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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 - October 23, 2013


Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield will formally open the Third Session of the Twenty-Seventh Legislature with the Speech from the Throne on October 23, at 2 p.m. in the Assembly Chamber of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building.

Members of the public are invited to observe the outdoor ceremony which begins at 1:25 p.m. in front of the Legislative Building.  The ceremony includes the arrival of the Lieutenant Governor, Vice-Regal Salutes, inspection of a Guard of Honour, a 15 Gun Salute and a flypast from 15 Wing Moose Jaw.

The occasion also marks the start of a new tradition for the Government of Saskatchewan.  The Black Rod, the design of which was unveiled to the province by The Prince of Wales during a visit to Regina in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, will also see its first official use.

The Usher of the Black Rod will lead the official party into the Assembly Chamber, where the Lieutenant Governor will deliver the Throne Speech.

The tradition of the Black Rod dates back to 1348 and the founding of the Most Noble Order of the Garter by King Edward III.  It was the role of the Usher of the Black Rod to close and guard the doors once all the knights were assembled in the chapel.  Under King Henry VII, the functions of the Black Rod were refined and expanded to include parliamentary duties.

The formal opening of the Legislative Assembly has taken place at the onset of each legislative session since March 29, 1906, when representatives of the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary first gathered to hear Lieutenant Governor Amédee Forget acknowledge expressions of welcome into the Canadian federation from Ottawa and the other provincial legislatures.


For more information, contact:

Jay Teneycke Intergovernmental Affairs Regina Phone: 306-798-6095 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell: 306-529-8630

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