Google Translate Disclaimer

A number of pages on the Government of Saskatchewan`s web site have been professionally translated in French. These translations are identified by a yellow text box that resembles the link below and can be found in the right hand rail of the page. The home page for French-language content on this site can be found here:

Renseignements en Français

Where an official translation is not available, Google™ Translate can be used. Google™ Translate is a free online language translation service that can translate text and web pages into different languages. Translations are made available to increase access to Government of Saskatchewan content for populations whose first language is not English.

The results of software-based translation do not approach the fluency of a native speaker or possess the skill of a professional translator. The translation should not be considered exact, and may include incorrect or offensive language Government of Saskatchewan does not warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information translated by this system. Some files or items cannot be translated, including graphs, photos, and other file formats such as portable document formats (PDFs).

Any person or entities that rely on information obtained from the system does so at his or her own risk. Government of Saskatchewan is not responsible for any damage or issues that may possibly result from using translated website content. If you have any questions about Google™ Translate, please visit: Google™ Translate FAQs.

Difficult Budget Will Keep Saskatchewan's Economy and Finances Strong

Released on 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 down the road for someone else to deal with, like some other provinces are doing,” Wall said.  “We made the choice to meet the fiscal challenge now.  That meant making some difficult decisions in this year’s budget, but I am very comfortable that we have chosen the right course for the long-term fiscal and economic strength of our province.”

Wall noted that cost-cutting efforts started at the top, as all ministers, MLAs and political staff took a 3.5 per cent salary reduction prior to the budget.

Wall said recent economic indicators show Saskatchewan’s economy is showing signs of resilience.  Employment is up through the first four months of the year, exports are up significantly and Saskatchewan has led the country in areas like wholesale trade, retail sales and building permit growth.

“Saskatchewan’s diverse economy is strong and resilient,” Wall said.  “The decisions we are making today will ensure it stays strong into the future.”

The government passed several pieces of legislation in the spring sitting, including:
  • Legislation to reduce health care administration and better co-ordinate health services by amalgamating the province’s health regions into one provincial health authority;
  • Legislation to protect victims of domestic violence by allowing them to end rental leases early if necessary to remove themselves from an unsafe situation;
  • Legislation to clearly define what does and doesn’t constitute “privatization”;
  • Legislation to encourage investment in innovation through the creation of the first “patent box” incentive in North America;
  • Legislation to improve pipeline safety; and
  • Legislation to improve safety for tow truck operators by allowing flashing blue lights to be used on tow trucks.
During the spring session, Wall also announced that the province will use the notwithstanding clause to protect school choice, following a court decision that would force non-Catholic students out of Catholic schools and threaten funding to other faith-based schools.

-30-

For more information, contact:

Kathy Young
Executive Council
Regina
Phone: 306-787-0425
Email: kathy.young@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-526-8927

We need your feedback to improve saskatchewan.ca. Help us improve