Smithers Age Friendly Assessment & Action Plan 2016

In early 2016 the Town of Smithers applied for and received funding through UBCM’s BC Healthy Communities’ Seniors Housing and Support Initiative Age Friendly Planning grant program to carry out an Age Friendly Assessment and Action Plan.

In the summer and fall of 2016 Access Smithers and four independent contractors carried out an assessment and drafted this action plan.  The Town of Smithers requested the assessment and action plan, focus on outdoor spaces, sidewalks, trails, public buildings and municipal recreation infrastructure as well as current town policy and plans.

This age friendly assessment and action plan will be helpful in developing implementation strategies, prioritizing municipal projects, budgeting for improvements and allocating staff for the identified and recommended improvements. Engaging the local community through surveys, direct outreach and meetings helped to identify priority areas and tested our assumptions about accessibility in Smithers.

Smithers' Age Friendly Assessment & Action Plan 2016 is the result of community engagement, surveys, meetings and discussions with seniors and stakeholder groups in the community.

The plan is divided into the following sections:

  • The Background - introduces the age friendly community concept and the role of local government.
  • The Assessment - reviews the current status of Smithers based on public statistics, survey results, detailed assessments and public feedback on the municipality’s outdoor spaces, sidewalks, trails, public buildings, recreation infrastructure and policies/plans. This section includes top recommendations for each location and general recommendations for the Town.
  • The Action Plan - takes the recommendations from the above focused assessment, identifies priority areas and suggests action steps as well as indicators for success.

You can read the plan here.