Gerald Ennis, a resident at Regina’s Wascana Rehabilitation Centre received an alarming letter Wednesday morning.
The letter was to notify him that his rent would be increasing by 130 per-cent.
Ennis said he will now be paying over $2,600 up from $1,089.
Ennis, who is a retired mechanic, has no use of his arms, and has lost his independence and home thanks to an ALS diagnosis, he told reporters the news was something that immediately caused panic.
“I take medication for anxiety, and right now I think I need more, I just don’t know, I don’t know what to do I am so confused,” Ennis said.
Ennis and his daughter Nicole Dobson, who is also Ennis’ power of attorney, were told they were paying nearly $1,000 more than the $1,089.
They both said that was not the case and hope it is the reason behind the sudden high increase.
Dobson said if the increase were to happen it would simply be to much for her father to pay.
“He doesn’t have unlimited funds, he’s lost his house he’s lost his animals, he’s lost everything, he’s lost his arms. For a gentleman that was a mechanic, he doesn’t need to also lose his money to the government to pay off their deficit,” Dobson said.
Health Minister Jim Reiter, who was on hand for a media announcement immediately spoke with Ennis and his daughter, telling them he would be looking into the case and believed a mix up was entirely possible.
Reiter told reporters he was concerned to hear about Ennis’ situation, saying the residents who were already paying the maximum rent would see increases, but not those paying amounts around $1,089.