NORTH VANCOUVER – Seniors in North Vancouver are benefitting from $20,000 in Age-friendly grants from the provincial government. The funding will support older residents in staying healthy and active in the community and is intended for age-friendly planning on the North Shore.
“We know that seniors call North Vancouver home for many different reasons and being “age-friendly” is one of them. This funding ensures we are taking the necessary steps to keep our older residents healthy and active, now and in the future.” – Naomi Yamamoto, MLA North Vancouver-Lonsdale
“By investing in seniors, we invest in our entire community. These improvements include widening sidewalks, installing benches and maximizing green space, and that makes the North Shore better for all of us.” – Jane Thornthwaite, MLA North Vancouver-Seymour
In September 2011, Premier Christy Clark announced the launch of Age-Friendly BC, a grant and recognition program to help local governments create environments that support the good health and community participation of seniors. Due to an overwhelming response from communities, the Province has provided an additional $750,000 to further support age-friendly community planning and projects.
- The Age-Friendly BC program focuses on providing communities with support, information and recognition to help meet the needs of an aging population. Local governments can achieve age-friendly recognition and officially become an Age-friendly BC community once they have completed four basic steps that focus on community engagement, commitment, assessment and action. Local governments can apply to be recognized using applications available at http://www.seniorsbc.ca/agefriendly/ and are being accepted until February 29, 2012.
For more information on Age-Friendly BC please visit: http://www.seniorsbc.ca/agefriendly/.
- Want your community recognized as age-friendly? Learn how:http://www.seniorsbc.ca/agefriendly/communities/recognition.html.
- Want to know how to make your business more accessible to seniors? The guide, Creating an Age-friendly Business in B.C., is available at any BC Chamber of Commerce or online at:http://www.seniorsbc.ca/agefriendly/businesses/becoming_agefriendly.html.
- Looking for general information on seniors and seniors’ services? Visit: http://www.seniorsbc.ca/