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									                                                                                                        Housing Handbook




               Housing Handbook Resources for renters, landlords & first-time homebuyers in Saskatoon
                                                                                                          Resources for renters, landlords &
                                                                                                         first-time homebuyers in Saskatoon



Saskatchewan
Housing
Corporation
Many thanks are due to all the government agencies
and community organizations that provided guidance
       and information for this publication.
                     Introduction
This handbook was produced mainly for people looking for afford-
able and entry-level housing in Saskatoon. It contains useful contact
information and highlights programs designed to help low- to mod-
erate-income people search for affordable places to rent or purchase.
It also outlines the rights and responsibilities of renters and landlords
and provides tools and information to guide them through the rental
process. Throughout the book, we’ve included phone numbers, web-
sites, and addresses of places where you can get more help.
The City of Saskatoon works with housing providers, other levels of
government, and stakeholders in the community to increase the sup-
ply of affordable and entry-level housing.

                2008 Housing Business Plan

       For more information on the City’s housing programs, see the
       2008 Housing Business Plan on the City of Saskatoon website.
        www.saskatoon.ca/org/city_planning/affordable_housing
      (look under “Resources & Forms” near the bottom of the page)


This handbook is meant to be a general guide only and may not
cover all of the possible legal requirements. For example, The Residen-
tial Tenancies Act, 2006, applies to most rental units in Saskatchewan.
However, the act specifically excludes special care homes, university
residences, and business premises with attached living space rented
under a single lease. There are also some differences between the
regulations for apartment buildings and those for houses. If you have
questions about regulations that apply to your rental situation, you
should contact the Office of Residential Tenancies (see page 21).
Many thanks are due to all the government agencies
and community organizations that provided guidance
       and information for this publication.
Contents

Affordable/Entry-Level Homeownership
  Information for Homebuyers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
       What is Affordable Housing? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            2
       What is an Entry-Level Home? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               3
       Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          4
       HomeFirst Provincial Homeownership Program . . . . . . . . . . .                             5
       Home Start – A Program for Entry-Level Homebuyers . . . . . .                                7
       Average House Prices in Saskatoon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  8


A Guide For Renters & Landlords
  Starting the Rental Search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
       Housing Registries in Saskatoon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  10
       Help Finding a House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           10
       Average Vacancy Rates by Area. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   14
       What to Look For . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         15
       Illegal Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   17
       Application Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          18
       Condition of Premises Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  19

  The Rental Agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
       Rights & Responsibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            24
       Renters’ Rights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      24
       Renters’ Responsibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          24
       Landlords’ Rights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        25
       Landlords’ Responsibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            25

  Paying Your Money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
       Damage (Security) Deposit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
       Paying Rent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
  Health & Safety Standards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
        Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

  Ending the Rental Agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
        Vacate Notices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        33
        Eviction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    34
        Showing the Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          35
        Getting Your Damage Deposit Back. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                       38
        Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   39


Getting Help
  City of Saskatoon Bylaws. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
                                                                                                           Affordable/ Entry-Level
  Safer Communities & Neighbourhoods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48                                     Homeownership
  Condominium Conversions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

  Plans to Increase the Supply of Affordable Housing . . . . . . . 53

  Saskatoon Community Plan for Homelessness & Housing . . 54


Directory of Community Services
  Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

  Utility Connections & Disconnections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

  City of Saskatoon Contacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72




        A map of Saskatoon can be found on pages 36–37.


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          Information for Homebuyers                                                   What is an Entry-Level Home?
                                                                         Entry-level homes are “a place to start” in the home-ownership
The following information has been gathered from a variety of            market. They are market-level housing that is offered at price points
sources. The information is directed towards homebuyers who are          near the lowest end of the market without using subsidies. Entry-level
looking for entry-level and affordable housing.                          homes are typically purchased by young families, individuals with new
                                                                         jobs, new immigrants, and others who may not yet be able to afford
                What is Affordable Housing?                              the home of their dreams but want to take advantage of the benefits
                                                                         of home-ownership.
Generally speaking, a home is considered affordable if the monthly       Today, it can be a challenge for people who do not currently own a
rent or payments amount to no more than 30% of the gross house-          home to break into the home-ownership market. Entry-level homes
hold income. More specifically, “affordable housing” refers to housing    can provide a relatively low-cost first step in home-ownership.
that is available at below-market prices, usually because of a subsidy
from one or more levels of government and/or one or more chari-          Entry-level homes are typically found on the resale market and are
table organizations. Recently, some for-profit companies have begun       typically smaller than average. They may be attached to other hous-
exploring the possibility of providing affordable housing.               ing units like a duplex or a condominium unit in an apartment-style
                                                                         building. It is important to ensure that any home you are considering
In Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC)              buying is adequate for your needs and meets any applicable standards
monitors housing affordability. Based on information it collects about   (e.g. Fire and Safety).
the cost of housing, SHC sets household income levels within which
families and housing providers are eligible to apply for provincial
housing programs. These annual household income levels are called
maximum income limits (MILs). As of January 2008, the maximum
income limits in Saskatoon were $44,500 for singles and couples
without dependents and $52,000 for families with dependents. These
figures are subject to change periodically.
In Saskatoon, any housing project that provides units to individuals
or families with incomes below the maximum income limits is consid-
ered “affordable.” Affordable housing projects must have a process in
place to verify incomes to ensure that affordable housing is available
to those who truly need it.




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                              Canada Mortgage
                              & Housing Corporation
                              Canada Mortgage and Housing Corpo-
                              ration (CMHC) is Canada’s national
                              housing agency. For more than 60                Provincial Homeownership Program
                              years, CMHC has shared a wealth
                              of knowledge and housing expertise
                                                                    The Provincial Government (through the Saskatchewan Housing
to help inform and reassure homeowners. Millions of Canadians
                                                                    Corporation) offers the HomeFirst Homeownership Program for
continue to benefit from mortgage insurance and much more from
                                                                    entry-level homebuyers. The Homeownership Program provides
CMHC – a place they already call home.
                                                                    financial assistance to help low- to moderate-income families achieve
Are you ready to own your own home? How much of a mortgage          the dream of owning a home.
can you afford? What should you look for when searching for a new
                                                                    Depending on your household income and price of the property you
home? What type of home should you buy? What are some of the
                                                                    want to buy, you may be eligible to receive the following financial
unexpected or additional costs involved?
                                                                    assistance:
The CMHC publication, Homebuying Step by Step: A Consumer
                                                                    • a forgivable loan of up to $20,000 – you do not have to pay this
Guide and Workbook, will help you answer these and many other
                                                                      loan back if you live in the home for 10 years; if you sell the prop-
questions. By leading you through the home-buying process in ten
                                                                      erty in the first 10 years, a portion of the forgivable loan and the
simple steps, the guide will show you how to assess your current
                                                                      entire deferred loan including interest will need to be paid back
financial situation and determine how much house you can afford,
and then teach you about home-hunting, mortgage payments, and       • a low-interest deferred second mortgage of up to $30,000 – no
moving into your new home. You will also find useful post-purchase     payments are due for 10 years, after which you will begin to pay
tips on home repair, maintenance, and renovations.                    interest and the amount of the mortgage in full
This and many other useful publications are available from the      You may be eligible for this program if you meet the following criteria:
corporation’s website, or by contacting the CMHC order desk.        • annual gross household income from all sources at or below the
                                                                      maximum income limits (MILs) as established by the Saskatch-
  Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)                      ewan Housing Corporation (see “What is Affordable Housing?”
                                                                      on page 2)
  phone 1-800-668-2642             fax 1-800-245-9274
                                                                    • dependants living in your household
  www.cmhc.ca (look under Consumers)
                                                                    • have not owned a home in the last three years
                                                                    • have funding for the property – may include a mortgage, equity,
                                                                      or co-signer/guarantor


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The housing you choose can be either new or existing, but it must be
modest in size and construction. For example, the property cannot be
more than 1,200 square feet, and can have no more than three of the
following:
• more than two bathrooms
• a hot tub
                                                                               A Program for Entry-Level Homebuyers
• a double garage
• a sauna                                                              The City of Saskatoon has partnered with Affinity Credit Union to
                                                                       assist individuals and families who hope to purchase an entry-level
• a fireplace                                                           home. The program offers a cash grant of 5% of the purchase price
To qualify for the HomeFirst Homeownership Program, you will have      to eligible applicants. In order to qualify, applicants must have an
to take homeownership education, which is available free of charge     annual household income below the maximum income limits set by
from the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation. You will learn about        the Province of Saskatchewan (see “What is Affordable Housing?” on
budgeting, credit, mortgages, home buying, and home maintenance.       page 2). In addition, applicants must meet eligibility criteria set by
                                                                       Affinity Credit Union.

  To find out more about this program contact                             For more information about this program or to start the
  Saskatchewan Housing Corporation                                       application process, please contact
  phone 933-6292                                                         Affinity Credit Union
                                                                         Martin Chicilo, Director, Community Development
  http://cr.gov.sk.ca/housing
                                                                         phone 934-4052                   fax 934-4019




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               Average House Prices in Saskatoon
The cost of real estate in Saskatoon has risen dramatically in recent
years. The table below shows the average prices for different types of
housing in the city for 2007. This table also includes a calculation of
the annual household income necessary to afford the average home.
These prices are subject to change and are meant only as a reference.

                                   Average 2007                   Required Annual
  Housing Type                     Selling Price                     Income*                         A Guide For
  Single family
  dwelling
                                    $225,128.28                        $62,254.51
                                                                                                  Renters & Landlords
  Semi-detached
                                    $238,115.39                        $64,465.67
  & Townhouse
  Apartment
                                    $173,052.32                        $50,574.88
  condominium
* assuming a mortgage with 10% down payment, 7% interest rate, 25 year amortization; prop-
erty tax estimated at 0.75% of property value; annual heating costs per housing type estimated;
$200 condo fees where applicable.




