Seniors & Age Friendly

Our seniors are vital to the community. They are volunteers, mentors, advisors, teachers, caregivers and so much more. According to the latest Census information (2021), residents aged 65 years and up comprise 18% of the City's population – an increase of 20% from 2016.

The City recognizes that to truly be a liveable, socially sustainable community, we must provide and enable opportunities for all members of the community, including seniors, to lead full, healthy and active lives.

We are committed to creating a safe community for our seniors and are striving to ensure that every senior citizen has access to a diverse range of social, recreational and leisure activities. Many City-supported programs are offered at facilities such as community centres and the North Vancouver City Library. Please review the Seniors in the City report for more information.

Age-Friendly Community

In 2015 the Province of BC recognized the City of North Vancouver as an age-friendly community. This recognition was bestowed upon the City to acknowledge its numerous policies and practices that support the well-being of older individuals in the community. Learn more at

These policies and practices include:

  • Age-friendly policies in the City's new Official Community Plan
  • Adaptable Design requirements for new residential developments
  • Support for the Seniors Today research project and implementation plan
  • On-going support to non-profit agencies that are addressing seniors' needs.

In 2017 steering committee representatives reported on age friendly activities and commitments.   Further information is available on the Lions View Seniors Planning website.

Integrating Multicultural Seniors in an Age-Friendly Community

All participants and their responses in this project (2020) demonstrated a need for seniors to be full participants in the community and all that it has to offer. This project was unique in that it sought the wisdom and experiences of the seniors, which meant future planning was with the seniors, not for them. The seniors’ voices were heard.

Age-friendly community report 2020

Seniors Action Table

The Seniors Action Tables are a legacy of the Seniors Today Project, which aims to build age friendly community on the North Shore. The Seniors Action Table meets regularly and creates interactions between seniors and community service providers to effect change.  

Find more information about the Seniors Action Table on the Lions View Seniors Planning website.

Dementia Friendly North Shore Action Plan

There are more than 3,700 people with dementia on the North Shore, with about half living in their own homes throughout our community. This number is expected to double by 2034.

The City of North Vancouver created a Dementia Friendly North Shore Action Plan in partnership with the District of North Vancouver, the District of West Vancouver, the Alzheimer Society of BC, Vancouver Coastal Health, and a multitude of actively involved key organizations and community agencies. This initiative is closely related to age friendly communities initiatives on the North Shore. The plan was endorsed by City Council on January 15, 2018.

Dementia friendly communities are ones which exhibit a high level of public awareness and understanding so that people with dementia and their caregivers are encouraged to seek help and are supported by their community. They are also communities that adapt their facilities, infrastructure, programs and services to be accessible and inclusive to people with dementia.

The goal of the Dementia Friendly North Shore initiative is to raise awareness and develop a community action plan so that people with dementia can experience a better quality of life and live as independently as possible in our community.

The three north shore municipalities were awarded a grant from the Union of BC Municipalities to assist with priority actions in 2018: a customized dementia education campaign in North Shore communities, and Dementia awareness and training in collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of BC.

Contact Info

Long Range & Community Planning
Tel: 604-983-7357

Contact Info

Long Range & Community Planning
Tel: 604-983-7357
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