Building a Better Future

For Immediate Release

THUNDER BAY, ON. –  The dream of a Tiny-Home Village supporting precariously housed members of Matawa’s nine First Nations, who are living in Thunder Bay, moved one step closer to fruition with the help of Indigenous youth and local modular home manufacturing facility, Smart Modular Canada.

This year, Indigenous youth who are learning trades through the KZ Lodge North Program at Hammarskjold High School completed the first tiny-home build with guidance from Smart Modular Canada who provided drawings, materials, and education.

This fully constructed tiny home is the first out of potentially six tiny homes to be constructed with the purpose of alleviating homelessness and housing challenges in Thunder Bay and other First Nation communities in the region.

“We are proud to be a part of this forward-thinking initiative. This First Nations-led project aligns with our corporate philosophy of helping First Nation communities build a better future.”
–   Bill Boulton, President-CEO, Smart Modular Canada

Smart Modular Canada provided onsite training and guidance throughout the whole building process. Before training began, students had the opportunity to tour the new 76,000-square-foot facility to get a thorough understanding of the building process from beginning to end.

“Our new facility gives us a leg up and opens more opportunities to get us as close to our clients as possible, and at the same time, allows us to take part in more initiatives where we can provide in-depth guidance to Indigenous youth,” Boulton said.

Smart Modular Canada employs 60 people, many of whom are Indigenous and the company’s customer base is nearly all First Nation communities. To be a part of an initiative focused on helping Indigenous youth become leaders in a First Nations-led project is a proud moment for Smart Modular Canada and its employees.

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Bill Boulton, President-CEO