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									POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS STRUGGLE WITH LOW
VACANCY, HIGHER RENT AND HIGHER TUITION
August 25, 2010

NDP Advanced Education critic Cam Broten sharply criticized the Wall Government’s
lack of progress on affordable housing options, citing the long wait lists of students
unable to find affordable rental units. Broten pointed out that under the Wall
Government, post-secondary students and their families have faced a rising cost of
living, with increases to both tuition and rent well above the rate of inflation.

“Students from the University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, First Nations
University of Canada and SIAST are all clamouring to get their names on wait lists for
residence openings and are unable to find quality affordable housing. This only
highlights the obvious need for more housing and the Wall Government’s failure to
address those needs,” Broten said.

Broten cited the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) spring report,
which says Regina has one of the lowest vacancy rates in the country at just 0.8 per
cent with an average monthly cost of $778 for an apartment. According to CMHC, the
cost of renting an apartment continued to rise since 2007 in Saskatoon, with vacancy at
1.9 per cent and the average rent rising to $925 per month.

“While the Wall Government continues to ignore this problem, students are struggling
with an affordable housing crisis and having a difficult time paying for their basic needs,”
said Broten. “Post-secondary students are vulnerable to the low vacancy ra te and
increasing rents, especially those on student loans with very limited budgets. The Wall
Government’s decision to hike tuition rates combined with their unwillingness to address
the lack of affordable housing ultimately short-changes post-secondary students, and
that’s short-sighted and irresponsible,” Broten concluded.

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