BATTLEFORD NORTH, Sask., June 16, 2022 /CNW/ – North Battleford residents with mental health issues or complex needs now have better access to affordable housing thanks to investments by the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan.

The Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, and George ChahalMember of Parliament for Calgary Skyview, joined representatives from the Canadian Mental Health Association – Battlefords Division (CMHA-B) to celebrate the grand opening of eight new affordable housing units in North Battleford.

Under the CanadaSaskatchewan partnership agreement under the National Housing Strategy, the project received $830,000 in financing.

Called Independence Commons, the project is located at 1941 Kramer Place and includes two single-level quadruplexes, green space, support services and a transitional shelter. Each unit is approximately 525 square feet or 52 square meters and three of the units as well as the support service and transitional shelter are accessible.


“Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. These eight new homes will provide stability and access to vital support services needed to live comfortably and with dignity. It’s one of the ways our National Housing Strategy continues to ensure no one is left behind.” – The Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion

“Our government is delighted to announce the opening of Independence Commons. This housing project is more than just a home. It will be essential to a better life for eight people in North Battlefield who live with mental health issues. receive the care they need to thrive in their community. I want to thank everyone involved for their dedication to their community and for making today’s announcement possible.George ChahalMLA for Calgary Skyview

“Independence Commons has created safe, affordable, independent housing for people living with persistent mental illness and complex needs. It is, in some ways, a community of eight people, who are supported to live successfully and well by Our housing program addresses a gap in housing for people with lived experience returning to the community and the first of its kind in the Battlefords.” Jane Zielke de MontbrunCEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Battlefords Branch

Fast facts:

  • Residents have access to support programs offered by CMHA-B, including life skills, work experience, and recreational and social activities. There is also a visitor center open Monday to Friday.
  • CMHA-B provides support services to people living in Battleford who suffer from mental illness. It is an autonomous charitable organization and operates in North Battleford since 2000.
  • In line with the National Housing Strategy (NHS), the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement will invest $449.9 million over the next 10 years, cost matched by federal and provincial governments, in housing across the province. The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan reached agreement on the first three-year action plan.
  • from Canada The National Housing Strategy (NHS) is a 10-year, over $72 billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home.

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  • As from Canada authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and the financial system, provides support to Canadians in need and provides impartial housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. CMHC’s goal is that by 2030, everyone Canada has an affordable home that meets their needs. For more information, visit or follow us on TwitterInstagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • To learn more about the National Housing Strategy, visit:
  • Under the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement, housing is a key priority to provide a better quality of life for Saskatchewan families and communities. Since 2007, the government of Saskatchewanthrough SHC, has invested $786 million develop more than 12,000 homes and repair nearly 5,500 homes. SHC has also invested over $61 million build nearly 300 units in nursing homes, and $430 million to improve provincially owned housing. To learn more, visit

SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

For further information: Arevig Afarian, Office of the Minister for Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, [email protected]; Media Relations, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, [email protected]; Leya Moore, Saskatchewan Department of Social Services, 306-787-3610, [email protected]


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