Transportation is critical in shaping Saskatchewan's economic health and quality of life for its citizens. In addition to providing mobility for people and goods, it also influences export patterns and economic activity by providing access to land and resources.
The Ministry has developed a strategic policy framework that outlines priority investment in transportation infrastructure to support government's goals for growth, security and prosperity. Strategic investments in transportation infrastructure are multimodal in nature, and impact public policy in relation to economic development, social equity, urban expansion, air and rail access for rural Saskatchewan, safety, the environment, resource extraction, and land use.
Transportation for Growth consists of the following strategic areas including:
The Gateway Corridors of the transportation strategy includes the 3,800 km of the National Highway System (NHS) roads that link Saskatchewan to regional, national and international economies and markets.
Urban Highway Connector Program
Saskatchewan's population and business activity is increasingly centered in cities and larger towns. These urban communities serve as key collection and interchange points where export bound products trucked along rural highways are linked to national and international transportation corridors.
Rural Highway Strategy
The Ministry has developed the Rural Highway Strategy (RHS) in the context of re aligning the rural highway system to respond to the current and future development of the province's economic sectors. Significant gaps exist in providing our economic sectors with competitive connections to national and international markets. For more information on this strategy contact Andrew Liu at 306-787-4121.
Northern Transportation Strategy
The Ministry is committed to developing partnerships with First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples and recognizes the importance of the northern economy to the overall prosperity of the province. The Northern Transportation Strategy is intended to connect the northern economy and citizens to the provincial economic and social development opportunities available in the global marketplace. The Ministry's role is to support northern communities and the growth of northern industry through investment in transportation infrastructure.
Regional Shortline Railways
Saskatchewan currently has more than 1,700 km of railways under provincial jurisdiction. Shortline railways generally provide a link between remote delivery points. These include connecting small town grain elevators or northern mills with mainline rail carriers such as Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways, which move the products to port or other final destinations.
Saskatchewan is home to 148 airports/aerodromes. These airports/aerodromes support economic and social development for Saskatchewan communities and regions.
Five Year Capital Plan
Our province is experiencing unprecedented growth. The demand for Saskatchewan's commodities has never been higher and our province's future looks very exciting. While this is all good news, our economy is based on our ability to get our products to market quickly and efficiently.
Stewardship of the System
The Ministry like most other Canadian jurisdictions faces major challenges with aging and expanding transportation infrastructure. The transportation network that exists today is misaligned and under funded in order to meet the demands required by public and industry expectations.