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Legislative Report

29 October 2014

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Saskatchewan’s population continues to grow and our economy stands out as a national leader. This growth allows us to increase important investments in people, programs and infrastructure. For example, as a result of the province’s predictable and sustainable revenue sharing program, municipalities already know they will receive record revenue sharing of $265 million in next year’s budget – more than double what it was when our government took office. This no-strings attached funding means our municipal partners are better able to meet the unique challenges in the communities they serve.

To further assist municipalities with infrastructure development, our government recently announced the renewal and expansion of the popular Saskatchewan Infrastructure Growth Initiative (SIGI). Now including First Nations communities, SIGI will provide rate subsidies for up to five years on municipal borrowing. This is another way in which we’re partnering to help build stronger, more vibrant communities.Read More...

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High School Sports

Congratulations to both the St. Mary’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams as they placed second at the recent provincial soccer tournament in Saskatoon.

Congratulations to the Carlton Comprehensive High School soccer team as they took home the bronze at the provincial soccer tournament—the third consecutive year that Carlton has won a provincial title.

Congratulations to Carlton Comprehensive High School’s senior A boys’ volleyball team as they won first place at their home tournament this past weekend.

Grand Opening of Social Housing Units

Cutting the ribbon are (L-R) P.A. Housing Authority general manager Dave Deobald, myself, P.A. Housing Authority Board chairman Fred Payton, Mayor Greg Dionne and MLA Victoria Jurgens

On October 24 I attended the Grand Opening of thirty new social housing units on behalf of Hon. Donna Harpauer, Minister of Social Services. As part of the Government of Saskatchewan’s portfolio renewal initiative, the government, through Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), invested $5.6 million in the development, located at 2929 - 5A Avenue East.

The project was undertaken by RNF Development Company of Prince Albert, and will be managed by the Prince Albert Housing Authority.

Located in the East Hill neighbourhood, the development includes 30 units, 28 of which are three-bedroom units and two are two-bedroom wheelchair accessible units. The living area of the three-bedroom units is 937 square feet (87.1 square metres) and the living area for the two-bedroom units is 805 square feet (74.8 square metres). Each unit has a full, unfinished concrete basement.

SHC is currently selling single-family housing units in Moose Jaw and Prince Albert, with the proceeds being reinvested in new multiple-unit housing, to help meet the demand for affordable housing in Regina, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert.

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