to ensure sustainability of the resource."To ensure that fishing remains a popular and accessible activity in Saskatchewan, we need to plan for the future," Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said. "These changes to our regulations...

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IMPROVED FARM STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM FOR PRODUCERS

May 1, 2014

IMPROVED FARM STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM FOR PRODUCERS Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced improvements to the Farm Stewardship Program. The program provides support for producers to adopt beneficial management practices that maintain or improve the quality of soil, water, air or biodiversity resources."Farmers and producers have always been excellent stewards of our...

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SASKATCHEWAN'S 2014 BIG GAME DRAW OPENS MAY 1

April 30, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN'S 2014 BIG GAME DRAW OPENS MAY 1 The big game draw will open on May 1, 2014. Hunters must have their big game draw applications completed before midnight of May 31, 2014 when the draw closes."The big game draw is a much-anticipated event each year and continues to grow in popularity," Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said. "The number of hunters applying for Saskatchewan's most favourable hunting opportunities has...

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SASKATCHEWAN PEOPLE BENEFIT FROM GROWTH PLAN COMMITMENT TO LOWER TAXES

April 30, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN PEOPLE BENEFIT FROM GROWTH PLAN COMMITMENT TO LOWER TAXES As another tax season comes to a close, the Government of Saskatchewan remains committed to controlling spending and keeping taxes low."Since 2007, our government has delivered the largest income tax cuts and the largest education property tax cuts in Saskatchewan history," Finance Minister Ken Krawetz said. "Lower taxes are a big part of our government's Plan...

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SASKATCHEWAN TO COVER NEW MS DRUG

April 30, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN TO COVER NEW MS DRUG Saskatchewan multiple sclerosis (MS) patients will soon have access to a new oral medication. Beginning May 1, 2014, the province will provide coverage of Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) to treat adult MS patients with relapsing-remitting MS who meet certain criteria."MS patients and specialists have been asking for coverage of this medication and our government is pleased to make it more accessible...

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SASKATCHEWAN WINS OILSEED TRADE CHALLENGE AGAINST QUEBEC

April 30, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN WINS OILSEED TRADE CHALLENGE AGAINST QUEBEC The Saskatchewan government has won the latest round of an internal trade challenge with Quebec in a decision that, if upheld, will mean major new access to the Quebec market for Saskatchewan oilseed producers and processors.A dispute resolution panel, established under the pan-Canadian Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), today released a ruling that determined the Quebec government's...

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NEW INTEGRATED MENTAL HEALTH AND CORRECTIONAL COMPLEX ANNOUNCED IN NORTH BATTLEFORD

April 29, 2014

NEW INTEGRATED MENTAL HEALTH AND CORRECTIONAL COMPLEX ANNOUNCED IN NORTH BATTLEFORD The Government of Saskatchewan today announced a major step forward for the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford (SHNB). The project will proceed with a design-build-finance-maintain public-private partnership (P3) approach, with construction targeted to begin in summer 2015. An integrated correctional facility will be built as part of the hospital...

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SASKATCHEWAN WAGES AMONG BEST IN CANADA

April 29, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN WAGES AMONG BEST IN CANADA New data from Statistics Canada released today shows average weekly earnings in Saskatchewan were $961.90 in February 2014, third highest in Canada. Nationally, the average was $924.83."Saskatchewan's economy continues to make gains, and that's sustaining wages at one of the highest levels in the country," Economy Minister Bill Boyd said.On a month-over-month basis, Saskatchewan's average...

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THE SASKATCHEWAN EMPLOYMENT ACT PROCLAIMED TODAY

April 29, 2014

THE SASKATCHEWAN EMPLOYMENT ACT PROCLAIMED TODAY Saskatchewan's consolidated labour legislation and the associated regulations are now in effect."We are committed to supporting a competitive and productive employment environment by encouraging healthy, safe and fair workplaces, and by ensuring that our labour legislation provides flexibility to the modern workplace," Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said....

