Construction complete at continuing care centre

Construction has been completed on the Willow Square Continuing Care Centre, which will meet the needs of the community now and for many years to come.

When opened later this year, this new $102-million state-of-the-art continuing care centre will have 108 beds with additional shelled space for 36 more beds to meet future needs. The project was completed under budget, despite challenges such as a major forest fire, flood and pandemic.

“We have completed construction of the most advanced continuing care centre in Alberta, addressing a longtime need in Fort McMurray and area. This project kept over 570 Albertans working in well-paid jobs and was an integral part in re-energizing our economy and Alberta’s Recovery Plan.”

Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure

“This exciting project is part of our work to provide more continuing care spaces for seniors and vulnerable people in communities across Alberta. Government is committed to improving access to continuing care with innovative, quality projects like Willow Square, providing homes and health services to Albertans where they are needed most.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

“As Alberta’s population continues to increase and age, so does the demand for continuing care. This new facility will allow Wood Buffalo residents who require supportive living care to remain within their community and close to their family and friends. This modern continuing care centre will help meet the current and future community needs.”

Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO, Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health Services has started operational commissioning, which includes:

  • a thorough final cleaning
  • installation and testing of medical equipment and furniture
  • stocking the entire facility with necessary supplies
  • preparing for the arrival of new residents and the delivery of programs and services

The official opening date of the Willow Square Continuing Care Centre is an Alberta Health Services decision. 

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.

Quick facts

  • 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
    • $900 million accelerated for Capital Maintenance and Renewal
    • $200 million for Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program and water infrastructure projects
    • $700 million in strategic infrastructure projects, $500 million in municipal infrastructure
    • $1.5 billion for Keystone XL
Alberta's Recovery Plan