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April 13, 2022 — Iqaluit, Nunavut — Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Today, the Minister of Northern Affairs, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, announced new federal investments in housing.
Through Budget 2022: A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable, the Government of Canada makes targeted and responsible investments to create good jobs, grow our economy and build a Canada where nobody gets left behind.
New investments in housing build on historic housing and infrastructure funding made in Budget 2021. Budget 2022 proposes $150 million over two years to support affordable housing and related infrastructure in the North. Of this amount, $60 million would be provided to the Government of Nunavut. This flexible funding will allow partners to continue to advance their immediate and most pressing housing and infrastructure needs.
Access to safe and affordable housing is critical to improving health and social outcomes and to ensuring a better future for Indigenous communities and children. Building on more than $2.7 billion to support housing in Indigenous communities since 2015, Budget 2022 proposes $4.3 billion to improve and expand Indigenous housing in Canada, and specifically includes $845 million to support housing in Inuit communities.
Targeted infrastructure investments in Inuit communities and distinctions-based funding represent another important step on the path of reconciliation between the government and Indigenous Peoples.
Budget 2022 takes significant steps that will help build more homes and make housing more affordable for Indigenous Peoples, regardless of where they live, which is why it further proposes to invest $300 million to co-develop and launch an Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy.
Everyone should have a safe and affordable place to call home. Budget 2022 housing measures are the most ambitious plan that Canada has ever had to solve this fundamental problem, and these measures include critical investments to address the unique challenges faced by northern and Indigenous communities in accessing safe, adequate and affordable housing.
Through Budget 2022: A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable, the Government of Canada is making progress on its commitments to close gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada, help build strong and resilient northern communities, and provide the homes that all Canadians need.
“Budget 2022 is about affordability wherever Canadians are—and that especially means a safe place to call home. Our government is putting forward significant investments to help northern and Indigenous partners address the unique housing and infrastructure challenges that northern and isolated communities face. It will mean more homes, more good-paying jobs and healthier, stronger and more prosperous northern communities for years to come.”
The Honourable Daniel Vandal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Northern Affairs
“Housing is key to the health, well-being and stability of Nunavut’s communities—it is connected to public health concerns such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing Tuberculosis epidemic, and Arctic sovereignty and security. I am pleased to see housing as a shared priority between the federal government, the Government of Nunavut and Nunavut’s Inuit Organizations. In the recently released Katujjiluta mandate, our government identified the need for all levels of government and Inuit Organizations to partner to address Nunavut’s housing gap. Working together, we can propose tangible solutions to ensure that all Nunavummiut have a roof over their head.”
The Honourable P.J. Akeeagok
Premier of Nunavut
“We thank our partners in the federal government for responding to our calls for aid. The importance of housing is key to the Katujjiluta mandate we unveiled mere weeks ago. We take this funding as proof that both our governments recognize Nunavummiut cannot thrive without adequate, affordable housing. We are also pleased to work with our partners in Nunavut Tunngavik to collaborate on our shared goal of ensuring a future in which all Nunavummiut have a place to call home.”
The Honourable Lorne Kusugak
Minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation
“Today’s announcement regarding investments in infrastructure and housing represent a clear acknowledgement from our federal partners for the need of a new, transformational approach to solving the deep infrastructure and housing gaps in Nunavut. The $845 million investment in distinctions-based funding to address Inuit housing needs across Inuit Nunangat is a clear step forward to supporting Inuit self-determination and advancing reconciliation for Inuit. We look forward to working with our government partners at all levels on an equal footing to develop the housing and infrastructure solutions required for Nunavut Inuit to enjoy the same quality of life as the rest of Canada.”
President of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
“These important investments in Nunavut are an investment in Canada; they not only go a long way to bring Nunavut infrastructure up to southern standards of living, but also to allow us to grow and thrive. There is a lot more work, but as you can see we are here standing together; these partnerships are how we are all going to get stronger.”
Mayor of Iqaluit, Nunavut
For more information, media may contact:
Office of the Honourable Daniel Vandal
Minister of Northern Affairs
Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
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