Stouffville get first tranche of housing money

The Building Faster Fund, a provincial program set up to entice municipalities to cut through the red tape and get desperately needed housing built has begun to pay dividends to Stouffville as Markham-Stouffville MPP, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Paul Calandra, accompanied by Stan Cho, Minister of Long-term Care delivered a $2.6M cheque to mayor Iain Lovatt and council recently.

The pay-out is the first for the municipality from the 1.2 billion dollar fund that is part of a bigger push to build 1.5 million new homes by 2031, acknowledged Stouffville’s success in breaking ground on 1,141 new housing units last year. That represents 239 per cent of forecast numbers. Over 400 of the units were for long-term care alone, explaining Cho’s big smile and participation at the event held in the town offices. The groundwork for that was started by Calandra who, before taking over the rocky housing file, was minister for long-term care. But the joint presentation certainly highlighted two of the provincial government priorities that are sure to continue to be important vote-getters come next election.

Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister and Markham-Stouffville MPP Paul Calandra with Minister of Long-term Care Stan Cho.

Calandra, a Stouffville resident, said “I applaud the work being done by Whitchurch-Stouffville and all the other municipalities that have met or exceeded their housing targets and I’m proud to see our community lead the province when it comes to building homes.”

Mayor Lovatt, not surprisingly, was effusive in his support for the funds offering, “We’re not just building houses, we’re building a community that reflects our town’s unique character…We are incredibly grateful for the support from the province’s Building Faster Fund. This support will reinforce our efforts to meet housing targets and create a brighter future for our residents.”

The housing units that qualify can include single-family houses and condominiums, multi-unit residences, converted commercial spaces and new or upgraded long-term care units.


Main photo: (l-r) Stan Cho Minister of Long-term Care, Ward 4 Councillor Rick Upton, Markham-Stouffville MPP Paul Calandra, Mayor Ian Lovatt, Ward 1 Councillor Hugo Kroon, and Ward 5 Councillor Richard Bartley.

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