Public housing construction in Nunavut a go, despite COVID-19 measures, says minister

Nunavut Housing Corp. plans to build 116 units in 2020, another 130 units in 2021

A new report on hidden homelessness in Nunavut highlights the critical need for respite: places where people can go for short periods of time to escape the stresses created by overcrowding and homelessness. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

A summary of the Nunavut Housing Corporation’s planned housing builds for 2020 and 2021. (Image courtesy of NHC)

Construction projects across the North may be facing logistical challenges due to COVID-19 prevention measures, but Nunavut’s housing minister says that won’t slow the construction of new housing in the territory.

All public and staff housing builds are moving forward as scheduled, Nunavut Housing Corp. Minister Patterk Netser told the legislative assembly on Monday, Sept. 21.

The NHC plans to build 116 units this year and another 130 units in 2021.

“I am pleased to say today that COVID-19 has not stopped or slowed our construction program,” he said.

Southern contractors are required to self-isolate for two weeks before arriving in Nunavut, which has required careful project planning in 2020. There are isolation hubs set up in Quebec City and Ottawa specifically for those workers, Netser said, so they aren’t taking up space from Nunavummiut who need their own isolation facilities.

The NHC’s waitlist for public housing sits at just over 2,800, as of 2019; the waitlist in Iqaluit alone is 434. But housing surveys have pegged the territory’s need for public housing at over 3,500 units.

The NHC manages 5,582 public housing units across the territory and 1,623 staff housing units.

More than half of Nunavummiut live in social housing and 80 per cent of those adult tenants earn less than $23,000 a year, the NHC’s last annual report noted.

Netser thanked NHC staff for keeping up with maintenance and service calls to tenants during the pandemic, including the delivery of 50,000 bars of soap and other cleaning supplies.

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(6) Comments:

  1. Posted by gn staff on

    southern construction workers building 14 southern staff housing units…good job

    • Posted by Fred on

      I wonder if those staff units are identical to public housing units?

  2. Posted by Dang on

    Dang..25,26 towns and barely more than nunavik when it comes to units being built this year..

  3. Posted by Old trapper on

    Of course iqaluit get 82 and rankin inlet get 20 other community getting 0

    • Posted by Nunavummiutaq too on

      My thought exactly!

    • Posted by Nunavutmiuta on

      Iqaluit has close to 10,000 ppl, simple

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