Launch of the $9.7M Sunnyside Supportive Housing and Seniors Wellness Centre Project

    WATERLOO REGION, April 17 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the
Government of Ontario, the Region of Waterloo and the Waterloo Wellington
Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) celebrated the launch of the
Sunnyside Supportive Housing and Seniors Wellness Centre project. The project
will be the first of its kind in Waterloo Region - an affordable seniors
housing complex, offering funded care and support services, coordinated by an
on-site case manager.
    The project was officially launched by Stephen Woodworth, Member of
Parliament for Kitchener Centre on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley,
Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Minister
responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; the Honourable
David Caplan, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care; the Honourable
John Milloy, Ontario's Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and
Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener Centre, on behalf of the
Honourable Jim Watson, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing;
Waterloo Regional Chair Ken Seiling; and WWLHIN Board Chair Kathy Durst.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said MP
Stephen Woodworth. "Today's launch gives hope to Kitchener seniors who need
quality, affordable housing, and support services that meet their specific
    "Our government is proud to support this innovative project that will
enable seniors to live independently with access to quality care close to
home," said David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. "The
Sunnyside Supportive Housing and Seniors Wellness Centre project reflects the
goal of our province's Aging at Home Strategy."
    When complete, the project will have 27 one-bedroom and three two-bedroom
accessible apartments, including wheelchair accommodation and providing space
for supportive services such as rehabilitation, fitness programs and
educational sessions.
    "This supportive housing project addresses a long-standing need in our
community and I am proud of the strong support the McGuinty government has
provided," said John Milloy, MPP, Kitchener Centre. "Seniors deserve the
ability to live independently for as long as possible and this project will
allow them to do so."
    This $9.7 million Region of Waterloo initiative will receive capital
funding of $2.1 million under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.
An annual operating subsidy of $663,000 will be provided by Ontario's Ministry
of Health and Long-Term Care through the Waterloo Wellington Local Health
Integration Network under the Province's Aging at Home Strategy. The K-W
Seniors Day Program, which is contributing $102,300, will be expanded as part
of the project. The Seniors Wellness Centre will also be funded by the
Sunnyside Home Foundation, which is today launching its campaign to raise
$500,000 for this initiative. The project should be ready for occupancy in
early 2010.
    "The Sunnyside Seniors Supportive Housing project addresses a critical
need in our community," said Regional Chair Ken Seiling. "Once complete, this
housing development will enable many of our citizens to continue to live
independently in our community while having easy, convenient access to the
services and supports they need."
    "The combined vision of the Federal, Provincial, and Regional
Governments, along with the WWLHIN, to work in partnership and create
affordable supportive housing for our senior population demonstrates a
willingness to address this gap in our community," says Kathy Durst, Chair,
WWLHIN Board of Directors. "Through our collective efforts, we will continue
to develop high quality housing and services for our elderly LHIN residents
enhancing their independence and opportunity for choice."

    The Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Agreement comprises a
commitment of $301 million from each of the two senior levels of government.
In total, the federal, provincial and municipal governments will have invested
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: Media contacts: Julie Vaux, Office of Minister
Finley, (819) 994-2482; Adam Grachnik, Office of Minister Watson, (416)
585-6492; Neala Barton, Office of Minister Caplan, (416) 327-4388; Ken
Seiling, Waterloo Regional Chair, (519) 575-4585; Nicole Burgers, Canada
Mortgage and Housing Corporation, (416) 250-2760

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