Making Life More Affordable
A re-elected Saskatchewan Party government will increase the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship by 50 per cent from $500 to $750 per year.
The increase to the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship will benefit an estimated 8,000 Saskatchewan students per year, making post-secondary education more affordable and accessible to students across Saskatchewan. The increase amounts to a total added support of $1,000 over four years for eligible Saskatchewan students.
A re-elected Saskatchewan Party government will make children's sports, arts and cultural activities more affordable by restarting the Active Families Benefit of $150 per year per child and providing families of children with a disability an additional $50, for a benefit of $200 per year per child.
A re-elected Saskatchewan Party government will create 750 new childcare spaces in Saskatchewan by increasing the number of childcare spaces in new schools under development and increasing financial support to grow over 500 new licensed home-based childcare spaces over the next four years. 230 of the new childcare spaces will be in new schools being built over the next four years.
A re-elected Saskatchewan Party government will expand eligibility for individualized funding for autism services to children under the age of 12 who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Currently available to children up to the age of six, children who have been medically diagnosed with ASD up to the age of 12 will be eligible for an annual individualized funding benefit of $6,000, providing parents with the flexibility to choose from a range of therapeutic interventions and supports that will most benefit their child.
A re-elected Saskatchewan Party government will help with the cost of living with diabetes by expanding the Saskatchewan Insulin Pump Program by removing the age restriction. A re-elected Saskatchewan Party government will also cover the cost of Continuous Glucose Monitoring systems for children under 18.
A re-elected Saskatchewan Party government will make ambulance services more affordable for seniors by eliminating charges for inter-facility ambulance calls for seniors and reducing the maximum cost of other senior’s ambulance calls by over 50 per cent – from a maximum of $275 per call to a maximum of $135 per call.
A re-elected Saskatchewan Party government will increase the Seniors Income Plan from a maximum of $270 per month to a maximum of $360 per month, making life more affordable for seniors in Saskatchewan. When the increase is fully implemented the Saskatchewan Party government will have quadrupled the benefit for low income seniors over 16 years in government – compared to the NDP which didn’t increase the benefit at all for 16 years.
A re-elected Saskatchewan Party government will provide increased support for persons with a disability in Saskatchewan by enhancing funding over the next three years for Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada and Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services to address service gaps for the D/deaf and Deafblind population in Saskatchewan.
A re-elected Saskatchewan Party government will provide increased financial support for Saskatchewan’s legions and veteran service clubs, by increasing the current Saskatchewan Veteran Service Club Support Program from $100,000 annually to $1.5M annually.
A re-elected Saskatchewan Party government will make it more affordable for communities to operate local ice rinks by restarting the Community Rink Affordability Grant. The Community Rink Affordability Grant will provide Saskatchewan communities with a grant of $2,500 annually per ice surface, and is expected to support approximately 635 community-owned ice surfaces in over 370 communities across Saskatchewan.