Continuing care transformation

Alberta’s government is committed to ensuring Albertans can access the highest quality of care and support as they age.


In 2023, the government invested a historic $1 billion over 3 years to begin transforming the continuing care system. Our focus to invest and strengthen the continuing care system will allow Albertans to access world-class care when and where they need it.

The Continuing Care Transformation initiative will address 4 pillars:

Shifting to more care in the community

By shifting to community-based care, we will:

  • ensure Albertans can age well at home, with the supports they need
  • improve supports for caregivers to empower caregivers and promote their well-being
  • improve access to home and community care for rural Albertans
  • provide non-medical supports for home and community care clients, such as housekeeping, social visits and transportation assistance
  • increase home and community options for Albertans to access palliative and end-of-life care

Enhancing workforce capacity

We are working to support Alberta’s workforce by:

  • implementing the Health Workforce Strategy to address the immediate challenges facing the workforce and service delivery, which will help Alberta’s Health Care Workers
  • increasing mental health and wellness supports for continuing care staff
  • adding more Health care aide bursary programs and other educational supports to help our future workforce
  • improving culturally appropriate care for Indigenous peoples by supporting their access to Health Care Aide training

Increasing choice and innovation

We are giving Albertan’s more choice by:

  • increasing continuing care spaces and modernize aging continuing care homes in Alberta through capital grant funding
  • introducing new and innovative models of care including small care homes and client-directed care
  • improving equity across communities through increased access to service and supports

Improving quality

We are improving the quality of care provided to Albertans by:

  • increasing the hours of care provided to residents of continuing care homes
  • improving quality of life and quality of care provided in the continuing care system
  • enhancing pandemic and outbreak preparedness

In focus

Albertans shared their feedback on facility-based continuing care in Alberta.

Albertans told us access to appropriate and timely palliative and end-of-life care is important.