Our History

The M. Kopernik (Nicolaus Copernicus) Foundation is a non-profit organization that is responsible for the operation of Kopernik Lodge and Apartments


Front Entrance sign, built with passion | Kopernik Lodge

An Original Vision
In the late 1960’s, a group of dedicated Polish-Canadian volunteers with a vision generously gave their time, talents, wisdom and financial resources to build a home and create a community for their elderly. The Kopernik Foundation was established and given a specific mandate to build and operate a facility for seniors where the Polish language, spiritual and cultural heritage would be perpetuated.


Growing To Serve
Although Kopernik Lodge was built by the Polish Community, it became the facility of choice for people of Slavic descent and of Catholic faith. Currently, the Lodge is open to and welcomes all British Columbians who meet the criteria set out by the Continuing Care Program while the Kopernik Foundation is committed to provide care to all Canadians.

In 1973, Kopernik Lodge opened its door and provided shelter to over 100 residents. In 1978, Kopernik Lodge joined British Columbia’s Ministry of Health Continuing Care Program and registered under the Societies Act of BC so that its residents could benefit from the services available to all British Columbians.

A unique and dedicated vision for all | Kopernik Foundation Main Room FireplaceIn addition to operating a care facility, the Foundation also manages Kopernik Apartments. This low-income rental building for seniors consists of 33 units. It offers independent living housing to eligible tenants through rent subsidies from BC Housing Management Commission and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Currently, the Kopernik Foundation is working on a potential redevelopment of the Kopernik Apartments with the goal of significantly increasing the number of apartments over the next several years.


Reflecting Change
Over the years, with funding from the Ministry of Health as well as the generosity of many supporters, the facility underwent many changes through renovations, staff development and training to meet the changing needs and demographics of its residents. Most recently, an 18-bed Special Care Unit was incorporated into the facility and Kopernik currently offers three private pay beds.

Our staff speak 23 different languages, in addition to English.


A Proud Mandate
Since its inception, Kopernik Lodge has welcomed over 900 residents from all corners of the world, of all races and faiths, and remains committed to treating everyone with the utmost respect and dignity.


Ongoing Dedication
From a small group of dedicated visionaries, the Kopernik Foundation has grown into a vast network of caring volunteers, staff and management. To continue the tradition of vision and leadership, we need dedicated people like you. Your support is of great importance to continue delivering superior care to our residents. Join the M. KOPERNIK (NICOLAUS COPERNICUS) FOUNDATION.


Joining the Foundation is simple and an easy way to be part of our good works.

For more information, please visit “JOIN” or call 604-438-2474.