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Legislative Report
(12 Dec 2012)

Global Institute for Food Security

Saskatchewan’s resources and agricultural expertise put our province in a unique position to address the global demand for safe and reliable food. On December 10th, Premier Wall along with the University of Saskatchewan and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. formally launched the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS). The Government of Saskatchewan and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan committed $15 million and $35 million respectively over the next seven years to develop Saskatchewan-led solutions that will help feed a growing world population. The formation of the Global Institute for Food Security was 2011 campaign commitment, and it is another promise kept by our government.

As part of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth our government has set a goal of increasing agricultural exports from a record $10 billion 2011 to $15 billion by 2020. Our commitment to agriculture, innovation, and the Global Institute for Food Security positions Saskatchewan to lead the world in food security while building an innovation economy here at home.

Saskatchewan’s growth is creating opportunities throughout our province. The SaskJobs.ca website had nearly 950,000 hits in the month of November, a 17.6 per cent increase from November 2011. Employers posted 14,035 jobs on Saskjobs.ca in November 2012 and almost one quarter of the visitors to the site are from outside of the province.

Our province’s strong labour market and growing economy has led to twelve consecutive months of year-over-year employment gains. According to the Labour Force survey released by Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan’s job number hit a record high of 540,000 people for the month of November. Our growing economy and increasing population are giving a huge boost to the provincial economy. New figures released by the Canada Mortgage and housing corporation show urban housing starts in November of 2012 were up by nearly 54 per cent over the same period last year, while nationally the increase was only 3.7 per cent. Saskatchewan now ranks first among the provinces in urban housing starts in terms of percentage growth.

As Christmas approaches and 2012 nears its end, we reflect back on the year that was for Saskatchewan. By all accounts, it was Saskatchewan’s year. Our province is near the top in almost every major economic indicator. Saskatchewan’s population continues to grow at one of the fastest rates in the country, while our unemployment rate remains the 2nd best in Canada, and all major forecasters predict that Saskatchewan’s economic growth will lead almost every other province in the country.

Our government does not believe in growth solely for the sake of growth. We are committed to a growing Saskatchewan that provides opportunity for all while increasing the quality of life every Saskatchewan citizen.

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