Two former Edmonton hotels being converted to affordable housing

The former Sands Hotel on Fort Road

“We believe that each and every Edmontonian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home”


The Government of Canada along with the City of Edmonton have announced more than $14.8 million to create up to 138 new affordable homes for individuals in Edmonton through the Cities Stream under the expanded Rapid Housing Initiative. These housing units will support Canadians who are in uncertain housing situations, experiencing or at risk of homelessness, or living in temporary shelters because of the pandemic.

These funds will go towards two new affordable housing projects located in Edmonton.

  • The first project, located at 10333 University Avenue NW will convert the former Days Inn Hotel into up to 85 new homes for Indigenous peoples as well as those experiencing or at risk of homelessness and will be operated by The Mustard Seed.
  • The second project located at 12340 Fort Road NW will convert the former Sands Hotel into 53 new homes for Indigenous people and will be operated by NiGiNan Housing Ventures.

This is in addition to the Government of Canada's previous investment of over $42 million through the first phase of the Rapid Housing Initiative to support the creation of up to 247 housing units in Edmonton.

New investments under the Rapid Housing Initiative will create thousands of jobs in the housing and construction sector, grow the middle class, and build back stronger communities, while getting us closer to our goal of eliminating chronic homelessness in Canada.

Here is Mayor Amarjeet Sohi 

While grateful for the federal funding, the mayor said there is still more work to be done to ensure every Edmontonians has a safe place to call home.

"Today's announcement means that up to 138 families will now have a place of their own to call home. A place where they can keep warm and feel safe. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused the number of houseless Edmontonians to double over the last two years so these new housing spaces will help to address the housing crisis we are currently facing. I look forward to continuing to work with the federal government as we work towards ensuring that every Edmontonian has a safe place to call home." 


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