The town of Kipling is located along Highway 48 in southeast Saskatchewan, equidistant from Regina, Yorkton and Estevan. Moose Mountain Provincial Park lies to the south and the Qu’Appelle Valley to the north. Named for the English author Rudyard Kipling and incorporated as a village in 1909, Kipling grew to become a town on January 1, 1954. Homesteaders of different nationalities settled in the area, notably British, German, Scottish, Hungarian and Scandinavian, building an active trading centre and community.
The population of Kipling, (2021 census) is 1076. The rural population serviced is approximately 640. The two surrounding RM’s (RM of Kingsley #124 and RM of Hazelwood #94 actively support the recreational infrastructure and activities of the town.
Kipling is a thriving community and offers business and retail services and recreational facilities for all ages as well as full health care services. Economic activities in the area include farming, oil exploration, and hog production.
Since 2007, Kipling has been the Home of the World’s Largest Paper Clip.
The Saskatchewan Government, represented by The Hon. Everett Hindley, Minister of Seniors, recognized Kipling & District as an Age-Friendly Community at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building on November 22, 2022.
The community had completed four Age-Friendly milestones: establishing an Age-Friendly Committee, achieving local government support, assessing the community, and implementing an action plan to achieve this honour.
An article celebrating this achievement was published in the Kipling Klipper on December 1, 2022. Click here for the PDF.
Joanne O’Sullivan – Chairperson
Don Johnson, Councillor – Town of Kipling
Susan Hengen, Manager of Leisure Services – Town of Kipling
Kipling & District Age-Friendly Committee was formed in 2019.
Our name, Kipling & District Age-Friendly Committee, reflects our support from surrounding municipalities as well as the Town of Kipling, and our commitment to town and rural.
The Town of Kipling, Rural Municipality of Kingsley and Rural Municipality of Hazelwood have all passed resolutions to support Kipling in becoming an Age-Friendly Community.
Town of Kipling: from letter dated March 12, 2019
The Council of the Town of Kipling recognizes that strong community connections through the inclusion of all its community members play a strong role in keeping our community active and healthy and are pleased to support the Age Friendly Communities program through the following motion:
Be it resolved that: The Town of Kipling will actively participate, support and work to assess and improve the accessibility and inclusion for older persons, those with disabilities, children and youth in all aspects of community life.
Rural Municipality of Kingsley No. 124: from a letter dated April 1, 2019
Council passed the following resolution at their March, 2019 council meeting:
Be it resolved that the R.M. of Kingsley No. 124 will actively participate, support and work to assess and improve accessibility and inclusion for older persons, persons with disabilities, children and youth in all aspects of community life. Carried.
Rural Municipality of Hazelwood No. 94: from a letter dated March 20, 2019
This is to advise that the following resolution, in support of Age Friendly Communities, was passed by the Council for the Rural Municipality of Hazelwood No. 94 at their March 7, 2019 regular council meeting:
Age Friendly Communities Resolution of Support
That the Rural Municipality of Hazelwood No. 94 will actively participate, support and work to assess and improve accessibility and inclusion for older persons, persons with disabilities, children and youth in all aspects of community life. Carried.
Community assessment using the Age-Friendly Assessment Tool (click for PDF) was conducted in March 2019, with 179 respondents. A Focus Group was also used in the assessment process.
The Assessment Tool was distributed to Kipling Friendship Club, residents of Rudyard Manor, residents of Willow Heights retirement apartments, staff at Kipling Integrated Health Centre, community businesses, senior students and staff at Kipling School, Kipling and District Lions Club, and Kipling & District Parks and Recreation Board.
The Community Action Plan was developed on May 3, 2021. This action plan includes
The Action Plan was posted on the Town of Kipling website, and was distributed to Kipling Friendship Club, Rudyard Manor residents, Willow Heights residents, Kipling Health Centre staff, Kipling School, businesses throughout the community, and the Kipling & District Lions Club.
Kipling Klipper article, December 1, 2022, about the Recognition of Kipling & District can be read at this link.