Saanich House

Service provider: Dawn Davies Health Care Ltd.

Funder: Island Health  

Saanich House is a program in Greater Victoria that provides services for adults with long-term mental health conditions who want to live independently. While residents can manage some aspects of daily life on their own, they need extra support with daily living activities, nursing and mental health care to live comfortably.

Saanich House is staffed for 24/7 care with mental health workers and clinical staff. Clients with mild to moderate chronic medical issues, such as diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease and chronic lung and kidney disease, are supported if care can be managed in a community setting and does not require unscheduled nursing care.

Saanich House offers a psychosocial rehabilitation model of care. Clients are encouraged to find volunteer and/or gainful employment.

This facility is licensed under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act. See inspection reports about this facility.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Individuals are 19 years or older and require 24-hour care.
  • The primary care need is related to a diagnosis of severe and ongoing mental illness.
  • All substance use, including alcohol and cannabis, is discouraged and substances are not permitted on site.
  • Clients must be willing to actively participate in rehabilitation and recovery plans.

Access and referral information

  • A clinician referral is required to access this program. 
  • If you or someone you care for are connected to a Mental Health and Substance Use team at Island Health, please ask about referral to this program. 
  • Your referring clinician and MHSU team will advise on the care option most suited to your needs.

Clients pay a per-diem (daily fee). The fee is determined based on client income.


Length of stay and levels of care depend on the resident needs.


Saanich House is a six-room house located in Saanich. All bedrooms are private and each floor has a shared bathroom. The second floor includes a laundry room and a combined dining and living room, which serves as a common area for residents. There is an outdoor area with a garden and small yard. 

The main floor is accessible except for the bathroom. To access the main living areas of Saanich House, residents must be able to walk up 15 stairs without assistance. Residents must be able to transfer and toilet themselves independently.

Staff can provide light personal care assistance for scheduled activities, such as shower standby and hair washing. Three meals a day are provided. Resident participation is required to prepare their individual breakfast, while lunch is provided and participation is encouraged. 


Sooke Region, West Shore & Urban Greater Victoria