Sixty-four low-income families are pleased with improvements to their housing project in Fredericton’s north side following major retrofits funded through Canada’s Economic Action Plan (CEAP).
Owned and operated by New Brunswick Housing Corporation, the 40-year-old two-storey affordable row houses were in major need of repair. The Governments of Canada and New Brunswick provided more than $2 million in CEAP funding to install and upgrade new windows and doors, add new siding and make repairs to the sidewalks and driveways. Work was completed in the summer of 2010.
“The little things have made a big difference,” said resident Tammy MacMaster. “Now that the driveway’s fixed, the kids are riding their bikes on it. If your environment looks good, you’ll go outside and interact with others. Everyone wants their house to look good, so they take more pride in keeping their own yard clean.”
CEAP included a federal investment of $1 billion over two years to renovate and retrofit existing social housing in Canada. Of this amount, $850 million was delivered – and cost-matched – by the provinces and territories through amendments to existing affordable housing agreements. The remaining $150 million was delivered by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) for social housing it directly administers off-reserve.