The City of Cornwall is pleased to announce that it has received $35,000 as part of the Ontario Government’s Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Program.
This is the maximum provincial grant allowed for medium-sized communities with populations between 20,000 and 99,000 residents.
“This grant will help us to develop a comprehensive action plan to address both the current and future needs of older residents of Cornwall. It will identify specific practical recommendations that will ensure Cornwall remains a safe, affordable, accessible and enjoyable City for everyone,” said Myles Cassidy, General Manager, Shared Services.
It is important to note that even though Cornwall’s population has remained fairly stable, the average age continues to rise. In 2006, the median age was 42.7 years which increased to 45.6 years by 2011. This is higher than the provincial average of 40.4 years.
“Since Cornwall has a higher proportion of older adults it is critical that we actively continue to seek opportunities that will allow residents to lead active, safe and meaningful lives in our community,” said Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy. “We will be creating an advisory committee to provide recommendations, guidance and advice on this important initiative.”
Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell stated, “Age-friendly communities promote healthy and active aging. Our residents are supported in maintaining their independence and are provided community supports and services they require to lead a quality life. I am very pleased Cornwall is an age-friendly community – a community that works for seniors, works for everyone.”
“Our collective challenge is to ensure our communities grow to meet the evolving needs of every person regardless of their age or ability. This is why age-friendly planning is so important and it’s why we are continuing to work with municipalities, seniors’ organizations and other community partners, to help ensure that seniors can participate fully in community life,” said Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs.
Project Coordinator Carmen Cousineau will be meeting residents, organizations, social groups, businesses and the non-profit sector to gather information and suggestions. For more information contact Carmen Cousineau at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (613) 362-6514.