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May 8, 2013
Toronto Seniors Strategy approved by Council
City Council has approved a Toronto Seniors Strategy that outlines the City's process to make Toronto more age-friendly while focusing on issues and services that fall within the City’s authority to plan, manage and deliver.

"Seniors play an important role in our community," said Mayor Rob Ford. "We must make sure our senior communities continue to be respected and are well-served by City services."

The strategy includes a plan to ensure implementation and staff accountability. Each recommended action includes a timeline and a lead City program area responsible for implementation. It also outlines how progress will be measured.

"Our city's Seniors Strategy is a proactive, holistic and inclusive initiative that seeks to create a truly age-friendly Toronto," said Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22 St. Paul's), Chair of the Seniors Strategy Subcommittee. "We must act now to prepare Toronto for a rapidly aging population."

The Toronto Seniors Strategy was developed during the same period as the provincial strategy and is well aligned with the province's directions and recommendations.

"This Seniors Strategy represents what we will need and want to do to make Toronto the best city in Canada to grow up and grow old in. It represents a partnership between older Torontonians, the City and the dedicated individuals who work to improve their quality of life as important citizens each and every day," said Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals in Toronto and Provincial Lead, Ontario’s Seniors Strategy.

The strategy is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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