Strong Saskatchewan Economy, Despite Challenges
In spite of challenges on the resource front, Saskatchewan’s economy remained strong compared to other provinces in 2015. Our province remains at or near the top among Canadian provinces in many important economic categories, like job creation, unemployment rate and population growth.
Saskatchewan has had the lowest unemployment rate in the country for 26 of the past 27 months and our province is on track for another year of record employment. Saskatchewan is also second among Canadian provinces in population growth rate with 12,312 more people over the past year.
There is no doubt that the slowdown in the resource sector is causing some challenges for our economy, but the fact we have been able to withstand the considerable economic hit while still showing economic progress speaks volumes about the resiliency and the diversity of Saskatchewan’s economy.
Stability of Saskatchewan Government Yields Investment
Lex Capital Management recently announced $142 million in oil and gas investments – 80 per cent of which are allocated to Saskatchewan due to our royalty stability. I would like to thank Craig Lothian and the entire group for their investments in Saskatchewan and the strong prospects of our energy sector.
Our government has worked to create a stable economic environment supportive of business and commerce. In doing this, Saskatchewan has become an attractive place to live, work and invest. The last thing our energy sector needs is tax shock or surprises – and that’s why we’re committed to royalty stability.
Making It Easier for Parents of Newborns to Apply for Benefits
Welcoming a newborn into the world can be an exciting and very busy time for parents. Our government is committed to supporting new parents by making it quicker and easier for them to access government services related to the birth of their child.
eHealth Saskatchewan (eHealth) has partnered with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to make it easier for parents to apply for the following federal and provincial benefits for their newborn children.
• Social Insurance Number through ESDC;
• Canada Child Benefits through CRA;
• Saskatchewan Health Card, through eHealth; and
• Saskatchewan Birth Certificate through eHealth.
The Bundled Birth Service is available to new parents as part of an improved and more user-friendly Registration of Live Birth form, which makes it easier for them to register the birth of their child and also apply for related government services.
2016 Saskatchewanderer Ready to Explore
Neil Fisher has been named the 2016 Saskatchewanderer. Supported by Tourism Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Agriculture, the Saskatchewanderer program promote the many ways that Saskatchewan is an amazing place to live, work and play.
The program offers us an opportunity to showcase the province’s wealth of attractions and events, as well as the jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities in tourism to a large audience. We look forward to Neil’s photography and videography talents highlighting the many amazing people and places of Saskatchewan.
If you have a story idea you’d like to share Neil, connect with him on Facebook (facebook.com/skwanderer), Twitter (@skwanderer), or Instagram (@saskatchewanderer). To keep up with the latest blogs, follow him on YouTube (youtube.com/user/skwandererofficial).