USask offers buyout packages, says it will close research centre in response to budget cuts

May 26, 2017

The University of Saskatchewan has offered voluntary buyout packages to over a thousand employees in an effort to cope with provincial cuts to its budget, reports CBC. The package was presented to members of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association, which represents 1,100 employees at the school. USask has also announced that it will close its International Centre for Northern Governance and Development on June 15 in response to the cuts. The centre’s research has focused on subjects such as northern governance, First Nations and resource development, northern innovation, and socio-economics. University President Peter Stoicheff says that the university is “deeply disheartened” by the loss of provincial government funding for the centre. CBC (Buyouts)| Saskatoon StarPhoenix (Centre)