Mar
3
2023

Province announces another 111 social housing units 

Preliminary design of a 24 unit complex in Montague, in which 12 units will be designated for social housing

Future social housing options continue to expand for families and seniors in need of support, within eleven different Island communities. 

Through the Affordable Housing Development Program, the Province of Prince Edward Island has partnered with Pan American Properties to create 111 social housing units while also supporting another 111 market rental units for a combined total of 222 units. These 111 units will support Islanders on the social housing registry with rent set at 25 per cent of income.

The social housing units will be located in the following communities: 

  • Alberton – 9 units
  • Borden – 9 units
  • Cornwall – 12 units
  • Charlottetown – 15 units 
  • Georgetown – 9 units
  • Hunter River – 9 units
  • Kensington – 9 units
  • Miscouche – 9 units 
  • Montague – 12 units
  • Souris – 9 units 
  • York – 9 units 

“Housing is the root of stability for people and families. When people have access to safe, adequate and appropriate housing, they feel better and do better. We are focused on doing everything we can to increase the housing supply in both rural and urban areas of the Island.” 

 - Social Development and Housing Minister Matthew MacKay

“We’re thrilled to be helping the Province and fellow Islanders with permanent solutions to housing insecurity, while continuing a legacy of providing investment and benefits to the communities in which we live in and serve,” says Tim Banks CEO of APM Group. “We live here and we are proud of what we build here.”

The Affordable Housing Development Program provides up to $55,000 per unit to non-profit corporations, private entrepreneurs and development corporations, housing cooperatives or municipalities to support the addition of affordable housing to construction projects. New builds, buildings currently under construction, or renovations to existing buildings are eligible, as long as the projects add new affordable units to the market. Since the launch of the program, 261 social housing units have been announced, leveraging another 325 market units. 

Through this program, along with investments in mobile vouchers and 100 new government-owned social housing units announced in the fall 2021 capital budget, the provincial government is committed to adding more social housing units to its inventory.

The province has already initiated 1,185 of the 1,200 units committed to in 2019. The 2021-2022 Operating Budget included $32.4 million to provide more affordable housing for Islanders. As of February 23, 2023, there were 128 seniors and 297 families or individuals on the social housing registry.

For assistance with finding affordable housing, including applying for a social housing or a mobile rental voucher, visit Housing Assistance, email housing@gov.pe.ca or call 1-877-368-5770.

Visit Housing Assistance for more information on the Affordable Housing Development Program. 

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

Backgrounder:

More information on the 111 social housing units:

  • The province is partnering with Pan American Properties Inc., to add 111 family/senior social housing units.
  • Construction in Charlottetown, Montague, Cornwall and York is expected to begin in spring 2023 with the construction in other communities expected to begin in summer 2023. 
  • A total investment of $5.5 million is being made through the Affordable Housing Development Program with an additional $30.7 million in supplemental lease agreements. 
  • The province has signed a 20-year agreement to maintain the housing as affordable for Islanders on the housing registry. 
  • All builds will be net-zero ready. 
  • There will be 24 accessible units identified as social housing. 

General Inquiries

Department of Housing, Land and Communities
Sullivan Building
16 Fitzroy Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-218-8569

DeptHLC@gov.pe.ca