The Ministry of Health is pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for the 2nd round of Age-friendly British Columbia (AFBC) Recognition awards. Recognized communities will receive an AFBC award and $1,000 reward to help create a legacy project or celebration, be profiled on www.gov.bc.ca/agefriendly
and be linked to a national and international network of age-friendly communities. To be a recognized as an AFBC community, a local government must complete four basic steps of community engagement, commitment, assessment and action. Please find attached the Age-Friendly British Columbia Overview for additional information.
To apply, please see the application form available at:
This link also provides additional information, tools and videos to help your community become more age-friendly and complete the steps required to achieve recognition.
An age-friendly coordinator is available to assist you with your application and can be reached at AgeFriendlyBC@gov.bc.ca
Please note the application deadline is January 4, 2013, and awards will be provided in the early part of 2013.
Nine communities were presented with awards in September 2012 by the Honourable Ralph Sultan, Minister of State for Seniors. B.C.’s first nine officially recognized Age-friendly Communities are: City of Duncan, Township of Esquimalt, District of Metchosin, City of Revelstoke, District of Saanich, District of Sechelt, City of Surrey, District of West Vancouver, and City of White Rock.
As well, applications for Age-friendly Planning and Projects grants are being accepted until November 16, 2012. These grants, funded by the Ministry of Health and administered by the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM), are for up to $20,000 to support planning, policies and projects in your community for services, settings and structures that enable older people to age actively, with good health and full participation in their communities. Please visit UBCM’s Seniors Housing and Support Initiative site for more information at: http://www.ubcm.ca/EN/main/funding/healthy-communities/seniors-housing-support-initiative.html