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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 – December 18, 2013


Provincial Population Higher Than Ever Before
Saskatchewan is the place to be  – just ask the 5,867 new residents who decided to move to the province in July, August and September.  Our provincial population has grown by 19,797 over the last year, reaching a record 1,114, 170.  Among the provinces, only Alberta had higher population growth.

More and more people see Saskatchewan as one of the best places in Canada to live, work and play.  These people are international immigrants as well as those relocating from places like British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Alberta and Quebec.  There are also a lot of babies born in Saskatchewan.

Continued population and economic growth is expected in 2014.  Meanwhile, our government remains on track to meet our growth plan goal of 1.2 million people by 2020.

Come See Saskatchewan.ca

It is now easier than ever before to find the information you need.  If you’re looking to relocate, change careers, learn about government programs, services or simply find something fun to do, you can get it all on the new Government of Saskatchewan website – Saskatchewan.ca.

This user-friendly website, which is compatible with tablets and smartphones, is designed to improve access to information and services.  Using the headings “Live,” “Work,” “Play” and “Government,” this website is organized by Saskatchewan people’s interests rather than by government ministries.  This change also reflects what Saskatchewan has to offer visitors, potential investors and future residents.

Analytics are also used to track and promote frequently visited pages like the Highway Hotline, SaskJobs.ca and where to find day care so the most sought after information can be highlighted and kept current.  Over the coming year, government will continue to transition content and services from gov.sk.ca to Saskatchewan.ca.  Both will operate until the transition is complete.



Powerful Voices For Change

The health and well-being of Saskatchewan people is vital.  With an estimated one in five experiencing a mental health or addictions problem, our government understands it has a role to improve the services currently offered.  We are currently seeking feedback to form a Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan.  So far, over 2,600 responses have been submitted at www.health.gov.sk.ca/powerful-voice.

Using a confidential questionnaire, we’re encouraging Saskatchewan people to share stories, experiences and suggestions for improving mental health or addiction services within the province.  These submissions – which take about 15 minutes to complete – will be accepted until December 31st.

 These results, as well as results from other consultations including focus groups, in-person interviews and other meetings, will help inform development of an Action Plan for Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship
Nearly 13,000 Saskatchewan students have now taken advantage of a Saskatchewan-made scholarship.  Through
the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship, current Grade 12 graduates who enroll at a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution are provided with a scholarship of up to $500 per year to a lifetime maximum of $2,000.  Students even have up to 10 years to use the benefit.

To support our province’s growth, we need to ensure that more of our students are entering post-secondary education, completing their training and connecting to jobs in the Saskatchewan economy.  The Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship helps make post-secondary education more affordable and accessible for students.  Since the scholarship was first put into place in 2012, the province has provided more than $6.4 million to help thousands of students pursue post-secondary education.

 Since 2008, our government has invested $4.6 billion in our post-secondary institutions and students.  This includes the Graduate Retention Program which provides up to a $20,000 refundable and non-refundable tax credit for graduates who live in Saskatchewan.

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