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Ty-Histanis Receives EQuilibrium™ Communities Initiative Funding from the Government of Canada

The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations received $433,990 in funding under the EQuilibrium™ Communities Initiative toward its Ty-Histanis Neighbourhood Development project.

EQuilibrium™ Communities is a three-year, $4.2-million collaborative sustainable community demonstration initiative of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) under the Government of Canada’s ecoACTION program.

EQuilibrium™ Communities project submissions were chosen through a national competition and evaluated by an external panel of industry experts against the following criteria:

  • Energy — an energy-efficient community that balances energy supply and use to minimize greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Land Use and Housing — a compact community with a balanced mix of activities, housing choices and commercial, institutional, recreational and industrial land uses.
  • Water, Waste Water and Storm Water — a community that minimizes the use and disposal of water and negative impacts on watersheds.
  • Transportation — a community that reduces fossil fuel use from personal vehicle travel and provides opportunities for energy-efficient and healthy alternatives.
  • Natural Environment — a community that protects, enhances and restores the natural environment.
  • Financial Viability — a marketable community that through its design, operation, integration and financing is economically viable over the long term.

The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations (TFN) are developing a new neighbourhood on 84 hectares of land transferred from the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Consistent with the TFN concept of Hishuk nish Tsaawak (All Is One), the parties made a commitment to explore and apply practical, sustainable community development principles. The new neighbourhood is planned to include 171 single-detached units, 32 duplex units and a 12-unit elders’ complex. A central community core is expected to include the multi-family buildings together with a school, health clinic, pharmacy, recreation centre and centres for youth and elders.

Other key planned features and performance targets for the project’s research include:

  • a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gases through energy savings arising from building envelope improvements and efficient heating, electrical and mechanical systems, together with an efficient supply from a district energy system, using renewable energy sources with ground source heat pump leverage.
  • Car-dependence is expected to be reduced by the mixed-use concept.
  • At least 40 percent of the development site is planned to be maintained as undisturbed natural protected habitat. Innovative stormwater reduction features are to include porous surfaces, and proposed water-efficient features are expected to reduce potable water consumption.
  • As a walkable community, the design encourages social interaction, health and fitness through the creation of meandering footpaths set back from narrow roads by vegetated swales, and the use of low-impact footpaths through natural habitat.

TFN is using EQuilibrium™ Communities Initiative support for performance improvements at the building and lot levels. These improvements include the optimization of energy efficiency in the building performance and community energy system as well as options for water use reduction and sustainable landscape design. Consultation with future occupants and technical experts will also receive initiative support. Funding for the monitoring of potable water consumption is also included.

The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations are a confederacy of Aboriginal groups living on ten reserves along the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island. They are part of the Nootka Confederacy and governed by the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. TFN has formed an advisory group to consult with community members during the development of the Ty-Hystanis Neighbourhood Development.

Richard Walker
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada

Charles Sauriol
CMHC Media Relations

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