Affordable seniors housing coming to Whitehorse

Right to left: Minister Pauline Frost, Michael Hale, President and Chief Operating Officer of Northern Vision Development LP, Joe Densmore is Project Manager with Ketza Construction Corporation and Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon.

Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home.

Today, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Ahmed Hussen, along with Minister Responsible for Yukon Housing Corporation Pauline Frost and Larry Bagnell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency) and Member of Parliament for Yukon, announced a Government of Canada funding contribution of up to $34.5 million, in addition to approximately $4.5 million from the Government of Yukon for an 84-unit supported housing development for seniors in Whitehorse.

This new Normandy Manor development will be built and operated by KBC developments, a local partnership of Ketza Construction, Borud Enterprises and Northern Vision Development. Normandy Manor will help fill a gap in the housing continuum by providing housing for Yukon seniors who cannot live independently, but who are not ready to move into continuing care. When complete, the Yukon Housing Corporation will have access to 10 units in the building as part of their community housing stock.

The project is located in the Takhini subdivision of Whitehorse on the Traditional Territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta'an Kwäch’än Council.

Normandy Manor is receiving support through the National Co-Investment Fund, a flagship initiative of the National Housing Strategy (NHS), the Housing Initiatives Fund and the Municipal Matching Rental Construction program.

Canada’s seniors have shaped this country and contribute to our communities every day. Now more than ever, we need to ensure they have access to a safe and affordable place to call home. Normandy Manor is testament to what can be achieved when all levels of government come together with a shared purpose, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project will have on the community in Whitehorse.

Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Ahmed Hussen

We are working hard to increase options for Yukoners across the housing continuum and throughout the territory. This new supportive seniors’ housing project aligns with Yukon’s Aging in Place Action Plan and demonstrates what we can achieve through effective partnerships between the private sector and municipal, territorial and federal orders of government.

Minister responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation Pauline Frost

Yukon’s seniors deserve a healthy and affordable place to call home. Through the co-investment fund our Government is working hand in hand with the territory and private partnerships to ensure an increased stock of senior specific affordable.

Member of Parliament for Yukon Larry Bagnell

On behalf of Council, I am excited to see more supported housing for seniors in our community. We are proud to contribute to this project through a development incentive and we will continue to work with our government and First Nation partners to help people attain housing across the housing continuum. We are happy to see more seniors staying in Whitehorse and projects like these will encourage even more.

City of Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis

KBC is proud to have developed the first private-sector, seniors’ supportive housing in the territory that will fill a gap in the housing continuum with a product developed, built and owned by Yukoners. We recognize that this project would not be possible without the support of three levels of government, and we join all Yukoners in thanking Canada, Yukon and the City of Whitehorse for their support. When Normandy Manor opens in 2022, we look forward to turning it from a construction project into a community with supports and programs that enable seniors to live long, healthy lives and age in place.

Chief Operating Officer of Northern Vision Development Michael Hale

Quick facts 
  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has earmarked up to approximately $34.5 million for the project through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund. Conditions for this funding are currently being satisfied by KBC Developments Inc.

  • Funding from the Government of Yukon includes: $500,000 from the Housing Initiatives Fund, $500,000 from the Municipal Matching Rental Construction Grant and $3.5 million through a prepaid lease for 10 units in the building for Government of Yukon use for 20 years.

  • In addition to the more than $23 million in mortgage financing, KBC Developments has secured $2 million in private investment and land provision from project partners, bringing the total private investment to more than $25 million.

  • The City of Whitehorse contributed $500,000 in development incentives over 10 years.

  • Construction started on the 84-unit Normandy Manor project in August 2020.

  • This project supports the goals of the Housing Action Plan for Yukon and the Aging in Place Action Plan to help Yukoners find housing that meets their needs.

  • The National Housing Strategy is an ambitious 10-year, more than $55 billion plan that is giving more Canadians across the country a place to call home, creating 125,000 new housing units and reducing housing need for 530,000 households, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units.

  • Through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, the Government of Canada will work with partners to build up to 60,000 new affordable homes and repair up to 240,000 existing affordable and community homes.

Media contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications

Mikaela Harrison
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Sarah Murray
Communications, Yukon Housing Corporation

Michael Hale
KBC Developments

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