The province has passed legislation to help people escape domestic violence and abuse.
Legislation introduced and passed Monday means people will be able to give 28-days notice to end a fixed-term rental agreement early.
It applies to people being abused by another tenant or a former tenant.
“Staying in an abusive relationship, especially near the end is the most dangerous time,” said Jo-Anne Dusel with the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan.
“The ability to leave and not stay in that situation means possibly the difference between life and death,” she said.
According to a release from the province, the amendment brings Saskatchewan in line with other jurisdictions including Alberta, which passed similar legislation in 2016.
There is also an amendment of the Victims of Crime Act, 1995 to expand compensation for people affected by abuse that are seeking counselling.
It covers parents, siblings, and adult children of adult victims who have died as a result of violent crime.
“Right now, we are not able to compensate these family members for counselling that is so crucial following a traumatic event. That needs to change.” Justice Minister Gordon Wyant said in a provincial media release.
According to Statistic Canada Saskatchewan has the highest police-reported family violence rate of any province.