Photo: A job well done

By JIM BELL

A job well done: On Oct. 20, 10 Iqaluit families started moving into this new social housing complex located near the beach after it was handed over to the Iqaluit Housing Authority Oct. 19.

The 10-plex structure, one of many to be built around Nunavut with money from the federally-funded Nunavut Housing Trust, contains eight two-bedroom and two one-bedroom units. Each of the bright, airy apartments comes equipped with new stoves and refrigerators, big, wide cold porches, and utility rooms with space for washing machines and dryers.

Iqaluit West MLA Paul Okalik (top left) urged tenants to look after their new apartments, saying “it took a lot of work to get this funding.” Housing Minister Hunter Tootoo (not shown) said the Nunavut Construction Corp. built the units with a workforce that was 60 per cent Inuit, including a large number of apprentices, some of whom are seen here with foreman Juili Mike (centre, with white helmet.)

Deenah Kelly of the Iqaluit Housing Authority said the waiting list for social housing in Iqaluit now contains about 225 names. Over the next year or so, about 50 more new social housing units will be completed, including a 24-plex structure and four-plex elders’ building now under construction beside the Northwestel building. (PHOTO BY JIM BELL)

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