Seniors' Housing & Support InitiativeApplications are not currently being accepted for this program.
Launched in 2004, the Seniors' Housing and Support Initiative (SHSI) was created through a one-time $2 million grant from the (now) Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development to assist local governments to prepare for an aging population. In 2007, the (now) Ministry of Health provided a $0.5 million grant to further support the initiative and to incorporate a focus on age-friendly projects. An additional $1.25 million in funding was contributed in 2011 and 2012 to support further rounds of grants.
In the initial phases of the program, the emphasis was on information sharing and grants for 'Seniors in Communities Dialogues.' Feedback and analysis of these initial grants led to the creation of pilot project funding, which was available to local governments in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In the fall of 2008, the first round of Age-friendly Community Planning grants was available to local governments. This was followed by a second round of community planning grants in the spring of 2009, as well as 2010 and 2012 programs which supported community planning and projects. From 2007 to 2012, more than 100 local governments have completed projects or been approved for funding under the SHSI.
2013 Age-friendly Community Planning & Project Grants
Approved applicants should refer to the program guide for final report requirements.
- Program & Application Guide [PDF - 1.3 MB]
- Final Report Form [DOC - 240 KB] - Due within 30 days of project completion and no later than January 31, 2014.
2012 Age-friendly Community Planning & Project Grants
Approved applicants should refer to the program guide for progress and final report requirements.
- Program & Application Guide [PDF - 309 KB]
- Final Report Form [DOC - 187 KB] - Due within 30 days of project completion and no later than February 28, 2013
The Seniors' Healthy Living Secretariat, in the Ministry of Health, maintains the SeniorsBC website. This site provides for resources for seniors related to life, healthcare, finances and benefits and is the key information source for the Age-friendly BC initiative.
- January 8, 2013 - Twenty-seven communities receive Age-friendly BC grants [PDF - 284 KB]
- Summary of Funded Communities (2005-13) [PDF - 188 KB]
- February 7, 2012 - 52 Communities Receive Age-Friendly Funding [PDF - 365 KB]
- Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities [PDF - 674 KB]
- Becoming an Age-Friendly Community: Local Government Guide [PDF - 5.0 MB]
- Global Age-Friendly Cities Guide [PDF - 1.4 MB]
- Planning for the future: Age-friendly and Disability-friendly Official Community Plans [PDF - 311 KB]
Completed Age-friendly Plans & Reports
- City of Abbotsford - Abbotsford Indo Canadian Seniors Project Report [PDF - 1.8 MB]
- Bowen Island Municipality - Age-friendly Community Project Report to Council [PDF - 1.8 MB]
- City of Chilliwack - Age Friendly & Quality of Life 2008 Detailed Report [PDF - 2.8 MB]
- Town of Creston - 2008 Creston Valley Age-friendly Assessment [PDF - 1.3 MB]
- Village of New Denver - Age-friendly Assessment Final Report [PDF - 377 KB]
- Regional District of North Okanagan - Seniors' Engagement Strategy [PDF - 887 KB]
- District of Sechelt - A Welcoming & Inclusive Community for All [PDF - 1.2 MB]
Contact InformationFor more information contact Local Government Program Services at (250) 356-5134 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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