The governments of Canada and Ontario announced the funding of affordable housing developments in Barrie, Orillia, Muskoka, and Simcoe and Dufferin Counties at an event in Barrie today. This new facility provides 38 units of affordable housing for seniors.
Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and Ann Hoggarth, Member of Provincial Parliament for Barrie, on behalf of the Honourable Chris Ballard, Ontario’s Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, made the announcement. Gerry Marshall, Warden for Simcoe County, and Barry Ward, Barrie City Councillor, also participated in the event.
The 98 Penetanguishene Road facility received more than $4.5 million in combined federal and provincial funding through the Investment in Affordable Housing agreement.
Seven other affordable housing facilities were also celebrated, bringing the total federal and provincial contributions to more than $12.4 million. Combined, these eight developments will provide 123 additional units of affordable housing, helping to reduce the wait lists in Barrie, Orillia, Muskoka, and Simcoe and Dufferin Counties.
The following developments were also celebrated today:
· Forty units for seniors at 101 Thompsons Road in Penetanguishene, which received $2.8 million in funding.
· Fourteen units at 54 Lawrence Avenue in Orangeville, which received $2.04 million in funding.
· Sixteen units for seniors at 301 First Avenue in Shelburne, which received $1.45 million in funding.
· Six units for Indigenous residents at 164/201 Nottawasaga Street in Orillia, which received $836,394 in funding.
· Five units for persons with disabilities at DeafBlind Ontario at 7 Forestwood Lane in Barrie, which received $600,000 in funding.
· Two units at 141 Sharpe Street in Gravenhurst, which received $100,000 in funding.
· Two units at 28 West Street South in Huntsville, which received $100,000 in funding.
Investing in affordable housing programs is part of Ontario’s plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives. Since 2003, the province has committed more than $5 billion in funding for affordable housing, which has helped support more than 22,000 new affordable rental housing units, more than 335,000 repairs and improvements to social and affordable housing units and rental and down payment assistance to more than 93,000 households in need.
These investments complement the commitments made through Ontario’s recent Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy update, and support the province’s goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2025.