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CHILD WELFARE LEGISLATION REVIEW ENGAGEMENTS BEGIN

April 28, 2014

CHILD WELFARE LEGISLATION REVIEW ENGAGEMENTS BEGIN As part of the Ministry of Social Services' Child Welfare Transformation Strategy, the ministry is conducting a comprehensive review of its child welfare legislation and is holding sessions across the province.From April 28 to June 30, 2014, service providers, First Nations and Métis organizations and citizens, other child welfare stakeholders, and the general public in Saskatchewan...

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STATEMENT FROM PREMIER BRAD WALL

April 25, 2014

NEWS RELEASE - APRIL 25, 2014STATEMENT FROM PREMIER BRAD WALL The Supreme Court of Canada decision makes it very clear that Canadians are stuck indefinitely with an unelected, unaccountable, upper house, a principle feature of which is a representational bias against western Canada.This is obviously very disappointing to the Province of Saskatchewan and so many Canadians who find it unacceptable and even embarrassing that in...

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RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO KEEP IMMUNIZATIONS UP-TO-DATE

April 25, 2014

RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO KEEP IMMUNIZATIONS UP-TO-DATE National Immunization Awareness WeekHealth officials are encouraging Saskatchewan residents to get immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases, particularly in light of recent measles outbreaks in Canada. National Immunization Awareness Week is April 26 – May 3."This awareness week gives us an opportunity to remind our residents about the importance of immunization,"...

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GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN SASKATCHEWAN'S FUTURE

April 23, 2014

GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN SASKATCHEWAN'S FUTURE $20 Million in Additional Funding for Children's Hospital of SaskatchewanFamilies 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...

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PREMIER WELCOMES POTASH SALE AND AGREEMENT WITH BANGLADESH

April 23, 2014

PREMIER WELCOMES POTASH SALE AND AGREEMENT WITH BANGLADESH 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...

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GOVERNMENT DISAPPOINTED WITH KEYSTONE DELAY

April 22, 2014

GOVERNMENT DISAPPOINTED WITH KEYSTONE DELAY 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...

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SASKJOBS WEBSITE TRAFFIC REACHES AN ALL-TIME HIGH FOR MARCH

April 22, 2014

SASKJOBS WEBSITE TRAFFIC REACHES AN ALL-TIME HIGH FOR MARCH 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...

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SENIORS RIDE WITH STC FOR $12 ONE-WAY IN MAY

April 22, 2014

SENIORS RIDE WITH STC FOR $12 ONE-WAY IN MAY Seniors can fill up their calendars with fun, family and friends travelling with Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) this May. From May 1 to 31, seniors 60 and over can ride anywhere STC goes for $12 one-way.STC travels to more than 250 communities in Saskatchewan, giving seniors across the province a chance to travel at a great price. The standard senior fare for a one-way trip...

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GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH

April 17, 2014

GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH The Government of Saskatchewan has committed $160,000 to support the Regina District Industry Education Council (RDIEC) to provide career development opportunities for youth in Regina and the surrounding area. The RDIEC connects students and employers by providing information, opportunities and training to support smooth transitions for all students, including First Nations...

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PROGRESS CONTINUES ON TRANSITIONING PEOPLE FROM VALLEY VIEW CENTRE

April 17, 2014

PROGRESS CONTINUES ON TRANSITIONING PEOPLE FROM VALLEY VIEW CENTRE 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...

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GOVERNMENTS ANNOUNCE FUNDING TO PROTECT HOG BARNS FROM PED VIRUS

April 17, 2014

GOVERNMENTS ANNOUNCE FUNDING TO PROTECT HOG BARNS FROM PED VIRUS 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...

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SASKATCHEWAN PATIENTS GETTING SURGERIES SOONER

April 17, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN PATIENTS GETTING SURGERIES SOONER As the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative nears the end of its four-year transformation effort, health regions are putting in place processes to sustain shorter wait times and safety improvements for patients and health care providers."Our health system has made tremendous strides toward providing sooner, safer and smarter surgical care since the Surgical Initiative began in March 2010,"...

