Situated in the middle of Canada’s prairie region, Saskatoon is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan. Saskatoon provides age-friendly options including safe neighbourhoods, housing, educational opportunities, accessible transit, buildings and services, and health and community services. The City’s population is 266,141 and it serves a rural population of approximately 40,000, including the R.M. of Corman Park.
In 2018, in an event at the Legislative Building in Regina, Saskatoon was recognized by the Saskatchewan Government as an Age-Friendly Community.
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 photo below was taken at that time.
The Age-Friendly Saskatoon Initiative Phase 2 was made possible through funding from the City of Saskatoon, United Way of Saskatoon and Area, the Saskatoon Health Region and the Saskatoon Council on Aging.
Resolution/Motion of Municipal Government Support not available.
November 28, 2016 Letter of Support from Mayor Charlie Clark: click here for PDF
The initial Action Plan, including recommendations, implementation activities, outcomes and impact can be found on pages 24 to 38 of the Implementation and Evaluation Report linked here.
Outdoor Spaces and Buildings: Development of an age-friendly lens that is used to encourage organizations to become age-friendly. View the Age-Friendly Lens document at this link.
Transportation: VIDEO with City Transit (learn how to serve older adults and show older adults how to use City Transit). View the video on the City of Saskatoon Facebook page, linked here.
Housing: Building Respectful Inclusive Communities (training for older adults in congregate living how to combat bullying). Access the Training ToolKit here.
Social Participation: SCOA programs such as Globe Walk, Seniors Tech Buddy, Seniors Neighborhood Hub Clubs and Century Club.
Respect and Social Inclusion: Development of an Age-friendly lens that is used to encourage organizations to become age-friendly. See the Age-Friendly Lens document here.
Civic Participation and Employment: Development of a Community Police and Fire Academy for older adults. See the article linked here.
Communication and Information: The “Remembering When” project with Saskatoon Fire (volunteers will visit you in your home to educate about fire safety). View information about this project here.
Community Support and Health Services: Development of a Community Police and Fire Academy for older adults.
Outdoor Spaces and Buildings: Work with City of Saskatoon on Winter City Strategy.
Transportation: Saskatoon Transit and SCOA Bus Buddy program maintain an ongoing partnership to support older adults to use the transit system safely and effectively.
Housing: Continuing collaborations regarding bullying in congregate living situations.
Social Participation: The Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Clubs, SCOA Globe Walk and Century Club support social participation for older adults. Free accessible events continue to be held monthly and have moved to in-person venues.
A Pen Pal program matches older adults with school age children to exchange letters and cards. This is a fun activity for seniors and children alike and helps create relationships between the generations.
A partnership with local high schools, the Seniors and Youth Connect program, creates an opportunity for older adults to work one on one with students for help with technology devices. This also helps build relationships among generations and dispel negative stereotypes about aging.
Respect and Social Inclusion: SCOA’s collaboration with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, numerous community presentations on older adult abuse and ageism.
Civic Participation and Employment: SCOA presentations to employers about age-friendly workplaces.
Communication and Information: Numerous virtual education sessions during pandemic provided current and accurate information on website regarding pandemic public health measures and immunization. SCOA hosts monthly meetings and webinars to assist older adults to stay informed about community services, issues that impact their lives and lifestyle enrichment options.
SCOA publishes an annual Directory of Services and Social Activities for Older Adults with over 100 pages of resources for older adults and community agencies.
SCOA provides an iPad lending library for older adults to borrow a device along with easy-to-use manuals to learn at their own pace and on their own time.
Community Support and Health Services: Beyond the Pandemic White Paper: Beyond the Pandemic survey and focus groups exploring the impact of the pandemic and recommendations for action going forward.