Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty announced a renewed lottery agreement, which guarantees that sport, culture and recreation organizations will continue to receive and benefit from Saskatchewan Lotteries proceeds over the next five years.
The agreement will be renewed until March 31, 2019.
“Sport, culture and recreation are some of the most powerful tools this province has in enhancing the quality of life of our children and families,” Doherty said. “We have a strong system and great partners that ensure the lottery proceeds benefit our children through healthy activities that teach them lifelong social and leadership skills. That’s why it was essential for us to renew the lottery agreement to benefit the families and future leaders of our growing province.”
Saskatchewan lottery proceeds benefit more than 12,000 volunteer-run groups that deliver services to communities across the province. More than 500,000 registered members, both individuals and organizations, are represented by Sask Sport, SaskCulture and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.
The proceeds are administered through the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund by Sask Sport, SaskCulture and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.
“We strongly support a five-year agreement,” Sask Sport President Shane Reoch said. “It allows us to plan and invest in multi-year programs and events. A long-term agreement is also crucial for organizations that are bidding to host national and international tournaments. We thank the Government of Saskatchewan for renewing this agreement.”
In 2009, the lottery license fee was lowered to 3.75 per cent, which when combined with increased sales, improved efficiencies and the hard work of dedicated volunteers, resulted in more than $8 million more being directed to the sport, culture and recreation sectors. This lower license fee will remain in place until 2019.
For the year ending March 31, 2013, more than $53 million from the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund was distributed to sport, culture and recreation organizations in the province.