New Vista Society Organization

History and Vision

Our History


Ernest Winch, born in 1879 in Harlow, England, immigrated to Canada in 1910. He was a bricklayer by trade and later became active in the trade union movement, ultimately serving as president of the Vancouver Trades and Labour Council. Transitioning to politics, Mr. Winch became a prominent figure in Burnaby. He co-founded the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) in 1932, which would later become today’s New Democratic Party. In 1933, he was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) representing the CCF in Burnaby and was re-elected six times, serving until his passing in 1957.

Ernie Winch was a passionate advocate for social welfare reforms, particularly for the elderly. In 1943, he established The New Vista Society to provide housing for convalescing single women with psychiatric problems. He also facilitated housing for pensioners and those with arthritis. In 1953, he introduced legislation in the Legislature to secure the permanence of the New Vista project under a Board of Trustees. By 1957, The New Vista Society had constructed 125 apartments in Burnaby across 15 buildings within five separate apartment projects, leading to the creation of the low-rental New Vista Homes for Senior Citizens.

Over time, the Society’s focus has evolved to meet changing demographics and community needs. Today, The New Vista Society operates a 236-bed Care Community, the Cranberry Cottage Adult Day Program for frail seniors in the community, and provides 846 low-cost housing units with support services for seniors and families in South Burnaby.

A commemorative stone and plaque honoring Ernie Winch can be found at New Vista’s JS Woodsworth housing complex in South Burnaby. We take pride in our founder’s dedication and remain committed to upholding his ideals of supporting those in our community who require assistance. 


Our communities will have access to high quality healthcare, support and affordable housing services.


To create integrated communities that enrich our neighbourhoods through healthcare and affordable housing.



Projects Timeline

New Vista Society Founded

The New Vista Society was founded by Ernie E. Winch, Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) representing the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) to provide housing for convalescing single women with psychiatric problems he further succeeded in establishing housing for “pensioners and arthritics”

Between The New Vista Society built 125 apartments in Burnaby

There were 15 buildings in five separate apartment projects. One of these apartment projects, which opened in 1956, the Lambert House, had eight bachelor and four one-bedroom suites. All the suites were designed for wheelchair access and had ground floor entry. The New Vista Society had established a strong base in providing responsible effective housing for seniors.

Winch Tower Constructed

Ernest Winch Tower a 14-storey high-rise, located in the south Burnaby neighbourhood of Edmonds, is built. Winch Tower features 146 bachelor apartments and 28 one-bedroom apartments of social housing for low-income seniors.

Vista Place Tower Completed

2 years after Winch Tower opens, it’s sister tower the Vista Place Tower opens, with an additional 146 bachelor apartments and 28 one-bedroom apartments of social housing for low-income seniors, The towers are home to 404 seniors in our community.

New Vista Care Home Built

In 1975 a personal Care Home with 301 beds was built. Initially the New Vista Care Home was only responsible for providing room and board, and limited care.

Long Term Care Program

In 1978 the Care Home became part of the provincial government’s Long Term Care Program and was designated as a personal care/intermediate care facility. As the needs of the seniors in the community changed, the needs of the Care Home residents changed as well.

Douglas Manor Built

During the Care Home renovations, the New Vista Society continued to build quality housing for seniors. Two apartment projects within walking distance from the care home were built during this time. Douglas Manor seniors’ housing complex was built adjacent to the care home in 1987

Addition of Dementia Care

Between 1989 and 1993 the facility was converted from a personal care/intermediate care facility to an intermediate Care Home. This involved major renovations that resulted in a decrease in the number of beds from 301 to 236. Currently, the Care Home has a special care unit. This is for people with dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. There are 23 residents in the program. These residents are given special care and attention in a secure environment that is specially suited to support their needs.

Adult Day Program Begins

Cranberry Cottage opens as a health-oriented, social recreation service that offers a wide range of activities to seniors with chronic health conditions so they can continue living in their homes in the community. Where our health care professionals provide a comprehensive and individualized program for seventeen clients a day. The program is designed to help our clients maintain optimal levels of physical and cognitive functioning, meeting our mandate to alleviate their loneliness, helplessness and boredom.

Grace McInnis Place Built

JS Woodworth Court Phase I

The New Vista Society opened J. S. Woodsworth Court, a 40-unit social family housing project. This new project also includes four units for seniors.

JS Woodsworth Court Phase II

The second phase of this development opened two years later with a further 38 units for families and seniors.

Margaret Bacchus Manor Opens

Margaret Bacchus Manor opened its doors on April 1, 2001 and is comprised of 39 one bedroom units for seniors. This building now completes the corner and a beautiful courtyard and gazebo were added in 2001 for the enjoyment of the whole campus.

Second Dementia Care Unit

A second Dementia Care Unit opened in August of 2002. This unit is specifically designed and secured for 30 people who have a need to wander, a symptom of dementia. This unit offers opportunity for residents to wander freely, both inside and out, in a secure and supported environment.

