2018-19 Budget Keeps Saskatchewan On Track
Source: Government of Saskatchewan
The 2018-19 Budget keeps Saskatchewan on track to return to balance next year, with major investments in health care, education, social services and infrastructure, and a steadily improving outlook over the next four years.
“Our government has a plan, and that plan is on track,” Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said. “One year ago, we charted a three-year course to reduce Saskatchewan’s dependency on resource revenue and balance the budget by 2019. This year’s budget keeps that plan on track by controlling government spending, making important investments in health care, education and social services, and by keeping our economy strong through investments in infrastructure and new business incentives.”
The 2018-19 Budget invests a record $5.77 billion to improve health care for all Saskatchewan people, up nearly 2.5 per cent from last year. That includes $3.5 billion for Saskatchewan Health Authority operating funding, up nearly $72 million from total funding last year to the 12 regional authorities. At the same time, $19 million in administration costs are being saved by the amalgamation of the 12 health authorities—savings that are being reinvested in front-line services as part of the $72 million increase in operating funding.
The government will provide an additional $700,000 this year to ensure universal 100 per cent coverage of HIV drugs for Saskatchewan people, and to provide other HIV supports. More than $520,000 is being invested in a new program to ensure that babies born in Saskatchewan hospitals are screened for hearing loss. And $2.8 million is being provided to fulfill the government’s commitment to provide individualized funding for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Initial funding of $4,000 per child under the age of six will be provided this year.