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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.

News Release - July 19, 2013


The Government of Saskatchewan supports proposed reforms to the Criminal Code to address cyberbullying and non-consensual distribution of intimate images.

A report released today by the federal government on behalf of federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for justice and public safety contains several recommendations to combat cyberbullying.

“The issue of cyberbullying requires ongoing collaboration and we are committed to working with our counterparts across the country to support proposed criminal law reforms,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said.

The report cites several recommendations that include updating sections to the Criminal Code that would enhance the criminal law response to cyberbullying by ensuring its existing provisions apply to any form of electronic communication, and would create a new offence of non-consensual distribution of intimate images.  Today's report also recommends enhanced tools that will enable police and courts to deal with electronic technology.

In April, federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for justice directed officials to review potential criminal law reforms to address cyberbullying.  Today's report reflects how the provinces and territories are working in collaboration with the federal government.

“This is a complex issue that requires more than a criminal justice system response," Wyant said.  "That's why we are also focusing on other ways jurisdictions are responding to bullying and cyberbullying so we can ensure a more comprehensive response.”

In June, anti-bullying consultations were held in communities across Saskatchewan.  The experiences shared during the consultations will help in the development of an anti-bullying strategy for the Government of Saskatchewan.  Written submissions are being accepted until October 31, 2013 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Currently, Saskatchewan supports efforts to combat Internet based crime through efforts like the RCMP-operated Canadian Anti-fraud Centre and

The Province also provides funding to the Regina, Prince Albert and Saskatoon Police Services, in partnership with the RCMP for 11 dedicated officers to investigate cases of Internet child exploitation.


For more information, contact:

Linsay Rabyj Justice Regina Phone: 306-787-0775 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell: 306-540-4945

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