Social Housing Being Renovated in London
London, Ontario - The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario today announced that the City of London is receiving more than $12.8 million for 73 projects to repair 5,062 existing social housing units through the Social Housing Renovation and Retrofit Program.
The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); the Honourable Deb Matthews, Member of Provincial Parliament for London North Centre and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, on behalf of the Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and Joe Fontana, Mayor of the City of London, made the announcement.
Seventy-three repair projects will be carried out at existing social housing buildings in London. Repairs that are eligible for funding include: general improvements, energy-efficiency upgrades or conversions, and modifications to support people with disabilities. These repairs will help improve the quality of social housing for low-income seniors, people with disabilities and families.
Today's announcement was made at 570 Gainsborough Road in London, which received more than $93,000 for renovations to the property, including the replacement of windows.
The Government of Canada wants to improve the quality of existing social housing to ensure that Canadians on fixed incomes can live with independence and dignity in their communities, close to family and friends. Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $850 million to provinces and territories, over two years, for the renovation and retrofit of existing provincially/territorially administered social housing. Overall, the Economic Action Plan includes $2 billion for the construction of new and the renovation of existing social housing, plus up to $2 billion in low-cost 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 five years, to improve and build new affordable housing and help the homeless.
In 2009, Ontario allocated a combined federal and provincial investment of $704 million for the renovation of social housing, and $540 million for the creation of new affordable housing. The provincial investment is part of the Open Ontario plan, and is creating an estimated 23,000 jobs, while strengthening local economies across the province. Ontario's investment will result in the repair of more than 183,000 social housing units, while creating more than 4,500 new affordable housing units for low-income families, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities. As well, the province has made available $70 million for the use of renewable energy technologies to improve energy efficiency in social housing as part of its Green Energy Strategy.
Affordable housing is a key component of Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy. Download a copy of the Government of Ontario's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy. To find out more about affordable housing in Ontario, visit www.ontario.ca/housing.
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.
“Here in London and throughout the country, Canada's Economic Action Plan is working. These investments mean important improvements to the housing stock in the city. Renovation projects like these are also a great way to get the local economy moving because they put construction workers and trades people to work quickly.”
“Our government is pleased to partner with the Federal government and the City of London to make social housing in London safer and more energy efficient. Having safe, stable and affordable housing is an essential part of our government's Open Ontario Plan to build a brighter future for all Ontarians”
“Housing is much more than bricks and mortar, it's about people and building lives. Investments to improve current housing make units more accessible and reduce the waiting list are all strong and positive steps toward a better London.”