Government of Canada

Government of Canada
City of Montreal

City of Montreal
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

November 08, 2010 13:38 ET

Governments of Canada and Quebec and City of Montreal Open New Community Housing for Families and Individuals

MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2010) - Senator Suzanne Fortin-Duplessis, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); Marguerite Blais, Member of the National Assembly for Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne and Minister responsible for Seniors, on behalf of Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; and Michael Applebaum, responsible for housing on the City of Montréal Executive Committee, proceeded today with the official opening of the Coopérative d'habitation Cercle Carré, which provides 49 housing units for families and individuals and to which the governments of Canada and Quebec jointly contributed an amount of nearly $3.3 million. The development of this great initiative required a total investment of more than $7.7 million.

In addition to the Government of Canada, through the Affordable Housing Initiative Program Extension Agreement, and the Government of Quebec, under the Logement abordable Québec program of the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ), the City of Montréal contributed more than $800,000, an amount repaid by the Montréal Metropolitan Community out of the social housing fund to which the 82 municipalities on its territory contribute, including the City of Montréal, which provides almost half of the funding.

Moreover, some $640,000 in financial assistance was provided in equal shares by the Government of Quebec and the City of Montréal, under the Renovation Québec program.

"Our government is committed to giving a hand-up to the people of Quebec who need some help during these tough economic times," said Senator Fortin-Duplessis. "Through projects like these, our government is providing safe, affordable housing to many residents in our community, while creating jobs and stimulating our economy."

"I am proud of the support that our government is providing to this highly original housing co­operative for emerging artists and cultural workers. Thanks to the combined efforts of the different partners, these people will not only enjoy safe, affordable homes but also benefit from a place to highlight their talent. For many, there is no doubt that this represents a significant boost at an important stage in their career," said Minister Marguerite Blais, in the presence of Christiane Vien, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Coopérative d'habitation Cercle Carré, and community partners.

"We are pleased to salute the development of this original project intended for residents who come mainly from the cultural community, helping to consolidate their presence in the Faubourg-des-Récollets. Too often, the redevelopment of a neighbourhood drives out artists and cultural workers, even though they made the surroundings attractive by their presence. Thanks to the efforts of the directors of the Cercle Carré co-operative and the support that they gained, including that of our administration, they gave themselves the means to ensure their sustainability in the neighbourhood," said Michael Applebaum.

The Agence de l'efficacité énergétique du Québec has committed to supporting the project with a grant of more than $112,000 to ensure that the building meets the Novoclimat standard. The SHQ is giving particular attention to energy efficiency. In fact, since June 1, 2010, all projects developed under the AccèsLogis Québec program must be designed so as to obtain the Novoclimat certification.

In 2008, the Government of Canada committed more than $1.9 billion over five years for housing and homelessness programs. This investment extended the Affordable Housing Initiative and the renovation programs for low-income households. Canada's Economic Action Plan also provides for an investment of more than $2 billion in new and existing social housing. For Quebec, these combined contributions mean an additional joint investment of more than $820 million under the Agreement concerning certain residential renovation and adaptation programs, as well as the Affordable Housing Initiative Program Extension Agreement, which includes $538 million for Canada's Economic Action Plan.

In addition, Canada's Economic Action Plan provides for up to $2 billion in funds to municipalities for housing-related infrastructure.

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 1­800-O Canada or visit www.actionplan.gc.ca

In the 2010/2011 budget, the Government of Quebec announced that it intends to build an additional 3,000 community housing units, bringing to 30,000 units its objective of producing new affordable social housing in Quebec. This represents an additional contribution of $210 million under the AccèsLogis Québec program, and brings to $1.3 billion the total assistance provided since 2003.

Since 2003, close to 12,000 community housing units have been, or are being, developed on the Island of Montréal, including 1,236 in the riding of Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne, representing total investments of more than $1.5 billion by the governments and their partners.

The SHQ's mission is to facilitate citizens' access to appropriate housing conditions. For more information on this agency's programs and services, visit www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca/en/index.html.

Lastly, the development of the Coopérative d'habitation Cercle Carré is one of the actions taken by the City of Montréal to meet the diverse housing needs of Montréal households.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions
    and Land Occupancy
    Sylvain Bourassa
    Press Secretary
    418-691-2050
    514-873-2622
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Office of the Mayor and the Executive Committee
    City of Montreal
    Bernard Larin
    Press Secretary
    514-872-9998
    or
    Societe d'habitation du Quebec
    Francois Simard
    Communications Advisor
    418-643-4035, ext. 1341
    francois.simard@shq.gouv.qc.ca
    or
    Julie Cohen
    Communications, CMHC
    Quebec Region
    514-283-3679
    or
    Communications and Citizen Relations
    City of Montreal
    Francois Goneau
    Communications Officer
    514-872-5467