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FUNDING RENEWED FOR GRAIN BAG RECYCLING PROGRAM

April 16, 2014

FUNDING RENEWED FOR GRAIN BAG RECYCLING PROGRAM 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...

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CROWNS MEET THE CHALLENGES OF GROWTH

April 16, 2014

CROWNS MEET THE CHALLENGES OF GROWTH Saskatchewan's Crown corporations had net earnings of $566 million in 2013, up $128 million from the 2012 mark of $439 million.Total revenues for 2013 were $4.8 billion, up $334 million from the previous year.It was a challenging year for the Crowns, with earnings down from last year at SaskPower, SaskTel, SaskEnergy and SGI.This reflected issues such as higher fuel, depreciation and...

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FEBRUARY MANUFACTURING SALES NEARLY FOUR TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE

April 15, 2014

FEBRUARY MANUFACTURING SALES NEARLY FOUR TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE 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...

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RECORD CUSTOMER GROWTH AND INCREASED SYSTEM INTEGRITY SPENDING HIGHLIGHT SASKENERGY 2013 ANNUAL REPORT

April 15, 2014

RECORD CUSTOMER GROWTH AND INCREASED SYSTEM INTEGRITY SPENDING HIGHLIGHT SASKENERGY 2013 ANNUAL REPORT Customer growth was again a highlight for SaskEnergy in 2013, as evidenced by a record level of distribution customers and strong industrial demand for natural gas within Saskatchewan. SaskEnergy, which tabled its annual report in the Saskatchewan Legislature today, saw its system grow by nearly 7,700 distribution customers throughout...

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RM ROADS, BRIDGES GET $25.5-MILLION BOOST

April 15, 2014

RM ROADS, BRIDGES GET $25.5-MILLION BOOST 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...

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SGI REMINDS SASKATCHEWAN RESIDENTS TRAFFIC SAFETY LAWS ARE CHANGING

April 15, 2014

SGI REMINDS SASKATCHEWAN RESIDENTS TRAFFIC SAFETY LAWS ARE CHANGING 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...

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PERSONAL CARE HOME INSPECTION RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

April 14, 2014

PERSONAL CARE HOME INSPECTION RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE 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,"...

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DISABILITY STRATEGY'S CITIZEN TEAM TO HOST PROVINCE-WIDE PUBLIC FORUMS

April 11, 2014

DISABILITY STRATEGY'S CITIZEN TEAM TO HOST PROVINCE-WIDE PUBLIC FORUMS 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...

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GOVERNMENT FUNDING SUPPORTS HOUSING AND SHELTER SERVICES BY THE LIGHTHOUSE IN SASKATOON

April 11, 2014

GOVERNMENT FUNDING SUPPORTS HOUSING AND SHELTER SERVICES BY THE LIGHTHOUSE IN SASKATOON The Government of Saskatchewan is providing funding to support two initiatives by The Lighthouse Supported Living Inc. (Lighthouse) in Saskatoon. Lighthouse will be renovating existing supported living units, as well as developing an innovative shelter designed for homeless residents in the city.Lighthouse operates the Dubé Lighthouse facility,...

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PROVINCIAL EDUCATION SECTOR STRATEGIC PLAN ANNOUNCED

April 11, 2014

PROVINCIAL EDUCATION SECTOR STRATEGIC PLAN ANNOUNCED Education Minister Don Morgan, along with Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) President Janet Foord, announced the historic Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) at the SSBA Spring Assembly. The ESSP is the first ever province-wide plan to be developed in co-operation with all education sector partners, approved by the 28 school boards and accepted by the Government of Saskatchewan.

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LICENSED IMMIGRANT CONSULTANT AND RECRUITER LIST NOW AVAILABLE

April 10, 2014

LICENSED IMMIGRANT CONSULTANT AND RECRUITER LIST NOW AVAILABLE The Government of Saskatchewan has published a comprehensive list of immigrant consultants and recruiters who can provide services to employers and potential immigrants and foreign workers under The Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act (FWRISA), which was proclaimed in Saskatchewan on October 11, 2013. The publication of the list is part of the province's...

