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Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST)

February 10, 2012
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Notes for an address by

The Honourable Lynne Yelich
Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

Funding Announcement

Corresponding Document: News Release

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Thank you, Dave. Honoured guests, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for joining me today for this important announcement. It is a pleasure to be here this afternoon, on behalf of our Government.

I would also like to acknowledge today’s other participants; Jamie Hilts, Dean of Technology at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, and our host today, Dave Neuburger, President of the Saskatchewan Mining Association.

Our Government top priority remains the economy and job creation. We will stick with our low-tax plan for jobs and growth, laying the foundation for long-term growth by helping a new generation gain the critical skills they will need to thrive in the workforce.

Our prosperity depends on making sure that all Canadians have the skills and opportunities to contribute, to innovate and to succeed. And our Government will provide assistance for workers who want to learn new skills and seize opportunities.

That is why I am happy to announce that the Government of Canada is investing $500,000 towards the purchase of specialized training equipment for the new Mining Engineering Technology program at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology.

Mr. Hilts will speak more to the program, but it is my understanding that this new equipment will help prepare students to handle the unique challenges found in Saskatchewan mines. Once learned, these skills can be immediately transferred to careers with local mining companies-- such as those present here today-- helping to fill labour shortages and foster Saskatchewan’s economic growth. The training made possible with this specialized equipment will support the long-term development of the mining industry in the province.

Our Government has also provided support to the mining sector in Saskatchewan through other investments. In 2009 and 2010, we invested in the Saskatchewan Research Council’s Advanced Microanalysis Centre™, giving Saskatchewan mining companies and other industry sectors access to a full range of analytical services and data interpretation right here in Saskatchewan. And In 2009, we supported the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology in building an educational training facility for large trades-- establishing the Saskatoon Trades and Skills Centre here in Saskatoon at Mount Royal Collegiate.

The resource sector will continue to be a major source of prosperity, bringing jobs and economic development to communities across Canada. Our Government remains committed to the exploration and mining sector, a mainstay of our national economy. And we will continue to support mineral exploration as it promotes economic growth, especially in rural and remote communities.

Our Government is committed to making Canada one of the best places in the world to invest. We have among the lowest tax rates for new investments in the G-7. Our financial sector is the strongest in the world. We've put Canada at or near the top in just about every category — no wonder Forbes magazine recently named Canada the best place in the world to do business.

Our government will continue working with the West to help support our communities in remaining strong, healthy and resilient for generations to come. And I am confident that investments such as these will help ensure the West remains strong, because a stronger West means a stronger Canada.

Thank you.