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April 30, 2010 12:00 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Creates Jobs and Improves Housing on Reserve in Manitoba

EBB AND FLOW FIRST NATION, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - April 30, 2010) - The Government of Canada announced today an investment of more than $7.6 million as part of the year one funding through Canada's Economic Action Plan to improve housing conditions in 12 First Nations communities in Manitoba.

Inky Mark, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette, 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 along with members of the Ebb and Flow First Nation community.

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

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 $75 million in federal investments will be made available to First Nations in Manitoba to address immediate housing needs.

CMHC allocated more than $3.5 million to retrofit 157 existing housing units on-reserve in 12 First Nations communities in Manitoba, as well as $4.1 million for subsidy associated with 19 new housing units to be constructed in three First Nations communities. 

"On behalf of the membership of Ebb and Flow First Nation, the Chief and Council would like to give thanks to CMHC (CEAP) program for giving the opportunity to renovate and build more houses for our community, said Chief Ralph Beaulieu. "The program enabled us to create jobs and gave our people a better, healthy and social setting."

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 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.

Investment to Improve On-Reserve Social Housing

Funding Breakdown — 12 Manitoba First Nation Communities

Barren Lands First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $75,000
Retrofit: $75,000 (5 Units)
Pine Creek First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $590,650
Retrofit: $590,650 (20 Units)
   
Ebb and Flow First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $1,673,170
Retrofit: $513,821 (24 Units)
New Construction: $1,159,349 (7 Units)
Sandy Bay Ojibway Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $302,516
Retrofit: $302,516 (21 Units)
   
Gamblers First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $7,750
Retrofit: $7,750 (4 Units)
Sapotaweyak Cree Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $345,300
Retrofit: $345,300 (15 Units)
   
Grand Rapids First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $1,306, 640
Retrofit: $154,681 (5 Units)
New Construction: $1,205,959 (5 Units)
Sioux Valley Dakota Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $172,714
Retrofit: $172,714 (7 Units)
   
O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $249,960
Retrofit: $249,960 (9 Units)
Waywayseecappo First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $531,999
Retrofit: $531,999 (19 Units)
   
Opaskawayak Cree Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $2,187,113
Retrofit: $437,742 (20 Units)
New Construction: $1,749,371 (7 Units)
Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $174,800
Retrofit: $174,800 (8 Units)

Contact Information

  • CMHC- Prairies and Territories
    Kimberlee Jones
    403-515-3048
    or
    CMHC Media Relations
    Charles Sauriol
    613-748-2799
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482