Rickford Announces $14.2 Million for First Nations Housing


Greg Rickford MPTHUNDER BAY – The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), announced today an investment of more than $14.2 million as part of the year two funding through Canada’s Economic Action Plan to improve housing conditions for 36 First Nation communities in Ontario.

Greg Rickford, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and Member of Parliament for Kenora, 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 at the 9th annual First Nation Northern Housing Conference in Thunder Bay.

“Year two of Canada’s Economic Action Plan demonstrates that our Government remains committed to improving housing conditions for First Nation communities in Ontario,” said Rickford. “Today’s investment will provide quality, affordable housing while creating jobs and stimulating the local economy.”

Acting Chief Harry Papah, of Eabametoong First Nation said “the $940,000 dollars they are receiving is great news.  Eabametoong continues to be grateful to the Government of Canada for the new housing units that will be constructed under the INAC-CMHC Section 95 Low Rental Housing Program. These new housing units will go a long way to alleviate the backlog in families needing shelter”. Eagle Lake, Kasabonika, Naotkamegwanning, Northwest Angle #37 and Wauzhushk Onigum were the other communities in the Kenora Riding who are receiving funding as part of today’s announcement.

Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada has committed $400 million over two years to help close to 500 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 is also providing an economic stimulus for many First Nations and surrounding areas by creating jobs.

First Nation Funding Unit
Aamjiwnaang First Nation $98,194 12
Batchewana First Nation $274,666 18
Beausoleil First Nation (New Construction) $1,440,000 6
Big Grassy River Nation $180,000 9
Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation $20,000 1
Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation $580,238 37
Chippewas of Nawash (New Construction) $1,010,000 6
Couchiching First Nation $402,000 20
Eabametoong First Nation (New Construction) $940,000 3
Eagle Lake First Nation $43,600 3
Fort William First Nation $226,800 21
Garden River First Nation $53,008 6
Ginoogaming First Nation (New Construction) $1,580,000 7
Henvey Inlet First Nation $300,000 15
Kasabonika First Nation $144,300 6
Lac Lacroix $60,175 4
M’Chigeeng First Nation $115,500 10
Missisaugas of Scugog Island $116,113 12
Mohawk Council of Akwesasne $435,589 28
Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (New Construction) $530,000 4
Munsee Delaware Nation $65,970 5
Naotkamegwanning First Nation $140,300 7
Nipissing First Nation $200,300 10
Northwest Angle #37 $100,000 5
Oneida Nations Thames $320,800 16
Pic River First Nation $760,000 38
Red Rock First Nation $86,031 11
Seine River First Nation $80,000 4
Serpent River First Nation $364,250 21
Sheguiandah First Nation $67,700 4
Six Nations Health Services $419,000 50
Six Nations of the Grand River $140,936 77
Taykwa Tagamou First Nation $300,800 15
Wahgoshig First Nation $105,150 6
Wahgoshig First Nation (New Construction) $724,500 3
Wasauksing First Nation $292,903 17
Wauzhushk Onigum $400,800 20
Weenusk First Nation $595,175 25
Wikwemikong Nursing Room $433,439 30
Wikwemikong Unceded $121,797 14
Total $14,270,034 606
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