SASKATOON, Sask., 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 of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, and Marv FriesenMember of Parliament for Riversdale, on behalf of the Honorable Lori Carr, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), joined representatives of the National Affordable Housing Corporation (NAHC) to celebrate the grand opening of 14 new housing units in Saskatoon which will house 19 people.

The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan jointly provide $460,000 under the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement.

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

NAHC has partnered with Inclusion Saskatchewan and the Canadian Mental Health Association to provide tenant support services. Inclusion Saskatchewan provides support services to residents of the Willowview Heights and Aspen Heights projects, including employment supports such as resume writing, job coaching and career planning. The Canadian Mental Health Association provides support services to residents of Aspen Heights, including mental health support, job training programs, and referrals to health and wellness resources in the community.

This announcement is in addition to additional funds announced today with Oxford House Saskatchewan for the purchase and renovation of five single-family homes for people recovering from drug addiction. Saskatoon. The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan provided jointly $865,000 through the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement initiative.


“Our government is investing in supportive housing to help create jobs and improve the quality of life for those who need it most. When people with disabilities have the same opportunities, the same level of service, the same quality of life as all other Canadians, Opening these 14 affordable homes in Willowview Heights and Aspen Ridge will do a lot for families here in Saskatoon. These new rental homes will provide residents with the on-site supports they need and the opportunity to find jobs near their local communities. This is the National Housing Strategy in action. » – The Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion

“These new housing 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 an opportunity for residents to reach their full potential at the best of their time. NAHC Housing helps break down barriers that people with disabilities sometimes face in accessing housing and does a great job with other partners to provide services that help tenants experience life in community. These new housing developments will make a difference in the lives of residents, their families and Saskatchewan communities as a whole. » – The Honorable Lori Carr, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for CHS

“After welcoming our first tenants from Inclusion Saskatchewan to their new homes in October 2020 and the multiple delays to this official celebration due to COVID, we are thrilled to finally commemorate the opening and success of Willowview Heights with everyone here today. Thanks to contributions from CMHC, CHA, City of Saskatoonourselves and Inclusion Saskatchewan, have been able to see this new form of independent and affordable inclusive living become a reality for the Saskatoon community. This inclusive housing initiative has highlighted what is possible when we work together to create new solutions to address the affordable housing gaps in our community; we hope we will be able to offer more units like this in the future.” Tyler MathiesPresident and CEO of the National Affordable Housing Corporation

Fast facts:

  • NAHC works with the private sector, local governments and non-profit organizations to deliver affordable housing projects through Saskatchewan.
  • This co-financing of $460,000 was provided through the Saskatchewan Priorities Initiative under the National Housing Strategy (NHS) to NAHC to develop a total of 14 units in Willowview Heights and Aspen Heights.
  • The Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement will invest $449.9 million over the next 10 years, cost matched by federal and provincial governments, in housing across the province. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Government of Saskatchewan reached agreement on the first three-year action plan.
  • from Canada The National Housing Strategy (NHS) is a 10-year, over $72 billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home.

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  • Like from Canada authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and the financial system, provides support to Canadians in need and provides impartial housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. CMHC’s goal is that by 2030, everyone Canada has an affordable home that meets their needs. For more information, visit or follow us on TwitterInstagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • To learn more about the National Housing Strategy, visit:
  • Under the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement, housing is a key priority to provide a better quality of life for Saskatchewan families and communities. Since 2007, the government of Saskatchewanthrough SHC, has invested $786 million develop more than 12,000 homes and repair nearly 5,500 homes. SHC has also invested over $61 million build nearly 300 units in nursing homes, and $430 million to improve provincially owned housing. To learn more, visit

SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

For further 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 Social Services, 306-787-3610, [email protected]

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