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May 21, 2010 12:00 ET

Major Upgrades in the Works for Social Housing in Alberta: Canada and Alberta Invest $90 Million for Repairs Over the Next Two Years

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 21, 2010) - Albertans living in social housing supported by the federal and provincial governments are getting some major home improvements thanks to a $90 million joint investment by the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta. The federal and provincial governments are each contributing $45 million over the next two years which includes funding under Canada's Economic Action Plan.

To date, almost $45 million in upgrades have been approved, which includes $20.2 million for Calgary, $20.4 million for Edmonton and $4 million for the remainder of Alberta.  Eligible work includes large-scale improvements like electrical, plumbing and ventilation system upgrades, and replacing doors, windows and roofs.

"Through Year 2 of Canada's Economic Action Plan, our Government remains committed to giving a hand up to those who need it most," said the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State for Seniors, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).  "Projects like these are especially valuable right now, because they put construction workers and tradespeople to work quickly, while at the same time providing needed improvements to housing throughout the country."

"We welcome this additional funding from our federal partner because it will allow more Albertans in need to have access to a good standard of safe and affordable housing," said the Honourable Jonathan Denis, Minister of Alberta Housing and Urban Affairs. "These upgrades will allow us to complete major renovations and extend the life of our social housing portfolio."

Federal funding was made available through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government's plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs during the global recession. 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. 

"A large portion of the money allotted to us is being used to do upgrades which will allow us to become more energy efficient," said Myrt Butler, CEO of Bishop O'Byrne Housing for Seniors Association. "This not only reduces our carbon footprint but also helps to lower our utility costs in the years ahead."

There are approximately 26,000 social housing units located across the province funded by the federal and provincial governments. Of these, approximately 8,300 units are in Calgary, 9,300 are in Edmonton and 8,400 are located throughout the rest of Alberta. All units are managed, on behalf of the province, by 130 local housing management bodies. Additionally, 36 non-profit organizations manage special needs housing units, which are also eligible for repair funding.

These investments will improve the quality of existing social housing for low-income seniors, single parent families, recent immigrants and Aboriginal households.  Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $850 million under the Affordable Housing Initiative to provinces and territories for the renovation and retrofit of existing social housing. This 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.

The Government of Alberta helps create safe, healthy and vibrant communities by providing secure, affordable and sustainable housing to homeless and lower income Albertans.  The province will support the development of 11,000 affordable housing units by 2012. To find out more about how the Government of Alberta is working to develop affordable housing for low- to moderate-income Albertans visit  http://www.housing.alberta.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.

BACKGROUNDER

List of Alberta Affordable Housing projects funded through Canada's Economic Action Plan and the Canada–Alberta Affordable Housing Initiative

Alberta's housing portfolio, funded by the federal and provincial governments, has provided homes for low-income seniors, families, individuals and those with special needs for over 30 years. Over the next two years, the federal and provincial governments are contributing $45 million each to extend the life of social housing units and ensure that Albertans in need continue to have access to a good standard of safe and affordable housing. To date, close to $45 million in upgrades have been approved

Edmonton repair projects – year one

Housing Management Organizations Amount
Ansgar Lutheran Housing $61,000
Canadian Mental Health Association $123,587
Capital Region Housing Corporation $15,607,843
Chinese Benevolent Association $19,000
Dnipro-Selo Housing Society $15,000
Greater Edmonton Foundation $3,133,000
Harmony Senior Citizen's Agency $124,000
La Societe des Manoirs Saint Joachim et Saint-Thomas $12,000
Montgomery Legion Place $71,000
Norwood Seniors Housing Association $952,500
Pioneer Place Senior Housing Association $122,500
Strathcona Management Agency $92,500
The Pillar Senior Citizens Society $51,500
Verkhovyna St. Josaphat's Senior Citizens Home $17,000
TOTAL $20,402,430

