Chatham-Kent, Municipality of

Name of Committee: Chatham-Kent Age-Friendly Committee

Population: 105,260


Program Description

The AFC work is led by a municipal committee of council. Chatham-Kent is currently in the implementing phase. Their focus this year has been sifting through the plan to decide what is still relevant and feasible with their ever changing community. The community has divided themselves up into subcommittees that line up with each dimension and are meeting with municipal departments and stakeholders to figure out what their next steps are. Their next big project that will be starting up in the fall is working on a Homeshare and/or Tiny Homes initiative in partnership with United Way.

Current Funding:

  • Municipal one-time funding

Current and Completed AFC Projects, Programs, Initiatives:

Project/Program/InitiativeRelated Domain
Fit parks installed in each community (Each park has a variety of equipment that allows for a wide variety of flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, and strength training moves to provide a well rounded workout that is accessible to all ages and skill levels)

Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings

Social Participation

Community Support and Health Services

Age-Friendly benches installed in each communityOutdoor Spaces  and Public Buildings
CHAP transportation for seniors and rural residents for medical appointments


Community Support and Health Services

Carelink (agencies from across region have created a simple integrated system to let clients call single number to access health related transportation services)


Community Support and Health Services

Fire Safe checks done by Chatham-Kent FireHousing
Homeshare/Tiny Homes initiativeHousing
Housing and Dementia (Public Education sessions on dementia and housing options)


Community Support and Health Services

Aging in Place Development (Riverview Terrace was built with Aging In Place in mind for spouses of long-term care home residents)Housing
Public Library ProgrammingSocial Participation
Senior Centre ProgrammingSocial Participation
Financial Literacy for Seniors Workshops

Social Participation

Communication and information

Parade of Costumes (Partnership with Retirement Home/Long Term Care Facilities with licensed and Home Daycares in their area. On October 31st these facilities will open their doors to a “Parade of Costumes” from visiting goons and goblins. Some providers have taken it a step further and will be reading holiday themed books with the residents)Respect and Social Inclusion
Age-Friendly Business Checklist (in development)Respect and Social Inclusion
Voting Help for Seniors (Free rides to and from the polls on election day, made one of the central voting polls accessible through use of assisted devices, trained all of our election staff on accessibility, will offer curbside voting as an option for all eligible voters unable to exit their vehicles, and have 8 mobile teams that will be going directly to long term care and retirement residences to assist them with their voting on election day)Civic Participation and Employment
New Hospice for End-of-Life CareCommunity Support and Health Services
Community Paramedic ProgramCommunity Support and Health Services

Fast Intervention Risk Specific Team (F.I.R.S.T.) Strategy (Formal coordinated and collaborative risk intervention process that brings the right services at the right time to individuals or families facing situations of acutely elevated risk.)

Community Support and Health Services
Healthline.caCommunity Support and Health Services

Community Documents:

This profile was updated June 2018.