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Report from the Legislature

April 30, 2014

Report from the Legislature

April 30, 2014

Saskatchewan people deserve to keep more of what they earn and, as a government, our

preference is to accommodate that by controlling spending and keeping taxes low. Despite

revenue challenges, we accomplished just that with our 2014-15 provincial budget.

Since 2007, Saskatchewan people have benefited from the largest income tax and education

property tax cuts in our province's history. As another tax season comes to a close, we remain

committed to keeping taxes low, real action that helps Saskatchewan people.

A Saskatchewan family of four with $50,000 in annual income will pay just $166 in provincial

income tax in 2014, compared to $2,302 in 2007, representing tax savings of $2,136 annually.

This same Saskatchewan family will pay $608 in total taxes this year, compared to $3,032 in

Manitoba, $4,231 in British Columbia and $1,282 in Quebec.

A Saskatchewan family of four or more with an income of $75,000 is once again expected to

pay less in total provincial taxes and utilities in 2014 than their counterparts in any other

province in Canada.

Keeping our taxes low is a key part of The Saskatchewan Plan for Growth and we know it's

something Saskatchewan people appreciate, especially at this time of the year.

One of the other benefits to living and working in Saskatchewan is wage growth. New data from

Statistics Canada shows that average weekly earnings in our province were $961.90 in

February 2014 – $37.07 higher than the national average. This shows that, to the benefit of

Saskatchewan people, our employers are remaining competitive with other jurisdictions.

Our government is committed to supporting a competitive and productive employment

environment by encouraging healthy, safe and fair workplaces. To that end, updated labour

legislation and regulations, now in effect, will ensure flexibility in the modern workplace.

Changes include indexing the minimum wage, allowing employers and employees to agree to

average hours of work over one, two, three or four weeks, the ability to create a time bank for

overtime and recognizing the rights and obligations of interns

The Saskatchewan Employment Act also includes a placeholder section to be used when the

Supreme Court of Canada provides guidance on how essential services should be delivered in

Saskatchewan. You can learn more about the changes online at Saskatchewan.ca/work.

Our government is committed to improving the quality of life for all Saskatchewan people,

including those living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). To that end, starting May 1, 2014, we are

proud to provide coverage of a new oral medication to treat adult patients who meet certain

criteria.

Tecfidera, which does not require injections, has the potential to reduce the number of relapses

MS patients experience as well as slowing the progression of the neurological disease.

Tecfidera was approved for use by Health Canada in 2013. MS patients seeking more

information are encouraged to talk with their physicians or call the Saskatchewan MS Drugs

Program.

MS affects approximately 3,700 Saskatchewan people – a higher per capita rate than anywhere

else in Canada.

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