Governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island celebrate new affordable
housing

SUMMERSIDE, PEI, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada and the Government of Prince Edward Island today announced a joint investment to build new affordable housing on the Island. The bundled announcement represents a total of 21 affordable rental units for persons with disabilities and is made possible in part through a $775,000 investment from the Canada - P.E.I. Affordable Housing Agreement.

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Regional Minister for Prince Edward Island, 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 Robert Ghiz, Premier of Prince Edward Island made the announcement.

"The Government of Canada is dedicated to helping those in need in Prince Edward Island through these tough economic times," said Minister Shea. "Through projects like these, our government is providing safe affordable housing to many residents in our community while creating jobs and stimulating our economy."

"We're pleased to partner with the Federal Government on these significant initiatives for the City of Summerside and the community of Hunter River, said Premier Robert Ghiz. "The Hunter River project is in line with the provincial government's Rural Action Plan which supports the continued provision of essential services in rural communities."

Today's announcement recognized funding for three multi-unit affordable housing projects in Prince Edward Island. Scotcor Rentals Inc., Community Connections Inc. and HR Holdings Ltd. are developing the buildings at three separate locations in Summerside and Hunter River, near schools, businesses and community services.

The Canada - Prince Edward Island Affordable Housing Agreement involves an investment of $8.32 million in affordable housing in Prince Edward Island. To date, more than 155 units have been supported by the Agreement in rural and urban communities across P.E.I.

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.

SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

For further information: For further information: Media contact: Laura Steeves, Communications, PEI Department of Community, Services & Seniors, (902) 620-3409; Emely Poitras-Benedict, Communications, CMHC Atlantic Business Centre, (902) 426-8127; Charles Sauriol, CMHC Media Relations, (613) 748-2799; Michelle Bakos, Press Secretary, Office of Minister Finley, (819) 994-2482


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