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News Release

Durham Region receives grant for the development of age-friendly community strategy and action plan

WHITBY, ON August 26, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham has received provincial funding to support the development of an age-friendly community strategy and action plan for Durham Region. The two-year grant of $50,000, delivered in installments, will support the development of a sustainable, collaborative long-term strategy to meet the needs of Durham’s aging population.

According to recent statistics, approximately a quarter of Durham Region residents are age 55 and older. It’s expected that this percentage will rise to 34 per cent by 2031.

"Our collective challenge is to ensure our communities grow to meet the evolving needs of every person regardless of their age or ability. This is why age-friendly planning is so important and it’s why we are continuing to work with municipalities, seniors’ organizations and other community partners, to help ensure that seniors can participate fully in community life," said Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs.

Beginning in September 2015, the Region will undertake a number of consultation activities to gather input from older adults, caregivers, community organizations, and Durham Region’s eight local area municipalities. These activities will include focus groups, a large forum on age-friendly community planning, and a municipal roundtable discussion. 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.

“The announcement of this provincial funding has opened the door to more co-ordinated planning, which will help meet the needs of Durham’s aging population,” said Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “Working together, we can ensure Durham is a community where seniors are valued, respected and engaged.”

The Region applied for the provincial grant in March 2015, in an effort to initiate an age-friendly community planning process in co-operation with local area municipalities and community stakeholders. The funding was received in June 2015 from the Government of Ontario through Ontario’s Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Program.

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