Creating More Entry-Level Housing
The City of Saskatoon is currently working with homebuilders to
secure land and encourage the construction of more entry-level hous-
ing in all new neighbourhoods.
The City is also in the process of forming a new housing corporation
to provide a permanent supply of affordable, entry-level housing for
long-term lease. Keep an eye on the City’s website for information
about the new housing corporation.




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             Starting the Rental Search                                  Provincial Housing Information Hotline            1-888-3-HOME-07
                                                                                                                            (1-888-346-6307)

Allow yourself time to find a suitable place. There are many things       For those having difficulty finding an affordable place to live, facing
to consider – types of places, prices, locations, and agencies. To find   rental cost increases or potential eviction, the Housing Information
places to rent, check                                                    Hotline provides referrals to government programs, community-based
                                                                         organizations, student services, or private real-estate services.
•   Newspapers           • Rental agencies property (Yellow Pages)
•   Websites             • Property management (Yellow Pages)            Saskatoon Housing Authority                                       668-2700
•   “For Rent” signs     • Friends for advice                            525 24th Street East
•   Housing registries
                                                                         Saskatoon Housing Authority provides suitable housing for seniors,
                                                                         families, physically disabled people, and some singles. Rental rates
              Housing Registries in Saskatoon                            are based on household income. It also provides properly maintained
                                                                         market value housing.
 • University of Saskatchewan Students Union                966-6962
   65 Place Riel Student Centre, 1 Campus Drive
   www.ussu.ca/services/registries.shtml                                 Berryridge Housing                                 244-7034, ext 137
                                                                         510 25th Street East
 • SIAST, Student Development                                 933-6445   www.ywcasaskatoon.com/hou-index.php
   114 SIAST Kelsey Campus
                                                                         Operated by the YWCA, Berryridge provides subsidized housing for
   Idylwyld and 33rd Street
                                                                         families with children. Rental rates are based on household income.
   www.siast.sk.ca/kelsey/servicesforstudents/pdf/accommodation.pdf

 • Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies            477-9238     SaskNative Rentals Inc.                                           653-0384
   2nd Floor, 229 4th Avenue South                       or 477-9325     1940 Avenue C North
                                                                         www.sasknativerentals.ca
                   Help Finding a Dwelling                               SaskNative Rentals provides rent geared to income housing for
                                                                         seniors, families, singles, and wheelchair-disabled people of Aborigi-
Some agencies help you find affordable housing, co-operative hous-        nal ancestry. It helps support Aboriginal families dealing with the
ing, social housing, or rent based on your income. Following are some    stresses of urban living.
of these agencies:




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                                                                                                                                                                                                           Change
                                                                                                                                                                                                             %
Cress Housing                                                244-7747
200 – 335 Packham Avenue




                                                                                                                                                                                                             Oct-07




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $633

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $484

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $632
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $675
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $590
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               $673
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $675
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $647
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         $530
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $660
www.sktc.sk.ca/cress.htm




                                                                                                                                                                                            Average
Cress provides suitable, quality, and affordable housing for seniors,




                                                                                                                                                                                                             Oct-06




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $557

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $452

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $556
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $599
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $547
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               $593
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $600
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $561
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         $444
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $556
families, singles, couples, and wheelchair-disabled people of First
Nations ancestry. Rental rates are based on household income.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Oct-07




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               $772




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $731

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $742

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $732
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $851


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $931
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $732
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         $634
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $738
                                                                                                                                                                                            3 Bedroom +



                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $906
Quint Development Corporation                                978-4041
202 – 230 Avenue R South




                                                                        Table 1: Private Apartment Average Rents ($) by Zone and Bedroom Type,




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Oct-06




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $640

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $610

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $639
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $682
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $770
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               $703
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $790
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $677
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         $541
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $616
www.quintsaskatoon.ca
Quint is a community development organization that works in Sas-




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Oct-07




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $68O

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $694

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $459

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $693
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $793
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $675
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               $713
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $753
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $694
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         $556
katoon’s west-side core neighbourhoods. Quint’s programs include




                                                                                                                                                                                            2 Bedroom
home ownership co-operatives, apartments, housing for young moth-
ers completing their education, and transitional housing for men aged




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Oct-06




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $609

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $437

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $608
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $705
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $621
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               $621
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $674
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $597
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         $470
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $576
16 to 22.




                                                                                                                                                 Saskatoon Census Metropolitan Area (CMA)
Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. (CUMFI)                  242-2683




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Oct-07




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $565




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $564
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $630
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $532
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               $571
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $570
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $580
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         $460
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $591
                                                                                                                                                                                            1 Bedroom




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   –
315 Avenue F South
www.cumfi.org




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Oct-06




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $497




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $469
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $550
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $493
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               $507
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $507
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $507
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         $383
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $491




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   –
CUMFI provides safe, suitable, and affordable housing for low-
income singles and families. CUMFI rental accommodations are




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Oct-07
strictly drug and alcohol free.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $436




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $435
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $450
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $410
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               $455
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $446
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $501
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         $348
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $486




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   –
                                                                                                                                                                                            Bachelor
Housing Co-operatives:




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Oct-06




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $395




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $395
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $401
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $391
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               $399
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $399
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $446
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         $319
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $407




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   –
  • Hector Trout Seniors Housing Co-operative                934-1882
    315 Pinehouse Drive




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Source: CMHC, Oct. 2007)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Zone 6 – Southwest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Zone 4 – Northeast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Zone 3 – Lakeview
  • Rainbow Housing Co-operative Ltd.                        242-0604



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Zone 2 – Nutana
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Zone I – Central




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Saskatoon CMA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Zone 5 – North




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Saskatoon City



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Outlying Areas
    72 – 302 Berini Drive




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Zone 7 – West

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Zones 1–7)
  • TERRA Housing Co-operative Ltd.                          978-0252




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Zone 8 –
    100 – 135 McCormack Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Zone




  • Co-opérative d’habitation Villa Bonheur                  242-4841
    116 – 160 Meilicke Road

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                      Average Vacancy Rates by Area                                         What to Look For
                       (source: CMHC, Oct. 2007)                    It is important to consider the affordability and condition of a place.
                                                                    A good home should be safe, comfortable, and affordable. Check out
                                                                    the inside and the outside of the property. If you see problems, ask
                                                                    the landlord to look after them before you move in. Be sure to know
                                                                    your own rights and the responsibilities of your landlord before you
                                                                    rent.
                                                                    Be sure to consider the size, price, condition, location, parking, bus
                                                                    routes, laundry services, schools, groceries, and other services. This
                                                                    will help you decide whether the place will suit your needs.
                                       North 0.1%
                                                        Northeast   Some things to check:
                                                         0.2%
                                                                    Do the following work properly?
Remainder               West
of CMA*                 0.4%                                        • Smoke detector
  0.4%                                   Central                    • Lights and switches
                                         1.0%
                                                                    • Appliances
                        Southwest                                   • Toilets and sinks: Do they leak or drip?
                          2.1%                 Nutana   Lakeview    • Doors and windows: Do they close and lock properly? Are there
                                                0.2%      0.5%        windows in the bedrooms? Are windows of adequate size?
                                                                    • Stairs and handrails: Are they in good shape?

                                                                    Also check:
                                                                    • Walls and ceilings: Are there cracks?
                                                                    • Is the home clean?
    The vacancy rate dropped from 2006
                                                                    • Outside: Is the yard clean and safe? Is there a garbage container
    in all parts of Saskatoon.
                                                                      with a cover?



    * Census Metropolitan Area (CMA)



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Make sure you understand what costs are involved                                                         Illegal Suites
• Who pays the utilities?                                                     Some rental units, such as certain basement suites, do not meet
• How much are utilities (especially for winter heating)?                     building codes or the City of Saskatoon’s regulations on second-
• Is there extra cost for parking, laundry, or storage?                       ary suites and are considered “illegal.” Such suites are constructed
                                                                              without a building permit and do not conform to the City’s Zoning
• What appliances are included?                                               Bylaw. They also may not conform to building codes or fire and safety
• Who is responsible for fixing the appliances?                                regulations. Since the City’s Building Standards Branch and the
• How much is the damage/security deposit?                                    Development Services Branch have not inspected or approved these
                                                                              suites, tenants of illegal suites may face increased risk to their health
Be sure you understand all rules and regulations                              and safety from fire and other hazards. In addition, if the City of
                                                                              Saskatoon learns of an illegal suite because of a complaint, the owner
• Are pets allowed?                                                           may be required to either make it legal or remove it, forcing the ten-
• Is smoking permitted?                                                       ant to leave or put up with construction.
• How many people are allowed to live in the home?                            If you find yourself living in an illegal suite, you still have all the
• Are there rules about guests?                                               rights afforded to tenants. Illegal suites are covered by The Residential
                                                                              Tenancies Act, 2006, and you are protected by this provincial law just
• What are the fees for NSF (“bounced”) or late rent cheques?
                                                                              as you are in any other type of rental accommodation. However, it is
• Are there noise regulations?                                                in your best interest to make sure the rental suite you are considering
• Property maintenance – who mows the lawn, clears the snow . . . ?           is “legal” before signing a rental agreement.
• What changes are you allowed to make without permission (hang
  pictures, install blinds, install bathroom safety features, paint . . .)?     To find out about the legal use of a property and to determine
  Will you be reimbursed for improvements?                                      whether a secondary suite is permitted, contact

If possible, it may be useful to talk to the previous tenants. Ask about        City of Saskatoon, Development Services Branch            975-2645
the property and maintenance, amount of bills, reason for leaving,              3rd Floor, City Hall, 222 3rd Avenue North
and how co-operative the landlord was. The answers may help you to
decide whether you really want to rent the dwelling.

