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NWTHC-IRC Housing Partnership Yields Benefits

Grand opening. Duane Smith and Alfred Moses. IRC and GNWT.

In cooperation with Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC), and with the support of the federal government's Housing Initiative funds, a public housing six-plex in Inuvik has been developed and is ready for occupancy, announced Alfred Moses, Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC), on September 4.

“It’s been exciting to be part of the opening of these six units in Inuvik. Housing is the most fundamental support that we require to build success in our lives," Moses said. "I am glad that GNWT has been able to work together with IRC to develop this important housing infrastructure in Inuvik. IRC is truly a valued partner and I anticipate that moving forward, northerners will continue to reap the benefits of affordable housing through this partnership.”

The NWTHC-IRC partnership was formed under a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) as part of the two organizations’ commitment to improve housing conditions in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) and provide economic development and training opportunities for NWT residents in the ISR. As part of an enhanced partnership arrangement going forward, Minister Moses and Duane Smith, Chair and CEO of IRC, marked the opening of the six-plex by signing a new MOA that sets the stage for future partnership opportunities between IRC and the NWTHC.

The NWTHC through its community agent, the Inuvik Housing Authority, will begin immediately filling the units with Public Housing program participants.

“IRC in partnership with the Federal Government of Canada is proud to cooperate with the NWTHC in response to the critical need for durable, affordable housing in the ISR," Smith said. "Working with our Inuvialuit Development Corporation, we have designed and built a product that lowers the cost of development, increases local employment and training opportunities, while delivering a product that will stand the test of our arctic climate and meet the needs of our residents for many years to come. IRC will continue to engage with the Government of Canada to ensure the resources allocated to develop infrastructure in our region also have the desired economic impact to allow the employment and training vital to the people of the ISR.”

These projects will stimulate valuable economic development in six ISR communities by adding important social infrastructure, supporting local and regional businesses, and creating a wide range of training opportunities.

The units in Inuvik, as well as projects in other ISR communities constructed under this partnership, are turned over to the NWTHC for the price of $1 per project for use in the Public Housing Program. IRC and the NWTHC are participating on a joint Project Management Team to guide the delivery of these social housing units.

Photo: Inuvialuit Communications Society

For more information, please contact:

Cara Bryant
Communications Advisor
Strategic Planning, Policy and Communications
Northwest Territories Housing Corporation
Tel: (867) 767-9328 ex. 85023
Fax: (867) 873-9426
Johanna Mitchener
Commercial Projects Coordinator
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Tel: (867) 777-7025
Fax: (867) 678-0646