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:
Contact the Department of Seniors, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. www.novascotia.ca/shift
The plan has three broad goals:
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:
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.