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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 – September 25th, 2013

We are a government who keeps our promises.  Six years ago, Saskatchewan was facing some of the longest surgical wait times in Canada.   We promised to do something about that – and we have.   The latest report from the Saskatchewan Surgical Care Initiative shows that today 8 out of 10 patients are receiving surgery within three months of referral from a surgeon.  Due to improvements in the planning and delivery of surgical care, we are on track to meeting our goal that no one waits longer than three months by the spring of 2014.   While there’s still more to do, we are taking action to improve the quality of life for you and your family.   Timely access to surgeries is another way we’re doing that.

 

A great resource on the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative, can be found at www.sasksurgery.ca.   This website features the Specialist Directory and information on surgical wait times, allowing patients and primary care providers to compare options for surgical care.

 

Saskatchewan’s health care needs are unique throughout the province which is why we are looking for innovative solutions to meet the needs of residents.  To that end, our province’s first Collaborative Emergency Centre (CEC) has recently opened in Maidstone.  With improved stability and access to services, the CEC is now providing extended hours of primary health care and 24/7 emergency care.  During the day, the CEC will see urgent care provided by a Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse with support from a local primary care physician.  At night, an RN and Primary Care Paramedic will lead assessment, minor treatment and urgent care, in consultation with a STARS physician.

 

The Ministry of Health intends to take this collaborative model of care to other Saskatchewan communities in the near future.  Working closely with health regions, care providers and communities to determine other potential CEC sites, similar facilities will open in the coming months. One of the benefits of a strong, growing economy is the growing list of employment opportunities our province has to offer.  Saskatchewan’s economic strength is reflective of recent data from Statistics Canada that shows Employment Insurance beneficiaries dropped by 3.6 per cent in July.  Year-over-year there were 10,160 beneficiaries receiving regular EI benefits in the province in July 2013, a decrease of 7.1 per cent from July 2012.  Since January, Saskatchewan has had the lowest unemployment rate of all provinces.

 

Another benefit of a growing province is the ability to invest in recreational facilities throughout the province.  After a successful launch, the Community Rink Affordability Grant will once again provide communities, schools, non-profits and First Nations who register with a $2,500 grant to improve indoor ice surfaces, used for small capital improvements or to help offset operating costs.

 

In 2012, $1.7 million were provided to 387 communities to improve 554 facilities. The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association will administer the grant, for more details please visit www.spra.sk.ca/crag.

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