Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in AlmonteJuly 29, 2013,
Almonte, Ontario – The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the Municipality of Mississippi Mills celebrated the official opening of 20 new affordable housing units at Country Street Residences – Phase 2 for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. The project received $2.38 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments. The construction of this project created up to 50 jobs in the Almonte area.
Gordon O’Connor, Member of Parliament for Carleton-Mississippi Mills, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development; the Honourable Linda Jeffrey, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Bill Dobson, Warden of Lanark County; and John Levi, Mayor of Mississippi Mills made the announcement today.
“Our government’s investment in Almonte is a testament to our commitment to increasing the number of affordable housing options for all citizens. These apartments include modern conveniences for residents and provide easier access to local services,” said MP O’Connor. “We remain focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security.”
“Our government is committed to providing safe and affordable housing to those who need it most,” said Minister Jeffrey. “Projects like this provide independent living in a stable community that offers residents a sense of dignity and pride, enhancing the lives of many people here in Almonte.”
“Some people say it is a privilege to live in a home but I think it is a right to have a place to live in a state of dignity if you need or want it,” said Warden Dobson. “Thanks to the Mills Community Support Corporation for developing a healthy community.”
“This is an important addition to our housing stock in Mississippi Mills,” said Mayor Levi. “I would like to thank all three levels of government for their participation in this project. I hope the success of Country Street Residences encourages more development of this type of housing. This building provides a functional, bright and cheery environment for the residents.”
Country Street Residences – Phase 2 is located at 411 Country Street in Almonte. The 20-unit complex, comprised of 15 one-bedroom and five two-bedroom apartments for low-income seniors and people with disabilities, is supported by $2.38 million in funding through the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. The joint federal and provincial funding is complemented by over $52,000 in municipal financial incentives from the County of Lanark.
The Government of Canada, through CMHC, will invest approximately $2 billion in housing this year. Of this amount, $1.7 billion will be spent in support close to 594,000 households living in existing social housing. In Ontario, this represents an estimated 237,950 households. These investments are improving the quality of life for low-income Canadians and households living in existing social housing, including individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, seniors, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and Aboriginal people.
Ontario continues to build new affordable housing and repair existing units for Ontarians with housing needs. Since 2003, Ontario’s funding commitment of nearly $3 billion is the largest affordable housing initiative in the province’s history. Ontario is supporting the creation of over 17,000 affordable rental housing units, making more than 263,000 repairs and improvements to social and affordable housing units, and providing rental down payment assistance to over 81,000 households in need. The province’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy sets a strong foundation for a more efficient, accessible affordable housing system in Ontario.
Affordable housing is a key component of Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. To find out more about affordable housing in Ontario, visit www.ontario.ca/housing. For more information about the County of Lanark, visit www.lanarkcounty.ca.
To find out more about how the Government of Canada and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca.
Your opportunity to speak with your member of parliament, Gordon O’connorJuly 29, 2013,
Since being elected in 2004, Gordon O’Connor has hosted In Your Area Days Meetings throughout Carleton-Mississippi Mills. These meetings provide constituents with the opportunity to meet with their Member of Parliament in their community. Also, these meetings allow Gordon to identify riding issues and concerns, and the opportunity to meet with constituents at a personal level.
Constituents of Carleton-Mississippi Mills are invited to just drop by and say hello or you may want to talk about a specific issue. There will be a roundtable discussion beginning at 6:30pm, which will be followed by private meetings (first-come-first-served) to discuss personal issues.
Meeting locations and dates are listed below:
Kanata – July 29 & August 20, 2013
Suite 101, 240 Michael Cowpland Drive
Stittsville – August 12, 2013
1637 Stittsville Main Street
Carp – July 30, 2013
3911 Carp Road
Almonte – August 13, 2013
155 High Street
Richmond – August 6, 2013
6240 Perth Street
Fitzroy Harbour – August 19, 2013
Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre
100 Clifford Campbell Street
Minister O’Connor Announces Support for 150th Anniversary of the Carp FairJuly 02, 2013,
CARP, Ontario, July 2, 2013 – The Honourable Gordon O’Connor, Minister of State, Chief Government Whip and Member of Parliament (Carleton–Mississippi Mills), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support to the Carp Agricultural Society for the 150th anniversary of the Carp Fair.
