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— Partnership Commitment Will Support Community Development Across Canada —
OAKVILLE, ONTARIO – First Canadian Title, Canada’s leading provider of title insurance, announced today that it has renewed a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada. Now in its second year, the partnership supports projects in Halton, Calgary, Dartmouth, Moncton, Montreal and Vancouver. The commitment to Habitat for Humanity Canada includes a monetary donation and an in-kind donation of title insurance policies for all Habitat homes built across the country in 2008.“A home is at the heart of family life,” says Patrick Chetcuti, president and chief operating officer of First Canadian Title. “Not only are we supporting the construction of safe, affordable housing across the country, but by donating title insurance policies to Habitat homeowners, we are raising awareness about the importance of protecting families and what is likely their largest asset – their home.”
The national partnership is part of a multi-year commitment aimed at helping Habitat for Humanity Canada grow the number of families it serves each year.
“First Canadian Title’s commitment to funding homes, protecting families and getting out on the build site exemplifies the many ways that organizations can have an impact,” says David Hughes, president and chief executive officer, Habitat for Humanity Canada. “With the need for affordable housing in Canada on the rise, we are grateful for the enduring support of partners such as First Canadian Title.”
In 2007, First Canadian Title employees volunteered over 1,000 hours toward Habitat builds across the country. This year, the company expects its employees will contribute more than 2,700 volunteer hours, including a Women’s Week Build at Habitat Halton’s site in Georgetown, Ontario, where 80 female First Canadian Title volunteers will unite over the course of a week to perform framing and dry walling.
“Being able to participate in such an important cause through the workplace is remarkable,” said Pina Sobol, a First Canadian Title employee and volunteer. “Knowing that hundreds of families will be able to own their own home thanks to collaborations such as ours makes all of the hard work worth it.”
About First Canadian Title
First Canadian Title is Canada’s leading provider of title insurance and other related products and services for residential and commercial real estate transactions. Founded in 1991 and based in Oakville, Ontario, First Canadian Title employs approximately 1,000 people from coast to coast. Its customers include more than 15,000 lawyers and notaries nationwide, every major Canadian chartered bank, credit unions, other lending institutions, real estate agents, mortgage brokers and builders. First Canadian Title is the registered business name of FCT Insurance Company Ltd. and of the Canadian branch of First American Title Insurance Company. For more information about First Canadian Title, please visit www.firstcanadiantitle.com.
About Habitat for Humanity Canada
Habitat for Humanity Canada (HFHC) is a national, non-profit, faith-based organization working for a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. The mission of the organization is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. The organization was founded in 1985, consists of 35,000 volunteers, 72 Affiliate organizations from coast to coast, and is a member of Habitat for Humanity International which spans 93 countries, has built over 225,000 homes, and is now building a new home every 21 minutes. For more information, please visit: www.habitat.ca.
About First American Title Insurance Company
First American Title Insurance Company, the largest subsidiary of The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), traces its history to 1889. One of the largest title insurers in the nation, the company offers title services through its direct operations and an extensive network of agents throughout the United States and abroad. The company has its headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif. Information about The First American Corporation’s subsidiaries and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at www.firstam.com.
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