The origins of Benny Farm date back to the years immediately after the Second World War, when returning veterans needed homes for their growing families. In the late 1940s, the Government of Canada constructed several apartment buildings to provide housing for veterans and their families. These units were maintained for a number of years by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and later by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
In 1997, Canada Lands Company (CLC) and CMHC joined forces to construct four new apartment buildings, totaling 237 units, at Benny Farm. The goal was to provide modern and accessible homes for veterans and other tenants, who had previously lived in original post-war apartment units on the Benny Farm property -- as well as for new residents who had moved into these buildings in recent years. These efforts were part of CLC’s larger redevelopment project for the Benny Farm property. The project led to the construction of approximately 570 new and refurbished affordable housing units to the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce district of Montréal and two new community service buildings.
In 2007, CLC agreed to sell these properties to the Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal (OMHM). Residents were reassured by CLC’s commitment that they would continue to receive the same high level of service from the new property managers as they had from Canada Lands Company.