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From the Desk of Warren Michelson April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018 View this email in your browser
shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

CONGRATULATIONS MJBEX AWARD WINNERS
Congratulations to all Nominees and Award winners of the MJBEX Awards.   
  • Community Involvement:  Cypress Paving               
  • Customer Service: Gary Overs Kenneling and Obedience
  • Young Entrepreneur: Dance Fitness with Kyra
  • Business Innovation: Henderson Insurance Inc. 
  • Marketing: Deja vu Cafe
  • Newcomer Award:  Yes Taxi
  • New Business: Prairie Bee Meadery
  • Job Creation: Canadian Brewhouse
  • Pillar of the Community: Bellamy Harrison Animal Hospital
  • Impact: Habitat for Humanity Moose Jaw Chapter
  • #Trending: Nebulus Entertainment
  • Moose Jaw and District Farmer:  Delahay Farms Ltd. 
  • Business Leader of the Year: Bill Jameson/ Robin Gilroy
  • Business of the Year:  Cypress Paving

Over the past decade of growth, Saskatchewan’s expanded exports and new business investments here at home have given our province the second-fastest rate of job creation and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. The 2018-19 Saskatchewan Budget will help to ensure Saskatchewan’s economy stays on track as we begin another decade of growth.



The 2018-19 Budget keeps Saskatchewan’s economy on track by creating opportunities for increased trade, business investment and job creation.



Saskatchewan has the highest goods exported per capita of all Canadian provinces and Saskatchewan’s total exports have grown by 50% over the past decade. The Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) is responsible for increasing our exports to existing markets and expanding into new markets by initiating sales, contracts and projects for Saskatchewan exporters.



An additional $250,000 is being allocated to STEP and will be targeted to programs that directly support exporters’ efforts to increase activity in both new and existing markets. This will create new jobs and further expand access to export markets around the world.



New business incentives in the 2018-19 Budget include the Saskatchewan Value-Added Agriculture Incentive under the Ministry of Trade and Export Development, and the Saskatchewan Tech Start-up Incentive under Innovation Saskatchewan.



The Saskatchewan Value-Added Agriculture Incentive creates a 15% non-refundable and non-transferable tax credit for new or existing value-added agriculture facilities that make a minimum capital investment of $10 million to expand productive capacity. This fosters a competitive business environment and improves investment attraction and retention outcomes.



The Saskatchewan Technology Start-up Incentive is a two-year pilot program that will offer a 45% non-refundable tax credit for individual and corporate equity investments in eligible technology start-up businesses capped at a maximum annual benefit of $140,000 per investor.



This year’s budget also helps to ensure that our energy and resource sectors continue to lead the way by enhancing our oil and gas regulatory programs, and by introducing a new Mineral Development Strategy that will encourage more exploration and help protect jobs.



The Fraser Institute has ranked Saskatchewan second out of 91 jurisdictions in the world for mining investment attractiveness.  Preliminary estimates indicate that the value of Saskatchewan’s mineral sales for 2017 was about $6.5 billion, up slightly from the year before, and the province remains a global leader in uranium and potash production.



Oil and gas is responsible for an estimated 15% of Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product, and recent numbers—such as increased production, exploration, and revenue—have shown clear signs of renewed activity and growth in the industry. Saskatchewan is the second-largest producer among Canada’s provinces, accounting for an estimated 12% of the nation’s crude oil production.



The world needs our energy but our province has serious concerns that destructive policies and a lack of action from the federal government is doing more harm than good, making Canada an unattractive place for investment.



Investors like Kinder Morgan are publicly stating their intention to pull the plug on their investments in Canada if things don’t change. The federal government has yet to provide any detailed solutions or specific actions to ensure that construction goes ahead.



Internationally, the energy sector faces serious threats. We are competing most directly with producers south of the border, where major tax reform has just taken place, and is expected to only fuel the growth of U.S. shale oil. And just recently, the Kingdom of Bahrain announced a discovery of 80 billion barrels of oil (as much as Russia’s entire reserve) and 10-20 trillion cubic feet of gas.



