Social Housing gets a boost

James Munson News Reporter Ottawa has promised the Yukon $50 million for social housing over two years. The money will be allocated by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Nunavut Housing Minister Hunter Tootoo told the CBC. It was approved on

Ottawa has promised the Yukon $50 million for social housing over two years.

The money will be allocated by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Nunavut Housing Minister Hunter Tootoo told the CBC. It was approved on Tuesday when the House of Commons passed the government’s budget for 2009-2010.

Ottawa also sent the Yukon $50 million for social housing in 2006: $32.5 million was given to First Nations governments and $17.5 million was used by the Yukon government.

The three territorial housing ministers met in Iqaluit last week to discuss the $200 social housing promise for the North. While Yukon Housing Corporation Minister Jim Kenyon was in Nunavut to discuss the funding, a call to cabinet communications was not returned.

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation lists a series of programs for northern housing, mostly offering loans and training for First Nations construction.

The Yukon Housing Corporation administers private non-profit housing in Whitehorse for seniors and victims of domestic abuse. It also subsidizes rent in private rental dwellings.

The corporation provides 518 social housing unites throughout the territory.

Contact James Munson at

jamesm@yukon-news.com.