RSA Canada employees helping Habitat for Humanity reach goal of building 150 homes for Canada's 150th birthday

TORONTO, May 24, 2017 /CNW/ - Employees from RSA Canada will take part in Habitat for Humanity Canada's biggest build project ever – to build 150 homes in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation.

The project, Habitat for Humanity's 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, will be taking place in every province and territory across Canada.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn will be visiting Canada from July 9 to 14, 2017, focusing their efforts in Edmonton, Alberta and in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Ten RSA employees will be working alongside Habitat homeowners to build homes in Edmonton, where 75 homes are being built.  

"RSA Canada is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity Canada on such an important initiative, as we believe that everyone has the right to a decent and affordable place to live," says RSA President and CEO Martin Thompson. "This initiative supports RSA's corporate responsibility strategy, which is focused on safety and protecting people every day, helping them live safer and more secure lives."

Habitat for Humanity Canada has a long history of creating affordable housing opportunities across the country. People living in Habitat homes not only help to build their own houses, they also pay affordable mortgages. Habitat for Humanity's innovative approach helps put families on a new path to better, affordable living conditions.

"We're pleased that our employees have this opportunity to continue to give back to our communities. Last year, our employees were on the ground helping our customers in Fort McMurray cope with the after-effects of the wildfires. And now, a year later, they have a chance to build new homes for The Carter Work Project in Edmonton, a host city that will be building the largest volume of homes and serving many more Canadian families," says Thompson.

Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have travelled around the world with Habitat to build and improve homes. Their time and effort help to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable home ownership around the world. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes.

To donate or learn more about the 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, please visit habitat.ca/cwp. For more information about RSA Canada, visit www.rsagroup.ca or check us out on Twitter at @RSACanada.

About RSA
With a 300 year heritage, RSA is a multinational quoted insurance group. Focusing on general insurance, RSA's core markets are the UK & Ireland, Scandinavia and Canada, with the capability to write insurance business across the globe.  RSA's core businesses have approximately 13,500 employees with net written premiums of £6.3bn in 2016.

About RSA Canada
The RSA Canada group of companies includes Roins Financial Services Limited, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada, Quebec Assurance Company, Johnson Inc., Unifund Assurance Company, Western Assurance Company, Ascentus Insurance Ltd., Canadian Northern Shield Insurance Company and RSA Travel Insurance Inc. (collectively, "RSA Canada") and is part of a group of companies headed by RSA Insurance Group Plc. RSA Canada employs more than 3,000 people across Canada and is one of the oldest insurance companies in the country with roots dating back to 1833.

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About Habitat for Humanity  
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

About Habitat for Humanity Canada
Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, nonprofit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners and 56 local Habitats working in every province and territory, we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. For more information, please visit www.habitat.ca.

SOURCE RSA Canada

For further information: Brodie Bott, Communications & Media Relations Manager, RSA Canada, 647-466-4101, media@rsagroup.ca; Sarah Austin, Habitat for Humanity Canada, 800-667-5137 ext. 302, saustin@habitat.ca, www.habitat.ca/cwp

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