Brant and Brantford celebrate new affordable housing



    BRANTFORD, ON, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Government
of Ontario, and the City of Brantford today celebrated the start of
construction of four affordable housing projects and the official openings of
four projects. The projects are supported by more than $9.5 million in funding
under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program to create 171 affordable
housing units.
    Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brant, on behalf of the
Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development
Canada and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation;
Dave Levac, Member of Provincial Parliament Brant, on behalf of the Honourable
Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Mike Hancock, Mayor of
Brantford; and affordable housing sponsors Meadows Court Properties Inc.,
Multani Custom Homes Ltd., Telephone City Developments Ltd., 1372360 Ontario
Inc., Freedom House International Church and Brant Native Housing attended the
event.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said MP
McColeman. "These projects will give individuals and families of Brant and
Brantford access to safe and affordable housing that meets their needs."
    "This is great news for Brantford," said MPP Dave Levac. "Once again, the
provincial and federal governments have teamed up with the City of Brantford
to develop and provide affordable housing for those that need it most. In
addition, we have given a boost to the local economy, making Brantford a great
place to live, play and raise a family."

    
    Today's announcement recognized eight affordable housing projects in
    Brantford funded under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program:

    -   The official opening of a 6-unit project sponsored by Brant Native
        Housing Inc. The project received $420,000. The units will be
        occupied by low-income individuals and those with special needs.

    -   The start of construction of Alfred Street Apartments, a 39-unit
        project sponsored by Multani Custom Homes Ltd. The project received
        $2.3 million. The units will be occupied by low-income families and
        individuals and those with special needs.

    -   The start of construction of a 24-unit project sponsored by Meadows
        Court Properties Inc., located in Paris. The project received $1.4
        million. The units will be occupied by low-income individuals and
        those with special needs.

    -   The official opening of an 11-unit project sponsored by Meadows Court
        Properties Inc. The project received $550,000. The units will be
        occupied by low-income individuals and those with special needs.

    -   The start of construction of a 15-unit project sponsored by Freedom
        House International Church. The project received $750,000. The units
        will be occupied by low-income individuals and those with special
        needs.

    -   The start of construction of the McCutcheon Lofts, 34-unit project
        sponsored by Telephone City Developments Ltd. The project received
        $1.7 million. The units will be occupied by low-income families and
        individuals.

    -   The official start of construction of Winniett Street Apartments, a
        32-unit project sponsored by Meadow Court Properties. The project
        received over $1.78 million. The units will be occupied by low-income
        families and individuals and people with special needs.

    -   The official opening of the Uptown Downtown Suites, a 10-unit project
        sponsored by 1372360 Ontario Inc. The project received $600,000. The
        units will be occupied by low-income families and individuals and
        those with special needs.
    

    The federal and provincial allocations to the project were complemented
by more than $900,000 in municipal financial incentives.
    "The City of Brantford is pleased to have participated with the federal
and provincial governments in providing these much needed additions to the
housing stock in our community," said Mike Hancock, Mayor of Brantford. "These
projects not only keep the local economy thriving, but they work towards a
shared goal of building strong communities where everyone has a place to call
home."
    "The County of Brant is pleased to celebrate the start of construction of
130 West River Street in Paris, alongside our federal and provincial
government partners," said the Mayor of Brant County, Ron Eddy. "This
affordable housing project is another fine example of the re-use of a heritage
building and we are pleased that Meadows Court Properties is producing another
attractive, affordable housing project in our municipality."
    The Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Agreement, signed in 2005,
comprises a commitment of $301 million from each of the two senior levels of
government. In total, the federal, provincial and municipal governments will
invest at least $734 million in the program, which will provide affordable
housing for up to 20,000 households in Ontario.
    Last fall, the Government of Canada committed more than $1.9 billion over
the next 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 more than $2 billion over two years in new and existing
social housing and lending of up to another $2 billion to municipalities for
housing-related infrastructure. Combined for Ontario, this means a further
$1.2-billion joint investment under the amended Canada-Ontario Affordable
Housing Program Agreement. The federal and provincial governments are
contributing equally to this overall investment.
    Ontario is moving quickly to implement this additional funding, which
increases the number of "Quick Starts" to 39 totaling over $76.5 million and
which will improve access to affordable housing for low-income families,
seniors and persons with disabilities. It will also create jobs and strengthen
local economies. To find out more about affordable housing in Ontario, visit
www.mah.gov.on.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. For more information on
Canada's Economic Action Plan, call 1-800-O Canada or visit
www.actionplan.gc.ca.

    
    Disponible en français

    For more information visit:
    www.cmhc.ca
    www.ontario.ca/housing
    





For further information:

For further information: Michelle Bakos, Office of Minister Finley,
(819) 994-2482; Adam Grachnik, Minister Jim Watson's Office, (416) 585-6492;
Rick Farrell, Director of Housing, City of Brantford, (519) 759-3330; Randy
Hodge, Acting Director, Housing Division, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and
Housing, (416) 585-6566; Jill Noble, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation,
(416) 250-2761


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