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April 19, 2018, 2:35 pm

Province and BC Local Governments Support Seniors with Age-Friendly Grants

Files from the Ministry of Health

VICTORIA - Communities across BC are receiving age-friendly grants to support British Columbia's seniors, so they can live active, safe, socially engaged and independent lives.

“Seniors spent their lives building our communities — it’s important that they are included in them as they age,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “When we make communities age-friendly, we make them more accessible for everyone.”

Approximately $587,000 in age-friendly grants are being provided to B.C. communities in 2018. 

“We know that seniors who stay socially connected and active in the community live longer, healthier lives,” said Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors Anne Kang. “I encourage our communities to keep up the great work they're doing to develop sustainable projects that support seniors in being connected to the people and activities they love.” 

The 2018 age-friendly grants will be distributed to 34 communities throughout B.C., almost double the number that received grants in 2017. This includes 12 communities that will receive grants of up to $25,000 for age-friendly assessments and action plans, and up to $15,000 awarded to 22 communities in support of age-friendly projects.

Communities that have completed steps towards becoming age-friendly can be officially recognized by the Province as an age-friendly British Columbia community. In 2017, Abbotsford, Keremeos, Salmo, Sicamous, Smithers and Tofino were officially recognized as age-friendly for their work in making their communities more accessible and inclusive for older adults.

The age-friendly communities grant program is a partnership between the Province and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. In September 2017, local governments were invited to apply for grants and encouraged to consider projects that focused on accessibility, aging well, physical activity and non-medical home supports. Successful applicants are eligible to apply for a range of services from BC Healthy Communities Society to support their project.

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More information about age-friendly B.C. can be found by visiting: http://www.gov.bc.ca/agefriendly

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