Report from the Legislature January 5, 2017

Jan 5, 2017

Government Announces Move to Single Provincial Health Authority

Our government has accepted all of the recommendations of the Saskatchewan Advisory Panel on Health System Structure, and announced this week that the province will consolidate the 12 existing Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) into one single Provincial Health Authority.

Our government is committed to providing high quality health services across Saskatchewan and our goal is better coordination between the health services provided in different parts of the province. This change will also reduce administration and duplication across the health system.

The Advisory Panel has recommended the appointment of a single Board of Directors to govern the new Authority as well as system-wide improvements that include consolidation of administrative support functions, some clinical services, and the planning, dispatch and delivery of EMS.

A comprehensive plan is being developed that will work through critical implementation details, including legislation, governance, financial and change management considerations. While there is no firm timeline for the establishment of the new Authority, it is anticipated to occur in Fall 2017.

Saskatchewan Taxpayers Will Save Through Indexation

Our government is committed to keeping Saskatchewan’s tax system fair and competitive, and yearly indexation is part of an array of measures aimed at accomplishing just that. All Saskatchewan income tax brackets and tax credit amounts will once again be indexed in 2017.

This means individual taxpayers now pay no Saskatchewan income tax on their first $19,490 of income while a family of four pays no Saskatchewan income tax on their first $50,495 of income. This is the highest tax-free income threshold for a family of four in Canada.

With these annual savings, combined with the income tax cuts we introduced in 2008, that means:

  • A single person with a $25,000 annual income saves almost $1,000 each year;
  • A family of four with $50,000 combined income saves $2,694 each year; and
  • A family of four with $75,000 combined income saves $2,484 each year.

Various reductions to personal income taxes will save Saskatchewan people more than $490 million in 2017, and have resulted in about 112,000 low-income residents being removed from the income tax rolls entirely. We will continue working to protect your pocketbook and keep taxes low.