An affiliate of the Métis Nation of Alberta, MCHC works to provide safe, affordable housing for Indigenous people in Alberta.

The affordable housing development will provide 23 new homes in Edmonton. The modern homes will help meet the demand for affordable housing in the community and are located close to schools, transit and medical centres. The housing project will create an estimated 60 jobs in the province.

Seniors and Housing Minister Josephine Pon, Indigenous Relations Minister Rick Wilson and Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Ahmed Hussen made the funding announcement.

Alberta’s government and the Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, will jointly contribute $6.95 million through the Canada-Alberta bilateral agreement under the National Housing Strategy. The total project budget is almost $8 million, which includes a Métis Capital Housing Corporation contribution of $840,000.

The Alberta government will fund the project through its newly redesigned Indigenous Housing Capital Program.

“Alberta’s government is proud to partner with the Métis Capital Housing Corporation to provide new homes and create jobs for Indigenous Albertans. The Indigenous Housing Capital Program is intended to support housing designed, delivered and owned by, and for, Indigenous communities.”

Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing

“Everyone deserves a safe, affordable and accessible home and this important project will provide good homes for families and help address the high demand for housing in Edmonton. This project is a good example of what we can accomplish when different orders of governments and Indigenous governments and organizations work together for the benefit of communities.”

Rick Wilson, Minister of Indigenous Relations

“Through the National Housing Strategy, it is with great pleasure that our government is supporting projects like the Métis Capital Housing Corporation, so that collectively, we are better able to lift vulnerable populations of all races, age, and gender, find a home that meets their needs. These types of investments in our communities help create new jobs and stimulate the economy, while providing access to safe, affordable homes.”

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and Minister responsible for CMHC

“Having witnessed the accomplishments of our housing branch, I know the role it has, and continues to play, in the lives of Indigenous Albertans. We understand the various needs of our community and design programs to meet those needs. Through Métis Capital Housing Corporation, the Métis Nation of Alberta strives to provide safe and affordable housing to our communities. This agreement will enhance our ability to continue doing just that, by building 23 new units for Indigenous families in Edmonton. These new buildings will go a long way to filling the gap in affordable housing availability for our citizens.”

Audrey Poitras, president, Métis Nation of Alberta

Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a bold, ambitious long-term strategy to build, diversify, and create tens of thousands of jobs now. By building schools, roads and other core infrastructure, we are benefiting our communities. By diversifying our economy and attracting investment with Canada’s most competitive tax environment, we are putting Alberta on a path for a generation of growth. Alberta came together to save lives by flattening the curve and now we must do the same to save livelihoods, grow and thrive.

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is currently rolling out NHS, an ambitious 10-year, $55-billion plan that will create 125,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by
    50 per cent.
  • NHS is built on strong partnerships between federal, provincial and territorial governments, and on continuous engagement with others, including municipalities, Indigenous governments and organizations, and the social and private sectors to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians.

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The Alberta Ministry of Seniors and Housing fosters the development of affordable housing and supports access to housing options for Albertans most in need. The ministry works with seniors, their families and caregivers, Albertans who require housing supports and communities and other government partners. A more detailed description of the ministry and its programs and initiatives can be found at alberta.ca/ministry-seniors-housing.aspx.

Learn more about Alberta’s affordable housing programs.

As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. CMHC’s aim is that by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home they can afford, and that meets their needs. For more information, please visit cmhc.ca or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.

To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.

Editor's Note: This news release was also issued by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation on Sept. 2, 2020.

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