The federal governments and Province of Alberta are marking the completion of a decade-long project to increase seniors housing in Cold Lake and Bonnyville, Alberta.
In Cold Lake, 61 more housing units are available for seniors after the redevelopment of an existing lodge. The Cold Lake Lodge project involved the partial demolition of the lodge and the construction of a new stand-alone facility.
The Bonnyville Phase 3 project involves the development of new seniors lodge units, and the renovation of several main areas. Phase 3 also marks the completion of the Bonnylodge development, connecting the main Bonnylodge to an existing seniors housing complex, to offer a total of 181 lodge and apartment units for Bonnyville seniors.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Ahmed Hussen offered congratulations for the completion of the long-term projects in Cold Lake and Bonnyville.
“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Hussen. “With investments like these we will help create new jobs and stimulate the economy, while providing access to safe, affordable homes for well-deserving seniors.”
The governments of Alberta and Canada jointly contributed $16 million to the Cold Lake redevelopment and $35.5 million to the Bonnylodge project, including $13 million for Phase 3. The federal government contributed to both projects through the Investment in Affordable Housing agreement.
Since planning for both projects began in 2009, the Cold Lake project created about 117 new jobs, and about 259 in Bonnyville.
“Lakeland Lodge and Housing Foundation is excited to announce the completion of our revitalization projects for the Cold Lake Lodge and Bonnylodge,” says Chris Vining, chair of Lakeland Lodge and Housing Foundation. “The foundation identified a need to revitalize and increase our seniors housing in Bonnylodge and Cold Lake Lodge in 2009. After working with Seniors and Housing, we secured funding and our vision of modernizing our lodges and increasing our senior housing units for the area was accomplished. A big thanks from our foundation and seniors to the many people involved in overseeing these projects to a successful ending.”
Occupancy for Bonnylodge Phase 3 is expected to begin in October 2020.
Featured image: 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 offered congratulations for the completion of the long-term projects in Cold Lake and Bonnyville.