The Notley government is hoping to make it easier for seniors to renovate or fix their own homes.
This comes with the introduction of Bill 5, the Seniors’ Home Adaptation and Repair program, which would make about 145,000 senior households eligible for a loan of up to $40,000, for things like walk-in tubs, roof replacements and electrical repairs.
Seniors and Housing Minister Lori Sigurdson says they spoke with many groups and seniors, who want to stay home.
“90% live in their homes, 83% own their homes, so people want to be in their own homes,” Sigurdson told reporters in Edmonton on Wednesday. “If they can be supported at home, that’s way better.”
“We see quite a few examples of where seniors need to improve their ability to remain in their homes for an extended period of time as well as to be able to afford the house,” Seniors United President Gordon Voth said.
If passed in the legislature, the program would take effect on July 1st.