July 13, 2010
GRAND FALLS (CNB) - The provincial and federal governments are investing in the construction and renovation of 482 affordable housing units for low-income seniors, families and persons with disabilities in northwestern New Brunswick.
The announcement was made by Agriculture and Aquaculture Minister Ronald Ouellette and Tobique-Mactaquac MP Mike Allen.
"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 northwestern New Brunswick," Ouellette said. "Affordable housing is a key component of New Brunswick's poverty reduction plan and our housing strategy to ensure New Brunswickers have a quality, energy efficient place to call home."
Ouellette spoke on behalf of Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock.
"The Government of Canada is helping Canadians during these tough economic times," said Allen. "Here, in northwestern New Brunswick, we are giving a hand-up to low-income seniors, families and individuals who need safe, affordable housing. Projects such as these also help to get the local economy moving and create local jobs."
Allen spoke on behalf of Diane Finley, minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.
Fifty housing projects, totalling 468 social housing units, will be repaired and renovated. Renovations include exterior retrofits, electrical, plumbing, heating, fire safety and energy improvements.
The units are located in the Edmundston, Grand Falls and Campbellton regions and in surrounding areas, including Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska, Saint-Léonard, Drummond, Rivière-Verte, Clair, Paroisse Saint-Hilaire, Saint-Jacques, Verret, Saint-François, Saint-Quentin, Balmoral, Charlo, Kedgwick and Dalhousie.
A new mixed income housing development, Manoir des Appalaches Manor, will create 14 units for low-income seniors including two units for those with disabilities. The units, located on Boucher Street in Campbellton, are being developed by 645079 NB Inc., formerly Rivac Construction Ltd., a private developer. In addition to federal stimulus funding of $560,000, this project will receive $1.1 million in rent supplements from the provincial government to ensure the units occupied by low income households remain affordable.
Manoir des Appalaches Manor is being built to high energy-efficiency standards, and the developer will hold consultations with Efficiency NB. Builders of affordable housing projects for low-income earners may receive an incentive of $2,000 per apartment unit if the building is heated by low greenhouse-gas-emission technologies as approved by Efficiency NB.
In all, funding of more than $4.4 million is being invested in construction and renovation. Of this amount, $2.7 million will be invested in repairs and renovations, while $1.7 million will be invested in the construction of new affordable housing units.
Federal funding is being made available through Canada's Economic Action Plan, Ottawa's plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs during the global recession. The federal and provincial governments are contributing equally to an 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
The province's housing strategy, Hope is a Home, is a five-year plan to reduce poverty by making housing more affordable. The strategy recognizes the need to build new units to serve the need for affordable housing, create mixed income neighbourhoods, revitalize old neighbourhoods and repair and renovate older housing stock.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of major renovation and construction projects in northwestern New Brunswick follows. MEDIA CONTACTS: Tracey Burkhardt, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-444-2416; Patricia Montreuil, communications and marketing, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., 506-851-2229.
Major renovation and construction projects in northwestern New Brunswick