Designed to meet the needs of seniors with lower and moderate income who may need services like meals and housekeeping, the 105-unit Parkland Lodge also offers seniors self-contained units and units that provide scheduled health care.

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Ahmed Hussen, and Seniors and Housing Minister Josephine Pon participated in a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the completion of the project. The governments of Alberta and Canada provided $18.4 million for the Parkland Lodge project.

The housing management body, the Evergreens Foundation, contributed $8.3 million for a total budget of $26.7 million.

The total project created about 193 jobs.

“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Investments like Parkland Lodge demonstrated that our government is committed to helping create new jobs and stimulate the economy, while providing access to safe, affordable homes for well-deserving seniors.”

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and Minister responsible for CMHC

“This is a great day for Edson seniors and their families. The redeveloped Parkland Lodge meets the needs of seniors in this community. By replacing outdated units and adding new ones, we can provide affordable housing to more seniors, with the right services, more cost-effectively.”

Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing

“This beautiful facility that enhances and expands the opportunity for seniors in Edson to age with grace and dignity in their community, close to family and friends, is a wonderful example of what happens when committed partners work together. Our community thanks the Government of Alberta and the Evergreens Foundation for both honouring our past and strengthening our future with this significant investment in Edson.”

Kevin Zahara, mayor, Town of Edson

“The Evergreens Foundation is extremely pleased to join the provincial government and Minister Pon to celebrate this ribbon-cutting event today. The Evergreens Foundation, in partnership with the provincial government, is excited to offer even more exceptional services to the seniors in our area. We look forward to further collaboration as we strive to meet the needs and demands of the growing senior population in our region.”

Janet Wilkinson, chair, Evergreens Foundation

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

  • Since 2011 and to March 2019, most of the federal funding for affordable housing has been provided through the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH).
  • Under the Investment in Affordable Housing, provinces and territories are responsible for choosing the programs they design and deliver, and also have the flexibility to invest in a range of affordable housing programs to meet local needs and pressures.
  • The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy, an ambitious 10-year, $55-billion plan that will create 125,000 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 National Housing Strategy is built on strong partnerships between federal, provincial, and territorial governments, and ongoing 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.

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The 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, their families and caregivers, Albertans who require housing supports and communities and other government partners. A more detailed description of the ministry and its programs and initiatives can be found at alberta.ca/seniors-and-housing.aspx.

Learn more about Alberta’s affordable housing programs.

As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. CMHC’s aim is that by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home they can afford, and that meets their needs. For more information, please visit cmhc.ca or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.

To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca

Editor's Note: This news release was also issued by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation on Oct. 5, 2020.

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