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

April 27, 2012 14:00 ET

Governments of Canada and Quebec Invest in Affordable Housing in Forestville

QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - April 27, 2012) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), 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 Serge Simard, Minister for Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region, on behalf of Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy and Minister responsible for the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ), are pleased to mark the official opening of the second phase of Villa Forestville, which provides seven community housing units to semi-independent seniors and for which the governments of Canada and Québec contributed more than $730,000. The development of this regional initiative resulted from a total investment of over $1.5 million.

In addition to the Government of Canada, through Canada's Economic Action Plan, and the Government of Québec, under the AccèsLogis Québec program of the SHQ, the Town of Forestville contributed nearly $167,000, while over $358,000 was raised from various community partners.

"Our government is investing in affordable housing here and across Canada to help create jobs and improve the quality of life for those who need it most," said Minister Paradis. "The creation of these new units here in Forestville will provide seniors with access to quality and affordable housing, while ensuring that they can stay close to their families and friends."

"It is important to take measures to allow our seniors to remain in surroundings they love and, as such, the addition of these seven new affordable housing units in Forestville is excellent news. I want to congratulate all the partners who joined the Société d'habitation du Québec to help bring this great initiative to life," said Minister Serge Simard.

It should be noted that all the tenants of the second phase of Villa Forestville can 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 $118,000 in additional financial assistance, including nearly $106,000 from the SHQ and some $12,000 from the Town of Forestville.

The Bureau de l'efficacité et de l'innovation énergétiques of the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune has committed to supporting the project with a grant of more than $13,000 to ensure that the building meets the Novoclimat standard The Government of Québec and the SHQ are giving particular attention to energy efficiency, which is why all projects developed under the AccèsLogis Québec program must be designed so as to obtain the Novoclimat certification.

The Government of Canada, through CMHC, will invest more than $2 billion in housing this year. Of this amount, $1.7 billion will be spent in support of almost 615,000 households living in social housing. In Québec, this represents some 132,750 households. These investments are improving the quality of life for low-income Canadians and households living in social housing, including individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, seniors, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and Aboriginal people.

To find out more about how CMHC is working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca.

By announcing in its 2012/2013 budget an investment of an additional $180 million in the AccèsLogis Québec program and the private component of the Affordable Housing Québec program, the Government of Québec showed all the importance it attaches to the construction of community and affordable housing. This sum brings to nearly $1.5 billion the total assistance provided since 2003.

Since 2003, 179 community and affordable housing units have been, or are being, developed in the Côte-Nord region, representing total investments of over $27.7 million by the governments and their partners.

The SHQ's mission is to facilitate citizens' access to appropriate housing conditions. Each year, thanks to its programs and many partners, the SHQ helps more than 240,000 Québec households. For more information on this agency's programs and services, visit www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca/english.html.

Contact Information

  • Sources:
    Julie Boivin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    418-691-2050

    Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    For information:
    Francois Simard
    Communications Advisor
    Societe d'habitation du Quebec
    418-643-4035, ext.: 1341
    francois.simard@shq.gouv.qc.ca

    Mathilde Cote
    Communications
    CMHC, Quebec Region
    514-496-1189