Senior housing news

March 2018

Quadra Island Seniors Housing Society’s Board is pleased to announce that we have selected Ketza Pacific Construction (1993) Ltd. of Campbell River as the Construction Manager (CM) for our new 16-unit seniors residence at 688 Harper Road in Q Cove. Pre-qualified local companies declined to submit a CM proposal because they had prior contract commitments (construction is booming on Quadra. – which is great). Ketza Pacific was 1 of 2 well-qualified firms that submitted a CM proposal. The other company was IWDC of Nanaimo.

Ketza Pacific has a wide range of experience on Quadra Island over the past 30 years. The company is currently working on the foundations for the water tower for the Cape Mudge village and re-cladding the Cape Mudge Lighthouse. Ketza Pacific constructed the original Quathiaski Cove sewer system, the Quadra Credit Union on Cortes Island, the new Campbell River Indian Band (Weiwaikum First Nation) Administration Office and several wood-frame apartment buildings like ours.

As CM, Ketza Pacific will assist the architect, engineers and our Society to complete the design of the seniors residence by incorporating their construction experience. The goal is to design a building that is economical and efficient to construct while meeting all of QISHS and BC Housing requirements. Once the design is complete, Ketza Pacific will tender all of the sub-trade work contracts (open to local trades) and sign a fixed price contract to construct the building.

After a busy winter of planning the exterior and electrical/mechanical/engineering/water and energy design requirements, we intend to finalize these and the building interior design by the end of May 2018. BC Housing authorization to begin construction is expected at the end of June 2018. If all goes according to plan, the seniors residence should be complete and ready for occupancy Spring 2019.

January 2018

The Strathcona Regional District Board unanimously passed our Development Permit application on January 25. The next hurdle to cross is to prepare and present updated drawings and specifications to BC Housing for approval.

December 2017

The Strathcona Regional District Board unanimously passed the rezoning of our 688 Harper Road property on November 23. Area C’s Jim Abram and several other directors expressed lots of credit to our Board for it’s hard work and to the Quadra community for strongly supporting this much-needed affordable seniors housing. Thank you so much to all who wrote letters and emails and came out to the Rezoning Hearing.

Having cleared this important hurdle, our Design Team submitted our Development Permit application to the SRD on Dec.1. In December and January, we’ll be finalizing the design for the building interior and Development Permit requirements, preparing to hire a construction manager and then tendering construction bids, once BC Housing okays the next funding stage. We hope to break ground in Spring, 2018.

Although November’s strong winds sent our sign flying, we’re in high spirits. Donations have climbed to over $200,000 before year’s end. You truly are amazing, Quadra! We are planning more fund-raising in 2018 for the project and specific items we couldn’t include otherwise. Your cash and in-kind donations of materials, equipment, labour and skills help determine the project’s ‘bottom-line’, since QISHS must repay BC Housing funding through a hefty mortgage.

November 2017

We need You!
All you supporters can make a positive impact at the Regional District’s Rezoning Hearing for our 688 Harper Rd. property on Monday, November 6. at 7 pm at the Community Centre.

QI Senior Housing’s architectural design team will answer questions from the SRD’s representatives and the Quadra community about our request to rezone the property from Residential One to Village Centre Residential One. This designation change, which is required under the Quathiaski Cove Village Plan, will allow our Society to build a one-storey affordable supportive-housing facility – with 15 suites for low-to-moderate-income singles and couples and 1 suite for a live-in caretaker. While we think our proposed development meets the terms of the Q Cove OCP, your resounding approval counts, big-time!

If you can’t attend, please send a written submission of support by email or hand-deliver it before Nov. 6 noon to the SRD office at 301-990 Cedar St., Campbell River.
Your letter, email can be addressed to:
Karin Albert, Parks and Planning Supervisor
Strathcona Regional District
301 – 990 Cedar Street, Campbell River, BC, V9W7Z8

Please include your full name, municipal street address and mailing address. A hand written signature is not required on the email.

Just note that you are writing in support of BYLAW No. 286 – Quadra Island Zoning Bylaw, 1990, Amendment No. 118

If you like, you can add your comments about why you think the QI Seniors Housing proposal  to build the 16-unit affordable seniors housing facility is a good use of this property and that it should be rezoned from R-1 to  VCR-1.
Thanks very much for your support!  – Maureen McDowell for QI Seniors Housing Society

If rezoning is approved and BC Housing criteria are met, BCH will okay the next phase of financing for the project. Our Board and consultants can then finalize the design for the building, suites and landscaping and apply to the SRD for a Development Permit. With that DP approval BCH will then allow us to tender constructions bids and will advance the construction funds on the $3+ million project.

Right now we are ‘crunching numbers’ very hard to decrease our construction costs and increase our fund-raising. Community cash and in-kind donations of materials, equipment, labour and skills will help determine the project’s ‘bottom-line’, since QISHS must repay BC Housing funding through a mortgage. Community donations made now and throughout the construction in 2018 will help reduce our final mortgage and keep rent low.

To make an In-kind donation during construction or after for landscaping and amenities, please contact Betty Doak now so we can quantify that in our cost-of-construction estimate. 285-3590;

To make a Cash donation, send a cheque payable to QISHS to Box 535, Quathiaski Cove, BC, V0P1N0. Or donate online at just click on the ‘Donate’ button to pay by Credit Card using PayPal. Or email to arrange an online Interac transfer. Charitable Tax Receipts are available – just include your name and mailing address.

QISHS Housing applications are available on our website or by calling Maureen 285-2221 or Betty 285-3590, or from Quadra Circle’s office by Quadra Medical Clinic, Wed. – Fri., 11 am to 3 pm

August 2017

It’s official – thanks to community donations, countless volunteer hours (days!), design input from Rob Wood, plus the ongoing support of MLA Claire Trevena and Regional Director Jim Abram – we are well on our way to reaching our goal of $100,000 by December 31, 2017.

Eligible low to moderate income Quadra seniors needing affordable rental housing (less than 30% of monthly income spent on rent, heat and Hydro) will hopefully be moving in to the new seniors’ residence units by early 2019. For a Seniors’ Housing application form on this website, click here. To obtain a hard copy of the form please visit Quadra Circle’s office in the Cove Centre, Wednesday to Friday 11 to 3. You can also call Maureen at 250.285.2221 or Betty at 250.285.3590 for further information.

May 2017

At a community information meeting at Quadra Community Centre, QISHS presented its ideas and approach for the new residence at 688 Harper Road, and received thoughtful and enthusiastic feedback from islanders.

February 2017 and July 2017

Building and site sketches were prepared for the rezoning and development permit applications to the Strathcona Regional District. The drawings conform with the Quathiaski Cove Village Plan Bylaw 120. The bylaw can be viewed here.

March 2017

QISHS got the green light in the form of interim funding from BC Housing to proceed to the pre-construction design phase. The board then met with architect Philippa Atwood, project designer Jim Matthew, and project manager John Jessup for a strategy session. On the table was how to best meet BC Housing’s design recommendations whilst holding true to the Society’s key requirements for a supported living seniors’ residence. How could BC Housing’s energy efficiency mandate, for instance, mesh with the Board’s health-oriented vision for ample natural lighting in suites, corridors and common areas? Through the course of the discussion, though, it was clear that BC Housing wants the project to succeed every bit as much as QISHS does!

November 2016

In late 2016 BC Housing approved the project for funding under the Investment in Housing Innovation Program. Funding of the $3.5M project is coming from BC Housing’s low interest loan of $1.5M plus an interest free loan; QISHS equity; Canadian Mortgage and Housing’s Seed Funding Grant; and of course community donations.