Thursday November 11, 2010


Native Community News

Feds Pump Millions Into Reservations

Chilliwack First Nations communities to benefit from housing retrofit funds

Submitted by Michael Hurley, CHMC


he Government of Canada announced (yesterday) an investment of more than $2.8 million as part of the year two funding through Canada’s Economic Action Plan to improve housing conditions for 27 First Nation communities in the Lower Mainland – Fraser Canyon region.

Randy Kamp, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge—Mission, 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 at the Leq’á:mel First Nation along with community partners.

“Year two of Canada’s Economic Action Plan demonstrates that our Government remains committed to improving housing conditions for First Nation communities in British Columbia,” said MP Kamp “Today’s investment will provide quality, affordable housing while creating jobs and stimulating the local economy.”

Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada has committed $400 million over two years to help over 495 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.

Some $63 million in federal investments through Canada’s Economic Action Plan will be made available to First Nations in British Columbia to address immediate housing needs.

Specifically, CMHC will allocate more than $2,801,000 to retrofit 273 housing units on-reserve in the Lower Mainland – Fraser Canyon region.

“The retrofit of these homes is a step toward addressing our longstanding housing needs while helping us build our community's equity,” said Leq’á:mel Chief Alice Thompson. “These projects represent major life changes for families here On-Reserve — and this opportunity would not have been possible without the support of the Government of Canada and we would like to thank them."

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:

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


First Nations Receiving Funds                                      


6  units - $93,195



7 units -$112,611


Boston Bar

4 units - $60,240


Bridge River

10 units - $113,512


Cayoose Band

13 units - $109,642



7 units - $137,850



7 units - $90,880



4 units - $61,070



8 units - $109,900



14 units - $148,080



7 units - $109,940


Matsqui FN

13 units - $111,950



10 units - $94,500



5 units - $70,250



8 units - $121,650



18 units - $115,940



16 units - $95,862



13 units $108,814



6 units - $98,089



12 units - $111,434



15 units - $109,780



11 units - $36,220



7 units - $111,610


T'it'q'et Admin

21 units - $142,200

Tsleil-Waututh First Nation

15 units - $116,914



8 units - $107,480



8 units - $102,318


273 units $2,801,931



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