Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Government of Prince Edward Island

Government of Prince Edward Island
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

November 27, 2010 13:00 ET

More Affordable Housing Options in Summerside

SUMMERSIDE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Nov. 27, 2010) - The Governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island, along with community partners, celebrated the official opening today of six new affordable housing units for people with disabilities. The project is supported by $300,000 in funding under the Canada – Prince Edward Island Affordable Housing Agreement and close to $300,000 from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, 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 the Honourable Janice Sherry, Minister of Community Services, Seniors and Labour attended the event.

"We are committed to giving a hand-up to those who need it most in Prince Edward Island and throughout the country," said Minister Shea. "That's why we're proud to have contributed to Saunders Place, which will deliver safe, barrier-free, and affordable housing that meets the needs of people with disabilities here in Summerside."

"Today, with our federal and community counterparts, we celebrate the opening of new housing options in Summerside as well as dedicating the project to the Saunders family," said Minister Sherry. "It is an honour to name such a beneficial project after such significant members of our community."

More individuals with a disability now have access to affordable, barrier-free housing with the official opening of the Saunders Place project in Summerside. Community Connections Inc., a local non-profit organization, oversaw the planning and construction of the project. Since 1996, Community Connections Inc. has been active in the development and delivery of support services to adults with intellectual disabilities in Prince Edward Island.

Community Connections and the Department of Community Services, Seniors and Labour have a long standing partnership in providing services for persons with disabilities. The President of Community Connections, Barry Copeland, wished to thank the Governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island for their partnership and financial contribution in support of this housing.

"We very much appreciate the working relationship and partnership which both levels of government have extended to Community Connections in support of the agency's work on behalf of persons with disabilities in East Prince," said Mr. Copeland. "This housing supports the independence of persons with disabilities to live within their community and it addresses the issue of aging parents who can no longer continue in the role of primary care giver to their adult children with disabilities."

The Canada – Prince Edward Island Affordable Housing Agreement involves an investment of more than $10 million in affordable housing in Prince Edward Island. To date, some 166 units have been supported by the Agreement in rural and urban communities across P.E.I.

In 2008, the Government of Canada committed more than $1.9 billion over five years to improve and build new affordable housing and to help the homeless. Canada's Economic Action Plan builds on this with an additional one-time investment of $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.

The Provincial Department of Community Services, Seniors and Labour is committed to helping persons with disabilities of Prince Edward Island reach their full potential. To this end the Department operates housing units across the province for families, seniors and persons with disabilities who need help finding affordable, appropriate homes. The Seniors' Housing program supports housing units in 35 communities across the province. Islanders aged 60 and older are eligible for assistance. The Province partners with the Government of Canada to provide these enhancements to housing options on Prince Edward Island.

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. For more information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, call 1-800-O Canada or visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • CMHC Atlantic Region
    Jennifer MacNeil
    Communications
    902-406-7683
    jmacneil@cmhc-schl.gc.ca
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    PEI Dept. of Community Services, Seniors and Labour
    Rebecca Bruce
    Senior Communications Officer
    902-620-3409
    rebruce@gov.pe.ca