Achieving Age Friendly designation requires a deliberate and coordinated effort by many stakeholders including the City, the Region, community organizations and service providers, the private sectors and citizens. As the lead applicant for the Government of Ontario's Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant, the City serves as a "backbone organization" providing leadership for planning, project management, and stakeholder engagement and monitoring of our collective progress in pursuit of this goal.
The Age Friendly Mississauga project uses the World Health Organization's (WHO) criteria for an "Age-Friendly Community".
The vision for the City's Older Adult Plan is that "older adults in Mississauga will lead purposeful and active lives, will live in their community with dignity, integrity and independence and will experience a diverse range of lifestyle opportunities to pursue their personal interests." Diversity, equity and inclusion are key drivers in the development and implementation of our Age Friendly initiative.
The City's Older Adult Advisory Panel, formed in 2014, provides ongoing advisory support for further planning and implementation of actions that will advance our pursuit of age friendly designation. The project is managed by the Community Development Unit, within the Recreation Division.