EDMONTON, AB, March 16, 2021 / CNW / – Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. That is why the governments of Canada and Alberta fund four housing projects designed, implemented and owned by and for indigenous peoples.
Today, the Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and the Honorable Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing announced details of the $ 13.1 that the governments of Canada and Alberta will ensure the four projects.
The four projects include two in From alberta big cities, Edmonton and Calgaryand two in rural areas, Lac Ste. Anne and Victor Lake near Large Cache. To the northwest Edmonton, the project includes the purchase of a 34-unit building for affordable housing. Funding in Calgary, Lac Ste. Anne and Victor Lake will create 12 senior housing units at each location.
Overall, these projects will create around 100 jobs and help grow the local economy, while supporting communities through Alberta.
In Alberta, funding is provided through the Indigenous Housing Capital Program (IHCP), which helps Indigenous governments and communities build affordable housing off-reserve, off-facility and in institutions. The program ensures a flexible and autonomous approach and encourages public and private promoters to establish partnerships with governments and indigenous organizations.
Federal funding for the IHCP is provided under the 10-year bilateral housing agreement between the Government of Canada and the government of Alberta, announced in spring 2019, and will help provide the 70 affordable housing units for this project.
IHCP requests are accepted on an ongoing basis and are now available at alberta.ca/ihcp. The next quarterly deadline is March, 31st.
“Through the National Housing Strategy, it is with great pleasure that our government supports these four housing projects owned by Indigenous people everywhere. Alberta, so that, collectively, we are better able to lift vulnerable populations of all races, ages and genders, to find a home that meets their needs. These types of investments in our communities help create new jobs and stimulate the economy, while providing access to safe and affordable housing. ” – The Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
“Improving housing for Indigenous people must be a priority for the Government of Canada. Seniors have contributed so much to their communities. Making sure they have safe and affordable housing is one way to give back to them. With our partners from the government of Alberta, Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc., Victor Lake Cooperative, Evergreens Foundation, Native Friendship Center of Calgaryand Lac Ste. Anne Métis Community Association, we are building a generation of new homes we can all be proud of. “ – The Honorable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services
“From alberta The government is pleased to support four new housing projects that will be carried out for and by Aboriginal communities. Our program encourages public and private developers to partner with Indigenous governments and organizations, and I’m proud that two of the new projects feature Indigenous and non-Indigenous partnerships. ” – Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing
“Everyone deserves a safe, affordable and accessible home, and this important project will provide good homes to those who need them. Indigenous people are over-represented among the homeless, and having access to affordable housing keeps a roof over the head of more Indigenous people. and provides a safe place for people to build and heal their lives. This project is a good example of what we can accomplish when different levels of government and Indigenous governments and organizations work together. ” – Rick wilson, Minister of Indigenous Relations
“This long-standing affordable housing project for our Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. members has finally come to fruition. This collective effort is a step forward and a great start to addressing housing shortages for our six member countries. We would like to thank the creator, our elders, our leaders and all of the task forces for helping to make this a reality. ” – Okimaw Vernon Watchmaker, Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc.
“On behalf of the Victor Lake Board of Directors and our Elders, we are very proud to receive funding from the IHCP and to partner with the Evergreens Foundation. This development will be the heart of our community and will serve our elders for generations to come. Our seniors will be supported in an establishment that respects our culture and keeps them in the community as long as possible. ” – Shirley Delorme Haggart, President, Victor Lake Cooperative
“The Evergreens Foundation, in partnership with the Victor Lake Cooperative, is delighted to enter into this IHCP grant agreement with the Province of Alberta. We have made it a priority to house our seniors in their home communities, wherever possible, and this revolutionary project will be an exciting expression of this crucial priority. We look forward to working with our partners to realize their long-held dream of providing stable and culturally appropriate housing for the Elders of Victor Lake and other Indigenous communities in our region. “ – Paul Butler, President, Evergreens Foundation
“Our seniors are the heart of our communities and they deserve to live their lives with dignity. This is a one-of-a-kind project that will provide our Indigenous seniors with accessible, affordable and culturally safe housing. ” – Shane Gauthier, CEO, Native Friendship Center of Calgary
“This funding creates an incredible opportunity to provide our seniors with stable, safe and affordable housing located in our home community of Lac Ste. Anne. This development of independent living, which will be exploited in its infancy thanks to a collaboration with the Communitas Group, meets a short-term objective that is extremely important for our community. ” – Ray daniels, Board Member, Lac Ste. Anne Métis Community Association
- In addition to the four IHCP construction projects announced today, two more have been approved for funding, with construction underway:
- As advertised in September 2020, Métis Capital Housing Corporation will receive up to $ 7 million in capital financing, to redevelop 10 single-family homes in Edmonton in 23 family dwellings.
- As advertised in August 2020, the Elizabeth Metis colony, near Cold lake, will receive up to $ 3 million in capital funding, to build 10 new four-bedroom homes. The housing will serve Métis families living in the facility.
- Announced in 2019, the 10-year bilateral agreement between governments Canada and Alberta, as part of the National Housing Strategy (NHS), will invest $ 678 million to protect, renew and expand social and community housing, and support From alberta priorities related to repair, construction and affordability of housing.
- From Canada The National Housing Strategy (NHS) is a 10-year, more than $ 70 billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home, which includes more than $ 12 billion committed in the Economic Statement of the fall 2020.
- Fall Economic Statement 2020 Proposes to Increase Lending Capacity of the National Housing Strategy Rental Construction Financing Initiative $ 12 billion over seven years. This new funding will allow CMHC to support the construction of 28,500 additional purpose-built rental units in Canada.
- From alberta The stimulus package is a bold and ambitious long-term strategy to build, diversify and create tens of thousands of jobs now. By building schools, roads and other basic infrastructure, we benefit our communities. By diversifying our economy and attracting investment with From Canada most competitive tax environment, we put Alberta on the path to a generation of growth.
As From Canada As a housing authority, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and the financial system, provides support to Canadians in need of housing, and provides unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. CMHC’s goal is that by 2030, everyone Canada has a home they can afford that meets their needs. For more information, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
The Alberta Department of Seniors and Housing promotes the development of affordable housing and supports access to housing options for Albertans who need them most. The ministry works with seniors, their families and caregivers, Albertans in need of housing supports and communities and other government partners. A more detailed description of the ministry and its programs and initiatives can be found at alberta.ca/ministry-seniors-housing.aspx.
Learn more about From alberta affordable housing programs.
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
For further information: Media contacts: Mikaela Harrison, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, [email protected]; Leonard Catling, Media Relations, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, [email protected]; Natalie Tomczak, 587-596-8187, Press Secretary, Seniors and Housing (Alberta)