February 27, 1959 (24th Parliament, 2nd Session)


David Vaughan Pugh

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Pugh:

Mr. Chairman, with your permission I would like to revert to the boarding house type of senior citizens' accommodation. My reason for so doing is that I have had a little bit of experience with regard to the actual construction of the boarding house type of home. We in Oliver, a town in British Columbia where I live, did construct a boarding house type of senior citizens' home and it has been most successful.
There were many reasons for choosing it. First of all, probably the most important reason was the fact that the actual over-all cost of construction per bed was considerably lower. We tried at that time to get federal aid under Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation but could not do so. West Sum-merland, the other town which wants to put in a boarding house type of home, favour it simply because they feel that the cost of construction would save an awful lot of money and they could do it. There is another reason, of course, and that is that the means of control in the house, looking after people and all the rest of it, is much cheaper.
My point is that the government will provide funds under Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation for the detached type of dwelling. Having in principle decided that they will help those people, then surely it would be common sense to provide the same accommodation at a cheaper rate. That is the whole purpose behind my question. You have a more favourable type of accommodation, so why not go into the business? I feel that C.M.H.C. is basing this decision simply on security. In other words, if the dwelling does go broke in years to come, then their security is safe because with the detached type of house they can sell it, rent it, or do what they like with it. With the boarding house type, of course, that is not so. But in the case of West Summerland, British Columbia, which proposes this type of boarding house for senior citizens, it would seem that the whole project is backed and guaranteed by West Summerland and it would only seem reasonable that the government, 66968-9-924
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if they are not prepared to do so at the present time, should look into this in the future as a means of providing accommodation which is necessary in Canada at the present time and is becoming increasingly more necessary.

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