Protect, Build, and Grow are the focus of the Government of Saskatchewan’s 2021-22 budget, which was released on April 6, 2021. Of interest to parks and recreation industry, are the following investments:
Community Rink Affordability Grant
The Government has committed to reinstating the Community Rink Affordability grant, providing $2,500 per ice surface. The $1.7 million program helps cover eligible operating costs, COVID-related costs and minor capital improvements for more than 600 ice surfaces in over 350 communities.
Active Families Benefit
The Active Families Benefit will provide eligible families $150 per year per child, and will provide families of children with a disability an additional $50 per year per child.
It is anticipated that 34,000 children and youth in Saskatchewan will be eligible for this credit.
Saskatchewan Veteran Service Club Support Program
This will increase the total available funding amount from $100,000 to $1.5 million to assist eligible service clubs access support for infrastructure upgrades, programs, events, activities and COVID-19 related facility updates.
Parks and Environment
A $77, 000 increase to regional park capital grant funding to support their economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than $18 million will be invested for capital projects and preventative maintenance in the provincial park system.
Additional funding of $450,000 to hire more Conservation Officers, supporting them to build on the environmental protection and public safety responsibilities that Conservation Officers carry out.
The federal-provincial New Building Canada Fund will continue to support critical infrastructure work in our municipalities, with the Government of Saskatchewan providing $46.9 million in the coming fiscal year.
A record-making $458 million for mental health and addictions programs and services (an increase of 5.4% from last year)
Grants to support economic development will continue. This includes the Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program ($17.0 million), the extension of the Small Business Emergency Payment Program and grants to support the Western Hockey League and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
For more information about the 2021-22 Budget, please read the following:
2021-22 Budget will Protect, Build and Grow Saskatchewan [Media Release, Government of Saskatchewan- April 6]
Parks, Culture and Sport Budget Builds on Government's Commitment to Families, Veterans and Park Infrastructure [Media Release, Government of Saskatchewan- April 6]