Alberta contractors working on Saskatchewan highways will need to register their vehicles in Saskatchewan before their work begins.
David Marit, minister responsible for highways and infrastructure, introduced legislation Wednesday which would require Alberta contract companies to register their licence plates in Saskatchewan before working on a highways site.
Marit says this still allows Alberta companies to work in Saskatchewan.
“We’re just asking Alberta contractors; this doesn’t stop them from bidding on any jobs at all,” Marit says. “It just means that now they’re just going to have to have Saskatchewan plates on all of their registered vehicles, that are plated. They’ll have to have a Saskatchewan plate on them.”
The ministry passed legislation to not allow contractors to have trucks or equipment with Alberta plates on a Saskatchewan highway work site because no PST is paid on those vehicles insurance or registration.
Marit says there is a reason Alberta, and no other provinces, are being singled out.
“This is only on Alberta contractors because Alberta contractors don’t pay PST on their vehicles. Manitoba contractors do, Ontario contractors do, BC contractors do, and Saskatchewan contractors do.”
Marit stresses this is to allow Saskatchewan contractors to have an equal chance to bid for highway contracts on Saskatchewan highways.