Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | April 26, 2010

A Random Act of Kindness?

Canada’s Economic Action Plan Creates Jobs and Improves Social Housing in British Columbia — Victoria

The Government of Canada announced that 39 co-operative housing projects located in British Columbia will receive more than $9.4 million, through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, as part of the social housing renovation and retrofit investments.

The announcement was made at the Waterside Housing Co-operative by the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State for Sport and Member of Parliament for  Saanich – Gulf Island.

“Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, our government is taking action to help ensure our economic recovery and create the conditions for long-term growth,” said Lunn. “Funding renovation and retrofit projects, like this one, will not only improve the quality of life of its residents by keeping their homes safe and affordable, but it will also help stimulate the local economy and create local jobs.”

The Government of Canada, through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, announced $1 billion for social housing renovation and retrofit. Of the $1 billion, $850 million is being delivered by provinces and territories on a cost-matched basis for existing federally assisted social housing projects which they administer on behalf of the partnership.

The remaining $150 million is being delivered by CMHC for existing federally assisted off-reserve housing which it directly administers. Eligible repairs include general improvements, energy efficiency upgrades or conversions, and modifications in support of persons with disabilities.

“The members of the Waterside Housing Co-operative are extremely grateful for CMHC’s approval of our grant application which went to installing new countertops and cupboards in 27 units’ kitchens and bathrooms,” said Susan Barron on behalf of the Waterside Housing Co-operative.

“The renovations have made members feel a strong sense of pride for their homes and we would like to thank the Canadian Government and CMHC for making it possible.”

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