Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

July 03, 2009 23:59 ET

Construction to begin on affordable housing projects in Kawartha Lakes

KAWARTHA LAKES, ON, July 3 - The Government of Canada, the Province
of Ontario and the City of Kawartha Lakes today announced $8.2 million to fund
two construction-ready projects in Kawartha Lakes.

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 the
Kawartha Lakes Haliburton Mental Health Services and the Community Care City
of Kawartha Lakes to build 69 units of affordable housing for low-income
seniors and persons with disabilities.

Barry Devolin, Member of Parliament for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock,
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 Rick Johnson, Member of Provincial Parliament
for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Watson,
Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; along with Ric McGee, Mayor
of the City of Kawartha Lakes 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 Devolin. "With these
investments in Kawartha Lakes, we are making an important difference in the
lives of some of our community's most vulnerable citizens. Seniors and persons
with disabilities will have access to quality, affordable rental 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 MPP Johnson. "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."

"Today's announcement has been many years in the making and will
establish our commitment to enhance and improve affordable housing in the City
of Kawartha Lakes," said Mayor McGee. "Along with the dedicated organizations
in our community, we celebrate this announcement and look forward to new
affordable housing opportunities to better serve the people of Kawartha

Ontario is moving quickly to implement this new funding with a total of
23 "quick start" projects totaling more than $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

  • Media Inquiries: 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)