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Alberni Valley Age-Friendly Plan

The ACRD is working on the development of an Alberni Valley (AV) Age-Friendly Plan, and the first opportunity to provide input is to complete the age-friendly survey. Please review the following information to update yourself with the Age-Friendly Project, and let us know if you have any comments or questions. Be sure to continue to check this page for project updates and other upcoming public engagement opportunities!
Click here to complete the AV Age-Friendly Survey
If you prefer to complete a paper version of the age-friendly survey, please drop by the ACRD office (3008 Fifth Ave, Port Alberni) to pick up a copy, email agefriendly@acrd.bc.ca or call ACRD Planning and Development staff at 250-720-2700. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey, to help the ACRD work collaboratively with the City of Port Alberni, non-profits and other agencies and organizations to best plan for the future of Alberni Valley residents. All of your answers are confidential, and there's a draw to win a local restaurant or grocery gift card as a thank you for completing the survey.

We are also currently recruiting ACRD residents 55 years and older, service providers, and others to join the AV Age-Friendly Working Group (please refer to additional Working Group information below). Please review the following information to update yourself with the Age-Friendly Project, and let us know if you have any comments or questions.

Background
The 2016 Census notes that 21.8% of the total population in the ACRD is 65 years or older, which is higher than the provincial average of 18.3%. The largest population group in the ACRD is 45 to 64 years (30%), with the greatest growth expected in the next 20 years for those 75 and older. With this aging population, the ACRD needs to consider planning initiatives that support age-friendly communities such as accessibility, transportation, housing, health care, food security, and recreation.

In October 2018, the Board of Directors directed staff to apply to the 2019 UBCM Age-Friendly Communities grant program to develop a local Age-Friendly Plan. In November 2018, UBCM approved Stream 1 funding for the creation of an Alberni Valley Age-Friendly Community Action Plan. The Age-Friendly Communities program assists communities in BC to support aging populations by developing and implementing policies and plans, undertaking projects that enable seniors to age in place, and facilitating the creation of age-friendly communities. Age-friendly is a global, national and provincial initiative with a main goal of supporting healthy aging by encouraging and supporting communities in becoming more age-friendly.

Project Overview
The overall project goal is to develop an Age-Friendly Plan that will include objectives and strategies to promote the development of the rural areas of the Alberni Valley (AV) as age-friendly communities. The Age-Friendly Plan will focus on residents 55 years and older in the four ACRD Electoral Areas (EA's), but will consider all ages and abilities, as an age-friendly community benefits all people. An age-friendly community is one that is designed to help older people live safely, enjoy good health and stay involved (Age-Friendly Communities, Government of Canada).

For more information, refer to the AV Age-Friendly Project Introduction staff report and presentation to the Board at the November 13, 2019 meeting.

The population of residents 55 years and older in the AV EA's includes:

EA Population2

WHO diagram Although the Plan will be focused on the four AV EA's, the project team will involve and engage with other agencies and organizations such as First Nations, the City of Port Alberni, the Alberni Clayoquot Health Network, and other established committees and groups. Plan development will incorporate related activities and reports, some of which include existing age-friendly plans for the Districts of Tofino and Ucluelet, and City of Port Alberni. As well as the current City of Port Alberni assessment underway, and the ACRD Zoning Bylaw Review and EA Transit Feasibility Study, both of which are also underway. The Plan will focus on eight themes established by the World Health Organization to evaluate a community's age-friendliness through an age-friendly lens, including:

Project Timeline & Tasks
The following project timeline outlines how the Age-Friendly Plan will be completed over four phases, by April 30, 2020.

Timeline

  • Phase 1 Project Strategy tasks include: Project kick-off meeting, background research, identify partners and stakeholders, establish Working Group, and engagement strategy.
  • Phase 2 Community Engagement tasks include: Create web presence, resident survey, service provider survey/discussions, resident and service provider roundtable discussions/focus groups.
  • Phase 3 Planning/Needs Assessment tasks include: Analysis of engagement activities, consultation summary, and research local policy context.
  • Phase 4 Plan Development tasks include: Create policy action items (reviewed with an age-friendly lens), policy development to inform updates to ACRD documents (Zoning Bylaw, Alberni Valley EA OCP's, Alberni Valley Parks and Trails Strategic Plan, Alberni Valley Agricultural Plan and Coastal Addendum, and Alberni Valley Emergency Plan), create Plan.

Interested in Joining the AV Age-Friendly Working Group?
To help guide the Age-Friendly Plan development, an Age-Friendly Working Group (WG) has been established for the duration of the project, ending in April 2020. The WG will be led by project staff and will be comprised of ACRD residents/community members, service providers/government representatives, First Nations, and any other individuals or organizations as needed. Sproat Lake EA Director Penny Cote was appointed to the WG at the November 13, 2019 Board meeting.

The WG will meet once a month, starting on January 17, 2020. If you are an ACRD resident 55 years and older, service provider, government representative, First Nations, or other interested individual or organization and would like to participate on the WG, please contact ACRD Planning staff at:

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
Planning and Development - Age-Friendly Plan
250-720-2700
agefriendly@acrd.bc.ca

Next Steps
Please be sure to complete the AV Age-Friendly Survey, and check back for details on an upcoming Community Town Hall event in February 2020. Residents, service providers, First Nations and anyone else is invited and encouraged to participate in the Age-Friendly Plan development so let us know if you have any comments or questions!
Contact Us
For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact us:

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
Planning and Development - Age-Friendly Plan
250-720-2700
agefriendly@acrd.bc.ca