LA LOCHE, SASKATCHEWAN, August 16, 2016 — The construction of a new affordable rental housing project in the Village of La Loche officially broke ground today.
The 14-unit project will be built in La Loche’s new subdivision and consists of three 2-bedroom duplexes (six units) and two 3-bedroom duplexes (four units) for families, in addition to one 1-bedroom four-plex (fours unit) for singles.
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Honourable Donna Harpauer, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, and His Worship Kevin Janvier, Mayor of the Village of La Loche, made the announcement today.
- Methy Housing Corporation and Methy Construction and Maintenance Corporation are two non-profits owned by the municipality. Together they provide property management, project management and construction services in La Loche, including this project.
- The federal and provincial governments, through CMHC and SHC, are jointly contributing about $1.4 million towards the construction of the 14 units under the Canada-Saskatchewan Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH 2014-2019) Agreement.
- The funding balance of approximately $630,000 will be provided by private lender financing and community contributions (cash, land and in-kind).
- The 2-bedroom duplexes are 1,600 square feet per unit or 149.64 square metres with the 3-bedroom duplexes at 1,800 square feet per unit or 167.23 square metres and the 1-bedroom four-plex at 608 square feet per unit or 56.49 square metres.
- Completion is targeted for fall 2017.
"Our government is determined to find meaningful, durable solutions to the challenges facing the community, and to do that by listening from the bottom up, not by imposing from the top down. Today's groundbreaking is an important step forward to help those most in need build better lives in La Loche."
"The social and community benefits that will be realized as a result of the construction of these 14 new homes are substantial. These units will target households in need and follow through on our Government’s promise to improve the social and economic conditions in La Loche. We are pleased to work with La Loche and other key stakeholders to put this plan into action and keep Saskatchewan strong."
"The federal and provincial governments support and commitment to La Loche’s housing needs is most welcome and appreciated. The development of these rental units, through a partnership agreement with Methy Housing Corporation, will also have a significant impact in our community by alleviating overcrowded situations, creating local training and employment opportunities, and stimulating our local economy through spending by construction workers on local goods and services."
- 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, provide support for Canadians in housing need, and offer unbiased housing research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry. Prudent risk management, strong corporate governance and transparency are cornerstones of our 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.
- AFSC is dedicated to providing services that support and empower families, children, and youth to attain a healthy lifestyle in the many aspects of their life, including the home, work/job, education/training, spiritual, and recreational. The AFSC believes the importance of individual and family well-being is a foundation for both strong families and communities and economic growth. For more information: www.afscregina.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
Government of Saskatchewan