Age-Friendly Community Initiative

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The City of Maple Ridge (CMR) is proud to be a designated Age-friendly Community through the BC Healthy Communities Society and BC Ministry of Health, and a full member of the World Health Organization Global Network Age-friendly Cities and Communities. 

The Age-friendly designation is given to communities that plan and take action to accommodate the changing needs of older residents. This ensures our community remains an attractive place to live with features that not only benefit seniors, but also support the health, safety, and participation of residents of all ages. (To find out more about the City of Maple Ridge Age-friendly Strategy and Implementation plan, please see links below.)

Background


CMR, in collaboration with the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and Katzie, Senior Network (SN), is developing an ongoing Age-friendly Community initiative. The SN has provided exceptional leadership and facilitation throughout the project. Through this process, the Seniors Network, City of Maple Ridge and the Municipal Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness developed an Age-friendly Action Plan (2015) and Implementation Plan (2018) that was endorsed by Council.  

Initial Age-friendly Inventory Assessment and Senior’s Community Forum were held in 2009 and revisited in 2015, with over 200 residents, stakeholders, and city staff identifying the needs and priorities of our aging community. Recommendations throughout the Age-friendly Action plan align with the eight key features outlined in the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities, along with a ninth local feature:
  1. Outdoor Spaces & Buildings
  2. Transportation
  3. Housing
  4. Social Participation
  5. Respect & Social Inclusion
  6. Civic Participation & Employment
  7. Communication & Information
  8. Community Support & Health Services
  9. Emergency Preparedness (local initiative)
As a designated Age-friendly Community, the City of Maple Ridge is committed to ongoing evaluation and implementation to ensure our citizens can age in place.

  1. Seniors Mapping Application
  2. Aging Well in Maple Ridge
The Seniors Mapping Application/CMR Wayfinding is a direct initiative from the Age-friendly Community Initiative Action plan and Implementation Strategy, and was funded through the Union of BC Municipalities, Age-friendly grant program.

The focus of this project was to increase outdoor community participation (walkability) amount our older adult population through the development of an online mapping tool. This Mapping Tool allows users to map the location of the following, in relation to their home address or any other city of Maple Ridge address:

  • Transit Stops/ Bike Routes;
  • Doctors’ Offices/ Walk-In Clinics;
  • Dentists/Denturists;
  • Accessible Public (and some Private) Parking Spaces;
  • Pharmacies and Grocery Stores;
  • Parks and Recreation Centres;
  • Social Services (and);
  • Financial Institutions.
For more information on the project, help in accessing the map or to add your place of business/agency, please contact:

Heather Treleaven – Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie, Senior Network
604-786-7404 or visit their website.
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Documents, Reports & Action Plans


Get Involved



For more information on our Age-friendly Initiative, strategy or other services pertaining to older adults, please contact:

  • Petra Frederick | City of Maple Ridge, Recreation Coordinator, Community Engagement | 604-467-7355
For community resources and information pertaining to older adults, please contact: 
  • Heather Treleaven | Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie, Seniors Network Coordinator | 604 786-7404
  • Or visit their website.