With much of the focus on the provincial budget this week, Wednesday’s federal budget has, in some ways, flown under the radar.
However, that wasn’t Ottawa’s goal when they delivered their budget the same day provincial Finance Minister Kevin Doherty announced Saskatchewan’s.
On Friday, federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains addressed the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce, saying there are many aspects of this year’s federal budget that benefit the province.
Specifically, Saskatchewan will receive health and social transfers of $1.6 billion in 2017 — an increase of $53 million from 2016.
Bains said it’s the federal government’s goal to use these funds to provide “additional resources to key priority areas around mental health and home care.”
This year’s federal budget also includes $500 million to renew highways, bridges and water facilities in Saskatchewan.
Bains also added that there’s more than $100 million in investments for the Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan.