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Age-friendly Cities Committee

The City of Waterloo's age-friendly cities committee is an advisory committee to Mayor Brenda Halloran that guides and co-ordinates our process of becoming an age-friendly city.

Its goal is for Waterloo to become a place where all residents age safely, enjoy good health and participate fully in the community.

The terms of reference provide more information on this committee.

Global age-friendly city designation

This committee, with the support of Mayor Halloran, was instrumental in Waterloo securing the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities designation.

To receive this designation, we established a mechanism to include older people, developed and administered a baseline assessment tool of the age-friendliness of our city and developed a city-wide action plan based on the findings. Our WHO membership is contingent upon demonstrating continual improvement. We are working in partnership with Dr. John Lewis of the University of Waterloo to continually assess and improve our age-friendliness.

Membership in this network has such advantages as connecting us to a global network of ageing experts, facilitating collaborative activities and providing guidance on developing and implementing age-friendly approaches, among others.

The committee made this presentation to council in January 2012 to mark the occasion.

On June 24, 2013, the Mayor’s advisory committee for age-friendly Waterloo presented to council a summary report of their work to date along with a recommended action plan for continuing to develop the city as a sustainable, age-friendly community.