The Labour Relations of Saskatchewan’s Health Reform

  • Kurt Wetzel


This chapter describes and analyzes the labour relations of health reform in one province: Saskatchewan. Located in the heart of the Canadian Prairie, Saskatchewan covers 651,000 square kilometres and has a population of one million people. While two thirds of its people live in urban centres, the largest city has just over 200,000 residents. Agriculture, the service sectors and natural resources drive the province’s economy, although the resource riches are not as bountiful as those of its western neighbour, Alberta. Since 1991, the province has been governed by a social democratic government committed to the goals of maintaining a viable, affordable health care delivery system and respecting workers’ collective rights. However, fiscal constraints, both real and enduring, have made the government’s negotiating approach to labour relations difficult to sustain.


Collective Bargaining Health District Labour Relation Industrial Relation Health Reform 
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