2020 Saskatchewan

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Environment

  • Reduce annual green house gas emission by 12 million tonnes by 2030 through the “Prairie Resilience” program
  • Continue to stand up against the federally imposed carbon tax
  • Continue the Methane Action Plan which will reduce greenhouse gas emission from the oil and gas industry from venting and flaring activities by 4.5 million tonnes of CO2e annually by 2025
  • Investing in small modular reactors (SMRs) for nuclear power through cooperative agreements with the governments of Ontario and New Brunswick
  • Introduce a Nuclear Secretariat within the Ministry of Environment. The Secretariat will work with SaskPower to integrate SMRs into the electrical grid, coordinate with other departments and governments, identify funding, and engage with communities, Indigenous groups, and industry
  • Continue work on preventing invasive aquatic species in Saskatchewan waterways through the Aquatic Invasive Species Strategy
  • SaskEnergy currently offers the lowest commodity rate in 20 years and does not anticipate a need for rate increases in 2020
  • Continue to work with Proton Technology on a first-of-its-kind hydrogen production project, which support extraction from existing oil reserves while leaving carbon emission trapped underground
  • Continue to support Saskatchewan’s high-grade uranium mining industry which supports emissions free electricity in nuclear plants around the world(/li>
  • Introduce a one-year 10% rebate on electrical charges for all SaskPower customers to support the economic recovery from the pandemic
  • Move to 50 percent renewable and non-emitting electricity by 2030, with a legislated target of 100 percent emissions-free electricity by 2050
  • Make ambitious investments in energy efficiency to make us a leader instead of continuing to lag behind the rest of Canada
  • Support the protection of wetlands and grasslands
  • Empower people, small businesses, municipalities and First Nations and Métis communities to generate their own power and create a distributed energy grid
  • Work with SaskPower to make Saskatchewan a leader in geothermal power production
  • End commercial development in our parks and reverse the Sask. Party’s takeover of Wascana Park

Indigenous Peoples & Northern Affairs

  • Continue efforts to increase Indigenous enrollment in post-secondary institutions, building on previous success of increasing enrollment by 33%
  • Continuing investments in Indigenous skills training and employment initiatives, which in the last budget received $32.2 million in funding for on and off reserve training
  • Continue to provide $500,000 to expand the Remote Presence Technology program into communities of Stony Rapids, La Loche, English River Dene Nation, Pelican Narrows, Fond-du-Lac, Clearwater River Dene Nation and Hatchet Lake
  • Continue the $372,000 investment for the Enhanced Preventative Dental Services Program to help support oral and dental care in Indigenous and northern communities
  • Continue funding provided in the 2020-21 budget of $100,000 for diabetes initiatives and $700,000 to improve access to kidney health and dialysis services for residents in the northwest region of the province
  • Our government will continue to provide $14.5 million to Northern Medical Services to help physicians and specialists provide care to communities across the north, an increase of 61% since 2007
  • In 2020-21, the Saskatchewan Party government will invest $1.2 million in new suicide prevention funding to support year one actions in Pillars for Life: Saskatchewan’s Suicide Prevention Plan
  • Continue to support 90 childcare spaces at the First Nations University of Canada to help young families attend university in Saskatchewan
  • $45 Million was provided for Emergency Pandemic Supports for First Nations and Metis organizations as a result of COVID-related casino closures in the 2020-21 budget
  • Work with the federal government and First Nations and Métis governments to close the gap in health, employment, justice and education between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people
  • Invest $10 million to act on the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Reintroduce an independent Ministry of Northern Affairs
  • Reform our child welfare system, working with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations and First Nations to increase control and autonomy over the child intervention on reserve
  • Restore funding to the Northern Teacher Education Program
  • Work with First Nations in Saskatchewan to ensure First Nation schools receive equal funding
  • Empower people, small businesses, municipalities and First Nations and Métis communities to generate their own power and create a distributed energy grid
  • Bring back the Community Rink Grant program to help keep community rinks in rural communities and First Nations open

