Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

July 01, 2009 23:59 ET

Government of Canada celebrates Canada Day at Granville Island

VANCOUVER, July 1 - The Honorable Senator Gerry St. Germain,
representing Langley-Pemberton-Whistler, on behalf on the Honourable Diane
Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Minister
Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, celebrated Canada Day
today at Granville Island - one of Vancouver's top cultural and tourist
destinations.

The occasion also marked the 30th anniversary of Granville Island, which
was redeveloped from an industrial park in the late 1970's to become one of
the most successful waterfront developments in North America.

"Today's Canada Day festivities bring together Canadians from
coast-to-coast to celebrate all of the things that make this country one of
the best places in the world to live," said Senator St. Germain. "This is a
special Canada Day celebration given that it is also Granville Island's 30th
anniversary."

As part of the festivities, Granville Island visitors enjoyed free jazz
performances courtesy of the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, a Truly Canadian
Pancake Breakfast at Dockside Restaurant, the 10th annual Canada Day Parade,
as well as many local and international performers celebrating Canada's
cultural diversity.

Granville Island, one of the first brownfield redevelopments by the
federal government, is a sustainable community in the heart of Vancouver
accessible by foot, bike, water and public transit. It houses more than 275
businesses, studios and facilities, and employs some 2,500 people. Granville
Island is managed by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

For more information about Canada Day activities and upcoming Granville
Island events, visit www.granvilleisland.com. Granville Island Public Market
and The Net Loft are open until 7 pm, seven days a week.

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 60 years of
experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally
sustainable, and affordable homes - homes that will continue to create vibrant
and healthy communities and cities across the country.

For more information, visit www.cmhc.ca or call 1-800-668-2642.

Contact Information

  • Granville Island Contact: Lisa Ono, Granville
    Island, Manager, Public Affairs & Programming, (604) 666-8779, lono@cmhc.ca