Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

July 10, 2009 23:59 ET

Construction set to begin on new affordable housing in Windsor

WINDSOR, ON, July 10 - The Government of Canada, the Province of
Ontario and the City of Windsor today announced $1.9 million to fund six
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 applications by Community
Living Windsor and Community Living Essex County, to create 24 units of
affordable housing for low-income individuals with disabilities.

Jeff Watson, Member of Parliament for Essex, 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); Bruce
Crozier, Member of Provincial Parliament for Essex, on behalf of the
Honourable Jim Watson, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing;
Eddie Francis, Mayor of Windsor; along with Nelson Santos, Essex County
Warden, 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 MP Watson. "With these
investments in Ontario, 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 soon have access to suitable, affordable

"New housing initiatives add significant support to the McGuinty
government's Poverty Reduction Strategy," said MPP Crozier. "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."

"We are very pleased to be part of this significant contribution in
support of affordable housing in our community. We are pleased to partner with
our local Community Living Associations to help people with developmental
challenges live in local communities," said Mayor Francis. "Shelter is a
fundamental human need and the availability of affordable housing is at the
heart of a community's strength and resiliency. This funding is an important
investment in the people and the future of our community for generations to

"These investments in affordable housing represent a significant step
forward in helping our region meet the goals of our poverty reduction strategy
for Windsor and Essex County," said Warden Santos. "It is important to
recognize that this project is being achieved only because of the tremendous
spirit of partnership with our local Community Living Associations and each
level of government. Together, this project provides an important element of
inclusion for persons of all abilities."

Ontario is moving quickly to implement this new funding, which increases
the number of "quick start" projects to 33 totalling $54.7 million and 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 out more about affordable housing in Ontario, visit

Last fall, the Government of Canada committed more than $1.9 billion over
the next five years to improve and build new affordable housing and to help
the homeless. Canada's Economic Action Plan builds on this with an additional
one-time investment of more than $2 billion over two years in new and existing
social housing and lending of up to another $2 billion to municipalities for
housing-related infrastructure.

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; Adam Grachnik, Office of Minister Watson,
    (416) 585-6492; Nicole Burgers, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, (416)