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100+ Modular Home Project Nears Completion

May 8th, 2017 Comments off

As in the U.S., Canadian housing is costly in many areas, and factory building can be a positive option. Here, the First Nation receives final modular homes. Credit Norther Ontario Business.

In a story that the Daily Business News originally covered here, the Kashechewan First Nation community has received the final batch of modular duplexes for its residents.

According to Northern Ontario Business, March was the “milestone month” for residents, as

104 units were put onto their foundations, completing a project that began last July. Back in May 2014, 36 homes were damaged in Kashechewan due to flooding, which forced the evacuation of 454 residents to temporary accommodations in Kapuskasing.

We did all the foundations, all the training, we stitched the units together and the final buttoning up of the units to get them ready for the handover to the clients,” said Terry Sutherland, president of Tundra Construction, a First Nation-owned company headquartered in Moose Factory.

The modular duplexes were constructed by Maple Leaf Homes in New Brunswick, and locals did the primary labor on site.

Our workforce was 99 per cent local band members,” said Sutherland.

With an estimated 50 residents working alongside experienced tradespeople in roles as carpenters, laborers, electricians, plumbers, lifting and rigging.”

Sutherland also pointed out that the entire process around modular homes involved a learning curve.


First Nation receives final modular homes. Credit Norther Ontario Business.

This whole system of handling modular homes was new to pretty much everyone up there,” said Sutherland. “The first one was a learning process for a lot of them, but after that it was just general carpentry with the beams. It was a different process as compared to a stick-built house.”

In March, Kashechewan signed a framework agreement with Ottawa and Queen’s Park to come up with a long-term community plan for better housing and health programs and infrastructure development.

Also included in those plans is a possible relocation of the community to a less flood-prone area.

When they left Kashechewan two and a half years ago now, they basically left with a small duffle bag with some clothes. They’ve basically rebuilt their memories and all their personal property and stuff while they were here in Kapuskasing,“ said Kapuskasing fire chief Gerry Desmeules in December.

And, while the new modular homes could be moved in the event of severe flooding in the future, some residents are thinking that they may have to leave again.


Text graphic credit, MHProNews.

Some people are saying as they get on the plane, well, we’re going to see you again in the spring, because obviously the problems they have with flooding up the coast,” said Desmeules, “so, it’s always a roll of the dice for them.“


Crane set of First Nation residents receiving final modular homes in project. Credit Norther Ontario Business.

The full story documenting the First Nation residents return is linked here. ##

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RC Williams, Daily Business News MHProNewsSubmitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.

Unique Wastewater Treatment System Solves Manufactured Home Community Problem

August 27th, 2015 Comments off

fetherston_mhp_association_prez_maurice_dumoulin__insideottawavalley__creditResidents of the 50 home site Fetherston Mobile Home Park in North Grenville, Ottawa, Canada were concerned in the late 1990s when they noticed sewage seeping out of the ground in their community, according to insideottawavalley. By 2001 the community was heading into bankruptcy, when the Ministry of the Environment ordered the North Grenville municipality to assume control of the community and attempt to repair the sewage system.

While the residents feared for several years they would have to leave their homes, a solution was finally reached Aug. 24, 2015 with the installation of Clearford Water Systems Inc.’s mini-sewage treatment plant, an innovative, first-of-its-kind in Canada design for communal water systems.

In 2008 North Grenville was ordered to empty the sewage holding tanks at Fetherston or else the residents would be forced to leave. Maurice Dumoulin, president of the Fethertston Mobile Home Park Association, persisted in trying to find a solution to the problem and was finally rewarded with the successful installation of a treatment plant that actually has room for another 90 residences in the community, and is designed to last 100 years.

The $1 million treatment plant will be paid for over a 30-year period by the association imposing a monthly fee on each of the manufactured homes. MHProNews understands its system might have numerous application possibilities in communities across the U. S.

Kevin Loiselle, president and CEO of Clearford Water Systems said his engineers worked on the project for a year, resulting in a system for more efficient communal wastewater treatment systems across the country. He added his company has finalized plans to install a similar system in a small tribal village in India. ##

(Photo credit: insideottawavalley–Maurice Dumoulin, president of the Fetherston Mobile Home Park Association)

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Snakes Alive! Modular Homes Sitting Empty

November 23rd, 2012 Comments off

After Spring 2011 flooding forced 1,000 Lake St Martin First Nation residents from their homes in central Manitoba, Canada, the provincial government set up 60 furnished modular homes on a former radar base near Gypsumville. According to WinnipegFreePress, nine months later only 13 families have taken up the offer, others preferring to live in hotels or stay with family elsewhere. The modular homes cost $200,000 each, and the government, not wanting to see the homes go to waste, is giving the community until Dec. 15 to decide if they want the homes. If not, they will go to other First Nation peoples. Many Lake St. Martin residents were reluctant to move into the homes for fear it would become permanent and federal assistance would end. To date, the federal government in Ottawa has spent $66 million on accommodations and living allowances for thousands of evacuees since the flood. As MHProNews has learned, almost 2,000 people from six separate reserves do not know when they can return home. As we reported here Dec. 22, 2011, some residents expressed concerns about the site being on a migratory path for garter snakes.

(Photo credit: WinnipegFreePress—Lake St. Martin modular home)

First Nation flood victims looking to modular homes solution

September 16th, 2011 Comments off

adrian-sinclair-st martin chief CBCNewsCBCNews reports that flood evacuees from the Lake St. Martin First Nation in Manitoba band officials are in talks towards establishing a temporary village to call home.  Around 700 Lake St. Martin residents have been living in Winnipeg hotels since May, when they were evacuated from their reserve due to severe flooding.  Lake St. Martin Chief Adrian Sinclair met with Manitoba Housing about having modular homes set up on an old radar base just off Highway 6 near Gypsumville, Manitoba. “They’re kind of stressed out by the city life and the (limited hotel) space, they’re anxious to go back,” Sinclair said. With no other option being proposed by Ottawa at this time, Sinclair said he jumped at the chance to work with Manitoba Housing.

(Photo credit: CBCNews)

Canadian Company Sending Temporary Modular Units to Japan

May 13th, 2011 Comments off

The Vancouver Sun says that Viceroy Homes Ltd. is providing thousands of homes to earthquake and tsunami-stricken Japan with its Japanese partner of 17 years, Selco Homes, of Richmond, Ontario, Canada, just west of Ottawa.  The thirty-square meter homes are each composed of 25-30 two-by-fours, plywood panels, and a steel corrugated roof, and are designed to last two years. Each unit has two bedrooms, a bath, a kitchen, and small storage room, and sells for under $10,000.  President Dan Fox of Viceroy, which normally builds $200,000-$2 million homes said this is not a job he normally takes, but he has a long-standing relationship with his partner in Japan.  Viceroy’s Richmond plant can turn out 50 units a week with its 130 employees.  Fox anticipates he will ship 500-1000 dwellings this year.