News Release - September 21, 2000
NEW VEHICLES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Twelve communities have been offered provincial support to replace vehicles for
the transportation of persons with disabilties.
The province will contribute $825,000 toward the new vehicles through grants
from the Centenary Fund.
"Transportation is key to a person's ability to access services, work,
socialize and live independently within the community," Municipal Affairs,
Culture and Housing Minister Jack Hillson said. "Many people with disabilities
depend on special needs transportation and this funding will help ensure the
vehicles are safe and reliable."
The communities receiving grants are: Hudson Bay, Indian Head, Ituna, Macklin,
Maidstone, Moose Jaw, Moosomin, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Regina, Wilkie
and Wynyard. Regina will receive $220,000 toward the purchase of four new
vehicles and each other community will receive $55,000 toward the purchase of
one vehicle. Each community will also contribute to the vehicle's cost.
The Centenary Fund was announced in this year's budget. It was set up to leave
a legacy of Saskatchewan's Centennial for future generations. Leading up to
the centennial celebrations in 2005, the government is funding projects that
are of provincial or regional interest and develop municipal infrastructure.
This year, the province provided $2.15 million for the Transit for the Disabled
Program that supports both operational and capital costs of providing this
service in 78 communities. Through this program, five vehicles will be
replaced this year.
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For more information, contact:
Municipal Affairs, Culture and Housing
Phone: (306) 787-1085