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Crowsnest Pass Seniors Lodge groundbreaking

L-R: CMHC’s Elena Salikhov, Crowsnest Pass Senior Housing chair Joanne Drain, Crowsnest Pass Mayor Blair Painter and Banff-Cochrane MLA Cam Westhead break ground for a new seniors lodge in Coleman.

Eighty-five new spacious and fully accessible units offer independent living for seniors and allow them to remain close to their families and communities.


“Every Canadian should be able to retire in dignity. This is why we are supporting seniors including restoring the retirement age from 67 to 65, increasing GIS and OAS. Today, along with our partners, we are pleased to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the new Crowsnest Pass Seniors Lodge. Soon, more seniors from this great community will have access to safe, affordable housing and be able to age independently and with dignity, close to family and loved ones.”

Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources

“Our government has seniors’ backs. We are on their side. This investment is part of our promise to ensure that seniors have access to affordable and supportive housing. This project transforms our promise into a reality. We are making life better for seniors in Crowsnest Pass by keeping them close to their families and connected to their communities.”

Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Alberta Seniors and Housing

“We are excited to begin construction on the brand new Crowsnest Pass Seniors Lodge – this is great news for Crowsnest Pass seniors and their families. The investment by the federal and provincial governments demonstrates their commitment to Alberta seniors and to Crowsnest Pass.”

Joanne Drain, chair, Crowsnest Pass Senior Housing

Quick facts

  • The governments of Canada and Alberta provided a combined investment of approximately
    $17.1 million, under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
  • The new Crowsnest Pass Seniors Lodge will provide 61 supportive living units and 24 units for designated supportive living for dementia care.
  • The Government of Alberta is providing $6.4 million through the Alberta Supportive Living Initiative to build the 24 units of designated supportive living for dementia care.
  • The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy (NHS)—an ambitious 10-year, $40-billion plan that will create 100,000 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.
  • Last year, the Government of Alberta launched the province’s first Affordable Housing Strategy, including a $1.2-billion commitment to build affordable housing across the province.

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The Government of Alberta ministry of Seniors and Housing fosters the development of affordable housing and supports access to housing options for Albertans most in need. The ministry works with seniors, Albertans who require housing supports, their families and caregivers, communities and other government partners. A more detailed description of the ministry and its programs and initiatives can be found at

Editor's Note: This news release was also issued by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation on October 5, 2018.

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