August 22, 2019

Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Begin New Habitat for Humanity Build in Yorkton

The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are collaborating with Habitat for Humanity in Yorkton to help support another Saskatchewan family in need of a safe and affordable place to call home.

Today, Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with Greg Ottenbreit, Minister responsible for Highways and Infrastructure and MLA for Yorkton, on behalf of Paul Merriman, Minister of Social Services and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), and Kelly Holmes-Binns, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity Regina, announced the construction of a new Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) home in Yorkton.

The Habitat home will be a raised four-bedroom bungalow approximately 1,008 square feet (93.65 metres) in size.

“Our Government is proud to invest in Saskatchewan families in need through Habitat for Humanity’s new build in Yorkton,” Goodale said.  “It’s an example of the impact of our historic investments through the National Housing Strategy, and the results we’re achieving by working closely with provincial partners and private and non-profit partners like Habitat for Humanity.”

“Our government is pleased to partner with Habitat for Humanity on another build in Yorkton,” Ottenbreit said.  “Not only are we building a stronger community, we are also helping a Saskatchewan family put down roots in a safe, quality and affordable home. We are honoured to work with the Government of Canada and Habitat for Humanity as to support people in greatest housing need.”

“Congratulations to the Yorkton Chapter as they begin construction of their eighth home,” Holmes-Binns said.  “This ceremony today demonstrates the commitment of the committee, donors, sponsors, volunteers and the entire community to helping change the lives of hardworking families through affordable homeownership. Thank you to everyone who has made this day possible for Maranda and her family.”

Quick facts:

  • The Government of Canada, through CMHC, and the Government of Saskatchewan, through SHC, are jointly contributing $65,000 to build the home through the Saskatchewan Priorities (SP) component of the federal/provincial CMHC-Saskatchewan Bi-Lateral Agreement under the 2017 National Housing Strategy (NHS).
  • The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its NHS, an ambitious 10-year, $55 billion plan that will create 100,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent.
  • The Province’s overall commitment to Habitat for Humanity totals $11.8 million since March 2009. 
  • Habitat’s innovative delivery model provides opportunities for families to stabilize their housing and to achieve their homeownership goals.  Each partner family selected by Habitat contributes 500 partnering hours in building their home or other Habitat homes.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity and their work across Saskatchewan, visit

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In October 2012, the Government of Saskatchewan released the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: Vision 2020 and Beyond, which sets out the Government’s vision for a province of 1.2 million people by 2020. The Plan identifies principles, goals and actions to ensure Saskatchewan is capturing the opportunities and meeting the challenges of a growing province.  Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $790 million to develop or repair more than 16,000 housing units across our province. To learn more, visit