Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

July 14, 2009 23:59 ET

Construction starts on affordable housing complex in Sudbury

SUDBURY, ON, July 14 - The Government of Canada, the Government of
Ontario, and the City of Greater Sudbury today launched an affordable housing
project that will create 80 units of affordable housing for low-income
individuals and families in Sudbury.

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Member of
Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka, 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); the Honourable
Rick Bartolucci, Member of Provincial Parliament for Sudbury and Minister of
Community Safety and Correctional Services, on behalf of the Honourable Jim
Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; John Rodriguez, Mayor of
the City of Greater Sudbury; and Barb Millsap, President of the Board of
Directors of Raiffeisen Non-Profit Housing Corporation, made the announcement

"The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it the most," said
Minister Clement. "These new units in Sudbury provide low-income individuals
and families with access to suitable, affordable housing that meets their
specific needs."

"The construction of safe, affordable housing is a priority for the
McGuinty government," said Minister Bartolucci. "We are proud to support
initiatives such as this, which will provide long-term affordable housing for
vulnerable persons in Sudbury."

Today's announcement was a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of
construction of an $11.8 million project, including $3.3 million from the
Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. The project is sponsored by the
Raiffeisen Non-Profit Housing Corporation.

The federal and provincial funding is complemented by more than $1.3
million in municipal financial incentives.

"The City of Greater Sudbury is very excited about the possibilities
afforded to our community by the generous support of CMHC and Municipal
Affairs and Housing," said Greater Sudbury Mayor John Rodriguez. "In difficult
times, it is always good news when the Canadian community rallies together to
put together solid projects that will help citizens achieve greater quality of
life and living."

"Today's announcement marks the culmination of our 14-year dream, and two
years of focussed development work to build Raiffeisen Phase 2 adjacent to our
Phase 1 co-operative," said Barbara Millsap, President of Raiffeisen Phase 2.
"We are grateful to all three levels of government who have contributed to the
funding of our 80-unit one and two bedroom affordable apartment complex
overlooking the downtown centre of the City of Greater Sudbury."

The Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program comprises a commitment of
$301 million from each of the two senior levels of government. In total, the
federal, provincial and municipal governments will invest at least $734
million in the program, which will provide affordable housing for up to 20,000
households in Ontario.

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. Combined for Ontario, this means a further
$1.2-billion joint investment under the amended Canada-Ontario Affordable
Housing Program Agreement. The federal and provincial governments are
contributing equally to this overall investment.

Ontario is moving quickly to implement this additional funding, which
increases the number of "quick start" projects to 36 totaling over $70 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

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

  • Media contacts: Michelle Bakos, Press
    Secretary, Office of Minister Finley, (819) 994-2482; Leslie Pawlowski, Canada
    Mortgage and Housing Corporation, (416) 250-3297; Barb Millsap, President,
    Board of Directors, Raiffeisen Non-Profit Housing Corporation, (705) 674-6818;
    Adam Grachnik, Office of Minister Watson, (416) 585-6492; Eliza Bennett, City
    of Greater Sudbury, (705) 671-2489, ext. 4507