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Released on April 6, 2021
The Ministry of Social Services' budget will protect and support those most in need in the coming year with increased funding of $54.5 million in 2021-22, bringing the total budget to $1.34 billion, a 4.2 per cent increase from 2020-21.
"We have worked hard to provide a budget that will continue to fulfill our government's commitments to help vulnerable children, families, adults and seniors achieve a better quality of life," Social Services Minister Lori Carr said. "This year, through increased funding for low income seniors and additional investments to support those in the disability community, we are helping our clients build better lives for themselves, by helping them become independent and assisting with everyday living."
The province is meeting its commitments to:
The ministry will also provide increased funding of $6.7 million to third-party service providers, including a $4.2 million increase for service providers who work with people with intellectual disabilities and a $2.5 million increase for those supporting at-risk children, youth and families.
Carr said this year's budget continues the focus on working to make Saskatchewan the best place in Canada for people with disabilities. It contains:
These investments build on the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy by improving access to supports that people with disabilities need in order to live and participate in their communities.
The province is continuing to invest in Child and Family Programs to ensure the protection and well-being of vulnerable children. Investments include:
The ministry's 2021-22 budget continues to build stability for those in need. It provides $619 million for income assistance programs, including the Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS) program launched in 2019 to help people receiving income assistance overcome challenges, start a career, earn more income, become more self-sufficient and participate in their community to the best of their ability.
The Saskatchewan Housing Benefit, launched in 2019, will expand eligibility requirements to serve more individuals and families who require rental support. In 2021-22, the benefit will be expanded to serve clients who pay 40 per cent of their income on rent. The Saskatchewan Housing Benefit will provide up to $8.7 million in 2021-22 as a 50/50 cost-match with the federal government under the National Housing Strategy - an increase of $1.0 million in funding from the province.
Since March 2020, the ministry has worked hard to protect and support the province's vulnerable with challenges they faced due to the pandemic, including helping individuals who do not have the financial or social means to safely and effectively self-isolate due to the pandemic.
"COVID-19 has certainly had an impact on many Saskatchewan citizens, and it has been particularly challenging for those most in need in our province," Carr said. "The Ministry of Social Services is on the front line of Saskatchewan's pandemic response, and our offices throughout the province have remained open so our clients can continue to receive the valuable services and benefits they need."
The ministry's additional client support throughout the past year included:
As the province emerges from the pandemic, this budget will grow Saskatchewan by helping those who are most in need achieve a better quality of life.
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