DUCK LAKE, SASKATCHEWAN, September 14, 2016 — A family in central Saskatchewan is closer to realizing the dream of home ownership following a funding announcement in Duck Lake today.
The Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan and Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) have partnered to support the construction of a new three-bedroom bungalow in the Town of Duck Lake, about 90 kilometres north of Saskatoon.
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Delbert Kirsch, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Batoche, on behalf of the Honourable Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), and Jan Adamson, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity, Prince Albert, made the announcement today.
- The house, a three-bedroom bungalow located at 405 6th street in Duck Lake, will be approximately 1,000 square feet or 93 square metres.
- Construction is scheduled to be complete in June of 2017.
- The Federal and Provincial Governments, through CMHC and SHC, are jointly contributing about $56,000 towards the construction of the home under the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) Agreement.
- In total, Habitat for Humanity has been allocated $1 million in IAH funding to support the construction of 18 homes in Saskatchewan – one in Duck Lake, two in Prince Albert, five in Saskatoon and ten in Regina.
“Our government remains committed to making significant investments in affordable housing, strengthening Canadian communities, creating jobs and growing the middle class and those fighting hard to join it. With our partners, we are providing an affordable and better place for families to live, and building a strong foundation for our economic future. Congratulations to Habitat for Humanity, the family, and everyone involved.”
“The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to helping provide safe and affordable housing options for people in our province. That’s why we are pleased to help make the dream of home ownership a reality for families like this one through our partnership with the federal government and Habitat for Humanity.”
“We are very excited about our fourth build in the Town of Duck Lake. We would like to thank SHC, CMHC and our federal government for their continued support. This home will be built in partnership with Corrections Canada and the Willow Cree healing lodge, which will benefit Habitat as well as the men who obtain vocational training on our build sites. Most importantly, this project will enable a hard-working single mom and her two young daughters to have a safe, stable and affordable opportunity for home ownership.”
- CMHC has been helping Canadians meet their housing needs for more than 70 years. As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry. Prudent risk management, strong corporate governance and transparency are cornerstones of CMHC’s operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642.
- In October 2012, the Government of Saskatchewan released the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: Vision 2020 and Beyond, which sets out the Government’s vision for a province of 1.2 million people by 2020. The Plan identifies principles, goals and actions to ensure Saskatchewan is capturing the opportunities and meeting the challenges of a growing province. Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested almost $700 million to develop and repair more than 14,600 homes around the province.
- Habitat is a non-profit organization working toward a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. The organization mobilizes volunteers and partners to build homes that provide families of low-income with access to affordable homeownership. To learn more about Habitat and their work across Saskatchewan, visit www.habitat.ca.
- Canadians are invited to help shape the National Housing Strategy by joining the conversation on www.LetsTalkHousing.ca. Your ideas will help shape the future of housing in Canada.
Public Affairs Advisor, CMHC
Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services