Moose Jaw is a city in south-central Saskatchewan, Canada with a population of 33,890 (2016). It lies along the Moose Jaw River (a tributary of the Qu’Appelle River) and the Trans-Canada Highway, 44 miles (71 km) west of Regina, capital city of the Province of Saskatchewan. The name Moose Jaw comes from a Cree name for the place, moscâstani-sîpiy, meaning “a warm place by the river”. The first two syllables, moscâ-, sound remarkably like “moose jaw”. Founded in 1882 with the arrival of the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the settlement grew as a rail terminus and distribution centre for a large wheat-growing area.
The city is now one of the most industrialized in Saskatchewan, with major oil refineries, fertilizer and salt-production plants, flour-milling operations, large grain-storage facilities, extensive stockyards, and a slaughterhouse. Other economic activities include meatpacking, dairying, and the manufacture of transportation equipment, glass and plastic products, chemicals, and garments. Tourism has grown in importance.
Moose Jaw is the site of an air force training base, a provincial technical institute, and the Western Development Museum, dedicated to transportation. Buffalo Pound Provincial Park is a few miles northeast. It was incorporated as a town in 1884; as a city in 1903.
The RM of Moose Jaw No. 161 has a population of 1,163. Other nearby communities include Assiniboia, Mossbank, and Gravelbourg plus smaller towns and villages.
The Saskatchewan Government, represented by The Hon. Everett Hindley, Minister of Seniors, recognized Moose Jaw 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.
The Moose Jaw Today news source published an article on November 28, 2022, celebrating this achievement. You may read it at this link. A second article came out January 10, 2023. You may read it at this link.
Christine Boyczuk, Moose Jaw Literacy Network
Carolyn Graham, Community Citizen, retired, Librarian
Gwen Fischer, Moose Jaw Public Library, Head librarian
Angela Sereda, Paramedic, Medieve Ambulance
Éric Lefol, Vitalite 55 +, General Manager,
Ronda Wedhorn, community citizen
Alice Kelly, Saskatchewan Housing Authority
Ghislaine Rensby, community citizen
Bert Hunt, community citizen
We are grateful for community organizations who partner with us to provide supports for older adults in our community.
Formed in 2015.
On April 12, 2021, Moose Jaw City Council passed the following resolution:
“THAT City Council agrees to support and endorse the Age Friendly Community Organization established here in Moose Jaw; and
THAT the City of Moose Jaw will agree to work in partnership with the Age Friendly Moose Jaw organization to promote, support and participate in their initiatives to improve accessibility and inclusivity for all ages and abilities.”
Between September 30 and October 31, 2019, Moose Jaw residents aged 55 or over were invited to participate in a survey based on Age-Friendly Saskatchewan’s Assessment Tool.
The survey was made available through community organizations and online, and was advertised through local media as well as other online venues throughout the month of October 2019.
Data was collected from 58 respondents in total. Anecdotal information was added.
Some items of concern that emerged were
In 2015, members of a previous group, which had focused on older adult health and fitness, established an Age-Friendly committee, and participated in Seniors’ Week.
In 2019, the process of becoming an Age-Friendly Community began in earnest.
Meetings began to be held via Zoom, due to the pandemic
Previous accomplishments, most of which are ongoing, include
The current action plan is approved annually and reviewed monthly, and is made available publicly by posting in Senior Associations and residences, through the City of Moose Jaw, and in the Community-Based Coalition (CBC) newsletter a twice monthly community newsletter sent very widely via email in the region.
Current work includes:
Several items (posters, sample letters, etc.) were created for the letter writing campaign:
A PowerPoint presentation was created to introduce the Age-Friendly concept to the Rotary Club of Moose Jaw.
Note: the PowerPoint has been saved as a PDF for this link.
Monthly articles through the Moose Jaw Express, and online with Moose Jaw Today, provide regular connection with the community, and regular involvement of people beyond the Age-Friendly Community.
A recent article bears the headline Age-Friendly Sask. provides awareness, advocacy, resources for seniors. You may read it at this link.
Other examples of these articles include coverage of
There is also an Annual 24 page insert in the Moose Jaw Express which includes services for seniors and articles.