LÉVIS, QUEBEC, July 20, 2017 — The governments of Canada and Quebec today marked the start of construction of the Espace Marie-Victorin in Lévis. This is the largest affordable housing construction project ever carried out in Lévis. Once completed, the three buildings will provide 104 units for individuals, families and independent and semi-independent seniors.
Construction of the Espace Marie-Victorin should be completed in the summer of 2018. This housing project of more than $23.5 million, developed by the Coopérative de solidarité Espace Marie-Victorin, is located on the site of the former city hall in Saint-Nicolas. In addition to including affordable units, the housing project will have spaces to house three community organizations.
The ceremony took place in the presence of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; Dominique Vien, Minister responsible for Labour, Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region, Deputy Government House Leader and MNA for Bellechasse, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region; and Gilles Lehouillier, Mayor of Lévis.
“Our government is proud to work in partnership on the development of the Coopérative de solidarité Espace Marie-Victorin. Seeing the construction of this long-awaited residential community begin is a source of pride for the community and for us all. 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.”
“The Government of Quebec is proud to provide financial support to the largest affordable housing construction project in Lévis. I congratulate the directors of the Coopérative de solidarité Espace Marie-Victorin for putting forward this project that will improve the living conditions of disadvantaged people. It is projects like these that contribute to the social and economic development of an entire community.”
“The City of Lévis is proud of this community initiative, supported by the Coopérative de solidarité Espace Marie-Victorin, to increase the supply of affordable housing on its territory. Today, we take another step in showcasing our traditional areas with the goal of offering low-cost quality housing. These new 104 units will be be added to the 740 units that have already been built in partnership with the Société d’habitation du Québec since 2002.”
- Through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ), the governments of Canada and Quebec are providing over $7.4 million for the construction of these buildings, under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
- The City of Lévis contributed nearly $4.5 million for the development of this project.
- More than $1.3 million in additional financial assistance over five years, assumed by the SHQ (90%) and the City of Lévis (10%), will enable the tenants of 77 of the 104 units to benefit from the Rent Supplement program, ensuring that they will not pay more than 25% of their income on housing.
- An amount of nearly $240,000 was granted by the Bureau de l’efficacité et de l’innovation énergétiques of the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles to ensure that the buildings would meet Novoclimat certification standards.
- CMHC has been helping Canadians meet their housing needs for more than 70 years. As Canada’s authority on housing, we contribute to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provide support for Canadians in housing need, and offer unbiased housing research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry. Prudent risk management, strong corporate governance and transparency are cornerstones of our operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642.
- The mission of the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ) is to facilitate citizens’ access to adequate housing. 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
Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region
Office of the Minister responsible for Labour and Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region
Office of the Mayor, City of Lévis
Manager, Ministerial Events
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Société d’habitation du Québec
418-643-4035, ext. 1113