January 23, 2019

Government of Saskatchewan Announces Funding For Staff Housing in La Loche

Today in La Loche, Premier Scott Moe announced that the Government of Saskatchewan will partner with La Loche-based Methy Construction and Maintenance on a $3 million project to develop new staff housing in the community.  These 12 units will be available to health and educational professionals to live and work in La Loche.

“Our government recognizes the need for more teachers and health staff in La Loche and these additional housing units will enable more professionals in those fields to help people in the community,” Moe said.  “This investment supports the construction of 12 new housing units to ensure La Loche can recruit and keep important staff in their community for years to come.”

“The village appreciates the provincial commitment toward the 12 unit staff housing project in the community's effort in recruiting and retaining health professionals and teaching staff,” La Loche Mayor Robert St. Pierre said.  “The construction of 12 units will ensure employment of our local labour force and demonstrates the province’s continued support and partnerships in addressing our housing needs.”

Methy Construction will develop the new housing units on this estimated $3 million project in partnership with the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC).  SHC has a strong working relationship with Methy Construction and has partnered with them in the construction of almost 50 housing units in La Loche.

SHC, along with other provincial and federal agencies, has been working with La Loche on the development and delivery of a Three-Year Housing Action Plan for the community.  The plan identifies staff housing as a key priority to support the delivery of essential programs and services.

In 2016, SHC and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) provided $1.4 million to build a 14-unit affordable rental housing project in La Loche to address the need for additional affordable housing for residents, also identified as a priority in the Housing Action Plan.