Maryam Monsef
Hon. Maryam Monsef
Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha
Housing Timeline in Peterborough-Kawartha

April 21, 2017: $2 million invested through the Government of Canada’s Affordable Housing Program to help build 70 housing units in Peterborough-Kawartha

Loyola Building

Canada Builds Rubidge

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Peterborough Housing Corporation, McRae Building Phase 1


November 22, 2017: National Housing Strategy Launch

                                          Photo Courtesy of Peterborough Examiner

The Government of Canada launches the first-ever National Housing Strategy (NHS), a 10-year, $40 billion plan to help reduce homelessness and improve the affordability, availability, and quality of housing for Canadians. As part of the NHS, Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy, includes a commitment of $2.2 billion over 10 years to tackle homelessness. By 2021–22, this will double annual investments compared to 2015–16.

Since its launch, Canada's National Housing Strategy has grown into a 10-year, $70-billion-plus plan that includes more than $12 billion committed through the 2020 Fall Economic Statement.

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April 13, 2018: The Mount Community Centre’s Shared Dreams program and Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services Corporation receive $1.3 million to build 16 housing units

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April 30, 2018: Canada & Ontario sign first bilateral agreement under National Housing Strategy

The 10-year agreement will invest more than $4.2 billion to protect, renew and expand social and community housing, and support Ontario's priorities related to housing repair, construction, and affordability. The governments of Canada and Ontario will also work together on the design and implementation of a new Canada Housing Benefit in Ontario. This new agreement marks the beginning of a partnership that will be supported by long-term and predictable funding starting April 1, 2019.

This is a first-of-its kind ‎progressive housing agreement that commits both governments to new and higher standards of transparency, public engagement, and housing quality, including improved energy efficiency and accessibility. The agreement also acknowledges the importance of prioritizing those most in need, the federal rights-based approach to housing, and applying gender-based analysis to investments.

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Spring, 2018: Peterborough Housing Corporation receives $50,000 for Phase 2 of McRae Building

An investment of $50,000 in seed funding was made by the Government of Canada towards the planning of a new 81-unit building.


July 12, 2018: Peterborough Housing Summit

    Photo Credit: Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner

Held at The Mount Community Centre with MP Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. Roughly 65 participants including local agencies, service providers, developers, and elected officials on hand to discuss accessing funds through the National Housing Strategy and how to move forward on solving the housing and homelessness crisis in Peterborough-Kawartha.

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November 13, 2018: Follow-up roundtable with MP Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

The roundtable was an opportunity to give direct feedback on experiences by local housing providers around the National Housing Strategy.


July 11, 2019: Brock Mission reconstruction funding announcement

The federal government announced a $5.02 million financial commitment for the redevelopment of the Brock Mission.   

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July 23, 2019: Rapid Response to Homelessness and Housing Summit

Representatives from local agencies and service providers, along with developers and elected officials, reconvened at The Mount Community Centre a year after MP Monsef hosted an original housing summit. The meeting resulted in a 10-Point Plan for a Rapid Response to Homelessness and Housing.

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August 13, 2019: Habitat for Humanity build in Peterborough

Formal announcement that Habitat for Humanity Peterborough will receive up to $3,183,250 in funding for construction of its Leahy’s Lane project, a unique 41-unit condo building meeting universal design standards. The project is Habitat for Humanity Peterborough’s largest multi-residential build and will serve as a model that can be rolled out to other Habitats across the country.

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August 13, 2019: MP Monsef participates in City of Peterborough’s community meeting on housing and homelessness

City of Peterborough staff gave an overview on the housing and homelessness situation including people living in parks. Staff also provided an update on the work being doing through the shelter system as well as park bylaws and how that impacts people who are living rough.

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December 19, 2019: Canada Housing Benefit agreement with Ontario

The Government of Canada and Government of Ontario agreement allows for direct affordability support to community members who are in housing need through the Canada Housing Benefit.

