Media Release

January 15, 2013

Social Housing Upgrades Focus on Energy Efficiency

The Provincial Government continues to advance the goals of A Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador – Secure Foundations by supporting renovations to improve the energy efficiency of social housing. A $240,000 renovation project for exterior work is currently underway at a seven-unit building on Watson Street in St. John’s.

“Renovation and improvement projects help to ensure that social housing continues to meet the needs of people with low incomes,” said the Honourable Paul Davis, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. “Exterior upgrades, such as those underway on Watson Street, make homes more energy efficient and comfortable for tenants while helping to advance sustainable energy practices in the province.”

Newfound Roofing Ltd. was awarded the contract to upgrade the homes on Watson Street. Renovations will include new siding, windows, doors, and ventilation systems. This work supports the Provincial Government’s climate change and energy efficiency commitments as outlined in Charting Our Course: Climate Change Action Plan 2011 and Moving Forward: Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2011.

Secure Foundations, released by the Provincial Government in August 2009, advances a 10-year vision for social housing. It is aimed at improving the housing circumstances of low-income households and helping create healthier communities. Budget 2012: People and Prosperity allocated $25.9 million for social housing infrastructure, including $10.4 million for maintenance and $12 million for renovations and improvements.

Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation is the province’s largest landlord with approximately 5,573 non-profit social housing dwellings province-wide.

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Media contacts:

Ed Moriarity
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 699-5668
Jenny Bowring
Manager, Communications
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation