Provincial grants to fund several programs to help the elderly
Age-friendly BC grants have been issued to 117 communities in BC
West Vancouver is one of 27 B.C. communities receiving an Age-friendly BC grant this year.
Funding of $20,000 from the provincial government will be used in various programs for the elderly.
“Many of these programs are supporting seniors to remain socially active,” said seniors minister Ralph Sultan.
One of the programs includes a new referral system that will provide one-on-one support from a trained professional.
This new system involves Vancouver Coastal Health and three municipalities. It is expected to benefit many seniors along the North Shore.
“It is great to see communities like Bowen Island and West Vancouver taking steps to implement programs that support the needs and health of local seniors,” said MLA Joan McIntyre.
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The grants are part of a province-wide program, Age-friendly BC. The provincial government earmarked $500,000 for the program for 2013 in an announcement last September.
Since the program’s inception in 2007, 117 communities in B.C. have received grants under Age-friendly BC.
A community can claim up to $20,000 to fund various age-friendly programs through the Union of British Columbia municipalities (UBCM).
A committee reviews a proposal on various criteria before issuing a funding.
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