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Governments of Canada, Manitoba, and Winnipeg Commit to 25 More Affordable Housing Units at Centrevillage Housing

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, October 14, 2009 — The Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg are making a joint investment to create new affordable housing for Canadians.

The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Provencher, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Honourable Gord Mackintosh, Minister of Family Services and Housing, and Mike Pagtakhan, City of Winnipeg Councillor for the Point Douglas Ward, made the announcement today in Winnipeg.

“The Government of Canada is committed to helping Canadians in Winnipeg and across Canada access quality, affordable housing,” said Minister Toews. “Through this investment, CentreVenture will be able to offer low-income families and individuals more rental housing options and an opportunity to start a new chapter in their lives.”

All three levels of government are supporting the construction of a new $3.7 million, 25 unit apartment complex located in downtown Winnipeg. Construction of CentreVillage is underway and the building will be ready for tenants in the summer of 2010.

“Manitoba has a long history of welcoming and supporting new Canadians and there's nothing more important than having a safe, affordable place to live,” said Minister Mackintosh. “Today's announcement builds on other recent commitments and demonstrates that when we work together with the community we can really make a difference.”

Today's announcement includes more than $1.85 million in funding through the Canada – Manitoba Affordable Housing Program, Manitoba Housing's HOMEWorks program, and the City of Winnipeg.

Representing Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz, Councillor Mike Pagtakhan said, “Winnipeg is, above all, a city where people genuinely care about their neighbourhoods, and each other. The City is proud to be a partner and investor in CentreVillage, because the housing opportunities it will provide to residents of the Central Park area are in our community's best tradition of neighbours helping neighbours.”

“CentreVenture Development Corporation is pleased to see CentreVillage housing become a reality. We are working with our community based partners, Knox Centre, to increase the variety of housing options in the Central Park neighbourhood.” said Ross McGowan, CEO of CentreVenture Development Corporation “as the City of Winnipeg's downtown development agency we appreciate the value that strong and diverse neighbourhoods contribute to our downtown.”

In Winnipeg, these investments are being delivered through the Winnipeg Housing and Homelessness Initiative (WHHI), a partnership between the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg. The partners work together to deliver funding provided through each level of government for affordable housing, to address homelessness, and to assist in the revitalization of Winnipeg's older neighbourhoods by providing rehabilitation and repair loans.

These investments are part of the Government of Canada's $1.9-billion commitment for housing and homelessness for low-income Canadians. As part of this investment the Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI), the renovation programs for low-income households and Homelessness Partnering Strategy were renewed for two years to March 31, 2011. In Manitoba, these initiatives are jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments through contributions totaling over $34 million for the next two years.

For further information, please contact:

Michelle Bakos
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Finley
Tel.: 819-994-2482

Kimberlee Jones
CMHC - Communications
Tel.: 403-515-3048

City of Winnipeg Media Inquiry Line
Tel.: 204-986-6000

Glen Cassie
Manitoba Housing, Communication Services MB
Tel.: 204-945-0750

Media Relations
Tel.: 819-994-5559

News source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)


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