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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.
    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, September 18, 2013

It will soon be smooth sailing on Highway 22 between Southey and Earl Grey.  Our government recently announced that a 15 kilometre stretch will be getting a complete rebuild that will be wider, safer and better able to handle wet weather conditions.  After spending nearly $3 million to maintain this highway, it was decided that a full upgrade was the best solution for the safety of travellers.

Safe, reliable roads are key to our province’s growth and prosperity which is why we are investing in this and other highway infrastructure around the province.  This $14 million project is part of 75 kilometres of rural highway upgrades funded through this year’s $576 million Highways and Infrastructure budget.  Since 2008, our government has invested a record $3.7 billion in transportation infrastructure.

The safety of the men and women who are building and rebuilding our roads and highways is also a top priority for our government.  Now, when entering Saskatchewan, there are new signs warning of photo radar enforcement.  These signs clearly state that work zone speed limits are photo-enforced, that fines have tripled and that drivers who refuse to respect our workers and slow to 60 km/h will be photographed and ticketed.  The seven signs are posted at Highway 1 at both the Alberta and Manitoba borders, Highway 16 at the Alberta and Manitoba borders, Highway 7 at the Alberta border, and Highways 6 and 39 at the U.S. border.  Fines for speeding through construction zones start at $300.

Investing in highways is just one example of how our government is using the benefits of growth to improve the quality of life for all Saskatchewan people.   As our communities continue to grow, we have an obligation to protect our environment by finding effective ways to dispose of hazardous waste materials.  Starting in 2014, new regulations will increase the number of petroleum products that can be recycled to include antifreeze, antifreeze containers, diesel exhaust fluid containers and diesel fuel filters.  The size of containers for recycling also increases from 30 to 50 litres.  This expanded program helps to prevent the illegal dumping of hazardous materials and extends the life of our municipal landfills.  It also has the potential to divert over 3 million litres of antifreeze from traditional waste cycles.  Used oil, used oil filters and used plastic oil containers are already eligible for recycling.

Saskatchewan’s economy remains strong and manufacturing remains a driving force behind its success.  Our manufacturing sector continued to grow with sales of $1.3 billion in July (a record for the month), up 6.3 per cent over the same month last year.  Nationally, on a year-over-year basis, sales dropped 0.1 per cent.  We are proud of the innovative and successful businesses that are filling that market demand while at the same time creating jobs and opportunities throughout our province.  Our government will continue to take action to ensure our economy remains strong by balancing the challenges of growth with the needs of families.

Whether it’s manufacturing, trades or transport, art, culture or recreation, jobseekers across the country and around the world continue to browse for new opportunities.  New positions are posted nearly every day in virtually every category and industry across the province.  In August, visits increased by 64,215 when compared to the same period last year.  Job postings were placed in 337 communities with the majority located in Regina, Saskatoon, Estevan, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw.  More than 57 per cent of the 17,097 vacancies advertised were for full-time employment.

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