SLP & OT Programs at USask

Update on SLP & OT Programs Development

December 2023

We have been collaborating with the Saskatchewan government's Strategy, Planning & Sector Engagement Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education to develop a business case for new programs in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) and Occupational Therapy (OT). The business case was submitted in fall 2023 for consideration in the next budget cycle of the provincial government; a decision is expected in March 2024 when the provincial government announces its next budget. 

In the meantime, a space utilization study is underway at USask to help inform space needs for future growth of all health sciences programs. An interim report will be shared with the Ministry of Advanced Education in December 2023 and the full report will be completed in spring 2024. 

In anticipation of a positive response from the province, i.e. funding programs in SLP and OT, we are continuing with stakeholder engagement and program development planning.

 

We Welcome your Feedback!

Input from diverse community members will improve program design for the future potential SLP and OT programs. Successful implementation of these programs will require several approvals and dedicated funding. In the meantime, we currently have two channels to gather your input: a feedback portal and virtual coffee chats. These allow SLPs, OTs and anyone from the public with a vested interest to share their thoughts about why these programs are needed, how it can meet current and future needs, and any additional insights or concerns. We look forward to receiving your feedback and encourage you to share these opportunities with other interested parties.

SLP & OT Programs Development Feedback Portal

Please note that all contributions submitted through the portal will be read and shared amongst the team. We have had a high response rate so unfortunately, we are not able to respond to individual feedback. This information is critical to our planning and is used to facilitate stakeholder events. There is no limit to how many contributions may be made by a single person and all input is treated confidentially and shared anonymously. Thank you so much for taking part in the proposal development for new SLP and OT programs in Saskatchewan by contributing to this portal.

SLP OT Programs Development Coffee Chats

In November 2023, we held a series of virtual stakeholder meetings with many members of the SLP and OT communities to provide an update and brainstorm considerations for the programs. We appreciate the thoughtful contributions and support from everyone who attended. Based on the success of these sessions, our team is offering coffee chats for stakeholders to ask questions or provide input about the potential programs. Participants are welcome to come and go in a session as needed. See below for dates and links and please feel free to download and circulate the poster. Looking forward to our chats!