Fort Macleod, Alberta — Seniors in Fort Macleod will have new affordable housing options thanks to a $7.25 million investment by the Governments of Canada and Alberta. The joint funding will support the replacement of the Macleod Pioneer Lodge with a new, 37-unit development, owned by the Willow Creek Foundation.
John Barlow, Member of Parliament for MacLeod, Alberta, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), along with the Honourable Jeff Johnson, Minister responsible for Seniors and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater, made the announcement today.
- The Macleod Pioneer Lodge is located at 660-28th Street, Fort Macleod.
- The event is a funding announcement for the replacement of the existing, 35-unit lodge with a new 37-unit development.
- The existing lodge was constructed in 1960 and is owned by the Willow Creek Foundation.
- The Willow Creek Foundation was created in 1995 by agreement of the Municipal District of Willow Creek, the Town of Granum and the Town of Fort Macleod, and was formalized by the Province of Alberta.
- The Foundation is responsible for the existing Macleod Pioneer Lodge, the Chinook Arch Manor in Granum and the Colonel Macleod Manors One and Two in Fort Macleod.
- The Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta are jointly contributing $7,252,000 to the project under the Investments in Affordable Housing Agreement 2014-2019.
- Annually, the Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), invests approximately $2 billion in housing. These investments improve the quality of life for low-income Canadians and households living in existing social housing, including individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, seniors, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and Aboriginal people. Economic Action Plan 2013 continued this commitment with a federal investment of more than $1.25 billion over five years to renew the Investment in Affordable Housing to 2019. The Government of Canada will ensure that funds provided to provinces and territories support the use of apprentices, which will support training of skilled labour.
- In the last four years, the Alberta government has dedicated more than $220 million towards seniors’ housing across the province. This includes $144.5 million in federal-provincial funding to renew and expand 14 lodges. Renovation projects and replacement units funded by the IAH in 2012-13 include government-owned lodges in Boyle, Camrose, Canmore, Drayton Valley, Forestburg and Milk River.
“We’re committed to making life more affordable for families in Fort Macleod and across Canada. I’m encouraged to hear that residents of Macleod Pioneer Lodge have quality, affordable housing. We’ll continue to work closely with our provincial and community partners to ensure more of these success stories in the future.”- John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Macleod