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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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“We’re fortunate to live in a growing province with a vibrant economy,” Social Services Minister June Draude said.  “That growth enables us to invest in important programs and services that benefit some of our most vulnerable citizens.  Our government is proud to support community-based organizations such as Chip and Dale Homes in helping people with intellectual disabilities to be included in their communities.”

“We are pleased to make this home - our 11th - a reality through our partnership with the Ministry of Social Services,” Chip and Dale Board Chair Shirley Skinner said.  “We will support the three men who will live in this home to become part of their neighbourhood and the community.”

Chip and Dale, which was incorporated in 1980 and has operated in Regina since 1983, develops and manages residential services for adults with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

“Our government is committed to making Saskatchewan the best place to live for people with disabilities,” Draude said.  “The successful completion of this group home project, and others like it across the province, is a demonstration of that commitment.”

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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.

News Release - November 21, 2013

GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK

The Government of Saskatchewan joins more than 100 jurisdictions around the world to celebrate International Education Week (IEW) from November 18-22.

The purpose of International Education Week is to showcase the significant contribution that international education makes to our students, our educational institutions and Canada.  This year’s theme is “Celebrating Canada’s Engagement with the World.”

“International education provides a valuable opportunity for Saskatchewan students to connect with other parts of the world,” Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris said.  “It encourages students to study abroad, and welcomes international students who bring global perspectives into our classrooms and communities.”

As part of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth, the government has identified a number of goals focused around international education, which include:

  • increasing the number of international students in Saskatchewan by 50 per cent by 2020;
  • encouraging the study of international languages in Saskatchewan business schools; and
  • establishing a Saskatchewan International Future Scholarship providing students with the opportunity to study business at an international institution and gain valuable business experience.

“Our government understands the importance of international education as it helps our students develop new skills and global networks, fostering the continued growth of our province,” Norris said.

Currently, there are almost 4,000 international post-secondary students from more than 90 countries studying in Saskatchewan and more than 900 Saskatchewan university students studying across various countries.

To learn more about International Education Week, please visit www.iew-sei.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Marieka Andrew
Advanced Education
Regina
Phone: 306-798-3170

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BUILDING AND MAINTAINING SASKATCHEWAN’S HIGHWAYS – PLANNING FOR 2014

As fall turns to winter, one part of the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure’s work draws to an end while another is just ramping up.

Another successful construction season saw 464 km of provincial highways improved across Saskatchewan.

“Since 2008, we’ve invested $3.7 billion to give the people of Saskatchewan better, safer roads and to move our products to market more efficiently,” Minister of Highways and Infrastructure Don McMorris said.  “Transportation is key to achieving the objectives of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth and our vision of a province with a population of 1.2 million people by 2020.”

Highlights of this year’s construction season include the completion of twinning between Saskatoon and Prince Albert and the opening of the new overpass at Highway 1 and the West Regina Bypass, 310 km of repaving, 154 km of major highway upgrades and 22 bridge and culvert projects.  In addition, work will continue on a number of projects in the 2014 construction season, including the West Regina Bypass, the Estevan Truck Route, final paving of the new passing lanes between Balgonie and Fort Qu’Appelle, 156 km of repaving projects, 21 bridge and culvert projects and 217 km of major highway upgrades.

The ministry is also getting a head start on next year’s construction with the recent release of the Fall Tender Plan.  The tender plan contains 35 bridge and culvert projects, 83 km of major highway upgrades and 68 km of repaving, as well stockpiling and other work with a total estimated value of more than $120 million.  The tender plan is available at www.highways.gov.sk.ca/tender/.

This year’s construction season also marked the first full construction season of increased speed enforcement in work zones.  A total of 1,717 tickets for speeding in work zones were issued under the new photo enforcement system between August 13 and November 8, including 31 for speeds in excess of 100 km/hr.

With most construction coming to a close, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure’s attention now turns to winter maintenance.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure has 85 winter maintenance sections located throughout the province and operates a fleet of more than 300 snow plow.  Crews are available to respond to weather events day or night.  On the busiest highways, snow removal begins as soon as practical or after three centimetres has accumulated with goal of having snow cleared from the driving lanes within six hours of the end of a storm.  Ice is treated, or assessed for treatment within six hours of the end of the storm.

“Last year’s record snowfall highlighted the challenges involved in treating snow and ice in the winter months,” McMorris said.  “Saskatchewan motorists can be confident in the fact that we have a dedicated team of men and women who are ready to respond to the challenges that nature throws our way.”

As in previous years, the ministry offers ride-alongs on ministry snow plows upon request.  Ride-alongs can be arranged by contacting the Communications Branch.

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For more information, contact:

Doug Wakabayashi
Highways and Infrastructure
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4806