Overview of Housing Programs
- Seniors’ lodges in Canmore and Banff that currently house up to 84 residents.
- Seniors’ independent housing buildings in Canmore and Banff that include 62 one-bedroom apartments.
- 58 family housing residences in Canmore.
- Interim relief housing for some local households that were displaced by the June floods.
- The Rent Supplement Program in the region that currently provides financial assistance to about 40 Bow Valley households.
The following is a breakdown of the BVRH housing programs:
Bow River Seniors Lodge -58 units
The portfolio consists of a 61-bed seniors’ lodge. The original lodge was built in 1975. An addition of 15 units was opened in February of 2004 supplementing the older units.
The lodge offers Level 2 supportive living services with twenty-four hour monitoring. Alberta Health Services, through their Home Care program, collaborates to offer medication and bathing assistance. The lodge is owed by the province of Alberta, and is subsidized through contributing municipalities; Town of Canmore, Town of Banff, M.D. of Bighorn, Banff I.D. and Kananaskis I.D., as well as the Alberta Lodge Assistance Program.
Cascade House - 21 units
The portfolio consists of a 23-bed senior’s lodge that was built in the late 1990’s. The building was purchased by BVRH at the end of 2008. The previous owners were operating the second and third floors as market-rate seniors rental accommodation. BVRH converted the entire building into Level 2 supportive living accommodations. Residents of this building must comply with the residency requirements of Parks Canada.
The lodge offers supportive living services and twenty-four hour monitoring to the residents. Alberta Health Services, through their Home Care program, collaborates to offer medication and bathing assistance.The lodge is owed by BVRH and is subsidized through the contributing municipalities and the Province of Alberta.
Bow River Homes – 28 Self-contained units
Bow River Homes is a twenty-eight unit self-contained complex. It is designed to provide affordable rental accommodation to low-to moderate income seniors, who are functionally independent but unable to obtain affordable and adequate accommodation in the private market. The housing is owned by the province and subsided by two levels of government; federal and provincial.
The first phase of twelve units was constructed in 1977; the second phase of sixteen units was constructed in 1982.
The number of outstanding applicants to this housing tends to be substantial; the occupancy rate is usually 100%.
Mount Edith House - 34 Self-contained units
Mount Edith House is a thirty-four unit self-contained complex, designed to provide affordable rental accommodation to low-to moderate income seniors, who are functionally independent but unable to obtain affordable and adequate accommodation in the private market. The housing is owned by the province and subsided by two levels of government; federal and provincial. Residents of this building must comply with the residency requirements of Parks Canada.
The first phase of twenty-two units was constructed in 1984; the second phase of twelve units was constructed in 1990.
The occupancy rate is usually 100%.
Canmore Housing - 58 homes
- Woodlands - 30 Townhouses
- Cougar Creek Condos - 8 Townhouses
- Cougar Creek - 5 Houses
- Larch Crescent - 10 Houses
- Larch Close - 5 Houses
Canmore Housing comprises a fifty-eight-unit portfolio that was designed to provide subsidized rental accommodation for low income families who are unable to obtain adequate and affordable accommodation in the private market. The housing is owned by the province and subsidized by two levels of government; federal and provincial.
The first phase of thirty-units, townhouse-type housing, was constructed in 1983 consisting of a mix of two, three and four bedroom units.
The second phase of the portfolio was opened in 1989 consisting of eight townhouse-type units consisting of two and three bedroom units.
The third and fourth phases were opened in 1989 and consist of twenty bi-level and bungalow style houses, each with three bedrooms.
The varied programs and projects of BVRH entail various eligibility criteria and application processes.
For specific details about each of our programs and to learn about the application process, visit:
- Community Family Housing
- Independent Seniors Lodges
- Independent Seniors Apartments
- Rent Supplement Financial Assistance