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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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The number of people employed on a full-time basis hit a record in September, according to new figures released by Statistics Canada today.  Full-time employment was 465,100 last month, the highest ever for the month of September and up 11,800 from a year ago.  More than 80 per cent of the new jobs created in Saskatchewan in the past year were full-time jobs while across Canada, fewer than half of the new jobs created were full-time.

“More jobs, more people and more economic activity continue to make Saskatchewan the place to be,” Energy and Resources Minister Tim McMillan said.  “The increase in full-time jobs is impressive as it provides working people with more stability and security which leads to a better quality of life.”

There were 555,500 people working in the province in September, the highest ever for that month.  That’s an increase of 14,700 jobs compared to last September, a 2.7 per cent growth rate which is the second highest among the provinces.

Unemployment in Saskatchewan was 4.3 per cent in September 2013, tied with Alberta for the lowest in Canada, and well below the 6.9 per cent recorded nationally.  Saskatchewan has had the lowest unemployment rate among the provinces for nine consecutive months.

“Today’s report is full of good news as Saskatchewan maintains the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for the ninth straight month,” McMillan said.  “Our economy is one of the best in the country right now, and is attracting people and investment to the province.”

Other highlights include:

  • Regina’s unemployment rate was 3.0 per cent and Saskatoon’s was 4.4 per cent.  Regina had the lowest and Saskatoon the second-lowest rate among major Canadian cities.  Regina has had the lowest unemployment rate among major Canadian cities since August 2011.
  • Youth unemployment was 9.1 per cent, the second lowest among the provinces.
  • Regina’s employment was up by 9,000 or 7.1 per cent and Saskatoon was up by 11,900 or 7.7 per cent compared to last year.
  • Off-reserve Aboriginal employment was up by 4,800 (12.3 per cent) for eight consecutive months of year-over-year increases.  Aboriginal unemployment is down from 14.6 per cent to 12.0 per cent in the past year.

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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.


 

News Release - October 9, 2013

PROVINCE SUPPORTS HOUSING INNOVATION IN NORTH CENTRAL REGINA

With assistance from the Government of Saskatchewan, Slingshot Residential Inc. is constructing three homes for North Central Regina families using an innovative foundation system.

The Government of Saskatchewan, through Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), contributed $93,630 to the initiative from the provincial Summit Action Fund.

“We are pleased to work with Slingshot Residential Inc. and their partners to increase housing supply in Regina,” Regina Dewdney MLA Gene Makowsky said on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation June Draude.  “This project demonstrates creativity and innovation in housing, as well as the public and private partnerships required to make it a reality.  Most importantly, we are working together to build a better life for all Saskatchewan people, which is what the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth is all about.”

“We see an opportunity to use technology to lower construction costs while producing a higher quality home,” Slingshot Residential Project Manager Rob Sentis said.  “The Multipoint foundation system is a key part of our strategy.  Our goal is to facilitate community revitalization by building homes that provide dignity and stability for owners.”

The first residential Multipoint system was erected in two days at 961 Retallack Street.  Two more Multipoint systems are to be constructed at 1060 Cameron Street and 1523 Rae Street.  The Multipoint foundation system was first developed for use in Canada’s Arctic to address the degradation associated with concrete basements in permafrost conditions.  Slingshot Residential Inc. saw an opportunity to use the system locally because of existing soil conditions.  More information on the Multipoint foundation can be found at www.slingshotresidential.com.

Slingshot Residential was co-founded by Rob Sentis and Ken Watson, a long-term resident of North Central Regina.  Slingshot Residential involves owners in the construction process to increase affordability and is actively looking for new owners.

The Summit Action Fund is designed to increase housing supply across the province, and is funded by the Government of Saskatchewan through Saskatchewan Housing Corporation.  Announced in April 2011, a total of $6 million has been made available to encourage housing stakeholders to propose creative housing solutions that are not currently covered by existing housing programs.  For information about the Summit Action Fund, contact SHC at 306-787-4177, toll-free 1-800-667-7567 or visit our website www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/housing.

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Linda Saliken Social Services Regina Phone: 306-787-0246 


News Release - October 1, 2013

GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN CELEBRATES WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

“Mothers and Daughters Inspiring Change” is the theme of Women’s History Month in Saskatchewan this year.  Women’s History Month is recognized every October across Canada.

Saskatchewan residents are encouraged to recognize the impact of women on the province’s history, and to celebrate their ongoing contributions to their families, communities and the provincial economy.  The 2013 theme recognizes the efforts of mothers in guiding and encouraging their daughters to play a vital role in the future of the province.

“This month isn’t only important for women, but for everyone in our province,” Minister responsible for the Status of Women June Draude said.  “Mothers are creating a legacy in their communities by encouraging their daughters to run for student councils, volunteer in their communities, take part in sports and cultural activities and mature into accomplished and engaged adults and community leaders.  As a result, we all benefit.”

A series of Saskatchewan mother/daughter success stories will be highlighted on the Status of Women Office website www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/swo throughout October.

Women’s History Month marks the anniversary of the “Persons Case” of 1929, in which Canadian women were formally recognized as “persons” under the law.  In addition, the United Nations has declared October 11 as the second International Day of the Girl, to recognize the contributions of girls and young women as citizens and powerful voices of change within families, communities and nations.

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For more information, contact:

Pete Paczko Social Services Regina Phone: 306-787-0531 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.