The Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador made the announcement Monday.
The Government of Canada wants to improve the quality of existing social housing for low-income seniors, single-parent families, recent immigrants and Aboriginal households.
The money is being used for the replacement of exterior components such as roofing, siding, windows and doors and interior components such as flooring, drywall, doors, kitchen and bathroom cupboards, counters and fixtures such as tubs, sinks and showers.
This renovation and retrofit work is in keeping with the goals of the provincial government’s Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador — Secure Foundations, which outlines a new long-term vision for social housing aimed at improving the housing circumstances of lower-income households and helping to create healthier communities.
“In its second year, our government’s Economic Action Plan is stimulating the economy and creating jobs during the global recession here in Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada,” said Defence Minister Peter MacKay.
“Renovation projects like these are a good way to get the local economy moving and put construction workers and trades people to work quickly. Most importantly, they are giving a hand-up to those who need it most, by improving the quality of social housing.”
Tom Hedderson, minister of Transportation and Works and minister responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, said the renovation and retrofit work is increasing the life span of its existing housing portfolio and enabling the government to move its housing agenda forward.
To find out more about how the Government of Canada and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc.ca/housingactionplan.