Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

June 21, 2010 12:00 ET

CMHC: Canada's Economic Action Plan Creates Jobs and Improves Social Housing in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 21, 2010) - The Government of Canada announced today that a housing co-operative located in British Columbia will receive more than $54,000, through Canada's Economic Action Plan, as part of the social housing renovation and retrofit investments.

"Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our government is taking action to help ensure our economic recovery and create the conditions for long-term growth," said the Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). "Funding renovation and retrofit projects, like this one, will not only improve the quality of life of its residents by keeping their homes safe and affordable, but it will also help stimulate the local economy and create local jobs."

The Government of Canada, through Canada's Economic Action Plan, announced $1 billion for social housing renovation and retrofit. Of the $1 billion, $850 million is being delivered by provinces and territories on a cost-matched basis for existing federally assisted social housing projects which they administer on behalf of the partnership. The remaining $150 million is being delivered by CMHC for existing federally assisted off-reserve housing which it directly administers. Eligible repairs include general improvements, energy efficiency upgrades or conversions, and modifications in support of persons with disabilities.

The Phoenix Court Co-operative will be using the contribution from the Government of Canada to complete disability modifications, and to replace baseboard heaters and appliances.

"We congratulate and thank the federal government and Minister Finley for making a sound investment to help ensure that this affordable community is preserved as a legacy for the long-term benefit of its residents," said Ken Elliott, President of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada. "Today's announcement is an excellent example of stimulus funding that works towards preserving jobs, assisting the local economy, and protecting valuable affordable housing assets for Canadians."

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.

Contact Information

  • CMHC Communications, BC
    Stefan Krepiakevich
    604-737-4106
    or
    CMHC Media Relations
    Charles Sauriol
    613-748-2799
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    819-994-2482