Ottawa has announced more than $10 million for housing in Cat Lake First Nation.
"So, it was very important for the Government of Canada to move as quickly as possible, and there are a number of reasons for that," said Kenora MP Bob Nault. "Obviously, health is number one. Number two, is that we have an isolated community that we can only get this kind of work done, when the winter road is operating, and it's a very short window."
At the same time, provincial cabinet minister Greg Rickford says they may have to consider moving some members from mold-infested homes.
"Our focus is in two important regards. First of all, to remove folks from homes that are deemed to have particularly high levels of mold," he said.
The minister added there may be trailers available in the First Nation, or that can be moved to the First Nation on ice roads. Rickford added the preference is to keep members in the community, but members may have to be moved to another community.
Nault said 10 portable homes are being made available, so demolitions can begin. In all, 67 new units are expected within two years, and medical specialists are being made available to people in the community.
The interim agreement between Ottawa and Cat Lake includes:
$1.5 M - lot servicing
$3.5 M - 15 new homes
$2.1 M - renovations and repairs existing homes
$2 M - delivery and install of portable units
$1 M - (additional funds) shipping and delivery, site prep etc for portable units
Total: $10.1 Million
The total does not include:
$199,000 + for environmental assessment of homes and
$521,000 for winter roads to maintain them for delivery of material.
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