The City of Sarnia is in the process of creating an Age Friendly Community Plan with the assistance from a grant received from the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat. The grant will assist the City of Sarnia with developing, implementing, and evaluating local aging strategies to support Sarnia’s aging demographic and further enable people of all ages to fully participate in the community.
Lambton College’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation will be leading the research along with the support of a steering committee of representative consisting of seniors, the County of Lambton, the City of Sarnia, service providers, Sarnia Accessibility Advisory Committee, and other stakeholders.
Through community consultation and engagement such as surveys, focus groups, interviews and community forums; Age Friendly Sarnia will develop a plan to create a vibrant community that supports healthy and active aging in accordance with the World Health Organization’s eight essential elements of an Age Friendly Community:
• Outdoor spaces & buildings
• Community support & health services
• Communication & information
• Civic participation & employment
• Respect & social inclusion
• Social participation
By focusing on these areas, the City will be able to create a comprehensive plan that will help form a community that supports the well-being of an aging population through inclusiveness, dignity, respect and opportunity.
Age-Friendly Sarnia timeline:
Release survey to the public – March, 2016
Conduct focus groups and one-on-one interviews – May to October, 2016
Attend community events (Seniors Fair, Seniors Cruise etc.)
Host community summit – November, 2016
Release final Age-Friendly Sarnia action plan to Sarnia City Council and the public in January, 2017
“Sarnia’s median age is approximately 5 years older than the provincial average, 46.7 and 42.3, respectively (Stats Can, 2015).”
This page was reviewed or revised on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:05 PM