Why an Age-friendly plan?

Grey County, like much of the rest of Canada and the world, is seeing its population getting older: in Canada, the number of seniors now exceeds the number of children. According to 2016 census data, 54% of Grey County residents were 50 years or older, and by 2046 the proportion of the population 80 years old and above is projected to double. 

The Age-Friendly Community Strategy and Action Plan will help Grey County to support its aging population as well as attract and retain young families. Achieving an age-friendly community involves addressing the eight dimensions of community life shown in the diagram below. These include issues related to the physical environment (transportation, outdoor spaces and buildings, housing), personal wellbeing (communication and information, community support and health services), and the social environment (social participation, respect and inclusion, and civic participation and employment). 

 The eight dimensions of Age-Friendly Communities

How do I get involved?

Grey County and the consultant project team from WSP will be engaging with County residents in a number of different ways, including public open houses and workshops, focus groups, and surveys. Check back here often for project updates and opportunities to have your voice heard!

 

Who's listening?


Stephanie Lacey-Avon

Intermediate Planner/Forestry-Trails Coordinator

[email protected]

+1 519-372-0219 ext. 1296

 

Project Timeline


 

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Step 1 – Define Local Age-Friendly Vision and Principles

Through Visioning Workshops and surveys, our team will generate an Age-Friendly (inclusive of all ages) Vision for Grey. 

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Step 2 – Assess Community Needs

Our team will work with community partners to identify existing supports for people of all ages in Grey County, and will work to identify gaps and needs.

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Step 3: Develop the Strategy

Based on the feedback receieved, we will develop a high-level strategy that will guide the development of the Age Friendly Community Action Plan moving forward.

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Step 4: Review the Draft Strategy

The Draft Strategy will be presented to local municipalities and other partners for confirmation.

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Step 5 - Develop an Age Friendly Community Action Plan

Based on the Strategy, our team will develop an Action Plan to guide future actions and supports to develop a more age-friendly Grey County.

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Step 6 - Review the Draft Action Plan

The Draft Action Plan and its associated recommendations will be presented to local municipalities and other partners for confirmation.

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Step 7 - Implement and Evaluate the Strategy and Action Plan

As the Strategy and Action Plan moves into the implementation phase, a process for continuous monitoring, review and reporting will be developed.