ECHO BAY, ON, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - A new affordable housing apartment complex
providing 10 apartments for low-income seniors officially opened today. The
federal and provincial governments, the Algoma District Services
Administration Board (ADSAB) and the Township of Macdonald, Meredith and
Aberdeen Additional celebrated the official opening of Hurley Haven I at 141
Church Street in Echo Bay.
The announcement was made by the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of
Health and Member of Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka, on behalf of the
Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development;
the Honourable John Gerretsen, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and
Housing; Lorraine Aelick, ADSAB Chair; and Lynn Watson, Mayor of the Township
of Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional.
"Canada's New Government is committed to creating affordable housing for
Canadian seniors," said Minister Clement. "Affordable housing projects like
Hurley Haven will ensure Canada's seniors are able to retire with the comfort,
dignity and independence they deserve."
"The McGuinty government has made significant progress in building new
affordable housing," said Minister Gerretsen. "I am pleased that all levels of
government worked in partnership to help seniors in Echo Bay who need our
The $1.7 million project, which includes $700,000 from the new
Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program, was sponsored by ADSAB and the
Township of Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional. ADSAB invested
$900,000 in the project and the Township contributed $100,000.
"The ADSAB is pleased to have had the opportunity to participate in this
new housing program. This partnership has provided a much needed service."
said ADSAB Chair Lorraine Aelick. "Now seniors have affordable rental housing
in their own community."
"The township has worked a long time to see this building come to
fruition," said Mayor Watson. "We are very pleased that our seniors will be
able to stay in their home community."
The new Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Agreement is 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
some 20,000 households in Ontario.
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For further information:
For further information: Carlene Siopis, Canada Housing Mortgage
Corporation, (416) 250-3297; Patti Munce, Office of Minister Gerretsen, (416)
585-6333; Debbie Mills, Housing Service Manager, Algoma District Services
Administration Board, (705) 842-3370 x260