Main Street Saskatchewan
While the Government of Saskatchewan recognizes the importance of our province’s irreplaceable heritage, and appreciates the efforts of all participating MSSP communities and our partner organizations in working to preserve local heritage and to regenerate their historic community downtowns, it must also manage the economic downturn and budget deficit by making strategic reductions in government expenses. Reluctantly, the decision was made to suspend funding to the Main Street Saskatchewan Program until further notice, commencing April 1st, 2017. This was one of many decisions made by government to control spending so as to ensure the province’s fiscal health and to sustain high quality public services in the long term.
It is important to note that the program has not been cancelled. The agreements with communities will remain in place and the Ministry will continue to support current participating communities with technical support as its resources allow.
As a result of this suspension, there will be no intake of new communities or grant applications for the 2017-18 fiscal year. In addition, our delivery of usual community supports, such as the annual resource team visit and review, the annual conference and other training and advising services, will be suspended or significantly reduced. Funding for the program will be reexamined for the 2018-19 fiscal year.
The decision to suspend funding commencing in 2017-18 does not impact past funding awards, including those just awarded in the recent grant adjudication. Local organizations and property owners will receive these funds and should continue to work with SaskCulture and the Ministry to complete the requirements for the grants they have received.