Construction begins on affordable housing project in Owen Sound

    OWEN SOUND, ON, July 11 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Government
of Ontario and the County of Grey today celebrated the start of construction
of Bluewater Ridge, an affordable housing project that will provide 37 rental
units for low-income families and individuals under the Canada-Ontario
Affordable Housing Program.
    Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, on behalf
of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social
Development; Carol Mitchell, Member of Provincial Parliament for Huron-Bruce,
on behalf of the Honourable Jim Watson, Ontario's Minister of Municipal
Affairs and Housing; Grey County Warden Kevin Eccles; and Owen Sound Mayor
Ruth Lovell attended the sod-turning ceremony.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said MP
Miller. "Here in Owen Sound, these new rental units will help lower-income
families and individuals access safe, affordable and quality housing, and
build a stronger future."
    "Increasing the quality and availability of affordable housing across
Ontario is a priority for the McGuinty government," said MPP Mitchell. "This
project will help lower-income households in Owen Sound live with dignity and
independence, in a safe place they can call home."
    The $3.9 million project is sponsored by the Owen Sound Municipal
Non-Profit Housing Corporation and received a total of $2.3 million under the
Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. The development will provide 37 new
units of affordable housing for low-income families and individuals, some with
special needs. Federal and provincial allocations to the project were
complemented by more than $527,000 in municipal financial incentives.
    "A strong community needs to address the many varied sectors of society
with equal enthusiasm," said Warden Eccles. "This project will continue in the
spirit of Grey County's vision, as a place where all are welcome and have the
opportunity to prosper."
    "We are grateful that all levels of government have worked together to
make this possible and at the same time, are mindful that much more needs to
be done," said Mayor Lovell. "We hope we can continue to work together as we
deal with increasing demands for this type of affordable accommodation."
    "This Board feels it necessary not only to build quality accommodation,
but also to build a strong sense of community in all our projects," said
Kenneth Thomson, Chair of the Owen Sound Municipal Non-Profit Housing
Corporation. "We are very happy that our staff and volunteer Board have had so
much direct input into the Bluewater Ridge buildings now being built on this
historic prospect of the South Ordnance Reserve on Owen Sound."
    The 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:

For further information: Audrey Kim, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 218-3448; Adam Grachnik, Minister Jim Watson's Office,
(416) 585-6492; Rod Wyatt, County of Grey, (519) 376-5744 ext. 209; Keith
Extance, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, (416) 585-7021

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