Minister: William Neal Goodon
Housing has been an important pillar of the MMF since the early 1970s, when it first began to develop the foundations of self-government. In the early days, housing services were limited to small programs delivered on behalf of other levels of government. In time, the MMF would become the major service provider for rural social housing in Manitoba. This phase would end in 2012, when the province decided to run these operations themselves. In 2013, a new program was started in partnership between the Government of Manitoba and the MMF. This Affordable Housing Program is still operating today.
Another initiative that is now operated through the Housing Department is the Affordable Housing Initiative, through which 10 houses have been built in 4 communities.
The bigger news for Manitoba’s Métis community is the announcement by the federal government in its 2018 budget of $500 million over 10 years earmarked for Métis Nation housing. To prepare for this new and large influx of housing funding, the Housing Department has met several times with various internal and external stakeholders to develop a cohesive plan on a short-, medium- and long-term basis.
Home Enhancement Loan Program (HELP)
The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) will provide a one-time forgivable loan of up to $15,000 (including taxes) to provide for emergency home repairs and renovations to improve, adapt, and maintain existing housing stock. This program is designed for low to moderate income Metis Citizens.
In this program, safety and well-being is a priority, and preference will be given to Metis Citizens who demonstrate emergency or health and safety-related housing needs.
Applicants must have a total gross annual household income not exceeding $85,000. The applicant household’s total liquid assets inclusive of RRSP investments must also not exceed $300,000.
Eligible expenditures can include:
- Emergency home repairs
- Home repairs and renovations
- Upgrades for accessibility
- Senior’s upgrades for accessibility
- Adapt unit to suit household composition
- Electrical, sewer and water infrastructure, water and sewer testing
Ineligible expenditures include but are not limited to:
- Purchase of land or outbuildings, land transfer costs
- Administration, salaries or wage costs, legal costs
- Purchase of mobile trailers for renovation and repair
- Purchase of housing units to renovate and repair and sell
- Costs associated with the development of drawings and/or blueprints
- Costs associated with legal fees, consultation or permits
For full program details and a complete list of what home improvements can be covered, please download the HELP Guidelines and Application below.
Affordable Housing Program
On June 5, 2013, the MMF signed a partnership agreement with Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation to build affordable housing for Manitobans. This agreement was for $1,1000,000 each year for five years. To date the following Affordable Housing projects have been completed:
- Winnipeg: three 3-bedroom units
- Brandon: five 3-bedroom units
- Brandon: two 1-bedroom units
- Selkirk: two 3-bedroom units
- Selkirk: two 4-bedroom units
- The Pas – one 2-bedroom unit and one 3-bedroom unit
Affordable Housing Initiative
The MMF and the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation signed an agreement in 2007 to build ten new homes under the Affordable Housing Initiative Program.
To promote Métis home ownership, tenants have an option to purchase their home, ten years from their move-in date, for a low rate of 50% of fair market value. Most current tenants have been long-term occupants and will be eligible to purchase their homes within the next few years. Our first tenant moved in as of December, 2008 and will be eligible to exercise their option to purchase in December, 2018. The homes built under this agreement are located in:
- Eriksdale: one 3-bedroom house
- St Eustache: three 3-bedroom houses
- Powerview: two 3-bedroom houses
- Dauphin: four 3-bedroom houses
A planning session was held on April 30, 2018 with MMF ministerial representatives and technical staff to set priorities and develop a plan for how to best meet the needs of, and have a beneficial impact on, our Métis citizens. Additionally, a meeting was held with President Chartrand to discuss housing priorities. Participants included Ministers Anita Campbell and Jack Park. Staff were also present from the MMF departments of Housing, Tripartite Self-government Negotiations, Metis Employment and Training, the President’s Office, and from MMF affiliates the Louis Riel Capital Corporation, Metis Economic Development Fund, Metis Economic Development Organization, Infinity Women Secretariat, and Metis N4 Construction. Metis Nation – Saskatchewan also sent Minister Derek Langan to observe. Housing Priorities identified were:
- Province-wide research
- More Affordable Housing – new builds
- Seniors Housing
- Repairs and Maintenance
- Analysis of our existing houses
- Using local resources to support local economies
- Social Housing – property management for MHRC on a fee for service basis
Federal Housing Accord
A Metis Nation Housing Accord was signed at Back to Batoche days in July, 2018. The $500 million earmarked for Métis Nation housing over 10 years will be funded in stages. The latest information from federal civil servants is that the first year will see approximately $9.8M for the MMF for fiscal year 2018-19.
A strategy is being developed to guide the MMF in building new construction, seniors’ housing and affordable and social housing. The housing department will diversify its approach to housing, as currently, the department only builds affordable housing.For example, the MMF could focus on seniors’ housing in the first 1-2 years, with other housing priorities being addressed in the following years.
It is the intention of the MMF Housing Department to vigorously engage with federal homelessness initiatives, and to partner with community stakeholders who could assist us in helping those Métis Citizens who are at risk of losing or without homes.