Published by Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation on January 9, 2023

Sault Ste Marie – A combined investment of nearly $132 million to support the construction of over 380 units.

Today the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, alongside Terry Sheehan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament Sault Ste. Marie, Ross Romano, Member of Provincial Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, Mayor Matthew Shoemaker, Justin Marchand, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services, and Helen Stewart, President, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 – Sault Ste. Marie, announced a combined investment of nearly $132 million to support the construction of over 380 units. These units will house Indigenous peoples and veterans and will provide varying levels of accessibility and affordability.

The first project will build more housing for veterans and will be operated by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25. It aims to replace the existing building with a nine-storey accessible tower, which will encompass 107 units, of which more than 30 percent will be below market rent. The building will have amenities for the tenants, their families, and the community, including a restaurant, meeting rooms, a hall, and a gathering place. This project received $32.1 million in federal funding through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund (NHCF) and $1.9 million from Veteran’s Housing Ontario Inc.

This was announced this morning on the grounds of Wawanosh Home for Girls.

Working together, among all levels of government, is essential to address the housing needs of Indigenous people living in urban and rural areas. Safe, affordable, and culture-based housing is the foundation for healthy communities. The nine developments announced today, across Ontario, demonstrate that the task of building up our communities requires positive and productive partnerships to get the job done of successfully housing people in a good way. – Cora McGuire – Cyrette, Board Chair, Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services.

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Photo: Ahmed Hussen, Terry Sheehan, Ross Romano, Mayor Matthew Shoemaker, Justin Marchand, Larry Bellerose, Helen Stewart, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25