The mayor of Hawkesbury is inviting land owners, builders and developers to exchange ideas and brainstorm about the creation of mixed residential housing projects. A meeting will take place on Monday, September 23 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Hawkesbury’s council chambers which will include presentations on federal and provincial housing incentives.

Hawkesbury Mayor Paula Assaly points to five developments which she says will create 200 new direct jobs and 600 new indirect jobs for the region and says that the lack of housing makes it difficult to attract the skilled labour needed for economic development.

The recent selection of the Town of Hawkesbury as a welcoming community for French-speaking newcomers also points to the need for additional housing, she says.

Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin will be present to discuss federal housing incentives, while Alain Lacelle, Social Housing Supervisor for the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, will provide information about provincial incentives.

Once the session is complete, there will be a question-and-answer period.

Those wanting to attend should confirm their presence very soon with Lucie L. Titley at: [email protected] The confirmation deadline was September 16, 2019 but there may be space for additional attendees.