Market Supplement Program

Market Supplement Program

The SAHO Provincial Market Supplement Program is designed to address specific pay- related skill shortages by use of a market supplement to attract and/or retain qualified employees where workplace initiatives have been unsuccessful in addressing recruitment and retention challenges.

In 2002, SAHO signed Market Supplement Program Letters of Understanding with the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS) and with the provider unions in  2003 including the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU-West), the Saskatchewan Government and the General Employees Union (SGEU). Letters of Understanding were later signed with SGEU (Saskatchewan Cancer Agency), and the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). These Letters of Understanding define the terms and conditions of the Market Supplement Program, which are similar for all unions.  

All market supplement review requests are analyzed by the SAHO Provincial Market Supplement Review Committee (MSRC) taking into consideration the following labour market review criteria:   Service delivery impacts

  • Turnover rates
  • Vacancy rate analysis
  • Recruitment/retention issues analysis
  • Salary and market conditions  

A market supplement will be implemented only when it is necessary to enhance the ability of participating Saskatchewan employers  to retain and/or recruit employees with the required skills to deliver appropriate health services.