If you decide to rent with another person, remember that you are
responsible for all the rent if the other person does not pay his or her
share. You are also responsible for any damage caused by the other
person and by guests.



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                        Application Forms                                                        Condition of Premises Checklist
The landlord may ask you to fill out an application form to show who           Landlord’s name:
will be living at the property or to verify employment or references.         Landlord’s address:
Fill out the application form as well as you can.
                                                                              Renter’s name:
Application forms help landlords choose tenants when more than one            Renter’s address:
person is interested in the property. However, the landlord cannot
discriminate because of your religion or creed, marital status, family                                          Moving In                                Moving Out
status, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, colour, ancestry, nation-                        Okay Clean
                                                                                                                 Damaged
                                                                                                                                  Missing   Okay Clean
                                                                                                                                                          Damaged
                                                                                                                                                                      Missing
                                                                                                                  or Dirty                                 or Dirty
ality, place of origin, race or perceived race, or the fact you get public    Kitchen
assistance. Also, the landlord cannot charge an application fee.              Stove
                                                                              Refrigerator
                                                                              Cupboards
  If you believe you have been discriminated against for any of               Sink & Counter

  these reasons, contact                                                      Flooring
                                                                              Walls & Windows
  Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission                                        Doors & Trim
  816 Sturdy Stone Building                                                   Light Fixtures
  122 3rd Avenue North                                                        Bathroom
                                                                              Bathtub
  phone 933-5952                       fax 933-7863                           Toilet
  telewriter 373-2119                                                         Sink
                                                                              Cabinet & Mirror
  email shrc@shrc.gov.sk.ca
                                                                              Flooring
  www.shrc.gov.sk.ca                                                          Ceiling
                                                                              Walls & Windows
                                                                              Door & Trim
                                                                              Light Fixtures
                                                                              Living Room
                                                                              Flooring
                                                                              Ceiling
                                                                              Walls & Windows
                                                                              Door & Trim
                                                                              Light Fixtures
                                                                              Stairs & Hall
                                                                              Treads
                                                                              Handrails
                                                                              Walls & Ceiling



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                                    Moving In                           Moving Out                                Condition of Premises Checklist
                                     Damaged                             Damaged
                       Okay Clean                Missing   Okay Clean                Missing
                                      or Dirty                            or Dirty
                                                                                               Landlord’s name:
Dining Room
Flooring                                                                                       Landlord’s address:
Ceiling                                                                                        Renter’s name:
Cupboards
                                                                                               Renter’s address:
Walls & Windows
Doors & Trim                                                                                                                     Moving In                                Moving Out
Light Fixtures                                                                                                                    Damaged                                  Damaged
                                                                                                                    Okay Clean                     Missing   Okay Clean                Missing
Bedroom(s)                                                                                                                         or Dirty                                 or Dirty
Flooring                                                                                       Kitchen
Ceiling                                                                                        Stove
Walls & Windows                                                                                Refrigerator
Door & Trim                                                                                    Cupboards
Light Fixtures                                                                                 Sink & Counter
Basement                                                                                       Flooring
Furnace                                                                                        Walls & Windows
Water Heater                                                                                   Doors & Trim
Flooring                                                                                       Light Fixtures
Walls & Windows                                                                                Bathroom
Door & Trim                                                                                    Bathtub
Outside                                                                                        Toilet
Walls                                                                                          Sink
Windows                                                                                        Cabinet & Mirror
Doors                                                                                          Flooring
Other                                                                                          Ceiling
Washer                                                                                         Walls & Windows
Dryer                                                                                          Door & Trim
                                                                                               Light Fixtures
Date keys                                                                                      Living Room
released / returned                                                                            Flooring
                                                                                               Ceiling
Move in / out date
                                                                                               Walls & Windows
Security deposit
$ paid / returned                                                                              Door & Trim
                                                                                               Light Fixtures
Renter’s signature
                                                                                               Stairs & Hall
Landlord’s
                                                                                               Treads
signature
                                                                                               Handrails
Forwarding
address                                                                                        Walls & Ceiling



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                                    Moving In
                                     Damaged
                                                                        Moving Out
                                                                         Damaged
                                                                                                              The Rental Agreement
                       Okay Clean                Missing   Okay Clean                Missing
                                      or Dirty                            or Dirty
Dining Room
                                                                                               If you decide that the living space suits your needs and your budget,
Flooring
                                                                                               and you have been approved in the application process, then you may
Ceiling
Cupboards
                                                                                               enter into a rental agreement with the landlord.
Walls & Windows                                                                                A rental agreement outlines all conditions for the rental of the
Doors & Trim
                                                                                               property. A rental agreement can be written or verbal. Any agree-
Light Fixtures
                                                                                               ment or understanding that The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, does
Bedroom(s)
Flooring
                                                                                               not cover is void. It is recommended that you obtain a written rental
Ceiling
                                                                                               agreement so that you have proof of what you and your landlord
Walls & Windows                                                                                agreed to. If it is written, the landlord must give you a signed copy
Door & Trim                                                                                    within 20 days. Even if the agreement is not written, it is a legal
Light Fixtures                                                                                 contract. Be sure you understand all parts of the rental agreement.
Basement
Furnace
                                                                                               To create a fixed-term tenancy of three months or longer, the land-
Water Heater                                                                                   lord and tenant must enter into a written tenancy agreement. This
Flooring                                                                                       agreement must specify the date the tenancy is to end or it will be
Walls & Windows                                                                                viewed as a month-to-month tenancy.
Door & Trim
Outside
                                                                                               If the rental agreement is on a month-to-month basis, you pay rent
Walls                                                                                          on a monthly basis, and you must give one full calendar month’s
Windows                                                                                        notice before moving out. A one month’s notice to terminate a
Doors                                                                                          tenancy should be served no later than the last day of the month in
Other                                                                                          order to be effective on the last day of the following month.
Washer
Dryer                                                                                          If the rental agreement is a lease, you must rent the property for a
                                                                                               certain period, usually six months or more. If you move out before
Date keys                                                                                      the lease is over, you must pay the rent for the rest of that period.
released / returned
                                                                                               With the landlord’s permission you may sublet the property and have
Move in / out date                                                                             someone else live in it and rent the place for you until the end of
Security deposit                                                                               the agreement. Before subletting, contact the Office of Residential
$ paid / returned
                                                                                               Tenancies to understand your responsibilities. A lease can also be
Renter’s signature                                                                             terminated if both the landlord and tenant agree, but this agreement
Landlord’s                                                                                     should be in writing.
signature
Forwarding
address



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                  Rights & Responsibilities                           Landlords’ Rights
                                                                      • Receive rent on time
Renters’ Rights
                                                                      • Receive appropriate Notice to Vacate
• Live in a home that is safe                                         • Have property clean and well kept
• Not be disturbed or harassed by landlord                            • Receive prompt notice of repairs needed
• Have repairs fixed within a reasonable time
                                                                      • Have damage caused by renters or guests repaired by the renter
• Have building insured by landlord                                     (landlord must expect ordinary wear and tear)
• Have common areas like hallways, entrances, and laundry area
  clean and well lit                                                  Landlords’ Responsibilities
• Have damage/security deposit returned within 10 days of             • Have place clean and in good condition at move-in
  moving out
                                                                      • Maintain all appliances or services included in the rent (may
• Receive a signed copy of rental agreement                             include: heat, water, electricity, laundry, fridge, and stove)
• Receive a signed copy of the completed Condition of Premises        • Make repairs promptly after notification
  Checklist when moving in and moving out
                                                                      • Maintain common areas such as hallways, entryways, and outside
• Receive receipts for rent and damage/security deposit                 of building
                                                                      • Return damage deposit with interest 10 days after tenant
Renters’ Responsibilities
                                                                        moves out
• Pay rent on time                                                    • Insure the building
• Pay utility bills on time                                           • Respect the privacy of the renter
• Keep property clean                                                 • Make sure the place is safe and fit to live in
• Have insurance for personal property                                • Give tenant signed copy of rental agreement
• Be considerate of neighbours (for example: keep general noise and   • Give tenant receipts for rent and damage/security deposit
  traffic noise down, keep yard tidy and free of garbage, supervise
                                                                      • Provide at least 24 hours’ written notice before entering a rental unit
  children)
• Do not conduct illegal or harmful activities
                                                                        For more information, contact
• Do not give out key or security system password
                                                                        Office of Residential Tenancies                           933-5680
• Have someone responsible look after your home when you are away       105 Sturdy Stone Building
• Repair any damage caused by you or your guests (renter is not         122 3rd Avenue North
  responsible for ordinary wear and tear)
                                                                        www.justice.gov.sk.ca/officeofresidentialtenancies

