My ministry has been busy keeping up with Alberta’s many affordable housing developments as they progress through planning, construction and completion. In just the last several weeks, we announced the openings of 3 new affordable housing facilities for Albertans to call home.
In January, the Autumn Grove development in Innisfail celebrated its grand opening. This project involved the demolition of 2 aging seniors residences to make way for a new, integrated seniors independent and supportive living facility with 60 seniors lodge units and 30 seniors apartment units.
In Morinville, we celebrated the community’s first-ever below-market rental housing. The new Paul Krauskopf Court includes 32 apartment units and an eight-unit townhome, with space for individuals, couples and families. It is also the community’s first net-zero housing development. The building creates as much energy as it needs, using solar power to help keep utility costs down and ensure rent remains affordable in the long term.
This past week, we officially opened the new Clover Bar Lodge in Sherwood Park. The new lodge replaces the original lodge property with modernized amenities and greater capacity to meet the needs of Sherwood Park seniors with 144 one-bedroom units.
I am proud of these beautiful new homes that will help so many Albertans. I am also happy to say these projects created approximately 490 jobs.
My thanks to everyone who contributed to these wonderful new facilities, and I look forward to continuing our work to address the need for affordable housing in Alberta’s communities.
Josephine Pon served as Minister of Seniors and Housing from April 30, 2019 to October 24, 2022.