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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 legislative session will resume on March 3 with the new provincial budget to be delivered later that month.

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For more information, contact:

Kathy Young
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Phone: 306-787-0425
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The Government of Saskatchewan is joining jurisdictions around the world in proclaiming December 3 as the 2013 International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  This year’s theme, chosen by the United Nations, is Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all.

“Our government is committed to making Saskatchewan the best place to live in Canada for people with disabilities,” Social Services Minister June Draude said.  “Today is an opportunity to remind ourselves of that commitment and to celebrate the many contributions that people with disabilities make every day in communities across our province.”

The process of developing a comprehensive Disability Strategy for Saskatchewan was launched this spring, with a call for nominations to the Citizen Consultation Team.  The members of the team were announced in October and they have begun to plan the public consultation process that will take place next spring.

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“As our province grows, we need to ensure that everyone is able to share in the opportunities created by growth,” Draude said.  “The members of our disability community deserve nothing less.”

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been observed around the world every year since 1981.  The United Nations first proclaimed the day in 1992, and the official name was changed to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 2007.

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Most significant are changes to address the high rate of impaired driving in the province, including longer suspensions, vehicle impoundments and mandatory ignition interlock requirements.

“Drinking and driving is a lethal combination, one that causes far too many deaths in our province,” Harpauer said.  “With the new laws being put into place, Saskatchewan will have one of the toughest packages of impaired driving legislation in Canada.”

In addition to the changes made in support of the government’s Traffic Safety Action Plan, amendments are also being introduced to strengthen harmonization under the New West Partnership Agreement and align safety monitoring practices for commercial carriers with other jurisdictions.  These changes include moving authority for commercial carrier safety monitoring from the Highway Traffic Board to Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI).  Legislative changes will also allow SGI to publicly release commercial carrier safety information, similar to other Canadian jurisdictions.

The legislation is anticipated to be passed in the 2014 spring legislative sitting.

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For more information, contact:

Kelley Brinkworth
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Phone: 306-751-1837
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