Federal and Provincial Governments Announce Four Affordable Housing Units in Antigonish
ANTIGONISH, NOVA SCOTIA, July 29, 2016 — The Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are investing $100,000 in the construction of a new four-unit affordable rental housing development in Antigonish through the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement (IAH). The building will consist of two two-bedroom units and two one-bedroom units for low-income seniors, singles or families.
Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova 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), along with the Honourable Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services and the Honourable Randy Delorey, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Antigonish, made the announcement today.
- Federal and provincial governments are investing $100,000 in a four unit development intended for low-income seniors, singles or families located at 2 Riverside Drive in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
- The Antigonish Affordable Housing Society fundraised a significant amount of money from various organizations to make this project a reality:
- The Town of Antigonish is donating the land valued at $70,000.
- The County of Antigonish has pledged $100,000 over five years in support of the development.
- The Canadian Alternate Investment Fund provided a grant of $5,000 toward the development.
- The Sisters of St. Martha provided a cash donation of $100,000.
“The Government of Canada is helping to make affordable housing available in Nova Scotia and across the country for those who need it most. Through this great project in Antigonish, both governments are working to implement local solutions to local housing challenges and helping to meet the needs of low-income seniors, singles and families.”
— Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova
“We’re pleased to support the creation of new affordable housing in the town of Antigonish. This investment will make a real difference in the lives of families and seniors who want to stay right here, in this vibrant community. This project exemplifies what can be achieved through community leadership and strategic partnerships with all levels of government.”
— Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services
“The development we are launching today aims to create affordable housing that is safe, secure, energy-efficient and accessible. Most importantly, it will provide a sense of community for the residents. Research shows that housing like Riverside Estates, when well-designed and maintained, not only helps the families and individuals who live there, but has a positive effect on the entire community. We are so pleased with the support we have received to date, and commit to working hard to provide more affordable housing, since the need in this community is great.”
— Colleen Cameron, Chair of the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society
- 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 operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642.
- 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.
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