Monday, March 1, 2004

SAA Bulletin

March 2003

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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
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


 


Other


Saskatchewan Communications Network*
5,765
7,399




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