Government of Saskatchewan Presents Spending Plans for 2020-21
On March 18, 2020 the Government of Saskatchewan had planned to release its 2020-21 Budget. Given the emergence of COVID-19 in the province, the government instead presented estimates for 2020-21. Estimates present the government’s spending plans for the upcoming year, but do not include projections on revenue.
Total education expense is estimated at $2.6 billion, representing an increase of $86 million (3.5 percent), compared to 2019-20. This includes:
- $76.9 million (4.0 percent) increase in total K-12 education spending.
- School operating expense increase by $42.1 million due to higher student enrolment and inflation.
- $6.3 million increase for teachers’ pension and benefits.
- $1.4 million (1.5 percent) increase in early education.
- $1.94 billion to 27 school divisions for operating funding.
- $11.8 million in operating grants for qualified independent schools.
- $130.4 million for capital investments.
The government stated these estimates include funding for collective bargaining.
The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation is currently focused on working with our educational partners to manage the response to COVID-19 and provide information to members as plans are put in place. STF Executive Director Randy Schmaltz is serving on the education sector Response Planning team, along with representatives from the Saskatchewan School Boards Association; the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents; the Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials; and the Ministry of Education.