The provincial government announced funding for 17 affordable housing projects across the province, including one in Okotoks.

It's part of the first phase of the Affordable Housing Partnership Program, which was launched late last year. 

These projects support several demographics including seniors, people living with disabilities, women fleeing violence, and the unhoused population.

Westwinds Communities is receiving $227,000 to "build family and community housing in Okotoks."

They've been working to develop below-market rental units in the D'Arcy neighbourhood since 2021, though it's unclear if this is the project that the funding will support.

Minister of Seniors, Community, and Social Services Jeremy Nixon was present for the announcement.

"With today's announcement for recipients of that funding, we are proud to be investing $54 million into 17 projects that will increase the  number of affordable housing spaces by over 600 units."

Nixon highlighted the province's choice to fund several projects outside of Calgary and Edmonton.

"One thing that continuously gets expressed to me is the absolute importance of making sure that seniors, those with disabilities, and those who are vulnerable in our community can live and build a life in their home communities." 

The province's 10-year Stronger Foundations strategy commits 25,000 additional households.