March 19, 2015
Saskatchewan Budget 2015 : "Keeping Saskatchewan Strong: Control spending rather than raising taxes."
On March 18, 2015, Finance Minister Ken Krawetz presented the 2015 Saskatchewan budget, and recognized that the drop in revenues linked to the drop in the price of oil will necessitate some difficult decisions be made. However, keeping consistent with prior years’ philosophy, the government prefers to control spending rather than raising taxes.
From a commodity tax perspective, the budget contains no new measures. However, the Minister pointed out that unlike the HST in harmonized provinces, the Saskatchewan provincial sales tax is family-friendly as it is not imposed on goods and services such as food, residential natural gas, residential electricity, and children’s clothing, and reading materials.