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Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative

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Housing Challenge

Indigenous communities defining solutions

The Government of Canada is making major investments to reduce overcrowding, improve building quality, and address housing shortages in Indigenous communities. At the same time it is looking for ways to support Indigenous-led solutions to housing, accelerate change, and build new partnerships to enhance community well-being and improve people’s lives.

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What is the Government of Canada doing to close the housing gap for Indigenous peoples?

Budget 2016 provided $554.3 million over two years to address immediate housing needs for First Nations people living on reserve as well as $176.7 million over two years to address the challenges relating to northern and Inuit housing.

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Credit: Indigenous Services Canada

In response to feedback from Indigenous leaders who called for a targeted housing approach for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation communities that respects the distinct needs of each Indigenous group, the Government of Canada has made the following investments in Budget 2017 and Budget 2018:

2017 and 2018 Budget Investments

  • $600 million over three years to support First Nations housing on reserve as part of a 10-year Housing Strategy that is being developed with First Nations.
  • $400 million over 10 years to support an Inuit-led housing plan in Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and Inuvialuit Settlement Region. This is in addition to $240 million over 10 years announced in Budget 2017 to support housing in Nunavut.
  • $500 million over 10 years to support the Métis Nation’s housing strategy.

Initiative Details

Who can apply?

  • Open to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis innovators.


  • Launch: April 2019