Official Opening of McVittie Place, Affordable Housing for Seniors in Bracebridge

July 5, 2012

The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Parry Sound – Muskoka

On behalf of

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Official Opening — McVittie Place

102 Pine Street Bracebridge, Ontario July 5, 2012 11 a.m.

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Bonjour. Hello.

It’s a pleasure to be here again on behalf of my colleague, the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and the Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

It hardly seems possible that three years have passed since we gathered at this site to celebrate the announcement of funding for McVittie Place. Yet here we are, ready for an even bigger and better celebration — the official opening of 80 new housing units for low-income seniors here on Pine Street.

This is an exciting day for Bracebridge and my home riding of Parry Sound – Muskoka, and I am delighted to be part of it. I’m proud to say that $4.8 million in federal funding was provided under the stimulus phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan to support construction of these new housing units.

I want to thank and congratulate everyone involved with this project, including the Province of Ontario and the District of Muskoka. As a result of your vision and hard work, local seniors have a new place to call home.

As I said last time, our Government understands that having a safe and affordable place to call home is important to Canadian families and their communities. Through CMHC, the Government of Canada will invest more than $2 billion in housing this year. Of this amount, $1.7 billion will be spent in support of almost 605,000 households living in existing social housing.

In Ontario, this represents some 237,750 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.

The Canadian economic recovery is underway, reflecting the extraordinary measures in our Government’s Economic Action Plan and Canada’s strong economic fundamentals. In March, we introduced Economic Action Plan 2012, our Government’s plan for jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. Economic Action Plan 2012 sets out a comprehensive plan to bolster Canada’s long-term economic strengths and promote job growth.

Today’s event demonstrates what we can achieve when we work together. Our Government is committed to supporting Canadian families and communities, but it takes the efforts of many and partnerships at all levels to get real results.

So once again, congratulations to everyone involved with McVittie Place and best wishes to the new residents! Working with the Province of Ontario and project proponents at the community level, our Government is making affordable housing available across the province for those who need it most.

Thank you. Merci.