CHAA history


Alberta roots since the mid-1800s

CHAA is part of Alberta’s early history with roots that are long and deep. Our member organizations – many arriving in Alberta through missionary work -- date as far back as the mid-1800s and include not-for-profit (NFP) health and social/housing organizations. 

Official voice for not-for-profit providers

In 1943 our legacy organizations came together to establish CHAA: a registered society and a provincial association as the official voice of not-for-profit, faith-based organizations. Our calling then – as it remains today – is to welcome and embrace residents of all faiths through service and programming for the frail, elderly and marginalized. 

Expansion across the health system

While our early years predominantly focused on hospital, auxiliary hospital and nursing home services, today’s services encompass the entire continuum of care. Programming and facilities now include supportive living, palliative care, respite care, home care, day support, meal programs, and affordable housing for seniors and disabled adults. We are proud to be the longest-serving health providers in Alberta’s history and a trusted partner in developing forward-thinking solutions for the care of the elderly.