2009 News Releases
December 23, 2009 - KAIN'S ABEL CONTRACTING PLEADS GUILTY TO OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY VIOLATIONS Kain Boldt, carrying on business as Kain's Abel Contracting in Saskatoon, pled guilty to two charges after violating Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Legislation.
December 22, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN WORKERS EARNING MORE THAN EVER BEFORE For the second consecutive month, weekly earnings in Saskatchewan have reached an all-time high.
December 21, 2009 - PROSECUTIONS PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF SASKATCHEWAN WORKERS Eleven employers have been prosecuted for violations of The Labour Standards Act and Regulations in 2009, resulting in $10,860 in fines.
December 4, 2009 - JOB NUMBERS UP, SASKATCHEWAN HAS LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT IN CANADA For the sixth consecutive month, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate is the lowest in Canada according to the November Labour Force Survey released today by Statistics Canada.
December 3, 2009 - NEWCOMERS TO SASKATCHEWAN WILL BENEFIT FROM CREDENTIAL RECOGNITION Newcomers to Saskatchewan in regulated occupations will soon benefit from more efficient and transparent credential recognition processes. For more details, see the Pan-Canadian Framework in English or Français.
December 1, 2009 - LEGISLATION ENSURES EMPLOYERS, WORKERS BENEFIT FROM LABOUR MOBILITY As part of a pan-Canadian initiative, Saskatchewan has introduced legislation that will help to ensure full labour mobility for workers seeking employment in Saskatchewan.
November 26, 2009 - WEEKLY EARNINGS SET ANOTHER RECORD Average weekly earnings in Saskatchewan have reached another all-time high.
November 23, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN SCHOLARSHIP OF HONOUR RECIPIENTS RECOGNIZED Premier Brad Wall held a special luncheon today to recognize the 11 inaugural recipients of the Saskatchewan Scholarship of Honour, which shows our admiration and respect for the sacrifices of Saskatchewan men and women serving in the Canadian Forces.
November 20, 2009 - CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON THE KNOWLEDGE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT AT SOUTHEAST REGIONAL COLLEGE Work on the Saskatchewan Energy Training Institute Centre of Excellence at Southeast Regional College got underway today following a sod-turning ceremony held at the College's Estevan campus.
November 6, 2009 - GED HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT FOR 2008 ANNOUNCED Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Minister Rob Norris was in Saskatoon today to present Terry Lamers with the 2008 General Educational Development (GED) National Award for Outstanding Achievement for the province of Saskatchewan. Norris presented the award with Dr. Robert G. McCulloch, president and CEO of SIAST.
November 6, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN RECORDS CANADA’S LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR THE FIFTH STRAIGHT MONTH Saskatchewan's unemployment rate of 5.3 per cent (seasonally adjusted) is once again the lowest in Canada, while Saskatoon and Regina have the lowest unemployment rates among Canadian cities, according to the October Labour Force Survey released today by Statistics Canada.
October 30, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN WORKERS EARNING MORE THAN EVER BEFORE In the face of a global recession, average weekly earnings in Saskatchewan have reached an all-time high of $808.82.
October 27, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN STANDS ALONE WITH THE LOWEST PER CAPITA NUMBER OF EI BENEFICIARIES IN CANADA Saskatchewan has fewer EI beneficiaries per capita than any other province following a 5.3 per cent decrease in EI beneficiaries month over month.
October 26, 2009 - OCTOBER 25 TO NOVEMBER 1 HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS WEEK IN SASKATCHEWAN Health Care Providers Week recognizes the thousands of men and women who provide health care services across Saskatchewan.
October 16, 2009 - Government of Canada and Saskatchewan Announce Imvestment to help Train Trades-people in Saskatchewan Saskatoon Trades and Skills Centre Inc. (STSC) will strengthen economic opportunities in Saskatchewan through the construction of a new training facility for trades-people. The announcement was made by Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon - Rosetown - Biggar, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, and the Honourable Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour.
October 16, 2009 - EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM PROVIDES A STEP UP FOR PROVINCIAL OFFENDERS Two provincial ministers have joined a Prince Albert organization to cut the ribbon on the Supported Transition to Employment Program (STEP), which helps people with barriers access Saskatchewan's labour market.
October 15, 2009 - GED HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT FOR 2008 ANNOUNCED Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Minister Rob Norris was in Weyburn today to present Cheryl McGrath with the 2008 General Educational Development (GED) National Award for Outstanding Achievement for the province of Saskatchewan. Norris presented the award with Craig Brown, President and CEO of Southeast Regional College (SERC).
