Saskatoon’s Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore and Recycling Centre will benefit from a $940,000 investment from the Governments of Canada, Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon to relocate and expand its retail operations.
Funding is being provided through the tripartite Saskatoon Urban Development Agreement (UDA).
The $940,000 UDA investment will be used to retrofit a former curling rink to current building standards for accessibility and fire protection systems, renovate office spaces, purchase and install shelving, and pave the adjacent parking lot. The new retail facility will have about triple the amount of storage and administration space as the existing space does and is expected to increase sales of recycled building materials. Saskatoon’s Habitat for Humanity will contribute $180,000 to the project, which will cost approximately $1.12 million.
In addition to the renovations at the new site, the existing site will be converted to accommodate significantly more recycling opportunities. Habitat for Humanity has formed partnerships with the Saskatoon Landfill and Regional Waste Management Association, the University of Saskatchewan and private industry to significantly reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill. An additional 500 tonnes of waste is projected to be diverted from the Saskatoon landfill this year alone.
The five-year Saskatoon UDA, signed by the Governments of Canada, Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon in 2005, will invest $10 million in revitalizing the city’s older neighborhoods, supporting a high standard of public infrastructure and promoting a positive business climate that attracts innovation.
Western Economic Diversification Canada is the federal department responsible for administering this agreement in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Government’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs.