Toronto Becomes a World Class City for Seniors

The most populous city in Canada has even more reasons to declare its world class status with the announcement of the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) – a major research institute located in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.

Toronto was included in the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. And the WHO World Report on Ageing and Health was given its Canadian launch.

Downtown Toronto

Senior WHO health adviser, Dr. Alana Officer, presented the report, calling for essential changes in policies and perceptions towards global ageing.

“There is an incredible political imperative to act now,” said Dr. Officer, calling the World Report on Ageing a road map for the next 15 years.

Mario Sergio, Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs, spoke at the announcement, remarking that the province is home to more than 2.1 million seniors. “It will more than double in the next 25 years to 4.5 million people over the age of 65.”

Toronto City Councillor Josh Matlow, creator of the Toronto Seniors Strategy: Towards an Age-Friendly City, described the city’s entry into WHO’s Global Network as the culmination of a labour of love. He referred to the NIA as a remarkable global hub for innovation and community support.

Matlow’s Senior Strategy was adopted by Toronto City Council in May, 2013. He sought a relationship with the provincial and federal governments. 95% of the 91 original recommendations in his senior strategy were achieved.

Mr. Matlow announced his new phase of recommendations for the city’s ageing population – Senior Strategy 2.0. With nearly 3 million inhabitants, Toronto is home to upwards of 600,000 people over the age of 60.

Former provincial premier Bill Davis was named as the NIA’s Honorary Chair.

Event organizer and NIA founder Mitch Frazer, the chair of the Pensions and Employment Practice at Torys LLP – is the institute’s co-chair – along with Dr. Samir Sinha – director of geriatrics at Mount Sinai and University Health Network hospitals.

On April 5, 2016, NIA will hold the World Economic Forum (WEF) Toronto Symposium, Technologies and Evidence for Healthy Ageing and Financial Services . Its National Conference, Re-Think Ageing will convene from May 4 to May 5, 2016.

Both events will be held at The Ted Rogers School of Management, Toronto, ON.

Read more about Toronto’s entry into the WHO Global Network and Toronto’s Senior Strategy: Towards an Age-Friendly City. 

This article originally appeared on LinkedIn.