CLINTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2012) - The official opening of 31 new affordable rental housing units for seniors living on low income was held today in Clinton. The project received more than $3.8 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments. The construction of this project created up to 78 jobs in Clinton.
Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; along with Bernie MacLellan, Warden, Huron County made the announcement.
"I am pleased to be back at this site to celebrate the official opening of County View Seniors' Apartments," said MP Lobb. "Our Government is proud to have invested in affordable housing in Clinton and across the country to help create jobs and improve the quality of life for seniors."
"Our seniors deserve the dignity to live in a home that is safe, stable and affordable," said Minister Wynne. "This project is an example of our government's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy and our commitment to making affordable housing more accessible for Ontarians."
Set on 13 acres of grounds, the 31-unit apartment building located at 77722C London Road in Clinton is equipped with green energy initiatives funded through the Renewable Energy Initiative program. A solar pre-heat system was installed for hot water, and all apartments contain energy efficient appliances, individually controlled hot water heating and air conditioning, plus dedicated power chair receptacles.
The federal and provincial funding is complemented by more than $1.1 million in municipal financial incentives.
The Government of Canada, through CMHC, will invest more than $2 billion in housing this year. Of this amount, $1.7 billion will be spent in support of almost 605,000 households living in existing social housing. In Ontario, this represents some 237,750 households. These investments are improving the quality of life for low-income Canadians and households living in existing social housing, including individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, seniors, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and Aboriginal people.
Ontario continues to build new affordable housing and repair existing units for Ontarians with housing needs. Since 2009, the provincial government has provided nearly $183 million to build new rental housing units for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. Ontario's overall investment of over $2.5 billion has translated into the construction and repair of more than 270,000 housing units and the provision of 35,000 rent supplements for Ontario families on fixed incomes. The province's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy sets a strong foundation for a more efficient, accessible affordable housing system in Ontario.
Affordable housing is a key component of Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy. Download a copy of the Government of Ontario's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy. To find out more about affordable housing in Ontario, visit www.ontario.ca/housing.
To find out more about how the Government of Canada and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc.ca.
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For more information visit: www.cmhc.ca / www.ontario.ca/housing