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.
Minister O’Connor presents several deserving individuals Queen’s Diamond Jubilee MedalsJuly 19, 2012,
Parliament Hill, Ontario – The Honourable Gordon O’Connor, MP for Carleton-Mississippi Mills, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip, today presented Ottawa-area deserving individuals with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals.
In 2012, Canada will mark the 60th anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty The Queen as Queen of Canada. To celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, a special program is being implemented to honour The Queen’s reign, her service and her dedication to this country, as well as to celebrate Canadian achievements of the last 60 years.
To date, there has only been one Diamond Jubilee celebrated in Canada—that of Queen Victoria in 1897. This anniversary therefore provides a unique opportunity to celebrate our traditions, history, symbols, values and institutions, particularly about the role of the Crown in Canada.
Some 60,000 Diamond Jubilee medals—to match the 60 years of service of Her Majesty—will be given to Canadians throughout the year. This is a legacy that honours Her Majesty and recognizes the service of Canadians from all walks of life and backgrounds who have made significant contributions to their communities. The achievements of younger Canadians who are actively contributing to our future will also be a focus.
“Since 1952, Her Majesty has been steadfast in exemplifying the true meaning of public service. The Diamond Jubilee reminds us of Her Majesty’s service to Canada and the central role of the Crown throughout the decades in our ongoing evolution as a country,” said Minister of State O’Connor. “I encourage all Canadians to get involved in celebrating our sense of belonging to the greater Commonwealth family and expressing our pride in what we have accomplished as Canadians over the past 60 years.”Recipients’ names and biographical information are attached. More information on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal is available online at www.gg.ca/diamondjubilee.