REPENTIGNY, QUEBEC, September 18, 2017 — The official opening of Havre du Petit Village took place today, in Repentigny. The four-storey building will provide 100 affordable housing units for semi-independent seniors. The development of this project, which required investments of over $18.5 million, is an initiative of the Coopérative de solidarité Havre du Petit Village.
Featuring multiple common spaces that encourage mutual support and interaction, Havre du Petit Village provides a dynamic living environment for its occupants. In addition to a large community hall with views over the gardens outside, it contains, among other things, facilities for family meetings, a movie theatre, an art studio and a library featuring over 1,000 volumes.
The official opening of the new building was underscored by the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Present were: Mr. Dominic Cousineau, Director of Social Housing, Western and Southern Quebec from the Société d’habitation du Québec on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region; and Chantal Deschamps, Mayor of Repentigny.
“Our government is committed to helping seniors in Repentigny and throughout the country. Projects like this one are providing safe, affordable housing to many residents in our community while creating jobs and stimulating our economy.”
“Through its financial support of this important project, the Government of Quebec is helping semi-independent seniors right here. I applaud this initiative by the Coopérative de solidarité Havre du Petit Village and its partners. Thanks to their determination, we can proceed with the official opening of these new housing units that will help to improve living conditions for the citizens of Repentigny.”
“To me, Havre du Petit Village is a beautiful and thriving living environment where autonomy and civic participation come out loud and clear. A community initiative, this significant project is now the largest housing co-operative in the Lanaudière region. We should be proud of this great community partnership.”
- Through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ), the governments of Canada and Quebec provided more than $6.5 million for the construction of this housing project, under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
- The City of Repentigny provided over $1.9 million for the development of this project. This amount was reimbursed by the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) through the Fonds du logement social, to which contribute the 82 member municipalities.
- An amount of over $198,000 was granted by Transition énergétique Québec to ensure that the building would meet Novoclimat certification standards.
- The tenants of 50 of the 100 units of this housing project will benefit from the Rent Supplement Program, ensuring that they will not spend more than 25% of their income on housing. This additional assistance of more than $860,000 over five years will be assumed by the SHQ (90%) and the City of Repentigny (10%). The City’s share is reimbursed by the CMM.
- 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.
Office of Minister Duclos
Director of Communications and Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Société d’habitation du Québec
418-643-4035, ext. 1113