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Canada's Economic Action Plan

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March 19, 2010 16:00 ET

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

WHITECAP, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - March 19, 2010) - The Government of Canada announced today an investment of $20.7 million, as part of the year one funding through Canada's Economic Action Plan to improve housing conditions for First Nation communities across Saskatchewan.

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, 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 Whitecap Dakota community.

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

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 $60 million in federal investments will be made available to First Nations in Saskatchewan to address immediate housing needs.

CMHC will allocate more than $9.1 million to retrofit over 650 housing units on-reserve in Saskatchewan, as well as $11.5 million for subsidy associated with 63 new housing units to be constructed in seven First Nations communities in Saskatchewan.

"Our First Nation is very pleased to be part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. Greater energy efficiency is important to every one of the family members who live in these retrofitted homes. And this investment is also very important to our Whitecap community which continues to grow," said Chief Darcy Bear, Whitecap Dakota. "In order to ensure the work could be undertaken on time and completed on schedule, we have witnessed yet another positive outcome of this investment with the creation of Whitecap Construction, the community owned company that is undertaking the construction project. Our families, our workforce with its journeymen and apprentices, along with our entire community is, by far, the better for this project."

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

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 provides $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.

INVESTMENT TO IMPROVE ON-RESERVE SOCIAL HOUSING

Funding Breakdown
Saskatchewan First Nation Communities

James Smith Cree Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $548,454 (20 Units)New Construction: $1,400,000 (8 Units)   Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $873,428 (107 Units)
Sturgeon Lake First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $371,005 (18 Units)New Construction: $ 1,500,000 (8 Units)   Pasqua First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $138,255 (13 Units)New Construction: $1,970,000 (10 Units)
Muscowpetung First Nation Total CEAP Funding: New Construction: $1,780,000 (10 Units)   Okanese First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $64,559 (6 Units)
Carry the Kettle First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit:  $127,860 (6 Units)   Peepeekisis First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $275,826 (11 Units)
Fishing Lake First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $192,069 (9 Units)   Gordon First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit:$ 488,151 (21 Units)
Piapot Band Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $70,410 (5 Units)   Standing Buffalo First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $440,380 (23 Units)
Muskowekwan First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $36,779 (6 Units)   Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit:  $379,584 (24 Units)
Shoal Lake Cree Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $87,677 (7 Units)   Stanley Mission (LLB) Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $109,740. (10 Units)
Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $212,063 (22 Units)   Witchekan Lake First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $55,216 (3 Units)
Ocean Man First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $337,212 (14 Units)   Ochapowace First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $705,754 (70 Units)
Cowessess First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit:  $246,500 (12 Units)   Beardy's & Okemasis First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $443,700 (50 Units)
Mistawasis First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $132,911 (7 Units)   One Arrow First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $29,580 (2 Units)
Kinistin Saulteaux First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $22,619 (3 Units)   Cote First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit:  $222,711 (15 Units)
Keeseekoose First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $358,904 (24 Units)   Key First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $77,894 (6 Units)
Little Black Bear First Nation (3rd party) Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $153,421 (7 Units)   Yellow Quill First Nation (3rd party) Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $156,041(8 Units)
Thunderchild First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $82,630 (4 Units)   Nekaneet First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $263,656 (28 Units)
White Bear First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $47,758 (15 Units)   Whitecap Dakota First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $666,767 (44 Units)
Onion LakeFirst Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $225,087 (9 Units)New Construction: $1,220,000 (7 Units)   Moosomin First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $32,060 (9 Units)New Construction: $1,790,000 (10 Units)
Red Pheasant First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $264,818 (19 Units)New Construction: $1,880,000 (10 Units)   Saulteaux First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $148,600 (7 Units)
Sweetgrass First Nation Total CEAP Funding: Retrofit: $104,187 (7 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