Housing funding announced for Nunatsiavut

$15 million set to address overcrowding and major repair issues

Evan Careen evan.careen@tc.tc
Published on December 2, 2016

Labrador MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Yvonne Jones (seated, left) announced $15 million in funding on Nov. 25 for housing in Nunatsiavut. Also in attendance was Nunatsiavut Minister of Education and Economic Development Patricia Kemuksigak. (seated, right)

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Nunatsiavut received $15 million in funding on Nov. 25 to address housing needs in the region.

Labrador MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Yvonne Jones was on hand to deliver the announcement, along with Nunatsiavut Minister of Education and Economic Development Patricia Kemuksigak.

"Investments in housing in northern regions will help address overcrowding and major repair issues,” Jones said in a statement. “The Inuit regions suffer from the highest rates of overcrowding amongst any group in Canada. This funding is part of Canada’s goal to recognize and enhance the relationship between Canada and the northern regions, and will build on existing initiatives, boosting the economic participation in the northern regions.”

Housing is a fundamental need and the foundation for strong and healthy communities, she said. In addition to the funding received by Nunatsiavut, $50 million was earmarked for Nunavik in Quebec and $15 million was announced for the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the Northwest Territories.

Jones made the announcement on behalf Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, who said that households in the North endure some of the most sub-standard housing conditions in Canada. He said he is delighted government is taking steps to improve housing and living conditions in Northern communities with this funding.

“This funding will help create jobs, improve health outcomes and provide stability from which Northerners can leverage social and economic outcomes for their families and communities,” Duclos said.

He said this funding will not only address the shortage of housing in these regions, but it will also support job creation and skills training in First Nation, Innu and Inuit communities that lead to stronger, healthier communities.

TC Media contacted the Nunatsiavut government for an interview but did not receive a reply as of press time.