Octiber 13, 2009 - CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ON NEXT PHASE OF U OF S ACADEMIC HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE Work on the E Wing phase of the University of Saskatchewan's Academic Health Sciences project is now underway. A sod-turning ceremony was held today at the University to announce the contractor selected to construct the project and to mark the beginning of this project that will enable a more integrated and multi-disciplined health care model for Saskatchewan.
October 9, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE REMAINS THE LOWEST IN CANADA Saskatchewan continued to have the lowest unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) in Canada in September, with unemployment at 4.6 per cent, down from 5.0 per cent in August.
October 8, 2009 - REVIEW RECOMMENDS SEPARATE UNION BARGAINING AT SASKATCHEWAN UNIVERSITIES The Saskatchewan Government has accepted the findings of an independent report recommending changes to the current collective bargaining structure at the University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina.
October 8, 2009 - $12 MILLION TO TRAIN NOTHERNERS FOR JOBS IN THE MINERAL SECTOR Eleven partners from public, private, and non-profit organizations were in La Ronge today to sign an agreement committing $12.7 million over the next five years for training and apprenticeship opportunities in northern Saskatchewan.
October 2, 2009 - GOVERNMENT HELPING WORKPLACE PREPARE FOR H1N1 Beginning today, the government is distributing a new guide to workplace pandemic influenza preparedness.
October 2, 2009 - OCTOBER - CELEBRATING CANADIAN WOMEN October is Women's History Month in Canada, a time to reflect on and celebrate the impact women have had on Canadian society.
October 1, 2009 - NEW IMMIGRATION PROCESS BOOSTS NOMINATIONS, INVESTIMENTS AND JOBS CREATION Saskatchewan's Minister Responsible for Immigration, Rob Norris, today launched a new process for the Entrepreneur Category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) that will improve processing times, attract investment and foster the creation of more jobs in Saskatchewan.
September 30, 2009 -SASKATCHEWAN WORKERS CONTINUE TO SEE HIGHER WAGES Saskatchewan's average weekly wage is now $803.90, according to numbers released today by Statistics Canada.
September 25, 2009 - MINIMUM WAGE BOARD SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON MINIMUM WAGE The Saskatchewan Minimum Wage Board is reviewing the minimum wage and invites members of the public to participate. Public involvement is important, and the board invites the public to submit their opinions, concerns and experience with the minimum wage by October 30, 2009.
August 28, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN WORKERS SEE EARNINGS INCREASE Saskatchewan's payroll increases continue to outpace the national average, according to a new report released today by Statistics Canada. Average weekly earnings in Saskatchewan increased by 2.6 per cent (seasonally adjusted) in June 2009 compared to June 2008, well above the national average of 1.8 per cent.
August 10, 2009 - KNOWLEDGE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS MOVE FORWARD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN Federal and provincial government officials were at the University of Saskatchewan today to discuss an update on the $22.9 million in funding going towards refurbishing a number of roofs and renovating the Western College of Veterinary Medicine diagnostic lab.
August 7, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN STILL HAS STRONGEST JOB NUMBERS IN CANADA Despite some job losses in July, Saskatchewan continues to post the lowest unemployment rate in Canada and is now the only province with more people working than a year ago, according to the latest labour force report released today by Statistics Canada.
August 4, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN ACHIEVES IMPORTANT LABOUR MOBILITY MILESTONE Saskatchewan has approved six exceptions under the recently amended Chapter 7 of the Agreement on International Trade (AIT). For more details, visit the Labour Mobility webpage.
July 30, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN WORKERS EARNING MORE THAN EVER Saskatchewan workers are earning more than before, according to a new report released today by Statistics Canada.
July 28, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN RECORDS LOWEST PER CAPITA EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFICIARIES IN CANADA Saskatchewan's number of Employment Insurance (EI) beneficiaries on a per capita basis was 1.7 per cent, the lowest in Canada, tied with Manitoba, according to a release today by Statistics Canada.
July 23, 2009 - FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR KNOWLEDGE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF REGINA The federal and provincial governments were at the University of Regina today to announce $16.7 million in knowledge infrastructure funding to upgrade and enhance research and educational facilities at the University of Regina.
July 22, 2009 - GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES NEW MINIMUM AGE OF EMPLOYMENT Changes to The Minimum Wage Regulations will establish age 16 as the general minimum age of employment in Saskatchewan.
July 13, 2009 - GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO THE MINIMUM WAGE BOARD The government today announced changes to the province's Minimum Wage Board.
July 10, 2009 - FUNDING FOR ST. PETER’S COLLEGE AND CARLTON TRAIL REGIONAL COLLEGE ANNOUNCED The federal and provincial governments announced today that St. Peter's College, in Muenster, and Carlton Trail Regional College, in Humboldt, will receive over $13 million for knowledge infrastructure funding to provide new educational and training opportunities for students.
