Legislative Report
(8 September 2016)

Saskatchewan Education Funding is #1 Canada

Since 2007, our government has increased education funding by over $1 billion. This includes 40 new schools and 25 major renovations across Saskatchewan.

Record funding to school divisions has also helped to hire over 700 new teachers and nearly 200 student support workers in the province.

A new study from the Fraser Institute finds Saskatchewan education funding is #1 in all of Canada.

There is more to do as our province keeps growing and we will continue working to ensure Saskatchewan students have the brightest future possible.

Investing in Education Infrastructure to Keep Saskatchewan Strong

Students in Langenburg are now attending classes in a brand new facility. The Government of Saskatchewan invested $23 million toward the new Prekindergarten-12 school.

Eighteen new schools with over 800 new childcare spaces are currently under construction in Regina, Saskatoon, Warman and Martensville and will be ready to welcome students in September of 2017.

Our government has committed approximately $1.4 billion toward 65 major school capital projects and numerous smaller projects such as portable classrooms, preventative maintenance and renewal.

Parents Encouraged to Keep Children’s Vaccinations Up-To-Date

As a new school year begins, parents are encouraged to ensure their kids vaccinations are up-to-date. Free childhood immunizations are available for all infants and school-age children in Saskatchewan.

Publicly-funded routine vaccinations are easily available in Saskatchewan at public health clinics (for pre-school children) and through school-based programs (for school age students).

All residents over six months of age may also receive a free influenza immunization to protect them during flu season. You can learn more at saskatchewan.ca/immunize or by calling HealthLine 811.

Public Hearings On Organ and Tissue Donation Options

One organ donor can save up to eight lives, and one tissue donor can improve the lives of more than 75 people. With only 11 deceased donors last year, Saskatchewan’s rate of organ and tissue donation is low when compared to the rest of Canada and to many developed countries.

The Standing Committee on Human Services is examining the issue and has launched public hearings to find ways to boost our province’s organ and tissue donation rates. The committee will report its findings and recommendations to the Assembly by November 30, 2016.

If you would like to provide input, written submissions should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. For more information, please contact committees@legassembly.sk.ca.

If you have a question about this Legislative Report or any other matter, just Contact Don.

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