Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

May 18, 2010 09:30 ET

$3M Invested in Social Housing Renovations and Retrofits in Central Region

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) - The Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador today announced that $3 million in renovation and retrofit work on 371 Newfoundland Labrador Housing units, including co-operatives and non-profit housing properties in the central region is making a significant difference to these homes.

The funding was made available through Canada's Economic Action Plan, which is a federal plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs during the global recession. 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. The Federal and Provincial governments are contributing equally to this overall investment of $58 million under the amended Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Affordable Housing Program Agreement.

The Government of Canada wants to improve the quality of existing social housing for low-income seniors, single-parent families, recent immigrants and Aboriginal households. Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $850 million under the Affordable Housing Initiative to provinces and territories for the renovation and retrofit of existing social housing.

The funding is being used for items such as the replacement of roofing, siding, windows and doors, and a complete retrofit of the interiors, which can include the replacement of flooring, drywall, doors, kitchen and bathroom cupboards, flooring, counters and fixtures such as tubs, sinks and showers. The investment will significantly extend the life of these structures for future use.

As part of Budget 2010: The Right Investments – For Our Children and Our Future, the Provincial Government is investing $27million for housing infrastructure projects, affordable housing and increased maintenance funding over the coming fiscal year. This renovation and retrofit work is also in keeping with the goals of the Provincial Government's Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador – Secure Foundations, which outlines a new long-term vision for social housing aimed at improving the housing circumstances of lower-income households and helping to create healthier communities. A copy of the social housing plan is available at www.nlhc.nl.ca/SocialHsingPlan/report.pdf

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland Labrador Housing, made the announcement today.

"Through Year 2 of Canada's Economic Action Plan, our Government remains committed to giving a hand-up to those who need it most," said Minister MacKay. "Projects like these are especially valuable right now, because they put construction workers and tradespeople to work quickly, while at the same time providing needed improvements to housing throughout the country."

"This project will ensure the vital upgrade of our existing social housing portfolio as well as provide additional affordable housing options for our aging population," said Minister Hedderson. "We must continue to work together to ensure an adequate supply of affordable housing for individuals, families and seniors in our society who are most in need. This is the goal of the Williams Government as outlined in our long-term social housing plan, Secure Foundations, the second such plan to be introduced in Canada."

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.

More information on this and other measures in Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government's plan to stimulate the economy and protect those hit hardest by the global recession, 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.

BACKGROUNDER
Newfoundland and Labrador – Renovation and Retrofit Projects
Grand Falls and Gander Regions

CBH = Community Based Housing
NLH = NL Housing (Public)

Project Name Community Units Total Funding
Abuchi – CBH Glovertown 10 $103,000
Beothuk – CBH Grand Falls-Windsor 13 $110,000
Golden Legion Manor - CBH Gander 48 $200,000
Grand Falls – CBH Grand Falls-Windsor 20 $100,000
Pentecostal Assemblies – CBH Summerford 12 $180,000
Crossroads – CBH Gander 3 $84,000
Fogo Island Seniors - CBH Fogo 16 $139,636
St. Catherine's Haven - CBH Port Union 12 $70,898
Sunset Village Housing Inc - CBH Point Leamington 12 $68,000
GHID Corp – CBH Gambo 8 $114,000
Southern Avalon Seniors - CBH Point Leamington 12 $80,800
Gordon Street, Rickenbacker Road - NLH Gander 25 $259,350
Peterview – NHL Peterview 3 $42,144
Grandy Avenue – NLH Gander 1 $10,107
Heath Avenue, Bennett Avenue – NLH Gander 2 $15,041
Pearce, Gregory Place, Main Road - NLH Clarenville, Shoal Hr, Bunyan's Cove 5 $40,000
Armsview Drive, Hollett Avenue, Valley Road, Pine Avenue - NLH Botwood 46 $388,700
Brown Heights – NLH Grand Falls-Windsor 1 $28,000
Goodyear Avenue – NLH Grand Falls-Windsor 2 $35,000
Pine Avenue, Reid Street – NLH Lewisporte 12 $171,150
Birch, Aspen Street – NLH Bishop's Falls 16 $174,725
Junction Road, Newtown Road – NLH Bishop's Falls 12 $116,103
Botwood Seniors (Mugford Estates) -CBH Botwood 12 $126,320
Trinity Bight Homes - CBH Port Rexton 8 $55,000
Arnold's Cove Senior Citizens Housing Corp – CBH Arnold's Cove 20 $61,420
Harbour Breton Lions Seniors Complex - CBH Harbour Breton 8 $67,822
Robert's Arm Interfaith - CBH Robert's Arm 20 $114,182
Bay D'Espoir Seniors Care Association Inc - CBH Milltown 12 $50,000
Total   371 $3,123,383

Contact Information

  • Department of Transportation and Works
    Roger Scaplen
    Director of Communications
    709-729-3015, 697-5267
    rogerscaplen@gov.nl.ca
    or
    Newfoundland Labrador Housing
    Jenny Bowring
    Communications Manager
    709-724-3055
    jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca
    or
    Emely Poitras-Benedict
    Principal, Communications and Marketing
    902-426-8127
    epoitras@cmhc.ca
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482