Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Government of Canada

Government of Canada
City of Montreal

City of Montreal
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

December 13, 2010 12:30 ET

Governments of Canada and Quebec and City of Montreal Open New Housing for Women in Difficulty

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 13, 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); Emmanuel Dubourg, Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for Viau and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance, on behalf of Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; and Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal, are pleased to mark the official opening of the Pavillon Lise Watier, which provides 29 housing units for women in difficulty and to which the governments of Canada and Quebec jointly contributed an amount of nearly $1.8 million. The development of this great initiative required a total investment of nearly $3.6 million.

The contributions of the Government of Canada came from CMHC, under the Agreement concerning certain residential renovation and adaptation programs, and from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). The HPS is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to 61 communities, including small rural and Northern communities as well as Aboriginal communities, across Canada. The contribution of the Government of Quebec was made under the AccèsLogis Québec program of the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ). Also, the City of Montréal contributed more than $360,000, 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.

"Our government is dedicated to giving a hand-up to those in need. That's why we are proud to have invested in this project in Montréal," said Senator Fortin-Duplessis. "These new units are more than just safe and affordable places to live. They are the key to a better life for women in difficulty who will call them home."

"The Pavillon Lise Watier plays a key role in the community by providing women going through difficult times with a place where they will get all the help they need. Our government's commitment in such a mobilizing project is perfectly natural and demonstrates the importance that we attach to ensuring the wellness of Quebec's citizens, especially those experiencing difficulties. Thanks to the Old Brewery Mission and to everyone who contributed to this great success," said MNA Emmanuel Dubourg, in the presence of Eric Maldoff, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Old Brewery Mission, and community partners.

"Those who find themselves on the front lines in the fight against poverty and exclusion deserve our respect and recognition. When an organization like the Old Brewery Mission succeeds in implementing new shelter resources, we can only applaud. When, in addition, it seeks out the support of such a prestigious private partner as the Lise Watier Foundation, we can only be delighted. And, above all, when women undertake a process to find their place in society, we can only offer them our support. That's the goal of the new Pavillon Lise Watier," said the Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay.

"What we all want is to build, here in Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, generous and vibrant communities, with partners like the Pavillon Lise Watier. For more vulnerable women who have a problem with homelessness, reintegration starts with having their own home and personalized services, among other things. This residence becomes an important player in the social solidarity network of the borough, sharing one of our priority objectives—the wellness of the population," noted the Mayor of the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Réal Ménard.

It should be noted that all the tenants of the project can benefit from the Rent Supplement program, which provides financial assistance to low-income individuals who would otherwise have to spend more than 25 per cent of their income on housing. The rent supplements provided will represent, over a five-year period, more than $454,000 in additional financial assistance, including some $409,000 from the SHQ and over $45,000 from the City of Montréal.

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 for two more years. The Canada-Quebec Shelter Enhancement Program provides financial assistance to create, repair and rehabilitate emergency shelters and second-stage housing for victims of family violence, be they vulnerable women, children, youth or men.

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 a 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.

More information on 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.

More information on 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.

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 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, more than 12,000 community housing units have been, or are being, developed on the Island of Montréal, including 1,174 in the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, 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 Pavillon Lise Watier project is one of the actions taken by the City of Montréal to meet the diverse housing needs of Montréal households.

Contact Information

  • Sources:
    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
    819-994-2482
    or
    City of Montreal
    Office of the Mayor and the Executive Committee
    Bernard Larin
    514-872-9998
    or
    Information:
    Societe d'habitation du Quebec
    Francois Simard
    Communications Advisor
    418-643-4035, ext. 1341
    francois.simard@shq.gouv.qc.ca
    or
    Communications, CMHC
    Quebec Region
    Julie Cohen
    514-283-3679
    or
    City of Montreal
    Communications
    Francois Goneau
    514-868-5859