Report from the Legislature May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018

Saskatchewan has submitted 11 projects to the Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund, despite being deemed ineligible by the federal government for a portion of the funding.

The federal fund includes $1.4 billion for provinces and territories that have signed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. This includes $62 million of federal funding earmarked for Saskatchewan and supported by Saskatchewan taxpayers.

Saskatchewan did not sign the Pan-Canadian Framework because it prescribes a national approach to carbon pricing – a federal tax to which our residents and business community clearly object. We are committed to reducing emissions, and we don’t need a carbon tax to achieve that.

The projects we have put forward for consideration will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 188 million tonnes from energy and power production, water, forests and agriculture.

Our made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy is designed to make our province more resilient to the climactic, economic and policy impacts of climate change and we look forward to the federal government partnering with us on projects that will actually reduce emissions.

The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have signed a bilateral agreement outlining how the province plans to invest its share of targeted federal health care funding. With support from the Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan will invest in a range of initiatives to expand home and community care as well as mental health and addiction services.

These include:

  • establishing Community Health Centres and teams to shift the delivery of care from hospitals into community settings;
  • improved access to palliative and end-of-life care to provide care at the right place, by the right providers, at the right time;
  • improving mental health services for youth through targeted training programs;
  • expanding internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy services; and
  • improving mental health services and supports for children, youth and families, through increased capacity for diagnosis and treatment.

Nurses are highly valued members of the health care team, and their contributions are key to quality care for Saskatchewan residents. The number of nurses in Saskatchewan is now higher than it has ever been with 3,700 more nurses providing services today than in 2007.

In total, more than 16,000 nurses are licensed to practise in the province, including registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, nurse practitioners, and licensed practical nurses. While we are pleased with this growth, we continue to work with partners to recruit for vacant positions across the province.