Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Government of Manitoba

Government of Manitoba
Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

September 10, 2010 14:00 ET

Social Housing in Brandon Being Renovated

BRANDON, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2010) - The Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba today announced more than $3.6 million in joint funding for improvements to existing social housing units in Brandon. The approved work for the 439 units at 10 projects will enhance housing quality and accessibility. 

Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, 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 Drew Caldwell, MLA for Brandon- East, on behalf of the Honourable Kerri Irvin-Ross, Minister of Housing and Community Development made the announcement today.

"Our Government is committed to giving a hand-up to Canadians in these tough economic times," said MP Tweed. "Year 2 of Canada's Economic Action Plan is providing Canadians with safe, affordable housing, while creating jobs and opportunities that strengthen our communities."

"This is a major boost to Brandon's Housing situation as it support affordable, quality accommodations for low and moderate-income families," said MLA Caldwell. "The city's continuing economic growth has created high demand for affordable housing and this support is an investment in strengthening families and building the community." 

The 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. The federal and provincial governments are contributing equally to this overall investment of $158 million under the amended Canada-Manitoba 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.

Through Manitoba's Long-Term Housing Strategy, HOMEWorks!, the Province of Manitoba and Government of Canada are contributing $378 million over two years for housing initiatives in Winnipeg and across the Province. HOMEWorks! supports ALLAboard, Manitoba's Poverty Reduction strategy by increasing the supply of quality, affordable housing for low-income Manitobans. More information about HOMEWorks! is available at www.gov.mb.ca/housing.

This event is part of a broader Canada-Manitoba announcement of $102 million for 163 housing projects throughout Manitoba.

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.

Project Backgrounder

Social housing projects in Brandon that will receive funding for repairs and improvements through Canada's Economic Action Plan. 

Project Name/Address Location Number
of Units
Federal/Provincial
Funding
310-322 Ross Ave Brandon 2 $10,000
Brandon Community Welcome Coop Brandon 6 $84,000
Brandon Housing Coop Brandon 91 $854,016
Brandon Tenant Park Brandon 25 $721,124
Grand Valley Place Brandon 52 $196,306
Hill Ave Brandon 36 $1,017,185
Hobbs Manor Brandon 91 $181,000
Lawson Lodge Brandon 51 $188,587
Shelter Brandon 7 $66,000
Winnipeg House Brandon 78 $298,667
Totals:   439 $3,616,885

Contact Information

  • CMHC
    Kimberlee Jones
    Senior Communications Consultant
    403-515-3048
    kjones@cmhc.ca
    or
    Manitoba Government
    Joe Czech
    Communications
    204-945-6778
    Joe.Czech@gov.mb.ca
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482