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                  Paying Your Money                                                                   Paying Rent
                                                                          The amount and day the rent is due are stated in the rental agree-
                 Damage (Security) Deposit                                ment. The landlord can only ask for the amount of rent that is due. It
A damage (or security) deposit is usually required and held by the        is always a good idea to get a receipt for your payment.
landlord to pay for damage, cleaning, and/or unpaid rent in the event     The landlord must give the tenant three full calendar months’
such costs arise. The amount of the deposit can be as much as one         written notice before increasing the rent. If the landlord does not
month’s rent. Half may be paid at the beginning of the agreement,         give this much notice, the tenant can refuse to pay the increase until
and the other half is due two months later. It is always a good idea to   three full calendar months have elapsed. Tenants can dispute the
get a receipt, especially if paying with cash.                            rent increase by applying to the Office of Residential Tenancies. The
If you are a client of Social Services, instead of a damage deposit,      landlord must either have the tenant’s consent or an order from the
Social Services gives the landlord a guarantee letter. Any amount         Office of Residential Tenancies before changing any terms in the
deducted from the deposit for damages will be viewed as an overpay-       rental agreement.
ment and will be deducted from your future social assistance pay-
ments. Any dispute over the return of the damage deposit follows the                   Condition of Premises Checklist
same process as any other security deposit. See “Getting Your Dam-
age Deposit Back” on page 38.                                             Many landlords use a checklist to record the condition of the prop-
                                                                          erty when the tenant moves in and again when the tenant moves
The tenant will receive the whole deposit, along with interest, if        out. It is a good idea for you to keep a copy of this checklist to ensure
• the unit is clean,                                                      you get back the right amount of your deposit. If your landlord does
                                                                          not have a checklist, use the Condition of Premises Checklist in this
• there is no damage (besides ordinary wear and tear),                    booklet. There are two copies – one for you and one for the landlord.
• all rent has been paid, and                                             If the landlord is not available, have a friend sign the checklist as
• proper notice to end the rental agreement has been given.               your witness. Sign both copies. Keep one copy for yourself and send
                                                                          the other copy to your landlord. The checklist should be signed
The landlord has seven business days to                                   within the first week after you move into a new place. It will protect
• return the whole damage deposit, along with interest, to the            your rights and serve as evidence in any disagreement about your
  tenant,                                                                 damage deposit.
• get written consent from the tenant to keep a portion of the
  deposit, and                                                                          The checklists on pages 19–22 protect
                                                                                        your rights and your money. Use them!
• apply to the Office of Residential Tenancies if there is a dispute
  over the return of the deposit.



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            Health & Safety Standards                                       Report all problems to the landlord as soon as you notice them.
                                                                            To avoid any misunderstanding about who will pay for a repair, get
                                                                            the landlord’s permission before you make any repairs. Always try to
It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that the rental property is   contact the landlord first if you have any health or safety concerns.
safe and free of health hazards:                                            If the landlord does not repair essential services (heat, hot and cold
• Heating, plumbing, and electrical systems must work and be                running water, and electricity) within 48 hours of receiving written
  safe to use                                                               notice, contact the Office of Residential Tenancies.
• Walls must be intact                                                      The landlord is responsible for supplying fire safety equipment.
                                                                            The City of Saskatoon Building Standards Branch, Development
• Windows, screens, and doors must work properly
                                                                            Services Branch, and Fire and Protective Services Department
• Pests must be under control                                               enforce all necessary codes. However, for your own safety, follow
• Batteries in smoke detectors must be changed at least once a year         these guidelines:
  (some types of rental units such as secondary suites are required to      • DO NOT use damaged electrical cords
  have hard-wired smoke detectors)
                                                                            • DO NOT plug too may cords into one fixture
When looking for a place to rent, always check for home and fire             • DO NOT run electrical wires under carpets
safety. If there are bedrooms on the second floor or in the basement,        • DO NOT remove smoke detector batteries or unplug a hard-wired
be sure that there is a fire escape from those rooms.                          smoke detector
Locks on your doors cannot be changed unless both the renter
and the landlord agree. You can ask the landlord to change the locks          If the landlord refuses to fix a problem that affects the health and
when you move in.                                                             safety of your home, contact
It can be difficult to identify household pests until you live in a            City of Saskatoon                                       975-2828
place for awhile. Read the following pages for a description of com-          Health and Safety Hotline
mon pests so you can recognize them. You may capture one of the
                                                                              Fire Marshal                                            975-2578
pests in a sealed container and take it to Public Health Services for
                                                                              Fire and Protective Services
identification.
                                                                              Public Health Services                                  655-4605
Record the condition of the premises in the Condition of Prem-
                                                                              Safe Communities Department
ises Checklist included in this handbook (see page 23), even if the
landlord promises to fix the problem.




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                           Pest Control                                  Common Household Pests
The best way to control pests is to keep your house clean. Pests are                     Mice are small rodents with brownish grey bod-
looking for food, water, and shelter.                                                    ies and almost hairless tails. They often move
                                                                                         into houses when the weather gets cold. They
Points to remember                                                                       can squeeze through small holes and hide in
                                                                                         walls and other small spaces. They eat almost
• Do not leave uncovered food on the table or counters                                   anything and spread germs in human food. They
• Store dry food in containers that seal tightly                                         can chew into wiring in walls, causing a fire
• Keep your garbage bin covered; empty the garbage bin when it’s full                    hazard.

• Clean up crumbs, spills, and grease                                                    Fleas are very small, fast-jumping insects. They
• Vacuum and dust regularly                                                              are brownish with flat, hard bodies. They can
• Repair cracks and holes in walls or windows to keep pests from                         be carried by animals such as dogs, cats or mice,
  getting in                                                                             and also by humans. They hide in places with
                                                                                         dust and bits of food like carpets and couches.
If pests were in the house before you moved in, it may be difficult to                    Fleas feed on blood and can pass diseases and
get rid of them. Insect sprays can be dangerous to your health. Also,                    parasites to people.
these sprays only kill pests you can see. Instead of using sprays, ask
your landlord to hire a professional exterminator.
                                                                                         Beetles are one of the most common house-
                                                                                         hold pests. Flour beetles are found in flour and
                                                                                         dry cereals. Carpet beetles are reddish or dark
                                                                                         brown. They eat natural fibres like wool, fur, silk,
                                                                                         feather, and carpets.




                                                                                         Bedbugs are reddish-brown insects with no
                                                                                         wings. They have a musty (mouldy or stale)
                                                                                         odour and cannot be easily crushed. They like
                                                                                         to suck the blood of humans. They hide and lay
                                                                                         eggs in bedding, cracks, or corners.




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              Cockroaches are pale brown to black with                      Ending the Rental Agreement
              oval, flat bodies. They like crumbs and food,
              and they spread germs with their feet. They
              leave a musty smell and taste to food they have                              Vacate Notices
              touched.
                                                                   A proper vacate notice must be in writing. It includes the date, name,
                                                                   and address of both the landlord and the renter, as well as a clear
                                                                   statement of intention. Notices must be signed.
              Ants are perhaps the most common household           According to The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, any notice to
              pests. Once they get into your home and find a        vacate or to end a tenancy must substantially comply with the forms
              food supply, they will try to invade. They espe-     prescribed by The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006. Samples of the
              cially like sweet foods like jams and soft drinks.   required forms can be found on pages 39–43, but it is recommended
              Because they are so small, ants can easily get       that you contact the Office of Residential Tenancies for an explana-
              into food and garbage, spreading germs, if food is   tion of the forms and advice on which form to use in your situation.
              not tightly covered.                                 Don’t forget to keep a copy of any form you give to your landlord/
                                                                   tenant!
              Silverfish are small, fast insects with flat bodies.
              They like protein and starches such as dried           For copies of these forms, contact the Office of Residential
              beef, flour, glue, or paper. They are found on          Tenancies, or download them as PDFs from their website at
              floors and walls, and get into wallpaper, books,        www.justice.gov.sk.ca/Forms-and-Sample-Documents.
              and some fabrics.
                                                                   When you are the renter and you want to move out
                                                                   • You must give one full calendar month’s notice. For example, if
                                                                     you want to move out June 30, you must give written notice no
                                                                     later than May 31.
                                                                   • If you have signed a lease, you are locked into the lease agreement
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                               Eviction                                      If the tenant refuses to move in accordance with an Order and Writ
                                                                             for Possession, the sheriff can be asked to remove the tenant. The
A landlord can evict a tenant (ask the tenant to move out immedi-            landlord cannot throw the tenant or the tenant’s possessions out on
ately) if the tenant is more than 15 days in arrears on rent or utilities.   the street, change the locks to the unit, or hold the tenant’s posses-
                                                                             sions until rent or damages are paid.
The landlord can serve one calendar month’s notice to terminate the
tenancy for a number of reasons, including the following:                    Tenants have rights under The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, The
                                                                             Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, and health, fire, and safety
• The security deposit remains unpaid for more than 30 days                  regulations.
• The tenant is repeatedly late paying rent                                  Tenants CANNOT be evicted for attempting to act upon legal rights
• An unreasonable number of occupants are living in the rental unit          or for reporting health or safety concerns.
• The tenant and guests disturbed or jeopardized the health or
                                                                               If you have a concern, contact the appropriate department
  safety of others living around them or the landlord
                                                                               (see “Getting Help,” on page 44).
• The tenant fails to repair the rental unit after being given notice
  and reasonable time to complete the repair (in such cases, the
  landlord must first warn the tenant about the problem and give                                     Showing the Unit
  the tenant an opportunity to remedy the problem if it is capable of
  being remedied)                                                            If a tenant has served notice to end a tenancy, a landlord is permitted
                                                                             to enter the unit to show it to a prospective tenant, but only under
• The residential property is sold and the purchaser intends to move in      certain conditions. A landlord may enter the unit if:
• The landlord decides to make major repairs                                 • The tenant has given permission
• The landlord decides to tear down the residential property                 • The landlord has given notice to the tenant at least two hours
                                                                               before entering the unit
• Legal action is being taken by an enforcement agency against the
  landlord                                                                   • The tenant and the landlord have agreed in writing, after notice
                                                                               to vacate has been served, to the circumstances under which a
In extremely serious cases, a landlord can evict a tenant immediately          landlord may enter
without any warnings or notice if the conduct complained of is so
serious it would be considered unreasonable to wait. The landlord            If a landlord does not have permission from the tenant and a written
must apply directly to the Office of Residential Tenancies for an             agreement has not been made, then the landlord must make a rea-
Order and Writ for Possession of the rental unit in such circum-             sonable effort to contact the tenant at least two hours before enter-
stances. Tenants can also be evicted immediately if the property is          ing the unit. The tenant should provide a phone number or email
viewed to be extremely unsafe by the Fire and Protective Services            address on the notice to end a tenancy. If no contact information
Department.                                                                  has been provided or if the landlord is unable to reach the tenant,
                                                                             the landlord may enter the unit without notice and afterwards post a
                                                                             notice on the door of the rental unit, notifying the tenant of the time
                                                                             and date of entry.
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Legend
       schools
       golf courses
       City limits




