Mister Speaker, I am pleased to inform the house today about a substantial investment of $750,000 this new Government is making to improve and strengthen social housing in Prince Edward Island.
This is the first of a five-year commitment the Province has made as part of the Capital Budget to invest $750,000 per year to fund needed renovations to more than twenty facilities across the Island.
Mister Speaker, I have spent a great deal of time visiting many of these units and I know that the residents take great pride in their homes and they appreciate the work that is done to ensure they buildings are a source of pride for the residents and the province.
Mister Speaker, projects include new roofing, sidewalk installations, as well as replacing oil tanks and generators in buildings from Alberton to Souris.
This weekend, the first round of tender ads will be in our local daily newspapers inviting business and entrepreneurs to bid on the work that will be available through this investment. These tenders include the majority of the projects up that will be completed this year.
This investment demonstrates our government’s commitment to affordable housing… we know that safe, affordable and quality housing is important to all Islanders.
Mister Speaker, the demand for family and seniors housing is high.
Currently, the federal government plays a very important role in the delivery of affordable housing in all provinces. The federal government cost shares operations for most family and seniors housing units in Prince Edward Island.
It is concerning that these cost sharing agreements will be expiring and the federal government has not indicated its intention to renew this financial commitment.
Mister Speaker, affordable housing in Canada is among the most important social infrastructure in our communities. Decreases in federal social housing funding will create significant challenges for provinces and territories.
We continue to work with our partners across Canada to call on the federal government to reinvest in social housing and emphasize the importance of strengthened long-term collaboration between provinces and the federal government to meet the housing needs of Canadians now and in the future.
Mister Speaker, I am looking forward to the next national housing minister’s meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for early 2016, where I know I will have an opportunity to discussing this issue with my colleagues from across Canada.
Thank you, Mister Speaker.