Age-Friendly Assessment and Action Plan

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Age-Friendly Assessment and Action Plan

Age Friendly Community Planning

Globally, there is a shift in the demographic make up of the population; the proportion of individuals over 60 years of age is growing faster than any other age group. With this change, comes the need for municipalities to be proactive in their preparation for changing needs in terms of facilities, programs and services, and other amenities. It is increasingly important for communities to support its aging population so that they can continue to enjoy active and healthy lifestyles and that they may comfortably age in place.

What is an Age Friendly Community?

In 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Global Age-friendly Cities Guide that identified the characteristics of an age friendly city and provided a structure for communities that wanted to become ‘age-friendly’. An Age-Friendly Community considers these eight domains: Community and Health Care, Transportation, Housing, Social Participation, Outdoor Spaces and Buildings, Respect and Social Inclusion, Civic Participation and Employment, and Communication and Information.

Simply, an age-friendly community recognizes the range of capabilities and resources among older people, anticipates and responds to age related needs, respects the decisions and lifestyle choices of the elderly, protects the vulnerable and promotes seniors inclusion in all aspects of community life.

An Age-Friendly Community might include:


  • Outdoor spaces that are pleasant, safe, and accessible
  • Walkways are kept in good condition
  • Health and community support services are available
  • Opportunities for seniors to be socially active
  • Opportunity for volunteer and employment positions
  • Information is easy to find and easy to understand


Local Context

Espanola’s senior population is growing; in fact, the Town has a higher percentage of seniors than the provincial or national average.

  % Residents 65+ % Residents 85+
Espanola  25.2 2.9
Ontario  18.5 2.4
Canada  19.0 2.3

Statistics Canada (accessed December 11, 2023)

To best serve this valuable part of the community, Council for the Town of Espanola adopted the Age Friendly Action Plan during a Special Meeting of Council of March 26, 2024.