Community Profile

Name of Committee: Age-Friendly Thunder Bay
Population: 123,258 (2021)


  • City of Thunder Bay – Municipal annual core funding since 2018
  • Sponsorship from local businesses for the annual Age Friendly Senior Award – Nurse Next Door 
  • Recipient of various government project funding programs: New Horizons Grants and Seniors Community Grant 
  • Donations from various individuals for specific initiatives

This profile was updated in January 2024. 

Age-Friendly Program Description

The AFC work is led by a community based organization/network. They are current working on: updating their Age Friendly website, finalizing the job description and hiring a part time coordinator, completing by-laws for incorporating and then applying for charitable status, holding the first Annual General Meeting – October 9 – election of officers and approval of by-laws, implementation of the Community Action Plan, participating in community events, participating in the local LHIN Senior Care Advisory Committee, having Age Friendly Thunder Bay Partnership Committee volunteers sit on various community organizations representing Age Friendly and bringing the senior agenda to their tables, holding four Age Friendly Partnership Committee meetings annually, applying for core operating funding through different sources – government/foundations/etc., and continually updating their membership list as more individuals/organizations join Age Friendly Thunder Bay.

Current and Completed AFC Projects, Programs and Initiatives


  • Age-Friendly GIANTS Housing Castle event

Social Participation

  • Walking Program (Free program, carpooling encouraged. Friends, neighbours, former co-workers, family all meet and walk – now at Lakehead University)
  • CyberSeniors (Intergenerational programs where students help seniors with technology)

Respect & Social Inclusion

  • GIANTS (Grand Individuals Aging with Neighbours in Thunder Bay (GIANTs) gets seniors providing tips to other seniors about aging in their homes)
  • Words of Wisdom Videos (Local older adults answered the question “What would you tell your younger self?”)
  • Age-Friendly Business (Developed Age-Friendly Business Guide and Checklist)

Civic Participation & Employment

  • Age-Friendly Thunder Bay Senior Service Awards (Honours senior citizens who have made an outstanding voluntary contribution to enrich the social, cultural, or civic life of Thunder Bay)

Communication & Information


Outdoor Spaces & Public Buildings 

  • Snow Moles