Report from the Legislature

June 16, 2016

Report from the Legislature
June 16, 2016

Saskatchewan's Population Continues to Grow

Saskatchewan's population grew to another all-time high in the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest figures released by Statistics Canada.

There were 1,146,655 people living in Saskatchewan as of April 1, 2016 – up 4,085 from January 1, 2016 and up 16,118 over the past year.

Saskatchewan's population has now grown in every quarter for 10 consecutive years, growing by more than 155,000 during that period.

In the previous decade 1996 to 2006, Saskatchewan's population dropped in 28 of 40 quarters, declining by more than 26,000 people.

Changes to Compassionate Care Leave Benefits

Saskatchewan employees who need to take time away from work to care for a loved one will soon be eligible to receive up to 28 weeks of job-protected leave – an increase from eight weeks.

Saskatchewan will be one of three provinces to increase this leave to match the changes to Employment Insurance, recognizing that families are important and generational needs are changing.

For more information on compassionate care leave and other benefits, visit

Family Matters Program Available Province-Wide

A successful program that has been helping to minimize the effect of separation and divorce on family members, especially children, is now being offered throughout Saskatchewan.

Family Matters can help couples work through issues outside of the courts by providing information on child custody, parenting plans, children's developmental needs and property division.

For more information, call 1-844-863-3408 or email

Government Introduces Legislation to Improve Saskatchewan Auto Injury Coverage

Coverage amendments introduced in the Legislative Assembly will improve Saskatchewan's auto injury program to better meet the needs of people who are injured in vehicle collisions.

Amendments to The Automobile Accident Insurance Act have different impacts for all Saskatchewan auto injury programs. In total, there are more than 20 changes, such as:

• When an impaired driver causes a collision and is killed, allow an innocent party or the family impacted to sue for pain and suffering or bereavement damages (No Fault, Reduced No Fault and Tort coverage).

• The list of offences that trigger the ability for an innocent party to sue for pain and suffering or bereavement damages will expand to include: criminal negligence causing death or bodily harm, criminal negligence causing bodily injury, flight from a peace officer and dangerous operation while street racing (No Fault, Reduced No Fault and Tort coverage).

• Ensuring income benefits maintain pace with minimum wage (Tort and Reduced No Fault coverage).

The amendments are based on recommendations from SGI resulting from consultation with and feedback from a variety of stakeholders and groups. The legislation is anticipated to be passed during the fall 2016 sitting of the Legislature, with changes taking effect January 1, 2017.

Growing Funds for Agriculture in the Classroom

One in eight jobs involves the agriculture and agri-food industry which is why keeping youth connected to agriculture is necessary to keep our agriculture industry strong.

Connecting kids and agriculture is the aim of Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan, a program that will receive an additional $400,000 in funding from the federal and provincial governments.

Over the past seven years, AITC-SK has reached more than 136,000 students. The additional funding will increase program capacity and expand the role the organization plays in career development.

A five-year funding agreement was established in 2013 and the enhanced funding brings the total government investment during this agreement to more than $1.4 million.

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