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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– Dec. 4, 2013

Strong Economy, Continuing Surplus
Most Saskatchewan families understand it isn’t wise to spend more money than they’re bringing in and the same is true in government.  Balanced budgets are a key part of our government’s Growth Plan and our province remains on track to balance its books in 2013-14 with small surpluses projected.

Our population is growing, our unemployment rate remains low and the province is still experiencing significant growth in both employment and earnings.  In fact, Saskatchewan’s economic growth is now forecast to increase to 3.6 per cent in 2013, mainly due to record crop production.

The growth our economy is experiencing brings many benefits – including the ability to
reduce government debt while still having the lowest provincial taxes for low and middle-income families.  This is important.  Eliminating deficits and paying down debt frees up money that would have gone to servicing the debt.  These funds can then be used to reinvest in things like schools, hospitals and highways which, in turn, will create a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan people.

Record Crop Exceeds Growth Plan Goal
Agriculture is the very root of our increasingly diversified economy and while our goals for crop production might be ambitious, they’re certainly achievable.  Saskatchewan producers proved that – well ahead of schedule.  Not only have they harvested the largest crop in our province’s history, they also managed to surpass the 2020 target set out in the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth.

The latest estimates from Statistics Canada indicate Saskatchewan’s 2013 crop is a record 38.4 million tonnes, exceeding the Growth Plan goal to increase crop production to 36.6 million tonnes by 2020.  The 2013 crop is 40 per cent above 2012 production levels and 48 per cent above the 10 year average.  These producers deserve credit for their hard work, dedication and innovation.

While there are many variables that go into producing a successful crop, with weather being one of the most important, the innovation of our producers and the research capacity in Saskatchewan will ensure that our province will continue to be a world leader in agriculture production.

Investing In A Healthy Future
Our government believes that everybody should have timely access to quality healthcare.  This can be challenging since healthcare needs are unique throughout the province, but we continue to explore innovative solutions.  One such example is the creation of Collaborative Emergency Centres (CECs).  Based on the successful Nova Scotia model, CECs are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing the right care at the right time by extending the hours of primary health care and 24/7 emergency care.

Many communities in rural Saskatchewan still face challenges in recruiting and retaining family physicians.  By utilizing a team-based approach, CECs offer predictable and sustainable emergency coverage in communities that may have previously experienced disruptions in hospital services.  The province’s latest CEC just recently opened in Shaunavon.  The hope is that it will result in improved recruitment and retention of physicians, nursing staff, EMS providers, and all others.

The province’s first CEC opened in Maidstone earlier this fall with plans to open additional CECs in the coming months.

E-Ticketing To Save Time, Tax Dollars

A new pilot project is speeding up the process of issuing traffic tickets.  By January, more than 90 RCMP cruisers will be outfitted with electronic ticketing technology designed to save both time and taxpayer money typically spent on issuing, printing and processing minor traffic offenses.

This technology uses in-car consoles and printers to quickly scan drivers’ licenses, digitally record fine information and print the ticket on the spot.  Information is then uploaded to the Ministry of Justice’s Fine Collections branch on a nightly basis.  Previously, officers wrote tickets by hand, manually recorded them after returning to their detachment and mailed copies to the Ministry of Justice to be processed.


The ministry will make the e-ticketing program available to municipal police agencies once the pilot project is completed.  Over the long-term, this type of technology allows police forces to spend less time on traffic fines and focus more on serious criminal offences.

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