Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

April 15, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Works to Improve On-Reserve Housing in Quebec

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - The Government of Canada continues to make significant progress in improving housing conditions for First Nations communities in Quebec, announced the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister for La Francophonie and Minister responsible for the Quebec region, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians.

In Canada's Economic Action Plan (http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/eng/index.asp), the Government of Canada committed $400 million over the next two years to support on-reserve housing. The funds are dedicated to new social housing projects, remediation of existing social housing stock and to complementary housing activities through programming from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).

"The Conservative government recognizes that access to safe and affordable housing is essential for improving economic and social outcomes and supporting First Nation communities," said Minister Verner. "Today's announcement of funding through Canada's Economic Action Plan demonstrates our commitment to collaborate with First Nations to increase the supply of safe and affordable housing for First Nations communities in Quebec. This will help communities create new options for building and producing wealth."

Approximately $45 million will be made available to First Nations in Quebec to address on-reserve housing issues. This commitment will address immediate housing needs and assist the transition to market-based housing on reserves. It will also serve as an economic stimulus for many First Nations and rural areas by generating employment, the development of skilled trades and the creation of small businesses.

Delivering Tangible Results

Today's announcement is part of a series of commitments made by the Conservative government to improve housing conditions in First Nations communities. In Budget 2007, this 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. These commitments are in addition to this government's annual investment of approximately $270 million for on-reserve housing needs and approximately $118 million annually for First Nations on reserve in the form of shelter allowance payments under the Income Assistance Program.

Moving Forward with the Economic Action Plan

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Conservative government is helping to improve learning environments for First Nation students; continuing practical partnership approaches for Child and Family Services; increasing access to clean, safe drinking water; delivering skills training; improving the quality of housing and infrastructure on reserve, including new schools; and investing in projects that will provide lasting, sustainable benefits for First Nation communities.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Minister's Office
    Nina Chiarelli
    819-997-0002
    or
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Media Relations
    819-953-1160