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Ministry of Highways

– The Ministry of Highways joined our Indigenous HR Strategy in April 2023 –

They are a Premium Investor with Tokata HR Solutions.  We are proud to work with The Ministry of Highways to help build their Indigenous workforce!

The Ministry of Highways Company Overview:

The Ministry of Highways builds, maintains, and regulates the province’s transportation system. They employ approximately 1,200 employees in 99 Saskatchewan communities and offer a variety of careers in all corners of the province. There are many employment opportunities requiring a wide variety of education and skills.

The Ministry of Highways’ mission is to provide a safe, reliable  transportation system that supports Saskatchewan’s economic growth and quality of life. Their core values are practiced by all Government of Saskatchewan employees and guide them in their work:

  • Show respect and integrity
  • Serve citizens
  • Practice excellence and innovation
  • Act as one team

The Ministry of Highways prides themselves on being an inclusive workplace where employees are able, and encouraged, to participate and contribute their own perspectives. They want everyone to feel safe, supported and welcomed.

What The Ministry of Highways has to offer:

  • Pension, health, and dental benefits
  • Seniority building toward a vast array of career opportunities across government.
  • Earned Days Off (EDOs)
  • Permanent Full-Time/Part-Time, Non-Permanent and Seasonal positions
  • Positive workplace culture and work-life balance
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Reliable, steady work
  • Leadership and mentorship programs
  • Learning and development opportunities


How The Ministry of Highways supports the Indigenous community:

The Ministry of Highways is committed to their role in reconciliation, and recognizes that as an employer, their role must go beyond words and involve the Truth & Reconciliations Commission’s Calls to Actions. Below are some of the actions The Ministry has taken in the past, and programs that exist today.   They continue looking for ways to grow in our understanding and play a bigger part in Indigenous economic growth and the journey award reconciliation.

  • With the support of First Nations, Tribal Councils, or other Indigenous funding partners, The Ministry runs an Indigenous Apprenticeship Program (IAP). Since 2003, 31 participants have graduated with their Heavy Duty Mechanic, Parts Person, or Welder journeyperson card, and beginning rewarding careers both within and outside of the ministry.
  • Since 2006 The Ministry has hired 290 Indigenous employees to work on Roving Crews throughout the province. This initiative helps provide skills required to be successful within the heavy construction industry both within and outside the ministry.
  • The Ministry continues to work with Indigenous organizations to fulfill contract work. One of the organizations is SAGE Roadway Signs and they help supply approximately 50% of the signs provincially. This has increased Indigenous participation and generated more competition in the industry.
  • The Ministry participates in the Indigenous Priorities Working Group (IPWG) within the Government of Saskatchewan.


Current and past Indigenous initiatives and larger Indigenous events The Ministry of Highways has participated in:

  • All staff must complete Indigenous Awareness training, helping our team better understand Canada’s history and move towards reconciliation.
  • The Ministry takes Land Acknowledgements to heart and encourages staff to make them their own, drawing on their own connections with the land and their culture.
  • The Ministry of Highways worked with Government Relations and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner to install the first Treaty Boundary signs in Canada, which mark the boundary between Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 along Highway 11.
  • The Ministry of Highways has been a long-time participant with the Equity Diversity Inclusion Network (EDIN), helping plan and participating in events such as those held on National Indigenous Peoples Day and Orange Shirt Day.
  • The Ministry of Highways encourages staff to attend other events such as Miyo-wiciwitowin Day, the Solstice Matriarch Gathering and speaking panels relating to culture, sport, and the future of the Indigenous economy.
  • Internally, The Ministry of Highways has a program called Building Bridges which are presentations on various topics geared at making the workplace more inclusive. Past presentations have included Aaron Tootoosis speaking about treaties and The Indian Act, and Bevann Fox speaking about residential schools.

Frequent positions we hire for:

The Ministry hires seasonal and year-round positions, which can be permanent full-time, permanent part-time, or term.

The seasonal hiring happens in early spring with layoffs in the fall. These positions are typically in The Ministry of Highways operations division and work on roadways.

Seasonal positions (eligible for employment insurance during layoff) include:

  • Equipment operators
  • Ferry operators
  • Pavement marking equipment operators.
  • Sign truck operators
  • Labourers
  • Hotline clerks

Year-round positions include:

  • Equipment operators
  • Journeyperson (heavy duty mechanic; welder; parts person)
  • Safety (field trainers and field practitioners)
  • Environmental specialists
  • Roadside development technician and technologists
  • Project technician
  • Project managers (engineers in various areas – operations; design delivery; hydraulic design; bridges; environment and more)
  • Engineers (traffic; quality assurance; aggregate)
  • Preservation planner and preservation analysts
  • Management
  • Administration
  • Land advisors
  • Land and property specialists
  • Claims support.
  • Customer service
  • Planning and budgeting
  • Analysts (policy, data, financial)
  • Other positions


For More information about employment opportunities at the Ministry of Highways check out:    Working with Highways | Jobs, Working and Training | Government of Saskatchewan


Mind Blowing Facts about The Ministry of Highways

Saskatchewan’s road network is the largest in Canada on a per capita basis. The network consists of 26,211 km of highways. The Ministry also operates and maintains 720 bridges, more than 62,000 culverts, 12 ferries, one barge and 17 northern airports.

To learn more details about The Ministry of Highways current projects, please review the Operational Plan and Annual Report on the Saskatchewan website.


How can you get involved with The Ministry of Highways?

 – You can get involved with The Ministry of Highways careers by working with the team at Tokata HR Solutions

As we partner with The Ministry of Highways, we are looking for great talent like YOU to recruit, train and coach for careers at The Ministry of Highways.

To be eligible for opportunities with The Ministry of Highways:

  • Create a candidate profile with Tokata HR Solutions by visiting www.tokata.ca
  • Visit our website for career opportunities with The Ministry of Highways  and other partner organizations we work with.
  • Attend our career events to enhance your resume, interview, networking and leadership skills!
  • Contact our team at info@fhqdev.com if you would like to book a FREE meet and greet session with one of our HR Consultants to help career plan for your future!

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Michelle Brooks
Indigenous HR Strategy Manager
Tokata HR Solutions – A Division of FHQ Developments