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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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1.1 MILLION: SASKATCHEWAN GROWS BY 100,000 PEOPLE IN JUST SIX YEARS

 

Saskatchewan’s population has surpassed the 1.1 million mark for the first time ever after growing by more than 100,000 people since 2007.

New population figures released today by Statistics Canada show Saskatchewan’s population was 1,108,303 as of July 1, 2013.  That’s an increase of 106,255 since July 1, 2007.

Saskatchewan’s population grew by 20,757 in the past year and 6,895 in the past quarter – the largest increase in any quarter since Statistics Canada began keeping quarterly estimates.

Premier Brad Wall said the rapid growth shows the strength of Saskatchewan’s economy and even surpassed the government’s goal of 100,000 more people in 10 years.

“Saskatchewan is the place to be in Canada right now,” Wall said.  “We have the strongest job growth and lowest unemployment in Canada, and we have a great quality of life in this province. 

“It’s a great place to find a job or start a business.  It’s a great place to live and raise a family.  It’s no wonder our population is growing.”

Saskatchewan has not seen this kind of population growth since the province’s early days.  Saskatchewan’s population grew rapidly during the province’s first 25 years – from 236,000 when the province was formed in 1905 to just over 900,000 in 1930. 

After that, Saskatchewan’s population did more fluctuating than growing.  It then took until 1983 for Saskatchewan’s population to reach the one million mark for the first time.  It dropped back below one million in 2001 before finally hitting one million again in 2007.

“So from 1930 to 2007 – 77 years – Saskatchewan grew by 100,000 people,” Wall said.  “Because of that, some thought 100,000 people in 10 years was impossible.

“Now, we’ve grown by 100,000 in just six years.  It really shows the economic strength of this new Saskatchewan, and it shows the naysayers who believed this kind of growth was impossible were dead wrong.”

Last fall, the government set a new goal: 1.2 million people by 2020.

“Our government will keep working hard to keep Saskatchewan growing, to meet the challenges of growth and to ensure all Saskatchewan people are benefitting from growth,” Wall said.

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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 

Note to Readers: With the release of the July 1, 2013 population and demographic statistics, Statistics Canada has revised their population estimates for July 2001 forward to incorporate the 2011 Census of Population.  This explains why the population estimates are higher than previously reported.  All the population numbers cited in the news release reflect the updated estimates.  While all components of growth have been revised, the largest revisions were for interprovincial migration patterns and the error of closure.  Smaller revisions were also made to international migration data, births and deaths. For more information on these revisions, please contact the Saskatchewan Bureau of Statistics at 306- 787-6327.


 

News Release - September 23, 2013

SASKATCHEWAN CELEBRATES NATIONAL FOREST WEEK AND TREE DAY

This year’s National Forest Week, from September 22-28, is a time to celebrate the many ways that forests make a difference in our lives and to our livelihood.

This year’s theme, The Greenest Workforce, highlights the important role of forestry professionals in maintaining the woodlands that contribute to the province’s environmental, economic and human health.  Wednesday, September 25, is designated as National Tree Day.

“In Saskatchewan, we are blessed with vast forests that sustain communities, shelter animals and birds, and provide us with places for recreation and relaxation,” Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said.  “Our government is committed to protecting this priceless legacy, now and for future generations.”

The Ministry of Environment is responsible for a variety of programs to ensure the province’s forests remain healthy and sustainable, including forest renewal projects, insect and disease control, wildfire management, inventory, harvest licensing, compliance and policy development.  In 2013, the ministry planted more than 2.5 million seedlings in Saskatchewan’s Crown forests.

Covering about 343,000 square kilometres – more than half the province – Saskatchewan forests support a growing forestry industry that currently generates $500 million in annual product sales and directly employs 2,800 Saskatchewan people.

Through its 44 offices across the province, the Ministry of Environment provides science-based solutions, compliance and mitigation measures aimed at protecting the environment, safeguarding communities and contributing to the province’s economic growth.

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For more information, contact:

Val Nicholson Environment Prince Albert Phone: 306-953-2459 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell: 306-981-5645


 

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