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Released December 15, 2010



Social and Community-Based Housing in Burin Region Undergoing Renovations and Retrofits

The Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador announced today $150,000 in renovation and retrofit funding for 26 units in the province’s Burin region. The investment, which is part of the federal/provincial investment in affordable housing in Newfoundland and Labrador announced in May 2009, is significantly extending the life of these homes.

The funding was made available through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Federal Government’s plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs across Canada during the global recession. The economic action plan, announced in 2009, includes $2 billion for the construction of new and the renovation of existing social housing, plus up to $2 billion in low-cost loans to municipalities for housing-related infrastructure. The federal and provincial governments are contributing equally to this overall investment of $58 million under the amended Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Affordable Housing Program Agreement.

The Government of Canada wants to improve the quality of existing social housing for low-income seniors, single parent families, recent immigrants and Aboriginal households. Canada’s Economic Action Plan provides $850 million under the Affordable Housing Initiative to provinces and territories for the renovation and retrofit of existing social housing.

As part of Budget 2010: The Right Investments – For Our Children and Our Future, the Provincial Government is investing $27 million for housing infrastructure projects, affordable housing and increased maintenance funding over the coming fiscal year. This renovation and retrofit work is in keeping with the goals of the Provincial Government’s 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. A copy of the social housing plan is available at

www.nlhc.nl.ca/SocialHsingPlan/report.pdf.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

; and the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, made the announcement today.

"Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, our Government is taking concrete action to help ensure economic recovery and create the conditions for long-term growth," said Minister MacKay. "Funding the renovation of projects like these will not only improve the overall housing conditions on the Burin Peninsula but also help stimulate the local economy and create jobs."

"Affordable housing investments by our Provincial Government and Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation over the past two years have been unprecedented," said Minister Hedderson. "Since April 2009 we have been able to renovate more than 100 social or community-based housing properties on the Burin Peninsula."

Canada’s Economic Action Plan builds on the Government of Canada’s commitment in 2008 of more than $1.9 billion, over five years, to improve and build new affordable housing and help the homeless.

More information on this and other measures in Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the federal government’s plan to stimulate the economy and protect those hit hardest by the global recession, can be found at:

www.actionplan.gc.ca.

To find out more about how the Government of Canada and CMHC are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit

www.cmhc.ca/housingactionplan.

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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
Communications Manager
Newfoundland Labrador Housing
709-724-3055

jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca

Katherine LeBlanc
Communications,
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
902-426-6581

krleblan@cmhc.ca

Michelle Bakos
Press Secretary, Office of Minister Finley
819-994-2482

 

Backgrounder

Renovation and Retrofit Projects – Burin Region

CBH denotes Community-Based Housing projects

NLHC denotes NL Housing Public Rental Units

Project Name

Community

Total Funds

Units

CBH - Garnish Local Care Association

Garnish

$55,000

8

CBH -Marystown Kinsmen Manor

Marystown

$40,000

12

CBH – Silver Bay Seniors

Bay L’Argent

$55,000

6

Total

$150,000

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