April 2023 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin
April 2023

Spring Garden Party
Our Spring Garden Party returns to Bow River Lodge to celebrate
seniors on June 10, 2023! This year marks a return to pre-pandemic
partying, so please save the date and join us to recognize our seniors
and enjoy fun activities, yummy treats, and a great band. We also hope
to allow tours of the first floor of the new wing.
Designated Supportive Living (DSL) Operations
We were proud and excited to continue to welcome DSL residents into
the new wing at Bow River Lodge. The program brings public DSL
care to the region for the first time and will help keep seniors close to
their loved ones and supports in the community for longer. We expect
up to 30 former residents of the region who left to access this level of
care will return to live at Bow River Lodge!
We thank the Government of Alberta, Alberta Seniors, Community and
Social Supports, Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services, and SE
Health for helping us bring this facility to Canmore and the Bow Valley
region. There will be a Grand Opening in April, so stay tuned for more
about that.
2022 Audit
The Board accepted the annual external audit, including the audited
2022 financial statements, in March.

Bow River Lodge 84%
Cascade House 84%
Bow River Homes 100%
Mount Edith House 100%
Community Housing 100%
Rent Supplement 100%
This is Home (Phase 3+)
We have submitted a draft business case to Alberta Seniors,
Community, and Social Supports for our Phase 3+ Projects. These
projects, if approved, would refresh much of our Community and
Seniors’ Independent Housing stock while adding different types and
affordability levels of housing to the region in Canmore and perhaps
elsewhere. We hope that the GOA will appreciate and be able to
approve the opportunity here and that we will be able to collaborate
with them, the Town of Canmore, and perhaps other Housing Agencies
to address some of the housing crisis in the Bow Valley.

• In an emergency, please dial 911
• For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information for
Albertans information on diseases, treatments, staying well, and
healthcare services, dial 811
• For 24/7 community service information, including affordability
programming for residents of the Bow Valley, dial 211
Bow Valley Regional Housing (BVRH) is a Housing Management
Body (HMB) serving the Government of Alberta and the Bow Valley
Region. HMB operational funding sources vary. Tenants pay
accommodation fees. Those fees are subject to affordability limits,
preventing them from fully covering operations costs. Provincial
grants and municipal ratepayer requisitions subsidize seniors lodge
deficits, while the Province also finances deficits in independent
seniors and community housing.
As the HMB for the Bow Valley region, BVRH is responsible for
social housing, as well as affordable supportive living
accommodation for seniors throughout Kananaskis Country, the Bow
Corridor, the MD of Bighorn, and all of Banff National Park, an area
covering about 13,500 square kilometers. All told, we currently house
or help to house approximately 400 residents of the Bow Valley in
eight permanent housing projects encompassing 36 separate