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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 10, 2013

SASKJOBS.CA A POPULAR DESTINATION FOR JOB SEEKERS

 

The saskjobs.ca website continues to be the place where people go to look for jobs in Saskatchewan.  In August 2013, visits to saskjobs.ca increased by 64,215 – or 6.75 per cent – compared to the same period a year earlier.

“Jobseekers throughout Canada and around the world consistently turn to saskjobs.ca when looking for employment in our province,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said.  “With many opportunities available in Saskatchewan due to our strong economy, the website is a valuable resource that allows people to find job openings suited to their skills.”

Among the provinces, the most website traffic comes from Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia.  The United States and the Philippines are the top source of international website visits.

In August 2013 there were plenty of opportunities available, as 17,097 job vacancies were advertised on saskjobs.ca.  Three categories experienced year-over-year increases – art, culture, recreation and sport (25.4 per cent); trades, transport and equipment operators (5.8 per cent); and health (0.35 per cent).

Job postings were placed in 337 communities, with the majority located in Regina, Saskatoon, Estevan, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw.  More than 57 per cent of the jobs posted on saskjobs.ca in August were for full-time employment.

“Saskjobs.ca has something to offer anyone looking for a job in the province,” Boyd said.  “New positions are posted nearly every day in virtually every category and industry across the province.”

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For more information, contact:

Deb Young Economy Regina Phone: 306-787-4765 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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