The Regional Municipality of Durham


News Release

Durham Region hosts Municipal Roundtable on Age-Friendly Community Planning

WHITBY, ON June 24, 2016

The Regional Municipality of Durham hosted a Municipal Roundtable on Age-Friendly Community Planning today as part of a number of consultation activities being undertaken to help develop an age-friendly community strategy and action plan for Durham Region.

The purpose of the half-day event was to engage municipal leaders and policy makers to create alignment between local and Regional age-friendly planning efforts and explore potential for collaboration. Several Regional departments, along with the Region’s eight local area municipalities showcased age-friendly planning initiatives, and shared findings as gathered through various consultation processes.

“An aging population will increase pressures on key public services such as housing, transit, long-term care, paramedic services, policing and public health, so the development of an age-friendly community strategy and action plan is vital,” said Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “However, an older demographic also creates opportunities for innovative planning, service delivery and public engagement.”

Upcoming Age-Friendly Durham consultation activities include focus groups, a region-wide survey and a community forum that will take place on Sept. 30 at Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility in Ajax. The initiative will also include a review of data to create a profile of Durham's senior population, and the development of an interactive map to help residents locate seniors' services throughout Durham Region.

In June 2015, The Regional Municipality of Durham received $50,000 in provincial funding through Ontario’s Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Program to support the development of a sustainable, collaborative long-term strategy to meet the needs of Durham Region’s aging population. For more information, visit www.durham.ca/AgeFriendly.

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