Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan
GOVERNMENT OF YUKON

GOVERNMENT OF YUKON
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Yukon Housing Corporation

Yukon Housing Corporation

November 09, 2010 13:00 ET

Governments of Canada and Yukon Open New Affordable Housing in Whitehorse

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2010) - Senator Daniel Lang (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, today officially opened six new affordable townhouse units in the Ingram subdivision of Whitehorse.

The $2.1 million federal contribution to the projects 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 construction of new social housing units. Overall, the Economic Action Plan includes $2 billion for the construction of new and the renovation of existing social housing, plus up to $2 billion in low-cost loans to municipalities for housing-related infrastructure. 

"Safe and affordable housing is important to Canadian families, and our government is working to meet that need here in Yukon and throughout the country," said Senator Lang. "Canada's Economic Action Plan is providing Canadians living in the North not only with safe, affordable housing, but also with the jobs and opportunities they need, so they can strengthen and contribute to our communities."

"Yukon Housing Corporation is pleased to officially open six new SuperGreen townhouses", said Minister Kenyon. "We are helping six Yukon families access comfortable and affordable homes. In addition, this project created employment and training opportunities for Yukoners."

The project, located in the Ingram subdivision of Whitehorse, is a 6-unit townhouse complex with two 4-bedroom units and four 3-bedroom housing units for eligible social housing clients. These barrier-free units were developed to meet Yukon Housing Corporation's SuperGreen standard, which uses advanced design methods to reduce the environmental impact of housing and aims to transfer energy savings to residents . The Kwanlin Dün First Nation Development Corporation 42135 constructed the project for Yukon Housing Corporation.

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.

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.

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

Contact Information

  • Yukon Housing Corporation
    Doug Caldwell
    867-667-8065
    dcaldwel@gov.yk.ca
    or
    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Prairie and Territories Business Centre
    Kimberlee Jones
    Senior Communications Consultant
    403-515-3048
    kjones@cmhc-schl.gc.ca
    or
    Government of Yukon
    Emily Younker
    Cabinet Communications Advisor
    867-633-7961
    emily.younker@gov.yk.ca
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482