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Construction on seniors’ residence and teaching facility on track

Canadore College said work on the $20-million Village Living Wellness and Learning Centre is progressing well.
Canadore Village Construction
Construction on Canadore College’s Village Living Wellness and Learning Centre is ongoing. Substantial completion is set for April, 2018. (Photo supplied)

Canadore College in North Bay said construction of its Village Living Wellness and Learning Centre is on track for completion in 2018.

Construction of Phase I of the facility, the health and wellness building, began in May. Its foundational footprint has been established and the above-ground structure will take shape in the next four to six weeks.

This first phase of the project, including construction and technology, is valued at $20 million in total. Canadore received $5.63 million from the federal government, $800,000 from the province, and its fundraising campaign goal is $5 million from non-government sources.

In late October, a request for proposals (RFP) was issued for Phase II of the project, the facility’s living residence.

The residence would have up to 144 units to provide much-needed seniors’ housing in the region; deliver acute and primary medical care; offer cultural, social, vocational, recreational and spiritual events; incorporate access to a safe mobility clinic; and also include an on-site sweat lodge, healing circle and esthetics studio. 

Interested proponents have until December 19 to submit proposals.

Canadore’s model of The Village is the only one of its kind in Canada, focused on collaborative interprofessional education and the integration of Indigenous, Eastern and Western healing and wellness practices.

The health and wellness centre will integrate seniors’ and community care, with teaching, skills training and applied research provided by the Canadore College all in one facility.