The Ministry of Central Services is the major internal service provider to all other Executive Government ministries and agencies. From property management to information technology to transportation, our services are provided almost exclusively to other government ministries. Our role is to enable then to deliver efficient, quality services that the public expects and deserves from its government.
While the ministry provides an array of services to other ministries, its major services include:
Property and Project Management
Central Services manages and maintains more than 700 government buildings on behalf of Government in communities across Saskatchewan. This includes the leasing, purchasing, operation and maintenance of the buildings. We also play a central project construction role in building new facilities and revitalization projects such as the Legislative building, courthouses, correctional facilities and other government buildings by providing services such as contract management, industry liaison, small-scale design and tendering.
Central Services is a full-service IT provider to Executive Government ministries, agencies and government employees no matter where in the province they are located. We provide or manage IT help desk and on-site computer support services, hardware and software, IT security services, computer application maintenance and development, data centre services and network services.
Central Services is the main transportation provider to all Executive Government and its employees, whether on the ground or in the air. Our Central Vehicle Agency manages and maintains a fleet of vehicles for use by ministries or employees no matter what their requirements.
Central Services also owns and maintains the government's small fleet of aircraft. We operate Saskatchewan Air Ambulance Services aircraft in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, which provides province-wide emergency medical evacuation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In addition to major services like coordinating purchasing and transportation, Central Services provides the day-to-day services other government ministries need to serve the public and business community. Each year we handle more than 16 million pieces of mail and are responsible for storing and archiving in excess of 200,000 government records.
As a key focus of its service to other ministries and agencies, Central Services works to reduce the government's environmental footprint. Buildings are built and refurbished to the highest of environmental standards under the international LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program. They're also maintained and operated in an environmentally friendly way under the Canadian industry standard for commercial building sustainability certification program known as BOMA BEST (Building Environmental Standards).
When it comes to ground transportation our emphasis is on cost-efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles. Central Services purchases fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles whenever possible and maintains a fleet that is the right size to fit the needs of Government.
Other sustainable actions include conservation, waste management, and recycling.