Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada has said that Investing in affordable housing is about giving everyone a strong foundation so they can build a better future. For many Nunavummiut who have lived for years in overcrowded spaces, a new home is an opportunity to raise their families in a safe, healthy environment. With this new agreement, we are doing more than building and repairing housing units – we are making a real difference in the lives of people and families in Nunavut.
Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children & Social Development & Minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation has said that today’s announcement is yet another demonstration of our government’s commitment to work in partnership with all provinces and territories in order to ensure that in Canada, when it comes to housing, no one is left behind.
Joe Savikataaq, Premier of Nunavut has said that Nunavut’s housing needs are urgent, and access to safe, affordable housing will relieve many of the barriers Nunavummiut face every day. Helping our families move along the housing continuum also helps to foster their protective factors including social equity, family strength, and cultural stability. We look forward to working with the federal government to increase direct, strategic investments in housing to improve the quality of life of our people.
Too many Nunavummiut struggle to find a safe and affordable place to call home. With the fastest growing and youngest population in Canada, Nunavut faces a housing crisis where overcrowded homes are putting families’ health, safety, and well-being at risk. That is why we are making investments through Canada’s first National Housing Strategy to fight homelessness and improve access to affordable housing for people living in Nunavut and across the country.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of Nunavut, Joe Savikataaq, today announced a new 10-year agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Nunavut that will make it easier for families in the territory to find good, affordable homes.
Under the new agreement, the federal and territorial governments will provide nearly $316 million in targeted funding to protect, renew, and expand social and community housing, and to repair and build affordable homes across the territory. Our investments – combined with funding already available through a social housing agreement between Canada and Nunavut – will help preserve more than 1,600 community housing units across the territory. We will also work together to introduce a new Canada Housing Benefit for people living in Nunavut, which will provide direct support to families and people in need.
The agreement reflects our shared commitment to provide long-term, predictable funding for housing that puts people first, helps build stronger communities, creates jobs, and supports the local economy.