Canada's Economic Action Plan makes housing a priority



    ST ETIENNE DE LAUZON, QC, June 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Low-income Canadians,
including seniors and persons with disabilities will be well served by funding
to renovate and build new social housing across Canada, thanks to Canada's
Economic Action Plan, Jacques Gourde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
of Public Works and Government Services and to the Minister of National
Revenue, and Member of Parliament for Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière,
highlighted today, while visiting Coopérative d'habitation St Etienne de
Lauzon.
    "Housing is a priority for our government," said Parliamentary Secretary
Gourde. "People across Canada, including seniors, persons with disabilities,
First Nations, and those living in Canada's North, will benefit from this
investment that will help to ensure that we continue to offer safe and
affordable housing to Canadians."
    Canada's Economic Action Plan includes more than $2 billion to build new
and renovate existing social housing. Of the $2 billion: $1 billion is for
renovations and upgrades; $475 million is for low-income seniors and persons
with disabilities; $400 million is for on-reserve communities; and $200
million is for housing in the North.
    "Since our government made this announcement in January, we have been
making real progress." added Parliamentary Secretary Gourde. "The spin-off
benefits are tremendous. We're putting Canada's economy back on the path to
growth and making a real and lasting difference for Canadians
coast-to-coast-to coast."
    As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 60 years of
experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally
sustainable, and affordable homes -- homes that will continue to create
vibrant and healthy communities and cities across the country.

    More information on this and other measures in Canada's Economic Action
Plan, a plan to stimulate the economy and protect those hit hardest by the
global recession, can be found at: www.actionplan.gc.ca or by calling 1-800-O
Canada.

    For more information on CMHC's initiatives for Canadians and communities
under Canada's Economic Action Plan, CMHC's website at:
www.cmhc.ca/housingactionplan or by phone at 1-800-668-2642.




For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries: Kristen Scheel, CMHC Media
Relations, (613) 316-2949; Michelle Bakos, Office of the Honourable Diane
Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, (613)
218-9288


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