Course Description

Welcome to the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities e-learning: Modules to Support Planning, Implementation, Evaluation and Sustainability! This course was developed by the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program with funding from the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility. The content of this course is based on the provincial framework: Creating a More Inclusive Ontario: Age-Friendly Community Planning Guide for Municipalities and Community Organizations.

Age-friendly communities are those that enable older adults to live fulfilling lives, maintain their independence, and actively participate in society. Whether you are looking for information on how to start an Age-Friendly Community Initiative (AFCI) or are looking for strategies to sustain your existing AFCI, this course will provide information to support age-friendly communities at all stages of development.

Course Outline

In this course, you will explore the concept of age-friendly communities and the four-step planning cycle. This course consists of six modules that can be completed at your own pace. The modules do not need to be completed in order, for example, if your community is at the stage of developing an action plan, you can start at Module 4. After each module, you will receive a certificate of completion.

Module 1: Introduction to Age-Friendly Communities
Module 2: Define Local Principles
Module 3: Assess Needs
Module 4: Develop an Action Plan
Module 5: Implement and Evaluate
Module 6: Maintain Momentum and Sustain Success

You may choose to complete this course individually or as a group with your age-friendly steering committee members. Throughout the modules, you will notice several reflection questions that are designed to facilitate discussion at your local table. To help you complete these exercises, we have developed participant workbooks that provide a space for you to record your answers. Participant workbooks can be downloaded or printed when you start the course. We encourage you to take these workbooks to your local age-friendly committee meetings. Sharing your reflections with other members of your committee will help strengthen your local work.

By the end of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of what it means to create age-friendly communities and the strategies and approaches involved in making them a reality. We thank you for your efforts in making your community a more inclusive and supportive environment for people of all ages.

Please contact: Sarah Webster, Manager of The Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, if you have any questions:

Course Registration

In order to take this course we ask you to register with us by filling in our AFC e-learning Registration Form.
Click on the AFC Course Registration Button below to get started. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the course.