Community Profile
Name of Committee:
Age-Friendly Task Force – Committee of Council 
Population:
77,784 (2023)
Contact:


Email: Katie Sawyers (Age-Friendly Coordinator and Age-Friendly Project Lead) katie.sawyers@caledon.ca

 

Funding:

  • Municipal Core Funding
  • Grant Funding

This profile was updated in November 2023.

 

Age-Friendly Program Description

The Town of Caledon has been working towards becoming an Age-Friendly Community since the implementation of the Adult 55+ Strategic Plan in 2015. This plan outlined the first of many steps towards Caledon providing the supports and resources required for residents to age-in place. In 2020 the Town approved funding to hire a consultant to continue the development of the Adult 55+ Strategic Plan and transition the deliverables into an Age-Friendly Action Plan. The Age-Friendly Caledon Action Plan (the Plan) was developed and approved by council in May of 2021. The Plan identifies a series of strategic directions and activities that Caledon will be prioritizing to support and encouraging becoming a community that is inclusive, respectful, and accessible to all ages and abilities.

Since May 2021 the Plan has been in the implementation stage of development. Annual progress reports will be developed to record advancement of the eight dimensions and forty-five deliverables of the Plan.

Current and Completed AFC Projects, Programs and Initiatives

Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings

  • Snow Removal Financial Assistance Program
    • www.caledon.ca/snowremoval – continued in 2023 with an expanded program now offering support for residents 75+ in addition to low-income older adults 65+ receiving GIS and low-income persons with a disability receiving ODSP to support snow removal during winter months.
    • www.caledon.ca/windrowremoval Windrow Removal Assistance Pilot Program – New 2023, 200 residents aged 65+ within urban areas of the Town may qualify for windrow removal assistance from January 2024 to March 2024 for $200 (restrictions apply)
    • Promotion of the Snow Angels Canada volunteer program as a snow removal option for residents.
  • Memorial Program
    • The tree planting/plaque and bench dedication program will be available for residents starting in Spring 2024.
  • Installation of a 55+ Outdoor Fitness Park @ Bolton North Hill Park in Bolton
  • Installation of an Outdoor Fitness Park @ Foundry Park in Bolton

Transportation

  • Caledon Community Services offers residents specialized and community transportation services.
  • Caledon is Partnering with Brampton Transit to support increased services to Bolton, Mayfield West, Dixie Road and Tullamore areas. www.caledon.ca/transit
  • Caledon Station – outreach and development for potential GO Transit station in Caledon.
  • Online resource of Transportation options available for Caledon Residents.
  • Caledon Age-Friendly Transportation Resource Guide

Housing


Social Participation

  • Free access to Recreation facility walking tracks for residents 55+. (September 2023)
  • 55+ Lounge Space – free access to facility space for residents 55+ to congregate in three of the main facilities within the Town. (September 2023)
  • Caledon Seniors Centre – Seniors Without Walls Program; Satellite Program Expansion; Rotary Place Building Expansion; Links2Wellbeing Program.
  • Deepening Community – Palgrave United Community Kitchen – New Horizons for Seniors funding for new program in Palgrave.
  • Fall Prevention – Home and Community Care – ongoing partnership with H&CC to offer Ministry Funded Fall Prevention Classes within Caledon Facility Space.
  • “Connecting Together” series on Seniors Social Isolation hosted by the Region of Peel in June 2021 – sessions 1-5 resources available.

Civic Participation & Employment

  • Development of “Health and Wellness Ambassadors” volunteer program to support outreach, engagement, and information sharing with older adults.
  • Participation in the new Peel Council on Aging (PCoA) roundtables – https://www.facebook.com/PeelCouncilonAging

Communication & Information

  • Age-Friendly Caledon Website and online resources.
  • Monthly eNewsletter developed and launched in September 2021 for local AFC news and information sharing.
  • Age-Friendly Caledon Conversations is a talk show-styled TV show in partnership with Rogers Canada.
  • Age-Friendly Caledon Resource Directory – Printed phone book-styled directory available in English, Punjabi, French and Italian.
    • Funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Grant 2023/2024
  • Age-Friendly Connection Sessions
    • Discussions and information around the value of connecting and utilizing technology for older adults.
  • Promotion of 211 supports and resources through municipal resources.
  • Know who to call informational rack card – translated into 7 different languages and distributed throughout Caledon and Area.
  • Ongoing involvement in the Region of Peel’s Community Response Table to increase advocacy and awareness for Caledon.
    • Municipal and Regional Table
    • Seniors Sub-Group Table
    • Anti-Black Racism and Systemic Discrimination Table
  • Celebrate Annual Seniors Month in June with various low-cost to free activities throughout the month
    • Annual Celebration of International Day of Older Persons- Annual Age-Friendly Expo held in Fall close to the date.
  • Health and Wellness Ambassador Program (Volunteer Program)
    • Increased outreach and participation in local events to promote Age-Friendly Caledon information and community 55+ programming.
  • Applied for membership with the Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) with the World Health Organization (application pending).

Community Support & Health Services

  • Partnership with Caledon Fire to offer the Older Adult Home Safety Program
    • Home safety inspections and safety plans provided by volunteer fire personnel for residents aged 65+
    • 2022/2023 Ontario Seniors Community Grant funded project.
  • Supporting the Hills of Headwaters Collaborative Ontario Health Team Integrated Care Project.
  • Worked with the Region of Peel on the COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Planning Team for Older Adults.
  • Ageing-Well in Caledon Dufferin Collaborative – https://www.awicd.org/
    • A network of community agencies and organizations focusing on the empowerment and well-being of older adults in Caledon and Dufferin
  • Supporting increased development of Caregiver support programs and resources.
    • Caregiver in the Hills – Hills of Headwaters Ontario Health Team
    • Building Caregiver Capacity – Region of Peel

Respect & Social Inclusion

  • Annual recognition of Ontario’s “Senior of the Year” award with the nomination, selection and celebration of a Caledon resident who has contributed to the community in a meaningful way.
  • Involvement in a Staff Roundtable with the Town of Caledon to support DEI deliverables
  • Ongoing training and community engagement with DEI-related supports
  • Developed a speaker series, “Let’s Talk Caledon,” held in Fall 2022, to focus on and start a conversation about Cultural Competency, 2SLGBTQQIAA Older Adults, and Aging Well.
  • Aging Well in Caledon Dufferin Collaborative Network
    • Elder Abuse Prevention Network Member with Elder Abuse Ontario (2023)
  • Elder Abuse Education and Awareness Program funded by the Seniors Community Grant Program 2023/2024.
    • The Power of Aging informational lunch and learn sessions
    • Postcard magnet with emergency support numbers for individuals who may be experiencing abuse.
    • Local Elder Abuse Prevention toolkit with local information for residents and caregivers.