The Cedars

Location:  Victoria
Operator:  Dawson Heights Housing Ltd.
Address:    3710 Cedar Hill Road, Victoria, V8P 5V5
Phone:       250-477-4850
Website:     www.dawsonheights.ca

The Cedars Exterior Photo   The Cedars Dining Room Photo


Access to subsidized assisted living units is through a Home Health Assessment For more information on subsidized units, contact the Home Health Office nearest you. Please do not contact the Operator directly regarding subsidized units.  For information on market units, please refer to the Seniors Housing Directory of BC.


Publicly Subsidized Units: 9
Private-Pay Units: 44

Building Description

The Cedars is part of Dawson Heights which is a non-profit senior's housing complex set on lovely grounds, populated by Garry oaks, cedar trees, birds and a family of deer. We are a community of people from all faiths and backgrounds.

Building Amenities

Communal dining room; hair salon, recreation room, exercise bike, walking trail, kitchen for residents' use, computer room, library, book magnifier, budgie & aquarium.

Neighbourhood /Community Amenities

Located in the municipality of Saanich, Dawson Heights is close to several shopping malls, churches, banks, a community centre, walk-in clinic and beautiful parkland.

Language, Culture or Religious Affiliation

All faiths and cultures are welcome. Our weekly Spiritual Inspiration programme is delivered by representatives of a wide range of spiritual practices.

Philosophy of Care

Our mission/purpose statement:

“To provide safe housing in a nurturing community for independent seniors on a limited income.” 

Our focus is to support and encourage independence. When someone chooses to call The Cedars home any service that will support continued independence is welcomed and will be accommodated whenever possible. We are not however able to offer any medical/nursing services.

Type of Accommodation

Single or Double Occupancy

The Cedars is a housing option providing supportive independent living for seniors aged 65 and over and has one or two bedroom suites.  One bedroom units start at 510 square feet and the two bedroom units are 715 square feet. Each unit has its own kitchenette area equipped with a refrigerator. There are no cooking facilities in the apartments. Residents may bring their own microwaves.


Residents pay 70% of their after-tax income which covers:

  1. monthly rental accommodation;
  2. hospitality services: two meals and two snacks daily, weekly housekeeping, laundry, cable; 
  3. personal care; 
  4. on-site emergency response system. 

Residents on income assistance pay a flat rate.   Items not included as a part of the monthly fee include: telephone, cable, hydro, personal laundry, household and toiletry supplies, medications, personal care products and insurance.

Special Recreational Opportunities

The Recreation department offers a variety of creative programs, addressing a wide range of interests and needs.

Social Programs: Outings, music groups, theatre productions, crafts, bingo, movie nights, birthday parties, morning coffee hour and afternoon tea.

Physical Programs: Exercise group, Tai Chi, walking group, gardening, croquet tournaments, shuffleboard, cards and games nights.


Common areas and suites are fully accessible using walkers and smaller motorized wheelchairs.

Motorized Scooter Policy

There is a scooter parking room. Outdoor scooters are not allowed in apartments. Our dining room can only accommodate a limited number of motorized transport equipment.

Pet Policy

Visiting pets are welcomed and encouraged however we do not allow pets to live in any of the apartments on campus.

Smoking Policy

A strict no smoking policy is in place in all of the housing options on campus. Smoking is allowed outside but must be at least 7m/21 feet away from any opening, door or window, as per CRD policy.

Facility-Specific Restrictions

  • Maximum level of income criteria applies
  • Tenants must be 65+ years of age

Safety/Security Features

  • Secured entrance
  • Video monitored entrance
  • 24 hr staffing

Any Other Amenities

There are many opportunities available at The Cedars for volunteering and participating in the continued growth and development of the community.

Visiting Information

Building access is controlled by video and intercom.  Entry to The Cedars is gained through an intercom entry system connected to each apartment.

During influenza season (typically December-March), to help protect patients from the flu, all visitors will be expected to wear a mask in our facilities if they have not had a flu shot. For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) and Influenza Protection Policy (PDF).