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Rejuvenation Project: Our New Home

The Villa Cathay Rejuvenation Project has achieved its fundraising goal and the West Pavilion will welcome new residents before the end of 2021!   The long-awaited renewal and rebuild of Villa Cathay Care Home was once an impossible dream, but generous donors such as yourself helped make this dream come true!  Please accept our heartfelt gratitude!

The Old Villa Cathay

Located in Strathcona, Vancouver, Villa Cathay Care Home is a non-profit long-term care home specialized in providing person-centered and culturally sensitive care for seniors 24/7.

Established in 1973 and opened its doors at 970 Union Street location in 1978, Villa Cathay Care Home has served over 1,600 vulnerable seniors who would otherwise face cultural and language barriers in English-speaking care homes.

Villa Cathay was first built in the 1970s – the facility is aging and no longer at its best state to support the complex care needs of today’s aging population.

To meet the growing demand of culturally focused long-term care, Villa Cathay embarked on a $72.9 Million Rejuvenation Project to build a 224-bed complex care home on the same site. The new Villa Cathay Care Home will comprise of a 10-storey East Tower with an adjoining three-level West Pavilion. The East Tower will provide 127 rooms which has been completed in 2019. The West Pavilion is scheduled to complete by the end of 2021 and will offer 97 long-term care beds.

The new Villa Cathay Care Home will create a net increase of 70 beds and will greatly reduce the wait times for seniors who are in need of culturally-focused long-term care. The new care home will also enable the delivery of improved and expanded services such as rehabilitation and restorative care, specialized dementia care and innovative programs, to elevate residents’ quality of life.

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New Home Design Highlights

Home Care for Elderly: Private Resident RoomPrivate Resident Suite




Senior-Home-Amenities: Ensuite Washroom

Private En-suite Washroom




Memory Box outside of each resident roomMemory Box

Long term care Home Dining LoungeResident Dining Room

Spa Room for Seniors to Relax

Spa Room

Senior Home Amenities: Exercise and Rehabilitation RoomExercise Room

Villa Cathay Rejuvenation Project (Phase 2)

The completion of Phase 2 will bring:

  • 97 resident rooms, of which 8 are connecting suites for couples
  • A secured Rooftop Garden connecting to the Special Dementia Care Unit
  • A Gift Shop for residents to maintain a normal lifestyle
  • An Auditorium for 70 persons
  • Space for a Seniors Wellness Centre
  • A wheelchair accessible outdoor courtyard
  • Care Enhancement for residents





Phase 2 of the Rejuvenation Project: 224 Senior Care Beds

Construction Progress

January 2020
Iconic Chinese Gate at Villa Cathay Being Taken Down in Strathcona, Vancouver

The construction of Phase 2 began with the iconic gate of Villa Cathay being removed in early January 2020.


August 2020

Phase 2 paring lot

Construction of Phase 2 is well-underway.  Look the underground parking lot is taking shape!



March 2020
Demolition of Senior Care Home in Phase 2 of Rejuvenation Project

Bit by bit the old building started to be demolished. By early April 2020, the structure of the old Villa Cathay building was completely torn down!

October 2020

The foundation of the West Pavilion is complete!

The Foundation of the West Pavilion is complete!



April 2020
Demolition of Senior Care Home in Phase 2 of Rejuvenation Project

We hope that ground breaking for Phase 2 will start later this year in Spring as the estimated completion date of the entire project is the end of 2021.

November 2021

The West Pavilion is complete!


Sneak peak of the newly finished West Pavilion.







Support Villa Cathay Care Home

Your gift will help Villa Cathay to continue to enhance our programs and services for seniors who relied on culturally focused care in our community.  Please donate today!

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Please make cheque payable to:

Villa Cathay Care Home Society


Donation cheque can be mailed to:

Villa Cathay Care Home

970 Union Street

Vancouver, BC  V6A 3V1

Donations of $20 or above will be eligible for tax receipt.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 604-215-3152.

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, JYW Architect carries forward the architecture design.

VanMar Constructors Inc

VanMar Constructors Inc. has 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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