Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

September 07, 2010 10:10 ET

Kingsclear First Nation Celebrates New Senior Care Home

KINGSCLEAR, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2010) - Kingsclear First Nation celebrated the grand opening of a new 8-unit senior care home today. Chief Paul Tomer 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 New Brunswick and across the country," said the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). "This project provides Kingsclear elders and community members with access to safe, quality housing at an affordable cost."

The Government of Canada, through CMHC's On-Reserve Non-Profit Housing Program (Section 95 program), provided approximately $730,000 for subsidy associated with eight new housing units.

"Kingsclear 1st Nation is very proud to announce the completion of a project that has taken many years of strategizing, planning, and negotiating. Wik-Cihpolakon Senior Care Center stands as a culmination of years of development. It is our hope to develop our facility in such a way that it will be recognized as a 'First Class' leading example of the care of 'First Nation', elderly & infirm. A home away from home," said Chief Tomer. 

The Section 95 program assists First Nations in the construction, purchase and rehabilitation of affordable on-reserve rental housing, as well as provides subsidies to First Nations to assist with the financing and operation of projects. The Government of Canada provides approximately $277 million in on-reserve funding each year to address housing need.

In April 2009, the Government of Canada announced as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan that it is providing $400 million in additional funding over 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.

For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642.

Contact Information

  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Katherine LeBlanc
    Consultant, Communications & Marketing
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Kingsclear First Nation
    Sandra Tomer-Atwin
    Administrator, Wik-Cihpolakon Senior Care Center
    506-363-4820 or 506-440-8867