ROSSLAND, B.C. – The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) are committing to a $3.2 million investment to build workforce housing in Rossland, B.C.
The funding stems from FCM’s Sustainable Affordable Housing initiative and will go towards the construction of 37 housing units.
Officials stated the homes will help address a lack of workforce housing for individuals and families in Rossland. The Lower Columbia Affordable Housing Society, in partnership with the city, plan to put the units above a new city hall which will take up most of the first floor of the new structure. To achieve the net-zero energy ready standard, the building will use efficient mechanical and electrical systems, a highly insulated building envelope, high-efficiency windows and LED lighting.
“Buildings contribute 18 per cent of Canada’s GHG emissions – building more energy-efficient homes in communities across the country will help us achieve our climate targets while also making life more affordable for Canadians,” said Johnathan Wilkinson, minister of natural resources, in a statement. “Our government is pleased to help the City of Rossland and other municipalities in every region of Canada to identify and capitalize on opportunities to lower emissions and build sustainable housing options.”