OTTAWA (TRADITIONAL ALGONQUIN TERRITORY), Dec. 5, 2018 /CNW/ - All Canadians should have access to safe and healthy homes. The Government of Canada is committed to improving housing conditions in First Nations communities, reducing overcrowding and enhancing quality of life for families and residents.
Today, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, congratulated the Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum Nation on the grand opening of two new triplexes in the community.
Each unit has three bedrooms and is built to exceed energy efficient guidelines under the Ontario Building Code and EnerGuide 80. The triplexes were built using local labourers and licenced trades professionals.
Through funding from Budget 2016, Indigenous Services Canada provided $1,176,000 to support this project that provides six families with new, comfortable and modern homes. As of September 30, 2018, $95.9 million has been allocated in Ontario for housing in First Nations communities, including building 402 homes and renovating or upgrading 718 units.
"Congratulations to Chief Christopher Skead and the Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum Nation on the completion of two new triplexes in the community. These units will provide six families with comfortable, modern homes. Our government was proud to partner with the community on this project and we will continue working with First Nations across the country to close the housing gap, reduce overcrowding and improve quality of life for families."
The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services
"With the help of the Government of Canada, we are able to reduce the need for housing in our First Nation. These new homes will contribute to a healthier life and a sense of belonging for families in our community."
Chief Christopher Skead
Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum Nation
- Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum Nation is located approximately three kilometres southeast of Kenora.
- Indigenous Services Canada provided $250,000 to renovate 10 existing homes in the First Nation to address health and safety concerns. Renovations were completed in summer 2018.
- Learn about how the Government of Canada supports housing in First Nation communities
- Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum Nation Facebook page
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SOURCE Indigenous Services Canada
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