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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.

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“Saskatchewan is experiencing remarkable growth across the province, and some of it is right in the classroom,” Wall said.  “We need to meet the challenges of growth and have adequate infrastructure in place.  This approach will put our students first, provide them with the best learning environments, and do so much quicker than government could build schools the conventional way.”

Joint-use schools between Catholic and public school divisions offer options for shared programming opportunities for students, and shared maintenance costs between the divisions.

“Saskatoon Public Schools has seen unprecedented growth in the last few years,” Saskatoon Public School Division Board Chair Ray Morrison said.  “With new neighbourhoods being built, we need to ensure we can provide the right facilities to support learning for our students.  On behalf of our board, I want to extend my sincere thanks to the provincial government for responding to the needs of our students and families.  By providing vibrant learning spaces for our students, we are fostering their potential and building stronger communities.”

“Our division has been growing on average the size of an elementary school each year for the past four years,” Regina Catholic School Division Board of Education Chair Vicky Bonnell said.  “While this growth is welcome, it does strain our facilities.  It is wonderful to see the provincial government actively addressing these pressures and the new schools announced today will go a long way in helping our division accommodate the city’s growth.  While we are very appreciative of today’s announcement, we remain committed to advocating for the capital funding needs of our existing schools.”

The 2013 budget committed nearly $120 million to maintain existing schools, and responded to the need for additional space as a result of the increased enrolments throughout the province.  The Ministry of Education has consulted with impacted school divisions to ensure they are aware of the highest infrastructure priorities concerning growth.  These new schools are in response to the extraordinary growth pressures in newer areas and subdivisions.

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Leya Moore Education Regina Phone: 306-787-1069 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell: 306-533-7506


 

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MORE STUDENTS ENROLLED IN SASKATCHEWAN SCHOOLS

The number of students enrolled in Saskatchewan schools this year is 170,582, up 1.27 per cent from last year with an increase of 2,140 students overall.

“The growth our province is experiencing is exciting and is also resulting in more students enrolling in Saskatchewan schools,” Education Minister Don Morgan said.  “It’s creating new opportunities for us as we look for ways to meet the very real demands in our high growth communities for spaces to accommodate this growing number of students.”

This year’s enrolments follow similar trends as compared to recent years, with some school divisions experiencing growth and others managing a declining student population.  Of the 28 school divisions in the province, 17 school divisions saw increases in student enrollments, one stayed the same and ten have reported decreases. 

“In the last provincial budget, we announced changes to how we fund school divisions to ensure that the funding they receive is responsive to increasing numbers of students,” Morgan said.  “Operating funding for our schools now reflects the needs of a growing population, and the feedback we have received so far has been positive.”  

Kindergarten to Grade 12 provincial student enrolment is captured every year on September 30.  These provincial enrolment figures are a head count of actively enrolled students with base enrolment status in Saskatchewan school divisions.  It also includes students who are over the age of 22, home-based, home-bound and non-Saskatchewan residents attending Saskatchewan schools.

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Leya Moore Education Regina Phone: 306-787-1069 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell: 306-533-7506


 

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New passing lanes are now open to traffic on Highway 10.  Passing lanes increase the traffic capacity of a highway and improve safety by providing additional opportunities to pass.

“This project is an example of our government investing in infrastructure that meets the increased demands of a growing population,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said.

Four sets of passing lanes were built for a total length of 16 km.  In addition, about 30 km was repaved.  The total cost of the project is about $16 million.  While the passing lanes are open to traffic, motorists are advised that some work remains, particularly on the shoulders and sideslopes.  Drivers should watch for workers and construction signs and slow to 60 km/h in the work zones.  The final layer of asphalt will be put down during the 2014 construction season.

“The Qu’Appelle Valley and Echo Lake Provincial Park are among Saskatchewan’s top tourism attractions,” Fort Qu’Appelle Mayor Ron Osika said.  “The new passing lanes will make travel on Highway 10 safer, especially during the busy summer months when campers and travellers are prevalent on the road.”

“There are school buses coming to our town, our fire department frequently uses Highway 10 to respond to calls, and more and more people are working in Regina,” Balgonie Mayor Frank Thauberger said.  “This will be a great safety improvement for everyone.”

When using passing lanes, drivers should stay in the right lane except when they are passing other vehicles.  Yellow signs alert drivers 300 metres before the end of the passing lane and traffic should begin to merge back into the left hand lane at that point.  Motorists are reminded to watch for traffic changing lanes and to be courteous as the passing lane ends.

The new passing lanes are part of a record $3.7 billion the government has invested in transportation infrastructure since 2008.

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For more information, contact:

Doug Wakabayashi Highways and Infrastructure Regina Phone: 306-787-4804 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.