Funding for Noxious Weed Control
Res #: 11-04A
Responses Received: No
Resolution No. 11-04A
WHEREAS, responsibility for control of noxious weeds is required of rural municipalities through Provincial statute; and
WHEREAS, the resources required to address these requirements can be substantial;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that SARM lobby the Provincial Government to establish a program to provide funding assistance to municipalities in addressing the control of noxious weeds as required by The Noxious Weeds Act.
Response from Honourable Mark Wartman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Revitalization:
Municipalities, as with other landowners or occupants, are obligated under The Noxious Weeds Act, 1984, to control noxious weeds. The cost of controlling noxious weeds is borne by the landowner or occupant, whether private or municipal. Saskatchewan Agriculture, Food and Rural Revitalization contributes directly to noxious weed control through both the Agricultural Fieldworker Policy and the Noxious Weeds Program. We want to work with SARM and other stakeholders to ensure we control noxious weeds. This will have to be done within the limited fiscal capacity of the province and balanced with other priorities.