City of North Battleford encouraged by province's budget

City of North Battleford encouraged by province's budget

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Provincial government unveiled 2023-2024 yesterday in Regina
 
March 23rd 2023
 
 

The City of North Battleford is supportive of increased funding announced for several Provincial Government Ministries and departments that will positively impact the Battlefords region. The response comes on the heels of the Province’s budget unveiling yesterday.

“I am pleased with the general direction of this year’s Provincial budget,” commented City of North Battleford Mayor David Gillan.

“The Province has done well to increase support for municipalities and various Provincial government departments”, specifically noting:

• Previously announced funding for a second Crime Reduction Team (CRT) in North Battleford as a vital part of the Province’s mandate to improve public safety in Saskatchewan. The additional eight officers and support staff will assist greatly in dealing with violent offenders and improving safety in our community.

• Increased funding from the province through the Municipal Revenue Sharing Grant iswelcomed, and the stable predictable funding allows for municipalities to attain greater stability in budgeting. “The City of North Battleford often benefits from occasional funding or project-specific grant programs from other levels of government, which eases the burden on our local tax base,” noted Mayor Gillan.

• Projected Municipal infrastructure funding in the amount of $348.1 million is welcomed by all municipal leaders in the province as aging infrastructure is a top priority.

• Provincial funding announced for Indigenous-led projects in Saskatoon and Regina to provide supportive housing and wrap-around services for people experiencing homelessness is an example of positive government investment which would make an excellent addition to future budget considerations for other regional hub areas with residents facing similar challenges, like in the Battlefords. 

• The increase in funding for clients within the Ministry of Social Services.

• The City of North Battleford was also encouraged by the Ministry of Health’s announcement of an additional $22 million for staffing in rural and remote areas which should benefit this region and its residents. New funding regarding the planning for replacement of the Battleford & District Care Centre in the Town of Battleford was also a great addition to this year’s budget.

• No increase to Personal Income Tax and the Provincial Sales Tax this year, thus assisting residents of the Battlefords in these challenging inflationary times.

As previously indicated by the City of North Battleford, support at the Provincial level for a new college campus for North West College is a priority for advanced education in this region. Funding progress in future provincial budgets would create significant opportunity for students
and jobseekers in North Battleford and the City continues to advocate for this important development.



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For more information:
Candace Toma, Public & Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator
306-441-0713 | publicrelations@cityofnb.ca

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