OTTAWA, June 2, 2017 /CNW/ - Housing is a fundamental need and all Canadians, including First Nations people, should have the security of a safe and healthy home.
Thanks to Government of Canada Budget 2016 funding, young families with children at Munsee-Delaware Nation will have access to homes in a newly built six-unit housing complex.
Munsee-Delaware Nation is one of 55 First Nation communities in Ontario who will benefit from new housing investments through Budget 2016.
"Congratulations to the Munsee-Delaware Nation on this important housing initiative that will serve the community for years to come."
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
"We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada in an effort to reduce the need for housing in our community. These new homes will contribute to a healthier life, a sense of belonging, and remaining or coming home for families in our community."
Chief Roger Thomas
- Munsee-Delaware Nation is located southwest of London, Ontario, and has a total registered population of 651 with 155 residents living on reserve as of May 2017.
- This new housing project is part of a $554.3 million investment over two years under the Budget 2016 initiative to support First Nations in building new on-reserve housing, renovations and complementary capacity building activities.
- In 2016-2017, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, through Budget 2016, invested nearly $62 million in improving on-reserve housing conditions in Ontario.
- Construction of the housing project began in the fall of 2016 and was completed in May 2017. The Government of Canada invested $800,000 in this project.
- The community offers a number of housing options to its members, including social housing, home ownership and a renovation loan program.
- In partnership with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the First Nation finalized a new housing policy in August 2013.
- Munsee-Delaware Nation First Nation Profile
- Learn about how the Government of Canada supports housing in First Nation communities.
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SOURCE Government of Canada
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