Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

July 14, 2009 23:59 ET

Wikwemikong First Nation Celebrates New Apartment Complex

MANITOULIN ISLAND, ON, July 14 - Wikwemikong First Nation
celebrated the grand opening of a new 30-unit apartment complex today. Chief
Hazel Fox Recollet was joined by community members and guests to officially
open the building.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating safe and affordable
housing for Aboriginal people in Ontario and across the country," said the
Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Member of Parliament for
Parry Sound-Muskoka, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Minister Responsible for
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). "This project provides
Wikwemikong elders and community members with access to safe, quality housing
at an affordable cost."

CMHC provided a housing loan of $2,700,000 to facilitate the construction
of this complex with an annual contribution of $162,821 towards the
operational costs.

"It has been a long, prosperous journey and now we can confidently
express our victory in the completion of a 30 unit apartment building in
Wikwemikong," said Chief Recollet. "Through hard work, determination, and
negotiations with CMHC, it has become a significant accomplishment for our
community because this is the first-time our own people have built a
two-storey building."

CMHC's On-Reserve Non-Profit Housing Program assists First Nations in the
purchase, construction, rehabilitation and administration of affordable
on-reserve rental housing, and provides subsidies for First Nations people
living on-reserve. The Government of Canada provides approximately $270
million in on-reserve funding each year to address housing need.

In April, the Government of Canada announced as part of Canada's Economic
Action Plan that it is providing $400 million in additional funding over the
next two years to support on-reserve housing. These funds are dedicated to new
social housing projects, the remediation of existing social housing and
complementary housing activities through programming from CMHC and Indian and
Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). This funding will also provide an economic
stimulus for many First Nations and rural areas by creating jobs, developing
skilled trades and supporting small businesses.

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 60 years of
experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally
sustainable, and affordable homes - homes that will continue to create vibrant
and healthy communities and cities across the country.

Contact Information

  • please call 1-800-668-2642 or contact: Michelle
    Bakos, Press Secretary, Office of Minister Finley, (819) 994-2482; Nicole
    Burgers, Consultant, Communications & Marketing, Canada Mortgage and Housing
    Corporation, (416) 250-2760; Jeffrey Toulouse, Housing Manager, Wikwemikong
    First Nation, (705) 859-3122