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Armitage Gardens Celebrates Official Opening

NEWMARKET, Ontario, September 14, 2004 — The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the Regional Municipality of York celebrated the official opening of Armitage Gardens today, the first project built in York Region under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.

The $8.4 million project, including $1.56 million from the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program, will provide 58 apartments of affordable housing for low-income residents in York Region. The project also features Alternative Community Living Program services in 26 apartments for seniors and adults with disabilities.

Susan Kadis, MP for Thornhill, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing, the Honourable David Caplan, Ontario's Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal; and York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch attended today's ceremony.

"Quality, affordable housing is what the partnership between the Governments of Canada and Ontario and our other partners aim to produce because of our shared vision for the people of this province," said MP Susan Kadis. "Housing projects such as this one in Newmarket will help us ensure that our seniors continue to lead active and independent lives."

"The McGuinty government is committed to strengthening Ontario's communities, and to providing our citizens with a quality of life that is second to none," said Minister Caplan. "Decent, affordable housing is one of the keys to a better quality of life, and that is why our government is taking a much more active role in providing affordable housing for needy people in the province."

"The official opening of Armitage Gardens in York Region is a milestone in the progress of our Housing Supply Strategy," said Chair Fisch. "Through the Strategy, the Region is committed to directly supply 100 new homes per year and another 100 indirectly by engaging the private and not-for-profit sectors. Thanks to our partners at the federal and provincial governments, together we are making this happen."

"Armitage Gardens allows me to live independently in a lovely apartment overlooking the garden," said Douglas Stewart, a resident of Armitage Gardens.

Today's federal and provincial allocation will be complemented by $1.5 million in direct capital funding from York Region, and long-term financing of $3 million. The Town of Newmarket also reduced municipal fees and charges. Armitage Gardens is operated by Housing York Inc., York Region's housing corporation.

In York Region, the Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), has contributed $1.45 million through the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Agreement and $1.84 million through the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP).

The project is part of a five-year commitment that will create affordable housing units in Ontario. This partnership combines Government of Canada funding of $245 million with matching contributions from the Government of Ontario, municipalities and other private and non-profit partners.

For further information please contact:

Peter Graham
Office of Minister Fontana
(613) 953-5646

Ross Parry
Office of Minister Caplan
(416) 325-1657

Wendy Lewis
York Region
(905) 830-4444 or
(416) 297-9696, Ext. 1238

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