July 10, 2009 - ANOTHER JOB CREATION RECORD IN SASKATCHEWAN For the second consecutive month, the number of people working in Saskatchewan has hit an all-time high, according to the new Labour Force Survey released today by Statistics Canada.
July 3, 2009 - GOVERNMENT INVESTS $510,000 TO PROMOTE WORKPLACE ESSENTIAL SKILLS Government of Saskatchewan announced today that it has invested $510,000 in funding for the Workplace Essential Skills Saskatchewan Initiative, to enable approximately 250 workers and job-seekers to build the skills they need for long-term employment and advancement.
July 3, 2009 - LABOUR MARKET COMMISSION TABLES FINAL REPORT With an eye on the future of Saskatchewan's economy, the Saskatchewan Labour Market Commission (SLMC) has submitted its final report - one that will provide a foundation for the provincial Labour Market Strategy.
June 26, 2009 - ARTHON CONSTRUCTION LTD. PLEADS GUILTY TO OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY VIOLATION Arthon Construction Ltd. pled guilty to two charges and was fined a total of $11,200 after violating occupational health and safety legislation that could have prevented a work-related injury.
June 19, 2009 - PROVINCE UNVEILS NEW IMMIGRATION STRATEGY The strategy responds to important social and economic changes underway within and beyond Saskatchewan by improving upon current immigration programs and undertaking new initiatives to create jobs and renew communities.
Jun. 16, 2009 - RECORD EMPLOYMENT ATTRACTS RECORD NUMBERS TO SASKJOBS Record numbers of job seekers from across Canada and around the world are looking to Saskatchewan's strong and steady economy for opportunities.
June 15, 2008 - GOVERNMENT FOCUSES ON JOB CREATION WITH ENHANCED BUSINESS IMMIGRATION The Government of Saskatchewan has unveiled new business immigration streams that will help grow the economy and create jobs. These new initiatives are key elements of the government's new immigration strategy.
June 12, 2009 - CANADA AND SASKATCHEWAN INVEST TO EXPAND POST‑SECONDARY EDUCATION RESEARCH CAPACITY The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are teaming up to invest more than $118 million in 21 projects at post-secondary institutions throughout Saskatchewan.
June 11, 2009 - CMEC LAUNCHES LITERACY LEGACY Saskatchewan teachers and learners now have new resources at their fingertips thanks to the 2008 Pan-Canadian Literacy Forum held across Canada, including our province last year.
June 2, 2009 - STUDENT LOAN CHANGES MAKING POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION MORE AFFORDABLE The Government today announced $2.2 million in student loan enhancements to make post-secondary education more affordable for students from low and middle-income families.
May 27, 2009 - WORKPLACE SMOKING BAN TAKES EFFECT ON “WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY”
May 22, 2009 - Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Support Workers Affected by Economic Downturn - To help workers hit hardest by the global recession, the Government of Canada is investing more than $27 million in Saskatchewan’s employment and training programs under an agreement signed today between the federal and provincial governments.
May 21, 2009 - Government of Canada Supports Aboriginal Participation in Saskatoon Construction Industry Aboriginal people will receive skills and employment training leading to long-term jobs in the Saskatoon residential construction industry through a major training investment by the Government of Canada.
May 21, 2009 - ASEP PARTNERSHIP BRINGS NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO FIRST NATIONS AND MÉTIS PEOPLE A new partnership between the provincial government, federal government, First Nations and Métis leadership, Saskatchewan training institutions and the residential construction industry will result in training and work experience for under-employed First Nations and Métis people.
May 19, 2009 - Government of Canada Helps People with Disabilities in Saskatchewan Find Meaningful Employment People with disabilities will get help preparing for jobs thanks to the Government of Canada’s support for a local employment program.
May 11, 2009 - PROVINCE INVESTS IN ON-RESERVE TRAINING Saskatchewan is investing nearly $160,000 in North West Regional College (NWRC) to provide on-reserve skills training programs to First Nations learners.
May 8, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN NOW ONLY PROVINCE WITH MORE JOBS THAN A YEAR AGO Saskatchewan is now the only province in Canada with more people working now than one year ago, according to the latest employment report released today by Statistics Canada.
May 6, 2009 - PROVINCE INVESTS IN ON-RESERVE TRAINING Saskatchewan is investing nearly $160,000 in North West Regional College (NWRC) to provide on-reserve skills training programs to First Nations learners.
May 4, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN PROMOTES SAFETY AND PREVENTION Getting home safely at the end of each work day is the focus of this year's North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 3 to 9, 2009.
