Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan
City of Montreal

City of Montreal
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

April 30, 2010 12:40 ET

Governments of Canada and Quebec Invest in Affordable Housing

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 30, 2010) - Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, today visited the site of La Porte d'or des îles, a housing project that will provide 67 community housing units for semi-independent seniors, to which the governments of Canada and Quebec jointly contributed more than $4.2 million. The development of this initiative will result from a total investment of over $8.8 million.

In addition to the Government of Canada, through Canada's Economic Action Plan, and the Government of Quebec, under the AccèsLogis Québec program of the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ), the City of Montréal provided more than $1.2 million in funding. This sum will be repaid by the Montréal Metropolitan Community (MMC) 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.

"Our government is committed to giving a hand-up to the people of Quebec who need some help during these tough economic times," said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. "Through projects like this one, Year 2 of Canada's Economic Action Plan will continue to create jobs, stimulate communities in all corners of the country and support Canadian workers and families."

"We attach a great deal of importance to improving the living conditions of the families and citizens of Quebec. This is even a priority for our government. Thanks to mobilizing projects like this one, our seniors will benefit from quality housing that meets their needs, at an affordable cost," said Minister Lessard.

"The anticipated development of the 67 housing units of La Porte d'or des îles will provide semi­independent senior individuals and couples with comfortable homes and a social living environment conducive to maintaining their health. This new residential project will make a significant additional resource available to the seniors of Cartierville and the borough, as well as to those of Montréal's black community, who are the developers of this project," said Michael Applebaum.

"The aging population is growing in numbers, and it is important to build adapted housing to accommodate our seniors and keep them independent in a safe and pleasant environment," said Pierre Gagnier, Mayor of the borough of Ahuntsic–Cartierville.

It should be noted that 34 of the 67 tenants of this housing project may benefit from the Quebec 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. The rent supplements provided will represent, over a five-year period, a total of $519,500 in additional financial assistance, including more than $467,500 from the SHQ and some $52,000 from the City of Montréal.

Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $400 million, over two years, to build new rental housing for low-income seniors. Overall, Canada's Economic Action Plan includes $2 billion for new and existing social housing. These investments build upon the $1.9 billion five-year commitment for housing and homelessness programs made by the Government of Canada in 2008, which extended the Affordable Housing Initiative and the renovation assistance programs for low-income households for two more years. For Quebec, these combined contributions mean a joint investment of more than $820 million, 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.

More information on this and other measures in Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government's plan to stimulate the economy and protect those hit hardest by the global recession, can be found at www.actionplan.gc.ca. 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.

Since 2003, 11,300 community housing units have been, or are being, developed on the Island of Montréal, including 939 in the provincial riding of Saint-Laurent, representing total investments of more than $1.4 billion by the Government of Quebec. "By contributing to community housing projects for families and individuals, as well as seniors and people in difficulty, the Government of Quebec is demonstrating its commitment to improving the housing conditions of our citizens and providing them with a safe, healthy, quality living environment," added Minister Jacques P. Dupuis.

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.

Contact Information

  • Sources:
    Office of the Minister Lessard
    Press Secretary
    Sylvain Bourassa
    418-691-2050
    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
    For information:
    Societe d'habitation du Quebec
    Josiane Lamothe
    Communications
    418-643-4035, ext. 1334
    josiane.lamothe@shq.gouv.qc.ca
    or
    CMHC Quebec Business Centre
    Sophie Dupuis
    Communications and Marketing
    514-283-4489
    or
    City of Montreal
    Communications and Citizen Relations
    Patricia Lowe
    Communications Officer
    514-872-5467