County of Perth Awarded Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant

The County of Perth was successful in their application for the Ontario Government’s Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant, with an amount of $35,000, and will soon begin the process of developing Age-Friendly Community Plans for each of the County’s four member municipalities – North Perth, West Perth, Perth East and Perth South.
“We are pleased that the Government of Ontario is providing funding to assist us in our development of a plan to make Perth County more accessible for seniors,” said Warden Robert Wilhelm. “Perth County is made up of wonderful communities, and this plan will guide age-friendly infrastructure and servicing needs in our rural area“.
A Perth County Age-Friendly Communities (AFC) Steering Committee has been formed, comprised of representatives from Community Partners, including the Southwest Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), the Perth District Health Unit, the Alzheimer Society Perth County and the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, and elected officials and staff from each of the four member municipalities. Two senior members of the public from within the County are to be recruited as well.
The next step will be to hire a Consultant who, with the help of the AFC Steering Committee, will work over the next year and a half in each of the member municipalities to identify the gaps and opportunities for improving age-friendliness within their communities in areas such as municipal facilities, programs, and planning policy and guidelines. Ultimately, plans will be developed based on the World Health Organization’s eight age-friendly community dimensions: (i) Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings; (ii) Transportation; (iii) Housing; (iv) Social Participation; (v) Respect and Social Inclusion; (vi) Civic Participation and Employment; (vii) Communication and Information; and (viii) Community Support and Health Services. Because of its rural nature, Perth County has an increasing need for infrastructure and services designed for seniors in rural areas.
The funding program is an initiative of the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat, in response to an aging population.