Every topic and presentation was interesting and informative. - Housing Maintenance Coordinator
Cree Nation of Mistissini
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Indigenous Housing Solutions

The most up-to-date solutions for On-Reserve housing from finance options, to infrastructure, to asset management.

November 5 - 6, 2019  ·  Gatineau, Quebec
Day Two Program Agenda: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Opening Remarks from the Chair
Saide Sayah, Program Manager, Affordable Housing Branch, Housing Services, Community and Social Services Department, City of Ottawa
9:10 - 10:00
Introduction to Capital Planning
Ian Cullis, Director of Asset Management, BC Non-Profit Housing Association
  • Planning Overview
  • What is a Capital Plan
  • Capital Plan Details
  • Process of Capital Planning
  • Capital Planning Tools
10:00 - 10:15        Networking Break

10:15 - 11:15
Family Reunification Program
Marc Boychuk, Metis Housing Tenant Relations Officer, Alberta Health Advisory

The Family Reunification Program (FRP) is dedicated to reuniting Aboriginal mothers, fathers and their children by providing housing placements for up to three years. The program's mandate is to assist in reuniting children in care with their families in a safe and secure environment. MCHC is providing the program in cooperation and agreement with Government of Alberta Ministry of Human Services. The program participates in the Crime Free Multi Housing Program partnership run by the Edmonton Police Service.

The FRP provides families with a wide range of support services including:

  • 24-hour support to families as required
  • Parenting skills development
  • Employment and educational planning
  • A mentorship program to build self-esteem, confidence, and role models for children and youth
11:15 - 12:15
Building Housing that Last Longer than Seven Generations
Colin Doylend, Director, Corporate Affairs, NEXII Building Solutions Inc.

We stand at the crossroads of forever and too late. A world where quality takes too long. Compassion costs too much. And past routines can no longer provide. We at Nexii are dedicated to radically transforming building in ways that will improve how we all live, and sustain our communities and planet.

  • A world where our kids, grandkids and future generations can live, love, share and flourish.
  • To create the ultimate home for humanity. We seek out, develop and share innovative building solutions that transform living standards for all communities while ensuring the enduring health of our Earth.
  • We will share with your our try of how NEXII is the world’s first whole building solution - using proven technology, our team is committed to permanently transforming the construction and retrofitting of structures across the world.
12:15 - 1:15       Luncheon

1:15 - 2:15
Communities Building Sustainable and Energy Efficient Homes
Paul Girard, President, Polar Maxima Inc.
  • How to exceed building standards while keeping the costs low
  • Protecting residents with environmentally friendly homes
  • The key to long term savings and minimizing fossil fuel use
  • Building green while keeping up with functionality and durability
  • A housing strategy to empower indigenous communities
2:15 - 3:15
National Housing Strategy
Vince Klyne, National Key Account Manager, Indigenous and Northern Housing, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
  • Background on the National Housing Strategy
  • Overview of the Strategy
  • Information on Initiatives
  • How to apply
3:15 - 3:30       Networking Break

3:30 - 4:30
100% Financed Row Rowing from Shelter Rate Rental Revenues
Colin Doylend, Director, Corporate Affairs, NEXII Building Solutions Inc.
  • Concept was driven by the need of the Yale First Nation where they did not have enough funds left over at that time to build a new home for a working single mom and her child who were fleeing violence
  • The community needed to find a home for them quickly, so we came together and developed a tiny row house model that can be built and 100% financed, without the dependency for any government grants
  • Our tiny row housing concept takes advantage of the monthly shelter rate allowance provided by the government and is consolidated to secure enough financing to purchase and install the row homes
  • The design consists of either a studio triplex or two-bedroom duplex residences. We focussed on developing a single storey complex that is fast, scalable, stylish, cost-effective and allows for relatively simple installation and removal
  • Each layout at a minimum is able to generate over $1,000 a month in rental income.
  • As such, the Bank of Montreal is committed to providing a preliminary term sheet for any First Nation community stating they are willing to provide financing using this rental model
  • Concept was endorsed by the BC Non-profit Housing Association, during the annual Housing Central Conference, where our partnership received the grand prize from the Reframe Housing Contest for Innovations in Housing
  • Each row home may also feature 13.3 kW of solar panels on the roof, set-up under a grid-tie net-metered program, and financed separately by BMO to ensure each home is truly NetZero
4:30        Closing Remarks from Chair & End of Conference

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