Housing Subsidy Program in British Columbia
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada's (INAC) Housing Subsidy Program in British Columbia provides housing subsidies to assist First Nations with the construction and purchase of new housing, and for renovations that address structural and health and safety concerns.
As part of the investments in First Nations housing made by Budget 2016, the On-Reserve Housing Funds call for proposals has been launched.
About the program
In British Columbia region, the key to accessing housing subsidies for both short and long-term housing goals is planning. Housing is planned and delivered in a continuous cycle, where each phase is essential to the next. Funding support in British Columbia region is also available through the New Approach for Housing Support. Both programs are part of INAC's support for First Nations on-reserve housing, but not part of the national First Nations On-Reserve Housing Program which does not effectively support many of the smaller First Nations in British Columbia.
Housing subsidy amounts are based on the particular geographic and economic characteristics of a First Nation community. There are four different kinds of INAC subsidies available through the Housing Subsidy Program:
- New home construction or purchase subsidies provided for the construction or purchase of permanent homes located on-reserve.
- Renovation subsidies for renovations that extend the structural and/or mechanical life expectancy of the home by at least fifteen (15) years. The maximum allowable renovation subsidy is fifty per cent (50 per cent) of a new home subsidy
- Mould renovation subsidies assist First Nations with mold remediation which can be more complicated, and can be more costly than regular renovation. The maximum allowable subsidy for mould renovation is up to the full new home subsidy amount.
- Building inspection subsidies assist with building inspection costs incurred during construction, purchase or renovation
For more information about the suite of housing subsidies available under the program, consult A Practical Guide to Housing.
Who can apply?
First Nation Councils, or delegated authorities such as tribal councils and other eligible organizations that have funding agreements with INAC BC Region.
Housing Managers are encouraged to contact INAC BC Region to confirm eligibility and current subsidy amounts available for your community.
There is no deadline to apply. INAC accepts applications for housing subsidies year round.
How to apply?
Housing Managers are encouraged to contact INAC BC Region to help identify how much funding is available for their community and which forms to use for their housing project.
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