“Our Government is proud to invest in community events that bring people together to enjoy meaningful cultural activities steeped in local history and heritage,” said Minister O’Connor. “I would like to congratulate the Carp Agricultural Society on this milestone edition of an outstanding fair that is sure to be around for another 150 years.”
The 150th edition of the annual agricultural fair will take place from September 26 to 29, 2013. In addition to music performances and traditional dance and artisan demonstrations, the anniversary edition of the fair will include commemorative activities, such as the creation of a giant mural by a local artist to depict the fair’s long history.
“Long-standing community festivals become a living part of our country’s history by bringing together all generations to celebrate past and present traditions,” said Minister Moore. “Local commemorations such as this one bring great benefits to the regional economy and also enrich the cultural life of the community.”
“This will be the 150th anniversary of the Carp Fair, a significant event demonstrating the continuing health and vitality of the agricultural community,” said Joyce Trafford, General Manager, Carp Agricultural Society. “Grounds and buildings have been carefully maintained at the heart of the village and remain a well-used vibrant part of the community throughout the year and at fair time, which attracts up to 50,000 visitors annually. We are grateful for the Government of Canada support, which will be well used.”
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $39,200 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.
Government of Canada supports jobs and growth on both sides of the Ottawa RiverMay 25, 2012, Quyon, Quebec – The Honourable Gordon O’Connor, MP for Carleton-Mississippi Mills, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip, today announced funding of more than $1 million to help improve the Quyon/Mohr’s Landing ferry crossing for residents, business
Quyon, Quebec – The Honourable Gordon O’Connor, MP for Carleton-Mississippi Mills, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip, today announced funding of more than $1 million to help improve the Quyon/Mohr’s Landing ferry crossing for residents, businesses and tourists in western Quebec and eastern Ontario.
The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec (Canada Economic Development) and the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), who were unable to attend the announcement, are pleased to see this project get underway.
“Our government’s first priority remains the economy: creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity,” said Minister of State O’Connor. “I’m pleased that our funding will do just that by helping improve ferry service at this busy Ottawa River crossing, increasing business activity and tourism in the surrounding Ontario and Quebec communities.”
Canada Economic Development is providing up to $600,000 and FedDev Ontario is providing up to $488,827 for the construction of new ferry docking terminals at Quyon, Quebec and Mohr’s Landing, Ontario, approximately 50 kilometres west of Ottawa.
The ferry dock improvements are part of a larger project that also includes replacing two existing propeller-driven ferries with a new larger drive-on and drive-off cable ferry. The new ferry will be able to carry more than 20 vehicles, including tractor trailers, large recreation vehicles and farm equipment.
The costs of the new ferry are being covered by Quyon Ferry Inc, as well as the Quebec Ministry of Transportation.
The improvements are expected to generate an increase in traffic and support tourism in the region, especially to Fitzroy Provincial Park. Businesses and residents will also save time and money as the ferry provides a faster alternative compared to a three hour round trip by land.
“Residents and business owners in eastern Ontario and western Quebec are eagerly awaiting the introduction of the new cable ferry. The new ferry will not only provide increased capacity and faster crossing times, but the electrical propulsion system will provide a quiet and reliable movement of people, vehicles and material,” said Dwight Eastman, the Chairperson of the Mohr’s Landing and Quyon Port Authority
The financial assistance from Canada Economic Development has been granted through the Economic Development Initiative provided for under the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013. With its $10.2 million budget over five years, this initiative seeks to foster the economic development of official-language minority communities through a range of activities including innovation, entrepreneurship, partnership and economic diversification. More information is available at
The FedDev Ontario funding comes from its Prosperity Initiative, which encourages businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and post-secondary institutions in southern Ontario to undertake projects resulting in a more productive, diversified, and competitive economy. More information is available at www.feddevontario.gc.ca.