OTTAWA, Nov. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
(CMHC) will announce today the 16 winners of CMHC's Housing Awards Program,
which recognizes housing initiatives that have contributed to improving the
affordability of housing in Canada.
"This year's CMHC Housing Award winners showcase the incredibly rich
source of housing knowledge and innovation in Canada that has helped create
and revitalize communities from coast to coast," said CMHC President Karen
"By finding new uses for old buildings and creating new options from the
ground up, these winners have championed solutions that work for communities
and families across the country."
The theme of this year's 10th Housing Awards Program is Best Practices in
Affordable Housing. It recognizes affordable housing innovations in the
following fields: buildings, housing finance, neighbourhoods, housing with
resident services, and Aboriginal housing. CMHC will promote these winning
initiatives at future housing-related events across the country.
The competition was open to groups and organizations in both the public
and private sectors. The 16 winners, chosen by an independent
multi-disciplinary selection committee comprised of housing experts from
across Canada, will be honoured at an awards event in Ottawa this evening.
Earlier today, 2004 Housing Award Winner Mary Bales, Founder and Chair of
Heartwood Place in Kitchener delivered a keynote address to Housing Awards
Program participants. CMHC also moderated a Town Hall discussion on affordable
housing. Both may be viewed on CMHC's web site at
A backgrounder is attached. For fact sheets on each project visit the
Housing Awards on CMHC's web site www.cmhc.ca/affordablehousing
2008 CMHC Housing Award Winners
- Billy Halcrow Subdivision
Cross Lake, MB
A new subdivision constructed using geothermal heating to allow for
energy-efficiency during the construction process and designed to
provide energy-efficient, low-cost homes for members of central
Manitoba's Cross Lake Band. The use of geothermal heating and cooling
will minimize operating costs and help keep homes comfortable and dry
in every season.
- City of Langford Affordable Housing Strategy
A policy that is the backbone of a partnership between the City of
Langford, industry and other stakeholders to deliver market and
subsidized ownership and rental housing. The policy features inclusive
zoning, visitability requirements and mandatory secondary suites. It
also promotes diverse options for housing.
- Dr. F.M. Walker Veterans' and Seniors' Villa
A 33-unit housing facility developed by the Royal Canadian Legion's
Alliston Branch to help veterans and seniors live comfortably and
remain part of their community. The Villa attracted extensive community
support, including a property tax deferral, reduced development fees
and donated furniture.
- Flora Place
A half-century-old neighbourhood originally built for Second World War
veterans, transformed into 28 updated rental townhouses that better
meet the current needs of residents and the community. Four of the
units are barrier-free, 16 are rent-geared-to-income and the remainder
offer below median market rents.
- Ingenuity in Action
A partnership between Homegrown Homes, the City of Peterborough, local
businesses, non-profit organizations and volunteers to manage or
renovate surplus buildings and relocate donated homes onto surplus land
for affordable rentals. The approach has been used to develop 11
projects in the city over the past 10 years.
- Off-Reserve Aboriginal Home Ownership Program
A financial assistance program that helps off-reserve Aboriginal
households with modest incomes to buy or build a first home. Eligible
applicants receive a 25-year repayable mortgage as well as a forgivable
loan for help with down payments and closing costs.
- Peel Youth Village
Affordable transitional housing for young people in need built on top
of a portion of an underused parking garage transformed and
incorporated into the project. The Village provides 48 young adults
with housing, as well as access to fitness facilities and life skills
and employment support.
- Penfeld Court
A three-storey rental apartment building for lower-income singles and
small families. Up to half of the 24 units are occupied by people who
need ongoing mental health support and face special challenges finding
secure, stable accommodation.
- Performing Arts Lodge (PAL) Vancouver
A 111-unit subsidized life-lease and rental residence for seniors
mainly from the professional performing arts community. The building
also features a reading and craft room, rooftop garden and a 100-seat
theatre for residents and the local community.
- Pocket Housing
A flexible housing model for creating small apartment buildings, or
"Pocket Houses," on narrow infill lots in Winnipeg's inner city.
Designed to resemble single-family detached houses, each building
provides eight small, affordable suites for single residents.
- Somerset Gardens
A 10-storey condominium for low-income individuals and families in
downtown Ottawa. The Gardens were developed as a partnership between
the Multifaith Housing Initiative (MHI), the City of Ottawa Housing
Branch and Teron Inc., a local builder.
- Streets to Homes
A housing-first program that works with large property management firms
to offer vacant units to homeless people at a reduced rent. Since its
start in February 2005, the program has helped more than 2,100 people
find a place to call home.
- The Cornerstone Initiative
A formerly derelict heritage property transformed into market-based
affordable homes with mixed retail spaces. The Initiative, led by the
Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group (NRG) Society, involved thousands
of volunteer hours, contributions from private companies and a
partnership with a local school.
- Ucluelet First Nation 24-Unit Revisionary Housing Project
Ittatsoo Reserve # 1 Ucluelet, BC
The result of innovative construction techniques and community
consultation, these 24 social-housing units were built for the Ucluelet
First Nation. The energy-efficient, affordable and weather-resistant
units were constructed to address the community's needs as well as the
climate conditions of B.C.'s West Coast.
- Verdant @ UniverCity
A 60-unit green, affordable and family-oriented townhouse community for
faculty and staff of Simon Fraser University. A covenant requiring
owners to resell at 20 per cent below market value ensures the future
affordability of the project.
- Women In Supported Housing (WISH) Program
A supported housing program that provides furnished apartments,
financial management and support services to 24 women in the Halifax
Regional Municipality who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Residents gain access to the assistance and services they need to
achieve housing stability and independence.
For further information:
For further information: Julie Girard, CMHC Media Relations, (613)
748-4684, Cell. (613) 295-6330