Oyen getting affordable senior housing

The governments of Alberta and Canada are developing new affordable seniors housing for Albertans in Oyen, Spirit River and Manning.

The governments will provide a $37-million capital investment to build 173 new seniors lodge and continuing care spaces.

These projects will create about 267 jobs.

In Oyen specifically, This is a $5 million project with 20 assisted living single rooms and eight assisted living double rooms for couples.

All projects are currently in the planning phase.

Regional housing management bodies Acadia Foundation, Grande Spirit Foundation and North Peace Housing Foundation will operate the facilities.

The lodge partnership projects are a collaboration between Alberta Seniors and Housing and Alberta Health – combining seniors lodge and continuing care units in the same facility for a flexible range of care.

“I would like to thank Minister Pon and the Government of Alberta for reuniting my parents this past fall,” said Carol Sauchuk, family member.

“Due to the placement ranking system and availability at the senior’s lodge, my father was placed in acute care while my mother remained in the lodge, as they required different levels of care. You often hear of ‘divorce by nursing home’ and this was the case with my parents. Minister Pon quickly stepped up and demonstrated that she takes pride in taking care of seniors and was able to place my father in the same senior’s lodge with my mother. This move allowed my parents to celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary together.”

The Government of Canada, through CMHC, and the Alberta government are investing in the rural lodge partnership through the Canada-Alberta bilateral agreement under the National Housing Strategy (NHS).

“Seniors built our province and they should be able to age in their own communities.  We are proud to invest in these important projects that will help more seniors stay together and remain in the communities they love as their care needs change,” said Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing.

The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its NHS, an ambitious 10-year, $55-billion plan, that will create 125,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent.

The NHS is built on strong partnerships between federal, provincial and territorial governments, and on continuous engagement with others, including municipalities, Indigenous governments and organizations, and the social and private sectors to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians.



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