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Age Friendly London: Our History and Background

In 2010, the City of London became the first city in Canada to join the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age Friendly Cities.  The WHO defines an age friendly city as "an inclusive and accessible urban environment that promotes active ageing." The City of London is committed to improving the quality of life for older adults through its support of the Age Friendly London Action Plan. We believe that promoting the initiatives of the Plan will benefit people of all ages.

The Age Friendly London Action Plan 2017-2020

The Age Friendly London Network is currently working on its second community Action Plan. The Age Friendly London Action Plan 2017-2020 was endorsed by the Age Friendly London Network on May 30th  2017 and was brought to the Community & Protective Services Committee of City Council on June 20th 2017.  This Plan is being implemented by the eight working groups of the Age Friendly London Network.  If you are interested in learning more about the Action Plan or joining the Age Friendly London Network, please email us at or call 519-661-CITY (2489) x 7208.


Age Friendly London Impact Assessment

In June 2016, the Age Friendly London Network (AFLN) celebrated the end of implementation of the first community Action Plan. In order to assess the impact of their work on the overall age friendliness of London, the AFLN completed a comprehensive Impact Assessment that began in October 2015 and concluded in October 2016. Overall, the results of the assessment demonstrated the work of the AFLN is having a positive impact on the age friendliness of London. The structure and process of the AFLN is effectively supporting age friendly work in the community. The results of the Impact Assessment are described in detail in the Age Friendly Impact Assessment Report to the Community.


Previous Age Friendly London Action Plans

Prior to the creation of the current Action Plan, the Age Friendly London Network completed London’s first Age Friendly Action Plan from 2013-2016. This Plan was created by the Age Friendly London Task Force, made up of over 100 volunteer older adults, caregivers, service providers and anyone with an interest in aging. The Task Force met monthly from September 2011 to June 2012 and:

  • Reviewed current initiatives already underway in London;
  • Reviewed the demographic picture of older adults in London;
  • Reviewed a best practices document prepared by a group of fourth year Western University, Health Sciences students;
  • Developed a vision of an Age Friendly London;
  • Tested their vision with over 400 individuals at the Age Friendly London Conference;
  • Developed strategies to achieve this vision;
  • Tested those strategies with the larger community; and,
  • Finally, developed their Three Year Action Plan to achieve the strategies.
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