COATICOOK, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - June 2, 2017) - The governments of Canada and Quebec today marked the launch of a major construction project in Coaticook. Once completed, the building will provide 20 affordable housing units for persons with physical disabilities.

The construction of Habitations Hestia should be completed this fall. This project will meet a need that had been identified by the Association des personnes handicapées de la MRC de Coaticook. In fact, it was this association that initiated the project by creating the organization Habitations Hestia.

The ceremony took place today in the presence of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament for Compton-Stanstead, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); Guy Hardy, Member of the National Assembly for Saint-François, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region; and Bertrand Lamoureux, Mayor of Coaticook.


"Our government is proud to participate in the creation of these 20 affordable housing units to help those most in need, here in Coaticook. Congratulations to all the partners who contributed to the development of this project." - The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament for Compton-Stanstead

"This type of housing will allow persons with disabilities, in the Coaticook region, to benefit from affordable housing units adapted to their physical condition. They will then be able to enjoy greater independence and more active lives. For these reasons, our government is very proud to be associated with this housing project, which will improve the quality of life of people with unique needs in the Saint-François riding."
- Guy Hardy, Member of the National Assembly for Saint-François

"The Town of Coaticook is very pleased to have been able to contribute to this major project. Habitations Hestia will meet the significant needs of over 20 people with disabilities from Coaticook. The municipal council would like to thank all of the partners in this great adventure." - Bertrand Lamoureux, Mayor of Coaticook


  • Through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ), the governments of Canada and Quebec are providing close to $1.4 million for the construction of this building, under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement (IAH 2014-2019).
  • This project of over $3.1 million also received the support of several partners, including the Fondation Martin-Matte, the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund and the Regional County Municipality of Coaticook.
  • The Town of Coaticook provided nearly $187,000 for the development of the project.
  • Over $344,000 in additional financial assistance over five years, assumed by the SHQ (90%) and the Town of Coaticook (10%), will enable all the tenants to benefit from the Rent Supplement program, ensuring that they will not pay more than 25% of their income on housing.
  • The Government of Canada also invested an amount of $50,000 through its Enabling Accessibility Fund.
  • An amount of more than $41,000 was granted by the Bureau de l'efficacité et de l'innovation énergétiques of the Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles to ensure that the buildings would meet Novoclimat certification standards.

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  • CMHC has been helping Canadians meet their housing needs for more than 70 years. As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry. Prudent risk management, strong corporate governance and transparency are cornerstones of its operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642 or visit
  • The SHQ's mission is to facilitate citizens' access to appropriate housing conditions. Each year, thanks to its programs and many partners, the SHQ helps more than 229,000 Quebec households. To get more information on the programs and services offered by the SHQ, to find out more about its activities and achievements or to get advice on housing, visit

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Contact Information:

Emilie Gauduchon
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Duclos

Marie-Eve Pelletier
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and
Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security
and Minister responsible for the Montreal region

Pierre Gregoire
Political Attache
Office of the Deputy of Saint-Francois

Catherine Leger
Public Affairs
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Sylvain Fournier
Societe d'habitation du Quebec
418-643-4035, ext. 1113