Phase 1 BuildingToronto Emmanuel Church in Toronto, Ontario, has completed the first phase of construction on a $150 million senior housing project that will establish a holistic mission field in the city. A decade in the making, the Vintage Garden campus will include a new church building and a community center designed to encourage the spiritual and physical wellness of the Chinese community.

Located on commercial land at the junction of Victoria Park and McNicoll Avenues, the long-awaited Vintage Garden campus in Toronto will house Toronto Emmanuel Church, a senior housing complex, and a community center dedicated to the spiritual and physical wellbeing of the Chinese community.

“It is so exciting to see our community church and senior homes project really happen,” says Bishop Silas Ng, Rector of Richmond Emmanuel Church, who helped spearhead the project. “The Lord has led us to have a breakthrough on many obstacles and now this God-sized project comes into reality.”

In 2004, Toronto Emmanuel partnered with one of its leaders, Dr. Sai Kui Lee, to create Vintage Garden. Dr. Lee initially purchased the 5.8 acres and donated it to the church to use for a new church building. They added comprehensive plans for a senior housing complex with 14 stories, spacious floor plans and extensive amenities. It went on the market in Spring 2011, and the first stage of 200 condos is already sold out.

The building project intends to meet the growing needs of Canada’s rapidly aging population. According to Statistics Canada, by the year 2050, at least 25% of the population will be over the age of 65. Each senior residence is sold as a life lease interest, which includes the right to exclusive occupation of a unit in the building for the individual’s lifetime, plus the right to pass the life lease interest to the individual’s estate after death.

Dr. Lee dreamed of creating a comfortable, Christian living environment for he and his wife and other mature adults, and since breaking ground on Vintage Garden, his vision is succeeding. The complex highlights divine provision, gospel partnerships and the faithfulness of God’s promises.

“It’s a 10-year effort to make Dr. Lee’s dream and God’s Kingdom plan come true,” Bishop Silas says.

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