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Rejuvenation Project: Our New Home

The Need

According to the 2016 Canadian Statistics, the number of seniors aged over 65 has already surpassed the number of youth younger than 14-year-olds in Vancouver. With seniors leading healthier and more active lives, and with their life expectancy gradually increasing, it is estimated by 2031, 1 in 4 Canadians could be 65 and older.

Seeing the increase in demand for senior residential care, in particular, culturally sensitive care, Villa Cathay embarked on an exciting endeavour, the Villa Cathay Rejuvenation Project. After much planning with different levels of government, we began the rebuilding of our care home in 2016.

In November, 2019, Phase 1 of the Rejuvenation Project was completed and our seniors moved into their new home.

New Home Design Highlights

Nursing Station on every Floor Dining Room Spa Room Single, Private Rooms

Phase 2

Villa Cathay’s Rejuvenation Project is still commencing as we start Phase 2. Upon completion, there will be 224 beds (192 publicly funded and 32 private-pay) for seniors in the lower mainland.

Resident Rooms
  • All rooms are single, private rooms that are wheelchair accessible, equipped with a ceiling lift, washroom, shower, grab bars and health-grade furniture
  • 8 resident rooms that can be merged into double occupancy for couples to stay together
  • Local light and temperature control for a personalized, comfortable home environment
Common Areas
  • Each of our 10-floors will have its own care neighborhood concept (A Villa)
    • A neighborhood dining room next to an open-concept servery creates a home-like atmosphere
    • A local lounge and leisure activity area encourages socialization with their neighborhood patios
    • Access to an outdoor space through neighborhood patios
    • Common spa room provides a private bathing experience in a larger, dedicated room
    • Care Center for 24-hour personalized, professional care
Building Environment
  • Resident amenities include a Wellness Center, a hair salon, dental room, auditorium, gift shop and a family room
  • All areas will be temperature controlled for comfort and optimal ventilation
  • Significantly larger hallways for wheelchair and walker maneuverability

View a Floor Plan Here!

Key Project Partners

JYW Architect

Renowned architect, Joe Wai, who had community and culture at heart, designed landmark Vancouver buildings such as the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens. Since the passing of Mr. Joe Y. Wai, the architecture design has been carried forward by JYW Architect.

VanMar Constructors Inc

VanMar Constructors Inc. has built been involved in over 16 residential care related projects. This reputable builder has also completed more than 1,200 independent/assisted living suites in 15 projects, with most of the projects being in British Columbia.

Terra Housing 

Terra specializes in Social Purpose Real Estate: using land and development as powerful tools to create community benefit. They have extensive experience working with non-profit organizations and has been the development manager for projects resulting in more than 1,150 independent living, supportive and assisted living units for seniors in Vancouver, as well as the development of 14-licensed care facilities.


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