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Small Businesses in Saskatchewan Make a Big Impact

Saskatchewan’s small businesses contributed almost a third of the province’s gross domestic product in 2016 at 31 per cent.  This information was contained in the 2017 Saskatchewan Small Business Profile, released during the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Small Business WeekTM taking place from October 15-21, 2017.

Small businesses are those with fewer than 50 employees, and account for more than 98 per cent of all businesses in Saskatchewan.  The province has 129 small businesses per thousand people, the highest rate in Canada and above the national average of 105.  Saskatchewan ranks third nationally, for the share of its total economic output generated by small businesses.

“We know that small business in Saskatchewan is actually big business,” Economy Minister Steven Bonk said.  “These enterprises help to grow our economy, create jobs and encourage investment in communities across the province – contributing to the quality of life we all enjoy.”

The theme for this year’s BDC Small Business WeekTM is Future-proof your business: Adapting to technology and demographic trends.  The bank is partnering with Facebook to provide a number of free seminars to entrepreneurs, as part of a Boost Your Business with Facebook series.

In 2016, Saskatchewan’s more than 148,500 small businesses employed 31.1 per cent of the province’s workers and paid out more than $6.2 billion in wages and salaries – 25.7 per cent of the province’s total payroll.  As well, the wages paid in this sector grew by an average of 3.1 per cent, the second fastest growth rate among Canada’s provinces.

“Small businesses are active in almost every sector of the economy, and are a source of innovative products and services that advance our quality of life,” Bonk said.  “The provincial government is committed to creating and maintaining a positive business environment with policies that enable this sector to thrive.”

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested in a number of initiatives, services and programs that support the small business sector.

Some of these include:

  • The Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant, an employer-driven program which helps employers train new or current employees to meet their specific workforce needs.
  • A highly competitive tax structure which includes tax credits for research and development, as well as for manufacturing and processing equipment expenditures.
  • The Regulatory Modernization and Accountability Act, removes red tape that could be a road block to business, and to remove some of the barriers to growth.  In 2016-17, approximately $6.5 million was saved by businesses through red tape reduction initiatives introduced by the provincial government – part of $65.4 million in savings projected over the next 10 years.

A number of events are taking place across the country during the 2017 BDC Small Business WeekTM.  In Saskatchewan, these include numerous seminars focused on branding and marketing, financial reporting, intellectual property and a host of other topics.  A list of events is available on the BDC website at https://www.bdc.ca/en/small-business-week/events/pages/local-events.aspx.

More details on small businesses and their impact in Saskatchewan can be found in the 2017 Saskatchewan Small Business Profile at http://publications.gov.sk.ca/details.cfm?p=81279.

To learn more about the 2017 BDC Small Business WeekTM, visit the website at https://www.bdc.ca/en/small-business-week/pages/home.aspx.

Source: Government of Saskactewan

New Saskatchewan Co-Operative Wildlife Management Survey App Now Available

The Ministry of Environment has launched a new mobile application called the Saskatchewan Co-operative Wildlife Management Survey (SK CWMS) for Saskatchewan’s people to record wildlife observations.  Species include moose, elk, deer and select upland game birds, which helps the ministry manage wildlife decisions.

“The SK CWMS app, which is compatible with Apple and Android smart phones, will make recording wildlife information much easier,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “This modern platform not only simplifies the recording of wildlife sightings, but also increases the accuracy and timeliness of information provided to the ministry.”

The Saskatchewan Co-operative Wildlife Management Survey began in the 1980s as a way to better understand herd structure for deer.  Today, the survey is used as a tool to gather population information for moose, elk, deer and select upland game birds across the province.  This long-standing, volunteer-based survey provides valuable information to guide the management of game species.

“Wildlife sightings provide important information indicating population growth and survival for big game and upland game birds, to help wildlife managers with their planning,” Duncan said.

New Saskatchewan Co-Operative Wildlife Management Survey App Now Available Government  Saskatchewan Environment

Although observers are encouraged to record observations for all species throughout the year, each game species has the following key observation periods when it is particularly important to record your observations:

  • White-tailed deer and mule deer: September 1 to November 30
  • Moose: September 1 to December 31
  • Elk: September 1 to February 28
  • Sharp-tailed grouse: March 1 to July 15
  • Wild Turkey: December 1 to March 1

Everyone from across the province is invited to join the community of volunteer wildlife observers by downloading the app (SK CWMS) on GooglePlay or the Apple store.  Once the app is downloaded, call 1-800-567-4224, for your participant number and activation code.

The traditional paper booklet will remain available for those who prefer this method of recording information.  To receive a traditional survey booklet, please call 1-800-567-4224.

For further information, please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/parks-recreation-heritage-and-arts/hunting-trapping-and-angling/wildlife-population-surveys.

Source: Government of Saskatchewan

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