Edmonton & Area News

Morinville gets affordable housing

Paul Krauskopf Court – Morinville’s first affordable housing development – is now open and welcoming tenants

MORINVILLE – The governments of Alberta and Canada are bringing affordable housing to Morinville with the grand opening of Paul Krauskopf Court.

Named in honour of former local mayor Paul Krauskopf, the new facility is the first to provide Morinville residents with access to below-market rental housing. It is also the community’s first net-zero housing development. The building creates as much energy as it needs, using solar power to help keep utility costs down and ensure rent remains affordable in the long term.

This project created approximately 75 jobs in Morinville, which is about 40 kilometres north of Edmonton.

With 32 apartment units and an eight-unit townhome, the affordable housing complex has space for individuals, couples and families. Tenants began moving in on Feb. 1.

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Ahmed Hussen and Seniors and Housing Minister Josephine Pon announced the grand opening.

“This project is a great example of how we can lean on partnerships to provide more flexible, fair, and inclusive housing options,” said Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing.

Dale Nally, MLA for Morinville-St. Albert said the fact that the housing complex is also Morinville’s first net-zero housing development is also a significant milestone for the community, and sets the standard on how to achieve an exceptionally high level of energy efficiency.

Alberta’s government and the Government of Canada, through CMHC, jointly contributed $10 million to the project through the National Housing Strategy bilateral agreement.

Canada’s National Housing Strategy (NHS) is a 10-year, $70-plus?billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home. This includes more than $13 billion committed through the 2020 Fall Economic Statement.