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Original News Release





Feb. 22, 2008

Ministry of Forests and Range and Minister responsible for Housing

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Vancouver Coastal Health




The assisted living development at 2020 Harrison Drive has 77 one-bedroom units in two residential wings that are linked together by recreational and amenity areas. Amenities include an activity room, library with Internet access, garden with a gazebo, hairdressing salon and spa, wellness room, dining room, private family dining room, and bistro.


Independent Living BC apartments include two meals a day, weekly housekeeping and linen services, 24-hour emergency response, personal care services and social and recreational opportunities.


Partners and Funding:

Capital and operating costs of this project include:

·         The federal government, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, provided a $3,850,000 capital grant.

·         The provincial government provided an additional grant of $2.7 million.

·         The City of Vancouver provided reductions on various development cost levies. The value of the contribution is approximately $450,000.

·         The Icelandic Care Home Höfn Society provided approximately $3 million in land equity and approximately $250,000 in additional equity.

·         The provincial government will provide a housing subsidy of $12.1 million over 35 years.

·         ­­­­­Vancouver Coastal Health will provide funding to subsidize the costs of personal care and hospitality services to tenants.


Icelandic Care Home Höfn Society

The society has been providing housing, care and support to seniors in Vancouver since 1947 and has been providing housing and services on the Harrison Drive property since 1963.




Darija Tomasic

Communications Coordinator

BC Housing

604 456-8845

604 374-4534 (cell)


Christina Wensley
Regional Events Coordinator


604 737-4032



Albert Teng

Executive Director

Icelandic Care Home Höfn Society

604 321-3812

Anna Marie D'Angelo

Public Affairs Officer
Vancouver Coastal Health
604 708-5340



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