Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

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Canada and Saskatchewan signed the bilateral agreement for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) in October 2018. More than $896 million of federal ICIP funding available for all types of eligible Saskatchewan projects is divided into four investment streams:

  • Public Transit Infrastructure Stream – $307.9 million
    Funds will help build:
    • new urban transit networks and service extensions; and
    • upgrade existing systems to improve the way that citizens live, move and work.
  • Green Infrastructure Stream – $416.3 million
    Funds will help:
    • support greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions;
    • enable greater adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change and climate-related disaster mitigation;
    • ensure that more communities can provide clean air and safe drinking water for their citizens; and
    • decrease the release of pollutants into the environment.
  • Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream – $56.2 million
    Funds will help:
    • build stronger communities; and
    • improve social inclusion.
  • Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream – $115.9 million
    Funds will support projects that improve the quality of life in rural and northern communities by responding to rural- and northern-specific needs.

How to Apply:
Saskatchewan is implementing the following two-stage process to: 1) gather information about the current infrastructure demand in our province and further develop program criteria; and 2) to plan and prepare for a full, more detailed application intake.

EOIs accepted from Friday, March 15, 2019 until 4:30 p.m. CST on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

The EOI requests information about your project’s priority, planning and outcomes. Although this is a short timeline, applicants that have active asset management plans should be well-positioned to provide the required basic information in the simplified form.

Submit an EOI for all projects that you consider a priority and that you would be prepared to start in the next five years (2019-2024). There is no limit on the number of EOIs that you can submit. However, you must submit a separate EOI for each project and you will be asked to prioritize your project submissions. Participation in the EOI is strongly recommended and will be a consideration in the rating and assessment of full, more detailed ICIP applications (see Stage 2).

Please note: the EOI is NOT an application for funding. However, based on the EOI information received, some projects may be identified to complete a detailed application for immediate funding consideration.

View more information on how to apply here!

One Book, One Province Project

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Courtesy of Saskatchewan Libraries Association:

Now in its third year, One Book, One Province Saskatchewan is a province-wide reading initiative that encourages Saskatchewan residents to read, discuss, and engage in programs around a selected title and, by doing so, create community.

The essence of the project is to encourage Saskatchewan people to read the same book during the month of March, 2019. The Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) is pleased to announce that the 2019 One Book, One Province Saskatchewan selection is Just Pretending, a short story collection by Lisa Bird-Wilson.

We would like to invite you, as a cultural organization in this province, to partner with us. Participation could include: forming a book club or discussion group, mounting a display, creating responsive artwork, or any project that invites discussion about the book. While SLA cannot provide funding to assist with your project, we will acknowledge your organization on our website using your logo and promote your project through our communication channels, including social media and a monthly newsletter that reaches over 1500 people and organizations.

Just Pretending reveals the stories of many characters on a common quest. They are trying to answer the question "Who do we think we are?" and explore their own identity in unique ways:

  • A nitanis (daughter) invents the mother she never knew.
  • A fourteen-year-old girl struggles to come to terms with her feelings of abandonment.
  • A young man struggles with his Mooshum's imprisonment in a damaged body and what it means for his own Métis identity.
  • A department store clerk falls for a homeless man who woos her with Heart of Darkness.

Timely and thought-provoking, we are certain that Just Pretending will provide food for thought and that Saskatchewan residents will reflect on their own identity and that of those around them.

About the Author
Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Saskatchewan Cree-Métis and nêhiyaw writer whose work appears in literary magazines and anthologies across Canada. Her collection of short stories, Just Pretending (Coteau Books), was a finalist for the national Danuta Gleed Literary Award and won four Saskatchewan Book Awards, including 2014 Book of the Year. Bird-Wilson's debut poetry collection, The Red Files (Nightwood Editions 2016), is inspired by family and archival sources and reflects on the legacy of the residential school system and the fragmentation of families and histories. Bird-Wilson is currently working on a new book of fiction.

For more information, please contact:

Anne Pennylegion by phone at (306) 780-9409 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SPRA’s Arena Indoor Air Quality

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SPRA has put together some important information about arena indoor air quality. The purpose of this document is to provide a quick reference on the subject of indoor air quality, explains two toxic gases, provides instruction on how to monitor your facility and outlines best practices you can implement at your facility. Even though arenas is the primary facility, this notice can apply to any indoor space – like a curling rink, community hall, etc.

Read SPRA's Arena Indoor Air Quality reference sheet here.

If you have any questions please contact Tim Hanna, SPRA Facilities and Training Consultant at 306-780-9324 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Renewed Lottery Agreement

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On January 30th, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky announced a renewed lottery agreement, which guarantees that sport, culture and recreation organizations will continue to receive and benefit from Saskatchewan Lotteries proceeds over the next five years. This morning, the Government of Saskatchewan, Sask Sport, SaskCulture and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association signed the agreement.

"Saskatchewan Lotteries is a successful fundraiser for community sport, culture and recreation," said Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky.  “The Saskatchewan Lotteries provides opportunities to more than 600,000 participants in many communities across our province.  These far-reaching benefits would not be possible without our partners, Sask Sport, SaskCulture and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association, and of course thousands of volunteers.”

Proceeds from Saskatchewan Lotteries support over 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups in the province, reaching 1,000 Saskatchewan communities and over 600,000 registered participants each year.

Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund Community Grant Program

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The Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program Application packages were mailed to communities in December 2018. Applications for the grant period April 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021 are due February 28, 2019. For inquiries, please contact Lisa Hodnefield at 306.780.9344 or toll free at 1.888.780.9344

To help keep track of your reciepts for the upcoming follow up report you are encouraged to attach a copy of this quick reference sheet to the folder all your SLTF Community Grant Program records are in.

For more information, please contact:

Rivers West District Staff
St. Walburg Office - Bonnie Mills Midgley Phone: 306-248-3518 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rosetown Office - Janae Dawson Phone: 306-882-3030 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Lisa Hodnefield
Trust Coordinator, Sask Sport Inc.
Phone: (306) 780-9344   Fax: (306) 781-6021
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program is a partnership among Sask Sport Inc., SaskCulture Inc. and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Inc. and assists in the development of sport, culture and recreation programs by providing funds to non-profit community organizations operated by volunteers.

The goal of this program is to get people involved in sport, culture and recreation activities by enabling communities to address the needs of local residents. If the community grant is more than $2,000, a portion of the total grant must be used for programs aimed at increasing participation for under-represented populations such as indigenous people, seniors, women, the economically disadvantaged, persons with a disability, and single-parent families. The under-represented requirement can be met by including these populations in regular programs and/or by creating special programs to meet their needs.