Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

July 03, 2009 23:59 ET

Construction set to begin on new Affordable Housing projects in Ottawa

OTTAWA, July 3 - The Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario
and the City of Ottawa today announced $6.7 million to fund two
construction-ready projects.

The funding was made available as a result of a $1.2 billion joint
investment under the amended Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program
Agreement, which includes funding through Canada's Economic Action Plan and by
the Government of Ontario. The federal and provincial governments are
contributing equally to this overall investment.

Today's announcement recognized the successful application by Shepherds
of Good Hope and the City of Ottawa to build 61 units of affordable housing
for low-income seniors, families and individuals with disabilities.

Gordon O'Connor, Minister of State, Chief Government Whip, on behalf of
the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
Development Canada and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation (CMHC); and the Honourable Jim Watson, Ontario Minister of
Municipal Affairs and Housing and Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa
West - Nepean, along with Councillor Diane Deans made the announcement today.

"This Government is working hard to support Canadians during these
challenging economic times and we are moving aggressively to ensure Canada's
Economic Action Plan is implemented rapidly," said Minister O'Connor. "With
these investments in Ottawa, we are making an important difference in the
lives of some of our community's most vulnerable citizens. Low-income seniors,
families and persons with disabilities will have access to quality, affordable
housing and services to meet their specific needs, while remaining close to
their families and friends."

"New housing initiatives add significant support to the McGuinty
government's Poverty Reduction Strategy," said Minister Watson. "This first
wave of funding will lead to construction by September and we will continue to
work with our municipal partners to ensure more units are built during the
life of this program."

"I am very pleased with the federal-provincial commitment to developing
new housing that will help our most vulnerable families," said Councillor
Diane Deans, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee.

Ontario is moving quickly to implement this new funding with a total of
23 "quick start" projects totaling over $52.2 million - all of which will
improve access to affordable housing for low-income families, seniors and
persons with disabilities. It will also create jobs and strengthen local
economies. To find more about affordable housing in Ontario, visit .

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 For more information on
Canada's Economic Action Plan, call 1-800-O Canada or visit

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Contact Information

  • Michelle Bakos, Office of
    Minister Finley, (819) 994-2482; Nicole Burgers, Canada Mortgage and Housing
    Corporation, (416) 250-2760; Adam Grachnik, Office of Minister Watson, (416)
    585-6492; For more information visit:,