Region of Durham celebrates new affordable housing



    WHITBY, ON, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Government of
Ontario, and the Regional Municipality of Durham today celebrated the start of
construction of four new affordable housing projects, and the near-completion
of one project. The projects are supported by $11.2 million in funding under
the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program to create 160 affordable housing
units.
    Colin Carrie, Member of Parliament for Oshawa, 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); Joe Dickson, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ajax-Pickering, on
behalf of the Honourable Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and
Housing; Regional Chair Roger Anderson; and affordable housing sponsors Durham
Regional Local Housing Corporation, Ajax Municipal Housing Corporation, TGFG
Ventures, Inc., and Cher-Brook Properties Inc., attended the event.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said MP
Carrie. "These projects are helping low-income families access safe and
suitable housing, and build a stronger future for themselves."
    "Our government knows that providing affordable housing is one of the
most important ways we can help our citizens," said MPP Dickson. "The projects
we are celebrating today, such as the 82-unit residence in Ajax, will make a
positive difference in the lives of the people who will call them home."

    
    Today's announcement recognized five affordable housing projects in the
    Region of Durham:

        -  A 32-unit project in Oshawa for individuals living in low-income
           and individuals with special needs, sponsored by TGFG Ventures
           Inc. The $3.9 million project received more than $2.2 million
           under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.

        -  An 82-unit project in Ajax for individuals living on low-income,
           sponsored by Ajax Municipal Housing Corporation. The $13.7 million
           project received more than $5.7 million in funding under the
           Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.

        -  A 29-unit project in Oshawa for individuals living on low-income
           and individuals with special needs, sponsored by Cher-Brook
           Properties Inc. The $5.1 million dollar project received more than
           $2 million in funding under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing
           Program.

        -  A 5-unit project in Uxbridge for seniors, sponsored by Durham
           Regional Local Housing Corporation. This $666,655 project received
           $350,000 under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.

        -  A 12-unit project in Oshawa for individuals living on low-incomes,
           sponsored by Durham Regional Local Housing Corporation. The $2.8
           million project received $840,000 under the Canada-Ontario
           Affordable Housing Program.
    

    The federal and provincial allocations to the projects were complemented
by over $4.5 million in municipal financial incentives.
    "Today's event is a celebration of affordable housing in Durham Region,"
stated Regional Chair Roger Anderson. "We are appreciative of the funding
commitment provided by our provincial and federal partners. We will continue
to work in co-operation with them to help ensure that the residents of Durham
Region have access to affordable housing for years to come."
    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 totalling 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.

    
    Disponible en français
    For more information visit: www.cmhc.ca
    www.ontario.ca/housing
    





For further information:

For further information: Michelle Bakos, Office of Minister Finley,
(819) 994-2482; Adam Grachnik, Minister Jim Watson's Office, (416) 585-6492;
Jennifer Tairiol, The Regional Municipality of Durham, (905) 668-7711 ext.
2240; Randy Hodge, Acting Director, Housing Division Ministry of Municipal
Affairs and Housing, (416) 585-6566; Jill Noble, Canada Housing and Mortgage
Corporation, (416) 250-2761


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