Ontario Taking Steps to Create New Housing in Kenora
Facility Will Support Indigenous Community Members
Ontario's Government is putting Ontarians first by supporting Kenora's Indigenous community with new housing and support services. Today, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing was joined by Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River to announce a $4.5 million provincial investment to help build a new housing facility for Indigenous people.
"Our government has a strong record of providing support for affordable housing and we continue to work to close the housing gaps faced by Indigenous people living in urban and rural communities all over the province," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "This new facility does more than just put a roof over people's heads, it offers the supports for those struggling with addiction and an opportunity to thrive."
The facility will house up to 30 Indigenous people who experience chronic homelessness. The space will also offer programs for those struggling with addictions. Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services will build and operate the facility, including the supportive housing program.
"Providing better access to housing and support services will make a real difference for Indigenous peoples living in Kenora," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River. "Indigenous communities deserve the same opportunities that all Ontarians have come to expect."
Ontario works with municipalities to improve the overall supportive housing system. The province also provides financial support for off-reserve affordable housing, supportive housing, capital repairs and rent supplements.
- Kenora has a large Indigenous population, making up 21 per cent of the people living in the region.
- More than 85 per cent of Indigenous people in Ontario live off-reserve in cities and towns.
- The federal government is responsible for housing on reserves, while the province and federal government both contribute to housing for Indigenous people living off-reserve.
- Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services provides access to off-reserve housing and support services for low-to-moderate income individuals and families for First Nations and Métis people in Ontario.