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A Message for all Chinook Regional Library Users

A message for all Chinook Regional Library users:

As you may have heard by now, the current provincial budget presented on 22 March 2017 has resulted in significant cutbacks to regional library funding throughout Saskatchewan. We are very disappointed that Education Minister Don Morgan has cut about 60% of the provincial funding to our region, and at this time, we are uncertain what will become of our 32 rural public libraries and 14 corner libraries in Southwestern Saskatchewan.

The small rural communities throughout our region depend on our public libraries for Internet access to online banking, as well as access to online government services and for submitting online job application to businesses.

In addition, we provide a variety of inclusive programs and learning opportunities for all ages and abilities in our library facilities. Last year in the Chinook region, we circulated almost 300,000 items, issued 1,200 new library cards, and 664 local children read 8,000 books and participated in 92 free library event with the TD summer reading club. None of this would have been possible without the “brick and mortar libraries” that Minister Don Morgan thinks the current government should no longer support.

On behalf of the more than 100 employees of Chinook Regional Library, we encourage you to contact your local town council and your local MLAs, to let them know how much you value saving your rural library services. Information regarding local MLAs is available online: http://www.legassembly.sk.ca/mlas/current-mlas-print-version or alternatively, please contact us directly and we will forward your concerns to the Provincial Librarian.

Dr. Jean McKendry,
Director, Chinook Regional Library
306 773-3186

Source: Chinook Regional Library

2017-18 Budget Helps Meet Municipal Infrastructure Challenge | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

The 2017-18 Provincial Budget is providing a major increase in infrastructure investment to help Saskatchewan municipalities meet the needs and challenges of their communities and regions.

Municipalities are receiving $434.2 million in direct provincial support in the budget, an increase of $29.1 million or 7.2 per cent from the 2016-17 Budget.

Infrastructure funding accounts for $134.2 million of that total, up 60.1 per cent from the $83.8 million allocated to infrastructure support in the 2016-17 Budget.

“Replacing and enhancing infrastructure is critical for communities and municipal governments,” Government Relations Minister Donna Harpauer said. “This is unquestionably a challenging budget year, but we’re committed to giving our municipal partners the support they need to make investments in the facilities and systems that improve the quality of life of the citizens they serve.”

The $134.2 million in infrastructure funding support includes:
$60.8 million from the Ministry of Government Relations for provincial support under the New Building Canada Fund;
$36.4 million from the Ministry of Government Relations for the provincial portion of the federal-provincial Clean Water and Wastewater Fund;
$15.0 million from the Ministry of Government Relations for the Saskatoon North Commuter Bridge; and
$22.1 million from the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure for the Municipal Roads for the Economy program ($14.0 million), the urban connector program ($6.7 million) and the strategic partnership program ($1.4 million).
The 2017-18 Budget maintains the municipal revenue sharing formula of one percentage point of Provincial Sales Tax (PST) revenue. As a result, municipal revenue sharing will be $257.8 million, a decrease of 5.1 per cent from the record funding in the last budget, reflecting the reality of lower PST revenue in more challenging fiscal times.

Urban revenue sharing for all cities, towns, villages and resort villages will amount to $165.7 million in 2017-18. Revenue sharing for rural municipalities, which includes organized hamlets, will total $72.8 million. Northern municipalities will receive $19.2 million in the coming fiscal year.

Saskatoon, the province’s largest city, will receive $46.4 million and Regina will receive $40.5 million in municipal revenue sharing. Revenue sharing totals for individual municipalities can be viewed at http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/municipal-administration/funding-finances-and-asset-management/funding/view-municipal-revenue-sharing-figures.

The Budget also provides $42.2 million in other funding to municipalities from ministries, including grants for such services as policing, libraries, urban parks and transit assistance.

Direct provincial support to municipalities has increased by $192.3 million or 79.5 per cent since the 2007-08 Budget.

Source: 2017-18 Budget Helps Meet Municipal Infrastructure Challenge | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Leads Nation in February Job Growth | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

In February 2017, 8,000 jobs were created in Saskatchewan (up 1.4 per cent, the highest growth rate in the country).

Nationally, employment was up 15,300 (up 0.1 per cent, seasonally adjusted) from January.

More people were employed in Saskatchewan in February than ever before with 563,600 working in our province.

“Leading the nation in month-over-month job growth is a positive indication that the economy is moving in the right direction,” Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison.  “This along with recent reports on retail sales growth, manufacturing sales growth and wholesale trade growth show the continued strength and resilience of Saskatchewan’s economy.”

Saskatchewan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.0 per cent in February, the third lowest among the provinces.  Nationally, the unemployment rate was 6.6 per cent.

Other February 2017 highlights include:

  • Employment was up by 8,600 over February 2016.
  • Full time employment was up 3,300 over last year, and part time employment was up 5,300.
  • Major year-over-year gains were reported for trade, up 7,800; professional, scientific and technical services, up 4,800; educational services, up 4,500; and manufacturing up 3,000.
  • Off-reserve Aboriginal employment was up 4,400 (10.0 per cent) for eight consecutive months of year-over-year increases.
  • Aboriginal youth employment was up 1,000 (+11.9 per cent) for 10 consecutive months of year-over-year increases.
  • Regina’s employment was up 2,900 (+2.1 per cent), and Saskatoon’s employment was up 1,600 (+1.0 per cent) compared to last February.
  • Youth unemployment rate was 10.3 per cent (seasonally adjusted), second lowest among the provinces, behind British Columbia (8.7 per cent) and below the national rate of 12.4 per cent.

Harrison noted that while the strong employment numbers are very encouraging, Saskatchewan is still facing a challenging fiscal situation due to resource revenues being down well over a billion dollars.

“While our economy is gaining strength, there will still have to be some difficult measures taken in the upcoming budget to address the resource revenue shortfall, to return the budget to balance and to keep Saskatchewan strong,” Harrison said.

Source: Saskatchewan Leads Nation in February Job Growth | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

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