The City of Brampton has a diverse and growing population. According to Census Canada, Brampton's seniors population rose by 40% between 2011 and 2016, to total 66,270. To meet the needs of its residents, by being inclusive and accessible, and promoting aging-in place, the City is developing an Age-Friendly Brampton Strategy.
The City is working to become a leader in age-friendliness by ensuring that the aging community has access to necessary services, is valued and able to contribute to civic life, and has a suitable environment with strong supports in which they can remain healthy and age safely, with purpose and dignity.
In preparing for a rapidly growing aging population, the City is pursing admission into the World Health Organization's (WHO) Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. Brampton is committed to advancing public and policy goals that align with the World Health Organization's eight established focus areas that define an age-friendly community by:
Outdoor spaces and public buildings that are pleasant, clean, secure and physically accessible;
- Public transportation that is affordable and accessible;
- Housing that is affordable, appropriately located, well built, well designed and secure;
- Ensuring opportunities for seniors to participate in leisure, social, cultural and spiritual activities with people of all ages and cultures;
- Encouraging civic participation;
- Improving access to information, and;
- Providing community support and access to health services tailored to the needs of older persons.
An Age-Friendly Brampton Advisory Committee has been established to lead the Age Friendly Strategy that responds to the needs of the community, which includes members of the public, citizens and stakeholders.