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APPLICATIONS FOR WESTERN LIVESTOCK PRICE INSURANCE NOW AVAILABLE

April 9, 2014

APPLICATIONS FOR WESTERN LIVESTOCK PRICE INSURANCE NOW AVAILABLE New Insurance Tool Will Protect Livestock Producers Against Price DeclinesApplications are now being accepted for a new livestock price insurance product designed to help cattle and hog producers manage unexpected price declines.The Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP), announced by federal and western provincial ministers on January 24, 2014, enables...

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WATER SECURITY AGENCY RELEASES APRIL FORECAST AND LAUNCHES FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM

April 8, 2014

WATER SECURITY AGENCY RELEASES APRIL FORECAST AND LAUNCHES FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM 2014 Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program Now AvailableToday, 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...

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SGI PERSEVERES THROUGH WEATHER-RELATED CHALLENGES IN 2013

April 8, 2014

SGI PERSEVERES THROUGH WEATHER-RELATED CHALLENGES IN 2013 Both SGI CANADA and the Saskatchewan Auto Fund persevered in 2013, despite weathering some difficult challenges related to snow, ice and rain.SGI released its financial and operational highlights when the 2013 annual reports for SGI CANADA and the Saskatchewan Auto Fund were tabled in the Legislative Assembly today.SGI CANADA is the competitive arm of SGI, selling property...

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WILDLIFE REGULATIONS AMENDED TO PROTECT PROPERTY, LIVESTOCK

April 7, 2014

WILDLIFE REGULATIONS AMENDED TO PROTECT PROPERTY, LIVESTOCK 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...

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PREMIER ORDERS CREATION OF NEW PUBLIC REPORTING SYSTEM FOR MINISTERIAL TRAVEL

April 7, 2014

PREMIER ORDERS CREATION OF NEW PUBLIC REPORTING SYSTEM FOR MINISTERIAL TRAVEL 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...

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UNEMPLOYMENT REMAINS THE LOWEST IN CANADA

April 4, 2014

UNEMPLOYMENT REMAINS THE LOWEST IN CANADA 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...

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SASKATCHEWAN GOVERNMENT ASKS FOR CHANGES TO FEDERAL GRAIN LEGISLATION

April 4, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN GOVERNMENT ASKS FOR CHANGES TO FEDERAL GRAIN LEGISLATION 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...

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NEW RECRUITMENT STRATEGY TO BRING MORE NURSE PRACTITIONERS TO RURAL SASKATCHEWAN

April 3, 2014

NEW RECRUITMENT STRATEGY TO BRING MORE NURSE PRACTITIONERS TO RURAL SASKATCHEWAN 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...

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GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN INVESTS IN CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE RESEARCH

April 2, 2014

GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN INVESTS IN CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE RESEARCH The Ministry of the Economy today announced a new funding agreement with the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) to support the Saskatchewan CO2 Oilfield Use for Storage and EOR Research Project that will continue Saskatchewan's world-leading research on the geological storage of carbon dioxide. The $400,000 investment will augment additional funding...

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TRUCKERS GET MORE OPTIONS FOR HAULING GOODS

April 2, 2014

TRUCKERS GET MORE OPTIONS FOR HAULING GOODS The Government of Saskatchewan has approved new trucking regulations that make shipping more efficient and cost effective. The new regulations continue the work of making interprovincial trucking easier by harmonizing rules between Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC through the New West Partnership."These changes will enable industry to increase efficiency through reduced operating costs and...

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BETTER ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY AND RESOURCES FOR K-12 STUDENTS IN FIRST NATION SCHOOLS

April 2, 2014

BETTER ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY AND RESOURCES FOR K-12 STUDENTS IN FIRST NATION SCHOOLS 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...

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AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGES INCREASE

March 31, 2014

AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGES INCREASE 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...

