06/26/2016 07:48 EDT | Updated 06/27/2016 09:59 EDT

Feds Commit $150 Million For Affordable Housing In B.C.

VANCOUVER — The federal government says it's investing an additional $150 million over the next two years to help British Columbia residents get affordable housing.

Jean-Yves Duclos, federal minister of families, children and social development, made the announcement in Vancouver on Sunday with B.C. housing minister Rich Coleman.

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Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, speaks to reporters in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Feb. 2, 2016. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Duclos says the new funding includes $25.2 million for construction and repair of affordable housing for seniors and $10.9 million for the construction and renovation of shelters and transition houses for domestic violence victims.

He says it also includes $50.9 million to address the increasing demand for repairs as social housing units age and to improve efficiency and reduce energy and water use.

Coleman says the B.C. government will be working with communities throughout the province to identify specific housing needs and determine where the additional funding will be distributed.

The funding announced Sunday is in addition to the $63 million joint annual funding provided by the federal and B.C. governments under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.

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