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March 12, 2010 10:30 ET

CMHC: Canada's Economic Action Plan Creates Jobs and Improves Housing on Reserve in Quebec

ATIKAMEKW FIRST NATION, LA TUQUE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 12, 2010) - The Government of Canada announced today an investment of more than $2.2 million as part of the year one funding through Canada's Economic Action Plan to improve housing conditions for the Atikamekw and Mi'kmaq First Nation communities.

Bernard Généreux, Member of Parliament for Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), made the announcement today, along with Paul Émile Ottawa, Chief of the Conseil des Atikamekw de Manawan, on behalf of Eva Ottawa, Grand Chief of the Conseil de la Nation Atikamekw.

"Our Government's Economic Action Plan is creating jobs, stimulating the local economy and improving housing conditions for First Nation communities in Quebec," said MP Généreux.

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada has committed $400 million over two years to help First Nation communities build needed new housing, repair and remediate existing non-profit housing for their members, and complement housing programs offered by CMHC. This investment will also provide an economic stimulus for many First Nations and surrounding areas by creating jobs.

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, some $45 million in federal investments will be made available to First Nations in Quebec to address immediate housing needs.

CMHC is allocating more than $1.6 million to Opitciwan and Manawan for the construction of three new social housing units and to retrofit 53 existing social housing units. Listuguj and Gesgapegiag are receiving $664,500 for the construction of two new social housing units and to retrofit 41 existing social housing units. This funding will go along way to help improve housing conditions in these First Nation communities.

"Responding to the housing needs of our people remains our top priority. What has been accomplished in the Atikamekw communities thanks to Canada's Economic Action Plan is very commendable and greatly appreciated." said Chief Ottawa.

More information on this and other measures in Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government's plan to stimulate the economy and protect those hit hardest by the global recession, can be found at: www.actionplan.gc.ca

To find out more about how the Government of Canada and CMHC are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc.ca/housingactionplan

BACKGROUNDER

INVESTMENT TO IMPROVE ON-RESERVE SOCIAL HOUSING

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting First Nations through targeted investments to build and renovate housing. Today's announcement is the latest in a series of commitments by the federal government to improve housing conditions in First Nations communities. 

This commitment is in addition to the federal government's annual investment, through Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), of approximately $277 million for on-reserve housing needs, and INAC's investment of approximately $118 million annually for First Nations on-reserve in the form of shelter allowance payments under the Income Assistance Program.

Under Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada has provided $400 million over the next two years to support on-reserve housing. Of the $400 million committed, $250 million will be delivered through CMHC over two years for the creation of new on-reserve housing ($125 million) and the repair and renovation of existing federally-assisted on-reserve social housing ($125 million). The remaining $150 million will be delivered by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) for lot servicing, renovations, new construction of high-density multi-unit dwellings, and renovations to support the conversion of band-owned housing to private ownership.

In 2007, the Government invested $300 million in the First Nations Market Housing Fund, which encourages market-based housing on-reserve and could create 25,000 new housing units over the next decade.

Funding Breakdown

Opiticiwan
Total CEAP Contribution: $1,345,000
Retrofit: $604,000 (37 units)
New Construction: $741,000 (3 units)
 
Manawan
Total CEAP Contribution: $263,840
Retrofit: $263,840 (16 units)
 
Listuguj
Total CEAP Contribution: $477,500
Retrofit: $197,500 (29 units)
New Contruction : $280,000 (2 units)
 
Gesgapegiag
Total CEAP Contribution: $187,000
Retrofit: $187,000 (12 units)

Contact Information

  • CMHC, Quebec Region
    Julie Cohen
    514-283-3679
    or
    CMHC Media Relations
    Charles Sauriol
    613-748-2799
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Public Relations, Conseil de la Nation Atikamekw
    Jimmy Neashit
    819-676-6337