Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in Glencoe
Funding of $420,000 for six new affordable housing rental units for seniors living on low income was announced today in Glencoe.
Bev Shipley, Member of Parliament for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and Maria Van Bommel, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children and Youth Services and Member of Provincial Parliament for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Watson, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; along with Doug Reycraft, Mayor of the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex, made the announcement.
The Government of Canada wants to ensure that Canadians on fixed incomes can live with independence and dignity and remain in their communities, close to family and friends. Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $400 million, over two years, to build new rental housing for low-income seniors. Overall, the Economic Action Plan includes $2 billion for new and existing social housing, plus up to $2 billion in loans to municipalities for housing-related infrastructure.
Canada's Economic Action Plan builds on the Government of Canada's commitment in 2008 of more than $1.9 billion, over the next five years, to improve and build new affordable housing and help the homeless.
Today's announcement celebrates funding for six new affordable rental units at 173 Main Street in Glencoe. The project is sponsored by Sundip and Melissa Bajaj.
Ontario is moving quickly to implement this additional funding. The province has already approved more than $224 million for construction-ready projects, which will improve access to affordable housing for low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities across the province. It will also create jobs and strengthen local economies. To find out more about affordable housing in Ontario, visit www.mah.gov.on.ca.
More information on this and other measures in Canada's Economic Action Plan can be found at www.actionplan.gc.ca. To find out more about how the Government of Canada and CMHC are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc.ca/housingactionplan.
“The Government of Canada is helping Canadians during these tough economic times and giving hope to seniors who need quality, affordable housing that meets their needs. This investment is possible through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government's plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs during the global recession. For Ontario, this includes a $1.2 billion joint investment.”
“New housing initiatives add significant support to the McGuinty government's Poverty Reduction Strategy. We will continue to work with our municipal partners to ensure more units are built during the life of this program.”
Maria Van Bommel
“The six new affordable housing units in this eight-unit building are a welcome addition to our rental stock in Southwest Middlesex. I have heard from several seniors who are eagerly awaiting the completion of the apartment building. The investment by the federal and provincial governments, and by Sundip and Melissa Bajaj, in these affordable units is great news.”