Kawartha Lakes receives $35,000 Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant
“The number of adults age 65 and over accounts for nearly 22% of the City of Kawartha Lakes population,” explained Barb Condie, Accessibility Coordinator with the City. “With a high median age it is predicted that this percentage will grow, increasing the social and economic need to invest time and resources on age-friendly and accessibly-friendly communities.”
The Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant will be used as part of a collaborative effort that involves partnerships with the City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development Department, the Age-Friendly Community Steering Committee and the Alzheimer Society of Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton.
Over the next two years a collaborative working group will help communities decide what improvements they can make to enable people of all ages to fully participate in community life.
"Our collective challenge is to ensure our communities grow to meet the evolving needs of every person regardless of their age or ability,” said Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs. “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."
The project will involve the formation of a Business Work Group, development of guiding principles, the creation of an age-friendly business profile and identification of age-friendly business goals.
Throughout the process gaps and opportunities in business and service environments will be identified through a multi-faceted needs assessment.
“This funding will be critical in allowing the City to work with our business community to help identify specific areas where we can all better meet the needs of our growing aging population,” said Ms. Condie. “Improving accessibility in Kawartha Lakes will have a significant positive impact on the economic landscape.”
For more information please contact:
705-324-9411 Ext. 1355