2020-2021 Budget Highlights
Budget 2020-21 invests in health, education, social services, family, and communities. The Ministry of Health budget is $5.8 billion, which is an increase of 4.6 per cent from 2019-2020. This is the highest investment into health ever made that will ensure our health care system has the resources it needs to serve Saskatchewan people.
Our budget also dedicates $435 million to mental health and addictions services, which makes up 7.5 per cent of the overall Health budget to fund critical initiatives including the development of an innovative crystal methamphetamine treatment program in Estevan. Funding will also be available for the development of a mental health program for Emergency Medical Service workers in the province.
Also included in this budget is $2.6 billion for the Ministry of Education, which is an increase of $123.3 million to support Prekindergarten to grade 12 classrooms, early learning and childcare, libraries and literacy.
$8.5 million has been allocated to begin the planning and design for new joint-use schools, replacement schools and renovation projects. As our province continues to grow, we must continue to expand capacity to welcome and accommodate new students.
Community-based organizations, including childcare centres, will receive an increase of $2.4 million from the 2019-20 Budget. This includes an increase of $350,000 in provincial funding for specialized Prekindergarten programming to support preschool-aged children with intensive needs.
Our government has made a $715 million commitment to safety and economic stimulus in the Ministry of Highway’s budget. Safety will always be our number one priority for our roads but we must also consider the economic opportunity that our communities will need. This stimulus funding will improve our highway system by adding in passing lanes, road improvements and investment into municipal transport infrastructure.