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Breaking Ground on Dania Seniors Affordable Housing Project

On February 10 2023, the Groundbreaking event for the Dania Seniors Affordable Housing Project took place, which marks the official start of this momentous and important project.

Event Program


Lui Franciosi (Executive Director, Dania Society) welcomes guests


Paul Christensen (President of Dania Society) shares welcome and project purpose


Hon. Ravi Kahlon (BC Minister of Housing) delivers remarks on affordable housing for seniors


Hon. Janet Routledge (MLA for Burnaby North) delivers remarks


Mike Hurley (Mayor of Burnaby) delivers remarks


Dan Olsen (Director of Dania Society and Chair of the Building Committee) provides project background and future


Lui Franciosi (Executive Director, Dania Society) delivers concluding remarks & directions to post-ceremony reception area


Media Question & Answer


Photo Opportunities in ‘Groundbreaking Area’


Groundbreaking Event Ends


Post-Ceremony Reception at Entrance & Lobby of Carl Mortensen Manor (4035 Norland Avenue, Burnaby, BC)


Thank you to the following political representatives for their attendance:

Hon. Ravi Kahlon, BC Minister of Housing

Hon. Janet Routledge, MLA for Burnaby North

Hon. Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds

Hon. Katrina Chen, MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed

Mayor Mike Hurley, City of Burnaby

Councillor Pietro Calendino, City of Burnaby

Councillor Richard Lee, City of Burnaby

Councillor Maita Santiago, City of Burnaby

Councillor Daniel Tetrault, City of Burnaby


About The Project

The new Dania Seniors Affordable Housing Project addresses the critical need for affordable rental housing in Burnaby, especially for seniors. It will be a six-storey, wood-framed complex containing 155 units located at the new address of 4277 Norland Avenue. Dania Society, which has been operating in the community since 1938, will own and operate the building. The City of Burnaby and The Province of British Columbia with BC Housing will be providing the necessary development and operational funding to make this building a reality. It is scheduled to open January 2025.

Learn more about the project.


Dania Society Building Committee

Dan Olsen (Chair), Paul Christensen, Kim Christensen

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Dania Home Society