Housing Accelerator Fund Initiatives Announcement - Saskatoon & Region Home Builders' Association

News & Publications

Housing Accelerator Fund Initiatives Announcement

SASKATOON, SK (JUN 15, 2023) – The City of Saskatoon, in consultation with the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association and other stakeholders, has made some important decisions regarding initiatives for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Housing Accelerator Fund (HAF) that aims to help boost housing supply in Canada.

“The HAF presents a significant opportunity to expedite the development of new housing supply and foster transformative change within the city, in areas such as land use, planning and development approvals,” said Nicole Burgess, CEO of the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Assoiciation, “This funding program also aligns with our shared vision of creating complete, low-carbon communities that are affordable, inclusive, and diverse. By securing funding through the HAF program, the city stands to make a substantial difference in addressing housing challenges.”

Objectives of the HAF included increasing housing supply as quickly as possible, improving the approval and building process, having complete communities that are generally walkable and/or easy to get around, creating affordable housing and aiming for low-carbon communities. CMHC had suggested 25 different initiative options that the City of Saskatoon and its stakeholders thoroughly discussed, with the selection of the following 12 initiatives that support the objectives of the HAF:

  • Initiative 1: Downtown Event and Entertainment District Plan (under way)
  • Initiative 2: New High-Density Mixed-Use Land Use Designation in the Official Community Plan (under way)
  • Initiative 3: Develop and implement Corridor Zoning Districts (under way)
  • Initiative 4: Review and Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments for Parking Requirements for Affordable Housing and residential development (in development)
  • Initiative 5: Review and Propose Zoning Bylaw Amendments for Accessory Dwellings (under way)
  • Initiative 6: Review of Supportive Housing Zoning Bylaw Regulations (under way)
  • Initiative 7: Development Incentives Review (in development)
  • Initiative 8: Disincentive program for underutilized properties (in development)
  • Initiative 9: Co-locating Fire Halls and Housing (in development)
  • Initiative 10: Development of City-Owned Properties (in development)
  • Initiative 11: Explore changes to the development approvals processes for affordable housing projects that are consistent with the Official Community Plan (in development)
  • Initiative 12: Partnering with housing providers to preserve and increase the stock of affordable housing (under way)
The City of Saskatoon is projecting the total number of incented units to be 1,335, above and beyond annual permits issued without funding.

The Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association provided ongoing engagement and consultation throughout this process and are pleased with the application that the City of Saskatoon has put forward. In the future, engaging with local builders, developers, and stakeholders will be crucial to ensure that the initiatives incentivize the key deliverable of increasing new market rate housing supply in Saskatoon. Additionally, we requested that through these initiatives, that the City of Saskatoon looks to explore avenues for reducing costs associated with new housing construction, thus narrowing the current gap with the resale market, and ultimately incentivizing more housing starts.

For more information on the City of Saskatoon’s Housing Accelerator Fund application for Saskatoon & Region, please contact Nicole Burgess at 306-955-5188 or by emailing ceo@saskatoonhomebuilders.com.


Media Contact:

Kirsten Szwydky | Marketing & Communications Coordinator



The Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association (SRHBA) is the professional association representing approximately 245 companies involved in the housing industry and provides the only certifications available for professional home builders and renovators. It is the expert voice focused on improving affordability, quality and choice of housing in Saskatoon and Region, and works collaboratively with stakeholders and governments to get there.

For more information, visit: www.saskatoonhomebuilders.com.


Cover for Saskatoon & Region Home Builders' Association
Saskatoon & Region Home Builders' Association

Saskatoon & Region Home Builders' Association

Building Homes, Building Communities, Building the Province

***IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME***It’s time for the 12 days of HomeStyles! We are giving away 12 SETS of 2 TICKETS to HomeStyles Home, Renovation and Lifestyle Show!🎟 HomeStyles is taking place March 15-17 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. If you are searching for home maintenance services, home renovation professionals or products related to the home, HomeStyles has you covered!TO ENTER:1. FOLLOW our page2. LIKE this post3. TAG three friends in the comments4. TELL us one room you want to renovate in your homeCONTEST CLOSES: Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 11:59 pm. .....Disclaimer: No purchase necessary. Must be a Saskatchewan resident 18 years or older to win. There will be 12 winners randomly selected and awarded 2 tickets each (24 tickets in total to be given away, 2 tickets given away per day). HomeStyles reserves the right to disqualify any entries. Winners will be contacted via direct message from the HomeStyles Home Show account only. A skill testing question may be required to be solved by the winner in order to claim the reward. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims. ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Photos from Saskatoon & Region Home Builders' Association's post ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Photos from Saskatoon & Region Home Builders' Association's post ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Photos from Saskatoon & Region Home Builders' Association's post ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Thank you to our amazing Event Sponsors for the 32nd Annual Housing Excellence Awards!Elite & Corporate Sponsors: Saskatchewan Home Warranty and North Ridge Development - SaskatoonCentrepiece Sponsor: Pacesetter Homes SaskatoonSignature Cocktail Sponsor: Ehrenburg Homes - The Castle Company - SaskatoonDessert Sponsor: Saskatoon LandWine Sponsor: Cornerstone Building Brands Mitten Ply GemEntertainment Sponsor: Edgewater Development Corp.Red Carpet Sponsor: Braid Flooring & Window FashionsPhoto Wall Sponsor: SaskTel Business SolutionsPrint Program Sponsor: Mister PrintGold Sponsors: Professional Home Builders Institute & Longyu-BLZ Construction Inc. New Home BuilderBronze Sponsors: North Prairie Developments & Nu-Fab Building Products ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook