(24 September 2015)
I’m happy to see many young families finding opportunity in our province, deciding to put down roots and raise their children here. As a government, we’re proud to have responded to the needs of these families with record investments to expand child care options throughout the province.
The Government of Saskatchewan’s investment in the new Awasis Child Care Centre at the University of Regina, brings the total number of child care spaces on campus to 180, will make a big difference in the lives of university students and families in the community with young children.
Since November 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has made a record investment in licensed child care, allocating funding for 4,935 new child care spaces to communities across the province. This brings the total commitment of child care spaces in Saskatchewan to more than 14,200.
You can find a list of licensed child care services in our local area online at saskatchewan.ca.
Saskatchewan’s community-owned, indoor skating and curling rinks are hubs for physical activity and community involvement. At the start of another hockey and curling season, we are reminded that these rinks are places where people of all ages come together and enjoy a variety of activities.
Once again, the Government of Saskatchewan is offering the Community Rink Affordability Grant to communities across the province. Over the past three years, the program has granted $4.8 million to support operations and minor capital upgrades to 1,941 recreational ice surfaces in Saskatchewan.
Communities, schools, non-profits and First Nations are now eligible to apply for funding. Successful applicants receive a grant of $2,500 per indoor ice surface.
Despite pressures in the energy sector, the latest wholesale trade figures from Statistics Canada confirm that Saskatchewan’s economy is strong.
Wholesale trade in July hit a record $2.17 billion (seasonally adjusted), the highest amount ever for the month. Record high wholesale trade is good news for the Saskatchewan economy. It points to greater demand for goods from business that will help sustain positive growth.
The rise in a number of other areas shows that we have a diversified economy, which is a buffer when it comes to the current state of the global marketplace. This means we have some protection from what’s happening in the resource sector, and gives us confidence that we will be able to move quickly to turn things around once market conditions improve.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact my constituency office at 1-877-326-3652 (1-877-DAN-DMLA) or 306-443-2420.
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