With much of the focus on the provincial budget this week, Wednesday’s federal budget has in some ways flown under the radar in Saskatchewan.
Ottawa was not at all aiming to do that when they delivered their budget the same day provincial Finance Minister Kevin Doherty announced Saskatchewan’s.
Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains said there are many aspects of this year’s federal budget that benefit Saskatchewan.
Bains was in Regina on Friday speaking to the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce on the 2017 federal budget.
“Saskatchewan will receive health and social transfers of $1.6-billion this year, that’s an increase of $53-million from the previous year,” Bains said.
Bains went on to say this year’s federal budget includes 500-million dollars to renew highways, bridges and water facilities in Saskatchewan.
The provinces two major universities will also receive a boost from Ottawa.
“There will be more than $100-million of investments in world class research facilities at Saskatchewan’s two universities, so the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan receive a significant amount of funding because this is part of our governments commitment to laying down the foundations for innovation,” Bains said.