Age-friendly Capacity Building


  • Planning Support for Age-friendly Communities
  • Age-friendly Tools & Resources

Our Age-friendly Community Capacity Building program supports communities across the province as they plan for active aging by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life for older adults. We provide support, expertise and resources for health authorities, local governments and other key stakeholders for build age-friendly communities.

Age-friendly Community Capacity Building is conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Health and is directed and implemented by BC Healthy Communities. 

Age-friendly Community Stories

BC Healthy Communities newly administers the Age-friendly Communities Grant Program

Canada’s population is aging and by 2037, the number of Canadians 65 years and older is predicted to be approximately 10.4 million. Over the next 20 years, this group is forecasted to grow by 68%.
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BC Healthy Communities steps into Age-friendly Communities grant administration role

Since 2007, the B.C. Ministry of Health’s Age-friendly Communities program has supported local governments, and since 2018 First Nations, across...
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Healthy aging through an equity lens: Older adults experiencing homelessness

The development of Age-friendly Communities involves a policy approach to creating conditions that allow older adults to stay connected and age healthily in place, whether in their home or in their community. However, what does this look like when older adults don’t have a home?
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New Resource: Applying an Equity Lens in Age-friendly Communities Planning

Designed to support local and Indigenous governments embarking on Age-friendly Community Plans, this resource provides a refresher on the concept of equity in planning, offering ideas and guidance to help ensure equity is considered at each step of the planning process.
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The role of neighbourhoods and residents in developing Age-friendly communities

Community can mean different things on different scales, and at one of the smallest units of “community” are neighbourhoods and their residents. People support what they create and it’s essential to engage with everyone who is affected by an issue.
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How the eight domains of Age-friendly Communities impact social connectedness

In Age-friendly Communities, the goal is to create a community in which older adults are able to age healthily in place and participate fully in their community. Being part of one’s community provides a sense of belonging, fostering social connectedness.
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On-Demand Webinar: Creating Age-friendly Communities – Approaches for optimizing your needs assessment & planning process

Has your community received an Age-friendly Communities Grant, or is it considering applying for one in the future? BC Healthy...
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Keeping older adults safe and connected

As we navigate uncharted territory and attempt to keep up with new information, it’s hard to know what to do, but there are some things we can be doing right now.
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Building an Age-Friendly region: Trail, Rossland and Montrose collaborate on a strategy

Recently, the City of Rossland, in partnership with the neighbouring City of Trail and the Village of Montrose, embarked on a regional strategy to ensure that older adults can continue to be involved and active in their community into their later years. The communities recently worked together to complete their Age-Friendly Community Action Plans, ensuring the documents contained both aligned regional priorities and plans specific to each community’s needs.
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Wells clears the way for older adults to stay involved in the community

“For a small community like Wells, keeping [older adults] in the community becomes even more important, because that’s a lot of our community history, it’s volunteerism, traditional knowledge, it’s the life of our local non-profits,” says Wylie Bystedt, Marketing and Community Economic Development Coordinator for Wells. The community of just over 200 put that knowledge to work in recent years, when it embarked on its Age-friendly assessment
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