Media Advisory - Town gets Ontario government grant for age-friendly plan

WHITBY, ON, Aug. 18, 2015 /CNW/ - Mayor Don Mitchell and Councillors will welcome Hon. Mario Sergio, Ontario Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs, to the Whitby Seniors' Activity Centre to discuss the Town's initiative to develop A Whitby Action Plan for an Age-friendly Community.

Whitby has received a $44,000 grant from the Government of Ontario to conduct community consultations and develop the plan.

Seniors are the fastest growing age group in Canada, and municipalities need to be ready to provide programs and services for an aging population. Statistics Canada predicts close to one in four Canadians will be 65 years of age or older by 2030.

As a member of the World Health Organization's Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities, the Town – in collaboration with the Region of Durham – will be exploring the WHO's eight domains to an age-friendly community when preparing the plan. These domains are the built environment, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication, and community support and health services.

What: Whitby seniors will demonstrate an activity – inviting all attendees to join in – followed by remarks by Hon. Mario Sergio, Mayor Don Mitchell and George Spall, Chair of Whitby Seniors' Services Committee of Council, concluding with an ice cream and berries social.

When: 9:00 a.m. Friday, August 21

Where: Whitby Seniors' Activity Centre, 801 Brock Street South, Whitby, L1N 4L4

SOURCE Town of Whitby

For further information: Heather Roseveare, Corporate Communications Officer, 905.430.4300 x7463, roseveareh@whitby.ca

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