The Lake Diefenbaker Irrigation Projects are one of Canada’s most unique development opportunities and are the largest infrastructure project in the province’s history. This made-in-Saskatchewan project is expected to be a 10-year water management infrastructure initiative that will eventually double the amount of irrigable land in the province.
The project has been separated into three parts: Westside Expansion, Westside Rehabilitation and Qu’Appelle South Water Conveyance Project.
At this time, the government is focused on the Westside Rehabilitation and Expansion Projects with an eye on developing the Qu’Appelle South Water Conveyance Project in the future.
When completed, this project will reinforce Saskatchewan’s position as a leader in global food security while building on the original vision of expanded irrigation for Lake Diefenbaker.
One of the keys to the overall success of the projects is ensuring open and timely two-way communication with all stakeholders.
Public open houses to discuss the West-side Irrigation portions of the project will be held in Delisle and Outlook on July 28 and 29. These initial face-to-face meetings will create foundational relationships by sharing project information and developing a better understanding of local priorities. The come-and-go public open house events are from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
The project leadership team is looking to inform, educate and work collaboratively with local communities on the project to address local priorities raised during the open house sessions.
The project will have many benefits and positive impacts on the provincial economy through job creation and services provided. The project will be looked at as a catalyst to help Saskatchewan workers and companies recover from the effects of the global pandemic.
The irrigation projects are also considered building blocks for regional economic development in the province.
At a time when there is great uncertainly across the globe, Saskatchewan is adding certainty to the Saskatchewan economy and food security by investing in expanded irrigation.
Increased irrigation will also support the growth of diverse, high-value crops, which increases on-farm profitability, value-added processing opportunities, business attraction and employment.
Not only are the Lake Diefenbaker Irrigation Projects the largest infrastructure projects in Saskatchewan’s history, they’re a vital step forward to realizing the irrigation potential of Lake Diefenbaker.
Public Open Houses
Wednesday July 28
Delisle Community Centre
3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday July 29
Outlook Heritage Centre
3 p.m. to 8 p.m.