As part of the rezoning process to build the new St. Vincent’s Heather long-term care home, the City of Vancouver is seeking public input into Providence’s proposal to build a new 13-storey building with 240 beds for seniors and wraparound services at 749 West 33rd Avenue.

This opportunity to influence a significant development in shaping quality long-term care in our community will inform the City’s decision, which is being considered under the Cambie Corridor Plan – one that will ultimately allow Providence to proceed with a development permit to start construction.

“As Providence, our goal is transformational change in the long-term care sector. We are committed to radically improving the environment and experience of residents by replacing traditional care homes with genuine communities,” said Fiona Dalton, President & CEO. “The development of a long-term care home on the St. Vincent’s Heather property maintains a long-standing tradition of providing for the health care needs of the community.”

Please share your comments with the City!

We encourage all Providence staff, medical staff, researchers and volunteers to share your comments with the City by visiting:

Alternatively, you can scan the QR code below to access the platform directly.

This project addresses a crucial need for better care for seniors and the frail elderly. The care home is being designed to withstand the impacts of climate change and will ensure the building is safe and comfortable for future residents (read more: Creating a sustainable future at New St. Vincent’s Heather Long-Term Care Home); Providence’s new social model for long-term care will support residents to live their lives with freedom, choice and dignity.

To learn more about the new St. Vincent’s Heather, read: Providence is building a new 240-bed Long-Term Care Home​​​.​

Photo caption: Project site signs erected at 749 West 33rd Ave notify the public of the rezoning application.

What’s next?

All comments received will be collected, summarized and anonymized in a staff report for Council that will be publicly available. Then a Q&A period will be held from September 13 to 26, 2023. This will be an opportunity to ask questions, which will be addressed on the website for all to see. Following the Q&A, the Urban Design Panel scheduled for October 25, 2023 will see a specific group of volunteer experts in the field review any urban design issues surrounding the project – all to inform a report that will go back to the City for decision and next steps.

The rezoning application also includes the possible future addition of Multiple Dwelling Uses and will also allow for increased height on the site to accommodate the buildings.

Construction on 240 new long-term care beds at St. Vincent’s Heather is expected to start in fall 2025 with a tentative opening in fall 2028.

Thank you for your support in shaping quality long-term care for seniors and their families.

Take a look at some of the conceptual artistic renderings of the new St. Vincent’s Heather long-term care home on the site where St. Vincent’s Hospital stood for 65 years.