Habitat Families Celebrate New Homes in Happy Valley-Goose Bay


HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NL,¬†Oct. 13, 2020¬†/CNW/ –¬†Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. That is why the Governments of¬†Canada¬†and of¬†Newfoundland¬†and¬†Labrador¬†celebrated with two new Habitat for Humanity partner-families today, at a home dedication ceremony held in¬†Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Logo: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (CNW Group/Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

The Honourable Brian Warr, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, and Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), attended the event today.

They were joined by the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs, and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Perry Trimper, MHA for Lake Melville and Wally Anderson, Mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The two, three-bedroom homes represent an equally cost-shared investment of $170,000 through the 2014-19 Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement between the Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada. The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay also donated the land for the homes.

Government of Canada (CNW Group/Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

Since 1994, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation has also contributed land, labour and/or funding toward 58 Habitat for Humanity Newfoundland and Labrador builds throughout the province.


“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Investments in projects like this one here in¬†Happy Valley-Goose Bay¬†demonstrated that our Government is committed to providing access to safe, affordable homes for well-deserving families in all corners of our country.”¬†‚ÄstYvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for¬†Labrador

“Our government is committed to revitalizing and building stronger neighbourhoods and towns. Today is about more than just building houses; it’s about working in partnership to create new beginnings and to assist families in becoming more self-sufficient through affordable home ownership.”¬†‚Äď The Honourable Brian Warr, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Minister Responsible for the¬†Newfoundland¬†and Labrador Housing Corporation

“Affordable, sustainable housing continues to be an issue across¬†Newfoundland¬†and¬†Labrador. Here at Habitat, we mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership. We believe that everyone deserves a safe, decent affordable place to live. Today we celebrate the hard work and determination of two families who have realized their dream of homeownership.”¬†‚ÄstSandra Whiffen, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Newfoundland and¬†Labrador

Quick facts:

  • The Government of¬†Canada¬†acknowledges that these projects are developed on the unceded and traditional territories of the Southern Inuit and Inuus people.
  • Under the Investment in Affordable Housing, provinces and territories are responsible for choosing the programs they design and deliver, and also has the flexibility to invest in a range of affordable housing programs to meet local needs and pressures.
  • The Government of¬†Canada¬†is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy, an ambitious 10-year,¬†$55-billion¬†plan that will create 125,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent.
  • The National Housing Strategy is built on strong partnerships between federal, provincial, and territorial governments, and ongoing engagement with others, including municipalities, Indigenous governments and organizations, and the social and private sectors to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians.

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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. CMHC’s aim is that by 2030, everyone in¬†Canada¬†has a home they can afford, and that meets their needs. For more information, please visit¬†cmhc.ca¬†or follow us on¬†Twitter,¬†Instagram,¬†YouTube,¬†LinkedIn¬†and¬†Facebook.

To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.

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SOURCECanada Mortgage and Housing Corporation