Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

December 19, 2011 09:30 ET

Program Enables Central Homeowners to Renovate Their Homes

Will provide affordable and safer places to live

GANDER, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2011) - A $3.1 million investment in the Provincial Home Repair Program (PHRP) in Central Newfoundland enabled 775 homeowners with low-income to make renovations and repairs over the past year.

"The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing available in Newfoundland and Labrador and across the country for those most vulnerable, said the Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). "I am pleased that our contributions towards the renovation of these homes will assist singles, families and seniors in Central Newfoundland."

"The Provincial Home Repair Program supports the efforts of the Provincial Government's Poverty Reduction Strategy," said the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. "The program has assisted many homeowners with upgrading their homes to make them more affordable and safer spaces to live and raise their families. This program provides the added bonus of increased economic benefits to every region of the province."

The types of repairs that can be undertaken with a PHRP loan or grant include upgrades to heating, electrical or plumbing systems, and renovations and retrofits to structures, foundations, windows, doors, roofing or siding. Applicants are assessed in the order in which they are received and priority is given to emergency repairs. Applicants must be homeowners with annual incomes of $32,500 or less. The PHRP has provided over $200 million to assist approximately 50,000 low-income households throughout the province since it began 36 years ago.

In September 2008, the Government of Canada committed to a five-year investment of more than $1.9 billion in housing and homelessness to address the needs of low-income Canadians, those at risk of homelessness, and the homeless. This included a two-year renewal of the Affordable Housing Initiative and renovation programs until March 31, 2011 with a commitment to consult on the use of the investments for the 2011-2014 period.

On August 16, 2011, the Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador announced a combined investment of close to $41 million under the new Agreement for Investment in Affordable Housing 2011-2014. Following the signing of this agreement, the provincial government through NLHC extended PHRP for another three years.

The provincial government is investing an additional $12 million in PHRP over the next three years, for a total provincial investment of $24 million. This increases the total PHRP budget for program year 2011-2014, to $36 million. This investment directly supports the goals of the Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador - Secure Foundations, released by the provincial government in August 2009, and outlines a long-term vision for social housing. It is aimed at improving the housing circumstances of low-income households and helping to create healthier communities.

The PHRP serves an average 2,500 households annually, mostly in rural communities throughout the province. A maximum grant of $5,000 is available to homeowners on the island while in Labrador a maximum grant of $6,500 is available. Homeowners whose repairs exceed these levels may apply for a low-interest repayable loan of up to $10,000 ($13,000 in Labrador).

To find out more about how the Government of Canada and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation 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

  • Jason Card
    Director of Communications
    Department of Transportation and Works
    709-729-3015
    709-699-0470
    jasoncard@gov.nl.ca

    Jenny Bowring
    Communications Manager
    Newfoundland Labrador Housing
    709-724-3055
    jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca

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

    Katherine LeBlanc
    Consultant, Marketing & Communications
    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    902-426-6581
    krleblan@cmhc.ca