SAINT-ANDRÉ, QUEBEC, September 10, 2017 — The official opening of the Îlot du Coin housing project took place today, in Saint-André. The building will provide eight affordable housing units for low-income families. The development of this project, which required investments of over $1.5 million, is an initiative of the Corporation Domaine Les Pèlerins.
This is the fifth housing project completed by the Corporation Domaine Les Pèlerins, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The eight new affordable housing units all benefit from two bedrooms.
The official opening ceremony was marked today by the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The event took place in the presence of Norbert Morin, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy and Member of the National Assembly for Côte-du-Sud, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region; Christine Martel, Affordable Housing Consultant at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; and Gervais Darisse, President of the Corporation Domaine Les Pèlerins and Mayor of Saint-André.
“Our government is investing in affordable housing here, in Saint-André, and across Canada to help create jobs and improve the quality of life for those who need it most. With our partners, we are providing a helping hand for individuals and families earning a modest income and, in doing so, we are contributing to the economic and social well-being of the entire community.”
“Through its financial support of the Îlot du Coin housing project, the Government of Quebec is helping low-income families right here. I applaud this initiative by the Corporation Domaine Les Pèlerins 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 Saint-André.”
“In a small municipality like Saint-André, citizens have long understood that quality homes bring dignity and quality of life to the people who live in them. And dignity allows people to remain active and to contribute to the development of the community. This is why people have been so generous and have so strongly supported this construction.”
- Through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ), the governments of Canada and Quebec provided more than $1.5 million for the construction of this housing project, under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
- The Municipality of Saint-André contributed $15,000 toward the development of this project.
- An amount of nearly $22,000 was granted by Transition énergétique Québec to ensure that the building would meet Novoclimat certification standards.
- Close to $69,000 in additional financial assistance over five years, assumed by the SHQ (90%) and the Municipality of Saint-André (10%), will enable the tenants of four of the eight units to benefit from the Rent Supplement program, ensuring that they will not spend more than 25% of their income on housing.
- The Regional County Municipality of Kamouraska contributed $10,000 to the development of this project.
- 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
Julien Mercier Caron
Office of the Member of the National Assembly for Côte-du-Sud
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Société d’habitation du Québec
418-643-4035, ext. 1113