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December 11, 2017

New Life for a 1950s Quebec Development

Les Immeubles Val-Martin is a 534-unit housing project in Laval, Quebec, just north of Montréal. The 17-hectare community was built in the mid-1950s and converted into social housing in 1984. Over the last several years, many units have started to suffer moisture and mould problems. To address these issues, a partial rejuvenation project was launched.

The rejuvenation will improve the quality of the affordable housing units and revitalize the centrally located Laval community. As part of the project, any units affected by mould will be demolished and rebuilt. Thanks to a 2016 federal government contribution, 124 units will be rebuilt by the spring of 2019.

Once it’s rebuilt, Les Immeubles Val-Martin will have the distinction of being a truly eco-responsible neighbourhood. In addition to improved energy performance for the site and individual buildings, the project will also include eco-friendly rainwater management.

The affordable housing development has many partners. The City of Laval will build a centrally located community centre and 233 new units on the site. This will give residents access to essential public services.

This is a major project for the residents of Laval. There’s been collaboration among federal, provincial and municipal governments, along with the Office municipal d’habitation de Laval and contributions from residents, tenants and community organizations.

Les Immeubles Val-Martin is owned by the Société d’habitation du Québec and managed by the Office municipal d’habitation de Laval. In January 2017, the federal government announced a significant investment in the project. Previously, under the 2016 SIF Agreement, a federal financial contribution of $94.5 million was granted for the renovation and retrofitting of the joint social housing stock in Quebec. From this, $18.2 million was allocated to Les Immeubles Val-Martin.

The 2016 SIF Agreement was signed by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Société d’habitation du Québec under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.