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Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Age-Friendly Communities

Ministry of Health
The Age-friendly Communities grant program is intended to assist local governments in BC to best support aging populations, develop and implement policies and plans, or undertake projects that enable seniors to age in place and facilitate the creation of age-friendly communities.

The Ministry of Health has committed an additional $0.5 million in funding to the program and grants are now available for 2018 community planning initiatives or community projects.

Formerly under the Seniors’ Housing and Support Initiative, which was launched in 2004 through a one-time $2 million grant from the (now) Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, the Age-friendly Communities program continues to assist local governments to prepare for an aging population.

Between 2007 and 2017, the Ministry of Health provided $3.75 million to further support the initiative and to incorporate a focus on age-friendly communities. Age-friendly Communities grants have been offered to 144 local governments and 286 plans or projects have been completed or approved for funding.

2018 Age-friendly Communities Program
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 program. 2017 Age-friendly Communities Program SeniorsBC Website
The SeniorsBC website provides information about government programs and services for older adults and it the key information source for the Age-friendly BC initiative.  This website is maintained by the Seniors' Health Promotion Team.

Additional Information
  • Communities that received SHSI funding, 2005-2015 [PDF - 250 KB]
  • Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities [PDF - 674 KB]
  • Becoming an Age-Friendly Community: Local Government Guide [PDF - 5.0 MB]
  • Global Age-Friendly Cities Guide [PDF - 1.4 MB]
  • Planning for the future: Age-friendly and Disability-friendly Official Community Plans [PDF - 311 KB]

Contact Name: Local Government Services
Contact Phone: 250-356-2947
Contact Email:
Subject Area(s): Recreation, Parks and Culture, Health, Cultural, Parks and Trails
Last Reviewed: April 5, 2018, 10:50 am
Deadline: No Official Deadline
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