Brampton families and individuals to benefit from 269 new affordable housing units

    BRAMPTON, ON, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Government of
Ontario and the Region of Peel today celebrated the announcement of more than
$17 million in funding for affordable housing in Peel Region. The funding will
help create 269 new affordable rental units in two Brampton projects.
    The announcement was made by the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of
Human Resources and Social Development Canada; Linda Jeffrey, Member of
Provincial Parliament for Brampton-Springdale, on behalf of the Honourable
Jim Watson, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and Peel
Regional Councillor John Sanderson, on behalf of Peel Regional Chair
Emil Kolb, at an event to congratulate project sponsors.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said
Minister Solberg. "Here in Brampton, these new apartments will help low-income
families and individuals, including seniors and people with special needs,
access safe, affordable and quality housing, helping them to build a stronger
    "One of our fundamental responsibilities is to support the most
vulnerable people in our communities," said MPP Jeffrey. "This investment will
help individuals, seniors, and families in Peel Region who are working to
build a better and stronger future."
    Today's announcement was made at the Canadian Legion in Brampton, a
future affordable rental project sponsored by Peel Housing Corporation. The
$35.7 million project, which includes $11.3 million from the Canada-Ontario
Affordable Housing Program, will result in 175 apartment units for low-income
families and individuals, including seniors and people with special needs.
    The Coptic Church, an additional affordable housing project sponsored by
Peel Housing Corporation, is underway in Brampton. The $17.2 million project,
including $6 million from the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program, will
provide 94 units of affordable housing to low-income families and individuals,
including seniors and people with special needs.
    "Increasing numbers of families and individuals in Peel pay more than
half of their income for housing, making the need for more affordable rental
housing a priority," said Councillor Sanderson. "The Region's primary
challenges in creating more housing are stable funding and increasing
construction costs."

    The new Canada - Ontario Affordable Housing Program 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: Media Inquiries: Pema Lhalungpa, Office of
Minister Solberg, (819) 994-2428; Sally Ritchie, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 250-2760; Adam Grachnik, Office of Minister Watson, (416)
585-6492; Keith Ward, Region of Peel, (905) 791-7800 Ext. 4670

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