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Report from the Legislature

October 4, 2018

Report from the Legislature
October 4, 2018
Saskatchewan's motto: Multis e gentibus vires: from many peoples, strength is as true today as it has
been at any time in our province's history.
Saskatchewan's population continues to grow, reaching 1,162,062 people as of July 1, 2018,
according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada. This is an increase of 3,226 people in the past
quarter and 11,280 people in the past year.
Saskatchewan's population has grown for more than 49 consecutive quarters with newcomers to
Saskatchewan adding to the strength of our province through their contributions to our communities
and our growing provincial economy.
The province's growing technology sector will receive an additional boost through Innovation
Saskatchewan's new tax incentive program.
The Saskatchewan Technology Startup Incentive is a non-refundable 45 per cent tax credit for
individual, corporate, or venture capital corporations investing in eligible startup businesses on a first-
come-first-serve-basis.
This pilot program is designed to encourage investment in early-stage technology startups.
Technology startups within the program will not only bring new products and services to market, but
they will also create jobs within Saskatchewan.
The technology sector is flourishing here, and our government is committed to helping entrepreneurs
and startup companies thrive. This is an excellent way to attract investment to this growing sector and
Innovation Saskatchewan is excited to see the investor interest and economic growth that will be
generated.
Applications to the program are now being accepted. Technology startups and interested investors can
find program information and apply online at www.innovationsask.ca/technology/stsi.
The Government of Saskatchewan is also accepting applications for the Saskatchewan Value-Added
Agriculture Incentive. Aimed at improving investment attraction and retention outcomes in the value-
added agriculture sector, this incentive offers a non-refundable, non-transferable 15 per cent tax
credit on capital costs for newly-constructed or expanded value-added agriculture facilities.
There is an increasing global demand for food, fertilizer and fuel, and Saskatchewan is well-positioned
to be a global export leader in those sectors. This initiative supports rural growth, provides outlets for
locally-produced crops, and creates more opportunities to attract entrepreneurial talent and foreign
investment.
To learn more and apply, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/Business/Investment-and-Economic-
Development/Business-Incentives-and-Tax-Credits/Saskatchewan-Value-Added-Agriculture-Incentive.
On a recent trade mission to China, a Saskatchewan delegation met with current and potential
investors in our value-added agriculture sector to encourage investment and thank them for
investments that have been made.
The trade mission included meetings with Chinese government entities that focused on identifying
opportunities to advance mutual interests in sustainable mineral and agricultural development, and
environmental protection.
A number of key steps were made in sharing Saskatchewan's technical innovation, including
supporting the signing of an MOU between the CCS Knowledge Centre and the China Petroleum
University to advance our shared interest in using CCS for enhanced oil recovery.

The Saskatchewan delegation was also joined by more than 20 Saskatchewan companies at the STEP
- Canada China Business Council Showcase focused on promoting Saskatchewan's exports to China.
Over the past decade, China has been one of Saskatchewan's most important export markets. With
the growing uncertainty in world trade, the Chinese market is becoming increasingly important to
Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan made important connections with government and industry leaders to communicate
that we have the food, fuel, and fertilizer that China needs.
A large-scale wind energy project was recently approved in our province. The Blue Hill Wind Energy
Project is the first large-scale wind energy project approved under The Environmental Assessment Act
and demonstrates our government's commitment to renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission
reductions, both clear goals in our comprehensive provincial climate change strategy.
Located south of Herbert, the wind energy project will be developed and operated by Algonquin Power
Co. (a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.) and is expected to add 177 megawatts of wind
energy for SaskPower customers – enough energy to power more than 70,000 average Saskatchewan
homes.
With snowfall and cool, wet conditions Saskatchewan seems to be transitioning from an active
construction season to winter earlier than expected. In spite of often unpredictable Saskatchewan
weather, we continue to break ground and celebrate the completion of a variety of important
infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan.This includes new and innovative housing projects, a new
K-12 school in Rosthern, and the new Chief Mistawasis Bridge in Saskatoon.
Your Saskatchewan Party government remains focused on standing up for Saskatchewan and
providing Saskatchewan people with the programs, services and supports individuals and families in
our province have come to expect.
If you require assistance with any Government of Saskatchewan programs or services, please contact
my constituency office or visit Saskatchewan.ca.

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