Member Update, May 21, 4:30PM

Federal Government Announces Funding for Indigenous Community Housing

Today, the Government of Canada announced $75 million in new funding for Indigenous organizations providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres and off reserve.

On March 18, the Government of Canada announced $305 million for a new, distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in Indigenous communities, and help them respond to COVID-19. The Fund included $15 million in support for Indigenous organizations that provide services to Indigenous peoples living in urban centres and off reserve.

This additional funding will support more community-based projects addressing the critical needs of Indigenous populations during this crisis, including food security, mental health support services, and sanitation and protective equipment.

It could also help with other needs, such as support for Elders, transportation, and educational materials for Indigenous children and youth. Funding for projects will start rolling out in the coming weeks.

ONPHA has also launched its own Indigenous Housing Plan, urging the federal, provincial, municipal and indigenous governments to the table to determine how best to spend funding dollars.

If you want to learn more about the federal announcement, you can learn more about it here. You can see ONPHA's just-released Urban and Rural Indigenous Housing Plan for Ontario here. As always, ONPHA’s member support is here to help at member.support@onpha.org.