Age-Friendly Community Planning Guide

This section includes step-by-step tools to help communities follow Ontario’s Age-Friendly Community (AFC) planning guide for developing, implementing, and evaluating their AFCs. The eight dimensions of age-friendly communities should form the basis of AFC planning. 

The Age-Friendly Community Planning Guide provides advice to municipalities on the development, implementation and evaluation of plans for seniors-friendly communities which are socially and physically accessible and inclusive.

This guide:

  • Explains the characteristics of an AFC and how it can respond to the opportunities and challenges of Ontario’s aging population
  • Provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for a broad range of existing AFC resources
  • Recognizes that collecting information that reflects or captures the characteristics of your community as broadly as possible is critical to a successful AFC initiative
  • Offers those working on AFC initiatives a framework for making informed choices from among several flexible community assessment tools that can be tailored and adaptable to local circumstances 

Eight Dimensions of AFCs

Step 1: Defining Local Principles

Step 2: Custom Needs Assessment

Step 3: Developing an Action Plan

Step 4: Implementation and Evaluation