POUCE COUPE – Pouce Coupe has been awarded a $20,000 age-friendly community planning and project grant to help support local strategies to help seniors stay mobile, physically active, socially connected and healthy.

In Pouce Coupe, the funding will be used by the municipality for its Pouce Coupe Age-friendly Official Community Plan. Through the plan, the municipality will integrate age-friendly policies that meet the needs of older residents into a revised and updated official community plan.

“It’s important that services be suited to the needs of seniors in our community,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said. “By updating and revising the Pouce Coupe Age-friendly Official Community Plan, older residents in our community can be further supported to live active, socially engaged and independent lives.”

The age-friendly community planning and project grant program is a partnership between the provincial government and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM).

For the 2015 grants, local governments were encouraged to consider projects that complement Accessibility 2024 and other provincial priorities for seniors such as dementia, elder abuse prevention and non-medical home supports.

Accessibility 2024 is government’s 10-year plan to make B.C. the most progressive place for people with disabilities in Canada. Of the 28 funded projects, 12 projects include a focus on accessibility. Other successful applicants will specifically address issues facing seniors in rural communities.

Including this announcement, over 135 local governments throughout B.C. have received at least one grant, and over 225 projects have been funded.