Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan team up with Habitat for Humanity to build a home in Yorkton
YORKTON, SASKATCHEWAN, June 27, 2017 — The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan is partnering with Habitat for Humanity in Yorkton to help support another Saskatchewan family in need of a safe, quality home.
Today, 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 Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and Terry Dennis, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Canora-Pelly, on behalf of the Honourable Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Minister of Social Services and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, officially launched the construction of the Habitat for Humanity home.
- The home, located at 222 Betts Avenue, will be a three-bedroom bungalow approximately 1,008 square feet (94 square meters).
- The Government of Canada, through Canada and Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with the Government of Saskatchewan, through Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), jointly contributed $50,000 to build the home through the 2014-2019 Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) Agreement.
- The Province’s overall commitment to Habitat for Humanity totals $9.8 million since March 2009. Of this amount, the federal and provincial governments have invested $2 million, thanks to the Social Infrastructure Fund, under the two most recent agreements between Saskatchewan and Habitat for Humanity.
- This investment supports Saskatchewan’s Poverty Reduction Strategy goal of ensuring Saskatchewan people have access to affordable, safe, secure and stable housing.
- 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 pleased to once again work closely with our valued partners to ensure families access safe and affordable housing in Saskatchewan and across Canada. We are very excited to see a deserving family from Yorkton become the beneficiary of the great collaboration between the Governments of Canada, Saskatchewan and Habitat for Humanity.”
— Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“This sod-turning marks a new beginning for another Saskatchewan family in greatest housing need. Our government and partners are pleased to work together to help this family’s dream of owning a home come true. Projects like this are a wonderful opportunity to come together and make great things happen in communities across the province, thereby keeping Saskatchewan strong.”
— Terry Dennis, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Canora-Pelly, on behalf of the Honourable Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation
“We are very proud to be turning Sod for our 7th home in Yorkton. Habitat for Humanity exists to bring opportunity for affordable homeownership to hardworking, low-income families. We are thrilled that another family will have a wonderful experience working with the Yorkton chapter and their community partners to build their home. We look forward to welcoming them home in 2018.”
— Kelly Holmes-Binns, Chief Executive Officer. Habitat for Humanity Regina
- 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 $750 million to develop or repair more than 15,500 housing units across our province.
Office of Minister Duclos
Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services