The municipality of Mississippi Mills, the government of Canada, the government of Ontario 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 working with partners and donors to provide safe and affordable housing to those who need it most,” said Minister Jeffrey. “Projects like Country Street Residences stimulate the local economy by creating jobs while at the same time offering residents a beautiful new home which will enhance the community of Almonte for many years to come.”

“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, designed by local architect Peter Mansfield, is comprised of 15 one-bedroom and five two-bedroom apartments for low-income seniors and people with disabilities and 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.