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Eugene Alfred, ? 2008

For many years now, the Canadian North has struggled with an increasingly difficult housing market, with a scarcity of residential options available for its growing population. Dilapidated houses, overcrowding, and high demand all contribute to the region’s chronic housing shortage.


The Canadian North comprises the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik, the Yukon, Nunatsiavut, and Labrador. A melting pot of indigenous culture, the region is gifted with rich natural resources and breathtaking vistas. Nevertheless, the lack of adequate housing remains one of the Canadian North’s most difficult issues.


A number of factors have contributed to the dismal state of housing in the region. Sheer unavailability is the most significant of these, with the local market ill-equipped to keep up with the needs of its rising population. There simply aren’t enough houses available in the region, and current policies have been ineffective at solving the problem.