During a visit to the Pikangikum reserve, the Prime Minister promised to make housing for the community and other Indigenous reserves his top priority.
Currently the Pikangikum community has a housing crisis, where approximately 600 homes are waiting to be built.
The reserve is struggling to accommodate the population which has been steadily increasing, from 1,800 in 2005 to 3,100 to date.
Although some new homes and schools have been built, they are inhabitable as electricity has not been properly set up.
The community has been using Diesel fuel, but the federal government recently provided $60 million dollars to connect the Pikangikum community to Ontario’s power supply.