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Legislative Report
(17 May 2018)

Application for Federal Low Carbon Economy Funding

Saskatchewan has submitted 11 projects to the Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund, despite being deemed ineligible by the federal government for a portion of the funding.

The federal fund includes $1.4 billion for provinces and territories that have signed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. This includes $62 million of federal funding earmarked for Saskatchewan and supported by Saskatchewan taxpayers.

Saskatchewan did not sign the Pan-Canadian Framework because it prescribes a national approach to carbon pricing – a federal tax to which our residents and business community clearly object. We are committed to reducing emissions, and we don’t need a carbon tax to achieve that.

The projects we have put forward for consideration will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 188 million tonnes from energy and power production, water, forests and agriculture.

Our made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy is designed to make our province more resilient to the climactic, economic and policy impacts of climate change and we look forward to the federal government partnering with us on projects that will actually reduce emissions.

Federal-Provincial Agreement for Targeted Health Funding

The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have signed a bilateral agreement outlining how the province plans to invest its share of targeted federal health care funding. With support from the Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan will invest in a range of initiatives to expand home and community care as well as mental health and addiction services.

These include:

  • establishing Community Health Centres and teams to shift the delivery of care from hospitals into community settings;
  • improved access to palliative and end-of-life care to provide care at the right place, by the right providers, at the right time;
  • improving mental health services for youth through targeted training programs;
  • expanding internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy services; and
  • improving mental health services and supports for children, youth and families, through increased capacity for diagnosis and treatment.

More Nurses Working in Saskatchewan

Nurses are highly valued members of the health care team, and their contributions are key to quality care for Saskatchewan residents. The number of nurses in Saskatchewan is now higher than it has ever been with 3,700 more nurses providing services today than in 2007, an increase of 29%.

In total, more than 16,000 nurses are licensed to practise in the province, including registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, nurse practitioners, and licensed practical nurses. While we are pleased with this growth, we continue to work with partners to recruit for vacant positions across the province.

Saskatchewan Parks Now Open for Summer

The warm glow of a campfire, the sound of children’s laughter, and star-filled Saskatchewan skies await as Saskatchewan Provincial Parks have officially opened for the season.

Campers can take in the fresh spring air, enjoy activities on the water, explore hiking trails, picnic in the park or relax with friends and family. Whether you’re a family heading back to your favourite park to unwind, or an adventure-seeker looking to explore, each park has a unique experience as well as a variety of programs, events and activities to keep busy.

Learn to Camp is designed to introduce beginner campers to skills and activities that are useful for a successful and memorable camping experience. Learn to Fish, interpretive activities and more are also offered.

A new Camp-Easy Equipped Camping program is being offered at Echo Valley, Buffalo Pound and Pike Lake Provincial Parks. These unique accommodations are a great option for families, first-time campers hoping to experience the outdoors or anyone who does not own camping equipment.

The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport continues to invest in provincial park facilities and infrastructure to provide the best experience possible for visitors. With planned expenditures of more than $11 million for capital projects and maintenance in 2018-19, total investment in parks capital facilities and infrastructure since 2007 will reach $110 million.

If you are planning to spend some time in our parks, keep an eye out for provincial fire bans and advisories. A complete listing of all affected provincial parks and recreation sites can be found at www.tourismsaskatchewan.com/places-to-go/provincial-parks/fire-restrictions.

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