Investing in Toronto's Social Housing Community

    Provincial-Municipal Funding Announcement Celebrated at Danforth-Midland
    Social Housing Development

    TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ -


    The Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto celebrated the recent
announcement of $111.5 million in funding to repair social housing units in
Toronto and to make them more green and sustainable.
    The announcement was held at the Danforth-Midland housing development in
Scarborough, a complex of social housing buildings with 869 units that will
benefit from $4.3 million in much-needed kitchen and bathroom repairs, as well
as plumbing valves and mains replacements.
    The Honourable Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing;
Lorenzo Berardinetti, Member of Provincial Parliament for Scarborough
Southwest; His Worship Mayor David Miller; Derek Ballantyne, CEO of Toronto
Community Housing; and David Mitchell, Chair of the Toronto Community Housing
Board of Directors, made the announcement today.
    The Danforth-Midland development is a complex of three high-rise
buildings and townhouses. The building is managed by Toronto Community Housing
and will receive repairs to 236 kitchens and 398 bathrooms, as well as
plumbing and electricity upgrades. Throughout the project there will be a
focus on healthy construction materials and energy and water-efficient


    "Our government recognizes the importance of providing safe, affordable
and well-maintained housing to Ontarians in need," said Minister Watson.
"These repairs will help raise the quality of life for Toronto's social
housing tenants, and will use green and energy efficient technology."
    "For the people of Toronto and especially residents of Scarborough
Southwest, today's announcement demonstrates this government's commitment to
ensure that all Ontarians have a safe and quality place to call home," said
MPP Berardinetti. "This funding means that more residents of Toronto will have
well-maintained and affordable homes."
    "These critical new investments in community housing will ensure that our
tenants have the quality homes they so rightly deserve," said Mayor David
Miller. "Not only will these important expenditures make Toronto a greener,
more liveable city; by investing now we will reduce future costs and create
opportunity for our residents to live with dignity and respect."
    "These investments will make a real positive difference for Toronto
Community Housing tenants and the communities where they live," said Mitchell.
"This funding means we can complete much-needed repairs faster. It also means
important investments in green and sustainable technologies that will reduce
greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming and save money that can be
used to improve buildings."


    -  The March 2008 provincial budget included $100 million to improve the
       condition of existing social housing units.
    -  The City of Toronto will receive $36.5 million for capital works
       projects, including Danforth-Midland in Scarborough and other housing
       projects in Toronto.
    -  Provincial funding will be complemented by $75 million in funding from
       the City of Toronto.
    -  The funding means Toronto Community Housing can complete long overdue
       work faster, rely less on debt financing to get the work done,
       refurbish thousands more units of housing and retrofit 10 buildings
       with new energy-efficient building systems
    -  Toronto Community Housing has invested more than $550 million in
       repairs between 2002 and 2007
    -  Where possible, kitchen and bathroom upgrades in Toronto Community
       Housing units will feature sustainable products like made-in-Ontario
       FSC-approved wood products, Energy Star appliances, energy-efficient
       lighting, recycled paint, biodegradable ceramic tiles,
       low-formaldehyde countertops, low-flow toilets, and taps, faucets and
       showerheads equipped with water-efficient aerators


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For further information:

For further information: Adam Grachnik, Minister's Office, (416)
585-6492; Randy Hodge, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, (416)
585-6566; Don Wanagas, Mayor's office, (416) 338-7134 (office), (416) 206-4333
(cell); Jeffrey Ferrier, Toronto Community Housing, (416) 981-4252

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