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For Immediate Release


April 2, 2007

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Ministry of Forests and Range and Minister responsible for Housing

Vancouver Island Health Authority




CAMPBELL RIVER – Federal, provincial and community funding partners gathered today to celebrate the completion of Ironwood Place, a new $10.8-million assisted living development that will provide 54 new units for seniors and adults with disabilities.

“I am proud to be here today to participate in the official opening of Ironwood Place, which will provide safe and supportive housing for seniors in Campbell River,” said Dick Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development. “By investing in this housing project with B.C., Canada's New Government is doing its part to provide housing solutions for seniors and adults with disabilities so that they can continue to live in their communities, close to their family and friends.”


The assisted living units are self-contained apartments with a 24-hour response system. Residents receive personal care services such as recreational opportunities and assistance with medications, housekeeping, meals, and laundry services. Ironwood Place also has space for an adult day program and other services, such as meal programs, intended to support elderly people living in the neighbourhood.


“The opening of Ironwood Place ensures that seniors can receive quality support services while enjoying their independence in Campbell River,” said Nanaimo-Parksville MLA Ron Cantelon.These assisted living units provide seniors, and adults with disabilities, with the housing and help they need in the community that they helped to build.


The Vancouver Island Health Authority will provide ongoing funding for personal care services and a portion of the hospitality services to ensure tenants have access to the health-care support they need to remain independent.


“The Vancouver Island Health Authority is committed to enhancing access to services for seniors, and the opening of Ironwood Place will help Campbell River seniors remain as independent as possible while still having their care needs met,” said Jac Kreut, VIHA board chair. “VIHA is delighted to work with the community, local government and the Province to enhance our community care capacity.”


“Ironwood Place will enrich the lives of seniors in our community,” said District of Campbell River Mayor Roger McDonell. “It is important to ensure our seniors have the choice to live in the same community they have called home when they need access to assisted living.”


“We believe that helping others help themselves builds a strong community,” said Greg Hill, executive director of the Campbell River and District Association for Community Living. “The opening of Ironwood Place is a community success, to assist our seniors and adults with disabilities maintain their independence and quality of life for as long as possible.”


These new units are part of the British Columbia government’s commitment to provide 5,000 net-new residential care beds, assisted living units, and supportive housing with home support units by the end of 2008. To date, 8,102 new and replacement beds and units have been built, including 2,984 net-new.


The Province of British Columbia, through ILBC, is committed to providing more than 4,000 affordable assisted living apartments for B.C. seniors and persons with disabilities. To date, more than 3,900 have been allocated in communities across the province. The Province’s budget for shelters and affordable housing is $328 million – nearly triple what it was in 2001.


Canada’s New Government, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, will contribute more than $130 million by 2010 towards affordable housing in this province. The provincial government, through BC Housing, will provide a minimum of $34 million annually to subsidize the cost of units built under the Canada-BC Affordable Housing Agreement, as part of a larger strategy to provide a range of housing options for British Columbians in greatest need.



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Renee Schisler

Events Coordinator

BC Housing

604 439-4757


Megan Shaw

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

604 737-4032



Shannon Marshall

VIHA Communications

250 830-6953


Greg Hill

Executive Director

Campbell River & District Association for Community Living

250 286-0391


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