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Richmond Hill council approves city’s first age-friendly community strategy

Plan based on input from more than 1,100 residents, community organizations, businesses
Oct. 18, 2023
Melissa Wallace

The City of Richmond Hill will support its growing, older adult population through its first age-friendly community strategy, a plan approved by council in October.

Age-friendly communities ensure older adults are included in all areas of community life, have independence, and are treated with dignity and respect.

“During work to create our age-friendly community strategy, we heard from residents on how they see our city as a very good place to live as they age and feel strongly it should continue to be their home,” said Mayor David West. “We want to support them with that vision by ensuring we identify and address barriers to well-being and participation.

“It’s important to ensure we include older adults in all areas of community life. This strategy puts us on that course.”

To develop the strategy, the city conducted focus groups, community round tables, interviews, surveys and additional outreach activities to engage more than 1,100 residents, community organizations and businesses that provide services for older adults.

Respondents shared thoughts on the city’s outdoor spaces, housing, health services, communication tactics, transportation, social inclusion and other topics. Read the “What We Heard Report” for resident feedback.

The strategy provides a five-year vision to help the city make decisions on programs, services and amenities and includes 21 recommendations.

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