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Number of new seniors’ spaces exceeds expectations

Affordable Supportive Living Initiative (ASLI) grants will help build up to 2,612 supportive living spaces, higher than the original projections of 1,500.

Seniors Care Spaces

“We have made significant investments in safe, affordable and quality housing to meet the diverse needs of Alberta seniors. We’ve exceeded our original target by working with dedicated community partners to find new ways to deliver more spaces.”

Jeff Johnson, Minister of Seniors

Of the more than 2,600 new spaces, almost 400 will be allocated for long-term care. Also included are the 311 restorative care spaces for Edmonton and Calgary, announced March 11.

“Our goal is to get seniors into a place that meets their needs, whether it’s supportive living or long-term care. These new spaces, as well as an additional 1,400 previously announced ASLI spaces that are underway, will help meet that goal.”

Stephen Mandel, Minister of Health

Government will direct $180 million toward 31 projects in 18 communities. ASLI grants cover up to 50 per cent of the capital cost for the new spaces. Grant recipients are required to maintain the units at government-established rates for 30 years.

Spaces by region

  • 644 in Edmonton and area
  • 1,305 in Calgary and area
  • 180 in Red Deer
  • 134 in southern Alberta
  • 221 in northern Alberta
  • 128 in central Alberta

ASLI grants support developments that combine housing and medical care as provided through a Master Services Agreement with Alberta Health Services (AHS). Proponents will work with Seniors and AHS to secure the necessary operating funding to support seniors served in these projects.

Supportive living provides accommodation in a home-like setting where residents remain as independent as possible with access to services and care that meet their changing needs. Residents have their own private rooms and access to meals, housekeeping, recreational activities, and 24-7 professional nursing care, depending on their needs.

The Alberta government has invested more than $600 million in supportive living since it began funding capital grant programs in 1999. Since then, Alberta has funded more than 8,000 new supportive living spaces.

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