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           Getting Your Damage Deposit Back                                                                             Form 6
                                                                                                        The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006
The renter has the right to receive the whole deposit, with interest, if
                                                                                                             NOTICE TO LANDLORD
the following conditions have been met:
                                                                                                          TO TERMINATE THE TENANCY
• The property is left clean
• There is no damage beyond ordinary wear and tear                         To                                                of
                                                                                             (Landlord’s name)                                     (Landlord’s address)
• All rent has been paid
• Proper notification has been given                                        I hereby give you notice that I am terminating my tenancy and giving up possession of
                                                                           the premises described as:
The landlord has seven business days to do one of the following:
• Return the renter’s deposit with interest
• Keep all or a portion of the deposit with the written consent of the
  renter
                                                                                    (Rental address)
• Apply to the Office of Residential Tenancies for a hearing to
                                                                           on the                 day of                                 20                  or on the last day of
  resolve any dispute about the deposit.                                   the period of the tenancy next following the giving of this notice.

If the landlord wishes to keep any portion of the damage deposit, the      My e-mail address and/or telephone number to contact me is:
renter must agree in writing. Otherwise, the landlord must return
the entire deposit immediately. If there is a dispute, the landlord        (Optional, but if not provided, a landlord may show your rental unit to a prospective tenant by simply
                                                                           leaving a written note.)
must make an application to the Office of Residential Tenancies for
a hearing. If the landlord has neither returned the deposit nor made
an application within 7 days, the renter may apply to the Office of         Dated at                                        in the Province of Saskatchewan, this
Residential Tenancies for an order requiring the landlord to return                          day of                                        20       .
the deposit.
The above conditions also apply for disputes about guarantees from
Social Services.                                                           Tenant signature
Disputes about the cleanliness and condition of the property can be
minimized by using the Condition of Premises Checklists included on        Name (Please Print)                                    Address
pages 24–27. This checklist can be used as evidence; use it to protect
yourself!
                                                                           March 2007




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                                            Form 7(a)                                                                                              Form 8
                               The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006                                                                   The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006
                                        (Section 57(5)(b))                                                                                  (Section 58(1)(5))
                                                                                                                                          NOTICE TO VACATE
                              NOTICE OF UTILITY ARREARS
                                                                                                 To
                                                                                                          Tenant(s)
                                                                                                 I hereby give you notice to deliver up possession of the premises described as:

To
         Tenant(s)
                                                                                                 that you hold of me as tenant, on the         day of                          , 20                          OR on
        Address                                                                                  the last day of the period of your tenancy next following the giving of this notice.

You are hereby given notice that the tenancy agreement requires the tenant                       The reason for giving this notice is as follows:
to pay utility charges to the landlord or the person providing the utility and
you are hereby demanded to pay the arrears.
                                                                                                 This notice is also to advise that you may be held responsible for any and all rent loss suffered as
If the utility charges are still unpaid 15 days after the serving of this notice,                a result of your breach of the tenancy agreement.
your tenancy agreement will be terminated.
                                                                                                 Dated at                                         in the Province of Saskatchewan, this                        day

                                                                                                 of                                       , 20
Date:

                                                                                                 (Landlord and/or Agent)                                         (Name of Landlord/Agent – Please Print)

(Landlord and/or Agent)                                (Name of Landlord/Agent – Please Print)
                                                                                                 (Address of Landlord – Please Print)

                                                                                                 If a Tenant disagrees with the Notice to vacate, they must provide written notice to the landlord disputing the notice
(Address of Landlord – Please Print)                                                             within 15 days of receipt of the Notice to Vacate or they are deemed to have accepted that the tenancy ends.

                                                                                                              DISPUTE NOTICE TO LANDLORD’S CLAIM TO END TENANCY

                                                                                                 I/We,                                                                                     tenant/s of the
                                                                                                 landlord,

                                                                                                                                        hereby dispute the termination notice served on us by the landlord.

                                                                                                 The landlord must apply for a hearing to the Office of Residential Tenancies for a hearing to resolve the dispute.

                                                                                                 Date:

                                                                                                 Tenant’s Signature:
November 2007                                                                                                                                                                                              March 2007




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                                            Form 8 (b)                                               G       A landlord may end a periodic tenancy respecting a rental unit if the landlord has all the
                                The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006                                          necessary permits and approvals required by law, and intends in good faith, to do any of
                                           (Section 60)                                                      the following:
                                     NOTICE TO VACATE                                                        a) demolish the rental unit;
                                                                                                             b) renovate or repair the rental unit in a manner that requires the rental unit to be vacant;
                                                                                                             c) convert the residential property to condominiums pursuant to The Condominium
To                                                                                                               Property Act, 1993;
       Tenant(s)                                                                                             d) convert the residential property into a continuing housing co-operative as defined in
                                                                                                                 The Co-operatives Act, 1996;
of                                                                                                           e) convert the rental unit for use by a caretaker, manager or superintendent of the
       Address of Rented Premises                                                                                residential property;
                                                                                                             f) convert the rental unit to a non-residential use.
in the City/Town of                                        , in the Province of Saskatchewan.

                                                                                                     Dated at                                      in the Province of Saskatchewan, this                 day
I hereby give you notice to deliver up possession of the above described premises that you hold
                                                                                                     of                                     , 20
of me as tenant, on the             day of                   , 20         OR on the last day of

the period of your tenancy next following the giving of this notice.                                 (Landlord and/or Agent)                                   (Name of Landlord/Agent – Please Print)

The reason for giving this notice is as follows: (check off applicable)
                                                                                                     (Address of Landlord – Please Print)
G      A landlord who is an individual may end a periodic tenancy respecting a rental unit if the
       landlord or a close family member or friend of the landlord intends in good faith to
       occupy the rental unit.                                                                                                                NOTICE TO TENANT

G      A landlord that is a family corporation may end a periodic tenancy respecting a rental        If you disagree with this Notice, you must make an application to the Office of Residential
       unit if an individual owning voting shares in the corporation, or a close family member or    Tenancies for a hearing within 15 days of being served with this Notice.
       friend of that individual, intends in good faith to occupy the rental unit.
                                                                                                     Application forms can be obtained at: http://www.justice.gov.sk.ca/officeofresidentialtenancies
G      A landlord may end a periodic tenancy respecting a rental unit if:                            or by phoning 1-888-215-2222 or 787-2699 (Regina), 933-5680 (Saskatoon).
       a) the landlord enters into an agreement in good faith to sell the rental unit;
       b) all the conditions on which the sale depends have been satisfied; and                      If you don't dispute this notice, you are considered to have accepted that the tenancy ends and
       c) the purchaser asks the landlord, in writing, to give notice to end the tenancy on one of   you will be expected to leave.
           the following grounds:
           i. the purchaser is an individual and the purchaser, or a close family member or          A tenant has the additional right to end the tenancy earlier by giving the landlord at least 10
               friend of the purchaser, intends in good faith to occupy the rental unit;             days’ written notice and paying the proportionate amount of rent.
           ii. the purchaser is a family corporation and an individual owning voting shares in
               the corporation, or a close family member or friend of that individual, intends in    In the event that the landlord does not carry out the intended purpose stated in the Notice, a
               good faith to occupy the rental unit.                                                 tenant may seek compensation for having moved.




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               City of Saskatoon Health and Safety Hotline                   975-2828

               Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon
               Inner City, Inc. (CLASSIC)                                    653-7676
               602 20th Street West                                       fax 653-7677
               email info@classiclaw.ca
               http://classiclaw.ca


Getting Help   Equal Justice for All
               230 Avenue R South
                                                                             653-6260


               Fire Marshal                                                  975-2578
               Fire and Protective Services

               Housing Information Hotline                          1-888-3-HOME-07
               (for information, see page 11)                        (1-888-346-6307)

               Office of Residential Tenancies                                933-5680
               105 Sturdy Stone Building
               122 3rd Avenue North
               www.justice.gov.sk.ca/officeofresidentialtenancies

               Public Health Services                                        655-4605
               Safe Communities Department

               Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan            653-1868
               300 – 201 21st Street East
               email plea@plea.org
               www.plea.org/

               Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission                           933-5952
               816 Sturdy Stone Building                                 933-7863 (fax)
               122 3rd Avenue North                                 telewriter 373-2119
               email shrc@shrc.gov.sk.ca www.shrc.gov.sk.ca

