Nearly $45,000 has been put forward in provincial Community and Employer Partnership funding to provide hands on work experience in building homes for low and medium income families on the Fort Nelson First Nation. The money is allowing workers the opportunity to do various tasks such as foundation work, framing, roofing, and finishing.
In all eight new units of housing will be developed. Four will be three bedroom homes, two will be five bedroom homes, and the final two will be housed in a duplex with two bedrooms for older citizens or those that may have a disability. The duplexes will have wheelchair access.
The 25 week project is expected to end at the end of December. By that time those who had played a role in construction will have logged over 600 hours that can be put towards their Industry Training Authority apprenticeship.
The federal department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs is supporting the project by securing the mortgages for the new homes.