Today, the federal government and the government of albertathrough the joint Canada-Alberta Bilateral Housing Agreementhave announced that they will each provide $9.9 million towards the construction of the Spirit River Lodge. The new development will replace the former Pleasantview Lodge, increasing its capacity to 92 rental units. This will include 40 units that will serve as living spaces and 52 units designated as supportive living spaces to help seniors age in place as their care needs change.

The project is funded by a $19.8 million partnership between the federal and provincial governments, as well as the Grande Spirit Foundation.

It is estimated that the project will create 175 new jobs during the planning, design and construction of the facility, with more permanent jobs created once the facility is complete.


“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Thanks to this investment, 92 people aged spiritual river will soon have a new safe and supportive home they can proudly call their own, where they can age comfortably and with dignity. Across the country, we are working to find solutions to help support our most vulnerable. This is our National Housing Strategy in action. » – The Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion

“To achieve our government’s goal of giving every Canadian a place to call home, we must prioritize those who find themselves disadvantaged, including seniors. Today’s investment will make a difference in building a more sustainable future for Sprit River’s seniors. These new residences, designed for independent seniors, are excellent news for this community. » – The Honorable Kamal Khera, Minister of Elders

“I am so happy spiritual river seniors will soon have access to these wonderful affordable housing and supportive housing spaces in the community they love. This project is a perfect example of what we are working to achieve through our 10-year affordable housing strategy, Stronger Foundations. Strategic investments in projects like these help us meet the diverse housing needs of Albertans, now and in the future. » Josephine PonMinister of Seniors and Housing

from Alberta government is committed to investing in strategic projects like this in spiritual river that ensures access to services for seniors where they live. As valued members of our communities, it is important to prioritize projects that provide high-quality long-term care and also allow them to age in place. »Jason Coppinghealth Minister

“We are very pleased to see construction on this project begin. Our community has been identified over the past few years with a high need for seniors housing that combines supportive and lodge housing. We are very pleased that the needs of our seniors have been recognized and we look forward to our seniors aging in the comfort of their home community.” Tammy Yaremkomayor, Town of Spirit River

“I’m sure I speak for all of our communities when I say we’re all very excited to have this new facility in Central Peace. This new facility will not only replace the aging Pleasant View Lodge 60 years, but it will also provide a higher level of ongoing care, including dementia care, to the citizens of Central Peace and surrounding areas. This groundbreaking event represents a much-needed increase in the level of care we provide to our seniors in addition to existing health services already available.” Alvin HuberWarden, Saddle Hills County

“A project of this magnitude has many built-in milestones to measure progress towards the ultimate goal. The goal, an Age in Place Care Campus. New and improved housing combined with next-level healthcare services in one facility allows residents to reside in their home community Couples are no longer separated Families no longer need to split time to move away This ribbon-cutting ceremony with golden shovels carries the excitement and anticipation on a much higher level. The Grande Spirit Foundation owes a debt of gratitude to everyone who has played a part in the process that has brought us to this point.” – Judy Koktilo-Bekkerus, President, Grande Spirit Foundation

Fast facts:

  • The total development cost of the Spirit River project is estimated at $24.8 million:
    • Alberta Social Housing Corporation – $9.9 million
    • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation – $9.9 million
    • Alberta Health – $4.2 million
    • G5 Municipalities (Field) – $833,000
  • The Canada-Alberta Bilateral Housing Agreement will invest $678 million protect, renew and expand social and community housing, and support from Alberta priorities related to housing repair, construction and affordability.
  • The Canada – Alberta Housing Benefit will also invest $444 million in targeted support to meet the significant housing needs of approximately 35,500 low-income Albertans between 2019-20 and 2027-28.
  • from Canada National Housing Strategy (NHS) is a period of 10 years, $72over $1 billion that will provide more Canadians with a place to call home.
  • The NHS is built on strong partnerships between federal, provincial and territorial governments and ongoing engagement with others, including municipalities, Indigenous governments and organizations, and the social and private housing sectors. This includes consultations with Canadians from all walks of life and people who have experienced housing need.
  • All NHS investments made by federal, provincial and territorial governments will adhere to key NHS principles that support partnerships, people and communities.

Related links:

  • As from Canada authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and the financial system, provides support to Canadians in need and provides impartial housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. CMHC’s goal is that by 2030, everyone Canada has an affordable home that meets their needs. For more information, visit or follow us on TwitterInstagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • To learn more about the National Housing Strategy, visit:
  • The alberta The Department of Seniors and Housing promotes the development of affordable housing and supports access to housing options for Albertans most in need. The ministry works with seniors, their families and caregivers, Albertans who need housing supports, communities and other government partners. A more detailed description of the ministry and its programs and initiatives can be found here.

SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

For further information: Arevig Afarian, Office of the Minister for Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, [email protected]; Media Relations, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, [email protected]

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