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  • October 05, 2015

Ontario Building Age-Friendly Communities

Province Helping Peterborough Area Seniors Stay Active, Healthy and Engaged


September 25th, 2015


Ontario is helping 56 communities across the province create plans to better meet the needs of Ontario’s aging population.

To help build more accessible and inclusive communities across the province, this year the province is providing $1.5 million through the Age-Friendly Community Planning Grantprogram to local governments and organizations to develop age-friendly plans.  Peterborough County and City are receiving a $50,000 grant to support the Age Friendly Communities Business Recognition Program (BRP)

Age-friendly plans help communities decide what local improvements they can make to enable people of all ages to fully participate in community life. Improvements may include:

  • creating seniors’ advisory committees
  • installing automatic doors
  • adding benches in parks and roadways
  • increasing the accessibility of retail centres and transportation
  • installing count-down timers at crosswalks.

Ontario is also investing $200,000 in the Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Initiative which   provides free assistance and outreach across the province to communities that are interested in adopting age-friendly planning principles. The province has partnered with the University of Waterloo, the Ontario Interdisciplinary Council for Aging and Health and the Seniors Health Knowledge Network to lead the outreach.

Investing in age-friendly communities is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talent and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history, creating a dynamic and innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.




"Communities across the province are recognizing that effective planning can only be done at home where it counts. This program is significant because it encourages local leaders to hear from the people within their own community and identify specific opportunities for improvement that may be distinct to their region."

- Jeff Leal, MPP


 “Our collective challenge is to ensure our communities grow to meet the evolving needs of every person regardless of their age or ability. This is why age-friendly planning is so important and it’s why we are continuing to work with municipalities, seniors’ organizations and other community partners, to help ensure that seniors can participate fully in community life.”

— Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs


“Ontario’s investment in Age-Friendly planning in our region is an investment in our future.  With an increasingly aged population we need to ensure we have the right plan in place and that we have the systems, facilities and resources in place to support our communities’ needs.  We look forward to working with our citizens to better understand the local improvement needs in our community”, said Peterborough County Warden J. Murray Jones


"Seniors' issues are a priority for the Peterborough Region," Mayor Daryl Bennett said. "We have highest proportion of people over the age of 65 in Canada, at 20% of the population. With this assistance from the provincial government, we will create a program that recognizes and trains local businesses on how to better serve and accommodate older customers."




  • There are over two million adults over the age of 65 in Ontario, and that number is expected to double over the next two decades.
  • Ontario celebrates the 31st anniversary of Seniors’ Month in the province highlighting the theme Vibrant Seniors, Vibrant Communities.
  • The Age-Friendly Communities Planning Grant Program and Outreach Initiative both build on Ontario’s Age-Friendly Community Planning Guide.




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