The 2013 Northern Housing Conference was a 2-day event that brought together representatives from various sectors of the Canadian North. Held on March 26 and 27, 2013, in Whitehorse, Yukon, the conference was jointly hosted by Yukon Housing Corporation, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.
With the theme “Housing Outside the Box” the conference was held to address various housing-related issues in the Canadian North. Among those who attended the event were building designers, developers, builders, entrepreneurs, and other professionals, all of whom are keen to find new and innovative solutions for improving the Canadian North housing sector.
The goal of the conference is to introduce new solutions to the growing housing problem in the Canadian North. With resource speakers and industry experts pinpointing common issues and proposing suitable alternatives, conference attendees gained a clearer insight into the issues surrounding the Canadian North housing market.
The information shared at the conference has proven to be invaluable in terms of effecting positive change in the local housing segment. Government administrations and elected officials gained key knowledge about many aspects of the housing industry available only to those who firsthand experience with the market. With the range of relevant information offered, the conference was a significant event for contractors, designers, developers, and anyone else interested in addressing problems with local housing.
Throughout large parts of the northern communities, the scarcity of safe and suitable housing options remains a constant and growing issue. As traditional methods for dealing with the issue continue to fail to provide any lasting solutions, it is becoming more and more apparent that alternative solutions might just pave the way for change. With the solutions discussed at the Northern Housing Conference, planners and policy makers in the Northern Territories have the impetus to take local housing and development to the next level.