Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
City of Montreal

City of Montreal
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

November 12, 2010 11:00 ET

Governments of Canada and Quebec and City of Montreal Invest in Affordable Housing

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Montréal region, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); François Ouimet, Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for Marquette and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Justice, on behalf of Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; and Michael Applebaum, responsible for housing on the City of Montréal Executive Committee, held a groundbreaking ceremony today to mark the start of construction on the Logements communautaires Lachine project, which will provide 36 housing units for families and individuals and to which the governments of Canada and Quebec jointly contributed an amount of nearly $2.2 million. The development of this great initiative required a total investment of more than $5.3 million.

In addition to the Government of Canada, through the Affordable Housing Initiative Program Extension Agreement, and the Government of Quebec, under the AccèsLogis Québec program of the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ), the City of Montréal contributed more than $650,000, 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.

Moreover, some $360,000 in financial assistance was provided in equal shares by the Government of Quebec and the City of Montréal, under the Renovation Québec program.

"Our government is committed to giving a hand-up to the people of Quebec who need some help, particularly during these economic times," said Minister Paradis. "Through projects like this one, Canada's Economic Action continues to create jobs and stimulate the economy in Quebec's regions."

"Our government has committed to making more affordable housing available to low-income households. That's why I'm proud of the financial support that we are providing to this housing project that will benefit 36 families and individuals in the sector. This is a great example of what can be achieved when the community comes together, and I salute all the partners who joined the Government of Quebec to help ensure the development of this long-awaited project," said MNA François Ouimet, in the presence of Daniel Chainey, Director of Logements communautaires LaSalle and community partners.

"Our administration makes it our duty to be attentive to requests from the community, like that from the Logements communautaires Lachine project, which, in a few months, will be adding 36 new safe, affordable housing units. We are proud to support this initiative that is providing a sustainable solution to meet the needs of low-income households in the borough of Lachine," said Mr. Applebaum.

"I salute the development of this project, which would not have been possible without the generous participation of the three levels of government. Located in the heart of our borough, within walking distance from several shops and very well served by public transit, this building will provide quality community housing to families and individuals in Lachine. We can only be delighted for the 36 tenants who will have the chance to live there," added Mr. Claude Dauphin, Mayor of the borough of Lachine.

It should be noted that 18 tenants of the project will be able to 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 $282,000 in additional financial assistance, including some $254,000 from the SHQ and over $28,000 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. 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 an additional 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.

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 1­800-O Canada or visit www.actionplan.gc.ca

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, close to 12,000 community housing units have been, or are being, developed on the Island of Montréal, including 622 in the riding of Marquette, 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 Logements communautaires Lachine 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
    Press Secretary
    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 and Citizen Relations
    Francois Goneau
    Communications Officer
    514-872-5467