Construction/Building — June 26, 2012Governments of Canada and Manitoba Celebrate Official Opening of New Affordable Housing in La Broquerie
LA BROQUERIE, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 26, 2012) - The Governments of Canada and Manitoba today celebrated the opening of Le Chalet de La Broquerie, a 24-unit building that will enhance housing quality and accessibility for seniors in La Broquerie.
The announcement was made at the official opening of Le Chalet de La Broquerie by the Honourable Vic Toews, Member of Parliament for Provencher on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Honourable Kerri Irvin-Ross, Minister of Housing and Community Development.
"Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our Government is taking concrete action to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity," said Minister Toews. "Funding projects like Le Chalet de La Broquerie will not only improve the overall housing conditions for seniors in La Broquerie, but also help stimulate the local economy and create jobs."
"Le Chalet de La Broquerie will provide seniors in the La Broquerie region with quality, affordable housing - and a safe place to call home," said Irvin-Ross. "With the support of our partners, we will continue to help low-income seniors lead independent, fruitful lives."
The apartment complex, located at 93 Principale Street in La Broquerie, had more than $4.9 million in federal and provincial investment and was developed by Le Chalet de La Broquerie Inc. The 24-unit assisted living apartment complex incorporates a geothermal heating/cooling system and mobility enhanced features. Twelve of the units are rented to tenants based on income. Tenants of the new building are connected to the existing senior complex of Le Chalet de La Broquerie via a covered walkway on the same site.
The federal portion of the funding was made available through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government's plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs during the global recession. The federal and provincial governments are contributing equally to this overall investment of $176 million under the amended Canada-Manitoba Affordable Housing Program Agreement.
The Government of Canada, through CMHC, will invest more than $2 billion in housing this year. Of this amount, $1.7 billion will be spent in support of almost 605,000 households living in existing social housing. In Manitoba, this represents some 40,700 households. These investments are improving the quality of life for low-income Canadians and households living in existing social housing, including individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, seniors, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and Aboriginal people.
HOMEWorks! is Manitoba's long-term housing strategy. Under this strategy, the province, through Manitoba Housing with the financial support of the Government of Canada, continues to make significant investments in social and affordable housing. The province has promised the delivery of 1,500 affordable housing units across the province and has already committed to the development of more than 1,000 homes. HOMEWorks! supports ALL Aboard, Manitoba's poverty-reduction strategy, by increasing the supply of quality, affordable housing for low-income Manitobans. More information about HOMEWorks! is available at www.gov.mb.ca/housing.
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 www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca.
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