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BMO makes contribution to Calgary’s Project Thrive

February 17, 2022 | Giving and sponsorships, Purpose

BMO has announced a gift of $500,000 to help uplift families facing homelessness as well as contribute to the revitalization of the downtown core. The donation will go towards the transformation of a vacant Calgary office tower into affordable housing and emergency shelter space to help hundreds of families in need.

“BMO’s Purpose to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life includes helping our com­munities create thriving economies, sustainable futures and more inclusive societies. This innovative project directly addresses housing challenges facing Calgary’s most vulnerable people,” says Allison Hakomaki, Senior Vice President and Head Prairies Corporate Finance. “We’re proud to support Project Thrive, alongside our partners and look forward to con­tributing to housing solutions for families in need.”

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Construction is underway at Sierra Place, located along the C-Train line at the corner of 7th Avenue and 6th Street S.W. The former Dome Petroleum headquarters has been sit­ting vacant for several years. When the building is fully renovated and re-opened in the fall of 2022, it will feature a variety of studios, two, and three-bedroom units for hundreds of Calgarians, plus family emergency shelter space, transitional housing, programming space, and amenities for the families and seniors who call the building home.

“BMO has made a major investment in the health of our city. This donation will help ad­dress both the affordable housing crisis and reduce office vacancy that plagues Calgary’s downtown by turning this building into a hub of life and vitality for those most in need.” says Bernadette Majdell, CEO of HomeSpace.

HomeSpace and Inn from the Cold are collaborating on the capital campaign Project Thrive to fund the renovation of the building. The campaign has received broad support from government partners, and private and corporate donors. This $500,000 donation from BMO brings the non-profits significantly closer to their fundraising goal of $6.5 million dol­lars.

“We are grateful to BMO and inspired by their meaningful contribution to the local community,” says Heather Morley, Executive Director, Inn from the Cold. “This gift will go a long way in helping us create a future where no child or family is homeless in our community.” Learn more about BMO’s Community Giving.

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