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
Societe d'habitation du Quebec

Societe d'habitation du Quebec

September 26, 2011 09:49 ET

Governments of Canada and Quebec Invest in Affordable Housing in Rimouski

RIMOUSKI, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2011) - 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 Dr. Yves Bolduc, Minister of Health and Social Services and Minister responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine regions, on behalf of Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, are pleased to mark the official opening of the Habitation La Roseraie project, Phase II, which provides 70 community housing units for semi-independent seniors and persons with disabilities. This opening took place in the presence of Éric Forest, Mayor of Rimouski, Lisette Rioux, Vice-President of the Office municipal d'habitation de Rimouski, and various community partners.

The governments of Canada, through Canada's Economic Action Plan, and Quebec, under the AccèsLogis Québec program of the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ), jointly contributed more than $4.6 million to this project. Community partners also contributed over $1.3 million, including $260,000 from the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux du Bas-Saint-Laurent and more than $810,000 from the City of Rimouski. The development of this local initiative therefore resulted from a total investment of nearly $10.6 million.

"Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our government is providing a hand-up to those who need it most here in Rimouski and in all corners of the country," said Minister Paradis. "We are committed to making communities stronger through projects like this one. These investments help create new jobs and stimulate the local economy, while providing more access to safe, affordable homes for Canadian seniors."

"Our government's commitment in such a mobilizing project is perfectly natural and demonstrates the importance that we attach to improving the living conditions of Quebec's seniors and people in difficulty, who will now benefit from new quality housing units that meet their needs, at an affordable cost, right here in Rimouski," said Minister Yves Bolduc.

It should be noted that all the tenants of the second phase of the Habitation La Roseraie 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, close to $1.1 million in additional financial assistance, including nearly $990,000 from the SHQ and some $110,000 from the City of Rimouski.

The Agence de l'efficacité énergétique du Québec has committed to supporting the project with a grant of more than $121,000 to ensure that the building meets the Novoclimat standard. The SHQ is giving particular attention to energy efficiency. All projects developed under the AccèsLogis Québec program must be designed so as to obtain the Novoclimat certification.

Canada's Economic Action Plan provided $400 million, over two years, to build new rental housing for low-income seniors. Overall, Canada's Economic Action Plan included $2 billion for new and existing social housing, plus $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 five years, to improve and build new affordable housing and help the homeless. For Quebec, these combined contributions mean a joint investment of more than $820 million, which includes $538 million for Canada's Economic Action Plan.

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 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.

In the 2011/2012 budget, the Government of Quebec announced that it intends to build an additional 2,000 community housing units, bringing to 32,000 units its objective of producing new affordable housing in Quebec. This represents an additional contribution of $140 million under the AccèsLogis Québec program, and brings to more than $1.4 billion the total assistance provided since 2003.

Since 2003, close to 870 community housing units have been, or are being, developed in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, including 186 in the riding of Rimouski, representing total investments of nearly $107.5 million by the governments and their partners.

The SHQ's mission is to facilitate citizens' access to appropriate housing conditions. In 2010, the SHQ supported more than 240,000 households across Quebec. For more information on this agency's programs and services, visit www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca/en/index.html.

Contact Information

  • Sources:
    Julie Boivin - Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    418-691-2050
    514-873-2622

    Natacha Joncas Boudreau
    Press Secretary of the Minister of Health and
    Social Services and Minister responsible for the
    Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspesie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine regions
    418-266-7171

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

    Julie Cohen
    Communications, CMHC
    Quebec Region
    514-283-3679

    Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482