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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 - October 22, 2013

GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN ANNOUNCES NINE NEW JOINT-USE SCHOOLS

Today, Premier Brad Wall joined Education Minister Don Morgan, students, teachers and school division administrators at Dundonald School in Saskatoon to announce that the Government of Saskatchewan will build nine new joint-use schools.  These schools will be located in communities experiencing unprecedented growth including: Saskatoon, Regina, Warman and Martensville.

The government will construct these schools through a Public Private Partnership (P3).  This model will enable the province to build more schools in less time than our typical funding and procurement approach would allow.  The government will undergo due diligence to determine the best approach for moving forward and the school divisions will be very involved in this process.

“Saskatchewan is experiencing remarkable growth across the province, and some of it is right in the classroom,” Wall said.  “We need to meet the challenges of growth and have adequate infrastructure in place.  This approach will put our students first, provide them with the best learning environments, and do so much quicker than government could build schools the conventional way.”

Joint-use schools between Catholic and public school divisions offer options for shared programming opportunities for students, and shared maintenance costs between the divisions.

“Saskatoon Public Schools has seen unprecedented growth in the last few years,” Saskatoon Public School Division Board Chair Ray Morrison said.  “With new neighbourhoods being built, we need to ensure we can provide the right facilities to support learning for our students.  On behalf of our board, I want to extend my sincere thanks to the provincial government for responding to the needs of our students and families.  By providing vibrant learning spaces for our students, we are fostering their potential and building stronger communities.”

“Our division has been growing on average the size of an elementary school each year for the past four years,” Regina Catholic School Division Board of Education Chair Vicky Bonnell said.  “While this growth is welcome, it does strain our facilities.  It is wonderful to see the provincial government actively addressing these pressures and the new schools announced today will go a long way in helping our division accommodate the city’s growth.  While we are very appreciative of today’s announcement, we remain committed to advocating for the capital funding needs of our existing schools.”

The 2013 budget committed nearly $120 million to maintain existing schools, and responded to the need for additional space as a result of the increased enrolments throughout the province.  The Ministry of Education has consulted with impacted school divisions to ensure they are aware of the highest infrastructure priorities concerning growth.  These new schools are in response to the extraordinary growth pressures in newer areas and subdivisions.

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For more information, contact:

Leya Moore Education Regina Phone: 306-787-1069 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell: 306-533-7506

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