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                  City of Saskatoon Bylaws
                                                                          • The owner of the property is responsible for meeting the bylaw
Fire and Protective Services Bylaw No. 7990                                 provisions
                                                                          • No person shall cause or permit a building or structure to dete-
The Fire Department, under the Fire and Protective Services Bylaw
                                                                            riorate into a ruinous or dilapidated state or become a danger to
No. 7990, performs annual inspections of certain buildings, struc-
                                                                            public safety
tures, and properties for fire and life safety. To be eligible for these
annual inspections the buildings must be categorized as Assembly,         • No person shall cause or permit occupancy or use of any property
Institutional, and Residential (four dwelling units or greater) accord-     that does not conform to minimum standards
ing to the National Building Code of Canada, 1995. The Department
                                                                          • Property must not constitute a nuisance or shelter for rodents,
also conducts annual and bi-annual inspections on all commercial,
                                                                            vermin, or insects
mercantile, and industrial buildings, structures, and properties.
                                                                          • Walkways, driveways, and parking spaces must be maintained and
Property Maintenance and Nuisance Abatement (2003)                          provide safe passage
Bylaw No. 8175                                                            • A sufficient number of waste receptacles must be provided
In addition, City Council passed the Property Maintenance and             Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services regularly receives complaints
Nuisance Abatement Bylaw No. 8175, giving the Fire and Protec-            about property and living conditions, fire and life safety concerns in
tive Services Department a mandate to undertake scheduled and             dwelling units and rental properties, including multi-unit or apart-
complaint-driven inspections of all properties in all areas of the        ment complexes. As required by the Property Maintenance and
City. These inspections include the conditions of yards, properties,      Nuisance Abatement Bylaw, a Fire Inspector will investigate the
and exteriors of all buildings and structures, including single family    complaint and, if a problem is found, order it corrected.
dwellings.
                                                                          Health and Safety Hotline                                975-2828
The purpose of this bylaw is to provide for the proper maintenance
of property and the abatement of nuisances, including property or         This line is primarily used to report maintenance concerns, such
things that                                                               as complaints of unsightly yards, junked vehicles, and homes or
                                                                          buildings in a state of disrepair, however, any type of safety concern
a) affect the safety, health, and welfare of people in the neighbour-     can be reported to the Health and Safety Hotline, 24 hours a day, 7
   hood, and                                                              days a week.
b) affect the amenity of a neighbourhood.
Some of the other guidelines of the Property Maintenance and Nui-
sance Abatement Bylaw No. 8175 include the following:




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                      Home First Program                                   What Should I Look For in My Neighbourhood?
The Fire Department is in the second year of a partnership with the        Following is a list of common signs of illegal activity:
Provincial Ministry of Social Services through its Home First Pro-         • Frequent visitors at all times of day and night
gram. When Social Assistance clients who are renting a property
                                                                           • Blackened windows or curtains always closed
want an increase in their rental income supplement, they must first
pass an inspection by the Fire Department. If the property meets the       • Unfriendly people who appear to be secretive
basic requirements the client is entitled to an income increase. If cor-   • Elaborate home security
rective action is necessary, the landlord is required by the Home First
Program and the Property Maintenance and Nuisance Abatement                • Strange odours coming from the house or garage
Bylaw to comply and make the necessary improvements.                       • Garbage that contains a lot of bottles and containers, especially
                                                                             chemical containers
                                                                           • Placing garbage in a neighbour’s collection area
              Safer Communities &
                                                                           Alone, any of these activities or signs may not necessarily mean that
             Neighbourhoods (SCAN)                                         there are illegal activities occurring. However, if these activities are
                                                                           occurring frequently, or if there is a combination of them occurring,
On any block and in any neighbourhood, it only takes one house             it may indicate a problem. If you are suspicious of a property in your
that is harbouring illegal activities to undermine the safety of all the   neighbourhood, do not investigate it yourself. Do not approach the
residents of that community. Through the Safer Communities and             occupants. Please call the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods Act, the Saskatchewan Department of Justice helps           Investigation Unit Immediately.
improve community safety by targeting, and, if necessary, shutting
down residential or commercial buildings and land regularly used for         SCAN Investigation Unit                                  933-8373
illegal activities. Common illegal activities include:                                                                         1-866-51-SAFER
                                                                                                                              (1-866-517-2337)
• Producing, selling, or using illegal drugs
                                                                             If you suspect illegal activities in a property in your neighbour-
• Prostitution
                                                                             hood, contact the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods
• Solvent abuse                                                              (SCAN) Investigation Unit.
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           Condominium Conversions                                         If you are an entry-level/first-time homebuyer
                                                                           • Condominium conversions usually occur in housing markets
With the strength of the real estate market in Saskatoon, the city has       where the cost of single family homes has increased beyond the
experienced a relatively high number of condo conversions in recent          reach of most first-time homebuyers. Condominiums present an
years. This section will answer some of your questions about condo           opportunity for such homebuyers to become property-owners
conversions: What are they? How can you be affected? What can you            because condos usually cost less than houses.
do if your apartment owner proposes to convert it into a condo?
                                                                           What protection is there for someone renting a unit that is
In Saskatoon, condominium conversions are regulated by City of Sas-        to be converted into a condominium?
katoon Council Policy C09-004 (Condominium Approvals). Provin-
cially, condominiums are governed by The Condominium Property Act,         According to the City’s Condominium Approvals Policy a condo
1993. A condominium conversion must comply with both of these              conversion cannot proceed until the applicant (developer/landlord)
documents.                                                                 meets the following requirements:
NOTE: The following information is current at press time; however          • Tenants must be notified in writing at least six months before the
the condominium conversion policy is under review. For the most              condo conversion is approved.
current information on the City’s policy, contact the Development
                                                                           • Tenants must receive an option to purchase their unit with terms
Services Branch at 975-2645.
                                                                             and pricing at least as favourable as those offered the general
                                                                             public.
What is a condo conversion?
                                                                           • The landlord may not raise rent during the six month notice
Condominium conversion involves subdividing a property held under            period.
a single title (e.g. rental apartments) and creating separate titles for
                                                                           • The landlord may not undertake any construction deemed disrup-
each unit so it can be sold individually.
                                                                             tive to tenants.
How can you be affected by condo conversions?                              • If the landlord does raise rent or begins construction that causes
                                                                             significant disruption during the six month period this period may
If you are a renter                                                          be considered invalid and the landlord may be required to restart
• The most obvious way you can be affected is if the unit you are            the six month period. Disruptive construction means construc-
  living in is proposed for condo conversion. If all requirements are        tion or renovation in common areas or occupied premises which
  met by the developer, you will have the choice of purchasing your          unreasonably affect the quiet enjoyment of any tenant.
  unit or finding other accommodation.
• You may also be indirectly affected by condo conversions.
  Although evidence indicates about 30% of condominium units
  end up on the rental market, conversion of a large number of
  rental units may reduce their availability.
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What can you do if the rental unit you are living in is
proposed to be converted into a condo?
                                                                                   Plans to Increase the Supply
Consider becoming a homebuyer.
                                                                                      of Affordable Housing
• Condominiums present a relatively affordable option for entry-         The City of Saskatoon Housing Business Plan includes new local
  level/first-time homebuyers. Developers often undertake renova-         initiatives to increase affordable and entry-level housing. Below is a
  tions on units before selling them as condominiums, so newly           list of those initiatives:
  converted condominiums may be an appealing option.
                                                                         • Grant of 10% of total capital cost to construct new affordable
Begin searching for other rental accommodation.                            housing
• The six month notice period is intended to give tenants ample          • 5-year tax abatement for new affordable rental housing
  time to find another place. This handbook provides some helpful
  hints for places to start looking. See “Starting the Rental Search,”   • Incentives to construct new secondary suites
  on page 10.                                                            • First Home Ownership Program (pre-designation of sites for entry-
Report behaviour that does not comply with the City’s policy on            level housing)
condo conversions and/or Provincial regulations.                         • New Zoning District for entry-level housing
• If your landlord or the developer of a proposed condo conver-          • Development bonuses for affordable housing
  sion has not met the requirements for conversions in Saskatoon,
  you should notify the City of Saskatoon, Development Services          • Permanent affordable housing (land trust)
  Branch.                                                                • Providing disposable land for affordable housing
                                                                         • Priority review for affordable housing permit applications
  City of Saskatoon, Development Services Branch          975-2645       • Support to develop affordable housing business plans
  If you have questions or concerns about condo conversions,             • New Rental Construction Land Cost Rebate Program
  contact the Development Services Branch.

                                                                           City of Saskatoon Housing Plan                           975-3340
                                                                           For more information on any of these initiatives, contact the City
                                                                           of Saskatoon Housing Facilitator. Or, download the 2008 City of
                                                                           Saskatoon Housing Business Plan from the City’s website:
                                                                           www.saskatoon.ca/org/city_planning/affordable_housing
                                                                           (look under “Resources & Forms” near the bottom of the page)



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              Saskatoon Community Plan for
                 Homelessness & Housing
The 2007 Saskatoon Community Plan for Homelessness and Housing
continues from previous planning efforts and expresses the desires of
community stakeholders to meet the following goals:
• Influence spending and policy decisions affecting the homeless
  and those experiencing housing instability
• Engage other stakeholders in housing instability issues to attract
  more resources and creativity                                              Directory of
• Strengthen awareness of the problems facing those who have
  unstable housing circumstances                                          Community Services
• Make possible more shared, person-centred thinking in providing
  service
• Recognize the ways in which community needs are not now met
The main goal is to eliminate homelessness by creating stable housing
for all Saskatonians and reducing the need for future intervention.
This plan guides prevention, intervention, and community develop-
ment projects for people who face unstable housing. Carrying out the
plan is the job of all community stakeholders; however, the Commu-
nity Advisory Board will supervise progress. This board works under
the Homelessness Partnering Strategy because the plan was created
with support from the Government of Canada Homelessness Partner-
ing Strategy.
The plan is kept alive by linking with the community to ensure its pri-
orities are up to date, progress is made, stakeholders remain involved,
and housing and homelessness continue to be a community priority.
The “keeping the Plan Alive” consultation and review process occurs
every two years.

