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Governments of Canada and Alberta Investments Will Improve Affordable Housing in Drayton Valley

Marketwire

DRAYTON VALLEY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Sept. 20, 2013) - Seniors at Shangri-La Lodge will soon see the final stage of room renovations completed thanks to investments from the Governments of Canada and Alberta. Five of the 82 suites at Shangri-La Lodge will be updated to provide increased comfort for residents. The other 77 suites have been previously renovated.

Rob Merrifield, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), along with the Honourable Diana McQueen, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and Member of Legislative Assembly for Drayton Valley-Devon, made the funding announcement today.

"Our Government is helping to make affordable housing available in Alberta and across Canada for those who need it the most," said MP Merrifield. "These improved units in Drayton Valley will help low-income seniors access safe and affordable housing, and build a stronger future for themselves. We remain focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security."

"Renovating our lodges is critical to meeting current and future needs so that seniors can stay close to their families and neighbours as they age," said Minister McQueen. "Comfortable and pleasant living spaces make a big difference in the lives of residents, and our government is pleased to collaborate with the Government of Canada to complete these room upgrades at Shangri-La Lodge."

"The Brazeau Seniors Foundation is extremely grateful to the federal and provincial governments for their collaborative efforts to make this project possible," said Jeannette Vatter, Chair of the Foundation. "This new project truly completes the Shangri-La Lodge by providing accessible, updated rooms for residents which will be in close proximity to the existing dining room."

Shangri-La Lodge received $1.2 million in funding from the Governments of Canada and Alberta for this expansion. This funding comes as a result of the $121 million Investment in Affordable Housing 2011-2014 Agreement between the Governments of Canada and Alberta. Alberta will use the funds under the agreement to create new and renovate existing affordable housing for households in need.

The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), will invest approximately $2 billion in housing this year. Of this amount, $1.7 billion will be spent in support of close to 594,000 households living in existing social housing. In Alberta, this represents an estimated 37,250 households. These investments are improving the quality of life for low-income Canadians and households living in existing social housing, including individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, seniors, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and Aboriginal people. Economic Action Plan 2013 continues this commitment with a federal investment of more than $1.25 billion over five years to renew the Investment in Affordable Housing to 2019. The Government of Canada will ensure that funds provided to provinces and territories support the use of apprentices, which will support training of skilled labour. More than 142,000 households across Canada are no longer in housing need as a result of funding provided under the IAH from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2013.

Through partnerships with federal and municipal governments, community groups, and the non-profit and private sectors, Alberta has made great strides to increase the supply of affordable housing across the province. Since 2007, the Government of Alberta has supported the development of 12,000 affordable housing units for homeless and lower-income Albertans through capital grant funding in 62 communities. The province exceeded its original goal of 11,000 units in September 2012. For more information on Alberta's housing support, visit http://municipalaffairs.gov.ab.ca/housing.cfm.

To find out more about how the Government of Canada and CMHC are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca.

Johanna Quinney
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State (Social Development)
613-697-4449
johanna.quinney@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Courtney Gillis
Communications, CMHC
403-515-2963
cgillis@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Magharita Reghelini-Griffiths
Public Affairs Officer
Alberta Municipal Affairs
780-427-8862
magharita.reghelini-griffiths@gov.ab.ca

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