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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AND NUNAVUT ANNOUNCE SUPPORTS FOR HOUSEHOLDS ACROSS THE TERRITORY

13 August 2021

News Release

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AND NUNAVUT ANNOUNCE SUPPORTS FOR HOUSEHOLDS ACROSS THE TERRITORY

Iqaluit, Nunavut — Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. That is why the Government of Canada partnered with the Government of Nunavut to provide additional support to thousands of low-income households across the territory.

Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the Honourable Margaret Nakashuk, Minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation, and the Honourable Elisapee Sheutiapik, Minister of Family Services, Minister responsible for Homelessness announced details of a joint investment of $18 million to support over 670 low-income households in need through the new Canada–Nunavut Housing Benefit (CA-NU HB).

The Canada Housing Benefit is a National Housing Strategy program funded by the Government of Canada and cost-matched by Nunavut.

In addition, the CA-NU HB is intended to address rental instability among certain target groups such as women and children experiencing or at risk of domestic violence, seniors, Indigenous peoples, peoples with disabilities, those dealing with mental health and addiction issues, homeless individuals and those at risk of homelessness, racialized communities, veterans, young adults, among others.

Quotes:

“Everyone deserves a safe and secure home. The Canada–Nunavut Housing Benefit is designed to give households in need a boost, and provide some added stability during these uncertain times. Over the next eight years, we estimate this funding will serve some 670 homes in communities across Nunavut. Without doubt, that’s going to make a big impact in countless lives here in NU. This is the National Housing Strategy at work.” – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

“Everyone deserves a roof over their head and a safe place to call home. This investment through the Canada–Nunavut Housing Benefit will help many families and individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of being homeless and will make a difference in ending the cycle of homelessness. The Government of Canada’s ongoing support and commitment to creating affordable housing will help improve the lives of the most vulnerable individuals and families in Nunavut.” – The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs

“A lack of transitional housing in Nunavut means that many Nunavummiut in need of shelter are forced to use emergency shelters, live in overcrowded conditions, or are homeless. The Canada Housing Benefit funding will be used to ease this hardship by facilitating access to housing on the private market for individuals, youth or families who are experiencing vulnerability or crisis. This benefit will provide $9 million to Nunavummiut in need over nine years.”- Hon. Margaret Nakashuk, Minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation.

“We are pleased to access the $9 million Canada Housing Benefit, earmarked and targeted towards Nunavummiut transitioning into their own housing, but facing issues of a disproportionally high part of their salary going towards rent. This benefit will be a rent subsidy for individuals and families transitioning into new, better and more permanent housing solutions. The rent support will also come with specific follow ups and supports from Family Services’ staff to ensure the participants in the program succeed in transitioning into their new housing. Our transitional housing coordinator will be reaching out to the communities to identify potential candidates. A full evaluation of the program will be done at the one year mark. ” - Hon. Elisapee Sheutiapik, Minister of Family Services, Minister responsible for Homelessness

Quick facts:

  • The Canada–Nunavut Housing Benefit will invest $18 million in targeted support to meet the significant housing needs of around 670 residents of Nunavut with low income between 2021-22 and 2027-28.
  • The Canada–Nunavut Benefit is part of the 8-year bilateral agreement between the governments of Canada and Nunavut, under the National Housing Strategy (NHS). The NHS invests a total of nearly $333 million, cost-shared by the federal government and the Government of Nunavut, to protect, renew and expand social and community housing, support province’s priorities related to housing repair, construction and affordability, and provide a portable rent subsidy directly to households.
  • Through the Canada–Nunavut Housing Benefit, the average monthly benefit is approximately $3100 per month to support housing costs.
  • CMHC supports the government’s efforts to improve the well-being of Canadians facing housing and homelessness challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The NHS is built on strong partnerships between the federal, provincial and territorial governments, and continuous engagement with others, including municipalities, Indigenous governments and organizations, and the social and private housing sectors. This includes consultations with Canadians from all walks of life, and people with lived experience of housing need.
  • All NHS investments delivered by the federal, provincial and territorial governments will respect the key principles of the NHS that support partnerships, people and communities.
  • Canada’s NHS is an ambitious, 10-year plan that will invest over $72 billion to give more Canadians a place to call home. Launched in 2017, the NHS will build and repair thousands of housing units, and help households with affordability support.

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Media contacts:

Hafsah Asadullah
Communications Assistant
Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Hafsah.Asadullah@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Media Relations
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
media@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Josh Long
Senior Communications Officer
Nunavut Housing Corporation
867-975-7250
jlong@gov.nu.ca

Jodi Durdle-Awa
Director, Policy and Planning
Department of Family Services
867-975-5250
jdurdle-awa@gov.nu.ca