The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Durham Region caps off Age-Friendly Durham public consultation process with successful community forum

WHITBY, ON September 30, 2016

The Regional Municipality of Durham completed its Age-Friendly Durham public consultation process today, with a community forum at Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility in Ajax.

Approximately 300 residents, caregivers, community organizations and local business owners attended the event to share feedback on, and learn more about, key services for older adults within the context of the World Health Organization age-friendly planning framework.

“The goal is to make Durham Region a community where all residents—regardless of age, ethnicity, race, gender or ability— feel included, respected and enjoy a high quality of life,” said Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “Creating an age-friendly community benefits all of us, sooner or later.”

The day included:

The Age-Friendly Durham Community Survey, which has already received over 1,000 responses, also closes tonight (Friday, Sept. 30) at midnight.

A review of the information collected through the public consultation process (community forum, survey, municipal roundtable and focus groups) will now be conducted by Regional staff. A report, in addition to a draft age-friendly community strategy and action plan for Durham Region, will be developed and presented to Regional Council, for approval, in early 2017.

In June 2015, The Regional Municipality of Durham received provincial funding through Ontario’s Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant to support the development of a sustainable, collaborative long-term strategy to meet the needs of Durham’s aging population.

For more information and updates, please visit the Age-Friendly Durham web page.

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