Lake Country Co-op Helping Make A House A Home

August 22, 2018
Lake Country Co-op Helping Make A House A Home

Dignitaries, community members, and the Zurai family from Sudan were among the many people who attended an official sod turning ceremony in Prince Albert on Tuesday, August 21st. Habitat For Humanity held the ceremony to mark the start of their 28th build in the City of Prince Albert. 

MLA for Prince Albert-Carlton Joe Hargrave was on hand, representing the provincial government. The Saskatchewan Housing Authority is a major supporter of Habitat for Humanity, and for this particular five-bedroom build they provided $50,000 in funding. The City of Prince Albert is also a supporter, and mayor Greg Dionne also said a few words.

Lake Country Co-op is also honoured to be a sponsor of this particular project. $50,000 of in-kind building  materials were donated to build the RTM that is currently placed at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore on Marquis Road. Ground will be broken in September, and by the start of 2019 Yohanne and Ruta Zurai, and their eight children, will be settled into their new home.

Also before the ceremony, Lake Country Co-op held a community BBQ. $724 was raised and will be donated to Habitat For Humanity Prince Albert.


Quick facts from

  • The Federal and Provincial Governments, through CMHC and SHC, are jointly contributing approximately $50,000 under the federal/provincial Investment in Affordable Housing 2014-2019 Agreement to support Habitat for Humanity's efforts in making home ownership a reality for this Saskatchewan family in Prince Albert.
  • The home will be a 1,175 ft2 (109 m2) bungalow with a partially developed basement. The home will be located at 589 24th Street East in Prince Albert.
  • The Province's overall commitment to Habitat for Humanity totals $10.85 million since March 2009. This total includes $1 million announced with the 2018-2019 provincial budget, with funding from the federal/provincial Investment in Affordable Housing 2014-2019 Agreement.
  • The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy (NHS)—an ambitious 10-year, $40 billion plan that will create 100,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 percent.
  • The NHS is built on strong partnerships between federal, provincial and territorial governments, and on continuous engagement with others, including municipalities, Indigenous governments and organizations, and the social and private sectors to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians.
  • This investment supports Saskatchewan's Housing Strategy by ensuring Saskatchewan people in greatest need have access to affordable, safe, secure and stable housing.
  • Habitat's innovative delivery model provides opportunities for families to stabilize their housing and to achieve their homeownership goals. Each partner family selected by Habitat contributes 500 partnering hours in building their home or other Habitat homes. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity and their work across Saskatchewan, visit