SAINT-DONAT, QC, Aug. 1, 2018 /CNW/ - Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and Lise Thériault, Minister responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region are pleased to announce the construction in Saint-Donat of 24 affordable housing units for semi-independent seniors. The development of this project by the organization Les Résidences du Parc Naturel Habité required investments of over $5.9 million. This project was made possible thanks to the financial participation of the governments of Canada and Quebec.
All the units will be adapted for people with reduced mobility; 22 will be single-bedroom units, and 2 will feature two bedrooms. In addition, at the request of several local organizations, the Municipality of Saint-Donat agreed to build a community hall next to the building.
The first tenants are expected to move in March 2019. The building will be named Pavillon Lauda-Garceau, after one of the builders of Saint-Donat, who pioneered its tourism industry.
"Our government is investing in affordable housing in Quebec to help create jobs and improve the quality of life of Canadians. This work is good news for the Saint-Donat region, as it will give the community's seniors access to 24 housing units once the project is finished. We should all rejoice in this collaboration to create safe and affordable housing for those who need it the most." – The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
"This financial support will enable semi-independent, vulnerable people to have a better quality of life by living in safe housing that is tailored to their needs. Through this investment, the Government aims to provide seniors with the best possible living conditions so that they can stay in their community for as long as possible." – Lise Thériault, Minister responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region
"I truly believe that these 24 new housing units will allow many citizens to remain in Saint-Donat, close to their families and friends. The addition of a community hall will be a great help to organizations that serve people with reduced mobility. Several organizations worked together on this project, and I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to all those who supported us in this process." – Joé Deslauriers, Mayor of Saint-Donat
- Through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ), the governments of Canada and Quebec are providing more than $1.9 million for the construction of this housing project, under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
- The Municipality of Saint-Donat provided an investment of $971,000.
- A total of $413,040 in additional financial assistance over five years, assumed by the SHQ (90%) and the Municipality of Saint-Donat (10%), enables all the tenants to benefit from the Rent Supplement program, ensuring that they will not pay more than 25% of their income on housing.
- Transition énergétique Québec will provide $42,920 to ensure that the building will meet Novoclimat certification standards.
- The project also received $305,061 under the Rénovation Québec program (PRQ). With a budget of $25 million for 2018–2019, the PRQ is aimed at municipalities of all sizes, throughout the province, which have a program designed to improve housing in rundown residential sectors. Owners wishing to receive financial assistance through the PRQ must contact their municipality.
- Funding for projects under municipal renovation programs resulting from the PRQ come from three sources: the Quebec Government, the municipal government and the owners of the buildings in question. The owner usually assumes a third of the construction costs.
- Through CMHC's Seed Funding program, the project received an $18,000 contribution and a $32,000 loan.
About CMHC and the SHQ
- CMHC has been helping Canadians meet their housing needs for more than 70 years. As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry. Prudent risk management, strong corporate governance and transparency are cornerstones of its operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc.ca.
- The mission of the SHQ is to meet the housing needs of Quebec citizens, by providing affordable and low-rental housing to households in need and offering a range of assistance programs to support the construction, renovation and adaptation of homes and access to homeownership. As a leader in housing, the SHQ fosters the development of partnerships with communities, collaboration among sector stakeholders and innovation. To find out more about its activities, visit www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca/english.html.
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
For further information: Sources: Michael Brewster, Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, 613-220-5956, [email protected]; Clémence Beaulieu Gendron, Press Secretary, Minister responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region, 418-691-2030; Information: Public Affairs, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 514-283-3679; Sylvain Fournier, Communications and Media Relations Advisor, Société d'habitation du Québec, 418-643-4035, ext. 1113, [email protected]