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Age-Friendly Planning

Becoming an age-friendly community helps those aged 8 to 80

The City of Rossland has received funding to undertake a project to help make our community more age-friendly.

An age-friendly community is one where older adults can “age actively” – that is, to live in security, enjoy good health, and continue to participate fully in society. And the good news is that becoming age-friendly not only improves quality of life for seniors, it also creates a more inclusive, safe and accessible community for everyone. So whether you’re 8, 48 or 80, please get involved in the project!

Age-Friendly Planning

Our age-friendly assessment and planning process will cover these World Health Organization age-friendly themes, which are used extensively by other communities and cities within and beyond Canada:

  1. Respect and social inclusion
  2. Community support and health services
  3. Housing
  4. Transportation
  5. Outdoor spaces and buildings
  6. Social participation in arts/culture, recreation, leisure, learning, etc.
  7. Communication and information
  8. Civic participation and employment

The process will follow three phases: project planning; a community age-friendly assessment; and then action planning to determine the most strategic actions for implementation.

Residents are invited to provide input on the assessment and action ideas through a community event, some focused conversations, and an online and paper questionnaire. A Task Force of seniors’ representatives and service providers will bring their experiences and expertise to the process throughout.

Project Funding

This project is being funded entirely by the Union of BC Municipalities, whose age-friendly grants have funded 144 local government age-friendly projects.

Regional Connections

The City of Trail and the Village of Montrose have also received UBCM funding for age-friendly planning. All three communities are working with the same consultant (the Whistler Centre for Sustainability) to achieve efficiencies and shared learning between the projects. The three projects will be connected by the consultant, shared task force members from regional agencies and, at the end of the project, the three task forces will come together in one workshop to identify synergies and resolve any overlap.

About the Consultants

The Whistler Centre for Sustainability team have led a number of planning processes in our region, including: a community sustainability plan and corporate strategic plans with the Village of Montrose; the Lower Columbia Priorities Plan with the Lower Columbia Community Development Team Society (LCCDTS); a strategic plan with the Village of Fruitvale; and an OCP with the Village of Warfield. They have also done age-friendly plans for Creston and Sparwood, BC.

Contacts and Stay Connected

To stay connected to the project: City of Rossland Facebook, Bhubble, City newsletters, and posters around town.

Kristi Calder
Manager of Recreation and Events, City of Rossland
email

Shannon Gordon
Whistler Centre for Sustainability
sgordon@whistlercentre.ca