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Launch of the $9.7M Sunnyside Supportive Housing and Seniors Wellness Centre Project

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Launch of the $9.7M Sunnyside Supportive Housing and Seniors Wellness Centre Project

WATERLOO REGION - The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Region of Waterloo and the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) celebrated the launch of the Sunnyside Supportive Housing and Seniors Wellness Centre project. The project will be the first of its kind in Waterloo Region - an affordable seniors housing complex, offering funded care and support services, coordinated by an on-site case manager.

The project was officially launched by Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; the Honourable David Caplan, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care; the Honourable John Milloy, Ontario's Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Watson, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Waterloo Regional Chair Ken Seiling; and WWLHIN Board Chair Kathy Durst.

When complete, the project will have 27 one-bedroom and three two-bedroom accessible apartments, including wheelchair accommodation and providing space for supportive services such as rehabilitation, fitness programs and educational sessions.

This $9.7 million Region of Waterloo initiative will receive capital funding of $2.1 million under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. An annual operating subsidy of $663,000 will be provided by Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care through the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network under the Province's Aging at Home Strategy. The K-W Seniors Day Program, which is contributing $102,300, will be expanded as part of the project. The Seniors Wellness Centre will also be funded by the Sunnyside Home Foundation, which is today launching its campaign to raise $500,000 for this initiative. The project should be ready for occupancy in early 2010.

The Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Agreement comprises a commitment of $301 million from each of the two senior levels of government. In total, the federal, provincial and municipal governments will have invested at least $734 million in the program, which will provide affordable housing for 20,000 households in Ontario.

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“The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most. Today's launch gives hope to Kitchener seniors who need quality, affordable housing, and support services that meet their specific needs.”

Stephen Woodworth

Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Minister responsible for the CMHC

“Our government is proud to support this innovative project that will enable seniors to live independently with access to quality care close to home. The Sunnyside Supportive Housing and Seniors Wellness Centre project reflects the goal of our province's Aging at Home Strategy.”

David Caplan

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“This supportive housing project addresses a long-standing need in our community and I am proud of the strong support the McGuinty government has provided. Seniors deserve the ability to live independently for as long as possible and this project will allow them to do so.”

John Milloy

MPP, Kitchener Centre

“The Sunnyside Seniors Supportive Housing project addresses a critical need in our community. Once complete, this housing development will enable many of our citizens to continue to live independently in our community while having easy, convenient access to the services and supports they need.”

Ken Seiling

Waterloo Regional Chair

“The combined vision of the Federal, Provincial, and Regional Governments, along with the WWLHIN, to work in partnership and create affordable supportive housing for our senior population demonstrates a willingness to address this gap in our community. Through our collective efforts, we will continue to develop high quality housing and services for our elderly LHIN residents enhancing their independence and opportunity for choice.”

Kathy Durst

Chair, WWLHIN Board of Directors

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