July 23, 2019

Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Support New Housing Project for Homelessness in North Battleford

The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, along with the City of North Battleford and Battlefords Indian Métis Friendship Centre (BIMFC), officially opened a new affordable housing project in North Battleford that will provide safe housing for up to eight individuals along with the supervision and supports they may require to help break the cycle of homelessness.

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Social Services Paul Merriman and Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), Mayor of the City of North Battleford Ryan Bater, and Executive Director of BIMFC  Jackie Kennedy, made the announcement today.

Located at 1132 98th Street, the project consists of an eight-bedroom (including three that are accessible) bungalow style rooming house approximately 3,350 square feet (311.22 square metres) in size.  The home includes social spaces, storage, a dining area and kitchen as well as space for group meetings and planning.

“The National Housing Strategy prioritizes the housing needs of Canada’s most vulnerable groups which is why we are proud to have invested in this project in North Battleford for people experiencing homelessness,” Duclos said.  “This new eight-bed home is more than just safe and affordable place to live, it’s the key to a better life for residents here. There’s an inherent connection between dignity and housing, and I’m proud to support organizations like Battlefords Indian Métis Friendship Centre and the important work they do to help rebuild lives and create stronger, safer communities.” 

“Our Government is pleased to support this project, which will make life better for eight chronically homeless people in North Battleford,” Merriman said.  “The building that we are opening today is a positive step forward for these eight individuals and the community of North Battleford. Together with our partners, we are making a difference for people in greatest need, beginning with safe, quality, affordable and supportive housing.”

“The City of North Battleford is pleased to be a partner in this new affordable housing project," Bater said.  "Providing safe, affordable and sustainable housing as a crucial first step in addressing homelessness is the kind of transformative thinking required.  This initiative will become a key component in a continuum of services and supports needed in our region." 

“Battlefords Indian Métis Friendship Centre is proud to support Haven-4-Eight along with all funding partners, our board and staff, and the builders of this beautiful home,” Kennedy said.  “This project provides hope for these eight occupants and for our larger community when looking to break the cycle of homelessness. We look forward to embracing our future together and empowering one another to seek safer, healthier lives.”

Quick facts:

  • The Government of Canada, through CMHC, and the Government of Saskatchewan, through SHC, jointly contributed up to $580,000 towards the project under the Canada-Saskatchewan Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
  • The City of North Battleford provided $108,000 to this project for the land and the costs of site servicing.
  • BIMFC received a $130,000 Community Development Corporation grant from the Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs for this project. An additional $10,000 was approved by CMHC.
  • Support services will be provided in-kind by various partners and include health assessments and referrals, mental health and addictions referrals and support, life skills, a mentorship program with Indigenous elders and any other identified support services required.
  • The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy, an ambitious 10-year, $55 billion plan that will create 100,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent.
  • This project upholds the Province’s Housing Strategy, Poverty Reduction Strategy and Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan by ensuring Saskatchewan people have access to affordable, safe, secure and stable housing, increasing community capacity and supporting people living with complex mental health and addictions issues through housing and intensive team-based supports.
  • BIMFC has been providing a wide variety of programs and services to the community since 1970 and has provided an emergency shelter in the winter months over the last five years.

Associated links: As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry.  CMHC’s aim is that by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home they can afford, and that meets their needs.

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To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.

In October 2012, the Government of Saskatchewan released the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: Vision 2020 and Beyond, which sets out the Government’s vision for a province of 1.2 million people by 2020.  The Plan identifies principles, goals and actions to ensure Saskatchewan is capturing the opportunities and meeting the challenges of a growing province.

Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $790 million to develop or repair more than 16,000 housing units across our province. To learn more, visit www.saskatchewan.ca.