Construction set to begin for affordable housing in Markham

    MARKHAM, ON, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - Low-income families, seniors and people with
special needs will soon benefit from the development of 120 new affordable
housing units in the Town of Markham. More than $8.4 million committed under
the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program will help fund a new affordable
housing project about to begin construction.
    The announcement was made by Lois Brown, MP for Newmarket-Aurora, on
behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
Development Canada; the Honourable Michael Chan, MPP for Markham - Unionville
and Ontario's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration; and the Honourable Jim
Watson, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Also
participating in today's announcement were York Region Chairman and CEO Bill
Fisch and Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of the Town of Markham.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said MP
Brown. "The creation of these units here in Markham will provide low-income
families, seniors and individuals with special needs access to safe,
affordable and quality housing, helping them to build a stronger future."
    "Access to safe, affordable housing is vitally important to the economic
and social well-being of Ontario's communities," said Minister Chan. "This
investment will make a significant difference in the lives of those residents
of Markham living on lower incomes."
    Today's announcement was made at the future site of East Markham
Non-Profit Homes, at 25 Deverill Court, in Markham. The $25-million project,
which includes $8.4 million from the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing
Program, is sponsored by the Markham Interchurch Committee for Affordable
Housing (MICAH).
    Federal and provincial allocations to the project are to be complemented
by more than $3.4 million in municipal financial incentives.
    "York Region is committed to working with all levels of government and
community organizations to meet the growing and diverse housing needs of all
residents," said York Regional Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. "This housing
project is a concrete example of what happens when we work together."
    "This building has been designed with diversity in mind," said Town of
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "We are pleased that this building will be one
of the first multi-residential facilities to feature a number of environmental
initiatives that will help reduce its carbon footprint."
    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: Media Inquiries: Julie Vaux, Office of the
Honourable Diane Finley, (819) 994-2482; Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Regional
Municipality of York, (905) 830-4444 ext. 4016; Adam Grachnik, Office of
Minister Watson, (416) 585-6492

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