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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 - December 6, 2013

NEW JOB NUMBERS SHOW A STRONG AND DIVERSIFIED SASKATCHEWAN ECONOMY

 

 

Saskatchewan continues to enjoy strong job growth and the lowest unemployment rate in Canada as thousands of new jobs are being created in a number of different sectors.

The November Labour Force Report released today by Statistics Canada shows employment is up by 12,300 compared to November 2012 while Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate is just 4.1 per cent – the lowest in Canada for the eleventh consecutive month. 

Saskatchewan’s year-over-year employment growth of 2.3 per cent is second highest in Canada, behind only Alberta.  Manitoba and BC both lost jobs over the same period.

Economy Minister Bill Boyd said new jobs are being created in a number of different areas.

These include (year-over-year employment increases):

  • Transportation and warehousing: 6,800
  • Professional, scientific and technical services: 3,600
  • Manufacturing: 1,600
  • Agriculture: 1,400

“This shows Saskatchewan has a strong and diversified economy,” Boyd said.  “Even when there are job losses in one sector, they are more than offset by the new jobs that are being created in other areas.”

Other highlights of today’s report include:

  • The youth unemployment in the province – 6.1 per cent – is also the lowest among provinces and less than half the national rate (13.4 per cent).
  • Regina continues to have the lowest unemployment rate among major cities at 3.9 per cent and Saskatoon the third lowest at 4.2 per cent.
  • Aboriginal employment is up 2,800 in the past year while unemployment is down from 11.6 per cent to 10.7 per cent.

Boyd noted that as of this morning, there are still more than 12,000 positions to be filled listed on saskjobs.ca, including more than 4,000 in trades, transport and construction.

“One of the challenges of a growing province is that fact that we have a labour shortage in some areas,” Boyd said.  “Our government is working to identify those areas and create more training opportunities for those areas.”

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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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