  The 2007 Community Plan for Homelessness and Housing is
  available on the City’s website:
  www.saskatoon.ca/org/city_planning/affordable_housing
  (look under “Resources & Forms” near the bottom of the page)

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 Aboriginal                                                                    Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre                              244-1146
                                                                               120 33rd Street East                                         665-6520 (fax)
Central Urban Métis Federation, Inc.                              242-2683
315 Avenue F South                                                             www.sicc.sk.ca

www.cumfi.org                                                                   Programs include languages, curriculum research and development, audio-
                                                                               visual services, library and information services, and an Elders’ program.
CUMFI offers programs and services to assist urban Aboriginal people in
Saskatoon, including programs in economic development, justice, educa-         Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC)                                    956-6100
tion, housing, sport, culture, and recreation programming.
                                                                               STC Urban First Nations Services, Inc.                           477-9333
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations                        655-1215      200 – 335 Packham Avenue                                     244-7273 (fax)
100 – 103A Packham Avenue                                    244-4413 (fax)    www.sktc.sk.ca
www.fsin.com                                                                   Services include education, economic development, planning, financial sem-
The FSIN represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan and works for the         inars, employment and training, and other services for First Nations peoples.
promotion and protection of Treaty rights.                                     Many of these and additional programs and services are offered through the
                                                                               STC Urban First Nations Services organization.
Indian and Métis Friendship Centre                               244-0174
168 Wall Street                                              664-2536 (fax)
                                                                                Complaints / Justice
email executivedirector_SIMFC@shaw.ca
http://simfc.com                                                               Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon
Services include: drop-in centre, family worker, A.A. meetings.                Inner City, Inc. (CLASSIC)                                       653-7676
                                                                               602 20th Street West                                         653-7677 (fax)
Métis Nation of Saskatchewan                                    343-8285       email info@classiclaw.ca
219 Robin Crescent                                1-888-343-6667 (toll-free)
                                                            343-0171 (fax)     http://classiclaw.ca
http://metna.sasktelwebhosting.com                                             CLASSIC is a charitable organization that provides free, professional, and
                                                                               confidential legal services for low-income community members who cannot
Support services include education and employment assistance, addictions       otherwise afford legal advice or representation.
counselling, justice services.
                                                                               Cultural Diversity and Race Relations                             975-7826
Saskatchewan First Nations and Métis Relations             (306)787-6250       City Hall, 222 3rd Avenue North
Regina, Saskatchewan                                   (306) 787-5832 (fax)
                                                                               www.saskatoon.ca/org/leisure/race_relations
www.fnmr.gov.sk.ca
                                                                               This City of Saskatoon office provides information and referrals for sup-
This government ministry provides services related to economic devel-          port services and community resources regarding complaints of racial
opment, Treaty Land Entitlement, and funding programs for Aboriginal           discrimination.
organizations.

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Equal Justice for All                                              653-6260     Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission                             933-5952
316 – 230 Avenue R South                                       655-5895 (fax)   816 Sturdy Stone Building                                    933-7863 (fax)
                                                                                122 3rd Avenue North                                   373-2119 (telewriter)
email ejainc@sasktel.net
This organization provides self-help and advocacy.                              email shrc@shrc.gov.sk.ca
                                                                                www.shrc.gov.sk.ca
Family Law Division (Court of Queen’s Bench)                       933-5174     The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission investigates instances of
900 – 224 4th Avenue South                                     933-5703 (fzx)   discrimination.
The Family Law Division of the Court of the Queen’s Bench handles
family-law-related matters including divorce, custody, access, child support,   Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission                               933-5300
separations.                                                                    502 – 201 21st Street East                        1-800-667-3764 (toll-free)
                                                                                                                                            933-6764 (fax)
Office of the Ombudsman                                             933-5500     www.legalaid.sk.ca
315 25th Street East                                           933-8406 (fax)
                                                                                This commission promotes justice by providing legal services to eligible low-
www.ombudsman.sk.ca                                                             income individuals.
The Office of the Ombudsman investigates complaints against the provin-
cial government.
                                                                                 Crisis / Emergency
Public Health Inspector                                            655-4605     Child Protection Services                                          933-5961
101 – 310 Idylwyld Drive North                                 655-4498 (fax)   Sturdy Stone Building
The inspector handles questions and complaints regarding health and safety      122 3rd Avenue North
concerns.                                                                       http://cr.gov.sk.ca/child-protection

Office of Residential Tenancies                                     933-5680     Individuals must report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect.
Sturdy Stone Building                                          933-7030 (fax)
105 – 122 3rd Avenue North                                                      CHEP (Child Hunger and Education Program)                         655-4575
                                                                                210 – 230 Avenue R South                                      655-5512 (fax)
www.justice.gov.sk.ca/officeofresidentialtenancies
                                                                                email karen@chep.org
This office provides information and support services, and adjudicates claims
                                                                                www.chep.org
arising from landlord and tenant disputes under The Residential Tenancies
Act, 2006.                                                                      CHEP works with children, families, and communities to improve access
                                                                                to good food and promote food Security. Numerous programs assist people
                                                                                by providing access to nutritional food and education about healthy eating,
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Crisis Intervention Service                                       933-6200      STC Safe House                                                    384-0004
103 – 506 25th Street East, YWCA
                                                                                www.sktc.sk.ca/safehouse.htm
This service provides emergency telephone crisis counselling and mobile         The Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) Safe House serves male and female
response counselling. It also provides information on human and health          youth aged 9 to 16. It is a safe place for youth who have nowhere to go and
services in the community.                                                      provides shelter, food, support, and referral services.

Infinity House                                                     955-2332      Tamara’s House                                                   683-8667
315 Avenue Q South                                                              1605 Victoria Avenue                                         688-8670 (fax)
Infinity House is a transitional home and shelter for single mothers and their
children which offers extensive programming and support. It is a drug and       email tamara@tamarashouse.sk.ca
alcohol free environment.                                                       www.tamarashouse.sk.ca
                                                                                Tamara’s House provides support and services for victims of sexual abuse,
Interval House                                                    244-0185      including a drop-in centre, training and education programs, and comple-
712 Victoria Avenue                                           244-0327 (fax)    mentary care.
email info@saskatoonintervalhouse.org
www.saskatoonintervalhouse.org
                                                                                 Education
Interval House is an emergency shelter for women, with or without children,
who have been forced to leave their homes due to an abusive relationship.       School Boards
                                                                                  • Public                                                        683-8200
Saskatoon Crisis Nursery                                          242-2433          310 21st Street East
1020 Victoria Avenue
                                                                                    www.sbe.saskatoon.sk.ca
http://sbcc.ca/Images/cn.htm
                                                                                  • Catholic                                                      659-7000
The Crisis Nursery provides short-term housing for children during family
                                                                                    420 22nd Street East
crisis or emergency.
                                                                                    http://canaveral.scs.sk.ca
Saskatoon Food Bank                                               664-6565
202 Avenue C South                                            664-6563 (fax)    SIAST: Kelsey Campus                                              933-6350
                                                                                Idylwyld Drive and 33rd Street
email office.admin@saskatoonfoodbank.org
                                                                                www.siast.sk.ca/kelsey
www.saskatoonfoodbank.org
The food bank provides emergency food to families who need help making          University of Saskatchewan                                        966-4343
ends meet.
                                                                                www.usask.ca




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First Nations University of Canada                            931-1800    Catholic Family Services                                             244-7773
710 Duke Street                                                           200 – 506 25th Street East                                       244-8537 (fax)
www.firstnationsuniversity.ca                                              email staff@cfssaskatoon.sk.ca
                                                                          www.cfssaskatoon.sk.ca
Gabriel Dumont Institute                                      934-4941
2 – 604 22nd Street West                                                  CFS provides a wide variety of family support programs, including counsel-
                                                                          ling groups, Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) services,
www.gdins.org                                                             marriage preparation and support, workshops, events, and volunteer
                                                                          opportunities.
 Employment                                                               Egadz Downtown Youth Centre                                          931-6644
CanSask Career and Employment Services                       933-5686     301 1st Avenue North                                             665-1344 (fax)
90 23rd Street East                                      933-7801 (fax)   www.egadz.ca
email Saskatoon.CanSask@sasked.gov.sk.ca                                  Egadz offers a variety of formal and informal programs to assist “at risk” youth.
www.sasknetwork.ca
                                                                          Family Service Saskatoon                                             244-0127
Métis Employment and Training Institute                      244-1505     102 – 506 25th Street East                                       244-1201 (fax)
201 – 129 3rd Avenue North                               244-1928 (fax)
                                                                          email info@familyservice.sk.ca
Service Canada – Employment                            1-800-206-7218     www.familyservice.sk.ca
101 22nd Street East                                                      Family Service Saskatoon provides counselling and support programs.
www.servicecanada.gc.ca (click on ‘Employment’)
                                                                          Rainbow Community Centre                                              664-8724
Saskatoon Tribal Council Urban Employment and Training        477-9333    808 20th Street West
229 4th Avenue South                                                      email rainbowresourceroom@sasktel.net
                                                                          www.rainbowcommunitycentre.ca
 Family & Youth                                                           Rainbow Community Centre offers programs and services that address pov-
                                                                          erty, improved housing, wellness, education, and empowerment.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon                        244-8197
182 Wall Street                                          244-4171 (fax)
email info@bbbssaskatoon.org
www.bbbssaskatoon.org
Volunteer adult males and females mentor children who would benefit from
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White Buffalo Youth Lodge                                          653-7676      Saskatoon Health Region
620 20th Street West                                           653-7677 (fax)    101 – 310 Idylwyld Drive North
email info@whitebuffalolodge.ca                                                    • Prenatal Classes                                              655-4800
www.whitebuffalolodge.ca                                                           • Sexually Transmitted Diseases                                 655-4642
The White Buffalo Youth Lodge offers a variety of programs for children,           • HIV testing (anonymous)                                       655-4642
youth, and young adults that encourage education, cultural understanding,
and healthy life choices.                                                        www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca

