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Ottawa promises more than $27 million for housing in Nunavut

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Ottawa announced approximately $27 million in funding for the construction of housing in Nunavut.

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Visiting Iqaluit, the federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, Sean Fraser, announced funding of more than $27 million on Friday over three years for housing in Nunavut.

According to the minister, the envelope will be used to accelerate the construction of 459 housing units across the territory, including 160 in the territorial capital. The City of Iqaluit will also receive $8.9 million through the Fund to Accelerate Housing Construction, thanks to an agreement with Ottawa.

The funding aims above all to reduce the administrative formalities that slow down the construction of housing in the municipality, in particular by reducing requirements for parking, increasing the permitted height limits of certain types of buildings and simplifying the application processes for layout.

We want to eliminate the obstacles faced by people who wish to build, and which are raised across the country, as well as in the North, said Minister Sean Fraser. The envelope will also be used to finance a development framework for private land.

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Federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities Sean Fraser announced approximately $27 million in funding for housing in Nunavut at a news conference in Iqaluit on Friday.

At a press conference, the minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation, Lorne Kusugak, welcomed the federal investment. In Nunavut, we need as much funding as possible, he stressed. We look forward to making more announcements like this, to ensure that all Nunavummiut have the necessary conditions to have housing.

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The funding announcement comes just over a month after the release of a report by federal housing advocate Marie-Josée Houle, which concluded that the housing crisis in Nunavut and Nunatsiavut, in northern Labrador, is such that the human rights of Inuit are violated.

According to her, the consequences are felt on their mental and physical health, particularly with regard to the spread of tuberculosis.

In October 2022, the Government of Nunavut promised to build 3,000 new homes across the territory by 2030, but all the funding needed to complete the project The long term remains uncertain.

A large proportion will come from the federal government, says Minister Sean Fraser, in an interview with CBC. Other funding will come from the territorial government, but we must keep in mind that governments alone will not solve the housing crisis.

Nunavut Housing Corporation spokesperson Sierra Leblanc says the targets set for the first years of the Nunavut 3000 Strategy were met by investments from the Government of Nunavut, specifically $80 million in 2023. -2024 and $50 million in 2024-2025, as well as from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.

On the other hand, we need more funding from the federal government, beyond the $34 million annually planned as part of the National Housing Strategy, she said in a recent email exchange.

With information by Nick Murray

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