Community tour part of effort to push forward Nunavut 3000

Nunavut Housing Corp. is going on a tour of 10 hamlets as part of the Government of Nunavut’s effort to build 3,000 housing units across the territory by 2030.

The travel, from July 2 to 19, is intended to help the housing corporation identify the “most efficient use” of resources to work toward that goal, said Juanie Pudluk, associate president of Nunavut Housing Corp., in an interview Wednesday. The plan is to secure the lots for the 2025 construction year, make sure they are appropriate for development, and get input from people in the communities, he said.

Once the lots are selected, the corporation will have to get development and building permits under local bylaws. This is the housing corporation’s second tour like this. The previous one was organized in September and included 17 communities. The Nunavut government and Nunavut Housing Corp. announced Nunavut 3000 in 2022.

As an example of the need for more housing in the territory, 35 per cent of Nunavut homes do not have enough bedrooms for their occupants, compared to five per cent nationally, according to a 2020 report by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut Housing Corp. and NCC Development Ltd. are directly responsible for construction of almost half of all the planned houses. Around 1,400 of the units are pegged for public housing.

Approximately 900 will be co-investments between Nunavut Housing Corp. and partners such as Inuit organizations, not-for-profits, community organizations and private-sector companies. And around 400 will be delivered “with limited if any, public investment,” according to the Nunavut 3000 public plan.

The entire project is estimated to cost $2.6 billion, with $900 million from the private sector and the rest covered by governments and Inuit organizations.

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