Domestically, a looming $50/tonne carbon tax, landlocked discounted oil precipitated by two pipeline projects that were shut down and two more that can’t get built, and recently introduced Bill C-69, under which the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association says “another pipeline project will never be built in Canada” have given investors reason to second guess our country.



We have the Premier of British Columbia, Canada’s only province with access to a pacific port, signaling intent to not only shutdown the much-needed twinning of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, but now also threatening to block oil on rail. And all this, long after the pipeline was approved for construction by the federal government, as is its purview.



Canadians deserve better from our national government.



The energy sector provides hundreds of thousands of jobs, billions in royalties and taxes that fund important public services, and major infrastructure like highways, schools, and hospitals. Canadians depend on this sector’s success. We need the federal government to step up now to ensure investment is welcomed and encouraged in our country now, and for years to come. Thousands of Canadian jobs and billions in additional economic activity hang in the balance.



We have announced that Saskatchewan will join Alberta in introducing legislation to “turn off the taps” to British Columbia in order to put pressure on the NDP government there to get this pipeline built.  The NDP here in Saskatchewan however said that we should back away and wave the white flag. We won’t back down. We will do what we can to protect the future of our energy economy and the people of our province, and that means ensuring that this pipeline gets built as soon as possible.


Luncheon with the Honourable
DONNA HARPAUER
Minister of Finance

2018-2019 Provincial Budget Presentation 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Grant Hall Hotel- Parkview Room
11:45 am to 1:00 p.m.
 

Please register before noon April 23, 2018
Cost: $25/ person (plus GST)


PERMIT PROCESS FOR CANNABIS WHOLESALE PERMITS NOW OPEN

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) is now accepting applications for wholesale cannabis permits as well as licensed producer registrations.



Permitted wholesalers will be able to purchase cannabis from federally-licensed producers that are registered to supply the Saskatchewan market or from other permitted wholesalers operating in the province.



Wholesale permittees can only sell to retailers, not the general public, and must physically operate within Saskatchewan.  There is no limit to the number of wholesale permits and no deadline to apply.  Federally-licensed producers must also register with SLGA if they want to sell cannabis to Saskatchewan wholesalers or retailers.
That registration process is now open.



“Our government is committed to ensuring that the legalization of cannabis is focused on protecting the public,” Minister Responsible for SLGA Gene Makowsky said.  “Having SLGA permitted wholesalers and federally-licensed producers will help ensure that the supply of cannabis in our province is safe.”



Wholesale permittees will be required to meet criteria regarding good character, storage and transportation security, and capacity to track and report inventory and sales.  The fee for a wholesale permit is $5,000 ($2,000 non-refundable application fee, $3,000 annual permit fee).  The registration fee for federally-licensed producers is $2,000 ($500 non-refundable application fee, $1,500 annual permit fee).

The process to select 51 retail cannabis permits in 32 Saskatchewan communities continues to move forward.  SLGA received more than 1,500 submissions for cannabis retail permits when the deadline closed on April 10.



“Interest in the cannabis retail sector was very strong,” Makowsky said.  “The evaluation process is now underway and submissions that meet the requirements will be randomly selected for permits.  We expect to announce the successful cannabis retail permittees in the coming weeks prior to federal legalization.”



More information can be found at 
www.slga.com.

The annual Moose Jaw Heritage Fair was once again a huge success.  The Regional Heritage Fair winners will now move on to compete in the Provincial Heritage Fair.



A huge thank you to Karla Rasmussen, Education/ Public Programs and staff of the Western Development Museum for a very well organized event.



Congratulations to all students for a job well done!


GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO ENCOURAGE VALUE-ADDED AGRICULTURE INVESTMENT

Today, Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison introduced Bill 125, The Saskatchewan Value-Added Agriculture Incentive, for first reading in the Saskatchewan Legislature.



The new incentive, announced as part of the 2018-19 Budget, is designed to improve investment attraction and retention outcomes in the province’s value-added agriculture sector.  It offers a 15 per cent non-refundable tax credit for value-added agriculture facilities that make a significant capital investment to expand production capacity.



