$4 million home repair program for Thunder Bay announced

    THUNDER BAY, ON, June 6 /CNW/ - Canada's New Government, the Government
of Ontario, and the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
(TBDSSAB) today announced funding that will assist up to 200 low-income
households to make urgently needed home repairs. The Northern Home Repair
Program will assist homeowners to make repairs to address home health and
safety problems or to make modifications to their homes for household members
with disabilities. The $4 million program is funded under the Canada-Ontario
Affordable Housing Program.
    The announcement was made today by the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister
of Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for
Northern Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human
Resources and Social Development; Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan on
behalf of the Honourable John Gerretsen, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs
and Housing; and Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
Chair Iain Angus.
    "Canada's New Government is committed to supporting housing for
low-income families," said Minister Clement. "Through our investment of
$2 million, we are making an important difference in the lives of families in
Thunder Bay District who are working towards building a safer, stronger and
better future for themselves."
    "I am pleased to see this kind of assistance offered to low-income
families and individuals in Thunder Bay District to help them create and
maintain healthier and safer homes," said MPP Mauro. "This new program will
help many households make vital repairs and modifications that they would
otherwise be unable to make."
    Eligible repairs include remediation of major structural, electrical,
plumbing, heating, fire safety, septic and water system deficiencies.
Modifications to accommodate people with disabilities, such as wheelchair
ramps and lifts, are also eligible for funding under the program. Funding is
limited to low-income households.
    "This program is going to be a tremendous benefit to many homeowners and
communities throughout the District," said Iain Angus, TBDSSAB Chair. "There
are many families and individuals who need to make these kinds of repairs and
otherwise can't afford them. This will help people to stay in their own homes
    Under the Northern Home Repair Program, qualified homeowners may receive
grants or loans that earn forgiveness at eight per cent a year for the first
10 years, then two per cent a year for the final 10 years of the affordability
period. The home must remain the principal and sole residence of the applicant
for the entire 20-year period in order to earn complete forgiveness of the
    Applications are available from the Métis Nation of Ontario Housing
Branch, a third-party service provider who administers the program on
TBDSSAB's behalf (applicants do not need to be Métis). For further
information, applicants should call 807-624-5024 or 1-800-891-5882
(toll-free), or check www.tbdssab.on.ca.
    Under the Northern component of the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing
Program, funding is used to rehabilitate, renovate or replace substandard
housing which will help to preserve affordable housing for low-income
households in Northern Ontario. Funds may also be available to encourage
affordable rental housing development where appropriate.
    The new Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Agreement 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
20,000 households in Ontario.

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For further information:

For further information: Kathie Howes, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 218-3488; Patti Munce, Office of the Honourable John
Gerretsen, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, (416) 585-6333; Iain
Angus, Chair, TBDSSAB, (807) 474-0926; Mary Lucas, General Manager, TBDSSAB,
(807) 766-2103; Susan Bacque, Affordable Housing Inquiries, Ministry of
Municipal Affairs and Housing, (416) 585-7021

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