MACAMIC, QC, July 30, 2018 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec announced the completion of $1,398,000 in modernization work at La Maison du lac, a building that is part of the Macamic municipal housing bureau in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. The 23-unit low-rental housing project for independent seniors is located at 92 Principale Street North, in Macamic.
The work, now completed, included the installation of an elevator to make it easier for tenants to move between the floors of the building, a former school that was converted to low-rental housing in 1982.
The financial assistance also helped renovate the units, replace the roof, repair the exterior building envelope, redesign and repave the parking lot and do work on the potable water supply system.
"This government is proud to assist in providing safe, affordable and accessible homes to Canadians. The installation of an elevator at La Maison du lac, part of the Macamic municipal housing bureau is truly a victory, offering easier access and greater mobility to residents and visitors. It is through such improvements that we are able to support our communities, enhancing their contribution to housing in Canada." —Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
"We must ensure the sustainability of our low-rental housing stock. The work carried out at La Maison du lac of the OMH Macamic responds to this concern as well as to the needs of the tenants. Improvements to housing will provide residents with a more pleasant and safe living environment. The addition of an elevator, in particular, will allow tenants to remain in their homes longer by giving them the freedom to move with greater ease." —Luc Blanchette, Member of the National Assembly for Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, Minister responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region and Minister responsible for the Nord-du-Québec region, on behalf of Lise Thériault, Minister responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region
- These investments come from the annual replacement, modernization and improvement (M&I) budget that is dedicated to the upgrade of Quebec's social housing stock composed of more than 74,000 low-rental housing units.
- Over the past 10 years, the funds allocated by the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ) and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to renovate low-rental housing in Quebec have more than tripled, from $103 million in 2007 to $343.4 million in 2017. For 2018, a sum of $343.4 million is again available to perform work.
- Such investments improve the general condition of the buildings and the quality of life of the tenants, and help ensure a healthy and safe environment for them.
About CMHC and the SHQ
- As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. For more information, visit www.cmhc.ca or follow CMHC on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
- The mission of the SHQ is to meet the housing needs of Quebec citizens, by providing affordable and low-rental housing to households in need and offering a range of assistance programs to support the construction, renovation and adaptation of homes and access to homeownership. As a leader in housing, the SHQ fosters the development of partnerships with communities, collaboration among sector stakeholders and innovation. To find out more about its activities, visit www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca/english.html.
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
For further information: Sources: Émilie Gauduchon, Press Secretary, Office of Minister Duclos, 819-654-5546, [email protected]; Clémente Beaulieu Gendron, Press Secretary, Minister Responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region, 418-691-2030; Information: Public Affairs, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 514-283-3679; Sylvain Fournier, Communications Advisor, Société d'habitation du Québec, 418-643-4035, ext. 1113, [email protected]