Province spends $200 million public safety contingency fund

FInance Minister Donna Harpauer speaks in Prince Albert on April 1, 2019. (Peter Lozinski/Daily Herald)

The provincial government has spent all of its $200 million health and public safety contingency fund.

Saskatchewan had already directed $40 million to the education sector. 

On Monday, they announced how they would be spending the remaining $160 million.

The fund was put in place to help protect Saskatchewan people and businesses through the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The newly-announced spending includes:

$75.6 million for Saskatchewan Health Authority COVID pressures, 

$20 million for the Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment Program 

$17 million for tourism supports, 

 $14.2 million for Municipal Grants for Growth, 

$12.3 million for Public Safety response, 

$9.9 million for Custody Services, 

$5.5 million for the Chief Electoral Officer, $3.2 million for Court Service enhancements,

 $1.8 million for Sask Poly dental lab renovations and 

$500,000 for Conexus Arts Centre support.