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Saskatchewan Unveils Ambitious Growth Plan with Focus on Population and Economy

The Saskatchewan government has unveiled an ambitious 10-year plan to drive the growth of the province's population and economy. Premier Scott Moe shared the comprehensive growth plan during a Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce event, outlining...

The Saskatchewan government has unveiled an ambitious 10-year plan to drive the growth of the province's population and economy. Premier Scott Moe shared the comprehensive growth plan during a Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce event, outlining key goals aimed at ensuring a prosperous future for Saskatchewan.

A Vision for Growth and Opportunity

Under the new growth plan, Saskatchewan aims to increase its population by 226,000 and create an additional 100,000 jobs by 2030. This growth will not only improve the province's economy but also provide support for the most vulnerable members of society and create opportunities for young people to stay in Saskatchewan.

"Growth will afford the ability to invest in a better quality of life for Saskatchewan families and communities," Premier Moe emphasized. With a current population of 1.174 million, Saskatchewan aims to reach a target of 1.2 million people by 2020, as set in the previous growth plan announced in 2012.

Diverse Goals for 2030

The growth plan outlines 30 goals for 2030, covering various sectors and industries. Apart from population and job growth, key objectives include increasing exports by 50%, boosting agriculture value-added revenue by $10 billion, growing agri-food exports by $20 billion, reaching oil production levels of 600,000 barrels per day, tripling the size of the Saskatchewan tech sector, and reducing surgical wait times to a three-month target.

Expanding Trade Opportunities and International Presence

One exciting initiative presented in the growth plan is the revival of Saskatchewan's international trade offices in Japan, India, and Singapore. These offices will help establish a stronger Saskatchewan presence in key trade areas and promote trade expansion by 50% over the next decade. To further support this growth, the provincial government has enlisted the expertise of Harper and Associates, the consulting firm of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Prime Minister Harper's invaluable experience and extensive network are expected to contribute significantly to increasing trade with over 150 countries.

"As a world-class exporter and a powerhouse in our confederation, Saskatchewan's people and products can compete and win at home and around the world," stated Stephen Harper, expressing confidence in Saskatchewan's potential.

Meeting Challenges and Maximizing Opportunities

While the growth plan has received positive responses, NDP leader Ryan Meili urges the government to ensure that the province is prepared to handle the influx of population. Meili emphasized the importance of investing in essential infrastructure such as schools and healthcare to ensure a good quality of life for the growing population.

Meili also suggested focusing on renewable energy sources like wind and solar power, along with supporting local workers by awarding more contracts to them. However, Meili expressed agreement with the plan's efforts to open international trade offices and generate additional revenue by processing commodities locally.

Enabling Small Business and Reducing Regulatory Burdens

Premier Moe emphasized the role of small businesses in driving economic growth, stating that "small business is big business" in Saskatchewan. The growth plan aims to create an environment that encourages entrepreneurship and supports the growth of small businesses. Moe highlighted the need to reduce regulatory burdens and streamline processes to make it easier for individuals to start and expand businesses in the province. The government will appoint a business advisory panel to inform the province's red-tape reduction committee and actively address industry concerns.

With its comprehensive growth plan, Saskatchewan is poised to embark on a transformative journey towards a prosperous future. By leveraging its strengths, fostering economic diversity, and embracing new opportunities, the province is set to achieve its ambitious goals and solidify its position as a dynamic and thriving region.

Premier Scott Moe announced the provincial government's growth plan for 2020 - 2030 on November 14, 2019. Premier Scott Moe announced the provincial government's growth plan for 2020 - 2030 on November 14, 2019.

Former prime minister Stephen Harper has been hired to help Sask. expand its exports in Asia. Former prime minister Stephen Harper has been hired to help Sask. expand its exports in Asia.

Opposition Leader Ryan Meili spoke to reporters after Premier Scott Moe announced his 10-year Provincial Growth Plan. Opposition Leader Ryan Meili spoke to reporters after Premier Scott Moe announced his 10-year Provincial Growth Plan.

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