CANADA AND ONTARIO BUILD OVER 30 AFFORDABLE HOMES IN MILTON
Today, Adam Van Koeverden, Member of Parliament for Milton, on behalf of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, alongside the Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for Ontario, and Honourable Parm Gill, Minister of Red Tape Reduction and Member of Provincial Parliament for Milton, announced a combined investment of over $4.8 million which built 34 not-for-profit affordable homes in Milton.
Located at 70 Ontario Street and owned and operated by the Catherton Charitable Foundation, the building features 83 one and two-bedroom units – 34 of which are funded by Canada and Ontario.
Residents of the building include individuals, families and seniors paying affordable rent, as well as fixed- and low-income residents receiving various levels of rent assistance and subsidies. The project supports intensification of Milton’s Urban Growth Centre and has added a new, separate four-storey apartment building to the west portion of an existing residential property.
This investment is made through initiatives of the Canada-Ontario Bilateral Agreement under the National Housing Strategy and the funding includes:
• $563,439 from the Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative (OPHI)
• $435,043 from the Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative (COCHI)
• $900,000 from the Canada-Ontario Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) agreement
• $2,923,036 from Social Infrastructure Fund (SIF)
“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Through the National Housing Strategy and our partnership with Ontario, we have built 34 affordable homes for low-income individuals and families in Milton, who now have a home that meets their needs. These investments will help us build stronger communities by making life more affordable for those most in need. This is one of the many ways the Government of Canada’s National Housing Strategy is ensuring that no one is left behind.” – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
“The Government of Canada is investing in affordable housing here in Milton and across Canada to ensure everyone has an affordable place to live, while improving the quality of life for those who need it most. Our focus is on meeting the needs of vulnerable groups, including seniors and women and their children, by providing them with safe, accessible and affordable housing options that meet their unique needs.” – Adam van Koeverden, Member of Parliament for Milton
“Our government is proud to invest in the creation of new affordable housing in Milton and across Ontario. These 34 new units are part of a larger development that will meet our growing community’s housing needs, in line with our government’s plan to increase housing supply so more people are able to find a home they can afford.” – The Honourable Parm Gill, Minister of Red Tape Reduction and Member of Provincial Parliament for Milton
“These 34 new units will make a life-changing difference for the residents, and I am proud that they were made possible through a collaborative investment by the Ontario and federal governments. This project is a good example of our government’s commitment to tackle homelessness and the housing supply crisis across Ontario – including through our historic levels of increased funding for homelessness prevention.” – The Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for Ontario
“Every dollar counts when it comes to building more homes that will make a real difference for families and seniors. By working together, we’re able to provide Milton residents with more than housing- we’re giving them the stability, foundation and support that empowers residents to truly thrive.” – The Honourable Nina Tangri, Ontario’s Associate Minister of Housing
“This combined federal and provincial funding supports the Region’s commitment to providing safe and accessible housing that meets the diverse needs of residents, as outlined in our Comprehensive Housing Strategy for 2014-2024. Thank you to Minister Clark and MP van Koeverden for this important investment in Milton through the Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative, Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative, Social Infrastructure Fund and the Investment in Affordable Housing Extension. This funding has been critical in supporting the creation of much needed affordable housing in our Region.” – Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair
“The Town of Milton is committed to working with government partners to address the need for a variety of housing options. Today’s announcement delivers on our belief that Milton can be a safe, welcoming and attractive home for all of our residents.” – Gord Krantz, Mayor, Town of Milton
“The Maple Leaf Group’s board of directors is thrilled to be adding much needed affordable housing to Halton Region and the City of Milton. The 70 Ontario Street project we are celebrating today, took over 10 years to be fully developed and occupied and the result speaks for itself.” – Steve Robinson, President of Board of Directors, Catherton Charitable Foundation