What to Expect
Saskatchewan’s legislative session continues with a number of big-ticket – and politically interesting – pieces of legislation, including the Saskatchewan First Act. Another item being debated is the introduction, potentially, of the Saskatchewan Marshals, which supplements the RCMP in investigations and enforcement.
In Manitoba, the Legislative Assembly doesn’t sit until November 15, so expect things to be relatively quiet. That said, news of what bills to expect in the upcoming session may leak and become topics of conversation.
The Week That Was
The Government of Saskatchewan will be providing an additional $15.5 million in operating funding to the province’s school divisions for the 2022-23 school year to support the largest enrolment growth in over 20 years.
On November 7, Minister of Health Paul Merriman announced the Government of Saskatchewan will undertake a targeted health care recruitment mission to Manila, Philippines in late November to actively promote health care employment opportunities in the province.
The Income Tax (Affordability) Amendment Act was introduced on November 2 as part of the province’s Four-Point Affordability Plan. Under the amendments, residents who are 18 years of age or older as of December 31, 2022 who have filed a tax return in Saskatchewan for the 2021 tax year will receive a one-time $500 SATC cheque this fall. The delivery of approximately 900,000 cheques is expected to begin the week of November 14.
Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk has announced an investment of nearly $6 million to upgrade the Trans-Canada Highway to improve efficiency on the interprovincial and international trade route.
The Manitoba government has signed a one-year contract with Devon Clunis, former chief of the Winnipeg Police Service and former inspector general of policing for the Ontario government, to lead the development and implementation of the Manitoba Public Safety Training Strategy and establish the Manitoba Public Safety Training Steering Committee.
The Government of Manitoba will provide $8.9 million to support the Brandon Police Service Permanent Cell Build Project, which will construct a new detention facility in the community.