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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 28, 2013

GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES LEGISLATION IN SUPPORT OF TRAFFIC SAFETY ACTION PLAN

The government is fulfilling its commitment to address fatalities on Saskatchewan roads by introducing legislation focusing on traffic safety improvements.  Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance Donna Harpauer introduced the amendments to The Traffic Safety Act today in the Legislative Assembly.

These amendments will strengthen penalties for impaired driving, enable a photo radar pilot project at high-risk locations and in school zones around the province, and make booster seats mandatory for children under the age of seven who fall within the prescribed height and weight guidelines.

Most significant are changes to address the high rate of impaired driving in the province, including longer suspensions, vehicle impoundments and mandatory ignition interlock requirements.

“Drinking and driving is a lethal combination, one that causes far too many deaths in our province,” Harpauer said.  “With the new laws being put into place, Saskatchewan will have one of the toughest packages of impaired driving legislation in Canada.”

In addition to the changes made in support of the government’s Traffic Safety Action Plan, amendments are also being introduced to strengthen harmonization under the New West Partnership Agreement and align safety monitoring practices for commercial carriers with other jurisdictions.  These changes include moving authority for commercial carrier safety monitoring from the Highway Traffic Board to Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI).  Legislative changes will also allow SGI to publicly release commercial carrier safety information, similar to other Canadian jurisdictions.

The legislation is anticipated to be passed in the 2014 spring legislative sitting.

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For more information, contact:

Kelley Brinkworth
Saskatchewan Government Insurance
Regina
Phone: 306-751-1837
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cell: 306-535-6207

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