Canada creates new supportive housing for women and their children in Burnaby

From the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation:

The Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister for Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, Terry Beech, Member of Parliament for Burnaby North—Seymour, the Honorable Anne Kang, BC Minister of Municipal Affairs, and Jacqueline Dupuis, Executive Director, Aunt Leah’s Foundation announced an investment of more than $1 million for the redevelopment of Aunt Leah’s House, a five-unit supportive housing location for mothers and their children in the Vancouver metropolitan area. Construction on the house is now complete, and Aunt Leah’s House is ready to reopen and welcome residents immediately.

The new home will include four bedrooms with attached baths, a large training kitchen, communal living room, dining room, garage, private fenced-in yard, office space, and a separate second-tier suite where mothers can graduate. Housing and support services are available to new mothers at risk of losing custody of their children. Through the Thresholds Program ( Delivered by Aunt Leah’s Place, mothers are provided with a safe and caring home environment to live in, where they learn to care for their baby with the guidance of staff and family support workers.

The new house marks the 35th anniversary of Aunt Leah’s House, which has been operated by Aunt Leah’s Place since the 1980s. The new home will continue to support women and their families on their journey to independence, ensuring they stay together and are not separated by the child welfare system.

Funds provided for this project include:

  • $616,748 from the federal government, with $416,748 provided through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund and $200,000 through Reaching Home
  • $250,000 from the Province of British Columbia via BC Gaming Capital Projects Grant
  • $125,000 from Aunt Leah’s Foundation
  • $50,000 from the Vancity Community Foundation
  • Generous donations from private donors to the Aunt Leah Foundation
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“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Our government is proud to support the redevelopment of Aunt Leah’s House, a home where mothers can rest, grow, and regain their independence in a safe and secure environment. At Aunt Leah’s, mothers will have the opportunity to rebuild their lives and access the critical support services they need to emerge stronger. This is one way our government’s National Housing Strategy ensures that no one is left behind.” – The Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion

“Through a strong partnership, our government is providing safe and affordable housing to women in need here in Burnaby and surrounding communities. Homes like Aunt Leah’s House are a key pillar for socioeconomic success: they not only help women and their children, but they support better education and health outcomes, better employment prospects, and better community involvement. When we care for our most vulnerable, we all succeed.” – Terry Beech, Member of Parliament for Burnaby North—Seymour

“Aunt Leah’s House provides a crucial service to the most vulnerable in our society. Its rebuilding ensures that more mothers and children receive safe homes and the services they need. By funding important projects like this, the Province is helping support a brighter future for mothers, families and their little ones entering the world.” – The Honorable Anne Kang, BC Minister of Municipal Affairs

“Despite the challenges of raising funds and executing a capital project during times of pandemic, the critical support of our partners, government funders and donors who believed in its importance made it possible. For 35 years, more than 400 families have called Aunt Leah’s House home, together we will continue to provide a comfortable start for vulnerable mothers and babies, helping to reunite and keep families together.” – Jacqueline Dupuis, Executive Director, Aunt Leah Foundation.

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Fast facts:

  • The National Housing Co-Investment Fund (NHCF) is a program under the National Housing Strategy (NHS) that prioritizes projects that help people who need it most, including women and children fleeing family violence, older people , indigenous peoples and communities, people living with disabilities, people 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 more than $72 billion to give more Canadians a place to call home.
  • For more than 30 years, Aunt Leah’s Place has been helping foster children and young mothers achieve a better future. We do this by providing counseling, assisted living, job training, and essential life skills training. We believe that every individual deserves to feel safe, cared for, and have a sense of belonging. Unfortunately, this is not true for many teens in the foster care system. When they pass the age of government care at 19, they find themselves completely on their own. Aunt Leah’s often provides the only thread of care and continuity for youth whose lives are scarred by abuse, neglect, abandonment and multiple foster care placements. Over the years, we have seen how support at this critical time can help these young people fulfill their potential as they grow into independent and resilient adults.
  • In 2013, recognizing the need for more housing options, Aunt Leah’s Place launched the Aunt Leah’s Foundation to create an affordable housing portfolio that would provide safe and affordable housing for new mothers and youth leaving foster care. Today, the Foundation has a portfolio of four shared homes and one 11-unit apartment building, housing between 25 and 30 at-risk youth each year. Most recently, the Foundation undertook a project to rebuild the original Aunt Leah House.
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Related links:

  • As Canada’s housing authority, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, supports Canadians in need of housing, and provides impartial housing research and advice to all levels of the Canadian government, consumers, and the housing industry. the House. CMHC’s goal is that by 2030, everyone in Canada will have a home that they can afford and that meets their needs. For more information please visit ( or follow us on Twitter ( , instagram ( , Youtube ( , LinkedIn ( Y Facebook ( .
  • For more information on the National Housing Strategy, visit
  • Consult the National Housing Strategy Map of Housing Financing Initiatives ( to view affordable housing projects that have been developed across Canada.

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