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April 12, 2010 13:30 ET

Governments of Canada and Quebec and City of Montreal Partner to Redevelop Place de l'Acadie

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 12, 2010) - Work is progressing well on the Ressources habitation de l'Ouest and Maison CACI projects that will soon breathe new life into the site of Place de l'Acadie. These two housing projects will provide 223 units for low- and modest-income households in the borough of Ahuntsic–Cartierville, in Montréal.

This observation was made today, on the occasion of the site visit, by Senator Claude Carignan, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; Christine St-Pierre, Member of the National Assembly for Acadie and Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, on behalf of Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy; and Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal, in the presence of community partners.

The construction of these units represents an investment of more than $38 million. These projects are being developed thanks to a contribution of nearly $25 million on the part of public partners. The governments of Canada and Quebec are jointly providing close to $17 million through the AccèsLogis Québec program and under the Affordable Housing Initiative Program Extension Agreement signed between Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ). The City of Montréal provided more than $4.8 million, which will be partially repaid by the Montréal Metropolitan Community out of the social housing fund to which the 82 municipalities on its territory contribute, including the City of Montréal, which provides almost half of the funding.

Moreover, some $3 million in financial assistance was provided in equal shares by the Government of Quebec and the City of Montréal, under the Renovation Québec program.

"Our government is committed to giving a hand up to Quebecers who need some help in these tough economic times," said Senator Carignan. "Through projects like these, our government is providing safe, affordable housing to many residents in our community, while creating jobs and stimulating our economy."

"The development of these two major projects is excellent news for the people of Montréal and demonstrates the importance that our government attaches to ensuring the wellness of the citizens of Quebec. Thanks to the combined efforts of the different partners, many families and individuals will soon benefit from 223 safe, quality housing units that meet their needs, at an affordable cost, right here in the riding of Acadie," said Minister St-Pierre.

"The Acadie project is both a victory and a rebirth—a victory for the tenants and a rebirth for a whole neighbourhood and its population. Before, Place de l'Acadie was synonymous with unhealthy, unsafe accommodations and lack of respect for people's dignity and right to decent housing. Now, Place de l'Acadie is a victory of solidarity and mobilization," said the Mayor of Montréal.

"The redevelopment of Place de l'Acadie arose from an initiative undertaken by several key players in Bordeaux–Cartierville, including police officers, municipal inspectors, firefighters, CLSC workers, community organizations and local politicians. It is thanks to them that more than 200 families will soon be housed in adequate dwellings and, above all, regain the dignity and pride of living in an interesting environment," recalled Pierre Gagnier, Mayor of the borough of Ahuntsic–Cartierville.

Among the tenants of the two housing projects, 112 households will be able to benefit from the Rent Supplement program, which provides financial assistance to low-income individuals who would otherwise have to spend more than 25 per cent of their income on housing. In addition, the rent supplements provided will represent, over a five-year period, more than $1.7 million in financial assistance, including $1.5 million from the SHQ and over $170,000 from the City of Montréal.

Since 2003, 11,300 community housing units have been, or are being, developed on the Island of Montréal, including 396 in the riding of Acadie, representing total investments of nearly $1.4 billion.

Thanks to the additional $210 million in funding announced in the Budget Speech delivered on March 30, 2010, the Government of Quebec has increased its target for the development of affordable rental community and private housing from 27,000 to 30,000 units. To date, more than 25,000 of these units have been delivered or are under development.

In 2008, the Government of Canada committed more than $1.9 billion over five years for housing and homelessness programs. This investment extended the Affordable Housing Initiative and the renovation programs for low-income households for two more years. Canada's Economic Action Plan also provides for an investment of more than $2 billion in new and existing social housing. For Quebec, these combined contributions mean a joint investment of more than $820 million under the Agreement concerning certain residential renovation and adaptation programs, as well as the Affordable Housing Initiative Program Extension Agreement, which includes $538 million for Canada's Economic Action Plan.

In addition, Canada's Economic Action Plan provides for up to $2 billion in funds to municipalities for housing-related infrastructure.

The SHQ's mission is to facilitate citizens' access to appropriate housing conditions. For more information on this agency's programs and services, visit www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca/en/index.html.

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 www.cmhc.ca/housingactionplan. For more information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, call 1-800-O Canada or visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Sources:
    Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    Sylvain Bourassa
    Press Secretary
    418-691-2050 / 514-873-2622
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    City of Montreal
    Office of the Mayor and the Executive Committee
    Darren Becker
    Press Secretary
    514-872-6412
    or
    Information:
    Societe d'habitation du Quebec
    Francois Simard
    Communications Advisor
    418-643-4035, ext. 1341
    or
    CMHC Quebec Business Centre
    Marie-Chantale Lortie
    Communications and Marketing
    514-496-4025
    or
    City of Montreal
    Communications and Citizen Relations
    Francois Goneau
    Communications Officer
    514-868-5859