The federal government has invested $5.1 million into northwestern Ontario, as the party aims to increase the number of affordable housing units in the region. With the new funding, 53 new units will be built - along with a number of renovations to existing units.

The fifteen new projects across the region will provide homes for individuals, families, seniors, adults with disabilities, families seeking shelter from domestic violence, and the Indigenous community.

Kenora MP Bob Nault made the announcement, on behalf of Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Jean-Yves Duclos.

“More seniors, adults with disabilities, and Indigenous people will now have a place to call home in our riding,” said Nault. “Today’s investments provide funding for 53 affordable housing units that will be built or renovated in the communities of Kenora, Dryden, Sioux Lookout, and Red Lake. Northerners and Canadians alike deserve a safe, affordable, accessible place to call home.”

The projects include:

Dryden:

- 49 King Street - $439,847 – Renovation of rental units – 4 units
- Homeward Bound Phase 2 - $476,000 – Conversion to rental housing – 4 units
- Homeward Bound 24 Eagle Drive - $119,000 – Affordable Indigenous rental housing – 1 unit
- Homeward Bound Phase 3 - $595,000 – Renovation and creation of additional rental units – 6 units

Kenora: 

- Emergency Shelter and Knox United Church - $136,705 – an additional 2 supportive housing units
- Lakeside 6-plex - $247,500 – Renovation to provide fully-accessible units – 6 units

Sioux Lookout:

- Transitional Housing and Shelter - $2,550,000 – Accessible development to provide rental housing – 20 units

Red Lake:

- Second Stage Housing - $630,364 – 12,000 square foot project to meet family needs – 10 units

Another $14 million in funding was pledged for housing units in the Fort Frances and Thunder Bay areas.

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