New supported housing at Cambie Gardens
The redevelopment of George Pearson Centre (GPC) is a multi-phased project that met a significant milestone in October 2022 when the first group of GPC residents began to move into new community-based supported housing.
GPC is a long-term care home in the Oakridge neighbourhood of Vancouver. It was built in 1952 and today is home to more than 100 residents with complex medical and physical conditions. The redevelopment of GPC will replace the outdated facility with a variety of new housing with support options on site.
As part of the redevelopment plan, some residents will be moving from GPC into community-based supported housing at the new Cambie Gardens development in the same neighbourhood. This housing model is designed to support individuals to live as independently as they choose, as part of an integrated community that is welcoming and accessible for all. The model of care was designed in part by residents and disability advocacy groups, who are helping to shape the future of supported housing. As a result, GPC residents will share the apartment buildings with people from the broader Vancouver community.
“I am very happy this long-anticipated redevelopment and care model has become a reality. We look forward to seeing the positive changes this brings to residents and their families."
- Bob Chapman, Vice President, Vancouver Community, Vancouver Coastal Health
The first phase of resident moves began in the fall of 2022. VCH and service provider, CONNECT Partners, will continue to move the first 44 GPC residents into their new homes in 2023. The remaining moves will happen in phases and are expected to be complete in approximately 2030, at which point GPC will permanently close.
These residents’ new homes will include a community health centre that will bring together a wide range of health services and supports, a new therapeutic pool and a new adult day program.