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Report from the Legislature

May 26, 2016

Report from the Legislature

May 26, 2016

First Home Plan Open for Application

A promise to let post-secondary graduates use up to $10,000 of their Graduate Retention Program

(GRP) credits towards the down payment on their first home, is a promise kept. The Government of

Saskatchewan is now taking applications for the First Home Plan.

The First Home Plan will help recent grads who have the

income to qualify for a mortgage, but may be having

challenges saving for a down payment. This plan is part

of our commitment to make Saskatchewan the best

place in Canada to go to school, find a job, buy a home

and start a family. The plan will also help employers to

recruit grads from inside and outside the province.

First-time homebuyers and those who have not owned a

home in the last five years may be eligible for the First

Home Plan. Those who took possession of their home on

or after May 1, 2016, are eligible for the program.

To learn more, you can call Saskatchewan Housing

Corporation at 306-787- 4177 or toll-free at 1-800- 667-7567, or visit saskatchewan.ca/GRP.

Provincial Parks Open for the Season

Saskatchewan's provincial parks are places where people go to make memories, enjoy recreational

activities and connect with nature. Last year was a record year with nearly 3.9 million visits.

With stunning natural features, fantastic amenities and quality programming, it's no surprise that the

popularity of our parks is growing. Many people made it a priority to visit a Saskatchewan Provincial

Park this past weekend and, with another successful launch, we expect this will be another great

camping season.

There is still a lot of availability for anyone who may still want to book a campsite and there are

several different ways to book; online at saskparks.goingtocamp.com, via the mobile site at

skmobile.goingtocamp.com or through the Call Centre at 1-855- 737-7275.

In some cases, fire restrictions may be in place, prohibiting all open fires. Check

www.saskparks.net/FireBan2016 for a complete list of all fire restrictions.

New this year, campers will be able to make online reservations in seven provincial parks for dates

after the Labour Day long weekend. The parks that are piloting fall camping reservations are: The

Battlefords, Blackstrap, Cypress Hills, Danielson, Douglas, Narrow Hills and Rowan's Ravine.

Learn to Camp, a new program in 2015, will take place in three parks this year: Echo Valley, Good

Spirit Lake and Pike Lake. This guided program allows people who are new to nature the opportunity

to experience camping in a provincial park. All camping equipment is provided and participants only

need to bring their own food, clothes and bedding. Learn more at www.saskparks.net/LearnToCamp.

Based on the success of Learn to Camp last year, a new program will pilot this summer: Learn to Fish.

Details on this program, including dates and locations will be announced soon.

The Government of Saskatchewan is investing more than $1.2 million into campsite electrical

expansion and upgrades in three parks this year: Good Spirit Lake, Lac La Ronge and Meadow Lake.

Nearly 300 campsites across these three parks will receive either new or improved electrical service.

Total funding for the provincial parks system since 2007 is more than $200 million. This funding

includes capital expenditures and investment, operational funding, and parks programming.

I invite you to visit a provincial park this summer. Take time to make memories with your family and

friends in a provincial park this year.

Work Zone Safety Shouldn't Take A Holiday

Planning your visit to a provincial park should include a quick check at The Highway Hotline for the

latest updates on construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries, barges or other road

activities. Nearly 270 kilometres of highway projects are currently underway across the province.

Reducing your speed to 60 km/hr is most commonly associated with active work zones where workers

present but, at times, it is necessary to slow down because of hazards such as loose stones and sharp

drop-offs. I encourage you to drive with caution, even in the absence of workers.

Starting this year and over the next three years, our government will fix more highways through a

$70 million surge in highway repair and maintenance. This is part of a new Highways 2020 Plan to

invest $2.7 billion in highways and transportation capital over the next four years.

Over the past eight years, our government has made record investments in highways and

infrastructure, repairing and rebuilding over 10,000 kilometres of Saskatchewan roads. This is nearly

700 kilometres longer than the width of Canada from the east to west coasts.

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