Age-Friendly Capacity Building


  • Planning Support for Age-Friendly Communities
  • Age-Friendly Tools & Resources

Our Age-Friendly Community Capacity Building program supports communities across the province as they plan for active aging by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life for older adults. We provide support, expertise and resources for health authorities, local governments and other key stakeholders for build age-friendly communities.

Age-Friendly Community Capacity Building is conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Health and is directed and implemented by BC Healthy Communities. 

Age-Friendly Community Stories

The role of neighbourhoods and residents in developing Age-friendly communities

Community can mean different things on different scales, and at one of the smallest units of “community” are neighbourhoods and their residents. People support what they create and it’s essential to engage with everyone who is affected by an issue.
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How the eight domains of Age-friendly Communities impact social connectedness

In Age-friendly Communities, the goal is to create a community in which older adults are able to age healthily in place and participate fully in their community. Being part of one’s community provides a sense of belonging, fostering social connectedness.
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On-Demand Webinar: Creating Age-friendly Communities – Approaches for optimizing your needs assessment & planning process

Has your community received an Age-friendly Communities Grant, or is it considering applying for one in the future? BC Healthy...
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Keeping older adults safe and connected

As we navigate uncharted territory and attempt to keep up with new information, it’s hard to know what to do, but there are some things we can be doing right now.
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Building an Age-Friendly region: Trail, Rossland and Montrose collaborate on a strategy

Recently, the City of Rossland, in partnership with the neighbouring City of Trail and the Village of Montrose, embarked on a regional strategy to ensure that older adults can continue to be involved and active in their community into their later years. The communities recently worked together to complete their Age-Friendly Community Action Plans, ensuring the documents contained both aligned regional priorities and plans specific to each community’s needs.
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Wells clears the way for older adults to stay involved in the community

“For a small community like Wells, keeping [older adults] in the community becomes even more important, because that’s a lot of our community history, it’s volunteerism, traditional knowledge, it’s the life of our local non-profits,” says Wylie Bystedt, Marketing and Community Economic Development Coordinator for Wells. The community of just over 200 put that knowledge to work in recent years, when it embarked on its Age-Friendly assessment
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Looking out for tomorrow: Cranbrook plans for future age-friendly needs

The City of Cranbrook is taking steps to ensure that the city is ready to meet the needs of her demographic, which is projected to make up 41% of Cranbrook’s population by 2035. The city has recently released their Age-Friendly Community Action Plan, a document which will help the city set priorities and lay out the next steps towards ensuring the city is safe and welcoming for older adults.
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A place to call home: Working towards a housing solution for older adults in Lytton

As older adults age-in-place, they require not only continued access to local services, community, culture, and family but also a place where they are safe, one that they can call home. Thanks to funding from the Age-friendly Communities Grant Program, the Village of Lytton has moved forward on a Housing Needs and Demands Study, with the goal of ensuring seniors and elders have the support they need to live to the fullest.
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Mobile ID Clinics open the door to housing and supports for older adults in Surrey

Organizations in Surrey have been reporting increases in the number phone calls from older adults who are struggling, and many were noticing more older adults living in tenuous housing situations, or worse, aging on the street. Surrey knew that they had to act.
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Communities across BC awarded funding to support Age-Friendly plans and projects

Across BC this year, 37 communities are receiving grant funding to support age-friendly planning and projects. The grant awards, announced...
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