Sask. NDP push for pause on all evictions, province says it’s taking steps to prevent them

The Saskatchewan NDP is echoing similar comments made by Regina Mayor Michael Fougere, asking the province to put a pause on all evictions to ensure no one loses their home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If we’re asking people to stay home, we need to make sure they have a home to stay in,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili.

With four confirmed cases of community transmission in Saskatchewan, Meili said now is the time to implement an immediate moratorium on evictions in the province. This includes social housing, private rental housing and commercial rentals.

In the past few days, Meili said, he’s received numerous messages on Twitter from people unable to make rent at the end of the month.

“The idea of moving during all of these changes is really difficult. This is a real concern for people,” Meili said.

“They got less money coming in, rent is going to be due in a few days. There’s a lot of people facing the risk of being evicted. We need a clear message from the province that’s not something that’s going to happen.”

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Regina’s mayor has a similar concern. He told reporters Monday he wrote a letter to Social Services Minister Paul Merriman asking for residential evictions to stop.

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