Seniors Task Force

Canada's senior population is growing and it's important that our community is inclusive and age-friendly so that seniors can lead healthy and active lives, and stay involved.

About

In the fall of 2019, Victoria City Council formed a Seniors Task Force comprised of community-minded individuals ages 65 and over. The purpose of the Task Force was to inform the development of the City's Seniors Action Plan.

Task Force members focused on the question: “How can the City of Victoria promote healthy seniors and positive aging?”

This focus was guided by eight topic areas identified by the World Health Organization.

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

“Create a Seniors Task Force and develop a Seniors Strategy” is a 2019 action under strategic objective Health, Well-Being and a Welcoming City in the City’s 2019 - 2022 Strategic Plan.

Next Steps 

In November, Council adopted the City of Victoria Seniors' Action Plan 2020 and referred the plan for Council’s consideration in the 2021 financial planning process.

The City will apply for the UBCM Age-Friendly grant to create a list of actions that overlap between the Seniors' Action Plan, the Accessibility Framework and other city programs, and create an age-friendly implementation plan.

Council also approved the formation of a Seniors Advisory Committee and directed staff to report back with draft Terms of Reference and resource requirements for this committee, and to work with partner seniors serving agencies in convening an annual Seniors Summit.

Background

Due to COVID-19, Seniors Task Force meetings were postponed in the spring. The Seniors Task Force reconvened virtually in the fall to review and discuss all public feedback collected. Community input helped inform the Seniors' Action Plan recommendations that were presented at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on Thursday, November 12. View the live webcast and recommendations

Draft Recommendations

Thank you to everyone who was able to provide feedback on the draft recommendations for the Seniors Action Plan. A series of open houses and a Town Hall were held to provide the community the opportunity to learn more and provide input. Also thanks to all those who were able to join us in person and online for our Town Hall @ City Hall on February 4. Missed it? Watch the archived webcast.

Task Force Members

The Task Force has 19 community members and is co-chaired by Councillor Ben Isitt and Councillor Geoff Young.

Members of the Seniors Task Force were appointed by Council and represent the diverse perspectives and experiences of seniors.

The Task Force convened for the first time in November 2019 and met regularly to provide advice and develop draft recommendations for the City’s Seniors' Action Plan.

Terms of Reference

For more information on the role and responsibilities of the Seniors Task Force, please read the Terms of Reference. The work of the Seniors Task Force is now complete. 

Meeting Notes

For More Information

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