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Saskatchewan unveils largest capital budget in provincial history at $3.7 billion

Saskatchewan unveils largest capital budget in provincial history at $3.7 billion

REGINA — Time to get building.

The Government of Saskatchewan has unveiled its biggest-ever capital budget at $3.7 billion, including $1.7 billion in executive government projects and $2.1 billion in projects by the province’s commercial Crown corporations.

The budget includes the biggest-ever health infrastructure investment at $337.6 million which includes $204.5 million for major projects, $71.5 million for rehabilitation and maintenance of facilities and $59 million for information technology projects, states a news release.

More than $152 million will be invested in education capital which includes $115.7 million for $20 ongoing new schools and five renovation projects, $16 million for relocatable classrooms and $11.3 for the minor capital program.

The budget includes a $348.1 million in transfers to municipalities to support infrastructure projects.

A $338 million investment in government services infrastructure includes $85.6 million for various dam and water channel projects, $97.4 million for courts and correctional facilities and $12.3 million for capital projects at provincial parks.

“This budget delivers the health, education, transportation and other infrastructure Saskatchewan families and communities can depend on to build a better quality of life and support growth,” said SaskBuilds Procurement Minister Lori Carr in the release.

“This year’s record capital investment brings our government’s infrastructure investment to almost $43.3 billion since 2009-09.”

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