Wascana Group Home

Service Provider: Island Health 
Funder: Island Health 

Wascana Group Home is a community bed-based program in 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, nursing and mental health care to live comfortably. 

Wascana Group Home 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.

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

Program 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.
  • Completed Tuberculosis (TB) screening/testing.

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.


Wascana Group Home is a two-storey, six-room house located in Victoria. Both floors have three rooms and a shared bathroom. Each bedroom has an average-sized closet, a bed, a stand-up dresser and a bedside table with a locking drawer. There is no storage space. Clients may bring their own television, computer, small items, pillows and bed linens.

The main floor has a combined dining and living area, an activity room, a laundry room, and an outdoor area, which includes a garden and a small yard. The main floor is fully accessible, including the bathroom. The first-floor shower is accessible by “roll-in” and has toilet grab bars. A client phone line is provided for local calling.


Sooke Region, West Shore & Urban Greater Victoria