Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in Almonte
Almonte, Ontario - The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the Municipality of Mississippi Mills celebrated the official opening of 20 new affordable housing units at Country Street Residences - Phase 2 for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. The project received $2.38 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments. The construction of this project created up to 50 jobs in the Almonte area.
Gordon O'Connor, Member of Parliament for Carleton-Mississippi Mills, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development; the Honourable Linda Jeffrey, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Bill Dobson, Warden of Lanark County; and John Levi, Mayor of Mississippi Mills made the announcement today.
Country Street Residences - Phase 2 is located at 411 Country Street in Almonte. The 20-unit complex, comprised of 15 one-bedroom and five two-bedroom apartments for low-income seniors and people with disabilities, is supported by $2.38 million in funding through the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. The joint federal and provincial funding is complemented by over $52,000 in municipal financial incentives from the County of Lanark.
The Government of Canada, through CMHC, will invest approximately $2 billion in housing this year. Of this amount, $1.7 billion will be spent in support of close to 594,000 households living in existing social housing. In Ontario, this represents an estimated 237,950 households. These investments are improving the quality of life for low-income Canadians and households living in existing social housing, including individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, seniors, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and Aboriginal people.
Ontario continues to build new affordable housing and repair existing units for Ontarians with housing needs. Since 2003, Ontario's funding commitment of nearly $3 billion is the largest affordable housing initiative in the province's history. Ontario is supporting the creation of over 17,000 affordable rental housing units, making more than 263,000 repairs and improvements to social and affordable housing units, and providing rental down payment assistance to over 81,000 households in need. The province's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy sets a strong foundation for a more efficient, accessible affordable housing system in Ontario.
Affordable housing is a key component of Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy. To find out more about affordable housing in Ontario, visit www.ontario.ca/housing. For more information about the County of Lanark, visit www.lanarkcounty.ca.
To find out more about how the Government of Canada and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca.
“Our government’s investment in Almonte is a testament to our commitment to increasing the number of affordable housing options for all citizens. These apartments include modern conveniences for residents and provide easier access to local services. We remain focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security.”
“Our government is committed to working with partners and donors to provide a safe and affordable housing to those who need it most. Projects like Country Street Residences stimulate the local economy by creating jobs while at the same time offering residents a beautiful new home which will enhance the community of Almonte for many years to come.”
“Some people say it is a privilege to live in a home but I think it is a right to have a place to live in a state of dignity if you need or want it. Thanks to the Mills Community Support Corporation for developing a healthy community.”
“This is an important addition to our housing stock in Mississippi Mills. I would like to thank all three levels of government for their participation in this project. I hope the success of Country Street Residences encourages more development of this type of housing. This building provides a functional, bright and cheery environment for the residents.”