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Province, Ottawa Commit Funding to Affordable Housing in Brandon

July 28, 2021 11:32 AM | News

Rochelle Squires

Manitoba Minister Rochelle Squires responds to a question during a news conference after a Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment meeting in Vancouver on November 3, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

The federal and provincial governments will partially fund affordable housing in Brandon for low-income families.

The combined $1.56 million investment over two years will go towards the $11 million project to build a 48-unit complex at the site of the former Fleming School.

The affordable housing complex will include 42 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom units. Eight of the units on the main floor will be accessible for persons with disabilities or mobility issues. Manitoba Families Minister Rochelle Squires noted that rents at the new complex must remain affordable for 20 years.

“Affordable housing creates benefits that last a lifetime and strengthen our communities and province as a whole. We are pleased to collaborate with our partners on this important project,” Squires said.

The City of Brandon is contributing $1.56 million from provincial grant funding to ensure the rental housing project is 100 percent affordable. The city will also provide the proponent with a 20-year offsetting grant equal to 50 percent of the municipal tax payable and is providing the land valued at more than $1 million.

The project will be led by private developer Kirk Brugger. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2022.