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NEWS | A looming housing affordability crisis is poised to hit seniors across Canada

May 18, 2018

A new cohort is joining young Canadians and others frustrated by sky-high rents and soaring housing costs: seniors. A looming affordability crisis is poised to hit seniors across the country as the baby boom generation makes its long-predicted shift into its golden years, squeezing the supply of retirement home places and pushing up rents, according … Read More

NEWS | Alberta regional chief highlights Indigenous poverty, homelessness at gathering

May 18, 2018

For Marlene Poitras, helping the homeless can involve anything from buying burgers to doing advocacy in Ottawa. Poitras discussed poverty in her keynote address to Thursday’s Indigenous Gathering held by Homeward Trust, an Edmonton organization that works to address homelessness. Poitras is the first female Alberta regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations. In … Read More

NEWS | Alberta government offering housing providers support to upgrade their facilities

May 4, 2018

The Alberta government has announced a $25-million investment for housing providers that can be used to upgrade or install windows, basement insulation and energy-efficient heating systems. Budget 2018 allocates funding over three years from the Climate Leadership Plan to make the buildings more environmentally and financially sustainable. This funding includes support from the federal government’s Low … Read More

NEWS | Calgary lays out eight-year plan for $320M affordable housing investment

May 4, 2018

A proposal headed to the Calgary’s planning and urban development committee would see $157.5 million allocated to the maintenance of existing affordable housing units, as well as the redevelopment and construction of new projects over the next eight years. Key to the plan is leveraging another $161.9 million from the provincial and federal governments and … Read More

NEWS | Housing incentive helps Calgary’s affordable units skyrocket

May 4, 2018

Calgary bureaucrats are looking to renew funding they believe helped non-profits speed up affordable housing project starts over the past two years. Approved in 2016, the $6.9 million Housing Incentive Program (HIP), funded through the economic resiliency fund, offered non-profit organizations up to $50,000 to cover pre-development activities and a rebate on all City of … Read More

NEWS | Housing the chronic homeless a top priority for Edmonton city council

April 27, 2018

Edmonton city council wants to get rid of myths surrounding affordable housing and has asked city staff to come up with a communications strategy to accomplish that. Council voted on this week to develop an information campaign to make the “case for more affordable housing” in Edmonton. The move to curb the ‘not in my … Read More

NEWS | Alberta adds more than 6,000 new affordable day-care spaces

April 26, 2018

A further 100 Early Learning and Child Care Centres (ELCC) are opening, in addition to the 22 centres already operating in Alberta. Premier Rachel Notley announced 82 locations with existing programming will soon transition to $25-a-day child care. Another 18 new centres will be added in future months as additional programs are licensed and obtain … Read More

NEWS | Beaverhill Pioneer Lodge officially opens in Lamont

April 23, 2018

Fifty-five new units are now available at the new Beaverhill Pioneer Lodge in central Alberta town of Lamont. The senior residence offers increased flexibility to seniors in the level of care they can access and allows them to remain close to their families and communities. The project in the town 60 kilometres east of Edmonton, … Read More