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Age-friendly City

A man and woman in a forest

The City of Waterloo is an age-friendly city, where people of all ages thrive and grow.

Our commitment to age friendliness was recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), which designated Waterloo among the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities in 2012 for our commitment to assessing and improving our age-friendliness.

The city's age-friendly cities 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, the city's age-friendly cities committee 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. The committee and city staff are working in partnership with Dr. John Lewis of the University of Waterloo to continually assess and improve our age-friendliness.

One of the recommendations from the committee's action plan was to develop an older adult housing directory. In addition to basic information such as contact details, cost, number of units, unit sizes and level of care available, this directory also provides information about amentities provided at each location and in the surrounding neighbourhoods.

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.

More information

  • The terms of reference provide more information on about the city's age-friendly cities committee.
  • The committee made this presentation to council in January 2012 on the occasion of the City of Waterloo being designated an age-friendly city.
  • 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. One of the these recommendations was to develop and publish an older adult housing directory.
  • On September 30, 2013, city staff submitted a report to council regarding the action plan recommendations and the status of the recommendations at that point in time.
  • October 1, 2014, marked the launch of the World Health Organization's website, Age-friendly World. Many cities and communities are taking active steps towards becoming more age-friendly. This website provides more information about these communities, including Waterloo, in the section on the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities.