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From the Desk of Warren Michelson March 29, 2018

March 29, 2018 View this email in your browser

Happy Easter
We celebrate Jesus’ resurrection as our reassurance that there is light and life after suffering, darkness and death.  As spring brings about new life in nature, by God’s grace, we too can change to become more caring, considerate and generous.
Debbie and I wish everyone a Blessed Easter.

The Sun Rising on the First Day of Spring

Another All-Time Population Record
Population was estimated to be 1,169,752 as of January 1, 2018, up 13,410 people from January 2017, another all-time record. 

There were 1,695 more people living in Saskatchewan in the fourth quarter of 2017, continuing the trend of population increases.  Between October 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018, international migration was up by 2,272.  Natural increases (births over deaths) were up 1,203 over this period.

“This is the 47th consecutive quarter that Saskatchewan has had a quarterly population increase,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “There is a correlation between the abundance of job and business opportunities in Saskatchewan and people making the decision to settle here.”

International migration was up 14,836, and natural increases were up 6,033 over the year.

“Record population numbers are good news for our economy,” Harrison said.  “It shows we are a destination of choice, especially for international migration, which helps meet some of the needs of our labour market.”

Equipping our Students

Our government recently announced the creation of a financial literacy curriculum for students across Saskatchewan. For the first time, students will be able to use financial literacy as a credit towards their graduation. Students taking these classes will learn the basics of personal finances, and why it is important to have that knowledge as they get closer to adulthood. The curriculum for these classes will be written soon, with full implementation in our schools by September 2019.

The Government of Saskatchewan has also taken steps to equip children with more knowledge and skills in coding and robotics to help prepare them for emerging careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The future will be even more dependent on technology and computing, so the curriculum in our schools should reflect that, and help our growing tech sector here at home.

Another example of our commitment to the future of our students and our province is the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship (SAS). The scholarship is expected to help over 21,000 Saskatchewan students reduce their tuition costs this year.

The SAS provides eligible high school grads up to $500 per year towards tuition at post-secondary institutions in the province.  Since the program was introduced in 2012, nearly 90,000 scholarships have been awarded to support more than 40,000 students.

Over the past ten years, the province has invested close to $8.4 billion in post-secondary education and student supports. This includes the Graduate Retention Program which provides income tax credits of up to $20,000 for graduates who live and work in Saskatchewan.

Congratulations to our local Ford Dealerships

Congratulations to both of our Ford dealerships on their awards from the Ford Motor Company of Canada.  Moose Jaw Ford won the Diamond Club Award.  They have consistently won Ford’s highest achievement, and have done it again this year.

Knight Ford was recognized with the 2017 President’s award for outstanding achievement in sales and customer satisfaction.

I was honored to meet our new Lieutenant Governor,
His Honour W. Thomas Molloy

Groups and Organizations Receive More Than $2 Million in Charitable Gaming Grants

The latest quarterly payment of charitable gaming grants by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) has provided more than $2 million to more than 800 groups and organizations across the province.

“Groups and organizations that raise funds through charitable gaming activities receive additional dollars through the charitable gaming grant program,” Minister Responsible for SLGA Gene Makowsky said.  “Our government is pleased to be able to help support service clubs, volunteer first responders, senior and youth groups and so many other important organizations focused on helping their communities.”

In this quarter Moose Jaw and surrounding area received $117,971.  The quarterly grants are based on a percentage of net proceeds raised through licensed charitable gaming activities, such as bingos, raffles, breakopen tickets, and Texas Hold’em poker and Monte Carlo events.

Charitable gaming reports submitted by groups are used by SLGA to automatically calculate grants.

Saskatchewan Forestry Sector Exceeds
$1 Billion in Sales for 2017
Saskatchewan continues to see growth in our population drive growth in our economy.  Manufacturing sales are up 5.7 per cent this month compared to last and our forestry industry is emerging as one of the province’s strongest growth sectors.

