NWT Housing Corporation opened a seniors’ nineplex in Fort McPherson on Thursday.

The GNWT says this new building was designed with input from the community in collaboration with the Department of Health and Social Services and will facilitate supportive independent living for seniors, allowing them to remain in their home community and be near their families while enabling access to important support services.

The nineplex includes features that will assist residents in their day-to-day living such as no-step entrances to suites, wider doorways, a bathroom on the main floor, two barrier-free units, a caretaker’s unit and a common space.

Minister Alfred Moses states that the Housing Corporation and the GNWT is committed to helping our residents stay in their home communities for as long as possible.

“With the population of seniors in the NWT set to increase in coming years, the housing corporation is investing in further seniors’ independent housing facilities that will support ageing in place. The opening of this new senior’s facility will allow us to make that a reality for residents of Fort McPherson.”

Five more of these seniors nineplex units have already been designed by the GNWT. These units are located in Aklavik, Fort Liard, Fort Good Hope, Fort McPherson, and Whati. All are operational, except Fort Good Hope which is scheduled to be finished in the fall of 2019.

The GNWT states they will continue to build more seniors’ supported independent living units because of a commitment they made to support elders to live in their own homes for as long as possible and ensure adequate supports are available for those who can no longer do so.