Flood evacuees from the Little Saskatchewan First Nation will begin moving into new homes on higher ground early in the new year.
The province has struck an agreement between the federal government and the First Nation to provide 40 new homes for the community.
Residents were displaced following last spring’s devastating flood.
“Our government has made it a priority to help families impacted by flooding get their lives back to normal and to ease the stress and turmoil the flood created, especially in First Nation communities where many band members have been out of their homes for more than a year,” said Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson. “These new homes were built to the highest standards and will be located on high ground, safe from the threat of future floods.”
Manitoba will provide up to $4.3 million for the First Nation to move the houses, construct a community road, and prepare the housing lots and foundations. The province and the federal government will each pay $3.3 million for the first 34 houses and six more will be covered under the federal Disaster Financial Assistance program.