Calgary repair projects – year one

Housing Management Organization Amount
Bethany Care Society $12,000
Bishop O'Byrne Housing for Seniors Association $360,000
Calgary Chinatown Seniors Housing Society $160,000
Calgary Housing Company $13,787,858
Calgary West Seniors Housing Society $422,000
First Calgary Housing Group $5,000
Gracewood Housing Group Ltd. $90,000
Kiwanis Club of Calgary Foothills Senior Citizens Committee $1,462,000
Legion West Heritage Society $161,000
Metropolitan Calgary Foundation $2,640,900
Oi Kwan Foundation $151,000
The Calgary Jewish Seniors Citizens Residence $5,000
Trinity Place Foundation of Alberta $103,000
Calgary Christian Housing Association $814,000
Chinook Foundation $28,000
TOTAL $20,201,758

Other community repair projects – year one

Housing proponent Amount
Acadia Foundation (Oyen) $12,500
Beaver Foundation (Tofield) $48,000
Bethany Nursing Home of Camrose (Camrose) $201,100
Crowsnest Pass Senior Housing (Blairmore) $25,114
Cypress View Foundation (Medicine Hat) $10,000
Dewberry Heritage Village (Dewberry) $13,000
Drumheller and District Seniors Foundation (Drumheller) $5,000
Flagstaff Regional Housing Group (Forestburg) $126,515
Foothills Foundation (High River) $41,955
Fort Saskatchewan Foundation (Fort Saskatchewan) $10,000
Grande Spirit Foundation (Grande Prairie) $86,500
Greater North Foundation (Athabasca) $200,100
Green Acres Foundation (Lethbridge) $93,957
Heart River Housing (High Prairie) $124,000
High Level Housing Authority  (High Level) $88,600
Lac Ste. Anne Foundation (Mayerthorpe) $150,200
Lacombe Foundation (Lacombe) $70,000
Lakeland Lodge and Housing Foundation (Bonnyville) $20,500
Lamont County Housing Foundation (Lamont) $42,785
Leduc Foundation (Leduc) $149,000
Lethbridge Housing Authority (Lethbridge) $30,000
Lions Management Group (Wainwright) $11,380
Lloydminster Region Housing Group (Lloydminster) $31,000
MD of Minburn Foundation (Vegreville) $78,600
MD of St. Paul Foundation (St. Paul) $329,630
MacKenzie Housing Management Board (La Crete) $5,300
Medicine Hat Community Housing Society (Medicine Hat) $435,000
Mosquito Creek Foundation (Nanton) $35,000
Mountain View Seniors Housing (Didsbury) $69,500
Newell Housing Association (Brooks) $286,500
Newthorad Seniors Housing Foundation (Thorhild) $27,000
North Peace Housing Foundation (Grimshaw) $336,500
Pembina Housing Authority (Evansburg) $17,175
Piper Creek Foundation (Red Deer) $58,000
Red Deer Housing Authority (Red Deer) $56,600
Ridge Country Housing (Raymond) $29,000
Rimoka Housing Foundation (Ponoka) $31,000
Sturgeon Foundation (Morinville) $41,450
Taber and District Housing Foundation (Taber) $19,560
The Evergreens Foundation (Hinton) $44,800
The Wood Buffalo Housing and Development Corporation
(Fort McMurray)
$122,600
Town of Coronation (Coronation) $16,000
Town of Hardisty (Hardisty) $10,400
Town of Two Hills (Two Hills) $63,120
Vegreville Senior Housing (Vegreville) $25,750
Village of Chauvin (Chauvn) $37,998
Village of Irma (Irma) $10,000
Westlock and District Housing Projects (Westlock) $32,000
Wheatland Housing Management body
Wheatland Housing  (Strathmore)
$81,000
Hythe and District Pioneer Homes (Hythe) $20,550
Lesser Slave Lake Regional Housing Authority (Slave Lake) $65,000
Rocky View Foundation (Airdrie) $10,000
Sylvan Lake Foundation (Sylvan Lake) $39,611
Parkland Foundation (Bowden) $7,372
Vermilion and District Housing Foundation $9,350
Village of Bawlf $26,350
TOTAL $4 068 922
   
GRAND TOTAL $44 673 110

Contact Information

  • Alberta Housing and Urban Affairs
    Barbra Korol, Communications
    780-644-6838
    To call toll-free within Alberta dial 310-0000
    barbra.korol@gov.ab.ca
    or
    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Kimberlee Jones
    Senior Communications Consultant
    403-515-3048
    kjones@cmhc.ca
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482