Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Government of Canada

Government of Canada


August 20, 2010 09:30 ET

Affordable Housing Units in Saint John Officially Open

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2010) - New apartments for low-income individuals, families and people with disabilities were officially opened today in Saint John by Energy Minister Jack Keir and Saint John MP Rodney Weston.

"We are pleased to work in co-operation with our partners to provide high-quality, affordable homes for low-income individuals, families and people with disabilities in Saint John," said Keir. "Affordable housing is a key component of New Brunswick's poverty reduction plan and our housing strategy to ensure New Brunswickers have a quality, energy-efficient place to call home."

Keir spoke on behalf of Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock.

The provincial government's housing strategy, Hope is a Home, is a five-year plan to reduce poverty by making housing more affordable. The strategy recognizes the need to build new units of affordable housing, create mixed-income neighbourhoods, revitalize old neighbourhoods and repair and renovate older housing stock.

Hope is a Home and the accompanying homelessness framework, A Home for Everyone, have received national praise. Sean Gabon, president of Raising the Roof and a leader in the fight against homelessness, sent a letter to the Department of Social Development commending the province's housing strategy and homelessness framework as being at the forefront of jurisdictions working to provide hope and housing for its citizens.

The $3.4-million project located at 30 Newport Crescent was completed in November 2009.

"Improving access to quality affordable housing that meets the needs of our citizens remains important to our government as we implement Year Two of Canada's Economic Action Plan," said MP Weston, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). "These new units in Saint John are a safe place to call home for families, individuals and people with disabilities, and we are proud to be part of that achievement."

The units were developed by Newport Village of the United Church of Canada Inc., a non-profit corporation. The project received $930,000 under the federal Affordable Housing Trust to offset construction costs, and more than $1.7 million in rent supplements from the provincial government for all 31 units. The housing development includes 21 units for low-income individuals, five units for families and five units for persons with disabilities. In addition, the project received funding through CMHC's Seed Funding Program to assist during the initial planning stages.

Under the Canada-New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement, funding is available to private non-profit organizations, co-operatives, and community or private developers interested in developing projects for low-income families, seniors, non-elderly singles, disabled persons and persons with special needs.

This project was built to high energy-efficiency standards, and involved consultation with Efficiency NB. Builders of affordable housing projects for low-income individuals may receive an incentive of $2,000 per apartment unit if the building is heated by low greenhouse gas emission technologies as approved by Efficiency NB.


Contact Information

  • Department of Social Development
    Chris Connor
    Giselle Thibault
    Communications and Marketing
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary