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All post-secondary grads who take job in Sask. to get tuition fee rebate

Attention post-secondary school graduates across Canada and around the world: if you agree to grow your career in Saskatchewan, the government will give you back your tuition fees, up to $20,000.

Labour Minister Rob Norris announced Thursday in the Saskatchewan legislature that the money would be refunded over seven years.

"It's a great news story for the province. We've taken a very good program that related to student retention, and we've expanded it," Norris said outside the legislature.

It's the latest in a series of initiatives by the Saskatchewan government to attract badly need workers to the booming province.

Saskatchewan employers are hoping it works.

"We see this as a plus in our ability to attract post-graduate students into some of the positions that we're recruiting for," said Garry Meurns of Federated Co-operatives.

Pam Schwan of the Saskatchewan Mining Association said her group's members are encouraged by the program.

"We're going to have the expansions in our industry and a great need for additional labour support, particularly in areas such as the trades and in specialized occupations and professions," she said.

Last month, Premier Brad Wall led a delegation of business and industry officials to a job fair in Toronto to try to recruit workers to the province.

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