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November 26, 2010 11:30 ET

Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in Brantford and Brant County

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2010) - The official opening of five new affordable housing projects and the start of construction of two developments was celebrated today in Brantford. The projects received more than $13.4 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments and will be occupied by persons with disabilities, families, individuals and seniors living on low income.

Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brant, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and Dave Levac, Member of Provincial Parliament for Brant, on behalf of the Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, along with Councillor James Calnan, on behalf of Mike Hancock, Mayor of the City of Brantford and Councillor Joan Gatward on behalf of Ron Eddy, Mayor of Brant County, made the announcement. 

"Our Government remains committed to giving a hand-up to those who need it most, including seniors, individuals, families and persons with disabilities," said Minister Finley. "Funding projects like these ones will not only improve the quality of life of its residents by keeping their homes safe and affordable, but it also helps stimulate the local economy and create the conditions for long-term growth."

"Quality, affordable housing is essential to our community's health and well-being," said MPP Levac. "As part of our Open Ontario plan, today's investment will stimulate the economy by creating jobs and supporting local businesses, while making a positive difference in the lives of many people right here in Brantford."

"The City of Brantford is pleased to have participated with the federal and provincial governments in providing these much needed additions to the housing stock in our community," said Mike Hancock, City of Brantford Mayor. "These projects not only keep the local economy thriving, but they work towards a shared goal of building strong communities where everyone has a place to call home."

"The County of Brant is pleased to celebrate the Grand Opening of 130 West River Street in Paris, alongside our federal and provincial governments," said Ron Eddy, Brant County Mayor. "This affordable housing project is another fine example of the re-use of a heritage building and we are pleased that Meadows Court Properties has produced another attractive, affordable housing project in our community."

Today's announcement celebrates the official opening of five local affordable housing projects:

  • Freedom Gate Apartments, sponsored by Freedom House International Church, received $750,000 to build 15 units for persons with disabilities, individuals and families living on low income.
  • Winniett Street Apartments, sponsored by 2149751 Ontario Limited and Meadows Court Properties Inc., received almost $1.8 million to build 32 units for persons with disabilities, individuals and families living on low income.
  • McHutchion Lofts, sponsored by Telephone City Developments Ltd., received $1.7 million to build 34 units for persons with disabilities, individuals and families living on low income.
  • 130 West River Street, sponsored by 2149751 Ontario Limited and 487223 Ontario Limited, received $1.4 million to build 24 units for persons with disabilities, individuals and families living on low income.
  • Alfred Heights, sponsored by Multani Custom Homes Ltd., received $2.3 million to build 39 units for persons with disabilities, individual and families living on low income.

Start of construction for two affordable housing developments was also celebrated today:

  • 255 Colborne Street, sponsored by Northern Gate Investment Inc., received $2.8 million to build 40 units for persons with disabilities and individuals living on low income.
  • 575 Park Road North, sponsored by Counsel Park Road Limited, received more than $2.7 million to build 39 units for persons with disabilities and seniors living on low income.

The Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Agreement comprises a commitment of $301 million from each of the two senior levels of government. In total, the federal, provincial and municipal governments will invest at least $734 million in the program, which will provide affordable housing for up to 20,000 households in Ontario.

The Government of Canada wants to ensure that Canadians on fixed incomes can live with independence and dignity and remain in their communities, close to family and friends. Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $475 million, over two years, to build new rental housing for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. 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. 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.

In 2009, Ontario allocated a combined federal and provincial investment of $704 million for the renovation of social housing, and $540 million for the creation of new affordable housing. This investment is part of the Open Ontario plan, and will create an estimated 23,000 jobs over the course of the program, and strengthening local economies across the province. To date, Ontario has approved more than $519 million for construction-ready projects, which will provide affordable housing for low-income families, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities, and $525.45 million for repairs benefiting some 173,425 social housing units. To find out more about affordable housing in Ontario, visit www.ontario.ca/housing

More information on this and other measures in Canada's Economic Action Plan 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.

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Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Leslie Pawlowski
    416-250-3297
    or
    Office of Minister Bartolucci
    Laura Blondeau
    416-585-7171
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    819-994-2482
    or
    City of Brantford
    Deborah Filice
    519-759-3330 Ext. 6241
    or
    For more information visit:
    www.cmhc.ca
    www.ontario.ca/housing