Older Adult Strategy

Guelph is getting older

Older Adults Sitting On A BenchBy 2031, the population of the City of Guelph is projected to be 175,000 with the greatest proportional increase in the 55+ age category, or 33% of all Guelph residents (Revised Official Plan, Local Growth Management Strategy, 2009/The Growth Outlook for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Hemson Consulting Ltd., January 2005). The impact of this demographic shift on the design and delivery of municipal services will present opportunities and challenges.

In the spring of 2012, Community and Social Services launched an initiative to develop an Older Adult Strategy. The purpose of the strategy is to create an age-friendly community that supports older adults to live in security, maintain their health and participate fully in society. In response, the City will adapt its structure and services to be accessible and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.

In November of 2012, Committee of Community and Social Services, and subsequently Council approved the staff report.

News and resources

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Older Adult Strategy Report

What is an age-friendly city?

Guelph’s Older Adult Strategy is built using a framework consistent with the World Health Organization Dimensions of Age-Friendliness:

  • outdoor spaces and buildings
  • transportation
  • housing
  • social participation
  • respect and social inclusion
  • civic participation and employment
  • communication and information
  • community support and health supports

Cities around the world are applying this framework, using a set of standard guidelines and tools to become age-ready and age-friendly.

View a checklist of essential features of age-friendly cities. (courtesy of the World Health Organization)


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