Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

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Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

December 15, 2010 09:54 ET

Social and Community-Based Housing Units in Burin Region Undergoing Renovations and Retrofits

MARYSTOWN, NEWFOUNDLAND and LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2010) - The Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador announced today $150,000 in renovation and retrofit funding for 26 social and community-based housing units in the province's Burin region. The investment, which is part of the federal/provincial investment in affordable housing in Newfoundland and Labrador announced in May 2009, is significantly extending the life of these homes. 

The funding was made available through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government's plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs across Canada during the global recession. The Economic Action Plan, announced in 2009, 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. The federal and provincial governments are contributing equally to this overall investment of $58 million under the amended Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Affordable Housing Program Agreement. 

The Government of Canada wants to 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.

As part of Budget 2010: The Right Investments – For Our Children and Our Future, the provincial government is investing $27 million for housing infrastructure projects, affordable housing and increased maintenance funding over the coming fiscal year. This renovation and retrofit work is in keeping with the goals of the provincial government's Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador – Secure Foundations, which outlines a new long-term vision for social housing aimed at improving the housing circumstances of lower-income households and helping to create healthier communities. A copy of the social housing plan is available at www.nlhc.nl.ca/SocialHsingPlan/report.pdf.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, 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 Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland Labrador Housing Corporation, made the announcement today.

"Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our Government is taking concrete action to help ensure economic recovery and create the conditions for long-term growth," said Minister MacKay. "Funding the renovation of projects like these will not only improve the overall housing conditions on the Burin Peninsula but also help stimulate the local economy and create jobs."

"Affordable housing investments by our government and Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation over the past two years have been unprecedented," said Minister Hedderson. "Since April 2009 we have been able to renovate approximately 103 social or community-based housing properties on the Burin Peninsula."

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.

BACKGROUNDER

Newfoundland and Labrador - Renovation and Retrofit Projects

Burin Region

Project/Sponsor Name Community Total federal and provincial funding No. of units
CBH – Silver Bay Seniors Bay L'Argent $55,000 6
CBH - Garnish Local Care Association Garnish $55,000 8
CBH - Marystown Kinsmen Manor Marystown $40,000 12
Total   $150,000 26

CBH denotes Community-Based Housing projects

Contact Information

  • Blair Medd
    Communications Specialist
    Department of Transportation and Works
    709-729-1758, 709-631-8465
    blairmedd@gov.nl.ca
    or
    Jenny Bowring
    Communications Manager
    Newfoundland Labrador Housing
    709-724-3055
    jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca
    or
    Katherine LeBlanc
    Communications
    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    902-426-6581
    krleblan@cmhc.ca
    or
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482