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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

MLA Report– Dec. 11, 2013

Our government is focused on growth, its benefits and how it can create a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan people.  Growth creates many new opportunities but also many new challenges.  Managing growth and meeting these challenges was the focus of our latest legislative session in Regina.

As of July 1st there were 1,108,303 people living in our province – population growth of more than 100,000 people in just six years.  In that same time, our government has more than doubled investments in infrastructure projects like hospitals, schools and highways.  Still, despite those investments, there remains an important “to-do” list.  Using the benefits of growth, our government is committed to tackling the needs of a growing province.  To do so, we must to look for ways to ensure taxpayers’ dollars go further and that means exploring new and innovative approaches – such as public private partnerships (P3’s) – to build these kinds of projects.

 

As a government, we believe it is our role to facilitate growth, not lead it, and support the good work Saskatchewan people are doing to build a better province.  We all have a role to play to ensure Saskatchewan continues leading the nation in categories that include exports, economic growth and job creation.

 

Saskatchewan will set a new record for employment growth in 2013.  12,300 new jobs were created year-over-year (Nov. ‘12-Nov. ‘13) with thousands of new opportunities in areas like transportation and warehousing, scientific and technical services, manufacturing and agriculture.  This proves Saskatchewan’s economy is not only strong but diverse.  Even when there are job losses in one sector, they are more than offset by the new jobs in other areas.  Our province continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the country and a youth unemployment rate that is half the national average.

 

One challenge our province continues to face – highlighted by the more than 12,000 available jobs at SaskJobs.ca – is a shortage of skilled labour.  It is a priority of this government to ensure we are training people today to meet the labour requirement of tomorrow.  We have made progress in this area and intend to do more.  Specific recommendations for action are expected early in the New Year.

 

In terms of healthcare, there is always more to do but there is also progress to report.  In addition to innovative approaches and pilot programs to provide better quality care is the fact we are on track to meet the targets to provide better, safer surgery sooner than ever before, as outlined in the four-year Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative.

The fall legislative session included the introduction of our anti-bullying action plan, new measures to improve traffic safety, as well as additional training spaces, investments in infrastructure, affordable housing and more care and supports for Saskatchewan seniors.  These are all measures that work to improve safety and quality of life for all Saskatchewan people.  Other highlights included a new Lobbyists Act and amendments to The Saskatchewan Employment Act.

While a growing province presents many challenges, we far prefer them to the challenges of decline that our province was facing only a few years ago.  The current legislative session will resume March 3rd with the new provincial budget to be delivered later that month.