Media Release

June 21, 2013

Media Advisory: Minister to Attend Provincial-Territorial Housing Meeting

The Honourable Paul Davis, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC), will meet with his provincial and territorial counterparts on Tuesday, June 25, in Toronto, Ontario. The ministers will discuss housing issues facing Canada and seek renewed dialogue with the Federal Government on the housing needs of Canadians.

“I look forward to meeting with my colleagues from across Canada to discuss our collective efforts to provide affordable housing options to Canadians,” said Minister Davis. “Our government has leveraged recent federal housing investments to the fullest, going beyond our required cost-matching to build over 1,100 affordable housing units and repair thousands of public and private dwellings. A sustained partnership with the Federal Government is required if we are to build on this momentum.”

This is Minister Davis’ first opportunity to meet with colleagues from across Canada since being appointed as Minister Responsible for NLHC in October 2012.

Since 2003 the Crown corporation has invested approximately $105 million to modernize and improve its rental units, and continues to meet the goals of the Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador -Secure Foundations. Released by the Provincial Government in August 2009, the plan outlines a 10-year vision for social housing aimed at improving the housing circumstances of low-income households and helping create healthier communities.

NLHC is the province’s largest landlord with approximately 5,570 non-profit social housing dwellings province-wide.

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Media contacts:

Carol Ann Carter
Director of Communications (Acting)
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-1758, 631-9505
carolanncarter@gov.nl.ca
Jenny Bowring
Manager, Communications
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca