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Region of Waterloo

Region of Waterloo

November 09, 2010 15:00 ET

Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in the Region of Waterloo

KITCHENER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2010) - The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Region of Waterloo and the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network celebrated the official opening of Sunnyside Supportive Housing, a new affordable housing apartment complex in Kitchener. The development is supported by $2.1 million in funding through the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. 

Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, 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 the Honourable John Milloy, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and Ken Seiling, Waterloo Regional Chair, made the announcement. 

"The Government of Canada is proud to have made a significant contribution to this project," said MP Woodworth. "The 30 new units we are providing are quality, affordable housing for seniors, and will benefit the economic and social well-being of the entire community".

"The McGuinty government is delighted to be helping to meet the housing needs of seniors in the Waterloo region," said MPP Milloy. "Providing safe, affordable housing is part of the Open Ontario plan to build stronger communities across the province, and Sunnyside Supportive Housing is an important measure of our success in working with our partners to support our most vulnerable citizens."

"There is a great need for supportive housing in our community, and completion of the Sunnyside Supportive Housing project is an important step in our mission to assist those in our community who need daily support to continue to live independently," said Ken Seiling, Regional Chair. "This project realizes the vision Regional Council put forward more than 10 years ago for the provision of a comprehensive, complete housing continuum on the Sunnyside Campus."

The 30-unit project located at 245 Franklin Street North received $2.1 million funded through the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. The federal and provincial funding is complemented by $4.7 million in regional financial incentives.

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.

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. Canada's Economic Action Plan builds on this with an additional one-time investment of more than $2 billion over two years 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. Combined for Ontario, this means a further $1.2 billion joint investment under the amended Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Agreement. The federal and provincial governments are contributing equally to this overall investment.

In 2009, Ontario allocated a combined federal and provincial investment of $704 million for the renovation of social housing, and $540 million for the construction of new affordable housing. This investment is part of the Open Ontario plan, and will generate an estimated 23,000 jobs over the course of the program, while strengthening local economies across the province. To date, Ontario has approved more than $515 million for construction-ready projects, which will provide affordable housing for low-income families, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities, and $522 million for repairs benefiting some 172,000 social housing units. To find out more about affordable housing in Ontario, visit www.ontario.ca/housing.

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. For more information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, call 1-800-O Canada or visit www.actionplan.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Media contacts:
    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Stephen Derksen
    416-218-3443
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    819-994-2482
    or
    Office of Minister Bartolucci
    Laura Blondeau
    416-585-7171
    or
    Waterloo Regional Chair
    Ken Seiling
    519-575-4585
    or
    www.cmhc.ca
    www.ontario.ca/housing