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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 21, 2013

GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK

The Government of Saskatchewan joins more than 100 jurisdictions around the world to celebrate International Education Week (IEW) from November 18-22.

The purpose of International Education Week is to showcase the significant contribution that international education makes to our students, our educational institutions and Canada.  This year’s theme is “Celebrating Canada’s Engagement with the World.”

“International education provides a valuable opportunity for Saskatchewan students to connect with other parts of the world,” Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris said.  “It encourages students to study abroad, and welcomes international students who bring global perspectives into our classrooms and communities.”

As part of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth, the government has identified a number of goals focused around international education, which include:

  • increasing the number of international students in Saskatchewan by 50 per cent by 2020;
  • encouraging the study of international languages in Saskatchewan business schools; and
  • establishing a Saskatchewan International Future Scholarship providing students with the opportunity to study business at an international institution and gain valuable business experience.

“Our government understands the importance of international education as it helps our students develop new skills and global networks, fostering the continued growth of our province,” Norris said.

Currently, there are almost 4,000 international post-secondary students from more than 90 countries studying in Saskatchewan and more than 900 Saskatchewan university students studying across various countries.

To learn more about International Education Week, please visit www.iew-sei.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Marieka Andrew
Advanced Education
Regina
Phone: 306-798-3170

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