Report from the Legislature

January 21, 2015

Report from the Legislature

January 21, 2015

Saskatchewan people can be proud of our growing population and quality of life. They can also

take pride in the fact that, for the first time in a generation, many of our young people are

choosing to stay in Saskatchewan to start their careers and raise their families.

Today, Saskatchewan's economy is diversified and strong with demonstrated and growing

strength in areas such as agriculture and trade, innovation and manufacturing. If we want to

sustain this in the long-term – and we do – we need to ensure tomorrow's leaders have every

opportunity to receive the skills and training needed to succeed in our dynamic labour market.

Our government places a high priority on access to high quality post-secondary education.

Building on its authorization to grant Bachelor of Arts degrees in Humanities, Briercrest College

and Seminary is now authorized to grant Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and History.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is authorized to grant a Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing degree.

Approval of theses degrees is provided under The Degree Authorization Act and The Degree

Authorization Regulations, which enables more institutions to offer degree programs. Prior to

The Degree Authorization Act and The Degree Authorization Regulations, which came into

effect in 2012, only the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan had the authority

to grant degrees, other than theological degrees, within the province.

Another example of meeting the needs of students and our increasingly diversified economy, is

the proclamation of The Saskatchewan Polytechnic Act. This gives Saskatchewan Polytechnic

the authority to operate as a polytechnic institution.

More than a name change, the evolution to Saskatchewan Polytechnic clarifies the institution's

authority to undertake and support applied research, grant degrees and fundraise for property.

Polytechnics are industry-responsive technical training enterprises that support economic

growth through applied learning and research. The proclamation of this Act and creation of

Saskatchewan Polytechnic will help to meet labour market needs by providing increased applied

training and education opportunities for post-secondary students in the province.

Our government is committed to post-secondary education that is not only accessible but also

affordable. This is why we've introduced the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship, the

Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings and the Graduate Retention Program.

Since 2007, we have provided record support for both students and post-secondary institutions.

Just as we're committed to reducing barriers for those choosing to complete post-secondary

education and skills training, our government is also committed to reducing the burden

associated with "red tape" by improving and modernizing Saskatchewan's regulatory

environment. January 19-23, 2015 is Red Tape Awareness Week in Saskatchewan.

In 2014, our government maintained our commitment to reduce red tape in ministries, crown

corporations and agencies. Our newly approved Red Tape Reduction Action Plan requires the

thorough analysis of new regulations and their direct costs, benefits and alignment with

provincial priorities. The plan will also require the review of all existing business-related

regulations with the same stringent examination every 10 years.

Some of the major regulatory modernization achievements in 2014 include changes to

Occupational Health and Safety filing requirements for all businesses, streamlining of gas and

electrical licensing, and improvements for processing of fishing and wildlife licenses.

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