September 29, 2023


A Home Grown Success

Paulie Chinna: Housing Partnerships | Governing administration of Northwest Territories

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Mr. Speaker, addressing housing desires in the Northwest Territories can not be carried out by any one governing administration. We have to keep on to establish and strengthen partnerships: partnerships with Indigenous governments, Indigenous corporations, group governments, Non-government Organizations, personal companies, and  the Authorities of Canada.

Partnership is a concept I have spoken about many periods considering that getting Minister Responsible for Housing Northwest Territories but in excess of the very last three several years, by means of our strategic renewal approach, it has turn into more prominent. We have labored with our associates to deliver home repair service and homeownership courses, acquire group housing strategies, provide new models in communities most in need, help those at danger of becoming homeless and not too long ago, we have developed a strategy to address a deficiency of industry housing in communities throughout the NWT.

Mr. Speaker, our partnerships with Indigenous governments and Indigenous corporations are especially crucial as we address the territory’s housing disaster. The Neighborhood Housing Help Initiative is a terrific illustration of this. Housing NWT founded this funding program to help Indigenous governments in utilizing innovative and group-pushed housing jobs of their individual design and style.  We have partnered with a amount of Indigenous governments to day like the Salt River Initially Nation, Whati Neighborhood Governing administration, and the Nihtat Gwich’in Council.

Mr. Speaker, for about 15 years Housing NWT has been partnering with the Yellowknives Dene Initial Nation for the procedure and administration of community housing units in N’Dilo and Dettah. We also give approximately $1.5 million a 12 months to the North Slave Housing Company for the procedure and administration of 75 units to Indigenous men and women in Yellowknife.

We have also been performing with K’átł’odeeche Initial Nation, giving them with funding to function and preserve 10 community housing units on the K’átł’odeeche Initially Nation Reserve. In addition, our staff labored with the K’átł’odeeche 1st Nation on a Local community Housing System, which was adopted on September 19, 2022.

In the Tlicho location, we do the job by means of the Tłı̨chǫ Housing Working Team, which sets priorities and administers housing assignments. All through this fiscal yr, Housing NWT is projecting to invest just above $3 million on housing courses, and routine maintenance and repairs to its rental housing units in Tłı̨chǫ communities.

Mr. Speaker, as aspect of acquiring new strategies of partnering with Indigenous governments less than the renewal strategy, Housing NWT entered into 3 official agreements above the previous year: a Memorandum of Being familiar with with the Tłı̨chǫ Federal government, a Memorandum of Arrangement with the Sahtu Secretariat, and most just lately, a Memorandum of Knowing with the Délinę Got’įne Authorities. These agreements supply a framework for intergovernmental cooperation on housing-connected issues and may possibly involve such priorities as group housing setting up, coordinating plan shipping and delivery, information and data sharing.  These housing agreements can also progress the implementation of self-government agreements together with the agreement to procurement protocols and enacting laws associated to social housing.  Outdoors of these formal MOU’s, Housing NWT is performing with other Indigenous governments with a significantly less formal technique but continue to with the entire intent to partner on housing priorities and pursuits.


Mr. Speaker, Housing NWT will go on to seek alternatives for partnership to leverage funding to tackle the demands of NWT people.  A single illustration of this is with the YWCA where by their cash task funding from Canada essential an ongoing in-sort motivation from Housing NWT to supply operational funding and Housing NWT has offered a multi-12 months funding arrangement of $500,000 for each 12 months to assistance their program shipping.  One more instance is our partnership with Habitat for Humanity, a world wide firm that operates to stable, very affordable housing with the help of sweat equity.  

Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity began in 2013 and contains a capital contribution to their undertaking but also involves supporting them to uncover places for their builds and advertising and marketing for suitable customers.  Habitat’s latest arrangement with Canadian Mortgage loan and Housing Corporation and Housing NWT will see 10 Habitat models manufactured.   Housing NWT seeks to be versatile in its partnership preparations to reach the close goal of getting additional reasonably priced housing into our communities.

Mr. Speaker, a absence of housing alternatives in communities across the territory is a barrier for the recruitment and retention of frontline local community workers. In response to this, a number of GNWT departments have worked together to assess the present and foreseeable future needs for marketplace rental housing. The joint hard work has resulted in determining the will need for above 260 current market rental housing models in NWT communities.   As the GNWT lead on this function, Housing NWT will do the job with Indigenous governments, neighborhood companies, and with the federal government, to put a approach in put to develop these market housing units, and supporting recruitment, neighborhood economies, companies and work in the NWT. 

Our renewal tactic requires continued get the job done with Indigenous and neighborhood governments, non-government organizations and other folks to improve housing programs and expert services and broaden on our collective housing portfolio in the NWT.

Mr. Speaker, as this assertion describes, Housing NWT has been placing a lot of emphasis on setting up and repairing relationships all through the lifetime of this authorities and by continuing to deepen the associations with our associates we imagine we can correctly tackle the territory’s housing disaster.

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker.