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Ministers Lise Thériault and Pierre Corbeil announce $34.5 million in funding for Nunavik’s health and social services network

Kuujjuaq, August 22, 2009 – The Government of Québec is providing $34.5 million in funding to develop health and social services facilities and equipment in Nunavik in order to better support professionals and ensure better service to local residents. Lise Thériault, Minister for Social Services, and Pierre Corbeil, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Minister responsible for the Nord-du-Québec Region, announced this funding as they wrapped up a three-day tour in Québec’s Far North.

Housing and offices

A total of $25 million will be put toward the construction of 50 housing units for health and social services staff working in Nunavik.

“Our government is committed to doing its utmost to improve health and social services in Nunavik, both front-line and youth protection services. By providing high quality housing to our professionals, we can help improve their work with families, in cooperation with current staff in the area,” said Ms. Thériault.

The project calls for the construction of 50 five-room housing units—23 duplexes and 4 single-family homes—in 8 of Nunavik’s 14 communities. These units will be added to the 84 units built in 2007 and 2008, for a total of 134.

The 50 new housing units, which are scheduled for delivery in two phases in fall and summer 2010, will be made available to staff of the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, the Inuulitsivik Health Center, and the Tulattavik Health Center. As such, Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) is taking concrete steps toward meeting the requirements of the 2009–2016 Strategic Plan of the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services.

Furthermore, $1 million in funding will be used to build and set up office space for staff working in Nunavik, with a view to improving the work environment and supporting staff recruitment and retention.

Human resources

MSSS, in cooperation with the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, is carrying out a youth protection pilot project in Nunavik.

This project consists of recruiting two teams of ten social work professionals who will take turns working in Nunavik for six months each. The project calls for each social worker to partner with an Inuit community worker in order to help the Inuit develop their own expertise and in time replace the non-Inuit workers. “The success of the project hinges on the communities’ desire to encourage the next generation of Inuit and help them develop their professional autonomy,” stated the Minister.

Buildings and equipment

On behalf of the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Yves Bolduc, ministers Thériault and Corbeil also announced that $8,492,741 in funding would be provided this year to develop, renovate, and maintain facilities and equipment in the Nunavik health and social services network.

As indicated by Mr. Corbeil, “this funding is part of the Québec Infrastructures Plan, Foundations for Success. It clearly demonstrates the government’s commitment to supporting health and social services institutions in all regions of Québec.”

A total of $1,873,164 in funding has been awarded for minor functional renovations. Institutions in the region can use this financing for facility renovation, redevelopment, or conversion projects designed to improve the quality, availability, and safety of their services.

An additional $4,476,637 in funding has been set aside for the maintenance of real estate assets in the regional network so that institutions can preserve the quality of their buildings as they age.

Furthermore, $1,254,940 has been earmarked for the upkeep of furniture and equipment, including medical apparatus such as stretchers, anesthesia devices, centralized pharmacy robots, and neonatal incubators as well as non-medical items such as wheelchairs and furniture for sample stations.

A total of $788,000 is reserved for purchasing specialized medical equipment—$414,000 for the Inuulitsivik Health Center and $374,000 for Tulattavik Health Center of Ungava.

Lastly, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services has been awarded $100,000 to consolidate existing services through the purchase of medical and non-medical equipment. This new equipment must optimize work organization, stabilize available services, or automate a manual task.

“The funding that the government has announced today is aimed at actively supporting Nunavik’s health and social services network in facing the issues affecting this region. This will strengthen our special ties with Nunavik residents,” asserted Minister Corbeil.

Following up on Katimajiit commitments

The ministers also noted a number of steps the Québec government has taken with respect to education, transport, and housing since the 2007 Katimajiit Summit.

As regards health and social services since the summit, the Government of Québec has provided nearly $3.5 million in funding per year for youth services in order to strengthen youth protection and improve front-line services. An additional approximately $2.5 million in annual funding has been awarded to help health committees in the 14 communities more effectively promote solutions to social problems like addiction and violence. This funding will support the hiring of clinical services professionals and Inuit workers. Lastly, a former school in Kangiksualujjuaq has been converted into a multipurpose service center. “Our government is aware of the issues affecting the Far North, and that is why we are taking concrete steps in a number of areas to improve the living conditions of Nunavik families,” said ministers Thériault and Corbeil in closing.

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Appendix

Housing Construction

Total $25,000,000

Office Construction and Setup

Total $1,000,000

Minor Functional Renovations

Institution Amount
Tulattavik Health Center of Ungava $947,894
Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services $174,515
Inuulitsivik Health Center $750,755
Total $1,873,164

Real Estate Asset Maintenance

Institution Amount
Tulattavik Health Center of Ungava $2,265,352
Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services $417,070
Inuulitsivik Health Center $1,794,215
Total $4,476,637

Medical and Non-Medical Equipment and Furniture Upkeep

Institution Amount
Tulattavik Health Center of Ungava $518,013
Inuulitsivik Health Center $606,088
Regional reserve (10%) $130,839
Total $1,254,940

Specialized Medical Equipment

Institution Amount
Tulattavik Health Center of Ungava $374,000
Inuulitsivik Health Center $414,000
Total $788,000

Additional Equipment for Consolidation

Total $100,000

Youth Services

Additional budget $3.5 million per year

Community Engagement

Additional budget $2.5 million per year
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