How to Become Age-friendly

To learn how your community can become an age-friendly community, see the following guide.

This is a practical guide to becoming an age-friendly community for local and Indigenous governments, community organizations or local champions. It also describes the Age-friendly B.C. (AFBC) Recognition Program and outlines the criteria for achieving AFBC recognition.

In addition, other resources are available to help Indigenous and local governments complete specific steps to make their communities more age-friendly such as a local community guide to becoming age-friendly, sample committee terms of reference, how to pass a Council/District Board or Band Council resolution, among others. You can find these toolkit resource documents on our Links to Resources page.

Funding Opportunities

The Age-friendly BC Communities Grant Program offers grants to local and Indigenous governments to complete age-friendly assessments, planning and projects. Previously, these grants were administered by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), although starting in 2022, these grants will be delivered by BC Healthy Communities Society in partnership with the Ministry of Health. Funding for the grants is provided by the Ministry of Health. For information and to get notified when applications open, see: