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2014 April

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1. 2014 Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program Now Available

In order to assist communities across the province with flood mitigation efforts, the Water Security Agency is launching the 2014 Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program (EFDRP). The program provides engineering and technical assistance to municipalities and individuals while sharing the cost of permanent and temporary flood prevention works.

The EFDRP reimburses individuals for 85 per cent of the cost of approved permanent flood protection works that are built to provide protection from imminent flooding in 2014. Communities and businesses are eligible to recover 75 per cent of the cost of approved permanent flood protection works. Permanent flood protection works include projects like berms and culverts.

The program will also cover 50 per cent of the cost for temporary flood protection measures like the purchase of sand, sandbags and pumping. Local municipalities are able to purchase sandbags through the Ministry of Government Relations and the Water Security Agency will cover those costs at 100 per cent. Individuals should obtain sandbags from their local municipal government. Projects must be approved by the WSA in order to qualify for funding. More specific details on the EFDRP are available at: https://www.wsask.ca/Water-Programs/Flood-Prevention/Emergency-Flood-Damage-Reduction-Program/.

Requests for assistance under the program should be directed to the nearest WSA regional office or by calling toll free at 1-866-727-5420.

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2. Provincial Disability Strategy Consultations

Government is committed to making Saskatchewan the best place in Canada for persons with disabilities to live. Together with the disability community and all Saskatchewan citizens, the province is developing a comprehensive disability strategy to make this a reality.

The Strategy will focus on the priority areas described in The Plan for Growth which includes housing; transportation; employment; education; support for community inclusion; and support for caregivers. Other priorities may be identified during the consultation process.

A fifteen member Citizen Consultation Team (CCT) has been appointed by the Minister of Social Services and has been tasked with leading the public consultation process which will start April 28, 2014 in Swift Current and will continue across the province throughout May 2014. The team will also be consulting on a common definition of disability and the vision, values and principles that need to be considered during public forums.

These meetings are an opportunity for your municipality to:

  • identify issues and solutions specific to your community;
  • discuss future service delivery needs required to meet Strategy goals; and
  • give your perspective on components of the Strategy.

Ensure that you and your community members get involved in the discussion! Join us at the public consultations in your area and participate in the discussion happening on the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy Facebook page

For more information about the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy consultation process contact: 
Office of Disability Issues
12th Floor, 1920 Broad Street
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 3V6
e-mail: disabilitystrategy@gov.sk.ca
fax: 306-798-4450
phone: toll free 1-877-915-7468

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3. Saskatchewan Connections: Access, Privacy, Security, Records Management and Health IM Conference

The 2014 Saskatchewan Connections conference is taking place June 4 and 5 in Regina. The conference is intended for individuals working within the public sector, health care community, local government, as well as for those interested in access, privacy, security and information/records management issues.

Public sector employees need to be knowledgeable about how these topics impact their daily work, which is why this conference is beneficial for those working and/or interested in the field. Attending the Saskatchewan Connections Conference will improve your knowledge on this subject matter, and allow you to network and build new relationships. For more information regarding this conference, visit http://www.skconnections.ca/index.php.

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4. Latest saskdocs.ca newsletter posted

Saskdocs.ca is an online publication that includes stories about rural Saskatchewan and physician recruitment.

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5. New SaskTenders website launches

The Ministry of Central Services is pleased to announce the launch the new SaskTenders website.  Starting March 10, 2014, the redesigned SaskTenders site, available at https://sasktenders.ca, will be the new home to all procurement opportunities for executive government and Crown corporations, in addition to the municipal, academic, school and health sectors.

Using SaskTenders allows you to meet your obligations under the New West partnership and Agreement on Internal Trade. Competitions over the thresholds for goods and services are required to be advertised on SaskTenders. More information about procurement obligations and tender thresholds can be found at: 

The new site makes it easier for businesses to access tender opportunities by offering users:

  • more intuitive site navigation;
  • enhanced competition display;
  • improved search functionality; and
  • easy to create and maintain email notifications.

The site has a new, shorter web address – sasktenders.ca. The old web address, sasktenders.gov.sk.ca, will redirect to the new site. If you have any online content or bookmarks directing to SaskTenders, please be sure to update the material to use the new web address.

Resource materials to assist with the transition to the new site are available under the policies and guidelines section of the new SaskTenders website.

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