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CHF Canada media release
January 15, 2009 – The Co‑operative Housing Federation of Canada endorsed today’s call by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for new infrastructure spending.
“Thousands of unemployed construction workers and the millions of Canadians living in core housing need will welcome this call by municipalities for new spending on affordable housing,” said Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director. “Housing co‑operatives across Canada support the FCM’s recommendations to stimulate the economy and get Canadians back to work. And let’s remember that construction projects generate more than twice their value in overall economic activity.” Gazzard pointed out that CHF Canada, and many others, are also calling for new investments in housing.
Housing co‑ops have urged the government to:
The FCM’s plan addresses the funding need for retrofits for public and non-profit rental housing, as well as new funding for Canada ’s Affordable Housing Initiative. The announcement comes a day in advance of the federal-provincial economic summit in Ottawa .
“As the FCM points out, infrastructure spending can help the hard-hit construction, forestry and manufacturing sectors. An investment in affordable housing could put construction workers back on the job and help all those Canadians who are in desperate need of affordable housing. This is exactly what Canada needs,” Gazzard said.
About CHF Canada
CHF Canada is the national voice of the Canadian co‑operative housing movement. Its members include nearly 900 non-profit housing co‑operatives and other organizations across Canada . More than a quarter of a million Canadians live in housing co‑ops, in every province and territory.
For more information, contact:
Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director (613) 230-2201 ext. 230, or (613) 293-8913 (cell)
Merrilee Robson, Program Manager, Communications, 1-877-533-2667, ext. 122, or (778) 227-3864 (cell)