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New affordable housing agreement signed

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The Manitoba and federal governments have renewed their affordable housing agreement for another five years.

The new deal is worth $104 million, with each level of government contributing $52 million. It replaces a three-year agreement worth more than $60 million.

Manitoba MP Candice Bergen, minister of state for social development, said the bilateral agreement gives the province the flexibility to set priorities on how the funds should be spent. She said the funding will create safe homes for Manitobans plus needed jobs and opportunities for apprentices.

Manitoba Housing and Community Development Minister Peter Bjornson said the money will be spent on a variety of programs, including adding affordable housing units, increasing the quality of rental housing in the private sector, assisting homeowners with renovations and providing rent supplements.

 

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