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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 – November 13, 2013

Traffic Safety Takes Priority
One fatality is too many.  With the knowledge 184 people lost their lives on our roads and highways last year, it was clear that we needed to take action.  The safety of all Saskatchewan people is paramount and that is why our government is immediately moving forward with more than half of the recommendations included in a report from the special committee on Traffic Safety.

Our plan includes tougher penalties for drinking and driving, expanded photo radar for speed control, and increasing awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.  Highlights include zero drug and alcohol tolerance for all drivers under the age of 19 as well as all drivers in the Graduated Driver’s Licencing (GDL) program and Motorcycle GDL program; immediate 60-day roadside licence suspension and three-day vehicle impoundment with any Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) under .08 for drivers under 19 years of age, and all drivers in any GDL program; immediate licence suspension up to court disposition and a 30-day roadside vehicle impoundment for a first offence for all drivers with a BAC of .08 to .15, or those who refuse a test and introducing mandatory ignition interlock for high BAC offenders.

We are also implementing a two-year photo radar pilot project at high-risk locations and in school zones, increasing financial penalties for drivers caught going more than 35 km/h over the speed limit; and making booster seats mandatory for children under the age of seven, and less than 145 cm (4’9”) in height and 36 kg (80 lbs) in weight.  Ultimately, our goal is to reduce deaths and injuries that occur on Saskatchewan roads and it is our hope that these initiatives will have an immediate impact on driving behaviour so that we all benefit from improved traffic safety throughout our province.

Seniors Care Pilot Projects Underway
Saskatchewan seniors should have the appropriate care, at the right time and be able to live independently in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.  It is with this in mind that our government has introduced Home First/Quick Response pilot projects in both Regina and Saskatoon.

The Home First model, which has been tested and implemented with great success in other jurisdictions, enhances Home Care’s response to crisis an intensive short-term service needs, encourages early discharge from acute care to community options, prevents unnecessary admissions to emergency departments and engages additional service providers in the system to support seniors in their homes.

After an extensive review and consultations, we have brought the best of all programs together to create a truly unique, made in Saskatchewan approach.  This will not only save the system money, but will allow people to live with independence and dignity in their own environment.  A third Home First/Quick Response pilot will be launched in Prince Albert in the coming months.

Saskatchewan Now Requires Mandatory Asbestos Reporting
With the health and safety of Saskatchewan people in mind, our government is pleased to have recently proclaimed The Public Health (Howard’s Law) Amendment Act which makes the web-based Saskatchewan Asbestos Registry mandatory for crown corporations, school districts, health region facilities and provincial government buildings.  In
addition, there is a voluntary registry encouraging building owners to post information about asbestos containing material. 

This registry would not have been possible without the passionate advocacy of the late Howard Willems.  Diagnosed with cancer as a result of inhaling asbestos fibres, Mr. Willems passed away just over a year ago.  His legacy will now live on through this mandatory registry which will work to improve the health, safety and well-being of Saskatchewan workers and their families.

Publications addressing the safe removal and handling of asbestos are available at

Job Growth Continues, Unemployment Lowest In Nation
Considering one of the best ways to measure economic success is a person’s ability to find work, the latest labour force data for Saskatchewan is very encouraging.  Overall, across the province, employment is up nearly 3 per cent over last year with employment among Aboriginals up nearly 10 per cent.  Our unemployment rate is 3.6 per cent and our youth unemployment rate is 6.3 per cent – both are the lowest in Canada.  Not only are there are record number of people working (556,500), there are regularly more than 13,000 available job postings at  Having the strongest job market in Canada will certainly help attract more skilled workers but our government understands there is more work to do to meet the demands of a growing province.  This includes our commitment to creating 1,000 new training seats this year.

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