By Nick Gilbert
Six affordable housing units were officially opened in Whitehorse by Member of Parliament for Yukon, Ryan Leef and Minister Responsible for Yukon Housing, Honourable Scott Kent on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
The federal contribution for this project amounts to $6.4 million. Through this project, the government plans to create new jobs and increase the country’s economy to overcome global recession. $200 million was provided by Canada's Economic Action Plan as a result of the distinctive requirements of the North. Another $50 million was allocated for Yukon in order to support the renovation and construction of new social housing units.
About $2.4 million was provided by the Government of Canada in Whitehorse. This contribution is for the construction of three duplexes in the Takhini North subdivision. These family units are built based on high energy efficiency standards of Yukon Housing Corporation. These standards use improved design methods in order to decrease the housing’s environmental impact. The Government of Canada also contributed $1.9 million for the construction of seven single family units in Carmacks and $2.1 million for the replacement of old mobile homes in Ross River.
This year more than $2 billion will be invested by the Government of Canada through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and $1.7 billion from this contribution will be used for about 605,000 households that are currently living in social housings. All these investments by the Government of Canada aim at uplifting the life of low-income Canadians and those living in social housings. People who are at the risk of becoming homeless and those who are already homeless, physically disabled people, seniors, Aboriginal people and recent immigrants will also benefit from the contributions by the Government of Canada.