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SASKATCHEWAN HEALTH AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPOINTED | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

Board to Help Guide Transition to a Single Provincial Health Authority

An important milestone has been reached in the transition to the new Saskatchewan Health Authority. Today, Health Minister Jim Reiter announced the creation of a Board of Directors to govern the new Saskatchewan Health Authority.

The board is composed of 10 members appointed for three-year terms. R.W. (Dick) Carter of Regina has been appointed as Board Chairperson.

“It is important to our government that the Board of Directors of the new Saskatchewan Health Authority be based on competency in order to effectively guide what will be the largest organization in the province,” Reiter said. “This distinguished group of five women and five men come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds, including governance, accounting, medicine, law, education, and business. Their experience in these industries will play an integral role in guiding the transition to a single provincial health authority and achieving our goal of delivering high-quality health care for the entire province.”

The board will legally begin governing operations when the Provincial Health Authority Act is proclaimed and the new organization officially launches (anticipated in fall 2017). In the meantime, the board will act in an advisory capacity to help guide the transition and prepare for operations. In this advisory capacity, board members will assist in reviewing and recommending potential candidates for Chief Executive Officer.

“I look forward to working closely with Minister Reiter and my board colleagues to provide leadership and guidance during the transition,” Carter said. “We share a truly remarkable opportunity to build a strong foundation for the Saskatchewan Health Authority and to improve the quality of care patients receive across our province.”

The appointment of the following members meets the recommendation by the Advisory Panel on Health System Structure to appoint a board with expertise in areas such as governance, performance and financial management, and to represent patient experience and culture.
R.W. (Dick) Carter, Chairperson, Regina
Grant Kook, Vice-Chairperson, Saskatoon
Brenda Abrametz, Prince Albert
Marilyn Charlton, Weyburn
Judy Davis, Regina
Robert Pletch, Regina
Donald Rae, Yorkton
Rosalena Smith, Pinehouse Lake
Dr. Janet Tootoosis, North Battleford
Tom Zurowski, Saskatoon
The 12 current Regional Health Authority (RHA) Boards will remain in place to lead the operations of the RHAs until the Saskatchewan Health Authority officially launches.

“The current RHA board members remain very important to the governance and operations of RHAs,” Reiter said. “I thank all RHA board members for their leadership as they continue to serve the health system, their communities and patients.”

The date the Saskatchewan Health Authority will launch is still being determined, but is anticipated to occur in fall 2017. On that date, the RHA boards will dissolve and be replaced by the permanent Saskatchewan Health Authority Board. It is anticipated the members appointed today will become the permanent board members for the new organization.

Source: SASKATCHEWAN HEALTH AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPOINTED | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

MAY JOB GROWTH | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

There were 1,300 more jobs in Saskatchewan last month compared to May 2016, according to Statistics Canada data released today. Compared to last month, there were 2,100 more people working in the province (seasonally adjusted).

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May was 6.3 percent in Saskatchewan, the fourth lowest among the provinces. The national unemployment rate for May was 6.6 percent.

“Our economy continues to create jobs,” Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “Over the past four months, we have seen positive job growth in the province. While our labour market is showing strength and resilience, other economic indicators demonstrate momentum such as wholesale trade, urban housing starts, manufacturing sales, merchandise exports and retail sales. A recent forecast by the Conference Board of Canada suggests our economy this year will have one of the highest growth rates in the country, in part due to our economy’s diversification.”

Other May 2017 highlights include:
Employment in wholesale and retail trade up 5,500; manufacturing up 3,800; and business, building and other support services up 2,900.
Regina’s employment was up 1,700 (+1.2 percent), and Saskatoon’s employment was up 1,900 (+1.2 percent) compared to last May.
Off-reserve Aboriginal employment was up 3,200 (+7.3 percent) for 11 consecutive months of year-over-year increases.
Youth seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 10.7 percent, third lowest among the provinces and below the national rate of 12.0 percent.

Source: MAY JOB GROWTH | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

SECOND HIGHEST WEEKLY EARNINGS GROWTH AMONG CANADA’S PROVINCES | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

On a year-over-year basis, Saskatchewan’s average weekly earnings saw a 2.6 percent increase in March 2017 (seasonally adjusted), the second highest among Canada’s provinces, according to new figures released by Statistics Canada today.

The province’s average weekly earnings grew by 1.1 percent, compared to the previous month, above the national increase of 0.2 percent and also the second highest increase among the provinces.

“Saskatchewan’s strong and resilient economy is producing increased wages in the province,” Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “This is in contrast to Alberta where weekly earnings actually declined by 0.8 percent year-over-year.”

Average weekly earnings were $1,008.48 in Saskatchewan, the third highest among provinces, an increase of $25.45 from March 2016.  With inflation factored in, Saskatchewan’s real wage increased by 2.0 per cent year-over-year, reflecting the highest growth in real wages among Canada’s provinces.

Nationally, the real wage (with inflation factored in) declined by 0.7 percent.

Source: SECOND HIGHEST WEEKLY EARNINGS GROWTH AMONG CANADA’S PROVINCES | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

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