TORONTO, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Habitat for Humanity Canada applauds the
Harper government's renewal of the Investment in Affordable Housing and
for ensuring affordable housing funds support the use of apprentices in
Economic Action Plan 2013.
"The Harper government's renewed investment in affordable housing comes
as great news for low-income families looking to buy a safe, decent and
affordable Habitat home and for young Canadians who receive
apprenticeship training on Habitat build sites, developing trade skills
that lead to good jobs," said Kevin Marshman, president and CEO of
Habitat for Humanity Canada.
Habitat for Humanity affiliates and low-income families across Canada
have benefited from the Investment in Affordable Housing. Since 2006,
the federal government's support of affordable housing through this
initiative has assisted in providing affordable homeownership for over
one thousand low-income families. In addition, Habitat for Humanity
build sites have served as classrooms for over one thousand apprentices
and pre-apprentices each year.
"Habitat for Humanity Canada supports the direction the federal
government is taking to address the severe shortages in affordable
housing and skilled trades," added Mr. Marshman. "With the leadership
the Prime Minister has shown today, Habitat stands ready to transform
the lives of even more families who dream of affordable homeownership,
while preparing a generation of trade students to join the skilled
labour force that will fuel Canada's growth."
About Habitat for Humanity Canada
Habitat for Humanity Canada is currently in the midst of a strategic
plan goal to build 1,800 more homes by 2016, the same number it
originally took 25 years to achieve.
Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit
organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and
decent place to live. With the help of over 63,000 volunteers every
year and 69 affiliate organizations from coast to coast, their mission
is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable
housing and promoting homeownership as a means to break the cycle of
poverty in Canada and around the world. For more information, please
SOURCE: Habitat for Humanity Canada
For further information:
VP, Government Relations and Advocacy
Habitat for Humanity Canada
Office: (416) 644-0988 x362 Cell: (647) 620-3279