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SAA Bulletin

2011 – 2012 Provincial Budget

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March 23, 2011

Honourable Ken Krawetz, Minister of Finance, delivered the 2011 – 2012 provincial budget today. Overall spending in the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport is down $8.6 million dollars.

All third party government agencies received 1.5% increases which means an increase of $95,000 to the Arts Board. As well, SaskFilm received an additional $100,000 to enhance its marketing budget.

The line item Support for Provincial Arts and Cultural Organizations received an increase of $881,000. The Culture on the Go and Creative Industry Growth and Sustainability Programs, which fall under this line, will be renewed for another year. New initiatives that fall under this line are the Main Street Project, a downtown revitalization program to be launched this year and the Business for the Arts`artsVest program which is in the works for Saskatchewan.

The reduction in Active Families Benefit reflects the uptake of this program and the Building Communities program is winding down.

The Heritage Foundation received an increase of $215,000 which will help address chronic underfunding of that agency.

Following are excerpts from the Tourism, Parks, Culture, and Sport Estimates. Links to budget documents can be found at 2011/12 BudgetSask. Finance.



Arts Related Estimates with Comparison to 2010-11 Estimates (in thousands of dollars) Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Estimates 2011-12 2010-11 Increase (Decrease) Culture     Culture Operations Support 1,240 984 256 Saskatchewan Arts Board 6,433 6,338 95 Support for Prov. Arts and Cultural Organizations 3,351 2,470 881 SaskFILM 1,199 1,083 116 Film Employment Tax Credit 8,200 8,200 0 Active Families Benefit 9,000 11,200 (2,200) Heritage     Heritage Operations Support 866 899 (33) Royal Saskatchewan Museum 2,258 1,983 275 Western Development Museum 4,059 3,999 60 Wanuskewin Heritage Park 611 602 9 Saskatchewan Science Centre 587 578 9 Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation 504 289 215 Community Initiatives Fund 9,474 9,427 47 Other     Saskatchewan Communications Network 0 3,830 (3,380) Building Communities Fund 5,692 13,731 (8,039)