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Moose Jaw Express May 2, 2018

The success of Saskatchewan students continues to be a top priority of our government. Education provides children with the foundation they need to pursue their dreams and achieve their full potential.

Increased funding to the Ministry of Education in the 2018-19 Budget will ensure students continue to receive high-quality learning and support services in school.

Saskatchewan’s 27 school divisions will receive $1.87 billion in school operating funding for the 2018-19 school year, an increase of $30 million over last year. This increase will allow school divisions to continue to support students in the classroom by hiring the equivalent of up to 400 teachers and other educational support staff.

Signed earlier this year, the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning Child Care Agreement will provide Saskatchewan with nearly $41 million to improve early learning and child care over three years, including 1,015 licensed child care centre spaces. Moose Jaw will receive 13 more spaces in the first allocation with the Ministry of Education continuing to receive applications for further allocations that will be announced for communities across the province later this spring.

Organizations have until May 11, 2018 to submit their applications and are encouraged to apply. For more information on submitting an application, documents are available at Saskatchewan.ca.

The 2018-19 Budget also maintains operating grants to Saskatchewan’s universities, colleges and technical schools. Saskatchewan’s post-secondary education budget represents an increase of 1.5 per cent.

The Advanced Education budget includes:

  • Maintaining operating grants to the institutions at their 2017-18 levels;
  • Restoring $5.0 million in funding to the University of Saskatchewan;
  • Funding of $87.8 million for the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan to ensure a successful College that provides quality medical education; and
  • Increasing capital funding by $900,000 for repairs and maintenance.

The Saskatchewan government demonstrates its strong support for post-secondary education by providing more than $673 million in operating and capital grants to post-secondary institutions.  Students will also benefit from $34 million in direct financial supports, including:

  • Over $22 million to support the student loan program, which will provide repayable and non-repayable financial assistance to an estimated 16,000 students;
  • Up-front grants which provide up to $4,000 per year in combined federal and Saskatchewan assistance for a typical full-time student; and
  • $12 million for scholarships, such as the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship and the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship.

The Graduation Retention Program is one of the best graduate retention programs in Canada. It was introduced to encourage students who have completed post secondary studies to remain in Saskatchewan and to establish careers in our province. It has proved to be highly effective and students will continue to receive these post-secondary benefits. The Graduate Retention Program, continues to provide Saskatchewan income tax credits of up to $20,000 for tuition fees paid by graduates who live and work in Saskatchewan.

Budget 2018-19 is on track. It continues to ensure Saskatchewan students receive a high-quality education at home so they can feel confident in their career of choice in our Province.