“Robust economic growth and new investment in key sectors is crucial to Saskatchewan’s people and their communities,” Harrison said.  “To accomplish this, we must continually find new ways to foster a competitive business environment in our province.”

Qualifying projects include new and existing value-added agricultural facilities.  To be eligible, a project must have $10 million in new capital expenditures, demonstrate that capital expenditures were made for the purposes of increasing productive capacity, and meet the definition of value-added agriculture.  Potential examples include pea protein processors, oat milling operations, malt producers, or cannabis oil processing facilities.



The incentive is designed to be used in addition to other existing incentives in Saskatchewan that a project could also qualify for.  Redemption of the benefits is limited to 20 per cent in year one after the facility enters operation, 30 per cent in year two, and 50 per cent in year three.  There will be a maximum carry-forward of 10 years on any remaining credit amount.



The program will begin accepting applications in mid to late 2018.

FREE TAKE HOME NALOXONE KITS AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO MAY WITNESS AN OVERDOSE

More Saskatchewan Residents Eligible for Training and Free Take Home Naloxone Kits



Saskatchewan’s publically-funded Take Home Naloxone (THN) program will be expanding to provide free THN kits to people who may witness an overdose, including friends and family members of those at risk.



“We believe that even one opioid related death is too many,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “Making Take Home Naloxone kits available free of charge to anyone who may need them has the potential to save lives.”



Over the past year, the focus of the THN program has been ensuring naloxone was available in most areas of the province.  The THN program is now established in 15 communities across Saskatchewan, including Saskatoon, Regina, North Battleford, Kamsack, Yorkton, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Estevan, Kindersley, Buffalo Narrows, Swift Current, Melfort, Nipawin and Tisdale.



THN kits, education and training are currently available through the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).  Nearly 600 THN kits have been provided to individuals through this program and more than 1,900 individuals have received training.



Please contact your local THN program to make arrangements for training and to receive a free kit.



In addition, there are currently 29 communities with 84 pharmacies across Saskatchewan where THN kits are available for purchase.  There is no prescription required to purchase a THN kit, however a pharmacist must be consulted before a purchase is made.



As part of efforts to reach as many people as possible, the Ministry of Health and SHA are working to ensure key community-based organizations are part of the expansion.  The potential to integrate nasal spray into the program will also be examined.



The province spends more than $46 million annually on a wide range of addictions services.  An additional $400,000 for addictions support is part of the 2018-19 Budget investment in mental health and addictions.

Naloxone is a medication that, when administered properly, can rapidly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.  It is important to note that even after naloxone is administered, further medical treatment is required.  Call 911 immediately if you suspect an overdose.

For a list of sites where THN kits can be provided for free to those who are likely to witness an overdose, visit  www.publications.gov.sk.ca/redirect.cfm?p=85696&i=106365.

For a list of community pharmacies that sell THN kits, visit https://www.skpharmacists.ca/patients/naloxone.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Saturday, April 21, 2018

What: Craft & Trade Fair

Time:   10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place:  Masonic Temple

What:  SUGAR ROAD presented by RuBarb Productions

Time:   7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mae Wilson Theatre

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Atamiskakewak National Gathering 2018
Monday, April 23rd – Saturday, April 28th

Knights of Columbus Annual Spring Roast Beef Supper

Sunday, April 29 
5:00 p.m. 
Church of Our Lady
$10/ adults $8/ children 6-12

Minto United Church Annual Chinese Fortune Supper
Sunday, April 29 
6:00 p.m. 
306-693-6148

MJ Right to Life Annual Giant Garage Sale
Friday, May 4 – 1:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  
Saturday, May 5 – 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Zion’s Annual Salad Buffet
Wednesday, May 9
11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. 
$10/ ticket @ Zion office

Mother’s Day Plant Day
Saturday, May 12
2:00 p.m. 
Western Development Museum
$60/ per person – includes supplies
12 years and older.