GN housing: are there vacant units or not?


Does the GN have vacant staff housing units in Iqaluit?

That’s what Iqaluit Centre MLA Hunter Tootoo tried to find out in the legislature this week, asking where the 26 new hires for the hospital would be housed, how many vacant staff units there are in Iqaluit, and how long the GN’s waiting list for staff housing is in the city.

But Olayuk Akesuk, the minister responsible for housing, couldn’t supply any numbers for Tootoo.

“As of right now, I don’t have the number of how many vacant units we have. If we do, somebody probably already has that place… we have people moving into those vacant units, if we have vacant units.”

Akesuk did say the GN plans to lease 40 more units this year for staff positions in Iqaluit.

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