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June 5, 2012
City of Toronto launches online consultation for Seniors Strategy
The number of seniors living in Toronto will increase dramatically during the next decade. The City of Toronto is working with the Toronto Seniors Forum and other key partners to create a Seniors Strategy intended to help ensure that Toronto remains a safe, affordable, accessible and enjoyable city for people of all ages.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to use the City's online Consultation Workbook to have a voice in the creation of the Seniors Strategy.

"The City of Toronto must ensure that Toronto is safe, affordable, accessible and enjoyable for its older residents," said Mayor Rob Ford. "I encourage people to participate in the development of the Seniors Strategy."

"The City would do well to safeguard its senior residents to ensure they have access to the services, amenities and programs they will need, as outlined in the Seniors Strategy program," said Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7 York West), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee.

"Toronto is anticipating a 38 per cent increase in the number of seniors by 2031," said Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22 St. Paul's), Chair of the Seniors Strategy Subcommittee. "It is vital that we act now to create a proactive and comprehensive strategy to meet the needs of our aging population and their families."

The Consultation Workbook poses questions to stimulate thought, discussion and input on matters such as housing, health, recreation, community programs, transportation, diversity, accessibility, safety/security and civic engagement. The public input will help to identify service priorities and may include innovative ideas to ensure Toronto's seniors have what they need at each stage of their lives.

Residents can participate by visiting the website at to use the Consultation Workbook.

The City will accept submissions through the online workbook until September 30.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 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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