County of Dufferin Breaks Ground for New Affordable Housing Units

    ORANGEVILLE, ON, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the
Government of Ontario and the County of Dufferin broke ground today for 13 new
affordable housing units for seniors in Orangeville. The project is supported
by $910,000 in funding through the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.
    David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, 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); Linda Jeffrey, Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton
Springdale, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal
Affairs and Housing; and Warden Gordon Montgomery, of the County of Dufferin
made the announcement today.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in the County of Dufferin and across Canada for those who need it
the most," said MP Tilson. The creation of these units will help Orangeville
seniors access suitable, affordable housing that meets their specific needs."
    "I'm grateful for the spirit of cooperation - that willingness to roll up
our sleeves as partners to get affordable housing projects off the drawing
board and out into out communities," said MPP Jeffrey.
    The federal and provincial allocations to the project were complemented
by over $916,110 in municipal financial incentives. This social housing
project could grow to 30 units at almost $7 million in total capital costs. It
will be owned and operated by the County of Dufferin.
    "I'm very pleased to see this very worthwhile project come to fruition,"
said Warden Gordon D. Montgomery.
    The Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Agreement, signed in 2005,
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 up to 20,000 households in Ontario.
    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. Combined for Ontario, this means a further
$1.2-billion joint investment under the amended Canada-Ontario Affordable
Housing Program Agreement. The federal and provincial governments are
contributing equally to this overall investment.
    Ontario is moving quickly to implement this additional funding, which
increases the number of "quick start" projects to 39 totaling over $76.5
million and 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 out more about affordable housing in
Ontario, visit
    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:

For further information: Michelle Bakos, Office of Minister Finley,
(819) 994-2482; Leslie Pawlowski, Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation,
(416) 250-3297; Adam Grachnik, Office of Minister Watson, (416) 585-6492; Pam
Hillock, County of Dufferin, (519) 941-2816 (2503)

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