Habitat for Humanity Canada begins blitz build in Nunavut

    Volunteers from across Canada participate in the first ever remote
    northern build in Iqaluit

    IQALUIT, NU, Aug. 9 /CNW/ - Habitat for Humanity Canada has begun work on
a remote northern build in Iqaluit, Nunavut with affiliates and volunteers
coming from across Canada to participate in the construction.
    The Iqaluit build, taking six to eight weeks to complete, will have the
benefit of teams from South-western Ontario and Edmonton making the long
journey north to lend a hand. Due to Iqaluit's remote location, all building
materials and provisions have had to be flown in or brought by barge.
    Although Iqaluit, the capital city of Nunavut, has a population of less
than 7000 people, recently residents have been facing the challenge of
overcrowding in existing homes and dwellings. This home build, and the
establishment of Habitat for Humanity in the region, is the first step in
helping to relieve the housing shortage.
    "We are thrilled to start work on this landmark build, in such a remote
part of Canada," said David Hughes, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Habitat for Humanity Canada. "The establishment of the Habitat for Humanity
Iqaluit affiliate, and their success in starting this first build, is
reflective of our mandate to serve families in need across many diverse
communities in Canada."
    "Our community response has been overwhelmingly supportive," says Pamela
Hine, Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit. "We expect this will be a life-changing
experience for the family, the community and the visiting volunteers that help
raise the walls of this home with us. Our volunteer base here in Iqaluit is
looking forward to engaging with all the visiting builders during the various
community activities planned throughout the build process."
    Affiliates and volunteer builders will work to produce a single-family
home with wood frame construction on a steel pile foundation. Before moving
into the home, the family will participate in 500 hours of sweat equity,
including helping to build their own home, focusing on improving the Iqaluit


    Habitat for Humanity Canada 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.
    Habitat for Humanity Canada was founded in 1985, consists of over 35,000
volunteers and 71 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.

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