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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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Work began on the $43 million overpass in 2011.  The bridge’s steel girders were installed during the winter of 2012-13 with the bridge itself built over the course of the current construction season.  With the opening of the overpass, trucks turning left onto or off the West Regina Bypass will be separated from through traffic on Highway 1.

“The Saskatchewan Trucking Association is greatly encouraged by the priority and development the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure has placed on infrastructure projects that enhance the Global Transportation Hub,” Saskatchewan Trucking Association Executive Director Al Rosseker said.  “The hub and subsequent infrastructure are shifting the truck transport paradigm in western Canada.  Well done!”

While the overpass is now open to traffic, some finishing work remains including construction of the westbound to southbound ramp, curb work on the bridge, final paving of the shoulders on the bridge approaches, topsoil replacement along the side slopes and sign installation.

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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. Cell: 306-536-0049


 

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Saskatchewan workers continue to be rewarded with higher wages, according to a report on average weekly earnings released by Statistics Canada today.  For the month of July, average weekly earnings in the province were $939.58, the second highest in the nation and well above the Canadian average of $914.25.

“In our new Saskatchewan, people are prospering as a result of better employment opportunities and the lowest unemployment in the country,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said.  “It provides people with more job options and leads to higher paying positions.”

There was a 1.3 per cent increase in wages on a year-over-year basis, the third highest percentage increase among the provinces.  Nine industries had increases, with the highest growth rates in services such as repair and maintenance at 13.9 per cent, construction at 9.1 per cent, and administration and support up 7.8 per cent.

“Those higher wages are not only helping to improve the quality of life of the people of Saskatchewan, but are also a major contributor to economic growth,” Boyd said.  “Record job numbers, low unemployment, growing population and higher wages are all supporting Saskatchewan’s economic success.”

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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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Simplified black and white signage has been posted in dozens of work zones across Saskatchewan throughout this construction season, offering a plain reminder to drivers that they must slow down or face tripled fines.

“Whether or not you see workers and equipment, and no matter the time of day, you must slow to 60 km/hr if the sign is posted – it’s black and white,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said.  “We’re getting into fall now, but there is still plenty of work underway and it’s important that drivers watch for construction and obey the rules.”

To learn more about Saskatchewan work zones, head to www.highways.gov.sk.ca/workzone/ and to view a gallery of photos from this year’s construction season, visit www.highways.gov.sk.ca//ConstructionGallery2013.

Additional travel information about emergency road closures, the status of ferries and barges and other road activities can also be found on the Highway Hotline at www.highways.gov.sk.ca/road-conditions.  It's also available by calling 306-787-7623 in Regina, 306-933-8333 in Saskatoon, the SaskTel cellular network at *ROAD, toll-free across Canada at 1-888-335-7623 and via the Highway Hotline mobile website at http://hotline.gov.sk.ca/sk/map/mobile/.

The government has invested a record $3.7 billion in transportation infrastructure since 2008.

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For more information, contact:

Joel Cherry Highways and Infrastructure Regina Phone: 306-787-4805