Canada's Economic Action Plan

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Huron County

Huron County

September 03, 2010 09:00 ET

Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in Huron County

CLINTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 3, 2010) - Ground was broken today for 31 new affordable housing rental units for seniors living on low income in Huron County. The project received more than $3.7 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments.

Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); Carol Mitchell, Member of Provincial Parliament for Huron-Bruce, on behalf of the Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; along with Ken Oke, Mayor of the municipality of South Huron on behalf of Bert Dykstra, Warden, County of Huron made the announcement. 

"Through Year 2 of Canada's Economic Action Plan, our Government remains committed to giving a hand-up to those who need it most," said MP Ben Lobb. "That's why we're investing in this project in Huron County, which will deliver safe and affordable housing that meets the needs of seniors."

"Quality, affordable housing is essential to our community's health and well-being," said MPP Carol Mitchell. "As part of our Open Ontario plan, this construction project will stimulate the economy by creating jobs and supporting local businesses right here in Huron County."

"This project is a win-win situation in Huron County," said Ken Oke, Mayor of the Municipality of South Huron. "It will supply more much needed affordable housing for our seniors in Huron County and will also help our economy by providing employment during the construction of this complex."

The 31-unit project located at 77722 London Road in Clinton received more than $ 3.7 million in funding. The federal and provincial funding is complemented by close to $1.6 million in municipal financial incentives.

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 $400 million, over two years, to build new rental housing for low-income seniors. 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 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 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.

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
    Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
    Susan Bishop
    416 585-7066
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    819-994-2482
    or
    Huron County Social Services
    Barbara Hall
    Housing Services Manager
    519-482-8505 ext. 254
    or
    For more information visit: www.cmhc.ca
    www.ontario.ca/housing