Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

November 12, 2010 16:00 ET

Government of Canada Celebrates Housing Renovations for BC Residents

PORT ALBERNI, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - The Government of Canada joined with community members today to celebrate the recent renovations at Phoenix House in Port Alberni.

James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo—Alberni, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with representatives from Phoenix House, made the announcement.

"Our government is proud to have contributed to Phoenix House and to the eight other projects throughout the province," said MP Lunney. "Funding renovation projects, like this one, will not only improve the quality of life of its residents by keeping their homes safe and affordable, but it will and benefit the economic and social well-being of the entire community."

Through the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP), the Government of Canada provided $288,000 toward the renovation of 12 units at Phoenix House. In addition to Phoenix House, RRAP funding was provided for eight other housing projects in British Columbia. In total, these nine projects received more than $1.6 million for renovations to 175 units/bed units.

"We are extremely grateful to CMHC and the federal government for their support of Phoenix House," said Myron Jespersen, on behalf of Phoenix House. "Their financial assistance has made it possible to renovate and upgrade our facilities, providing our tenants with safe and comfortable homes. These rooms will help us contribute to the community effort to end homelessness in the Alberni Valley." 

Renovations at Phoenix House included safety upgrades to fire exits, electrical systems, flooring, and exterior sidewalks and wheelchair ramps, as well as updated plumbing, insulation, windows and doors, bathrooms and kitchens.

Phoenix House was created in 2009 to provide housing for the chronically homeless in the Alberni Valley. Working in conjunction with outreach workers, service groups and community volunteers, the mission of Phoenix House is to provide a productive and safe environment for tenants, assisting them with their daily needs, encouraging them in positive directions, and helping them access the services they require.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has been Canada's national housing agency for more than 60 years. CMHC is committed to helping Canadians access a wide choice of quality, affordable homes, while making vibrant, healthy communities and cities a reality across the country.

In 2008, the Government of Canada committed more than $1.9 billion over five years to improve and build new affordable housing and to help the homeless. As part of this investment, the renovation programs for low-income households, including RRAP, were extended for two years. For BC this represents more than $28 million in federal funding for renovation programs off-reserve.

Canada's Economic Action Plan builds on this with an additional one-time investment of more than $2 billion to build new and renovate existing social housing for low-income Canadians, plus up to $2 billion in low-cost loans to municipalities for housing-related infrastructure.

A backgrounder follows.

BACKGROUNDER

Housing projects that have received funding from the Government of Canada through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program:

Location Housing Project Funding
Kelowna Garden Suite $ 48,000
Port Alberni Phoenix House $ 288,000
Robson Robson Duplexes $ 90,689
Cobble Hill Cobble Hill $ 120,000
Nanaimo The Balmoral $ 301,749
Maple Ridge Maple Towers $ 86,714
Cranbrook Stewart Garden Suite $ 36,339
Victoria The York Hotel $ 656,000
Lantzville Plasteras Garden Suite $ 48,000
Total   $ 1,675,491.00

Contact Information

  • CMHC Communications and Marketing BC Region
    Jeanette Wilkinson
    604-737-4025
    or
    CMHC Media Relations
    Charles Sauriol
    613-748-2799
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    For more information on CMHC's
    Assisted Housing programs
    1-800-668-2642
    www.cmhc.ca