This is page numbers 549 - 580 of the Hansard for the 12th Assembly, 6th Session. The original version can be accessed on the Legislative Assembly's website or by contacting the Legislative Assembly Library. The word of the day was housing.

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Committee Motion 40-12(6): To Adopt Recommendation 10, Carried
Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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The Chair Brian Lewis

Thank you, Mr. Pudlat. Mr. Morin.

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. All our northern rental stock is up for sale; that's those old northern rental units. For those people who are interested in purchasing them, all they have to do is get in touch with the housing authority and they, in turn, will be in touch with the regional office. We are very, very interested in selling them and we realize that some upgrading has to be done to some of them. We are willing to work out a deal with those local people that want to use them for housing. We will try our best to assist them in any way possible.

Committee Motion 40-12(6): To Adopt Recommendation 10, Carried
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The Chair Brian Lewis

Mr. Morin, carry on.

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

If there are problems in the Member's riding, could he be more specific? If you have names or anything like that, I would be pleased to deal with those issues individually as well, if you want to write to me or tell me about it.

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The Chair Brian Lewis

Thank you, Mr. Morin. That's a good offer. Mr. Pudlat.

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Kenoayoak Pudlat Baffin South

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I haven't really seen any of these units being sold in the communities, such as Sanikiluaq or Cape Dorset. The units being sold are usually more common in the places in Lake Harbour. When these units are sold, are they sold at a low price? Can we get any lower than they are being sold at?

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The Chair Brian Lewis

Mr. Morin.

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

We can go as low as one dollar.

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The Chair Brian Lewis

Thank you. General comments. Mr. Ng.

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Kelvin Ng Kitikmeot

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. My question is with regard to the Minister's comments about the sale of northern rental housing units, recognizing that they are some of the older units. The Minister did recognize it by saying they might have to upgrade some of these units. Would that be done prior to the sales or would there be some form of grant or loan program for clients subsequent to the sale for fixing up these northern rental units? Thank you.

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The Chair Brian Lewis

Thank you, Mr. Ng. Mr. Morin.

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. That can be addressed either way, Mr. Ng. It all depends on how much money we have available in that region; what program clients fit into. If they are high-income, then it may be direct lending. If they are low income, it could be the HIP program, emergency repair or seniors' repair. There are many different programs. It would depend on each individual client. We would also counsel them. For example, we would sit down with client A and counsel them on how they could purchase the unit and what programs could be made available to them to upgrade the unit. That would be done on one-to-one client counselling.

Committee Motion 40-12(6): To Adopt Recommendation 10, Carried
Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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The Chair Brian Lewis

Thank you, Mr. Morin. Mr. Ng.

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Kelvin Ng Kitikmeot

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. With regard, again, to the northern rental sales, will individuals be required to come up with their own downpayments or financing? Or, would that be financed internally with the Housing Corporation? Would they be eligible for some of your proposed programs, such as the downpayment assistance program? Thank you.

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The Chair Brian Lewis

Mr. Morin.