Report from the Legislature – September 9, 2015

Lowest Unemployment Rate in Canada for 23 Months

Over the past eight years, our government has worked to keep taxes low and create economic conditions that foster business growth and development because a growing economy helps pay for services like health care, education and programs that protect our most vulnerable.

Despite pressures in the energy sector, employment in Saskatchewan reached an all-time high as 4,000 jobs were added in August.  Saskatchewan also maintained the lowest unemployment rate among the provinces at 4.7 per cent, in large part due to the private sector creating new jobs.

We’ve proudly worked to showcase our province – and all that we have to offer – to the world. And we’ve stood up for Saskatchewan, promoting our province’s interests, so that Saskatchewan now leads the nation instead of trailing other provinces on so many economic and public policy indicators.

According to a recent poll by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, small business optimism is up to its highest level since late last year.  And businesses in our province are not only optimistic, they are creating jobs for Saskatchewan people, and growth that will keep Saskatchewan strong.

Building Permits Skyrocket for A Record

Building permits in Saskatchewan took a huge jump in July, up 59.8 per cent over June (seasonally adjusted), the highest percentage increase among the provinces.  On the national front, permits dropped 0.6 per cent over the same period.

The monthly increase is definitely good news for the Saskatchewan economy.  It shows we have a resilient and strong economy that is out performing what is happening in other provinces and nationally.

Seasonally adjusted non-residential permits increased by 131.6 per cent between June and July. The rise in non-residential permits is very positive.  It shows that larger construction projects are moving ahead, creating jobs and providing opportunities for local businesses.

Saskatchewan Students Back to School

Our government understands that student success from early education to post-secondary study is fundamental to keeping Saskatchewan strong.  That’s why we aim to put the student first in everything we do.  This year, the budget for education is at an all-time high of $2 billion.

Teachers and school boards work hard to give our students the best education possible and we have responded to their needs by increasing funding to education each and every year. We remain committed to working with all sector partners to increase literacy levels and graduation rates.

We understand that in order for Saskatchewan to be the best place in Canada to live, work and build a life, we must help ensure that all students reach their full potential.  Our government is taking steps to see more people participate fully in our economy and build a better quality of life.

Immunizations Available for Saskatchewan Children

As children head back to school, the Government of Saskatchewan and all health officials would like to encourage parents to ensure their children’s vaccinations are up to date, especially those just entering Kindergarten.  Free childhood immunizations are available for all infants and school-age children.

All residents over six months of age may also receive a free influenza immunization to protect them during flu season. Public health flu clinics begin in mid-October.  Vaccines are easily available at public health clinics or through school-based programs. Learn more at

Auto Claims Process Being Streamlined for Customers

Each year, there are more than 200,000 auto damage claims in Saskatchewan.  Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is enhancing service for customers through a new program that allows Saskatchewan vehicle owners to have some vehicle damage estimated at accredited auto repair firms.

This partnership between SGI and the auto body repair industry will help streamline the claims process.  Customers will be able to have everything from the damage estimate to completed repairs done within one shop, instead of taking their vehicle to an SGI claims centre first.

About 20 repair firms in the province are already doing damage estimates and the majority of accredited repair firms are expected to be estimating by the end of the year.  For more information about the claim process and a list of repair firms qualified to do damage estimates visit