PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN, October 3, 2016 — A Habitat for Humanity family in Prince Albert will soon improve their quality of life through homeownership, with support from the Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan and Habitat for Humanity Prince Albert.
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with the Honourable Joe Hargrave, Minister of Crown Investment Corporation and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Prince Albert Carlton, on behalf of the Honourable Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), and Jan Adamson, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Prince Albert, made the announcement today.
- The house, a two-bedroom bungalow, is under construction at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Institute (Polytech) and will be moved to 726 17th Street West. The main floor, when complete, will total approximately 1,000 square feet or 93 square meters. The basement will be partially finished.
- The Federal and Provincial Governments, through CMHC and SHC, are jointly contributing almost $56,000 towards the construction of the home under the 2016-2018 Social Infrastructure Fund (SIF).In total, Habitat for Humanity has been allocated $1 million in SIF Part A funding to support the construction of 18 homes in Saskatchewan – one in Duck Lake, two in Prince Albert, five in Saskatoon and 10 in Regina.
- The home is the second one built through a partnership between Habitat and Polytech in Prince Albert. The partnership will provide applied education for carpentry students while supporting affordable homeownership options in Prince Albert. Habitat will supply the materials and students will provide labour to construct the home.
- Each partner family selected by Habitat for Humanity contributes 500 partnering hours in building their home, or other Habitat homes.
“Our Government is dedicated to working in partnership with the province and Habitat for Humanity Canada and its affiliates to help address the challenges many families face in finding safe and affordable homes in Prince Albert and across Canada. Congratulations to everyone involved and welcome home to the family.”
“Our Government is pleased to support Habitat’s efforts to strengthen communities and bring homeownership to families, thereby keeping Saskatchewan strong and empowering families to embark on a brighter future. We are pleased to support this important work and, most importantly, help Saskatchewan families in greatest housing need.”
“Prince Albert Habitat for Humanity are pleased to announce our 24th home built in our city. This home will be built in partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and will house a hard working young couple dedicated to their family’s needs and growth. They are very excited to become homeowners, and grateful for the help of Habitat and our community. Habitat would like to recognize the federal and provincial government for continuing to support our projects. The almost $56,000 contribution is a large portion of our build cost, which without we may not be celebrating this new build.”
- 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 contribute to the future of housing in Canada.
Public Affairs Advisor, CMHC
Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services