Two aging seniors residences were demolished to make way for the new Autumn Grove development – an integrated seniors independent and supportive living facility with 60 seniors lodge units and 30 seniors apartment units.

The total project created about 175 jobs.

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 marked the grand opening of the new Autumn Grove homes for seniors. The governments of Alberta and Canada provided $24 million for the Autumn Grove project.

“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Investments like this one right here in Innisfail demonstrate our government’s commitment to providing access to safe, affordable homes for well-deserving seniors, while helping create good middle-class jobs and stimulate the economy.”

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

“This is a great day for Innisfail seniors and their families. The beautiful, new Autumn Grove development meets the needs of seniors in this community, now and for decades to come. Alberta’s government continues to address the need for affordable and supportive seniors housing in smaller communities.”

Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing

“It’s great to see these kinds of investments coming into Innisfail, creating jobs for Albertans at a time when they need it most. Seniors built our province and will be well served by a new and modern facility.”

Devin Dreeshen, MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake

“The construction and opening of the new Autumn Grove facility marks a significant milestone in our community’s ongoing efforts to ensure all residents have the ability to safely age in place here in town. We’re tremendously proud and excited to see this immensely important project having finally come to fruition and offer our sincerest appreciation to the many groups and individuals who worked so tirelessly to make it happen.”

Jim Romane, mayor, Town of Innisfail

“Parkland Foundation is committed to ensuring that our most valuable asset – our precious seniors – have safe, modern and affordable housing. We are thrilled to finally see the new Autumn Grove project become a reality. It is a beautiful facility and we extend our thanks to the Government of Alberta and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for their support. On behalf of the board, I would like to thank all the individuals who have helped make this dream become a reality. Special thanks to our staff for working with the residents and families to ensure a smooth transition.”

Connie Huelsman, chair, Parkland 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.

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 IAH, the 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, a 10-year, $70-plus?billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home – this includes more than $12 billion committed through the 2020 Fall Economic Statement.
  • The NHS supports the most vulnerable Canadians, which includes women and children fleeing domestic violence, seniors, Indigenous Peoples, those experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, those dealing with mental health and addiction issues, veterans, LGBTQ2+, young adults, racialized groups including Black Canadians, and recent immigrants and refugees. 

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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

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 or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.

To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit

Editor's Note: This news release was also issued by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation on Jan 28, 2021

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