Here's What Brampton is Doing to Make City Better for Seniors
Brampton is one of the youngest cities in Canada, with an average age of 36. But like all communities, there is a growing older population as more baby boomers enter the retirement stage of their lives.
According to Statistics Canada, Brampton's 50+ population increased by 40 per cent between 2011 and 2016, to a total of 66,270.
Which is why Brampton is in the process of developing an age friendly strategy for the city, as part of Brampton's Vision 2040. A vision process started back in August.
The age-friendly strategy will help ensure residents have the services and support they need to stay healthy, age safely, and enjoy a high quality of life. The World Health Organization also has a definition of what constitutes an 'age friendly strategy'.
The strategy will look into a number of areas, such as outdoor spaces / buildings, transportation, housing, communicating information, civic participation and employment, as well as community support and health services.
Brampton will be hosting two workshops where residents can share their ideas about how the city can become more accommodating to those over 50. A previous workshop was held on November 19 at the Chinguacousy Park Ski Chalet.
Monday, November 26 from 6 to 8 pm at the Gore Meadows Community Centre
Thursday, November 29 from 6 to 8 pm at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre
You can also put down your thoughts in an online survey available until December 7.
What do you think Brampton needs to do to make the city better for the older population?