Ottawa pledges money for cultural projects Saskatchewan says are at risk

The federal government says it has approved funding for Saskatchewan theatre and recreational projects that the province said were in jeopardy.

A letter posted to federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne’s Twitter account says funding for 13 of the province’s infrastructure projects have been approved.

Champagne says additional projects are expected to be approved and that formal announcements would follow.

The federal government’s response comes after the Saskatchewan government raised concerns about the time it was taking for Ottawa to approve a list of almost 30 projects submitted for infrastructure money.

Saskatchewan Deputy Premier Gord Wyant also signed a letter addressed to Regina-area Liberal MP Ralph Goodale saying a transfer was needed between the pots of money Ottawa had allocated to pay for specific projects.

The province accused Ottawa of being unresponsive, putting three cultural and recreational projects in Regina and Saskatoon at risk.

Wyant said in a statement Monday that his office is working to find out which 13 projects have been approved.

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