Mister Speaker, Last month I announced a number of changes to the Prince Edward Island Home Renovation Programs and I am pleased to provide an update here today.
Mister Speaker, these are extremely valuable programs that have already helped numerous Island families.
During the last two versions of the PEI Home Renovation Programs, we provided more than $2 million in funding and helped make necessary renovations to nearly 190 Island homes.
Mister Speaker, based on feedback from Islanders, the department redesigned the programs to increase access and enable Islanders to remain safe and comfortable in their homes.
The programs accepted applications until November 13. During that two and a half week period, staff at the Housing Services division received more than 620 applications.
Staff are currently reviewing the applications and we hope to have answers back to individuals about their applications in the next two weeks.
Mister Speaker, I would also like to remind everyone that there will be another intake for the PEI Home Renovation Programs in the spring… and to ensure easy access and a simplified process… those who have applied and qualify for the programs this fall, will not have to reapply again in the spring.
This year these programs will provide $1.1m to Islanders who need support to make necessary renovations to their homes. This funding is expected to help approximately 175 Islanders with necessary renovations to their homes like new roofs, windows, doors or heating systems. This is up from 75 in previous years of the program.
Mister Speaker, these programs demonstrate the direction that government is taking to ensure the necessary supports are available to individuals and families to enable them to thrive as active members of the Island community.
Mister Speaker, I know these programs have made, and will continue to make a difference in the lives of Islanders who need support.
Thank you Mister Speaker