Designed to meet the needs of seniors as their care needs change, the 51-unit Diamond Spring Lodge offers seniors lodge and designated supportive living units. The expansion project included replacing 13 outdated units with 24 modern ones.
The project created about 52 jobs in Redwater.
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 announced the grand opening of the new units.
“Every Canadian deserves a place to call home that meets their needs and they can afford. Our government remains committed to helping seniors in Redwater and throughout the country. Projects like this one are providing safe, affordable housing to many residents in our community.”
“This is an exciting day for Redwater and the seniors who call it home. Replacing the outdated units is a cost-effective way to ensure Diamond Spring Lodge can meet the needs of local seniors. Alberta’s government continues to work tirelessly to address the need for housing across Alberta, and get the best value for government spending.”
“Redwater has always been proud to embrace Diamond Spring Lodge as an imperative part of our community. We have always felt strongly that everyone is entitled to a safe and comfortable place to live. With this new expansion, Diamond Spring Lodge will become a regional hub that will serve and support the most vulnerable of our population well into the future.”
“The addition of 24 studio suites at Diamond Spring Lodge allows Homeland Housing flexibility to provide supportive housing services and programs to meet the changing needs of seniors living in Redwater and the surrounding area for many years to come. We are grateful for the support from the federal and provincial governments.”
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.
- Construction was completed in January and seniors began moving in at the end of April.
- Alberta’s government and the Government of Canada, through CMHC, jointly contributed $7.1 million to the project through the Investment in Affordable Housing agreement.
- Diamond Spring Lodge has 39 seniors lodge units and 12 designated supportive living units.
- This project is part of the more than $10 billion infrastructure spending announced as part of 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
- 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 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.
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. 7, 2020.