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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.

News Release - September 5, 2013

CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD AUGUST 27 TO SEPTEMBER 2, 2013

Another week of warm temperatures has allowed Saskatchewan producers to continue harvesting.  Province-wide, 14 per cent of the 2013 crop has been combined, while 28 per cent has been swathed or is ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  The five-year average (2008-2012) for this time of year is 19 per cent combined and 27 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwestern region, where 30 per cent of the crop is combined.  Fifteen per cent is combined in the southeast; six per cent in the east-central region; 14 per cent in the west-central region; two per cent in the northeast, and four per cent in the northwest.  Warm weather over the past few weeks has helped speed crop development.

Across the province, 63 per cent of peas, 49 per cent of lentils, 66 per cent of winter wheat, five per cent of spring wheat and eight per cent of canola have been combined.  Fifty per cent of the canola has been swathed.  Of the crops that have been harvested, above-average yields are being reported for most areas.

Rain recorded in the province last week ranged from nil to 61 mm.

Grasshoppers and Bertha armyworms caused the majority of the reported crop damage.

Pasture conditions across the province are rated as three per cent excellent, 51 per cent good, 31 per cent fair, 13 per cent poor and two per cent very poor.  Ninety-eight per cent of livestock producers have indicated that they have adequate supplies of water for their livestock.

Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 60 per cent adequate, 33 per cent short and seven per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 51 per cent adequate, 41 per cent short and eight per cent very short.  Some areas in the western and central regions are very dry, which is affecting crop filling and pasture productivity.

Farmers are busy with desiccating, swathing and combining.

Follow the 2013 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKGovAg.

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For more information, contact:

Daphne Cruise Agriculture Moose Jaw Phone: 306-694-3587

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