Age-Friendly Communities Planning Outreach

The Ministry of Seniors Affairs (MSA) has partnered with the University of Waterloo, the Ontario Interdisciplinary Council on Aging and Health (OICAH) and the Seniors Health Knowledge Network (SHKN) to administer the AFC Outreach Initiative to support communities, including age-friendly grant recipients, to develop plans, programs and environments that enable seniors to live healthy, active and meaningful lives.

The University of Waterloo has contributed planning expertise to the Ontario Government on age-friendly initiatives since 2010. OICAH promotes interdisciplinary and inter-professional collaboration and partnerships and includes members from 14 Ontario universities. SHKN comprises all seven Ontario institutes and centres on health and aging and facilitates knowledge exchange to encourage policy, education and research with positive impacts on seniors’ well-being. 

The leads for this project represent the School of Planning in the Faculty of the Environment at the University of Waterloo, the Gerontology Department at Huntington/Laurentian University and the Division of Geriatric Medicine of the Department of Medicine at Queen’s University.

The AFC Planning Outreach Initiative includes:

  • The development of partnerships across Ontario that support community-based age-friendly projects;
  • The development and distribution of AFC educational resources; and,
  • The creation of an AFC knowledge exchange network for Ontario communities.

The Knowledge Broker for the AFC Planning Outreach Initiative can be reached at 1-844-276-5756 or via email at