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Thursday, February 13, 2014
Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson was
joined by MLA Frank Whitehead at Pineview Manor in The Pas today to announce a
15-suite expansion and renovation to the facility, which will create new housing
for seniors in the region. Pineview Manor resident Linda Pauls is also pictured.
February 12, 2014
ANNOUNCES NEW SENIORS' HOUSING IN THE PAS
– – – Safe, Affordable Homes
Help Seniors Live Independently: Minister Bjornson
More seniors will soon call Pineview Manor home, as the province invests in
building a 15-suite expansion, Housing and Community Development Minister Peter
Bjornson announced today.
“Good quality housing helps seniors continue to live independently in their
own communities where they have the support of family and friends,” said
Bjornson. “This expansion will give more seniors access to safe, affordable
Pineview Manor is a 30-suite housing facility with 21 one-bedroom and nine
two-bedroom suites. The new wing will include eight one-bedroom and seven
two-bedroom suites. Once the new wing is completed, the existing property will
be fully renovated including:
new drywall and doors as required, window and bathroom renovations, new
accessible kitchens, kitchen cabinet replacements, flooring, paint, heat
recovery ventilation installations, mechanical and electrical upgrades and new
finishes and millwork; and
new stucco, painting, landscaping, grading and lighting for the exterior of
Construction is expected to begin this fall, with occupancy to follow next
summer. A tender for construction is expected to be released later this
“I was happy to hear about plans to expand and renovate Pineview Manor so
that more people will be able to take advantage of the opportunity to live
independently in the community,” said Pineview Manor resident Linda Paul.
The expansion of Pineview Manor is part of the Manitoba government’s pledge
to commit funding for 1,500 affordable housing units by March 31 of this year.
As of January 31, the province had committed funding for 1,443 new affordable
In 2004, the province announced that aging in place would be adopted as a
principle in the planning of all provincial government housing and long-term
care initiatives. Aging in place means that people should not have to leave
their homes to get the support services they need to cope with changing health
and life-management needs.
“The Age-Friendly Manitoba initiative reflects this government’s commitment
to creating housing that supports independence and a high quality of life for
seniors,” said Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson, speaking
at an event at Pineview Manor today. “Seniors value ties to their families and
communities and want to be active in community life as participants and
Over the next three years, the Manitoba government will invest $100 million
annually to restore and redevelop housing units in its portfolio with an
additional $34 million dedicated annually to repair existing stock and provide
quality home environments for tenants, said Minister Bjornson. These
investments to build more affordable housing are in addition to increased
benefits for employment income assistance recipients and other low-income
Manitobans announced in Budget 2013 through an annual increase of $6.3 million
in RentAid shelter benefits. For more information go to www.gov.mb.ca/housing.