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NL Government: Applications Being Accepted for Age-Friendly Communities Grants

Press Release

June 9, 2022

Today, the Honourable John G. Abbott, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, was joined by the Honourable Krista Lynn Howell, Minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs, to announce a call for applications for the 2022-23 Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Communities Program.

This program is well recognized throughout Canada and internationally as an effective mechanism for proactive planning for demographic change. The Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Communities Program assists incorporated municipalities, local service districts, and Indigenous governments and organizations, in making their communities more age-friendly.

Funding of up to $10,000 is available for incorporated municipalities and Indigenous governments and organizations to conduct an age-friendly assessment or to implement aspects of an existing Age-Friendly Action Plan. Communities including local service districts that take a regional approach are eligible for up to $15,000.

To obtain a copy of the program guidelines and application form, please visit the department’s website at or call toll-free 1-888-494-2266. The deadline to submit an application is October 14, 2022.

In 2021-22, the following nine communities received funding through the Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Communities Program. Details can be found in the backgrounder below.

For more information on last year’s recipients, please see the backgrounder below.

As part of Budget 2022, the Provincial Government is investing $95,000 for the program.

Quotes
“Throughout the province, the country and around the world, benefits of age-friendly communities continue to be seen and encouraged. As a government, we support this philosophy that regardless of age, ability, income, or other status, people live and thrive best in their own homes and communities. Clarenville and the Random Age-Friendly Communities Board have been leaders and innovators in this area. Most recently, they have launched an Age-Friendly Business Recognition Initiative, which I am confident will be a model for other communities and businesses. Let us all work together to create more age-friendly communities that support the seniors of today and tomorrow.”
Honourable John G. Abbott
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development

“Engaging with the business community is a sound approach to bring positive change to businesses and enhance experiences for older adults. I commend the Random Age-Friendly Communities organization in providing this opportunity to the business owners of Clarenville to develop ways to acknowledge seniors and ensure their operations are age-friendly. An age-friendly community promotes good health, wellness and safety and instills stronger community connections.”
Honourable Krista Lynn Howell
Minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs

“An age-friendly business will recognize the value and changing needs of its customers and employees across all ages. The age-friendly model can help attract and retain customers, as well as older workers in the 21st century.”
Leo Bonnell, Vice Chair
Random Age-Friendly Communities Board

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Learn more
Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Communities Program

Media contacts
Khadija Rehma
Children, Seniors and Social Development
709-729-3768, 730-2977
[email protected]

Lynn Robinson
Municipal and Provincial Affairs
709-729-5449, 691-9466
[email protected]

Leo Bonnell
Random Age-Friendly Communities Board
709-466-2933
[email protected]

BACKGROUNDER

2021-2022 Grants under the Newfoundland and Labrador Age-Friendly Communities Program

Applicant Project Description Grant
Town of Humber Arm South Age-Friendly Needs Assessment and Action Plan Development $10,000
Town of Hermitage –Sandyville Age-Friendly Coast of Bays $15,000
Town of Lawn Town of Lawn – Age Friendly Needs Assessment $7,160
Town of Clarenville/Random Age-Friendly Communities Board Age-Friendly Business $10,000
Town of Fogo Island Inclusive Spaces Make Happy Faces! – Making changes in our Park $10,000
Placentia Area Chamber of Commerce/ Town of Placentia Age Friendly Placentia – Bridging Generations $13,170
Town of St. Lawrence Cape Chapeau Rouge Walking/Hiking Trail Completion $10,000
Town of Summerford Active for Life $13,170
Town of Point Lance Active Seniors 6,500
Total $95,000

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