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Local Environment Ministry field office closing to the public permanently

The Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment is closing 19 field offices to the public, including offices in Moose Jaw and Assiniboia
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The W.G. Davies Building in Moose Jaw.

The Moose Jaw and Assiniboia field offices in the Ministry of the Environment will be closed to the public starting on May 14.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment announced that 19 of their field offices will no longer have counter service available to the public. Conservation officers will remain working out of those offices, but they will no longer be open to the public.

The closures will result in the loss of 16 part-time and three full-time staff positions. 

The Moose Jaw office is currently open four days a week for eight hours per day and is located in the W.G. Davies building.

Hunting and angling licences can be purchased through private vendors in Moose Jaw, but the nearest field office that will open to the public will be in Regina. 

Clients formerly served in these locations are encouraged to use electronic self-serve options such as the online Hunting, Angling and Trapping Licence (HAL) system.

According to the Ministry of the Environment, in 2018, there were more than 409,000 hunting and angling licenses sold in the province. The 19 impacted offices accounted for approximately two per cent of all provincial license sales.

The ministry expects the closures to save $600,000 per year thanks to the cuts.