“The best thing about the benefit is that it is portable. A recipient can take the benefit and use it throughout Ontario. That gives them the mobility and the freedom to pursue new dreams and ambitions and to not be stuck in a particular community or situation. That mobility piece was something that came up a lot during our National Housing Strategy development consultations in Peterborough-Kawartha.” – MP Monsef

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January 14, 2020: MP Monsef hosts local housing stakeholders at Constituency Office

MP Monsef convened local housing stakeholders as part of a series of meetings focused on building housing in Peterborough-Kawartha. Represented at the meeting was the Peterborough Housing Corporation, Kawartha Participation Projects, Habitat for Humanity, YES Shelter for Youth and Families, The Mount Community Centre, Fleming College, Trent University, St. Giles and St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Churches, Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, as well as City of Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien and Councillors Keith Riel and Henry Clarke, and Selwyn Mayor Andy Mitchell. Five concrete next steps were established as a result of the meeting.

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February 20, 2020: MP Monsef hosts technical briefing and Q&A

MP Monsef’s office hosted a technical briefing for interested local housing providers and developers on the funding programs available through the National Housing Strategy, and how to access the federal funds to build housing in Peterborough-Kawartha. Nadia Venafro, an Affordable Housing Specialist from CMHC, detailed elements of Canada’s National Housing Strategy including the National Co-Investment Fund, Rental Construction Financing and the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund during a two-hour meeting at the Peterborough Lions Club Community Centre. Following the information session, participants had the opportunity to ask questions and network with other local housing stakeholders in attendance.

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August 25, 2020: Government of Canada invests $7.6 million into 3789 Water Street build

Formal announcement that the Government of Canada is financing $7.6 million to help construct 25 residential units located at 3789 Water Street in Peterborough. The development includes a unique partnership with Kawartha Participation Projects (KPP), who will provide management of the building. KPP provides housing services and supports to people with physical disabilities living in Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton and Northumberland. Five units in the development have been earmarked for KPP clients and will be designed to meet the accessibility needs of tenants.

Learn More: Monsef announces $7.6 million to build 25 rental units for families in Peterborough


September 21, 2020: Rapid Housing Initiative

The Government of Canada announced a $1 billion Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) to help address urgent housing needs of vulnerable Canadians by rapidly creating new affordable housing. RHI funding is available to municipalities, provinces, territories, Indigenous governing bodies and organizations, and non-profit organizations. It is expected that all funds will be committed by March 31, 2021.

Funding will cover the construction of modular housing, as well as the acquisition of land, and the conversion of existing buildings to affordable housing. For example, a municipality could use the funds to purchase old hotels and repurpose them into transitional or supportive housing.

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November 13, 2020: Monsef convenes affordable housing and homelessness advocates to move forward with Rapid Housing Initiative funds

MP Monsef hosted local developers, service providers, elected officials, non-profits, and those with lived experience, for an online roundtable detailing the Government of Canada’s new Rapid Housing Initiative and facilitating applications for Peterborough-Kawartha. MP Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and Nadia Venafro, Specialist, Multi-Unit Housing Solutions for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, were in attendance to answer technical questions regarding the submission of applications to the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI).

Learn More: Monsef convenes affordable housing and homelessness advocates to move forward with Rapid Housing Initiative funds


February 5, 2021: Announcement that the federal government is financing $8.5 million to help construct a three-storey, 27 rental unit building on Whitefield Drive 

The 888 Whitefield Drive development by Parkview Homes is receiving financing through the Government of Canada’s Rental Construction Financing initiative (RCFi), a National Housing Strategy program delivered by CMHC that supports rental housing construction projects. The program encourages a stable supply of rental housing for middle-class families struggling in expensive housing markets.

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Ongoing: Renovations and Rehabilitation of local housing

Since 2015, the federal government has invested more than $4.5 million to renovate and rehabilitate housing units in Peterborough-Kawartha through various programs offered through the CMHC. 


Ongoing: Federal subsidies

The federal government has supported hundreds of units in Peterborough-Kawartha since 2015 through direct federal subsidies to help make units more affordable for those in need of assistance.


Total:  1,600 units of housing  supported by the Government of Canada since 2015

In total, since 2015, the Government of Canada has invested more than $30 million to help renovate, subsidize, and construct more than 1,600 units in Peterborough-Kawartha.



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