On May 11, the Government of Saskatchewan, Sask Sport, SaskCulture and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association signed a renewed lottery distribution agreement. The agreement outlines the Sask Lotteries partnership and sets the lottery licence fee at 3.75 per cent for the next six years. This fee, along with strong lottery ticket sales, will help ensure stable funding for sport, culture and recreation groups and activities throughout Saskatchewan.
“Lottery funding ultimately touches every person in our province, whether it’s getting active in sports and recreational activities, experiencing the creative arts, or participating in cultural events that celebrate our diversity,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Laura Ross said. “These programs are made possible through our partners and a vast network of community volunteers, who deliver experiences that help make Saskatchewan the best places to live, work and raise a family.” Approximately $60 million went to support to sport, culture and recreation groups this past year.
According to Jan Seibel, Chair, SaskCulture, “Lottery funding is so important to ensuring that cultural activity adds to the quality of life of individuals and families in this province. From attending a musical to learning a traditional dance, or joining a writing group, or perhaps, exploring a museum, many people look forward to accessing cultural programs, events and services as a regular part of their lives. As a whole, these types of activities help shape the Saskatchewan experience. We are very pleased with the renewal of this agreement, and government’s commitment to helping ensure that an even greater diversity of peoples can engage in cultural and creative pursuits that contribute to a culturally vibrant province.”
Funding from Sask Lotteries benefits over 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups throughout the province. The fundraiser has been in place since 1974. For the complete news release, visit https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2023/may/11/renewed-lottery-agreement-benefits-saskatchewan-communities