Shelter Initiative for Inuit women and children

Inuit women, children and 2SLGBTQIAA+ people face unique challenges and barriers to housing. For those who experience gender-based violence, a shelter is often a first step to rebuilding their lives and protecting them from further violence.

The Shelter Initiative is led by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). CMHC will provide forgivable loans for up to 100% of total eligible costs for the construction/rehabilitation of new shelters. ISC will also provide funding to support operational costs on an ongoing basis.

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has long been calling on the federal government to urgently provide shelters for Inuit women.  In 2020 Pauktuutit asked for a $20 million commitment towards the building of shelters and second‐stage transitional housing in Inuit Nunagat and in Ottawa for Inuit women and children escaping violence at our 2020 Annual General Meeting. In January 2021, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, along with the Honourable Ahmed Hussein, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, committed to fund the construction and operation of shelters for Inuit women and children across Inuit Nunangat as well as in urban centres. Funding for the new Inuit specific shelters is part of the comprehensive Violence Prevention Strategy as announced in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement. The strategy will also support new shelters and transitional (second-stage) housing for First Nations, Inuit and Métis across the country, including in the North and in urban areas.

The submission window for all eligible groups to apply for funding for Inuit-specific shelters is now open.

The successful implementation of the creation of shelters for Inuit women will respond to the National Action Plan, safety being paramount in the 231 Calls for Justice.

Shelter Initiative for Inuit women and children Application Guide

The following Application Guide is intended to provide you with information to assist in completing the Application Form, gain further detail on the scoring criteria used to assess proposals, and define the terms used by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Indigenous Services Canada throughout the process.

For more information on this initiative or for help preparing your application please connect with a Housing Solutions Specialist in your region.

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