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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 - November 15, 2013


The Government of Saskatchewan and the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) have partnered to proclaim November 16 to 24, as Saskatchewan Multicultural Week.  The week will kick off Saturday, November 16 at Government House in Regina, with the second annual MCoS Multicultural Honours: A Celebration in Honour of Multicultural Contributions.  The event, hosted by Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield, will recognize volunteers who have worked to support multiculturalism.

“As Saskatchewan’s population continues to grow, immigration from across Canada and from more than 175 countries around the globe is making us an increasingly multicultural province,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty said.  “This increasing diversity contributes to maintaining a strong economy, helping strengthen our communities and ultimately enhancing our quality of life.”

This year’s theme From Many Peoples Strength: Multiculturalism Enriches Saskatchewan, is based on the provincial motto Multis E Gentibus Vires which means From Many Peoples Strength.  To read about the many ways multiculturalism has enriched the cultural, economic, social and political life of Saskatchewan, visit

This year’s MCoS informational resource: Ways to Welcome Saskatchewan Multicultural Week, highlights multicultural values and how Saskatchewan people can adopt these values and put them into practice.  It has also been distributed to Saskatchewan schools to help them celebrate Saskatchewan Multicultural Week.

"MCoS is proud to celebrate Saskatchewan Multicultural Week,” MCoS Executive Director Rhonda Rosenberg said.  “The Multiculturalism Act confirms the value of cultural diversity to the province from the various First Nations cultures, to the Métis, to generations of settlers, to refugees and immigrants.  MCoS reaffirms that it is important to nurture both traditions within cultures and relationships between communities.  MCoS encourages everyone to practice the ideas of The Multiculturalism Act, the multicultural values outlined in our Ways to Welcome publication, and to recognize that Saskatchewan's motto: From Many Peoples Strength –means that multiculturalism helps enrich the province.”

Saskatchewan Multicultural Week is celebrated every year in November to recognize the diversity of Saskatchewan's growing population, encourage respect for the vast multicultural heritage in Saskatchewan, foster a climate of harmonious relations among people with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and encourage the continuation of a multicultural society in Saskatchewan.  This week also commemorates Saskatchewan being the first province to introduce multicultural legislation in 1974.

The cities of Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw and Yorkton have also recognized multiculturalism within their communities.


For more information, contact:

Chelsea Coupal
Parks, Culture and Sport
Phone: 306-787-5781
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cell: 306-527-8152

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