HUNTSVILLE, ON, June 1 /CNW/ - Canada's New Government, the Government of
Ontario, the District Municipality of Muskoka, Muskoka Women's Advocacy Group
and community partners held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the
official opening of a new supportive housing development. Chrysalis Shelter
and Supportive Housing, funded under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing
Program, provides 10 affordable rental units for women with or without
The announcement was made by the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of
Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for
Northern Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human
Resources and Social Development; the Honourable John Gerretsen, Ontario
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; District Councillor Fran Coleman,
on behalf of Gord Adams, Chair of the District Municipality of Muskoka; and
Huntsville Mayor Claude Doughty.
"Canada's New Government is proud to help provide safe and supportive
housing to vulnerable women in Huntsville," said Minister Clement. "This
funding is helping the Chrysalis Shelter give women and children hope, dignity
and a path to a safer, better and stronger future."
"The McGuinty government is committed to providing access to safe and
affordable shelter for Ontarians who are endeavouring to live with dignity and
independence," said Minister Gerretsen. "The Chrysalis project will make a
significant difference in the lives of vulnerable women and children in
Muskoka by providing them with a safe and affordable place to call home."
The $3 million project includes $700,000 from the Canada-Ontario
Affordable Housing Program. The project is sponsored by Muskoka Women's
Advocacy Group, and the units will be occupied by low-income women with or
Federal and provincial allocation was complemented by more than $60,000
in municipal financial incentives.
"Once again the Muskoka community has demonstrated our legacy of pulling
together to improve the quality of life for all our residents," said
Councillor Coleman, Chair of the District Community Services Committee. "I am
delighted to see this project come to fruition and I know that Chair Adams and
the rest of District Council hope that the day will come when there is no
longer a need for such a shelter."
"The Chrysalis project has been urgently needed in this community for
decades," said Mayor Doughty. "The people of this community have responded to
the need in a most substantial fashion. Without their support in time and
resources we would not be here today to open such a facility."
"Finally all things have come together and Chrysalis is ready to open on
June 4," said Muskoka Women Advocacy Group Chairperson Sharon Smith. "This
project has involved hundreds of people who have worked diligently and given
of their time, talent and funds to make Chrysalis a reality. This has been an
outstanding cooperative community initiative involving all levels of
government and literally hundreds of Muskoka citizens."
The new Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Agreement 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
20,000 households in Ontario.
For more information visit: http://www.cmhc.ca
For further information:
For further information: Tracy Wells, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 250-3247; Patti Munce, Minister Gerretsen's Office, (416)
585-6333; Joy McCormack, Director, Muskoka Interval House, (705) 645-4461;
Susan Bacque, Affordable Housing Inquiries, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and
Housing, (416) 585-7021