Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec
Société d'habitation du Québec

Société d'habitation du Québec

October 12, 2010 10:31 ET

Governments of Canada and Quebec Invest in Affordable Housing in Disraeli

DISRAELI, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2010) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Mégantic–L'Érable, 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 Laurent Lessard, MNA for Frontenac, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister Responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region, are pleased to mark the groundbreaking for the second phase of the Maison La Roseraie project, a 15-unit housing project for semi-independent seniors, to which the governments of Canada and Quebec jointly contributed more than $825,000. The development of this great regional initiative will result from a total investment of over $1.6 million.

In addition to the Government of Canada, through Canada's Economic Action Plan, and the Government of Quebec, under the AccèsLogis Québec program of the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ), community partners contributed over $325,000, including more than $225,000 from the Town of Disraeli.

"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 these ones, Canada's Economic Action Plan continues to create jobs and stimulate the economy in communities across Quebec."

"I am very pleased to officially launch this project, which is perfectly in line with our government's objective to provide seniors and all citizens of Quebec with more affordable housing options. Thanks to the combined efforts of the different partners that contributed to this mobilizing project, 15 households will soon benefit from safe, quality housing that meets their needs, at an affordable cost," said Minister Laurent Lessard, in the presence of André Rodrigue, Mayor of Disraeli; Réjean Vallières, President of the Centre d'entraide de la région de Disraeli; and community partners.

It should be noted that 8 tenants of the residence will 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, close to $125,000 in additional financial assistance, including over $110,000 from the SHQ and some $12,000 from the Town of Disraeli.

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.

Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $400 million, over two years, to build new rental housing for low-income seniors. Overall, Canada's Economic Action Plan includes $2 billion for new and existing social housing. These investments build upon the $1.9 billion five-year commitment for housing and homelessness programs made by the Government of Canada in 2008, which extended the Affordable Housing Initiative and the renovation assistance programs for low-income households for two more years. For Quebec, these combined contributions mean a joint investment of more than $820 million, 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.

More information on this and other measures in Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government's plan to stimulate the economy and protect those hit hardest by the global recession, can be found at 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

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, over 1,000 community housing units have been, or are being, developed in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, including 110 in the riding of Frontenac, representing total investments of nearly $101 million 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

Contact Information

  • Sources:
    Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    Sylvain Bourassa - Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    For information:
    Société d'habitation du Québec
    Francois Simard - Communications
    418-643-4035, ext. 1341
    Quebec Region
    Julie Cohen - Communications