Exciting news! On July 27, 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognized the City of Brantford as an “Age-Friendly City.” Identified as a goal in the City’s Community Strategic Plan, the official recognition is a major success for Social Services staff that worked hard to achieve this significant accomplishment.
Launched in 2006, the WHO Age-Friendly Cities initiative identifies key elements of the urban environment that support active and healthy aging like access to public transportation, outdoor spaces and buildings, as well as the need for appropriate housing, community support, and health services.
Committed to making Brantford an inclusive and accessible community, the City has been working towards enhancing opportunities for health, participation and security to ensure a good quality of life and dignity to people as they age. Community-based initiatives such as the Neighbourhood Hubs program, Healthy Brantford, Safe Brantford, and the Digital Inclusion Strategy have also been recognized as innovative platforms for the City to integrate age-friendly considerations into all aspects of community programming and planning.
"Becoming an Age-Friendly community is an important part of our Healthy Brantford Strategy,” said Mayor Chris Friel. “I’m very proud of staff for all the work they’ve done on this important project. This recognition highlights all the progress we’ve made in becoming a community of choice for older adults.”
Recommendations provided through the support of MPP Dave Levac, and in partnership with the Grand River Council of Aging, influenced the strategy that was submitted to the WHO. Brantford's Age-Friendly planning has also been highlighted provincially by the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association, the Ministry of Seniors' Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario who have identified Brantford as a model to demonstrate best practice in preparing for an aging population.
To read more about the World Health Organization Age-Friendly Cities Initiatives, please click here