News Release - March 8, 1996
OFFICIAL TURN OVER CEREMONY FOR CUMBERLAND HOUSE REMOTE HOUSING PROGRAM
Carol Teichrob, minister responsible for Saskatchewan Municipal
Government, today presented deeds to 11 families who built homes in
Cumberland House under The Remote Housing Program.
Other officials attending the ceremony at Cumberland House were: Lloyd
Reekie, representing Diane Marleau, minister responsible for Canada
Mortgage and Housing; and Keith Goulet, MLA for Cumberland.
"In 1994 the federal government announced a strategic initiative to
address housing needs in communities with no year-round road, rail or
ferry access," Reekie said. "This initiative, known as The Remote
Housing Program, addresses emergency housing needs in northern Canadian
communities. The northern Saskatchewan community of Cumberland House
met the federal requirements, allowing it to build 11 homes."
"Northerners live in dwellings that are severely overcrowded and lack
basic services such as water and sewer," Teichrob said. "The province
was pleased to work with the federal government and the community to
develop this pilot project. Clients, families and friends worked
together to build these homes. This is proof that northerners are
taking a leadership role in developing solutions to community concerns.
Northerners have little opportunity to address their housing needs as
there is a severe shortage of housing and virtually no private market."
Saskatchewan Municipal Government Housing Division is cost-sharing The
Remote Housing Program delivery on a 75/25 per cent federal/provincial
basis. The province is responsible for co-ordination and supervision
of the entire project.
The program is also receiving donations of land and services from the
Village of Cumberland House, labour training initiatives from the New
Careers Corporation and community or applicant labour contributions.
For more information, contact:
Doug Parker Maureen Boyle
Acting Branch Manager Manager of Communications
CMHC Municipal Government
Phone: (306) 975-4900 Phone: (306) 787-5959