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Saskatchewan Budget

Meeting the Challenge - Provincial Budget 2017-18

The 2017-18 Budget is a responsible plan to focus on core services -- those that are a priority to Saskatchewan people -- to ensure these vital services are sustainable and affordable in the long run, to rebalance revenue, to continue supporting growth and return to balance.

The Challenge Saskatchewan is Facing

  • Since 2014-15, resource revenue has declined over $1.3 billion.
  • Tax revenue is down by hundreds of millions of dollars due to the resource revenue slowdown.
  • The population has grown by 162,000 in 10 years, which puts pressure on vital public services.


1. Controlling and Reducing Government Spending

Given the fiscal challenge, it was essential to look for savings across government.  That includes a $250 million total public sector compensation savings, a 3.5% wage rollback for MLAs and Ministers and nine unpaid days of leave for staff in the Premier’s office, caucus and Ministers’ offices. Other changes were made with a focus on ensuring vital public services remain affordable and sustainable.

Examples of controlled spending

  • Consolidating 12 regional health authorities into one
  • Total spending on health held to 0.7% increase
  • Winding down STC and Executive Air
  • Undertaking an Income Assistance redesign
  • Looking for efficiencies in the education sector

Affordable and sustainable public services. Ensuring a strong economy.


2. Modernizing and Expanding the Tax System

This budget modernizes and expands the tax system while ensuring Saskatchewan’s taxes remain fair and competitive. There is a shift toward consumption tax and away from income, growth and productivity.

Rebalance revenue with a shift towards consumption taxes.

  • Increasing the PST rate to 6%, expanding PST base and eliminating some exemptions
  • Education Property Tax rebalanced to fund 40% of K-12 education costs
  • The Saskatchewan Low-income Tax Credit will be enhanced to mitigate the effect of PST changes.
  • A more stable revenue base will help sustain valued services like health care, education, social assistance and capital investment

PST rate increase 5% ’ 6%
Effective March 23, 2017 
Tobacco Tax increase +2¢
Effective March 23, 2017
Fuel Tax exemptions
Effective April 1, 2017
Fuel Tax expansions:
  • Farmers and primary producers begin to pay the full 15₵ per liter fuel tax on gasoline.
  • The fuel exemption on marked diesel fuel for farmers and primary producers is reduced to 12₵ per litre
Effective April 1, 2017
PST base expansions:
  • Children’s clothing
  • Restaurant Meals and snack foods 
  • Construction and renovation contracts
  • Vehicle trade-ins no longer deductible
  • Insurance premiums (effective August 1, 2017)
Effective April 1, 2017
except for insurance premiums are July 1, 2017
Liquor wholesale markups - 4% to 6.8% Effective April 1, 2017
$34 million in new funding to the Saskatchewan Low-Income Tax Credit to help mitigate the impact on lower income residents Effective July 1, 2017
(administrated federally)
Personal/Corporate Income Tax
  • Personal Income Tax rate reduced by half a percentage point on each bracket
  • Corporate Income Tax rate reduced by half a percentage point
Effective July 1, 2017
and by another half
a percentage point
effective July 1, 2019

For more information, please visit the Ministry of Finance or call 1-800-667-6102.


3. Keeping the Economy Strong

Low taxes and tax incentives create a tremendous advantage for Saskatchewan in attracting new investment and jobs.

  • Beginning in 2017, lower personal and corporate income tax rates
  • Everyone at every income level will pay less income tax
  • New tax incentives, including the first-of-its-kind ‘patent box’ to support productivity and growth
  • When the tax reductions are fully implemented, Saskatchewan will have the lowest corporate tax rate and manufacturing and processing tax rate in Canada

Provincial Taxes - Family of four at $75,000 total household income - chart


4. Investing in Priority Areas

While Budget 2017-18 contains considerable cost reduction measures, there is significant funding for the programs and services valued by the people of Saskatchewan.

  • Since 2007-08, total investment in health, education and social services and assistance is up nearly 72% or $4.4 billion. This year funding to those three areas is $10.6 billion.
  • Budget 2017-18 includes nearly $1.4 billion in the area of social services and assistance – a 51% increase since 2007-08
  • Since 2007-08 total funding for education, including Pre-K to Grade 12 and the post-secondary sector, has doubled from $1.8 billion to $3.6 billion in this budget
  • The budget also includes $3.7 billion for schools, highways, bridges, hospitals and Crown infrastructure

Spending by theme graph


5. Returning to Balance over Three years

"This year’s budget sets a course to respond to the current challenge and return to a balanced budget by 2019, ensuring government services remain sustainable and affordable in the long run.”  -  Finance Minister Kevin Doherty

  • A $685 million deficit forecast for 2017-18. A smaller deficit of $304 million projected in 2018-19
  • Return to balance in 2019-20 with $15 million surplus
  • Careful debt management – second lowest debt-to-GDP ratio in Canada

Saskatchewan has the 2nd lowest dept-to-GDP ratio in Canada

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