Saskatchewan's collection of provincial Crown corporations generated a total of $479 million in profit in 2012, according to the overall summary for the year.

The total includes profits from SaskPower, SaskTel, SaskEnergy and SGI.

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While all of the corporations are keeping a portion of their earnings, the province also took a dividend from each.

All together, the dividend for 2012 was $280 million which was paid into the province's general revenue fund.

The corporations also added considerable debt to their books, increasing their borrowing by nearly $1 billion.

The government says the borrowing is needed to support record investments in such things as power lines and customer hookups.

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With files from CBC's Stefani Langenegger