Canada and Yukon open 84-suite seniors’ supportive living community in Whitehorse

Project partners came together to tour the Normandy Living facility.

This is a joint news release with the Government of Canada:

The Yukon’s first private seniors’ supportive living community has officially opened its doors in Whitehorse with 84 modern suites, including housing units for First Nations Elders and affordable units for low-income seniors.

Today, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion Ahmed Hussen, Member of Parliament for the Yukon Brendan Hanley, Minister Responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation Ranj Pillai, Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee, City of Whitehorse Mayor Laura Cabott, and Executive Director of Normandy Living Natal Samuelson announced the opening of Normandy Living, a seniors’ supportive living community located on Range Road in Whitehorse.

The federal government, through the National Housing Strategy’s National Housing Co-Investment Fund (NHCF), contributed $34.5 million towards the project, the Yukon Housing Corporation funded $4.5 million, and the City of Whitehorse provided $500,000 in development incentives. KBC Developments Inc., the organization that built and will operate Normandy Living, contributed $1.8 million in land and cash equity from the Yukon partnership initiative. KBC is owned in equal parts by Borud Enterprises, a group representing Ketza Construction, and Northern Vision Development LP.

Normandy Living will fill a gap in the housing market by providing supportive housing for seniors who will benefit from additional support but are not in need of long-term care.

The modern five-storey building is in the Takhini subdivision and offers a range of inclusive rental options including studio, one bedroom and two-bedroom homes, all of which are offered for lease. Residents will have access to recreational programming, heated parking, community meeting areas, 24-hour security, customized menu options, laundry services and housekeeping. Tenants can also receive Government of Yukon home care services.

Seniors and Elders are a vital part of the Whitehorse community. That is why our government is pleased to provide funding support to create 84 new homes for seniors and Elders right here in Whitehorse. Investing in housing with on-site supportive living services for our seniors and Elders, like Normandy Living, allows them to age comfortably in the communities they have helped build. This is our government’s National Housing Strategy at work.

Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion Ahmed Hussen

With seniors as the fastest growing age group in Canada, we recognize both the immediate and long term need for affordable senior’s housing. I’m thrilled to see our National Housing Strategy at work in Whitehorse by supporting the opening of a 84-unit senior’s housing development. Investing in critical housing projects like Normandy Living help deliver a secure and dignified retirement for Yukon seniors.

Member of Parliament for the Yukon Brendan Hanley

Normandy Living is a concrete example of what is possible through the power of partnerships. This beautiful new complex offers more modern and affordable housing options to meet the growing and diverse needs of Yukon seniors and Elders

Minister Responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation Ranj Pillai

Congratulations to all partners involved with opening Normandy Living. This successful initiative sets the stage for future supportive living developments that will enable aging Yukoners to thrive while living independently. Our government cares deeply about the safety and wellbeing of our Elders and seniors and we remain committed to ensuring our aging population can live full, safe and meaningful lives.” 

Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee 

Normandy Living is a collaborative project that will provide housing for our community’s seniors and Elders. These modern units give our aging community a welcoming place to call home and also provide affordable units for those in need. These projects are critical to helping meet the housing need for people across the housing spectrum and we are so thankful to mark the opening of yet another multi-unit housing project in Whitehorse." 

City of Whitehorse Mayor Laura Cabott

Normandy Living brought together well-known local development and building companies to partner with governments to make this facility a reality. This allowed us to deliver a project on time and on budget in a very difficult construction environment. It will provide a wonderful and much needed service to Yukon residents

Executive Director Normandy Living Natal Samuelson

Quick facts 
  • Normandy Living was supported with private investments of more than $25 million, approximately $34.5 million from the Government of Canada through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, $4.5 million from the Government of Yukon through the Yukon Housing Corporation, and $500,000 in development incentives from the City of Whitehorse.

  • KBC Developments is a partnership of local Yukon businesses: Ketza Constructions, Borud Enterprises and Northern Vision Development.

  • There are 26 below-market homes available at Normandy Living, 10 of which are immediately available to Yukon Housing Corporation’s senior clients. Eligibility is based on income testing and results of a frailty assessment. Clients will pay 25 per cent of their income towards rent and 40 per cent towards the services including meals, housekeeping and laundry.

  • 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.

  • Normandy Living is already accepting tenants and invites interested Yukoners to book a tour through their website and meet with representatives to learn more. Rent geared to income options are available for the Government of Yukon leased suites by contacting the Yukon Housing Corporation at ykhouse@yukon.ca or 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5759.

  • The National Housing Co-Investment Fund (NHCF) is a program under the National Housing Strategy (NHS) that gives priority to projects that help people who need it most, including women and children fleeing family violence, seniors, Indigenous Peoples, people living with disabilities, those with mental health or addiction issues, veterans, and young adults.

  • The Government of Canada’s National Housing Strategy (NHS) is an ambitious, 10-year plan that will invest over $72 billion to give more Canadians a place to call home.

Contact 

Danièle Medlej
Office of the Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
daniele.medlej@infc.gc.ca

 

Media Relations
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
media@cmhc-schl.gc.ca 

 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
867-334-9194
renee.francoeur@yukon.ca

 

Josh Long
Communications, Yukon Housing Corporation
867-446-3354
joshua.long@yukon.ca 

 

Cameron Heke  
Health and Social Services
Communications
867-332-3708
cameron.heke@yukon.ca 

News release #: 
22-404