Trochu Housing Corporation Update

Trochu Seniors Complex

In a news release dated September 1, 2020 the Alberta Government has announced the need for more continuing care spaces across Alberta. The news release states that hundreds of new spaces will be created for seniors and vulnerable people under an innovative plan to expand continuing care. To support this, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is now seeking proposals from new and existing continuing care operators to add publicly funded spaces without additional capital funding. This initiative builds on the Affordable Supportive Living Initiative (ASLI) and targets communities across the province with the most pressing need for new spaces.

A detailed analysis by Alberta Health Services (AHS) has identified 31 Alberta communities most in need of new continuing care spaces based on current and projected demand and supply, age of the population and health-care utilization. The Town of Trochu is one of these identified Alberta communities. AHS announced they are currently seeking proposals from new and existing continuing care operators to add publicly funded spaces without additional capital funding.

This is the first step (phase one) in a larger plan to expand continuing care and ensure communities most in need get support to open new spaces. Budget 2020 includes $164 million over three years to increase the number of continuing care spaces available across the province through the current Expression of Interest process and further initiatives. The Trochu Housing Corporation (THC) is excited by this recent announcement from the Alberta Government.

While, this initial phase does not make capital funding available, THC anticipates that a phase two of this ASLI program will see the opportunity to submit a proposal to obtain funding. When the phase two announcement comes THC in partnership with Covenant are ready, in large part because of all of the capital project planning including feedback we have received from the community. Covenant will partner with THC to ensure this is a “Campus of Care’ to enable Seniors from Trochu and Surrounding Communities to stay in their local area and not have to move out of the area to get the continuing care they need as they age in place.

THC and the Town of Trochu are one step closer to seeing much needed Senior Housing brought to this Community. We thank everyone who has contributed to the process thus far. We wouldn’t be here without your feedback and support.