By Nick Gilbert
Dignitaries of the governments of Saskatchewan and Canada have commemorated the inauguration of a regional housing venture for the elderly citizens in Air Ronge.
Financing for the venture was accomplished via Canada’s Economic Action Plan to the tune of $1.7 million, an effort by the federal government to bolster the economy and general employment opportunities during the worldwide recession.
The provincial and federal governments are making equal donations amounting to a total of $132 million as per the revised Canada-Saskatchewan Affordable Housing Program Agreement. As per the amendment to the Agreement signed in May 2009, which involved financing under Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the federal government donated $74 million to the province.
The Government of Saskatchewan is matching the initiative by donating $148 million to fulfil the housing requirements of the region and has teamed up with other sections of government as well as regional collaborators to provide different kinds of cost-effective housing options to local people in need. In Saskatchewan, federal-provincial housing ventures are concretized through the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation.
The venture includes 12 two-bedroom portions built in a single-story model in Air Ronge.
Rob Clarke, Member of Parliament for Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River, stated that through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, which is into its second year, the government is dedicated to supporting the elderly in Saskatchewan and also the country during the difficult economic times. He further added that ventures as the current one provide safe and cost-effective housing options to residents in the region, at the same time generate employment opportunities and boost the economy.