The City of Barrie was awarded the 2018 Ontario Age-Friendly Community Recognition Award at the inaugural Age-Friendly Community Symposium in Toronto March 26.

“We’re very proud that Barrie has become an Age-Friendly City and honoured that the Province has recognized us with this award,” said Cheryl Dillon, Accessibility Coordinator at the City of Barrie.

“The dedicated community volunteers on the Seniors Advisory Committee have championed the benefits of becoming an Age-Friendly City and were instrumental in bringing organizations together to make this happen. The extent of stakeholder engagement that occurred in the creation of this plan was inspiring and shows our community’s commitment to Age-Friendly principles and initiatives in Barrie.”

The award shines a light on communities in the province that are creating policies, programs and services that support seniors. Barrie was recognized under the Community Action Plan category.

The City’s Age-Friendly activities are supported through grants from the province and identify 22 long-term goals around outdoor spaces, buildings, transportation, housing, social and recreational opportunities, health and community life.

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