Focus Areas: Age-friendly Planning
Regional Council Adopts Age-Friendly Planning Policies
On February 23, 2017, Regional Council adopted Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) 27. ROPA 27 includes policies related to health and the built environment, age-friendly planning, and technical and administrative updates.
Age-Friendly Planning Draft Policies for Review
To support seniors aging in place, the following policy directions were adopted by Regional Council:
- Encourage local municipalities to develop policies that support seniors to age in place;
- Promote the use of universal design principles to create safer, barrier-free and inclusive environments in Peel
- Work with local municipal staff to assess the built environment, including public facilities in existing neighborhoods where there is a significant senior population
The “Planning for an Aging Population Discussion Paper” (PDF, 1.66MB) reflects consultation with the community and research on best practices. The Region reviewed age-friendly policies from our local municipalities, across Canada and around the world to get a better understanding on how to meet the needs of our aging population.
Draft policies were available for review as part of the Council Report on draft Regional Official Plan Amendment 27 for the July 7, 2016 Council Meeting. A public meeting was held on October 13th. Here is a link to the public meeting notice, the agenda with presentation, and minutes.
Peel Data Centre, 2013
Age-friendly planning is an emerging trend within the Region of Peel because of the expected shift in demographics to an older population. An Age-friendly community is one in which services, facilities, and programs are more accessible and responsive to the specific needs of older persons or seniors, which can be defined as a person 65 years of age or older.
Demographics show that Peel’s population will age significantly in the near future. Seniors (65+) totalled 10 per cent of Peel’s population in 2011. By 2031, this figure will increase to 19 per cent, and by 2041 to 21 per cent.
Peel Region is preparing for its aging population by supporting the vision to make Peel more age-friendly where seniors have access to services that enable them to age safely and with dignity, while maximizing their quality of life.
The Regional Official Plan is a tool that can guide, support and direct the development of age-friendly policies in housing options, transportation, infrastructure, accessible outdoor spaces, and walkable communities. The Regional Official Plan Review process is an opportunity for the Region to review, update and add to existing policies to support the vision of age-friendly communities across Peel.
For more information on the age-friendly planning focus area, call (905) 791-7800 ext. 4024 or email the Integrated Planning Division.