Construction begins on new seniors complex in Calgary

    CALGARY, June 6 /CNW/ - Seniors in Calgary are closer to more affordable
housing after a sod turning ceremony was held today for a $35 million project
in the northeast community of Bridgeland. The Bow Valley Supportive Housing
Apartment Program is a 150 suite apartment building for low and moderate
income seniors.
    Participating in the sod turning ceremony were representatives of the
Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta, the City of Calgary and the
Metropolitan Calgary Foundation (MCF) Housing for Seniors.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Alberta and across Canada for those who need it most," said The
Honourable Jim Prentice, Minster of Industry and MP for Calgary Centre - North
on behalf of Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social
Development. "Projects like this one will give low and moderate income seniors
in Calgary the opportunity to stay in their community close to family and
friends, while receiving the care and support they need."
    "Senior residents living in the Bow Valley Apartments will have safe,
affordable accommodations, along with support services," said Yvonne Fritz,
Minister of Alberta Housing and Urban Affairs. "This is what can be achieved
when community-based organizations and all levels of government work
    Funding for the program includes $7.5 million in capital funding from the
federal and provincial governments under the Canada-Alberta Affordable Housing
Partnership Initiative, $2.5 million from Alberta Infrastructure and
Transportation, and a land donation from the City of Calgary. The Vintage Fund
initiative of Willow Park Wines & Spirits has provided $100,000 and has signed
up as a fundraising partner for the group, aiming to raise $10 million in
funding dollars. Additional funders include the Calgary Flames Alumni Master
Golf Tournament and Nexen Inc.
    "The City of Calgary has been a supporter of MCF Housing for Seniors
since its inception in 1962," said Ward Alderman Joe Ceci. "MCF offers low to
middle income seniors, safe, affordable and appropriate accommodations. On
behalf of the City, congratulations on getting this supportive living
apartment project under way."
    The Bow Valley Supportive Housing Apartment Program will have a
combination of one and two bedroom, and barrier free, apartments. Amenities
will include an indoor scooter storage facility, three elevators, office space
for community wellness workers and a dining room that will offer a one meal a
day option.
    "At this point in Calgary's history; it is more important than ever to
ensure that seniors have affordable housing", said Judy Birdsell, Chairman of
the Board for MCF. "Seniors represent our history and should not suffer as a
result of our current prosperity. MCF Housing for Seniors is very grateful to
the government and community supporters who have contributed to this
affordable seniors apartment project. This support helps MCF raise awareness
in Calgary of the ongoing and pressing need for safe, affordable seniors'
    Located in the community of Bridgeland, the Bow Valley Supportive Housing
Apartment Program is close to parks, restaurants and shopping. The project
also has convenient access to the Bow River pathways and the downtown core.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Linda Hills, Metropolitan
Calgary Foundation (MCF), Tel: (403) 242-1638, Email:; Kimberlee Jones, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, Tel. (403) 515-3048, Email:; Bill Strickland;
Alberta Housing and Urban Affairs, Tel. (780) 422-8047, Email:

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