SASKATOON, SK, May 13, 2022 /CNW/ – People with mental, intellectual or cognitive disabilities now have better access to affordable housing in Saskatoon.

Today, the Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister for Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, and Marv FriesenMLA for Riversdale, on behalf of the Honorable Lori Carr, Secretary of Human Services and Executive Secretary for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), joined representatives from the National Affordable Housing Corporation (NAHC) to celebrate the opening of 14 new units in Saskatoon which will accommodate 19 people.

The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan make available together $460,000 through the bilateral agreement between Canada and Saskatchewan.

The new units are located at Willowview Heights in the Willowgrove neighborhood and Aspen Heights in the Aspen Ridge neighborhood in Saskatoon. Both locations are townhouse-style stacked homes and provide access to affordable rental units for people with mental, cognitive or intellectual disabilities. Each location has two and three bedroom units with the option for home support if required.

The NAHC has partnered with Inclusion Saskatchewan and the Canadian Mental Health Association to provide support services to renters. recording Saskatchewan provides support services for residents of the Willowview Heights and Aspen Heights projects, including employment support such as resume building, job coaching, and career planning. The Canadian Mental Health Association provides support services for Aspen Heights residents, including mental health support, vocational training programs, and referral services to community health and wellness facilities.

This announcement builds on additional funds announced today with Oxford House Saskatchewan for the purchase and renovation of five individual, detached homes for people recovering from addiction Saskatoon. The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan provided together $865,000 through the bilateral agreement between Canada and Saskatchewan to the initiative.


“Our government is investing in supportive housing to create jobs and improve the quality of life for those who need it most. When people with disabilities have the same opportunities, levels of service, and quality of life as every other Canadian, Everyone Benefits Opening these 14 affordable homes in Willowview Heights and Aspen Ridge will make a big difference for families here Saskatoon. These new rental homes provide residents with the necessary local support they need and the opportunity to find jobs close to their local communities. This is the National Housing Strategy at work.” – The Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister for Housing and Diversity and Inclusion

“These new residential units offer residents more than just a safe and affordable place to live; they also provide a support system, a connection to the community and the opportunity for residents to reach their full potential to the best of their ability. The NAHC Housing Model helps break down barriers people with disabilities sometimes face when accessing housing and, along with other partners, does a great job of providing services that help tenants experience community life. These new Housing developments will transform the lives of residents and their families and Saskatchewan communities as a whole.” – The Honorable Lori Carr, Secretary of Social Services and Minister in charge of SHC

“After welcoming our first Inclusion Saskatchewan tenants into their new homes in October 2020 and multiple delays in this formal celebration due to COVID, we are thrilled to finally commemorate the grand opening and success of Willowview Heights with everyone here today. Thanks to contributions from CMHC, SHC, the City of Saskatoonourselves and Inclusion Saskatchewan have seen this new form of inclusive, affordable, supportive, independent living become a reality Saskatoon community. This inclusive housing initiative demonstrated what is possible when we work together to create new solutions to fill the gaps in affordable housing in our community. We hope to be able to offer more units of this type in the future.” Tyler MathiesChief Executive Officer of the National Affordable Housing Corporation

Fast Facts:

  • NAHC works with the private sector, local governments and not-for-profit organizations to deliver affordable housing projects for all Saskatchewan.
  • This joint funding of $460,000 was made available to NAHC through the Saskatchewan Priorities Initiative as part of the National Housing Strategy (NHS) to develop a total of 14 units in Willowview Heights and Aspen Heights.
  • Canada-Saskatchewan bilateral agreement will invest $449.9 million Over the next 10 years, federal and provincial costs will be shared across the province in housing construction. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Government of Saskatchewan Agreement reached on first three-year action plan.
  • canada The National Housing Strategy (NHS) is a 10-year, $72 billion plan that will give more Canadians homes.

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  • When canada As the housing authority, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, assists Canadians with the housing crisis, and provides unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. CMHC’s goal is for everyone to be on board by 2030 Canada has a home that they can afford and that meets their needs. For more information, please visit or follow us TwitterInstagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • To learn more about the National Housing Strategy, visit:
  • Under the bilateral agreement between Canada and Saskatchewan, housing is a key priority in providing a better quality of life for Saskatchewan families and communities. Since 2007, the government of Saskatchewanby SHC $786 million to develop more than 12,000 housing units and repair nearly 5,500 homes. SHC has also more than invested $61 million to build nearly 300 units in nursing homes, and $430 million to improve provincial housing. To learn more, visit

SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

For more information: Arevig Afarian, Office of the Minister for Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, [email protected]; Media Relations, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, [email protected]; Leya Moore, Saskatchewan Department of Human Services, 306-787-3610, [email protected]

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