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Contractor promotes retrofits as partial solution to First Nation housing crisis – CBC

Oct 16, 2020

A contracting company working in remote First Nations says one solution to the housing crisis impacting many communities is to renovate what’s already there.

Many remote communities have homes that are vacant, said James Gillingham, the president of Total Construction Management and Consultants Inc.

Gillingham’s company is working in a number of remote communities, and fixes up existing buildings for its employees to stay in. Once work is complete, the home is then turned back to the First Nation for its members, he said.

“These houses still have good bones. And, they can be renovated for half the price of buying a new home,” he said.

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