WEYBURN, SASKATCHEWAN, July 7, 2017 —The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, along with the City of Weyburn and Van Bee Holdings Ltd., officially opened Dominic Place, a 14-unit rental housing project that will support households with complex needs in Weyburn.

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Energy and Resources and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Weyburn-Big Muddy, on behalf of the Honourable Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), His Worship Marcel Roy, Mayor of the City of Weyburn, and Mel Van Betuw, President of Van Bee Holdings Ltd., made the announcement today.

Quick facts:

  • The federal and provincial governments, through CMHC and SHC, jointly contributed $480,000 towards 12 of the 14 units through the Capital Rent Subsidy (CRS) under the Canada-Saskatchewan Investment in Affordable Housing (2014-2019) Agreement.
  • SHC also provided $70,000 under the Rental Construction Incentive to the City of Weyburn to match municipal funding for the 14-unit project, totaling $140,000.
  • Van Bee Holdings Ltd. provided about $1.6 million in the form of cash/equity and mortgage financing for the housing component.
  • Dominic Place, located at 433 4th Street North East in Weyburn, is part new construction and part conversion/renovation of St. Dominic School. The project also contains commercial lease space, bringing the total project cost to $3.4 million.
  • Of the 12 CRS subsidized rental units, nine are located on the second floor and are of new construction, with the remaining three located on the main floor. The bachelor and one-bedroom units range in size from 399 square feet (37 square meters) to 772 square feet (71.7 square meters).
  • Weyburn Mental Health and Van Bee Holdings Ltd. partnered together to provide access to affordable housing units for tenants over the age of 18 who require supports.
  • This investment supports Saskatchewan’s Poverty Reduction Strategy goal of ensuring Saskatchewan people have access to affordable, safe, secure and stable housing.

“Our Government is working with partners in local communities like Weyburn all across Canada to ensure people in need have access to safe and affordable housing. The opening of Dominic Place is an example of all three levels of government and our private sector partners coming together to help people with complex needs have access to affordable rental housing. The Government of Canada looks forward to continue working with the Province of Saskatchewan and local partners to provide stable housing for all those who require it.”
— Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
“Our government is pleased to work with our partners to support Saskatchewan people in greatest housing need. Dominic Place adds 14 safe, quality homes that are affordable and will meet the needs of individuals and families for years to come. This is a perfect example of what can be accomplished when we invest in properties, and our future.”
— Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Energy and Resources and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Weyburn-Big Muddy
“The City of Weyburn Council and I are extremely happy to see a project like this come to fruition. The opening of Dominic Place allows those in need of supports to live independent lives in quality homes at an affordable cost. We are very proud to be a part of something that will help those who need it the most.”
— His Worship Marcel Roy, Mayor, City of Weyburn
“I am grateful for this opportunity to partner with the various levels of government to bring the concept of this project to reality. Taking this existing school, renovating and modernizing it, will provide affordable housing to our community for years to come. In the past my father was committed to providing quality affordable housing and Dominic Place has given me the opportunity to continue this tradition.”
— Mel Van Betuw, President, Van Bee Holdings Ltd.

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  • 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 or follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • 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 over $750 million to develop or repair more than 15,500 housing units across our province.

Media contacts:

Émilie Gauduchon
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Duclos

Leya Moore
Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services

Young Ong
Public Affairs Advisor, CMHC

Date Published: July 7, 2017