Speaking notes: Minister Robert C. McLeod, Investment in Affordable Housing Signing Ceremony, Ottawa

30 janvier 2015
Déclarations et discours de ministres
  • Good afternoon. I am pleased to be here on behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories as Minister Responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation.
  • This extension of the Investment in Affordable Housing initiative further strengthens the long-standing partnership between the Northwest Territories, through the NWT Housing Corporation, and Canada, through CMHC.
  • This investment of $9 million from 2014-15 to 2018-19 by Canada in conjunction with an equal contribution from the Government of the Northwest Territories will help to address some of housing problems.
  • As many would know, housing is a challenge in many of our more remote communities. Many residents in these communities depend on social housing, which has long been an example of a successful partnership between the Government of Canada and the Government of the NWT.
  • Homeowners in these communities face challenges with the high cost of construction and with high operating costs for utilities and maintenance services. A recent survey of housing conditions showed that 4 out of 10 homeowners in NWT small communities are in core housing need, with the most common problem they face is that their dwellings are in need of major repair.
  • All of our communities face additional challenges with a rapidly growing senior’s population.
  • Previous funding from the Investment in Affordable Housing Initiative has been targeted at programs that help low and modest income homeowners to repair their home and to support transitional and other housing for families most in need.
  • I believe the Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories recognize the importance of housing to ensuring sustainable northern communities. Housing is a key to social outcomes related to health, education and overall well-being, but also to economic objectives like labour force development and sustainable economic development.
  • Overall, the Government of the Northwest Territories plans to spend about $170 million over the next five years on key housing initiatives like:
    • adding additional independent complexes for seniors in smaller communities,
    • expanding the number market rentals in smaller communities,
    • investing in improving the overall quality of our social housing stock, and
    • offering a variety of supports to homeowners.
  • Finally, I would like to thank Minister Bergen and the Government of Canada for this agreement and for all of the support we receive from Canada related to housing.
  • The NWT looks forward to continuing to work with Canada on this and future housing partnerships that recognize the unique economic and social conditions and challenges faced by the NWT.
  • Thank you.