Saskatchewan maintains ‘stable outlook’ with AA credit rating from S&P Global

Standard and Poor's Global Ratings has affirmed Saskatchewan’s AA credit rating, maintaining its "stable outlook" for the province. Alexa Huffman / Global News

Saskatchewan earned an AA crediting from Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings, maintaining its “stable outlook.”

The province currently has a triple-A rating from Moody’s Investors Service and an AA rating from the Dominion Bond Rating Services (DBRS).

The combined valuations secure Saskatchewan’s credit rating as the second-highest in Canada, according to the province.

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“It is encouraging to see another strong rating confirmed,” Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said.

“In Saskatchewan we continue to follow a fiscal plan to balance, carefully controlling spending while continuing to invest into priority services, programs and infrastructure for the people of the province.”

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S&P Global stated in its report, “The Province of Saskatchewan’s policy response to the 2015 oil price collapse that included a balance of revenue and expenditure measures continues to positively affect the province’s budget performance.”

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“Our most recent labour force statistics show that we’ve had 11 consecutive months of job growth. There are more people working in our province than ever before,” Harpauer said.

“It’s a signal that our economy is strengthening and while there is more work to do, we’re making progress.”

S&P Global’s report also said, “Decreased reliance on more volatile resource revenues, high wealth levels, and healthy cash balances also help to anchor the ratings.”

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