Media Release

May 23, 2017
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 Investments in Affordable Housing for Seniors

The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador are investing more than $6.1 million to support the construction of affordable housing for seniors. The funding is part of the $48.9 million under Investments in Affordable Housing announced in October 2016. Conditional approvals have been provided to six non-profit groups to develop projects.

Gudie Hutchings, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism and Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Research and Development Corporation and MLA for St. Barbe - L’Anse aux Meadows, on behalf of the Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, made the announcement today.

The federal and provincial governments will contribute more than $6 million to six non-profit groups that will create new affordable housing for seniors. The projects will create 49 new units for seniors and include 14 fully accessible units

Seniors have benefitted from more than half of the 1,500 new housing units created throughout Newfoundland and Labrador under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.

Quotes
“These new projects highlight the benefits of partnerships with our non-profit community sector and address real and ongoing seniors’ housing needs. This investment will also provide seniors with access to more affordable and accessible housing options throughout the province."
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation

"We have an aging population in Newfoundland and Labrador, and we need to be responsive to this changing ‎demographic. I am delighted more housing opportunities for seniors will be available in my district, as they continue to be active members of our towns and communities."
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation and MHA for St. Barbe - L'Anse aux Meadows

“Our government remains committed to making significant investments in affordable housing, strengthening Canadian communities and helping create jobs and grow the middle class and those fighting hard to join it. We are providing better places for seniors to live independently, and building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future.”
Gudie Hutchings
Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism and Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains

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Media contacts
Krista Dalton
Children, Seniors and Social Development
709-729-3768, 685-6492
kristadalton@gov.nl.ca

Jenny Bowring
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca

Émilie Gauduchon
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Duclos
819-654-5546
Emilie.Gauduchon@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Natalie Chavarie
Public Affairs Advisor
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
902-426-4262
nchavari@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

BACKGROUNDER

Non-profit sector affordable seniors’ housing projects

Proponent Units Location Funding
Eastern Gate Church Inc. 4 St. John’s $500,000
Wesley United Church 10 St. John’s $1,250,000
Cochrane Community Outreach & Performance Centre Inc. 5 St. John’s $625,000
Town of St. Anthony 10 St. Anthony $1,250,000
Humber Valley Day Care Centre Inc. 10 Pasadena $1,250,000
Evangel Pentecostal Church 10 Gander $1,250,000
TOTAL 49 $6,125,000