SAA Bulletin – March 2004

March 2003

2003 – 04 Provincial Budget: Building for the Future

Hon. Jim Melenchuk presented the 2003-04 Provincial Budget today. Below are extracts taken from the Estimates. The complete budget can be found at a pre-budget briefing, Joanne Crofford Minister Culture, Youth and Recreation, stated that third-party funding would remain at the same levels as last year. Crofford announced that the Saskatchewan Arts Board would receive an additional $100,000 although we do not know the source of these funds and are not sure how the money can be used.

Also of interest is the commitment of $20 million over the next 3 years to centennial legacy projects which we expect the culture community will be able to access. Legacy projects will be for healthier and more active people; stronger working and playing relationships, especially with the Aboriginal community; improving culture, sports and recreation infrastructure; and showcasing the province. rnrnThrough CommunityNet, high-speed internet service will be extended to residents in small communities.rnrnIn her address, Crofford mentioned that the community could expect announcements on the much anticipated Arts Stabilization Fund and the Cultural Policy sometime soon.

Arts Related Estimates With Comparison to 2002-03 Estimates (in thousands of dollars)[CODE:

Culture, Youth and Recreation Estimates 2003-04 2002-03
Culture Sub-Programs
Culture Operations Support 561 759
Saskatchewan Arts Board 3,784 3,784
Saskatchewan Arts Stabilization 125 125
MacKenzie Art Gallery 1,160 1,160
SaskFILM 1,000 1,000
Film Employment Tax Credit 4,400 4,400
Cultural Industries Development 450 450
Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts 739 739
Heritage Sub-Programs
Heritage Operations Support 1,350 710
Royal Saskatchewan Museum 1,832 1,910
Western Development Museum 2,415 2,415
Wanuskewin Heritage Park 500 500
Saskatchewan Science Centre 600 600
Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation 345 345
Saskatchewan Archives Board 3,016 3,016
Youth Sub-Programs
Centennial Student Employment Program 2,614 3,800
Saskatchewan Communications Network* 5,765 7,399


* $1,618 expenditure reduction due to transfer of distance education programs to Department of Learning.