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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 27th, 2013

Green Is The Colour!
Saskatchewan is a great place to be from but it’s an even better place to be.  This was never more evident than it was during the 101st Grey Cup Celebrations.  The whole province joined the party by wearing green and decorating their homes and offices for the occasion.  Rider Pride was on display just about everywhere.  Even the dome at the Saskatchewan Legislature was lit up green in a show of support.  The sense of pride that we as Saskatchewan people feel was only enhanced as our province hosted the CFL Championship and cheered the home team to an historic victory.  After the storybook win, it was truly a pleasure to welcome the team and its fans to the Saskatchewan Legislature for a celebratory rally.  To the players, coaches, fans and volunteers who made this all possible, thank you and congratulations.  The Saskatchewan Roughriders are 2013 Grey Cup Champions, the pride of the province and one of the many reasons this is the best place in Canada to live, work and raise a family.

Manufacturing Success
Agriculture might be the root but manufacturing is a key part of our diversifying economy. 
Providing stable, high-paying employment it drives investment in our communities and has the largest economic multiplier of any sector - $3.15 for every dollar in total output.  November 25-29th is Manufacturing Week, a time to recognize the jobs it provides for our people as well as the billions of dollars in exports that result.  Thanks to the ingenuity and quality of the products our manufacturers are building and exporting, the Saskatchewan brand is highly competitive and increasingly well-established in the global marketplace.  Employing 27,000 Saskatchewan people, manufacturing generated approximately $14.2 billion in shipments last year.

Lobbyist Legislation Moves Forward
Saskatchewan people should know who is lobbying the government and the creation of a new registry is going to disclose that information.  Our government recently introduced legislation to ensure paid lobbying activities are subject to appropriate accountability requirements.  At the same time, this legislation recognizes that lobbying public office holders is a legitimate democratic activity.  Under The Lobbyists Act, people who are paid to lobby elected officials on behalf of organizations or groups will be required to register their lobbying activities online.  Unpaid individuals, such as volunteers or members of the public pursuing personal interests with their MLAs are not required to register.  Individuals acting in their official capacity on behalf of certain organizations such as municipalities or other governments may be exempt from The Lobbyists Act.

Making SIAST A Polytechnic
Our government has introduced legislation that will strategically position The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) to get the profile and prestige it warrants.  This new legislation will give SIAST the authority to operate as a polytechnic institution. It means SIAST’s legally recognized name once the Act and regulations are proclaimed would be Saskatchewan Polytechnic.  Under the proposed legislation, the term polytechnic would be protected, the institution’s ability to fundraise for property would be clarified and Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s membership in Polytechnic Canada, including enhanced opportunities for applied research and the granting of degrees in accordance with The Degree Authorization Act, would be supported.  SIAST serves 26,000 students through campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon.

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