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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 18, 2013

SASKATCHEWAN’S POPULATION KEEPS GROWING – NOW MORE THAN 1,114,000

Saskatchewan’s population continued to grow in the third quarter of 2013.

As of October 1, 2013, there were 1,114,170 people living in Saskatchewan – an increase of 5,867 in the previous three months and 19,797 over the past year.  The quarterly and annual growth rates in Saskatchewan were both the second-highest among the provinces, behind only Alberta.

Saskatchewan and Alberta were also the only two provinces to see positive net migration from other provinces in the past quarter.  Saskatchewan’s net interprovincial migration of 637 people came primarily from British Columbia (271), New Brunswick (105), Alberta (91) and Quebec (70).

The remainder of Saskatchewan’s population gain came from net international migration of 3,510 and a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 1,720.

Premier Brad Wall said Saskatchewan continues to be seen as one of the best places in Canada to live and to work.

“We are now in our seventh year of strong population growth – the most sustained period of growth in Saskatchewan in quite some time,” Wall said. 

Wall said he expects to see continued population and economic growth in 2014 even though provincial resource revenues will be down.

“Even though our economy is strong, we will face some budget challenges,” Wall said.  “It’s important to remember that the economy and the budget are two different things.

“In 2009, during the worldwide recession, Saskatchewan’s potash revenues collapsed but employment growth continued, we created jobs while most other places were losing jobs and our population grew by 17,000.  So I expect 2014 to be a good year for our economy and our province even as we face some revenue challenges.”

Wall said Saskatchewan remains on track to achieve his government’s growth plan goal of 1.2 million people by 2020.

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For more information, contact:

Kathy Young
Executive Council
Regina
Phone: 306-787-0425
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cell: 306-526-8927

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