Feb. 15, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial and federal governments are investing more than $4 million to build and renovate 252 housing units for low-income seniors, families and persons with disabilities in the Fredericton region.
The announcement was made by Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock, who is also minister responsible for housing; and National Revenue Minister Keith Ashfield, who is also the minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and for the Atlantic Gateway.
"We are pleased to work together to provide affordable and safe accommodations for low-income seniors and families as well as for those who have accessibility needs in the Fredericton region," Lamrock said. "Affordable housing is a key component of this government's Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan to ensure New Brunswickers have a quality, energy efficient place to call home."
Eight housing projects will receive $2.59 million for repairs and renovations. The projects are in Fredericton, Woodstock, Summerfield and Beechwood. Repairs to the 212 housing units include electrical, plumbing, fire safety, energy improvements and site works.
A new housing development, Tannery Court II, will create 40 units for low-income seniors, including four accessible units for those with disabilities. The units, located at 543 Brookside Dr., Fredericton, are being developed by Tannery Court Co-operative Ltd., a non-profit organization. The project is receiving $1.6 million under federal stimulus funding to offset construction costs as well as more than $2.6 million in rent supplements from the provincial government.
"Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our government is helping Canadians during these tough economic times," said Ashfield. "Here in greater Fredericton, this achievement gives a hand-up to low-income seniors, families and individuals who need safe, affordable housing that meets their needs. This is also a good way to get the local economy moving because it puts construction workers and trades people to work quickly."
Ashfield was speaking on behalf of Diane Finley, minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
The funding was made available through the economic action plan, the federal government's plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs during the global recession. The federal and provincial governments are contributing equally to the overall investment of $75 million under the amended Canada-New Brunswick Affordable Housing Agreement.
Funding is available to private non-profit organizations, co-operatives, community or private developers interested in developing projects for low- to moderate-income families, seniors, non-elderly singles, disabled persons and persons with special needs.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of major renovation and construction projects in the Fredericton area follows. MEDIA CONTACTS: Nichole Bowman, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-457-7857; Patricia Montreuil, communications and marketing, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., 506-851-2229.
Major renovation and construction projects in the Fredericton area