Kluane First Nation will receive funding for housing unit retrofits

Joint news release with Government of Canada and Kluane First Nation

The governments of Canada and Yukon are pleased to provide funding to help the Kluane First Nation (KFN) retrofit homes in Burwash Landing. The KFN will receive just over $400,000 to retrofit nine units.

This partnership will help revitalize and modernize older homes in the community. In the coming months, the Yukon Housing Corporation will continue to work with Yukon First Nations on providing funding for housing retrofits in various communities.

We are collaborating across governments to find opportunities to improve housing outcomes throughout the territory. This partnership with Kluane First Nation will help provide safe, energy-efficient and modern housing for Yukoners.

Minister responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation Pauline Frost

The peace of mind that comes with having a secure and stable home is invaluable. Our government favours collaboration with local partners in order to develop and implement solutions in housing. This investment helps Yukoners access safe and affordable housing, something that all Canadians deserve.

Member of Parliament for Yukon Larry Bagnell

This funding will be put towards retrofitting nine houses that were built in the late ‘80s. The retrofits will include upgrading the insulation of the walls, floor and attics of these units. Energy efficient windows and doors will be installed on units that require them.

Kluane First Nation Public Works and Housing director Keith Johnson

Quick facts 
  • First Nations played an important role in the development of the Housing Action Plan for Yukon and are involved in its implementation.

  • The Housing Action Plan for Yukon identifies partnership opportunities with Yukon First Nation governments in developing settlement land for residential use.

  • The First Nation Housing Partnership program began in 2016 and provides assistance through capital grants to First Nation governments, First Nation development corporations and First Nation housing providers. These grants are used for the construction of new housing, the renovation and rehabilitation of existing housing and the provision of rent supplements in newly constructed units.

  • In 2018–19, the Yukon Housing Corporation will provide approximately $2 million through the First Nation Partnership Program.

  • Two Kluane First Nation citizens are working on this project with one member working towards a Red Seal certification in carpentry.

  • The Government of Canada recently unveiled its National Housing Strategy – a 10-year, $40 billion plan that will create 100,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need.

Media contact 

Susan Moorhead Mooney
Hon. Larry Bagnell P.C., M.P.

Sunny Patch
Cabinet Communications

Sarah Murray
Communications, Yukon Housing Corporation

Gabriel Teo

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