Habitat for Humanity Canadian anniversaries.

A tour of homes to be built by Habitat for Humanity, in Winnipeg, Regina, Medicine Hat and Vancouver this month by former Governor General the Right Honourable Edward Schreyer will culminate in the organization’s 700th house built in Canada since its inception in 1985. In addition, this month marks the 100th home built in Winnipeg. The charitable housing program, dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing by building simple, decent affordable homes, also provides interest-free mortgages to families who would otherwise not be able to purchase their own home. Homeowners invest “sweat equity”–hundreds of labour hours–into the building of their home; a 3-bedroom costing between $50,000 and $80,000 with an average mortgage of 20 to 25 years.