Report from the Legislature – July 11, 2019

Today there are more people going to work in Saskatchewan than ever before in our province’s history. According to a report released by Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan set an all-time record for employment last month at 592,900 jobs.

Employment was up 9,200 jobs in June compared to June 2018, the eleventh consecutive month of year-over-year job increases. Month-to-month, employment was also up, rising by 2,500 jobs between May 2019 and June 2019.

Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate in June was the third-lowest in the country at 5.1 per cent.

Even though our economy faces significant external headwinds, job creators continue to have confidence in the fundamentals of our diversified economy. With eleven straight months of climbing job numbers, we are seeing very positive trends that supports a growing Saskatchewan economy.

Saskatchewan was proud to host Canada’s Premier’s in Saskatoon for the 2019 Council of the Federation meetings. This collaborative gathering of leaders from across Canada made great strides on removing barriers to internal trade, advancing access to international markets and labour mobility and immigration.

Through conversation and collaboration, provincial and territorial leaders also worked on shared priorities including strategic infrastructure investments, climate change policy, healthcare sustainability, as well as mental health and addiction services.

We know that a strong economy is essential to the high quality of life that all Canadian citizens expect. Premiers agreed provinces can unilaterally drop exemptions to the Canada Free Trade Agreement. This means less red tape for doing business within Canada, a stronger economy and more jobs for all Canadians.

Saskatchewan’s annual summer free fishing weekend is July 13 and 14. This means residents and visitors to the province are welcome to fish in any of Saskatchewan’s public waters open to sport fishing without purchasing a fishing licence.

All other fishing regulations, including possession limits, gear restrictions and size limits remain in effect. Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone planning on taking fish out of the province must purchase a licence.

Free fishing weekend is a great opportunity for families and visitors to make summer memories at one of our province’s many lakes and rivers.

The first free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan was held in the summer of 1989 to encourage participation in sport fishing and increase public awareness about the value and diversity of angling opportunities in the province.

In 2015, the province held the first winter free fishing weekend.

More information about fishing in Saskatchewan can be found in the 2019 Anglers’ Guide at