Prices for all forest products were very strong in 2017, reaching their highest levels since 2005. Prices are forecast to remain high over the next several years, largely due to strong demand from major export markets. The sector supports a total of more than 8,400 jobs, approximately 30 per cent of which are held by Indigenous people. Full development of the sector has the potential to generate more than $2 billion annually in forest products sales and support a total of more than 13,000 jobs.

$388 Million Agreement Invests in Saskatchewan Agriculture

Canada’s hard-working farmers and food processors are the foundation of the economy and continue to see a growing global demand for their world-class products.  Federal, provincial and territorial governments are working together to give farmers and food processors the support they need to meet these demands.

Today, the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) program details for the agricultural sector in Saskatchewan.  The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a $3 billion, five year investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to help Canada’s agricultural sector innovate, grow and prosper.

The Canadian Agriculture Partnership agreement will see $388 million invested in strategic agricultural initiatives in Saskatchewan over the next five years.  The agreement between Canada and Saskatchewan provides for priority programming to support the provincial agriculture sector.
The agreement is effective April 1, 2018, and replaces the Growing Forward 2 (GF2) framework.  The federal government contributes 60 per cent and the province funds 40 per cent of each dollar spent.

The Saskatchewan cost-shared program suite will make investments in strategic initiatives to drive outcomes in six priority areas over the next five years.

  1. Science, Research and Innovation: $191.5 million investment to build on Saskatchewan’s competitive advantages by advancing science and research capacity.
  2. Environment and Climate Change: $70.5 million to support the long-term resiliency and sustainability of the sector.
  3. Risk Management: $48 million to support the sustainability of the sector by anticipating, mitigating and responding to risks.
  4. Value-Added Agriculture: $30 million to support growth in the value-added and agri-food processing sector.
  5. Public Trust: $8.5 million to support public trust initiatives.
  6. Trade and Market Development: $7.5 million to assist industry in expanding domestic and international trade opportunities.

Additional investments of $32 million will be allocated to activities delivered by the federal government on behalf of the province.

The partnership includes a complete and effective suite of business risk-management programs to help farmers manage risks that threaten the viability of their farm.

For more information on CAP programs and application details, visit 
www.saskatchewan.ca/CAP or visit www.agr.gc.ca/eng/about-us/key-departmental-initiatives/canadian-agricultural-partnership

Our office will be closed on Good Friday, March 31.Friday, March 30, 2018

Good Friday Services at most Moose Jaw Churches.

What: Good Friday Services  Sponsored by Moose Jaw Fellowship for

Time:  9:00 a.m.(includes communion) and  11:00 a.m.  
Place: Hillcrest Apostolic Church
All are welcome.  Children’s program at both services.

What: TLC Art and Craft Fair
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Moose Jaw Exhibition Centre

Cost:  $5

Saturday, March 31, 2018

What: TLC Art and Craft Fair

Time:  10:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Place: Moose Jaw Exhibition Centre

Cost:  $5

What: Warriors Playoff Game vs Prince Albert Raiders
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Place: Mosaic Place

Sunday, April 1, 2018

What:  Easter Funday for Families
Time:   1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Place: Western Development Museum
Cost:  Regular Admission

What:  Easter Egg Hunt
Time:   2:00 pm
Place:  Kinsmen Sportplex
Cost:  Regular Admission

Upcoming Events

April 2 – 6:  Kinsmen Sportsplex  School Break Activity Club and Extended Swim

March 31 – April 9:  Western Development Museum short films

April 7, 2018
Cosmo Senior Citizens’ Centre Craft Sale
Time:   9:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm
Place: Cosmo Senior Citizens’ Centre
Cost:  Free Admission

What:  Moose and District Seniors Social Dance
Time:    8:00 pm
Place: Timothy Eaton Centre

April 7 & 8, 2018
What: Business Expo Moose Jaw

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: Moose Jaw Exhibition Centre

April 8, 2018
What:  Rowletta Spring Supoer
Time:   4:00 p.m. – 7:00 pm
Place: Rowletta Civic Centre
Cost:  Adults $15  Under 10  $7
Tickets available at the door or
contact Bonnie @306-631-6534 or Dusti @ 306-690-9186