OTTAWA, April 13, 2018 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is making historic investments to improve housing in First Nation communities to reduce overcrowding and better safeguard the health and safety of residents.
Today, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, congratulated two Ontario First Nations on the completion of their housing projects with funding from Budget 2016.
Grassy Narrows First Nation recently completed a new six-plex, which will be home for up to 26 residents.
In mid-March, Brunswick House First Nation completed the construction of six new homes. These homes were built using energy-efficient technologies and mold- and fire-resistant materials.
"Congratulations to Grassy Narrows First Nation and to Brunswick House First Nation on the completion of your new housing projects that will provide safe, comfortable homes for residents. Our government is making significant investments toward housing in Indigenous communities, but we know there is much more important work ahead as we all work together to close infrastructure gaps."
The Honourable Jane Philpott, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services
"Good housing conditions lead to healthier communities, and we couldn't be happier that our community can provide adequate and affordable homes to families for many generations."
Chief Rudy Turtle
Grassy Narrows First Nation
"Our community was in desperate need of new homes. Thanks to the Government of Canada, these new homes will contribute to a healthier life for many families in the community."
Chief Lisa VanBuskirk
Brunswick House First Nation
- Indigenous Services Canada provided $1,151,600 to Grassy Narrows First Nation for lot servicing and construction of the six-plex, two units of which are designed for older families and are wheelchair accessible.
- Indigenous Services Canada provided $1,026,000 to Brunswick House First Nation for lot servicing and construction of six three-bedroom homes. These homes were built with energy-efficient technologies and mold- and fire-resistant materials, which will improve fire safety and reduce annual maintenance and operating expenses.
- As of December 31, 2017 and since Budget 2016 was announced, $96.2 million has been allocated in Ontario to build 196 homes and to renovate 275 homes in First Nation communities to improve the quality of life for First Nations people. Another 200 homes are being built and 416 housing renovations and upgrades are underway in Ontario.
- Through investments made in Budget 2017 and Budget 2018, the government proposes $1.5 billion in dedicated funding over 10 years to support the successful implementation of distinctions-based housing strategies for Indigenous peoples.
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SOURCE Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
For further information: Rachel Rappaport, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, 819-934-2796; Media Relations, Indigenous Services Canada, 819-953-1160