Released on November 7, 2018
The Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan and Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) have partnered to help a Moose Jaw family realize their dream of homeownership.
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), and Moose Jaw North MLA Warren Michelson, on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) Paul Merriman, made the announcement today.
“Our government is dedicated to working in partnership with organizations like Habitat to build the sort of safe, appropriate, affordable housing necessary for healthy, sustainable communities,” said Goodale. “The investments in this new home will make a real difference for a hard-working Moose Jaw family, a place they can proudly call their own.”
“Our government is pleased to stand with our partners today to welcome a Moose Jaw family to their new home,” Michelson said. “Having a safe, comfortable and affordable home is important for all Saskatchewan people and their communities. This home marks an important step forward for this family and demonstrates our commitment to helping more families achieve strength, stability and self-reliance, beginning with a home to call their own.”
“We are very excited to welcome another Habitat partner family to their new home today,” Habitat for Humanity Regina Chief Executive Officer Kelly Holmes-Binns said. “Affordable homeownership is a life-changing experience for them. The Habitat Moose Jaw Committee has done an amazing job of bringing the community together - sponsors, donors, volunteers and families – to support this family’s homeownership dream. As an organization, we would like to express our most sincere thanks for all the support we’ve received to make this project possible.”
- The Government of Canada, through CMHC, along with the Government of Saskatchewan, through SHC, jointly contributed $50,000 toward the project under the Canada-Saskatchewan Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement (Social Infrastructure Fund).
- The Habitat project is located at 1160 1st Avenue Northeast. It is a three-bedroom, two-storey home totalling approximately 1,400 ft2 or 130 m2.
- The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy (NHS)—an ambitious 10-year, $40 billion plan that will create 100,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent.
- The NHS is built on strong partnerships between federal, provincial and territorial governments, and on continuous engagement with others, including municipalities, Indigenous governments and organizations, and the social and private sectors to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians.
- Since March 2009, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested $10.85 million with Habitat to house Saskatchewan low- to moderate-income families across the province in 14 communities: the Battleford region, Duck Lake, Fort Qu’Appelle, Estevan, Humboldt, Lloydminster, Melfort, Moose Jaw, Nipawin, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, Weyburn and Yorkton.
- This investment supports Saskatchewan’s Housing Strategy and Poverty Reduction Strategy by ensuring Saskatchewan people in greatest need have access to affordable, safe, secure and stable housing.
- Each partner family selected by Habitat contributes 500 partnering hours in building their home or other Habitat homes. The family purchases their home at fair market value, paying an interest-free, zero down-payment mortgage set at 25 per cent of their annual gross income.
- Habitat for Humanity’s innovative delivery model provides opportunities for families to stabilize their housing and to achieve their homeownership goals. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity and their work across Saskatchewan, visit www.habitat.ca.
- 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 us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook. To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.
- 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 $780 million to develop or repair more than over 16,000 housing units across our province. To learn more, visit www.saskatchewan.ca.
For more information, contact:
Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation