Aboriginal Social Housing
The vast majority of Aboriginal people live off-reserve in urban and rural areas, not on reserve land. Five percent of BC residents identified as Aboriginal in the 2006 census, but only 0.2% of all dwellings were housing units on band land occupied by band members.
The CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation), Canada’s national housing agency, previously supported development of new Aboriginal housing units in urban areas but discontinued its program in 1994. Other organizations continually try to meet the high demand for off-reserve Aboriginal housing by developing and providing affordable off-reserve homes that are sensitive to an Aboriginal cultural identity. For more information, please see the following links: