Toronto, City of

Name of Committee: Toronto Seniors Strategy Accountability Table 

Population: 2,731,571

Contact:

Program Description:

Version 2.0 of the Toronto Seniors Strategy was adopted by Council in May 2018 with 27 new high-impact recommendations. The recommendations are grouped into 5 topic areas: health, housing, transportation, employment and income and access to information. Toronto is currently focused on implementing the 27 new recommendations. Version 1.0 was adopted by Council in 2013 with 91 recommended actions grouped under the eight WHO age-friendly domains. Of the original 91 recommendations, 90 were acted upon and one was carried forward into Version 2.0. 

The development, implementation and evaluation of Version 20 is driven by the Seniors Accountability Table comprised of:

  • Seniors and caregivers
  • Advocacy, equity and diversity organizations
  • Community service providers
  • Universities and Research Units
  • School Boards
  • Local Businesses
  • Provincial, federal and international partners
  • 20 City Divisions and Agencies most closely involved in the provision of services for seniors

The Seniors Accountability Table is dedicated to co-creation and the principles of participatory design. Seniors, City Officials, community partners and other stakeholders work together to develop the recommendations and mobilize action on the activities agreed upon at the table.

Current Funding: 

The work of the Toronto Seniors Strategy is funded by the City of Toronto, primarily through one full-time equivalent in the Toronto Social Development, Finance and Administration Division. Other City staff participate meaningful relative to the respective program area, e.g., Police, Library, Community Recreation staff. 

Current and Completed AFC Projects, Programs, Initiatives:

 

Project/Program/Initiative

Related Domain
New Benches (500+ new benches in City parks; 1,200 new benches on City streets placed mostly around seniors residences and community centres.)Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings
Crosswalk Signals (Provided longer walk times at intersection crossings)Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings
Accessible Bus StopsOutdoor Spaces and Public Buildings
Tree Planting (Tree planting includes strategically targeting places with high seniors such as parks, trails and sidewalks.)Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings
Expanded Snow Shoveling Services for Older Adults

Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings

Housing

Toronto Home Share Program

Housing

Respect and Social Inclusion

Seniors-only Homeless Shelter with Specialized Services for Older AdultsHousing
Affordable Housing (430 new affordable homes for low-income seniors; secured or replaced over 3,500 affordable rental units.)Housing
Service Planning for At-Risk and Homeless Older Adults (includes identification of promising practices, approaches and program models for service delivery. A shelter program model for vulnerable seniors who are homeless has been developed)Housing
Shelter Client Access to LTC Beds (developing a project charter that identifies opportunities to work together to increase service pathways for shelter client access to long-term care beds.)Housing
Blue Priority Seating (Blue priority seating on all TTC)Transportation
Seniors Safety Zones (Identify & install additional seniors safety zones in conjunction with Road Safety Plan)Transportation
Travel Training Program (To support senior access to public transit)Transportation

Transit Fare Equity: Fair Pass Program (The first phase in 2018 will specifically include Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works clients before expanding to all low-income Toronto residents by 2020.)

Transportation
Accessible StreetcarsTransportation
Larger Print Street Signs

Transportation

Communication and Information

Toronto Challenge Run/Walk (helping 40+ non-profit organizations raise funds to improve the quality of life for Toronto seniors.)

Respect and Social Inclusion

Community Support and Health Services

Improved Police Services for Seniors (A new table of seniors, City staff and community partners reporting directly to the Chief of Police on how to improve police service for seniors; expanded data sharing)

Respect and Social Inclusion

Intergenerational Programs (working with Cyber-Seniors and other groups to improve intergenerational connections and co-publicize existing programming)Respect and Social Inclusion
Digital Life Skills Training (At Toronto Libraries)Social Participation
Making Connections (Meetings held in neighbourhoods with a high density of seniors to discuss local resources available in the community)Social Participation
Employment Workshop (Targeted to older workers)Civic Participation and Employment
Speaker Series (Speaker series that will focus on political issues)Civic Participation and Employment
A Guide to Seniors Services in Toronto (Service Directory available online and in print)Communication and Information
Accessible Library Reading Material (Increased access to library reading materials in accessible formats like large print and audiobooks.)Communication and Information
TTC Public Address System Upgrades (upgrading the public address system speakers at all subway stations to make public address announcements much easier to hear and understand)

Communication and Information

Transportation

Elevator/Escalator Outage Notices (Posting elevator/escalator outage notices at TTC station entrances)

Communication and Information

Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings

Peer Leadership Training (Explore opportunities for more peer-leadership training programs for seniors to navigate civic services and programs)

Communication and Information

Civic Participation and Employment

Expanded Community Paramedicine (Expanded programing in order to better support seniors who are high-volume 911 callers with non- emergency community care and supports.)

Community Support and Health Services
Health and Wellness Workshops (Health and wellness programs for seniors at the Library, including senior targeted financial programming on such topics as Retirement Planning on a Low Income, identify theft and estate planning.)

Community Support and Health Services

Social Participation

Fall Prevention Workshops (Increased education on fall prevention strategies to caregivers and allied health professionals working with seniors.)Community Support and Health Services
Redevelopment of Kipling Acres (A bed long-term care home with a convalescent care program, short-stay respite beds and community hub including an Adult Day Program, Early Learning & Child Care Centre and Seniors Centre)Community Support and Health Services
Suicide Prevention Initiative (collaborate on a suicide prevention initiative, including older adults as well as other priority populations.)Community Support and Health Services

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