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Batchewana First Nation

Housing Department

Addresses and acts upon all housing issues and related programs and requests
  • Ensures that housing issues are effectively managed
  • Provides recommendations and changes to the housing policy
  • Receives and reviews applications for renovations, new housing units, housing loans and housing renovation loans
  • Reviews rents to ensure payments are made
  • Arranges inspections of rental units and community houses for maintenance, repairs and renovations
  • Carries out annual maintenance and repairs on behalf of tenants and ensures work is completed
  • Provides assistance with applications to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) for funding programs such as Ontario Renovates (formerly RRAP and HASI)
  • Provides assistance in securing funding for rent-to-own housing through CMHC
Oversees and manages the following programs:

Batchewana First Nation Turn Key Program
  • Allows the homeowner to pay their mortgage to the Batchewana First Nation (BFN) office until the mortgage is paid in full, at which time the BFN will issue the homeowner a Certificate of Possession (CP)
Rankin Reserve Community Services Rental Units (RRCS)
  • Provides rental units to community members
  • Consists of 54 rental units, including one and two bedroom apartments and three-bedroom single dwellings
Renovation Program
  • Offers BFN members living on the Reserve a renovation loan up to $20,000 to renovate their home
Royal Bank Mortgage Program
  • Provides a letter of verification to BFN members for them to attend the Royal Bank to apply for a mortgage
  • Enables the band member to build their own home with the Chief and Council as guarantors
Elders' Complex
  • Provides rental units for community elders in one apartment building
  • Consists of 6 one-bedroom units and 4 two-bedroom units
  • Rent or mortgage arrears: contact Tenant Liaison Worker Lisa McCormick: 705-759-0914 Ext 256
  • Construction Project Manager: Ken Boyer
The First Nations Northern Housing conference presented Batchewana First Nation with the 2013 Community Innovation Housing Award
Members of Batchewana First Nation

Renovation Program: Requires that the applicant meet the Batchewana First Nation (BFN) criteria and be approved by Chief and Council; borrower must transfer the Certificate of Possession (CP) to the BFN until the loan is paid in full

Royal Bank Mortgage Program: Chief and Council will only guarantee the mortgage if individual meets banks criteria

NOTE: All delinquent accounts must be paid in full or eviction process will occur
Application Process
  • Copy of the housing policy and all related building applications/housing forms available at the Band Office
  • Contact the Housing Department for registration in all programs
Toll Free
705-759-0914 - Band Office
After Hours Phone
705-943-7728 - Emergency line only
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Mailing Address
Administration Office
236 Frontenac St
Batchewana First Nation, ON, P6A 6Z1
Deeanna Hewson, Housing Assistant
Phone: 705-759-0914 Ext 230
Housing Director
Rhiannon Byce
Phone: 705-759-0914 Ext 230
Documents Required
Plans Inspection required for construction projects
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211 Ontario North
Last Verified On
November 10, 2022
Administration Office, 236 Frontenac St
Batchewana First Nation, ON, P6A 6Z1
  • Administration/Band Office is located at Frontenac St in Batchewana First Nation
  • Closest intersection is at Frontenac St and Batchewana St
  • Situated near Rankin Arena and across the road from KIA dealership
  • Administrative Office is located on Rankin Reserve which is bordered on 3 sides by the city of Sault Ste Marie
  • Reserve is along Hwy 17 adjacent to and along E boundary of Sault Ste Marie
  • Consists of 4 settlements: Goulais Bay Reserve 15A, Obadjiwan Reserve 15E, Whitefish Island Reserve and the main settlement of Rankin Reserve 15D

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Hours of Operation
0830 to 1630
0830 to 1630
0830 to 1630
0830 to 1630
0830 to 1630

Mon-Fri 8:30 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4:30 pm
Service Area(s)
Batchewana First Nation