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Welcome to the Ministry Of Education

The Ministry provides leadership and direction to the early learning and child care, Kindergarten through Grade 12 education, literacy, and library sectors.  The Ministry supports the sectors through funding, governance, and accountability, with a focus on improving student achievement.

The Ministry is committed to improving the learning success and well-being of all Saskatchewan children and youth, and the enhancement of literacy for all Saskatchewan people. 

Our Minister Don Morgan, Q.C.  

Telephone Number: (306) 787-0613
Room 361, Legislative Building, 2405 Legislative Drive, 
Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 0B3 

Our Deputy Minister Julie MacRae

Deputy Minister's Office
5th Floor, 2220 College Avenue
Regina, SK S4P 4V9
Telephone: (306) 787-2471
Fax: (306) 787-1300

The plan for 2016-17 reflects the Government's goals of sustaining growth and opportunities for Saskatchewan people, meeting the challenges of growth, securing a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan people and delivering responsive and responsible government. 

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The Communications Branch is responsible for the Ministry's strategic communications planning and implementation.  It provides professional advice to Ministry employees regarding the effective communications of programs and initiatives to key partners, other sector stakeholders and the public.  The branch provides the Minister's office with support for strategic opportunities such as speeches, news conferences and other media events working closely with Executive Council to ensure government-wide planning and co-ordination and to reflect government-wide priorities.  The branch oversees and manages the website, media relations, advertising, design, printing and public opinion research for the Ministry.

The branch leads corporate financial management activities for the Ministry.  This work includes strategic and operational budget development; oversight of in-year financial management processes; and accounting for Ministry expenditures.  The branch is the Ministry's primary liaison with Treasury Board branch; the Provincial Comptroller's office; and the Provincial Auditor's office.  The branch is also responsible for Enterprise Risk Management, Lean, Program Review and Agreement Management and Accommodation activities. 

The Early Years Branch provides leadership to the Early Years (0 – 8).   Responsibilities include managing community-based programs (KidsFirst, Early Childhood Intervention Programs, Child Nutrition and Development Program and Regional Intersectoral Committees), licensing, monitoring and supporting early learning and child care, managing the Prekindergarten program and supporting Kindergarten.  Through direct service, education, collaboration and engagement with stakeholders the branch supports high quality environments for children that promote social, emotional, physical and intellectual development so children enter school ready to be successful.

The Education Funding Branch provides responsible, accountable and equitable management of the PreK-12 financing system.  The Branch also provides information to the public and education stakeholders on school division finance, management and administration.

The Human Resource Service Team (HRST) is the Ministry's Human Resource service provider.  Operating in a shared services arrangement, the services, as outlined in the Client Service Agreement (CSA) between the Ministry and the Public Service Commission, include HR consulting and advisory services and supports that assist the Ministry in achieving its strategic goals, and support for recruiting, developing and retaining a representative workforce that has the knowledge, skills and abilities to effectively carry out the mandate of the Ministry.

The HRST also provides support for position classification, advice on organizational development and improvement, assistance with the development of the human resource plan and advice regarding human resource policies and matters relating to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The branch is responsible for ensuring the information and data collected by the Ministry supports the Ministry and sectors' strategic objectives and to manage the related information and technical infrastructure.

The Provincial Library develops the legislative and policy framework for the operations of the Saskatchewan public library system and the Multitype Library Board.  It administers grants, provides province-wide library policies, maintains an electronic library information network, including the Single Integrated Library System and coordinates resource sharing activities such as digitization projects, databases and multilingual services.

Literacy Office
The Literacy Office raises public awareness of the importance of literacy and works with communities to coordinate a provincial approach to basic literacy and essential skills development for learners of all ages.  Initiatives include the Saskatchewan Community Literacy Fund that provides support for community-based literacy projects and the development of Family Literacy hubs province-wide.  The Literacy Office also works across government to link literacy strategies in all ministries.

The Strategic Policy Branch advances the mandate of government and the ministry through leadership in strategic policy development, planning and reporting, legislation and related support, intergovernmental relations, sector accountability, and engagement.  The Branch leads the ministry’s policy and legislative agenda through research, analysis, advice and coordination.  It provides leadership and guidance to the ministry and its sectors on access and privacy matters.  The Branch develops, negotiates and coordinates ministry relationships with other ministries of government and other jurisdictions to achieve outcomes that advance ministry and government priorities.  The Branch develops and supports ministry planning and reporting functions and sector accountability processes to strengthen learner outcomes.

The Student Achievement and Supports Branch develops and supports the implementation of the provincial curriculum; provides evidence- and research-based instructional strategies and approaches related to learning environments, content and adaptations; and, develops and coordinates the provincial assessment program. The focus of the branch is to support improved student achievement in Saskatchewan’s Prekindergarten-Grade 12 education system. 

Three inter-related units comprise the Student Achievement and Supports Branch:

The Teachers' Superannuation Commission is responsible for the government's contribution towards teachers' pensions and benefits and administers the Teacher's Superannuation Plan and the Teachers' Disability Benefit Plan (for teacher hires prior to July 1980) in addition to the Teachers' Dental Plan and the Teachers' Group Life Insurance Plan.

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