KENORA – Bob Nault, Member of Parliament (Kenora riding), on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), announced several federal government investments to increase the number of affordable housing units in the Kenora riding.
“More seniors, adults with disabilities, and Indigenous people will now have a place to call home in our riding,” stated Nault. “Today’s investments provide funding for 53 affordable housing units that will be built or renovated in the communities of Kenora, Dryden, Sioux Lookout, and Red Lake.”
The announcement was part of a larger federal government announcement across Northwestern Ontario, which saw investments by the federal and provincial governments of over $14.4 million from the Investment in Affordable Housing fund (IAH) to create 127 affordable housing units.
The IAH partners with federal and provincial/territorial governments to provide tailored programming to best address local housing needs. Programs must fit one or more of the following criteria: create new construction, address affordability, improve and preserve quality or, foster safe, independent living.
“Northerners and Canadians alike deserve a safe, affordable, accessible place to call home,” concluded Nault. “While we still have much more to do, this investment is a step in a right direction towards providing affordable housing in our communities.”
Kenora Riding Housing Projects
|Dryden 49 King Street||4||$439,847.12||Renovation of rental units in Dryden.|
|DrydenHomeward Bound Phase II||4||$476,000||Conversion from former commercial/industrial to rental housing.|
|Dryden Homeward Bound 24 Eagle Drive:||1||$119,000||Will provide affordable indigenous rental housing, and investments for renovations.
|DrydenHomeward Bound Phase III||6||$595,000||Renovation and creation of additional rental units.|
|Sioux Lookout Transitional Housing and Shelter||20||$2,550,000||The development will be built to ensure there is accessibility for wheelchairs, will be rental housing.|
|Red Lake Second Stage Housing||10||$630,364||The approximately 12,000 sq. ft, 10-unit project will be constructed on two floors and meet a variety of family needs.|
Kenora Knox United Church
|2||$136,705||The space is being converted to an emergency shelter and service hub, that will also include 2 supportive housing units.|
|Kenora Lakeside 6-plex||6||$247,500||Renovation to provide fully accessible rental units.|
|Total Federal Government investments
Additional housing project investments in Northwestern Ontario
|Northern Linkage Community Housing Thunder Bay||24||$2,100,000||–|
|Journey to Life Centre
|Matawa – Coady Avenue Project Thunder Bay||8||$973,708||–|
|Kay Bee Seniors Six-plex
|Kay Bee Seniors Four-plex||4||$500,000||–|
|Pocket Housing Fort Frances||8||$874,875||–|
|Bell Street Complex||4||$500,000||–|
- The fifteen projects across Northwestern Ontario provide homes for individuals, families, seniors, adults with disabilities, families seeking shelter from domestic violence and Indigenous people.
- The governments of Canada and Ontario have partnered together to deliver the IAH program since 2011. Under the IAH, the federal government and Ontario are investing a total of $1.9 billion to improve access to affordable housing across Ontario.
- The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy (NHS)—an ambitious 10-year, $40 billion plan that will create 100,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units, with the goal to reduce chronic homelessness by 50 percent.
- 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. For more information, please visit cmhc.ca or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedInand Facebook.
- To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.