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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 - November 5, 2013

MORE IMPROVEMENTS TO SASKATCHEWAN’S IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM

Minister responsible for Immigration Bill Boyd announced today that the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) will be undergoing improvements following consultations with a wide range of stakeholders this summer.

“Over the last several months, we have been reviewing the feedback we received during the consultation process and, based on this feedback, we will be introducing improvements to the SINP on January 2, 2014,” Boyd said.  “I am pleased with the outcome of the consultations, and I think the changes make the program more responsive to employers and nominees while at the same time more effectively supporting the needs of Saskatchewan’s labour market and communities.”

These program improvements will be applied to an expanded program in 2014 as the federal government announced last week that Saskatchewan’s nominee allocation will increase to 4,725 next year, up from 4,450 in 2013. 

To increase the program responsiveness and ensure that the program continues to have successful outcomes, the SINP will consolidate nine categories into three main categories with new eligibility requirements: the International Skilled Worker Category, the Saskatchewan Experience Category, and the Entrepreneur and Farm Category.  These changes also align with Canada’s focus on immigration that supports economic growth.  The federal government has indicated its desire for all provincial nominee programs to focus on economic requirements. 

The Family Referral Category will be combined with the Skilled Worker Category to create the new International Skilled Workers Category.  The International Skilled Worker Category will have a focus on attracting workers with high-skilled employment offers.  At the same time it will provide increased flexibility by accepting a number of applications from workers with skills in high demand without the requirement of pre-arranged employment.  Applicants with family connections in Saskatchewan can apply under this category, which will recognize the value of family support through the assignment of more eligibility points for family connections. 

As of January 2, 2014, the SINP will only accept applications electronically, which will result in program efficiencies. 

“Saskatchewan’s labour market has high demand for workers in a variety of occupations, and even with considerable investment in training and skills development for people in the province, we still rely on immigration to fill a number of high-skilled positions,” Boyd said.  “The improvements to the SINP will more effectively support the attraction and retention of skilled workers from around the world as part of our provincial commitment to ensuring that we secure the skills needed in our economy.”

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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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