Kawartha Lakes celebrates new affordable housing



    FENELON FALLS, ON, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the
Government of Ontario, and the City of Kawartha Lakes today celebrated the
opening of 25 new affordable rental units. This project is supported by $1.75
million in funding through the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.
    Barry Devolin, Member of Parliament for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock,
on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and
Skills Development Canada, and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and
Housing Corporation; Rick Johnson, MPP Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, on
behalf of the Honourable Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and
Housing; Ric McGee, Mayor of Kawartha Lakes; and Sandra Barrett of the Fenelon
Area Independent Living Association (2007) attended the ceremony.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said MP
Devolin. "The FAILA Apartments will help seniors and individuals with special
needs access safe and suitable housing, and build a stronger future for
themselves."
    "Through the construction of safe affordable housing, we are helping
vulnerable people establish and maintain the stability that many of us take
for granted," said MPP Johnson. "Housing development like the FAILA Apartments
will make a positive difference in the lives of the people who call them
home."
    Today's announcement recognized the official opening of FAILA Apartments,
a 25-unit complex sponsored by the FAILA Non-Profit Housing Corporation. The
$3.59 million project will be occupied by seniors and individuals with special
needs.
    The federal and provincial allocations to the project were complemented
by over $350,000 in municipal financial incentives.
    "We are excited to see the first 25 units of many new affordable housing
units being added to the inventory in Kawartha Lakes. Congratulations to FAILA
for all of their hard work and dedication to provide additional affordable
housing for our residents," said Mayor McGee.
    "As a Social Housing Service Provider we are encouraged that the Federal
Government has put roughly $4 billion on the table for social housing in
Canada over the next 2-5 years, and that the Province and Federal Government
are now recognizing that there is an important linkage between economic
wellbeing and Social Housing," said Ms. Barrett. "FAILA would like to express
out thanks to all levels of government for the role they played in helping to
make our Fenelon Falls project a reality."
    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 start" projects 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.

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




For further information:

For further information: 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; Hope Lee,
City of Kawartha Lakes, (705) 324-6401


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