Ontario Construction News staff writer
Canada and Ontario are investing more than $5.5 million in the province’s largest “passive house” complex to be located at 3100 Meadowbrook Lane in Windsor.
The new 145-unit building for individuals, small families and seniors will be barrier-free and include 46 accessible units. There will be shared space both indoors and out, a BBQ station and outdoor fitness equipment.
“Our Government is investing in affordable housing here in Windsor, in Kingsville and across Canada to help create jobs and improve the quality of life for those who need it most,” said Irek Kusmierczyk, Windsor—Tecumseh MP. “With our partners, we are providing a helping hand for individuals and families in need, and in doing so, we are contributing to the economic and social well-being of the entire community.”
Funding for this project is being delivered through the Social Infrastructure Fund (SIF), the Investment in Affordable Housing program (IAH) and the Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative (OPHI).
A new supportive housing complex with four units is also being built for youth with intellectual disabilities. The project, located at 215 Division St. in Kingsville, is being funded through OPHI and will provide affordable and accessible housing in an established residential neighborhood that is close to amenities, with supports provided by Community Living Essex County.
SIF, IAH and OPHI give local communities the flexibility to address their local housing needs by funding new rental construction, home repairs, housing allowances, rent supplements or home ownership.
“Our government knows that a home is the foundation for so much in our lives – it’s where we raise our families and build our communities, and we are proud to help create housing opportunities for people in Windsor and Kingsville,” said Steve Clark, minister of municipal affairs and housing.
The Social Infrastructure Fund (SIF) and Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) program are joint federal-provincial programs to fund the creation and repair of affordable housing. They also provide down payment assistance for homeownership and rental assistance to families and individuals in need.
As part of the Community Housing Renewal Strategy, the Ontario government is investing nearly $1 billion in 2020-21, which will help sustain, repair and grow community housing and help end homelessness in Ontario.
Under the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.