Construction to begin on new affordable housing in Timiskaming



    COBALT, ON, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Province of
Ontario and the Town of Cobalt today announced $1.5 million to fund a
construction-ready project.
    The funding was made available as a result of a $1.2 billion joint
investment under the amended Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program
Agreement, which includes funding through Canada's Economic Action Plan and by
the Government of Ontario. The federal and provincial governments are
contributing equally to this overall investment.
    Today's announcement recognized the successful application by Co-Tem Pro
Native Non-Profit Housing Inc to build 15 units of affordable housing for
low-income families.
    The Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of State, Chief Government Whip
and Member of Parliament for Carleton-Mississippi, on behalf of the Honourable
Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and
Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); and
David Ramsay, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier and Member of Provincial
Parliament for Timiskaming-Cochrane on behalf of the Honourable Jim Watson,
Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; along with Norman Menard,
Chair of the District of Timiskaming Social Services Administration Board,
made the announcement today at the housing site.
    "Under the leadership of Prime Minister Harper, our Government is working
hard to support Canadians during these challenging economic times and we are
moving aggressively to ensure Canada's Economic Action Plan is implemented
rapidly," said Minister O'Connor. "With these investments in Ontario, we are
stimulating our economy and making an important difference in the lives of
some of our community's most vulnerable citizens. Low-income families,
seniors, and persons with disabilities will soon have better access to
suitable, affordable housing."
    "New housing initiatives add significant support to the McGuinty
government's Poverty Reduction Strategy," said MPP Ramsay. "This first wave of
funding will lead to construction by September and we will continue to work
with our municipal partners to ensure more units are built during the life of
this program."
    "We have a considerable demand for Social Housing, especially in the
south end of our District and this project will assist us in fulfilling some
of this demand," said Chair Menard. "Programs such as the Canada-Ontario
Affordable Housing Program Agreement are essential for our district if we are
going to have the means to increase our affordable housing units."
    Ontario is moving quickly to implement this new funding, which increases
the number of quick start projects to 39 totalling more than $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.
    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.
    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: http://www.cmhc.ca
                                www.ontario.ca/housing
    





For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Michelle Bakos, Office of
Minister Finley, (819) 994-2482; Jill Noble, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 250-2761; Adam Grachnik, Office of Minister Watson, (416)
585-6492


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