The government of Saskatchewan is looking at getting rid of some of their buildings.
Minister of Central Services Ken Cheveldayoff says he’s evaluating around 660 buildings across the province to see if they are still in proper use and if there is the possibility for them to be sold.
He says there’s already been a couple sales of buildings that are already paying dividends.
“A couple of recent examples that come to mind are the Forestry Centre in Prince Albert,” said Cheveldayoff. “Now owned by the University of Saskatchewan and it’s going to house the nursing program up there and the community is very excited about it.”
“We have a visitors centre in Maple Creek that’s the same thing, operated by the municipality and the town and it’s doing very well.”
Cheveldayoff stated this examination is looking at the various ways the government can save Saskatchewan taxpayers as much money as they can.
“We’re not ideologically bent on selling everything, but just to take a look at it and to make sure that we’re using taxpayers dollars in the most judicious way.”
The Minister also addressed the overall vacancy rate for the buildings, saying it sits at 3.75 percent. However, there are some of what he calls “anomalys” across the province that are significantly higher.
He notes there’s one in Melville, which has a vacancy rate of nearly 70 percent.
Cheveldayoff stated it’s buildings like that one that is driving this evaluation to see if they would be better used in the private sector.