Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan
GOVERNMENT OF YUKON

GOVERNMENT OF YUKON
Yukon Housing Corporation

Yukon Housing Corporation

July 14, 2010 13:00 ET

Governments of Canada and Yukon Celebrate New Youth Housing in Whitehorse

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - July 14, 2010) - The Honourable Daniel Lang, Senator for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with the Honourable Jim Kenyon, Minister Responsible for Yukon Housing Corporation announced the official opening of the Whitehorse Children's Receiving Home today.

The $1,121,000 federal contribution to the project comes through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the government's plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs during the global recession. Recognizing the distinctive needs of the North, Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $200 million, over two years, including $50 million for Yukon to support the renovation and the construction of new social housing units. Overall, the Economic Action Plan includes $2 billion for new and existing social housing, plus up to $2 billion in loans to municipalities for housing-related infrastructure. 

"Canada's Economic Action Plan is giving a hand-up to Canadians in need by allowing for more housing like this to be built – here in Whitehorse and across the country," said Senator Lang. "The Government of Canada is proud to have invested in this project. For the young people who will live here, these new units are more than just a roof over their heads – they are the key to a brighter future."

"Yukon is proud to collaborate with the Government of Canada to provide housing for youth in need," said Jim Kenyon. "This new facility will provide a temporary home for young Yukoners who need a safe place to live."

The Children's Receiving Home is a temporary home for children and youth who need a period of assessment and stabilization after having been removed from abusive or neglectful family situations. The funding announced today was used to reconstruct an older facility, which was challenged with design issues and mould problems. The new 4,200 square foot facility with eight bedrooms is built to the Yukon's Super GreenHome standard for maximum energy efficiency.

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.

To learn more about Yukon Housing Corporation and its energy standards visit www.housing.yk.ca/.

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.

Contact Information

  • Government of Yukon
    Emily Younker
    Cabinet Communications Advisor
    867-633-7961
    emily.younker@gov.yk.ca
    or
    Yukon Housing Corporation
    Nathalie Ouellet
    Communications
    867-667-5075
    nathalie.ouellet@gov.yk.ca
    or
    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Prairie and Territories Business Centre
    Kimberlee Jones
    Communications Consultant
    403-515-3048
    kjones@cmhc-schl.gc.ca
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482