Canada and Manitoba Governments Open an Expansion to the “Dial-A-Life” Housing Complex

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, January 15, 2016 — The third phase of the Dial-A-Life housing project in Winnipeg will provide a home away from home for Indigenous families whose loved ones require ongoing, lifesaving treatment for renal failure, cancer and other chronic health issues. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Honourable Mohinder Saran, Minister of Manitoba Housing and Community Development announced the official opening of this initiative today.

Quick facts:

  • The Governments of Canada and Manitoba have provided more than $6.3 million toward the four-storey, 24-unit building on Watson Street. The property includes eight two-bedroom, 13 three-bedroom and three four-bedroom units. All units are fully accessible and the building meets Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart standards.
  • The project is located next to the first two Dial-A-Life properties, which provide 36 additional housing units for medically-displaced families.
  • Dial-A-Life Housing Inc. was established as a non-profit corporation in 1991 to provide safe, suitable and affordable long-term housing for Indigenous people and their families who must move to a new community for ongoing medical care.

Quotes:

“Congratulations to everyone involved in the Dial-A-Life project expansion to support First Nations families. In the coming weeks and months, our government looks forward to working with Canadians, housing stakeholders and our partners in provinces, territories and municipalities to restore the government’s role in supporting affordable housing.” — Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

“We hope the expanded Dial-A-Life project will help eliminate one worry for individuals seeking medical treatment away from their home communities.  It is important to keep families together to provide support and a sense of normalcy during what must be a very stressful time.  We are proud to be a partner in this important resource for Indigenous families in Manitoba.” — Honourable Mohinder Saran, Minister of Manitoba Housing and Community Development

“The Dial-A-Life Housing board of directors and management welcome this 24-unit, wheelchair-accessible building. Our goal is to provide the patient and their families with a safe, affordable place to live. The patient can feel more relaxed in Winnipeg and in the unit with their family nearby and helping as caregivers.” — Reg Fredborg, manager, Dial-A-Life Housing Inc.

Associated links:

  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has been Canada's  authority on housing for 70 years. To find out more about how the Government  of Canada and CMHC help Canadians meet their housing needs, visit www.cmhc.ca or call 1-800-668-2642.
  • The Manitoba government reached its five-year goal to provide funding commitments to create 1,500 new units of affordable housing throughout the province in 2014 and is now working toward its new commitment to create another 500 affordable and 500 social housing units over three years. Manitoba Housing and Community Development’s overall strategy complements Budget 2015, a plan to create good jobs, grow the economy and protect front-line services by focusing on what matters most to Manitoba families. More information is available at www.gov.mb.ca/housing.

Stay connected:

Media contacts:

Young Ong
Public Affairs Advisor
403-515-2962
yong@cmhc.ca

Rachel Morgan
Cabinet Communications
204-945-1494
rachel.morgan@leg.gov.mb.ca

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