Taking action on the serious housing shortage in Nunavik

05 NOV 2013

On October 30, Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik joined forces with Quebec Government’s Inter Governmental Affairs Minister Alexandre Cloutier and pressed the Federal Government to take action on the serious housing shortage in Nunavik.

According to a 2013 study by the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau (KMHB) there is a shortage of 899 houses in the region.  In 2006, According to Statistics Canada, the overcrowding rate in Nunavik was the highest in the country at 49%, it is now, in 2013, at 68%.

This lack of housing has become a real consequential issue in today’s Nunavik society. Multiple families living under one roof is not uncommon in the region that can force up to over 10 people to share  a three bedroom dwelling. This creates lack of privacy, little to no room for students to do homework, rapid spread of disease and many social problems.

The residents of Nunavik are one of the highest tax payers in the country and they want to be treated fairly with the same services available in the rest of Canada.  Under the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement the Federal Government has an obligation for the well being of Nunavik Inuit, and the Makivik Corporation and Quebec is urging Canada to live up to its agreements.

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