On February 7, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, along with the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, congratulated the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations on the grand opening of their new and innovative housing development.
To meet their housing needs, the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations repurposed shipping containers and turned them into 21 rental units for its members. In addition to housing, this project created jobs and economic development opportunities for the community.The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations are located on Vancouver Island, in Tofino, British Columbia, and have a population of over 1,200 members.
“We would like to thank all that were involved with this very important container housing initiative. Our Tla-o-qui-aht workforce developed the capacity to successfully build these beautiful homes and we are very proud of their achievements. This new housing complex is a part of our Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations economic strategic planning to both provide homes to our workers and create the much needed revenues in our collective housing needs,” said Terry Dorward Acting Chief of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations.
“My congratulations to the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations for your leadership and innovation in finding creative and environmentally sustainable solutions to address housing needs. Our government is pleased to partner with you to make this project a reality and to create modern, safe and comfortable homes for community members,” said Seamus O’Regan, P.C., M.P., and Minister of Indigenous Services.
Indigenous Services Canada contributed $1.5 million and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation provided $905,000 for the new housing complex project.