Canterbury is a very safe and comfortable place. The staff are all very kind and helpful. We are very lucky and thankful to have them. I think Canterbury should be looking for land to build another Canterbury.

- Canterbury Resident

The Capital Project

Canterbury Foundation will be undergoing renovations and expansion over the next few years to better accommodate the increasing needs of the senior population. 

As the population of Edmonton seniors continues to grow, and the average income for seniors decreases, there is a significant need for more advanced, affordable and home-like care options, especially when it comes to dementias and end-of-life care. While more seniors are choosing to stay in their own homes, too often they are not able to stay healthy, live safely, and confidently access their surrounding amenities and services.

On September 11, 2017, Canterbury will have a public hearing before City Council to seek approval for rezoning in order to move forward with the Capital Project: a renovation and expansion project that will allow us to address these issues in seniors' care and be better equipped to meet the needs of seniors today and into the future. 

Architects have responded to our Request for Proposal (RFP), and a decision will be made in mid-late August. An RFP has also been sent out for a Construction Manager. Decisions for that role are expected to be made in mid September. Canterbury is meeting with Pilgrims Hospice Board representatives on August 24.

Project description (upon approvals):

By upgrading the physical design of existing suites and common areas to accommodate seniors’ mobility and care needs, more Canterbury residents will age in place rather than being forced to move off campus as their care needs increase.

The redevelopment of Canterbury Foundation will include several updates, including:

  •           Residential Hospice – an end-of-life complex care unit with a total of 16 beds plus a guest room for family members.
  •          Community Outreach - Redeveloped common area space to enable local seniors living in their own homes to participate in the programs offered to Canterbury residents.
  •          Dementia Care – moving the Canterbury Lane (our current dementia unit on the second floor) to the main floor of the facility
    •  More suites, for a total of 28 dementia care living spaces
    •  Secure walking paths for residents living with dementia, for the freedom of safe movement and walks.
  •          Affordable Housing - Seniors who need financial assistance will be accommodated at Canterbury based on space availability. Up to 10% of spaces will be available for seniors with lower incomes.
  •          Increasing capacity – an addition of a 5-storey building will increase Canterbury’s capacity by 16%



Preparing for Tea with the Queen

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Canterbury Foundation residents have fun preparing for the Annual Tea with the Queen!

Resident Profile: Jim Cupido

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Jim Cupido donated blood for nearly 40 years.  When he was told he couldn't donate anymore due to his age, he started a letter writing campaign and won!  Now seniors can donate blood no matter what age they are, as long as they are in good health.  Read the full story!

Politicians Visit Canterbury

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Canterbury welcomes political visitors including Premier Jim Prentice, Edmonton Centre MP Laurie Hawn and Edmonton Riverview MLA Steve Young.