Government of Canada

Government of Canada
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario
City of Cornwall

City of Cornwall
United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry

United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry

September 07, 2010 10:00 ET

Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in Cornwall

CORNWALL, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2010) - The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the City of Cornwall celebrated the grand opening of 32 affordable rental units. The project is supported by more than $2.2 million in funding through the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. 

Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, 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 Jim Brownell, Member of Provincial Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, on behalf of the Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, along with Bob Kilger, Mayor of Cornwall, made the announcement. 

"Our Government is proud to be investing in this initiative that will benefit low income individuals and persons with disabilities," said MP Guy Lauzon. "All Canadians deserve access to safe, affordable housing, and this new project will make that vision a reality for many residents of Cornwall."

"The Ontario government is committed to providing safe and affordable housing to those who need it the most," said MPP Jim Brownell. "These rental units give people with special needs the opportunity to remain independent and stay connected to their community. As part of our Open Ontario plan, this construction project will stimulate the economy by creating jobs and supporting local businesses right here in Cornwall."

The 32-unit project located at 222 Sixth Street in Cornwall received more than $ 2.2 million funded through the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. The building is occupied by low income individuals and persons with special needs. The federal and provincial funding is complemented by $576,974 in municipal financial incentives.

"The City of Cornwall is proud to welcome this new housing development in our community," said City of Cornwall Mayor, Bob Kilger. "Built with funding from the Affordable Housing Program Brownfield Initiative and using local brownfield programs, this property is a perfect example of how the redevelopment of a brownfield site can reap real housing benefits for our community."

"The completion of this new building is a tremendous achievement," said Board Chair, Cornwall and Area Housing Corporation (CAHC), Mark MacDonald. These new units provide an opportunity for low-income individuals and those with special housing needs to find safe and affordable housing."

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, and loans of up to another $2 billion 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 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 strengthen local economies across the province. To date, Ontario has approved more than $510 million for construction-ready projects, which will provide affordable housing for low-income families, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities, and $402 million for repairs benefiting some 150,000 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
    Leslie Pawlowski
    416-250-3297
    or
    Office of Minister Bartolucci
    Laura Blondeau
    416-585-7171
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    City of Cornwall
    Anne-Marie Fobert-Poirier
    613-930-2787 ext. 2368
    or
    For more information visit:
    www.cmhc.ca
    www.ontario.ca/housing