April 28, 2009 - PROVINCE RECOGNIZES DAY OF MOURNING April 28 is the National Day of Mourning, a time for Saskatchewan people to honour those who have lost their lives or suffered from injuries on-the-job.
April 27, 2009 - RAPID RESPONSE TEAMS HELP WORKERS FACING LAYOFFS Rapid Response Teams are offering one-stop, targeted service solutions for Saskatchewan workers and employers affected by layoffs.
April 17, 2009 -SASKJOBS CONTINUES TO SHATTER RECORDS The Government of Saskatchewan's job-matching website, http://www.saskjobs.ca/ has become a beacon for job seekers in challenging economic times. Two million visits in first 107 days of 2009.
April 17, 2009 - MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES IN MAY Saskatchewan's minimum wage will increase from $8.60 per hour to $9.25 per hour effective May 1, 2009.
April 6, 2009 - MINISTERS MEET TO ADDRESS ISSUES FACING CANADIAN WOMEN Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Minister Rob Norris is meeting with colleagues from across the country this week in Winnipeg to address important issues facing Canadian women.
March 30, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN WORKERS EARNING MORE THAN EVER Saskatchewan workers are earning more than ever before, according to a new report released today by Statistics Canada. Average weekly earnings by payroll employees in Saskatchewan are now more than $800 for the first time ever.
March 27, 2009 - IMMIGRATION HELPS SPARK POPULATION JUMP IN 2008 Saskatchewan's economic growth has attracted 4,838 immigrants who have chosen to make this province their permanent home - the highest jump in immigration levels since records were kept in 1962.
March 13, 2009 - BUCKING THE TREND: SASKATCHEWAN CONTINUES TO LEAD THE COUNTRY IN JOB GROWTH Saskatchewan continues to post strong employment growth even as job losses in the rest of the country are mounting.
March 10, 2009 - AMENDMENTS TO CONSTRUCTION LABOUR LEGISLATION INTRODUCED
March 5, 2009 - PROVINCE CELEBRATES WOMEN ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Saskatchewan recognizes the achievements and contributions of women on International Women's Day (IWD).
March 3, 2009 - PREMIER WELCOMES 86 ONTARIO FAMILIES TO SASKATCHEWAN Premier Brad Wall today welcomed 86 families who are now living in Saskatchewan following the province's successful recruiting efforts in Ontario last fall.
March 2, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN SCHOLARSHIP OF HONOUR RECOGNIZES VETERANS Premier Brad Wall announced the Saskatchewan Scholarship of Honour today, which shows our admiration and respect for the sacrifices of Saskatchewan men and women serving in the Canadian Forces.
February 26, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN’S WAGES CONTINUE TO RISE, NOW 3RD HIGHEST IN CANADA Saskatchewan workers continue to enjoy strong growth in their wages, according to a release today from Statistics Canada.
February 19, 2009 - SASKJOBS CONTINUES TO SET RECORDS Fresh off a record year in 2008, the popular SaskJobs.ca website continues to attract visitors in record numbers.
February 13, 2008 - ST. PETER'S COLLEGE RECEIVES INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT As part of a $26.4 million investment in Saskatchewan's advanced education system, St. Peter's College is receiving a major renovation.
February 6, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN JOB NUMBERS CONTINUE TO SHINE AMIDST ECONOMIC GLOOM There were 16,600 more people working in Saskatchewan in January compared to the same month a year ago - an increase of 3.3 per cent.
February 5, 2009 - $26.4 MILLION BOOST TO POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS Renovations and Expansions in Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Prince Albert, Muenster
February 4, 2009 - PROVINCE INVESTS $15 MILLION FOR 400 STUDENT RESIDENCE SPACES AT U OF S Students at the University of Saskatchewan will have better access to student housing, with the announcement today of $15 million in provincial funding for the construction of new on-campus residences.
January 30, 2009 - SHELTER ALLOWANCES FOR LOW_INCOME PEOPLE TO INCREASE
January 28, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN’S HIGHER WAGES CONTINUE TO RISE
January 27, 2009 - NUMBER OF PEOPLE RECEIVING EI UP SLIGHTLY
January 21, 2009 - NORRIS MEETS WITH MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR LABOUR Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Minister Rob Norris meets today with Federal Labour Minister Rona Ambrose and his provincial and territorial counterparts to discuss a range of issues.
January 14, 2009 - NOW EASIER FOR IMMIGRANTS TO GET LICENSING INFORMATION
January 9, 2009 - SASKATCHEWAN CONTINUES TO SEE EMPLOYMENT GROWTH