Saskatchewan

Population:

1,181,666 (1)

  Last Updated:  

August 1, 2020

Current majority government:

Premier: Scott Moe, Saskatchewan Party 


Number of Members of Legislative Assembly in SK: 61 

  • Saskatchewan party: 46 

  • NDP: 13 

  • Vacant: 2 


Find your Member of Legislative Assembly here: (2)

Environmental stance of majority party:

The Saskatchewan Party’s Climate Plan aims to reduce GHG emissions by 40% by 2030, use 50% renewable energy by 2030, including flexible compliance options for large emitters (such as oil, gas, and mining industries). The Premier, Scott Moe, hopes to achieve these targets without a federally or provincially administered carbon tax. (5)

Percentage of 2020/2021 budget estimated to be allocated to the environment:

Total budget: $14.5 billion 

Estimated 2020-2021 Budget Ministry of Environment: $109,836,000 

Percentage: 0.76% (13)

Main provincial-level legislation for environment protection:

The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Act: 

  • Proclaimed in 2018 to allow the government to monitor emission reduction target compliance. (6)


The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (MRGG) Regulations:

  • General and Electricity producer: SK hoped that these regulations put in place in 2018 for coal-fired electricity would be a step closer to an equivalency agreement with the Federal Government. (6) The equivalency agreement was established in 2020, where the regulations in MRGG were deemed equivalent to those in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (See CEPA). (7)

  • Reporting and General: The regulations require that any provincial facility that emits more than 10,000 tonnes of GHG per year report emissions to the government. (6).

  • Standards and Compliance: The regulations provide industry with parameters for the mandatory greenhouse gas reductions, such as performance standards and compliance options. (6)


The Oil and Gas Conservation Amendment Act:

  • Introduced in 2018 to facilitate emissions regulations in the oil and gas sector through preventing wasteful operations and regulating production of resources. (6)

Specific government-based environmental programs:

SaskPower: 

  • Saskatchewan’s principal electric utility has set a target to generate 50% of energy from renewable sources by 2030. (8)


The Ministry of Central Services coordinates Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), an environmental building certification program. The Ministry ensures that all new construction projects adhere to this program, including the use of LED lighting, energy-efficient windows, solar thermal technology for water heating, and co-generated electricity. 


The Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for overseeing and supporting progressive agriculture practices that aim to protect the environment. This includes facilitating improvements in zero-till farming, fertilizer use, maintaining permanent cover, addition of pulses into crop rotations, and improved livestock feeding practices. For more information about these practices, click here (8)

Next election date:

The Saskatchewan legislative election was scheduled for October 2020; however, the Premier has stated it may be sooner. (10)

Extra information:

The Government of Saskatchewen has taken a strong position against the federally implemented carbon price for two main reasons. Firstly, the provincial government has stated that this price will do more damage to the economy that is largely dependent on oil-and-gas production and resource extraction. Secondly, the provincial government has questioned the effectiveness of carbon taxing for reducing overall GHG emissions with the federal pricing plan (11). *This is just the opinion of the provincial government, see our page on the effectiveness of carbon pricing for information*

What makes this province different?

Around 40 industrial facilities in Saskatchewan account for 11% (approximately 8.5 million tonnes) of the province's total emissions. As part of the ‘Prairie Resilience’ strategy, it is expected that total emissions from these facilities will drop by 10% by 2030 (12). Saskatechwan accounts for approximately 10% of Canada’s total emissions, with majority of them coming from the oil and gas sector.

  Quick facts:  

The threat of raising temperatures is highest in the provinces near and including Saskatchewan. Increases in temperatures can lead to forest fires which both disrupt human and wildlife in the area. (14)


Climate change is expected to alter landscapes in Saskatchewan making them unconducive to regular agricultural practices. (15)


The temperature in the prairie pothole region, the area of the province containing majority of its natural water, is expected to increase by 1.8-4˚C. This increase is expected to result in increased flooding and extreme rainfall. (16)

Who We Are

Shake Up The Establishment is a youth-led, registered (#1190975-4) national non-partisan non-profit organization that operates within the geographical confines of what is currently known as "Canada", but what is referred to by its First Peoples, as Turtle Island. Indigenous peoples have inhabited Turtle Island for over 10,000 years, and were the sole inhabitants less than 500 years ago. We acknowledge that our address resides on Treaty 3 land, and is the traditional territory of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas Peoples. Turtle Island is still home to many Indigenous peoples and we at SUTE are thankful to be able to live, learn and work on this territory, whilst continuing to create meaningful change for the climate justice movement. We are aware that our actions as an organization and the work we put out have an impact on our land, and on all that inhabit it. We are humbled to be able to follow the lead of centuries long Indigenous-led efforts towards the protection and stewardship of this land and the people that inhabit it. We are committed to continually evaluating & decolonizing our practices, and we do our best to incorporate the lived experiences of the land defenders and protectors within our work. We also want to honour the voices of Black, and non-Black people of colour within our work, and continually recognize their resiliency in the face of years of systemic oppression as imposed by the Canadian state.

 

Our enterprise is inclusive of all folx who call the geographical confines of what is currently known as Canada, home, and we celebrate the horizontal learning that comes from our diverse identities. As an organization, we will try our utmost best to ensure that only individuals with lived experiences are speaking on behalf of their communities, while still recognizing that Black, Indigenous and communities of colour as well as the LGBTQ2S+ community, are not a monolith. We firmly believe in accountability, and commit to being as transparent as possible in our activism space; to research our topics well, support and centre community care, and minimize any harm, no matter the intent. We have strict policies and procedures to uphold these tenets, and update these on a yearly (or as-needed) basis.

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