Earlier this month, I toured the St. James Kiwanis Courts East, the newest building in the St. James Kiwanis Village – a community that dates back to 1944.
St. James Kiwanis Courts East, located on Sinawik Bay, is a three-storey building featuring 25 one-bedroom units, 23 two-bedroom units, a residents’ lounge and other common areas. The residents are low to moderate income seniors who are able to live independently and want to stay in the community.
Last year, our government invested $1.4 million, through the Investment in Affordable Housing agreement, in St. James Kiwanis Courts East.
This was my first time touring this facility since it was built and I was impressed by the building’s beauty and offering of amenities. Residents can dine together and partake in various different recreational activities – both of which help eliminate the social isolation seniors often experience.
While there, I met one of the residents who was kind enough to show me her suite. She spoke positively about the facility and highlighted the fact it is accessible, which gives her peace of mind in case her mobility declines.
Safe and affordable housing is a basic support of a thriving community like ours. It is important to our government and myself to continue to ensure that everyone has a safe and affordable place to call home.
Currently, around 1.7 million Canadian families don’t have a home that meets their basic needs. Renting can be a good option, but only if there are units available in the right places and price ranges. The St. James Kiwanis Courts East is a great example in our community of an affordable option that allows seniors to stay in their home community if they choose.
To address housing needs across Canada, in Fall 2017, we shared details of 10-year, $40 billion National Housing Strategy that will help reduce homelessness and improve the availability and quality of housing for Canadians in need.
The St. James Kiwanis Courts East and the entire Kiwanis Village is an exemplary facility that I will highlight to my colleagues in
Parliament as we continue to advocate for safe and affordable housing for all Canadians.
If you have any questions or require assistance with any federal matter, please contact my office at 204-984-6432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This column was featured in The Metro and The Headliner on Aug. 28. To view this column online, visit Canstar Community News’ website here.