In 1995, the Infrastructure Service was one of the inaugural services offered to First Nations Tribal Councils. The Infrastructure Program originally began as an inspection service for First Nations not affiliated with a tribal council. Over the years as Infrastructure evolved, training for building inspectors, introduction of new building techniques and construction and support for Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) reporting systems came into place.
Benefits of using the Infrastructure Service:
- Inspections provided by certified First Nations inspectors
- Home inspections completed on time, with follow up reporting by inspectors
- Empowers housing departments to be self-sufficient
- Housing stock deficiencies can be identified earlier, to lower costs for maintenance issues
- Homes will be built to applicable building code standards as qualified by First Nations
- Higher quality homes built with energy efficiency designs
- Cleaner air inside of homes
- Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) reporting completed on time
- Community expansion plans identified years in advance of building homes
This service provides:
- On-site inspections of housing and small buildings, solid fuel-burning appliances, and plumbing installations to ensure that relevant codes and regulations are in compliance.
- Reporting and recording of inspections per community and/or government program requirements.
- Reviewing and interpreting plans, blueprints, site layouts, specifications, and construction methods to ensure compliance with code requirements.
- Advisory services for Unaffiliated First Nation clients on aboriginal housing programs, services and initiatives through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and other government organizations.
- Advisory services for Unaffiliated First Nations in understanding the level of information required in inventory collection and verification of the ICMS.
- Ongoing follow-up with clients on the data and recording procedure required annually by Indigenous Services Canada.
- Assistance and advice for clients in all activities related to the annual or periodic inspections of community facilities and understanding the terminology used in carrying out the Asset Condition Reporting System (ACRS) inspections.
- Assistance with the planning and development of a Maintenance Management Program related to First Nations Capital Assets.
- Inspections on new and existing housing at six (6) required stages of construction
- Support and advice on the First Nations National Reporting Guide (FNNRG), Contract Management and Administration, R2000 program, EnerGuide Rating System, and Energy Star for New Homes, research and advice on new technology and methods of construction and capacity development.