OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 14, 2014) - The official opening of new affordable rental housing units for seniors living on low-income was held today in Ottawa. Bruyère Village received $5.4 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments. The construction of these new units has helped stimulate the economy and create approximately 112 jobs in Ottawa.
Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orleans, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development); Phil McNeely, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans, on behalf of the Honourable Linda Jeffrey, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and Jim Watson, Mayor for the City of Ottawa, made the announcement.
"Our government recognizes the important role that seniors have played in building our great country. This investment is another example of our commitment to improve housing for low-income seniors," said MP Galipeau. "We are proud to help fund the Bruyère Village project as it will help seniors in Ottawa access safe and affordable housing."
"Our government is committed to providing safe, affordable housing to those who need it most," said MPP McNeely. "Projects like Bruyère Village make a meaningful difference in the lives of our seniors and help create safe, stable and healthy communities."
"The number of older adults living in Ottawa will more than double over the next 20 years," said Mayor Jim Watson. "For many, accessing affordable housing is a challenge. This is why projects like Bruyère Village are so important to our City. We will continue to work with our government partners and the not-for-profit sector to ensure the needs of our older residents can be met, now and in the future."
Bruyère Village combines affordable housing, independent living, assisted living and long-term care all within one site and is comprised of 227 units in four buildings located on Hiawatha Park Road. The $5.4 million funding provided through the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program was used to build forty-five units for low-income seniors. The joint federal and provincial funding is complemented by over $1 million in waived development charges from the City of Ottawa.
"The Bruyère Village is an innovative model that will change the future of housing and services for seniors," said Sandra Graham, Chair of the Bruyère Continuing Care board of directors. "It offers affordable housing and support for people and aims at keeping them healthy and independent."
Annually, the Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing (CMHC), invests approximately $2 billion in housing. Of this amount, $1.7 billion in federal funding is provided in support of close to 600,000 individuals and families living in existing social housing both on- and off-reserve. In Ontario, this represents an estimated 237,950 households. These investments are improving the quality of life for low-income Canadians and households living in existing social housing, including individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, seniors, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and Aboriginal people. The commitment continues with Economic Action Plan 2013, which provides more than $1.25 billion over five years to renew the Investment in Affordable Housing to 2019. The Government of Canada will ensure that funds provided to provinces and territories support the use of apprentices, which will support training of skilled labour. Close to 177,600 households across Canada are no longer in housing need as a result of funding provided under the IAH from April 1, 2011 to December 31, 2013.
Ontario continues to build new affordable housing and repair existing units for Ontarians with housing needs. Since 2003, Ontario's funding commitment of nearly $3 billion is the largest affordable housing program in the province's history. Ontario is supporting the creation of over 17,000 affordable rental housing units; making more than 263,000 repairs and improvements to social and affordable housing units, and providing rental down payment assistance to over 81,000 households in need. The province's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy sets a strong foundation for a more efficient, accessible affordable housing system in Ontario.
Affordable housing is a key component of Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy. Download a copy of the Government of Ontario's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy. 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-schl.gc.ca.
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