Feds announce housing supply boost for BC First Nation community

Three two-storey buildings will be built on-reserve

Feds announce housing supply boost for BC First Nation community

Federal authorities have pledged a multi-million-dollar investment on rapid housing initiatives for Sumas First Nation near Abbotsford, British Columbia.

The $2.36 million in funding will be coursed through the Rapid Housing Initiative Project Stream, providing safe and affordable housing to people at risk of homelessness.

Three two-storey buildings are slated to be built in the First Nation’s land, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The units will be available for women, youth, First Nations Elders, and men at risk of homelessness.

“No relationship is more important to Canada and our government than the one with Indigenous Peoples,” said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion. “This investment will go a long way in providing new affordable housing units to vulnerable individuals and families, while addressing the unique barriers faced by First Nations communities in British Columbia.”

“I am grateful to [Minister Hussen] and the Government of Canada for providing Semà:th with the funds to construct homes within our community,” added Dalton Silver, Chief of Sumas First Nation. “The construction of these homes gives the opportunity for our people to come back home and live on-reserve with their community for which we are truly grateful.”