GESGAPEGIAG, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2011) - The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), announced today an investment of close to $2 million as part of the year two funding through Canada's Economic Action Plan to improve housing conditions for the Mi'kmaq First Nations of Quebec. 

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), made the announcement today.

"Year two of Canada's Economic Action Plan demonstrates that our Government remains committed to improving housing conditions for First Nation communities in Quebec," said Minister Paradis. "Today's investment will provide quality, affordable housing while creating jobs and stimulating the local economy."

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada has committed $400 million over two years to help close to 500 First Nation communities build needed new housing, repair and remediate existing non-profit housing for their members, and complement housing programs offered by CMHC. This investment is also providing an economic stimulus for many First Nations and surrounding areas by creating jobs.

Some $45 million in federal investments through Canada's Economic Action Plan will be made available to First Nations in Quebec to address immediate housing needs.

For year 2, CMHC is allocating close to $2 million to the communities of Gesgapegiag and Listuguj for the construction of 10 new units and the retrofit of 37 social housing units.

More information on this and other measures in Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government's plan to stimulate the economy and protect those hit hardest by the global recession, can be found at:

To find out more about how the Government of Canada and CMHC are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit


The Government of Canada is committed to supporting First Nations through targeted investments to build and renovate housing. Today's announcement is the latest in a series of commitments by the federal government to improve housing conditions in First Nations communities. 

This commitment is in addition to the federal government's annual investment, through Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), of approximately $277 million for on-reserve housing needs, and INAC's investment of approximately $118 million annually for First Nations on-reserve in the form of shelter allowance payments under the Income Assistance Program.

Under Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada has provided $400 million over two years to support on-reserve housing. Of the $400 million committed, $250 million is being delivered through CMHC over two years for the creation of new on-reserve housing ($125 million) and the repair and renovation of existing federally-assisted on-reserve social housing ($125 million). The remaining $150 million is being delivered by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) for lot servicing, renovations, new construction of high-density multi-unit dwellings, and renovations to support the conversion of band-owned housing to private ownership.

In 2007, the Government invested $300 million in the First Nations Market Housing Fund, which encourages market-based housing on-reserve.

Funding Breakdown

Total CEAP Contribution: $1,776,200
New Construction: $1,519,700 (10 units)
Retrofit: $256,500 (19 units)
Total CEAP Contribution: $189,000
Retrofit: $189,000 (18 units)

Contact Information: CMHC Communications, Quebec
Julie Cohen
CMHC Media Relations
Charles Sauriol
Office of Minister Finley
Michelle Bakos
Press Secretary