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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.

June 5, 2013

MLA Report

Our government’s commitment to improving the quality of life is about more than lower taxes, improving highways and reducing surgical waiting lists (more on that later in this report).   While those are important, issues such as ensuring the safety of your children outside the home are equally so.  To that end, province-wide anti-bullying consultations, led by Saskatoon MLA Jennifer Campeau in her role as Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Education (Anti-bullying Initiative), are now underway.   Over the next couple of weeks, Jennifer will be meeting stakeholders and the public to gather input on addressing bullying in our schools and communities.  For more information, including how to provide input on-line, go to http://www.education.gov.sk.ca/Anti-Bullying/Consultations.  The ideas and experiences you share will be used to develop an anti-bullying strategy for the Government of Saskatchewan.

Reducing surgical wait times has also been a priority for our government.  For far too long, Saskatchewan had some of the longest surgical waiting lists in Canada, but under our government that is changing.   I am proud to report that in Year Three of the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative’s (SKSI) 90 percent of 82,047 surgeries were completed.    There is still more work to be done to meet our April 2014 target of no one waiting more than three months, but as of March 30, 2013 the number of people waiting more than six months for surgery was down 66 per cent from 2007.   And the number for people waiting more than 12 months was down 82 per cent.  With a $70.5 million commitment to the SKSI in this year’s “Balanced Growth” budget, health regions will be able to complete about 7,000 additional surgeries.  For more information, including links to current wait times and surgeon information, go to http://www.sasksurgery.ca/.

Enjoying Saskatchewan’s scenic beauty is one of the “quality of life” benefits that comes with calling the Land of Living Skies home.   Our government is playing a role there by continuing to invest in one of the cornerstones of the tourism industry: provincial parks.   This year, 287 campsites at Rowan’s Ravine north of Regina and the Battlefords Provincial Park will be electrified.   In addition, a boat launch in Meadow Lake Provincial Park will be upgraded. Since 2008, our government has invested almost $44 million to improve Saskatchewan’s provincial parks with a further supplementary commitment of $10 million over four years.

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