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Federal and Provincial Governments Help Habitat for Humanity Family Become Homeowners

Released on January 22, 2018

The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced the official opening of a brand-new Habitat for Humanity home in the community of Duck Lake.  This home marks another significant investment that strengthens communities and improves access to housing across the province.

Today, Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with Batoche MLA Delbert Kirsch on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) Paul Merriman, and Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) Prince Albert Executive Director Jan Thomas, officially celebrated the opening of the Habitat for Humanity home in Duck Lake.

This investment supports Habitat in making homes more affordable and will help improve the quality of life for families in Saskatchewan.

“The investments in this new home will positively impact the lives of a very deserving family in this tight-knit community,” said Goodale.  “Our government is proud to again partner with the Province of Saskatchewan and Habitat for Humanity on another successful build.  Homeownership is a huge step forward for any family, and I am proud to be a part of this special celebration.”

“Like other Habitat homes, this home will provide a local family with a safe, stable and affordable home they can call their very own,” Kirsch said.  “We are pleased to work with our partners to ensure that Saskatchewan families in greatest housing need are given the opportunity to live in a quality home and take advantage of other opportunities this community and province has to offer, knowing that their housing challenges are over.  We thank everyone for helping this family achieve their homeownership dream, and for continuing to keep Saskatchewan strong.”

“Prince Albert Habitat for Humanity Inc. is extremely proud to celebrate the completion of our fifth build for our Duck Lake Chapter,” Thomas said.  “The home was built in partnership with the Willow Cree Healing Lodge, and marks the end of a very successful collaboration in Duck Lake.  We would like to thank the Government of Canada, through CMHC, along with the Government of Saskatchewan, through SHC, for continuing support of the Habitat mission.  This brand-new home will serve our partner family well, giving them a safe and stable forever home.  We wish them many happy memories in their new home and lasting success as homeowners."

Quick facts:

  • CMHC, along with SHC, jointly contributed $50,000 to build the home through the 2014-2019 Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
  • Located at 341 - 7th Street, the home is a four-bedroom raised bungalow approximately 1,175 square feet (109 square metres) with a partially developed basement.
  • CORCAN, a special operating agency of Correctional Service Canada, works with inmates of the Willow Cree Healing Lodge (WCHL) to develop trade skills necessary to build houses.  WCHL provides labour and Habitat provides construction materials.  This is the fifth house the partnership between Habitat and WCHL has created.
  • Habitat’s innovative delivery model provides opportunities for families to stabilize their housing and to achieve their homeownership goals.  Each partner family selected by Habitat for Humanity contributes 500 partnering hours in building their home or other Habitat homes.  To learn more about Habitat for Humanity and their work across Saskatchewan, visit www.habitat.ca.
  • The Government of Canada recently unveiled its National Housing Strategy, a 10-year, $40 billion plan that will create 100,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need.
Associated Links:
  • As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry.  For more information, please visit www.cmhc.ca or follow CMHC on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • In October 2012, the Government of Saskatchewan released the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: Vision 2020 and Beyond, which sets out the government’s vision for a province of 1.2 million people by 2020.  The plan identifies principles, goals and actions to ensure Saskatchewan is capturing the opportunities and meeting the challenges of a growing province.  Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $770 million to develop or repair almost 16,000 housing units across our province.  To learn more, visit www.saskatchewan.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Émilie Gauduchon
Office of Minister Duclos
Ottawa
Phone: 819-654-5546
Email: Emilie.Gauduchon@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Gabriel Teo
Canada Mortage and Housing Corporation
Vancouver
Phone: 604-737-4137
Email: gteo@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Leya Moore
Social Services
Regina
Phone: 306-787-3610
Email: leya.moore@gov.sk.ca

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