Social Housing in Cornwall Being Renovated

    CORNWALL, ON, Aug. 7 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada and the Province of
Ontario today announced that a Cornwall and Area Housing Corporation building
at Augustus Court will receive support for repairs and renovations over the
next two years.
    The work will include elevator repairs and replacement.
    The Cornwall and Area Housing Corporation building at Augustus Court will
receive $316,300 - part of a notional allocation of more than $4.8 million to
the City of Cornwall to repair and retrofit existing local social housing
    The funding was made available as a result of a $1.2 billion joint
investment under the amended Canada - Ontario Affordable Housing Program
Agreement, which includes funding through Canada's Economic Action Plan and by
the Government of Ontario. The federal and provincial governments are
contributing equally to this overall investment.
    Guy Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and
Agri-Food and for the Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative
for Northern Ontario and Member of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South
Glengarry, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human
Resources and Skills Development Canada and Minister Responsible for Canada
Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); and Jim Brownell, Member of
Provincial Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, on behalf of the
Honourable Jim Watson, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, made
the announcement today at the housing site.
    "Renovation and retrofit projects, like this one, will improve the
quality of life for residents by keeping their homes safe and affordable,"
said MP Lauzon. "It is also a good way to get the local economy moving because
it puts construction workers and trades people to work quickly and most of the
materials and supplies are made in Canada."
    "These repairs are another step towards improving social housing in
Cornwall," said MPP Brownell. "This new funding will help ensure that people
living in social housing have a safe and reliable place to live. Ontarians
deserve nothing less."
    Ontario is moving quickly to invest a total of $704 million to repair
eligible social housing across the province. In an effort to get shovels in
the ground quickly, projects must be committed by the end of the fiscal years
2010 and 2011.
    The funding will help improve the quality of life for residents living in
social housing communities. Funding will be used to renovate and make
energy-saving upgrades to existing social housing as well as to undertake
accessibility modifications for the benefit of seniors and persons with
disabilities. It will also create jobs and strengthen local economies. To find
out more about affordable housing in Ontario, visit
    Last fall, the Government of Canada committed more than $1.9 billion over
the next five years to improve and build new affordable housing and to help
the homeless. Canada's Economic Action Plan builds on this with an additional
one-time investment of more than $2 billion over two years in new and existing
social housing and lending of up to another $2 billion to municipalities for
housing-related infrastructure.
    Last month, the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario,
announced a series of investments of more than $70 million to fund 36
construction-ready projects throughout the province under the amended
Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Agreement.
    To find out more about how the Government of Canada and CMHC are working
to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at
1-800-668-2642 or visit For more information on
Canada's Economic Action Plan, call 1-800-O Canada or visit

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For further information: Media Inquiries: Michelle Bakos, Office of
Minister Finley, (819) 994-2482; Jill Noble, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 250-2761; Adam Grachnik, Office of Minister Watson, (416)

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