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Released December 17, 2010



Social Housing in Labrador to Receive $240,000 in Renovations and Retrofits

The Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador announced today $240,000 in renovation and retrofit funding for eight social housing units in Labrador. The investment, which is part of the federal/provincial investment in affordable housing in Newfoundland and Labrador announced in May 2009, will significantly extend 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 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.

Repairs totalling $112,000 for four units on White Crescent in Happy Valley-Goose Bay; and $128,000 for four units in Port Hope Simpson include the replacement of roofing, siding, windows, doors, eaves troughs and fencing. The work is expected to be completed early in the new year.

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 the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, made the announcement today.

"Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, our government is taking action to help ensure our economic recovery and create the conditions for long-term growth," said Minister MacKay. "Funding renovation and retrofit projects like these ones is a great way to get the local economy moving, because it puts construction workers and tradespeople to work quickly. At the same time, we’re improving the quality of life for residents of Labrador, keeping their homes safe and affordable."

"This work in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and in Port Hope Simpson will ensure that these homes will be available to those with low incomes in Labrador for years to come," said Minister Hedderson. "Our Provincial Government is committed, as outlined in our long-term plan for social housing, to ensuring that we have available an adequate and stable supply of housing options for low-income households. Since April 2009, 133 social or community-based housing properties have been renovated in Labrador, under this program."

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