REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN, May 5, 2017 — In recognition of Habitat for Humanity Day in Saskatchewan, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and the Honourable Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, today announced $1 million in funding support for Habitat for Humanity chapters and affiliates in Saskatchewan. These funds will support Habitat in their mission to build affordable housing for vulnerable families and promote homeownership.
The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and Government of Saskatchewan, through Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), are allocating this funding through the federal/provincial Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) Agreement.
- For the past three years, the Province has proclaimed the first Friday in May as Habitat Saskatchewan Day.
- The Province’s overall commitment to Habitat for Humanity totals $9.8 million since March 2009. This total includes $1 million from the Federal/Provincial IAH Agreement under the April 2017 agreement with Habitat for Humanity.
- Habitat for Humanity’s innovative delivery model provides opportunities for families to stabilize their housing and to achieve their homeownership goals. Each partner family selected by Habitat for Humanity contributes 500 partnering hours in building their home or other Habitat homes. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity and their work across Saskatchewan, visit www.habitat.ca.
“The Government of Canada is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity in their mission to build affordable housing for vulnerable families and promote homeownership in Saskatchewan. Habitat for Humanity’s chapters and affiliates in Saskatchewan have implemented innovative solutions to assist families in need, and the Government of Canada’s contribution to this endeavour demonstrates our commitment to this important goal. These investments will make a real difference in the lives of Saskatchewan families.”
“This day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Habitat for Humanity Day in Saskatchewan. Our government applauds Habitat’s efforts in making homeownership a reality for aspiring families, through strong community partnerships and volunteers across the province. Together with the Government of Canada and Habitat, we can provide more families with a hand up in meeting their housing needs and empowering them to live better lives. This investment fits in with our vision of keeping Saskatchewan strong and moving forward.”
- CMHC has been helping Canadians meet their housing needs for more than 70 years. As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry. Prudent risk management, strong corporate governance and transparency are cornerstones of CMHC’s operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642 or follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
- In October 2012, the Government of Saskatchewan released the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: Vision 2020 and Beyond, which sets out the Government’s vision for a province of 1.2 million people by 2020. The Plan identifies principles, goals and actions to ensure Saskatchewan is capturing the opportunities and meeting the challenges of a growing province. Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested over $727 million to develop or repair more than 15,300 housing units across our province.
Office of Minister Duclos
Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services
Public Affairs Advisor, CMHC