MLA Report (15 October 2008)
New Government Initiatives to Grow This Province
During the last election, we promised to deliver the Saskatchewan Infrastructure Growth Initiative (SIGI). We are keeping that promise. Premier Brad Wall recently announced nearly $75 million in interest-free loans to help municipalities deal with the demand for more residential lots and infrastructure across the province.
Through SIGI, the ministry of Municipal Affairs provides payments to municipalities to offset the incurred interest charges associated with loans to local governments. Over the four-year program, Saskatchewan municipalities will be able to access a total of $300 million in interest-free loans, or $75 million per year.
Saskatchewan, and in particular, the constituency of Martensville, is experiencing unprecedented growth. We understand that there are pressures that come with this. In order to help with these needs, I am pleased to announce that Dalmeny has been provided with an interest-free $1.076 million loan to assist with upgrades to wastewater infrastructure. This will provide money for a new lift station, force main, and aerated lagoon. The town of Hague will also receive a $200,000 interest-free loan to assist in the development of its new residential subdivision.
Saskatchewan’s Crown Corporations have initiated a new program designed to help keep Saskatchewan’s best and brightest young graduates here in the province. The Gradworks Program provides internships through our Crown Corporations aimed at recruiting talented, high potential graduates eager to put their education to work as paid employees. Gradworks offers recent post-secondary graduates an opportunity to experience an internship of 12 months in length throughout our network of Crowns. You can obtain more information about this program and apply online at www.gradworks.ca.
We also promised during the last campaign to conduct a review of the Crop Insurance program and we are keeping that promise. Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud has accepted the comprehensive review of the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Program, after extensive consultation with producers and stakeholders. Recommendations include re-introducing spot-loss hail coverage; yield trending; increased coverage for the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program and overall simplification of the program. Details on the 2009/10 Crop Insurance Program will be unveiled in February of next year.
The Legislature in Regina opens for the fall session with the Speech from the Throne on Wednesday, October 22nd. Stay tuned for our plans to ensure that all Saskatchewan residents continue to benefit from our province’s economic momentum!
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