Feb. 16, 2010
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The provincial and federal governments are investing $3.5 million to repair and retrofit 450 housing units for low-income seniors, families and persons with disabilities in southwestern New Brunswick.
The announcement was made by Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock, who is also minister responsible for housing, and Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John.
"We are pleased to work together to provide affordable and safe accommodations for low-income seniors, families and to those who have accessibility needs in southwestern New Brunswick," Lamrock said. "Affordable housing is a key component of the provincial 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."
Renovations include exterior retrofits, electrical, plumbing, heating, fire safety, energy improvements and site works.
"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 Weston. "Funding renovation and retrofit projects, like these ones, will not only improve the quality of life of the residents by keeping their homes safe and affordable, but also help stimulate the economy and create jobs."
Weston spoke 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.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of major renovation and repair projects in southwestern New Brunswick 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 repair projects in southwestern New Brunswick