September 2018 BVRH Monthly Bulletin


2018 Strategic Planning

The board is nearing completion of updated strategic goals.

BVRH Bylaw review

The board is also nearing completion of the bylaw review.

2018 Housing Needs Study

The consultant is nearing completion of the draft report.


Bow River Lodge 95% occupancy

Cascade House 82% occupancy

Bow River Homes 100% occupancy

Mount Edith House 100% occupancy

Community Housing 100% occupancy

Rent Supplement 100% subscription


“This is Home”


Phase 1: Alberta Seniors and Housing continues to actively work on the shower

and mechanical noise issues. The number of problem showers has improved to 6

from 36. An HVAC contractor is engaged in the mechanical noise mitigation


Phase 2: A public tender is underway for a Design/Build contractor.


Phase 2: This facility will be designed to meet the needs of designated supportive

living level 4 and dementia operations, including enhanced safety and careprovision

considerations. Alberta Health Services (AHS) has provided design

guidelines that the facility must consider to secure a Designated Supportive

Living (DSL) agreement, which is the goal to meet the current and future needs of

the people of the region. Next steps include Project Approvals, Project

Coordination, and negotiation of an Agreement with AHS.


Phase 2: The current capital cost range is estimated between $16 million and $19

million; the Government of Alberta has committed $16 million to date. BVRH is

responsible for the furniture and equipment for the facility, which we will fund

through a combination of fundraising and financing, including municipal

requisition. It is expected that this development will improve our operating model

to the point that we are able to achieve much more significant economies of scale, thereby significantly reducing the need to requisition for operating costs at Bow

River Lodge in the future.


Bow Valley Regional Housing (BVRH) is a Housing Management Body (HMB) for the

Government of Alberta. Alberta’s HMBs were created to operate and administer

provincially owned social housing facilities and programming. The Province holds an

extensive portfolio of these facilities through the Alberta Social Housing Corporation

(ASHC), serving many needy and vulnerable Albertans. Each HMB is self-governing

under the Alberta Housing Act, managing the ASHC assets in their particular region.

Each region is comprised of multiple municipalities, improvement districts, etc. HMBs

may also operate other kinds of housing and may own buildings that house

accommodation programs.

Every municipality in Alberta is a contributing member of their regional HMB. They are

required to have at least one appointee on the governing board, which is responsible for

acting in the best interests of the HMB. The board must consider the needs of each

contributing municipality in its governance of the HMB.

HMB operations are supported through various means. Tenants pay rent and/or lodge

fees, but since these are set at very affordable rates, the revenues cannot cover the costs

of operations. Seniors Lodge deficits are funded through municipal ratepayer requisitions

and provincial grants. Social Housing deficits (including independent seniors housing and

community housing) are funded by Alberta Seniors and Housing.

As the HMB for the Bow Valley region, we are 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 kilometres. This region has two towns and seven hamlets containing

about 25,000 people. Our five contributing municipalities are Kananaskis ID, MD of

Bighorn, Town of Canmore, Town of Banff and Banff National Park ID9. The people of

the region are able to access all of the programs we offer, subject to eligibility


We are a self-governing body. We collaborate with two provincial ministries and five

municipal governments, along with numerous local and community agencies to provide

and promote safe and appropriate housing to our region.

The BVRH Mission Statement

Bow Valley Regional Housing commits to provide accommodation services for the Bow

Valley region seniors and residents of modest means who struggle to secure and maintain

appropriate housing.

All told, we currently house, or help to house more than 400 residents of the Bow Valley

in eight permanent housing projects encompassing 36 separate buildings.

We manage:

 seniors’ lodges in Canmore and Banff that currently house up to 88 residents

 an expansion project underway at our lodge in Canmore will bring designated

supportive living to the region that will provide appropriate accommodations to

our most vulnerable seniors while alleviating pressures in local hospitals

 seniors’ independent housing buildings in Canmore and Banff that include 62

one-bedroom apartments

 58 family housing residences in Canmore

 the Rent Supplement Program in the region that currently provides financial

assistance to approximately 40 Bow Valley households

We have some other great ideas!

 Visioning is underway for the conversion of a 15-unit wing from lodge

accommodation to seniors’ self-contained housing for low-income independent

seniors, which will allow us to re-profile part of the Bow River Lodge site to

increase the number of senior’s self-contained units, and add other affordable

housing options.

The BVRH Vision Statement

Bow Valley Regional Housing aspires to collaborate with relevant agencies to ensure that

suitable programming that will mitigate the housing needs of our client base is available.

We will:

 Make decisions and recommendations using relevant and valid data regarding

community trends and housing needs.

 Obtain funding to develop infrastructure that meets identified needs for social and

senior’s affordable housing programs.

 Embrace operating principles that incorporate innovation, service excellence and best


 Attract and retain highly qualified and caring staff.

BVRH has approximately 39 employees based in either Bow River Lodge (Canmore) or

Cascade House (Banff). Our Administration and Maintenance Teams are based in

Canmore but serve all of our operations. We have Housekeeping and Food Service

Teams in both of our lodges.

Information is available on our website at