Construction set to begin on new affordable housing in Nipissing

    STURGEON FALLS, ON, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the
Province of Ontario, and the District of Nipissing Social Services
Administration Board today announced $5.5 million to fund two
construction-ready projects.
    The funding was made available as a result of a $1.2-billion joint
investment under the amended Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program
Agreement, which includes funding through Canada's Economic Action Plan and by
the Government of Ontario. The federal and provincial governments are
contributing equally to this overall investment.
    Today's announcement recognized the successful application by West
Nipissing Non-Profit Housing Corporation and Group 1732965 Ontario Limited to
create 65 units of affordable housing for low-income seniors and persons with
    The Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of State, Chief Government Whip
and Member of Parliament for Carleton-Mississippi, on behalf of the Honourable
Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and
Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); David
Ramsay, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier and Member of Provincial
Parliament for Timiskaming-Cochrane, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Watson,
Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; along with George Jupp,
Chair of the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board, made
the announcement today at the housing site.
    "Under the leadership of Prime Minister Harper, our Government is working
hard to support Canadians during these challenging economic times and we are
moving aggressively to ensure Canada's Economic Action Plan is implemented
rapidly," said Minister O'Connor. "We are stimulating our economy and
supporting the most vulnerable, including low-income seniors and persons with
disabilities, access suitable, affordable housing, as well as making needed
renovations to existing social housing both in Ontario and across Canada."
    "New housing initiatives add significant support to the McGuinty
government's Poverty Reduction Strategy," said MPP Ramsay. "This first wave of
funding will lead to construction by September and we will continue to work
with our municipal partners to ensure more units are built during the life of
this program."
    "The District of Nipissing is proud to be a partner with the Ministry of
Municipal Affairs and Housing, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and,
the Municipality of West Nipissing in developing affordable housing
opportunities for seniors. West Nipissing Centre du Nipissing Ouest is another
wonderful example of a Private-Public partnership working well to improve the
housing opportunities in the communities that we serve. West Nipissing Non
Profit Housing Corporation is well positioned to provide a continuum of
housing and support services for years to come. Congratulations to both,"
stated George Jupp, Chair of the DNSSAB.
    Ontario is moving quickly to implement this new funding with a total of
38 quick start projects totaling over $75 million - all of which will improve
access to affordable housing for low-income families, seniors and persons with
disabilities. It will also create jobs and strengthen local economies. To find
more about affordable housing in Ontario, visit
    Last fall, the Government of Canada committed more than $1.9 billion over
the next five years to improve and build new affordable housing and to help
the homeless. Canada's Economic Action Plan builds on this with an additional
one-time investment of more than $2 billion over two years in new and existing
social housing and lending of up to another $2 billion to municipalities for
housing-related infrastructure.
    To find out more about how the Government of Canada and CMHC are working
to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at
1-800-668-2642 or visit For more information on
Canada's Economic Action Plan, call 1-800-O Canada or visit

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For further information: Media Inquiries: Michelle Bakos, Office of
Minister Finley, (819) 994-2482; Jill Noble, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 250-2761; Adam Grachnik, Office of Minister Watson, (416)

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