Monday, March 1, 2004
- 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 www.gov.sk.ca/finance/budget/budget03/2003papers.htmrnrnIn 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
Culture Operations Support
Saskatchewan Arts Board
Saskatchewan Arts Stabilization
MacKenzie Art Gallery
Film Employment Tax Credit
Cultural Industries Development
Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts
Heritage Operations Support
Royal Saskatchewan Museum
Western Development Museum
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Saskatchewan Science Centre
Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation
Saskatchewan Archives Board
Centennial Student Employment Program
Saskatchewan Communications Network*
* $1,618 expenditure reduction due to transfer of distance education programs to Department of Learning.