Age-Friendly Communities (AFC) Outreach Initiative

Age-friendly communities promote healthy and active aging. People in age-friendly communities are supported in maintaining their independence and have access to the community supports and services they require.

Funded by the government of Ontario, the Age-Friendly Communities (AFC) Outreach Initiative represents a partnership between the University of Waterloo, the Ontario Interdisciplinary Council for Aging and Health (OICAH) and the Seniors Health Knowledge Network (SHKN). This initiative will help support communities, including age-friendly grant recipients, as they develop plans, programs and environments that enable seniors to live healthy, active and meaningful lives.

Over the next two years, this project will support community-based age-friendly work through:

  • Targeted support to a small number of communities through the work of 3 Masters-level students associated with each of the project partners
  • A knowledge broker to help connect communities at a provincial level to people, ideas and resources that will support local work 
  • A webinar series to support application of each step in the Finding the Right Fit: Age Friendly Community Planning Guide
  • Development and distribution of AFC resources, including a provincial AFC website and plain language worksheets and summaries
  • Establishment of an AFC Knowledge Exchange Network that connects those interested in age-friendly communities. The network will help identify emerging issues and provide an opportunity to share successes and collaborate on areas of mutual interest.

The AFC Outreach Initiative builds on Ontario’s Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Program and the Age-Friendly Community Planning Guide.

Click here to join the AFC Knowledge Exchange Network and stay connected to upcoming opportunities and developments related to age-friendly communities in Ontario.