News Release - October 10, 2002
AFFORDABLE SENIORS' HOUSING IN REGINA
There is more affordable housing for seniors in Regina, thanks to an
innovative funding arrangement involving the intergovernmental Centenary
Affordable Housing Program and seniors themselves. Benson Manor, a $5
million, 50-unit seniors' project was officially opened today.
The Centenary Affordable Housing Program provided $2.75 million in
government funding for the project-including $275,000 from the City of
Regina-under the auspices of the Canada-Saskatchewan Affordable Housing
Program Agreement. The residents of Benson Manor provided the rest of the
funding by investing equity from their former homes.
"Today's ceremony is a tangible demonstration of the significant support of
the Government of Canada to ensure affordable housing for the people of
Saskatchewan," Public Works and Government Services Minister Ralph Goodale
said, on behalf of Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation David Collenette. "The recent
affordable housing agreement reached with Saskatchewan is a key part of the
Government of Canada's $680 million affordable housing commitment across
"The province has been working closely with communities over the past
number of years to develop innovative, cost-effective housing solutions,"
Regina Elphinstone MLA Warren McCall said, on behalf of Saskatchewan Social
Services Minister Glenn Hagel. "Benson Manor is the latest in a series of
housing projects tailored to address the unique needs of individual
Saskatchewan communities. As we look forward to the province's Centenary
in 2005, the recent establishment of the Centenary Affordable Housing
Program will increase Saskatchewan residents' access to adequate,
"There is no question that the City's investment in this complex is a
valuable one," Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco said. "The concept behind Benson
Manor addresses a growing need in our community to provide affordable
housing for older adults who want to live independently but no longer want
the responsibilities of looking after a house. It also addresses
recommendations made by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Housing to
enhance opportunities for affordable housing in our city."
Most of the provincial government funding for the Centenary Affordable
Housing Program is from the Saskatchewan Centenary Fund. The fund was
established to help accelerate social housing and a variety of other
important capital projects leading up to the province's Centenary.
The Benson Manor facility will be able to accommodate the delivery of
special services, such as meals, housekeeping, laundry and recreation, at
the discretion of residents. This will translate into more independence
and an enhanced quality of life for residents.
Finalized in June 2002, the Canada-Saskatchewan Affordable Housing Program
Agreement will provide the Centenary Affordable Housing Program with $45.86
million over the next five years from federal, provincial and municipal
levels of government and other sources to increase the supply of affordable
housing in Saskatchewan.
For more information, contact:
Saskatchewan Social Services
Phone: (306) 787-0531
Mary Ann Kenney
Phone: (403) 515-2903
Urban Planning Division
City of Regina
Phone: (306) 777-7533