Social Infrastructure Spending Strengthens Communities and Grows the Economy in Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, October 11, 2016 — The Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, along with the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced measures to give Canadians greater access to more affordable housing. These measures include the doubling of current funding under the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH), supporting affordable housing for seniors and victims of family violence, and addressing repairs of existing social housing. The total amount being invested in this initiative is $48.9 million.

Federal Budget 2016 investments in affordable housing will provide targeted support to those who need it most, including in Newfoundland and Labrador, and create good jobs that help grow Canada’s economy in a clean and sustainable way. The federal and provincial governments will work together to quickly deliver the new funding.

Quick Facts:

  • A new investment of $34.6 million from the federal government and $14.3 million from the provincial government will help the people of Newfoundland and Labrador in need access affordable housing.
  • The new two-year funding includes:
    • $5.7 million to support the construction, repair and adaption of affordable housing for seniors;
    • $3.3 million to support the construction and renovation of shelters and transition houses for victims of family violence;
    • $11.2 million to help address the increasing demand for repairs as social housing units age, and to improve efficiency and reduce energy and water use; and,
    • $28.6 million as part of the commitment to double funding levels under the IAH.
  • The funding is in addition to $68 million joint five-year funding provided by the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador under the IAH agreement to help create more affordable housing options in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is responsible for choosing the programs they design and deliver, and also has the flexibility to invest in a range of affordable housing programs in order to meet local needs.

Quotes:

“Our Government remains committed to making significant investments in affordable housing, strengthening Canadian communities and helping create jobs and grow the middle class and those fighting hard to join it. Families, seniors and individuals are our Government’s priority when it comes to building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future.”
— Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement

“Ensuring the long-term availability of safe, affordable housing for those most in need is a priority for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Today’s funding announcement will serve to improve the housing stock for people who require it, and will provide a significant economic stimulus to cultivate a stronger, more prosperous society.”
— Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“This major housing infrastructure investment is critical to our province. We are pleased to partner with our federal counterparts and this agreement demonstrates commitment from both levels of government to help address housing issues.”
— Sherry Gambin-Walsh, Minister Children, Seniors and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation.

Stay Connected:

  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (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 CMHC on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • Canadians are invited to help shape a National Housing Strategy by joining the conversation on www.LetsTalkHousing.ca. Your ideas will contribute to the future of housing in Canada.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation is the province’s largest landlord with over 5,500 rental units province-wide and is home to approximately 12,000 people. For more information on Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation programs, visit: http://www.nlhc.nf.ca/programs/programs.html.

Media Contacts:

Émilie Gauduchon
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Duclos
819-654-5546
Emilie.Gauduchon@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Danielle Tsimiklis
Public Affairs
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
902-426-7470
dtsimikl@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Jenny Bowring
Manager of Corporate Communications
Newfoundland and Labrador
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca

Michelle Cannizzaro
Media Relations Manager
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960
michellecannizzaro@gov.nl.ca

Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications (Seniors and Wellness)
Department Children, Seniors and
Social Development
709-729-1928, 697-5267
rogerscaplen@gov.nl.ca

Backgrounder:

Investments in Affordable Housing in Canada

Measures over the next two years to give Canadians greater access to more affordable housing include:

  • Doubling of the current IAH funding levels by the Government of Canada and provinces and territories, to more than $1 billion over two years, starting in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.
  • Through the IAH, the Government of Canada is also providing over two years:
    • $200.1 million to support the construction, repair and adaption of affordable housing for seniors;
    • $89.9 million to support victims of family violence, and the construction and renovation of shelters and transition houses; and,
    • $177.7 millioni to address the housing needs in the North and Inuit communities.
    • $490 million for retrofits and renovations of social housing units in Canada. This funding is in addition to the $77.7 million being delivered by the Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

i Part of this funding will be delivered through Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).

The Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced measures to give Canadians greater access to more affordable housing.

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