Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

August 23, 2011 18:30 ET

Parliamentary Secretary Dean Del Mastro Announces Completion of a Multi-Unit Housing Project at Hiawatha First Nation in Ontario

HIAWATHA FIRST NATION, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2011) - Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament for Peterborough and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today congratulated Hiawatha First Nation on the opening of its new six-unit housing complex. This project was made possible through an investment under Canada's Economic Action Plan (CEAP).

Hiawatha First Nation is an Ojibway community located on Rice Lake, approximately 24 km southeast of Peterborough, Ontario.

"Our Government is committed to working with First Nations to improve housing conditions on reserve and to improve the quality of life of First Nations across the country," said Minister Duncan. "We are proud to have partnered with the Hiawatha First Nation on this important project and to support their efforts to meet the housing demands of the community."

"We were pleased to work in partnership with the Government of Canada to address some of the backlog in housing needs within the community," said Hiawatha Chief Sandra Moore. "This project promoted business development and job creation and assists our community in providing residents with housing appropriate to their needs."

"Our Government is proud to have made a significant contribution to this project," said Parliamentary Secretary Del Mastro. "This investment provided quality, affordable housing for Hiawatha First Nation while creating 40 full-time jobs and stimulating the local economy during the course of construction."

The construction of Hiawatha First Nation's $1.2 million six-unit housing complex began in September 2010 and was completed in July 2011. This 8,134 square-foot complex includes four two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units to address the needs of young families, seniors and disabled. It also features energy efficient windows, doors, and heating as well as wheelchair accessibility. The Government of Canada contributed $612,500 towards this project and Hiawatha First Nation invested approximately $587,500.

This new facility is part of the $400 million investment under CEAP to support First Nations in the construction of new on-reserve housing, renovations and complementary housing activities. Over the last two years, the Government of Canada, through CEAP, contributed to the completion of 80 new housing units on-reserve in the Ontario Region as well as provided funding for the renovation of 724 housing units, the servicing of 219 lots for future development, and the upgrading of 50 housing units for First Nation home ownership.

The Government of Canada and Hiawatha First Nation also signed an Addition to Reserve (ATR) on June 23. The ATR added 77.75 acres to the First Nation land for community expansion and economic development and will contribute to the quality of life of the First Nation.

This release is also available on the Internet at www.aandc-aadnc.gc.ca.

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