Media Release

November 25, 2022

Provincial and Federal Governments Announce Development of a New 40-Unit Affordable Housing Complex in Pleasantville

The Provincial and Federal Governments today (Friday, November 25) announced an estimated $13.2 million investment, under the National Housing Strategy, to construct a 40-unit affordable, residential apartment complex for low-income households with a focus on seniors and persons with disabilities.

The announcement was made today by the Honourable John G. Abbott, Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation and Joanne Thompson, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, on behalf of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion

Through the Canada Community Housing Initiative and the Federal Lands Initiative, two pillars of the National Housing Strategy, the Provincial Government acquired federal property in Pleasantville to develop affordable housing. Located on the corner of Charter Avenue and St. John’s Place, the 40-unit building will include one and two-bedroom units.

The building will also exceed local accessibility standards with eight units being fully-wheelchair accessible. The remaining 32 units will have Universal Design features incorporated throughout the property, including items such as widened exterior and interior doors and hallways, and lever-type door handles and faucets. Energy efficiency will also be a key element of the building design.

This new development builds on the commitment of the Federal and Provincial Governments to expand affordable housing in Newfoundland and Labrador through the National Housing Strategy. In 2022, a cost-shared $20.2 million investment was announced to support the construction of 132 affordable housing options in St. John’s, and a further $787,000 cost-shared investment was also announced to develop a new four-unit, affordable residential housing building on Mesher Street in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

“Today’s announcement highlights the strong partnership between the Provincial and Federal Governments and the progress being made to expand affordable housing options for seniors and persons with disabilities. Plans for this new complex are intended to also include retail and supportive services space on the ground floor to better serve residents.”
Honourable John G. Abbott
Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation

“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Our government is committed to helping those in need, which is why we are investing to create 40 new affordable homes for seniors and women in Pleasantville. These new homes are more than just safe and affordable places to live, they are key to a better life for the residents who will call them home. This is just one of the many ways our government’s National Housing Strategy is creating safe and affordable housing across Canada.”
Honourable Ahmed Hussen
Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion and
Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

“This announcement aligns with Canada Lands Company’s commitment to provide affordable housing options within its projects and communities across Canada. The Federal Lands Initiative is one of the ways in which our Government continues to unlock surplus land and expand the supply of affordable housing for individuals and families right here in Pleasantville.”
Honourable Helena Jazcek
Minister of Public Services and Procurement

“This announcement confirms our commitment to helping seniors and persons with disabilities in Newfoundland and Labrador and throughout the country. Projects like this one are providing safe, affordable housing to many residents in our community while creating jobs and stimulating our economy.”
Joanne Thompson
Member of Parliament for St. John’s East.

“As MHA for Virginia Waters-Pleasantville, I am pleased to see the commitment and collaboration of both the Provincial and Federal Government for this much needed development. Access to supports to maintain housing stability are essential to the social, financial and physical well-being of individuals, families and our communities. This is another great example of the importance of working together to ensure all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have a safe, adequate and affordable place to call home.”
Honourable Bernard Davis
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and MHA for Virginia Waters-Pleasantville


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