Research on How Canadian Suburbs Can Become Age Friendly

Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)

With Canada’s population aging rapidly, the author of this research study states that municipalities must refocus community planning efforts to deal with the impact of decades-old car-dependent suburban sprawl that leaves less mobile seniors isolated.

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Although most of Ontario’s largest cities have declared their intention to become “age-friendly,” none have yet taken the basic step of amending their land-use plans to reflect that commitment.

Amending provincial planning policies to make age-friendly planning a municipal priority would complement other provincial policies favouring compact, walkable development and promoting aging at home.