AFC Knowledge Exchange

The AFC Knowledge Exchange is where you can learn from others, join the AFC conversation, get connected to the AFC Knowledge Broker, and stay connected to upcoming opportunities for exchange.


Provincial Distribution List & Ontario AFC Newsletter

To stay 'in the know' about AFC information in Ontario, join our provincial AFC distribution list. Through this channel we send regular communications highlighting age-friendly events, resources, news stories and funding announcements. The previous three issues of the AFC newsletter can be found below. 

Knowledge Broker

A knowledge broker is a professional whose role is to connect you, the knowledge users, to appropriate partners and resources. Contact the Age-Friendly Community Knowledge Broker, Sarah Webster, with your questions.
Phone (toll-free): 1-844-276-5756


Regional Age-Friendly Networks

These networks include age-friendly leads from many of Ontario's 80+ Age-Friendly Communities. Network members meet regularly (by teleconference) to share their local age-friendly planning processes, describe innovative programs and services, and discuss emerging trends or gaps. The regional networks are an opportunity to learn from and share with each other to help accelerate and strengthen work at a local level. 

If you are interested in joining one of the networks listed below, please contact Sarah Webster ( to be connected with the appropriate network chair.

  • Southern Ontario Age-Friendly Network
  • Northern Ontario Age-Friendly Network
  • Eastern Ontario Age-Friendly Network
  • Central Ontario Age-Friendly Network

Upcoming Webinars

Connecting With Ontario Seniors: Moving from Social Isolation to Social Inclusion (April 24th 1:00-2:00PM)

Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Ontario Part 1: Understanding the link between Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly Communities (Save the date: May 17th 1:00-2:00PM)

  • Registration opening soon

Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Ontario Part 2: Understanding the link between Age-Friendly and Compassionate Communities (Save the date: May 31st 1:00-2:00PM)

  • Registration opening soon

Alternative Housing Models for Older Adults (Save the date: June 14th 1:00-2:00PM)

  • Registration opening soon

Naturally Occuring Retirement Communities - the OASIS Model (Save the date: June 28th 1:00-2:00PM)

  • Registration opening soon

Past Webinars

Introduction to Outreach (September 3, 2015)

Defining Local Principles (October 22, 2015)

Custom Needs Assessment (December 9, 2015)

Developing a Local Action Plan (January 21, 2016)

Implementation and Evaluation (February 12, 2016)

Age-Friendly Communities & Dementia-Friendly Communities: Are We Talking About the Same Thing? (March 8, 2016)

Age-Friendly Businesses: Engaging the Private Sector (April 29, 2016)

Age-Friendly Communities: Housing Options for Older Canadians (September 22, 2016)

Age-Friendly Communities: Aging in Place (October 20, 2016)

Creating An Age-Friendly Dashboard to Monitor and Communicate Progress (December 8, 2016)


With Age Comes Great Experience: How Seniors are Mentoring a New Generation of Entrepreneurs (February 14, 2017)

A Case-Example on Developing an Age-Friendly Action Plan for Addressing Social Isolation in Older Chinese Adults (November 30, 2017)


Age-Friendly Community Outreach Program

A provincial AFC Outreach Team is helping communities plan, implement and evaluate AFC initiatives by providing support and connecting to resources and partners. This initiative was started in response to feedback across the province that more technical assistance, education, and awareness of AFC principles were needed to be successful.

The Ministry of Seniors Affairs (MSA) has selected University of Waterloo, Huntington / Laurentian University, Queen’s University, the Ontario Interdisciplinary Council for Aging and Health (OICAH), and the Seniors Health Knowledge Network (SHKN) to work with communities to help them become more age-friendly. The Ontario AFC Outreach Team aims to:

  • Increase awareness about age-friendly communities
  • Increase connectivity within and between communities to enable the spread of best practices and identification of emerging trends
  • Enhance the capacity of communities to accelerate and strengthen their AFC work