Our government has made a commitment for the continued public ownership of the province's Crown corporations. Our Crown utilities provide the best possible service to Saskatchewan people at the lowest possible cost.
The Crowns support the economy in Saskatchewan by collectively paying more than $6 billion in supplier and other payments. Borrowing by the Crowns is done prudently and is used to invest in infrastructure that supports safe, reliable utility services.
Since we have had the privilege of forming government $19 billion thas been invested in Crown capital projects. Our 2020-21 budget has over $1.7 billion dollars in crown capital investment. A strong and growing province requires significant infrastructure to keep pace with growth and our record shows our commitment to our Crowns, Crown employees and the people of this province.
Our province has the lowest auto insurance rates in the country and lowest overall provincial natural gas delivery rates. Compared to Alberta, the utility costs for an average home is about $1,700 less per year in Saskatchewan.
SaskTel covers 99% of the province with wireless and internet access with over 900 cell towers including more cell towers in rural and northern Saskatchewan. SaskTel has undertaken an initiative to expand fibre optic internet to the province providing high-speed internet access in Regina , Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Estevan, Yorkton, the Battelfords, Emerald Park, Martensville, Rosthern, Warman and White City. The next phase of the expansion will include Humboldt, Melfort, Melville, Nipawin and Tisdale.
SaskEnergy currently offers the lowest commodity rate in 20 years, the third lowest in Canada. Based on market projections, SaskEnergy does not anticipate a need for a rate increase in 2020, giving residents a safe and reliable service during these challenging times.
The Saskatchewan Party will continue to support and invest in our Crown corporations so they can continue to deliver safe and affordable public utilities for the people of Saskatchewan.