Ontario communities get $65 million boost for affordable housing



    TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada and the Government of
Ontario today announced more than $65 million in funding for affordable
housing across Ontario. The funding will help create 946 new affordable rental
units in 34 projects and provide down payment assistance to 129 households.
    The announcement was made by Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP Barry
Devolin, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human
Resources and Social Development Canada, and the Honourable Jim Watson,
Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Also participating in
today's announcement were Joe Dickson, MPP for Ajax-Pickering, Regional
Councillor April Cullen from the City of Oshawa, Chair of Durham Region Health
and Social Services Committee, and Colleen Jordan, Regional Councillor for the
Town of Ajax.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing more
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said MP
Devolin. "This investment will help individuals, seniors, and families in
Ontario who are working towards building a better and stronger future."
    "The McGuinty government is pleased to continue its reputation of
increasing the availability of affordable housing across the province," said
Minister Watson. "We believe that every Ontario family should have a safe,
healthy, affordable place to call home."
    Today's announcement was made at 40 Station St., a future affordable
housing apartment complex in Ajax, sponsored by Ajax Municipal Housing
Corporation. The $13.6 million project, which includes $5.7 million from the
Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program, will result in 82 apartment units
for low-income families and individuals, including people with physical
disabilities and other special needs. Three additional affordable housing
projects are also underway in Durham Region:

    
      -  $2.2 million for a 32-unit project in Oshawa. The project is
         sponsored by TGFG Ventures Inc., and the units will be occupied by
         low-income families and individuals, including people with physical
         disabilities and other special needs.

      -  $350,000 for five new units at the existing building at 20 Perry St.
         in Uxbridge. The project is sponsored by Durham Regional Local
         Housing Corporation, and the units will be occupied by low-income
         seniors and people with disabilities.

      -  $840,000 for a 12-unit project at 229 Lakeview Park Dr. in Oshawa.
         The project is sponsored by Durham Regional Local Housing
         Corporation, and the units will be occupied by low-income families
         and individuals.
    

    "The availability of a range of rental housing opportunities is vital to
the economic and social well-being of growing communities like Durham Region,"
said Councillor Cullen. "We are delighted to join with other levels of
government in ensuring that the housing needs of this community's residents
continue to be met."
    The new Canada - Ontario Affordable Housing Program 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.

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    For more information visit:  http://www.cmhc.ca
                                 http://www.mah.gov.on.ca
                                 http://www.region.durham.on.ca/
    




For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Pema Lhalungpa, Office of
Minister Solberg, (819) 994-2428; Adam Grachnik, Office of Minister Watson,
(416) 585-6492; Carlene Siopis, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, (416)
250-3297; Sherri Munns-Audet, The Regional Municipality of Durham, (905)
668-7711 ext. 2068

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