Age-friendly Capacity Building (Program)

An age-friendly city encourages active ageing by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. In practical terms, an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.1

BC Healthy Communities (BCHC) is providing support, expertise and resources for health authorities, local governments and other key stakeholders to build age-friendly communities. The program will enhance collaboration between these entities so communities are able to reach their age-friendly community goals.

BCHC is providing a suite of supports and resources including:

  • locally tailored workshop for grant recipients, 
  • a webinar to learn more about age-friendly innovations, 
  • access to evidence-based resources; and
  • ongoing personal help from BCHC’s program coordinator.

The suite of support and resources are provided through a partnership between BC Healthy Communities Society (BCHC) and the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM).


Age-friendly Communities Workshop

Communities who have received a 2017 Age-friendly Communities grant through UBCM are eligible to receive one of five Age-friendly Communities Workshops.

The locally tailored workshop will focus on core concepts such as identifying issues, facts and assumptions about the aging population, tools to turn an age-friendly plan into action, and capacities to create and implement innovative age-friendly ideas.

To apply: submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). A short EOI application will be available exclusively to this year's Age-friendly Communities grantees as of February 14th, 2017, with a submission deadline of March 14th, 2017. The workshop planning and implementation will take place between April 1 - November 30, 2017.


Resources and Webinar

Interested communities across the province will receive a package of evidence-based resources that highlight the key issues related to aging. These resources will illuminate the systems that influence aging and provide innovative examples of how to address this complex issue.

Communities will have an opportunity to participate in an Age-friendly Communities Issues and Innovations webinar. The webinar will feature age-friendly experts with presentations on key issues around aging populations and the core capacities needed to influence systems change. BCHC will announce the webinar date by July 2017.


Ongoing Support from BCHC

Do you have a question about the age-friendly communities approach? Are you looking for a community example of an age-friendly plan or project?

Contact us! BCHC is happy to hear from you to answer any questions you have or to help you find the information you need to complete your project.

Michelle Sandsmark, BCHC Program Coordinator
T: (250) 213-7915


Monthly Age-friendly Communities Updates

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1 World Health Organization. (2007). Global age-friendly cities: A guide. Geneva: World Health Organization.


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Focus Areas: Age Friendly
Service Types: Workshops, Webinars & Events , Facilitation & Consultation