Age-Friendly Communities

Age-friendly Communities Grant Program is OPEN

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Age-friendly Communities Planning Brochure

Grant Overview

The Age-friendly Communities Grant program, administered by the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors, supports community planning and collaborative, innovative projects that support the goals of promoting healthy, active living and enabling older Nova Scotians to age ‘well’ - in place, connected to community life.

The Department of Seniors is accepting grant applications under two categories:

  1. Age-friendly Community planning:Support for consultation and community planning initiatives that result in robust action plans and facilitate the creation of Age-friendly Communities. These planning initiatives must be in partnership with local government and include consultations and engagement of older adults, the broader community, and key stakeholders throughout the entire process.
  2. Community Projects:Collaborative, innovative projects to develop and implement programs, services, resources or events that support active, healthy living, help older adults to age ‘well’-in place connected to community life and increase social interaction and community involvement among older adults (50+).


Contact the Department of Seniors, at:

Phone: 902-424-0770 or Toll Free Line: 1-844-277-0770

Age-friendly Communities Program
Department of Seniors
Barrington Tower, 15th Floor,
1894 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS B3J 2A8


Nova Scotia has one of the oldest aging populations in Canada. By 2030, there will be close to 260,000 Nova Scotians aged 65 or older in a population of less than a million people. This demographic shift is an opportunity for communities to recognize the important role that older adults play in the social, cultural and economic life of their communities, and to take action to ensure their continued participation.

The Government of Nova Scotia recently released SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for An Aging Population.

The plan has three broad goals:

  • Value the social and economic contribution of older adults
  • Promote active, healthy living
  • Support older adults to age-in place, connected to community life

Supporting the development of Age-friendly Communities is a key commitment in SHIFT – it is considered one of the best policy and community approaches to promoting healthy active aging and supporting aging ‘well’-in place, connected to community life while ensuring adequate protection, security and services are available when needed.

This Age-friendly Communities approach is internationally recognized, and has been taken up by governments and communities across Canada and the world, as a way to help communities meet the needs of their growing older adult populations and retain the social, civic and economic contributions of older adults.

The Department of Seniors supports the development of Age-friendly Communities in the following ways:

  • Advice and guidance for local and regional planning initiatives
  • Knowledge sharing, including policy development and research
  • Funding for planning initiatives and innovative projects that help older adults to live active healthy lives
  • Provincial Age-friendly Communities Recognition, linked to national and international recognition programs
  • Provincial leadership that encourages collaboration across departments and across sectors at all levels

Nova Scotia’s municipal governments, community organizations and other stakeholders can play a key role, by working in partnership with the province to promote and support the development of Age-friendly Communities.


The creation of Age-friendly Communities in Nova Scotia builds on the following projects and reports.

  1. Findings from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Age-friendly Cities project, which produced:
    Global Age-friendly Cities: A Guide
  2. The Canadian Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities project, which resulted in:
    Age-friendly Rural and Remote Communities: A Guide