Launch of the Lesage housing project in Gatineau
GATINEAU, QUEBEC, August 24, 2017 — The governments of Canada and Quebec today, in Gatineau, marked the start of construction on the Lesage housing project in the Hull sector. This project, estimated at nearly $12 million, will add 49 affordable housing units for semi-independent seniors.
This project received more than $3.7 million in funding from the governments of Canada and Quebec under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement. The City of Gatineau is also participating in the project by providing a financial contribution of over $1.4 million. This housing project is an initiative of the organization Logements de l’Outaouais.
The announcement was made today by Greg Fergus, Member of Parliament for Hull–Aylmer, 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 Maryse Gaudreault, Second Vice-President of the National Assembly and Member for Hull, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region. They were accompanied by Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor of Gatineau.
“Our government is proud to participate in the creation of these 49 affordable housing units to help those most in need, here in Gatineau. Congratulations to all the partners who contributed to the development of this project. Affordable housing provides much more than a roof over someone’s head; it improves the quality of life of the residents and contributes to the well-being of the whole community. Our investments help Canadians build better lives for themselves, their families and their children and also contribute to the prosperity of our country.”
— Greg Fergus, Member of Parliament for Hull–Aylmer
“Today, the Government of Quebec is pleased to highlight its participation in this major project involving the construction of 49 affordable housing units in the riding of Hull that was initiated by the dynamic team of the organization Logements de l’Outaouais. This type of housing adapted to a specific client group demonstrates our constant commitment to improve the living conditions of citizens in all regions of Quebec.”
— Maryse Gaudreault, Second Vice-President of the National Assembly and Member for Hull
“We are always saying that the need for social and community housing is significant in Gatineau. But with the assistance and active participation of all the partners, we are moving toward our objective of providing all residents of Gatineau with access to adequate, accessible housing. Thanks to all the partners involved, especially the organization Logements de l’Outaouais, which initiated and led this project.”
— Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor of Gatineau
- The work, which will be completed in the spring of 2018, involves the construction of a six-storey structure on the parking lot of a 100-unit building on Mutchmore Street—a building that is in fact owned by the organization Logements de l’Outaouais. Walkways will link the two buildings.
- The housing complex, which will comprise a total of 147 units, will include a new indoor parking garage.
- The tenants of the 49 new units will benefit from the Rent Supplement program, which will allow them to pay a rent corresponding to 25% of their income. This additional financial assistance of more than $843,000 over five years will be assumed by the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ) (90%) and the City of Gatineau (10%).
- An amount of nearly $98,000 is being granted by Transition énergétique Québec to ensure that the building will meet Novoclimat certification standards.
- 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 its operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642.
- The SHQ’s mission is to facilitate citizens’ access to appropriate housing conditions. Thanks to its programs and many partners, the SHQ helps more than 229,000 Quebec households. To get more information on the programs and services offered by the SHQ, to find out more about its activities and achievements or to get advice on housing, visit www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca/english.html.
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