OTTAWA, Aug. 14, 2018 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is making historic investments to improve housing in First Nation communities, reduce overcrowding, and better safeguard the health and safety of residents.
Today, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, congratulated Ginoogaming First Nation on the completion of three new duplexes in their community. Indigenous Services Canada provided $873,600 toward the building of these new units and $75,000 to service building lots.
In addition to the new structures, the First Nation also completed renovations to 10 existing homes with a $250,000 investment from Indigenous Services Canada. The First Nation also received $130,000 to support the development of a new housing policy and complete a housing condition inventory for the community.
Ginoogaming First Nation is one of 114 First Nation communities in Ontario benefitting from new housing investments through Budget 2016.
"The federal government is pleased to partner with Ginoogaming First nation on this project which will provide new, modern and comfortable homes for members of the community. Congratulations to Chief Echum and Ginoogaming First Nation on the completion of these new duplexes, and renovations to additional homes."
The Honourable Jane Philpott, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services
"I couldn't be happier that six more families will have adequate and affordable homes for many generations. These new homes lay a strong foundation for the overall comprehensive housing program that we are developing in partnership with the Government of Canada."
Chief Celia Echum
Ginoogaming First Nation
- Indigenous Services Canada provided $873,600 toward building the new duplexes and $75,000 to service building lots. Construction began in October 2017 and was completed in July 2018.
- Indigenous Services Canada also provided $250,000 to renovate 10 homes and $130,000 under the Capacity Development Fund to complete a housing condition inventory and a new housing policy for the community.
- Budget 2016 provided $554.3 million over two years to address immediate housing needs for First Nations people on reserve. As of March 31, 2018, 8,786 homes had been built, renovated, retrofitted, or serviced. Work on an additional 5,178 housing units or lots are underway, for a total of 13,964 housing units or lots serviced.
- Learn about how the Government of Canada supports housing in First Nation communities.
- Matawa First Nations Community Cultural Portal: Ginoogaming First Nation
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SOURCE Indigenous Services Canada
For further information: For more information, media may contact: Rachel Rappaport, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, 819-934-2796; Media Relations, Indigenous Services Canada, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, 819-953-1160