“Back On Track” is the theme of the Government of Saskatchewan’s 2022-23 budget, released on March 23, 2022. Of interest to parks and recreation industry, are the following investments:
Community Rink Affordability Grant
- The Community Rink Affordability Grant, providing $2,500 per ice surface, is back for 2022-23! The $1.7 million program addresses eligible operating costs and minor capital improvements for more than 600 ice surfaces in more than 350 communities.
Active Families Benefit
- This $4M investment provides $150 per child enrolled in sport, recreation and cultural activities. It is estimated that 20,500 families annually will claim the tax credit for approximately 34,000 children and youth in Saskatchewan with 3,000 children being eligible for the additional disability component of the tax credit.
Parks and Tourism
- Continued commitment of $1.4 million to support Urban Parks.
- Recover and grow event hosting and business travel by investing up to $0.5M to secure sporting and cultural events.
- Over $10.7 million for capital improvements throughout the provincial park system is being invested. This includes Water system upgrades, landscape and accessibility improvements, boat launch upgrades and major road upgrades.
PST on Admissions and Entertainment
Effective October 1, 2022, Provincial Sales Tax will be applied to admission and entertainment charges – to sporting events, concerts, museums, fairs, gym memberships, green fees, and more. Exemptions include:
- Admissions to school, university or minor league sports and amateur theatre productions where the events are put on by a public sector body and do not feature paid participants;
- Fees for recreational programs such as hockey, dance or music where the activities are provided by school or non-profit organizations for those 14 years of age and under; and,
- Fund-raising events where part of the cost of admission can reasonably be considered a donation to a charity.
- Community Development is budgeted at $729.9 million, or 4.1 percent of total expense. This includes funding for the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport and the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation.
- $700K increase ($4.7M total) for the Community Initiatives Fund. This benefits more than 400 community-based groups that deliver programming in healthy growth and development of children and youth; individual and community wellbeing; and non-profit and community leadership.
- $1.5m in funding for the Saskatchewan Veteran Service Club Support Program is in place for 2022-23.
- $291.8 million provided in the 2022-23 Budget for various infrastructure projects that include parks and recreation facilities.
Social Services & Assistance
- $6.5 million increase to ensure the safety and well-being of vulnerable children and youth. Over $400.0 million in funding to community-based organizations (CBOs) is budgeted.
- Increased funding of $8.7 million to community-based providers, including $4.9 million for service providers who work with people with intellectual disabilities.
- $3.2 million for service providers supporting at-risk children, youth and families.
- $556,000 to approved private service homes that care for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues.
For more information, check out the 2022-23 Budget Documents, including the following: