PRINCE GEORGE – Prince George is among 28 B.C. communities that have been awarded 2016 Age-friendly Community Planning and Project grants to support strategies to help seniors stay mobile, physically active, socially connected and healthy.

The City of Prince George will receive $20,000 to conduct an age-friendly accessibility assessment and develop an action plan. The consultation process led by the steering committee will include seniors, community partners (seniors’ service providers) and city staff. The assessment will address eight age-friendly features and the results will be used to develop an action plan representing a commitment to make Prince George more accessible and livable for seniors.

“With an aging population, understanding and planning for the needs of our seniors is an important priority,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “This grant will support an assessment of accessibility in our community and result in an action plan for moving forward.”

“Developing a plan to increase accessibility will help encourage seniors to live active, socially engaged, independent lives,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said.

This grant program is a partnership between the B.C. government and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM). Each successful local government receives up to $20,000 to help undertake a variety of activities that address the needs of older residents – from setting public policy to delivering information and services.

For the 2016 grants, communities were encouraged to consider projects that focus on accessibility, elder abuse prevention, dementia and non-medical home support.

Applications were reviewed by a committee from the UBCM and the provincial government. To date, age-friendly community planning and project grants have funded 268 projects in 142 local governments in all areas of B.C., totalling $5.25 million.

To learn more about Age-friendly B.C. please visit: gov.bc.ca/agefriendly.