Five things to know about the 2018 federal budget and housing –

by ahnationtalk on March 7, 2018200 Views

March 6, 2018

The 2018 federal budget, while not as transformative as last year’s, had important new initiatives related to housing and homelessness.

Here are five things to know:

1. New housing investments were announced for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.

Specifically, the budget announced $600 million over three years for on-reserve housing; $400 million over 10 years for housing in the Inuit regions of Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, and Inuvialuit; and $500 million over 10 years for housing for Métis people. In each case, this targeting funding is intended to accompany the respective federal housing strategies for each group, none of which have been released. From an urban perspective — it’s important to remember that, while Indigenous peoples make up just three per cent of Calgary’s general population, they make up 20 per cent of Calgary’s homeless population. Several other funding announcements were made for Indigenous peoples, valued at $5 billion over five years. This includes funding for child welfare services, employment and skills training, nursing services in designated First Nations communities, addictions treatment and prevention in First Nations communities, and funding to build administrative and fiscal capacity in First Nations communities.

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