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CONSTRUCTION: Close to $55 million budgeted for NWT Housing Corp builds in 2021-22

A rendering of the duplex that is expected to be constructed in Ulukhaktok in 2021-22. The NWT Housing Corporation has 93 total units scheduled for build across 18 communities, as well as a new local housing organization office in Behchoko. image courtesy of NWT Housing Corporation

The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation's capital budget for 2021-22 is approximately $55 million, including projects carried over from last year.

That money is expected to build 93 housing units across 18 communities as well as a new local housing organization office in Behchoko.

In 2020-2021, the NWTHC awarded 167 contracts to 63 different NWT contractors to complete construction work.

The housing corporation also has major retrofits of existing units planned in 14 communities this fiscal year. The locations seeing the most activity will be Inuvik – with 29 public residences getting extensive treatment – while 21 units in Fort Simpson and 19 in Yellowknife will be overhauled.

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For Wilfred McNeely Jr., proprietor of Tee Jay Contracting in Fort Good Hope, contracts available through the NWTHC represent his “bread and butter.”

He started his business in 1994, “running around with an old Bobcat here in the community to help people develop their properties.

He said housing corporation jobs such as changing doors and renovating Elders' residences has become critical to his livelihood. That's particularly true over the past several years since he no longer gets any work through local community government.

“Public tender for me works better because everybody has an equal opportunity to (bid on) contracts in the community... If they take that away from me, I'm dead in the water,” McNeely Jr. said, lauding the NWTHC for its practices to date. “They're very steady and reliable. There's lots of good people in there that like to treat people fairly. They do things honestly. They follow procedures and policy. As long as I do my end of the work and I follow through with what I say I'm going to do, I get treated with the utmost respect from all of them.”

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NWT Housing Corp builds 2021-22

Community               Building type

Behchoko                      local housing office, one public fourplex and two public duplexes

Fort Good Hope          one public fourplex

Fort Liard                     one public fourplex

Fort Providence          one public fourplex

Fort Resolution           one public fourplex

Fort Simpson               two market duplexes

Fort Smith                    two market single-family dwellings, one market duplex and one public duplex

Hay River                     three market single-family dwellings

Inuvik                           four market duplexes, two market fourplexes one market single-family dwelling

Kakisa                           one public fourplex

Lutsel K'e                     one public fourplex

Ndilo                             one public duplex

Norman Wells             three market single-family dwellings

Paulatuk                       two public fourplexes

Tsiigehtchic                 one public fourplex

Tuktoyaktuk                one public fourplex

Tulita                             one public fourplex and one market fourplex

Ulukhaktok                  one public duplex

Source: NWT Housing Corp.

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