Magrath seniors lodge officially opens with 43 new homes

MAGRATH, ALBERTA, February 20, 2018 — The governments of Canada and Alberta are making lives better for seniors in Magrath and surrounding communities with the grand opening of the new Diamond Willow Lodge. Forty-three new units offer increased flexibility to seniors in the level of care they can access and allow them to remain close to their families and communities.

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with the Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Alberta Seniors and Housing, made the announcement today.


“We recognize how important it is for seniors to be able to live independently, while still remaining close to families and friends. This fellowship is essential to healthy living. The beautiful new Diamond Willow Lodge is another example of our Government’s commitment to ensuring that senior citizens are able to enjoy a safe and stable environment with the supports they need to thrive.”
— Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

“Our Government is making life better for seniors in the town of Magrath and surrounding communities by providing safe, comfortable and affordable housing. This investment supports seniors to age in their community, close to family and friends.”
— Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Alberta Seniors and Housing

“It’s important for the well-being of our older adults (seniors) that they have the opportunity to live in the community of their choice. Maintaining ties with family and friends can do much to preserve their health and sense of belonging. Our new Diamond Willow Lodge will provide a safe, comfortable and modernized home both for long-time residents of Magrath and those preferring a peaceful and beautiful home-town community. We are grateful for the support.”
— Kim Schnoor, Chief Administrative Officer, Chinook Foundation

Quick facts:

  • The governments of Canada and Alberta will provide a combined investment of about $10.7 million, under the Investment in Affordable Housing 2014 – 2019 Agreement.
  • The Diamond Willow Lodge project involves the replacement of the original seniors lodge with a new facility. Capacity will increase from 39 units to 43 units.
  • The Government of Canada recently unveiled its National Housing Strategy — a 10-year, $40 billion plan that will create 100,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need.

Associated links:

  • As Canada's authority on housing, 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 all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. For more information, follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • The Alberta government ministry of Seniors and Housing fosters the development of affordable housing and supports access to housing options for Albertans most in need. The Alberta government will invest $1.2 billion over five years for affordable housing capital needs. To achieve these outcomes, the ministry works with seniors, Albertans who require housing supports, their families and caregivers, communities and other government partners. A more detailed description of the ministry and its programs and initiatives can be found at

Media contacts:

Émilie Gauduchon
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Duclos

Gabriel Teo
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Jennifer Burgess
Press Secretary
Alberta Seniors and Housing



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