The Bow River Seniors Lodge redevelopment will add 60 new housing units intended to support seniors to remain in their community, as their health-care needs change. The designated supportive living units at Bow River will offer 24-hour on-site nursing care and specialized dementia care.

The project will create about 124 jobs.

The budget for the new 60 units is $16.9 million. Alberta’s government will provide $10 million in capital funding through Seniors and Housing and $6 million for the specialized care through the Alberta Supportive Living Initiative.

Bow Valley Regional Housing, the housing operator, will provide $900,000.

“It is very important that we support seniors to remain in their communities, close to family and friends. By providing greater care as their medical needs increase, many seniors will be able to remain in their community. Alberta’s government is proud to support more housing and seniors care in the Canmore community.”

Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing

“Adding continuing care spaces to seniors lodges is part of our commitment to ensure seniors have access to the care they need in the communities they call home. With 60 new designated supportive living spaces at the Bow River Seniors Lodge, seniors and people with disabilities in the Canmore area will have greater access to the care they need in the community they love, with friends and family nearby.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

“This project not only substantially increases capacity, but bridges the gap between what we can currently provide at our Bow River Seniors Lodge and what is available in long-term care at the hospital. In addition, having secure accommodation for seniors facing memory or dementia issues will create peace of mind that our loved ones will be safe. These new suites provide a welcome relief that our seniors will no longer have to leave the Bow Valley to receive these critical services. It is so important that Bow Valley seniors are able to continue to live in their home community, even as their medical support needs increase.”

John Borrowman, mayor, Town of Canmore

Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a bold, ambitious long-term strategy to build, diversify, and create tens of thousands of jobs now. By building schools, roads and other core infrastructure, we are benefiting our communities. By diversifying our economy and attracting investment with Canada’s most competitive tax environment, we are putting Alberta on a path for a generation of growth. Alberta came together to save lives by flattening the curve and now we must do the same to save livelihoods, grow and thrive.

Quick facts:

  • Seniors will begin moving into their new homes in fall 2021.
  • This project is part of the more than $10 billion infrastructure spending announced under Alberta’s Recovery Plan.
  • This spending includes:
    • $6.9 billion Budget 2020 capital spending
    • $980 million accelerated for Capital Maintenance and Renewal
    • $200 million for Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program and water infrastructure projects
    • $600 million in strategic infrastructure projects, $500 million in municipal infrastructure
    • $1.5 billion for Keystone XL
Alberta's Recovery Plan