Today, the governments of Canada and Québec, as well as the City of Montréal, are proud to officially open Résidence Des Ateliers, the largest project in the history of the Société d’habitation du Québec’s (SHQ) AccèsLogis Québec program. The total investment for this project is more than $112 million.
Featuring 193 units for semi-independent seniors, the new 10-storey building is integrated into the bus terminal of the Rosemont metro station and is also home to an administrative centre for the Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal (OMHM).
The SHQ has granted this project nearly $21 million through its AccèsLogis Québec program, including more than $8.95 million from the federal government through the Canada – Québec bilateral housing agreement. In addition, the SHQ secured the mortgage loan of $62.98 million taken out by the OMHM, the project developer.
Furthermore, the federal government contributed over $9.65 million through the National Housing Co-investment Fund (NHCF). The deployment of the NHCF in Quebec is governed by the Canada – Quebec bilateral housing agreement.
The City of Montréal, for its part, contributed more than $16 million, of which $4.1 million is being refunded by the Montréal Metropolitan Community (MMC) through the social housing fund, to which the region’s 82 municipalities contribute.
“Housing units and buildings must provide Canadians with homes that are safe, decent and affordable. By creating more affordable units like the 193 here at Résidence Des Ateliers, we are moving toward a fairer society where everyone can have adequate housing.”
“Résidence Des Ateliers is the largest project created through the Société d’habitation du Québec’s AccèsLogis Québec program. This joint achievement, very well integrated into the community, illustrates our ability to deliver social and affordable housing that meets special needs. Our government’s financial assistance, along with the contributions of other partners, ensures that seniors, most of whom are low-income, will now benefit from safe and affordable housing. This is another concrete example of our government’s efforts to ensure that more Quebecers can enjoy a quality living environment.”
“The creation of these 193 new social and affordable housing units for semi-independent seniors is excellent news for the metropolis and for the entire Montréal region. These new tenants will be able to enjoy a space that’s adapted to their needs and that allows them to remain in their community.”
“With the opening of Résidence Des Ateliers, we are building hundreds of homes to provide our seniors with safe, affordable housing and a stimulating living environment! Through this, we are pursuing our mission to create more housing and meet housing needs Montreal. This $112 million investment, including nearly $18.6 million from the federal government, is made possible through a partnership between the Government of Canada, the Government of Québec, the City of Montreal and the Office municipal d'habitation de Montréal.”
“This flagship social and affordable housing project will concretely improve the quality of life of seniors, while contributing to the diversity of the neighbourhood. The impact of inflation particularly affects seniors and today, we are proud to inaugurate this long-term project, which will allow them to be housed with dignity and within their means. We have spared no effort to make this project a reality, by investing more than $20 million. We believed in this project and thank all the partners who contributed to it.”
“It is with great pride that we inaugurate this long-awaited final phase of the redevelopment of the former Rosemont municipal workshops site. This achievement will allow nearly 200 households to benefit from long-term affordable housing, while enjoying an exceptional living environment. The Résidence Des Ateliers has all the looks, functions and benefits of what we aspire to and work towards in the development of our city: to offer the best possible quality of life to all Montrealers, regardless of age or income. At a time of housing crisis and real estate boom in the city, the need for housing is immense and there is an urgent need to act, especially for the aging population. The inauguration of the Résidence des Ateliers is timely. It is part of our response to the need for social and affordable housing for the elderly.”
“This complex and ambitious project required the active and committed collaboration of all partners. Its realization would not have been possible without the expertise and creativity of the many experts from the Office municipal d'habitation de Montréal and the government and community services involved over the past ten years. I would like to thank all those who have contributed in any way to this project, which is certainly one of the largest projects in the history of the Office. We are proud of this legacy for future generations.”
- The National Housing Co-investment Fund (NHCF) is a program that provides low-interest loans and forgivable loans for the creation of affordable housing and the repair and renewal of existing affordable and community housing.
- The NHCF gives priority to affordable housing projects that help people who need it most, including women and children fleeing family violence, seniors, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, those with mental health or addiction issues, veterans, young adults, newcomers and those experiencing homelessness.
- An amount of over $8.9 million included in the funding offered by the AccèsLogis Québec program comes from the Canada – Quebec Housing Agreement between Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the SHQ.
- The project is also receiving a grant of nearly $3.4 million from the SHQ's Rénovation Québec program. This assistance is funded equally by the SHQ and the City of Montréal.
- The tenants of 96 of the 193 units will be eligible for the SHQ’s Rent Supplement Program, ensuring that they won’t spend more than 25% of their income on housing. This additional assistance of more than $330,000 per year is covered by the SHQ (90%) and the City of Montréal (10%).
- This project required the significant coordination and involvement of several partners, including the Société de transport de Montréal.
- The OMHM is covering the development costs for the non-residential portion, which amounts to nearly $36.5 million for the construction of its offices.
About Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation:
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 all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. CMHC’s aim is that, by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and that meets their needs. For more information, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
About the Société d’habitation du Québec:
As a housing reference, the SHQ has, as its mission, to meet the housing needs of Quebec citizens through its expertise and services to citizens. It does so by providing affordable and low-rent housing and offering a range of assistance programs to support the construction, renovation and adaptation of homes, as well as access to homeownership. To find out more about its activities, visit www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca/english.html.
For information on this release:
Office of the Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
Press Secretary to the Minister Responsible for Housing
Attachée de presse du comité exécutif
Cabinet de la mairesse de Montréal
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Société d’habitation du Québec