Nunavut housing minister announces $18M in rent subsidies

Federal and territorial governments will each provide $9M

Margaret Nakashuk, minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corp., announced Monday an $18-million rent subsidy she said will support between 40 and 70 low-income families in Nunavut. (Photo by Mélanie Ritchot)

By Nunatsiaq News

Updated on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Between 40 and 70 low-income families in Nunavut will be supported through a new rent subsidy created by the national housing corporation, says the minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corp.

Margaret Nakashuk announced the funding from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Canada-Nunavut Housing Benefit in the legislative assembly Monday afternoon.

“The funds align with the Government of Nunavut’s Turaaqtavut mandate goals of Inuusivut: self-reliance, and Piliriqatigiinniq/Ikajuqtigiinniq: working together for a common cause,” Nakashuk said.

The joint fund of $18 million between the federal and territorial government — $9 million each — will be allocated between 2021 and 2028, Nakashuk said in an email.

It’s part of the National Housing Strategy, which is a nearly $333-million investment by both the federal and territorial government to build and repair housing in Nunavut.

The Department of Family Services will contact eligible residents to help them access the funds, Nakashuk said. Residents aren’t able to apply directly to the fund, she said.

Those who access the fund will receive enough money to ensure they aren’t paying more than 24 per cent of their income in rent, Nakashuk said.

In addition, Nunavummiut who access the fund will get employment training so they “can transition into living on their own and eventually not need the financial assistance of this program,” she said.

Correction: This article has been updated from a previous version to reflect the organization responsible for contacting residents who are eligible to receive the subsidy.

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(10) Comments:

  1. Posted by Crowded lady on

    What about those wanting to rent but it isnt an option. 18 million could build a lot of houses. Arent rented units subsidized already?

  2. Posted by S on

    -Just summarizing and clarifying: under the “program” NHC will receive Canadian taxpayer funding of $40,000 per family for eight years.

    -That amount is intended to promote “self reliance”

    -“The Nunavut Housing Corp. will contact eligible residents to help them access the funds”

    -The “eligible residents” are paying $60 rent per month, as are nearly 50% of residents in the. nearly 7,000 public housing units in the territory

    • Posted by Observation Post on

      It’s Orwellian to see the term ‘self reliance’ being attached to this.

  3. Posted by M Center on

    Ensure the Cheques are made out to Housing Association and Landlords on behalf of the Tenants. Just saying. Lol

  4. Posted by Northern Inuit on

    A lot of the families are paying $60 a month in rent. A month. But some still fall behind in with arrears.

    What support does the Government of Nunavut provide to Home Owners? Especially ones who are not GN Employees?

  5. Posted by talk reality on

    $18,000,000 divided between 40 and 70 low-income families over 9 years is outrageous. They are only paying $60/month. Most communities have little to no private rental market for low-income families to “transition” to. The majority of tenants already pay 24% or less of their income on rent (clearly stated in the Nunavut Housing annual report). Who is actually going to benefit from this program? It is another massive waste of tax-payer money

  6. Posted by The Dark Curtain of Red Tape on

    I’m so confused about this. I really need to know more specific details about what they’re going to do. Somewhere around $3,500/month per family to make sure residents aren’t paying more than 24% of their income in rent? How does that make sense?
    And Housing Corp will contact eligible residents to help them access the funds, residents aren’t able to apply directly, does this mean that all of the recipients will be people living in social housing?
    What is even going on here?

    • Posted by Maybe on

      Maybe it means that only friends and family of NHC employees will be contacted.

  7. Posted by Joe blow on

    That’s true “maybe” that Nunavut for you like everything else at housing Corp . Let’s get government that we can vote on to try to get rid of all this corruption.

  8. Posted by Outrageously discusted on

    Those low income families already paying $60 a month rent. And since they are no income, their rent is already being covered by the financial assistance/child tax/etc. What about the honest workers who pay max rent who always have less spending money then the income assisted.

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