May 17, 2010
MIRAMICHI (CNB) - The provincial and federal governments are investing $2.84 million to repair and renovate 393 housing units for low-income seniors and families in northeastern New Brunswick.
The announcement was made by Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran, and Miramichi MP Tilly O'Neill-Gordon.
"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 northeastern New Brunswick," Foran said. "Affordable housing is a key component of New Brunswick's poverty reduction plan to ensure New Brunswickers have a quality, energy efficient place to call home."
Foran spoke on behalf of Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock.
Renovations include exterior retrofits, electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, fire safety, energy improvements and site works.
"In its second year, our government's Economic Action Plan is stimulating the economy and creating jobs during the global recession here in New Brunswick and across Canada," said O'Neill-Gordon. "Renovation projects like these are a good way to get the local economy moving and put construction workers and tradespeople to work quickly. Most importantly, they are giving a hand-up to those who need it most, by improving the quality of social housing."
O'Neill-Gordon 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 northeastern New Brunswick follows. MEDIA CONTACTS: Nichole Bowman, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-457-7857; Patricia Montreuil, communications and marketing, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 506-851-2229.
Renovation and repair projects in northeastern New Brunswick