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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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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

News Release - December 12, 2013

2013 CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM PREMIER BRAD WALL

A lot of emotions surround the Christmas season: happiness, reverence, nostalgia, excitement.
 
It’s a favorite time of year for many of us.
 
We look forward to family times of fun and laughter.  Seeing someone we love opening a gift into which we have put a little thought.  Being with friends who we don’t see enough.  Relaxing and enjoying good food…sometimes a little too much good food.
 
And refreshing our Faith in the One who is the real reason behind it all.  For unto all of us was born that day in the city of David…a Saviour who is Christ the Lord.  And that Baby named Jesus who was born that night, grew into a man who told us to love one another.  And that’s the spirit of Christmas.
 
George (Matthew) Adams says “I shall try to make my life like an open fireplace, so that people may be warmed and cheered by it and so go out themselves to warm and cheer.”
 
That is because there are often other emotions that surround this season as well: sadness, loneliness, longing, discouragement.
 
It may be our seniors, those who are disabled or ill, people who are alone, or those who have suffered a recent loss.  It may be families that are new to our province looking for friendship, looking for a place to belong.  Families that may also be concerned about events happening in the country from which they came..like the Philippines  -  Maligayang Pasko to all our Pilipino friends this season.

These events are catastrophic, almost unimaginable.  They call to our hearts.  They call us to act.
 


Like the action in a story submitted by a reader to a Saskatchewan newspaper, which described the true spirit that should accompany our yearly Christmas celebrations.
 
It seems a refugee family was in a store purchasing essential items for establishing a home here for themselves.  A woman, another customer, approached the family and asked some questions, after which she went off to pick out a toy for the couple’s little boy.
 
And THEN proceeded to pay for the toy AND all the other items they had gathered.  It came to several hundred dollars.
 
That is Love in action.  That is Christmas in action.
 
An anonymous hero just out sharing some warmth and cheer.
 
A reminder for all of us that…for to whom much is given...of them much shall be required.
 
Just like a restaurant in Moose Jaw that makes Christmas dinner for the less fortunate.  The class of kids in Milestone who regularly visit a seniors’ home. 
Or the families in Prince Albert who lovingly place necessities and small treasures in shoeboxes for kids, half-way around the world, who they will never meet.
 
That’s Saskatchewan people reaching out to each other AND to those around the world.
 
I encourage all of us here in this great province, where so many of us have so much, to share Christmas with someone who needs warmth and cheer.
 
So from me and my wife Tami, and our children: Megan, Colter and Faith, and on behalf of my colleagues in the government of Saskatchewan, I wish for all of you, a Merry Christmas.
 
The Joy and Peace we all want, and the Hope we all need.
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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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

News Release - December 6, 2013

NEW JOB NUMBERS SHOW A STRONG AND DIVERSIFIED SASKATCHEWAN ECONOMY

 

 

Saskatchewan continues to enjoy strong job growth and the lowest unemployment rate in Canada as thousands of new jobs are being created in a number of different sectors.

The November Labour Force Report released today by Statistics Canada shows employment is up by 12,300 compared to November 2012 while Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate is just 4.1 per cent – the lowest in Canada for the eleventh consecutive month. 

Saskatchewan’s year-over-year employment growth of 2.3 per cent is second highest in Canada, behind only Alberta.  Manitoba and BC both lost jobs over the same period.

Economy Minister Bill Boyd said new jobs are being created in a number of different areas.

These include (year-over-year employment increases):

  • Transportation and warehousing: 6,800
  • Professional, scientific and technical services: 3,600
  • Manufacturing: 1,600
  • Agriculture: 1,400

“This shows Saskatchewan has a strong and diversified economy,” Boyd said.  “Even when there are job losses in one sector, they are more than offset by the new jobs that are being created in other areas.”

Other highlights of today’s report include:

  • The youth unemployment in the province – 6.1 per cent – is also the lowest among provinces and less than half the national rate (13.4 per cent).
  • Regina continues to have the lowest unemployment rate among major cities at 3.9 per cent and Saskatoon the third lowest at 4.2 per cent.
  • Aboriginal employment is up 2,800 in the past year while unemployment is down from 11.6 per cent to 10.7 per cent.

Boyd noted that as of this morning, there are still more than 12,000 positions to be filled listed on saskjobs.ca, including more than 4,000 in trades, transport and construction.

“One of the challenges of a growing province is that fact that we have a labour shortage in some areas,” Boyd said.  “Our government is working to identify those areas and create more training opportunities for those areas.”

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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.