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Released December 10, 2009



Housing Units to Be Converted to Electric Heat

The Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing), today announced that Skyline Contracting Ltd. has been awarded a $157,500 contract to convert 16 housing units in the rural Avalon Region to electric heating systems.

"One of the cornerstones of the Williams Government’s new social housing plan is to maintain and upgrade the social housing properties for lower-income households well into the future," said Minister Hedderson. "Given that our economy has significantly improved in recent years, we can now be more proactive and ensure we maintain housing for those most in need in our society."

The units are located in Holyrood, Hant’s Harbour, Dunville, Conception Harbour, South East Placentia, Long Cove, Trinity Bay, Heart’s Delight, Salmon Cove, Spaniard’s Bay, Witless Bay, Cupids, Upper Island Cove, Bell Island, and Paradise. The anticipated completion date for this project is December 2009.

This work is in keeping with the goals of the Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador – Secure Foundations, which outlines a new long-term vision for social housing aimed at improving the housing circumstances of lower-income households and helping to create healthier communities.

These current upgrades and repairs are part of Housing’s annual Modernization and Improvement program. As part of Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation, the Provincial Government will invest $14.55 million for building, renovating and retro-fitting social housing infrastructure throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

In the spring, the federal and provincial governments announced a joint investment of $93 million to build new and renovate existing affordable housing throughout the province over the next two years. Overall, the Provincial Government contribution is $50 million, with the Federal Government contributing a further $43 million.

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Media contacts:

Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267
rogerscaplen@gov.nl.ca
Jenny Bowring
Manager, Communications
Newfoundland Labrador Housing
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca