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Building an Age-Friendly Simcoe County

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Age-Friendly Seniors Housing Grant Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​Click on the link to access the Age-Friendly Seniors Housing Grant Program webpage to find the Application Form and more information on the Grant.  This program is for accessible, ada​ptable and inclusive designs fo​r individuals 60+​.  The 2022 Age-Friendly Seniors Housing Grant Application deadline for submissions was June 30, 2022​ and is now closed.​

Simcoe Commu​nity Transportation Portal

A partnership of trusted transportation providers, helping Simcoe County's vulnerable get the transportation they need and helping seniors and people with disabilities get transportation to COVID-19 vaccines and other non-urgent medical appointments.​​​

Community Connection - A discussion on Social Isolation and Social Connection in Simcoe County

Community Connection is a non-profit information and referral service accredited by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS). Our mission is to create and improve access to services for people.  The core areas of work are, providing call centre services for 211, a national 24/7 helpline that connects people to essential services; maintaining a database of community resources and supporting online directories for public access; and producing reports on community needs/trends, and service gaps to support community planning.  Another important area of our work is in our community where we are involved in numerous partnerships, shared service initiatives, and collective impact projects that are collaborative approaches to improve and support access to services for people. Several years ago, Community Connection established a volunteer program with the goal to connect volunteers to organizations and increase awareness of the impact of volunteering in our community.
A recent survey completed by more than 800 people over the age of 55 living in Simcoe County has provided insight to new perspectives on social engagement. The project team made up of a cross-sector of community leaders and service providers aimed to “Reducing Senior Social Isolation” in Simcoe County, surveyed seniors during the month of September 2021 for feedback on their level of social activity, their interests and how best to become or stay involved in their communities in meaningful ways.  
Click on the links below to view the survey and survey results:

​​211 - How to Access​​​​ Help During COVID-19 ​

(click on the link to access the 211 website)

211 Ontario can help you find support ​during COVID-19.   211 Ontario is your primary source of information on government and community-based social services.  

Programs and services to help you through this pandemic: 

  • ​Do you fe​el over​​whelmed or anxious about COVID-19? Do you want information on mental health services to manage those feelings?
  • Are you experiencing financial pressure because of self-isolation measures?
  • Do you have questions about a​pplying for Employment Insurance?
  • Do you need help getting groceries or running errands while you are at home sick or self-isolating?​


We are happy to help spread the​​​​ word about  Quipit to help get gently used assistive and home health equipment to people who need it most. www.goquipit.com is a free classified website that connects  buyers and sellers online and keeps essential equipment out of landfills. ​ Click here to share our Quipit Facebook Post.  

211 - Grocery and Pharmaceutical De​​​​livery Options

Grocery and pharmaceutical delivery options, call 211​​

​OCSA Essential Delivery Services for isolated, low-income seniors​ - Ontario Community Support Association - https://www.ontariocommunitysupport.ca/

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, St. Mary's Conference (Victoria Harbour) Food Bank 

Remaining open to serve registered clients and Tay Township residents in need.

Heightened precautions in place - Restricted access to one person at a time with precautions & physical distancing practices.   ​We offer delivery service to your door for those in isolation or seniors staying at home. We will do errands for our anyone in need or if someone just needs to connect or talk.  

Hours of Operation:  Wednesday and Friday morning 10 - 11:30 a.m. 
​Call us if you need help - Food Bank:   705-956-0022
Councillor Mary Warnock:   705-534-3933

County Releases 2018 Progress Report on 5-Year Positive Aging Strategy

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The County of Simcoe is proud to release the first annual progress report on our Positive Aging Strategy, which highlights our successes over the past 12 months and our sustained efforts to improve the quality of care and services to address our growing seniors population’s needs.

Age-Friendly Business/Organization Award Program

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Helps business owners assess whether their business is designed to serve everyone. The program provides a guide, resources, tools and recognition to enable business owners to identify, promote and be recognized for implementing age-friendly practices. As our population ages, it makes viable business sense to adapt to meet changing needs.  Age-Friendly Business/Organization Recognition Application Program closed June 15th and is now closed for 2019

2018-2023 Simcoe County Positive Aging Strategy: 
Older Adults Strengthening our Communities

Simcoe County Positive Aging Strategy

Simcoe county positive aging strategy 

2016 Community Needs Assessment Report

Executive Summary

executive summary 

Full Report

full report 

About An Age-Friendly Simcoe County

From the World Health Organization (WHO) to our municipal government, there is a call for an age-friendly society.  The County of Simcoe recognizes the Age-Friendly Community (AFC) concept as an initiative that falls within their mandate and, in support of our aging population, has chosen to develop a framework for the communities that reside within its geographical area.  Developing a framework will help our community stakeholders identify, plan and address needs and priorities related to older adults in our area.  

How to Become Involved

Two levels of involvement and contact information are highlighted in 'How to Become Involved'. These criteria are intended to guide the planning process by involving seniors along the way towards developing the County's Age-Friendly Community framework.

We Want to Hear From You

To better understand the issues related to aging, we would like to invite you to become involved by answering some questions relating to Civic Participation and Employment, Communication and Information, Community Support and Health Services, Housing, Outdoor Spaces and Buildings, Respect and Social Inclusion, Social Participation and Transportation.  Click here to provide your feedback.

Age-Friendly Guides

Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide

Global age friendly cities 

Age-Friendly Community Planning   Guide: Creating a More Inclusive Ontario

Ontario Seniors' Secretariat Publications and Resources

Publications and resources 

Are you making the right call?  Call 911 for emergencies and 211 for information on services for non emergency challenges​​

call 211 

2-1-1 Central East Ontario​ 

make the connection. call 211 

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