Tools & Resources

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Describes the Child and Youth Friendly Communities initiative. Contains three toolkits (Making Space for Children: Rethinking and Re-creating Children’s Play Environments; Aboriginal Child Friendly Communities Toolkit: Inclusion of the Early Years; Making Your Community More Child and Friendly Youth: Focusing on the Early Years).
– Society for Children and Youth of BC

Cobble Hill Village had the intention of responding to the results of an Age-Friendly Community Project study by creating a mixed-use development that included affordable housing, but were soon informed by seniors included in the study that this was not necessarily what the Cobble Hill seniors wanted or needed.

Describes the needs of seniors in regards to outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community support and health services.
– World Health Organization

The City of Vancouver has a bold and ambitious strategy to build a healthy city for all by 2025. The Healthy City Strategy and Action Plan is a long-term plan for healthier people, healthier places, and a healthier planet. It addresses health in the broadest sense by integrating elements that influence well-being and involving diverse sectors in a shared vision of a healthy city for all residents. Driving the strategy are passionate City staff, a committed Council, and a high-profile collaborative leadership team.

This PlanH short video celebrates the accomplishments of Granisle, a small northern BC community that serves as a vivid demonstration of how age-friendly policies improve health and wellness for community members of all ages. Granisle residents and community partners have demonstrated that becoming age-friendly creates a healthy community for all through community engagement, building infrastructure and inclusive programs.  

Describes how to design accessible communities for people with mobility impairments, visual impairments, hearing impairments, and cognitive impairments, all of which occur at a higher rate among older seniors (85+ years of age) than the overall population. Specific design guidelines are provided in recommendations for each type of impairment.
– SPARC BC (Social Planning and Research Council) (2005)

Documents the Measuring Up the North Initiative to make northern British Columbia more accessible for people with disabilities and of different ages. Sections on bylaws, OCP tools, the measuring up process, accessibility/inclusion topics, funding opportunities, and participating communities.
– North Central Local Government Association

This webinar will present tips that can help communities in optimizing their Age-friendly assessment and planning process and get the most out of their efforts towards improving the lives of older people, their families, and their communities.

The District of Saanich combined global-scale perspectives and local-level partnerships to create the conditions for healthy, active aging in the municipality.


Offers links and information on many topics related to seniors, including housing, home and community care, transportation, and financial and legal matters. The British Columbia Seniors Action Plan is also available on this website.
– Province of BC