News Release

Office of the Ontario Regional Chief

Ontario Regional Chief (ORC) RoseAnne Archibald would like to congratulate the 16 First Nation communities who were successful in accessing the federal government’s Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) to build homes on First Nation communities across the province of Ontario.

“I am excited for the First Nations involved with this initiative because it will help increase the housing supply on First Nations communities across Ontario,” stated Archibald. “Any addition to the housing supply will help alleviate overcrowding issues and can help reduce the spread of infectious diseases, like COVID-19.”

Seven of the 16 Indigenous communities include Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum Nation, Deer Lake First Nation, Eagle Lake First Nation, Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First Nation, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Mishkeegogamang First Nation, and Webequie First Nation. Public details about the other First Nations involved with this project were not currently available.

Delivered by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), under the National Housing Strategy (NHS), RHI provides capital contributions to develop new, permanent affordable housing by covering costs associated with modular multi-unit rental construction; conversion of non-residential to affordable multi-residential homes; and, rehabilitation of buildings in disrepair and/or abandoned to affordable multi-residential homes.

Ontario Regional Chief Archibald is happy to see federal and provincial government partners working cooperatively to respond to the urgent need to address overcrowding in First Nation homes by increasing the housing supply as part of their work to fulfill their commitments.

“I am encouraged that all these partners and First Nation communities are working together because housing is a basic human right – home is where we feel safe,” Archibald said. “We hope this imitative will take into account the recent spike in the cost of building supplies like lumber. We look forward to working with our federal and provincial partners on how to mitigate rising construction costs so that we can reach our mutual goal of safe and affordable housing for First Nations peoples on Ontario”

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