Education

  • Continue provincial funding for K-12 education which has increased by over 37% from $1.41 billion in 2007 to $1.94 billion in 2020. In the same period enrollment has increased 15%
  • Invest in seven new schools and three renovations by continuing funding announced in the 2020-21 Budget
  • Continue to support the Preventative Maintenance and Renewal Program to help school divisions with repairs and renovations which has seen more than $280 million invested since its creation
  • Continue to invest in teachers and Pre-K programs which, since forming government, have seen over 1,300 additional teachers and 100 more educational assistants working in our province and a doubling of funding for Pre-K programs in Saskatchewan since 2007
  • Continue the Investment of $51 million from the education COVID-19 contingency fund for additional costs related to ensuring the safety of students and staff through the pandemic including: $19.1 million for sanitation, $6 million for equipment and furniture, $13.2 million for immunocompromised students, $9.5 million for additional distance learning capacity, and $4 million for technology upgrades
  • Continue to support the Graduate Retention Program which provides graduates with up to $20,000 of their tuition fees back over several years, provided the student stays and works in Saskatchewan after graduation
  • Continue funding for several scholarship opportunities including: The Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship (SAS), The Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunities and The Scholarship of Honour
  • To help young families attend university in Saskatchewan, continue to fund additional childcare spaces in post-secondary institutions
  • Continue to support the Repayment Assistance Plan, which has improved student debt repayment to 90 per cent, from a low of 62 per cent in 2004
  • A re-elected Saskatchewan Party government will make it more affordable for low to middle income students to undertake their post-secondary education in Saskatchewan by increasing the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship by 50 per cent – from $500 per year to $750 per year
  • Safer schools and smaller class sizes, instead of the worst back-to-school plan in Canada
  • Help school divisions reduce class size, address classroom complexity and keep our schools safe with funding for 1,000 more teachers, 700 educational assistants and 400 caretakers
  • Provide funding for school divisions to hire 50 school-based Mental Health and Addiction Nurses and other mental health supports
  • Invest $3 million into a rural education strategy to ensure we meet the unique needs of small-town schools
  • Bring in affordable and accessible $25/day childcare, fix the childcare subsidy and create 2,200 new spaces each year to help struggling families.
  • Eliminate interest from student loans, saving students and their families $4.8 million
  • Provide free tuition for kids leaving foster care
  • Restore funding to the Northern Teacher Education Program
  • Work with First Nations in Saskatchewan to ensure First Nation schools receive equal funding
  • Create a new internship program to help young people get their first good job working for the provincial government and with our Crowns
  • Examine structural and systemic racism within provincial government in our education sector
  • Teach kids about respectful relationships, including the importance of consent
  • Introduce legislation officially recognizing GSAs to ensure safety and support for all our students
  • Build a new high school in southeast Regina
  • Clear the $5 billion backlog on upkeep for our schools and hospitals, starting by increasing spending on deferred maintenance in healthcare and education infrastructure by 50 percent.
  • End the Sask. Party’s preference for mega-schools and focus on ensuring neighbourhoods have small local schools that meet their needs

Healthcare

  • Invest $435 million into mental health and addictions services.
  • Continue track record of increased investments in hospitals, healthcare workers, long-term care facilities, medical imaging services, and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.
  • Remove the age restriction on the Saskatchewan Insulin Pump Program (currently the program is restricted to persons aged 25 and under).
  • Cover costs of Continuous Glucose Monitoring systems for children under 18, adding approximately 600 beneficiaries to the program; optional coverage for Flash Glucose Monitoring systems will be covered as well.
  • Increase the Seniors Income Plan from a maximum of $270 per month to a maximum of $360 per month; this increase will be phased in between the 2021-22 Budget and the 2023-24 Budget.
  • Eliminate charges for inter-facility ambulance calls for seniors and reduce the maximum cost of other senior’s ambulance calls by over 50 per cent, from a maximum of $275 per call to a maximum of $135 per call.
  • Hire 300 more continuing care aides to deliver home care services and support seniors residing in long-term care facilities.
  • Continue to make investments in mental health, including: Mental Health Capacity Building in Schools; Child and Youth Positions in Stanley Mission, Pinehouse, Sandy Bay, North Battleford, and Prince Albert; Roots of Home community suicide prevention projects in Meadow Lake, La Ronge, and Buffalo Narrows; and Primary Care Counsellors in La Roche and Ile a la Crosse.
  • Continue investments in addictions supports including: detox beds in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, and North Battleford; crystal meth treatment; caseworkers for AIDS Saskatoon; harm reduction efforts; addiction workers in Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert; and Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine in North Battleford.
  • End short staffing in primary care, long-term care, and acute care by hiring 100 doctors, 150 registered nurses, 300 licensed practical nurses, and 500 continuing care assistants.
  • Make it easier for seniors to stay in their homes longer by building the best home care in Canada.
  • Legislate minimum care standards in long-term care.
  • Provide coverage for insulin pumps for everyone with Type 1 diabetes and cover the cost of continuous glucose monitoring for minors who require that care.
  • Open dedicated mental health emergency rooms in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, and Moose Jaw.
  • Fund an opioid and crystal meth strategy, starting with a $2 million investment.
  • Invest $5 million in a suicide prevention strategy.
  • Increase addiction treatment support by $10 million to enable Saskatchewan Health Authority and community-based organizations to hire more staff.
  • Invest $1.5 million in public health to help ensure we’re better prepared for future outbreaks.
  • Establish a fully independent Seniors’ Advocate.

