Property rights, not more funding, to help improve housing conditions on First Nations reserves – Fraser Forum

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April 6, 2016

Statistics Canada recently released aboriginal fact sheets outlining education, housing and income statistics for aboriginal people in Canada. In regards to housing, the data show that in every province the percentage of on-reserve First Nations with homes in need of major repair is substantially higher, in some cases almost triple, the percentage of off-reserve First Nations homes.

Further, as the table below demonstrates, Alberta and Manitoba have the highest percentage of on-reserve homes in need of major repair with both provinces above 50 per cent, compared to off-reserve First Nation homes, at 14 per cent and 21.9 per cent respectively. Nationally, 42.9 per cent of on-reserve First Nation homes are in need of major repairs compared to only 15.4 per cent of off-reserve First Nation homes.

So why the stark contrast between on- and off-reserve First Nations housing?

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