Planning for the New Care Home Begins

In October 2014, the New Vista Society (NVS) submitted a business case to build a new Care Home to the Fraser Health Authority (FHA). Approval was given in December, 2015 culminating in the signing of a Project Development Agreement in March, 2016. Construction began in November, 2018 and our new seven floor, 240 bed facility is expected to open in the summer of 2020.

The Towers Renovation

In early 2016, consultative work began on the scope of renovation required for the New Vista and Ernest Winch towers. In late 2018, after years of planning and preparation, BC Housing approved funding for the full renovation scope including new life safety systems, elevators, windows, generators and more. The work began in February, 2019 with expected completion in the summer of 2020.

18th Avenue Development

In June, 2016, a partnership between New Vista, the City of Burnaby, Terra Housing Consultants, NSDA Architects and BC Housing was born. The City of Burnaby supplied the land, NSDA provided the design, Terra Housing is leading the build, BC Housing is helping with the funding and New Vista will operate the building once complete. This new, three story build will offer an additional 25 units to seniors and families and is expected to complete in the fall of 2021.

Sussex Development

In September, 2016, discussions began between New Vista, Thind Developments and BC Housing to build 125 units of affordable rental housing on Sussex Avenue in Burnaby. This large-scale project has come to fruition through a unique and timely partnership across the private sector, government and the non-profit sector to respond to an urgent housing crisis in Metro Vancouver. Construction is set to begin in early 2019 with occupancy expected in the fall of 2021.

The Master Plan

New Vista plans on continuing to grow! In April, 2016, New Vista brought on Field & Martin (FMA) to assist with an initial Master Plan/Feasibility Review for our Burnaby Campus. Our goal is to ultimately repurpose the site into a concept village utilizing a campus of care, aging-in-place model encompassing Independent Living, Assisted Living and Long Term Care. Stay tuned for many new exciting adventures to come!

Our new Care Home is Built

On October 31, 2020, after 5 years of planning and construction, a well-orchestrated transition of residents to our new Care Home took place. The new home was built on land owned by the Society directly behind our previous site. The building boasts a seven floor structure, with six floors of care, each floor having 2 ‘villages’ that each house 20 residents. Separate dining rooms and lounges for each village give us the best layout for infection control to keep our residents safe in the time of COVID. The 4th floor keeps our special care residents in separate units for their safety. The 2nd floor is dedicated to providing ‘culturally sensitive care’ for Korean Canadian seniors. The care model features Korean speaking nurses, care aides, and food service staff who all add to making the village a home. Each village has a spacious lounge with big screen TV’s and safe to touch electric fireplaces; an outside balcony on each floor provides space for gardening programs and summer BBQ’s. The main floor is dedicated to administration, the kitchen and laundry and our Adult Day Program.

The Paul McDonell Residence Opens

This Residence is dedicated to the memory of Paul McDonell, fondly known as “Mr. Burnaby”. He was an important Burnaby icon and strong supporter of The New Vista Society. Paul worked tirelessly to help the disadvantaged and immersed himself in community projects and events that welcomed residents and newcomers alike, embracing the values of inclusion, safety and diversity. This residence is located at 6551 Sussex Avenue, a five minute walk from MetroTown in Burnaby and provides 125 units of affordable rental housing.

New Vista Expands into Delta with the Acquisition of White Birch Manor

On February 1, New Vista takes over operation of an existing affordable housing site in Delta for people 55 and older. The society was chosen by BC Housing to manage the operation, which consists of a three-storey wood-frame building with 48 units.

New Vista Expands into Langley with the Acquisition of The Brighton & The Claymore

New Vista Society, a leading provider of affordable housing and seniors care, is excited to announce the acquisition of The Brighton and The Claymore Residences in Langley. Located at 5375 204 Street and 5374 203 Street, respectively, The Brighton and The Claymore offer a combined total of 108 suites situated on expansive lots.

New non-market housing in Burnaby

New Vista Society is pleased to announce it is acquiring the non-market housing component of the new Polygon Homes Perla development, adding important affordable housing in Burnaby. The non-market housing will consist of a six-storey woodframe building comprising of 118-units, spanning approximately 82,500 square feet of gross buildable area situated above a five-level concrete underground parkade. Aligned with the City of Burnaby’s Rental Housing Policy, rental rates are expected to be set below market rates, ensuring affordability for residents.

New Vista Society Expands into Maple Ridge with affordable seniors housing

New Vista Society is partnering with BC Housing to bring some much-needed affordable rental housing for seniors in Maple Ridge. Construction is expected to start next year on a 98-unit project at 22534, 22548, and 22556 Royal Crescent, with 20% of units priced at shelter and pension rates, 50% at below BC Housing’s housing income limits metric, and 30% at the low end of the market.


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New Vista staff celebrated Asian Heritage Month with amazing, mouth-watering Asian dishes to share with co-workers. A great time was had by all!. Thank you again to all who joined in and made this event a great success!

"The staff were very sweet! Sam was especially cheerful and caring. I was very relieved to see her taking care of and speaking Cantonese to my grandma!"

- Patti McInnes


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