Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that affordable housing is key to Canada’s recovery, as people and communities—including Saskatoon still have challenges in finding safe and affordable housing.
George Chahal, Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview, on behalf of Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion and Minister Responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Kamal Khera, Minister of Seniors, along with Member of the Legislative Assembly for Saskatoon Riversdale Marv Friesen, on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Lori Carr, and City of Saskatoon Councillor Hillary Gough on behalf of Mayor Charlie Clark, announced a $2.29 million investment from the federal government to build the Round Prairie Elders’ Lodge. This will include 26 housing units for Indigenous Elders, with 13 of those units intended for low-income women, including women with children and grandchildren.
This investment by the Government of Canada was made possible by the National Housing Strategy’s (NHS) National Housing Co-investment Fund (NHCF).
The 3-storey apartment building is located at 412 Avenue P South in the Pleasant Hill Village area in Saskatoon. All 26 independent living units are energy-efficient and incorporate full universal design to help residents ‘age-in-place’. Capital funding was provided by Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, Indigenous Services Canada, as well as the City of Saskatoon, through the Saskatchewan Co-Investment Program.
On-site support services will address the mental health of Elders by promoting social inclusion and access to various counselling services if requested. The physical health of Elders will be addressed by Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. (CUMFI) providing proper nutrition, exercise classes and access to medical personnel. Spiritual health will be accessed through the on-site multi-faith/ceremony room and overall health will improve through social inclusion, safety, security and an overall improvement in the quality of life for residents.
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