Saskatchewan budget provides 2% increase in operating cost support for PSE institutions

March 21, 2012

As per Saskatchewan's 2012-13 budget, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration will receive $890.6 million, an increase of 4.1% over last year. The budget provides a $12 million increase, on average 2%, to support operating costs at PSE schools. The province has signed agreements with the presidents of the Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan to help ensure student accessibility. The government expects tuition fee increases to be held at 4% for key direct entry programs. The budget provides more than $107 million in support for students through financial aid, scholarships, bursaries, training allowances, and the Graduate Retention Program. Other initiatives include $109 million for skills training and labour force development; $47 million to continue supporting PSE and skills training for First Nations and M├ętis people; and $13.5 million to fulfill a commitment to train 300 additional nurses and 100 additional doctors a year, and to start on a commitment to boost the number of nurse practitioner seats by 20, with an initial 5 seats. Saskatchewan News Release