Economy

  • Introduce a one-year 10% rebate on electricity charges on power bills for all SaskPower customers; the average residential customer will save $215, and the average farm customer will save $845.
  • In cities that manage their own power utility, such as Swift Current and Saskatoon, the rate charged to the city will be reduced by 10%, with the expectation that the savings will be passed on to their municipal customers.
  • Introduce a three-year reduction in the small business tax rate, benefitting about 31,000 incorporated Saskatchewan small businesses, with a savings of over $189 million. The tax will be reduced to zero on October 1st, 2020, and will be raised to 1% and 2% on July 1st, 2022 and 2023, respectively.
  • Introduce a new Saskatchewan Home Renovation Tax Credit, which will allow Saskatchewan homeowners to claim a non-refundable 10.5% provincial tax credit on eligible home renovation expenses undertaken on their primary residence between October 1st, 2020 and December 31st, 2022. Homeowners can claim up to $20,000 in expenses and receive a maximum non-refundable tax credit of $2,100.
  • Balance the budget by 2024 and maintain balanced budgets through 2030.
  • Keep Saskatchewan’s debt-to-GDP ratio within the top three in Canada.
  • Create opportunities by reducing interprovincial barriers to trade.
  • Support the transformation of Saskatchewan’s economy through innovation and technology and the growth of Saskatchewan’s technology sector.
  • Build strong communities by investing in infrastructure.
  • Grow private capital investment in Saskatchewan to $16 billion annually by 2030.
  • Increase the value of exports by 50% by 2030.
  • Triple the growth of Saskatchewan’s technology sector by 2030.
  • Increase the value of Saskatchewan manufacturing exports by 50% by 2030.
  • Increase tourist expenditures in Saskatchewan by 50% by 2030.
  • Invest $30 billion in infrastructure over the next decade.
  • Build and upgrade 10,000 kilometres of highway.
  • Remove the PST from construction labour, putting more than $200 million back into the economy every year.
  • Introduce a Rural Reconnect program to provide high-quality Internet and cellular service everywhere in Saskatchewan.
  • Lower SGI rates by roughly $85 per vehicle and provide an immediate $100 rebate to all policy-holders.
  • Build a new Saskatchewan Transportation Company that meets the needs of today’s families and businesses.
  • Implement legislation so that workers can join unions, have safe workplaces, and get fair contracts from employers.
  • Enact pay equity legislation.
  • Work with small businesses and industry representatives on a province-wide Buy Saskatchewan campaign.
  • Institute a job creators’ plan to support local small businesses as they adapt to the $15/hour minimum wage.
  • Reinstate startup loans for rural small businesses.
  • Introduce a film employment tax credit to bring the film industry back to Saskatchewan.
  • Work with the tech sector to make Saskatchewan more competitive with other jurisdictions.
  • Reduce the craft beer levy to help our producers compete across the country.
  • Lower crop insurance rates for new farmers to help them get started and provide $20 million per year to increase AgriStability reference margins.
  • Improve the recognition of foreign credentials to allow more of our newest Canadians to fully participate in the economy.
  • Invest $10 million to help workers train and retrain to stay competitive in a changing world of work.
  • Create a new internship program to help young people get their first good job working for the provincial government and with our Crowns.