New schools, hospitals included in Saskatchewan budget
The Saskatchewan government said it will be investing in new schools and hospitals as part of its infrastructure funding announcement in the 2019-20 budget.
Preconstruction design will start on a new Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert, and for the planning and design of a new hospital in Weyburn.
A combined $5 million will go towards the two projects as both enter the final stages of approval.
A new long-term care facility is planned for Meadow Lake to replace the Northland Pioneers Lodge. Officials said once complete, capacity will increase from 55 to 72 beds.
The province is allocating $12 million to start construction on the project in spring 2020.
Planning will start on consolidating and replacing Ecole St. Puis X and Argyle elementary schools in Regina with a joint-use school.
Also in the planning stage will be two new joint-use schools in Moose Jaw to replace Scared Heart, St. Mary’s, Empire and Westmount.
Funding is also allocated to determine the scope of a replacement for St. Frances Elementary school in Saskatoon.
The province also said $29 million will go toward ongoing major school consolidation projects in Rosthern and Weyburn.
Overall, the government said it is delivering $2.7 billion in infrastructure funding for 2019-20.
SaskPower plans on spending $873 million on capital investments, and will continue to renew its distribution and transmission lines with a goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent by 2030.
SaskTel will be investing $321 million during 2019-20, which will including upgrades to its wireless and wireline networks, and enhancements to rural service.
SaskEnergy said it will make $340 million in capital investments to meet growing customer demand, and ensure the integrity of its distribution system.