Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan
Government of Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia

October 23, 2010 10:30 ET

Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia Announce New and Renovated Affordable Housing in Nova Scotia

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 23, 2010) - The Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia today announced that existing social housing in Nova Scotia will receive over $21 million for repairs and renovations and nearly $11 million for the construction of new housing for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. In total, this joint investment represents over $32 million for affordable housing in Nova Scotia.

The funding was made available through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government's plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs during the global recession. Overall, the Economic Action Plan includes $2 billion for the construction of new and the renovation of existing social housing, plus up to $2 billion in low cost loans to municipalities for housing-related infrastructure. The federal and provincial governments are contributing equally to this overall investment of $96 million under the amended Canada –Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Program Agreement. 

The Government of Canada wants to improve the quality of existing social housing for low-income seniors, single parent families, recent immigrants and Aboriginal households. Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $850 million under the Affordable Housing Initiative to provinces and territories for the renovation and retrofit of existing social housing. It also provides a total of $475 million, over two years, to build new rental housing, including $400 million for housing for low-income seniors and $75 million for housing for persons with disabilities.

Projects across the province range from $1,000 to renovate family housing in Waterville, to more than $4 million to build 14 new seniors' duplexes in Sydney. Other projects include $1.2 million to renovate and retrofit 50 units for families in Lower Sackville, $2.2 million to create 15 new units for seniors and persons with disabilities in Middleton, $1.4 million to renovate housing for families in Dartmouth, and $3.1 million to renovate a seniors' complex in Sydney. 

Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret's, 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 the Honourable Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Nova Scotia Minister of Community Services, made the announcement today.

"Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our Government is committed to giving a hand up to those who need it most," said MP Keddy. "Projects like these are important, because they put construction workers and tradespeople to work quickly, while at the same time providing needed improvements to housing, making Nova Scotia an even better place to live, work and grow."

"This really is wonderful news," said Minister Peterson-Rafuse. "This means that more than 66 seniors now have new, safe, affordable housing that lets them live independently, longer. It means that more than 15 persons with disabilities can more easily get around their homes or cook their own meals. It means that thousands of lower income Nova Scotians have newly renovated, energy efficient homes where they can feel safe and warm. It means better lives for Nova Scotia's most vulnerable."

Canada's Economic Action Plan builds on the Government of Canada's commitment in 2008 of more than $1.9 billion, over five years, to improve and build new affordable housing and help the homeless.

To date, under the Affordable Housing Program, more than 1,400 affordable housing units have been created or preserved around Nova Scotia. For more information on these projects, visit www.gov.ns.ca/coms/affordablehousing.

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.

BACKGROUNDER

List of housing projects in Nova Scotia that will receive funding through Canada's Economic Action Plan

GRAND TOTALS (All Regions)          

Program Number of Units   Federal Funding   Provincial Funding   F/P Total
Housing for Low-Income Seniors 66   $ 4,730,000   $ 4,730,000   $ 9,460,000
Housing for Persons with Disabilities 16   $ 645,000   $ 645,000   $ 1,290,000
Renovation and Retrofit of Existing Social Housing 6,411   $ 10,655,859   $ 10,655,859   $ 21,311,718
Total 6,493   $ 16,030,859   $ 16,030,859   $ 32,061,718

Annapolis Valley             

Program Number of Units   Federal Funding   Provincial Funding   F/P Total
Housing for Low-Income Seniors 16   $ 1,200,000   $ 1,200,000   $ 2,400,000
Housing for Persons with Disabilities 3   $ 225,000   $ 225,000   $ 450,000
Renovation and Retrofit of Existing Social Housing 470   $ 438,436   $ 438,436   $ 876,872
Total 489   $ 1,863,436   $ 1,863,436   $ 3,726,872

South Shore

Program Number of Units   Federal Funding   Provincial Funding   F/P Total
Renovation and Retrofit of Existing Social Housing 847   $ 932,598   $ 932,598   $ 1,865,196
Total 847   $ 932,598   $ 932,598   $ 1,865,196

Halifax Regional Municipality  

Program Number of Units   Federal Funding   Provincial Funding   F/P Total
Housing for Low-Income Seniors 21   $ 1,355,000   $ 1,355,000   $ 2,710,000
Housing for Persons with Disabilities 2   $ 150,000   $ 150,000   $ 300,000
Renovation and Retrofit of Existing Social Housing 1,433   $ 3,823,476   $ 3,823,476   $ 7,646,952
Total 1,456   $ 5,328,476   $ 5,328,476   $ 10,656,952

Cape Breton 

Program Number of Units   Federal Funding   Provincial Funding   F/P Total
Housing for Low-Income Seniors 29   $ 2,175,000   $ 2,175,000   $ 4,350,000
Housing for Persons with Disabilities 11   $ 270,000   $ 270,000   $ 540,000
Renovation and Retrofit of Existing Social Housing 2,349   $ 4,146,523   $ 4,146,523   $ 8,293,046
Total 2,389   $ 6,591,523   $ 6,591,523   $ 13,183,046

Northern Mainland 

Program Number of Units   Federal Funding   Provincial Funding   F/P Total
Renovation and Retrofit of Existing Social Housing 1,312   $ 1,314,826   $ 1,314,826   $ 2,629,652
Total 1,312   $ 1,314,826   $ 1,314,826   $ 2,629,652

Contact Information

  • Giselle Thibault
    Communications and Marketing
    Consultant, CMHC
    902-426-8320
    gthibaul@cmhc.ca
    or
    Susan Tate
    Communications Advisor
    Community Services
    902-424-4038
    tatese@gov.ns.ca
    or
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482