Seniors and Housing
“Effective leveraging of public investment, through innovative partnerships with the private and non-profit sectors, will ensure Alberta is a national leader in providing seniors care and delivering sustainable, affordable solutions across the housing continuum.”
The development of a proactive, wellness-based healthcare system allows Albertans to enjoy longer, healthier lives. As our population ages, it is important to ensure that seniors in our province have access to the country’s best support systems, including housing and care facilities. Innovative partnerships between the public, non-profit and private sectors will provide seniors with a broad selection of offerings, including supports for seniors of all income levels, and those needing varying levels of care and assistance. All Albertans should have access to affordable and appropriate housing, irrespective of age or demographic, and the province must do all it can to remove ‘barriers of entry’ into our housing market.
Our province has a track record of innovation in seniors housing and care, especially in partnership with the private and non-profit sectors, in meeting the needs of many communities. However, Alberta has struggled with life-cycle maintenance and sustainable provision of care, particularly with respect to location and demographics. We may not be meeting the housing needs and expectations of today’s seniors in terms of size, availability and amenities. But high housing prices impact more age groups than just seniors. Housing prices in Alberta have grown rapidly to the point that many hard-working individuals and families struggle with securing affordable and appropriate housing.
- Develop and implement, in conjunction with key housing and community stakeholders, a province-wide strategy to tackle affordable housing in Alberta.
- Increase focus on delivery of homecare to allow seniors to age in their communities, within existing facilities or with an eye towards the creation of new and innovative independent living options.
- Create a permanent working group, which would include members of private, public, non-profit organizations, AAMDC and AUMA, to develop initiatives and direction on seniors care issues and other identified affordable housing needs across the province.