Manitoba Government Invests Over $67 Million in Social Housing Projects to Enhance Accessibility and Sustainability

July 19th – The Manitoba government has announced a significant investment of more than $67 million in 89 Manitoba Housing capital projects across the province. This move, revealed by Consumer Protection and Government Services Minister James Teitsma and Families Minister Rochelle Squires, aims to bolster the long-term sustainability of public housing and ensure access to safe and suitable homes for all Manitobans.

“Since our government came into office in 2016, we have invested $296 million in major capital improvements to Manitoba Housing properties,” stated Teitsma. “We continue to make significant, strategic investments to upgrade existing buildings and build new units toward the ultimate goal that all Manitobans have access to safe, suitable housing.”

The funding will be channeled into various essential aspects of social housing across Manitoba, including exterior retrofits, fire and life-safety equipment upgrades, mechanical and structural improvements, security enhancements, interior renovations, and repairs to driveways, parking lots, and walkways. Additionally, the investment supports the construction of a six-family housing complex in the Lavallee area of Winnipeg.

Minister Squires emphasized the importance of continued investment in the existing housing portfolio to prevent homelessness. “This investment reflects our ongoing commitment to providing safe, quality, and affordable housing for those of low to moderate incomes and those with specialized needs,” she stated.

 

As part of the government’s commitment, a bilateral agreement with the federal government was established under the National Housing Strategy in 2019. It was agreed to repair 5,470 units of community housing by 2027-28. Minister Squires proudly announced that the government has already achieved more than double the original commitment, with over 12,000 units already benefiting from repairs and renovations.

This substantial investment in social housing projects underscores the Manitoba government’s dedication to enhancing the living conditions of its residents and creating a sustainable future for the province’s public housing infrastructure. With a focus on affordability, accessibility, and quality, these initiatives aim to strengthen communities and improve the overall well-being of Manitobans.

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