Media Release

February 18, 2014

Contracts Awarded for Exterior and Energy Efficiency Improvements

Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) has awarded two contracts valued at $336,000 to upgrade 22 social housing homes in St. John’s with home Heat Recovery Systems to increase energy efficiency.

“The Provincial Government recognizes the importance of providing safe and affordable rental housing to families and individuals with low incomes in housing need. These latest contracts will result in upgrades to housing units and demonstrates our continued commitment and investment into social programs.”
- The Honourable Kevin O’Brien, Minister Responsible for NLHC

A $277,000 contract was awarded to G.S. Hunt Ltd. for exterior renovations and installation of home Heat Recovery Systems in six housing units in the east end of St. John’s. The exterior upgrades will include wall, window, door and roofing replacements along with installation of new steps, decks, and ramps. The expected completion date for the work is September 2014.

Eastern Siding Systems Ltd. was awarded a $59,000 contract to install home Heat Recovery Systems in a 16-unit building in the centre part of the city. The project is expected to be completed by April 2014.

Since January 2013, $10 million has been invested to renovate approximately 450 social housing units throughout the province. To date, approximately 75 per cent of units province-wide have received exterior upgrades. The Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation continues to help meet the social housing needs of smaller families and single people through reconfiguration projects.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to supporting important social programs, strong communities and the health and well-being of children, families and seniors.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing has announced $336,000 to upgrade 22 social housing homes in St. John’s.
  • The housing unit renovations support the commitments in the Provincial Government’s action plans on climate change and energy efficiency, Charting Our Course: Climate Change Action Plan 2011 and Moving Forward: Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2011.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Housing is the province’s largest landlord, with 5,556 affordable rental units province-wide.

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Media contacts:
John Tompkins
Director of Communications
Department of Advanced Education and Skills
709-729-0753, 728-7762
jtompkins@gov.nl.ca
Jenny Bowring
Manager, Communications
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca