Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

August 31, 2009 23:59 ET

Social housing in Toronto being renovated

TORONTO - Aug. 31) - The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario today announced that three social housing projects in the City of Toronto will receive support for repairs and renovations.

Repairs will include the replacement of windows and balconies, installation of energy efficient lights and carbon monoxide sensors and the replacement of appliances in the following buildings:

- Les Centres d'Accueil Heritage at 33 Hahn Place, $1.1 million.

- Toronto Community Housing Corporation at 30 and 40 Teesdale Place, $2 million.

- Mimico Co-op at 1 Summerhill Road, $403,300.

The $3.5 million investment is part of a notional allocation of more than $220 million for the City of Toronto to repair and retrofit existing local social housing units over the next two years.

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.

Lois Brown, Member of Parliament for Newmarket-Aurora, 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 George Smitherman, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure and Member of Provincial Parliament for Toronto Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Watson, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, made the announcement today.

"This funding will improve the quality of life for residents by upgrading their homes and keeping them affordable," said MP Brown. "These investments also benefit our communities by creating jobs and supporting the local economy."

"These repairs are another step towards improving social housing in Toronto," said MPP Smitherman. "This new funding will help ensure that people living in social housing have a safe and reliable place to live. Ontarians deserve nothing less."

"This is very good news for the City of Toronto and is in keeping with our efforts to create a city that is liveable and prosperous for all residents," said Toronto Mayor David Miller. "Through Council's Housing Opportunities Toronto Action Plan, we will continue to work with Provincial and Federal partners in order to continue to upgrade and improve housing in the city."

Ontario is moving quickly to invest a total of $704 million to repair eligible social housing across the province. In an effort to get shovels in the ground quickly, projects must be committed by the end of the fiscal years 2010 and 2011.

The funding will help improve the quality of life for residents living in social housing communities. Funding will be used to renovate and make energy-saving upgrades to existing social housing as well as to undertake accessibility modifications for the benefit of seniors and persons with disabilities. It will also create jobs and strengthen local economies. To find out more about affordable housing in Ontario, visit

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.

Last month, the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, announced a series of investments of more than $76.5 million to fund 39 construction-ready projects throughout the province under the amended Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Agreement.

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; Jill Noble, Canada Mortgage and Housing
    Corporation, (416) 250-2761; Adam Grachnik, Office of Minister Watson, (416)