New Environmentally-Friendly Public Housing in Yellowknife

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Yellowknife — June 4, 2021

Today, Paulie Chinna, Minister Responsible Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC) announced the opening of new environmentally-friendly 8-Plex in Sissons Court in Yellowknife. The provision of this housing supports the Government of the Northwest Territories’ mandate to ensure the availability of affordable housing as well as to consider climate change impacts when making government decisions.

Yellowknife will benefit with these replacement units, as they will keep residents in homes that are safe and healthy. These units will form part of the NWTHC’s Public Housing portfolio. Across the NWT, the 2400 Public Housing units are delivered to residents by NWTHC’s community partners, Local Housing Organizations (LHOs), in Yellowknife this is the Yellowknife Housing Authority.

The Public Housing program is critical to ensuring that many NWT residents have a safe and affordable place to call home. This 8-Plex will do just that, providing new homes for eight Public Housing clients in Yellowknife.

Moving forward, these units will no longer rely on oil. They will be using a biomass heating system that is better for the environment. This way northerners and our environment benefit from the change in heating system. A sustainable future is what the NWTHC is moving towards.


“These new units are about reducing the need for housing in our communities. The NWTHC aims to keep all residents housed in healthy homes. We will always do what we can for the environment, which is why the eventual switch to a biomass district heating system for these units is so exciting.”

- Paulie Chinna, Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation

Quick facts

  • These eight units have been replaced to keep northern residents housed in healthy and safe conditions. Each unit being replaced means residents who can remain in an affordable, healthy place to call home. 
  • Moving forward, we will be using a biomass district heating system. This means the building will no longer rely on oil.

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Cara Bryant

Communications Advisor

NWT Housing Corp.

Government of the Northwest Territories


Phone Number (867) 767-9328 ext. 85023