Halton Region, Municipality of

Name of Committee: Halton Age-Friendly Network

Population: 548,425

Contact:

Program Description

Established in 2016, the Halton Age-Friendly Network (HAFN) members include representation from each of the four Halton municipalities: Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville. Representatives are comprised of community volunteers, municipal staff, including the Municipality of Halton Region, and organizations that serve older adults in the region of Halton.

Community Development Halton received a three-year Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant to enhance the work of the Burlington Age-Friendly Council, and to create and build an emerging Halton Age-Friendly Network across the region of Halton. The Network strives to deepen the collaboration with community members and organizations to support the capacity for all involved, to enhance the quality of life for people as they age.

The HAFN activities include:

1) The development of  strategies that enhance quality of life for older adults in Halton

2) Opportunities for communities within Halton to identify and prioritize their capacity to support their own Age-Friendly initiatives through education, advocacy and local policy changes

3) The opportunity to provide Empowering Seniors Educational Sessions in North and South Halton on topics that are relevant for older adults.

The Halton Age-Friendly Network builds capacity for dialogue, for communities to come together to identify strengths, opportunities, challenges, to share resources, experiences and knowledge that can lead to Age-Friendly best practices throughout Halton. Communities have the ability to view their structures and policies as seen through an Age-Friendly lens, so that services will be inclusive of older adults with varying needs and abilities.

Currently, the HAFN is undergoing an evaluation process with results expected in early 2019.

Current Funding:

  • Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

Current and Completed AFC Projects, Programs, Initiatives:

Project/Program/InitiativeRelated Domain
Enhancement of Age-Friendly Trails (Currently in talks with Conservation Halton)Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings
Ride the Bus (Workshops in the Town of Oakville)Transportation
HomeShare

Housing

Housing Information for Older Adults in Halton (Booklet full of descriptions, links to resources and contact information about housing in Halton)

Housing

Communication and Information

Flyers for Municipal Candidates (4 flyers - Senior Demographics, Senior Housing, Senior Isolation & Transportation & Mobility)

Respect and Social Inclusion

Our Halton 2018: Seniors (Drawing on data from the Statistics Canada 2016 Census, this report focuses on the socio-economic characteristics of seniors, aged 65 and older, who make up one in six Halton residents. It highlights the issues and challenges faced by the senior population group)

Respect and Social Inclusion

Empowering Seniors Education Series throughout Halton

Communication and Information

Social Participation

Age-Friendly Muskoka Chair Project at Bronte Harbour (The Bronte Village BIA, Seniors Working Action Group (S.W.A.G.) and the Colbourne Acrylics Club from Oakville, painted the Caring Chair, that includes the Age-Friendly eight domains.)

Communication and Information

Outdoor Spaces and Buildings

Connected in Action (in development - collaboration among community stakeholders to provide community education and mobilization to help people recognize and provide resources to reduce isolation)

Communication and Information

Respect and Social Inclusion

Speaker Bureau Series (Series on Age-friendly topics given throughout Halton)Communication and Information
Halton Older Adults' Directory (Listings and contact numbers of organizations serving older adults in the areas of health, housing, transportation, pensions, legal matters, emergency services, government etc.)Communication and Information

Community Documents

This profile was updated July 2018.