Step Up Community Build Program

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What is Step Up and who is it for?

We believe stronger communities begin at home. Through the Step Up Community Build Program we offer renovations at no cost to families where an aspect of their living environment is adding to their daily challenges. By removing a challenge in the home, families can focus on quality time together and more of the things that are important to them.

Who we’ve helped so far…


The Algars

In 2020, we partnered with Coast and Beam Architecture to design and renovate an accessible bathroom for the Algar family so they could better support their twin five-year-old girls Keira and Amelia, who have Rett Syndrome, a rare genetic neurological disorder. Both girls are non-mobile, and require assistance with day-to-day activities like eating and bathing. It had been getting more difficult and dangerous for their parents to lift them in and out of the bathtub. The remodelled bathroom greatly enhances safety and functionality for the family, and lets them stay in their home.



The Millers

Corvin Miller is a 16-year-old dealing with tuberous sclerosis and grand mal seizure disorder, a condition that impairs his ability to walk and climb stairs. Corvin and his family received a free renovation, which included a new main floor bedroom, bathroom, and a number of other improvements to enhance accessibility. Led by Horizon, the project became a truly community effort of builders, designers, and subcontractors who “stepped up” to help a family in need.

The Step Up Program wouldn’t be possible without support from like-minded companies in the construction industry who give generously of their time and expertise.

Program Eligibility and Criteria

Can the Step Up Program Help You?

Families with a family member coping with difficulties in their lives such as mobility, health, or mental health are eligible to apply. Project selection is determined by how much of a difference the renovation will make in the day to day life of the applicant and the family. Anything that removes barriers to success for applicant families (including foster families) living in Greater Victoria will be considered.

If you are unsure whether you qualify, email us. Or apply online. We are flexible and want to hear from families about their needs. Home modifications are provided at no cost.

Horizon is able to offer this level of support as a result of partnerships with a number of companies in the construction industry. Past suppliers include:

Program Criteria

Applications for 2022 must be submitted by midnight, June 30, 2022.

The renovation must directly benefit a family member (or members) facing challenges.

A tenant may apply to the program provided the building owner grants permission for the work to proceed. The applicant is responsible for obtaining the owner’s written permission.

A visit to each finalist’s residence will be needed to determine the feasibility of the work requested.

  • Must be located within the Greater Victoria area (south of the Malahat, excluding the Gulf Islands).
  • Families that are not selected may reapply for support in future years.
  • The successful applicant and Horizon Pacific Contracting will both sign an agreement that outlines the scope of work and the estimated timeline. Any applicant responsibilities, such as acquiring a building owner’s permission, will also be outlined. This contract will not require the homeowner to incur any costs.
  • Applicants consent to the use of home and the family images on the Horizon Pacific Contracting website, on social media and in traditional media to promote the Step Up Program. The home’s address will not be published.
Program Timeline

June 30, 2022 – Application Deadline – Applications must be received before midnight

July – Selection process – Our selection team will review all submissions, contact finalists for further details and schedule house visits.

August, 2022 – Our next Step Up Family Announced


Horizon Pacific Contracting reserves the right to postpone selecting a successful applicant if no suitable applications are received. Applications are reviewed by an internal selection panel. Some applicants may be contacted to provide further details. Selections are final.

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