Some First Nations in Canada have successfully built housing markets on-reserve to address housing needs. However, this achievement required time and commitment. Community leaders and members first had to commit to changing housing in their communities. This effort involved dedicating financial resources, building capacity, and developing processes for improved housing systems. These communities now enjoy good quality homes, take pride in homeownership, and benefit from economic opportunities.
The Fund’s Access Criteria were developed based on the experiences of these successful communities and feedback from First Nations and financial institutions nationwide.