Feb
28
2023

26 social housing units planned for rural PEI

(l-r) Minister of Health and Wellness, Ernie Hudson; Minister of Social Development and Housing, Matthew MacKay; MLA for Morell-Donagh and Government House Leader, Sidney MacEwen and Mayor of Kensington, Rowan Caseley.

The Province will be adding another 26 social housing units for people in the rural communities of Kensington, Alberton and Mount Stewart. 

The new mixed social housing complexes will include a 10-unit on Victoria Street West in Kensington, a 10-unit on the site of the former Maplewood Manor on Church Street in Alberton, and a six-unit on Palmer’s Lane Street in Mount Stewart, next to an existing PEI Housing Corporation social housing complex. 

“We have an all-hands-on-deck approach to increasing the supply of social housing through purchases, partnerships with developers and capital builds like the ones announced today. These new builds will help to increase the PEI vacancy rate and help Islanders on the social housing registry find a place to call home.”

- Social Development and Housing Minister Matthew MacKay

Both Kensington and Alberton projects will consist of five one-bedroom, three two-bedroom and two three-bedroom units, including three that are barrier free. The Mount Stewart project will consist of six two-bedroom units that would be able accommodate small families or seniors, with two units barrier free. All projects will be Net-Zero Ready. 

“These housing starts will be great benefit to residents,” said Minister of Health and Wellness and MLA for Alberton-Bloomfield, Ernie Hudson. “Alberton has seen substantial population growth in recent years and the result has been increased demand for accommodation in our town. Construction of 10 social housing units will provide more options for renters and help make housing more attainable for the people of the Alberton area.”

“Creating more affordable and accessible housing options in rural communities is very important. So, I’m delighted to see six new housing units coming to Mount Stewart provide more affordable, net zero ready housing for families,” said MLA for Morell-Donagh, Sidney MacEwen.

RFPs will be issued in spring/summer 2023 for all projects, with site work beginning after construction tenders are confirmed. 

For more information on housing supports in PEI, including social housing, visit: Housing Assistance.

Media contact: 
Rebecca Gass
Senior Communications Officer
Social Development and Housing 
rjgass@gov.pe.ca 

Backgrounder:

  • The PEI social housing registry currently has 128 seniors and 297 families. 
  • The 10-unit complex in Alberton was included in the 2020-21 capital budget. 
  • The 10-unit in Kensington and 6-unit in Mount Stewart will be included in the 2023-24 and 2024-25 capital budgets. 
  • The six-unit in Mount Stewart will require an RFP for design while the 10-unit buildings in Alberton and Kensington will proceed with RFPs for construction. 

General Inquiries

Department of Housing, Land and Communities
2nd Shaw North
95 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 3T5

Phone: 902-218-8569

DeptHLC@gov.pe.ca