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Inuvialuit Settlement Region Communities Supported by Economic Development and Improved Housing

The Honourable Caroline Cochrane and Duane Smith during the signing ceremony.

The Honourable Caroline Cochrane, Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC) and Homelessness, and Duane Ningaqsiq Smith, Chair and CEO of Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC), signed a Memorandum of Agreement on February 24, 2017 to partner towards the renewal of social housing in Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) communities.

“This trilateral partnership between the Federal Government, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and Northwest Territories Housing Corporation shows our commitment to investing in culturally-relevant community infrastructure throughout the Inuvialuit Settlement Region to better support our beneficiaries," said Duane Smith, Chair and CEO of Inuvialuit Regional Corporation. "With all six ISR communities involved in the planned housing replacements, we can spread economic opportunity, further assist Inuvialuit who seek affordable housing and enhance capacity throughout our region.”

Using investments provided under Federal Budget 2016, IRC will construct certain, affordable social housing units on lots owned by NWTHC and turn over the units to the NWTHC upon completion. These units will replace older and aging social housing units. This investment will improve the overall condition of the social housing stock, create more spaces to address homelessness, and help to address the high housing needs in the North and Inuit communities.

Additionally, Nappaq, the Inuvialuit-owned company contracted to construct these units, is committed to using local trades and growing capacity within ISR communities. This work supports the objectives under the section 16 economic measures provisions of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement. These projects support economic development in these communities adding important social infrastructure, supporting local and regional businesses and creating training opportunities.

Federal Budget 2016 investments in affordable housing are providing targeted support to those who need it most, including in Northwest Territories, and create good jobs that help grow Canada’s economy in a clean and sustainable way.