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Saturday, August 30, 2014
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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:



Jan Carter

Municipal Affairs, Culture and Housing

Regina

Phone: (306) 787-1085
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