DOMINION CITY, MANITOBA, October 28, 2016 — A new, unique assisted living facility for seniors that offers the privacy of individual living units and the social benefits of communal meals and other group activities has officially opened its doors to tenants.

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Manitoba Families Minister Scott Fielding announced the grand opening of Abbeyfield House in Dominion City today.

Abbeyfield House is a $1.6 million bungalow-style, multi-family home with four studio and six one-bedroom units. Its shared living spaces include a kitchen, dining room, lounge and recreation area.

Quick Facts:

  • The governments of Canada and Manitoba provided more than $566,000 to this project through the federal-provincial Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) 2014-2019 extension agreement.
  • The property will be managed by Emerson-Franklin Heritage Holdings Inc. (EFHHI), which was created in 2014 to enhance housing, social and recreational services in the region. It is the first Manitoba-based affiliated member of the Abbeyfield Society of Canada, part of an international organization focused on providing communal housing to seniors. The Municipality of Emerson-Franklin donated the land for this project, valued at $100,000.
  • Eight units will be available at affordable rents of $414 per month for a studio suite and $587 for a one-bedroom suite. Two units will be available on a rent geared-to-income basis to accommodate lower-income households. The new building is accessible and also meets Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart designation. A house manager will oversee all enhanced services for residents including meals in the shared dining area, laundry and light cleaning.

“Our Government understands that finding suitable accommodation is a concern for many seniors. I am delighted that our Government is helping to meet that need in Dominion City and across Manitoba. Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved in Abbeyfield House.”
— Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
“Abbeyfield House is a wonderful housing option for seniors who want to retain their independence, but also enjoy the companionship and social benefits of a communal environment,” said Fielding. “This grand opening is a special milestone for the community and for tenants and their families. The Manitoba government is proud to be a partner in this project, the first of its kind to follow the Abbeyfield housing model in our province.”
— Honourable Scott Fielding, Minister of Families
“The ability for seniors in our community to age in place is such a gift for a rural town like Dominion City. The Abbeyfield House model with assisted living supports, along with the affordable housing assistance, will ensure seniors in our region will be able to remain close to family and friends for years to come.”
— Dave Kirkpatrick, EFHHI Chair
“The investment Manitoba and Canada have made in seniors housing in the Municipality of Emerson-Franklin exhibits true leadership in ensuring the sustainability of rural Manitoba. This commitment, along with the passionate involvement of the Abbeyfield board made up of local citizens, will allow our seniors to remain in the community they call home.”
— Reeve Greg Janzen, Municipality of Emerson - Franklin

Associated Links:

  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been Canada's authority on housing for over 70 years. CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry. Prudent risk management, strong corporate governance and transparency are cornerstones of CMHC’s operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642.
  • For more information about housing programs and services in Manitoba, visit www.gov.mb.ca/housing.
  • Learn more about the Abbeyfield Society of Canada at www.abbeyfield.ca.

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Media Contacts:

Émilie Gauduchon
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Duclos
819-654-5546
Emilie.Gauduchon@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

David von Meyenfeldt
Communications and Stakeholder Relations
204-945-1912
david.vonmeyenfeldt@leg.gov.mb.ca

Young Ong
Public Affairs Advisor
403-515-2962
yong@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Date Published: October 28, 2016