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GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN DECLARES APRIL 2014 SAFE DIGGING MONTH ACROSS SASKATCHEWAN

March 31, 2014

GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN DECLARES APRIL 2014 SAFE DIGGING MONTH ACROSS SASKATCHEWAN As contractors and homeowners begin preparing for another active construction season, the Government of Saskatchewan, in partnership with Sask 1st Call and the Saskatchewan Common Ground Alliance (SCGA), has declared April to be Safe Digging Month to remind the public of the importance of digging safely around underground infrastructure."Saskatchewan's...

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GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN SUPPORTS RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

March 31, 2014

GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN SUPPORTS RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION The Government of Saskatchewan announced $365,000 in funding to support graduate student research collaborations through Mitacs.This funding includes $225,000 for 30 research and development internships for graduate and post doctoral students in Saskatchewan industries through the Mitacs Accelerate program, and $140,000 for 20...

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MINIMUM WAGE TO INCREASE OCTOBER 1, 2014

March 31, 2014

MINIMUM WAGE TO INCREASE OCTOBER 1, 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...

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SPRING HIGHWAY WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS EASED FOR FARMERS TO GET GRAIN TO MARKET

March 26, 2014

SPRING HIGHWAY WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS EASED FOR FARMERS TO GET GRAIN TO MARKET 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...

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GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN STREAMLINES TIMBER DUES

March 26, 2014

GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN STREAMLINES TIMBER DUES The Ministry of the Economy has introduced changes to The Forest Resources Management Regulations creating a dues system that is more market-based and consistent across the industry."The proposed dues system builds on several important commitments of this government," Energy and Resources Minister Tim McMillan said. "We are committed to steady economic growth, to providing a competitive...

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SASKJOBS WEBSITE TRAFFIC INCREASES IN FEBRUARY

March 25, 2014

SASKJOBS WEBSITE TRAFFIC INCREASES IN FEBRUARY 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...

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PROVINCE RELEASES FINAL ROUND OF 2014 HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION TENDERS

March 25, 2014

PROVINCE RELEASES FINAL ROUND OF 2014 HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION TENDERS Another round of construction contracts for the upcoming 2014 construction season will start hitting the market soon."Investing in the infrastructure a growing province needs is an important component of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. "The Spring Tender Release, combined with our previous tender releases,...

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SURGICAL WAIT TIMES CONTINUE TO DROP

March 24, 2014

SURGICAL WAIT TIMES CONTINUE TO DROP 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,...

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GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND SASKATCHEWAN SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON CANADA JOB GRANT

March 21, 2014

GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND SASKATCHEWAN SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON CANADA JOB GRANT Helping Residents of Saskatchewan Get Training for Guaranteed JobsJason 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...

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SASKATCHEWAN KEEPS GROWING

March 19, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN KEEPS GROWING 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...

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RECORD HEALTH BUDGET ADDRESSES HIGHEST PRIORITIES

March 19, 2014

RECORD HEALTH BUDGET ADDRESSES HIGHEST PRIORITIES Funding to Reduce Wait Times, Improve Services for Seniors and Build Health InfrastructureSaskatchewan will invest nearly $5 billion in health care in 2014-15 to continue the health system's 'patient first' transformation and support improved access to high quality care for the province's growing population. The funding is a $144 million or three per cent increase over 2013-14.

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GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN STUDENT SUCCESS

March 19, 2014

GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN STUDENT SUCCESS Overall funding for Education has increased by 3.1 per cent from 2013-14. School operating funding, which includes money collected from the education property tax, will be $1.82 billion in 2014-15, up $42.0 million or 2.4 per cent from last year."Student success is a priority for our government and important for the future of our province," Education Minister Don Morgan said. "We believe that...

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STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM INVESTMENTS IN POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION

March 19, 2014

STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM INVESTMENTS IN POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION Saskatchewan students and post-secondary institutions continue to benefit from strong provincial support in the 2014-15 Budget.The budget provides an increase in operating funds to post-secondary institutions, investments in student support and funding for key capital projects."We need to ensure that our young people have the education and training they need to succeed...