                                                                                 Victorian Order of Nurses                                         384-6563
 Health & Wellness                                                               443 2nd Avenue North
                                                                                 The Victorian Order of Nurses provides services for seniors and prenatal
City of Saskatoon Leisure Services                                  975-3340     classes.
City Hall, 222 3rd Avenue North
email leisure.services@saskatoon.ca                                              Youth Resource Centre                                             655-4900
www.saskatoon.ca/org/leisure/                                                    311 20th Street East
The Leisure Services Department operates the City’s leisure centres, rinks,
golf courses, etc. and offers a wide range of programs and activities designed    Immigrant/ Refugee
to promote recreation and wellness.
                                                                                 Global Gathering Place                                            665-0268
Hospitals                                                                        307 – 506 25th Street East                                    665-0440 (fax)
  • City Hospital                                                   655-8000     email glgathering@sasktel.net
    701 Queen Street
                                                                                 www.globalgatheringplace.com
  • Royal University Hospital                                       655-1000
    103 Hospital Drive                                                           Global Gathering Place is a drop-in centre that provides services for immi-
                                                                                 grants and refugees in Saskatoon.
  • St. Paul’s Hospital                                             655-5000
    1702 20th Street West
                                                                                 Immigration Community Resource Coordinator                        975-8459
Saskatoon Community Clinic                                         652-0300      This City of Saskatoon office provides information and referrals for support
455 2nd Avenue North                                           664-4120 (fax)    services and community resources to immigrants and refugees.

Westside Clinic                                                     664-4310
631 20th Street West
www.saskatooncommunityclinic.ca
The Community Clinic, a health care co-operative, offers a wide variety of
health and wellness services, including family physicians, counselling, nutri-
tion services, diagnostic services, and occupational therapy.

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International Women of Saskatoon                                  978-6611      Home Care, Saskatoon Health Region                                   655-4300
412 – 230 Avenue R South                                      978-6614 (fax)    201 – 310 Idylwyld Drive North
email iwssaskatoon@sasktel.net                                                  www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca
http://internationalwomenofsaskatoon.org                                        Home Care provides supportive, rehabilitative, and palliative services that
International Women of Saskatoon offers support programs for immigrant,         promote independence, maintain dignity, and enhance quality of life.
refugee, and visible minority women.
                                                                                Saskatoon Council on Aging                                          652-2255
Saskatchewan Intercultural Association Inc.                       978-1818      301 – 506 25th Street East                                      652-7525 (fax)
405 – 230 Avenue R South                                      978-1411 (fax)    email admin@scoa.ca
email intercultural@sasktel.net                                                 www.scoa.ca
www.siassoc.sk.ca                                                               The SCOA promotes the dignity, health, and independence of older adults
                                                                                by operating a Resource Walk-in Centre to enhance quality of life and by
The Saskatchewan Intercultural Association offers information and refer-
                                                                                working with local agencies to initiate, implement, and evaluate projects
ral services, language classes in more than 20 languages, and employment
                                                                                useful to older adults in the community.
programs.

                                                                                Saskatoon Transit                                                    975-3555
Saskatoon Open Door Society                                       653-4464
247 1st Avenue North                                          653-4404 (fax)    www.city.saskatoon.sk.ca/org/transit
email info@sods.sk.ca                                                           Saskatoon Transit operates a public transportation network servicing all
                                                                                areas of the city by bus. Access Transit provides specialized services for any-
www.sods.sk.ca
                                                                                one unable to use the regular transit system with safety and dignity.
The Saskatoon Open Door Society provides settlement services, employ-
ment services, family programs, and multi-cultural licensed daycare for         Saskatoon Services for Seniors                                      668-2762
refugees and immigrants.                                                        103 – 115 19th Street East                                      668-2559 (fax)
                                                                                email saskatoonservices4seniors@sasktel.net
 Seniors                                                                        www.saskatoonservicesforseniors.ca

Home Adaptations for Seniors’ Independence                        668-2700      Saskatoon Services for Seniors provides numerous services for the elderly
525 24th Street East                                                            and mobility challenged to live independently.

email saskatoon.housing@sasktel.net                                             Service Canada                                                1-800-622-6232
This program, offered by the Saskatchewan Municipal Government Housing          22nd Street East
Division, helps low-income seniors with disabilities make minor adaptations     www.servicecanada.gc.ca
to their homes to assist with daily living. Grants are available which may be   Service Canada provides information and assistance to apply for pension,
used for renovations or equipment.                                              old age security, disability benefits, spousal allowance, etc.


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Veterans Affairs Canada                                            975-4975     Family Healing Circle Lodge                                        653-3900
501 – 101 22nd Street East                                     668-2559 (fax)   128 Avenue Q South                                             651-0081 (fax)
email information@vac-acc.gc.ca                                                 email fhcl@shaw.ca
www.vac-acc.gc.ca                                                               The lodge operates a program to help people who are dealing with the
VAC provides numerous services and assistance programs for veterans,            trauma of family violence. It serves both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal
including financial assistance, counselling and referrals, and pensions.         people.

                                                                                Friendship Inn                                                     242-5122
 Support & Counselling                                                          619 20th Street West                                           242-1291 (fax)

Al-Anon & Al-Ateen                                                 665-3838     email friendship.inn@shaw.ca
8th Floor, Delta Bessborough Hotel                                              www.sfinn.ca
www.sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca/health/alanon                                           The Friendship Inn is a social drop-in centre providing meals, activities, and
Al-Anon and Al-Ateen are support groups for families living with alcoholism.    counselling.

Alcoholics Anonymous                                               655-6727     Kid’s Help Phone                                            1-800-668-6868
311 – 220 3rd Avenue South                                                      www.kidshelpphone.ca
www.alcoholics-anonymous.org
                                                                                McLeod House                                                       665-0425
Alcoholics Anonymous is a support group for people trying to overcome
                                                                                4 – 101 Avenue T South
alcoholism.
                                                                                McLeod House is a transitional home for men with addictions. It offers sup-
Bethany Home                                                       244-6758     port services and programs and is a drug and alcohol free environment.
802 Queen Street
                                                                                Métis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan Inc.                      652-8951
email bethanyhome@shaw.ca
                                                                                335 Avenue G South
Operated by the Salvation Army, this home provides support housing for
                                                                                MACSI provides alcohol and drug recovery, reintegration, and healing pro-
teen moms and teen girls in crisis.
                                                                                grams to Métis and off-reserve Indian peoples of Saskatchewan.
Calder Centre                                                      655-4500
                                                                                Mental Health Services                                             655-7950
2003 Arlington Avenue                                          655-4545 (fax)
                                                                                715 Queen Street
The Calder Centre provides in-patient treatment for addicted clients and
                                                                                Mental Health Services provides short and long-term treatment programs,
families, and offers referrals to self-help groups and community resources.
                                                                                skills training, and therapy groups for special needs.




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Salvation Army                                                     244-6280                             Utility Connections
339 Avenue C South
                                                                                                        & Disconnections
www.salvationarmysaskatoon.org
The Salvation Army provides community services and counselling, and              ExpressAddress
operates a residential shelter.
                                                                                 ExpressAddress is an online tool that lets you notify multiple organi-
Social Services                                                    933-5960      zations about your move at the same time. On the website, you can
160 2nd Avenue South                                                             quickly and easily sign up for, transfer, or disconnect multiple utilities
  • Employment and Income Assistance                               933-5960      and services in Saskatchewan, such as telephone, water and sewer,
  • Early Learning and Child Care                                  933-6071
                                                                                 natural gas, cable TV, electricity, etc., as well as update your address
                                                                                 for everything from your driver’s licence and health cards to pet
The Centre for Children’s Justice & Victims Services              975-8400       licences.
259 3rd Avenue South                                          975-8401 (fax)
                                                                                     For more information about ExpressAddress, visit the website:
Victims Services offers a child-friendly, neutral-based facility where victims
of crime and traumatic events can obtain information, support, and referrals.                           www.expressaddress.com

YMCA                                                              652-7515
25 22nd Street East                                           652-2828 (fax)     Gas connection (SaskEnergy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-567-8899
email ymca@ymcasaskatoon.org
                                                                                 Electrical connection (SaskPower) . . . . . . . . . . . 1-888-757-6937
www.ymcasaskatoon.org
                                                                                 Electrical connection (City of Saskatoon) . . . . . . . . . . 975-2400
The YMCA provides numerous programs, including recreation and support
programs, stay-in-school programs, and employment skills training for youth.     Telephone connection (SaskTel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-727-5835
                                                                                 Water connection (City of Saskatoon) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 975-2400
YWCA                                                              244-0944
510 25th Street East                                          653-2468 (fax)
email info@ywcasaskatoon.com
www.ywcasaskatoon.org
The YWCA offers numerous programs, including recreation and sup-
port programs, short- and long-term, and emergency accommodations for
women, and a Family Crisis Recovery Program.




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                        City of Saskatoon                                                Notes:
                            Contacts
                                  City Hall
                              222 3rd Ave North
                           Saskatoon SK S7K 0J5


Electrical Trouble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 975-2621
Fire Prevention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 975-3212
Garbage Collection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 975-2486
Health & Safety Complaints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 975-2828
Housing Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 975-3340
Police Complaints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 975-8300
Sewer and Water Trouble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 975-2491
Cultural Diversity and Race Relations Coordinator . . . 975-7826
City Bus Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 975-3100
Immigration Community Resource Coordinator . . . . . . 975-8459
Information on Illegal Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 975-2645




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