SPIRIT RIVER, ALTA. – Work is starting on a new $24.8-million seniors housing project in Spirit River, Alta. thanks to a funding partnership between the province and Ottawa.
The new development will replace the Pleasantview Lodge and will have an increased capacity of 92 units. Of this, 40 units will be lodge spaces and 52 units will be designated supportive living spaces to help seniors age in the community as their care needs change.
The province estimates the project will create roughly 175 jobs during the planning, design and construction of the facility. Permanent jobs will be added once the facility is operational. Construction is set to begin in spring 2022 and residents are expected to start moving into their new homes in spring 2024.
“The Town of Spirit River, along with our surrounding communities known as the G5, are very excited to see shovels in the ground for the spring of 2022,” said Tammy Yaremko, Spirit River mayor, in a statement. “The 92-bed seniors lodge will allow for our seniors to age in place in their community where their family and friends reside with the added benefit of continued health care with their doctors and pharmacists. We look forward to this project beginning and the economic spinoffs our community will benefit from.”
Federal Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion Ahmed Hussen and Alberta Seniors and Housing Minister Josephine Pon announced the governments of Canada and Alberta will provide $19.8 million for the project through the Canada-Alberta Bilateral Housing Agreement under the National Housing Strategy.
Officials also noted the project was made possible through the Lodge Partnership Program, a joint initiative between the ministries of health and seniors and housing. The program identified communities with the highest need for seniors housing that combines supportive living spaces with lodge housing.