In February 2018, officials initiated engagement with industry, non-governmental organizations, academics, First Nation and Métis, among others, to gather insight and seek feedback on the contents of Prairie Resilience. The purpose of the engagement was to gain a comprehensive understanding of participants views and perspective on commitments within the strategy, and particularly the regulatory framework proposed for emissions management in Saskatchewan and the Climate Resilience Measurement Framework.
The engagement sessions throughout 2018 and 2019 have included a series of open, plenary sessions and closed, bilateral meetings, online session and the opportunity to provide written submissions on multiple occasions.
A report summarizing what was heard during the February–March 2018 engagement was released to all participants in May 2018. Read the MNP Report on What We Heard, Prairie Resilience: A Made-In-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy – Consultation Summary, April 23, 2018. Government also produced additional discussion papers and engagement summary reports specific to each of the compliance options.
Performance Credit Program
The Government of Saskatchewan is moving forward in 2021 with additional engagement on three key initiatives related to the Prairie Resilience strategy and Saskatchewan's Growth Plan:
- Emission management for electricity generation
- Development of Saskatchewan offset program
- A strategic plan to explore the development and deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs)
Emission management for electricity generation:
As part of the regulatory framework for emissions management, the Government of Saskatchewan is developing new regulations to manage greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation. The Ministry of Environment has prepared draft Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (Electricity Standards and Compliance) Regulations. This document lays out the provisions of the new regulations and explains the regulatory approach. Starting in March 2021, the ministry will begin engaging with regulated and affected parties to provide information, answer questions and receive feedback.
For further information on this initiative or engagement opportunity, please email email@example.com using the subject line Electricity Regulations.
GHG offsets program
Saskatchewan is developing a provincial greenhouse gas (GHG) offset program to fulfil a commitment made in Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy. Offset credits will serve as a compliance option for regulated emitters subject to The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (Standards and Compliance) Regulations. Having an offset program also creates incentives for farmers, foresters, ranchers, municipalities and other businesses to sequester carbon and sell GHG offset credits.
The Ministry of Environment is leading engagement on GHG offsets with Saskatchewan stakeholders throughout the year. In March 2021, the ministry will host webinars to provide information on a proposed approach for the program and a protocol development process, and gather stakeholder input. In addition to written submissions, feedback will be compiled and used to support decision-making on the offset program and the process for developing offset protocols.
For further information on this initiative or engagement opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line GHG Offsets Program.
Small modular reactors
Saskatchewan's Growth Plan includes the goal of "reducing carbon emissions in electricity production and advancing the development of zero-emission small modular reactor (SMR) technology using Saskatchewan uranium." To further explore this technology as an option for Saskatchewan's energy future, Premier Moe signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ontario and New Brunswick in 2019 to evaluate the implementation of SMRs. Saskatchewan's new SMR Unit plans to engage targeted stakeholder and Indigenous groups to gather Saskatchewan-specific input to support strategic planning and objectives outlined in the MOU. The MOU strategic plan will outline key considerations and actions for enabling SMR development and deployment in each of the participating provinces. There will be further engagement opportunities following the release of MOU strategic plan.
For further information on this initiative or engagement opportunity, please email email@example.com using the subject line Small Modular Reactors.