Exploring Challenges and Strategies at the Provincial Level for Managing an Appropriate Response to Senior’s Housing Needs

November 3, 2015 11:15am

Janet Hope
Assistant Deputy Minister, Housing Division
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Don Allen
Assistant Deputy Minister, Housing Programs and Finance
Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services

  • The number of people with dementia is expected to double; how can provinces prepare?
  • Could there be better strategy coordination between health and housing authorities? Many health ministries have been promoting ‘Aging in Place’ as a cheaper alternative to long-term care, even though it is a factor in creating the housing shortage that is driving up land prices in larger cities making it unaffordable for developers of seniors housing
  • The health ministry goal of ‘providing the right care at the right place at the right time’ may necessarily need to include housing options, such as respite care
  • Funding seniors housing; a look at the different models out there, what seems to be working, what should be changed? And how are the needs of diverse groups currently being served?
  • There is a gap for those in the middle class who are not poor enough to receive public assistance and not wealthy enough to afford private retirement homes; how can this be addressed?
  • What opportunities are there for developers? What incentives could be considered that might make needed projects attractive for developers to undertake?