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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 – October 16th, 2013

Giving Thanks For A Good Crop Many used the recent Thanksgiving holiday as a time to gather and reflect on the many things for which we are thankful.  In this province, there is plenty and a bountiful harvest is one such example.  Despite a late spring and lots of moisture, the majority of Saskatchewan farmers are now finished in the field and, in most cases, are reporting a great growing season.  Statistics Canada has estimated this year’s crop is one of the biggest ever while producers suggest the 2013 crop exceeded expectations with average to above-average yields.  Accounting for over one-third of the province’s total exports, agriculture continues to be an integral part of our economy that works not only to feed us, but others around the world.

Full-Time Jobs Hit New Heights In September Saskatchewan’s economy is diversifying, and is a national leader in growth, attracting newcomers and investment.  Statistics Canada recently released further data supporting that.  Over the past year, more than 80 per cent of the new jobs created in Saskatchewan were full-time positions and, in total, there were a record 555,500 people working in September.  At 4.3 per cent, Saskatchewan also managed to maintain the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for the ninth consecutive month.  With more jobs, more people and more economic activity, working people in Saskatchewan now have more stability, security and a better quality of life than ever before.

Investing In Trades & Technology Growth - and the new revenue it generates - gives our government the ability to meet the challenges that come with it.  One such area is trades and technology.  As our economy grows, so too does the need for skilled workers.  To that end, our government recently announced $10 million in support of the new Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton.  This institution will not only increase the number of graduates in many highly-skilled areas that are in demand but will also make it possible for Yorkton-area students to learn closer to home.  Our government is also matching a $150,000 scholarship donation by the Yorkton Tribal Council to help provide local First Nations youth with scholarship dollars over the next five years.  One of our priorities is to help find new opportunities and to remove barriers to our Aboriginal young people so they can receive post-secondary training and education.

Fall Sitting Starting Soon After catching up with constituents and attending many exciting events around the province, your Saskatchewan Party MLAs are about to return to the provincial legislature for the Fall Sitting of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly.  Overall, in terms of priorities, we’re hearing that you’re pleased with the direction the province is taking but also that there is more work to be done as it relates to highways and seniors care.  Through consultation, we have also heard that we need to maintain economic strength and the growth of our province in order to invest in the services that you need and deserve.  Keeping with Saskatchewan’s Plan for Growth, your input has helped us to chart our government’s course for the upcoming legislative session and beyond.  Together, we can use the benefits of growth to improve the quality of life for everyone in our province.

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