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  • Housing Transition Will Help More People in Need

    Released on January 22, 2015

    More people in need will have access to housing due to a decision to transition the Affordable Housing Program into the Social Housing Program in Saskatchewan’s largest centers.
    “It is our intent to ensure that Saskatchewan people with the greatest housing need, such as persons with disabilities and families with low-incomes, have better access to safe, quality housing,” Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Donna Harpauer said.  “At the same time, we also need to ensure that our government housing remains truly affordable for those who live in it, and that is why this transition is so important.”

    “It makes sense to have one housing program that makes it easier and more affordable for households in need,” Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Board Chair Keith Hanson said.  “This transition will result in significant reductions in monthly rents for hundreds of Saskatchewan seniors, families and individuals and will convert 2,700 housing units for people who need them the most.”

    Beginning March 1, 2015, anyone who applies for government-owned rental housing in urban centres will only be eligible for the Social Housing Rental Program, where rent is based on 30 per cent of income.
    Existing Affordable Housing tenants will have the opportunity to transition to the Social Housing Program.  Many existing tenants should benefit from a rent decrease immediately, based on their income.  Tenants who remain in the Affordable Housing Program will pay a lower market rent, but these rents will increase over time.

    “This transition will reduce, or have no change, on the rent of almost 1,300 low-income households, putting more money in their pocket and ensuring that more vulnerable people have access to social housing,” Harpauer said.

    For further details on the transition and the communities where the Affordable Housing Program is transitioning, please contact the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation toll-free at 1-800-667-7567.
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    For more information, contact:
    Leya Moore Social Services Regina Phone: 306-787-3610 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MLA Report

MLA REPORT  March 12, 2015 Highway 7 Twinning Coming Soon The twinning of one of Saskatchewan’s most important highways is getting a boost with a major funding commitment from the federal government.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Brad Wall have announced that the Government of Canada will fund half the eligible costs to twin 25 km of Highway 7 from Saskatoon to Delisle, to a maximum of $32 million. Highway 7 is an important route that connects our largest city to growing communities like Delisle, Rosetown and Kindersley, as well as to export markets.  Traffic on this part of Highway 7 has increased by 50 per cent in the last decade and twinning will address the safety and congestion concerns that have resulted from our remarkable economic and population growth.

This project is an example of our government’s commitment to ensuring growth improves everyone’s quality of life.Other major highway projects that improve safety include:

  • Recently completed twinning of Highway 11 from Saskatoon to Prince Albert and passing lanes on Highway 10 between Balgonie and Fort Qu’Appelle;

  • Ongoing work on twinning Highway 16 from Saskatoon to Clavet, passing lanes on Highway 7 between Delisle and Rosetown; and

  • Planning for the future twinning of Highway 6 and 39 from Regina to the US border.

 

Twinning Highway 7 is expected to begin this spring with grading work between Saskatoon to an area east of Vanscoy.  Additional work will be scheduled as planning work is completed.  Work on the entire 25 km could be completed as soon as fall of 2018. Saskatchewan’s Economy is Strong, Diversified and Growing When an economy is strong and diversified, a downturn in one sector can be offset by growth in others.  According to a new RBC Provincial Outlook, that’s exactly what we can expect in Saskatchewan.  Economists are forecasting “real economic growth to accelerate despite lower oil prices" in 2015 thanks to "strength in non-energy sectors" – mainly potash and agriculture. On Monday, March 9, The Mosaic Company announced an additional $1.7 billion investment into further developing its K3 potash mine project at Esterhazy.  We thank The Mosaic Company for its vision and continued commitment to Saskatchewan. This latest investment a vote of confidence in Saskatchewan’s future.  It speaks to the importance of competitive royalties and of balancing the interests of the owners of the resource – the people of the province – with our plan to also have an attractive investment climate. Strong Economy Building Better Long-Term Care Residents of Radville and area recently celebrated the grand opening of the Radville Marian Health Centre, a new long-term care facility in the community.  It is our government’s priority to ensure long-term care residents have a safe and comfortable place to live.  This modern facility will create a better work environment for health providers to provide patient-centred care. Our government is pleased to support this type of key infrastructure renewal.  In fact, we have made it a priority to invest approximately $200 million toward the replacement of 13 long-term care facilities across the province.   To date, eight of the 13 projects have been completed, four are currently under construction and the final project is in the planning phase. 20 New Doctors Now Practisingin Saskatchewan Twenty new doctors are practising in Saskatchewan, thanks to the most recent results of the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program.  SIPPA is a made-in-Saskatchewan program that assesses International Medical Grads on their medical education and clinical ability before allowing them to practise medicine in the province. Since the program began in 2011, more than 160 new family physicians have completed the assessment and have fulfilled or are fulfilling their service commitment to the province.  Sixteen other International Medical Grads are currently completing their clinical field assessments.  If successful, these physicians will begin practising across the province this spring. People across Saskatchewan are benefiting from better access to doctors.  In addition to attracting International Medical Grads, Saskatchewan has been successful in keeping more locally-trained family medicine graduates in the province.  The retention rate of those trained at the U of S has jumped by 17 per cent over the past two years – from 58 per cent to 75 per cent.