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Canada's Economic Action Plan Creates Jobs and Improves Housing on Reserve in Manitoba

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - April 23, 2010) - The Government of Canada announced today an investment of more than $10.7 million as part of the year one funding through Canada's Economic Action Plan to improve housing conditions in thirteen First Nations communities in Manitoba. 
Candice Hoeppner, Member of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), made the announcement along with members from the Long Plain First Nation.

"Our Government's Economic Action Plan is creating jobs, stimulating the local economy and improving housing conditions for First Nation communities in Manitoba," said MP Hoeppner.

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada has committed $400 million over two years to help First Nation communities build needed new housing, repair and remediate existing non-profit housing for their members, and complement housing programs offered by CMHC. This investment will also provide an economic stimulus for many First Nations and surrounding areas by creating jobs.

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, some $75 million in federal investments will be made available to First Nations in Manitoba to address immediate housing needs.

CMHC allocated more than $2.6 million to retrofit 233 housing units on-reserve in 13 First Nations communities in Manitoba, as well as more than $8.1 million for subsidy associated with 33 new housing units to be constructed in six First Nations communities.

"The Long Plain First Nation is very grateful for the opportunity we have had in capitalizing on CEAP, which has provided much needed jobs for the people in our community. It has also allowed us to renovate and build additional homes that we would not have normally received under the current CMHC programs," said Chief David Meeches.

More information on this and other measures in Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government's plan to stimulate the economy and protect those hit hardest by the global recession, can be found at: www.actionplan.gc.ca.

To find out more about how the Government of Canada and CMHC are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc.ca/housingactionplan.

BACKGROUNDER

INVESTMENT TO IMPROVE ON-RESERVE SOCIAL HOUSING

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting First Nations through targeted investments to build and renovate housing. Today's announcement is the latest in a series of commitments by the federal government to improve housing conditions in First Nations communities.

This commitment is in addition to the federal government's annual investment, through Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), of approximately $277 million for on-reserve housing needs, and INAC's investment of approximately $118 million annually for First Nations on-reserve in the form of shelter allowance payments under the Income Assistance Program.

Under Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada has provided $400 million over two years to support on-reserve housing. Of the $400 million committed, $250 million will be delivered through CMHC over two years for the creation of new on-reserve housing ($125 million) and the repair and renovation of existing federally-assisted on-reserve social housing ($125 million). The remaining $150 million will be delivered by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) for lot servicing, renovations, new construction of high-density multi-unit dwellings, and renovations to support the conversion of band-owned housing to private ownership.

In 2007, the Government invested $300 million in the First Nations Market Housing Fund, which encourages market-based housing on-reserve and could create 25,000 new housing units over the next decade.

Investment to Improve On-Reserve Social Housing
Funding Breakdown — 13 Manitoba First Nation Communities
Long Plain First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $1,871,303
Retrofit: $659,318 (37 Units)
New Construction: $1,211,985 (6 Units)
Swan Lake First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $163,230
Retrofit: $163,230 (24Units)
Bunibonibee Cree Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $90,000
Retrofit: $90,000 (45 Units)
Bloodvein First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $1,392,843
Retrofit: $136,500 (5 Units)
New Construction: $ 1,256,343 (5 Units)
Hollow Water First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $1,642,712
Retrofit: $383,066 (17 Units)
New Construction: $1,259,646 (5 Units)
Fort Alexander First Nation (Sagkeeng)
Total CEAP Funding: $1,839,542
Retrofit: $140,959 (8 Units)
New Construction: $1,698,583 (8 Units)
Poplar River First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $121,950
Retrofit: $121,950 (5 Units)
Little Black River First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $75,317
Retrofit: $75,317 (4 Units)
St. Theresa Point First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $161,698
Retrofit: $161,698 (24 Units)
Red Sucker Lake First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $55,925
Retrofit: $55,925 (20 Units)
War Lake First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $768,613
Retrofit: $252,826 (16 Units)
New Construction: $515,787 (2 Units)
Shamattawa First Nation
Total CEAP Funding: $2,591,858
Retrofit: $343,858 (16 Units)
New Construction: $2,248,000 (7 Units)
  Wasagamack First Nation
Total CEAP Funding:$21,140
Retrofit: :$21,140 (12 Units)





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