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Ottawa and Manitoba partner with City of Brandon to create affordable housing complex

By: Q Country/Star FM News
Posted: July 28, 2021 10:43

Construction on the 48-unit building is expected to begin in the spring of 2022

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The federal and provincial governments are collaborating with the City of Brandon to develop affordable housing for the community with a 48-unit complex at the site of the former Fleming School.

Families Minister Rochelle Squires says our government continues to make important investments in affordable housing, so that all families in Manitoba, including those with lower incomes, can have a safe place to call home, "Affordable housing creates benefits that last a lifetime and strengthen our communities and province as a whole. We are pleased to collaborate with our partners on this important project."

The affordable housing complex will include 42 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom units. Eight of the units on the main floor will be accessible for persons with disabilities or mobility issues. Squires noted that rents at the new complex must remain affordable for 20 years.

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are providing $1.56 million over two years for the $11-million project, with a potential for future investments as it progresses.

Brandon Mayor, Rick Chrest says the city has partnered with the province and other participating partners on a number of recent projects that support affordable housing in our community, "I am pleased to note that today's announcement brings the total number of provincially partnered new housing units to 129 affordable units and 15 market units."

The $1.56-million investment is made possible through the National Housing Strategy bilateral agreement, added Squires, which was signed by the governments of Canada and Manitoba in 2019 to ensure families, Indigenous communities and vulnerable Canadians can count on long-term funding for community housing in Manitoba.

The City of Brandon is contributing $1.56 million from provincial grant funding to ensure the rental housing project is 100 per cent affordable. The city will also provide the proponent with a 20-year offsetting grant equal to 50 per cent of the municipal tax payable and is providing the land valued at more than $1 million.

The project will be led by private developer Kirk Brugger. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2022.

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