Canada invests in Montreal affordable housing

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The federal government announced funding commitments for three affordable housing projects in the Montreal area, valued at $27.6 million. One of those projects, Premiere Porte, by the Société de Gestion Querbes, will provide housing for 78 families and individuals, in addition to offering support services to assist newcomers with their integration. These services will be offered in partnership with the Regroupement R.O.M.E.L.

“Through the Government of Canada’s historic National Housing Strategy, more Canadians will find safe, accessible and affordable housing in communities where their families can thrive and their children can learn and grow,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for CMHC. “The first group of projects announced today through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, are part of our government’s decade-long commitment to making housing more affordable. I am proud to be part of a government that has a long-term vision and works in a spirit of collaboration with all partners to enable all Canadians to build a better life for themselves and their community.”

“Our government is working to make housing more affordable here in Montreal and across Canada so that families don’t have to choose between paying rent and paying for groceries,” added Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic-Cartierville. “Première Porte is a great example of this. Families should be able to live, grow and work in a neighbourhood that meets their needs, and have the stability and opportunities enabling them to succeed. Investing in housing is investing in our future – it’s good for the well-being of our families, our communities and our country as a whole.”

The Première Porte project, located in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville neighbourhood of Montréal has a projected construction cost of $16.3 million. The new building will achieve an energy savings of 26.1 per cent and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 26.9 percent compared to 2015. All units and common areas will be accessible through universal design and 17 units will be fully accessible. At least 24 units will be affordable and will have a rent representing 80 per cent of the median market rent.

With a total budget of $13.2 billion, NHCF— a pillar initiative of the National Housing Strategy— gives priority to projects that help those in greatest need, including women and children fleeing family violence, seniors, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, those dealing with mental health and addictions, Veterans and young adults
Through the NHCF, the Government of Canada will work with partners to build up to 60,000 new affordable homes and repair up to 240,000 existing affordable and community homes over the next 10 years.

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