Affordable Supportive Living Initiative (ASLI)

The Affordable Supportive Living Initiative (ASLI) is an Alberta government capital grant program that has provided funding to develop long-term care and affordable supportive living spaces in the province.

Funding has been made available to not-for-profit organizations, Métis settlements, housing management bodies, local housing authorities, faith-based organizations, community groups, municipalities and private sector organizations. The last grant application was 2014–2015. The scope and timeline for the next capital grant partnership program have not been determined. Any announcements will be posted here.

When funding is available, applicants submit a proposal through a request for grants process administered by the Alberta government. A review panel with members from Alberta Health, Alberta Seniors and Housing, Alberta Infrastructure and Alberta Health Services evaluate the applications based on established criteria. Final selections are made by the Minister of Health based on the panel’s recommendations.

Along with home care and long-term care, supportive living is part of the spectrum of continuing care in Alberta.

If you have questions or need more information, contact Ralph Hubele, Manager Health and Housing Initiatives at Ralph.Hubele@gov.ab.ca

Affordable Supportive Living Initiative grant application process

The information below is provided as an example of past ASLI grant application processes.

The ASLI application is provided as an Excel spreadsheet. Download the file and enter all information into the spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel. No hand-written submissions are allowed.

  • The applicant will submit one printed hard copy of the application in the grant application package, which is described in the Grant Application Process.
  • The applicant will also submit one electronic copy of the application (the Excel spreadsheet) on CD or USB flash drive in the grant application package.
    • The electronic copy must NOT be locked nor in any other format.
    • Do not add to or change the Excel format, as doing so may alter the application and result in the information being unreadable.
    • The purpose of the Excel format is to make the evaluation process more accurate, efficient, timely and equitable without the need of marketing or other support materials.
  • Spaces for some responses have been limited. Be succinct; bullet format is acceptable.
  • Provide 3 years of audited financial statements with the grant application submission.
  • The cover page of the grant application must be signed. In place of the official cover page, please provide a signed "cover page" including your organization's name, address, contact person and their phone number.

Questions? Email: ralph.hubele@gov.ab.ca.

Example of grant documents (2014–2015)

Common questions about ASLI grant applications

1. Why can’t I print or review Schedule C Service Schedules of the sample AHS Master Service Agreement?

It is the goal of Alberta Health Services (AHS), the government of Alberta, and associated continuing care stakeholders to develop a common service delivery and funding model for supportive living and with this in mind, AHS is working closely with the government and associated continuing care stakeholders to reach this goal. Schedule C and the funding information contained within have historically not been included in the Master Services Agreement attached to the ASLI grant documents. It would be the intent of AHS to review Schedule C with the successful ASLI recipients prior to executing a care agreement with AHS.

2. Will applications for renovations of existing facilities be accepted?

Applications for renovations of existing facilities will be accepted; however, the renovated facilities must meet the design guidelines and intent of the ASLI program, including meeting the requirements of the Alberta Safety Codes for a B2 major occupancy classification.

3. Will funding be provided for projects that have previously received a grant under the Seniors Supportive Housing Incentive Program (SSHIP), Healthy Aging Partnership Initiative (HAPI), Rural Affordable Supportive Living (RASL), ASLI, Lodge Modernization and Improvement (LMI), or another provincial capital development program?

Yes, any project that previously received funding under a provincial capital grant program may apply to cover the costs for increasing the number of units and the associated common areas of the facility. The intent of this program is to increase the capacity of long-term care and supportive living in Alberta.

4. Will funding be provided for supportive living projects that are already under construction or completed?

Yes, however, funding would only be provided for enhancements that allow for accommodation of residents with high personal and health care needs. Projects under construction would be required to demonstrate that the grant funding would enable the project to provide affordable supportive living spaces and meet current design guidelines.

5. Are mixed facilities (e.g., lodge, designated supportive living, long-term care) eligible, where a portion of the facility does not meet the mandate of the program?

Mixed facilities are encouraged; however, only those elements of the grant application that meet the Affordable Supportive Living Initiative criteria will be considered for funding. Funding and sustainability for the non-eligible parts of the project will have to be demonstrated through the grant application.

6. Are private sector organizations eligible to apply for this program?

Yes, however, a private household wishing to develop a project to house themselves and/or a family member with a disability would not be eligible.

7. What conditions will be placed on the funds provided through this program?

The following are some, but not all, of the conditions that are included in a grant funding agreement:

  • Grant amount
  • Use of the grant
  • Timing regarding the use of the grant
  • Annual reporting on the progress of the project
  • Final report on the use of the grant
  • Default provisions
  • Conditions requiring repayment of all or a portion of the grant
  • Term of the agreement (e.g., 32 years)
  • Annual reporting requirements

8. How soon does the grant have to be spent?

Successful applicants are encouraged to sign the grant agreement within 6 months after receiving the approval letter. If no progress is being made on the project, the grant approval may be cancelled outright. Ministerial approval must be sought for any extension. If there is insufficient evidence of a project moving forward, the Minister may also demand that the grant be returned.

9. What is the difference between "eligible" and "ineligible" spaces?

An “eligible” space must meet the criteria of the ASLI process and be charged out at the basic Established Accommodation Charge rate for a studio or one-bedroom suite (includes 3 meals a day, housekeeping, linen laundry service, and an activities program), and must not exceed the regulated maximum private room rate for a long-term care facility.

An “ineligible” space is one that has not been funding through a capital grant program and whose rate may or may not exceeds the basic rate Established Accommodation Charge, or may or may not receive the basic supportive living services (includes three meals a day, housekeeping, linen laundry service, and an activities program).

10. What is Designated Supportive Living?

Designated Supportive Living serves residents with health needs, but who do not need the level of care provided in a long-term care facility. There may be more professional staff on site, and special physical design features may be needed.

To address residents’ care needs, designated supportive living operators assume responsibility for supervising client safety, protecting clients, and providing personal care services. These responsibilities are provided through a contractual arrangement with AHS.

AHS conducts individual assessments to determine the eligibility of a person to be placed in or be discharged from a designated supportive living setting.

11. Some municipalities are enforcing the HVAC Z317 Standard of the Alberta Building Code for supportive living projects; that is, making it applicable to Class B Health Care Facilities (“facilities in which residents, as a result of physical or mental disabilities, are unable to function independently”). There is a concern that application of this standard will increase the cost of construction for supportive living facilities in Alberta. How should these costs be addressed?

It is the responsibility of the municipality and its agents to enforce the Alberta Building Code and associated standards. Assisted living facilities are identified as one type of facility that falls under the HVAC Z317 standard. The costs associated with meeting this standard should be incorporated into the anticipated costs of the development of affordable supportive living units in proposals responding to the ASLI grant funding process.