Work is underway to establish a factory in Arviat, Nunavut, Canada, which is located on the west coast of Hudson Bay; the factory will build modular homes year-round and employ local people in the process. The main goal of the project is to employ Inuit and develop their construction skills and certificates to build workforce capacity in the region. While the goal isn’t to tackle the housing crisis head-on, the project will certainly contribute to housing capacity. Once the Arviat factory is operational, the vision is to have Inuit working there for a few years under mentorship to earn higher certifications, enabling them to move in if they want to and work other construction jobs in the region. It also allows the Inuit workers who gain these skills to participate in a good employment opportunity close to home, year-round, in a heated, bright, modern facility. “That’s the goal of the factory, I would say, even before building homes,” said Guillaume Guida, vice president of Sakku Investments Corporation, one of the entities backing the project.

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