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Province of Saskatchewan: Record $3.3 Billion Education Budget Includes Largest Ever Increase of 8.8 Per Cent, released by Saskatchewan on 20 March 2024

Good day ladies and gentlemen, this is IRC news, I am Joy Stephen, a certified Canadian Immigration practitioner, and I bring to you this Provincial News Bulletin from the province of Saskatchewan. This recording originates from the Polinsys studios in Cambridge, Ontario.

  The Government of Saskatchewan is providing a record budget of $3.3 billion for the Ministry of Education. This is an increase of $247.8 million, or 8.1 per cent, over last year and supports Prekindergarten to Grade 12 schools, early learning and child care, and libraries.

This budget includes the largest-ever increase in school operating funding in Saskatchewan.

“As Saskatchewan’s economy and population grows, our government is making significant investments into our children’s future by providing the highest-ever budget to education in the province’s history,” Education Minister Jeremy Cockrill said. “We are committed to ensuring a high-quality education is provided to all students by funding enrolment growth, providing additional funding for classroom supports and building new schools.”

Saskatchewan’s 27 school divisions will receive a record $2.2 billion in school operating funding for the 2024-25 school year, a record increase of $180.0 million, or 8.8 per cent, compared to the 2023-24 Budget.

Included in the budget for the 2024-25 school year is $356.6 million for classroom supports, an increase of $45.6 million, or 14.7 per cent, over the previous year. This includes ongoing funding for the Specialized Support Classroom and Teacher Innovation and Support Fund pilot projects.

School infrastructure continues to be a key priority as $216.0 million will be allocated to school capital, an increase of $68.7 million, or 46.6 per cent, over last year. This includes $28.5 million for relocatable classrooms to help address enrolment growth, on-going funding for the 11 new or consolidated school projects and three major renovations that are underway across Saskatchewan, and funding to begin planning for nine new schools and two renovations,
This update is of utmost importance to Education professionals including teachers considering relocation to Saskatchewan, as it sheds light on the current landscape of Education professionals including teachers opportunities. Armed with this knowledge, Education professionals including teachers can effectively adjust their immigration strategies to align with the evolving demands of their sector. 
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