Guiding Principles and Beliefs

  • Society has a responsibility to ensure the basic needs of seniors are met.
  • Seniors have the right to choose where and how they live as long as they don’t pose a risk to others.
  • Seniors have the right to feel safe in their homes and communities.
  • As seniors age, their needs may change and services can adapt to meet these changing needs.
  • Services are accessible, affordable, equitable and comprehensive to address a wide range of needs.
  • Seniors access to needed services will not be limited by ability to pay.
  • Services will be inclusive and respect diversity: they will be responsive to cultures, varied English language skills, marginalized individuals and persons with disabilities.
  • Programs and services will be based on best practices, research and innovation, and will be evaluated for their effectiveness.
  • Programs and services will reflect the character of the community.
  • Communities will be engaged in supporting seniors.
  • Seniors will be actively involved in the implementation of this plan.

9 Key Strategic Areas

  1. Community Support Services
  2. Health Services
  3. Communication and Information
  4. Social and Recreational Participation
  5. Transportation
  6. Respect and Inclusion
  7. Civic Participation, Volunteerism and Employment
  8. Housing
  9. Outdoor Spaces and Buildings