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Report from the Legislature

October 2, 2013

Report from the Legislature – October 2nd

Population Passes 1.1 Million

Saskatchewan's population is growing by the day, reaching record levels never before thought possible.

Statistics Canada data shows Saskatchewan has grown to more than 1.1 million for the first time in

history. In fact, over the last six years, more than 100,000 people have moved here. By 2020, our goal

is to grow our population by another 100,000. But this isn't about growth for the sake of growth. As

part of our government's Plan for Growth, Premier Wall envisions a province with one of the highest

standards of living in the world. This is a plan that reflects a new spirit of collaboration and a new way

of thinking – that Saskatchewan is the best place to invest, to work, and to raise a family.

Already, we are seeing what growth can do. Income taxes, education property taxes, and small business

taxes have all been reduced while maintaining a balanced budget. People with disabilities have a

new and dignified income support program and surgical wait lists are getting shorter. Almost three

quarters of our schools have received upgrades and improvements and there are more than 3,400

new childcare spaces. Our post-secondary system is seeing record investments, student loan limits

have been increased and new student housing is being built. We are also building more long-term care

facilities, more senior's housing projects and low-income seniors have seen their benefits double. Rural

communities are also growing and thriving while farm and ranch families are receiving the benefits

they deserve. Our government is committed to continue taking action to ensure our economy remains

strong by balancing the challenges of unprecedented population growth with the needs of families.

Flu Vaccine Available Soon

Crisp air and falling leaves are a sure sign that autumn has arrived. While this can be a beautiful time

of year to enjoy the outdoors, it is also a time where many of us are fighting off a range of colds and

flu viruses. At a time when our immune systems may be under attack, there is a way we can avoid the

seasonal strain of influenza. Starting later this month, flu shots will be offered – free of charge – to

all residents who are at least 6 months of age. Health officials strongly encourage those who are at

high-risk for influenza-related complications to make arrangements for a flu shot. High-risk groups for

influenza include:

• people with chronic health conditions

• people 65 and older;

• residents of long-term care facilities;

• people with severe obesity; and

• children under five and pregnant women.

The vaccine will be administered through public health clinics, physicians and nurse practitioners.

Combined with frequent hand-washing and preventative measures such as coughing and sneezing into

your sleeve, cleaning surfaces often and staying at home when sick, the vaccine is an effective way to

ensure we all stay healthy and avoid becoming ill with influenza in the coming weeks and months.

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Growing Demand In Agriculture

Saskatchewan has a diverse and growing economy of which agriculture has always played a vital role.

October is Agriculture Month and, as the global demand for food grows, so too does the number of

career opportunities in business, research, farming and ranching. An opportunity catalogue featuring

examples of careers in agriculture, highlighting the people behind the jobs and the unique paths they

took to find their home in agriculture, has been put together and distributed to guidance counsellors

and industry leaders.

Agriculture currently employs more than 50,000 Saskatchewan people and accounts for 7.5 per cent of

the provincial GDP. During the month of October, teachers, producers and industry are encouraged to

get involved in spreading the news that a job in agriculture can lead to a challenging, rewarding career.

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