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June 16, 2020

Friends,

We faced the pandemic, together.  Now we're opening Saskatchewan, together.  And our economy will come back, stronger than ever. Thanks to your hard word and sacrifices we have flattened the curve and were able to implement the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. From the beginning our plan was restrictions, resources and recovery. And that plan worked. 

Yesterday we presented Budget 2020/21. As Minister of Finance stated "Saskatchewan is well positioned to recover from the effects of the pandemic because of the strength of our people and because we produce what the world needs – food, fuel and fertilizer". We have a robust path forward to help keep Saskatchewan Strong. 

I was able to keep in touch during the pandemic through phone calls, zoom meetings and across the street chats. My office is open but we still encourage socially distant means of communication. Please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

See you in the constituency,

Eric Olauson MLA
Saskatoon University
 

2020-21 Budget Supports People, Jobs And Economic Recovery

The 2020-21 Saskatchewan Budget meets the challenges presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“Saskatchewan is strong, our province’s fiscal foundation remains solid and our economy will recover,” Finance Minster Donna Harpauer said.  “Saskatchewan people are resilient and our province has what the world needs as the global economy recovers from the pandemic.

Continue reading here. 

Record Education Funding For Saskatchewan Students And Classrooms

The 2020-21 Budget provides $2.6 billion for the Ministry of Education, an increase of $123.3 million or five per cent, to support Prekindergarten to Grade 12 classrooms, early learning and child care, libraries and literacy.

Saskatchewan’s 27 school divisions will receive $1.94 billion in school operating funding for the 2020-21 school year, an increase of $42.1 million over last year’s $1.9 billion budget.  This increase provides school divisions with funding for enrollment growth and inflation.  An increase related to the teachers’ collective bargaining agreement is included.

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Strong Support For Post-Secondary Students And Institutions

The Ministry of Advanced Education’s 2020-21 budget delivers increased support for Saskatchewan’s post-secondary students and institutions.

The $749 million budget provides expanded funding for the province’s student loans program, and operating grant increases for universities, federated and affiliated colleges, technical institutes and regional colleges.

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2020-21 Budget Builds A Strong Saskatchewan With $3.1 Billion Of Capital Investment

The 2020-21 Budget is building new hospitals, schools, highways and municipal infrastructure, along with capital investments by Saskatchewan’s Crown corporations into power generation, telecommunication wireless networks and other needed infrastructure.

“Since 2008, record capital investment of nearly $34 billion—including $3.1 billion in this year’s budget—has helped build a strong Saskatchewan,” Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said.  “This investment in infrastructure will help stimulate our economy, and create jobs as we meet the challenge presented by the global pandemic.”

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Province Increases Investments In Saskatchewan Technology

The Government of Saskatchewan is boosting financial support to the province’s tech sector in the 2020-21 Budget, including $400,000 to the Saskatoon lab working on a vaccine for COVID-19.

Innovation Saskatchewan will provide new funding to the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Organization (VIDO) toward construction of a vaccine manufacturing facility.  This funding is in addition to the $3.8 million provided in 2019-20 to support the organization’s work in finding a vaccine for COVID-19.

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2020-21 Budget Strengthens Health Care In Saskatchewan

This year’s record Health budget will strengthen the provincial healthcare system and support the mental and physical wellbeing of Saskatchewan people during this challenging time.

The 2020-21 Ministry of Health budget is $5.8 billion, an increase of $255 million or 4.6 per cent from 2019-20, and represents the highest investment ever.

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Budget Strengthens Mental Health And Addictions Treatment And Support

The new provincial budget dedicates $435 million to mental health and addictions services, the highest amount ever for this important priority.

“Our government is committed to making mental health and addictions a priority in this year’s budget.,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “We are dedicating 7.5 per cent of our overall Health budget to fund critical initiatives, including the development of an innovative crystal methamphetamine treatment program in Estevan.  Our government is working to build stronger communities and stronger families by improving care and access for people across the province who need assistance with mental health and addictions issues.”

Continue reading here. 
Contact information

Constituency Office:
1B- 270 Acadia Drive
Saskatoon, SK  S7H 3V4
P. 
306-244-4004
F. 306-244-4225
ca@saskatoonuniversity.ca

Legislative Office:
Room 132, Legislative Building
Regina, SK  S4S 0B3
P. 
306-787-0797
F. 306-787-3174
saskatoonuniversity.ca
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