THUNDER BAY – “Every Canadian, no matter their age, physical abilities, or background, deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. It’s investments like this that give Canada’s middle class and those working hard to join it a fair chance at success,” states Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce, and Labour and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North.
“Our government is happy to help build homes for more than 100 individuals and families, not just in Thunder Bay, but in communities large and small across Northwestern Ontario. We know that a home is the foundation for so much in our lives – it’s where we raise our families and build our communities and we are proud to be a part of this investment to open up housing opportunities for people who need it most,” says Steve Clark, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
More people will now have a place to call home in Northwestern Ontario. The federal and provincial governments are investing over $14.4 million to create 127 more affordable housing units through the Canada-Ontario Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) agreement.
The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North and Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, 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), along with the Honourable Steve Clark, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, made the announcement on Tuesday.
The announcement took place at Northern Linkage Community Housing at 210 Algoma Street South, which will provide 24 units of affordable rental housing funded by the IAH program.
Other affordable housing developments throughout Northwestern Ontario were also celebrated at the event.
- Northern Linkage Community Housing contains 24 one-bedroom rental units, three of which are fully accessible.
- 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, Ontario and the federal government 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 and 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, LinkedIn and Facebook.
- Ontario is committed to increasing housing supply across the province, while getting the best value for taxpayers. Cutting red tape will bring housing to market faster – leading to lower housing costs and helping people keep more of their hard-earned dollars. For more information on affordable housing in Ontario, visit ontario.ca/affordablehousing or follow us on Twitter.
- To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.