With shovels in hand, team members from various automotive industry organizations kicked off the first-ever Canadian Automotive Industry Build in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada.
Attending the ceremony were team members from Cox Automotive Canada as well as Build partners from Canadian Black Book, CARFAX Canada, Desjardins, Hyundai Canada, Scotiabank and Used Car Dealers Association, and our sponsors at Bank of Montreal and TD Canada Trust.
The Canadian Automotive Industry Build is an opportunity to connect the industry to an important cause – helping build stronger communities by assisting families to achieve strength, stability and self-reliance. On average, Habitat generates $175,000 of benefits to society for every home built. Also:
- In 2018, 238 families began building strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.
- Since 1985, 3,619 Canadian families have partnered with Habitat Canada to get access to a decent and affordable home.
- In 2018, Habitat’s affordable homeownership program generated almost $42 million in societal benefits to the community.
- In Canada, Habitat’s affordable homeownership program has added $68 million to the affordable housing portfolio in 2018 alone.
“As leaders in the automotive industry, we believe that it is important to support our local communities. Today, we had the opportunity to do just that—leading by example—to help build homes for Canadian families who need a little support to gain stability and self-reliance,” said Maria Soklis president of Cox Automotive Canada.
Through to the end of October, Canadian Automotive Industry Build team volunteers will be on the Mississauga Build site, alongside community volunteers and seasoned Habitat construction staff. Also, future Habitat homeowners will complete up to 500 hours of volunteering as part of their partnership with Habitat for Humanity.