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Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

March 15, 2010 09:30 ET

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

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 15, 2010) - The Government of Canada announced today that one housing co-operative located in Peterborough will receive more than $291,000 through Canada's Economic Action Plan, as part of the social housing renovation and retrofit investments.

The announcement was made at the Kawartha Village Co-op by Dean Del Mastro, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for Peterborough, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

"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 MP Del Mastro. "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 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 housing co-operative that will receive a contribution from the Government of Canada being announced today is Kawartha Village Co-op.

"We commend and thank the federal government, Mr. Del Mastro and CMHC 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 David Granovsky, Government Relations Co-ordinator for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada. "Today's announcement shows how stimulus funding helps to preserve jobs, assist the local economy and protect valuable affordable housing assets for Canadians."

"We are very pleased to be receiving the Renovation and Retrofit grant through Canada's Economic Action Plan to improve our cooperative," said Mary Earls, President, Kawartha Village Co-operative Homes Incorporated. "These significant renovations will have a tremendous positive impact for our members and their quality of life."

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:

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

Contact Information

  • Media inquiries:
    CMHC, Ontario Region
    Stephen Derksen
    CMHC Media Relations
    Charles Sauriol
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos