Photo: Phil Spry of Springale Development shows MP Mike Bossio the site of the new 7-unit affordable housing project underway in Bancroft. The federal government has committed $55 billion over ten years to fight homelessness and to give more Canadians a safe and affordable place to call home.
All Canadians deserve a safe and affordable place to call home, but we know many families are struggling. A new 7-unit affordable housing project led by Phil Spry of Springale Development is going to help. Spry is taking care of the building, and he is working with the North Hastings Community Integration Association, who will find the tenants and provide support to them. The cooperation of the Town of Bancroft has also been instrumental in clearing the path.
On Tuesday, Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington met with Spry on site in Bancroft, where the ground has already been broken for the development. Over $3.3 million has already been invested throughout Hastings—Lennox and Addington to support the repair and build of affordable housing, supporting over 1,000 families.
The visit follows two workshops that Bossio held last year in Napanee and Bancroft to help organizations understand and apply for the $13.2 billion Co-Investment Fund for affordable housing. Bossio’s Youth Council also chose affordable housing one of their key study topics this year, a reflection of how widespread and urgent the issue is.
The government of Canada understands the urgency, and launched Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy in 2017 – a once-in-a-generation $55 billion investment to fight homelessness and to give more Canadians a safe and affordable place to call home. In contrast, the Conservatives wanted to cut this program.
Later that evening, poverty reduction was the key topic put to Bossio in questions from constituents at a Town Hall held at the Village Playhouse, with over 40 constituents in attendance.
“Through investments being made by our government, we have entered a new era for housing in Canada. This must include rural communities like ours, and we are actively seeking partners to create more affordable housing in our community. A big thank you to Phil Spry and his team who are making great strides throughout our community to build more affordable housing.”
– Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington
Quick Facts – Federal Investments in North Hastings from November 2015 to July 10, 2019
- North Hastings is a big part of the $71 million federal investment to close the cell phone gap in Eastern Ontario through the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Fund.
- Over $440,000 to support 23 Seniors and Accessibility projects in North Hastings through New Horizons for Seniors and the Enabling Accessibility Fund.
- Over $940,000 in economic development funding to support 77 projects for small and medium-sized businesses in North Hastings through the Eastern Ontario Development Program.
- Over $1.8 million in federal Gas Tax funding to support local roads and bridges in North Hastings
- Municipal Asset Management Plan Funding:
- Faraday—$43,680 for mobile-sensing roads assessments.
- Carlow/Mayo—$35,840 for municipal asset management planning.
- Limerick—$35,543 for mobile-sensing roads assessments.
- Tudor and Cashel—$33,200 for mobile-sensing roads assessments.
- Hastings Highlands—$16,057 for asset management plan, buildings and facilities strategy.
- Municipalities for Climate Innovation Fund:
- Bancroft—$163,700 to conduct a study to identify actions to improve the resiliency of the Town’s wastewater infrastructure to climate change.
- Investing in Canada Public Transit Stream
- Bancroft—$84,307 in long-term predictable funding for Bancroft Community Transit.
- Small Communities Fund
- $6,428 for an organics diversion program at Wollaston Waste Site.
- Clean Water and Wastewater Fund:
- Bancroft—$131,708 for rehabilitating wastewater collection systems, and a wastewater feasibility study.
- Canada 150 Infrastructure and Heritage Funding:
- Bancroft Area Stewardship Council. $67,300 for the “Eagles Nest Project—An Algonquin Story”.
- The Village Playhouse. $50,000 to improve kitchen facilities.
- Bancroft-North Hastings Heritage Museum. $42,950 to improve accessibility and rehabilitate electrical, heating, and insulation infrastructure.
- $6,000 for Bancroft Canada Day celebrations for Canada 150.
- 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 ca or follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedInand Facebook.
- To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit placetocallhome.ca.
- To find more information about the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, visit cmhc-nhs.ca.