This study aimed to better understand which and how key components of age-friendly communities best foster positive health, social participation and health equity in aging Canadians. 

The authors of this publication argue that there is still an opportunity for individual municipalities to take the lead in planning for their aging population. Mid-sized cities are ideal incubators, as they are not only more likely to be affected by an aging population than larger cities, but also because they are at a size where they have the personnel capacity to become leaders in context-specific age-friendly policy planning, implementation and evaluation. 

Population: 18,801


Program Description

The goal of the committee is to elevate the profile, level of leadership and engagement of seniors in the community by:

This toolkit was developed to support local governments in British Columbia in their attempts to create dementia-friendly communities.  The information contained within it can assist other communities in their efforts. 44 pages. Last reviewed January 2017.

AFC Communities in Central Ontario

Name of Committee: Durham Council on Aging

Population: 645,862


Program Description

The Centre for Studies in Aging and Health is pleased to share a copy of our January Research and Innovation in Aging Forum, Gazing Critically at Age-Friendly Communities on January 17th that was hosted at the Learning & Leadership Centre at Providence Care, 752 King St. W. Kingston, presented by Dr. Mark Rosenberg.  There is a pdf version available for review and a copy of the webinar recording available here.

On February 23, 2016, the Senate adopted an Order of Reference authorizing the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (“the committee”) to examine and report on the issue of dementia in Canadian society. The committee held 14 meetings between March 9 and June 2, 2016 and heard from a broad range of experts whose testimony addressed the nature of dementia, the burden of the conditions both at a personal and societal level, prevention and treatment, caregiver issues, housing, research, as well as national strategies to improve the care available to patients. Over the course of the study, the committee heard from officials from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada as well as witnesses representing health professional organizations; dementia and mental health advocacy organizations; research programs; seniors’ residential housing groups; long-term care and palliative care associations; home care and caregiver groups; national dementia strategies; and, finally, the Assembly of First Nations.  The committee undertook this study to determine the actions that should be taken to most effectively and efficiently meet the needs of Canadians.  60 pages.  Last reviewed January 5, 2017.

The AFKCA is a community-based committee. The goal of the Alliance is to ensure Kingston is an age-friendly community that enables all citizens to live safely, age actively, maintain their health and participate fully in the community.

The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care invite to join us for an inperson and webinar presentation on Tues. Oct. 18th from 4-5pm by Sarah Webster, Knowledge Broker for the Ontario Age-Friendly Community Outreach Initiative and Dr. John Puxty, Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Queen's University. 

On  Sept. 22, 2016  Arlene Etchen, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Knowledge Transfer Consultant in Ontario presented an overview of demographic trends and what it means to the housing market; shared insights from market research about what seniors want in housing and highlighted examples of seniors housing options. Watch the recording of the webinar here.