Residential Renovation and Adaptation in Quebec - Canada and Quebec Sign a Two-Year, $58 Million Agreement

    QUEBEC, Aug. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Michael Fortier, Minister
of Public Works and Government Services, on behalf of the Honourable Monte
Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and Minister
responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and Nathalie
Normandeau, Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions,
today announced an agreement between Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
(CMHC) and the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ) that provides for the
cost-sharing of residential renovation and adaptation programs. The agreement
includes almost $58 million in new funding from Canada's New Government over
two years, until March 31, 2009.
    "Canada's New Government recognizes that it is important to address the
need for residential renovation in Quebec," said Minister Fortier. "Our
government is proud that we have reached an agreement with the Province of
Quebec that will work towards building a better and stronger future by
providing much needed renovation funding to improve the housing conditions of
lower-income households."
    "In an environment where every effort is being made to increase the
supply of affordable housing, it is important to maintain and improve the
quality of existing dwellings. The signing of this agreement, as part of our
ongoing partnership with CMHC, is good news for all Quebec residents,
especially low-income individuals with special housing needs," said Minister
    Under the agreement, funding for renovation programs will help low-income
households, including seniors, persons with disabilities and victims of family
    Under the agreement, 75 per cent of funding is provided by CMHC and SHQ
provides 25 per cent. This cost-sharing ratio remains the same as under
previous agreements. In addition to funding under this agreement, the Province
of Quebec also provides funding for other renovation and adaptations projects.


                 PROGRAMS COVERED BY THE 2007-2009 CMHC-SHQ
                         COST-SHARING AGREEMENT FOR

    In co-operation with municipalities and a broad network of partners from
the private and community sectors, the Société d'habitation du Québec
administers the residential renovation and adaptation financial assistance
programs covered by this agreement. Adapted to the specific context of each
locality, the projects completed under these programs help improve the housing
conditions of thousands of households living in rural communities or urban
centres across Quebec. In 2006, more than 5,400 low-income households in
Quebec benefited from federal funding under renovation programs that are
included in this agreement. Annually, some 12,000 Quebec households benefit
from financial assistance to repair, renovate or adapt their homes through the
programs covered by this agreement as well as through provincial programs for
renovation and adaptations.

                 Program                       Targeted Households
    Renovation Québec                  Housing units belonging to landlords
                                       or homeowners, in sectors designated
                                       by participating municipalities
    RénoVillage                        Housing units belonging to low-income
                                       owners, in rural areas
    Emergency Repair Program (ERP)     Housing units belonging to low-income
                                       owners, in rural areas
    Home Adaptations for Seniors'      Housing units occupied by low-income,
    Independence (HASI)                semi-independent persons aged 65 years
                                       or older
    Residential Adaptation Assistance  Housing units occupied by persons
    Program (RAAP)                     with disabilities
    Shelter Enhancement Program (SEP   Housing units intended for victims of
    - Development and Renovation)      family violence

For further information:

For further information: Jonathan Trudeau, Press Assistant, Office of
the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, (418)
691-2050, (514) 873-2622; Sources: Josiane Lamothe, Communications, Société
d'habitation du Québec, (418) 643-5033; Sophie Crête, Canada Mortgage and
Housing Corporation, (514) 895-0681

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