Since 2012, BC Healthy Communities Society and the BC Ministry of Health have administered the Age-friendly Recognition award. As of 2016, 39 communities across the province have been recognized for completing the four milestones in the Age-friendly Communities process.
Each of the recognized communities demonstrates unique approaches to promoting and creating Age-friendly Communities. Making communities age-friendly is one of the most effective strategies to promote healthy and active aging, and contributes to the creation of sustainable, healthy communities.
" The cornerstone of the Age-friendly BC Recognition program is healthy, thriving and resilient communities. We share this vision, and that's why we're proud to support the Age-friendly BC Recognition awards." - Jodi Mucha, Executive Director BC Healthy Communities
If your community has already completed basic steps towards becoming age-friendly, your local government can apply to have your community officially recognized as an Age-friendly British Columbia community. To become officially recognized, communities need to complete four steps:
This four-step approach was adapted from the Pan-Canadian Age-friendly Communities Recognition Initiative.
For more information on Age-friendly Communities contact:
BC Healthy Communities Society