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November 26, 2010 14:00 ET

Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in Kingston

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2010) - The grand opening of three new affordable housing rental developments for seniors, persons with disabilities, individuals and families living on low-income was held today in Kingston. The developments received more than $6.9 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments.

Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); the Honourable John Gerretsen, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, and Minister of Consumer Services , on behalf of the Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Janet Gutowski, Deputy Warden, County of Frontenac; and Mark Gerretsen, Mayor-Elect, City of Kingston, made the announcement. 

"The Government of Canada is helping make affordable housing available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it the most," said MP Brown. "These three projects in Kingston will bring 72 new units to the area, and are helping our residents to access safe and affordable housing, and to build a stronger future for themselves."

"We are providing safe and affordable housing for seniors, persons with disabilities, and people living on a low income," said MPP Gerretsen. "As part of our Open Ontario plan, these three developments will stimulate the economy by creating jobs and supporting local businesses.

"The County is very excited to have additional units built at Sharbot Lake" said Deputy Warden Gutowski. "The community needs are there and we are pleased to address some of the gap."

"The City of Kingston views the provision of safe and affordable housing as one of its most important and consistent priorities," said Mayor Rosen. "We are proud to be one of the partners in the development of these much needed affordable units which will provide a home for low income seniors and individuals with disabilities." 

The three projects received more than $6.9 million from the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.

  • A 20-unit project at 810 Blackburn Mews in Kingston sponsored by J. Patry Enterprise Inc. received $2.4 million.
  • A 47-unit project at 31 Lyons Street in Kingston sponsored by Frontenac Community Mental Health Services received almost $3.96 million. 
  • A five-unit project at 1096 Clement Road in Sharbot Lake sponsored by Central Frontenac Housing Corporation received $600,000.

The federal and provincial funding is complemented by more than $750,000 in municipal 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.

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 $475 million, over two years, to build new rental housing for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. 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 low-cost 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 the next 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 while strengthening local economies across the province. To date, Ontario has approved more than $519 million for construction-ready projects, which will provide affordable housing for low-income families, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities, and $525.45 million for repairs benefiting some 173,425 social housing units.

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.

More information about affordable housing in Ontario can be found at www.ontario.ca/housing

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Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Jill Noble
    416-250-2761
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    819-994-2482
    or
    Office of Minister Bartolucci
    Laura Blondeau
    416-585-7171
    or
    City of Kingston
    Mary McIntyre
    613-546-2695 x 4948
    or
    For more information, visit: www.cmhc.ca
    www.ontario.ca/housing