Fall call for proposals still open for Indigenous Shelter and Transitional Housing Initiative
November 1, 2022
The Indigenous Shelter and Transitional Housing Initiative (ISTHI) is an exciting opportunity for organizations serving Indigenous clientele in the prairie provinces. The funding program provides access to capital and operational funding to build and run shelters and transitional homes for their communities. This funding opportunity also presents an excellent opportunity for collaboration and partnership between non-Indigenous and Indigenous housing and service delivery organizations, as well as Indigenous governments.
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Strong female leaders in housing empowering people to change
October 13, 2022
Housing is an industry where women have been historically underrepresented, but a transformation is underway. We spoke to the leaders at three community-minded organizations we’re working with about the prominent roles women are now holding in the industry, and what that means for the communities they serve.
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Breathing life into the Home Fire: Indigenous engagement in a rapid housing project
September 28, 2022
Architect David Fortin says translating Indigenous thinking and knowledge into contemporary architectural form is still a relatively new conversation, so when designing for an Indigenous client, he and his team put a lot of emphasis on engagement. The latest project that David is working on with Big Block is the Silver Sage Housing Corporation’s Home Fire building in North Regina. Home Fire will be a transitional place for people in need of immediate housing, and it’s part of the federal government’s Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) in order to get those people the housing they need as quickly as possible.
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Elders’ Lodge features culturally-relevant garden to help improve food security
September 16, 2022
This summer, Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. President Shirley Isbister has been enjoying healthy snacks from the Round Prairie Elders’ Lodge garden. The community garden at the Lodge is central to the extraordinary shared courtyard and acts as the heart of the building, with the south-facing apartment balconies and indoor community space looking out over it. The garden, along with many other features of the building, were incorporated into the design thanks to early consultations with Elders from the community — a step in the development process that Big Block has found to be crucial to creating purpose-built spaces that will serve communities for generations to come.
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Now hiring: General construction labourer in Saskatoon
July 4, 2022
Big Block is currently recruiting for a general construction labourer for our projects in Saskatoon. This flexible role will likely start out as part-time, but there is potential for it to expand to a full-time role. This job is expected to last for up to 1-3 months.
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New opportunity for organizations to access Rapid Housing Initiative funding
May 19, 2022
Canada is facing a housing crisis and one of the ways the Government of Canada is tackling the problem is through the CMHC Rapid Housing Initiative. In November 2022, the third round of funding was released and the government is looking for new applications to build new housing and/or purchase existing buildings that will be rehabilitated or converted into permanent affordable housing. 
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Federal budget a win for affordable housing
April 25, 2022
Solving the housing affordability crisis is our guiding star. A big contributing factor to the erosion of affordability is a serious lack of supply. We want to be part of the solution, so our goal is to build 1,000 affordable housing units in Canada each year by 2025.That’s why we were so excited to hear about all the measures the federal government is taking to tackle the affordable housing crisis in Canada with its latest budget. 
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MLI Select: A multi-unit mortgage loan insurance product for companies that care
March 29, 2022
A new CMHC financing program provides generous mortgage loan insurance incentives for energy-efficient multi-unit housing. Based on a points system, the best terms are unlocked at 100 points, and Big Block can help our clients achieve that on new construction through energy efficiency alone.
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Round Prairie Elders’ Lodge wins international award
February 14, 2022
Big Block was thrilled to accept an international award for our work on the Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. Round Prairie Elders’ Lodge in Orlando, Fl., on Feb. 8. The 2021 Global Innovation Award for Home of the Year was awarded by the National Association of Home Builders’ — the American national home builders' association.
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Now hiring Community Development Associate
February 7, 2022
We are hiring a Community Development Associate! Our ideal candidate has experience in a sales role, has high attention to detail, and is a self-starter with strong communications skills. Our Community Development Associate will establish, develop, and maintain positive relationships with clients and other stakeholders while connecting with potential customer leads through networking.
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