News release

Province Supports Rapid Housing Project in Dartmouth

Investments from all three levels of government mean there will soon be 12 more safe, affordable places to live in Dartmouth.

“We’re pleased to support the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia with this development that will provide safe, affordable and energy efficient homes for vulnerable Nova Scotians,” said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Lohr. “This is a great example of how all levels of government and our community partners are working together to increase affordable housing in Nova Scotia.”

The Province is investing more than $516,000 in this phase of the project, while the federal government, under its Rapid Housing Initiative, invested $3.7 million. Halifax Regional Municipality provided a $319,700 land equity contribution.

The development, located at 80 True North Crescent, is being built with a net-zero construction approach and aligns with provincial climate change goals. The units are expected to be ready in spring 2023.


Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. That is why our government created the Rapid Housing Initiative, to help make this into a reality by quickly providing affordable homes for individuals in need across Canada, including in Dartmouth. Through these new homes, we are helping to ease some of the difficulties future residents face by giving them access to the resources they need to succeed. This is our government’s National Housing Strategy at work. Ahmed Hussen, federal Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion

The True North Crescent project is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when orders of government and the community sector work together to help more people attain safe, affordable homes. Throughout the municipality, we are seeing the Rapid Housing Initiative making a range of housing types available for a broad range of need. Mike Savage, Mayor, Halifax Regional Municipality

The True North project is the beginning of a journey for AHANS in which we hope to create many more True Norths – housing that produces as much energy as it consumes and is able to do so at rents that will remain affordable for generations. These two attributes will give all residents the secure foundation they need to achieve their life goals. This would not be possible without the combined financial contributions of all three levels of government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. We are truly thankful for their contribution. Equally as important for us is the support they have for the AHANS vision and the trust that they demonstrated in us and our private sector partners’ ability to fulfill it. Jim Graham, Executive Director, Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia (AHANS)

Quick Facts:

  • in 2021, the Province committed $1.7 million to the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia through the Affordable Housing Contribution Fund to support the True North Crescent project
  • the Rapid Housing Initiative is a $4-billion program to help address urgent housing needs of vulnerable Canadians through the rapid construction of nearly 15,000 units of affordable housing across the country

Additional Resources:

Mandate letter of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing:

National Housing Strategy: