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Nunavik Health Care | 150 housing units to meet the shortage of cadres

Faced with the significant shortage of health workers in Nunavik, Quebec will announce on Friday an investment of nearly $177 million to build 150 new housing units in various communities, knowing Journalism. These accommodations will be reserved for health network workers.

For months, Nunavik’s health facilities have been grappling with massive staff shortages. In the summer of 2022, the crisis has reached such a point that the local health authorities have asked for the army to be reinforced. The Minister of Health, Christian Dube, went there1.

By the end of January 2023, nurses were held on the Hudson Bay Coast sit in To denounce their working conditions and persistent staff shortages2.

Employment was hampered by a housing shortage

At a board meeting in December 2022 in Montreal, health authorities in Nunavik revealed that recruiting staff in the North was seriously compromised due to a housing shortage. Communities, for example, have had to cancel public health job advertisements, unable to accommodate future candidates.

Despite the increase in reports, the Nunavik Youth Protection Department was also struggling to recruit enough staff, particularly due to a lack of accommodation.

The occupancy rate for health workers’ residences was 159% in December in the North. This meant that many employees had to share their accommodation.

According to presentations made in December by the Inuulitsivik Center for Health and Social Services (CSSS) (Hudson Bay) and CSSS Tulattavik (Ungava Bay), there are 350 short homes in Nunavik to be able to house all health workers. But last year, only 42 new homes were built in 14 villages in the province3.

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In addition to healthcare workers, locals in Nunavik also face a housing shortage. However, these constructions do not fall under the health network.

Close observation

Construction of 150 new housing units for healthcare workers in Nunavik should begin in the summer, and the first apartments should be delivered in spring 2024. They will be built primarily in Povernetoc and Kujuac. They will be one- and two-bedroom units, with a living room, kitchen, dining room, and bathroom.

Delays in building housing for healthcare workers in Nunavik have been deplored in the past. But the Office of the Minister of Health notes that “leverages” have been put in place to ensure “the project is implemented on time”.

In particular, an independent audit process will be put in place to monitor the project. The Nunavik Regional Health and Social Services Council will have to appoint a project manager responsible for “compliance with ministerial authorizations”.

Finally, a “Technical and Financial Monitoring System” will be put in place to enable the Ministry of Health and Social Services to monitor the progress of the project at all times.

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  • 68
    Number of dwellings to be built on the Ungava Bay side (mainly in Kuguac). On the Hudson Bay side, there are 52 (mainly in Puvirnituq) and 30 will be built in small communities to be identified.

    Source: Ministry of Health and Social Services