REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN, July 28, 2016 — The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, along with the City of Regina and Gabriel Housing Corporation, today celebrated the official opening of six new rental units for families with complex needs.
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), Muhammad Fiaz, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Regina Pasqua on behalf of the Honourable Donna Harpauer, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), His Worship Michael Fougere, Mayor of the City of Regina, and Doug Moran, Chief Executive Officer of Gabriel Housing Corporation, made the announcement today.
The building consists of 2 two-bedroom units, 2 three-bedroom units and 2 four-bedroom units. Located at 2059 Edward Street, the six unit facility will serve Regina and surrounding area and include support services that empower families to attain a healthy lifestyle in many aspects of their lives including the home, employment and education/training, as well as spiritual and recreational needs.
- The federal and provincial governments, through CMHC and SHC, are jointly contributing $810,000 under the $92 million Canada-Saskatchewan Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) 2014-2019 Agreement.
- Gabriel Housing Corporation provided a combined contribution of $758,000 in mortgage financing and land equity. The City of Regina contributed $90,000 towards the project.
- Gabriel Housing Corporation strives to contribute, manage and administer affordable and safe housing to Métis urban dwellers.
- Gabriel Housing Corporation and Aboriginal Family Services Centre (AFSC) have signed a Service/Rental Agreement for the building.
“Through investments in affordable housing, our Government is providing assistance to those who need it most here in Saskatchewan and in all corners of the country. With our partners, we are providing a helping hand for families in need, and in doing so, we are contributing to the economic and social well-being of the entire community.”
“We are proud to work with the Government of Canada, the City of Regina and Gabriel Housing Corporation to help families secure housing with the supports that they require. Our Government is working hard to meet the need for affordable and diverse housingin this province. This is just one more project that will help us reach our goal on reducing poverty and keep Saskatchewan strong.”
“Gabriel Housing provides a very special, much-needed service to our citizens. Having access to not only affordable housing but also built-in support services can be a life-changing opportunity for those in need. The City of Regina is so proud to be able to contribute to such a worthy undertaking.”
“It is with great pleasure that along with our partners, the Government of Canada, Saskatchewan Housing Corporation and the City of Regina, we are able to provide another six affordable family units to the Aboriginal community in Regina. The new units will enable Gabriel Housing Corporation to further meet the demand for quality, safe and affordable housing, reduce the number of Aboriginal families on our wait list and provide the necessary support services to the families so that they can maintain and live in a healthy home environment.”
- 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.
- 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.
Government of Saskatchewan